The East Village’s Anthology Film Archives, which was just acknowledged by the Village Voice for its programming, has announced its schedule for the next two months.
Highlights include retrospectives of Joyce Weiland, John Samson, Owen Land and Robert Breer, as well as the theatrical premiere of Anthology founder Jonas Mekas’ new feature, “Sleepness Nights Stories,” which features Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Ken Jacobs and Marina Abramovic.
Full schedule below:
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES – NOVEMBER – DECEMBER Major Program Highlights
October 27-November 3
DAVID C. STONE
David C. Stone was one of the most forceful and memorable figures in the progressive film world during the 1960s, 70s, and much of the 80s. The films that David helped produce – Adolfas Mekas’s HALLELUJAH THE HILLS, Jonas and Adolfas’s THE BRIG, Jerome Hill’s FILM PORTRAIT, Robert Kramer’s groundbreaking ICE and his later MILESTONES – suggest his commitment to visionary filmmaking of every kind. Eventually resettling in London, David and his wife Barbara founded the Gate Cinema and Cinegate Distribution which brought the first Fassbinder films to London and scored with such controversial movies as Derek Jarman’s SEBASTIANE and Oshima’s IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES.
October 28-November 1
THE FILMS OF JOYCE WIELAND
A pioneering feminist filmmaker, Joyce Wieland produced a compact and exquisite body of work that cannot easily be compared with any other artist’s. From short films exploring highly formal and structural concerns to a feature-length period piece, Wieland’s work is wonderfully slippery, politically charged, and abounding with ideas. While Anthology has presented Wieland’s short films and long-form works on occasion, we are extremely excited to present this comprehensive retrospective to celebrate the release of her complete works on DVD by The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.
NOT FUNNY: STAND-UP COMEDY AND VISUAL ARTISTS
Presented by the New York performance biennial Performa 11 in conjunction with a live contemporary comedy series called PERFORMA HA!, NOT FUNNY will look at some of the key works produced during the remarkable era in which the one-liner style of conventional Borscht Belt stand-up began to be supplanted by a radical new group of comics and performance and conceptual art began to gain traction.
Luke Fowler’s ALL DIVIDED SELVES
The new film by artist Luke Fowler considers the legacy of radical psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Developed during his 2010 residency at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, the film will have its premiere screening at Anthology on November 3, 2011, followed by an installation at CCS Bard from November 9-December 23, 2011.
THE FILMS OF GEORGE GITTOES
An Australian artist who is as highly regarded for his paintings, drawings, and epic diaries as he is for his documentaries, Gittoes is attracted to war-torn countries and peoples in strife. He has traveled to and produced work in such places as the U.S., Central America, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Somalia, the Middle East, Western Sahara, Sinai, Mozambique, South Africa, Rwanda, Congo, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Bougainville, China, Tibet, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Timor, Russia, Yemen, and Iraq. Whether talking to troops about the music they play while at war or actually making low-budget, direct-to-video action/melodramas in Pakistan, Gittoes constantly amazes with the bravado of his vision and the sensitivity of his touch. George Gittoes will be in person at selected screenings to discuss his films.
Frank Henenlotter is one of those mythic directors that people immersed in Exploitation and Horror culture absolutely worship. Anthology is thrilled to unleash a wild and bloody batch of his classic films, all uncut, uncensored, and completely unhinged. Frank Henenlotter will be here in person!
THE IMAGES FESTIVAL PRESENTS: SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
The Images Festival, the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, presents recent works that examine the production and consumption of images, and the ways in which authorship and originality contextualize and define them.
THE AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM NEW YORK PRESENTS: Ivette Löcker’s NIGHT SHIFTS
In her remarkable new feature documentary, Ivette Löcker follows the people who venture out into the night, creating a hauntingly beautiful film steeped in dark urban spaces. A portrait of an alternative world, NIGHT SHIFTS reveals those who are invisible during the day, accompanying them on their nocturnal paths through the metropolis, which are marked by pragmatic routines, desires, and dangers.
NEW/IMPROVED/INSTITUTIONAL/QUALITY: Five Films by Charles Fairbanks
Fresh, innovative, and thoughtful films about…wrestling? As his website states, “Charles Fairbanks is a wrestler and filmmaker. His recent work focuses on pro wrestling in Mexico, where the artist fights as the One-Eyed Cat with a camera built into his mask.” What else do we need to say? Tonight we welcome the filmmaker, who visits us from his home in Mexico, for an evening of entertaining and heartfelt short films that are extremely easy to enjoy and very hard to forget.
November 17, 21-22
JOANS ON THE BEACH:
AN EVENING MARKING THE LAUNCH OF “JOAN’S DIGEST: A FILM QUARTERLY”
To celebrate the launch of the new online feminist film journal, JOAN’S DIGEST: A FILM QUARTERLY, we screen FEMALE ON THE BEACH, starring Joan Crawford, and Jean Renoir’s THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH, featuring Joan Bennett.
THE FILMS OF JOHN SAMSON
Recently rediscovered in the UK, but still virtually unknown on these shores, documentary filmmaker John Samson produced a small but highly distinctive body of work in the 1970s and 80s, delving into various subcultures, from the relatively innocuous world of train enthusiasts and competitive dart players to far more transgressive or taboo realms. We are very pleased to introduce American audiences to his work, and to welcome his son, Robin, who rediscovered and restored the films and will be here in person to discuss them.
Rolando Klein’s CHAC: THE RAIN GOD
A cult film from the 1970s, lost for years and now newly restored, CHAC: THE RAIN GOD is based on a combination of ritual and legends from the Popul Vuh, as well as Tzeltal and Mayan stories. CHAC is magical, mystical, and intensely visual. A dazzling portrait of a Native American spiritual quest, it is a visionary masterpiece as powerful and revolutionary as WALKABOUT, EL TOPO, and AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD.
OWEN LAND AND ROBERT BREER
This year has been a tragic one for the avant-garde film community. In addition to the passing of Adolfas Mekas and David Stone, we lost two of the seminal figures of American independent cinema: Robert Breer and Owen Land (aka George Landow), both of whom are prominently included in Anthology’s Essential Cinema repertory collection. To honor each filmmaker, we will be presenting these comprehensive programs of their film work, with special speakers to be announced.
NY Theatrical Premiere Run: Volker Sattel’s UNDER CONTROL
This striking, beautifully composed, and undeniably timely documentary takes viewers into the heart of a series of German nuclear power plants, unveiling a surreal, technologically bewildering realm whose bright, sleek, seemingly highly controlled appearance belies the dangerous, destructive forces involved.
THE FORGOTTEN SPANISH NON-FICTION CINEMA AND ITS RENEWAL
Spanning four decades of Spanish non-fiction cinema, this series highlights the connections between generations, but also the abyss that exists because of Spain’s political history. With passion, irreverence, and irony filmmakers like Isaki Lacuesta, Joaquím Jordá, José Luis Guerin, León Siminiani, Pere Portabella, and Virginia García del Pino show us a provocative perspective on the other side of this old country. We expect filmmakers José Luis Guerin, Pere Portabella, and Isaki Lacuesta to be present to discuss their films in person; please visit anthologyfilmarchives.org for updates.
NEW/IMPROVED/INSTITUTIONAL/QUALITY: Alain LeTourneau & Pam Minty’s EMPTY QUARTER
EMPTY QUARTER is a contemplative, haunting portrait of a region that, like many others of its kind, is rarely noticed in the culture at large. This film is about Southeastern Oregon, a landscape in the making, constantly undergoing change, and evoking differing opinions concerning resource management and land use. It is also an area that is rich with diversity, as seen by the presence of East Indian families, Japanese families, ancestors of Basque sheep herders, home to the Paiute tribes people, and to Latinos who have come to help work the land.
U.S. Theatrical Premiere Run: Jonas Mekas’s SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES
The latest feature by the father of the diary film finds an insomniac Jonas wandering through nocturnal New York, visiting old friends (including Ken and Flo Jacobs, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Carolee Schneemann, Marina Abramović, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Pip Chodorov) and family, and extracting from them what he calls their “personal big stories.”
ANARCHISM ON FILM
This series spotlights anarchist filmmakers and their longtime preoccupations: historical films that excavate a submerged anarchist history (with a particular focus on little-known or misunderstood events) and films that synthesize an anti-authoritarian political impetus with innovative formal strategies.