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The Alternative Screen


FILMS & SCHEDULE


WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN?

The Alternative Screen regrets to inform filmmakers that the series is no longer running. Please do not send films. See below for a link to information on how to submit short films to other programs. Thank You to all the filmmakers who participated in the series over the years!

In creating THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN: A FORUM FOR INDEPENDENT FILM EXHIBITION & BEYOND... in 1995, the American Cinematheque enhanced its existing programming by providing a year-round venue for independent feature films that have000004688_blackdays1X.jpg (10570 bytes) not yet secured wide commercial distribution, experimental work, music videos and work in new media that were not currently part of our regular programming. Whatever THE ALTERNATIVE SCREEN offers from month to month it promises to be provocative, innovative and fiercely independent. As always The American Cinematheque hopes to serve the public by providing tantalizing and unique programming but we also hope to join the efforts of those currently working to unify the independent film community in Los Angeles.

(Maeve Kerrigan & Zia in GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

Independent filmmaking is too often confused with low-budget filmmaking. Our overall desire is to screen films that are not willwalk.gif (30666 bytes)merely independently financed but uncompromisingly independent in personal style, spirit, vision and form - films that push the limits of sound and the moving image - the artists' canvas of our times - right off the screen. As film artists struggle to obtain even an art-house run we hope to provide a platform for emerging artists to gain exposure and for audiences to experience rare visual treats.

Wil Stewart in THE DOGWALKER.

 

SERIES KICK-OFF!!

INTOXICATING IMAGES: EARLY SHORT FILMS FROM NOW WELL-KNOWN INDIE FILMMAKERS -- December 8-10, 1995

In launching this on-going series we opted not to celebrate a single independent film or filmmaker but instead to exhibit and fte a body of work representing as many filmmakers as possible who have helped to create today's independent film movement. Selected filmmakers have directed at least one feature film that was released commercially or is slated for release soon. Thirty-eight of North America's (and some miscellaneous Brits and expatriates) most innovative voices working in the arena of independent film were included in the series debut INTOXICATING IMAGES. INTOXICATING IMAGES offered a rare opportunity to look back at early short films from such well-established directors as Clive Barker Atom Egoyan Carl Franklin Terry Gilliam Peter Greenaway and David Lynch. The distinct styles of each filmmaker are already evident in their early experimental works and film school projects. Lynch's surreal 'the Grandmother" made when he was 24-years-old pre-dates BLUE VELVET by 16 years but uses a similar color palette and themes about child abuse and the twisted underbelly of American family life than he would develop more fully in his underrated TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME. Barker's shorts "The Forbidden" and "Salome " made some 10-14 years before HELLRAISER contain imagery that turned up in his feature horror work while in Greenaway's shorts from the early 70's he is already fascinated with the collision of sound and image.

Alternative Screen co-created by Margot Gerber & Thomas Ethan Harris

 

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THE ARCHIVE

Daniel Yoon in POST CONCUSSION.