Awesome films at The Bridge tonight

March 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments · By

The Bridge Film Series is happening again tonight, as part of this month’s “Audio March” series of events; much like the event we did two years ago, this one’s another “M:N:M:L” screening, and I’m excited to see what Sarah, Missy, and Jordan have come up with.

Tonight’s event will feature:

• “Plastic Haircut,” an absurdist film by Robert Nelson (the filmmaker also known for the hilarious and subversive “Oh Dem Watermelons”);

• a hand-painted film by Harry Smith, legendary experimental filmmaker, ethnomusicologist, and magician;

Tony Conrad‘s “Straight and Narrow,” essentially a shorter version of his hour-long film “The Flicker,” overlaid with soundtrack by John Cale and Terry Riley; their soundtrack isn’t at all what you’d expect (it’s a 10-min ecstatic freakout on double-ragtime piano and stereo-separate twin-drumkits); we showed it two years ago, but it’s so excellent it’s definitely worth seeing twice;

• “Peyote Queen” by Storm de Hirsh; I’m not familiar with this film or filmmaker, but apparently it’s another hand-painted work from the 60’s;

• a film by Jud Yalkut (who also did the John Cage mushroom-hunting film), this one co-authored by/starring Nam Jun Paik, which apparently has all sorts of formal puns related to the problems with transferring film to video;

Robert Breer‘s hand-drawn “A Man and His Dog Out for Air,” which is more or less a classic of the experimental animation world.

It sounds like a really awesome program, and I’m super excited about it. It starts at 7pm, tonight at the The Bridge, and the cover charge is $5! This would be worth checking out under any circumstances, but today is also St Patrick’s Day (a.k.a. amateur drinker’s night), so every other place in town is gonna be full of of rowdy facepainted hooligans; best to come over to our cozy corner of Belmont and settle in with some excellent experimental films, I think.

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  • 1 gary // Mar 18, 2010 at 1:43 am

    a very dark small black + washed out from the other night:

    http://vimeo.com/10249041

    but more importantly, this happened a few hours later (the pictureplane guy is in the background):

    http://vimeo.com/10249343

  • 2 gary // Mar 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    also, the fruit bats show is tomorrow (the calendar says it is tonight)