For Immediate Release
Contact: Craig Baldwin
Other Cinema Digital (OCD),
a new West Coast media-arts initiative, will formally inaugurate its
alternative-cinema distribution project with a series of free public
screenings, demos, and receptions in both Northern and Southern California
from October 15 to October 24.
Built on 20 years of weekly
microcinema programming experience (the Other Cinema series at the legendary
A.T.A. Gallery in San Francisco's Mission district), the artist-run
enterprise now plans to release DVD features and compilations from its
stable of makers for wide-scale dissemination to private collectors
Four of these special DVD
editions are scheduled for publication over the fourth quarter of 2003.
The two Los Angeles release events are being co-hosted by two galleries,
one from the downtown area and the other from the city's west side.
That seaside celebration would be at Sponto Gallery, at 7 Dudley Ave.
in Venice (310.399.2078). The Wed. Oct. 22 show starts at 8pm with a
screening , in its 90-min. entirety , of OCD's initial offering, "Spectres
of the Spectrum". An official selection for the Whitney Biennial, the
collage- style sci-fi allegory will be introduced by its director, Craig
Baldwin. A past Alpert, Rockefeller, and Dow Foundation Fellow, Mr.
Baldwin will also demonstrate the disc's 'Special Features', plus unveil
several anomalous "media-archeological artifacts" that heavily figured
into "Spectres"' concept-development phase.
On Fri. Oct. 24, Mr. Baldwin
and his editors move the show to the Downtown arts district, with an
8:00 opening at Cirrus Gallery (542 S. Alameda; 213.680.3473). At the
Cirrus, choice clips from all 4 OCD editions will be projected on a
16-foot screen, 'Experiments in Terror', a collection of experimental
horror films, 'The Subject is Sex', a playful romp through cinema's
erotic underbelly, and Bill Morrison's "Decasia", an exquisite re-working
of deteriorating nitrate emulsion.. The short pieces will alternate
with live video-mixing from LA's own Animal Charm, a two-man digital
performance ensemble whose own portfolio is slated for an '04 OCD release.
As a special bonus attraction, we will also offer the spectacular baton-twirling
of OCD mascot Dangercrowe.
About Spectres of The
SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM
is an energized science-fantasy allegory on autonomous resistance against
the globalization of the communications industry, and a critique of
America's military-industrial horror show. Besides a new digital soundtrack,
the DVD will include behind-the-scenes footage, a clip from the 'Science
in Action' TV Show that inspired the film,and a Director's Commentary
from Mr. Baldwin himself -- "an adrenaline-driven dervish of information,
history, and advocacy who can't help but stir things up." - Holly Willis,
About OCD (http://www.othercinemaDVD.com)
The Other Cinema Digital
project provides an alternative platform for the distribution of extraordinary
film works. We celebrate peculiar visions and offbeat sensibilities,
drawn from the contemporary underground as well as the archives. Be
it auteur, exploitation, or industrial, OCD delivers a decidedly different
audio-visual experience -- opening up spaces both marvelous and dangerous.
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