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October 24th, 2014 FLAMINGOS by Antero Alli…filmmaker in Person

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)

The beautifully filmed sequences with the two spirit characters seem on the surface extraneous, but they are actually crucial to the film, as they represent forces which drive the two main characters. The female spirit seems like Ray’s inner female, with her rebellious search for freedom, while the male spirit seems to represent Zoe’s desire to provide order, meaning, and guidance to others. – David Finkelstein (4 stars) filmthreat.com
Mr. Finkelstein’s review in its entirely
The movie site (pix, credits, reviews)
Antero Alli, filmography
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September 25 Mike Kuchar: New & Recent Works

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
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

NONSENSICLE

CHASING SHADOWS

GENERATION Z

THE SPIDER’S PARLOR (SFAI collaborative class project)

 

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September 26, see also: After the George Kuchar show, a wild party at open studios…

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.ATA Kuchar WEATHER DIA_002

 

After the films head on over to 2425-17th Street for installations, paintings, photos, and more, including some of ATA’s artists:

Art Explosion

Fall Open Studios

Opening Reception:

Fri September 26th 7-11pm

Open Studios:
Sat & Sun Sept  27th & 28th 12-5pm

 

2 Locations:

2425 17th St , San Francisco, Ca

744 Alabama St , San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s largest Artist’s collective is holding it’s Annual Fall Open Studios on Sept 26th, 27th and 28th. Come see over 100 artists as they exhibit their work from their studios and show in the gallery. Painters, sculptures, photographers, fashion designers and jewelers will be showing. Please come and support original local artists, expand your art collection and find great deals. Get quality art at studio prices.

 

This is one of our biggest shows of the year so don’t miss it!

Free Admission

Free Refreshments.  

www.artexplosionstudios.com

 

October 9, GAZE:30 Special anniversary edition: 30 years of film and video by women

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 pm,
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.

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