| 516 ARTS, a new museum-style gallery opening soon in Downtown Albuquerque, announces our first event – Sidewalk Vidi/Cine, the Pre-Opening Window Project presented in partnership with Basement Films & The Guild Cinema. Bring a chair and join us outdoors for an unusual multi-media arts experience. |
To celebrate the opening of 516 ARTS, one of the state’s best independent gallery venues, Basement Films and The Guild Cinema will create a series of screenings visible from the street by projecting onto the 25 foot high front windows of 516 ARTS. Each Saturday night for six weeks, the group will present what Basement Films calls “a multi-projector extravaganza of retinal stimulation that will haunt your dreams and alter your reality.”
The program is led by Keif Henley, founder of Basement Films and co-owner of The Guild Cinema, with collaborators Bryan Konefsky, Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, and Elena Agustin. Events will include Cinemus Publicus, an open screen for local film & video, as well as locally produced live soundtracks with short films from Basement Films’ eclectic collection. Films and videos range from classic silent films to new work by local artists.
On three nights, every other week --— September 16, September 30, and October 14 — the screenings will be accompanied by live music in the entryway of 516 ARTS. Musical guests include Zack Freeman, Incus Arts, Ken Cornell/Alchemical Burn, Blake Minnerly, A Black Lux, and Daddy Long Loin. Schedule and more information about performers coming soon.
Central Avenue will be closed to traffic starting at 8:00pm. Parking available in the pay lot at 6th and Central, in the City’s pay lot at 5th & Copper, and on side streets.
For more information on 516 ARTS, see the attached press release, and visit [516 ARTS — Welcome!]
ABOUT BASEMENT FILMS
Basement Films is a nonprofit, volunteer run micro-cinema supporting experimental, independent, and other under-represented forms of film and video making. The membership is made up of artists, activists, media makers, and "film buffs." Basement Films provides a forum for voices not heard in mainstream media. Since 1991, Basement Films has projected unique, moving image works by artists from around the world.
Basement Films serves as a resource for artists, filmmakers, and students interested in exploring new and experimental approaches to moving image art. In this regard, Basement Films facilitates filmmaking workshops at a variety of educational institutions including the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Academy, and Highlands University. At these workshops Basement Films work to empower students by encouraging their cinematic voice and sense of personal representation. Basement Films also hosts a high school internship program to expose younger students to the possibilities of alternative voices in a media saturated world.
Basement Films’ resources include projection equipment and an archive of more than 7,000, 16mm, industrial and educational films, which are available for use by artists, filmmakers, and the community. The archive consists of films from the 1950's to 1970's which were used to socialize students, train employees, or bring a view of the world to community centers. These films are often referred to as "ephemeral" in that they were made with extremely low budgets and were often thought of as disposable. However, only recently are these films being saved and recognized for their rich historic value.
For more information, visit [basementfilms.org] or email [[email@example.com]]
Sidewalk Vidi/Cine is co-sponsored by The Guild Cinema, Albuquerque’s only independently owned, single screen movie theatre, established in 1966. Located on Central in Nob Hill. For more information, visit [Welcome to Albuquerque's GUILD CINEMA]
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