LOST & FOUND FILM CLUB: Sid Laverents, Amateur Auteur

Lost & Found Film Club’s 1-year anniversary show!

For the first time, Lost & Found Film Club would like to honor a single filmmaker, whose playful creativity, technical innovation, D.I.Y. attitude and outsider status exemplify the Lost & Found aesthetic: San Diego’s Sid Laverents. Most famous for his homemade 1970 one-man tour de force Multiple SIDosis — which inspired countless multi-tracked music videos with its laboriously low-tech in-camera effects — Laverents spent his early career as a vaudevillian and bandleader before being bitten by the filmmaking bug in his mid 50′s. In his wake, he left a trail of zany shorts involving odd jobs, cloning and shaving cream explosions. With his living room as backdrop and his wife as co-star, Laverents blurred the lines between hobbyist and artist, creating and distributing films through old-school rental catalogs until his death at the age of 100 in 2009. We’ll screen a marathon of his best-loved 16mm shorts, as well as gorgeous 35mm restorations of Multiple SIDosis and Sid’s feature-length autobiography, The Sid Saga.

Program introduced by preservationist Ross Lipman.
Restored prints courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

For more information on Sid Laverents:
Sid Laverents Oral History
Rocktober Magazine Feature

Our program:
It Sudses And Sudses, 1963, 16mm, 9min.
One Man Band, 1964, 16mm, 10min.
Multiple SIDosis, 1970, 35mm, 9 min.
Stop Cloning Around, 1980, 16mm, 15min.
The Sid Saga (parts I-III), 1985-1989, 35mm, 90min.

Watch our original trailer for the works of Sid Laverents!