"Associations" by John Smith

Canyon Cinema 50: Associations

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Legendary experimental film distributor Canyon Cinema celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with a national tour of four programs that represent a rich panoply of independent artist-made films. 

Program Two: ASSOCIATIONS is titled after John Smith’s 1975 film, a joyfully dense rebus-like image-word construction. Smith’s film is preceded by Sara Kathryn Arledge’s rarely seen 1958 work What Is A Man, a film years ahead of its time, and Mark Toscano’s 2012 piece Releasing Human Energies, which utilizes film laboratory test footage of a “China Girl” set to a found text read by Morgan Fisher. The program also features Abigail Child’s classic 1989 film Mercy, from her celebrated “Is This What You Were Born For?” series; canonical works by Phil Solomon, Barbara Hammer, Robert Breer, and Robert Nelson; and two recent restorations: the humorously poignant Confessions by Curt McDowell and Akbar, Richard Myers’s extraordinary 1970 portrait of young black filmmaker and student, Akbar Ahmed. Total running time: 90 minutes

Program includes: 

Releasing Human Energies* (Mark Toscano, 2012, 5.5 min.)
What is a Man? (Sara Kathryn Arledge, 1958, 10 min.)
Associations (John Smith, 1975, 7 min.)
Hot Leatherette* (Robert Nelson, 1967, 5 min.)
Dyketactics (Barbara Hammer, 1974, 4 min.)
Flower, The Boy, The Librarian (Stephanie Barber, 1997, 5 min.)
The Snowman (Phil Solomon, 1995, 8 min.)
Swiss Army Knife with Rats & Pigeons* (Robert Breer, 1981, 6 min.)
Confessions* (Curt McDowell, 1971, 11 min.)
Thine Inward-Looking Eyes (Thad Povey, 1993, 2 min.)
Mercy* (Abigail Child, 1989, 10 min.)
Akbar* (Richard Myers, 1970, 16 min.) 

*recent restorations and new prints 

The Canyon Cinema 50 project is organized by the Canyon Cinema Foundation and supported in part by the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and The Fleishhacker Foundation.