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Other Cinema: F Is For Phony

Other Cinema

Here you go, the regular monthly lineup of San Francisco’s premiere alternative screening venue, Other Cinema, and once again it’s chock full of nice avant-garde political visions and other underground works.

All screenings take place on a Saturday night and start at 8:30 p.m. Screenings take place at the Artists Television Access center at 992 Valencia (@ 21st) in the Mission.

SAT. 5/3: SKOLLER’S PROMISE OF HAPPINESS

First, Jeffrey Skoller presents a 35-minute piece in remembrance of the Vietnamese War of Liberation. Skoller will be in attendance to wax eloquent on issues of utopia, democracy and disappointment as well as participate in a lively Q&A. This will be followed by 79 Springtimes of Ho Chi Minh, dir. Santiago Alvarez, a half-hour “masterwork of Cuban cinema that advances anti-imperialist solidarity ever so artfully.” Plus, a bunch of topical shorts: Know Your Enemy, dir. the U.S. Army; War as a Second Language (trailer), dir. Mark Brecke; SSSS, dir. Bill Daniel and Warren Haack; and National Archives, dir. Travis Wilkerson.

SAT. 5/10: JESSE LERNER’ S F IS FOR PHONY

F Is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing by Jesse Lerner and Alexandra Juhasz is a new book that takes a look at the mockumentary and pseudo-documentary’s effect on real journalism. Lerner will be in attendance to back up his thesis with excerpts from Spanish-American War newsreels, Bunuel’s Land Without Bread, Elizabeth Subrin’s Shulie, Mitchell Block’s No Lies, William Karel’s Dark Side of the Moon, and Jesse’s own Ruins.

SAT. 5/17: NOTENDO + POTTER-BELMAR

Carl Diehl of Metaphortean Phenomena bridges the gap between technological and zoological unknowns. This evening witness Jason Jones’ Son of Sasquatch performance, noteNdo’s (also in person) live Nintendo hacking, Jesse England’s VCR-wrangling, and Gijs Gieskes, Phil Stearns, and LoVid’s electro-anomalies. And more!

SAT. 5/24: GERRY FIALKA’S PXL THIS FEST #17

Gerry Fialka brings his annual film festival of videos shot on Fisher-Price’s PXL 2000 children’s video camera that was on the market 20 years ago and then for not a very long time. But, filmmakers still use it with great originality. Included tonight are: Fialka’s Remember to Forget, Robert Sexton’s Disassembly Line, Theresa Hulmes’ Soulgasm, Freya’s They Were Only Numbers, L.M. Sabo’s Cataclysm, and 4-yr-old Donovan Selinger’s Gear Story.

SAT. 5/31: NEW EXPERIMENTAL WORKS

A bunch of great new underground short films! Including:

Act Your Age, dir. Roger Deutsch
Waschdrang Mama, dir. Martha Colburn
Count Backwards From Five, dir. Tony Gault
I Love U, dir. Andrew Wilson
Energie!, dir. Thorsten Fleisch (Watch online)
Series:V2, dir. Richard Mitchell
Silver Cones, dir. Kurt Keppeler
Dr. Yes 4, dir. David Cox
Internal Camaraderie, dirs. Eli Marias and Amos Natkin
Plus, films by Sam Green, Ben Wood, Sylvia Schedelbauer, David Marino, Yin-Ju Chen, Shalo P, Lauren Woods, and Killer Banshee.
And if that’s enough for you, there’s: Damon Packard’s new Apple cut, Roger Beebe’s live-scored Tour/Tower, and DJ Onanist.

As always, you can always find more info at the Other Cinema website.