NewTown, L.A. FIlmforum & Cinefamily Present:
Blast Phemy! #1
A Mid-week Music/Media Mashup!
- Date: February 10, 8:00 PM
- Where: Cinefamily 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
- Admission: $13.00 • $8.00 NewTown, CInefamily & Filmforum Members
- Reservations: Box Office: (323) 655-2510 - Advance Ticket Purchase Recommended - BUY TICKETS HERE!
- Photographs: Available on Request
- Information & Photographs: Richard Amromin, Artistic Director, NewTown firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 398-9278
Blast Phemy 1 is a kaleidoscope of media/music collaborative potentials, from mid-century experimentations to spontaneous singularities. Featuring: Amy Knoles stretching the limits of expression with solo electronic percussion/interactive video virtuosity; J.Walt’s Spontaneous Fantasia, solo Digital Animation Performance blasting visuals and music into uncharted territories; F-Stop Serenade’s tapestry of hand-processed film and music featuring filmmaker/organist Mark “Cosmo” Segurson with Heather Lockie, Michael Uhler, James King, Noah Smith, Billy Louviere, Pilar Diaz.
Blast Phemy! Is supported by generous grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
About The Artists
Amy Knoles stretches the limits of expression in music with a practiced technique, which effortlessly glides from ancient exotic instruments to state-of-the-art electronic percussion controllers and interactive computer music and video technologies. Amy is the Exec. Dir. of the California E.A.R. Unit. She also works with Natural Plastic, Kronos Quartet, Squint, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Collage Dance Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, The Bang On A Can All Stars, and Basso Bongo. Amy has worked with John Cage, Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, Louis Andriessen, Don Preston, Frank Zappa, Morton Subotnick, Steve Reich, Tod Machover, Flea, Quincy Jones, Milton Babbitt, Charles Wournien, M. Kagel, John Luther Adams, John Adams, and many others.
J. Walt is an interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer. He has been at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories. He is an award-winning pioneer of computer-generated puppetry, having created many digital puppets over the years. In March of 2006, he won a Technical Academy Award for his development of a real-time pre-visualization system.
F-Stop Serenade is a Los Angeles based intermedia performance ensemble founded by filmmaker, organist Mark Cosmo Segurson and featuring Heather Lockie, Viola; Michael Uhler, Bass; James King, Saxophone & Penny Whistle; Noah Smith, Percussion; Billy Louviere, Electric Guitar; and Pilar Diaz, Vocals. Their unique brand amalgam of original 16mm films and live musical scores has been featured at The Hammer Museum, The Echo Park Film Center, The Black Cat Gallery, The Malibu Annual, The Kathryn Brennan Gallery, and various backyards and spacious living rooms throughout the Southland.
NewTown strives to make people aware that contemporary art forms are innovative, accessible, enjoyable and important parts of society's fabric. NewTown often defines itself as “a laboratory for innovative presentational formats.” The goals of these formats are to bring new audiences to today’s cutting-edge art, while providing artists with new and challenges contexts in which to make new art. NewTown has brought new art works and new art forms to an estimated 171,000 people, many of whom had never encountered "experimental" art, with many of the events free and in public spaces; been a leading advocate for small, grassroots arts organizations; and maintained minimal administrative costs, so over 85% of all memberships, grants and ticket sales go directly to artists and event production.
About Los Angeles Filmforum
Filmforum was incorporated in 1975 to promote a greater understanding of film as an art form and the filmmaker as an artist by providing a forum for independently produced, experimental films, which have little opportunity of reaching the general public through normal channels of commercial distribution. Presenting approximately 45 screenings annually, Filmforum is currently the only venue in Southern California dedicated exclusively to the ongoing, non-commercial exhibition of independent, experimental, and progressive cinema. Filmforum facilitates cross-cultural dialogue by collaborating with other arts organizations to bring alternative media into traditionally underserved communities and to bring work from those communities to its regular venue. This geographically-diverse, multi-site programming also encourages shared audiences among arts organizations. Filmforum encourages the production of diverse independent media art. Through its eclectic series of in-person screenings and workshops, Filmforum provides the inspiration, models, and information necessary for the production and distribution of new work by local and emerging artists. Filmforum champions the dual imperatives of aesthetic and cultural diversity as necessary components for 1) enriching the art form and 2) assuring inclusive, democratic participation in social discourse. Filmforum provides valuable exposure for local artists. Its First Sight Scene series features new work by artists in the formative stages of their careers, in a format highlighting new ideas and aesthetics emerging in our evolving city. Retrospectives of work by major figures in the history of alternative media are complimented by thematically-based programs combing works of all generations.
The Cinefamily is an organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. The Cinefamily’s goal is to foster a spirit of community and a sense of discovery, while reinvigorating the movie-going experience. Like campfires, sporting events and church services, we believe that movies work best as social experiences. They are more meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others. Our home is the Silent Movie Theatre, one of Hollywood’s most beloved and beautiful cultural landmarks. There, The Cinefamily will provide a destination spot for Los Angelenos and others to rediscover the pleasures of cinema. Built in 1942 by John and Dorothy Hampton, The Silent Movie Theatre ran for decades as the only fully functioning silent movie theatre in the country. It has been fully restored to its original, vintage 1940s art deco design, along with a brand new screen and sound system, to help a new generation enjoy the pleasures of cinema in a beautiful theater.
Interviews and images available upon request.