Oddball Films presents Strange Sinema 53: Kinetica, a monthly screening of offbeat films, old gems and newly discovered oddities all culled from Oddball Films 50,000 film archive. Entertaining, experimental and eye-opening, this program’s films feature an eclectic mix of kinetic, motion-oriented innovative art and sounds from the 20th century. Films include the mesmerizing documentary Kinetic Art in Paris (1971), a viscerally challenging, kaleidoscopic homage to light, sound and motion featuring some of the world’s foremost kinetic artists. The Dreamer That Remains (1973), Stephen Pouliot‘s portrait of Harry Partch, one of the most eccentric and influential composers of the 20th century. Partch invented instruments (cloud chamber bowls, cong gongs, and more), experimented with drama and ritual and created a live ensemble utilizing dozens of custom-built instruments. Arabesque (1975), John Whitney’s pioneering computer-generated trance film; Who is Victor Vasarely? (1968) featuring French/Hungarian Op Art genius Victor Vasarely filmed at his home, studio space and art exhibitions; and Discovering Electronic Music (1983) an introduction to the synthesizers and computers used to create electronic music, including the legendary Fairlight CMI, one of the first sampling synthesizers used in music production. Segments from Faces of Chinatown (1963) depicting the underbelly of San Francisco’s Chinatown, from its beginning to the early 1900’s with music performed by Harry Partch; Catalog (1961) Cinema innovator John Whitney’s kaleidoscopic demo reel made with equipment salvaged from WWII; and a trailer for Raga, the rare doc of famed Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar.
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8:00PM.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 RSVP only to firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-558-8117