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BAM/PFA Brings the World of Avant-Garde in Annual Film Series

This Wednesday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) presents the film series Alternative Visions, the annual fall series featuring avant-garde cinema.

For this year, BAM/PFA is featuring guest presentations by filmmakers Laura Heit and Jerome Hiler, a centennial tribute to local luminary James Broughton, and a selection of films by a new generation of local artists. Also included are two programs that explore expanded projections, films with two images side by side or superimposed, and other projections with special instructions.

The film series begins with Animation: Laura Heit on September 3rd. It is described as a do-it-yourself approach to animation, as it takes on a variety of forms and formats including puppets, hand drawing, computer animation and stop motion. The film features six shorts, and the night will feature Heit in person for a special performance and book signing.

September 10th and 17th brings the work of James Broughton (1913-1999). First on the 10th is Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton. It is a film which profiles the legendary Bay Area poet, filmmaker and teacher through archival footage, and interviews with friends, lovers and colleagues, as well as clips from his films. Then on the 17th, is a showing of six of his films including 1968’s The Bed and 1981’s The Gardener of Eden.

As the film series progresses into the month of October, it begins with Projections Instructions on October 1st, featuring two films, one by Andy Warhol and one by Barbara Rubin. Then on October 8th, is the Bay Area Student Film Festival 2014, featuring films from students from colleges throughout the Bay Area including UC Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco State. On October 22nd, there will be the films of Jerome Hiler, and a collection of short films on October 29th.

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