Feature film highlights include the documentary Speculation Nation by regular collaborators Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, which examines the recent Spanish housing crisis; a new ethnographic doc by Ben Russell, Greetings to the Ancestors, which plunges deep into the culture of South Africa; and Jenni Olson’s grand California study The Royal Road.
Short film highlights include the much anticipated new film by Jennifer Reeder, Blood Below the Skin, a narrative following a week in the dramatic and romantic lives of three teenage girls; a new music video by Mike Olenick called Beautiful Things with music by The Wet Things; new animations by Don Hertzfeldt, World of Tomorrow, and Lewis Klahr, Mars Garden; plus new experimental work by Vanessa Renwick, Peggy Ahwesh and Zachary Epcar.
But Bass’s Vertigo designs are so firmly associated with the film and with its director Alfred Hitchcock that it comes as a surprise to realize that Vertigo was the only poster that Bass designed for the director. (He worked on only two other films for Hitchcock, designing the title sequence for North by Northwest  and both the titles and the shower sequence for Psycho ).
The poster above is not the more famous one-sheet, which you can see just below, but the enormous
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Hosted by: L.A. Filmforum
Alternative Projections is an ambitious new screening series by the L.A. Filmforum that surveys the experimental filmmaking scene of Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980.
“Early Abstractions of the 1940s and 1950s” covers abstract selections from the post-wwii era. Included are several films by John Whitney and James Whitney, two of the more well-known names from this period. But, there are also films by Sara Kathryn Arledge, Curt Opliger, Elwood Decker, Lynn Fayman and others. The full lineup of films is below.
The Alternative Projections project is the result of three years of research into the archives of several film venues and organizations. In addition to the screenings, there is an extensive online catalog of film titles and filmmaker names.
The L.A. experimental film scene, thanks to its close proximity to the commercial film industry,
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