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UCIRA Artist Cauleen Smith collaboration with UC Press and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sunday January 16, 2011, 7:30pm

Los Angeles Filmforum presents: Radical Light: The 1980s and 1990s

Filmmakers Timoleon Wilkins and UCIRA Artist Cauleen Smith, and curators Steve Anker and Kathy Geritz in person!

At the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian 6712 Hollywood Blvd. (at Las Palmas), Los Angeles CA 90028

Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members
Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Radical Light: Alternative Film And Video In The San Francisco Bay Area,
1945-2000, (UC Press), edited by Steve Anker, Co-Curator of Film at REDCAT,
and Pacific Film Archive curators Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, is a rich
compendium of essays, reminiscences and striking visuals that attests to
the vital and varied experimental film and video scene that has existed in
the Bay Area for more than half a century.  In conjunction with the book’s
release, Filmforum and other organizations are hosting a series of
screenings highlighting an amazing range of work produced in the Bay Area
over the past seven decades. Filmforum’s show on January 16th will
highlight films made in the 1980s and 1990s, with two filmmakers, Timoleon
Wilkins and UCIRA Artist Cauleen Smith, in person along with curators Steve Anker and
Kathy Geritz!

We are especially proud to be able to organize this screening as the second
evening of a cluster of events taking place in January throughout the
greater Los Angeles area celebrating the book and the legacy of alternative
film & video in the Bay Area, with six different screenings: The UCLA Film
& Television Archive (Jan 14 and 21), Filmforum (Jan 16 & 23), REDCAT (Jan
17) and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Jan 20).
Special thanks to Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz, Steve Seid, and Berenice

The 1980s was a period of rebirth for personal experimental cinema in the
Bay Area, with many filmmakers carrying seminal artistic traditions into
new territory. Subjective vision, celluloid materiality, irreverent
spontaneity, found footage, formal exploration, and social critique were
reclaimed and often combined, distinctively and expressively, into single
films. This program includes from this period Gunvor Nelson’s witty
conundrum, Field Study #2. It ranges from Charles Wright’s ecstatic collage
of image and sound spaces, Sorted Details, to Nina Fonoroff’s devastating
evocation of a mind divided against itself, Department of the Interior; and
Lynn Marie Kirby’s brief but deeply resonant personal narrative, Across the

By the 1990s, many Bay Area filmmakers were products of Bay Area film
programs, with some, such as Jay Rosenblatt, Greta Snider, and Cauleen
Smith going on to teach. Dominic Angerame continued to run Canyon Cinema, a
distributor of experimental cinema; Scott Stark founded Flicker, which
documents alternative cinema online; and Jenni Olson programmed for the
local lesbian and gay film festival. These were artists who spent a lot of
time viewing and thinking about cinema, which nurtured an interest in the
particularities of the medium. For Greta Snider, this included hand
exposing and processing her film. Jay Rosenblatt found new meaning in
footage he found or collected, while Cauleen Smith fabricated a personal
history in her collage film. In their films, Angerame and Timoleon Wilkins
each beautifully evoked a specific place.

Sorted Details (Charles Wright, 1980, 13 mins, Color).
Field Study # 2 (Gunvor Nelson, 1988, 8 mins, Color).
Across The Street (Lynn Marie Kirby, 1982, 3 mins, Color).
Department of the Interior (Nina Fonoroff, 1986, 8.5 mins, B&W).
Short of Breath (Jay Rosenblatt, 1990, 10 mins, Color).
Flight (Greta Snider, 1996, 5 mins, Silent, B&W).
Premonition (Dominic Angerame, 1995, 10 mins, B&W).
Lake of the Spirits (Timoleon Wilkins, 1998, 7 mins, Color).
Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) (Cauleen Smith, 1991, 13
mins, Color).

Total running time: 78 mins.  All 16mm prints from Canyon Cinema.

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
Book, Film, and Video Tour was curated by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid, Film
and Video Curators at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and
Pacific Film Archive, and Steve Anker, Dean of the School of Film/Video at
California Institute of the Arts. The tour is made possible in part by the
National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual
Arts, and the William H. Donner Foundation.

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