ROBERT BECK MEMORIAL CINEMA PRESENTS MARCH 2001
6 March - 8 BALL, CORNER POCKET
Cohen (NYC) presents an evening of many short Super 8 films -
mostly unseen by the general public, and in some cases, never previously
projected. These will be accompanied by live audio mixing of a reckless
and unusual variety. Scenes of cities in glorious disarray
(including our own, before the Rat Bastard decided it was really just
for tourists). Streetside Brazilian umbrella
repair. Trains to and from nowhere. The infant. The dirigible. The
raising of the mysterious engine. 42nd st. in sad and beautiful limbo.
People with no clothes, defying Gravity. Silent punk rock. 15 years
of light in bits and pieces." - JC
13 March - THE BIRTH OF TRAGEDY (REDUX)
the occasion of the premiere of his new feature "Back Against
the Wall" at the New York
Underground Film Festival, Chicago's favorite son - James
Fotopoulos - presents a program of his short films, paired
with their spiritual antecedents. In consultation with the cine-chirurgeons
of the RBMC, Mr. Fotopoulos has carefully selected several films
(precise titles TBA, contingent on availability and print quality)
which inspire, reflect or otherwise inform his own singular
vision. Artists may include: U.B. Iwerks, Napoleon Chagnon,
Max Fleischer, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Rouch, Jim Trainor
March - 8mm (FILM) PERFORMANCE
Tonight Taka Iimura (Japan/NYC) returns to the RBMC with another
of his stunning film performances. "I had a first 8mm film performance
back in 1963 at Naiqua Gallery, Tokyo with an old silent regular 8mm
projector. For the performance, though there was no such term for
art, and was called 'film concert,' I used the projector as an instrument.
Changing the speed from 3-4 frames to the normal 16 frames per second,
freeze the frame, reverse the projection, soft focus, and out of the
framer, all of these devices were used. Since sound projector is fixed
on the speed, only silent 8mm projector is capable to play. Last year
in Tokyo, after nearly 40 years, I revived this 'film concert' calling
this time '8mm film performance.'" - TI. Titles to be screened include:
KUZU(Junk) (1962), DADA62 (1962), TAKA AND AKO
(1966), WHITE CALLIGRAPHY (1967).
March - MARTYROLOGY FOR POETS
On the first stop (?) of his US tour, Florian Wuest (Germany)
presents his new film essay OH MOTHER EARTH, DEAR FATHERLAND,
"An experimental-documentary essay film about the iconography of remembrance
in Germany, examining the powerful links between political symbolism
and Christian iconography. The image of the sacrificed son in his
mother's arms leads an associative collage comprised of my own recordings
and found footage..." The Age of Aquarius has never looked this grim
- or edifying. Just trust us. The program will also include Caspar
Stracke's SAD SACK and Keith Sanborn's A PUBLIC APPEAREANCE
AND A STATEMENT.
All programs on Tuesdays at 9pm at Collective Unconscious, 145 Ludlow
St. NYC $5 Admission
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