CROSSROADS at The Roxie: In the Distance
October 16 only
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.
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’s The 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.
SCREENING: earthearthearth (2021) by Daïchi Saïto; 35mm, color, sound, 30 minutes. Recursive Lattice (2020) by J.M. Martínez; digital video, color, silent, 4 minutes. Displaced (2020) by Bettina Hoffman; digital video, color, sound, 7 minutes. Primavera (2020) by Adrian Garcia Gomez; digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes. The Pendulum (2021) by Linda Scobie; 16mm, color, sound, 3 minutes. June July (2021) by Kevin Jerome Everson; digital video, b&w, sound, 5 minutes. The House Is Empty (2021) by Dana Berman Duff; digital video, color, sound, 10 minutes.
TRT: 65 minutes
earthearthearth (2021) by Daïchi Saïto
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)
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