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Martin Bisi at Wounded Galaxies

Some photos from the Sound & Chaos Q&A with director Ryan Douglass and BC Studio co-founder Martin Bisi and from the music show that night with Invisible Things and Martin Bisi’s band.

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New Wounded Galaxies Trailer

Created by Andre Perkowski. See Andre’s cut-up film, Nova Express, on Thur Oct 8, 7p, IU Cinema.

Queer Mythologies // Queer Histories

Our evening of contemporary LGBTQ shorts, curated by filmmaker Russell Sheaffer, is looking pretty great. Check out the full line-up below.

October 9 – Friday – 6:30 p.m.
IU Cinema

How does one go about creating mythologies of non-normative experience while exploring history in a markedly queer way? The films in this experimental shorts block work to address this central questions. Whether engaged in an exploration of human bodies, of untold histories, or of a mythological landscape with new potential, these films understand their characters, their subject matter, and their form in original and markedly queer ways. This shorts program is comprised entirely of contemporary work and includes:

All Under (Gunilla Leander, 2003 (U.S. Premiere))
Ink Deep (Constance Levesque, 2012)
Shift (Juan Carlos Zaldivar, 2012)
Wildblood (Jonesy, 2011)
But I’m a Genderqueer (Lauren Soldano, 2011)
In the Open (Albert Sackl, 2011)
Maya Deren’s Sink (Barbara Hammer, 2011).

Preview a clip from Barbara Hammer’s film:

The films in this program contain mature content.
Free, but ticketed.

Downtown Film and TV Culture, 1975-2001


Our own Joan Hawkins has toiled away the past few years on a book project that focuses on the New York Downtown scene, and it’s just been released! Downtown Film and TV Culture, 1975-2001 brings together essays and interviews by both scholars and participants in Downtown culture, balancing academic research with the voices of people who lived this cultural moment. In it, you’ll find essays by J. Hoberman and Nick Zedd, and interviews with Bette Gordon and Beth B.

What’s unique about this collection is that it doesn’t just consider the scene within the bounds of New York City in the 1970s, but rather expands its scope to talk about multiple generations and regions involved in Downtown Culture.

The book is available for purchase through Intellect Ltd., University of Chicago Press, and online booksellers like Amazon.com.

The Burroughs Century will host a book signing and reading the week before Wounded Galaxies (stay tuned for details!). Then, in November, there will be book events at the Strand Bookstore in New York and at Fales Library at NYU.

IU Cinema Tickets On Sale!

Individual tickets for our 3 events at the Indiana University Cinema have now gone on sale online through the IU Cinema website. The shows include:

  • A screening of three rare Derek Jarman, 8mm short films, with a soundtrack played live by British soundscape artists, Cyclobe.
  • A program of contemporary, avant-garde short films, all of which somehow explore non-normative or queer histories, bodies, and ways of viewing the world.
  • A documentary about the legendary Brooklyn music studio, BC Studio, co-founded by two of Wounded Galaxies’ featured musicians: Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell. John Zorn has also recorded at BC Studio.

Tickets will also be available in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office starting September 1.

Wounded Galaxies Trailer

An Afternoon of Direct Animation – June 13

Len LyeWe’re delighted to invite you to our first fundraising event of the summer, an afternoon of direct animation! Draw and paint your own animation design directly onto 16mm film, and project it immediately after you’re done to see how the film turned out. Fun for kids, adults, and people in between. Friend and family collaboration encouraged.

Curious, but not sure what to draw? We’ll have some suggestions to help get you started!

When: June 13, 2-5p
Where: Classroom Office Building at Indiana University, 800 E 3rd St

Free parking in IU parking garages without a permit on Saturdays and Sundays.

Suggested donation: $5/strip of film. Want to contribute more? We also welcome your tax-deductable donation during the event.