Sunday, August 12, 2007

Movies invade museum, startle viewers!


August 12, 2007

The unique film event called alt.pictureshows, coming on Aug. 23 to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, will span and spool way past twilight, starting at 7 p.m. in five viewing sites. One will offer music videos plus an ocean view and outdoor bar on the Miles Terrace. Two-dozen edgy, often adult shorts and cartoons can be seen on continuous digital feeds for the $5 general admission. Many played at the Sundance fest, nearly all are local premieres and three are by area filmmakers (Neil Kendricks, Mye Hoang and Nathan Gulick).

“It's a unique micro-cinema experience,” says Kendricks, film curator and founding planner of the one-night event since 2003. “You have the run of the museum for physical channel-surfing,” he notes proudly of the low-budget works. “It's interactive and it's fun to watch people react.” Luis Bunuel's shock classics “Un Chien Andalou” and the 63-minute “L'Age d'Or” will radiate their ageless eeriness in Sherwood Auditorium. Wandering voyeurs will also find Darren Ankerman's music videos, Michael Paul Britto's “Dirrrty Harriet Tubman,” a new 'toon by stick-figure master Don Hertzfeldt called “Everything Will Be OK,” Ray Tintori's homespun but hip “Death to the Tinman” and a splendidly designed pastiche of erotic surrealism, “Phantom Canyon” from Stacey Steers. The museum is at 700 Prospect; (858) 454-3541 or


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