2015 Bastard Conference

For a full description of the cf the presentation go to #mce_temp_url#.   This is simply a schedule of the room #’s and times.

10:00

2060 Valley LSB   Hard Utopias,  Soft Science Fiction

11:30

229 Dwinelle     Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar

215 Dwinelle      Nihilist Magick;  Beyond the Veil of Truth

56 Barrows        Not Utopia; Critical Self Theory in Practice

12:30

229 Dwinelle    DIY Utopia;   hope not required

215 Dwinelle    On Slavery & BDSM in works of Samuel Delany

56 Barrows       Don’t be a Phillip K. Dickhead, but”’

2:00

229 Dwinelle   Group Discussion:  Pros and Cons of Utopian Speculation

215 Dwinelle    Anarchy and the Agrarian Question

56 Barrows       Experiments with Desire:  Commodity vs. Community

3:30

229 Dwinelle   Film as Subversion

215 Dwinelle The Other Black Hoodies  Monasticism and Anarchist Utopias

50  Barrows  Anarchists and the Fight Against the Good Guys

Punishment Park (1971)

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

Valerie And Her Week of Wonders

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

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

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

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)

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.

 

the square

Bitcoin: Film Screening, Followed by a General Discusion

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!