Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Spaces Between Cities

A world premiere presentation. EXcinema commissioned twenty films by international experimental filmmakers spread across four continents to create one feature length road film. The Spaces Between Cities is a collaboration made in the form of an exquisite corpse. Each film connects randomly to the next by way of a series of prompts creating a continuous road trip, or journey that will connect these different parts of the world.

Filmmakers: Amy Bassin, Mark Blickley, Stephen Broomer , Charles Chadwick, Pip Chodorov, Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos, Pablo Molina Guerrero, Salise Hughes, Douglas Katelus, Anna Kipervaser, Kate Lain, Insa Langhorst, Jesse Malmed, Milan Milosavlijevic, Reed O'Beirne, Arto Polus, Ben Popp, Blanca Rego, Margaret Rorison, Dustin Zemel, Robert Zverina

December 8th, 7:00pm
Grand Illusion Cinema

Dustin Zemel, Shooting Locations: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Bellingham, Dash Point, & Olympic National Park, Washington; Seaside, Oregon; Montreal, Quebec; Boulder, Colorado; Washington DC; Durham, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina and the spaces between.

Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley, Shooting Location: New York

Arto Polus, Shooting Location: (defunct) Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Anna Kipervaser, Shooting Locations: Colombia; Colorado; New York; North Carolina

Blanca Rego, Shooting Location: Barcelona, Spain

Douglas Katelus, Shooting Locations: San Francisco & Port Costa, California

Insa Langhorst, Shooting Locations: Brandenburg and Berlin, Germany

Jesse Malmed, Shooting Location: Chicago

Kate Lain, Shooting Locations: the nine cities that Huntington Drive passes through over the course of its 16-mile length (there are no spaces between these cities)—Los Angeles, Alhambra, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Gabriel, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale

Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos, Shooting Location: Marburg, Germany

Milan Milosavlijevic, Shooting Location: Ruma, Serbia

Margaret Rorison, Baltimore County, Maryland

Pablo Molina Guerrero, Shooting Location: Colliguary, Chile

Pip Chodorov, Shooting Location: Seoul, Korea

Ben Popp, Shooting Location: Portland, Oregon

Reed O'Beirne, Shooting Locations: Washington State, Oaxaca Mexico, Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

Robert Zverina, Shooting Location: Seattle

Salise Hughes, Shooting Location: Cascade Mountains, Washington State

Charles Chadwick, Shootlng Locations: Porta Costa- San Jose- Colma, New Almaden, California

Stephen Broomer, Shooting Location: Toronto, Canada

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Aboriginal Archive: Representations of Native Americans in film 1965-1985.

A program of documentary, animation, and educational films spanning three decades that portray the past, present, and future of Aboriginal Peoples around the world. These films, all produced by U.S. production companies primarily for the educational market, begin to reflect the shifting attitudes among Americans regarding the history of colonization in the Americas. As the Vietnam War was raging in Southeast Asia, many Americans were beginning to question their own past as colonizers, and these films reflect a shifting attitude towards indigenous peoples not only in the United States, but around the world. And while these films represent a shift in the dominant portrayals of Native Americans in film, in some ways they're also unable to shake their own colonizing methodologies. Collectively, these films reflect as much about American ideologies as they do Aboriginal Peoples, making them curious cultural artifacts of their time. Curated by Seattle University Assistant Professor of Film Studies Georg Kozulinski who will present the program.

November 17th, 7:00 pm at Piggot Auditorium, Seattle University, *Free*

Thursday, September 3, 2015


On October 6th, we welcome members of Iris Film Collective from Vancouver BC.
Iris Film Collective premieres nine new 16mm commissioned films, single channel and performance-based, entirely created and screened on hand-processed black and white 16mm film.
Presented with the task of making a film about the End of the World using a limited supply of black and white print stock: the sea level rises, the magnetic poles switch, we face the mortality of ourselves and those we love, and question ideas of identity, representation and time itself. This diverse program confronts both the limits of our technical capacity as creators and the collective imagination.

October 6th, 2015
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Basement Media Festival

EXcinema presents Basement Media Festival, September 1st, 7:00 pm, Grand Illusion Cinema.

The BASEMENT MEDIA FESTIVAL is an annual traveling screening event, showcasing contemporary low-fidelity moving image works. Founded in response to hi-res commercial media and corporate-sponsored film fests, Basement is a celebration of the mediated experience as an aesthetic experience. We’ll be presenting a mix’d program of celluloid and .movs this year, so def drag yrself over for a wide array of glitch’d fuzzy, faded, and scratch’d. B there & B square.

Nick Tamburo, co-programer in attendance.


Yates – The Bags, Probably 1971 – 5 mins

Jarrett Hayman – Me, Dancing – 2 mins

John Wilson – How To Remain Single – 17 mins

Amelia Johannes – Family Crockery (Whiteness) – 2 mins

Eric Stewart – Wake – 8 mins

Paul Turano – Toward the Flame – 5 mins

Jared Hutchinson – The Infinity Scroll, pt. II – 3 mins

Hannah Piper Burns – Outer Darkness – 11 mins

Henning Frederik Malz – Rest in Me – 6 mins

Felipe Steinberg – Tudo Referente a Frio: Rua César Bierrenbach, 181, Campinas – 15 mins

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

THE CLEARING July 28th, Grand Illusion Cinema

Our friend Portland filmmaker Karl Lind will bring his Odd and Ends screening series, The Clearing: A selection of new Portland made experimental and otherwise unclassifiable moving images to the  Includes Kurtis Hough, Jason America, Ian Lucero, Sam Pirnak, Carl Diehl, Miles Sprietsma and more.

Grand Illusion Cinema,  July 28th, 7:00 pm.

 Spatial, Miles Sprietsma

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Crossroads: an Evening of Seattle History

How will the current shifts in population affect the personality of our city? We at EXcinema have gathered some films and videos that offer a glimpse of our past that range from indigenous and frontier histories, to a performance inspired by the gentrification of an artist's neighborhood in the 80s.  Works by Jon Behrens, Debra Bouchegnies, Drew Christie, Salise Hughes, Chuck Iffland, Britta Johnson, Georg Koszulinski, Reed O'Beirne, and Tracy Rector.

VENUE CHANGE. Event will take place at Northwest Film Forum, June 16th, 7:00 pm

Still from Drew Christie's Fire, Fire, I Heard the Cry

Still from Salise Hughes' Tall Trees

Still from Tracy Rector's Humming Bird

Below is a review written in 1989 of "Civilization" (Meg McHutchison, ReFlex ), an ambitious multi-discipline art project addressing the then changing face of Seattle.  A project and article that could have easily been created to address our current wave of gentrification. We will be screening a rare showing of Seeing and Remembering,  documenting a performance from that project featuring visual artist Chuck Iffland and poet Jesse Bernstein. And as a bonus we will show another Jesse Bernstein performance made the same year where he reads to the public from inside the display windows of the Bon Marche (Macy's). Thanks to Chuck Iffland, Larry Reid, Debra Bouchegnies, and Kurt Geissel for helping me track down these videos.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 12th: Hallucinatory Maps: films & videos by George Koszulinski

Experimental non-fiction filmmaker, Georg Koszulinski, presents a collection of recent work. Collectively, these films & videos meditate on the radical possibilities of the cinema as a hallucinatory space where a critical engagement with the past can inform alternative visions of the future. The program includes his experimental science-fiction epistolary essay, Message from My Centenarian, collaged together from 16mm film scraps to depict the state of the World in the year 2079. An entry from Koszulinski’s Frontier Journal Series engages the influential found footage filmmaker, Craig Baldwin, in Aztec Baldwin Collage (2014). The final film in Koszulinski’s Florida Trilogy, Last Stop, Flamingo (2014) investigates a region defined by imaginary histories and landscapes, from the drained and dredged river known as The Everglades to the man-made & artificial beaches that make up Florida's coastline. Exactly 500 years after Ponce de Leon's European discovery of Florida, Last Stop, Flamingo reflects on the many ways in which Florida's landscapes have been irreversibly shaped by human desires. The program includes a twin 16mm projection, Home Movie Heterochrony (2015), where visions of American landscapes, orphaned 16mm home movies, ghosts, lawnmowers, roadside dinosaurs, the faces of men carved into mountains, chainsaws, and children culminate into a cross-temporal collage of American mythos.

Georg Koszulinski is an assistant professor of Film Studies at Seattle University and a nationally recognized social justice documentarian. With nearly forty films to his credits, Koszulinski has presented his work at hundreds of colleges, universities, and film festivals around the world. The first two films in his Florida trilogy, Cracker Crazy: Invisible Histories of the Sunshine State and Immokalee U.S.A., were widely programmed, earning numerous film festival accolades and a Notable Video of the Year nomination from the American Library Association in 2008. His experimental works have screened at festivals and microcinemas worldwide, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Dallas Videofest, Harvard Film Archive, UK's National Media Museum, and the Images Festival in Toronto.

Tuesday, May 12th, 7pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th St., Seattle, WA 98105


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EXcinema Group Screening (28 April)

Join us for a collection of contemporary experimental, surreal and emerging short films from local and national filmmakers – including: Adam Sekuler, Caryn Cline, Eric Ostrowski, Jennifer Hillman, Kate Lain, Linda Fenstermaker, Luke Sieczek, Reed O'Beirne, Salise Hughes, Sofía Córdova, and Ted Grudowski.

Films include a surrealist 3D music video, found-footage assemblages , a behind-the-scenes look at a camgirl, an exploration of female consciousness, and more.

Tuesday 28 April, 7pm
Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th St., Seattle, WA 98105


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Roger Beebe, March 29th

As a complement to his March 28 multi-projector show at the Northwest Film Forum, Roger Beebe will be presenting a second program of single-channel work spanning his 20-year career in experimental films. These films include a wide variety of formats from super 8mm ("The Strip Mall Trilogy" (2001)) and 16mm film ("S A V E" (2006)) to SD ("Famous Irish Americans" (2003)) and HD video "(Congratulations (One Step at a Time)" (2014)); they also include a wide variety of strategies including original shot film (“rock/hard place” (2005)), found footage (“Dirty Harry and the Hendersons” (1998)), and even experimental karaoke (“Touch Me Karaoke” (2008)). The films and videos share Beebe’s interest in the contemporary landscape, both literal (i.e., the America of strip malls and SUVs) and figurative (i.e., the pop cultural media landscape of Tommy Hilfiger commercials). They also share Beebe’s hybrid approach to experimental films that combines a rigorous approach to form with a gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) humor.

Grand Illusion Cinema, March 29th, 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

EXquisite Corpse Cinema Travels

Exquisite Corpse Cinema will travel this month. On January 14th it will screen in Newcastle, UK at Star and Shadow Cinema. On the 25th it will go to Ruma, Serbia, then to Belgrade at Academic Film Center. On January 30th filmmaker and program curator Salise Hughes will present it at San Francisco's Artists' Television Access.