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Crossroads 2013

SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE announces

CROSSROADS 2013

April 5–7 at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre

Founded by filmmaker Bruce Baillie in 1961, San Francisco Cinematheque is the Bay Area’s premier venue for avant-garde/experimental, underground and personally expressive film and video work. In its steadfast dedication to exhibiting works of aesthetically radical cinema from all historical eras and geo-political locales, Cinematheque celebrates the breadth and depth of this vibrant art form in all its myriad expressivities, and provides Bay Area audiences with aesthetic experiences offered by no other local arts institution. In its enduring loyalty to this vision, Cinematheque is absolutely unique among Bay Area arts institutions and remains an important point in San Francisco’s dazzling constellation of arts exhibitors.

CROSSROADS is Cinematheque’s annual film festival, a celebration of recent and rediscovered avant-garde film/video work.

CROSSROADS 2013, curated by Cinematheque Artistic Director Steve Polta, is this festival’s fourth manifestation. Running April 5–7, CROSSROADS will this year present a total of 51 films, videos and performance works by 48 filmmakers from around the world screened over 8 feature-length programs.

HIGHLIGHTS of this year’s festival include:

— WORLD PREMIERES of work by Stephanie Barber, Luther Price, Talena Sanders, Jonathan Schwartz and Robert Todd.

— LOCAL PREMIERES of work by Olivia Ciummo, Mary Helena Clark, Paul Clipson, Jim Drain and Ben Russell, Taylor Dunne, Erin Espelie, Josh Gibson, Chris Kennedy, Robbie Land, Laida Lertxundi, Jesse McLean, Natasha Mendonca, Sharon A. Mooney, Jeremy Moss, Sarah Grace Nesin, Alee Peoples, Suzan Pitt, Ben Rivers, Michael Robinson, Kelly Sears, Danielle Short, Fern Silva, April Simmons, Jessie Stead, Makino Takashi and Karen Yasinsky.

— APPARENT MOTION: A live cinema performance event featuring local artists Beige and dyemark and, from Barcelona, Spain, Crater.

— A SOLO ARTIST TRIBUTE to sometime San Francisco-based filmmaker Scott Stark, including the world premiere of a major new work, The Realist.

— THE WORLD PREMIERE of Jodie Mack’s Dusty Stacks of Mom, a long-form psychedelic tribute to a struggling family business, set to a completely re-written and re-performed cover-to-cover remix/remake of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with vocals performed live by Jodie Mack herself!

Complete Festival Press Release available here.

Venue: All screenings take place at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre (www.victoriatheatre.org/)
located at 2961 16th Street (at Mission).

Admission: General admission tickets are $10 per event ($5 for Cinematheque members).

Festival Passes provide admission to all 8 programs and are available for $50 ($25 for Cinematheque members).
For tickets and more information visit www.sfcinematheque.org/#/calendar/201304050/.

FESTIVAL at a GLANCE

Complete Festival Press Release available here.

Friday, April 5—7pm: they invented machines…

Nomadic Flesh (2007) by Luther Price; SAMHAIN (2012) by Eric Stewart; Absteigend (2012) by Paul Clipson; Tropical Depression (2012) by Kelly Sears; Pinball (2013) by Suzan Pitt; Fe (2010) by Eric Stewart; Manhole 452 (2011) by Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse; One Roll in the Blackness (2011) by Chris Kennedy; [2012] (2012) by Makino Takashi

Friday, April 5—9:15pm: Gigs in the Sky: Let There Be More Light!

Audition (2012) by Karen Yasinsky; The Room Called Heaven (2012) by Laida Lertxundi (Spain/U.S.); Them Oracles (2012) by Alee Peoples; Double Eagle (2011) by Sarah Grace Nesin; How to Quit Smoking at the Moon Hotel (2012) by Jessie Stead; Dusty Stacks of Mom (2013) by Jodie Mack

Saturday, April 6—2pm: (as if clinging could save us)

HEALING (2012) by Stephanie Barber; Phantoms of a Libertine (2012) by Ben Rivers; In Reps of Long-Play (2013) by Olivia Ciummo; Prelude (2011–2012) by Roger Deutsch; Micro-Celluloid Incidents in 4 Santas (2012) by Janis Crystal Lipzin; The Plant (2012) by Mary Helena Clark; Animals Moving to the Sound of Drums (2013) by Jonathan Schwartz; Corn Mother (2012) by Taylor Dunne; Sticks and BirthStones (2012) by April Simmons

Saturday, April 6—4:30pm: …in which the players in the great spectacle vanish into mystery!

Within (2012) by Robert Todd; Kudzu Vine (2011) by Josh Gibson; Light Streaming (2012) by Kathleen Rugh; Dew (2012) by Robert Todd; Crystal Gaze (2012) by Robert Todd; Jan Villa (2010) by Natasha Mendonca; True-Life Adventure (2012) by Erin Espelie; Victoria (2012) by Olivia Ciummo

Saturday, April 6—8:30pm: APPARENT MOTION: The Art of Projection!

live projection performance works by Beige, Crater and dyemark

Sunday, April 7—3pm: on the beach (at night)

Lost Ambulation (2012) by Danielle Short; The Sight (2012) by Jeremy Moss; Ponce de León (2012) by Jim Drain and Ben Russell; Matters of Bioluminescence (2013) by Robbie Land; The Fort (2012) by Talena Sanders; Concrete Parlay (2012) by Fern Silva; By foot-candle light (2011) by Mary Helena Clark

Sunday, April 7—5:30pm: Scott Stark: Realism

Scott Stark In Person.

The Girl with the Prefabricated Heart (1947) by Fernand Léger; Compressive/Percussive (2010) by Scott Stark; Longhorn Tremolo (2010) by Scott Stark; The Realist by Scott Stark (2013)

Sunday April 7—7:30pm: “Slaves of Sleep”/“Destroy, She Said”

Scarlet (2012) by Sharon A. Mooney; Gold Moon, Sharp Arrow (2012) by Malic Amalya and Max Garnet; Roadsides & Waste Grounds (2012) by Malic Amalya; The Invisible World (2012) by Jesse McLean; Circle in the Sand (2012) by Michael Robinson

CROSSROADS 2012 is sponsored by Cole Hardware, Ninkasi Brewing and the Puffin Foundation, West.

For additional material, including film stills, DVD screeners, interview and other press opportunities, please contact Artistic Director Steve Polta at polta@sfcinematheque.org or 415-552-1990.


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