2005

No Sunshine by Bjorn Melhus

The Future Show

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For eighty-three short minutes, that shiny future world of boxy robots and yellow-haired doppel- gangers and lo-fi digital freak-outs promised by the likes of George Jetson and Barbarella and Max Headroom is yours at last. Come to the theater in your best aluminum foil space-travel gear, and join Magic Lantern as we take a rocket […]

Across the Rappahannock by Brian Frye

The Re-Enactment Show

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Come on down for a night of re-interpretations as we plumb the depths of what experimental film has to offer in the time-honored tradition of the Re-Enactment. Not only do we have the Civil War, but we’ve got Indian street kids in Bollywood musicals, celluloid visions torn from the funny pages, and remakes of cinema […]

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Hold Me While I’m Naked by George Kuchar

The Comedy Show

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THREE SCREENINGS! Wednesday the 16th of November at 9:30 at the Cable Car Cinema (204 S. Main St, Providence, RI) $5 + Friday the 18th of November at 8:00 at the Experimental Film Club (Cobb Hall 306, U of Chicago, Chicago, IL) FREE + Thursday the 1st of December at 8:00 at Balagan (Coolidge Corner, […]

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Not Too Much Remember by Tony Gault

The Conspiracy Show

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In this Extended Play moment of transnational-global enviro-politcal crisis, it’s become readily apparent to most of us that They are to blame. After all, They’ve got satellites to control the weather and pesticides to control crop production and lasers to control upstart socialist republics. They’ve got moles in the media and undercover bikers in the […]

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Altitude Zero by Lauren Cook

The Florida Show

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Straight outta Gainseville, FLA, mad-media-master-maker Roger Beebe and the FLEXFest crew bring us the best of the best from their Florida Film/Video Experimental Festival. As if that weren’t enough, Providence resident/ Gainseville expatriate Mike Taylor will be reading from his diary for all of you word buffs out there. It’ll be an image-text extravaganza, lovingly […]

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Geography of the Body by Willard Maas

The Geography Show

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C’mon, little one – it’s time to wake up. Climb out of bed and comb your hair but don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll make it – Magic Lantern has already filled your thermos and cut your sandwich in half (the way you like it), and you’ll be at the bus stop just in time to […]

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The Pattern of Ritual by Xander Marro

The Bird Show

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That flock of birds outside your early-morning window has been singing for weeks now, waking you up from your summertime slumber with their chirping calls. “We want Bird Films,” they sing. “We want Bird Films With Live Soundtracks! We want Bird Films about Birdwatchers! We Want Bird Films featuring the Not-So-Extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker! We Want […]

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Echoes of Bats and Men by Jo Dery

The Animation Show

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This Animation Extravaganza will soften even the most hardened of hearts – featuring a mash-up of international and local artists in a tasty stew of the old and the new, these films employ techniques ranging from drawn animation to cut-out to stop-motion to painting-on-glass to direct animation to optically printed special effects. It should be […]

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Marsa Abu Galawa by Gerard Holthuis

The Water and Sky Show

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The earthy joys of summertime are here at last – for a long minute, we turn our eyes up to the sun and the blue blue sky before leaping (finally) into that clear sparkle of river/ ocean/ lake. And there, floating beside us, is Magic Lantern – hair wet and arms full of images to […]

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La Lotería by Jim Finn

The Monster Lotería Tour 2005

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The siren song of Providence has once again brought two wayward sailors to our shores… Arriving via the Good Ship Chicago, internationally-renowned videomakers Jim Finn and Arthur Jones (of one-time RISD fame) will disembark with arms full of movies about animals, animated monsters, and communism. Jim Finn will be screening his new video series La […]

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Adynata by Leslie Thornton

The Experimental Ethnography Show

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In the interest of releasing Visual Ethnography from its long and relatively contentious history, Magic Lantern has assembled five films that call into question the nature of representation itself. Through works that dabble in video verite, Indian travel footage, performative documentary, and found footage mash-ups, we hope to arrive at an expanded notion of what […]

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Self Portrait Post Mortem by Louise Bourque

La Lanterne Magique

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From under the umbrella of the 11-day Providence French Film Festival (www.provfrenchfilm.com), Magic Lantern presents a series of experimental francophone films and videos that run the gamut from workplace ennui to reverse-ethnographies to formal Lettrist works to balloon massacres. Featuring work by 11 artists from 4 countries in 3 formats made over the last 4 […]

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Ghosts Before Breakfast by Hans Richter

The Dead and the Undead Show

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We at Magic Lantern have been digging in to hide from the cold (s)hell of winter – but it seems that we might’ve gone a bit deep this time, for we’ve unearthed not only spirits and ghouls, but Death Himself. Just like Winter, this screening is an examination of life in the seeming absence of […]

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The Happiest Day by Harp and Silver

The Fake Snow Show

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Reflections glisten. A turn of the head flares the lens while blinking displaces every ripple. Filtered by an afternoon mesh– elastic, illusive and sparkly white– landscapes crystallize. These are the qualities of the new snow, freezing frames as well as toes. This screening includes works by video artists who (mis)use special effects as a destabilizing […]

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