Visions, Memory, and a Machine: Optical Manipulations

  • Saugus Series (1974) by Pat O'Neill
  • Throbs (1972) by Fred Worden
  • Babobilicons (1982) by Daina Krumins
  • Project One (1968) by David Lourie
  • Project One (1968) by David Lourie
  • Heavy-Light (1973) by Adam Beckett
  • Babobilicons (1982) by Daina Krumins
  • Babobilicons (1982) by Daina Krumins
  • Saugus Series (1974) by Pat O'Neill
  • Film Achers (1976) by Beth Block

    January 28, 2012, 4:00pm
    Cinefamily, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036

    Cinefamily web page: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/alternative-projections-experimental-film-in-los-angeles-1945-1980/

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

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

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    The optical printer played a crucial role not only in the Hollywood special effects industry, but in certain strains of experimental cinema as well.  Perhaps because of its co-habitation with America’s commercial film production center, Los Angeles artists, more than those of any other experimental film community, produced a substantial body of work that engaged with this versatile and powerful rephotography device.


    Although artists such as Pat O’Neill, Beth Block, and Adam Beckett became famous for their facility with the optical printer in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the Whitney brothers had constructed their own printer in their garage almost 30 years before.  From their initial explorations and master achievements, the range of these films only grew. Pat O’Neill is Los Angeles’s true avant-garde master, creating beautiful, moody films with floating mattes, variable film speeds, ghostly layering, wry wit, and masterful soundtracks, all working together to form a fractured almost-narrative, a reflection on the lost spaces and times of our city.  He has taught several other filmmakers, and they and others created masterworks with the machine - now largely replaced by computers. 

    Playing with memory, landscape, animation, humor, and more, these films will delight you with their remarkable visions and stories.

    In person: Beth Block, Pat O’Neill (schedules permitting), more to be announced

    Films to be Screened

    • Saugus Series (1974) by Pat O'Neill Saugus Series (1974) by Pat O'Neill

      Saugus Series (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 18min.)
      Directed by Pat O'Neill

    • Throbs (1972) by Fred Worden Throbs (1972) by Fred Worden

      Throbs (1972, 16mm, color, sound, 7min.)
      Directed by Fred Worden

      (restored print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
    • Heavy-Light (1973) by Adam Beckett Heavy-Light (1973) by Adam Beckett

      Heavy-Light (1973, 16mm, color, sound, 7min.)
      Directed by Adam Beckett

      (restored print courtesy of The iotaCenter collection at the Academy Film Archive)
    • Saturn Cycle (1975, 16mm, color, sound, 16min.)
      Directed by David Wilson

    • Film Achers (1976) by Beth Block Film Achers (1976) by Beth Block

      Film Achers (1976, 16mm, color, sound, 8min.)
      Directed by Beth Block

    • Project One (1968) by David Lourie Project One (1968) by David Lourie

      Project One (1968, 16mm, color, sound, 14min.)
      Directed by David Lourie

    • Foregrounds (1978, 16mm, color, sound, 14min.)
      Directed by Pat O'Neill

    • Babobilicons (1982) by Daina Krumins Babobilicons (1982) by Daina Krumins

      Babobilicons (1982, 35mm (orig. 16mm), color, sound, 16min.)
      Directed by Daina Krumins

      (restored print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)