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New York City has historically served (and still serves) as an important center of experimentation for American film artists. But many influential figures of the American Underground created work informed by the unique cultural perspectives found on the Pacific Coast. Representative of this diversity of craft and influence, this program will include Maya Deren’s Meditation on Violence (1948), Kenneth Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), Barbara Hammer’s Menses (1974), James Broughton’s Devotions (1983), and recent independent short works from James Franco. Reflecting on issues such as sexuality, gender, religion, and ritual each film records the personal explorations of a time and a place from the other coast of the American Underground. (Multiple format presentation)

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