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Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 8:00 pm, $7-$10

Periwinkle Cinema: The 90’s

This March travel back to the 90’s with Periwinkle Cinema as we remember what life was like pre twitter, facebook and iPhone. Back when the simple act of handing out balloons to kids caused a stir. Meet the women who inspired baby Dykes of all ages and are working towards creating visibility with-in their community and the visibility of their community in the whole of society. Education and demonstration go hand in hand.

Friday, March 23, 2018, 8:00 pm, $7-$10

Affects of Displacement,’ an evening of films with S. Smith Patrick

Tonight screening is a celebration of the work of S. Smith Patrick both as filmmaker and director of the photography, she is a documentary filmmaker and photographer living in the Mission. Her work explores human rights and social issues, mostly as they affect women and children.
Seeing Siem Reap (27 mins. 2015)
A group of Cambodian street kids have a unique opportunity to participate in a photography and dance workshop, empowering them with creative expression, hope for an education and the chance for life off the streets of Siem Reap. Seeing Siem Reap explores the amalgam of ancient culture, poverty, global tourism and the power of creative expression through the lives of these children.
Her Iran (6 mins.) Three Iranian women reflect on stereotypes Americans have about them. Recorded during the week that Shirin Ebadi became the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel prize.
Welcome to the Neighborhood , Dir: Pam Uzzell
Director of Photography, S. Smith Patrick, 27 mins., 2018
When artist Mildred Howard, daughter of legendary Berkeley activist Mable Howard, loses her South Berkeley home due to soaring rental prices, it costs Berkeley a piece of its history and its legacy. This story of an African American family illuminates both personal
power to create possibilities in adversity, and the broader issue of gentrification and a housing crisis that threatens a community’s diversity.
Filmmaker Bio: Pamela Uzzell is an award-winning documentary producer, director and editor. Her feature-length documentary, Unearthing the Dream, featured on Arkansas Public Television as part of their independent producer series, won Best Documentary at the Arkansas Black Independent Film Festival, as well as an Indie Award of Merit. A graduate of Brown University, with an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University, Uzzell has also worked on over twenty feature films in post-production, including Godfather III, Terminator 2, and Dead Poets’ Society. Uzzell is a member of the Bay Area Video Coalition, The San Francisco Film Society, and The Deep East Art Collective. Her new film, Welcome to the Neighborhood won the Grand Festival Award at the Berkeley Video Film Festival.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 8:00 pm, {{unknown}}, $7-$10

Right Between Your Ears

Many people have a strong sense that their views are right and couldn’t possibly be wrong. So how do we come to hold strong convictions and why is it hard to consider we could be mistaken?

Through the eyes of a group of people convinced that they knew the date for the end of the world, Right Between Your Ears explores how people believe, how we turn beliefs into certainties, and mistake them for the truth. 

A stock trader with a young family, a philosophy student about to graduate, and a retail manager who became so convinced she quit her job of 18 years. Crossing the boundaries between belief, psychology and neuroscience, the film reveals how we can become convinced we’re right, even when we’re wrong.

“An engaging, kind and sober film about a hugely important topic: what happens when people who are certain of something realize they are wrong.”
Jon Ronson – author 

“A fun and warm-hearted look at a community of doomsayers as they face the day of jugdment, it ends up saying a great deal about how we all think.”
Louis Theroux – documentary filmmaker

Door 7:30, screening at 8 pm

Friday, March 30, 2018, 7:30 pm, $5 member, $10 general

Jesse Malmed: Untitled (Just Kidding)

Jesse Malmed In Person

In order to make a one-liner, one must first invent the universe.

Swinging through town on a west coast tour, Chicago’s own lingua-contrarian enunciationist Jesse Malmed unspools Untitled (Just Kidding), an ever-evolving suite of films and performative interjections made over the last half decade.

Jesse Malmed: “The works play in creative reading, studied density, the one-(hundred)-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, accents, loops, the cinemagical, body swaps, poetry, citation and human voice. Conceptually engaged, language-intensive and visually mesmerizing, the suite scrambles somewhere in the intersects of conceptual comedy, dizzying illogics, the poetic plu-future and sustainable sourcing. Through deliberate mistranslation and strategic denaturing of languages and codes, [Malmed] revels in and reveal[s] their extra-communicative potential as sound, as image, as object, and shift audiences’ concepts of the show, of the cinema.” (Untitled (Just Kidding))

Screening to include collisions and confoundments between textual forms—written, spoken, sung and otherwise enunciated; variations on versioning; shifting registers of spectatorial engagement and (maybe) an impromptu demo on spotlight expressivity in relation to the cinema proscenium.  Expect to see the following videos and a lot lot more.

SCREENING: [list titles, all caps] …and more

Thimblerig (2012); digital video, color, sound, 11 minutes,

Body swaps, time manifest and made literal, multiverse tears, two minds to a body, dream babies, singtalk, represented realities.

Self-Titled (Rough Cut) (2015), 7 minutes, color, sound, video

“The final structural film. Finally!” (David Manning, Saugatuck Sentinel).

Conque (2012), 8 minutes, color, sound, video, performance

Sixteen—at least—ideas and images in search of a trajectory. The voice you hear is your own, interrupted and ruptured, while a little real-life actualizing is all they need. Frank Stella, Phreak Headroom, Robert Creeley, Quixotic Tivoli, the demography of the Sitcom Set, Pizza Burger Covers and and. My favorite parts are when the permeability of the screen is made clear: when the diegesis becomes our world and when cinema’s prosthetic memory becomes a site for immortality. For Jonah Adels.

Wreading (2012) digital video, color, sound, 18 minutes or so

Reading as writing. A romp through meaning-making and diffuse divination. The clouds hold secrets. Tuli Kupferberg is not the beluga, but the beluga sings human. Charles Bernstein. The world is a word is a world. Cloud covers.

Do Voices (2014), digital video/performance color, sound, 15 minutes

Choirs, choirs, Robin Williams, the contemporary folk art ensemble of youtube, George Mason University’s English Accent Archive, Shamuel Beckett and others come together for a We Are The World / We Arendt -style movie/concert/concert movie. Highly recommended for those already there, those on their way. Topics include: where you’re from and how you sound, the imaginative space of the bootleg, the morass of language, the virtuosity of a radio on scan and typing in stereo.

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 2:00 pm, $7


3rd i and  AAAS present.
A SUITABLE GIRL, (directed by Sarita Khurana & Smriti Mundhra) which premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and won the Best New Documentary Director award.
A SUITABLE GIRL follows three young women in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Documenting the arranged marriage and matchmaking process in vérité over four years, the film examines the women’s complex relationship with marriage, family, and culture.
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR A SUITABLE GIRL                                      

“Stirring, and heartbreaking in its examination of ingrained sociocultural sexism, and the toll it takes on entire families.” — Nick Schager, Variety
A Suitable Girl is an overwhelming testament to the power of patriarchy and the continued struggle of women to gain agency over their lives.” – Shubhodeep Pal, The Hindu

“Oscar worthy. It’s impossible to not be moved by ‘A Suitable Girl.’” — Clay Cane,

“A fantastic film…It was like getting on a plane and experiencing another world.” — Susan Kolker, New York Times

“The film’s directors, Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra, who are both Indian American women and won the festival’s award for new documentary director, are trying to overturn stereotypes about arranged marriage.” — Kavita Das, Washington Post

About Artists' Television Access

Artists' Television Access is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) artist-run screening venue and gallery located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. ATA is supported in part by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Christensen Fund, individuals members, donors and volunteers.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA: Join ATA as a member and receive exciting gifts, including the 2008 DVD compilation, T-shirts, and free admission to screenings and more! Artists on the 2008 DVD compilation include: Yin-Ju Chen, Mike Rollo, Marthaxiv, Sam Manera, Wago Kreider, Federico Campanale, Paul Clipson and Carl Diehl.

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Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3890
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Gallery is open before and after screenings for viewing.
Screenings start at 8pm unless otherwise noted.

Directions: Take Bart to 24th Street Mission. Walk 1 block east to Valencia and 3 blocks north. ATA is located between 21st and 20th Streets.