Screening Calendar

Redshift by Emily Richardson

Time/s/pace

Black Box Theater, AS220

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Animating space through the projection of cinematic temporalities.  Measuring, extending, confusing time; watching the times pass by. FEATURING: “Off the Sync,” Yo Ota, 2002, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min “In [Off the Sync], Yo OTA filmed the same actions simultaneously with three 8mm cameras running at 3 different speeds (12 fps, 24 fps, 48 fps). […]

Posted in 2013 | Comments Off on Time/s/pace
Leviathan by Lucien Casting-Taylor and Verena Paravel

Leviathan

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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A groundbreaking, immersive portrait of New England’s contemporary commercial fishing industry, Leviathan is a truly genre-bending work of cinema.  Produced as a documentary, it has nevertheless been lauded as “the best horror film of the year,” “an action movie par excellence,” and a “spectacular… optic-aural overload whose aim [is] to knock us off our bearings…”* Made by Lucien […]

Posted in 2013 | Comments Off on Leviathan
Print Generation by J.J. Murphy

Print/Process

Black Box Theater, AS220

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Film, tape and digital video are all subsets of cinema, much like oils, acrylic, egg tempera, spraypaint and watercolor are all included under the heading of painting. Nevertheless, while sharing the predominant qualities of what we generically call “cinema,” each material has its own specific aesthetic materiality that is perhaps best revealed in the event […]

Posted in 2013 | Comments Off on Print/Process
Money2 by Lorna Mills and Yoshi Sodeoka

From the Cloud

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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In February 2005, YouTube was launched and forever changed our relationship to moving images, both as viewers and producers.  But even well before then, the web had made a large variety of new materials accessible to see and to download, as well as upload. “From the Cloud” is a video program that looks at found footage “films” in the Internet […]

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Resisting Paradise by Barbara Hammer

Resisting Paradise

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Upon his death in 1972, the American filmmaker Jerome Hill established the Camargo Foundation – a cultural center located in southern France that supports the study of French culture and provides a residency program for artists.  Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea from a small fishing village named Cassis, which boasts 300 sunny days a year, the […]

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Reverse Television—Portraits of Viewers, Compilation Tape by Bill Viola

The TV Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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We all spend lots of time with it… but what is TV? A dream machine for producing pleasure or a Pandora’s Box for releasing terror? A signal that grabs our attention or noise that drives us to distraction? A containment environment that envelops us, determining our thoughts and affects for its own economic ends, or […]

Posted in 2013 | Comments Off on The TV Show
Secrets of Mexuality by Martha Colburn

The Sports Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Sports have a complex, sometimes obsessive, and occasionally dangerous hold over us. To quote ABC’s Wide World of Sports, they send us “spanning the globe for the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” and provoke both commonplace sentiments and unexpected forms of fascination. The love of sports crosses boundaries of nationality, class, and […]

Posted in 2012 | Comments Off on The Sports Show
Breakfast (Table-Top Dolly) by Michael Snow

The Foood Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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The discovery of a network of 100 billion neurons in the gut led scientists to nickname it our “second brain.” Like the brain in our head, it is engaged in perpetual contact with the outside world—via the food we swallow. It is the job of the gut to take in an extensive array of external […]

Posted in 2012 | Comments Off on The Foood Show
Anne by Jessica Bardsley

Terror and the Inhuman

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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How can we represent “terror” and “the inhuman” in film and media? And how do each of these terms make the other intelligible? Taking up these questions from multiple angles — and thinking through the mutable and shifting boundaries of both terms — this program charts some of the ways in which notions of terror […]

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Home Stories by Matthias Müller

Interiors

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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As early as Maya Deren’s “Meshes of the Afternoon” (1943), the architectural interior has been a powerful trope and a structuring figure in experimental film and video work. INTERIORS brings together nine pieces from the last four decades of moving image culture that expand upon and intensify Deren’s foundational gesture, and they do so from […]

Posted in 2012 | Comments Off on Interiors
Deseret by James Benning

Ship to Shore – Night Two

Grant's Block (Providence)

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Magic Lantern Cinema and Balagan unite to present a pair of outdoor film events on two consecutive nights in downtown Boston and downtown Providence under the banner “Ship to Shore,” evoking the sea-faring histories of their respective cities. Each program is composed of one portrait of a water body by Peter Hutton and one landscape […]

Posted in 2012 | Comments Off on Ship to Shore – Night Two
At Sea by Peter Hutton

Ship to Shore – Night One

Post Office Square (Boston)

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Magic Lantern Cinema and Balagan unite to present a pair of outdoor film events on two consecutive nights in downtown Boston and downtown Providence under the banner “Ship to Shore,” evoking the sea-faring histories of their respective cities. Each program is composed of one portrait of a water body by Peter Hutton and one landscape […]

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Ai (Love) by Takahiko Iimura

Scratch/Surface

Machines with Magnets

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The lure of depth is a pressing one. What violence does communion entail? What markings do we make on the surfaces that we attempt to get beyond or beneath? And what depths can we discover by mapping, tracing, or scratching at those marks, the scores and scars that punctuate even the smoothest of skins? Neither […]

Posted in 2012 | Comments Off on Scratch/Surface
Sanctus by Barbara Hammer

The Human Disease Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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How does cinema inflect our understanding of disease? In the more familiar disease genres – mainstream features, educational films, and military training films – one can see a narrative, step-by-step approach to “explaining” disease that parallels the clinical method employed in the Merck Manual, medical websites, or the physicians’ office, and whose informational efficacy is […]

Posted in 2012 | Comments Off on The Human Disease Show

Curious Magic

Cormack Planetarium

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“This is that Art… which has found out means to extract visual Repercussions out of Chrystal,… [a] fallicious Art that deceives our Sight and… disorders all our Sences.”* As a highly versatile visual projection technology, the magic lantern played an integral role in the industrialization and rationalization of visual culture that redefined modern life over […]

Posted in 2012 | Comments Off on Curious Magic
Onésime, Clockmaker by Pathé

The Slapstick Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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What does it mean for a film to be “before its time?” This program revisits some early but largely forgotten works in which comedy functions as an impetus for the technological and conventional innovations of what film can do as a medium. Many of these films hover around the limits of mass culture and the […]

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Le Spectacle des Éléments / The Elemental Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Drawn entirely from the impressive collection of Light Cone, a Paris-based distributor of experimental cinema founded in 1982, this program features a set of visually entrancing shorts by members of France’s vibrant experimental film culture exploring cinema’s relationship to the elements.  Though created by independent artists with distinct orientations, all of these works emerge from […]

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Sleep by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Sleep

Pearl Street Lofts

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“What is sleep, after all, but the metabolic transformation of the entire experience of time, our nightly release from the clock’s prison…” – Stephen Koch Sleep harbors a potential to alter the temporal fabric of our world. What would it mean to live the time of sleep while awake, to collectively activate its other temporality in […]

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The Idea of North by Rebecca Baron

The Lost & Found Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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The institutional and urban practice of collecting objects in order to enable them to be found began in the early 1800s in Paris. One hundred years later, filmmakers started recycling and remixing the films of others in their own assemblages. Today, “found” footage is everywhere – from documentaries and experimental films to the amateur footage […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on The Lost & Found Show
Bug Vaudeville by Winsor McCay

The Artificial Nature Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Does a squirrel know what a movie is? We at Acme Video wish they did so they would come in and rent something sometime. It is an absolute thrill for us to be guest curating a Magic Lantern for which we have dug deep into our catacombs to bring to light some real cinematic oddities. […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on The Artificial Nature Show
Kuzu (Junk) by Takahiko Iimura

The Stuff Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Whether by design, circumstance, or accident, stuff sticks to us. In form and function, our belongings are descriptors in our personal narratives. What rules do we use to curate the objects we keep? Do our possessions–and the systems of organization we use to govern their arrangement–reveal more about us than our most intimate conversations? Magic […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on The Stuff Show
Frankenstein Cries Out! by Flip Johnson

Distilled Motion

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Allow your eyes to be hypnotized and your mind to be fooled into seeing things that never were. Thousands of individually rendered frames express movement not captured but merely implied. Some works possess a quiet grace; some produce a wonderful malaise through erratic colors, textures and sounds. All willfully exploit the entrancing flicker of analog […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on Distilled Motion

The Food Show

Ajay Land Co. Building

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Who’s hungry? As a way of celebrating the onset of summer, Magic Lantern Cinema is hosting a cinematic potluck: an outdoor screening featuring all manner of glorious foodstuffs, both edible and virtual. With a veritable banquet of 16mm films about vegetables, meats, and grains, the eating habits of animals, the food industry, transgressive uses of […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on The Food Show
Guthrie for Today by Paul Hubbard

This Land is Our Land

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Inspired by the heroic struggles across North Africa and the Middle East as well as here in Wisconsin, Woody Guthrie’s folk hymn, “This Land is Our Land,” has re-emerged as a theme song for a new working class movement, one opposed to the attacks on public sector workers and cuts to education and social services. […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on This Land is Our Land
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine by Peter Tscherkassky

The Double Vision Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Split screens! Double exposure! Repetition! Superimposition! Witness the diplopia-inducing splendor of these forays into cinematic double vision! From fused landscapes to fractured relations, repeat projections to closed-eye vision, and diptychular juxtapositions to avant-garde revisions, this show is really two shows running side-by-side, back-to-back, one atop the other. Join us for a night of reflections, revelations, […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on The Double Vision Show
Dancing in the Street (Domestic Violence Awareness Month Rally) by Pink Bloque

Dancing for Dara

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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Video Data Bank has assembled a video program composed of work by internationally-recognized artists who believe that art and other forms of expression can be a means toward a more equitable society.  The works from this program range from the documentation of creative street actions to fictionalized histories and experimental documentaries, which together illustrate how […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on Dancing for Dara
The Decay of Fiction by Pat O’Neill

The Memory of Decay Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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What was it?  The decay of memory or the memory of decay?  Despite widespread anxieties surrounding the (media induced) condition of forgetfulness plaguing modern culture, a whole range of contemporary experimental filmmakers have taken to examining, cultivating, and reconfiguring the mnemic capacity of the filmic image.  The Memory of Decay Show seeks to address this […]

Posted in 2011 | Comments Off on The Memory of Decay Show
Birthday Suit with scars and defects by Lisa Steele

The Radical Closure Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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 Originally presented by the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and curated by Akram Zaatari, “Radical Closure” is a new 5 program DVD box-set just released by Video Data Bank that features works produced in response to situations of physical or ideological closure resulting from war and territorial conflicts. The programs look at what is known as the […]

Posted in 2010 | Comments Off on The Radical Closure Show
Watersmith by Will Hindle

The Underwater Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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In 1951, the surrealist architect Bernard Roger published a “Plan for a Cinema at the Bottom of a Lake,” a statement describing the layout of a theater that would float 30 meters below the surface of a lake that had formed in the once-molten basin of an ancient crater.  As Roger envisioned it, we would […]

Posted in 2010 | Comments Off on The Underwater Show
Fake Fruit by Chick Strand

The Social Factory Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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The Social Factory Show brings together documentaries that explore the role of women’s work in the production of daily life under capitalism in three different countries (US, Mexico, India). Employing vastly different formal strategies, this class-conscious line-up confronts us with a range of images and sounds that demonstrate what has and hasn’t changed over the last 40 years. This evening features […]

Posted in 2010 | Comments Off on The Social Factory Show
Spinners by Fern Silva

The Loco-Motion Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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ARTIST FERN SILVA IN PERSON! Ours is an era of movement – of automobility and web surfing; of endlessly circulating images, monies, and things; of Heelys, acid trips, tourism, spinning classes, and shifting tectonic plates… In the midst of all this, sometimes it helps to sit still for a few minutes, and sometimes it helps […]

Posted in 2009 | Comments Off on The Loco-Motion Show
Christmas on Earth by Barbara Rubin

The Private Show

Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

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In today’s technologized world, it isn’t exactly novel to say that our daily lives have become the stuff of movies.  Thanks to those newfangled video phones and web cams, previously private activities have been laid open for the world to see, exhibited and distributed to strange new publics through so many interwebular “youtubes.”  But is […]

Posted in 2009 | Comments Off on The Private Show
Scrolls by Valay Shende

The India Show

Cable Car Cinema & Cafe

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The India Show is composed of a set of short political video works by Indian filmmakers that was originally put together for programming by new media curator and writer Johan Pijnappel. The program includes both independently-produced films and works made as installations in larger exhibitions.  Though quite diverse, nearly all of these videos take up […]

5 More Minutes by Dena DeCola and Karin Wandner

Emotional Realism

The Cable Car

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Our use of realism (arguably, of the real in general) has undergone some pretty major shifts over the course of the last 40-odd years. There’s been an explosion of documentation of the self dating back to the invention of the snapshot and still climbing steadily through portapacks, hand-held video cameras, camera phones, blogs, vlogs, you-tube […]

The Last Slide Projector by Paige Sarlin

The Projector Show

The Cable Car

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FILMMAKER PAIGE SARLIN IN PERSON! Magic Lantern returns for the first program of 2008 with THE PROJECTOR SHOW, a look at the love, labor, and discourse of that wonderful device that brings us moving and still images. Paige Sarlin’s The Last Slide Projector will be making its Providence premiere along with two shorts that examine […]

Posted in 2008 | Comments Off on The Projector Show
Chiquitita and The Soft Escape by Michael Robinson

The Elated Anguish Show

Cable Car Cinema & Cafe

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Please join Magic Lantern Cinema in welcoming Chicago-based filmmaker Michael Robinson for a screening of recent work on film and video. Amy Beste of Chicago’s Conversations at the Edge sees Robinson’s work as, “a deft mix of stunning beauty and nervy wit. He combines lush, often optically printed imagery with the electric fuzz of video-games, […]

Posted in 2007 | Comments Off on The Elated Anguish Show