This Wednesday, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is beginning their annual series of highlighting experimental cinema.
The series titled Alternative Visions, is an array of recent animation, each varying from handmade and collage cutout images to everyday objects, as well as the use of using puppets and felt-tip sketches and digital. Also to be presented throughout the series, are new videos from emerging Bay Area filmmakers, each of them introduced by an artist, critic, or curator.
Alternative Visions rolls on through November, and begins with Phantom Limbs and Mad Scientists: the Films of Nancy Andrews, featuring two comedic horror musical documentary animations, comprised by drawn imagery, puppets, live action, footage, and songs. The month of September rolls on with the diverse and experimental animation in Lost and Found on the eleventh, and the surreal Holy Motors on the eighteenth. The month of October brings the Bay Area Student Film Festival, as well as films from Phil Solomon, Abigail Child and the program Breaking the Frame (featuring the works of Carole Schneemann) Finally for November, there are the films of Peter Hutton, and programs 48 (a film about the arrest of political prisoners during the 48 hours of Portuguese dictatorial regime)and Your Day Is My Night (a documentary set in New York City’s Chinatown).
Each program in Alternative Visions begin at 7pm on a Wednesday. Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for more information.