Sunday, December 10, 2006
Read an interview with Bill Daniel (at Aurora December 16-17, 2006 with WHO IS BOZO TEXINO), who tells all to CINEMAD:
This excellent interview is conducted by MIKE PLANTE, no relation to Robert.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Former Aurora board member and volunteer champion of the world, Fumiko Chino, has surprised us with an eBay on-line auction benefiting Aurora Picture Show. Featured items are anime and manga DVD titles (Orphen, Saint Selva, Sister Princess, Gravion Zwei, Wandaba Style, and more), and a mixed lot of Farscape DVDs! Bid here, bid now, viva Aurora!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Aurora has a wunderbar new intern, Anna Ballheimer! Anna hails from the idyllic town of Dinkelsbuhel, Germany where she was raised in a family-run youth hostel-- a 500 year old grain storage facility. She has a degree in Cultural Design, which Anna describes as "something between making art and selling art." Besides working in the family business, she also worked in a castle, which gave us slight inferiority complex when she first came to Aurora. Anna is working diligently on the future Aurora public video library. Check back for the grand opening.
Anna illustration by Annika Mayer
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Welcome Guy Harrison, Aurora's new Facility Manager! A long-time Volunteer Coordinator for the Aurora, Guy has finally been suckered, I mean hired, as a full fledged Aurora staff member. Besides his time at Aurora, Guy spends his daytime hours working away at School of the Woods Montessori. While he can sometimes be found repairing and building things around the school, his main job consists of waving and greeting all the kids on the playground in response to "Hi, Mr. Guy." At home he hangs out with three dogs (Iggy, Trixie and Buddy) and two cats (Squeaky and Lucy) and a motorcycle (which he hasn't named). He's all giggly with pleasure at being part of the Aurora crew!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Local filmmaker and Aurora friend Laura Harrison has Texas on her side. Harrison just received a grant from the Texas Filmmaker's Production Fund (from Austin Film Society ) to help her complete her documentary ANT, about the 70s art/architecture collective Ant Farm, who were best known for the iconic land-art piece Cadillac Ranch. Harrison has previously received grants for the film from the Graham Foundation and Cultural Arts Council of Houston and is aiming for a finish date of Spring 2007. Also the force behind the films Secret People (2000), Thurmond, W. Va (1995) and more recently, Voting in America, Harrison is well on her way to an ant-tastic production, no doubt! Congrats Laura!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Watch out NYC - Grover can not only tango with the best in media arts, but can balance a two-year old on her shoulder while running a projector, and can take down some talented opponents (or Aurora staff) in a mean pool game too.
For those of you who need more Grover, like everyone does, there is more info on the Phantom Captain exhibit, here.....
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Following the Aurora Staff's return from our retreat with mother nature and fellow media arts enthusiasts (read geeks) which you can read about below, we dove right in with a screening weekend September 15-17 from Brent Hoff of Wholphin, the DVD Magazine from McSweeneys. Friday nights' event was graciously hosted by Domy Bookstore and included highlights from Spike Jonze, Miranda July, and Lisa Chang, among others. The full program (which any good Theorist would require) is listed on the Aurora website under calendar. Here is a shout out to Brent who suffered through Houston humidity with the dignity of any new mixed breed mammal. Thank you Brent.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
From September 10-14, 2006, the Aurora staff (Melissa, Delicia, and Andrea) went on retreat to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Oregon. Told through photos on Aurora's Flickr site is the story of their profound bonding experience, plus drinking, pool playing, and WHITE GRAVY. The retreat was conducted by NAMAC and The Learning Commons, and focused on leadership styles/learning styles. If you can guess each of our Learning Styles (Theorist, Pragmatist, Reflector, or Activist) we'll give you a free All Access pass to Aurora for one year (that's free admission to all $5 screenings). First correct reply wins!
Friday, September 08, 2006
Andrew Ladd and Fumiko Chino tie the knot at Aurora
Aurora Picture Show has been the home to 15 weddings, and the latest was the marriage of our dear friends Fumiko Chino and Andrew Ladd on September 2, 2006. Fumiko is the former Art Director of ADV Films, and Andrew is a very smart Computer Science Canadian (CSC). Aren't they a lovely couple?
The first couple to be married at Aurora was Bill Davenport and Francesca Fuchs in 1999, followed by Pat Phipps and Claire Chauvin. Other Aurora unions included Scott Calhoun and Lisa Cooley, and Dianna Ray and Kathy Johnston.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Last week I infiltrated the high security compound known as the A/V Geeks Headquarters, home of 16mm film collector Skip Elsheimer and Germaine Fodor in Raleigh, NC. Skip and Germaine live in an eight bedroom boarding house with 18,000 films, misc. film strips, a telecine, assorted projectors, and a whole lot of small objects that *could* choke a toddler like the one pictured here (Gigi). Perhaps in retaliation, Gigi inserted an everything bagel into their VCR.
Every good Aurora-ite knows about Skip's ongoing thematic screenings of educational films, which have screened at Aurora every year since 1999. But did you know that Skip is also in the business of film transferring and stock footage licensing? Among his clients are Wonder Showzen, VH1, The History Channel, and other people he asked me not to mention.
The complete A/V Geeks photographs are on the Aurora Flickr site.
The Yes Men (Mike and Andy) at Aurora December 2005
The Yes Men have successfully pranked again. This time "Andy" posed as a HUD representative in New Orleans.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Seattle Post Intelligencer obituary here.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
As you can see, there were thousands of viewers, and we are now considering contacting Guinness Book to see if we broke the world record for attendees to a structuralist landscape film screening.
Top two photos by Jim Caldwell
Bottem photo by Raymond Groscrand
(Courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership)
Thursday, August 03, 2006
The July 27 show at Monkeytown was chest-poundingly good. I screened the Best of Aurora, Volume 3 (Jona Bechtolt, Tommy Becker, Andre Silva, Gerald Straub, Jim Finn, Skip Elsheimer, Eileen Maxson, Jeff Butterworth, Adad Hannah, Arthur Jones, Matt Hulse, Enid Baxter Blader, Bill Daniel, Andy Mann), and got to reconnect with some top Aurora buddies.
The Monkeytown screening room is a theater in the square, with gi-normous screens on all four walls, a killer sound system, and futons with coffee tables for food service. Initially I thought the four screens would be distracting, but not at all. The brain works miracles when given too much information, and settles into plain old stereo vision. Monkeytown started out in the apartment of Montgomery Knott, and was later underwritten by some investors who thought it a pretty good idea. I agree. The current home of Monkeytown is a storefront on 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's more comfy than Alamo Drafthouse, Austin-- the futons and coffee tables invite people to lounge and hang out. I wonder if Montgomery was influenced by Alamo, as he is a former Austinite.
In attendance at the screenings were your friends and mine: Colleen Burke (We Ragazzi), Mary Ellen Carroll, Nick Hallett, Sara Hines (Apex Art), Arthur Jones, Ryan Junell (Slomo Video), Kyle Lapidus (Lovid), Marisa Olson (Rhizome), Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy (Mostra), and Butcher Walsh. There was also a big group from an design agency called Farenheit 212. I read somewhere that Jonas Mekas once said that advertising professionals were some of the biggest clients for film rentals from Filmmakers' Coop.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
And another thing... Our neighbor and long time friend Michael Stovall was an animator on the film "A Scanner Darkly." Mike and his wife Miss Anne (Stovepipe Design) have designed the last three Best of Aurora Picture Show program books. And when we built a wheelchair ramp at Aurora, Mike and Chris Lockwood (Aurora's full time volunteer designer for the last 5 years) poured the cement for the landing. Brawn and brains, all in the family.
Speaking of Best of Aurora, Volume 3 in the series will be at Monkeytown, Brooklyn on July 27, 2006. Free admission if you wear cowboy boots. More on that later.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Though music is not expressly part of our mission, a few interdisciplinary musicians have vibrated the walls of our old church. Who? Calvin Johnson, Khaela Maricich, Phil Elvrum, Jana Hunter, Jody Hughes, Dat Politic, Slump, Childcraft, Loreta Kovacic; and offsite Aurora shows Jona Bechtolt, Extreme Animals, TV Sheriff, My Robot Friend, who am I forgetting? Help?
Friday, June 30, 2006
No, she's not a contestant on The Price Is Right, she's Aurora's new Associate Director! Aurora is delighted to welcome Delicia Harvey to our staff. Delicia will take her post at Aurora in August 2006. She comes by way of The Alley Theatre, where she was Public Relations Manager, and has formerly worked for Landmark Theatre Corporation and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Film Department. Delicia has an MA in Public Communications from Fordham University, and a BA from University of California, San Diego. Please join us in welcoming her to Aurora.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Aurora spares no expense when it comes to our visiting artists. Here we see Extremely Shorts 9 juror Kevin Jerome Everson receiving a substantial honorarium in $5 bills.
Pictured below are some of the annual picnic attendees, and an unnamed karaoke victim. More pictures can be seen on our Flickr site. Thanks to photographers Marisa Avelar and Steve Patlan!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Viewers may remember this former cast member at Aurora, First Mate Allison Wiese. Wiese was the first employee at Aurora beyond Captain Andrea Grover, and was hired in January 2002. Since her departure in 2004, our first mate has been on a Nantucket Sleigh Ride of adventures, with exhibits and artist residencies across the whole US of A!
Hold onto your lifevests, because for a limited two-week engagement, First Mate Wiese will return to the Aurora to batten down the hatches, and work during our 8th Anniversary weekend (Extremely Shorts 9, June 24-25). Come sing some shantees with her at the annual anniverary picnic on Sunday, June 25, 6pm-10pm!
Friday, June 02, 2006
Yesterday, June 1, was Ethan's last day with us. After his companion, Patti, died on May 1, Ethan's health rapidly deteriorated. Like an old married couple, one died right after the other.
Ethan Sleet was his racing name and his racing statistics are still on-line. He was a solid third placer a few times before a hip injury placed him in early retirement--lucky for us, because we adopted Ethan in 1996. Ethan was the first canine resident of Aurora, and is best known for actually being able to say "Aurora." We had visions of Ethan saying Aurora at every screening, but when we actually tried our pet trick before a live audience, Ethan just wandered down the aisle looking for lovin'. Apparently, he didn't like to show off.
Two of the finest pets ever, Ethan and Patti R.I.P.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Save the date, friends. On October 5, 2006, Aurora will present the 6th annual Aurora Award to artist Miranda July. The Aurora Award is an honor given to an artist who has exhibited extraordinary originality in the fields of media and multimedia art. Past honorees have been Tony Oursler (2001), William Wegman (2002), Laurie Anderson (2003), Ant Farm (2004), and Isaac Julien (2006).
Miranda July is a filmmaker, performing artist and writer. She grew up in Berkeley, California where she began her career by writing plays and staging them at the local punk club. July's videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in the 2002 and 2004 Whitney Biennials. Her short fiction has been published in The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, and Zoetrope All Story, and a collection of stories is forthcoming from Scribner in spring 2007. July created the participatory website learningtoloveyoumore.com with artist Harrell Fletcher and a companion book will be published by Prestel in fall 2007. She wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) , which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. July currently live in Los Angeles.
Photo: Todd Warnock
Monday, May 15, 2006
...But they're not cryin'. We wish an all-to-early farewell to Aurora' Assistant Director, Amy Kweskin Duncan who is moving to London! with her husband Stephen in June. On the other side of the pond Amy will return to management consulting and expand on her Americans for the Arts fellowship with focused research into Leadership Development of staff and boards of arts nonprofits.
Send Amy (pictured above with Scottish hubbie Stephen) your goodbyes before May 31, or join us for a farewell party on that evening, location posted soon.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Aurora's Board Prez curated this weekend's show, and the press knows what time it is....
(from this week's Houston Press)
Go "Home" Already
BY MARY TEMPLETON
What would you do if you found out your entire identity had been fabricated by the CIA? Would you believe it? It happened to one man, and his story is told in It's Not My Memory of It. The short documentary, composed of declassified CIA interviews and footage, will screen as part of the short-film showcase "At Home and Abroad" at Aurora Picture Show. According to curator Mark Yzaguirre, "At Home" will attempt to "capture the diversity of the American experience...from urban to rural and policy to kitsch."
Besides Memory, three other films examine life from sea to shining sea. In Playground, three kids growing up in New York City create a play space from their surrounding concrete jungle. Meanwhile, back in the woods, The Bear Hunter chronicles the story of a man who, following family legacy, has been hunting black bears for 44 years. Finally, The American Nutria reveals the bizarre history of the giant rodent, which populates Houston's own bayous. Factoid: Nutria fur coats were once a sign of prosperity. Ewww. Find out what else you didn't know about our great nation at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora St. , Houstonxxoo
Monday, May 01, 2006
Greyhounds make exceptional pets. Contrary to popular belief, they are low maintenance and don't want to run around all day. They prefer to sleep or watch movies. Greyhounds crave affection, are easy to train, and eager to please. Adopting a retired athlete is a good thing to do, and the local chapter of GPA can guide you through the process.
We'll miss our Patti, and hope to have Ethan around for a little while longer.
Photo: Kathy Johnston
Monday, April 24, 2006
It was a short but lovely affair with the Mobile Microcinemas. Aurora's Street Team became Skip, Melissa and Germaine during the Media Archeology: Software Cinema festival transporting our VIP artists to/from/to airports, venues and the hotel.
Here's Envy at DiverseWorks for festival finale.
Photo: Lorraine Kweskin
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Last night the one and only Orange Show was aglow with the mind-blowing, hypnotic, heavy metal imagery of Nate Boyce, and the pyrotechnics and electronic pop sexiness of My Robot Friend.
Top Nate Boyce Photo by Steve Patlan. My Robot Friend Photos contributed by Mister Chris Lockwood.
More photos on http://www.flickr.com/photos/mediaarch
Saturday, April 22, 2006
April 21, 2006. A starry night at Domy Bookstore, Houston. LoVid broke it down family-style with a wearable a/v synthesizer performance for two, followed by YACHT (Jona Bechtolt). Yacht's show included a rare visit from god, who incidentally has a lisp. Program curated by Lauren Cornell, Executive Director of Rhizome.
Yacht photos contributed by Mister Steve Patlan. Nate Boyce in blue satin jacket on right.
Anyone have any LoVid photos to contribute?
Thursday, April 20, 2006
You could feel the love last night as Share faciliated a group a/v jam. The participants at Aurora included local musicians Pizo Meyer and Carlos Pozo, A/V Geek Skip Elsheimer, Aurora's Barna Kantor, and many other innovative folks.
Who were you and how can we meet again?
Image courtesy of Chika Iijima, Share, NYC. Pictured left at laptop is Share member Elsa Vieira.
We'll upload photos of the festival daily on our Flckr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mediaarch
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Participants can download a PDF with technical specs and suggested jam etiquette, or learn how to Share in this week's Houston Press (Diggin' Digital by Mary Templeton.)
Photo by ENUM.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Have you seen Cherry and Envy, Aurora's Mobile Microcinemas, roaming the streets of Houston? Check out these locations to meet our Street Team and to experience a taste of Aurora. In the spirit of renegade art these visits are unofficial so we'll be there as long as we can - see us in the parking lots.
Added bonus, since I know you like deals as much as I do, get a $2 off coupon for Media Archeology from the Street Team. Taste, experience, enjoy, indulge some more.
xoxo Team Captain Aurora
Friday, April 14
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center
University of Houston Dudley Recital Hall
UH Fine Arts Bldg, ground floor - Entrance 16 off of Cullen Blvd
Saturday, April 15
THE NEW HOPE TOUR
813 St. Emmanuel Street
Sunday, April 16
250 West 19th St.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Thanks to Scion Aurora has two mobile microcinemas roaming Houston run by our Street Team. Here's your chance to preview the Media Archeology: Software Cinema artists. Equipt with multiple interior screens and projected video on the back window the xB is the ultimate mobile microcinema.
Street Team: Andrea Grover, Guy Harrison, Carlos Lama, Barna Kantor, Amy Kweskin, Melissa Sonzala, Skip Elsheimer, Germaine Fodor, and Jessica and Doyle Odom. Aurora gives a shout out to the promotion team - Melissa and Matt Sonzala of Houston So Real, Chris Lockwood of Lockwood Costa Studios, and Amy Kweskin of The Kweskin Report.
Check this blog regularly for the Mobile Microcinema Street Team locations, out and about April 8-24.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
All able bodied, stable minded (defined loosely) loyal folks, Aurora Wants You to volunteer! Positions available for Media Archeology: Software Cinema April 19-23, 2006.
Ask not what Aurora can do for you, but what you can do for Aurora. Give us a few hours of your time and we’ll give you Fame, Fortune and Free passes to Media Archeology: Software Cinema and… recognition on the Aurora website and…invitation to our volunteer appreciation event!
Sign now with Aurora’s recruiter Volunteer Coordinator Guy Harrison Harrison@aurorapictureshow.org www.aurorapicturesow.org.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
A round of applause as we raise our glasses to toast the hosts with the most.
Where did I put my glasses?
All my love, Aurora
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Submit your mini masterpiece. Details and entry form online at www.aurorapictureshow.org. Entires of films and videos three minutes or less will be selected by Everson for screening at June 24 & 25, 2006 at Aurora.
Can you believe we're into our nines already? Number Nine. Number Nine.
Photo: A Week in the Hole (2001) film still
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Hear My Robot friend on http://www.myspace.com/myrobotfriend.
P.S. My Robot Friend you can be my friend anytime.
Photo of My Robot Friend by Alex Wright.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Nathalie’s piece Sleeping Angels is a study of residents of Beijing who catch gentle naps during their train commute to and from work. As the sleeping city passes in the background the viewer wonders if these are really the dreams of the sleeping riders. The trance is broken when one woman opens her eyes. Thankfully she falls back to sleep so that the voyeuristic viewer can again watch the Sleeping Angels.
Image from Sleeping Angels, Nathalie Latham
Monday, March 13, 2006
Aurora is delighted to welcome Barna Kantor to our growing team. A renowned moving image artist and the founder of several arts nonprofits, Barna is taking on the facility and technology management role at Aurora.
Terra Cognita Cinematexas 10 describes Barna’s work… “Kantor integrates found objects into installations that have the slick feel we’ve come to expect from digital art, but with a difference. Kantor isn’t interested solely in the projected image that is shackled to cinematic media, but also in the machine that makes the projection possible. For the past two years, Kantor has been building projectors. His machines are drawn in part from the history of cinema.”
Meet Barna at Aurora’s Media Archeology: Software Cinema , April 19-23. Details on the website calendar at.
Images of Barna Kantor's work:
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Astria's compiling the responses on her website. Guess which one's mine.
Image Credit: “I am a Conjuror,” Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, 8:30, 2004.