Wednesday, April 24 at 8:00PM
BLACK CIRCLE CINEMA 001
ROBERT SMITHSON + NANCY HOLT: EARTHWORKS
Aux Performance Space / Vox Populi Gallery
319 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tickets: $7-10 sliding scale
Spiral Jetty dir. Robert Smithson, 1970, US, 16mm, 30’
Sun Tunnels dir. Nancy Holt, 1978, US, 16mm, 27’
CUT AND PASTE: CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE ANIMATION FROM NORTH AMERICA
These two evenings spotlight the best of contemporary collage animation works alongside an absolute classic of the genre and the world premiere of unseen footage from the enigmatic Harry Smith. For the first program, animator and curator Jodie Mack has assembled an incredibly diverse selection of 16mm and digital works which shatter post-modern assumptions that it’s all been done before. The second program features collage master Lawrence Jordan’s epically ethereal feature SOPHIE’S PLACE, with recently rediscovered outtakes from Smith’s abandoned OZ feature. Fast paced and far out, these cut-up, pieced-together films and videos are guaranteed to give you crazy dreams for years to come….
Special thanks to Jodie Mack, Jeremy Rossen, Colorlab, and all the filmmakers.
[OUTTAKES FROM HARRY SMITH’S OZ]
ca. 1962, 23.5 minutes, 35mm.
Much to our surprise, Anthology recently recovered a number of original 35mm negative camera rolls by revered animator/alchemist/ethnomusicographer Harry Smith. The reels had been, unknown to all, sitting in a lab since 1967. The footage contains camera, focus, and exposure tests for OZ, Smith’s amazing, abandoned feature-length adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale. While Anthology has preserved and regularly presents Smith’s NO. 16: OZ, THE TIN WOODMAN’S DREAM (1967), which contains the completed excerpt THE APPROACH TO EMERALD CITY, much of the material in these two reels is different. Raw footage that was never intended to be viewed as anything other than dailies, these alluring outtakes are resoundingly beautiful, and like all things Smith, deeply mysterious.
1986, 90 minutes, 16mm.
“[T]he greatest epic animation film ever, yr wondrous SOPHIE’S PLACE…” –Stan Brakhage
“Full hand-painted cut-out animation. … I call it an ‘alchemical autobiography.’ The film begins in a paradisiacal garden. It then proceeds to the interior of the Mosque of St. Sophia. More and more the film develops into episodes centering around one form or another of Sophia, an early Greek and Gnostic embodiment of spiritual wisdom. She is seen emanating light waves and symbolic objects. (But I must emphasize that I do not know the exact significance of any of the symbols in the film any more than I know the meaning of my dreams, nor do I know the meaning of the episodes. I hope that they – the symbols and the episodes – set off poetic associations in the viewer. I mean them to be entirely open to the viewer’s own interpretation.)” –L.J.
PROXYHAWKS (excerpt) (dir. Jack Darcus, 1971, Canada)
The first BLACK CIRCLE CINEMA events are a series of weekly film/video + live music events presented by PhilaMOCA. The series is called Tuesday Tune-Out and the program is below and on the Events page.
JULY 10 - PET MILK with Future Shock (1972)
JULY 17 - JESSE KUDLER + ALEX TYSON with 16mm educational films
JULY 24 - TOM GUYCOT with Quiet Cool (1986)
JULY 31 - LITERATURE with videos by Shawn Kornhauser
THE TURIN HORSE (excerpt) (dir. Béla Tarr, 2011, Hungary)