Saturday, August 11, 2007

lumpen intelligentsia film society - programming archive

Found at the defunct website of the lumpen intelligentsia film society... Program notes for most, tho' not all, of some initial 45 screenings.

Lumpen intelligentsia was coordinated by a trio of myself, Rob Bonica & Tony Arividis. Tony now devotes himself mostly to his landscape architecture business, & Rob is teaching English in Japan. 2001 program screened at Glowbar on the edge of the Melbourne CBD. The following year, we moved to the Rob Roy Hotel in Fitzroy before relocating to a warehouse loft (the "Bughouse Omniplex") in the CBD. Everything was in hiatus through 2003, though we organised an Australian tour for Dame Darcy, brought a program of Jean Painleve's films to the ACMI, and staged a book launch for Outre's Beatsville - among other things.

The 5 months of screening in 2004 - at the Victoria Hotel, in Brunswick - exhausted the last of my own dwindling commitment. By that point, I was working in partnership with a number of music festivals: Liquid Architecture, What Is Music?, the Meredith Music Festival, as well as the OtherFilm Festival in Brisbane.

The screenings sometimes won some generous plaudits in the media, & there's a considerable amount of material here in the form of press clippings & etc.

Sometime (soon), I'll post the audio & video of the Dame Darcy tour... Meantime, this is a live recording of her super-fine cover of In The Pines (200VBR mp3, 5.2Mb via SendSpace)

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