• Kerry Laitala: Knee Jerk
  • Len Lye: Free Radicals

Handmade Cinema

Program Available for Three Days Only, September 1–3

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Livestream Conversation
Gregory Zinman and Filmmakers
Wednesday, September 2, 8:15 PM PDT

Join us for a live conversation with Gregory Zinman, author of Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts, and filmmakers Lynn Marie Kirby, Kerry Laitala, Greta Snider, and Jennifer West. Access is included with rental of the streaming film program; you will receive an access link via email prior to the event.

Gregory Zinman’s recent book Making Images Move: Handmade Cinema and the Other Arts explores the world of artists who create moving image work without using photographic processes, instead directly scratching or painting on celluloid or deteriorating it with bleach or through organic processes. For this program, he presents a recorded lecture along with a selection of works, largely abstract, that trace this alternative history. As he relates, “While the goal of elevating or transcending abstract painting remains evident in many of the works to be screened, their diverging concerns extend into a variety of other arenas—Brakhage’s engagement with literature, Uman’s feminist erotics, Nishikawa’s ecological ruminations—demonstrating the many ways that handmade cinema acts as counter-cinema, in concept, material, and execution.”

Films in this Screening

Free Radicals

Len Lye, United States, 1958, revised 1979

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 4 mins
source
  • BAMPFA

Cocktail de rayas

Eduardo Darino, Uruguay, 1964

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 2 mins
source
  • Film-Makers' Cooperative

Dante Quartet

Stan Brakhage, United States, 1987

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 16mm and 35mm transferred to digital
  • Silent
  • 6 mins
permission
  • Canyon Cinema

Flight

Greta Snider, United States, 1996

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • Silent
  • 7 mins
source
  • Canyon Cinema

Removed

Naomi Uman, United States, 1999

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 6 mins
source
  • Canyon Cinema

Knee Jerk

Kerry Laitala, United States, 2018

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 6 mins
source
  • Canyon Cinema

Motion Picture Genocide

Robert Banks, United States, 1997/2002

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 16mm transferred to digital
  • 4 mins
source
  • Robert Banks

Recycled Realizations

Jon Behrens, United States, 2017

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 35mm transferred to digital
  • 4 mins
source
  • Canyon Cinema

Salt Crystals Spiral Jetty Dead Sea Five Year Film

Jennifer West, United States, 2013

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • 70mm negative transferred to digital
  • Silent
  • 1 mins
source
  • Jennifer West

sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars

Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2014

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm transferred to digital
  • 2 mins
source
  • Canyon Cinema

St. Ignatius Church Exposure: Lenten Light Conversions

Lynn Marie Kirby, United States, 2004

FILM DETAILS 
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  • Color
  • Digital
  • Silent
  • 2 mins
source
  • Lynn Marie Kirby