October 17, 2011
MOVIES Janie Geiser: 'Nervous Films,' Secret Stories The celebrated experimental filmmaker, who has screened work at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and many film festivals, has a new series of shorts — "Ghost Algebra" (2009), "Kindless Villain," (2010), "The Floor of the World" (2010) and "Ricky" (2011). Geiser's work weaves textures of overlaid visual and aural elements haunted by lonely, frightened or sinister figures. Geiser will be there to discuss her work. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. (213)
March 18, 2010
Every year since 1989, the Library of Congress-sponsored National Film Registry has selected significant American films as worthy of preservation. Many of these films are well-known features such as "Casablanca," but the registry also selects excellent but little-known shorts. Now Filmforum has come up with the smart idea of showcasing eight of these films, ranging in time from Winsor McCay's 1911 "Little Nemo" to Chuck Workman's 1986 "Precious Images." Workman will attend, as will Janie Geiser, director of "The Red Book."
June 30, 2005 |
The backdrop is tiny, but the themes are large. A man unravels emotionally and spiritually. Life and death are confronted. And it's all done with puppets, in a space the size of a bookshelf. "Frankenstein: Mortal Toys" will be presented via a 19th century form of miniature -- also called toy -- theater at the new location of the Velaslavasay Panorama in the West Adams district.
April 30, 2005 |
The term "doppelganger" is the impetus for "Invisible Glass," which ends its REDCAT run on Sunday. This multimedia look at Edgar Allan Poe's short story "William Wilson" runs the German word for each human's shadow self to avant-garde extremes. "Invisible Glass" is the handiwork of director-puppet designer Janie Geiser, playwright Erik Ehn and the Center for New Theater actors.
May 22, 2006 |
What happens when you pay artists $10,000 each and invite them to spend it however they please? Ten years ago, local officials found out when the city of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs began handing out so-called COLA grants to individual creative types. The only strings attached: In exchange for the money, each recipient would have to produce work the city could present in a public venue. The latest fruits of this annual experiment in nonbureaucratic arts funding are on view in "C.