The Art Films started with very interesting short films. I have been present to the Monday session on Nov 23 with Dada experimental films. They were very inspiring. It takes one wonder how much time people still took to experiment with so little means. It was in the beginning of the 20th century when the film making industry started to make their first tentative steps. Here: experiments with light and forms and rythm.
Dr. Johann Pillai introduces the audience to the philosophy behind the experiments with well researched ideas and examples.
It is always a pleasure to be there, you can be sure to be offered something extraordinary. Down below are the next film events.
Sidestreets’ Third Art Film Series continues its tradition, foregrounding film as a medium of creative experimentation and artistic expression, and creating a forum for discussing a wide range of works of avant-garde and experimental cinema. These works are outside the mainstream and rarely screened in cinemas, but were the foundation for all that has followed since then, from underground film to contemporary music videos and YouTube. Each evening will include an introduction to the films and discussion of the dynamic, modern artistic movements that emerged in the early twentieth century. (All films are silent or in the original language with English subtitles.) More information will shortly be posted on www.sidestreets.org and the two Facebook pages “Sidestreets Culture” and “Sidestreets Educational and Cultural Initiatives Ltd.”
Friday 4 December 7:00 p.m.
– Man Ray, “The Mysteries of the Chateau of Dice”; Robert Florey, “The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra”; Dimitri Kirsanoff, “Ménilmontant”
Monday 7 December, 7:00 p.m.
– James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber, “Lot in Sodom”; Marcel Duchamp “Anemic Cinema” ; Jean Painlevé, “The Vampire”; Jean Epstein, “The Mirror with Three Faces”
Friday 11 December, 7:00 p.m.
– Jean Epstein, “The Tempest”; Sergei Eisenstein, “Sentimental Romance”; Herman Weinberg, “Autumn Fire”; Paul Strand & Charles Sheeler, “Manhatta”
Monday 14 December, 7:00 p.m.
– Germaine Dulac & Antonin Artaud, “The Seashell and the Clergyman”; Roger Barlow, “Even - As You and I”; Marie Menken, “Visual Variations on Noguchi”; Paul Leni, “Rebus-Film Nr. 1”; Jean Mitry, “Pacific 231”
Friday 18 December 7:00 p.m.
– Isidore Isou, “Venom and Eternity”