Aggregate Space Gallery is excited to announce the return of their Animation Film Festival!
In its ongoing effort to present new media art to the public, Oakland’s Aggregate Space Gallery
is proud to present this celebration of non-commercial and experimental animation. Animation,
as a subset within video art, is unique in its versatility as a communicative form and its ability to
place viewers inside adjacent realities. It is a medium without rules or restrictions, and its
content can address ideas as simple or as complex as the animator intends.
The exhibition will culminate in an award ceremony held at The Little Roxie Theater in San
Francisco, hosted by Bay Area artist and educator, Alyssa Lempesis. We will be screening the
top 2 films as well as viewer’s choice awards selections. The event will also include a film by
each of our exhibition jurors: Leon Simone, Melinda Stees, and Josh Tuthill.
Dates: 20 August – 25 September 2021
Opening Reception: 20 August, 6 – 10 PM
First Friday Event: 3 September, 6 – 10 PM
Awards Ceremony: 30 September, 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-5 PM and by appointment
From real-life friends Annie Clark (a.k.a. GRAMMY award-winning recording and touring artist St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) comes the metafictional account of two creative forces banding together to make a documentary about St. Vincent’s music, touring life, and on-stage persona. But they quickly discover unpredictable forces lurking within subject and filmmaker that threaten to derail the friendship, the project, and the duo’s creative lives.
“Calle de la Resistencia” is a musical film shot during the covid-19 pandemic. It’s an emotional look at the struggle of the Puerto Rican people to regain its dignity. In unique fashion, the story blends real-life footage and staged musical production. Featuring 20 original songs, it picks up the pieces of a tragic history and transforms them into hope.
The film tells the tale of nine Puerto Ricans whose lives are forever changed by Maria, the deadly hurricane that left thousands of families without a home and millions without access to water, food, electricity, medicine, and communications. Two years later, fate brings these nine people together to the epicenter of the protests that ultimately resulted in the Puerto Rican Governor’s resignation, symbolizing the triumph (albeit short-lived) of the people over corruption.
Directed by Denise Blasor. 2021. Puerto Rico, USA. 80 min. Spanish with English Subtitles.
Presented annually since 2010, CROSSROADS is San Francisco Cinematheque’s annual film festival, a celebration of artist-made avant-garde/experimental film, video and performance from the international community. In its first (non-online) public screenings since February 27, 2020, Cinematheque is thrilled to be partnering with San Francisco’s Roxie Theater on the occasion of CROSSROADS 2021 for two programs of remixes of our online presentations, featuring 16mm and 35mm projection, artists in person (to be announced) and more.
earthearthearth (2021) by Daïchi Saïto
This program interweaves films on psychogeographic drift and street actions from tumultuous 2020 with exquisite and lyrical landscape studies, expressions of hauntings and lyrical, gothic horror. Program includes Linda Scobie’sThe Pendulum (2021), an ecstatic and percussive film presented in 16mm, and the west coast premiere of Daïchi Saïto’s astonishing earthearthearth (2021) presented in 35mm.
Dawn breaks where land is flesh
And bones’ echoes;
You’ve lived through extinctions –
Stars, skies, sand and seas;
Future is catching us up at last,
And all the dead are ahead of us.
Recursive Lattice (2020) by J.M. Martínez
Refracted light commingles in spectrum pools. The recursive lattice presents itself. It gives us, for nothing in return. The landscape senses indifference, vibrating impermanence.
Displaced(2020) by Bettina Hoffman
People fall into water. Seen from underneath the surface of a lake, those men and women, fully dressed in office attire, move around trying to find orientation while following and bumping into each other. Thrown into this involuntary situation, their movements are at times softly flowing, elegant and caring, but change in the next moment into fighting against each other and for air. They are submerged in an environment which is removed from our daily reality associating sparkling fairy-tale dreams and horrible visions of drowning at the same time. (Bettina Hoffmann)
Primavera (2020) by Adrian Garcia Gomez
Primavera is a frenetic experimental animation that documents the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests as they intersect in springtime Brooklyn. Shot during isolation on a phone, the video explores the effects of imposed distance on touch and intimacy, the proximity of an invisible virus and invisible deaths and the revolt against the racist, corrupt systems that commodify, exploit and render their most vulnerable citizens disposable. The video also parallels the current uprisings with the queer liberation movement which began as a riot at Stonewall and was led in large part by trans people of color who still experience violence at disproportionate rates. (Adrian Garcia Gomez)
The Pendulum (2021) by Linda Scobie
Tendency to stay in motion. (Linda Scobie)
June July (2021) by Kevin Jerome Everson (livestream only)
June July are represented with peonies and the year 2020. (Kevin Jerome Everson)
The House Is Empty (2021) by Dana Berman Duff
The finale of the Catalogue series (2014–2020): A cockroach, a woman, a dramatic encounter in a closet—from the roach’s point of view. Inspired by The Passion According to G.H. (1964) by Clarice Lispector, which demonstrates Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection. Chicago sound artist A.J. McClenon was commissioned to “play” the empty house by knocking, pounding, tapping, and scraping different surfaces and objects creating fourteen audio tracks. (Dana Berman Duff)
Presented annually since 2010, CROSSROADS is San Francisco Cinematheque’s annual film festival, a celebration of artist-made avant-garde/experimental film, video and performance from the international community. In its first (non-online) public screenings since February 27, 2020, Cinematheque is thrilled to be partnering with San Francisco’s Roxie Theater on the occasion of CROSSROADS 2021 for two programs of remixes of our online presentations, featuring 16mm and 35mm projection, artists in person (to be announced) and more!
Labor of Love (2020) by Sylvia Schedelbauer
With emphases, variously, on filmic materiality and the poetics of the body, the works on this program blend CROSSROADS 2021’s themes of transition, spirituality, interiority and isolation with tentative attempts at communication across great expanses, across generations and across metaphysical divides. Orisons and apotropaic conversations mingle amongst letters to friends and family lost.
Undulating surfaces, shifting horizons and perspectives merge with layered landscapes shimmering in hyper-saturated color and textured brilliance. Within the liminal space of sea and land, a shapeshifting woman—the mythic Selkie—breaks through the watery surface to search for her lost love. This project is a collaboration with ambient duo Animated Matter for their song teeming. Handmade animated sequences and still photography combine with found footage to create a kaleidoscopic, vivid and vibrant video that finds inspiration in early silent film color techniques, microscopic studies and psychedelic abstraction. (Gina Basso)
Oceano Mare(2020) by Antoinette Zwirchmayr
Seemingly stranded and enthralled like a somnambulist: a female figure amid a rocky, dried up riverbed. Motionless, exposed and yet turned inward. Now entwined in the branches of the sparse vegetation, now lying on the delicate fissures of the parched ground, from these convergences and from the interplay of images arises a sort of approximation, or analogy. The view of the details, of the particularities and textures of things, widens into the distance; standpoint and perspective shift, whereby the water, the river—and likewise the face of this woman, even with eyes closed—are revealed in succession. (Naoko Kaltschmidt; translation: Geoff Howes)Read the full statement here.
Zero Length Spring(2021) by Ross Meckfessel
A walk through corridors and rooms culminates in a familial Reiki session—searching for what’s underneath and within. Zero Length Spring is an apotropaic film, imprinted by rituals and symbols, basking in ruptures of the body and the earth. ASMR brush tracks, the language of self-help therapy, film surface abrasions and alleged paranormal photos, combine to give shape to various unseeable forces. You’re worth it, you deserve love, you can grow. (Ross Meckfessel)
Blue Distance (2021) by Devin Jie Allen
Occupying gaps in memory and history, Blue Distance serves as a personal and poetic intervention into the filmmaker’s familial immigration story. The film places in communion the mythic powers of cinema and the production of personal and cultural histories. Underpinning these tensions is the immigratory reality of occupying stolen land while trying to secure one’s own actualization. (Devin Jie Allen)
Labor of Love (2020) by Sylvia Schedelbauer
…I resolved to try and visualize a feeling of nowness that unfolds when one is in love. That feeling where the past and futures seem to fall away, when all that matters is every moment that evolves into another, and when that expanded grounding in the present tense seemingly lasts without effort. I didn’t want to narrow things down to one specific experience, or literal story; and I wanted to go beyond one singular notion, or definition. But how can you visualize affective structures that open up in what feel like cascading intervals, like traveling through infinite portals within portals, each opening up new and unexpected spaces? Processes that induce inspiring conversations––creative, intellectual and emotional? Processes that invite possibilities––and allow for change, generosity and growth? (Sylvia Schedelbauer) This film is dedicated to the memory of Paul Clipson. Full artists’ statement here.
The Mouth is Still a Wild Door (2020) by Guta Galli & Anne Lesley Selcer
Now they preceded the country of their future which contained as yet only the arrow of their mouth whose song had just been born. (René Char)
I will recite all the names of the apples in a chain, enchain them, enchant them, bind them, bound them, chant them. The “feral house” of the poem is not a metaphor, it is the term for an abandoned house overtaken by foliage, a domicile lurking, covered, protected, masked, hidden, returned, and wild in a world that was not working. We will not be going back. The unmaking of the future has accelerated. Our entanglement is clearer than ever. Urgent memories of a world before our time, before our time keepers, appear with astonishing presence. They overtake what we thought was the future. It has no name yet, and is growing. (Guta/Selcer)
Rehearsal(2020) by Talena Sanders
Intimate moments of preparation for performances—for audiences and the everyday. (Talena Sanders)
absolving the valve (2021) by Alix Blevins
A tactile, trance-induced exploration of the filmmaker’s innate yet mediated relationship to her anonymous biological father. (Alix Blevins)
Not (a) part (2019) by Vicky Smith
Not (a) part responds to both the rapid decline of flying insects and the high recurrence of works that employ either, or all, of the methods of animation, handmade or contact film, and with the subject and/or material of flying insects. Using the photogram method, found dead bees were contact printed by positioning their parts directly onto negative film: occupying approximately 24 frames they run at a rate of 1 bee per second. (Vicky Smith)
A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale, the striking debut feature from director Valdimar Jóhannsson. – A24
Directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson. 107 min. 2021. Iceland, Sweden, Poland. Icelandic with English subtitles.
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Evicted from her San Francisco apartment and stranded in her car near Golden Gate Park, a woman makes a secret plan to defend her right to stay in the city she loves. GIRL IN GOLDEN GATE PARK is a mystery about holding on to who we are.
The third in an indie noir trilogy (together with CENTAUR and THE FILMMAKER).
Written/Directed by JP Allen. Produced by Cathy Montosa. Cinematography by Daniel Teixeira-Gomes. Original Score by John Dole. Creative Producers: Chopper Bernet & Dawn Rich. Associate Producer: Jason Wolos. Director of Lighting, Robert Elvin. Music by Cherita Meadows / Gaea, Hunters, Jessica Braun, Kaitlyn Gold, Micaiah Sawyer, Precious Mud & Talker.
Starring Kim Jiang Dubaniewicz, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Allison Ewing, Chris Pfluege, Sally Clawson and Elysia Oliquiano.
ARREBATO’s dimension-shattering blend of heroin, sex, and Super-8 is the final word on cinemania. This towering feat of counterculture was the final feature of cult filmmaker and movie poster designer Iván Zulueta – is a film without genre, and is Pedro Almodóvar’s favorite horror film!
Horror movie director José is adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. As his belated second feature nears completion, his reclusive bubble is popped by two events: a sudden reappearance from an ex-girlfriend and a package from past acquaintance Pedro: a reel of Super-8 film, an audiotape, and a door key. From there, the boundaries of time, space, and sexuality are erased as José is once more sucked into Pedro’s vampiric orbit. Together, they attempt the ultimate hallucinogenic catharsis through a moebius strip of filming and being filmed. (Altered Innocence)
Directed by Iván Zulueta. Spain. 1979. 115 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Brand new 35mm print courtesy of Altered Innocence.
“You’re invited to the grand opening of the Blackwell’s exhibition of rare artifacts related to the occult and supernatural. Be the first to see their most prized acquisition, the legendary Hecate Tablet and mystical Book of Shadows. Believers claim that these artifacts can lift the veil between the mortal and immortal worlds giving their owner the ultimate power over all beings. Is it true? Get your tickets and find out for yourself.” (Into the Dark Productions)
Director Yael Bridge in person for Q&A after the screening!
A former Marine and a public school teacher in two different states find themselves broke and unable to sustain their livelihoods through their jobs. Activated by the energy of the 2016 Sanders presidential campaign and the murmurs of a state-wide teacher strike, both turn to socialism, a once-fringe ideology, to tackle problems larger than themselves.
THE BIG SCARY “S” WORD delves into the rich history of the American socialist movement and journeys with the people striving to build a socialist future today.
This film explores where American socialism has been, why it was suppressed, and imagines what a renewed American socialism might look like.