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 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:05:34 -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, August 10 MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING <p>On Thursday, May 28, Anthology collaborated with <a href="">Screen Slate</a> to present a live online screening of a brand-new work by Ken Jacobs, <strong>MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING</strong> (2020, 24 min, digital), in its online premiere. The screening was part of<strong> </strong><a href=""><strong>Screen Slate&rsquo;s new online streaming series Stream Slate</strong></a>, organized in partnership with different artists, venues, and archives. Though the live screening is over, <a href=""><strong>MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING</strong></a> is now available on our <a href="">Vimeo page</a>, where it can be viewed at will (especially appropriate in this case, given the work&rsquo;s title).</p> <p>As a special bonus, click <a href="">here</a> for a recent interview between Ken Jacobs and his son (and fellow filmmaker) Azazel Jacobs.</p> <p>Ken Jacobs<br /><a href="">MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING</a><br />2020, 24 min, digital<br />&ldquo;Influenced by avantgarde artist-refugees from Europe, non-representational art dominated the art market after WW2 and pictorial comment on social conditions, popular before the war and still vital in some of Picasso&rsquo;s work, went out of fashion. For the owners threatened by the appeal of socialism, it had become time to change the subject to pure aesthetics: &lsquo;Rockefeller&rsquo;s Paintings&rsquo; one MoMA show advertised. In a society that allows both non-religious and multi-religious thinking and where opposing beliefs can neutralize each other, an openness to new thinking is possible and a great development in the art did take place. I came in after the ascendancy of so-called non-objective painting and joined those exploring imaginary developments in imaginary depth by pigments undisguised as anything other than flat color areas. Viewers offered open minds, picking up on pointed suggestion and discovering the heady adventure of engagement with ambiguity. MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING is just such a work in the realm of cinema. It offers no particular path to follow and running time is tentative; for repeat viewings it has none. It becomes a non-objective painting-of-sorts hung in space and I am absolved &ndash; you getting this, Hans Hofmann? &ndash; for all these years of neglecting canvas for the screen.&rdquo; &ndash;Ken Jacobs, April 2020</p> Tuesday, August 11 THE PEOPLE UNITED + BLACK AND BLUE [Co-Presented with Third World Newsreel] <p>This week we begin a new collaboration with <a href="">Third World Newsreel (TWN)</a>, with a virtual pairing of two extraordinary documentaries about communities struggling against police brutality: <a href="">BLACK AND BLUE</a> (Hugh King &amp; Lamar Williams, 1987) and <a href="">THE PEOPLE UNITED</a> (Alonzo Rico Speight, 1985).</p> <p>An alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues, TWN was founded in 1967 as Newsreel, an activist filmmaker collective that soon grew to encompass chapters throughout the country. The New York chapter evolved into Third World Newsreel in the mid-1970s and strengthened its commitment to developing filmmakers and audiences of color. Today, TWN carries on the progressive vision of its founders, and remains the oldest media arts organization in the U.S. devoted to cultural workers of color and their global constituencies.</p> <p>In the wake of the protests resulting from the killing of George Floyd, we&rsquo;ve been recommending &ndash; and in certain instances, presenting &ndash; a selection of films about police brutality, systemic racism, and civil rights, including one extraordinary and little-known film from TWN&rsquo;s distribution catalogue: BLACK AND BLUE, which chronicles the impassioned community response to decades of deadly force against people of color by members of the Philadelphia police force. <a href="">BLACK AND BLUE</a> has been (and continues to be) available for <a href="">streaming free of charge</a> thanks to TWN and the filmmakers. And now, Anthology and TWN co-present a film that is a perfect amplification of and complement to BLACK AND BLUE. Alonzo Rico Speight&rsquo;s <a href="">THE PEOPLE UNITED</a> documents a similar struggle against systemic racism in another American city, Boston, MA, where in the late 1970s racial violence and police brutality were exposed and enflamed by the conflict over school bussing, and the black community was further terrorized by the brutal and still unsolved murders of 12 black women within an 18-month period. THE PEOPLE UNITED captures this fraught moment in the history of Boston (and the country as a whole), and the protest movement it spawned. Like BLACK AND BLUE, it demonstrates how deeply embedded police brutality and racial violence are in our society, how little has changed over the past 40 years, and how urgently change is needed now.</p> <p>Alonzo Rico Speight is an independent producer, director, writer of film and theatre, as well as a film and video editor and educator. His filmography includes WHO&rsquo;S GONNA TAKE THE WEIGHT?, DEFT CHANGES, NEW GENERATION, CHOICES, DEFIANT, and THE PEOPLE UNITED. Currently, Speight is producing a feature documentary on Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, philosopher, and revolutionary thinker.</p> <p>BLACK AND BLUE is available to stream free-of-charge <a href="">here</a>. To purchase a streaming rental of THE PEOPLE UNITED, click <a href="">here</a>. <strong>The streaming rental income will be split between Third World Newsreel and the <a href="">Black Lives Matter Global Network</a>.</strong></p> <p>Special thanks to JT Takagi, Roselly Torres, and Eugene Lee (Third World Newsreel).</p> <p>Hugh King &amp; Lamar Williams<a href=""><br />BLACK AND BLUE</a><br />1987, 58 min, 16mm-to-digital</p> <p>Alonzo Speight<a href=""><br />THE PEOPLE UNITED</a><br />1985, 48 min, 16mm-to-digital</p> Tuesday, August 11