Tag Archives: Downtown Independent cinema

HENRY MARTINSON AND THE SOCIALIST NONPARTISAN LEAGUE

The Prairie TrilogyPRAIRIE FIRE, REBEL EARTH, and SURVIVOR, co-directed by John Hanson and Rob Nilsson—tells the story of the late poet Henry Martinson and his life and times as a Socialist organizer.

“A gorgeously-shot work of documentary-as-historical corrective, which finds hope for the future through excavating a radical past,” the films were underwritten by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the North Dakota AFL-CIO.*

This week and next, Downtown Independent will present the 2K restoration of the Trilogy, and Rob Nilsson will be in attendance on October 19 and 20.

THE PRAIRIE TRILOGY

PRAIRIE FIRE, REBEL EARTH, and SURVIVOR

Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, at 5 pm.

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 23 and 24, at 6 pm.

Downtown Independent, 251 South Main Street, Los Angeles.

Henry Martinson (above and below right).

KEN JACOBS

“[Ken Jacobs], cinema’s master inter- and reinventionist, [has] found yet another way to make the medium new, employing a logarithim to rework a thirty-second fragment of a 1897 Lumière actualité into a seventy-three minute 3D movie wherein space regularly inverts itself. Kinda has to be seen to be believed.” — J. Hoberman on THE GUESTS, Artforum

Experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs is out and about this week for public conversations, screenings, and Q & As.

In conjunction with the exhibition 3D—DOUBLE VISION:

KEN JACOBS IN CONVERSATION

A SWIM THROUGH OPEN SPACE

Sunday, October 7, at 1 pm.

Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

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Nervous Magic Lantern performance with live sound by Aki Onda:

Redcat, 631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles premiere:
THE GUESTS , directed by Ken Jacobs
Tuesday, October 9, at 8 pm.
Downtown Independent, 251 South Main Street, downtown Los Angeles.

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

“I’ve believed that straying from structured acts of seeing can produce the strongest connection with an audience.” — RaMell Ross

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING—a lyrical, experimental documentation of lives in a small Alabama community, directed by RaMell Ross—will screen this week at the Downtown Independent.

Following the film, Ross and Jheanelle Brown, co-curator of Black Radical Imagination, will discuss the writer-director’s work.

Ross will also present the film at the Hammer Museum and the Aero in early 2019

HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30.

Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 20, at 7 pm.

Downtown Independent

251 South Main Street, Los Angeles.

Through Thursday, September 27

Playhouse

673 Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

Monica Film Center

1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018). Image credit: Idiom Film.

NOTES ON AN APPEARANCE

Tonight at the Downtown Independent, Acropolis Cinema presents NOTES ON AN APPEARANCE (2018, directed by Ricky D’Ambrose).

“A young man’s disappearance is at the center of this enigmatic, haunted film set inside New York City apartments, subway stations, bookstores, and cafés as the supporters of an elusive political theorist embark on a covert program of indiscriminate violence and censure.”*

 

NOTES ON AN APPEARANCE*

Wednesday, August 22, at 8 pm.

Downtown Independent

251 South Main Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Notes on an Appearance. Image credit: Grasshopper Film.

THE DANCES OF ED MOCK

Ed Mock [the late San Francisco dancer, teacher, and choreographer] is the missing choreographic link between Alvin Ailey, Anna Halprin, and Bill T. Jones. He is my direct predecessor, creatively. We—artists, black queers, Bay Area dancers, gay men—have to extract our collective past and create the historical record.” — Brontez Purnell

Dirty Looks On Location premieres UNSTOPPABLE FEAT—THE DANCES OF ED MOCK, the debut feature film by artist, choreographer, punk musician, and writer Brontez Purnell.

 

UNSTOPPABLE FEAT—

THE DANCES OF ED MOCK

Monday, July 2.

Downtown Independent

251 South Main Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Ed Mock. Photograph by Simo Neri.