Haphazard screenings sprung from a no-brand, 1000 lumen 480p digi-projector, sometimes in concert with an equally sub-optimal analogue one. Films for friends, even if they aren't interested. Projections for an audience of none.
1 - TEST REEL
19th July 2016
5 cans down, an aborted rooftop projector rig. Ross Sutherland's VHS tape memory trip Stand By For Tape Backup, hurled clumsily but appropriately onto a wall. Grief excised through analogue miscellanea - cut, looped, flipped and warped, until the meaning behind the image is teased out.
Stand By For Tape Backup (2015, Ross Sutherland) 63min
2 - HUNG, DRAWN
5th August 2016
Two batches of rough cuts from miscellaneous Japanese animations of the 2000s, light and dark. Two Satoshi Kon joints, one showing the parade scenes in Paprika that inspired Christopher Nolan to make Inception, and another a micro-masterpiece from the minute-long Ani*Kuri portmanteau series. Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii’s entry to the same series Project Mermaid, the film Takashi Murakami made for Louis Vuitton, Atsuko Fukushima’s entry to the Genius Party compilation, Hideki Futamura’s Sci-Fi oddity Limit Cycle, Kunio Kato’s supremely charming The House of Small Cubes, and a bunch of anime music videos, some official like Akira animation director Koji Morimoto’s disturbing wonderwork for the Ken Ishii track Extra and others fan-made like other Rez OST track Fear. And two slices of the surreal, colour popping creativity of Masaki Yuasa, the Rhapsody scene from his feature Mind Game, and Kick-Heart, a short funded on Kickstarter and released online.
Ohayo (2008, Satoshi Kon) 1min
Ken Ishii - Extra [Official Video] (2007, Koji Morimoto) 4min
Death Grips x Neon Genesis Evangelion [AMV] (2014, Paclac) 5min
Akira - Hospital Scene (1988, Katsuhiro Otomo) 3min
Limit Cycle (2007, Hideki Futamura) 18min
Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit [Official Video] (2004, Joe Cahn) 3min
Adam Freeland - Fear x Paranoia Agent [AMV] (2007, chenalos) 5min
Project Mermaid (2008, Mamoru Oshii) 1min
Mind Game - Rhapsody Scene (2004, Masaki Yuasa) 2min
Paprika - Parade Scenes (2006, Satoshi Kon) 3min
The House of Small Cubes (2009, Kunio Kato) 12min
Kick-Heart (2013, Masaki Yuasa) 13min
Superflat Monogram (2003, Takashi Murakami) 5min
Genius Party (2007, Atsuko Fukushima) 5min
3 - MOMMY LOVES CHAPPiE
21st August 2016
You've seen Chappie. (Right?) But have you seen Chappie in 4K UltraHD™? (???) Have you seen the alternate ending? You keep watching Chappie until it all comes together, until you're able to transfer your consciousness, until you can grow a mullet as iconic as Hugh Jackmans, until you feel the need to write fanfiction about Chappie. You keep watching Chappie until they make another one. You keep watching Chappie until you understand that the outside is just temporary and what’s inside you is what's you, what mommy loves. You keep watching Chappie until you can think about nothing but Chappie. You just keep watching Chappie until it all makes sense.
Chappie (2015, Neill Blomkamp)
4 - FOUR WHEELS GOOD
2nd September 2016
A fumbled micro-history of the skate video in some of its stranger forms, spliced, botched and shuffled, built through the act of discovering it. Featuring parts from The Bones Brigade's super early The Search For Animal Chin, Bronze's much more modern, net-art infused Solo Jazz, Alien Workshop's decidedly avant-garde Time Code, and Blind's Spike Jonze directed Video Days, amongst others. Followed by Larry Clark's long-since-seen, possibly terrible 90s skate/youth culture film Kids, written by an 19 year old Harmony Korine; and a few films by William Strobek for Supreme and Lev Tanju for Palace, two new chroniclers of modern youth and culture who's work is inspired by the generation who came before them.
Four Wheels Good [Skate Video Parts Compilation] (19xx-20xx) 53min
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 PSX Tournament
Swoosh (2015, William Strobek) 3min
Pussy Gangster (2016, William Strobek) 10min
Um Palace Bro (2012, Lev Tanju) 3min
Niggaz Wit Altitude (2013, Lev Tanju) 7min
Kids (1995, Larry Clark) 91min
5 - THE PURITY OF UNARMED COMBAT
2nd November 2016
Flesh, blood and latex. Two mighty videogame adaptations from a glory era of overblown pomp, presented with SNES and Mega Drive emulation alongside. As game-heroes-made-real wage operatic warfare of the body and mind onscreen, virtual combat is staged simultaneously - blow for blow, glove against glove, joystick to joystick. "This is our tournament, remember? Mortal Kombat. We fight it."
Street Fighter (1994, Steven E. de Souza)
Mortal Kombat (1995, Paul W. S. Anderson)
Super Nintendo & Sega Mega Drive systems
6 - 2HYPE
25th November 2016
A celebration of the greatest music video director of all time, with a screening of his first (and only) feature, Belly, a rhapsodic, visually inventive crime drama starring Nas, DMX, Az and Method Man, amongst others. As a warmup, a short programme of some of the many music videos he shot around the same time. "Fuck a book, man." To follow, a throughline of the work of a new luminary of the field, Kahlil Joseph, whose arresting, emotive videos for Shabazz Palaces, Flying Lotus, FKA Twigs and others have lead to him working with Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce in recent years. Some of his videos, and then Lemonade, which he has a co-director credit on, in it's entirety.
Notorious B.I.G - Big Poppa (1995, Hype Williams) 4min
Tupac Shakur ft Dr. Dre - California Love (1996, Hype Williams) 6min
Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre - No Diggity (1996, Hype Williams) 4min
Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya (1995, Hype Williams) 3min
Missy Elliot - The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly] (1997, Hype Williams) 4min
Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some Mo' (1998, Hype Williams) 3min
R Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly (1998, Hype Williams) 5min
Belly (1998, Hype Williams) 96min
Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (2011, Kahlil Joseph) 4min
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes (2013, Kahlil Joseph) 4min
Kendrick Lamar - m.A.A.d (2014, Kahlil Joseph) 14min
Lemonade (2016, Kahlil Joseph, Beyoncé Knowles) 46min