Media Arts Preview: A Bevy of Treasures from the Past

This week's LA media art scene features a bevy of treasures from the past, with films from previous decades screening throughout the city.

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Thursday, March 17
The Hive Gallery invites visitors to a screening of the puppet animated movie, Yamasong at 8:00 p.m. at the downtown gallery. The event is presented in collaboration with the Graphation Film Festival, which "is a traveling festival and publishing house that adapts short films into comics and graphic novels." Following Yamasong, the gallery will screen The Dark Crystal from the Henson Studio.

I Stand AloneFriday, March 18
LACMA presents an incredible line-up of films in On the Edge: Classics From La Semaine de la critique (Critic's Week) starting tonight. The six selections include Gaspar Noe's shocking I Stand Alone, which pauses mid-film to allow audience members to leave the theater if they need to, and the rarely screened and formally rigorous Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach by the filmmaking duo Straub/Huillet, both of which screen on Saturday night. Tonight's screenings include Regarde les hommes tomber, a thriller starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Pitfall, described as a psychedelic noir.

Sharon StoneThe Aero Theater presents a tribute to Sharon Stone, with two nights of screenings of her best known films, including Casino, The Quick and the Dead and Basic Instinct. Stone will appear in person with the screening of Casino tonight at 7:30 p.m. See the terrific line-up of other films at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres here.

WandaSaturday, March 19
Barbara Loden's quietly desperate portrait of female malaise in the 1970 independent feature titled Wanda has earned it numerous accolades throughout the last 40 years. Starring Loden herself as a dazed housewife trapped in the hills of Pennsylvania, the film has been selected for preservation, and screens as part of UCLA's extensive Festival of Preservation, featuring dozens of films throughout the rest of the month of March.

Sunday, March 20

Los Angeles Filmforum presents Composite Histories: The Films of Cathy Lee Crane tonight, showcasing work by a filmmaker Noel Burch has dubbed "one of the most interesting younger filmmakers in the tradition of the avant-garde working in the United States today." Filmforum writes, "These films combine both staged and archival material which simultaneously provoke and elide the friction between present and past." The artist will be present, and the show starts at 7:30 at the Echo Park Film Center.

EamesIconic LA-based designers Charles and Ray Eames made more than 80 films during their careers, and launched a mode of visual communication and designed information that remains unrivaled today. The Hammer's show, titled Family Flicks: Films of Charles and Ray Eames, features the acclaimed epitome of information visualization with Powers of Ten and the lyrical cine-poem Blacktop. "This program," says the Hammer, reflects "the sense of curiosity, craftsmanship and play that motivated all their work."

Monday, March 21
Colleen Macklin will present her work as part of the Digital Studies Symposium (which I host) at USC in Room 112 in the School of Cinematic Arts starting at 7:00 p.m. Macklin is the Chair of the Department of Communication Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and Director of PETLab (Prototyping Evaluation, Teaching and Learning lab), a joint project of Games for Change and Parsons, focused on developing new games, simulations, and play experiences which encourage experimental learning and investigation into social and global issues. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cyprien GaillardWednesday, March 23
The Hammer Museum presents films and videos by the artist-in-residence Cyprien Gaillard, whose work "explores the landscape of the built environment." The show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Billy Wilder Theater.

About the Author

Holly Willis teaches in USC's School of Cinematic Arts and writes about new media art.
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