Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story

Tuesday, August 19th at 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville
$5 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

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Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story (2011, 57 min., video)
Dir. Garrett Scott

In May 1995, Shawn Nelson, a 35-year-old plumber from Clairemont, California, emerged from an eighteen foot mine shaft he had dug beneath his backyard in search for gold. An ex-soldier and methamphetamine abuser, he stole a tank from a nearby National Guard armory and went on a rampage through the residential streets of his neighborhood, crushing cars and lampposts until the cops took him down.

A portrait of a San Diego suburb built on a booming post-WWII defense industry and its subsequent bust, the ravages of methamphetamine use, and how these histories come together in one tragic and unbelievable instance. CUL DE SAC provides extensive political, economic, and social context to this seemingly minor news story that ties Nelson’s life to the larger story of a working class community in decline.

“Truly extraordinary… a chilling X-ray of the despair in poor white suburbia. The film ambitiously frames its psychological autopsy and class analysis within the historical context of Southern California’s aerospace industry-fueled development and decline.” —The Independent Film & Video Monthly

This screening is courtesy of Icarus Films.

 


Home Is A Memory

Tuesday, July 15th at 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville

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Home is a Memory: Films by Lisa Danker and Georg Koszulinski

Exploring the idea of home and immigration from personal perspectives, these two video essays about Florida and family touch the heart of what it means to be from somewhere.

Que Se Acuerdes De Mi /Please Remember Me  (2011, 19 min)
Dir. Lisa Danker
This personal documentary is about Javier Navarrete, arrested in Cuba as a political prisoner in 1962 and who remained in prison for 18 years, told by his granddaughter, the filmmaker. Javier’s letters from prison to his exiled family in Miami are read over contemplative, carefully composed images of present-day Miami. Interviews with family members explore the hardships of exile in Miami; recreations of old photographs raise questions about the impact of permanent uprooting and of Javier’s extended absence from the family.

Last Stop, Flamingo (2014, 55 min)
Dir. Georg Koszulinski
The third installment of Georg Koszulinski’s Florida trilogy, Last Stop, Flamingo explores early visions of Florida, from the early 20th-century Koreshan utopian community, founded by Cyrus Teed in the swamplands of Florida, to the world’s largest planned subdivision—Golden Gate Estates—which projected a population of over 400,000 residents. Imagined landscapes give way to mythological creatures, from the Florida Skunk Ape to the mermaids who perform daily at Weeki Wachi Springs. Exactly 500 years after Ponce de Leon’s European discovery of Florida, Last Stop, Flamingo reflects on the many ways in which Florida’s landscapes have been irreversibly shaped by human desires.  This documentary was awarded the Best Documentary Feature prize at the U.S. Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival.

 

 

 


Women With Knives Film Tour

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Tuesday, June 10th

Doors 8:30PM | Films 9PM

Toy Boat Community Art Space

101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC 28803

$5 suggested donation

Experimental animators Kelly Gallagher, Lauren Cook, and Charlotte Taylor take to the road with their handcrafted films, bringing their award winning works across the east coast summer 2014. The lineup features short experimental animation on 16mm & video, and includes no less that TWO films in 3D!

Lauren Cook’s Films:

PXXXL (3 min/35mm/video) – Using century-old technology, PXXXL creates digital glitch from analogue process. It was animated directly on the celluloid without a camera in a darkroom using lights, objects, and handmade lenses shown in Rainbow Depth 3D.

Altitude Zero (5 min/16mm) – A feminist palimpsest of cinematic representation.

Handmade (3 min/35mm) – In stark contrast to video, Handmade, focuses on the grain of the celluloid and the organic nature of emulsion. It was created by contact printing images with a flashlight in a darkroom without the use of a camera, labs, digital editing, or any type of sound equipment.

Kelly Gallagher’s Films:

The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker (14min/video) – An eccentric, animated documentary on the “herstory” about some of motion picture’s greatest (and often overlooked) contributors.

Pen Up the Pigs (12 min/video) – A handcrafted, collage animation that explores connections between slavery and present-day institutionalized racism and mass incarceration.

Charlotte Taylor’s Films:

The Edge of Summer (4 min/16mm) – A stereoscopic, silhouette animation about a girl who falls in love with the sun. Shot on a handmade animation stand, using a custom designed 3D optical system.

Secrets (3min/16mm) – Shadows and photograms hand-processed and contact printed with found optical sound.

Leaf (3 min/16mm) – A leaf is place on a glass plate… found footage and direct animation.

Aurora and the Sea (1min/video) – The animated story of a girl and her journey to the sea.


Home is a Memory

Sunday, May 25th at 8pm
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville

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Home is a Memory: Films by Lisa Danker and Georg Koszulinski

Exploring the idea of home and immigration from personal perspectives, these two video essays about Florida and family touch the heart of what it means to be from somewhere.

Que Se Acuerdes De Mi /Please Remember Me  (2011, 19 min)
Dir. Lisa Danker
This personal documentary is about Javier Navarrete, arrested in Cuba as a political prisoner in 1962 and who remained in prison for 18 years, told by his granddaughter, the filmmaker. Javier’s letters from prison to his exiled family in Miami are read over contemplative, carefully composed images of present-day Miami. Interviews with family members explore the hardships of exile in Miami; recreations of old photographs raise questions about the impact of permanent uprooting and of Javier’s extended absence from the family.

Last Stop, Flamingo (2014, 55 min)
Dir. Georg Koszulinski
The third installment of Georg Koszulinski’s Florida trilogy, Last Stop, Flamingo explores early visions of Florida, from the early 20th-century Koreshan utopian community, founded by Cyrus Teed in the swamplands of Florida, to the world’s largest planned subdivision—Golden Gate Estates—which projected a population of over 400,000 residents. Imagined landscapes give way to mythological creatures, from the Florida Skunk Ape to the mermaids who perform daily at Weeki Wachi Springs. Exactly 500 years after Ponce de Leon’s European discovery of Florida, Last Stop, Flamingo reflects on the many ways in which Florida’s landscapes have been irreversibly shaped by human desires.  This documentary was awarded the Best Documentary Feature prize at the U.S. Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival.

 

 

 


Dusty Stacks of Mom

Sunday, April 27th at 8pm

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Dusty Stacks of Mom: the Poster Project (2013, 41m, 16mm/DV, col., sound.)
Dir. Jodie Mack

Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.

Location:
BeBe Theater
20 Commerce Street, Downtown Asheville


We’re Sweet on You

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Short Films about Love and Heartbreak

Friday, February 14th at 8pm

First Congregational United Church of Christ
20 Oak Street, Downtown Asheville
$5 Suggested Donation (No one turned away!)

Join us for our 2nd annual Valentine’s Day show. This program celebrates love in all its weird, lonely, sweet, sad, beautiful strangeness.  Chocolate will be provided. But bring your own illusions of love.


Compress Fest: Media Shorts on the Big Screen

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Thursday, November 14th @ 7pm
Fine Arts Theatre
36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC
Admission: $10 (This is a fundraiser for the Media Arts Project celebrating 10 years of community programming!)

We’re excited to co-sponsor Compress Fest featuring media shorts (5 minutes or less) created by over 20 regional media-makers. A broad selection of genres showcases the creative diversity of the region, including movie trailers, glitch, avant-garde, claymation, documentary, music videos, cell phone videos, artist profiles, mash-ups, a little horror, and a good dose of humor.

Participants include: 

Edward Bakinowski
Louise Barry
Jaime Byrd
Courtney Chappell
Curt Cloninger
Lee Coleman
Katie Damien
Cecil Decker
Jeffrey Decristofaro
Andrea Desky
Greg Herman
Charlotte Taylor
Lynne Harty
Jason Holland
Laura Jensen
Daniel Lowe
Nava Lubelski
Danielle Mcclennan
Sam Nicols
Rusty Sheridan
Jason Shope
Charlotte Taylor
Josha Yates

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