Alarms from the 60s: Experiments in Political Expression

December 1, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 and Los Angeles Filmforum invite you and a guest to a special program of experimental cinema

Alarms from the 60s: Experiments in Political Expression


Introduced by SCA Critical Studies Doctoral Candidate Alison Kozberg
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About the Event

Stanton Kaye’s legendary, award-winning Georg (1964) is an affecting, formally inventive narrative that follows a German émigré in America seeking to escape the encroaching militarism that threatens his family’s existence. The film unfolds as a series of diaristic sequences supposedly assembled after the protagonist’s death, as a found audiovisual document, a formal approach that was a great influence on Jim McBride’s David Holzman’s Diary, and countless other films that followed.

In counterpoint to Kaye’s experimental verité-fiction, Bruce Lane’s distilled, three-minute epic unc. (1966) crystallizes a whole generation’s paranoia and disgust at old-fashioned American militarism and patriotism. Bill Norton's hilarious and unnerving Coming Soon (1966) uses the form of a WWII Hollywood movie trailer to dissect the absurdity and inhumanity of the War in Vietnam. Christina Hornisher's controversial and intense And On The Sixth Day (1966) cuts harshly to the bone of man's inhumanity in 1960s America. And Penelope Spheeris brilliantly and soberly suggests the inevitable next step in the government's intensifying lockdown on free expression and socio-political dissension in The National Rehabilitation Center (1969), an early mockumentary that has disturbing connections to the present climate of political imprisonment.

Coming Soon (1966, 16mm, color, sound, 5min.) Directed by Bill Norton.

The National Rehabilitation Center (1969, 16mm, b/w, sound, 12min.) Directed by Penelope Spheeris.

unc. (1966, 16mm, color, sound, 3min.) Directed by Bruce Lane. Preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

And On The Sixth Day (1966, 16mm, b/w, sound, 6min.) Directed by Christina Hornisher.

Georg (1964, 16mm, b/w, sound, 50min.) Directed by Stanton Kaye.

Program Notes Courtesy of Los Angeles Filmforum.

In conjunction with Alternative Projections: Experimenatl Film in Los Angeles 1945 - 1980. To learn more about Alternative Projections, click here.


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Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

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