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Fine Arts building, room N141. Select Mondays at 7:30 pm. Admission is $3.00.

The Avant-Garde Cinema Program, now called First Person Cinema, was started in 1953 by Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage, seminal figures in the independent/personal/experimental film movement. Their intention was to bring an awareness of the personal cinema to Boulder. This program has become a highly respected, international showcase, for the makers of personal film. It is the longest existing program in world that has been continually screening avant-garde film and video work.

Celebrating Stan: Monthly screening of Brakhage's Films
The Brakhage Film Series will continue to show films by Brakhage on the first Sunday of every month at 7:30pm in Fine Arts N141. Dates: Feb. 1, March 7, April 4, and May 2. All shows are free and open to the public.

Call 303-492-7574 for further information.

Carl Fuermann  
February 16
  fuermannI have a deep spiritual and mystical foundation in all of my work. Over the years I have a evolved a belief that film is a magic medium and is capable of capturing and recording things beyond our normal sense of the physical world. One conclusion that I have formed is our thoughts and consciousness are recorded and captured by film. So most important when I am creating and filming is my state of mind. I try to hold a space that everything is sacred and touched by the hands of the greater spirits, which give life to everything. The universe has a perfect rhythm, every moment of time followed by the next. I work by stepping into this rhythm and allowing myself to be carried along by the current.
If my films are about anything they are about emotion. Before discovering film I worked with formulas and equations and found that emotion was never included. So with film I am still a scientist and explorer but I search to unveil and discover the deep intense emotions hidden within me. Tonight I will bring my magic box of films that I have collected over the years and share some magic with you.
 
   
 
The Black Maria Film Festival  
 March 8
  The 23rd Black Maria Film Festival (named after Thomas Edison's 1893 motion picture studio) is know for its individually curated two hour programs of cutting edge films and videos drawn from its annual collection of 50 competition award winners.
Likely winners to be exhibited in Colorado are Bill Morrison's, "Light is Calling" a wondrous experimental found footage piece based on the 1926 love triangle film "The Bells" by James Young. Robert Fenz's new 32 minute film
"Meditations on Revolution, Part V: Foreign City" which is a gritty portrait of the back streets and alleys of New York City, and a first sound film by the accomplished maker. It is a sublime meditation on urban space seen through the eyes of a masterful visualist who is known for his atmospheric cinematography. Leighton Pierce's new 10 minute video "A Private Happiness" is a highly sensual, impressionistic journey portraying a lovemaking voyage from Manhattan to Niagara Falls.
There will also be a special 40th Anniversary tribute this year to Stefan Sharf (cofounder of the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University and chief mentor of the Festival Director) whose exceptional and historic 22 minute 1964 documentary "Selma to Montgomery" will be shown on the Festival Tour.
For additional information please phone 201-200-2043 or e mail the festival: blackmariafest@aol.com or visit the website: www.blackmariafilmfestival.org
 
   
 
Abraham Ravett  
March 15
  ravettAbraham Ravett holds a B.F.A and M.F.A in filmmaking and Photography and has been an independent filmmaker for the past twenty eight years. Mr. Ravett received grants for his work from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture: Fund for Documentary Filmmaking, National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, The Japan Foundation, The Hoso Bunka Foundation, The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, and a 1994, filmmaking fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His films have been screened internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Collective for Living Cinema, Pacific Film Archives, S.F. Cinematheque, LA.. Forum, Innis Film Society( Toronto), and Image Forum, Tokyo, among others. In 1999, he collaborated with dancer/choreographer, Bill T. Jones, on his solo performance, "The Breathing Show." Mr. Ravett teaches filmmaking and photography at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

AND THEN...( 2002) 6 min., color & b/w , SILENT, 16mm
Turning back, looking at one's past, wondering "what happened?"

HORSE/KAPPA/HOUSE( 1995) 33 min., color sound, 16mm
Inspired by Yanagita Kunio's, "The Legends of Tono," this film records the
landscape in a number of small villages throughout Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

THE MARCH ( 1999) 25 min., color & b/w, sound , 16mm
Details my mother's recollections of the 1945 "death march" from Auschwitz.
IN MEMORY ( 1993), 13 min. b/w, sound, 16mm
is a tribute, a projected memorial to members of my family and ALL those
who died under Nazi occupation.


 
   
 
Phil Solomon  
April 5
  solomon"A SNAIL'S TRAIL IN THEMOONLIGHT": Conversations with Brakhage STAN BRAKHAGE ON THE ART OF FILM In celebration of Professor Solomon's forthcoming book, he will be presenting video excerpts from Stan Brakhage's salons, where Brakhage and others discuss his own work and the work of fellow filmmakers. Each film presented will be introduced or followed by a short video of Brakhage discussing the art and the artist:
Joseph Cornell
Stan Brakhage
Phil Solomon
Nathaniel Dorsky
others (To be announced)
 
   
 
Robert Fenz  
April 19
  fenzBorn in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1969. His films have shown in the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum Reina Sofia and the New York, Vienna, Rotterdam, London and Toronto Film Festivals. Robert Fenz lives and works in Boston. Meditations on Revolution, Part I: Lonely Planet. 1997, 16mm, b&w, silent, 12 1/2 minutesObserves the serene rhythm of Havana's street life. Concerned with space, time, movement and light, it is an improvisational homage to Cuba's endurance. Meditations on Revolution Part II: The Space in Between. 1997, 16mm, b&w, silent, 8 minutes. Inspired by architect Oscar Niemeyer, focuses on the movement of the masses through the streets of Favela neighborhood of Rochina, Latin America's largest shantytown. Meditations on Revolution Part III: Soledad. 2001, 16mm, b&w, silent, 14 1/2 minutes . Shot in Mexico City, Chiapas, and New York City. Moments of everyday life come together with images of Mexican tradition. Creating a timeless space, where revolution remains present. Meditations on Revolution, Part IV: Greenville, MS. 2001, 16mm.b&w, silent, 29 1/2 minutes. A portrait of a boxer in training. Evoking the preparation required by revolution. Meditations on Revolution, Part V: Foreign City. 2003, 16mm, b&w, sound, 32 minutes. A portrait of New York City as a place of immigration and displacement. The film has a timeless, anonymous quality until it is given the voice of artist and jazz musician Marion Brown.