Friday, March 25, 2011

"Yoko Ono: Reality Dreams" film series begins this weekend in Atlanta

from Bed-In (1969)

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality” Yoko Ono Lennon
Atlanta's Film Love organization, curated by Andy Ditzler, begins a series of films by Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and the Fluxus group tonight March 25th. The screenings at the Plaza Theater and other venues this weekend and next offer a rare chance to see these experimental and provocative films directed by the Lennons and others, as well as films directed by Jonas Mekas and the Maysles Brothers. From the Film Love website:

Poetic, absorbing, humorous, unsettling, engaging and unique, the experimental films made by Yoko Ono and John Lennon in the 1960s and 70s follow no rules but their own. Some of the most talked-about works in avant-garde cinema, they remain unavailable on video. Film Love presents five screenings of these rare, important and highly original works.

One: Smile John
Friday, March 25
7:00 pm at the Plaza Theater
Two films, Happy Birthday to John (directed by Jonas Mekas, 1972, 24 min) and Film No. 5 (Smile) (Yoko Ono 1968, 51 min.)

Two: Sky Bed Peace
Friday, March 25
9:00 pm at the Plaza Theater
The classic Bed-In documentary (1969, 61 min.) and John and Yoko's luminous short film Apotheosis (1970, 19 min.)

Three: A Falling Position
Saturday, March 26
8:00 pm at Emory University
Two films: Cut Piece (directed by Albert and David Maysles, 1965, 8 min.) and Film No. 5 (Rape) directed by Yoko Ono (1969, 77 min.)

Next weekend's schedule:

Four: Flux Fly Body Music
Friday, April 1
8:00 pm at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Selections from the Fluxfilm Anthology, including:
Disappearing Music for Face (Fluxfilm 4) (Chieko Shiomi, 1966, 10 min.)
Four (Fluxfilm 16) (Yoko Ono, 1966, 6 min)
Smoking (Fluxfilm 18) (Joe Jones, 1966, 6 min)
Freedom (Yoko Ono, 1970, 1 min)
Fly (Yoko Ono, 1970, 25 min)
This Is Not Here (Taka Iimura, 1972, 18 min)
Film Script #3 (Yoko Ono 1964)
Film Script #3 is presented with the kind permission of Yoko Ono

Five: Bottoms
Friday, April 8
8:00 pm at Emory University

Film No. 4 (Bottoms) (Yoko Ono, 1966, 80 min)
: no bottom perfect, no two alike. A joyous film, and one of the great conceptual works of the 60s avant-garde.

YOKO ONO AND JOHN LENNON is co-sponsored by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the departments of Visual Arts, American Studies, Film Studies, and Women's Studies at Emory University. For more information, venue locations and driving directions, contact the Film Love site.

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