Celebrating Sid Laverents and amateur cinema clubs
It's a patchwork, but one with surprisingly perceptive seams: a perfect graphic match between a gleaming spider's web and the Golden Gate Bridge's cables, for instance, or the hard cut between a flock of suits rolling the Financial District and scattered hobos down and out in the urban wilderness. The postcard views all come at a local slant, and the architecture segment, with its minute focus on variations in windows and doorframes, reminds us that the etymological root of amateur is lover. The fog slides off, and we're treated to a North Beach round of bocce. Better yet are the gestures (spitting, cigarettes held on the lower lip) that have disappeared — like so many buildings, but not so easily memorialized by a plaque.
Moods of a City is a collective work, made during a period when avant-garde circles grappled with questions of authorship and community. Though Stone admits being somewhat resigned about bridging these worlds, she hasn't stopped trying. When San Jose Movie Club rep Bernard Wood gave her a few rolls of discontinued Kodachrome stock — coincidentally, Nathaniel Dorsky's last Kodachrome film, Compline (2009), premiers Feb. 23 at PFA — Stone distributed the film to a quartet of top Bay Area experimentalists. Their three-minute rolls will run with the club films at PFA. Refreshments to follow.
"FOR THE LOVE OF IT: SEVENTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF AMATEUR FILMMAKING"
Sun/21, 3 p.m.
"SID'S CINEMA: A TRIBUTE TO AMATEUR FILMMAKER SID LAVERENTS"
Feb. 28, 3 p.m.
Both events $5.50–$9.50
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft, Berk.