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Other Cinema: New Perspectives On New Asia

Other Cinema

It’s international month for Other Cinema’s screening series at the Artists Television Access center at 992 Valencia (@ 21st) in the Mission. Each Saturday night event will transport viewers on a tour around Asia, Mexico or just a new psychedelic state of mind. All screenings take place on a Saturday night (including tonight) and start at 8:30 p.m.

SAT. 4/5: NATE BOYCE + WOBBLY + MURATA

Audio and video collide in revolutionary new abstracted ways with Nate Boyce‘s Plasma-Wielder, which is an insane hybrid of analog and digital image-processing. Boyce has also collaborated on a project with Wobbly that OC says “fuses pure electronic sound-generation with plunderphonics into a hypnotic continuum of perceptual discovery,” which sounds a little frightening and exhilarating at the same time. Takeshi Murata also has a new project screening; along with classical and contemporary works by Vasulkas, Adam Beckett, LoVid, LSD and Unarius’ Restoration.

SAT. 4/12: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON NEW ASIA

Programmer Sylvia Schedelbauer presents! Yin-Ju Chen‘s Transaction, a meditation of the artist’s cultural anxiety! Chen and Mr. James T. Hong’s Divided and One, a look at the election in Taipei! Plus, Hong’s New History Zero, The Coldest War and Sino-American Friendship! Also, witness the West Coast premiere of Maya Schweizer and Clemens von Wedemeyer’s Metropolis: Report From China, a verité essay on the human agents of China’s staggering growth!

SAT. 4/19: MACIAS’ OTAKU USA + GAMERA (AMPLIFIED)

Patrick Macias, the national editor of Otaku USA, is an expert on the obsessions of Japanese youth culture, including anime, manga and cult films. Witness the outrageousness of Akihabara’s “maid cafes,” action-figure fetish cults, costume role-playing and delinquent bikers courtesy of Macias’ cutting, insightful commentary. Plus! Watch the last real of Gamera, the Invincible in spellbinding 16mm B/W with an “enhanced” live soundtrack by Hans Grusel-san and the Anti-Ear. Also, free robot model kids and magazines will be given out.

SAT. 4/26: LUCH LIBRE + ROCK’N’ROLL MADE IN MEXICO

Que Viva La Lucha!, dir. Gustavo Vazquez is a 50-min. doc on Mexican wrestling. Filmed in Tijuana, baby! Plus, the director will be in attendance for discussion. And that film will be followed up by a survey of Mexican Rock by Lance Miccio, who covers the scene all the way from the ’50s to today’s electronic-fied present. Also, Piñata!

As always, get more info at the Other Cinema website.