Still from "MY CHINA NOW"
In conjunction with the upcoming China Design Now
exhibition (lots more on that later), the NW Film Center presents Lens on China
, a film series that "explores the perspectives of Chinese and western filmmakers whose works reflect on the broad currents of contemporary change in Chinese society. As China's past and future collide, the works by these media artists provide unique insight into the social and aesthetic confusions, obstacles and opportunities being navigated in the interstices between history, daily reality, and the future's promises." A long series of varied and interesting Chinese films will be screened through the end of December, 2009. The series will be kicked off this week with Good Cats
by director Ying Liang at 7pm on Thursday, September 24. Check the NW Film Center website for more details and the full schedule of screenings.
Unless otherwise noted, films will be shown at PAM's Whitsell Auditorium
The Cinema Project is screening Jonas Mekas' Walden
this week. In Walden
, Mekas "documents his casual visits with other filmmakers, artists, and intellectuals across the changing seasons of 1960s New York... the film's heightened spontaneity of camera movement and sense of edgy immediacy helped define New American Cinema, while Mekas' use of a simple diaristic approach fills the film with poetic reflections and charming realism." Featured luminaries include Allen Ginsburg and Hare Krishna hippies, the Brakhage family, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Timothy Leary, and Edie Sedgwick. Of his films, Mekas writes "Of course, what I faced was the old problem of all artists: to merge Reality and Self, to come up with the third thing."
Film screening • 7:30pm • September 23 • $6
• 11 NW 13th • 4th floor
Deep Leap Microcinema, a new film curatorial project by Jesse Malmed, presents Palimpsests
, a collection of local and international video films. Featured artists include Yoshi Sodeoka, Matt McCormick, Jesse Malmed, Antoine Catala, Jordan Stone, Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, Joel Holmberg, Martijn Hendriks and Andrew Fillipone. There will also be specially commissioned musical performances by Jeffrey Brodsky and Banjo Performs Keyboard.
Film screening • 8pm • September 24 • $6
Deep Leap Microcinema @ the Artistery
• 4315 SE Division