Rock & Roll Experiments (Toni Basil in person!)

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Rock ‘n roll and experimental film were on parallel groundbreaking paths from the late ‘60s to the early ‘70s, fueled by all of the ecstasy and anger of a vibrant and explosive California counterculture never to be replicated. The instances at which these aural and visual courses intersected is the departure point for tonight’s program, which we hope proves once and for all that in that era, cinema’s influence on music (and vice-versa) was on par with the holy pairing of sex and drugs. This show’s line-up — a reverent glimpse at the early stages of the symbiotic melding of two mediums — places loopy Zappa fare alongside Christina Hornisher’s structuralist speculations, and George Lucas’ prescient early work beside Chris Langdon’s pared-down homage to ‘60s singer-songwriter Lou Christie. Come witness the synesthetically powerful results of a compact cultural Big Bang. Toni Basil will be here in person to introduce the show!

- — ——- (Thom Andersen and Malcolm Brodwick, 1967, 16mm, color, sound, 12 min.)
- Coming Down: featuring the music of the legendary band The United States of America. (Pat O’Neill, 1968, 16mm, color, sound, 4 min. New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
- A Dance Film Inspired by the Music of Jim Morrison: perhaps the first film to combine classical dance with dancing of “the street.” (Toni Basil, 1968, color, sound, 2 min.)
- Kinky: a rock ‘n roll crowd gathering at Canter’s Deli! (Jim Joannides and Maurice Bar David, 1966, 16mm, color, sound, 3 min.)
- 4×8=16 (Christina Hornisher, 1966, 16mm, color, sound, 3 min.)
- The Emperor: “Emperor” Bob Hudson was the most eccentric disc jockey in 1960s rock radio, and George Lucas’s film portrait tries to find a form that matches his eccentricity while documenting the culture that supported him. (George Lucas, 1967, 16mm, b/w, sound, 24 min. Print courtesy of USC.)
- The Gypsy Cried (Chris Langdon, 1973, 16mm, b/w, sound, 3 min. Preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
- Two Faces Have I (Chris Langdon, 1973, 16mm, b/w, sound, 3 min. Preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
- Burnt Weeny Sandwich: originally Broadcast 4/30/1969. Antics of the Mothers of Invention are further accelerated by heavily processed film footage. Zappa is seen performing music from the “Uncle Meat” LP. This work was completed about 10 years before MTV went on the air. (Frank Zappa, 1969, color, sound, DigiBeta, 17 min. Tape courtesy of Pacific Film Archive)