Thursday, June 26, 2003

Busy upcoming weekend here in Los Angeles: a Pasolini film festival at the American Cinematheque (The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, and Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom) and a Buñuel festival at LACMA (Belle de Jour, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and That Obscure Object of Desire). Interestingly, both festivals are focusing on the later works of these auteurs. On Sunday, Jen Hofer, Garrett Kalleberg, and Simone Forti are reading at Beyond Baroque, along with the screening of short films by Naomi Uman. If you haven't seen Naomi's Hand Eye Coordination, I urge you to do so. It's truly a "hand-made" film. In what must have been a laborious process, Naomi scratched, stitched, and painted each frame of the 10 minute film, and combined original and found footage to create a witty meditation on vision and materialism. Lots o' hands, big hands, little hands, middle hands, fiddle hands.

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