Come through for a teleportation to West Coast arts impresario Craig Baldwin’s Nth Dimension. We’re honored to host him for two programs that bookend a multi-venue survey of his variegated and far-reaching body of work. If you aren’t familiar with the fabled status of Baldwin’s Other Cinema, it is a long-standing bastion of experimental film, video, and performance in the mission district in San Francisco. ,Jim Knipfel in The Believer helped to capture this energy in saying, “one way to think about San Francisco-based filmmaker, archivist, and artist Craig Baldwin is as the dialectical result of a collision between the Dadaists, the Situationists, the Beats, and the punks. He exists today as a kind of figurehead, a holdover anarchist beatnik from the Bay Area’s pre-tech boom days.”
Here’s the whole week run down:
It starts on Saturday at UnionDocs with this one! CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH CRAIG: ORBITING OTHER CINEMA, a tribute to those who have dug through this infamous archive, gleaned his influence, and been part of the community at this legendary cinema. An examination of the artistic impact of this place, the program includes work by Adam Khalil, Lynne Sachs, Soda_Jerk, Jennifer Reeves, Katherin McInnis, Bill Morrison, and Ben Folstein, as well as the premiere of a new short performance by Sam Green. All will be in attendance!
3/3 and 3/4, don’t miss a retrospective of Baldwin’s own “post-pop ever-punk” 16mm documentaries will play Metrograph; and 3/6 find him at Light Industry for a multimedia artist lecture.
Wrapping up Thursday back at UnionDocs, FRISCO GRIT: BALDWIN SELECTS OTHER CINEMA, a classic live A/V program with work by Martha Colburn, Bryan Boyce, Greta Snider, Gibbs Chapman, Thad Povey, Jeremy Rourke, James Hong, Jeanne C. Finley, John Muse, Kerry Laitala, Tommy Becker, Anne McGuire and Sylvia Schedelbauer.
Don’t miss these rare opportunities to see this archive in action and to catch Craig on the East Coast.
Other Cinema is a place where artists are inspired and sustained by the ongoing practice of fine-art filmmaking, as well as engaged essay and documentary forms. Not only sticking to these more lauded practices, Other Cinema also embraces marginalized genres as media-archeological core-samples, and blows against consensus reality and the sterility of museum culture. SF Cinematheque curator Steve Polta, who will be co-publishing with Incite: Journal For Experimental Media a historical compendium of Baldwin and Other Cinema, describes the last twenty years of programming as an “insane amalgam of underground cinema, genre film, media and community activism, performance and sound art, and unique and astounding lost-and-found orphan works from Baldwin’s infamous film/video archive as well as hosting a dizzying array of artists, curators, community activists, conspiracy freaks, and other indescribable and wonderful wackos.”