Industry Town: The Avant-Garde & Hollywood

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Tonight’s eruptive experiments come courtesy of filmmakers whose works play explicitly with the commercial film industry (Hollywood and beyond), parodying and often willfully mutating its staid structures, inverting the intended messages of classic and not-so-classic films by using familiar signifiers as raw material. The program kicks off with a brazenly cynical 1928 silent shot by Citizen Kane cinematographer Gregg Toland, then jumps into the ‘60s/‘70s counter-culture with Peter Mays’ hallucinatory dream screens, George Lucas’ auspicious abstract docu-poem 6-18-67, conceptual collage legend John Baldessari’s rare and cryptic Title, and more!

FILMS:
- The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra (Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich, & Gregg Toland, 1928, 16mm or 35mm, B&W, silent, 11 min.)
- Death of the Gorilla (Peter Mays, 1966, 16mm, color, 16 min. Restored print from the Academy Film Archive)
- 6-18-67 (George Lucas, 1967, 5 min)
- Title (John Baldessari, 1971, 16mm, b/w & color, sound, 20 min.)
- Cue Rolls (Morgan FIsher, 1974, 16mm, colour, sound, 5:30)
- Zebra Skin Clutch (Cynthia Maughan, 1977-78, B&W, 2:03, )
- Based on Romance (Bruce & Norman Yonemoto, 1979, 24:15)

Watch an excerpt from “The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra”!