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JULY 18-21 | Buy tickets for Basilica Scope 2013

Basilica Hudson presents it’s first annual film festival, BASILICASCOPE.

Filmmakers in attendance: Charlie Ahearn / Jem Cohen / Denis Côté / Jacqueline Goss / Gaby Hoffmann (actress, Crystal Fairy) / Deborah Stratman

BASILICASCOPE digs into the visceral aspects of motion pictures by celebrating films that explore the furthest extremes—from remote landscapes, unconventional perspectives, fanatic personalities, radical examinations of film’s materiality, to the blood and emotion that create it. BasilicaScope presents extraordinary films during its weekend-long summer festival in a reclaimed 19th century factory.

A special double feature with two films by Charlie Ahearn include the new documentary Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer and, on its 30th anniversary, the classic Wild Style. Festival partner Artists Public Domain will present a free, late night screening of this seminal hip-hop film.

THURSDAY, JULY 18 – Opening Night

8pm – THE OBSERVERS, Jacqueline Goss, 2011, 67 min

FRIDAY, July 19

6:00 pm – O’ER THE LAND, Deborah Stratman, 2009, 52 min, 16mm
& FROM HETTY TO NANCY, Deborah Stratman, 1997, 44 min, 16mm

8:15 pm – JAMEL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER, Charlie Ahearn, 2012, 81 min

10:30 pm – WILD STYLE, Charlie Ahearn, 1983, 82 min – FREE SCREENING (Courtesy of APD and MusicBox)


5:00 pm – BENJAMIN: SMOKE, Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen, 2000, 75 min
preceded by New Shorts by Jem Cohen

7:30 pm – BESTIAIRE, Denis Côté, 2012, 72 min

9:30 pm – CRYSTAL FAIRY, Sebastian Silva, 2013, 100 min, with actress Gaby Hoffmann in attendance

11:30 pm – TV CARNAGE and DJ DANIEL BUNNY After Party – FREE

SUNDAY, July 21
MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI, Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, 2007, 17:15 min
& BESTIAIRE, Denis Côté, 2012, 72 min (Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada)

4:00 pm – JAMEL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER, Charlie Ahearn, 2011, 74 min

+ TO LOOK IS TO LABOR – an exhibition of moving image work by Harun Farocki, Lucy Raven and Andrew Norman Wilson. Co-presented by CCS Bard/Basilica Hudson, and curated by Olga Dekalo and Aily Nash. Open during festival hours from July 18-21.

Programmed by Mike Plante, Sundance Film Festival programmer and founder of Cinemad, Basilica Hudson’s creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, and film curator Aily Nash, whose programs have screened at MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Anthology Film Archives.

All Individual Films $10 – Tickets Available at the Door
Sunday Matinee is FREE for kids under 12
Weekend Passes available here:

Basilica is pleased to announce a partnership with Artists Public Domain, a New York based non-profit production and distribution company.  The partnership includes a collaboration with Cinema Conservancy, the releasing program of APD, which helps to ensure the legacy and public availability of crucial work of American Independent cinema, including Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer.  Previous Cinema Conservancy releases include Nothing But a ManLittle Fugitive and The Color Wheel. APD recent productions include TowheadsAnother Earth, and The Forgiveness of Blood. APD will sponsor a FREE late night screening of the classic Wild Style to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen, 2000, 75 min.

The highly acclaimed documentary by directors Jem Cohen (Fugazi: Instrument) and Peter Sillen (Speed Racer) on legendary underground musician Benjamin. Benjamin: Smoke follows the crooked path of this fringe-dweller, speed-freak, occasional drag-queen and all-around renegade living in the hidden Atlanta neighborhood called “Cabbagetown,” and playing with his band Smoke. A hauntingly beautiful yet unflinching look at a performer whose life has had a profound effect on many artists, including R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Cat Power’s Chan Marshall and Patti Smith.

preceded by new short films by Jem Cohen.

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Denis Côté, Canada, 2012, 72 min.

Fascinating and beguiling, Bestiaire is Denis Côté’s mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast. This strikingly beautiful film about looking —starts with a group of art students attempting to sketch an animal — that blurs the line between observer and observed. There may be no traditional narrative, yet there is breathtaking dramatic tension in every exquisitely framed shot: the sight of a lion attacking the doors of its cage or the scurrying striped legs of zebras in a holding pen. Contemplative and enthralling, Bestiaire is cinema at it’s purist.

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Sebastian Silva, 2013, 100 min.

On a trip through Chile, a boorish American expat named Jamie (Michael Cera) and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations. But in the previous night’s drunken stupor Jamie invites a free-spirited fellow American (Gaby Hoffmann) along on their mescaline-driven road trip, and her devil-may-care worldview gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for. Winner of the Best Director Award (World Cinema) at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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Charlie Ahearn, 2011, 74 min.

In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz, whose twenty-five year mission to create a portrait of the hip-hop generation, became a worldwide phenomenon with his book “Back In The Days”. Director of the seminal Wild Style, Charlie Ahearn, instantly recognized the power of Shabazz’s photography when he first picked up his book in 2002. Since then, Ahearn has followed Shabazz in documenting his journey from a Brooklyn youth, through army service and work as a corrections officer, to his decisive photographic interactions on the streets and subways of New York.

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(Photo Courtesy Jamel Shabazz)

Charlie Ahearn, 1983, 82 min.

“Nothing else comes close to capturing the atmosphere of the early days of hip-hop and spraycan art, of the burned-out and derelict Bronx; the only colour comes from the impressive artwork as b-boys and fly girls dream of making “cash money” while scratching and rapping in kitchens, dingy bars and, in an impressive DIY turn from Double Trouble, on stoops. This isn’t old skool, this is pre-school.” -Phelim O’Neill, The Guardian

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Jacqueline Goss, 2011, 67 min.

The land and sky of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire form a varying frame for two climatologists as they go about the solitary and steadfast work of measuring and recording the weather. Based in part on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story “The Great Carbuncle,” this film features the extreme and surprising beauty of the windiest mountain in the world.

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Deborah Stratman, 2009, 52 min.
both films presented on 16mm

With the excuse of freedom, we lose so many things. – Silvio Barile

A meditation on the milieu of elevated threat addressing national identity, gun culture, wilderness, consumption, patriotism and the possibility of personal transcendence. Of particular interest are the ways Americans have come to understand freedom and the increasingly technological reiterations of manifest destiny. (Not to say there isn’t some humor when looking at American history and gun culture. -MP)

(preceded by)
Deborah Stratman, 1997, 44 min.

Travel journal entries weave a narrative that counterpoises the austere Icelandic ‘frontier’ landscape with the banalities of travel circumstances.

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Clyde Henry Productions (Chris Lavis and Maciek Szerbowski), 2007, 17 min 21 s

Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down by all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past.

She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure. Adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons and is drawn into an undertow of mystery and suspense.

The National Film Board of Canada presents this 2008 Academy Award nominated stunning, stop-motion animated film that takes the viewer on an exhilarating existential journey. The film introduces groundbreaking visual techniques and is supported by a haunting and original score. Painstaking care and craftsmanship in form and detail bring to life a fully imagined, tactile world unlike any you have seen.

Jungian thriller? Hitchcockian suspense? Artistic tour de force? The night train awaits you. Film without words.

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