Shake the Nation

San Francisco Experimental Film

March 12-April 18, 1999

Series premiere: Thursday, March 11, 1999 at 7:00 p.m.
Screenings: March 12 - April 18, 1999 on Fridays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: Phyllis Wattis Theater

This series of film screenings charts the development of and explorations into alternative cinematic forms by artists in San Francisco from the 1930s to the present.

The dynamic effects of San Francisco filmmaking's various contents and forms, innovations in new media, and radical visions induced a "shake in the nation" for art film. The alternative films of the West Coast would inspire, in a medium not yet fifty years old, subsequent movements of visual art and film genre.

Organized by Dominic Angerame, filmmaker, instructor, and director of Canyon Cinema, and Robert R. Riley, SFMOMA curator of media arts, the survey covers a wide range of cinema: from the influential early years of the Museum's Art In Cinema series to contemporary artists' films related to canonized alternative cinema. The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Glenn McKay: Altered States-Light Projections, 1966-1999.

This exhibition is sponsored by Contemporary Extension, an auxiliary of SFMOMA.

James Broughton, still from Adventures of Jimmy

James Broughton, Adventures of Jimmy, 1950; courtesy of Canyon Cinema and the artist