CURATING

XY Chromosome Project presents “A Shot in the Dark”

The XY Chromosome Project (Mark Street and Lynne Sachs) presents an
evening of eight single image films of no more than five minutes to be
premiered at the Spectacle Cinema along with the screening of two
classics of the same ilk, both avant-garde and political. Special
guest filmmaker Larry Gottheim will join us for the screening of his 1970
avant- garde tour de force.

Ventana al Sur: Argentine Experimental Film

This rollicking evening of challenging, expressive and oppositional Argentine cinema offers a window onto makers shredding formal niceties, relishing in risk and daring to access the sublime. From an achingly beautiful evocation of an hourglass to a darkly humorous evisceration of the tenets of the stock market, this program will take us to the land where summer is winter and winter is summer and render our souls topsy-turvy for a bit too.

For Life Against the War, Again

In 1967, with the Vietnam War escalating wildly, an invitation was issued to filmmakers to create works running under three minutes in protest against the accumulating carnage. The original organizers chose the rubric For Life, Against the War, and eventually compiled sixty films from the likes of Robert Breer, Shirley Clarke, Storm De Hirsch, Ken Jacobs, Larry Jordan, Jonas Mekas, Stan Vanderbeek, and many others. Now, decades later, an invitation to protest yet another war seemed sadly urgent, inspiring the New York Film-makers Cooperative to ring the clarion once “. . . Again.”

With Eyes Open: Cinematic Visions of Israel and Palestine

Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of our Lives, a progressive Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, and the BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange present two days of film screenings with the hope of creating an engaged dialogue around the conflicts and the attempts for peace in Israel and Palestine. Focusing on art and politics in our own society and beyond, this mini film festival brings together directors and audience members in a dynamic series of viewings and discussions.