Alternative Visions 2019

September 4–November 13, 2019

Our annual series of avant-garde and artist-made films returns with a stellar roster of in-person guests, as well as programs of strange and wonderful surrealist works from around the world.

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  • Jodie Mack: Yard Work Is Hard Work

  • Scott Stark: Bloom

  • José Rodriguez Soltero: Lupe

  • Stacey Steers: Phantom Canyon

  • Sky Hopinka: Dislocation Blues

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Past Films

  • The Time of “Women’s Work”

    • Wednesday, November 13 7 PM

    The temporalities of “women’s work,” as seen by experimental filmmakers Chick Strand, Harun Farocki, Nicolás Pereda, and Elisa Giardina Papa.

    Introduction by Jeffrey Skoller

  • Afterimage: Sky Hopinka in Person

    • Wednesday, October 30 7 PM

    Indigenous filmmaker Sky Hopinka presents his “ethnopoetic” films, “wellsprings of beauty and mystery, filled with surprising confluences of speech and song, color and motion” (Artforum).

    Sky Hopinka and Almudena Escobar López in Conversation

  • Found Images: Films by Scott Stark

    • Wednesday, October 16 7 PM

    Found footage maestro Scott Stark twists the detritus of industrial imagery into (in his words) “a pulsing, kinetic, intensely dramatic visual joyride.” He presents films made over the last three decades, plus the performance piece Love and the Epiphanists.

    Scott Stark in Person

  • L’age d’or

    • Wednesday, October 2 7 PM
    Luis Buñuel
    France, 1930

    Buñuel’s Surrealist classic, cowritten by Salvador Dali, represents a golden age of revolutionary filmmaking, a cinema of humor, eros, and outrage. With Jean Vigo’s À propos de Nice.

  • Ism, Ism, Ism: Latin Camp

    • Wednesday, September 25 7 PM

    Hollywood glamour is destabilized, appropriated, and filtered through a camp lens in this program of shorts by Teo Hernandez, Eduardo Solá Franco, Horacio Vallereggio, and José Rodriguez Soltero.

  • Jodie Mack: Pattern Language

    • Wednesday, September 18 7 PM

    Jodie Mack’s exuberant animations explore the poetic possibilities of the materials and patterns of everyday life. This program features films by Mack alongside works by animators she admires.

    Jodie Mack in Person

  • Surrealistic Animations by Stacey Steers

    • Wednesday, September 11 7 PM

    Stacey Steers’s handmade, hypnotic collage animations make use of materials from silent cinema footage to nineteenth-century prints. She presents several collage works plus the hand-drawn Totem and a lecture on the creative process.

    Stacey Steers in Person

  • Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster: Latin Surrealism

    • Wednesday, September 4 7 PM

    A program of works from Latin America exploring cinema’s oneiric, disturbing, and irrational potential, including Raúl Ruiz’s first short and a lost treasure from Colombia codirected by Gabriel García Márquez.

    Introduction by Tarek Elhaik