On Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 7pm, San Diego’s premier short-film showcase, alt.pic tureshows returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.). The Third Annual alt.pictureshows will transform portions of MCASD’s exhibition space into a cinematic funhouse featuring short films by independent filmmakers from the San Diego and Tijuana region, as well as selected works from the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The one-night-only exhibition alt.pictureshows is free to the general public with a $3 suggested donation.
The diversity of short films will be looped throughout the galleries allowing MCASD visitors to traverse the museum, soaking up the light-hearted, dark and disturbing, and all points between range of cinematic visions created by these progressive-minded, emerging film artists. The event’s founder, co-curator, and participant Neil Kendricks likens this unique film/art experience to physical channel surfing, where viewers are encouraged to move freely from one room of projected films to another and then back again.
Outside on MCASD’s Oceanview Terrace, a series of eccentric and startling music videos and other music-driven works will be projected. Prior to the outdoor section of alt.pictureshows, San Diego’s SSI will add a dose of ambient electronica to the night’s entertaining and intellectually stimulating programming.
A co-production with MCASD and local filmmaker Neil Kendricks’ Muse Chasers, alt.pictureshows will feature selected works including the following films: Barbara Alvarez’s quirky and heartfelt documentary about an older Cuban couple recalling their life together, Love and Laundry; Cheryl Kanekar’s stark drama on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Lucky Bastard, alt.pictureshows alum Darren Ankenman’s alt-roc doc-in-progress on Bardo Pond aldrin and the music-driven piece dogs, and Carlos Pelayo’s doc Rebel Stations: A Hero’s Journey chronicling the journey of immigrants coming to America. Orrin Anderson’s kinetic music videos for Kristin Hersh’s new band 50 Foot Wave, Clara Bow and Sally is a Girl and Raphael Rodriguez’s character study of an illicit love Discoloration, Nicholas McCarthy’s hilarious send-up on the Rapture Cry for Help, and Neil Kendricks’ surreal road movie of loss and the uncanny Cipher are among the many excellent short films rounding out the July 21st program.
While the range of work is deliberately eclectic, the intent behind MCASD and the Muse Chasers’ third annual presentation of alt.picture shows is to introduce the public to innovative artists making exciting, artistically daring and original short films with something to say. What also binds the work of this band of cinematic outsiders is their resilient and often irreverent indie spirit and eagerness to tackle unusual choices of content by any creative means necessary.