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SF Cinematheque presents: CROSSROADS 10

presented June 7–9 by San Francisco Cinematheque
and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

curated by Steve Polta
all programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street (at Mission) in SF
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Tickets for all screenings as well as Saturday/Sunday day passes available here

Pictured above: Lines of Force (2018) by Dan Browne


CROSSROADS 10 program 1
Friday, June 7 at 7 pm
unseeable light/a chorus of voids
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artists in person: Brent Coughenour, Kris Force and Michael A. Morris
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CROSSROADS 10 opens with an entirely live program featuring a sensuously intense trio of immersive film/video performances that blur the lines between media. Kris Force’s Diamond Body presents a macroscopic video score for an electroacoustically activated string quintet. Michael A. Morris’s A Chorus of Black Voids Sings In Rays of Unseeable Light fuses 16mm film projection, analog video synthesis, and digital video re-projection. Brent Coughenour’s The Sick Sense 2 delivers a hallucinatory, flickering otoacoustic sine wave performance that pushes the perceptual system to its limits.

SCREENING: The Sick Sense 2 (2019) by Brent Coughenour; A Chorus of Black Voids Sings In Rays of Unseeable Light (2017) by Michael A. Morris; and Diamond Body (2018) by Kris Force
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 2
Friday, June 7 at 9:15 pm
strange weather
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artists in person: Emily Chao, Jon-Sesrie Goff and Lydia Moyer
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Lydia Moyer’s masterful The Forcing caps a program of bracing, insistent views of turbulent times: glimpses of the shattered American landscape in the context of global climate change, political contraction, resistance, conflict, survival, and the strange immediacy of life experienced through screens. Suns beat our bones down while buzzard drones wing around. Confrontations with the infinite image bank stream through an abiding universe.

SCREENING: No Land (2018) by Emily Chao; This Climate (2017) by Jem CohenA Post Post-Racial Apolitical Ode (Colored Collage #3) (2018) by Jon-Sesrie Goff; and The Forcing (2018) by Lydia Moyer
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 3
Saturday, June 8 at 1 pm
other voices other rooms
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artist in person: Cristiana Miranda
Advance tickets (single screening) available here.
Saturday, June 8 CROSSROADS festival day pass available here.
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Opening with a silent meditation on the cosmos, a study in celestial motion, these films critique the touristic gaze and blur the boundaries between the virtual and the real, between ethnography and fiction and rewrite traumatic histories while presenting visions both utopian and dystopic. Dynastic imaginary spaces erupt into our physical plane while virtual geographies turn back on themselves endlessly. A chorus of feminine voices, the deep murmur of subterranean waters, written and dreamed words, laughter, the ecstasy of rediscovered memory, the enlightenment.

SCREENING: Polly One (2018) by Kevin Jerome EversonA Room with a Coconut View (2018) by Tulapop SaenjaroenEl Laberinto/The Labyrinth (2018) by Laura Huertas Millán; and So many voices in the silence now/Tantas vozes no silêncio do agora (2018) by Cristiana Miranda
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 4
Saturday, June 8 at 3:15 pm
yes yes yes no no no
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Community Partner: GAZE
Anticipated artists in personRichard Ashrowan, Lorenzo Gattorna, Lucy Kerr, Courtney Stephens, and T2R/Laura Gillmore
Advance tickets available here.
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This program is dedicated to the memory of Carolee Schneemann (1939–2019).

Opening with Richard Ashrowen’s gestural Lumen, this program draws inspiration from the legacy of the departed Carolee Schneemann. These introspective films examine familial, filial, and romantic love, and love that is fading, blooming, and exorcised. Public and private performance, from the bedroom to the street. Moments of hesitation and connection. We’ve learned the languages of our masters. What geometry of desire will help overthrow the state? Meow.

SCREENING: Lumen (2018) by Richard AshrowanTo every bird, its own nest is beautiful/A ogni uccello il suo nido è bello (2018) by Lorenzo Gattorna3 Dreams of Horses (2018) by Mike HoolboomLydon (2018) by Lucy KerrMixed Signals (2018) by Courtney Stephenscold soup, pubic hair, raw meat (2018) by T2R/Laura Gillmore; The Bed and the Street (2018) by Heather Frise and Mike Hoolboom; Viet-Flakes (1965) by Carolee Schneemann; and Plumb Line (1971) by Carolee Schneemann
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 5
Saturday, June 8 at 5:15 pm
feeling gravity’s pull
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artists in person: Lyndsay Bloom, Lucy Kerr, Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu, Shona Masarin and Diana Sánchez
Advance tickets available here.
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There are so many stories and none of them are true. Lucy Kerr’s video/performance hybrid while you were awaygrounds a program of ascending bodies and bodies in collapse, mirrored, uplifted and adrift in the universe. Images of absence expose distance between actual and virtual selves. Tenderness. Suspension. Turn the pages of a book. Are these the rules of the game?

SCREENING: Ruins (2018) by Shona MasarinOven Scene (2018), Lyndsay BloomA Soft Place to Fall (2018) by Nan WangThe Pull (2017) by Elena ArtemenkoA Study of Fly (2018) by Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu; while you were away (2019) by Lucy KerrDorothy (2018) by Diana Sánchez; Giverny I (Négresse Impériale) (2017) by Ja’Tovia GaryBetween Dog and Wolf (2018) by Julia Dogra-Brazell; and you are not alone (2017) by Esther Urlus
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 6
Saturday, June 8 at 8 pm
our minds were light-years distant
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artists in person: Jeanne Liotta, Arte Matu, Lydia Moyer and T2R/Laura Gillmore
Advance tickets available here.
Saturday, June 8 CROSSROADS festival day pass available here.
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Jeanne Liotta’s tour de force projection performance Path of Totality spins the most ecstatic of the cinematic from flickering loops and household objects to create a luminous show and tell that transmutates base matter to pure energy. Path of Totality anchors a program of discovered sights, found sounds, and meditations on the fragility of life and the inner lives of the inanimate. Reports from the world reinforce the urgency of our actions: forced, folded, and coaxed to motion.

SCREENING: Night Eyes (2019) by Arte MatuThe Forcing (epilogue) (2018) by Lydia MoyerFluorescent Girl (2018) by Janie GeiserValeria Street (2018) by Janie GeiserPreemptive Listening (part 1: The Fork in the Road) (2018) by Aura SatzHow to Fold a Napkin (2018) by T2R/Laura Gillmore; and Path of Totality (2017) by Jeanne Liotta
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 7
Sunday, June 9 at 12:30 pm
the end and the beginning were always there
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Community Partner: Canyon Cinema Foundation
Anticipated artists in person: Vasilios Papaioannu and Charlotte Pryce
Advance tickets available here.
Sunday, June 9 CROSSROADS festival day pass available here.
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This program is dedicated to the memory of filmmakers Jonathan Schwartz (1973–2018) and Robert Todd (1963–2018).

Memorials to departed friends. Life is in the light; we pass through it, unevenly, but beautifully. Lines of force, spanning generations; the garden seems unchanged. Speculative science and speculative magic. Where are you, systems of planets? Thank you for your presence in this life.

SCREENING: A Leaf is the Sea is a Theatre (2018) by Jonathan Schwartz; LightFall (2016) by Robert ToddLight Licks: Pardes: Counting Flowers on the Wall (2018) by Saul LevineLines of Force (2018) by Dan BrowneTwo (2018) by Vasilios PapaioannuGathering Moss (2018) by Erin Espelie; and Pwdre Ser  the rot of stars (2018) by Charlotte Pryce
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 8
Sunday, June 9 at 2:45 pm
a friend becomes like a ghost
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artists in person: Anna Kipervasser, Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu and Rajee Samarasinghe
Advance tickets available here.
Sunday, June 9 CROSSROADS festival day pass available here.
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Reflective films on origins and endings, on lifespan, on intergenerational dialog and communication with past and future selves. Patient enactments of transmutation. Tender animations of the inanimate. A blurred face, a distant memory, a circling back to a beginning. Inner states superimposed on the world and a universe filled with every day with stars. How long has it been since we have not seen each other?

SCREENING: Song X (2017) by Pathompon Mont TesperateepWhen It Is Still (2018) by Anna Kipervasereveryday star (2018) by Rajee SamarasingheTranscript (2018) by Erica SheuAfter DeCarava (2018) by Paige Taul; and How Old Are You? How Old Were You? (2017) by Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 9
Sunday, June 9 at 4:45 pm
century plant in bloom
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artists in person: Zachary Epcar, Salma Shamel, Syd Staiti and Eric Stewart
Advance tickets available here.
Sunday, June 9 CROSSROADS festival day pass available here.
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Far-reaching and speculative video essays on digital archives, the 2011 Egyptian revolution and the visuality of contemporary surveillance cap a program on landscape, space and time in our technological and political moment. Considering magnetic desert ufology, exploring the lovely and lonely landscapes of local BART parking lots, and contemplating the aesthetics of Croatian military camouflage, these films ponder the place of humans in our mediated twenty-first century. Night vision cameras, binoculars, heat detectors and drones have their own ways of seeing the world. The landscape appears flat. The drone knows. There are 360 points in a circle.

SCREENING: POINTS (2019) by Syd Staiti; Life After Love (2018) by Zachary EpcarThe Air of the Earth in Your Lungs (2018) by Ross MeckfesselHelios (2018) by Eric StewartThose That Tremble as if They Were Mad (2018) by Salma Shamel; and Waypoint, Follow, Orbit, Focus, Track, Pan (2017) by eteam
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 program 10
Sunday, June 9 at 7 pm
i’ve returned to see how strange it feels
presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Anticipated artists in person: Ben Balcom and Scott Stark
Advance tickets available here.
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Love floats through Hollywood cinema like a flaming dirigible.
— Scott Stark

CROSSROADS 10 culminates with Scott Stark’s Love and the Epiphanists—a sprawling quasi narrative sci-fi performance hybrid based on re-printed and re-purposed Hollywood film trailers. Throughout the program, explosions, eros and (of course) apocalypse abound as history unreels and and we fade to a marvellous view. Dig and search for the meaning of such unexpected life.

SCREENING: Atomic Garden (2018) by Ana Vaz; Love Seat (2017) by Lyndsay BloomThe Sequence of Years (2018) by Ben BalcomFountains of Paris (2018) by Stephen BroomerSaturno (2019) by Colectivo Los ingrávidos; and Love and the Epiphanists (Part 1) (2018) by Scott Stark
Full program details here.


CROSSROADS 10 is generously supported by: the George Lucas Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fleishhacker FoundationSan Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts, the Willow Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Cinematheque’s Members and Donors.

ATA co-presents:

UP DOWN & SIDEWAYS

NEW PEOPLE CINEMA, SAN FRANCISCO
SUNDAY NOV 4TH 2:45 PM
Hypnotic rhythms and complex polyphonic music reverberate through the hills of Nagaland in this portrait of an indigenous community and their remarkable musical traditions, set in the alluring northeast of India.
Use promotional code “cp_2018” when purchasing tickets for ‘Up Down & Sideways’’ and receive 20% off an individual $11 ticket (until online sales end two hours before the screening. Online fees not discounted).
 
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Save The Redstone Labor Temple

RLTA Organizing for Community Ownership of Iconic 1914 Redstone Building Goal is to preserve San Francisco’s defining center for creative organizing San Francisco —The Redstone Labor Temple Association (“RLTA”) has announced that it is working with the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) to be in escrow to purchase the 55,000-square-foot Redstone Labor Temple, located in the heart of the Mission District at 2926 16th St. The Redstone is San Francisco Historical Landmark #238 and is home to longtime organizations that advocate for economic equity and social justice in San Francisco.

RLTA President Gary Gregerson explains what this means to San Francisco: “For more than a century, the Redstone Building has served as a hub for organizations that advocate for economic equity and social justice in San Francisco. It is known as the site where workers first organized for, and won, reasonable working hours and a standardized minimum wage, and it represents San Francisco’s legendary reputation of solidarity and civic engagement. The building has adapted to changing economic and social conditions, always retaining its extraordinary commitment to the lives of marginalized communities: immigrants, artists, industrial, freelance, and contract workers; domestic laborers; queer people; and the displaced. We look forward to continuing to think creatively about how we work and how we play for a century more.”

Explains MEDA Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera of the importance of this prospective purchase: “San Francisco cannot afford to lose this vital asset. The Redstone features 35 tenants, running the gamut from a Spanish-language radio station and an advocacy and support organization for transgender Latinas to the renowned art group
The Lab and community-based organizations providing critical homeless support services. Such organizations have been serving the Mission, and beyond, for many years. The building is a microcosm of what San Francisco has long stood — arts, labor, activism, community — and must be preserved.”

Echoing these statements is longtime Redstone tenant Kerry Laitala, “I’ve been screening moving image works and doing live performances at Artists’ Television Access for over 20 years. I moved into my Redstone studio in 2016 after having been evicted from my studio South of Market along with 42 other artists, SOMA Artists’ Studios,
which is now a biotech company.”

To make this deal a reality, MEDA is actively exploring governmental and philanthropic financing options.

A first round of inspections by MEDA revealed significant structural and maintenance issues that must be immediately addressed by any prospective new building owner. The Redstone’s rehabilitation includes the need for: repointing of the brick facade, plus steel supports of the dual sections of the edifice; a brand-new roof; window replacement; water-damage abatement; revamped bathroom plumbing; and ADA-compliance implementation.

By the end of 2018, MEDA needs $7 million in financing to acquire the Redstone at a market competitive price. This investment will preserve the Redstone as a permanent center for cultural resources, and at affordable rents. If you can lend such support, please contact MEDA Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera: (415) 282-3334 ext. 127; fvera@medasf.org.
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About Redstone Labor Temple Association (RLTA)
The mission of the Redstone Labor Temple Association (RLTA) is to promote, preserve and protect the Redstone Building, historically and currently, as a place for diverse, community-based, cultural, labor and social service organizations, individual artists and small businesses which serve the Mission District and the larger community of San Francisco. rlta.org

Current tenants include: Abalone Alliance, American Indian Film Institute, April Berger studio, Independent Media and Arts Collective, Chile Lindo Café, Cliff Hengst studio, Crossroads Women’s Center, Doug Norberg studio, El/La Para TransLatinas, Elliot Anderson studio, Gary Gregerson studio, Grupo Honestidad, Indian Treaty Council, Jeff
Metzler studio, Jeff Springer studio, The Lab, the Living Wage Coalition, the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), Kerry Laitala studio, Mojo Theatre, Pacific Petitions, Rick Gerharter studio, Rick Hall studio, Scott Hewicker studio, ShnooksBooks, Wonder Dog Rescue, World Can't Wait

About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. medasf.org

OPEN SCREENING – Summer 2018 recap

Open Screening has been great fun in 2018!  Here are some of the artists who have participated, and their works.  Thanks to all artists, filmmakers, and attendees!


SEPTEMBER 2018

AMJ

  • Order to Escalate
  • Child

Jerry Barrish

  • I Will Be

Alex Bruillet

  • Suburban Velocity

Kelsey Ellison

  • Monologue: Stacy’s First Sex Experience
  • You Ain’t You Till You’ve Had Your Heart Broken

Jeff Giordano

  • Charles Curtis Blackwell

Tim Johnson

  • what i’ve been up to

Dave O’Shea / Glory Hole

  • The Run & Stumpsy Interview

Wacky Astronaut Society

  • Orphan Azzabel

JUNE 2018

Alex Bruillet 

  • Deception of Memory

Lex Calip

  • Scintilla
  • Outoffocus

Julia Fairbrother

  • Daydreams in a Color Pink

Matt Strange

  • Greasy Habits

Arthur Johnson Weiss

  • October, 1984

OPEN SCREENING – May 2018 Recap

We had a great turnout and a great batch of films at May’s Open Screening.  Thanks to all who came and screened.

  1. Alex Brouillet
    The Enigma of Sydney Fowler
  2. Alex Selland
    Birds, Ships, Docks
    I Assume You Know Nothing
  3. Lars Skovgaard Laursen
    Mame
  4. Dave O’Shea
    Peanut Butter & Butter
    Billy & the Easter Bunny
  5. Esther Reyes
    Forces
  6. Irina Chernikova
    Nowhere Yet Close
    No Time to Loose
  7. Linda Green
    Brogan Bentley – Your Favorite Color