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Rip It Up With Cinema Abattoir

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 10, 2008

Movie screening poster featuring a picture of a hand tearing a picture

1) Montreal’s Cinema Abattoir is offering up a night of disjointed, sexy fun on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00 p.m. with a back-to-back screening event. First up, is the part: Rip in Pieces USA, directed by Dominic Gagnon. This is an hourlong compilation film of risque video clips deleted from the Internet. Gagnon describes the film himself as:

I was watching video on the Internet and I noticed that certain homemade clips were flagged for their content and quickly disappearing from free hosting sites. I started to save and edit them in a capsule format. Working in a gray zone about copyright, I nevertheless fulfill the authors’ will to contextualize their situation by grouping their videos together and then diffuse / preserve their messages.

This will be followed by a selection of short films under the heading “Sexualties / Frontieres.” Leading the pack will be a film by South African filmmaker and new Underground Film Journal friend Aryan Kaganof, plus a film by underground film legend Ken Jacobs. The complete list of shorts:

Dead Man II: Return of the Dead Man, dir. Aryan Kaganof (Read the review)
j., dir. Solomon Nagler & Alexandre Larose
Nymph, dir. Ken Jacobs
Antékid, dir. Serge de Cotret
The Sister and the Priest, dir. Istvan Kantor
Day’s Night, dir. Catherine Corringer

Dec. 11
9:00 p.m.
Cinema Abattoir presente:
Rip in Pieces USA & “Sexualites / Frontieres”
185 Van Horne
Montreal, QC

Daniel Louis Rivas and Tony Ward

2) Not a film event, but Daniel Louis Rivas, the star of this year’s underground hit Altamont Now is having a two-man show with Tony Ward of their photography and artwork in Los Angeles at the Ghettogloss Gallery in Silverlake. The opening night reception, with Mr. Rivas in attendance, is Friday, Dec. 12 at 8:00 p.m. Who knew the guy was such a Renaissance man?

Dec. 12
8:00 p.m.
The Paintings and Photos of Mr. Ward and Daniel Louis Rivas: Opening Reception
Ghettogloss Gallery
2380 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(in Silverlake)

Pinatas hanging from the ceiling

3) In San Francisco, the Artists’ Television Access center is holding their annual year-end fundraising benefit on Dec. 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There aren’t any films being scheduled, but there will be a ton of musical performances by the Conspiracy of Beards, Ash Reiter, Manicato, Los Fulanos, Eats Tapes, Moei Staiano, The Downer Party and Grimace and the Fakers.

This event is also a kick-off celebration for the astounding 25th year of business for this S.F. landmark institution. Attending is a terrific way to show off your support and appreciation. Plus, there will be “surprise” performances and lots of excellent gifts to be raffled off.

Dec. 14
2:00 p.m.
ATA presents: Banquette Sauvage
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA

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