. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

The Secret Story: Films by Janie Geiser

Thursday, December 7, 2006, 6pm Janie Geiser in person! Janie Geiser is at the forefront of today’s experimental animators. Drawing on her renowned work in puppet-theater, her films use the miniaturized scale of paper cutouts, dollhouses, and antique toys to create mysterious, multilayered worlds of cryptic messages, enigmatic women, and half-forgotten dreams. Tonight, she presents […]

Daylight Moon & the Sunset Strip: Recent Films by Lewis Klahr

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 6pm Lewis Klahr in person! Lewis Klahr is “one of the most evocative, accessible, and culturally aware experimental filmmakers alive and working.” (Michael Atkinson, Village Voice) For almost thirty years, Klahr has reconfigured the detritus of postwar America into skip-beat riffs and dreamy meditations on the deferred promises of consumer culture. […]

Light Years: The Films & Videos of Gunvor Nelson

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 6pm | Gunvor Nelson in person! Gunvor Nelson, Natural Features (1990). Image courtesy of the artist. One of the few women to emerge from San Francisco’s heady independent film scene of the 1960s, Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Nelson has produced one of the great bodies of work in experimental film. Her works […]

The Outer Ear Festival Of Sound: Frédéric Moffet & Jean Genet

Thursday, November 9, 2006, 6pm Frédéric Moffet in person! CATE and the Outer Ear Festival of Sound team up to present this special screening of Frédéric Moffet’s award-winning video, Jean Genet in Chicago (2006) and Genet’s only film, the queer masterpiece Un Chant d’Amour (1950). Completed at the Experimental Sound Studio (the organization that puts […]

The World of George Kuchar

Thursday, November 2, 2006, 8pm | George Kuchar in person! George Kuchar has been working with the moving image for nearly half a century. First, with his twin brother Mike, producing their ultra-low-budget underground versions of Hollywood genre films. And then, on his own, since the 1980s, creating brilliantly edited, hilarious, often diaristic tapes with […]

Anne McGuire: Videos

Thursday, November 2, 2006, 6pm Anne McGuire in person! Anne McGuire is a San Francisco-based video artist whose “private cabarets” expose the formal elements of another era’s media mannerisms and lay bare their cultural mores. Her works contain elements of impersonation and performance, personal exorcism and autobiography, wit and media critique. A survey of her […]

The Animated Films of Adam K. Beckett

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 6pm Curator Jim Trainor in person! The young animator Adam K. Beckett created a handful of vivid, astonishing films in the early 1970s, but died tragically at the age of 29 at the peak of his creative frenzy. Based on an innovation he called the evolving cycle—whereby an animated image grows […]

Akram Zaatari: This Day

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 6pm Akram Zaatari in person! In 1982, 16-year-old Akram Zaatari watched the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon from his balcony in Saida, documenting the bombings in a diary of snapshots. The resulting images—at once beautiful and terrifying—make up his stunning 2004 video Saida, June 6, 1982 and have haunted his work […]

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Worldly Desires

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 6pm Called “one of the most creative and unpredictable film artists now working anywhere” by Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader, tonight’s program is a slate of new films and videos by multiple Cannes-winner and SAIC alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Tropical Malady, Blissfully Yours), including the dazzling 2005 featurette, Worldly Desires. A […]

JODI: Max Payne Cheats Only

Thursday, October 5, 2006, 6pm Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans in person! Digital provocateurs JODI (Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans) pioneered Web art in the mid-‘90s, upending the conventions of the emerging medium to create anarchic programs that simulated computer crashes, viruses, and error messages. The duo has wrought similar havoc on computer programs and […]

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