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Punishment Park (1971)

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Following a 4 day release, (in one theater),  in 1971, Punishment Park has been effectively banned in any American theater and on any major television network, (including PBS).

It undoubtedly one of the most persuasive and revolutionary films from the Vietnam period of American history. The film is as hauntingly relevant and prescient today as it was then.

Set in an indeterminate near-feature, the film approaches the prevailing social concerns of a country on the brink of self-destruction with a faux-documentary style.

WARNING: this is not called Subversive film festival without due cause. These films will challenge the viewer’s beliefs on practically everything. They will doubtless contain many ‘triggering’ events and are not necessarily ‘politically correct’. If you are hyper-sensitive or easily offended, please stay away.

Screens Wednesday   May 27 @ 9:00

Repo Man (1984)

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

 

Quintessentially Punk, Repo Man is many things: an alien-invasion film, a punk-rock musical, a rage against  Consumerism, Family Values and the American Way. One thing it isn’t is boring.

 

Screens Wednesday  5/20 @ 9:00

A Report on the Party and Guests

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments


A Report on the Party and Guests, ( O slavnosti a hostech) is a surreal political fable that satirizes unquestioning conformity.

This film was released during Prague Spring of 1968 and was banned forever following the Soviet Invasion in August.

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Screens Wednesday 5/13 at 9:00

Valerie And Her Week of Wonders

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from director Jaromil Jireš is among the most beautiful oddities of the Czechoslovak New Wave.

WARNING: this is not called Subversive film festival without due cause. These films will challenge the viewer’s beliefs on practically everything. They will doubtless contain many ‘triggering’ events and are not necessarily ‘politically correct’. If you are hyper-sensitive or easily offended, please stay away.

Screens Wednesday 4/29 at 9:00

 

Film: Daisies (Sedmikrásky) 1966

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Day #2 of 8 Days of Anarchy presents Daisies.  Before  Riot Gurlz, before Punk, before Yippies, there was  Daisies, (1966).    The premier Czech New Wave film,  this early feminist, anarchistic, psychedelic romp through cold war Czechoslovakia was banned immediately after the Soviet Invasion in 1968 and the director prohibited from making movies in her home country until 1975.

Despite a director approved re-write of the English subtitles, they remained awkward and incomprehensible in many places.   Having no knowledge of Czech,  I rewrote most  the dialogue  in colloquial English.  When I hit sections that were open to multiple interpretations,  I assumed the most absurd.    (A Day at the Worker’s Paradise starring the Marx Sisters, Marie and Maria)

If you want to see a preliminary version of the movie, go to https://vimeo.com/123528770.   You can download and look at the subtitles at , http://www.opensubtitles.org.

We are thinking of dubbing this movie with improvisational dialog, (while remaining consistent with the original narrative).    We’ll be looking for two young women as  voices for the Maries, three older women as the bathroom attendants,  three young men as love lorn suiters, and three older men as lustful old geezers.    It should be a lotta fun.   If interested, read the subtitles file and  talk with us after the screening. I should warn you though. We practice shameless nnepotism Primary consideration will be given to Infoshop staff, regulars and friends.

WARNING: this is not called Subversive film festival without due cause. These films will challenge the viewer’s beliefs on practically everything. They will doubtless contain many ‘triggering’ events and are not necessarily ‘politically correct’. If you are hyper-sensitive or easily offended, please stay away.

Long Haul Sing Along

Monday, August 11th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Bring a few songs to sing or joint the songs we’re singing. Our host – a human being named Guy who plays guitar – encourages you to bring your own lyrics, voice and or/instruments to join in or lead a few songs yourself. There is no audience / there are no performers. Let’s make music together.

First Sunday of every month,   7~ 9 PM

Film: Stalker

Sunday, May 11th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, an allegorical science fiction film like his earlier Solaris, was adapted from the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky. The film follows three men — the Scientist (Nikolai Grinko), the Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), and the Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) — as they travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the Russian wilderness called the “Zone.” In the Zone, nothing is what it seems. Objects change places, the landscape shifts and rearranges itself. It seems as if an unknown intelligence is actively thwarting any attempt to penetrate its borders. In the Zone, there is said to be a bunker, and in the bunker: a magical room which has the power to make wishes come true. The Stalker is the hired guide for the journey who has, through repeated visits to the Zone, become accustomed to its complex traps, pitfalls, and subtle distortions. Only by following his lead (which often involves taking the longest, most frustrating route) can the Writer and the Scientist make it alive to the bunker and the room. As the men travel farther into the Zone, they realize it may take something more than just determination to succeed: it may actually take faith. Increasingly unsure of their deepest desires, they confront the room wondering if they can, in the end, take responsibility for the fulfillment of their own wishes.

The Square (2013)

Sunday, March 16th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years.

The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience.

 

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Bitcoin: Film Screening, Followed by a General Discusion

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Bitcoin! You’ve heard it mentioned, but what actually is it? And why is everybody talking about it?

Bitcoin as an idea is a radical concept that could completely shift humanity’s relationships to money and social government. It was born 5 years ago, released into a dark corner of the internet, and promptly abandoned. Nobody knows who made it, or why. Bitcoin as a protocol is a large, de-centralized, open-sourced global distributed financial ecosystem that replaces the need for banks, stock exchanges, notaries, escrow agencies, the federal reserve, and more.

This is an open discussion group, and people of all backgrounds, political views, ages, and familiarity levels with bitcoin are welcome! I ask that if you are very familiar with or super excited about bitcoin that you help us hold space for people who may be trying to understand what exactly is happening here. Our primary goal is to provide a fertile environment for discussion and understanding.

The effects of crypto-currency as a technology may yet prove to be as disruptive as the human adoption of Agriculture. We just don’t know. Either way, it is a fascinating and often misunderstood topic. Come with us as we crack it open and have a look at what’s happening under the surface.

For questions or comments please email jaredsmith@villagecraft.org. Hope to see you there!

Writing for Social Change

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Do you think people should plant their lawns with food instead of grass? Do you wish there was free education for all? Are you bothered about the way things are done? Well, stop complaining to your friends about it …and complain to the whole dang world!

In this workshop, we will work to create articles that express our opinions in a compelling way. There won’t be time to write the whole article in the 1.5 hour workshop, but we’ll narrow down topics, outline our articles, discuss research strategies, and then discuss strategies for getting our articles read by the most people possible.

Everyone is welcomed to join, whether you just want to write one article about that thing you’ve been brooding about for a while, or whether writing is already part of your daily practice.

About the host: My name is Hayley Steele, I am an MFA student in creative writing. For the past two years, I have been writing under various names for indy media publications including AdBusters, Slingshot, and Indybay. Sometimes I think the articles I write don’t matter, but then I meet someone from a far away city who read something I wrote and got inspired.

I believe that every person is a writer, and learning to write well empowers us to make huge changes to the world, especially in this age of fluid information. Just one piece of writing can make a huge difference!

Texts to keep in mind

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Released 1962, this book launched the modern environmental movement
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Released in 1852. Eleven years later, slavery was outlawed.
  • Call to Occupy Wall Street From Adbusters Magazine in July 2011, this was the call to action for the Occupy Movement. The historians will be the ones to decide what this one accomplished… Read it at:https://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/occupywallstreet.html

 

 

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