Alternative Visions 2020

September 1–November 4, 2020

Our annual experimental cinema showcase moves online this year with streaming programs of contemporary and historical avant-garde works and special guest presentations on handmade film, Latin American animation, and more.

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  • Kerry Laitala: Knee Jerk

  • Len Lye: Free Radicals

  • Despacito: A Quick Survey of Latin American Animation

  • TVTV: Four More Years

  • Vukica Đjilas: Diary Films (excerpt)

  • Sky Hopinka: maɬni—towards the ocean, towards the shore

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Upcoming Films

  • Four More Years

    TVTV
    United States, 1972

    Program Available for Three Days Only, October 20–22

    • Tuesday, October 20 All Day
    • Wednesday, October 21 All Day
    • Thursday, October 22 All Day
    Wednesday, October 21, 8:15 PM PDT: Livestream conversation: Allen Rucker, Megan Williams, and Steve Seid

    The dissident mediamakers of TVTV deliver a ragtag report from the 1972 Republican presidential convention, with Nixon up for reelection. Plus never-before-seen TVTV outtakes recently restored by BAMPFA.

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  • Portraits and the Sky: Yugoslav Experimental Films, 1960s–1990s


    Program Available for Three Days Only, October 27–29

    • Tuesday, October 27 All Day
    • Wednesday, October 28 All Day
    • Thursday, October 29 All Day
    Wednesday, October 28, 8:15 PM PDT: Livestream conversation: Petra Belc and Pavle Levi

    This selection of Yugoslav short films—including some extremely rare works—forms a gallery of experimental cinematic portraits, framed by two minimalist landscape films.

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  • maɬni—towards the ocean, towards the shore

    Sky Hopinka
    United States, 2019

    Program Available for One Day Only, Wednesday, November 4

    • Wednesday, November 4 All Day
    Wednesday, November 4, 8:30 PM PST: Livestream conversation: Sky Hopinka

    Honoring connections to nature and the cycles of life, Sky Hopinka’s poetic experimental documentary follows two Native Americans from the Pacific Northwest as they share their personal rituals and relationships to life, identity, language, and homeland.

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Past Films

  • Despacito: A Quick Survey of Latin American Animation

    • Tuesday, September 15 All Day
    • Wednesday, September 16 All Day
    • Thursday, September 17 All Day
    • Friday, September 18 All Day
    • Saturday, September 19 All Day
    • Sunday, September 20 All Day

    Program Available for Six Days Only, September 15–20

    Animator Simón Wilches-Castro presents a lively lecture on the history of animation in Latin America, illustrated with clips and short films.

    Wednesday, September 16, 8:30 PM PDT: Livestream discussion with Simón Wilches-Castro

  • Handmade Cinema

    • Tuesday, September 1 All Day
    • Wednesday, September 2 All Day
    • Thursday, September 3 All Day

    Program Available for Three Days Only, September 1–3

    Gregory Zinman, author of Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts, presents a selection of short works by artists who forgo photographic processes, instead making marks directly on film.

    Wednesday, September 2, 8:15 PM PDT: Livestream conversation: Gregory Zinman, Lynn Marie Kirby, Kerry Laitala, Greta Snider, and Jennifer West