1968: Actions and Reactions @ MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles [12 July]

1968: Actions and Reactions


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MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California 90012
Thursday July 12, 2018, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents
1968: Actions and Reactions (Visions of Possibilities, part 4)
At MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Theater, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Over the course of the year, Filmforum is presenting a variety of films reflecting the turbulent global events of 1968, films made in that time, and works reflecting on the long-term effects and disappointments of the activist efforts and violent responses. From the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert Kennedy to the Democratic Convention and 1968 presidential election in the US, to the strikes in France in May and the Prague Spring and Soviet crushing of it, these films of and on 1968 utilize many voices and techniques to show an era that seemed lost but perhaps now cycles back to our consciousness and actions. 1968: Actions and Reactions includes several short films, including four from Newsreel following draft resisters in Boston and the disruption of the Miss America pageant of 1968; Tom Palazzolo’s CAMPAIGN, an impressionistic view of the clashes during the 1968 Democratic National Convention; and Madeleine Anderson’s moving document, I AM SOMEBODY, of a strike by black female hospital workers in Charleston SC.

Tickets: $15 general; $10 for seniors; $8 for students with ID; free for Filmforum and MOCA members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://brownpapertickets.com/event/3504027 or at the door.

For more information: lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238, https://moca.org/program/filmforum-1968-actions-and-reactions or 213/621-1745 or [email protected]

Screening:

Jeannette Rankin Brigade (Newsreel #4) by Lynn Phillips and others
1968, b&w, sound, 8 min.
In January 1968, 10,000 women led a peaceful, march on Washington in protest against the Vietnam War. This film documents the march and raises questions about the forms of protest engaged by women and the role of women in the anti-war. Jeannette Rankin Brigade was the first Newsreel film proposed, shot and edited by women.

Campaign, by Tom Palazzolo
1968, 16mm, color, sound, 12 min.
CAMPAIGN uses the neo-Roman architecture of Chicago (Coliseum, Amphitheater and Elks Temple) to build an atmosphere of institutional calm, beauty and strength. The benevolent despot, played by Mayor Daley, seen in the film crowned with a green hard hat, staves off the attempted coup of his regime by militant anarchists mistakenly publicized by the press and TV as a protest against the war and the Democratic Convention. Filmed in the streets of Chicago during the '68 Convention under actual combat conditions.
«The macing scene will take your breath away.» — Hubert Humphrey

Up Against the Wall Miss America (Newsreel #22), by Bev Grant and Karen Mitnick Liptak
1968, b&w, sound, 6 min.
«Here she comes…» At the 1968 Miss America pageant, demonstrators introduced a sheep as the appropriate winner. This entertaining short film shows how Women's Liberation activists used guerrilla theater to raise awareness of what Miss America really represents. The film was widely screened by the second wave women's movement and is a vivid document of the movement's activists in action.

Boston Draft Resistance Group a.k.a. BDRG (Newsreel #7)
1968, b&w, sound, 18 min
A profile of a grassroots anti-war group in Boston, this short film documents some of the tactics and activities used by draft resistance groups across the country during the Vietnam War. Using the law to keep young men out of the war, this group helped over 150 people each week escape service and educate themselves and their communities about alternatives to combat.

Garbage a.k.a. Garbage Demonstration (Newsreel #5)
1968, b&w, sound, 10 min
During a prolonged garbage collector's strike in New York City, a group of youths from the Lower East Side of Manhattan decide to use the situation to make a political statement. They collect garbage from the streets of their community and deposit piles of it on the grounds of Lincoln Center, «The Establishment's» cultural showcase.

I Am Somebody, by Madeleine Anderson (1969, 30 min.)
A cinematic snapshot of the civil rights movement across the United States in the 1960s. I Am Somebody documents the 1969 strike of Black hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina, over the course of which more than a thousand strikers, students, and civil rights activists were jailed. All but twelve of the 400 strikers were women, and Anderson tells the story from a distinctly feminist point of view.
— Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA furthers MOCA’s mission to question and adapt to the changing definitions of art and to care for the urgency of contemporary expression with bimonthly screenings of film and video organized and co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum—the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, video, documentary, and animation.

Education Programs at MOCA, including Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio, and the MOCA Teen Program, are generously supported by The Hearst Foundations, Banc of California, MOCA Projects Council, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Edison International, Joseph Drown Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Michael Asher Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, The Rhonda S. Zinner Foundation, The Winnick Family Foundation, and Pazia Bermudez-Silverman.

Los Angeles Filmforum is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.
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This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2018 is our 43rd year.

Memberships available, $70 single, $115 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at [email protected]
Find us online at http://lafilmforum.org.
Become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LosAngFilmforum!
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