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Tristi Pinkston and Trifecta Books are proud to announce the release of Andy & Annie: A Ghost Story by Author Jenni James and illustrator BC Sterrett. Come celebrate with us by joining this event, and then be on hand from 7 - 9 pm to win prizes (including hand-drawn artwork from the book), participate in Q & A with Jenni and BC, and read excerpts from this great children’s book that’s Junie B. Jones meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid with a paranormal twist. Feel free to spread the word!
More Runner Ups Below:
Send more eyeball skull sightings our way :)
Time: Sat. Nov. 30th @ 11:30 PM
Place: Brewvies Cinema and Pub
Ticket Price: Free!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!!
21 and Older only
The less you know the better, just see it!
- Haircut Swelch
Our art film series continues with this week’s feature: "Que Viva Mexico!" (Begun in 1930, finished in 1979)
VHS/90 Mins/Black and White/Russian narration with English subtitles/Not Rated
One of the world’s most famous unfinished, lost and restored films. An avant garde Russian - part fact, part fantasy, highly stylized documentary of Eisenstein’s surreal depiction of Mexico.
Exotic and Dramatic View of MexicoAuthor: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
28 August 2005
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In 1931, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Grigori Aleksandrov and another crew member moved to USA, to work for Paramount, but the agreement never happened. The team decided to go to Mexico to make a movie about its history and culture. They joined some Mexican intellectuals, traveled around Mexico trying to assimilate the culture of the people, and shot film. However, for some unexplained reason, the laboratory that revealed the films in Hollywood, kept them and sent them to a Museum in New York, and Eisenstein was never able to edit his movie. In 1979, the Soviet Union government retrieved the fragments and Grigori Aleksandrov edited this movie, based on the notes and storyboard of Eisenstein. “¡Que Viva Mexico! - Da zdravstvuyet Meksika!” is divided in three parts. The first one (introduction) gives a historical panel of Mexico and the Mexican people. The second part is a fiction based on the dramatic fate of a bride, submitted to the powerful farmer of the area close to her wedding day, and her fiancé, his brother and two friends trying to rescue her. The conclusion of the story would be called “”Soldadera”, the wives of the soldiers, and would be based on the revolution of Mexican people. Unfortunately Eisenstein had no more budgets to film the rest of the story. The last part, called Epilog, is about the celebration of the “memorial day’ (day of the dead – “dia de finados”), with the population wearing masks of skull and celebrating death. The footages are amazing, considering they were shot in 1931. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): “Viva Mexico!
"Que Viva Mexico" (1931-32) remains among the best-known "unfinished" films. So much has been written about this visually impressive yet disaster-ridden production that it has become a cinematic legend. The influential Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein never was allowed to edit or complete his passionate study of Mexico’s cultural history. However, his footage survived in the form of several abridged versions. In 1979, Eisenstein’s one-time colleague, Grigori Alexandrov, produced a 90-minute re-edit based on his first-hand recollections and the director’s notes. The existing film is a compromise - evocative and dazzling at times, yet an enigmatic blueprint for a more ambitious project. It is one of cinema’s great tragedies that Eisenstein was prevented from fully realizing his Mexican odyssey. Though much has been lost, the surviving images from "Que Viva Mexico" linger in the memory - notably the disturbing parade of skulls and death masks in the Day of the Dead sequence. The influence of Eisenstein’s exotic, surreal vision can be found in the works of legendary filmmakers such as Luis Bunuel, John Huston and Orson Welles. Most importantly, Eisenstein’s love affair with Mexico has been reciprocated by the country and its artists.
Bonus Short Film:
Peyote Queen by Storm De Hirsch (1965)
A classic of the psychedelic tendency, Peyote Queen directed by the film-maker Storm De Hirsch.
“An attempt to visually render the wealth of kaleidoscope visions of peyote, the hallucinogenic cactus ritually used by the Indians of New Mexico. According to the film-maker, Peyote Queen is an exploration in the colour of ritual, in the colour of thought, a journey in the depths of sensorial disorder, of the inner vision, where mysteries are represented in the theatre of the soul.
Storm De Hirsch : Like many experimental filmmakers at the time, she did not begin her artistic career as a filmmaker. She had been a poet and published a number of works in the early 60s. She wanted to find a new mode of expression for her thoughts that went beyond words on the page, which is when she turned to filmmaking. Despite lack of recognition, she was very present in the underground film movement and socialized with every big name on the scene, filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Shirley Clarke and others. She mentions Jack Smith, Ingmar Bergman, Gregory Markopoulos, Michaelangelo Antoniono, Vittorio De Seta, Ken Jacobs, Federico Fellini and Jonas and Adolphus Mekas as her favorite film-makers.”
Time: Thursday Nov. 21st @ 7:15 PM
Place: 804 Juniper Point Drive, SLC
See you there!
(Warning to the sensitive: Both films contain brief scenes of innocent non-sexual National Geographic type nudity.)
—What do you do when you’re not hunting for weird films/music?
I’m watching them, listening to them and sharing them at public events and venues around Utah.
I’m also a cartoonist by trade and I’m currently co-authoring and illustrating an early reader book series with author Jenni James about a boy and a ghost called “Andy and Annie.” We’re just wrapping up book one and hopefully it should be on store shelves within the next following months.
—What is the art/music scene like in your town?
I just barely moved to Ogden, Utah so I’m not too sure about O-town yet, but I’m really happy to hear that several local ska bands have been surfacing. I really miss the Utah ska scene. It seems that if you’re not a teenager or in your early twenties with a lot of unmarried high school friends to come to your shows, it’s a bit difficult to find an audience and fan base. My favorite local musicians currently are a 7 year old kid named Christian Weeks who writes his own songs like “Space Bear” and is absolutely incredible live on stage! and the genius sample artist Daniel Fischer of the solo act “Fisch Loops” (who may or may not come with me to perform at The Trunk Space for this event. I should know in a couple days …crossing my fingers.)
—Describe the art/music you make using a combination of 1 Mineral, +1 Vegetable, +1 Animal.
My show as a Mineral = something salty, Vegetable = something that has hardened from age and is put on a grandma’s shelf gathering dust for display, Animal = something extinct.
—Which Simpsons character do you most identify with, and why?
I do like the Simpsons but haven’t watched it in ages, do they still make knew episodes? ha ha. I guess it’s OK to admit here that I haven’t owned a TV in about 10 years and only watch it at the homes of friends. To my Lost Media credit, I’ve never had a net-flicks account or used a red box in my life! ;) I feel like I have enough film in the archive to surpass my life span and I’m still too obsessed with VHS and seeking out the lingering mom and pop rental stores. There are still a few survivors! With most current pop culture I figure I’ll get around to seeing it when I’m invited to social events.
—What do you do to stay sane?
Working on art at home is a little too lonely and quiet living alone and in a new town without friends, so I tend to work better at the nearby university campus in a lounge area, where people are passing by and I can spread out on a large table. I don’t talk to anyone, but I seem to work better where other people are talking and doing homework.
—If you could have any meal right now, what would it be?
Chucky Cheese with adults. ha ha
—Which do you prefer: cake or pie?
Pie. You can be a lot more creative with it’s contents. My friend Sue Anne Zollinger, from the Pie of the Month Club just made a savory one with fish heads sticking out. I also like things like “Pickle Pie” which was made famous here in Utah. It’s terrific and much better than you would think!
—If you could travel back or forward to any time period, what would it be and why?
It’s a tough question because I love so much from the past. I tend to think so many things were better like clothes, culture and craftsmanship. But as a media archeologist, now seems to be the best time to be able to have access to so much more than the tiny percentage you would have been able to track down and be exposed to when media was more localized. If I could really travel to any time period as a film collector, it would be when all the schools and libraries were trashing their 16 mm films. I didn’t think about it at the time and missed it by two years.
—If you could have a “triple feature”, your act (or Fav’ film) plus any two others in history, who would they be and why?
My presentation of “Christmas Torture” already almost takes up the space of two features, so I will leave it out. (The length is part of the torture. ha ha)
If I could see any films in history during a triple feature it would be some of the most notorious lost films like Tod Browning’s “London After Midnight” or “Freaks” with the original ending intact, Palmer Rocky’s “Scarlet Love” and any of the William Castle films with their original audience gimmicks in action. i.e. I still want to see that dang alternate reel to Castle’s “Mr. Sardonicus” when the audience is allowed to vote during the punishment poll. I’ve studied the history and still believe that this reel actually exists contrary to popular rumor! It has to be somewhere, somebody please find it!!!
—What’s the craziest, most awesome, or weirdest/worst thing that has happened to you at a Lost Media Archive event?
—Being that you love odd/forgotten media, do you think it is possible to for you to have a “guilty pleasure”? If so, what is it?
It’s funny because I’m more embarrassed to admit when I’ve enjoyed mainstream box office films, especially chick flicks like (gulp) “A Walk in the Clouds.” Admitting that just felt like sticking a gun to my head. I also think the Twilight films are unintentionally hilarious.
JRC—The Trunk Space
See Lost Media Archive’s “Christmas Torture” - December 14th @ the Trunk Space in Pheonix, AZ :)