09/29/2016 - 10/02/2016
09/30/2016 - 11/04/2016
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall
MUSIC: Games are big business. From social and mobile games to consoles, the field is diverse and growing. Interactive media is also a creative and technical playground where high tech cool new platforms meet cutting edge art and design. So, what is the industry all about and where do you fit in? What is the best way to get that first gig in audio for games and visual media? How can I transfer my existing skills to interactive media?
Steve and Scott (Who by the way both went to CalArts)will take you through a high octane TED Style crash course, designed to help enlighten, entertain and with luck also answer some of these befuddling questions. So, whether you are already working in the field or just thinking of the best way to get started, this talk should definitely be of interest!
Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Perhaps best known as a composer and producer for his original soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film “Super Size Me.”, Steve is also a noted expert in the field of sound for games. Since 1991, he has literally worked on hundreds of titles, including a 16 year run at Nickelodeon Digital, where he had the privilege of working on projects that garnered both Webby and Broadcast Design awards. Horowitz also has a Grammy Award in recognition of his engineering work on the multi-artist release, “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe [Sugar Hill].” Best Bluegrass Album” (1996). Steve has also release 20 albums of mind bending original music that can be found @ www.stevehorowitzmusic.com
Scott Looney is a passionate artist, soundsmith, educator, and curriculum developer who has been helping students understand the basic concepts and practices behind the creation of content for interactive media and games for over ten years. He pioneered interactive online audio courses for the Academy Of Art University, and has also taught at Ex’pression College, Cogswell College, and Pyramind Training. He has created compelling sounds for audiences, game developers and ad agencies alike across a broad spectrum of genres and styles, from contemporary music to experimental noise. In addition to his work in game audio and education, he is currently researching procedural and generative sound applications in games, and mastering the art of code.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Steve Horowitz and Scott Looney, Co-Founders of the Game Audio Institute
Steve Horowitz, a CalArts graduate is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Perhaps best known as a composer and producer for his original soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film “Super Size Me.”, Steve is also a noted expert in the field of sound for games. Since 1991, he has literally worked on hundreds of titles, including a 16 year run at Nickelodeon Digital, where he had the privilege of working on projects that garnered both Webby and Broadcast Design awards. Horowitz also has a Grammy Award in recognition of his engineering work on the multi-artist release, “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe [Sugar Hill].” Best Bluegrass Album” (1996).
Scott Looney, a CalArts graduate is a passionate artist, soundsmith, educator, and curriculum developer who has been helping students understand the basic concepts and practices behind the creation of content for interactive media and games for over ten years. He pioneered interactive online audio courses for the Academy Of Art University, and has also taught at Ex’pression College, Cogswell College, and Pyramind Training. Looney created compelling sounds for audiences, game developers and ad agencies alike across a broad spectrum of genres and styles, from contemporary music to experimental noise. In addition to his work in game audio and education, he is currently researching procedural and generative sound applications in games, and mastering the art of code.
REDCAT: “Her self-deprecating humor is not just funny, its excesses contain jaw-dropping revelations on the intersections of passion and fear.” – LA Weekly
“A theatrical whirling dervish… painfully, hilariously funny. –The Seattle Times
With live music and a wicked wit, incisive and hilarious writer/performer Lauren Weedman shares secrets of her alternate identity: a colorful personality born in her past and controlling her future. Before becoming an acclaimed author, a popular star of HBO’s Looking, and a noted correspondent for TheDaily Show, Lauren was given the birth name(s) Tammy Lisa. Her adopted family gave her a new name and a life that led to near-stardom and gobs of critical praise, but as early-ish midlife approaches, Tammy Lisa is re-emerging as a musical and multi-faceted character who often embodies Loretta Lynn, Helen Reddy, or Lucinda Williams — depending on her mood swings. Tammy Lisa re-invents the cabaret form with funny and dark songs of heartbreak, gay boys, straight boys, volatile love, side-splitting comedy, and bliss.
Direction: Erica Beeney
Music: Tim Sonnefeld
CalArts, Bijou Theater
Film/Video: The CalArts School of Film/ Video Proudly Presents Tournées Film Festival, A Festival of French, French-Speaking and French-produced films
Deniz Gamze Ergüven: Mustang (Turkey/France, 2015)
Image: Deniz Gamze Ergüven: Mustang. Still courtesy of Cohen Media Group.
Some have called Mustang the “Turkish Virgin Suicides.” While Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s extraordinary debut has striking thematic similarities to Sofia Coppola’s film, its spirit of revolt is all its own. Ergüven goes beyond evoking the mystery and marvels of the world of adolescent girls to decry the denial of women’s rights the world over. Mustang begins at the point when the childhoods of five orphaned sisters in the Turkish countryside come to an abrupt end: when their grandmother and uncle learn they have been seen splashing around in the sea with boys, they lock them up inside the house. From there, things only get worse: medical virginity checks, arranged marriages, suicide… But the film holds our interest and carries our hope through the unrelenting rebellion of the youngest sister, Lale, who will not accept to be deprived of attending her favorite soccer team’s game, just as she will not stand to watch yet another sister be forced into a stranger’s arms. Lale’s long-planned escape from oppression and the sisters’ unbreakable bonds and explosive liveliness in the face of a repressive society are the giddy counterbalances to a sobering account of a state of affairs that holds true for millions of young women. As such, Mustang, a French co-production and nominee for the 2015 Academy Award for best foreign film, is not only a profoundly enjoyable viewing experience, but an essential one.
Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.”
REDCAT: "The joy of being alive, of being together momentarily, and the visceral excitement of dancing.” - Le Monde
"Explosive and Expressive.” – Official London Theater
To the sound of energizing tribal rock music by two percussionists on stage, internationally acclaimed choreographer Christian Rizzo extols the masculine in a ritual that combines contemporary dance with abstracted elements of folk dances. Eight male dancers execute powerful choreography inspired by traditional forms and a variety of all-male partnering, building into a raw explosion of pleasure that is absolutely irresistible. Rizzo's latest full-evening work is largely inspired by Turkish folk dances he saw in Istanbul in 2004. Christian Rizzo was recently appointed head of the prestigious Centre Chorégraphique National (CNN) of Montpellier–Languedoc-Roussillon succeeding famed choreographer Mathilde Monnier.
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: School of Film/Video Faculty
To kick off “Film Today” on Friday September 16, Bijou Auditorium
with his latest documentary
And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead
Best Investigative Documentary, Doc Lisboa
Billy Woodberry will introduce his long-awaited new film And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead, a feature-length documentary about jazz-inspired beat poet Bob Kaufman, sometimes called the “American Rimbaud." Woodberry’s landmark 1984 film Bless Their Little Hearts was honored with a jury award at the Berlin International Film Festival and was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
“One seminal, under-heralded African-American cultural figure salutes another in When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead, Billy Woodberry's profile of beat-poet Bob Kaufman: an oral biography nimbly combining rich, varied archival footage with talking-head present-day interviews; a heartfelt, quietly inspiring attempt to shed light on a compellingly enigmatic individual (‘most of what was known about Kaufman's life and biography was shrouded in myth and legend.’)”
– Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“In And When I Die, an informative and affectionate overview of Kaufman…, Woodberry contextualizes the deeper social currents through which the poet's leftwing principles were radicalized (Kaufman was involved in the National Maritime Union), and which he channeled through his writing.” – Slant Magazine
FREE AND OPEN TO THE ENTIRE INSTITUTE
Born in Dallas, Texas, Billy Woodberry is an independent filmmaker who has taught at the School of Film/Video and the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989. His feature film Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) is an essential work of Los Angeles cinema, informed by Woodberry’s familiarity with Italian neo-realism and the work of filmmakers in Cuba, Brazil, India and Africa. It won the Interfilm ecumenical jury award at the Berlin Film festival and was added to the Library of Congress' 2013 National Registry of Films. Woodberry has appeared in Charles Burnett’s When It Rains (1995) and provided narration for Thom Andersen’s Red Hollywood (1996) and James Benning’s Four Corners (1998). Woodberry’s two-hour video, The Architect, the Ants, and the Bees, was part of “Facing the Music,” a 2004 group exhibition, video and multimedia installation at the REDCAT gallery documenting the building of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the transformation of downtown Los Angeles. His work has screened at the Viennale, DocLisboa, Amiens International Film Festival, Camera Austria Symposium, Harvard Film Archive, Human Rights Watch Film Festival and Museum of Modern Art.
Billy Woodberry has taught at the California Institute of the Arts since 1989.
CalArts, D300 & D301
STAFF COUNCIL: 5th annual staff art show.
REDCAT: As one of cinema’s great artists dealing with the ephemerality of the sensate body, Canadian Mike Hoolboom guides his masterful craft between narrative and abstraction, combining immersive sounds and images with haunting poetic texts. Spanning over 30 years, his films are visceral self-portraits, affectionate homages, abstract revelations and bluntly honest cultural critiques. For Hoolboom, bodies are sources and receptors for all experience; though limited by history, they remain inexorably responsive to pleasure and pain, joy and tragedy. The program features the award-winning film Scrapbook (2015, 18 min.), Buffalo Death Mask (2013, 23 min.), Sugar Maple Stand (1985/1990, 9 min.) and a preview of his latest work.
In person: Mike Hoolboom
FILM/VIDEO: "All of Bromberg's films are from that same 'extremely personal place.' They stand out because they are about merging experience with the very act of filmmaking, and about staging the process of knowing who you are in the very work that you create. In "Ciao Bella," one of the final shots is of a jubilant topless dancer caught in a reddish flare and sprocket holes; the picture merges the woman's vivacious energy with film as a medium, and this is a perfect emblem for Bromberg's work. She somehow lets her filmmaking and ideas become embodied in the film itself; they are folded together in a remarkable synergy that could almost be construed as some sort of philosophical system for being in the world." – Holly Willis, IFilm
"I am interested in making films that explore intimate places of the interior. For me, the combination of visual and aural abstraction is sublime, a means of forging pathways without a path, journeys devoid of compass bearings and invoking unearthly transports. I am interested in making work that has no points of reference, where scale replaces structure and time is experienced rather than counted." – Betzy Bromberg
- PETIT MAL (1978 16mm, color/sound, 18 minutes)
The abstracted voice of one and many women searching.
- SOOTHING THE BRUISE (1980, 16mm, color/sound, 21 minutes)
Sex roles, consumption and destruction in America.
- MARASMUS (1981,16mm, color/sound, 24 minutes, in collaboration with Laura Ewig)
A woman's response to technology/the jet-lag of birth.
- Voluptuous Sleep, Part 2: And the Night Illuminated the Night (2011, 16mm, 35 minutes, color/sound and music by Robert Allaire, performed by the Formalist Quartet)
“Forces of Desire.” – Betzy Bromberg
CalArts, Walt Disney Modular Theater
THEATER: Travis Preston, in collaboration with renowned film theorist Tom Gunning, will present selections from their newest work in progress, Fantômas – Revenge of the Image, followed by a Q&A session hosted by the CalArts Center for New Performance.
Fantômas – Revenge of the Image is a created theater piece focusing on the emergence of urban terror as an enduring facet of modernity. Inspired by the legendary figure of Souvestre and Allain's pulp fiction series as well as the films of Louis Feuillade, Fantômas excavates the raw energy and irresistible power of this icon of infamous and unbounded criminality.
Fantômas combines the use of extensive video, lighting, and music composition with an audience box that transports viewers throughout the space. Central to the CNP mission, the Fantômas company is composed of CalArts students, alumni, faculty, and professional guest artists.
CalArts, Butler Building #4
CRITICAL STUDIES: Amelia Gray is the author of four books: AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, THREATS, and Gutshot. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the NYPL Young Lion, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.
THEATER: Join writer/performer Dahlak Brathwaite and director Roberta Uno for a conversation around their current developmental workshop of Brathwaite’s play Spiritrials.
Roberta Uno is a theater director and the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics and the arts based at the CalArts. Dahlak Brathwaite is a multi-faceted hip-hop artist maximizing his abilities as musician, actor, poet, and educator within the transformational space of the theater.
Inspired by Dahlak’s hip-hop album of the same name, Spiritrials layers characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of the songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop and dramatic performance. InSpiritrials, addiction, religion and the law intersect at a state sponsored rehabilitation program. The piece examines the factors that have mis-placed young Black men in a rite of passage through the criminal justice system, chronicling the journey of criminalization and the struggle for vindication and decriminalization in the eyes of the law and society.
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: Reflections on Vietnam’s history, in memory and oblivion.
Surname Viet Given Name Nam
(1989, 108 min)
The film evolves around questions of identity, popular memory and culture. While focusing on aspects of Vietnamese reality as seen through the lives and history of women resistance in Vietnam and in the U.S, it raises questions on the politics of interviewing and documenting.
"Keenly intelligent, sensuously multilayered... Emotionally, Surname Viet Given Name Nam leaves you with an impression of the courage and persistent strength of Vietnamese women, not in terms of propaganda-poster heroics but on the human level."
– Stuart Klawans, The Nation
“Trinh challenges her audiences with each work, constantly shifting how she critically engages with the form and spirit of cinema.”
—San Francisco Cinematheque
Born in Vietnam, Trinh T. Minh-ha is a filmmaker, writer, and composer. Her work includes: 8 feature-length films that have been honored in numerous retrospectives around the world; several collaborative visual and multimedia installations (including, Old Land New Waters, 2007-2008, (Okinawa Prefectural Museum 2007; 2008; 3rd Guangzhou Triennale 2008) L’Autre marche (Musée du Quai Branly, 2006-2009), The Desert is Watching (Kyoto Biennial, 2003); and Nothing But Ways (1999); 14 books including Lovecidal. Walking with the Disappeared (2016), D-Passage. The Digital Way (2013); Elsewhere Within Here (2011); The Digital Film Event (2005), Cinema Interval (1999) and, in collaboration with Jean-Paul Bourdier, Habiter un monde (2006) and Drawn from African Dwellings (1996).
She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants (including the 2014 Wild Dreamer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Subversive Festival in Zagreb, Croatia; the 2012 Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award; the "Trailblazers" Award at MIPDOC, Cannes; AFI National Independent Filmmaker Maya Deren Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Film Institute, The Japan Foundation, and the California Arts Council). Her films have been given over forty eight retrospectives in Argentina, Croatia, Columbia, Mexico, Finland, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Korea, Spain, the Netherlands, Slovenia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, the UK, the US, and were exhibited at the international contemporary art exhibition Documenta 11 (2002) in Germany. They have shown widely in the United States, in Canada, Senegal, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as in Europe and Asia (including in Italy, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Japan, India, Taiwan and Jerusalem).
Trinh Minh-ha has traveled and lectured extensively—in the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand—on film, art, feminism, and cultural politics. She taught at the National Conservatory of Music in Dakar, Senegal (1977-80); at universities such as Cornell, San Francisco State, Smith, and Harvard, Ochanomizu (Tokyo), Ritsumeikan (Kyoto), Dongguk (Seoul). She is Professor of Rhetoric and of Gender & Women's Studies and of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.
Visit www.trinhminh-ha.com for more information
REDCAT: “Trinh challenges her audiences with each work, constantly shifting how she critically engages with the form and spirit of cinema.” – San Francisco Cinematheque
With exquisitely composed images and a shimmering sound-track, Trinh T. Minh-ha revisits her native Vietnam forty years after the war — a home lost in multiple layers of remembrance and oblivion. Mythologically born of a fragile equilibrium between land and water, the country once called đất nứớc vạn xuân — the land of 10,000 springs — is now faced with a no less precarious balancing act. Is she doomed to become a Benjaminian image, in touristic snapshots, in diasporic nostalgia? Or is she reborn in a to-and-fro between the traditions linked to the solid earth, and the liquid changes of rapid globalization?
In person: Trinh T. Minh-ha
REDCAT: “Esoteric archeology.” – Visions du Réel
“A spectral quality characterizes all the images and sounds." – Millenium Film Journal
Laura Kraning combines richly detailed imagery and sound to transform unseen places into liminal landscapes of the imagination. Plays of light and movement specific to each location summon what is absent in the visible—the past that continues to haunt the present. Her program of shorts takes us to the last Los Angeles drive-in, a flood-control dam with a fire-scarred history, a boatyard of bygone dramas, a mirrored field of watchful machines. Her work has previously screened at the New York, Ann Arbor, Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Visions du Réel festivals, among other venues.
In person: Laura Kraning
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: With a skillful eye and generous spirit, photographer and filmmaker Eva Marie Rødbro fashions an intimate and utterly unique view into the lives of various contemporary youths from her native Denmark to the American South. Her films remind us of the fervor, awkwardness and often painful experience of adolescent life while savoring the sweet, contemplative moments that are often overlooked in memories.
"Eva’s films made over the past eight years, showcase her remarkable ability to construct intoxicating narratives from acutely recorded observations, and marked by a startling intimacy with her subjects." - Becca Keating, Los Angeles Filmforum, 2016.
The Danish filmmaker will be on hand to show and discuss her powerful short docs on youth in Denmark, Greenland, and the United States living at the edges of society.
Danish photographer and director Eva Marie Rødbro (b. 1980) lives and works in Copenhagen, DK. She graduated from the National Danish Film School in 2015 and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2008.
Rødbro has exhibited and screened internationally at numerous shows, events and festivals including: FOAM, W139, NL fotomuseum, Berlin Documentary Forum, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, CPH:DOX and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has documented the wild youth of teenagers in Greenland and the United States in her award winning shorts, Fuck You Kiss Me (2008) I Touched Her Legs (2010), and most recently, We Chose the Milky Way (2015).