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Winter 2017

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    Four Women, by Julie Dash

    Claiming Space: Collage in Cinema

    Date: January 12, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium

    In conjunction with the MOCA exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?, Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents a program of experimental films and videos—including the West Coast Premiere of Ephraim Asili’s Kindah as well as films by Santiago Alvarez, Barbara McCullough, Ja’Tovia M. Gary, Jean-Luc Godard, Lewis Klahr, and Betye Saar, with McCullogh and Klahr in person!

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    A Distant Echo, by George Clark

    A Distant Echo, by George Clark

    Date: January 15, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    George Clark returns to Los Angeles to present the US premiere of his feature film A Distant Echo.  Mythic, quiet, and beautifully shot on 35mm film in the deserts of California, Clark’s film explores themes of culture, cultural excavation and appropriation, and the construction of history. 

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    Pearl Pistols, by Kelly Gallagher

    Resistance Isn’t Futile: Films on the Occasion of a Presidential Inauguration

    Date: January 22, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    TONIGHT'S SCREENING POSTPONED FOR TECHNICAL REASONS.  New date to be announced soon.  Resistance takes many forms, riotous and quiet, political and economic, through education and through engagement.  Featuring films by Straub-Huillet, Kelly Gallagher, Kevin Jerome Everson, Penelope Spheeris, Robert Fenz, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Danny Lyon, and more.

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    Echo Chamber, by Guillermo Moncayo

    From Passage to Chronicle, recent short films from Latin America

    Date: January 29, 2017
    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    In this program of recent shorts from Latin America, the rural landscape is shown to be the terrain where it becomes possible to see and sense most vividly the local effects of larger political and economic decisions. Curated by Federico Windhausen, who will join us to discuss this rich selection of films.

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    Portrait, by Sergei Loznitsa

    The Faces of Russian Peasants: Two Films by Sergei Loznitsa

    Date: February 12, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: The Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    To lead up to Sergei Loznitsa’s visit to Los Angeles in late February, Filmforum presents the Los Angeles premieres of two of his award-winning films Portrait and Landscape

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    Tiger, Tiger by Roger Beebe

    What’s Left Behind: The Films of Tony Gault, Roger Beebe, and Elizabeth Henry

    Date: February 18, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    On the eve of the 9th edition of the Festival of (In)appropriation, Los Angeles Filmforum is thrilled to present this intimate prelude, featuring works by three stalwarts of the found-footage filmmaking universe.  Filmmakers Tony Gault, Roger Beebe, and Elizabeth Henry in person!

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    Halimuhfack by Christopher Harris

    The Festival of (In)appropriation #9

    Date: February 19, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    This year’s program features an astonishing variety and complexity of moving-image appropriation art, including a riotous YouTube reaction video mash-up, an exquisite found-footage ready-made, a queer-Asian-American homage to Hollis Frampton, several sublime works of cut-out animation, and a pseudo-documentary (or is it?) about the lost work of an early-Soviet scientist dedicated to the exploration of “human mental projection.”

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    Blockade, by Sergei Loznitsa

    Stop and Look: Three Films by Sergei Loznitsa

    Date: February 25, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Sergei Loznitsa is one of the most heralded filmmakers in Europe, but is still little known in America.  Generously supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Filmforum presents Loznitsa in Los Angeles for his first time, for in-person screenings at Filmforum, UCLA, Cal Arts, and Cinefamily.  This is the first night of the series, featuring the award-winning short films The Train Station and The Letter, followed by the remarkable hour-long Blockade.

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    Austerlitz, by Sergei Loznitsa

    The End(s) of Remembrance: Two Films on Holocaust Memory, by Sergei Loznitsa

    Date: February 27, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television

    Our series of screenings with Sergei Loznitsa continues with this free screening at UCLA (on campus) - the Los Angeles premiere of his highly-acclaimed new film, Austerlitz, which looks at tourists looking at Nazi concentration camps.

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    Maidan

    Maidan, by Sergei Loznitsa

    Date: February 28, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: Cal Arts Bijou Theatre

    Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Maidan chronicles the civil uprising that toppled the government of Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovich and has since developed into an international crisis between Russia and the West.

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    The Event, by Sergei Loznitsa

    The Event, with director Sergei Loznitsa in person

    Date: March 1, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Cinefamily

    This last night of the series features his film The Event, Loznitsa’s look at the events in Leningrad on the day when Soviet leadership attempted to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup, by re-editing footage from the local television stations on those fateful days.

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    Jean-Marie Straub

    Straub-Huillet: Short films of reflections and passages

    Date: March 5, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Echo Park Film Center,

    Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet formed one of the most intense, challenging and controversial collaborations in the history of cinema.  Continuing the series at UCLA in January, Filmforum presents three  recent short films made by Jean-Marie Straub, A Tale of Michel de Montaigne  (2012); Concerning Venice (2013), and Dialogue of Shadows (2012), with special guest Thomas Beard of Light Industry.

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    Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot

    Horace Tapscott; Musical Griot

    Date: March 9, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm
    Location: MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium

    Director Barbara McCullough will be present to introduce and discuss her new film, nearly four decades in the making, a vivid recounting of the life and times of Horace Tapscott, musical genius, composer, community activist, and jazz mentor.

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    Joost Rekveld

    Joost Rekveld: The Materiality of Signals

    Date: March 12, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Filmforum is thrilled to welcome one of the world’s contemporary masters of alchemical abstraction, Joost Rekveld, in a rare visit from Amsterdam.  Since the early 1990s, visionary artist Joost Rekveld has been exploring the inner depths and outer reaches of optical expression at the nexus of technology and natural phenomena, producing a body of astonishing works of mesmerizing abstraction. 

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    Joost Rekveld: Light Matters

    Date: March 13, 2017
    Time: 8:30pm
    Location: REDCAT

    The second night with Joost Rekveld features Rekveld’s rigorously created, visually ecstatic 35mm anamorphic masterpieces, #11, Marey <-> Moiré (1999, 21 min.) and #37 (2009, 31 min.).

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    NOTFILM

    Date: March 16, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s only screenplay was for a visionary 1965 short starring Buster Keaton; while working to restore it, archivist-filmmaker Ross Lipman discovered missing footage and fell under the spell of this cinematic curiosity. The resulting kino-essay exploring the making and meaning of “Film” includes outtakes, previously unreleased audio of production meetings and other rare archival elements, as well as numerous interviews.  Discussion following with director Ross Lipman and "Film" actor James Karen.

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    Binghamton Babylon

    Date: March 19, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Filmforum welcomes scholar Scott MacDonald to present a screening of some of the cinematic highlights produced at the State University of New York at Binghamton in the early 1970s, the focus of his latest book.  Classic films and videos by Larry Gottheim, Ken Jacobs, Ernie Gehr, Ralph Hocking, Alan Berliner, Phil Solomon, Bill Brand, Peer Bode, and Nicholas Ray!

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    Itinerary of Jean Bricard

    Straub-Huillet: Odes to Loss and Love

    Date: March 26, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    Filmforum continues the multi-venue retrospective of the works of Straub-Huillet with three late films, along with a special presentation by guest Sally Shafto, editor of the recently published Writings of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet.  Alongside the films Le genou d’Artémide (Artemide’s Knee) (2007), Itinéraire de Jean Bricard (Itinerary of Jean Bricard) (2007), and O somma luce (2009), Shafto has translated a 1984 interview with the filmmakers from the Locarno Film Festival.

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    To the Beach

    Robert Schaller: Film as / for Music as / for Film

    Date: April 2, 2017
    Time: 7:30pm
    Location: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

    An evening of handmade works by Robert Schaller featuring live cello by Pierre Derycz in person!