Psychedelic Visions and Expanded Consciousness

  • Les AngeS Dorment (1965) by Felix Venable
  • Les AngeS Dorment (1965) by Felix Venable
  • Aether (1972) by Daina Krumins
  • Aether (1972) by Daina Krumins
  • Aether (1972) by Daina Krumins
  • Waterfall (1967) by Chick Strand
  • Evolution of the Red Star (1973) by Adam Beckett
  • Evolution of the Red Star (1973) by Adam Beckett
  • Lapis (1966) by James Whitney
  • Lapis (1966) by James Whitney
  • The Star Curtain Tantra (1969) by Peter Mays
  • Twelve (1977) by Beth Block

    January 18, 2012, 8:00pm
    Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036

    **NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAY, TIME, AND LOCATION!**

    Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members

    Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets

    Hyperkinetic experimental film and animation in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s both echoed and informed the volcanic psychedelia that defined those years — and the filmmakers featured in tonight’s show created challenging, gorgeous work during that era through obsessive mastery of groundbreaking techniques. Chick Strand’s solarized synchronicities, Pat O’Neill’s optically-printed densely haptic experiments and Adam Beckett’s infinite ecstatic morphs all manage to alter minds, both addled and unaided. The care that went into the films of tonight’s sizeable collection of visionaries cannot be overstated, and their influence is a testament to the potent revolutions that originated in obscurity, but still resound in our collective consciousness.
    In person: Beth Block, Peter Mays, Pat O’Neill (Schedules permitting)

    Films to be Screened

    • Les AngeS Dorment (1965) by Felix Venable Les AngeS Dorment (1965) by Felix Venable

      Les AngeS Dorment (1965, 16mm, b/w & color, sound, 8min.)
      Directed by Felix Venable

    • Pulse (1969, 16mm, b/w, sound, 9min.)
      Directed by Peter Spoecker

    • The Star Curtain Tantra, by Peter Mays The Star Curtain Tantra, by Peter Mays

      The Star Curtain Tantra (1969, 16mm, color, sound, 14min.)
      Directed by Peter Mays

    • Easyout (1972, 16mm, color, sound, 9min.)
      Directed by Pat O'Neill

    • Binary Bit Patterns (1969, 16mm, color, sound, 3min.)
      Directed by Michael Whitney

    • Lapis (1966) by James Whitney Lapis (1966) by James Whitney

      Lapis (1966, 16mm, color, sound, 9min.)
      Directed by James Whitney

    • Coming Down (1968, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
      Directed by Pat O'Neill

      (new print from the Academy Film Archive)
    • Waterfall (1967) by Chick Strand Waterfall (1967) by Chick Strand

      Waterfall (1967, 16mm, color, sound, 3min.)
      Directed by Chick Strand

      Restored print from the Academy Film Archive.  This film was restored by the Pacific Film Archive and the Academy Film Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation.
    • Aether (1972) by Daina Krumins Aether (1972) by Daina Krumins

      Aether (1972, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
      Directed by Daina Krumins

      Original score by Rhys Chatham!
      (new print from the Academy Film Archive)
    • Evolution of the Red Star (1973) by Adam Beckett Evolution of the Red Star (1973) by Adam Beckett

      Evolution of the Red Star (1973, 16mm, color, sound, 7min.)
      Directed by Adam Beckett

      (restored print from The iotaCenter collection at the Academy Film Archive)
    • Twelve, by Beth Block Twelve, by Beth Block

      Twelve (The First Three Parts...) (1977, 16mm, color, sound, 9 min.)
      Directed by Beth Block

      The first part of the film consists of hand painted and scratched film, the second part introduces the use of negative space and the third part incorporates photographic imagery into the increasingly complex images.
      [Source: L.A. Filmmaker's Catalogue, 1989]
    • Tanka (1976) by David Lebrun Tanka (1976) by David Lebrun

      Tanka (1976, 16mm, color, sound, 8min.)
      Directed by David Lebrun

    • Terminal Self (1971, 16mm, color, sound, 8min.)
      Directed by John Whitney Jr.