Friday, February 8, 2019

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks's 2018 Eyes

The San Francisco Bay Area is still home to a rich cinephilic culture nurtured in large part by a diverse array of cinemas, programmers and moviegoers. I'm honored to present a selection of favorite screenings experienced by local cinephiles in 2018. An index of participants can be found here

Seven-time IOHTE contributor Jesse Hawthorne Ficks is a film history educator at the Academy of Art University, a writer for 48 Hills, and a programmer of screenings under the MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS moniker.

Ficks' Picks of films watched in 2018 that were new to me on the big screen.
Eight Hours Don't Make A Day image provided by contributor
Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972) @ Alamo Drafthouse New Mission - DCP, 495 minutes
Chameleon Street image provided by contributor
Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris, Jr., 1989) @ SFMOMA - 35mm print, 94 minutes

Belfast, Maine image provided by contributor
Belfast, Maine (Frederick Wiseman, 1999) @ BAMPFA - 16mm print, 248 minutes

Grey Area image provided by contributor
Beginnings: Black Female Cinema in 16mmDiary of an African Nun (Julie Dash, 1977, 13 minutes), Killing Time (Fronza Woods, 1979, 10 minutes), Fanny's Films (Fronza Woods, 15 minutes), Grey Area (Monona Wali, 1981, 40 minutes) @ Roxie Theater (Staff Pick by Semaj Peltier)
Fanny and Alexander image provided by contributor
Fanny and Alexander: Director's Cut Television Version (Ingmar Bergman, 1982) @ BAMPFA - DCP, 312 minutes

Scenes From a Marriage image provided by contributor
Scenes From a Marriage: Director's Cut Television Version (Ingmar Bergman, 1973) @ BAMPFA -  DCP, 284 minutes 
Storm Center image provided by contributor
Storm Center (Daniel Taradash, 1956) @ SFMOMA - 35mm, 86 minutes

The Spook Who Sat By the Door image provided by contributor
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973, Ivan Dixon) @ SFMOMA - 35mm, 102 minutes

Jáaji Approx. screen shot from Video Data Bank excerpt
Without Paths or Boundaries: Films of Sky Hopinkawawa (2014, 6 minutes), Jáaji Approx. (2015, 7 minutes), Venite et Loquamur (2015, 12 minutes), I’ll Remember You as You Were, Not as What You’ll Become (2016, 12 minutes), Visions of an Island (2016, 15 minutes),  Anti-Objects, or Space Without Path or Boundary (2017, 13 minutes) @ ATA Artists' Television Access - Digital

Chromatic Wheels image provided by contributor
Chromatic Wheels part of Astro Trilogy (Kerry Laitala, 2016) @ CROSSROADS Experimental Film Festival, SFMOMA - 16mm print, 10 minutes

Image provided by contributor
Canyon School Turns 100 Centennial 16mm Outdoor SalonThe Sun’s Gonna Shine (1969, Les Blank, 10 minutes), Yellow Horse (1965, Bruce Baillie, 9 minutes), Baby In A Rage (1983, Chuck Hudina, 5 minutes), Termination (1966, Bruce Baillie, 5 minutes), Angel Blue Sweet Wings (1966, Chick Strand, 3 minutes), God Respects Us When We Work But Loves Us When We Dance (1968, Les Blank, 20 minutes) @ CANYON SCHOOL  

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