Anthology Film Archives - Calendar Events An international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American independent and avant-garde cinema and its precursors found in classic European, Soviet and Japanese film. en-us Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:03:37 -0400 CORRESPONDENCE JONAS MEKAS – J.L. GUERÍN <p>This week we present an online engagement of one of the films we planned to screen in our ongoing, comprehensive retrospective of the work of Jonas Mekas: <a href=""><strong>CORRESPONDENCE JONAS MEKAS </strong><strong>&ndash; J.L. GUER&Iacute;N</strong></a> (2011, 100 min). The film was commissioned by the Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB), as part of its &ldquo;Correspondence(s)&rdquo; project, in which filmmakers were paired together to exchange filmic &ldquo;letters&rdquo; (other participants included Isaki Lacuesta &amp; Naomi Kawase; Albert Serra &amp; Lisandro Alonso; Jaime Rosales &amp; Wang Bing; and Fernando Eimbcke &amp; So Yong Kim). CORRESPONDENCE JONAS MEKAS &ndash; J.L. GUER&Iacute;N is available now, for the low, low price of $1! And as a special bonus we are including two final letters, which Mekas &amp; Guer&iacute;n exchanged following the 2011 release of the feature-length film. Guer&iacute;n&rsquo;s final letter has never before been made available! Click <a href=""><strong>here</strong></a> to access the full program.</p> <p>Jonas Mekas &amp; Jos&eacute; Luis Guer&iacute;n<a href=""><br />CORRESPONDENCE JONAS MEKAS &ndash; J.L. GUER&Iacute;N</a><br />2011, 100 min, digital<br />&ldquo;In a series of five letters to each other, Jos&eacute; Luis Guer&iacute;n and Jonas Mekas exchange ideas, thoughts, visions and reflections on cinema, realism and life. Each filmmaker revisits past images, framed by commentaries that offer telling insights into their working methodologies. This is a film about friendship and craft, about poetry and cinema, modes of communicating and fragments of life captured on screen. &lsquo;I have a need to tape, for whatever reason,&rsquo; states Mekas, &lsquo;I do not know what makes me do it, but I have to do it, I just have to do it.&rsquo; CORRESPONDENCE is both a visual trace of this journey and a memorable illustration of Thoreau&rsquo;s dictum that &lsquo;the world is but a canvas to our imaginations.&rsquo;&rdquo; &ndash;Maria Delgado, BFI</p> <p>PLUS:<br />Jonas Mekas<br />A LETTER TO JOS&Eacute; LUIS GUER&Iacute;N<br />2015, 8 min, digital</p> <p>Jos&eacute; Luis Guer&iacute;n<br />CARTA A JONAS MEKAS no. 6<br />2016, 4 min, digital<br /><br /></p> <p>[Please note: On our <a href="">Vimeo</a> page you can also find the following Jonas Mekas films (for viewing free of charge!): <strong>SELF-PORTRAIT</strong> (1980, 20 min), <strong>RE: MACIUNAS AND FLUXUS</strong> (2011, 93 min), <strong>KEEP SINGING</strong> (2011, 82 min), and <strong>HAPPY EASTER RIDE</strong> (2012). And Jonas&rsquo;s classic works <a href=""><strong>WALDEN and LOST LOST LOST</strong></a> are available for online rental via Kino Lorber&rsquo;s KinoNow service. The films can be streamed for $9 each, with 50% of the rental income going to Anthology, to help us weather our closure. To access both films, click <a href=""><strong>here</strong></a>.]</p> Monday, September 28 CINEMA-19 <p>Commissioned by filmmakers Usama Alshaibi and Adam Sekuler, <a href="">CINEMA-19</a> is a collection of 190-second short films created in response to COVID-19. With new works by Sarah Ema Friedland, Matt McCormick, Kalpana Subramanian, Christin Turner, Mila Zuo, William Brown, Kelly Gallagher, Lori Felker, Courtney Stephens, Scott Cummings, Amir George, Eman Akram Nader, Alex Megaro, Mehrnaz Saeedvafa, as well as Usama Alshaibi and Adam Sekuler, the films in <a href="">CINEMA-19</a> offer an impressive volume of imagination and resourcefulness in the face of the crisis. The works in <a href="">CINEMA-19</a> do not attempt to summarize the pandemic, but instead focus on the personal, the political, the sensual, the distant, the abstract, and the absurd. The program &ndash; which Anthology is co-presenting in association with Zeitgeist Theatre and Lounge (New Orleans) and Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) &ndash; will remain online throughout the fall. Click <a href="">here</a> to watch for free!</p> <p><em><strong>As a special bonus, Kathleen Sachs of Cine-File will moderate a Zoom Q&amp;A with the filmmakers on Saturday, August 22 at 3pm EDT. Access details are below:</strong></em></p> <div>Join Zoom Meeting</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br />Meeting ID: 922 8775 3235</div> <div>Passcode: cinema19</div> <div>One tap mobile</div> <div>+13126266799,,92287753235#,,,,,,0#,,24900151# US (Chicago)</div> <div>+16465588656,,92287753235#,,,,,,0#,,24900151# US (New York)</div> <div><br />Dial by your location</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)</div> <div>Meeting ID: 922 8775 3235</div> <div>Passcode: 24900151</div> <div>Find your local number: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br />Join by SIP</div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br />Join by H.323</div> <div> (US West)</div> <div> (US East)</div> <div> (India Mumbai)</div> <div> (India Hyderabad)</div> <div> (EMEA)</div> <div> (Australia)</div> <div> (Brazil)</div> <div> (Canada)</div> <div> (Japan)</div> <div>Meeting ID: 922 8775 3235</div> <div>Passcode: 24900151</div> <p><br /><br /></p> Tuesday, September 29 CULTURE VULTURE: STEVE DALACHINSKY ON SCREEN <p><br />For more info, click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52771">here</a>.</p> Tuesday, September 29 SUSPENSION <p>Sim&oacute;n Uribe<a href=""><strong><br />SUSPENSION</strong></a><br />2019, 75 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.<br /><br />In partnership with Icarus Films, Anthology hosts the virtual theatrical premiere run of the new documentary <a href="">SUSPENSION</a>, beginning on Wednesday, September 9.</p> <p>SUSPENSION takes as its subject the San Francisco-Mocoa highway in Colombia, where the Andes mountains meet the Amazon jungle. The main link between these two cities, it may be the most dangerous stretch of road in the world. Shrines dot the route, marking the spots where many have died. A decades-long effort to build a new road is a case study in what one engineer terms &ldquo;political madness.&rdquo; Animated promotional videos of the route show gleaming bridges, elevated highways soaring over the rainforest, and crisp cars. Meanwhile, what little actual progress is made comes in the form of small crews, some hacking away with machetes.</p> <p>We watch as one crew works on a bridge literally to nowhere &ndash; painstakingly spreading and raking concrete on a structure whose very construction is an exercise in futility. After they run out of money and abandon it, the bridge becomes a magnet for visitors taking selfies and enjoying the view as they lean on the gleaming yellow guardrails. Bikers roar through the &ldquo;road closed&rdquo; gates, pulling wheelies on the empty structure. The anti-erosion walls built to protect from landslides become a combination playground and climbing wall for the young people scaling them and sliding back down.</p> <p>Geographer Sim&oacute;n Uribe&rsquo;s debut feature places the history of a crucial piece of infrastructure at the center of an ecological drama in which humans are at the mercy of mudslides, torrential rains and volatile rivers. SUSPENSION is a cinematic illustration of humankind&rsquo;s struggle to control nature.<br /><br />SUSPENSION is available <a href="">here</a> for a streaming rental fee of $10. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $7; members, please email <a href=""></a> for the discount code.<br /><br /></p> <p>We will supplement the new feature film with encore screenings of several other highway-themed films from our 2019 &ldquo;Infrastructure on Film&rdquo; series: Hartmut Bitomsky&rsquo;s <a href="">REICHSAUTOBAHN</a> (1986, 90 min), and Dominic Angerame&rsquo;s short films, <a href="">PREMONITION</a> (1995, 10 min) and <a href="">IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS</a> (1997, 23 min). For more detailed descriptions of these films, click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52760">here</a>. And to watch the films themselves, click on the titles above.</p> <p><strong>Director Sim&oacute;n Uribe will take part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Thursday, October 1 at 7pm EDT! The access details are below:<br /><br /></strong>Topic: Suspension Q&amp;A<br />Time: Oct 1, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)<br /><br />Join Zoom Meeting<br /><br /><br />Meeting ID: 942 1345 5992<br />One tap mobile<br />+19294362866,,94213455992# US (New York)<br />+13017158592,,94213455992# US (Germantown)<br /><br />Dial by your location<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)<br />Meeting ID: 942 1345 5992<br />Find your local number:<br /><br /><strong><br /><br /></strong></p> Wednesday, September 30 SPACE DOGS <p><strong><br />VIRTUAL THEATRICAL PREMIERE RUN!</strong><br />Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter<strong></strong><strong></strong><strong><a href=""><br />SPACE DOGS</a></strong><br />2019, 91 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.</p> <p>Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journey, directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter trace the persistence of her memory and legacy into the present day. As the capsule containing Laika re-enters Earth&rsquo;s orbit and begins to burn up, the narrator announces &ldquo;What had been a Moscow street dog had become a ghost.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ghost Laika lives on in the present-day strays of <a href="">SPACE DOGS</a>. Photographed at ground level with wandering, hypnotic camera movements, the strays are seen navigating the urban environs of modern Moscow. In hewing closely to the dog&rsquo;s point of view, the city is rendered as a strange, alien environment. Pulsating music from buildings and unidentified passersby take on an unfamiliar quality as the dogs explore this strange new world.</p> <p>Archival footage of the Soviet space program is interwoven throughout the film, reveling in the bizarre tests and procedures the canines were subjected to in preparation for space travel. The hum of space-age machinery blends seamlessly with the hypnotic drone of the soundtrack, which in turn echoes the alien sounds of the modern city. With stunning cinematography and meditative pacing that recalls the work of Andrei Tarkovsky, SPACE DOGS is a singular work that de-centers humans in order to uncover a forgotten history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Totally unconventional and beyond the anthropocentric gaze, SPACE DOGS is the visionary work of someone who, at the end of History, attempts to rethink it by inventing new canons. The shifting point of view, from essential images of the past to the weight of legend and the violence of the present, sets out a new limit for asking ourselves not just about our role as spectators but also as agents of progress.&rdquo; &ndash;Daniela Persico, LOCARNO</p> <p>[<strong><em>Be forewarned, SPACE DOGS contains documentary footage that some viewers may find upsetting.</em></strong>]<br /><br />SPACE DOGS is available <a href="">here</a> (starting Fri, Sept 11) for a streaming rental fee of $12. AFA Members can watch for a discounted price of $8; members, please email <a href=""></a> for the discount code.<br /><br /><strong><em>Directors</em></strong><em><strong> Elsa Kremser &amp; Levin Peter will take part in a virtual Q&amp;A on Wednesday, October 7 at 5pm EDT; access details coming soon!</strong></em></p> Wednesday, September 30 HOME TRUTHS: FILMS ABOUT HOUSING RIGHTS, DISPLACEMENT, AND THE MEANING OF HOME <p>One of the (many) issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp (and dire) relief in recent months is that of housing rights. The availability and quality of housing, and the rights of lower-income tenants, has of course been an urgently important and highly contested feature of urban life across the world and throughout modern history. But the precariousness of the lives of millions upon millions of city dwellers has been revealed more starkly than ever by a global pandemic that has rendered the struggle to keep a roof over one&rsquo;s head catastrophically widespread.</p> <p>Given the basic existential nature of the human need for shelter &ndash; and the extent to which housing policy in many societies reflects, embodies, and perpetuates economic exploitation, structural racism, and the destructive toll of unchecked capitalism &ndash; it&rsquo;s no surprise that filmmakers have explored the topic, both directly and indirectly, throughout the history of the medium. This online film series highlights a variety of films past and present that have dramatized the plight of those who wage a daily battle for safe and secure housing, that have unveiled the structural and economic forces that render that struggle so difficult, and that have chronicled the efforts of activists to make change. At their best, these films bring into relief the vital importance of &ldquo;home&rdquo; as a source of emotional and cultural meaning in people&rsquo;s lives &ndash; as a necessity for both body and soul. They identify displacement as a force that robs people not only of the roof over their heads, but also &ndash; perhaps even more destructively &ndash; of their sense of their own identities, their individual and communal histories, and of their culture.</p> <p>The series comprises a selection of films that Anthology will be presenting gradually, over the course of the coming weeks and months, as well as other relevant films that are already available online from other sources.</p> <p>&ldquo;Home Truths&rdquo; is presented in association with <a href="">Shelterforce</a>. An independent, non-profit publication that began in 1975 as a &ldquo;how-to&rdquo; magazine for tenant activists, <a href="">Shelterforce</a> covers the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization. For more info, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>To see the full list of films with descriptions and other info, click <a href="../../../film_screenings/series/52767">here</a>.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wednesday, September 30