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Hollywood Theatre: The Peripheral Produce AUTO-CINEMATIC Video Mix Tape Release Party

Lit up sign of the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon

Aug. 4
7:00 p.m.
Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97212

Hosted by: Peripheral Produce

Peripheral Produce, one of the leading purveyors of experimental and avant-garde film and video, has boldly re-released their seminal AUTO-CINEMATIC Video Mix Tape and will be celebrating said release with a massive screening at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre on Aug. 4. The screening will include work from the DVD by local artists such as Matt McCormick, Miranda July, Vanessa Renwick and Jon Raymond, as well as modern videos by Orland Nutt, Ben Popp, Ashley Lee Collinson and way more.

The AUTO-CINEMATIC Video Mix Tape was originally released on VHS way back in 1998 and has been out of print for way too long. However, it has been completely re-mastered for DVD and is currently available on the Peripheral Produce website. Portland, Oregon has long been a hotbed of great experimental media makers and the Mix Tape gathered up the best of the best at the time in one astounding, memorable package.

A crazy creature holds up a movie projector

AUTO-CINEMATIC features the early work of several artists who have gone on to big careers, such as Miranda July‘s breakout video Atlanta and Jon Raymond’s video game parody Battles on the Astral Plane. July, of course, would go on to direct feature films such as Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Future; while Raymond would later write the screenplays for indie film hits Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff. The DVD and the screening also features work by artists like Vanessa Renwick, Rob Tyler, Chel White and Matt McCormick.

McCormick was the founder and lead instigator of Peripheral Produce, which began as a screening series before moving into video distribution and the currently defunct PDX Film Festival. McCormick would go on to direct his own feature-length films, such as the indie film Some Days Are Better Than Others and the experimental documentary The Great Northwest.

In addition to the AUTO-CINEMATIC Video Mix Tape, Peripheral Produce has released DVDs by Deborah Stratman, Bill Brown, Naomi Uman, Helen Hill and more. You can view their full catalog here. Hopefully, the PDX Film Festival will be making a return in the near future as well.

So, check out the DVD, go to the screening and revel in some of the best experimental video out of the Pacific Northwest.

Still from Jon Raymond’s Battles on the Astral Plane:

A troll wizard from the parody video Battles on the Astral Plane

Still from Miranda July’s Atlanta:

Miranda July wearing a swimming outfit in Atlanta

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