What’s Showing Today? Saturday, January 7
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Featured Screening: Occupy Wall Street at Anthology Film Archives co-organized by Occupy Cinema
This weekend Anthology Film Archives is doing a two-day, three-program series spotlighting film and video related to the Occupy Wall Street co-organized by and benefitting Occupy Cinema, a collective working with the NYC General Assembly Arts & Culture Working Group.
Over the last few months I’ve felt incredibly fortunate and inspired to have worked with Occupy Cinema. Our group has facilitated screenings in pre- and post-raid Liberty Plaza and done a number of additional direct actions and outreach events. Members include many artists, filmmakers, distributors and friends whom I greatly admire. One of the beautiful things about OWS is there as an incredible space to put one’s own passions and expertise to work for the movement, which has been especially welcoming of artists. Likewise, artists have shown a great deal of support—one of which from Day One has been Ken Jacobs, whose recent work Occupy Cinema screened the evening of Sunday, November 13, barely over 24 hours before the NYPD forcibly evicted the Liberty Plaza encampment. This program, which includes his most recent work Seeking the Monkey King, is duplicated during tonight’s 5:15 show, for which Jacobs and composer J.G. Thirlwell are expected to be in attendance. Later that evening, Occupy Cinema will screen a collection of footage from international occupations along with several local videos and makers in attendance. Among those is the premiere of Occupy Cinema’s documentation of it’s recent actions at Charging Bull—teasers here and here. That’s followed by Travis Wilkerson‘s Injury to One about labor organizer Frank Little. Sunday, Peter Whitehead‘s amazing experimental documentary The Fall rounds out the program.
There’s been a good deal of press for the program if you’d like to learn more. I was recently interviewed on WBAI along with some clips from Occupy Cinema’s video, and so was Travis Wilkerson. J. Hoberman’s final published piece for the Village Voice is an enthusiastic writeup of Seeking the Monkey King, and Steve Macfarlane has written an appreciation of The Fall for L. This is a very special group of screenings, and I hope you’ll make it out!
This is a big weekend for projects I’ve participated in, and readers will have to indulge another bit of semi-self-promotion as tomorrow I feature The Films of Roland Klick, organized with Spectacle Theater and the generous collaboration of distributor Filmgalerie 451. In brief, Klick is one of the great filmmakers of the 1970s and ’80s, yet largely neglected in his native Germany and virtually unknown abroad. During his active years he received a number of German film awards and popular acclaim, but his contemporaries in the Young German Cinema marginalized his work from the arthouse circuit for its perceived anti-intellectualism—a not entirely invalid view relative to their own work, but certainly not compared to young Hollywood auteurs of the same period. He was subsequently written out of history (there is virtually no substantial English-language information about his films, though composer Irmin Schmidt of CAN discussed Deadlock‘s production with me back in the spring), but just recently a few upcoming German filmmakers and writers have been championing his work. His most should-be notorious, perhaps never before shown uncut in the United States, is White Star, which kicks off the series. It represents Dennis Hopper‘s honest-to-God most unhinged, terrifying performance. He plays a seedy concert promoter in this dystopian synthpunk musical, which is something like a cross between Gary Numan, Road Warrior, vampirism and quaaludes. You won’t see it anywhere other than Spectacle, so, as Hopper shouts into a bullhorn while smashing a martini glass and waving a shiv in this movie—while driving—Don’t fuck this up. (Don’t think this actually happens in the movie, but such is its cumulative effect.) Also tonight: Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and Hard Rock Zombies at midnight.
Tonight Microscope Gallery opens its James Fotopoulos show from 6 to 9 pm with the potential of going late for those heading over from Anthology. As they describe, “Fotopoulos, who was featured at the Whitney Biennial and at MoMA in the mid-2000s, made the works in Dreamful Slumbers during a period ‘fueled by a disinterest in many modes of current art production I found myself either tangled in or standing too close too = like standing too close to a fire.’ This was a time of intense artistic introspection during which Fotopoulos felt ‘…that if I couldn’t succeed in harnessing these images and emotions using those methods (turning my back on all the current technology which I had been absorbed in), then I should stop making work.’ That Fotopoulos had by already made over 100 films and videos ranging from features to under 30 seconds only emphasizes the gravity of this statement.”
- Sunrise (F.W. Murnau). Details. 35mm. 1927. 95 min. 5:00 pm.
- The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini). Details. 35mm. 1949. 85 min. 7:00 pm.
- I Was Born, But… (Yasujiro Ozu). Details. 35mm. 1932. 100 min. 9:00 pm.
Occupy Wall Street at AFA at Anthology Film Archives
- Ken Jacobs Program. Details. Duplicates program presented by Occupy Cinema in Liberty Plaza. Jacobs and composer J.G. Thirlwell expected to be in attendance. Video. 2006-2011. 90 min. 5:15 pm.
- Occupy Cinema Presents: News from the Night including An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson) with clips from Occupations around the world. Details. Members of Occupy Cinema and several artists in attendance. Video. 2002/2011. 7:15 pm.
- Au Hasard Balthazar. Details. 1966. 95 min. 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm.
- Explorers (Joe Dante). Details. Digital. 1985. 109 min. 11:00 am.
- Monsoon (Raj Kapoor). Details. 1949. 171 min. 2:30 pm.
- Boot Polish (Prakash Arora). Details. 1953. 149 min. 6:45 pm.
- The Muppet Show: Rita Moreno/Carol Burnett. Details. 50 min. 1:00 pm.
- The Silence of Peleshian (Pietro Marcello). Details. 2011. 52 min. 2:30 pm.
- Without (Mark Jackson). Details. Mark Jackson, Jessica Dimmock and Joslyn Jensen in attendance. 2011. 88 min. 5:00 pm.
- Elena (Andrei Zvyagintsev). Details. 2011. 109 min. 7:30 pm.
- Desperate Teenage Love Dolls (David Markey). Details. 1984. 60 min. 7:30 pm.
- White Star. Details. 1983. 92 min. 9:30 pm.
Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky) at IFC Center. Details. 1973. 113 min. 11:50 pm.
The Road Warrior (George Miller) at IFC Center. Details. HD. 1981. 94 min. 12:10 am.
Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg) at IFC Center. Details. 1993. 127 min. 12:25 am.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg) at IFC Center. Details. 1981. 115 min. 12:20 am.
Newsies (Kenny Ortega) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1992. 121 min.
Hard Rock Zombies (Krishna Shah) at Spectacle Theater. Details. 1985. 98 min.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceyland) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 157 min. 1:00, 5:30 and 8:30 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
- Haris Epaminonda “Projects 96” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through February 20.
- Sanja Iveković “Sweet Violence” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 26.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through January.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through March 12.
- The User: The New Auteur at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through March 4.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
- Roy Lichtenstein “Three Landscapes: A Film Installation” at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $18 general/$12 students, seniors, ages 19-25/free for under 18. Pay-as-you-wash Friday 6-9 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Through February 12.
- Aleksandra Mir “The Seduction of Galileo Galilei” at The Whitney Museum, Upper East Side. $18 general/$12 students, seniors, ages 19-25, free for under 18. Pay-as-you-wash Fridays 6-9 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Through February 19.
Below listed North-South
- Mary Reid Kelley “The Syphilis of Sisyphus” at Fredericks & Freiser. Closed Sunday/Monday. Ends January 7.
- Gordon Matta-Clark “City Slivers” on the High Line. Dusk to 10 pm through January 24.
- James Fotopoulos “Dreamful Slumbers” at Microscope Gallery. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Ends February 6.