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Friday
June 21st
doors 7p ~ film 7:30

the films & videos of

ROBERT

FRANK

NNC celebrates the centennial of Robert Frank's existence with a rare screening of his works for film and video!  Although the Swiss-American artist is predominantly known as a photographer, by the time his landmark photobook The Americans was published in 1959 he had largely moved away from photography to focus instead on filmmaking (and later in the 1970's various forms of photo montage/collage).  The night's program will feature a wide range of Frank's work in moving image including The Present (1996), Untitled, 1971 (1971), Harry Smith At The Breslin Hotel (2017), and The Sins of Jesus (1962)

Bonus: a collection of photobooks by Robert Frank will

be available to view before and after the screening!

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Monday
July 8th
doors 7:30p ~ film 8p

MATTHEW THURBER
(in person!) presents

Mrs William Horsley's

VEXATIONS

(a film and projection performance involving  16mm & 35mm projectors, with live sound mixed from vinyl records and spoken narration)

with opening cartoon shorts from

1935-1944 on 16mm film:

The Little Dutch Plate (1935)

Mighty Mouse "Jekyll & Hyde Cat" (1944)

Fagin's Freshmen (1949)

filmmaker in attendance from New York City!

live performance!  +  post-screening Q&A!

Mrs William Horsley is a cinema “band” in which the films, made in a role playing game process, are projected in ritual performance where the filmmaker narrates, creates the soundtrack live, and operates multiple film and slide projectors.

 

Matthew Thurber is a cartoonist and filmmaker based in NYC.  He is the author of 1-800-MICE, INFOMANIACS, Art Comic, Looking For The Cat, the director of Fleegix (2019) The Sea Masons (2021) and previously performed in Soiled Mattress and the Springs and Ambergris.

Vexations synopsis:  After successful forays into the visual arts, around 1959 the CIA began to infiltrate “Easy Listening” music. They secretly funded many favorite artists like Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, and Ferrante & Teicher as a way to bolster American global dominance, and replace European classical music with Elevator Muzak.  Many Easy Listening artists reflected American colonialism in their Hawaiian or Polynesian imagery.  The CIA saw potential for weaponized sound in Erik Satie’s Vexations, an infamous piano piece that repeates a simple phrase 840 times, and requires 3 days to perform.  As John Cage had organized the only public airing of this work, CIA operatives recruited him to create an arrangement of Vexations for Mantovani’s orchestra, with John Cage’s prepared piano plinking out the main melody line. Breakthroughs in miniaturization technology meant a capsule of microscopic musicians performing this torturous durational piece could be used to assassinate communist targets.  What happened instead was a terrible accident during the recording session in Langley, Virginia during which all the musicians were turned into ethereal gas.  But the musicians are still with us.  In a limbo state out of time, they gather around a piano bar and entertain each other in a kind of afterlife, physically located inside the dumpster of “The Thing” junk store in Greenpoint.  As the condo buildings shimmer into being along the shores of the East River, the waves reflected in glass awaken dematerialized musicians.  One by one, they are crossfaded from limbo into our hellish real world in which the imperialist musical project has prevailed in endlessly Spotified coffee-shopping Furniture Music.  One member of the Edith Piaf Fan Club (a romantic graffiti collective) complaining of a toothache, is turned into ethereal gas by a dentist who will sacrifice their teeth to the waves.  An X-Ray tech tries to break the news and soon investigative journalists are searching for the missing records.  As human dogs walk the inverted world, only the Living Newspapers, swaying like trees in a park, have the chance to remember the whole story on their paper pulp bodies.

Upcoming Events

Fri June 21, 7pm - ROBERT FRANK centennial - A rare screening of the artist's films and videos created 1960-90's.

Mon JULY 8, 7:30pm - MATTHEW THURBER (in person!) presents Mrs William Horsley's VEXATIONS (a film and projection performance involving dual 16mm film projections, a 35mm slide projector, and live sound mixed from vinyl sources and spoken narration)  ~~~  SYNOPSIS: After successful forays into the visual arts, around 1959 the CIA began to infiltrate “Easy Listening” music. They secretly funded many favorite artists like Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, and Ferrante & Teicher as a way to bolster American global dominance, and replace European classical music with Elevator Muzak.  Many Easy Listening artists reflected American colonialism in their Hawaiian or Polynesian imagery.  The CIA saw potential for weaponized sound in Erik Satie’s Vexations, an infamous piano piece that repeates a simple phrase 840 times, and requires 3 days to perform.  As John Cage had organized the only public airing of this work, CIA operatives recruited him to create an arrangement of Vexations for Mantovani’s orchestra, with John Cage’s prepared piano plinking out the main melody line. Breakthroughs in miniaturization technology meant a capsule of microscopic musicians performing this torturous durational piece could be used to assassinate communist targets.  What happened instead was a terrible accident during the recording session in Langley, Virginia during which all the musicians were turned into ethereal gas.  But the musicians are still with us.  In a limbo state out of time, they gather around a piano bar and entertain each other in a kind of afterlife, physically located inside the dumpster of “The Thing” junk store in Greenpoint.  As the condo buildings shimmer into being along the shores of the East River, the waves reflected in glass awaken dematerialized musicians.  One by one, they are crossfaded from limbo into our hellish real world in which the imperialist musical project has prevailed in endlessly Spotified coffee-shopping Furniture Music.  One member of the Edith Piaf Fan Club (a romantic graffiti collective) complaining of a toothache, is turned into ethereal gas by a dentist who will sacrifice their teeth to the waves.  An X-Ray tech tries to break the news and soon investigative journalists are searching for the missing records.  As human dogs walk the inverted world, only the Living Newspapers, swaying like trees in a park, have the chance to remember the whole story on their paper pulp bodies.  ~~~  Matthew Thurber is a cartoonist and filmmaker based in NYC.  He is the author of 1-800-MICE, INFOMANIACS, Art Comic, Looking For The Cat, the director of Fleegix (2019) The Sea Masons (2021) and previously performed in Soiled Mattress and the Springs and Ambergris.  Mrs William Horsley is a cinema “band” in which the films, made in a role playing game process, are projected in ritual performance where the filmmaker narrates, creates the soundtrack live, and operates multiple film and slide projectors.   (filmmaker in attendance from New York City  +  live performance  +  post-screening Q&A!)

Sun JULY 14, 2pm - HANDS ON FILM WORKSHOP led by NNC's inaugural artist-in-residence, Dominick Rivers.  ~  Controlled Demolition: Eco-Mordançage & the Moving Image  Mordançage is an alternative photographic process that causes the silver gelatin to appear distressed, resulting in reticulation and forming ghostly veils in the emulsion. While this process was originally developed for photographic prints, it has stunning results with moving images. Traditional mordançage employs caustic chemicals and can only be used with black & white film. This workshop will introduce the eco approach which can be used for black & white and color film and uses exclusively compostable material.  All materials provided.  Sliding-scale workshop fees.

Fri JULY 19, 7pm - SHE FREAK (Directed by Byron Mabe, 1967, Color, Sound, 83 mins) - The carnival has come to town and we're celebrating with an essential weirdo classic!  "A gutter-noir reworking of Tod Browning’s FREAKS and a valentine to the carnival lifestyle that defined the career of producer David F. Friedman (BLOOD FEAST), SHE FREAK is a snapshot of life, love, and revenge on the grounds of a seedy carnival in Smalltown, USA -- complete with crackpot monster make-up effects from Harry Thomas (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE).  Fed up with waitressing, Jade Cochran (Claire Brennen) embarks on a new life with a traveling carnival. But she discovers that what lurks behind the curtain doesn’t take too kindly to her backstabbing plans." -American Genre Film Archive  (Presented as a 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.)

Wed JULY 31, 7pm - DOMINICK RIVERS short films & NNC 16mm showcase - No Name Cinema's inaugural artist-in-residence presents a night of his work in small gauge film and video, alongside a selection of 16mm prints from NNC's growing film library/archive.... Dominick Rivers is an experimental filmmaker and moving-image artist whose video work, framed by larger installations, examines the popular media used to capture and sentimentalize memory. His research is focused on developing eco-friendly substitutions for alternative photographic processes that can be implemented with motion-picture film. These substitutions demonstrate that commonly accepted techniques can be made more accessible, promote environmental sustainability, and remain emotionally exigent. His contributions to the analog film community have led to performances, workshops, exhibitions, and residencies for Mono No Aware XVI (Brooklyn), LIFT (Toronto), CICA New Media Arts Conference (Seoul), and No Name Cinema (Santa Fe).  (filmmaker in attendance from Indiana  +  post-screening Q&A  +  presented on 16mm film!)

Mon AUG 12, 7pm - DOMINIC ANGERAME presents 12 new films completed in 2024!  (filmmaker in attendance from San Francisco  +  post-screening Q&A)

FALL (exact date TBA) - GUY MADDIN short films

Nov (exact date TBA) - OPEN SCREEN v.6 - (Open to all local artists/filmmakers working in experimental, personal, animation and/or non-fiction filmmaking.  Maximum one submission per person, 15 mins or less.)

WINTER (exact date TBA) - RANKIN RENWICK short films - (filmmaker in attendance from Portland Oregon + post-screening Q&A)

(flyers for past events)

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