Friday night Films - April 9, 2004, 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

 

 

 

 

"Stutter"
by Marijke Jorritsma. 3 min.

The street rhythms of the San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs.

 

"The Dive "
by Kia Simon. 5 min.

An impressionistic music video exploring love, loss, and transcendence into the afterlife. Hand painted frame-by-frame from live-action video, "The Dive" brings to life the haunting sounds of San Francisco breaks duo Momu. Released on Loöq Records and on Nick Warren’s new Global Underground mix.

 

"6 Possibilities"
by Daniel Conrad. 14 min.

6 Possibilities consists of six speculations on the origins of living form (birth and five alternatives) constructed like a fugue.  It ends by imagining the extinction of the human species in an extended memento mori punctuated by lines from Goethe'sDer Fischer.  It was filmed in 35mm in the wilds of Canada's Queen Charlotte Islands, in a limbo studio, and in Barcelona (Gaudi's).  It uses in-camera superimposition, a method in which exposed film is rewound in the camera, and re-exposed, to yield layers of images which act as visual equivalents of the voices of a fugue.

 

"The Spirit of Gravity "
by Victor Bellomo. 6 min.

Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, “The Spirit of Gravity” is an animated mini-musical, in which Nietzsche sings his philosophy to a small town, arousing the villagers to join him in defying the forces of nature. “The Spirit of Gravity” is a visual poem that explores the meaning, beauty and mystery of Nietzsche's great work. The animation is composed of thousands of collaged photographic images, which have been animated using both traditional and digital techniques. The film's soundtrack is an original song composed by the filmmakers and is informed by the philosophy, imagery and humor of “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”.

 

"American Dancer "
by Adam Ballachey. 75 min.

"American Dancer," is a feature-length, character-driven, darkly comedic verité documentary that follows the lives of four heterosexual male strippers from Tampa, Florida over the course of more than three years. This film is a backstage look at a suburban man-circus where dreamers, liars, and natural born hams dance in 8,000 square foot nightclubs in the corner of a strip mall, all the while chasing the dream of celebrity. Charged by intimate and dramatic observational scenes, this film tells the story of four compelling anti-heros whose lives are uniquely shaped by the adoration of screaming women.

Disclaimer: This film is not suitable for children under 12.

    Intermission
 

"tough girl"
by Leilani T. Abad.

When Janie Tan loses her mother to cancer at age nine, she retreats into a world of loneliness, comforted only by the poetry she writes in her secret notebook. But when Janey meets Ryan, the new kid in town, she begins to realize the need for human connection and is terrified by the very concept. Retreating once again into her world, Janey unearths the memories of her mother and accepts the challenge to love again.

 

"Soundz of Spirit "
by Joslyn Rose Lyons. 60 min.

Don't miss a beat when the fresh new directors cut of Soundz of Spirit hits the screen. This is a film that re-tools the reputation of hip hop; it's not just gangsta rap, odes to violence, sex and fast cars. Soundz of Sprit gives voice to a community of conscious rappers, revealing and celebrating the creative process, activist politics, and deep spiritual roots of an array of artists from the West Coast underground scene, including Andre 3000 (Outkast), KRS-One, Talib Kweli, and Spearhead's Michael Franti, among many others.

 

Saturday shorts - April 10, 2004 12:30 p.m.
Doors open at noon

 

"Nisei Farmer"
by Dean Yamada. 12 min.

When the U.S. government makes reparations for the injustices suffered by the Japanese Americans during World War II, memories of a stolen youth resurface for a Nisei (second-generation Japanese American) farmer in northern Calfornia.

 

"Recall"
by Waratap Pasayadaj. 5 min.

This film is a recall of my personal travels with people I love, nature, and environments that surround me. When I revisit my past, the images never come clear and the picture is never complete. They are dreamlike, fragmented, distorted. This film is rooted in the identity of my Chinese-Thai heritage, nature, people, culture, and religious belief.

 

 

 

 

"Stutter"
by Marijke Jorritsma. 3 min.

The street rhythms of the San Francisco Boys and Girls Clubs.

 

"I, My Bike"
by Ken Paul Rosenthal. 5 min.

A cinepoem that traces the conflict between urban space and the body from a child's compulsion to stare into the sun to an adult's obsession with dying and moving towards the light. The past and present collide within a round portal containing fleeting images of vintage Market Street, San Francisco over a dense sea of modern day bicyclists.

 

"Home"
by Nancy Deren. 30 min.

Life in the neighborhood is bleak for Dorrie, a misfit 10-year-old whose restrictive upbringing by her disillusioned grandmother leaves her with few friends and a desire to repeatedly run away. But now her mother Lorna is coming home for one of her rare visits, and this time she arrives determined to turn over a new leaf -- to stay off drugs, raise her daughter, and make peace with her mother. All Dorrie wants is to have her little family back to what it once was, but the future will come at a high price, higher than any of them could have imagined…

 

"The Spirit of Gravity"
by Victor Bellomo. 6 min.

Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, “The Spirit of Gravity” is an animated mini-musical, in which Nietzsche sings his philosophy to a small town, arousing the villagers to join him in defying the forces of nature. “The Spirit of Gravity” is a visual poem that explores the meaning, beauty and mystery of Nietzsche's great work. The animation is composed of thousands of collaged photographic images, which have been animated using both traditional and digital techniques. The film's soundtrack is an original song composed by the filmmakers and is informed by the philosophy, imagery and humor of “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”.

 

"Compulsory Breathing"
by David Munro. 23 min.

A funny thing happened to Cecil on the way to his suicide: he saved a woman’s life. A hapless beat boxer (a hip-hop vocalist who uses his mouth as a percussion instrument) deserted by his wife on the eve of their anniversary, Cecil is accosted by a forlorn street urchin too broke to buy her own gun—but can she please borrow his when he is “finished”? With equal parts comedy, tragedy and virtuoso vocal percussion, who knew broken hearts could make such beautiful beats?

    Intermission
 

"Timezones Explained By the Use of Light"
by Nikolai Ostergaard. 15 min.

"There are 9 hours time-difference between Copenhagen and San Francisco, between Denmark and California. In the fall of 2000 I met Gina in a small town in Italy and fell in love with her. She lives in Marin County just outside of San Francisco. The film is a personal story of a love relationship and the attempt to understand how the day moves across the continents."

 

"Let's Face It - Women explore their aging faces"
by Joan Levinson. 26 min.

Seven women, ages 45 to 65, explore and reflect upon their changing faces. Openly, honestly and with considerable humor the women reveal how they feel about the sags and bags, wrinkles and lines that show up on their faces. Speaking out loud about their feelings, they become aware of their deep ambivalence about the changes, a nostalgia for their former looks and, in most cases, an acceptance of what is.

 

"Obsidian Trail"
Phil Gross, producer. 30 min.

Filmed predominantly in the spectacular Owens Valley near Mammoth Mountain, "The Obsidian Trail" follows the work of archeologists seeking to understand the lifeways of prehistoric inhabitants of the Eastern Sierra region. With advances in the methods used to analyze obsidian (a black volcanic glass), archaeologists are taking a second look at what the ancient arrowheads, points and flakes can tell them, and members of the Paiute tribe offer their traditional interpretation.

 

Festival Party at the Davis Art Center
Saturday 4-6pm. 1919 F Street. Music by Diluvio
Free shuttle from festival party to Varsity Theatre.

  Saturday Feature Films, April 10, 2004 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
 

"A Closer Walk"
by Robert Bilheimer. 85 min.

A Closer Walk is the first film to depict humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic. Directed, written and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, A Closer Walk explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity, and human rights, and shows how the harsh realities of AIDS in the world are an expression of the way the world is. The film features interviews with individuals from all walks of life, including The Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Bono, and children, women and men living with AIDS on four continents. Breathtaking cinematography by Richard D. Young celebrates human dignity, even as it bears witness to immense human suffering.

A portion of proceeds will benefit AIDS relief organizations.

 

"The Truth About Iraq"
by Robert Greenwald. 50 min.

Uncovered: the whole truth about the Iraq war is a devastating analysis of the abuses and distortions of intelligence used by the Bush administration in making its case for the war in Iraq.  If the American people and Congress had been told the whole truth, America would have never gone to war.

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