Oddball Films and guest curator/ filmmaker John Cannizzaro present Smokehouse Films' Cinematic Cabinet of Wonders – a compendium of rare & remarkable, strange & wonderful 16mm film gems from the archives of Smokehouse Films. This unique mix of films includes early works by animation masters Jan Svankmajer’s Jabberwocky (Czech 1971) – loosely based on the poem by Lewis Carroll; and Ladislas Starevich’ Revenge of the Kinematograph Cameraman (Russia/Poland 1912) - a cynical work about infidelity and jealousy among the insects. Playful, experimental visions erupt with a vengeance in an early work by Gus Van Sant, Little Johnny and his Dog (1972) and in artist/photographer Man Ray’s first film Le Retour a la Raison (1923) one of the first Dadaist films ever made. Narrative expressed through paint in motion is seen in Witold Giersz’ Fire (Poland 1975) who has described his art as an attempt at "bringing painting to life" and in the masterful hand of Norman McLaren, whose Little Phantasy on a 19th Century Painting (Canada 1946) brings a painting by Boecklin to life. “Science” makes an appearance in the early silent, oddity The Fly Juggler (Tolhurst c. 1920s) in which we see a fly “juggle” a ball, as well as in some exotic, ethnography from around the globe with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, some praying pigs, the Serpentine Dance, the Afghan national sport, and a PSA by Simpson’s creator Matt Groening’s father Homer Groening, Man and his World (1969). Curator John Cannizzaro will also present a new cine-poem made with his son Laszlo on the ever changing father/son relationship, The Son Also Rises (2012) as well as other surprises.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117