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This Week at ATA: Fog Tropes on Thursday + Noise Pop Weekend + Fever Dreams + Re-enacting Liberation

This Week at ATA: Fog Tropes on Thursday + Noise Pop Weekend + Fever Dreams + Re-enacting Liberation

This Week at ATA: Fog Tropes on Thursday + Noise Pop Weekend + Fever Dreams + Re-enacting Liberation

February 23 – March 9, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 8:00 pm, $6-$10
Fog Tropes

An evening of film-work alongside live experimental sound pieces with:
Tashi Wada & Madison Brookshire
En & Paul Clipson
Radiant Husk & Zach Iannazzi
Sean McCann

Friday, February 25, 2011, 7:00 pm, $10
Noise Pop presents: Pool Party

Pool Party is the surprising story of the largest swimming pool in New York City that transformed into the most unique music venue the world has seen. Both an eclectic music showcase and an urban history lesson, this documentary follows the pulse of McCarren Pool as it reflects the state of the neighborhood in which it lives—Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Weaving stories of neighborhood locals, artists, famed politicians, community organizers and musicians we trace the process of gentrification of one of the most vibrant corners in the city through McCarren Pool.


Friday, February 25, 2011, 9:00 pm, $10
Noise Pop presents: Tom Zé: Astronauta Libertado (SF PREMIERE)

This SF Premiere of the award winning documentary on dynamic pioneering Brazilian musician Tom Zé screens now as a perfect compliment to the just released Luaka Bop box set Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You. Astronauta Libertado gets us up close to this artist throughout his long labour of unceasing experimentation, in which he has had the unflinching courage to break with established moulds always refusing what is considered “correct” and commercial. His reflections, coupled with glimpses of his many appearances in São Paulo and Europe, opinions of key figures of Brazilian music constitute give us a rich portrait of this controversial, surprising and fascinating creator.

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 2:00 pm, $10
Noise Pop presents: Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower starring Chilly Gonzalez, Tiga, Peaches and Feist with music by Chilly Gonzalez and Boys Noize, is the story of two brothers and their unhealthy rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman. Ivory Tower is a tour de force, a series set pieces performed with simple gestures in modulating forms. It’s a a Rocky-inspired sports parody; a Sirkean melodrama; a nouvelle Nouvelle-vague Free Jazz riff; a music video; a silent era pastiche. In the end, Ivory Tower’s modal composition is the closest we’ll get to an explanation of Hershell’s esoteric vision for “Jazz Chess.”

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 4:00 pm, $10
Noise Pop presents: Miroir Noir – Neon Bible Archives

Arcade Fire are literally on fire these days and deservedly so—it’s been a phenomenal year for the band in so many ways with The Suburbs riding high in the charts and on a wide range of Top 10s, collaborations with Terry Gilliam and Spike Jonze, the HTML 5 interactive short film, a recent packed-out world tour plus they’re in the running for three of and performing at the Grammy’s. Miroir Noir – Neon Bible Archives, directed by maverick filmmaker Vincent Morisset, and shot by Vincent Moon, takes an intimate behind the scenes look at Arcade Fire through the making of and tour of their magnificent 2007 album Neon Bible. Its combined home movie style, actual voiceovers from the Neon Bible promo hotline at the time, and dynamic concert footage all make for a wonderful experience and insight into Arcade Fire’s ever evolving world.

Sunday, February 27, 2011, 7:00 pm, $6
Re-enacting Liberation: The Feminism of our Times

Radical collective Red Channels is in town from New York City, and is bringing rare films and videos to screen, and for use in stimulating open discussion. This program features early examples of video art, collectively produced documentary, and recent reenactments, which explore the relationship of moving image artists to political agitators and organizers, with work featuring Angela Davis and Valerie Solanas, and two rare productions by Carole Roussopoulos.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 8:00 pm, $6
The Touching of Hands

“The title for the show comes from a remark that Gysin made to Genesis, and Genesis to me: that magical training can only be passed on by the touching of hands.” — Scott Treleaven

An evening of solo and collaborative projects by Scott Treleaven, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Terence Hannum, focusing on the shared influence of artist and mystic Brion Gysin. Gysin’s close friendship with Breyer P-Orridge, in turn her friendship with Treleaven, and Treleaven’s friendship with Hannum has over time given rise to a number of aesthetic and philosophical affinities, communicated from one to the other by direct
contact. Tonight’s program will consist of rarely-seen Temple Ov Psychick Youth ritual videos (circa 1990), a newly completed piece by Breyer P-Orridge, Weird Woman (2010), and The Salivation Army (2002), Last 7 Words
(2009), Treleaven’s affectionate and ethereal Super-8 portrait of Breyer P- Orridge with a score by Locrian, and Incantation (2009) by Terence Hannum.

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 7:30 pm
Radical Light: Small Gauge Diaries and Portraits

SF Cinematheque in association with Pacific Film Archive
In the middle decades of the twentieth century, 8mm and Super-8mm film formats were introduced to the consumer markets as amateur mediums, “simpler” alternatives to the more expensive 16mm gauge. These small-scale tools also attracted artists for the spontaneity they afforded to filming, the fragility of their images and the low-key intimacy of their exhibition, contributing to a body of cinematic reveries and expressive “diary films” directly in dialog with the home-movie aesthetic. his program features Bay Area artists using these traditions to make diaries and personal responses to political themes, including work by Scott Stark, Jacalyn White, silt, Julie Murray, and Janis Crystal Lipzin. (Steve Anker)

Friday, March 4, 2011, 8:00 pm, $8-$10

MISSION EYE & EAR: a new live cinema series
film/video + music collaborations by:
… performed LIVE!
plus: encore performance/screening:
Postmark Tokyo by MARK WILSON (2007)
with live score by duo B. (LISA MEZZACAPPA/JASON LEVIS)

Sunday, March 6, 2011, 2:00 pm, $4

Club Sandwich presents:
RANK/XEROX:Even as Rank/Xerox’s music (thus far) resonates with the very best of the grim, mesmeric post-punk seeping out of England in the early ’80s, their bracing sound feels wholly unforced. Born of this troubled moment, it hits an anxious nerve.” – SF Bay Guardian
TENANTS: Bright, shiny, and new art-punk out of San Francisco.
MOTHERCOUNTRY MOTHERFUCKERS: Mothercountry Motherfuckers attempts to explain in musical form not only what the youth of today are against but also what they are for…

Sunday, March 6, 2011, 7:30 pm, $10 general, $5 student/senior/members
The New Talkies

There is a traditional form of film presentation from the silent era which involves a speaking performer accompanying a projected film. One contemporary re-visioning of the form replays short scenes from modern films (with the sound muted) overdubbed live with new narration. Tonight’s program blends intervention, critique, satire and homage, featuring an ensemble piece with Tisa Bryant, Jen Hofer, Jennifer Nellis, Ron Palmer, and Konrad Steiner each re-telling a different scene from one of the most revised films in history: “Blade Runner.” Special guests Cecil Giscombe and Erin Morrill will also be performing premieres of original pieces.


The San Francisco Film Society presents Fever Dreams: Laurel Nakadate February 23-March 2, a multiplatform presentation of the work of the American multimedia artist. The program includes theatrical screenings of Nakadate’s two feature-length films, the presentation of a number of her short videos in nontheatrical venues and a collectible poster of her photography. Nakadate’s work presents the wondrous and uneasy collision of feminine adolescent fantasy and masculine angst and repression, revealing a shifting terrain of power among the various protagonists. Event details at


6th Annual ATA Film & Video Festival

Artists’ Television Access invites experimental film and video makers to submit their work to its 6th Annual ATA Film and Video Festival. Works including but not limited to, animation, documentary, narrative, abstract and found footage based will be accepted. Also, this year we are open for proposals for workshops, installations and media performances.


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Artists’ Television Access has a television program A.T.V that screens local and international experimental video and film and sound works on a first come first served basis every Sunday night at midnight.

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Artists’ Television Access is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) artist-run screening venue and gallery located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. ATA is supported in part by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Tamaas Foundation, individuals members, donors and volunteers.

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