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Other Cinema: Negativland

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San Francisco residents can help celebrate this holiday season with three evenings of complete strangeness and weirdness. All Other Cinema screenings start at 8:30 p.m. and are held at the indelible Artists Television Access center.

Dec. 1: “Cut and Paste”
Celebrate the launch of the new DVD/CD project by the media busting entity known as Negativland. Our Favorite Things is remix of 27 years of Negativland’s greatest hits into twisted new visual and audio collages. See new takes of old classics such as Gimme the Mermaid, No Business, Time Zones, Guns, Christianity Is Stupid, Drink It Up, Truth in Advertising, and U2: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by folks such as Tim Maloney, Harold Boihem, Mike Cousino, RRoom, and James Gladman. Some members of the band will be on hand to perform live with their homemade feedback oscillators, known as “boopers.” Also, the premiere of Freedom of Expression, dir. Kembrew McLeod, a documentary on intellectual property.

Dec. 8: “Global Conscience”
First up is Universal Language, a lecture-demo by Sam Green, director of the Weather Underground documentary. Sam’s new media-filled performance is all about the global language Esperanto. Then, photographer Mark Brecke will share his pictures from Africa that comprise his new book Darfur/Darfur. Next, This Shall Be a Sign, dir. James Hong, is a half-hour doc about Palestine and, finally, Ben Wood will screen his video essay about the erasing of Diego Rivera’s famous Rockefeller Center mural.

Dec. 15: “Avant to Live”
First, I have to say I love that title. Second, this will be a program of short films from some of the biggest names in the “biz.” They are:

Don’t Kill the Weatherman, dir. Martha Colburn
TSH, dir. Jesse Lerner
Phantogram, dir. Kerry Laitala
Deadtime Stories: Mother Goose, dir. John Leaños
Mario Makes a Movie, dir. Roger Deutsch
Dr. Yes, dir. David Cox
Kill John Wayne, dir. Vivian Wong (Read the underground movie review)
Superstar, dir. Eli Marias and Amos Natkin
Plus, pieces by Yin-Ju Chen, David Marino, Sahar Alsawaf, Robbyn Leonard, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Ben Rivers, Gibbs Chapman, and others TBA. Whew!

You can find more info at the Other Cinema website.