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CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN — BREAKING THE FRAME

Join filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawskal for the Los Angeles premiere of her Carolee Schneemann documentary BREAKING THE FRAME.

Presented by the Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA, BREAKING THE FRAME—shot in 35mm, 16, Super 8, and HD video over the course of six years—is a “kinetic, hyper-­cinematic intervention, a critical meditation on the relation of art to the physical, domestic and conceptual aspects of daily life and on the attributes of memory. It uses Schneemann’s autobiographical materials to narrate the historic upheaval within Western art in post-­war America.”*

BREAKING THE FRAME

Thursday, July 25, at 7 pm.

MOCA Grand

250 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Marielle Nitoslawska, Breaking the Frame (2012), stills. Images courtesy and the filmmaker and Possible Movements.

GODARD’S ONE PLUS ONE

As part of the Los Angeles Filmforum series 1968: Visions of Possibilities, MOCA will screen the Los Angeles 4K restoration premiere of Jean-Luc Godard’s ONE PLUS ONE—part documentary of how the Rolling Stones developed their song “Sympathy for the Devil” at Olympic Studios in London, part 1968 political agitprop by Godard in the wake of the May uprisings.

“Godard had the crew lay down tracking rails that ran in a figure-eight throughout the studio… In ten-minute takes, Godard followed the song’s metamorphosis from a straight-ahead rocker to a pantheistic samba. Drummer Charlie Watts put down his drumsticks in favor of Algerian hand drums, and the four backup singers (including Marianne Faithfull) congregated around a microphone for gospel exhortations.

“The last night of the shoot ended prematurely as the studio caught fire when a gel filter on an overhead light ignited.” — Richard Brody*

Alternating with the studio footage are scenes Godard shot with Anne Wiazemsky playing “Eve Democracy,” who, followed by a documentary crew, responds to elaborate political questions—many of them lifted from a 1968 interview Norman Mailer did with Playboy—with “yes” or “no” answers. “In bringing Wiazemsky to London and casting her as the absurd and naïve Eve Democracy, Godard mocked not only democracy but Wiazemsky’s non-revolutionary commitment to it.”*

ONE PLUS ONE

Thursday, November 8, at 7 pm.

MOCA Grand Avenue

250 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

 

*Richard Brody, Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2008), 338, 340.

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Film poster with Jean-Luc Godard’s title. (An alternative cut—titled Sympathy for the Devil by the producers—re-edited the soundtrack of the film’s final scenes.)

The Rolling Stones and Marianne Faithful lay down the backing vocal track.

Anne Wiazemsky in her One Plus One final scene.

Godard and Mick Jagger during filming.

The Stones at Olympia Studios.

Image credit: ABKCO Films.

1968 — VISIONS OF POSSIBILITIES

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As part of the Los Angeles Filmforum series 1968—Visions of Possibilities, documentary scholar Michael Renov will introduce Haskell Wexler’s landmark feature MEDIUM COOL, along with the short, YIPPIES.

Both films are a time capsule of Chicago in 1968, during the summer of that year’s infamous Democratic National Convention.

 

MEDIUM COOL and YIPPIES

Sunday, July 29, at 7:30.

SPIELBERG THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

lafilmforum.org/chicago-1968-medium-cool-and-yippie/

electricsheepmagazine.co.uk/medium-cool

Above: Czech poster for Medium Cool .

Below: Robert Forster in Medium Cool.

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LA <===> AA | LOS ANGELES FILM FORUM

Foregrounds (O’Neill, 1978)

film still from Foregrounds (O’Neill, 1978) [not included in this program]

This weekend Los Angeles FilmForum presents: LA <===> AA, films from the 52nd Ann Arbor Film FestivalFilmmakers Thom Andersen, Daniel Brantley, Sílvia Das Fadas, Andrew Kim, Troy Morgan, Charlotte Pryce, and Mark Toscano will be in attendance, along with AAFF Program Director David Dinnell. The screening takes place this Sunday, June 8th at 7:30PM at The Velaslavasay Panorama.

Will o' the Wisp, by Andrew Kim, 2013

Will o’ the Wisp, by Andrew Kim, 2013

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Grip, Daniel Brantley, 2013

With Pluses and Minuses, Mike Stoltz, 2013

With Pluses and Minuses, Mike Stoltz, 2013