In-person appearances, special series, and premieres:
Behind the Seen-Walter Murch on Feature Film Editing: A Conversation with Charles Koppelman-Friday, October 29. Consummate editor and sound editor Murch-winner of an Oscar for sound for Apocalypse Now and two Oscars (film editing and sound mixing) for The English Patient-has been hailed as a master craftsman since his sound editing supervision on such films as The Godfather, American Graffiti, The Godfather Part II, and The Conversation. He will discuss his work with screenwriter and film director Charles Koppelman, author of Behind the Seen: Walter Murch on Feature Film Editing, Final Cut Pro, and the Future of Cinema, a behind-the-scenes account of Murch's editing work on Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain. Murch and Koppelman will sign copies of the book, which will be available at the screening, and is on sale at the Museum Store.
Alternative Visions-Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26
Our Tuesday offerings of avant-garde and experimental cinema include, on October 5, an in-person presentation by Julie Murray, who creates gorgeous, edgy or sensual, deftly edited found-footage films. JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film, on October 19 and 26, offers a rare opportunity to discover the subversive energy of Japanese experimental film. Introduced by Jonathan M. Hall and Michelle Puetz.
The Magic Worlds of Czech Animation: Jirí Trnka and Jirí Bárta-October 3, 6, and 7
"Anything can be made to move, anything can be played with": A tribute to the inventive, poetic, and incisive films of world-famous Czech animators Jirí Trnka and Jirí Bárta. Introduced by Russell Merritt, October 3.
Documentary Voices: Anand Patwardhan-October 7 – 24
Can a documentary change the world? We'll see in November. Anand Patwardhan, India's Michael Moore, has called himself "a non-serious human being forced by circumstance to make serious films." With a keen eye, a wry voice, and passionate political commitment he has examined Indian and global realities-economic inequality, environmental devastation, and the challenges of this era of fundamentalism and nationalism. Artist in person, October 21–24. Read the full press release
Fiercely Primitive: The Films of Guy Maddin + Director's Choice/Guy Maddin Selects-October 8–10, 13, 15–17, 20, 27, 30, 31. "Uncompromisingly idiosyncratic" is how the LA Weekly described Guy Maddin, the Canadian director best known here for Careful and the more recent The Saddest Music in the World. We are pleased to present the Bay Area premiere of his latest, Cowards Bend the Knee, where he once again uses humor and silent-era tactics to evoke a troubled nostalgia. For our Director's Choice screenings, Maddin has selected nine films from the cinematic past that haunts his creative world. Artist in person, October 8–10. Read the full press release.