Kelly Sears: A Tone Halfway Between Lightness and Darkness
The Washing Society
As Above, So Below
Tomonari Nishikawa: Tokyo - Ebisu
Three works bear personal witness to collective histories, from Auschwitz to the Japanese internment to postwar Japan: Rea Tajiri’s History and Memory, Abraham Ravett’s The March, and Jeffrey Skoller’s recent The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors.
Clark’s drama of post-Watts resistance and black power is a rediscovered masterpiece and a key work of the L.A. Rebellion. With Frances Bodomo’s short Everybody Dies!
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Interweaving works by a pioneering Austrian and a contemporary US-based Japanese filmmaker, this program highlights connections across continents and generations animating the structural filmmaking tradition.
Empty Metal takes place in a world similar to ours—one of mass surveillance, pervasive policing, and increasing individual apathy—as it follows the lives of several people attempting to bring about change. With short The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets.
Olesker and Sachs fold the history of labor and immigration into this intimate chronicle of the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat. With Sachs’s Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor and Gunvor Nelson’s Old Digs.
A trip through Latin American films, from polemics to poetics, that use appropriation as a form of critique and a strategy of decolonization. Featuring found-footage works by Luis Ospina, Alfredo Salomón, Enrique Colina, Marisol Trujillo, and others.
Restored 16mm Print
The legendary, gender-obliterating funfest unleashed by the cantankerous cross-dressing Cockettes shines on in this immaculate restored print.
Seemingly poles apart, Brakhage and Méliès were both independent spirits, explorers of the mythic and the everyday. This program features the rarely screened The Loom and other works by Brakhage as well as Méliès’s The Kingdom of the Fairies.
Revisit Warhol’s famous Factory with this portrait of young heiress Edie Sedgwick, who “was, quite simply, a dazzling film presence” (New York Times). Preceded by a selection of Warhol’s screen tests.
Sears’s experimental animations, collaged from materials ranging from first aid handbooks and high school yearbooks to military newsreels and exercise tapes, are “witty, savvy, ironic, poetic, exhilarating, even cosmic” (Craig Baldwin).
A program of films by a pioneering French avant-garde filmmaker who aimed “to give more space to sensations and dreams,” including short experimental works and her masterpiece, The Smiling Madame Beudet.