The Festival of (In)appropriation #11

The Edge of Alchemy, by Stacey Steers
$8-$12    |  Dec 8, 2019  |  7:30PM - 9:45PM
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

Los Angeles Filmforum at the Egyptian presents The Festival of (In)appropriation #11 Sunday, December 8, 2019, 7:30 pm At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028 In person: Filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kate Lain, curators Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen, and Lauren Berliner! Collage or compilation. Found footage film or recycled cinema. Remix or détournement. Whatever one might call it, the practice of incorporating preexistent media into new artworks engenders novel juxtapositions, new ideas, and latent connotations… often entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. In that regard, such works are truly “inappropriate.” Indeed, the act of (in)appropriation can reveal unimagined relationships between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, and perhaps even compel us to reexamine what it means to be the "producer" or "consumer" of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decades have witnessed the emergence of countless new kinds of audiovisual material available for artistic (in)appropriation. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now provide the artist with a wealth of fascinating matter to reprocess, repurpose, and endow with new meaning and resonance. Founded in 2009 and curated by Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen, and Lauren Berliner, the Festival of (In)appropriation is a yearly showcase of contemporary, short-form, audiovisual works that appropriate existing film, video, or other media and redeploy them in “inappropriate” and inventive ways. The Festival’s 11th edition gathers a self-reflexive experimental biopic, a surreal Frankenstein collage animation, a YouTube-sourced musical supercut, a queer reframing of Mexican and Hollywood films, an acousmatic exploration of online beauty standards, a canine-based critique of capitalism, a playful quantum animation of old 16mm film, an interrogation of the dismantling of the major opposition newspaper in Hungary, a deconstruction of our popular culture obsession with female corpses, and a performative rejection of the gender politics of a cult film. Watch this conversation about Festival of (In)appropriation #8 between Curator Greg Cohen and film scholar Constance Penley at UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center (10/27/2016): Read this review of Festival of (In)appropriation #7 (2015) in Artillery magazine: Check out this interview by Laura Wissot with curators Jaimie Baron and Greg Cohen in Filmmaker magazine: Note the change in ticketing for our events at the Egyptian Theatre. Advance paid tickets will be reserved through the American Cinematheque site; Filmforum members will reserve through Brown Paper Tickets. At the theatre on the night of the show, tickets will be available through the Egyptian Theatre ticket window. Tickets: $12 general; $8 students (with ID)/seniors; $8 for American Cinematheque members; free for Filmforum Members. Paid tickets available in advance through the American Cinematheque from Fandango at or at the door. Filmforum member tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door. Fandango Sales: Please note that student/senior tickets are not available online. Please bring your student ID and/or California ID or license to the box office to receive the discount. Filmforum members will reserve in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. All Filmforum member reservations will be administered to by Filmforum. At the theatre on the night of the show, tickets will be available for purchase from the Egyptian Theatre box office. Filmforum members will pick up their tickets from the box office as well. The list will close four hours prior to showtime. Available Filmforum member tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the event. The box office opens 90 minutes prior to showtime. More information about American Cinematheque ticketing can be found here: For more information: or 323-377-7238.