BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE
Physical Cosmologies: The Shining | Daisies | Dyketactics and Other 70s Films
BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings. Programmed by Basilica Hudson’s film curator Aily Nash, and creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone.
All films begin at 8 pm and are $5-10 sliding scale, unless otherwise noted.
BASILICA SCREENINGS: JUNE
Thursday, June 5, 8 PM
PHYSICAL COSMOLOGIES: THE SHINING
Kevin McLeod (mstrmnd) in person for intro & Q&A!
// FREE SCREENING EVENT //
Thursday, June 12, 8 PM
DAISIES, Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 76 min
Saturday, June 21, 8 PM
DYKETACTICS AND OTHER 70s FILMS, 75 min
Barbara Hammer in person!
// SPECIAL HUDSON PRIDE EVENT //
Is The Shining much more than a movie? Could it be the pivotal work of 20th century art that lures us into the next stages of languages? Does it spur new forms of communication that will let us one day look back at our primeval alphabets and medieval languages as stepping stones in evolutionary history? Join us for a groundbreaking discussion on the language of movies. Game developer Kevin McLeod, (“Mstrmnd” of Room 237’s commentary track) will present his analysis of the film The Shining with a thought-provoking presentation.
[Image from McCleod’s The Shining chapter in “Elements of Architecture”, Rem Koolhaas’s upcoming book to be published by Taschen]
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 8 PM
Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 76 min
One of the most anarchic films of all time, Vera Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. An aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. A tribute screening to the filmmaker, Vera Chytilová who passed away on March 12, 2014, we’ll be showing her masterpiece, a film she called, “a philosophical documentary in the form of a farce.” This brilliantly rendered, hilarious work was banned by the Czech government for a year after it was first released.
An evening with seminal queer and feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer! With an introduction and Q&A with Hammer. Works include: Dyketactics (1974), Superdyke (1975), Menses (1976), Women I Love (1976), Multiple Orgasm (1976), Double Strength (1978).
“Born in Los Angeles but a New Yorker by choice, Barbara Hammer is a whole genre unto herself. Her pioneering 1974 short film Dyketactics, a four-minute, hippie wonder consisting of frolicking naked women in the countryside, broke new ground for its exploration of lesbian identity, desire and aesthetic. Hammer calls the film her ‘lesbian commercial.’ She went on to become one of the brightest and most significant lesbian avant-garde filmmaking voices of the past 40 years, whose work includes over 80 film and video works covering lesbian love and sex, women’s spirituality, radical feminist politics, the figure of the goddess, and lesbian/queer film history. Hammer has had retrospectives at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, London, and at the Toronto International Film Festival. Without Barbara there would be no Born in Flames (1983), no Desert Hearts (1985), no Go Fish (1994).”
JULY FILM SCREENINGS PREVIEW
Marie Losier’s Ballad of Genesis & Lady Jaye*, Salomé Lamas’ No Man’s Land*, Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself, Michael Glowagger’s Workingman’s Death, and Louis Malle’s Black Moon. [ *filmmaker in person ]
Prior iterations of Basilica Screenings have brought filmmakers including Albert Maysles, who showed and discussed many of his rarely seen works from the 50s and 70s, essential cinematic works such as Susan Sontag’s Promised Lands, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, internationally renown contemporary directors including Jem Cohen, Deborah Stratman, and Denis Côté, and rare radical documentary forms such as Yumen produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab.