Oddball Films presents Outsider Artists and a sneak peak at John Turner’s portrait of Korla Pandit, the visionary television organist as part of its the Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. Join us for screenings and eye-opening discussions on a wide-range of celluloid subjects. Tonight we bring you John Turner, author, producer, director and photographer of folk art and popular culture (see bio) and the director of the upcoming documentary of legendary cult organist Korla Pandit. John will introduce selected shorts of American and international outsider artist films such as: Messages From The Garden (1998) a fascinating profile of the world of Howard Finster, famed artist, storyteller and visionary artist; Possum Trot: The Life and Work of Calvin Black 1903-1972 (1977) SF filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf showcase the wildly eccentric art a folk artist who lived in California's Mojave Desert and created more than 80 life-size female dolls, each with its own personality, function, and costume performing live in his “Bird Cage Theater”; Emery Blagdon and the Healing Machines by Thom Peterson, focuses on the extraordinary kinetic and healing sculptures and paintings the self-taught artist Emery Blagdon created between 1956 and 1986; The Mystery of the Electric Pencil (Color, 2012), the extraordinary story of discovery of the art of The Electric Pencil (John Edward Deeds) committed to life in a state lunatic asylum in Nevada Missouri at the age of 17; From Windmills to Whirligigs: A Conversation with Vollis Simpson (1997) a mechanic and visionary artist who created a cluster of gigantic whirlygigs on his farm using scrap metal; Nek Chand: The Rock Gardens of Chandigarh (Color, 1985), astonishing film about self-taught sculptor Nek Chand’s 25 acre complex of several thousand sculptures combined with huge buildings and a series of interlocking waterfalls-acknowledged as one of the modern wonders of the world with over 5,000 visitors each day; Watts Flowers (date unknown) Simon Kelly’s experimental short is an explosion of color and form that is the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. The film features rare footage of creator Simon Rodia at work; Dilmus Hall features an interview of famed African American folk artist from Georgia. And lastly John Turner will screen a trailer from Korla his upcoming doc about the sensational cult organ legend Korla Pandit. Plus! A Boy Creates (1971), a non-narrative film follows a young boy through the abandoned ruins of San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach and tracks him tending to his army of found art swamp statues in the long gone Emeryville Mud Flats.
Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 8:00pm
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117Web: http://oddballfilms.blogspot.com