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SUBVERSIVE CINEMA is current,y looking for a new venue. GOT IDEAS?
contact: Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330 firstname.lastname@example.org
We started at 212 Pier Coffeehouse in Santa Monica, CA 90405
and had a good run on the last Friday of every month.
Curator Gerry Fialka screens films as antennae of the race, broadcasting the hidden effects of what we have invented. From experimental films to political activist cinema to lit, art, music flix to avant garde documentaries, this series provokes new questions and features fiery discussions.
In the spirit of cultural democracy, the audience can help select the film titles between 6:30 and 7:30pm beforehand. Sometimes the titles are programmed in advance.
SUBVERSIVE CINEMA is inspired by two seminal books: Gene Youngblood's EXPANDED CINEMA and Amos Vogel's FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART. In FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART: AMOS VOGEL & CINEMA 16 (2003 documentary directed by Paul Cronin), these thoughts were expressed by Scott MacDonald and Amos:
"Scott MacDonald: In Amos Vogel's Cinema 16 programming strategy, he was very conscious of Eisenstein; with the ideas of juxtaposing one kind of thing with another to create energy in the audience and maximum thought in viewers.
Amos Vogel: When I showed 5 or 6 films on the Cinema 16 program, they were always selected from the point of view how they would collide with each other in the minds of the audience. On one program there would always be an abstract film, a scientific film, an avant-garde film and a political documentary, because my intention at all times was to subvert audience expectations by showing such diverse and different films on one and the same program....
Many films shown at Cinema 16 and in my book "Film As A Subversive Art," show reality in ways that we have not previously anticipated. ... This is how I use the word "subversive" - anything that changes or undermines previous ways of thinking and feeling. Subversive art makes you look at things in a new and very different way. It disrupts. It destroys, and thereby builds up new realities and new truths."
"I have always been on the side of those who seek the truth, but I part ways with them when they think they have found it." - Luis Bunuel.
These thoughts inspire the spirit of curating films at SUBVERSIVE CINEMA. The public is invited to join us, free admission.
"Gerry Fialka is Los Angeles' preeminent underground film curator." - CinemaWithoutBorders.com
To screen your film at SUBVERSIVE CINEMA, contact Gerry Fialka. THANK YOU.
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http://www.laughtears.com/ and http://venicewake.org/
also check out
7 Dudley Cinema - First Thursdays at Beyond Baroque 7-10pm http://www.laughtears.com/7dudleycinema.html
at 681 venice blvd venice ca 90291, 310-822-3006, free
Documental - 2nd Mondays at Unurban 6-10pm http://www.laughtears.com/documental.html
at 3301 pico blvd santa monica ca 90401, 310-315-0056, free
Fialka's new book project - AVANT GARDE FILM & The ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL HISTORY BOOK
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SUBVERSIVE CINEMA ARCHIVES-
2010 archive: Friday, July 23, 7-10pm: Happiness Is A Warm Projector - In a rare public appearance visionary curator Bryan Konefsky screens a selection of un-dependent films from the first five years of his Albuquerque-based festival, Experiments in Cinema. This program includes experimental documentaries, essay films, avant garde music videos, and film poems from Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Panama, Spain, China, South Korea, and Texas.
Friday, July 29, 2011 at 7:30pm
DANNY PLOTNICK FILMS - WARTS & ALL (1986-2001, 104m) at 7pm. Danny Plotnick (in person) roared into the underground film world in the 1980s. Fueled by his love of punk & alternative culture and infected with righteous DIY spirit, he started making films that captured a similarly snarly attitude. His films were pegged as bawdy, bad-mouthed and beautiful, straddling the line between high-brow and low-brow art. It's no surprise that his work has screened at such high falutin' places like MOMA in NYC to lowlife haunts like the Golden Shower Film Festival, San Antonio, TX and mortuaries in Baltimore to the Independent Film Channel. A veritable film school in an evening. Plotnick's eleven shorts include PIPSQUEAK FOLLIES (kids gone wild), DUMBASS FROM DUNDAS (teen angst), SWINGERS' SERENADE (suburban sexual malaise), FLIP ABOUT FLIP (Ode to Flip Wilson) and more. "Plotnick's films are funny and very important." -NY Underground Film Fest.
Sept 30, 2011 -THE KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL (2011, 92 minutes) Producer Alex Hebert and Director M. A. Littler's (both in person) interdisciplinary documentary explores modern skepticism in America, challenges the status quo and uncovers provocative links between survivalist philosophy, ecumenical spirituality, radical political theory, and outlaw culture. The audience is invited into a thoughtful conversation with the likes of Prof. Noam Chomsky, Dr. Mark Mirabello, Ramsey Kanaan, and the riveting final interview with beloved author, Joe Bageant. These unique thought leaders cast a rare shadow of doubt over our most blindly accepted American traditions. By framing this journey in a cross-country travelogue, maverick writer and director M.A. Littler connects art, religion, academia, alternative media, utopianism, anarchism, globalized capitalism and radical fringe philosophy in an elegant American tapestry. The transformative visual execution of the cinematography acts as a lingering contextual reminder of the events that shaped the featured philosophies. By remaining observantly agnostic to the subjects, the film is able to honestly investigate the physical and psychological practices of diverse individuals in a conflict-ridden and confused post-modern world. In a time of brainwashing corporate and political propaganda, The Kingdom of Survival reunites us with the life-changing spirit of the outlaw highway. “We have to go within, man. We have to go within and find something that brings joy to our souls.” -Will “The Bull” Taylor. M.A. Littler is a maverick writer and filmmaker. Littler's films have been described as a strange cocktail of European auteur cinema, intellectualism and Rock 'n' Roll paired with an idiosyncratic sense of melancholy. Littler's films and writing merge the intellectual and the primitive and display an unhidden affinity for outsiders of all kinds. When asked about this, Littler says: "I'm interested in people who dance to their own beat, prototypes who fix their radio with a blow torch.
"Gerry Fialka is the Studs Terkel of Venice, California - nurturing active participation for common ground." - Michele Raven, Writer/Producer
"Gerry Fialka is one of the most giving impresarios that ever landed in Venice, California. He continues to fulfill Venice founder Abbott Kinney's dream of Chautauqua's influence on people. Fialka is the glue of the Venicessance. " - Jeffrey Solomon, Historian, Venicebeachwalkingtours.com