Friday, August 10, 2018

An Invisible College: Experimental Shorts, 1936 - 1978

Co-presented by EXcinema and The Sprocket Society
Various / 80min / 16mm

A selection of outstanding 20th century experimental shorts, culled from the secret vaults of The Sprocket Society. Rare 16mm film prints of pioneering animation, abstraction, visual music and collage by such masters as Oskar Fischinger, Len Lye, Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, Jim Davis, Douglass Crockwell, Arthur Lipsett and others.

In the 1600s, a network of proto-scientists and "natural philosophers" (and a few occultists) came together as The Invisible College -- an "institution without walls" with no fixed home or declared identity, dedicated simply to furthering knowledge through experimental investigation. Together, they helped lay the groundwork for modern science.

In the 20th century, another "Invisible College" coalesced: a very loose web of artists and creative scientists (and a few occultists), working alone yet inevitably influenced by each other, who dedicated themselves to advancing movies through experimental investigation. Together, they discovered entirely new forms of visual expression, and laid the groundwork for modern cinema.

This program pays tribute to some of these latter-day alchemists, with a non-denominational selection of rare 16mm film prints curated by Spencer Sundell, offering a snapshot of breakthroughs that transformed movies, and thus how we see the world.

September 11th, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018

ARCHEOPSYCHIC TIME ZONES: New Films & Videos by Georg Koszulinski

This collection of short experimental works attempts to engage the history of colonization in the Americas, primarily through intersecting and overlapping time zones that span from thousands of years into the past, to 6.5 million years into the future, when humankind has found a way to travel to the edge of the known universe. Works in this collections may employ science-fiction tropes and other fictive story structures in order to make truth claims about the historical world. Works in this collection may employ flicker film experiments to psychologically challenge the viewer's conception of social and historical reality. Works in this collection may be surrealist experiments in observational documentary, or personal essay films on highly impersonal topics. This program includes a live soundscape performance.

June 5th, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Guest curator Jon Behrens brings a collection of films by friends including: Caryn Cline, Ryan K. Adams, Steve Demas, Ruth Hayes, Linda Fenstermaker, Merie Menken, Jim Davis, and others.
April 24th, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Thursday, March 1, 2018


EXcinema presents our 4th annual Exquisite Corpse Cinema, The Spaces Between Countries: Mexico & USA. For this edition we asked twenty filmmakers, half from Mexico, half from the US and a few who live, or lived in both to make short films that will connect exquisite corpse style into one feature length film. Each filmmaker addresses life in their surroundings and many include events of the past year. For instance there’s crowds on both US coasts under the path of the eclipse, independent vendors making tortillas and thread from scratch, a beach full of pelicans, the aftermath of earthquakes in Mexico, and hurricanes and forest fires in the US. There’s police in the streets, resistance marches, real estate scammers, and there’s the housing crisis affecting most of us. This and much more. For more information on how the corpse is made check out the Exquisite Corpse Cinema link on our blog.
Made with the support of 4Culture.

Filmmakers are: Brenda Avila, Ivan Avila, Rafael Balboa, Anthony Buchanan, Brenda Contreras, Sasha Water Freyer, Ivonne Fuentes,  Elijah Hasan, Dalia Huerta, Salise Hughes, Pedro Jimenez, Roberto Lopez, Pam Minty, Artemio Narro, Eric Ostrowski, Elena Pardo, Chloe Reyes, Luke Seiczek, Bruno Varela, Dustin Zemel

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March 27th, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm


Untitled (Just Kidding) is an ever-evolving suite of films and performative interjections made over the last half decade.

The works play in creative reading, studied density, the one-(hundred)-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, accents, loops, the cinemagical, body swaps, poetry, citation and human voice. Conceptually engaged, language-intensive and visually mesmerizing, the suite scrambles somewhere in the intersects of conceptual comedy, dizzying illogics, the poetic plu-future and sustainable sourcing. Through deliberate mistranslation and strategic denaturing of languages and codes, Malmed revels in and reveals their extra-communicative potential as sound, as image, as object, and shift audiences’ concepts of the show, of the cinema.

Screening to include collisions and confoundments between textual forms—written, spoken, sung and otherwise enunciated; variations on versioning; shifting registers of spectatorial engagement; jokes that are poems that turn out to be videos. Unexpect the expected.

Selected press about Untitled (Just Kidding) :

Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator living and working in Chicago. His work in moving images, performance, text and occasional objects has exhibited widely in museums, cinemas, galleries, bars and barns, including recent and upcoming solo presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, San Francisco Cinematheque, Microlights, Echo Park Film Center, and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. His platformist and curatorial projects include the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at the Nightingale Cinema, instigating Western Pole, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV and organizing exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. Originally from Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he currently teaches.

March 26, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Working primarily in 16mm and Super 8mm film, experimental Seattle filmmaker Linda Fenstermaker explores the interactions and relationships between body and landscape while discovering new avenues for female perspectives. Linda will be on hand to present a selection of her work, including Abandoned Generations (2015, 10 mins.), which, told through the perspective of a 1940s female farmer, juxtaposes daily life against modern society’s distance from the Earth from which it came; Erased Etchings(2017, 9 mins.), in which the essence of four Seattle homes slated to be demolished are captured on celluloid, providing a record of that which no longer exists. Linda currently lives in Bellingham and splits here time making films with owning and running First Cut Farm.

February 13th, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Thursday, December 14, 2017


On January 2nd, 2018, Portland's Pam Minty will join us with a program of her films.

Pam Minty’s work navigates sense of place, home and community through still photography and motion pictures. Her work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Film Studies Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, International House Philadelphia, Los Angeles Filmforum, Place Gallery, Portland International Film Festival, Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque, UnionDocs, Experiments in Cinema Festival, Vancouver International Film Centre, as well as other venues throughout North America.

January 2nd, 2018
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm