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Art February, 25 2009

FLUX Screening Series at the Hammer Museum

Tonight at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire BLVD, Los Angles, the FLUX Screening Series features Aaron Rose’s film Become A Microscope – 90 Statements on Sister Corita.

Full information after the jump.

Flux and the Hammer Museum present a quarterly screening series featuring innovative short films, music videos, features, filmmaker retrospectives and the most visual work from around the globe. Now in its second year, the Flux Screening Series will debut the World Premiere of PSST! 3, a collaborative new film project featuring shorts by a worldwide network of designers, directors, animators, and composers. PSST! founder and curator Bran Dougherty-Johnson will be in attendance to present the films.

The evening will also include the Premiere of two N.A.S.A. videos from its highly-anticipated new release The Spirit of Apollo: “Gifted” featuring Kayne West, Santogold and Lykke Li, directed by Three Legged Legs and “A Volta”, directed by Logan in collaboration with The Date Farmers. The NASA videos were spearheaded by filmmaker Syd Garon who will be presenting the new works along with Casey Hunt, Greg Gunn and Reza Rasoli of Three Legged Legs and Alexei Tylevich of Logan.

A special screening of Become a Microscope – 90 Statements on Sister Corita: an innovative new short film from Beautiful Losers director Aaron Rose with music by Money Mark will be featured on Wednesday night. The 22 minute film tells the story of Sister Mary Corita, the California nun who captured the national imagination in the turbulent 60s by making art that influenced a generation of Americans.

A courtyard after-party will follow the film screenings.

PSST! 3 is a brand-new series of 17 original collaborative short films made over the last year by over 175 participants in cities worldwide, including: New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, London, Glasgow, Paris, Vilnius, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, and Copenhagen.

The films are each made in three parts, with different teams working consecutively on the beginning, middle and end. Taking the inspiration for its process from the Surrealist technique of Exquisite Corpse and the children’s game of Telephone, the PSST! films bring together diverse Artists, Directors, Designers and Animators to combine their work in an experimental format that encourages creativity and rewards the sharing and mixing of ideas. The result is a glorious, chaotic mix of film-making and animation styles. Notable directors include Orion Tait, Creative Director of Buck; the late Gideon Baws and Chris Harding of Shynola; Lorenzo Fonda, director of Megunica; and Cole Gerst, winner of the Sundance’s 2007 Greenimation competition. Following its Los Angeles premiere, PSST! 3 will screen in New York, London, Atlanta, Seattle and Berlin.

N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) is an ongoing creative collaboration between two lifelong music aficionados, Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon. The worldwide debut of their new album The Spirit of Apollo showcases an impressive list of musicians, including Kanye West, M.I.A, Santogold, Chuck D, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Likke Li, Method Man, RZA, George Clinton, Spank Rock, and Seu Jorge. Featuring music videos by notable artists such as Shepard Fairey, Sage Vaughn, Barry McGee, and Marcel Dzama, N.A.S.A. brings people together through music and art.

Event Highlights for Wednesday, February 25, 2009:
7pm: Box Office Opens and Pre-Screening Reception. Hammer Café and Bar will be open.
8pm: Screening and Filmmaker Presentations.
10pm: After-party with guest DJ Josh Marcy (Mophonics). Hammer Café and Bar will be open.


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