Screening Calendar

Brutality in Stone

Anti-Fascist Cinemas: A Global Perspective

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In 2017, Magic Lantern is proud to present “Anti-Fascist Cinemas: A Global Perspective.” The first screening in this ongoing series will reexamine the case of Germany through the lens of a militant post-war avant-garde. The program consists of a short film by Alexander Kluge and Peter Schamoni on Nazi architecture called “Brutality in Stone” and […]

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Still from MOUTH TO MOUTH by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

From Mouth to Hand

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What is the mouth? It is that which ingests, drawing external objects into the body’s interior. And because it initiates this process of metabolism, turning matter into nourishment and thence into waste, the mouth looms large in our unconscious life as primordial dungeon or, worse yet, as gateway to Gehenna. What is the hand? It is […]

Still from Brouillard: Passage #14 by Alexandre Larose

Visual Climates

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With growing urgency, the world turns its attention to how environmental crises unfold from local to global scales. An enduring concern in addressing ecological problems centers on how the human being perceives the world with the limitations of senses that fail to capture the complex operations of our whole surroundings. In confluence with the Institute […]

Still from THE MAN WHO ENVIED WOMEN by Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, Part 2

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This screening is the second installment of a two-part event with Yvonne Rainer. It is preceded on Wednesday, April 6 with a screening of Privilege (1990) and lecture by Rainer. Details here. Magic Lantern presents a rare 16mm screening of The Man Who Envied Women, a 1985 feminist psychodrama and “theory film” by the legendary […]

Still from Yvonne Rainer, PRIVILEGE

Yvonne Rainer, Part 1

Studio 1, Granoff Center (Brown University)

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Yvonne Rainer has been a seminal figure in American avant-garde art and dance since first emerging in the 1960s. A co-founder of Judson Church Theater, she pioneered the development of what has become known as “ordinary dance,” an anti-theatrical approach to choreography that emphasizes pedestrian movements and improvisational methods. In the 1970s, Rainer transitioned to […]

Mining the Frame

Mining the Frame

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On Thursday, March 17th, Magic Lantern presents Mining the Frame, a program of experimental films that examine, remix, restage, sample, or otherwise play with the history of cinema. The “raw materials” include the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge (19th century), G. W. Pabst’s late silent masterpiece Pandora’s Box (1929), and Basil Dearden’s Sapphire (1959), an earnest “social […]

Chick Strand, Soft Fiction (16mm, 1979)

Erotic Fictions

Cable Car Cinema

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Chick Strand, Soft Fiction (16mm, 1979) Soft Fiction uses the ethnographic tool of the informant interview as a jumping-off point for a provocative and sensuous exploration of female sexuality and spirit, while raising questions about storytelling, memory, and the performance and preservation of self. “Chick Strand’s Soft Fiction is a personal documentary that brilliantly portrays […]

Devils Reign by Yoshi Sodeoka

The Music Video Show

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Video killed the radio star and MTV killed itself. Using a loose definition of the genre, The Music Video Show offers a playlist of artist-made music-driven projects from past to present and across different media ARTISTS PETER GLANTZ AND HAYLEY MORRIS IN PERSON! Artists: Max Almy, Sadie Benning, Bruce Conner, Carrie Gates, Peter Glantz, Ada […]

Still from Teach Our Children by Christine Choy & Susan Robeson

Black Celebration

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The films and videos in “Black Celebration” highlight three critical moments of black radical insurgency: the 1965 riots in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles; a 1969 hospital workers’ strike in Charleston, South Carolina; and the 1971 Attica prison rebellion. Taken together, they impugn the ongoing conditions of white supremacy that undergird the U.S. State. […]

Still from "Under the Heat Lamp, an Opening" by Zachary Epcar

COVERING GROUND

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During 35 years of critical activity, Manny Farber (1917-2008) was wholly obsessed with the nature and effect of pictorial space; and the metaphor he most insistently used to describe it was that of “terrain.” In the hands of a master, space would become both heavy and elastic, objective and subjective, “prismatic and a quagmire at the same […]

Leticia Parente

Domestic Unrest

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The films and videos in Domestic Unrest underscore the intersections between regimes of gendered domesticity, feminization, and violence. Whether countering state militarization with a militant feminist address, or rendering everyday life as a sadistic comedy, these works variously register their disquiet with fantasies of “home and hearth.” Bringing works from the 1970s into conversation with […]

Bruce McClure, Gorizia, Italy (photograph by Giulio Bursi)

FLICKER, PULSE

Machines With Magnets

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Note: Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm The art of Bruce McClure is sometimes called, with a nod to the sixties, “expanded cinema.” A more apt expression might in fact be “reduced cinema,” or cinema stripped to its most elementary components: light, sound, a room full of bodies. McClure himself calls it “projector performance,” a […]

Peril of the Antilles

WAYWARD FRONDS

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Artist in person! Fern Silva (b. 1982, USA/Portugal) makes what are ostensibly travelogues, but these travelogues ain’t your grandparents’ travelogues. Often filming throughout the Americas, Europe, North Africa and West Asia, Silva strings his footage together into poetic amalgams that are marked by a formalist approach to landscape, a coloristic brilliance, a profound sense of […]

Unknown man with New Year's Eve glasses

SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE

Black Box Theater @ AS220

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Note: Doors at 7, show at 7:30pm Magic Lantern Cinema invites you to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the year 2005 with: Michael Bell-Smith Kelly Clarkson Kevin Jerome Everson Wynne Greenwood K8 Hardy Paris Hilton Jawed Tom Kalin R. Kelly Kalup Linzy Penguins Paper Rad Hester Scheurwater Semiconductor Alexander Stewart Young Darth Vader

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Masses and Swarms

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It is known that crowd scenes in the cinema produce a rhythmic, poetic, photogenic effect when there is a real, actively thinking crowd involved. The reason is that the cinema can pick this cadence up better than the human eye and by other means; it can record this fundamental rhythm and its harmonics.—Jean Epstein From […]

Sea Screen by Deirdre Sargent

The Local Show

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This past summer, Magic Lantern put out a call for its first submission-based program. We were interested in seeing contemporary work by local artists in the vicinity of Providence, Boston, and New Haven, and in bringing this work to the attention of others in a timely celebration of regional filmmaking. All of the artists featured […]

Shadowland, or Light from the Other Side by Zoe Beloff

Hysterics and Mentalists

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ARTIST IN PERSON! What do psychologists, spiritualists, and filmmakers have in common? Each is in some way concerned with the making-visible of what is normally invisible, whether it be the hidden recesses of the unconscious, the voices of the dead, or the world of human passions as they manifest themselves on our faces and in […]

Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder

Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder

Black Box Theater @ AS220

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BACKLIGHT Doubled 16mm film projection performance, black/white, silent, approx. 20 minutes OVERRIDE Double 16mm film projection performance, black/white, sound, approx. 20 minutes  ALIGNMENTS FOR LINEA Double 16mm film projection performance, black/white, sound, approx. 20 minutes Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder stage the scene of film as orphaned object through the temporal labor of moving image […]

Often During the Day

The Cable Car Cinema & Cafe

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Often During the Day brings together works from the 1970s through the present by seven female moving image makers who explore the relationship between domestic interiors, feminine intimacy, and the affective structures that shape the everyday. Across film and video, these pieces consider domestic labor and domestic laziness as well as gendered feelings of depression, […]

The Land Behind by Sabrina Ratté

CLICK CLICK CLICK

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Click. Click. Click. Copy. Paste. Drag. Drop. These are the new gestures of digital image making. Click Click Click is a survey of contemporary digital moving image practices that span GIFs, augmented performances, green screen keying, collage, appropriation, Processing, 3D renders and more. Featuring: Morehshin Allahyari, Claudia Bitran, Hannah Black, Gaby Cepeda and Adriana Minoliti, Jennifer Chan, Jennie […]

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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Magic Lantern is seeking submissions of short films, videos, and related media made by local artists for a program to be presented this fall at Cable Car Cinema. To submit your work, please send 1-3 links to videos along with short description, your name, phone number, and email address to submissions@magiclanterncinema.com. No works over 20 minutes, […]

"Midwest."  Image courtesy of Rosalind Nashashibi, LUX, London, and Murray Guy, New York.

Spaces Open & Closed

Le Petit Versailles (NYC)

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“It’s really nice this meeting of two worlds.” –Rosalind Nashashibi Allied Productions, Inc., the Millennium Film Workshop, and Magic Lantern Cinema present an outdoor screening of films by the British artist Rosalind Nashashibi.  Featuring 16mm films drawn from the collection of the London-based distributor LUX, the program is conceived as a site-specific screening for the […]

Maggots and Men by Cary Cronenwett

UTOPIC FANTASY / INFINITE GENDER / EXPERIMENTAL HISTORY

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Utopic narrative often leans towards the future, plumbing and prophesying worlds to come, offering a fantasy of “becoming,” idyllic tomorrows and possible (beautiful) new approaches to consciousness. But what happens when that longing turns backwards and marches into the past, or into the vague netherworlds of memory? Walking hand in hand with that question is […]

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Water Motor by Babette Mangolte

A Little History of Screendance

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Screendance is a hybrid art form that produces choreography through the enmeshment of moving bodies and moving image technologies. Thanks to early cinema’s fascination with capturing danced movement on film—Thomas Edison’s attention to the skirt dances of Ruth St-Denis and Annabelle Whitford, the Lumière brothers’ interest in Loie Fuller, or Georges Méliès’ use of corps […]

Schmeerguntz by Gunvor Nelson

B O D Y / V O I C E

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It is often noted that men and women inhabit space very differently, as evidenced by the popular Tumblr account, Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train. Photo after photo show male passengers with legs maximally splayed and arms raised to grasp a Very Important Newspaper, while women demurely cross their arms and legs […]

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Oh Sussana by Dafna Ganani

Technolust

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Technolust is not whispering sweet nothings to your OS all night. Technolust is the stir in your body when you run your fingers along a perfectly smooth metal curve. Technolust is the sensation of softly tapping rounded plastic buttons with your fingers. Technolust is battery-powered pleasure. Technolust is the thrill of viewing beautiful sets of […]

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Lizzie Borden Double Feature

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“[Born in Flames] came out of the contradictions I saw in the feminist movement where white women, black women, Asian women, lesbians, prostitutes, and others were just not working together. Many of them didn’t even consider themselves feminists, although they were all engaged in separate but similar struggles. The whole point of Born in Flames […]

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Experimental Gothic – Part Two

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A cold dungeon crawling with vermin, statues or portraits endowed with a mysterious life, a ruined castle or estate, instruments of torture left over from the Inquisition, sadistic criminals marked by peculiar deformities, incestuous or forbidden desire and mad pacts with the forces of evil—these are the tropes we associate with Gothic fiction, and it […]

The Color of Love by Peggy Ahwesh

Experimental Gothic – Part One

Black Box Theater @ AS220

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A cold dungeon crawling with vermin, statues or portraits endowed with a mysterious life, a ruined castle or estate, instruments of torture left over from the Inquisition, sadistic criminals marked by peculiar deformities, incestuous or forbidden desire and mad pacts with the forces of evil—these are the tropes we associate with Gothic fiction, and it […]

Ericka Beckman, "Switch Center"

An Archive of Intersections

The Film-Makers' Coop (NYC)

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The Film-Makers’ Cooperative was founded during a period of vertiginous crossover and exchange within the arts.  Its expansive collection speaks to the lasting influence of this interdisciplinary spirit.  A treasury of artistic collaborations that span individual disciplines, it also serves as a repository of cinema’s own transactions with various artistic forms since mid-century – a […]

N:O:T:H:I:N:G by Paul Sharits.  Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives.

Temporary Ocean (in Light and Sound) — Night Two

The Brattle Theatre (Cambridge, MA)

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An undulating cine-installation where flicker films give way to experiments with audio-visual feedback, optical soundtracks, and the materiality of light and sound.  Aleatory and programmed images emerge on-screen from an evolving field of color and movement in a room swelling with reflected waves and strangely affective resonances.  With film and video works by Paul Sharits, […]

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Temporary Ocean (in Light and Sound) — Night One

Machines with Magnets (Pawtucket, RI)

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An undulating cine-installation where flicker films give way to experiments with audio-visual feedback, optical soundtracks, and the materiality of light and sound.  Aleatory and programmed images emerge on-screen from an evolving field of color and movement in a room swelling with reflected waves and strangely affective resonances.  With film and video works by Paul Sharits, […]

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Consuming Spirits by Chris Sullivan

Consuming Spirits

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131 minutes – USA – 2012 – Not Rated Chris Sullivan’s Consuming Spirits is the product of 15-years of work, and it shows. Formally, the film is like an inventory of animation technique, gliding effortlessly between stop-motion, pencil drawing, collage and cut-out animation. This visual dexterity is equally matched by Sullivan’s fractured, yet textured, narrative, […]

0106 by Xander Marro & Mat Brinkman

Gatherings

Le Petit Versailles (NYC)

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The second installment of the Collective Cinema screening series, “Gatherings” approaches cinema’s relation to collectivity by examining film as a technology of collection, or a medium especially equipped for gathering together disparate objects, persons, locales, & events to construct new forms & establish new modes of connectedness. Combining perceptual syntheses & visible inventories with collaborative […]

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Los Angeles Plays Itself by Thom Andersen

Los Angeles Plays Itself

Black Box Theater, AS220

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Los Angeles Plays Itself, Thom Andersen, 2003, video, 169 min., color/b&w, sound “Los Angeles Plays Itself is a video essay about how movies have portrayed the city of Los Angeles.  The first section (The City as Background) is about buildings and places, famous and obscure, and how they get typecast and transformed by movies.  The […]

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Monster Movie by Takeshi Murata

Self-Obliteration

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In 1965, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama began an installation series titled “Infinity Mirror Rooms.” The viewer enters a space entirely made up of reflective surfaces, which indeed infinitely mirror one another in a dizzying mise-en-abîme. This impulse to dissolve the visitor in a play of pure color or shimmering light was carried over into Kusama’s […]

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