The UCLA Film and Television Archive celebrates summer with a diverse lineup of big screens featuring new international restorations, television and nitrate treasures from the archival vaults, and special programs featuring women in the silent cinema, African-American artists Larry Clark and Amiri Baraka, Hollywood maverick Wayne Wang, cinematographer Agnès Godard, Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat and others.
“This season’s rich and varied lineup – from films recently restored by women around the world to television programs produced in response to Watts’ Rebellion of 1965 – presents audiences with remarkable stories,” said May Hong HaDuong, director of archives, a division of the UCLA library. “The Archive continues to raise voices on the fringes with offerings that spotlight a prominent member of the LA Rebellion film movement, a groundbreaking Asian American director, and visionary works by women behind the camera.”
Screenings take place at the Billy Wilder Theatre. All programs are free until June 2023, thanks to the donation of an anonymous donor.
This program celebrates new film restorations while providing the opportunity for new encounters with – and new appreciations – of works that may have disappeared from public consciousness for a number of reasons. This edition of “Second Sight” features new digital restorations of films by women working in Australia, Cuba, Oregon and Japan: Clara Law, Sara Goméz, Penny Allen and Kinuyo Tanaka.
In person: Penny Allen, July 23.
Founded in the wake of the Watts Rebellion in 1965, the Watts Writers Workshop (1965-1973) left an indelible literary and artistic imprint far beyond the borders of Los Angeles. Featured here are two recently preserved local television programs from 1967 and 1968 that feature black workshop artists reciting their poetry and prose, with commentary by Oscar-winning writer and workshop director Budd Schulberg (“On the Frontline de mer”) and Harry Dolan, director director of the Douglass House Foundation, a non-profit 1960s creative workshop.
In person: Daniel Widener, professor at UC San Diego and author of “Black Arts West: Culture and Struggle in Postwar Los Angeles” (2010). Widener will be joined in the conversation by poet Kamau Daood, who will also read excerpts from his own work.
July 17–August 14
The Archive and the Hammer Museum present a free series of Sunday mornings of new and classic films for the whole family from around the world. Summer offerings include a July 17 screening of “Wolves Walkers” (2020), an animated feature set in Ireland, and an August 14 screening of “Wajda” (2012), about a courageous 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia.
July 30–September 8
This series presents works from the extensive collections of the archives, which include one of the largest collections of moving images in the world, all year round. Included are rarely screened gems presented in original and restored prints. On July 30, the Archive honors Amiri Baraka (1934-2014), prominent member of the black arts movement of the 1960s and a polarizing figure at every turn of his multi-faceted career as a poet, playwright, critic, scholar and activist, with a projection of works written or inspired by Baraka: “Medea” (1973) and “Dutch” (UK, 1966).
Then, on August 7, the Archive presents a classic Hollywood double feature – “Meet John Doe” (1941) and “Magic City” (1947) — followed on September 18 by “Shanghai Girl” (1937) on a 35 mm nitrate print from the vaults of the Archives. Created as a star vehicle for actress Anna May Wong and featuring two Asian American protagonists at a time when white actors often played Asian characters, “Daughter of Shanghai” represented a fresh start, with a plot centered on the wickedness of its white characters.
August 5 to 14
The work of this woman: director of photography Agnès Godard
This series focuses on the prolific French-born cinematographer Agnès Godard, whose four-decade career began in 1982 when she worked as a second assistant camera for directors Joseph Losey and Wim Wenders. The Archive will screen feature films by long-time collaborator Claire Denis, Agnès Varda, Erick Zonca and Ursula Meier, which highlight Godard’s ability to evoke nuanced mood through colors and tones and his exquisite sense of framing.
The first naughty women of cinema
This program presents a selection of rarely screened European and American silent films that reveal and revel in the spirit of lawless women who have been breaking the rules on screen since the medium’s early silent years. “Cinema’s First Nasty Women” is curated by archivists and scholars Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi for Kino Lorber ahead of the release of Kino Lorber’s four-disc DVD/Blu-ray collection.
The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project is a collaborative effort between the archives and Outfest to collect, restore, and present queer film and video. The series presents Short film by scriptwriter-director Yann Gonzalez from Nice “He is” (“The islands”, France, 2017) and his feature film “you and the night” (“The Meetings After Midnight“, France, 2013).
August 26 to 28
With an expanded vision of cinema and its possibilities informed by his work as a painter and photographer, Larry Clark became a prominent member of LA Rebellion, a group of black filmmakers from UCLA who forged a new cinematic aesthetic that could be sensitive to the spiritual, cultural and political needs of the black community. The Archive presents a weekend-long investigation into Clark’s filmography.
In person: Larry Clark will attend each screening.
September 16 to 25
Directed by Wayne Wang
Wayne Wang has had one of Hollywood’s most eclectic careers, with a resume ranging from independent international co-productions to big-budget drama, including films the New York Times noted “boldly chronicling Chinese life in a time when it was unthinkable in America”. cinema.” The Archive and American Cinematheque presents 12 feature films directed by Yang over six nights, starting with a landmark independent feature “Chan Has Disappeared” (1982) and continuing with films like “The Joy of Luck Club” (1993), which brought Yang international fame, “Blue in the Face” (1995) and “Made in Manhattan” (2002).
In person: Wayne Wang, September 16 and 17.
September 23 to 30
Look Inside, Not Outside: The Films of Shirin Neshat
Visual artist Shirin Neshat has explored the dualities of diasporic identity as an Iranian woman living in the West through multiple disciplines including photography, video, theater and film for over 30 years. The focus of a recent career retrospective at The Broad (“Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again”), Neshat has been featured in solo exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. The Archive presents a two-night retrospective of Neshat’s feature films, beginning with “Women Without Men” (2009) and “In Search of Oum Kulthum” (2017), both of which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, culminating in the Los Angeles premiere of his latest film, “Land of Dreams” (2021).
In person: Shirin Neshat, September 30.
Archives Virtual Screening Room, launched during the pandemic, will continue to offer online access to a wide range of programs curated by the archives, including “TV snapshots: an archive of everyday life” August 25. In this illustrated talk, Lynn Spigel, a professor at Northwestern University, will discuss her new book “TV Snapshots” (Duke University Press), which examines snapshots of people posing in front of their televisions from the 1950s through the early 1970s The conference will be followed by a screening of two rare television programs: “Photographic horizons” (DuMont, 1948) and “Fashion Symphony” (KTLA, 1961).
For more details, updates, registration information and important health guidelines, please visit cinema.ucla.edu.
Schedules and guest speakers subject to change.