FREE FORM FILM FESTIVAL
SATURDAY APRIL 13, 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Filmforum, the Free Form Film Festival, and Video Data Bank Present:
Point and Shoot: Videos by George Kuchar
SUNDAY APRIL 14, 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Filmforum, the Free Form Film Festival, and Video
Data Bank Present:
Starbound, New Videos by Mike Kuchar
With Mike Kuchar, Free Form Film Festival Curator Ryan Wylie, and Video Data Bank Collection Manager Tom Colley in person both nights!
At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028
George Kuchar (1942-2011) ranks as one of the most exciting and prolific American independent film- and videomakers. With his homemade Super 8 and 16mm potboilers and melodramas of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, he became legendary as a distinctive and outrageous underground filmmaker whose workinfluenced many other artists including Andy Warhol, John Waters and David Lynch. After his 1980s transition to the video medium, he remained a master of genre manipulation and subversion, creating hundreds of brilliantly edited, hilarious, observant, often diaristic videos with an 8mm camcorder, dime-store props, not-so-special effects, and using friends as actors and the "pageant that is life" as his studio.
In 1984 Kuchar received the Los Angeles Film Critics Award in the Experimental Independent category. In 1992, he received the prestigious Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists from the American Film Institute. In 1996 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. He taught at the San Francisco Art Institute for forty years, where he made many videos in collaboration with his students.
Mike Kuchar, cinematographer, painter and writer and brother of George Kuchar, was born in New York City. He began making 8mm movies in the 1950's, switching over to 16mm film production in 1960, and continues now, producing short motion pictures in the video and digital formats. Mike and George Kuchar were the co-recipients of the "Vanguard Director Award" at the 11th CineVegas Film Festival, 2009, and the 2009 "Frameline Award" at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. http://www.vdb.org/artists/mike-kuchar
The Free Form Film Festival has curated/organized over 120 public art events, bringing experimental media, documentary, and mixed media performances to small and large communities alike. In addition to a screening/ lecture/performance series in Salt Lake City and Denver, FFFF has peppered the SF bay area with independent experimental presentations since our festival premiere in 2003. Most recently, FFFF guest curated for the LIMITED ACCESS IV festival in Tehran and the annual event, Night Light, at SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
Video Data Bank
Founded at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, the Video Data Bank (VDB) is a leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB Collection includes the work of more than 550 artists and 5,500 video art titles, 2,500+ in active distribution.
The VDB makes its Collection available to museums, galleries, educational institutions, libraries, cultural institutions and exhibitors through a national and international distribution service, and works to foster a deeper understanding of video art, and to broaden access and exposure to media art histories through its programs and activities. These include preservation of historically important works of video art, the perpetuation of analog and digital archives, publishing of curated programs and artists' monographs, the commissioning of essays and texts that contextualize artists' work, and an extensive range of public programs. http://www.vdb.org
Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. 2013 is their 38th year. www.lafilmforum.org
THURSDAY APRIL 25, 8:00 PM
Artists' Television Access
The Free Form Film Festival presents, Transcosmic Geometry.
Static, feedback, interference and reception: analog and beyond, curated by Paul Baker and Ryan B. Wylie.
The night will open with performances by Lori 16mm of Medicinema FIlm Co. and close with a performance by Smokey Emery and Vision System.
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
SATURDAY APRIL 27, 8 PM - 12 AM
SomArts, San Francisco
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party
One night only, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8pm to midnight, the group exhibition Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party blankets SOMArts in site-specific luminous art installations, live music and performances, and digital and cinematic projections by more than 50 artists.
The Free Form Film Festival (FFFF) contributes a curatorial subsection to Night Light to appear alongside works selected by Justin Hoover, who conceived of Night Light and continues in the role of exhibition director and primary curator. FFFFs Transcosmic Geometry is an installation comprised of multiple CRT TV screens deconstructing video works using analog and digital video static, feedback, interference and reception.
934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th) San Francisco, CA 94103
ALL SCREENINGS WILL OCCUR AT MCOM 117
(the studio in the Mass Communications building at DU): 2490 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO.
A project created with the assistance of:
The Free Form Film Festival, the DU Media Film and Journalism Studies Department, and the Marsico Visiting Scholars Program.
THURSDAY APRIL 4, 7:00 PM
In Person: Sundance Film Festival Curator Shari Frilot
Shari Frilot runs the New Frontier division of the Sundance Film Festival. New Frontier is an experiment in festival presentation that creates a social and creative space for showcasing media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, and panel discussions. It is also a premier exhibition project for experimental media artist from around the world.
THURSDAY APRIL 25, 6:30 PM
Free Form Shorts
New Short films from the Free Form Film Festival!
Program: Scavenger by Torben Bernhard, Marissa Bernhard, and Travis Low (Salt Lake City), Mouth and Enso by Timothy David Orme (Ft. Collins), The Voice of God by Bernd Luetzeler (Germany), Luxor by Van McElwee (St. Louis), Found: Nothing Lost and Open by Patricia McEnroy (Denver), Rabbit by Omer Gal (Israel), Evolution of an Image by Patrick Conrad (San Francisco), A Good Strong Roof by Tony Gault (Denver), ∞ Hour Energy, and The Letter by Chris Collins (Chicago)
TUESDAY APRIL 30, 7:00 PM
In Person: Jeanne Liotta
Jeanne Liotta lives and works in New York City AND Boulder CO where she makes films and other ephemera including photography, works on paper and live projection performances. Her recent film project 'Observando El Cielo' takes place in a constellation of mediums investigating the cosmic landscape, and her film of the same title has been listed as a 2007 Top Ten Film by The Village Voice and Artforum magazine. Liotta is an internationally recognized experimental filmmaker and was represented in the 2006 Whitney Biennial with her 16mm film Eclipse.
THURSDAY MAY 9, 7:00 PM
In Person: Valerie Soe
Valerie Soe is a San Francisco writer, educator, and artist whose experimental videos and installations, which look at gender and cultural identity and anti-racism struggles, have exhibited at venues such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York City.
THURSDAY MAY 23, 7:00 PM
In Person: Robert David
Film-artist and preservationist, Robert David, runs the local film lab known as "CinemaLab" and often lectures on the art of celluloid preservation as well as the importance of critical consideration of new and old media. This Thursday, David will show films and explain their individual relevance to "the medium" of cinema in general.