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PROJECTIONS: A Festival of Rare and Hard To See Films, is another impressive project that Aaron Rose has played a significant role in making happen. The festival opens this Saturday night at Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Culver City and runs for five weeks while features a host of highly regarded names curated by Aaron Rose.

The opening night will see screening selections from the PROJECTIONS program, as well as a very special outdoor projection of Jonas Mekas’ legendary 1968 16mm masterpiece, Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches. This film features appearances by Jonas Mekas, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Edie Sedgwick, Hans Richter, The Velvet Underground and Nico.

PROJECTIONS: Sadie Benning, M. Blash, Brian Butler, Bruce La Bruce, Thomas Campbell, Matt Clark, James Clauer, Ira Cohen, Roman Coppola & Bucky Fukumoto, Bernadette Corporation, Bill Daniel, Autumn De Wilde, Cheryl Dunn, Maximilla Lucacs, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Devin Flynn, Jean Luc Godard, Liz Goldwyn, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Spike Jonze, Miranda July, Harmony Korine, Matt McCormick, Jonas Mekas, Mike Mills, Alia Raza, Aaron Rose, Brent Stewart, Becky Stark, Lawrence Weiner, Tobin Yelland.

Take a look at the full schedule of the films that will be unveiled over the course of the five weeks below on the gallery website.


Statement from Projections Organizer Aaron Rose

There are few things that move people as much as seeing a great film. As the organizer of this festival I use the term “film” loosely here as I do the word “festival”. Because in this context, I do not necessarily refer only to feature films. In fact some of the most inspiring films I’ve ever seen have been under five minutes long. Projections is a celebration of these types of works. While the focus of this collection is mostly on young filmmakers, I have also chosen to include some masters from the past who, for many reasons, have created things that have moved me in some way. Additionally, it is my hope that by removing all these films from their usual theatrical setting, and instead presenting them in an art gallery context, that people will perhaps look at them a little differently. Not just as entertainment, but as the works of true artists, who contribute greatly to the visual culture of our times.

Aaron Rose is an artist, film director, writer, musician, and independent curator currently living in Los Angeles. For ten years (1992-2002) he was owner/director of the Alleged Gallery in New York, which launched the careers of many contemporary artists. The gallery inspired a book, Young, Sleek and Full of Hell which was released in 2002. Since then, Rose has been working as a freelance curator, choosing artists for the Undefeated Billboard Project, a public art project in Los Angeles produced in conjunction with Nike. He was co-curator of the successful museum exhibition and book Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art & Street Culture which toured the world through 2008. Rose was director of the feature documentary film Beautiful Losers and recently completed the short documentary film Become A Microscope based on the life of 1960’s artist/activist nun Sister Corita. His publishing imprint, Alleged Press (in conjunction with Italian Publisher Damiani) releases hardcover books by contemporary artists. He is also co-editor (along with Ed Templeton & Brendan Fowler) of RVCA/ANP Quarterly, a free arts/culture magazine. Aaron’s writings have been published in Index, iD, Dazed and Confused, Self Service, Flash Art, and numerous exhibition catalogs. He plays music and tours with his band The Sads, infrequently exhibits his paintings and continues to organize exhibitions in galléries and museums worldwide.