Wednesday, November 30

THE IMPROBABLE MADE POSSIBLE at Spectacle Theater

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Featured screening: The Improbable Made Possible: The Parallel Worlds of Speculative Fiction and Direct Observation at Spectacle Theater

Tonight at Spectacle Theater artist and curator Lorenzo Gattorna and The Czech Center present The Improbable Made Possible: The Parallel Worlds of Speculative Fiction and Direct Observation. This group show encompasses the work of seven artists, five of which will be in attendance: Gattorna, Joseph Bennett, Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker, Ryan Marino and Petr Vaclav, a Czech filmmaker who is visiting from Europe. (His feature Parallel Worlds was featured yesterday.) Films by Shirley Clarke and Marie Menken are also on the program. Like the majority of the work, they will be projected on 16mm.

The Improbable Made Possible comprises nonnarrative films and videos loosely organized around the theme of science fiction, or what SF literary critic Darko Suvin described as “an imaginative framework alternative to the author’s empirical environment.” Clarke’s Bridges Go Round will begin the program, familiarly enough, with images of New York City’s various bridges; yet portrayed in high contrast, tinted bold colors, photographed from various obtuse perspectives and superimposed over each other through rhythmic editing and perpetual motion, the common landmarks take on extraordinary dimensions. Smulewicz-Zucker’s abstract black-and-white work harkens back to Peter Kubelka’s exploration of light and shadow, the fundamentals of cinema. And Marino’s All That Remains (pictured above), described as “a study in the light, textures and ghosts that make up the abandoned,” portrays manmade structures subsumed by nature, recalling images from SF writers like J.G. Ballard. In Madame Le Murie, first shown 1993, Vaclav portrays an aging member of an aristocratic Czech family who had roughed up its mansion to avoid the ire of the communists.

Tonight’s program begins at 7:30 and runs about an hour and a half followed by discussion with the filmmakers.

Also Recommended

It’s the last Wednesday of the month, and tonight Dirty Looks, a monthly queer experimental film and video series curated by Bradford Nordeen, heads to Participant Inc. for Ununseen Cloud, which “collects three intimate video portraits that capture their subjects in varying, extreme states.” Artists on the program include Dani Leventhal, Cecilia Dougherty and Leslie Thornton.

Scandinavia House‘s Figures in Landscape: Nature and Narrative in Norway series continues tonight with The Hunt, the debut feature by Erik Løchen. The story concerns a married couple and the husband’s friend on a camping trip in the country. As the description has it, “once they arrive, we hear their thoughts, memories, and fears, moving between each characters’ private visions and the story world often without warning, until personal and public space blur. Like another 1959 release, Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon AmourThe Hunt shows how the past can be so alive that it overwhelms the present.”

And camping among the landscape of the Yorkshire Moors features prominently in the opening scenes of An American Werewolf in London, John Landis‘ seminal horror comedy renowned for its genuine chills and top notch special effects by Rick Baker. Frank Oz, who through the city’s muppet mania has somehow contributed to a repertory release screening nearly everyday for months now, makes one of his first on screen appearances here. That’s tonight at BAMcinématek on a double bill with Landis’s vintage-trailer comp Coming Soon.

Today

See You Next Wednesday: 8 Films by John Landis at BAMcinématek
2-for-1 Double Feature running at 6:30 and 9:30 pm. Details.

  • An American Werewolf in London. 35mm. 1981. 104 min.
  • Coming Soon. VHS. 1982. 55 min.

The 6th Annual Romanian Film Festival at The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Morgen (Marian Crişan). Details. Director in attendance and reception to follow. 2010. 100 min. 7:30 pm.

Five Weddings and a Felony (Josh Freed) at 92YTribeca. Details. Freed in attendance. Digital projection. 2010. 76 min. 7:30 pm.
Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 7 pm.
Popular Unrest (Melanie Gilligan) at Exitart. Details. Q&A with Gilligan. Bluray. 2009. 60 min. 7:30 pm.
The Sound of Music (Robert Wise) at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. 173 min. 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
The Baader Mainhof Complex (Uli Edel) at The Goethe-Institut. Details. 150 min. 2008. 6:30 pm.
White Heat (Raoul Walsh) at MoMADetails. 1949. 113 min. 1:30 pm.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay) at MoMA. Q&A with Tilda Swinton and a DJ set by Huggy Bear. Details. 2011. 112 min. 8 pm. SOLD OUT
Dirty Looks: An Unseen Cloud at Participant Inc.. Details. Work by Dani Leventhal, Cecilia Dougherty and Leslie Thornton. Presented in partnership with Women Make Movies. 8 pm.
The Hunt (Erik Løchen) at Scandinavia House. Details. 1959. 94 min. 6 pm.
The Improbable Made Possible: The Parallel Worlds of Speculative Fiction and Direct Observation at Spectacle Theater. Details. Work by Joseph Bennet, Shirley Clarke, Lorenzo Gattorna, Ryan Marino, Marie Menken, Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker and. Petr Vaclav. Bennett, Gattorna, Smulewicz-Zucker and Vaclav in attendance. 16mm and digital. 84 min. 7:30 pm.

Ongoing

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1943. 163 min. 1, 4:10 and 7:20 pm.
Tomboy (Céline Sciamma) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 82 min. 1, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8 and 10 pm.
Khodorkovsky (Cyril Tuschi) at Film Forum. Details. 2010. 111 min. 1, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10 pm.
How to Make a Book with Steidl (Gereon Wetzel & Jörg Adolph) at MoMADetails. 2010. 88 min. 5 pm.

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