Sound Healing Circle
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Sound Healing Circle

Cinemarfa's opening circle of visionary seekers will gather at The Well to celebrate the inspiring opportunity of being in creative community. Come experience the transformative power of self-healing intention combined with the heartbeat of the drum, crystal bowl vibrations, warm cello resonance, intuitive vocals, and guided sonic release. Honoring the blooming Beltane mid-point of Spring and nearly new moon in Taurus, this fertile living earth energy invites grounded exploration of sacred nature, the holy sensual, and the dissolution of dominator programming that no longer serves, individually or collectively. Part ritual, part exorcism, part journey, part prayer. Prepare to feel lighter.

Sound Healing Circle is a cosmically inspired spiritual transformation space held by Sarah Noelle Gabriel, with the divine accompaniment of Luke Bonecutter.

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DASHI: Essence of Japan
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

DASHI: Essence of Japan

By Shohei SHIBATA

Part 1: Dashi

For centuries, the Japanese have learned to draw from the treasures of nature. With limited space to grow food for all, Japanese cuisine distilled, instead, the very best from its oceans, the forests and mountains that cover most of the archipelago’s landmass. To truly be nourished, they believe, you must open all your senses, become aware of the world around you and its transformative properties. And in paying thoughtful attention to the delicate and the rare, they discovered astonishing worlds beneath the visible. To penetrate the secrets of this invisible world we must take a microscopic journey to the genesis of the pure and restrained art of Japan’s cuisine whose twin pillars are: a delicate stock named ‘Dashi’; and the golden sauce they call ‘Shoyu’. Without them, the delicate balance of textures and harmonisation of flavours which make up the genius of Japanese cuisine, would not be achieved.

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Border Fence
May
3
3:00 PM15:00

Border Fence

By Nikolaus Geyrhalter / Austria, 2018 - 112 min

In concentric circles starting from the driveable border of the Brenner, The Border Fence measures the surroundings that were the scene of a shift in inner-European policy. At the same time, the space describes itself through Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s typical extremely precise long shots, and in extended talks with police officers, locals, hikers, farmers, innkeepers, and toll collectors. What arises in an extremely small space is the full diversity of voices expressing individual political attitudes on a topic that affects Europe and is visible on the Brenner.

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Communion Los Angeles
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Communion Los Angeles

By Adam R. Levine and Peter Bo Rappmund / USA, 2018 - 68min.

COMMUNION LOS ANGELES, An equinoctial journey along the 110 freeway of Los Angeles traces California’s oldest freeway, the 110, as it courses from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, defining and dividing the communities it is designed to serve. Viewing the 35-miles of blacktop as both infrastructure and public architecture, this equinoctial journey highlights dichotomies of mobility, technology and urban space.

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Investigation of a Flame + Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Investigation of a Flame + Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

Screenings with Lynne Sachs in attendance.

Investigation of a Flame

By Lynne Sachs / Color and B&W, 2001. 45 min.

On May 17, 1968, three Catholic priests, a nurse, an artist and four others walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm. Their poetic act of civil disobedience helped galvanize an increasingly disillusioned American public against the Vietnam War. Investigation of a Flame is an intimate look at this Sixties protest within our current times, when foes of Middle East peace, abortion, and technology resort to violence to access the public imagination. Lynne Sachs combines volatile, long-unseen, archival footage with interviews with Daniel and Philip Berrigan and other members of the Catonsville Nine, encouraging viewers to ponder the relevance of civil disobedience and the implications of personal sacrifice today.

Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

by Lynne Sachs / Super 8mm and 16mm film transferred to digital, 8 minutes, 2018

From 2015 to 2017, Lynne visited with Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Hammer and Gunvor Nelson, three multi-faceted artists who have embraced the moving image throughout their lives. From Carolee’s 18th Century house in the woods of Upstate New York to Barbara’s West Village studio to Gunvor’s childhood village in Sweden, Lynne shoots film with each woman in the place where she finds grounding and spark.

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Bad Girls Go to Hell + The Color of Love
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

Bad Girls Go to Hell + The Color of Love

With Thomas Beard, co-founder and director of Light Industry (Brooklyn).

Some thirty years ago, the artist Peggy Ahwesh began to cultivate a fascination with the films of Doris Wishman, the prolific director behind grindhouse gems like Nude on the Moon (1961), Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965), and Let Me Die a Woman (1977), among many others. By that time, a number of Wishman titles had been released by VHS label Something Weird, and she had been profiled by Andrea Juno in the RE/Search compendium Incredibly Strange Films, granting her a small but fervent cult following. In the early ’90s, Ahwesh heard from musician Tom Smith that the elusive auteur was working at a sex shop in Florida. Determined to meet the doyenne of the skin flick in the flesh, Ahwesh flew down from New York with fellow filmmaker M.M. Serra in 1994 to surprise Wishman at the Pink Pussycat Boutique in Coconut Grove, Miami.

The fruits of this encounter would go into the making of The Films of Doris Wishman, a one-issue zine produced by Ahwesh in 1995, featuring collages drawn from Wishman ephemera given to Ahwesh in Florida, and writings on Wishman by Blossom Lefcourt, programmer Joel Shepard, filmmaker Keith Sanborn, and Ahwesh herself. “The films,” Ahwesh notes, “offer the prerequisite weirdness of the genre, but they have a seedy underlying resonance of the fear of and hostility toward women in our world, which Doris describes in her own profound and tawdry way.”

In conjunction with the reissue of Peggy Ahwesh's zine—now available in an expanded edition from Inpatient Press and Light Industry—Lightbox presents a double bill featuring Bad Girls Go to Hell alongside Ahwesh's The Color of Love, which she dedicated to Wishman.

A limited number of Ahwesh's zine publication on Wishman, just reprinted by LightIndustry will be available for purchase at the screening.


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Bad Girls Go to Hell

By Doris Wishman / USA, 1965 - 71 min.

Possessed with sex, they know no shame!

"My favorite Wishman films are the 'roughies' from the mid-'60s, which combine titillating striptease (black lace panties dropping provocatively to the floor) with rough sex play and a brutally dystopic view of relations between the sexes. In Wishman's masterful Bad Girls Go to Hell, a sad and misunderstood housewife is a fugitive fleeing a stream of violent men (and one well-meaning lesbian)."

- Peggy Ahwesh

The Color of Love

By Peggy Ahwesh, 1994, 16mm, 10 mins

"The last word in ready-mades, Peggy Ahwesh's The Color of Love...is a slightly slo-mo, optical reprint of an obviously ill-treated '70s porn movie in which the chemical rot that's already eaten away the edges of the image threaten to censor it entirely...An ur-text for Ahwesh's work, The Color of Love is an almost Rose Hobart for the '90s."

- Amy Taubin

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The Challenge
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Challenge

By Yuri Ancarani / Italy, France, Switzerland, 2016 - 69 min.

Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris. The result is a film jaw-dropping not only for its displays of wealth, but for the pure cinematic beauty that won Ancarani the Filmmaker of the Present award at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival.

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A Life In Film: Carolyn Pfeiffer
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

A Life In Film: Carolyn Pfeiffer

A Life In Film: Carolyn Pfeiffer
Marfa resident Carolyn Pfeiffer will be in a conversation with Thomas Beard. She will talk about her illustrious career in the film business, from working in Rome with Fellini and Visconti, to founding Island Alive and Alive Films and producing many films - working alongside some of the greatest filmmakers of our time. 

Carolyn has selected The Leopard because she worked on the film and she will discuss that and more preceding the film.

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The Leopard

Luchino Visconti / Italy, 1963 - 185 min.

Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece.

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Super 8mm Workshop Films
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

Super 8mm Workshop Films

Participants were given access to super 8mm cameras, film, and post production services that enabled them each to create a film that was screened during the CineMarfa festival.

Film provided by Kodak.

Travis Walker will also show a trailer to upcoming feature Quiero Ser Niño Otra Vez (I want to be a kid again): a young man named Mario decides to leave his home and family in Chihuahua City, Mexico to care for a terminally ill relative in a near by Pueblo. Shortly after his arrival and many failed attempts to secure an efficient income, he decides to take part in regional cockfighting. This leads him down many roads of satisfaction, regret, and rage, ultimately landing him in the home of a witch doctor that advises him to head towards the mountains where an unexpected spiritual rebirth occurs. 


10 minutes. Digital and 8mm. 2019 

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The Trip
May
5
5:45 PM17:45

The Trip

Eileen Myles: Writer, Director
David Fenster: Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

The Trip takes a road trip through the majestic, rough-hewn landscape between Marfa and Alpine with poet Eileen Myles as your guide. Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s spoken score of Robert Frank’s 1958 classic Pull My Daisy, and Louis Malle’s 1981 talk drama My Dinner With Andre, Myles discusses daily life and political realities with their childhood puppets, Oscar, Bedilia, Montgomery, Casper, and Crocky.

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Opuntia
May
5
3:05 PM15:05

Opuntia

David Fenster
56min
w/ David Fenster
w/ a short film by Travis Walker, We Danced With the Devil, 2004

A supernatural true story based on the writings of 16th century conquistador-turned-shaman Álvar Núñez Cabeza...

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MAÏDAN
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

MAÏDAN

The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies, half a million strong, in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between protestors and riot police...

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