Out of the Vault

January 13–February 21, 2019

Delve into BAMPFA’s collection of avant-garde film with screenings of work by Frank Stauffacher, Warren Sonbert, and Nathaniel Dorsky, plus a program guest curated by The Black Aesthetic.

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  • Nathaniel Dorsky: The Dreamer

  • Warren Sonbert: Short Fuse

  • Frank Stauffacher: Notes on the Port of St. Francis

  • Black Interiors: Sermons and Sacred Pictures

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  • Hall of Mirrors: Four Films by Warren Sonbert


    • Sunday, January 13 4 PM
    Introduction by Alan Bernheimer

    A tribute to one of the seminal figures in American experimental film, featuring the shorts Hall of Mirrors, Divided Loyalties, The Cup and the Lip, and Short Fuse, as well as personal remembrances and audio clips.

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  • The Films of Frank Stauffacher


    • Sunday, January 27 2 PM
    Barbara Stauffacher Solomon in Person

    A local art cinema pioneer in the 1940s, Stauffacher made films celebrating the Bay Area’s history, landscape, and urban sites. We present his three short works, plus James Broughton’s Mother’s Day, with cinematography by Stauffacher.

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  • Four Films by Nathaniel Dorsky


    • Saturday, February 9 8 PM
    Nathaniel Dorsky in Person

    Nathaniel Dorsky returns to BAMPFA with this program of four films made since 2012, reflecting on the passing of friends, the passing of years, and the changing of seasons. On the program: August and After, The Dreamer, Autumn, and Colophon.

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  • Arboretum Cycle

    Nathaniel Dorsky
    United States, 2017
    • Friday, February 15 7 PM

    Dorsky’s complete Arboretum Cycle, films (in the artist's words) “on a single subject, and that subject would be the light." “The experience of watching the Arboretum Cycle in its entirety is in some very large sense stunning” (Max Goldberg).

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  • Black Interiors: Spirit


    • Thursday, February 21 7 PM
    The Black Aesthetic and Marvin K. White in Person

    Local collective The Black Aesthetic present rarely seen educational, ethnographic, and experimental works exploring the theme of black interiors: Lynne Sachs’s Sermons and Sacred Pictures and two films on the famous folk singer Bessie Jones.

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