[Sfbay-video] PATRIOT ACTS - Sept 24 * Co-presented by Mad Cat Women's Festival and Whispered Media
a. mark liiv
mark at whisperedmedia.org
Mon Sep 13 20:23:55 PDT 2004
The 8th Annual MadCat Womens International Film Festival
Dates: September 14 October 3
Venues: Artists Television Access, El Rio, Yerba Buena Center for the
Arts, and The Parkway Theater in Oakland!
FOR FULL PROGRAM LISTING
The MadCat Film Festival screens the best cutting-edge experimental and
independent films from around the world. Featuring shorts, documentaries,
narratives and animated works selected from more than 900 submissions.
This years lineup includes 12 programs of timely, insightful, humorous
and deeply moving experimental and independent films by some of the finest
up-and-coming and established women filmmakers.
Filmmakers include: Christina Battle, Yael Braha, Valie Export, Sharon
Greytak, Gretchen Hildebran, Joell Hallowell, Marie Losier, Katherin
McInnis, Julia Meltzer, Yoko Ono, Dana Plays, Angela Reginato, Carolee
Schneemann and Jacalyn White.
MadCat will screen 93 films. 24 filmmakers will be in attendance to
participate question and answer sessions. There are 15 world premieres, 13
US premieres, 11 West Coast premieres and 9 other assorted premieres! A
total of 48 premieres! Over half the films in the fest are premiering at
THE VELVET VAMPIRE Sept 14 * El Rio * 8:30pm Movies * 6:30pm Free BBQ
A glamorous seductress meets a handsome young man and his vapid, but
pretty wife at an art showing. Lesbian love, sex and violence pervade this
kitschy 70s classic. This is the first vampire movie directed by a woman!
THE EXPERIMENTALISTS Sept 15 * El Rio * 8:30pm movies * 6:30pm Free BBQ
Directors manipulate the medium and share visual delights in this series
of contemporary avant-garde films. Local filmmakers Joell Hallowell and
Jacalyn White present the West Coast premiere of their humorous and
devastating found footage extravaganza, Neptunes Release. Also in
attendance with spectacular cinematic treats: Elizabeth Block, Angela
Reginato and Chelsea Walton.
THE ABILITIES WE HAVE Sept 17 * ATA * 7pm movies
A selection of films by and about people with disabilities, featuring
Sharon Greytaks groundbreaking documentary, Weirded Out and Blown Away.
Greytaks film challenges victim/superhero stereotypes of the disabled
through frank interviews with five physically challenged professionals,
including the filmmaker herself. Also included is the revealing Shining
Into by local videomaker, Thanh Diep. This intimate piece reveals Dieps
own struggles as an adult with cerebral palsy.
HOW TO FIX THE WORLD Sept 17 * ATA * 9pm
This program takes viewers on a trip from environmental utopia to drastic
contamination to a dreamlike allegory about life and hope for the future.
An animated pile of stones represents the earths response to the build up
of thousands of years of human activity in Amy Harrisons Monument. How To
Fix The World by Jacqueline Goss illustrates the cultural conflicts
between speaking and writing, drawing and photography, and Soviet
Socialism and Islam. Also screening the world premiere of EE Miller &
Bernadine Mellis Farm-in-the-City.
Co-presented by FecalFace.com
HOME SWEET HOME Sept 21 * El Rio * 8:30pm movies * 6:30pm Free BBQ
Riveting documentaries from India, Australia, Germany, the UK and the US
that chronicle the lives of communities and individuals as they navigate
their search for new homes. Featuring the world premiere of Gretchen
Hildebrans The Smallest Space.
GROWING UP IS HARD TO DO Sept 22 * El Rio * 8:30pm movies * 6:30pm Free BBQ
Side-splitting educational films spanning the 1950s to the 1980s about
growing up, sexuality and finding independence. Co-presented by Hi lo
Film Festival and Cinefemme.
THE ART OF PERFORMANCE Sept 23 * Yerba Buena * 7pm movies
Both humorous and chilling, these performance art pieces were created some
of the most fearless and innovative women artists of our time. Filmmakers
include: Yoko Ono, Valie Export, Carolee Schneemann and Amy Taubin.
Co-presented by SF Cinematheque
ART ON ARTISTS Sept 23 * Yerba Buena * 9pm movies
These portraits reveal the political ideologies and personal quirks of
various emerging and established artists and filmmakers. Featuring the
world premiere of Marie Losiers Electrocute Your Stars about the films
and life of underground filmmaker George Kuchar who will be at the
screening! Also screening Carve by Gretchen Hildebran about artists
Carolyn Cooley and Sara Thustra and their exploration of body cutting as a
personal and political practice. Also including: Lil Picard by Silvianna
Goldsmith and French Fries by Ellen Lake.
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER Sept 24 * ATA * 7pm movies
Using animation, documentary and experimental filmmaking, this series
reveals how these artists question their governments and challenge their
actions. From corrupt links between corporate America and the US
government to the staging of unnecessary military actions abroad, The
Truth of the Matter is a chilling yet humorous, look at our world. The
Invisible Hand is a hand-drawn history of corporate corruption from Enron
and Halliburton to Marthagate.
PATRIOT ACTS Sept 24 * ATA * 9pm movies
>From Vietnam to El Salvador to the atrocious Clarence Thomas hearing,
Patriot Acts uncovers some of the USs most embarrassing moments.
Including Carolee Schneemanns seminal Viet-Flakes arguably the first
film to question the US war in Vietnam. Using stop motion to animate one
mans nightmare of hotdogs, Joyce Wieland takes a humorous approach to
criticizing blind Patriotism. Caroline Averys Mr. Speaker starring,
Newt Gingrich. Co-presented by Whispered Media
Films of GERMAINE DULAC Sept 28 * El Rio * 8:30pm movies * 6:30pm Free BBQ
Live original music by Secrets of Family Happiness and Paper Boats
MadCat celebrates the sublime French avant-garde maven Germaine Dulac with
a screening of her avant-garde masterpieces Seashell and the Clergyman and
The Smiling Madame Beudet.
A TURNING POINT Oct 3 * Parkway Theater * 6pm movies
Characters in Taiwan, Korea, the US and Australia search for meaning to
their lives. Featuring the world premieres of Krescent Carassos Lucy and
Homecoming by Sarolta Jane Cump. Co-presented by BAVC
El Rio, 3158 Mission Street @ Precita, SF
September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28
6:30 pm Free BBQ. Movies 8:30pm. 415 282-3325. Rain or Shine. 21 and over.
admission: $7-20 sliding scale. Tickets available in advance or at the
door. Cash only.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street @ Third, SF
Thursday, September 23. Movies 7:30pm. 415 978-2700
admission: $7-20 sliding scale. Tickets available in advance or at the
door. Cash or Credit Card.
Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia Street @ 21st, SF
Fridays, September 17, 24. Movies 7 and 9pm. 415 824-3890
admission: $7-20 sliding scale. Tickets available at the door. Cash only.
Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd Oakland, CA. Sunday, October 3. Movies
6pm. admission: $6. Cash only.
The MadCat Tour on the Road Again this Spring 2005!
MadCat tours each year with a portion of the festival to museums, art
houses and universities. Wouldnt you like to bring MadCat to your alma
mater or hometown? If so, please send information about venues our way.
Mad Mission: The MadCat Womens International Film Festival seeks to
exhibit provocative and visionary works that are original in their use of
the medium. The festivals goal is to emphasize innovative works by women
that challenge the use of sound and image and explore notions of visual
MadCat has established a strong reputation for programming series of acute
and insightful films audiences would be hard pressed to find anywhere
else. MadCat sets itself apart from other womens festivals by curating
its programs thematically as opposed to looking for films solely about
womens issues. Thus, with each year comes a completely new set of films
and topics. MadCat allows viewers to look into the vast array of topics
women film and video makers are wrestling with and expand traditional
notions of womens issues.
MadCat Women's International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA
Phone: 415 436-9523
Fax: 415 934-0642
info at madcatfilmfestival.org
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