Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis

Selected Exhibitions and Screenings

Program
4/22/1976-4/22/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

Description:
A screening of work by Colen Fitzgibbon, Sharon Couzin, Renate Druks, and Marie Menken

Films Screened:

Landscapes: Film Explorations of Open Space
5/2/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

Curator: Grahame Weinbren

Description:
To our own eyes, the visual field is infinitely deep, infinitely broad. Because we cannot see beyond its peripheral limits, we cannot see that it HAS limits. As far as the eyes can tell, the visual field is without borders. The landscape expands infinitely in two dimensions. From its center one becomes aware of the tight circularity of our planet, of the absurdity of human scale, and, with a shock, of the eye's abilities. Piercing the universe as far as there is light, the tiny human eye never knows its own boundaries, can never see itself. In contrast, the project image is bounded by the limits of the frame. Its borders determine and compose the film, but also act as dividing line, separating out what is to be unseen. The cinematic image, unlike the visual field, is clearly severely defined. Its depth, illusory and fragile, extends only as far as there are foot-candles and sufficiently close grains of emulsion. Limited in depth, forever conscious of what it excludes, the camera is the antithesis of the eye. The skillful camera composer sometimes organizes his frame by choosing what he will exclude; his compositions serve as a reminder of the limitless world beyond the frame. The filmed landscape is a catalyst for the finite/infinite, camera/eye, inclusion/exclusion tensions. And the soil of such tensions grow interesting works. - Grahame Weinbren [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1976]

Films Screened:

Funny Business
5/30/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

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Films Screened:

Udo Serke and Werner Schroeter
6/6/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

Curator: Udo Serke

Description:
Udo Serke is a West German filmmaker who has been living in California for the past two years. He is returning to Europe soon, and has organized this program of works by Werner Schroeter and himself for the Independent film oasis. Included are two films that serke completed in America and a film by schroeter not previously shown in Southern California.

Films Screened:

Eastern Influences
06/13/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

Description:
Investing words or images with extra meaning tends, paradoxically, to weaken the connection between signifier and what is signified; puns have a proclivity to render semantically impotent the words from which they are constituted. As the link of language to thought disintegrates, however, it becomes easier to see the signs for the grunts and squiggles they really are. Recent filmmakers have exploited this facet of equivocation, constructing projectibles in such a way that alternative readings are simultaneously possible, and thereby enabling the viewer to look at their works as no more, no less than illusionistic plays of light and shadow. Jon Rubin, for example, exaggerates the surface structure of the image until it both reveals and conceals what has been photographed; while Barry Gerson composes with pure light and shadow; leaving only a narrow cleft for dense images of falling water. Both Rubin and Gerson elucidate film itself through the sue of ambiguity; and all the films on this program, in one way or another, have cinema as their main subject [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1976]

Films Screened:

House Blend
7/25/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. parkview Los Angeles

Description:
EARLY ABSTRACTIONS # 1, # 3 and # 6 screened.

Films Screened:

8/22/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

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Films Screened:

The Films of Rudy Burckhardt
10/17/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

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LA Today
12/12/1976

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

Description:
This is the first of two programs of recent works and works in progress from Los Angeles area filmmakers. The second Los Angeles program will follow on February 6.

Films Screened:

Nightcleaners
1/23/1977

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

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Films Screened:

A Program of Films by Los Angeles Filmmakers
02/13/1977

Location: The Independent Film Oasis

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Jack Goldstein presents a program of films and phonograph records
2/27/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

Description:
'New men are needed - men who have acquired a new sensitiveness toward the object and its image. An object for instance if projected for 20 seconds is given its full value - projected 30 seconds it becomes negative' - fernand leger 'A New Realism - The Object'. Films and Phonograph records by Jack Goldstein [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1977]

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A Program of Films by Robert Breer
4/10/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

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Hollis Frampton presents A Program of Films from the Magellan Cycle
04/24/1977

Location: Founders Hall USC

Curator: Hollis Frampton

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Films Screened:

Film Between Drama and Documentary
05/08/1977

Location: Founders Hall USC

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Films Screened:

Diary of A Country Priest
5/15/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

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Films Screened:

Films with Few Images
5/29/1977

Location: Founders Hall USC

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OASIS selects itself
06/15/1977

Location: Eye Music, 80 Langston St., San Francisco

Description:
The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis is a loose-knit body of enthusiasts that was organized in 1976 to screen independent film, a term that in practice has been constructed in a broad sense. Many of the members (a needlessly formal term) are themselves filmmakers, although this is hardly a prerequisite. This program was assembled by giving each member of Oasis, filmmaker or not, the chance to select a film made by another member. Picking a film obliged the person to whose it to write a brief note. Not every member exercised the opportunity to make a selection, and there are film-making members of Oasis whose work is not represented here. So, the program represents the tastes of individual Oasis members; it odes not suggest a consensus or majority opinion. In any case it does not reflect the full scope of the film-making activities of its members. [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1977]

Films Screened:

La Region Centrale
6/15/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

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Films Screened:

The Naked and the Nude
6/19/1977

Location: Founders Hall USC

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Program of films from Eye Music: Filmworks Series Inc.
7/10/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

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Wavelength
9/18/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

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Gary Beydler Presents a Program of Films and Related Work
10/2/1977

Location: Founder's Hall, USC

Curator: Gary Beydler

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Films Screened:

10/16/1977

Location: Founders Hall, University of Southern California

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Films Screened:

The Films of William Raban
10/31/1977

Location: Haymarket, 715 S. Parkview Los Angeles

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Films Screened:

The Los Angeles Film Oasis and Some Serious Business Present Paul Sharits
11/5/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

Films Screened:

Language: The Great Mirror
11/6/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

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11/13/1977

Location: California Museum of Science and Industry
700 State Drive Los Angeles, CA

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Films by Women
11/20/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

Description:
Thanks to filmmakers who donated films for the screening: Kaftan , Sara Petty, Peggy Brinker, Lisze Bechtold, Diana Wilson.

Films Screened:

It is Not the Homosexual Who Is perverse But the Situation in Which He Lives
12/18/1977

Location: Founders Hall, USC

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Artifacts from the Machine Age
1/15/1978

Location: OASIS @ LAICA

Curator: Tim Shepard

Description:
'Self-referential cinema' is a label with a circular definition. The term defines a group of films as the grouping of films defines the term. This program is picked not to define, but to indicate by its chosen points a broad tendency in independent film. -Tim Shepard [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1978]

Films Screened:

Utamaro and His Five Women
1/29/1978

Location: OASIS @ LAICA

Films Screened:

The Present Remembered
02/12/1978

Location: Film Oasis @ LAICA

Curator: Lyn Gerry

Description:
New and recent work by young Southern California filmmakers. This collection of mixed-technique films deals in one way or another with memory of the past or future. All notes are by the filmmakers unless otherwise indicated.

Films Screened:

Films by Jean-Marie Straub
2/26/1978

Location: LAICA

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OASIS Potluck
3/12/1978

Location: LAICA

Description:
The Los Angeles Independent Film OASIS was organized in 1976 by a group of filmmakers and film critics to screen independent film. In practice the term independent has been liberally construed to include documentaries and theaterical features of special merit that are inaccessible through conventional exhibition channels. Among screening groups Oasis is unique, because programming decisions are made not by a single person but by members of the organization acting as a group. This program was assembled by inviting each film-making member of Oasis to submit one of his or her own films. Notes are by the filmmaker unless otherwise credited. [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1978]

Films Screened:

Rude Awakening
3/19/1978

Description:
Sonbert's new films represent a radical departure from his work of the middle sixities that established him as an important filmmaker. Rude Awakening, a medium-length film completed in 1976, is his most recent. Sonbrert will be present to discuss his film with the audience and to show additional footage from work in progress.

Films Screened:

Dan Graham
4/2/1978

Location: LAICA

Description:
Screening of presentions by Dan Graham

Films Screened:

James Broughton
4/16/1978

Location: OASIS @ LAICA

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Angel City
4/30/1978

Location: OASIS @ LAICA (Robertson)

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Films Screened:

Dreams That Money Can Buy and 8x8 by Hans Richter
5/28/1978

Location: LAICA

Description:
Monuments to Dada and Surrealist sensibitiy, Dreams and 8x8 were made in collaboration with other artists, among them Leger, Duchamp, Ernst, Man Ray, and Calder. The score for Duchamp's sequence in Dreams was composed by John Cage.

Films Screened:

The Early Films of Hollis Frampton
6/11/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

White/Gutman/Scorsese
7/2/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

Gottheim/Benning
7/16/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

Robert Nelson in Person
7/23/1978

Location: LAICA

Description:
Nelson's autobiography, Suite California, his first major piece in eight years, is a meditation on his native ground, its history and cultural ironies, extending from Tijuana, the Sierra Nevadas, through Hollywood to San Francisco. '...the film is likeable - genuinely unpretentious given its scope and affecting in its undercurrent of sadness.' -J. Hoberman [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1978]

Films Screened:

Super-8 Films by Lenny Lipton
7/30/1978

Location: LAICA

Description:
A stereo film by Lenny Lipton is a rare and unique pleasure. The refinement and sensitivity he has brought to the technique are quite astonishing. Barge Dwellers is about the citizens of hte houseboat colony in Sausalito, their ways of living, and their struggle with urban planners. Lenny will be present for the show and will also present a 45-min work-in-progress (single image). [Source: Program Notes Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis, 1978]

Films Screened:

Selection of pieces by young filmmakers in the mid-west and New York
8/13/1978

Curator: Pat O'Neill

Description:
This is a selection of pieces made by young filmmakers working in the mid-west and New York. The program was curated by Pat O'Neill who had seen these films in various festivals as he travelled this spring.

Films Screened:

A Group Show: Some Interesting New Films
8/13/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

9/24/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

The Films of Victor Faccinto
10/1/1978

Location: LAICA

Films Screened:

Louis Hock
10/29/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

The Films of Ernie Gehr and Vincent Grenier
11/19/1978

Location: LAICA

Films Screened:

Kristina Talking Pictures
12/3/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

The Films of Joseph Cornell
12/10/1978

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

Trollstenen
1/9/1979

Location: LAICA

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New Bay Area Films
3/23/1980

Location: LAICA

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New York Filmmakers
4/13/1980

Location: LAICA

Description:
Michael Oblowitz in person with the films of several new york filmmakers: oblowitz, anthony McCall, Clair Pajaczkowska, Andrew Tyndall, Jane Weinstock and Bette Gordon. [Source: Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Program Notes, 1980]

Films Screened:

OASIS group show
06/22/1980

Description:
An OASIS group show

Films Screened:

9/21/1980

Location: LAICA

Description:

Films Screened:

Bruce Baillie
10/12/1980

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

Brinbaum/Haslanger/Keller
10/19/1980

Location: LAICA

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Films Screened:

Rob Danielson
11/2/1980

Location: LAICA

Description:
Rob Danielson in perosn

Films Screened:

  • The Horse Science Series

11/9/1980

Location: Los Angeles Film OASIS @ LAICA

Curator: Carol Mike

Description:
The artists in this program are not filmmakers. The films attempt to both document their work in other fields and simultaneously to utilize some of the intrinsic elements of the film medium.

Films Screened:

Jonas Mekas
11/9/1980

Location: LAICA

Description:
LA's premiere of Paradise not yet Lost, Oona's Third Year (1977-79)

Films Screened:

Jean Pierre Gorin
12/7/1980

Location: LAICA

Description:
Jean Pierre Gorin in person.

Films Screened:

  • Poto and Cabengo

Pat O'Neill
12/14/1980

Location: LAICA

Description:
Pat O'Neill, a major figure in independent cinema will present his recent work including a special showing of 35mm work in progress. 'What seems important is not so much the illusion, for its own sake. (that is for the advantage of foolish spectators), rather I prefer the flexibility of coming and going from Illusion. Pat O'Neill in person.

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