Alternative Visions 2023

September 6–November 15, 2023

Our annual showcase of historical and current experimental film includes presentations by filmmakers including Peggy Ahwesh, Ernie Gehr, Jacqueline Goss, and Lindsay McIntyre, plus an exciting array of short films and guest-curated programs. 

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  • Charlotte Pryce: and so it came about (A Tale of Consequential Dormancy)

  • Ernie Gehr: Back in the Park

  • Paul Fillinger: Celebration of Life: Trees

  • Al Wong: Paper Sister

  • Peggy Ahwesh, Jacqueline Goss: OR119

  • Lindsay McIntyre: Her Silent Life

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Past Films

  • Seeing Them: The Films of Lindsay McIntyre

    • Wednesday, November 15 7 PM

    Canadian filmmaker and artist Lindsay McIntyre is of Inuit and settler descent. Her impressionistic films include portraits of people and the land and reflect on her complicated family history.

    Lindsay McIntyre In-Theater Livestream

  • What Was a Memory? What Was a Dream?: Experimental Films

    • Wednesday, November 8 7 PM

    The films in this program include portrayals and testimonies of family and friends and recognition of those who have passed. Works by Al Wong, Anna Kipervaser, Nadia Shihab, Courtney Stephens, Sky Hopinka, John Gianvito, and Keisha Rae Witherspoon.

    Al Wong and Nadia Shihab in Person

  • OR119

    • Wednesday, November 1 7 PM
    Peggy Ahwesh, Jacqueline Goss
    United States, 2022

    A collaboratively made musical that places the work of scientist and social thinker Wilhelm Reich in conversation with feminist thinkers. With related shorts films by Peggy Ahwesh and Jacqueline Goss.

    Peggy Ahwesh in Person

  • Nicaragua Hear-Say/See-Here

    • Wednesday, October 25 7 PM
    Jeffrey Skoller
    United States, Nicaragua, 1986

    Cosponsored by Canyon Cinema

    Celebrating Jeffrey Skoller’s many years cocurating Alternative Visions, we present his 1986 “image-sound tapestry” of Nicaragua and his recent portrait of his neighbor, two films reflecting on US involvement in wars.

    Jeffrey Skoller in Person

  • Breaking Ground: Queer Asian Experimental Video

    • Wednesday, October 18 7 PM

    Featuring works spanning 1984 to 2000, this program takes a historical and archival view of the experimental video practices of queer Asian filmmakers and visual artists. 

    Introduced by Leeroy K. Y. Kang

  • Festival of (In)appropriation 2023

    • Wednesday, October 11 7 PM

    A selection of recent experimental cinema from the Festival of (In)appropriation, using a wide array of found media and pushing the limits of collage, remix, and more.

    Introduced by Jaimie Baron

  • Forgotten Lives and Disappeared Worlds: Experimental Films

    • Wednesday, October 4 7 PM

    The films in this program reflect on what is seen and unseen. Histories are suggested but not explicit. The contact between humans and nature is central. With works by Eve Heller, Emily Chao, Kevin Jerome Everson, Adam Piron, Heehyun Choi, and Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin.

    Introduced by Emily Chao

  • A Place to Be: The Experiential Cinema of Paul Fillinger

    • Wednesday, September 27 7 PM

    Paul Fillinger’s magical educational films made with his children transform the genre into what he calls experiential cinema, celebrating curiosity and connection to nature. 

    Paul Fillinger, Adrianne Finelli, and Jon Shibata in Conversation

  • Ernie’s Urban Delights

    • Wednesday, September 20 7 PM

    Cosponsored by Canyon Cinema

    Ernie Gehr has always filmed the urban spaces where he lives and visits, finding abstractions, reflections, and “digital delirium.” We present four of his recent city films, “profoundly cinematic experiences of place” (Haden Guest).

    Ernie Gehr in Person

  • Three Experimental Films by Jerome Hiler: Program One

    • Wednesday, September 13 7 PM

    All three films in this program—Words of Mercury, Bagatelle II, and In the Stone House—represent a journey of sorts, and between them they include footage from throughout Jerome Hiler’s filmmaking life.

    Jerome Hiler in Person

  • L’age d’or

    • Wednesday, September 6 7 PM
    Luis Buñuel
    France, 1930

    New Digital Restorations

    Luis Buñuel partnered with legendary artist Salvador Dalí for two incendiary Surrealist films that both scandalized audiences. Decades later, they still shock. With Un chien Andalou.