Roadside Cinema is a seasonal screening series in Bolinas, California, presenting films and videos in the art space at Gospel Flat Farm. The series, curated by Melinda Stone and Jeff Warrin, features contemporary filmmakers who work beyond the boundaries of conventional cinema. When possible films will be presented in person by the makers. All shows are $5.
Natalia Almada in person
Recipient of the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award for her film “El General,” Almada’s most recent film “El Velador” premiered at New Directors/New Films and the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
Here’s what critics have to say about El Velador:
“An unsettlingly quiet, even lyrical film about a world made and unmade by violence”
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“The Mexican drug cartels have inspired countless films, but never one as final as Natalia Almada’s documentary “El Velador.” After this experience, everything else seems trivial.”
“EL VELADOR is cinema in a state of perfection.”
-Charles Mudede, The Stranger
visit: altamurafilms.com for more information about El Velador and Natalia Almada.
Join academy award nominated filmmaker, Sam Green, and sound artist, Dave Cerf, for a night of live cinema.
Sunday, May 18 at 8:00 pm $5
filmmakers in person
Green and Cerf will present several of their multi-faceted live documentaries. Greetings From the People of our Planet combines film, live narration and sound mixing to explore the “Golden Record,” a collection of photographs, natural sounds and music compiled by astronomer Carl Sagan in 1977 for a time capsule inside the unmanned interstellar Voyager Spacecraft.
A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco
Untitled Piece about the Rainbow Man’s ex
Pay Phones – Dave Cerf
The Last Person in the San Francisco Phone Book
Sam Green’s 2004 documentary The Weather Underground, with music by Cerf, was nominated nominated for an Academy Award. Green’s live documentary projects include The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, which features a live score by legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo;Utopia in Four Movements; and The Measure of All Things, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Dave Cerf is a filmmaker, musician, sound artist, software designer and film composer.
TWO YEARS AT SEA
a film by Ben Rivers
with short THIS IS MY LAND
Monday, April 7 at 7:30 pm $5
filmmaker in person
Using old 16mm cameras, British artist Ben Rivers creates work from stories of real people, often those who have disconnected from the normal world and taken themselves into wilderness territories. TWO YEARS AT SEA won a prize at the Venice Film Festival, and was TimeOut’s number one pick of the London Film Festival. The title refers to the work Jake did in order to finance his chosen state of existence. The film extends Ben’s relationship with Jake, a man first encountered in his short film THIS IS MY LAND. He lives alone in a ramshackle house, in the middle of the forest. It’s full of stuff that might come in useful someday. Jake has a tremendous sense of purpose as he works around the house and surrounding forest and moorland. Rivers’ witty and gracefully constructed film creates an intimate connection with an individual who might otherwise be hard to get to know if we met him face to face — Soda Pictures
total program is 102 minutes.
Let Your Light Shine films by Jodie Mack
Saturday, March 8 at 8:00 PM
featuring Jodie Mack in person
Filmmaker, songstress, and community builder, Jodie Mack, brings her post-psychedelic animations to Bolinas to illuminate the inaugural evening of Roadside Cinema. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. These stroboscopic eulogies – celebrating the spectrum of abstraction from transcendent visual experiences to science kit optical fascinations – force a proscenium collision of the arena rock show, the planetarium light performance, and the cinema.
Support for Roadside Cinema is provided in part by a grant from the Bolinas-Stinson Community Fund