Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sun, Dec 8, 2019
7:30pm

Los Angeles Filmforum Presents
The Festival of (In)appropriation #11

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art and experimental animation. 2019 is our 44th year. For more information, visit http://www.lafilmforum.org.

Collage or compilation. Found-footage film or recycled cinema. Remix or détournement. Whatever one might call it, the practice of incorporating existing media into new artworks engenders novel juxtapositions, new ideas and latent connotations, often entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. In that regard, such works are truly “inappropriate.” Indeed, the act of (in)appropriation can reveal unimagined relationships between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, and perhaps even compel us to re-examine what it means to be the "producer" or "consumer" of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decades have witnessed the emergence of countless new kinds of audiovisual material available for artistic (in)appropriation. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories and digital archives now provide the artist with a wealth of fascinating matter to reprocess, repurpose and endow with new meaning and resonance.

Founded in 2009 and curated by Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen and Lauren Berliner, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short-form audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video or other media and redeploy them in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. The festival’s 11th edition gathers a self-reflexive experimental biopic, a surreal Frankenstein collage animation, a YouTube-sourced musical supercut, a queer reframing of Mexican and Hollywood films, an acousmatic exploration of online beauty standards, a canine-based critique of capitalism, a playful quantum animation of old 16mm film, an interrogation of the dismantling of the major opposition newspaper in Hungary, a deconstruction of our popular culture obsession with female corpses and a performative rejection of the gender politics of a cult film.

Discussion following with filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kate Lain, artist Terry Braunstein, and curators Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen and Lauren Berliner.
Running time approximately 90 minutes. | Ticket prices: $12 General, $8 Members (and students/seniors at the door with ID). Filmforum members are free; check the Filmforum website for ticket reservation link. | Screening format: digital
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian • Sun, Dec 8, 2019 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Director Erin Espelie In person!
Sun, Nov 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian