Posted September 22, 2014 at 10:06 pm by Claire Bain
Twin sisters Beatrice and Zoe are in love with Ray, a hypnotist-bank robber obsessed by apocalyptic visions. Though Beatrice and Ray are married, Ray runs off with the more free-spirited Zoe and they abscond to a seedy motel to plot their future together. Meanwhile, Beatrice files for divorce and two metaphysical entities from a dream-like Bardo realm take interest in their fates in this heady cocktail chaser of amour fou, crime, and premonitory dreams. (2012; 90 min. USA) Antero Alli (in person)
When asked what my film “Flamingos” is about I say it’s all about love — how we rush towards it, flee far away from it and how sometimes, when we stop rushing and fleeing, we find it within ourselves. And for those who cannot stop rushing or fleeing, love swoons and crashes through torrents of terrible longing. – Antero Alli, director (in person)
Posted September 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm by Claire Bain
Posted September 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm by Claire Bain
Over two nights, ATA celebrates the life and works of the hugely influential filmmaker brothers George Kuchar (1942-2011) and Mike Kuchar. Night one focuses on new and recent works by Mike Kuchar, feature the “SoulSearching” and generation Z series.Program:
LOST BLUESSUMMER SINSSOULSEACKERS
THE SPIDER’S PARLOR (SFAI collaborative class project)
Posted September 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm by Claire Bain
Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
The second of two nights celebrating the life and works of the hugely influential filmmaker brothers George Kuchar (1942-2011) and Mike Kuchar.
George Kuchar’s long and loving interest in extreme weather is most poignantly portrayed in his “weather diary” films depicting his tornado-chasing exploits during severe storm seasons in Oklahoma. He habitually took up residence in hotel rooms and trailer parks in order to follow the storms as well as the locals.
I am not a storm chaser as I never learned how to drive a car. I wanted to experience springtime storms on the American plains like the simple folk I read about in those library books. Therefore the videos in the weather diaries depict the turmoil, tedium, terror and televised terrain of tornado country through the eyes of a transplant. At times I try to blend in, to digest the alien ambiance, the fast food and slow-motion days. Ailments galore pepper the series along with glimpses of those who pass like gas, vapors of vitality to sniff at with a gizmo that doesn’t have a nose. But I do hope you enjoy what its eye captures on this journey of jubilant junk food and delightful dread. – George Kuchar
Weather Diary #2 (1966, 70 minutes)
One of Kuchar’s fascinations is extreme weather. Every year for vacation he spends his time in a small motel room in El Reno, Oklahoma, waiting for a tornado to touch down in the small town. Here he copes with leaking air conditioning, food shopping, loneliness, television, and eating, among other things.
Weather Diary # 4 (1988, 48 minutes)
Attempting to apologize for the lack of good weather in Weather Diary 3, George arrives in Milwaukee only to find the drought back in full swing. Since there’s not enough good weather, the tape becomes a social diary against the backdrop of the Motivation Of The Carcasoids project.
After the films head on over to 2425-17th Street for installations, paintings, photos, and more, including some of ATA’s artists:
Posted September 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm by Claire Bain
GAZE, ATA’s film series dedicated to screening independent film and video by women, presents a special anniversary edition, GAZE:30. The program surveys 30 years of film and video by women, from the 1980s to the present, revisiting favorite artists and introducing lesser-known emerging talents, with the series’ signature expansiveness, including work that is surreal, experimental, political, abstract, narrative, personal, and documentary.The GAZE curators, who collaborate with the ATA programming team, is comprised of practicing Bay Area-affiliated women media artists and curators: Mallary Abel, Brenda Contreras, Kelly Pendergrast, Nadia Shihab and Tessa Siddle.