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This list indexes the films in the series Pop Cinema, to be held April 28-30, 2011 at The Ibrahim Theater @ International House in Philadelphia. More information will be added to this website as it becomes available: POP CINEMA. ====== Pop Cinema: Art and Film in the UK and US 1950s – 1970s Pop Cinema is a three-night program of films made in the context of Pop Art in England and the US, from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. While the influence of cinema is well known in the history of Pop Art, the production of cinema itself has been almost completely neglected. Many of the artists associated with Pop Art in the UK and the US made films,… Read more

This list indexes the films in the series Pop Cinema, to be held April 28-30, 2011 at The Ibrahim Theater @ International House in Philadelphia. More information will be added to this website as it becomes available: POP CINEMA.

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Pop Cinema: Art and Film in the UK and US 1950s – 1970s

Pop Cinema is a three-night program of films made in the context of Pop Art in England and the US, from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. While the influence of cinema is well known in the history of Pop Art, the production of cinema itself has been almost completely neglected. Many of the artists associated with Pop Art in the UK and the US made films, but only Andy Warhol’s films are well-known. Along with artist-produced films, a significant group of documentary films were also made about these artists, narrating the history of Pop as it was unfolding. Neither the artist-made films nor the documentaries have been properly acknowledged for their crucial contribution to the history of Pop Art. This will be the first program in the US to bring together a significant number of films made in the context of Pop Art.

In films whose editing was often hyperkinetic, featuring images of consumer goods and consumer life, appropriated directly from the mass-media, Pop Cinema brought the distractions of low culture into the realm of the avant-garde, demonstrating that critical purchase could be gained from re-shuffling the codes of consumption that had come to dominate everyday life. Long before MTV, live-mix video, or YouTube remixing, Pop Cinema offered an important early moment of recognition that there are pleasures to be found in the cinematic scrambling of high and low culture.

The Pop Cinema program gives attention, for the first time, to Pop Film as a genre. It features over five-hours of rarely-screened British and American films that operate at the intersection of popular culture, popular art and the cinematic avant-garde. Part One focuses on “UK Pop,” and includes films by and about members of the Independent Group, films by Jeff Keen and Derek Boshier, as well as Ken Russell’s documentary Pop Goes The Easel. Part Two focuses on “US Pop,” and includes works by Stan Vanderbeek, Kenneth Anger, Marie Menken, and many more, and documentaries on Richard Hamilton and Andy Warhol. Part Three offers a panel on the topic of Pop and Cinema, with leading scholars in cinema studies and art history. The panel is followed by the screening of the feature-length film Daddy made by Peter Whitehead and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Curated by William Kaizen, with thanks to Tanya Leighton for the original idea from a program she curated at the Tate Modern.

Thursday, April 28 at 7pm
UK Pop

O, Dreamland
dir. Lindsay Anderson, 1953, 16mm, 12 mins, b/w
Mama Don’t Allow
dir. Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson, 1956, 16mm, 22 mins, b/w
Pop Goes the Easel
dir. Ken Russell, 1962, video transfer from 16mm, 45 mins, b/w
When I Was Young
dir. Peter Whitehead, 1965, video, 4 mins, color
Trilogy: Cineblatz; White Lite; Marvo Movie
dir. Jeff Keen, 1967-68, 16mm, 9 mins, color
Richard Hamilton
dir. James Scott, 1969, 16mm, 24 mins, color

Friday, April 29 at 7pm
US Pop

Jamestown Baloos
dir. Robert Breer, 1957, 16mm, 6 mins, color
Broadway by Light
dir. William Klein, 1958, 35mm, 12 mins, color
Achoo Mr. Karoochev
dir. Stan Vanderbeek, 1960, 16mm, 2 mins, color
I Was A Teenage Rumpot
George and Mike Kuchar, 1960, 16mm, 12 mins, color
COSMIC RAY
dir. Bruce Conner, 1962, 16mm, 4 mins, color
Wrestling
dir. Marie Menken, 1964, 16mm, 8 mins, color
Kustom Kar Kommandos
dir. Kenneth Anger 1965, 16mm, 3 mins, color
Oh Dem Watermelons
dir. Robert Nelson, 1965, 16mm, 11 mins, color
— —— (aka Short Line Long Line)
dir. Thom Andersen and Malcolm Brodwick, 1966-67, 16mm, 11 mins, color
Superartist
dir. Juan Drago, 1967, 16mm, 21 mins, color
American Time Capsule
dir. Chuck Braverman, 1968, 16mm, 3 mins, color
Rockflow
dir. Bob Cowan, 1968, 16mm, 9 mins, color
Airborn
dir. Chas Wyndham, 1969, 16mm, 3 mins, color
Up Against the Wall Miss America!
dir. Newsreel Group, 1968, video transfer from 16mm, 6 mins, b/w

Saturday, April 30 at 2pm
Pop Art and Cinema panel discussion with:

Derek Boshier, Artist and Filmmaker
William Kaizen, Art Historian and curator of Pop Cinema
Kalliopi Minioudaki, Art Historian
Jacob Proctor, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

Saturday, April 30 at 7pm

New York Windows
dir. Mel Bochner and Robert Moskowitz, 1966, video transfer from 16mm film, 10 mins, color
Link
dir. Derek Boshier, 1970, video transfer from 16mm, 14 mins, color
Daddy
dir. Peter Whitehead and Niki de Saint Phalle, 1973, video, 90 mins, color

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