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Thursday, January 5

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Featured Screening: James Fotopoulos at Anthology Film Archives

Saturday, January 7, Microscope Gallery opens Dreamful Slumbers, the first New York solo exhibition of work by James Fotopoulos. Today and Friday Anthology Film Archives  heralds the event with three programs of the artist’s recent works, four total, three of which are world premieres.

In a brief 2000 survey of his already-prolific output near the start of Fotopoulos’s career, Ed Halter wrote in the New York Press, “The films of James Fotopoulos examine heady esthetic and existential concerns through a unique hybrid of contemplative, delicate avant-garde formal effects and brutal low-budget body-horror, set within meticulously plotted structures that eschew typical experimental serendipity in favor of calculated auteurist rigor.” Fotopoulos works outside of the expected markets, making his work available mostly through his own Fantasma, Inc. His work is exemplary of both a certain strand of “underground” filmmaking orthodoxy along the lines of Richard Kern and Nick Zedd as well as art transgressing boundaries between film and video, cinema and artworld communities. The title of his 2000 film Migrating Forms seemed a handy metaphor for this, and it was adapted to provide the new identity for the former New York Underground Film Festival, which spotlights avantgarde or niche cinematic work across disciplines, cultures and themes. The first show, at 7:00 pm this evening, is of Chimera, a video set in the future on a minimal set in which “the fossilized beings of Ronald Reagan and William Casey enact their relationship as if in a crude ancient play.” The 9:15 pm program includes the world premieres of Untitled (Thanks. Get In…) and Thick Comb 2011, the former of which was written by legendary punk artist Raymond Pettibon (best known as the designer of the Black Flag logo). Tomorrow Anthology screens Alice in Wonderland, which had previously played at Microscope—read Amy Taubin’s glowing writeup on Artforum.

Dreamful Slumbers opens Saturday 6 to 9 pm at Microscope and runs through February 6.

Today

James Fotopoulos in Wonderland at Anthology Film Archives

  • Chimera. Details. Video. 2011. 96 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Untitled (Thanks. Get in…) (written by Raymond Pettibon) and Thick Comb 2011. Details. Video. 2008/2011. 86 min. 9:15 pm.

Essential Cinema at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Sunrise (F.W. Murnau). Details. 35mm. 1927. 95 min. 7:30 pm.

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & The Masters of Studio Ghibli at IFC Center
Series Details

  • Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2005. 114 min. 10:50 am.
  • Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1986. 124 min. 11:30 am, 9:30 pm.
  • My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1988. 86 min. 11:00 am, 6:35, 9:55 pm.
  • Ponyo (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 2009. 101 min. 12:45, 4:30 pm.
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1984. 116 min. 1:05, 7:10 pm.
  • Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1997. 134 min. 1:45 pm.
  • The Cat Returns (Yiroyuki Morita). Details. 35mm. 2002. 75 min. 2:50 pm.
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki). Details. 35mm. 1989. 102 min. 3:25 pm.
  • Ocean Waves (Tomomi Mochizuki). Details. 1995. 72 min. 5:30 and 8:25 pm.

Italian Treasures at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Scavengers (Ermanno Olmi). Details. 1969-1970. 95 min. 7:00 pm.

The Contenders 2011 at MoMA
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  • Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo García). Details. 2011. 8:00 pm.

La Ronde (Max Ophüls) at MoMADetails. 1950. 97 min. 1:30 pm.

Ongoing

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceyland) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 157 min. 1:00, 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Laura (Otto Preminger) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1949. 88 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:10 pm.

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