by Ariston Anderson
Director and curator Aaron Rose's five-week film series, "Projections," brings some of the more obscure and rarely-screened gems of the silver screen to L.A.'s Roberts & Tilton Gallery starting this weekend. Like his renowned Beautiful Losers exhibit and documentary, the fest's setting lends white-wall cred to the often ghettoized micro-length format. As Rose explains, "Some of the most inspiring films Iâve ever seen have been under five minutes long."
While a majority come from lesser-known filmmakers, plenty of established art house directors, including Spike Jonze, Harmony Korine, Jean Luc Godard and Roman Coppola, will show their flicks too. Diarist cinema pioneer Jonas Mekas opens the festival with a special outdoor screening of his legendary "Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches," a sprawling portrait of New York's 1968 avant-garde scene and his first feature length film.
Playing daily, the films run on a continuous basis for five weeks. Notable films include Matt Clark's foxy flick "Passenger," Brian Butler's "Night of Pan," featuring Kenneth Anger and Vincent Gallo and "Thorn and Toad" by CH video alum Tobin Yelland. Rose also shows his own latest work, the short documentary "Become a Microscope" about Sister Corita, a Catholic nun who created provocative art for over 20 years.