Historic Film Events

Tuesday, March 19

8:15pm
Opening Night Screening

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Filmmaker in Attendance, Films in Competition, Historic Film, Narrative, Short Film

Filmmaker in Attendance

Short films in competition, featuring animation, documentary, narrative and experimental new works, including films by Mark Toscano, Jodie Mack, Kyle Armstrong, John Smith and the North American premiere of Da

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Wednesday, March 20

6:59pm
Psychedelic Visions And Expanded Consciousness Los Angeles in the ‘60s and ‘70s

Experimental, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

Hyperkinetic experimental film and animation in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s both echoed and informed the volcanic psychedelia that defined this era. Presented by Adam Hyman, Executive Director of

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

9:30pm
Out Night: History, Glamor, Magic

Films in Competition, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations, Themed Competition Programs

Inspired by the mythologies and artifice of Hollywood, this program blurs truth and fiction to invoke queer/trans legacies, communing with elders in a touch across generations. With films by Daniel

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Thursday, March 21

9:30pm
Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program 1

Animation, Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

Filmmaker in Attendance

The first of two retrospective programs by celebrated animator Suzan Pitt, who has been creating some of the most beautiful, strange and fiercely original films for over four decades.  Pitt’s

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Friday, March 22

5:00pm
Polish Avant-Garde Animation Films

Animation, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

The second of two programs of animated films from Poland. Marcin Giżycki will present films spanning 1958 – 2012, including Jan Lenica’s 1963 masterpiece Labyrinth, and Zbigniew Rybczyński’s New Book

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

9:30pm
Films by Pat O’Neill

Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

Filmmaker in Attendance

One of the most acclaimed avant-garde filmmakers of our time, Pat O’Neill will be in attendance with several of his short films from the 1960s to the present. In O’Neill’s

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Saturday, March 23

4:00pm
“Water and Power” by Pat O’Neill

Feature Length, Filmmaker in Attendance, Historic Film, Special Presentations

Filmmaker in Attendance

Pat O'Neill's first 35mm feature, Water and Power, is widely regarded as a masterpiece. By using a series of visually and aurally dense tableaux created with advanced motion control, optical

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

7:00pm
Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program 2

Animation, Historic Film, Short Film, Special Presentations

Filmmaker in Attendance

World Premiere

Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Stamps School of Art & Design Roman J. Witt Artist Residency Program The second of two programs celebrating four decades

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

Historic Film Films

The Star Curtain Tantra

(Peter Mays, 1969)

“A trance film originally released in 1966 as The Star Curtain, about the settling and relaxation of the senses after a climax.  ‘Sentences’ of cosmic imagery were added in 1969...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Tanka

(David Lebrun, 1976)

“Tanka means, literally, a thing rolled up. The film, photographed from Tibetan scroll paintings of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, is a cyclical vision of ancient gods and demons, an...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Twelve (The First Three Parts…)

(Beth Block, 1977)

“The first three parts of a twelve-part film which explores the history of imagery.  The first part consists of hand-painted and scratched film, the second part incorporates the use of...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Aether

(Daina Krumins, 1972)

A psychedelic sci-fi performance film featuring otherworldly imagery and unconventional special effects, with an early original drone soundtrack by composer Rhys Chatham. “Although I was influenced by the ‘psychedelic’ art...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Pulse

(Peter Spoecker/B.Y.M. Productions, 1969)

Before becoming perhaps better known as a master didgeridoo performer and instructor, Peter Spoecker produced a handful of virtuosic animations, often quite deliberately under the influence of various hallucinogens.  Pulse,...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Coming Down

(Pat O’Neill, 1968)

By the time Pat O’Neill had gotten this psychedelic promo film ready for Joe Byrd’s group, the band had broken up. -Mark Toscano New print courtesy of the Academy Film...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Terminal Self

(John Whitney Jr., 1971)

A photo of a woman taken from a magazine is transformed practically beyond recognition, her outline and features smeared into a vaporous abstraction.  Points of visual convergence, which manifest as...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Evolution of the Red Star

(Adam Beckett, 1973)

“Colored pen-and-ink drawings, like topological maps of biomorphic objects, grow and evolve from the red star.  Once the master image is formed, this continuously throbbing, pulsating sight is used to...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Waterfall

(Chick Strand, 1967)

A gorgeous and delicately haunting film that uses hand-processing, solarizing, and contact printing techniques to transform various sequences of found footage into an ethereal and enveloping experience. -Mark Toscano Restored...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Lapis

(James Whitney, 1966)

One of James Whitney’s several cinematic masterworks, Lapis develops a series of impossibly dense mandala patterns in increasing intensity, set to a Ravi Shankar track.  Whitney spent several years developing...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Les angeS Dorment

(Felix Venable, 1965)

The only extant film made by the legendary Felix Venable, a primary mentor and friend to Jim Morrison.  Venable’s own mythic status among Doors fans in part derives from his...

Showing Wednesday, March 20 6:59pm

Wildwood Flower

(A.Keewatin Dewdney, 1971)

As the Carter Family sings "Wildwood Flower" an elaborate embroidered border is created around an image of a nude woman riding slowly toward the camera, producing a kind of cameo...

Showing Tuesday, March 19 8:15pm