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Warren Sonbert Retrospective

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 21, 2008

This post should have been titled “Warren Sonbert: Three Screenings,” but I missed the first event that was held on Thursday, May 15. These next two take place also on Thursdays: May 29 and June 5. Both screenings start at 8 p.m. and will be held at the Artists Television Access center. The sponsor for this occasion is kino21.

Honestly, I don’t know that much about Sonbert, but his name has popped up a lot recently in avant-garde film books I’ve read, first in P. Adams Sitney’s Visionary Film and then I remember there being a very good interview with him in Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader. I’ve yet to find a really great, comprehensive book on underground film in the ’70s and early ’80s. (Yes, Deathtripping is awesome, but that only focuses on the Cinema of Transgression.) So, I’m not that up on my structuralist auteurs. Online, in conjunction with these screenings, there’s a nice appreciation of Sonbert at the SF360 site. Also, Fred Camper has a list of web articles about him.

If you’re in San Francisco, check out the screenings. The films being shown are listed below:

May 29
8 p.m.

Where Did Our Love Go?
Hall of Mirrors
Friendly Witness

June 5
8 p.m.

A Woman’s Touch
Short Fuse

For more info, please visit the ATA site or the kino21 site. (And thanks to GreenCine Daily for the tip!)