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L.A. Filmforum: Sharing Some Sharits

By Mike Everleth ⋅ June 1, 2011

Audience watching a movie at the Echo  Park Film Center

June 5
7:30 p.m.
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by: L.A. Filmforum

Need a little flicker in your life? Then check out some classic films from one of the pioneers of the structuralist film movement, Paul Sharits (1943-1993).

Included in the lineup is Wintercourse, which was made in 1962, but not uncovered until 1985. The film is very different than what would become Sharits’ typical flickering style and was produced while the filmmaking was still studying painting at the University of Denver.

Also being screened is one of Sharits’ most famous films, N:O:T:H:I:N:G (1968), which avant-garde film historian P. Adams Sitney declared one of the three flicker films of any importance. Jonas Mekas described the film as such: “You are pulled into the world of color, your color senses are expanded, enriched. You become aware of changes, of tones around your own daily reality. Your vision is changed.”

Other films in the lineup are two earlier films, Piece Mandala/End War (1966) and Apparent Motion (1975), as well as a later film, Brancusi’s Sculpture Ensemble At Tirgu Jiu (1984).

Below is the full lineup of films, but please be aware that the schedule is subject to change:

Wintercourse (1962, 12 min., 16mm, black and white, silent) (Watch online)
Piece Mandala/End War (1966, 5 min., 16mm, color & b/w, sound)
N:O:T:H:I:N:G (1968, 35 min., 16mm, color, sound)
Apparent Motion (1975, 28 min., 16mm, color, silent)
Brancusi’s Sculpture Ensemble At Tirgu Jiu (1984, 21 min., 16mm, color, sound)

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