With this special program of rarely screened films made over a fifty year period, Thom Andersen presents us with a multifaceted, and multigenerational portrait of Los Angeles. As the production center of the American motion-picture industry for nearly a century, images of the city of Los Angeles have been projected into the minds of many million people throughout the world. Like Andersen’s own films, which address Los Angeles’s lost or underrepresented history, the films in this program—which include documentaries, experimental films and videotapes, and other obscure works—often reveal more about the city and its social ethos than their commercial counterparts.
The Towers by William Hale
1955/2011; video, color, sound; 13 min.
Film Exercise Number One by Baylis Glascock
1962; 16mm film, color, sound; 5 min.
Shoppers Market by John Vicario
1963; 16mm film, color, sound; 22 min.
Throbs by Fred Worden
1973; 16mm film, color, sound; 7 min.
Now, You Can Do Anything by Fred Worden and Chris Langdon
1972; 16mm film, black-and-white, sound; 6 min.
Three/3: In the Ocean, On Land by Peter Bo Rappmund
2010; video, color, sound; 5:30 min.
Venusville by Fred Worden and Chris Langdon
1972; 16mm film, color, sound; 12 min.
999-BOY by Chris Langdon
1974; 16mm film, black-and-white, sound; 5 min.
Venice Pier by Gary Beydler
1976; 16mm film, color, sound; 17 min.
Shoppers Market, Throbs, and Venusville: preserved by the Academy Film Archive; prints courtesy the Academy Film Archive and the artists. The Towers, Film Exercise Number One, Now, You Can Do Anything, and 999-Boy: courtesy the Academy Film Archive and the artists. Three/3: In the Ocean, On Land: courtesy the artist. Venice Pier: courtesy Canyon Cinema
Screenings are free with Museum admission. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis until capacity is reached. Late admittance is strongly discouraged, so please arrive early.
View a complete schedule of Andersen’s film residency.