Film at REDCAT will take its spectators on a colorful and thought-provoking tour of memory lane, c ulminating with the Los Angeles premiere of Thom Andersen ’s new collage essay-film (his cinematic variation on Deleuze’s reading of the history of cinema), The Thoughts That Once We Had ( Mar 6 ).
The first screening of the season, Cinema is a Virus from Out of Space , revisits and reconstructs a historical evening of films and readings organized ) by Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Oblowitz in the heyday of the punk-no-wave movement in New York to celebrate the launching of the journal Semiotext(e ( Feb 2 ). Then Dirty Looks founder Bradford Nordeen presents an alluring selection from queer and punk archives of the last decades, valentines to a time of fluid and uncensored sexualities ( Mar 2 ).
REDCAT will also pay homage to four remarkable filmmakers who have deeply affected the course of film history. A cardinal moment in the genesis of black independent cinema, Spencer Williams’ The Blood of Jesus (1941) will be introduced by film historian Jacqueline Stewart(Apr 27). Film at REDCAT is also partnering with the Getty Center and LA Filmforum to organize a retrospective of the seminal work of Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-1991), one of the key figures of the post-war avant-garde, with a presentation by Mark Webber (Apr 6). Flying from The Philippines, Kidlat Tahimik will introduce new audiences to his eternally joyful, audacious, and free-wheeling masterpiece of post-colonial cinema, Perfumed Nightmare (1977) (Apr 20). Finally, in collaboration with UCLA Film & Television Archive and The American Cinematheque, REDCAT is proud to be part of the international retrospective of the work of master of “Taiwanese New Cinema” master Hou Hsiao-hsien, organized by Richard I. Suchenski with the screening of a brand new 35mm print of Flowers of Shanghai (1998) (May 4).
At REDCAT, the past leads to the present, and one of the high points of the season is a carefully curated selection of new works by contemporary filmmakers, including Kate Brown , Abigail Severance, Laura Kraning, Madison Brookshire and Janie Geiser, celebrating the multifarious visual textures and formal strategies of Angeleno or Los Angeles-based filmmakers .(Mar 30).