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FOUNDED IN 1996, MICROCINEMA INTERNATIONAL is a leading international rights manager, exhibitor, and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts." Microcinema International specializes in the acquisition, exhibition, and distribution of independently produced works of an artistic and socially-relevant nature. Our mission is to seek out, curate, exhibit, promote, and distribute compelling works to a broad audience via existing and emerging mediums. This mission is realized through exhibition-based events, web-based platforms, educational outreach, modern marketing techniques, and digital and physical distribution. Through the Blackchair Collection and Microcinema International DVD, a unique and diverse catalogue of international DVD titles are distributed into retail, wholesale, online, and institutional sales channels worldwide. New delivery platforms such as mobile TV, video on demand, podcasting, and mobile telephony are also used to reach new audiences around the globe.
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FOUNDED IN 1996, MICROCINEMA INTERNATIONAL is a leading international rights manager, exhibitor, and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts." Microcinema International specializes in the acquisition, exhibition, and distribution of independently produced works of an artistic and socially-relevant nature. Our mission is to seek out, curate, exhibit, promote, and distribute compelling works to a broad audience via existing and emerging mediums. This mission is realized through exhibition-based events, web-based platforms, educational outreach, modern marketing techniques, and digital and physical distribution. www.microcinema****
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www.microcinema**** Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners – The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos. Captured in some of Russia's most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the film traces the animus of the flowers of this carnal art by way of the brutality of it’s origins: the penitentiary and the criminal environment. Incisive interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of The Zone and The Code of Thieves of the vory v zakone. Further Information: In Russian with English Subtitles Directed by Alix Lambert
15 May 2008
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Metacafe and Microcinema International Launch MetaFest 2008 Juried Online-Offline Film Festival Presenting the Best in International Creative and Contemporary Short-Form Video Entertainment www.metacafe****/metafest for call for entries and information PRIZES Grand Jury Prize: US$5,000 cash and more Short-Short Award for outstanding work in a video of 3 minutes or less: $2,000 cash and more Online Audience-Choice Award, as selected by Metacafe**** viewers: $1,000 cash and more Offline Audience-Choice Award, as selected by attendees of the San Francisco theatrical screening: $1,000 cash and more Honorarium Pool: The creator of each film selected for the MetaFest offline program will receive a cash honorarium of $50 presented by Microcinema International Producer Rewards® Earnings: All filmmakers whose MetaFest submissions meet the eligibility criteria for the Metacafe Producer Rewards® program are invited to submit their work to the program. Those accepted will be paid for their work at the rate of $5/1,000 views, receiving the first payment after the video is viewed 20,000 times.
15 Aug 2008
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INDEPENDENT EXPOSURE Microcinema's Touring International Screening Program Since its inception in 1996, Independent Exposure has gained an enviable reputation as an important showcase for contemporary, progressive, artistic, and culturally relevant short films and videos. Each Independent Exposure program is thoughtfully curated to present diverse and eclectic works in a relevant and intentional context. The curatorial aesthetic is further supported by the presentation of the Independent Exposure series in non-traditional venues or "microcinemas" such as galleries, cafes, bars, nightclubs, outdoors, and other alternative spaces that support the independent arts. To date, Independent Exposure has been presented hundreds of times in 44 countries plus Palestine and Antarctica and at base camp on Mt. Everest. Independent Exposure "premieres" in San Francisco and then travels around the world - intriguing audiences at microcinemas, festivals, and special events. Contact us if your organization would be interested in hosting Independent Exposure. The History of Independent Exposure From Blackchair Productions to Microcinema International Blackchair Productions was founded in in 1992. The company expanded to a partnership when Patrick Kwiatkowski joined in 1996. Microcinema, Inc was formed in 2000 to expand on the activities of Blackchair. Due to the overwhelming lack of independent-oriented screening venues, Blackchair Productions began the Independent Exposure Microcinema screening program in 1996. This program was held every month at the Speakeasy Cafe's Backroom in Seattle until a tragic fire destroyed the venue in May of 2001. The program moved to Vital 5 Gallery for the remainder of the 2001 season and then moved to San Francisco in 2002. Microcinema maintains a branch office in Houston, Texas. 2008 is the THIRTEENTH season. www.independentexposure****
23 Oct 2008
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Cult Epics and AgitPop Media proudly present Here Is Always Somewhere Else, the critically acclaimed documentary about enigmatic Dutch/Californian artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975), whose daring conceptual performances culminated in his mysterious disappearance at sea. As recounted through the eyes of fellow emigrant Rene Daalder, Ader's story becomes a sweeping overview of contemporary art as well as an epic saga of the transformative powers of the ocean. To order this DVD, and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** For the first time ever, the artist's complete film oeuvre is being made publicly available in this unique two-disc edition, sure to inspire a new generation of artists, thinkers and dreamers alike.
11 Dec 2008
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To order this DVD and/or other Microcinema titles, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** This 7 minute Academy Award winning short was directed by Joan C. Gratz, and uses claymation to seamlessly follow the major roads of the roots of modern art. It’s a gorgeous piece, and definitely worth your time. Joan was a long time artist with Will Vinton Studios and has created many films and commercials with her clay painting technique.
11 Dec 2008
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To order this DVD and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA takes the viewer on an exhilarating ride through some of the greatest movies ever made. Serving as presenter and guide is the charismatic Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst. With his engaging and passionate approach to thinking, Zizek delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can tell us about ourselves. THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA offers an introduction into some of Zizek's most exciting ideas on fantasy, reality, sexuality, subjectivity, desire, materiality and cinematic form. Whether he is untangling the famously baffling films of David Lynch, or overturning everything you thought you knew about Hitchcock, Zizek illuminates the screen with his passion, intellect, and unfailing sense of humour. THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA applies Zizek's ideas to the cinematic canon, in what The Times calls 'an extraordinary reassessment of cinema.' The film cuts its cloth from the very world of the movies it discusses; by shooting at original locations and on replica sets, it creates the uncanny illusion that Zizek is speaking from within the films themselves. Described by The Times as 'the woman helming this Freudian inquest,' director Sophie Fiennes' collaboration with Slavoj Zizek illustrates the immediacy with which film and television can communicate genuinely complex ideas. Says Zizek: 'My big obsession is to make things clear. I can really explain a line of thought if I can somehow illustrate it in a scene from a film. THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA is really about what psychoanalysis can tell us about cinema.' THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA is constructed in three parts. Says Fiennes: 'The form of the Guide is a deliberately open one. There are three parts, but there could be more. Zizek's method of thinking is exciting because it's always building. Things relate forwards and backwards and interconnect into a mind-altering network of ideas. The film's title is something of a McGuffin - just a way to get you into this network.'
11 Dec 2008
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Color + Modulation is EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. To order this DVD, and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** Color + Modulation is a collection of eight ambient 16mm films that have been painstakingly hand painted frame-by-frame and digitally manipulated on a desktop computer. Working with acrylic & metallic paints as well as with a pallet of permanent ink pens and spray paint canisters this film project took 7 years to complete. These Film Paintings have been described as both visually stunning and atmospherically beautiful as each of these movies transform ones video screen into an abstract canvas full of playful motion and smooth explosions of color and shape. Original music accompanies each sequence.
16 Dec 2008
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Fidel! is EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. To order this DVD, and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** A personal portrait of a political phenomenon and a view of the developments since the revolution a mere ten years before, Fidel! gives a rare glimpse into everyday life of the Cuban people and its leader. Whether listening to a complaints at a collective farm, playing baseball with the locals, or discussing Marxist revolution, Castro’s charisma is present in every frame and, like him or not, lends understanding to why so many call him “The Giant.” "The great quality of this remarkable film is that it is educational in the best possible sense. It gives you a feeling for what revolution - any revolution - is actually about… I found it completely absorbing from the start to finish. A tapestry for history." - Ralph Gleason, Rolling Stone Further Information: Extras Include: Director’s Commentary Short Subject, Saul Landau’s 1974 “Fidel + Cuba” Interview with Saul Landau
29 Jan 2009
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Baroque Motion Vol. 1 is EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. To order this DVD, and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** In the beginning of the 17th century, European culture generated a new artistic style, known as the Baroque. Now, for the first time ever you will be able to see the motifs of the old world come to life in slow motion. Experience how a brawl suddenly starts in the Goldsmiths' Guild and how the fish and lobster come to life in a still life painting. Gaze in awe at how a prominent scientist becomes surprised at the lack of gravity and at the fright of a lady due to a ghastly movement through the painting. Further Information: 69 Minutes 25 Seconds of bonus material. On the Blu-ray there are two bonus clips named Bonus clip one and Bonus clip two. Bonus clip one is a clip from The Goldsmiths Guild but with another ending. Bonus clip two is a clip from the The Portrait of a Prominent scientist with a different ending.
29 Jan 2009
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Lost Broadcasts is EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. To order this DVD, and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** EILEEN MAXSON drowns in white walls and cable television, emerging on occasion to press record. Heavy-hearted and humorous, Maxson's videos record characters struggling with an unrequited love of television. These are women trapped in forgotten scraps of VHS, and frequently sabotaged by technical difficulties. She performs a rejected application to the Real World, a flustered meteorologist, silenced contest winner, and a protected witness, among others. Maxson's works have screened far and wide at museums and microcinemas from Texas to Tel Aviv. She is also the first recipient of the Arthouse Texas Prize. Likes: Animal Cops: Houston, Roseanne (with the first becky), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Little People, Big World, Quantum Leap, and Shark Week. Dislikes: Everybody Loves Raymond, Walker Texas Ranger, Judge Judy, and Touched by an Angel. Here is what is being said about Eileen: * Eileen Maxson does subtlety, wit, irony, restraint and unabashed sophistication. It’s all great fun, like watching your English Professor trying to finish her theory lecture while having a low temperature nervous breakdown. One can only hope the future of the video looks something like this. -Dave Hickey * Maxson is a master of the video tromp l'oeil, varnished flawlessly with counterfeit professional incompetence. - Astria Suparak * A transmedia Cindy Sherman for the MySpace generation. - Ed Halter, The Village Voice
29 Jan 2009
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H.P. Lovecraft Col. Vol. 4 is EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. To order this DVD, and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** Protagonist Gabriel Martinez (Rodrigo Sep
9 Feb 2009
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Experiments in Terror is EXCLUSIVELY DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. To order this DVD, and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** Striking for the third time, EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR 3 unleashes another hallucinogenic orgy of the uncanny, the dreadful, and the macabre. Employing a mesmerizing montage of terrifying tropes and fiendish footage, our kino-coven conjures more than a bewitching hour of visionary cinema. Pounding a stake through the heart of genre convention, this shocking program expands the cinematic language of fear, breaking the chains of narrative logic and leaving only the black void of the infinite unconscious.
4 Jun 2009
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Obscene is DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. If you would like to order this title and/or other DVDs distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** OBSCENE is the definitive film biography of Barney Rosset, the influential publisher of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review. He acquired the then fledgling Grove Press in 1951 and soon embarked on a tumultuous career of publishing and political engagement that continues to inspire today’s defenders of free expression. Not only was he the first American publisher of acclaimed authors Samuel Beckett, Kenzaburo Oe, Tom Stoppard, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X, but he also battled the government in the highest courts to overrule the obscenity ban on groundbreaking works of fiction such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer and Naked Lunch. But the same unyielding and reckless energy Rosset used to publish and distribute controversial works such as Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, the Swedish film I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW), and the provocative Evergreen Review, also brought him perilously close to destruction. Featuring music by Bob Dylan, The Doors, Warren Zevon, and Patti Smith, and never-before-seen footage. Further Information: DVD BONUS FEATURES: Original Theatrical Trailer Barney Rosset Extended Interview Segments - Spike the Poodle Killer - Get Me Out Of This Camp! - Three Years Of Torment - Going The Final Step - Illiterates - Rum And Coke - This Obvious Prostitute
19 Feb 2009
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The Universe of Keith Haring is DISTRIBUTED by Microcinema DVD. To order this DVD and/or other titles distributed by Microcinema, go to: www.microcinemadvd**** The creator of some of the most popular, enduring images of late 20th-century art, Keith Haring was also an iconic figure of the downtown New York scene in the '80s. Christina Clausen's documentary offers an affectionate, deeply personal glimpse into Haring's life, from his early years growing up in a small, conservative Pennsylvania town to his heyday as a world-renowned artist, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol. Featuring Fred Brathwaite, A.K.A. Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter, Bill T. Jones, David LaChapelle, Hans Mayer, Samantha McEwen, Carlo McCormick, Roger Nellens, Yoko Ono, Kermit Oswald, Kenny Sharf, Bruno Schmidt, Tony Shafrazi, Drew Straub, Junior Vasquez, Gil Vasquez, and with Joan, Allen, Kay, Karen, Kristen Haring. Further Information: DVD BONUS FEATURES -Original Theatrical Trailer - Additional 10 Minute Interview with Keith Haring
19 Feb 2009
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