Psychedelic Visions & Expanded Consciousness (Pat O'Neill, Peter Mays & Beth Block in person!)

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Hyperkinetic experimental film and animation in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s both echoed and informed the volcanic psychedelia that defined those years — and the filmmakers featured in tonight’s show created challenging, gorgeous work during that era through obsessive mastery of groundbreaking techniques. Chick Strand’s solarized synchronicities, Pat O’Neill’s optically-printed densely haptic experiments and Adam Beckett’s infinite ecstatic morphs all manage to alter minds, both addled and unaided. The care that went into the films of tonight’s sizeable collection of visionaries cannot be overstated, and their influence is a testament to the potent revolutions that originated in obscurity, but still resound in our collective consciousness. Schedules permitting, filmmakers Pat O’Neill, Peter Mays & Beth Block will all be in person at the Cinefamily to introduce the show!

FILMS:
- Les AngeS Dorment (Felix venable, 1965, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min. Print courtesy of Peter Mays)
- Pulse (Peter Spoecker, 1969, 16mm, B&W, sound, 9 min. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
- The Star Curtain Tantra (Peter Mays, 1969, 16mm, color, sound, 14 min.)
- Easyout (Pat O’Neill, 1972, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min. Print from the Academy Film Archive)
- Binary Bit Patterns (Michael Whitney, 1969, 16mm, color, 3 min. Print from the Academy Film Archive)
- Lapis (James Whitney, 1966, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
- Coming Down (Pat O’Neill, 1968, 16mm, color, sound, 4 min. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
- Twelve (The First Three Parts…) (Beth Block, 1977, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min.)
- Waterfall (Chick Strand, 1967, 16mm, color, sound, 3 min. Restored print from the Academy Film Archive. This film was restored by the Pacific Film Archive and the Academy Film Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.)
- Aether: Original score by Rhys Chatham! (Daina Krumins, 1972, 16mm, color, sound, 4 min. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
- Evolution of the Red Star (Adam Beckett, 1973, 16mm, color, sound, 7 min. Restored print from The iotaCenter collection at the Academy Film Archive)

Watch an excerpt from James Whitney’s “Lapis”!