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EXTREME Summer Shorts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 ,  8:00PM

Comfort Station
2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL , go to map

Admissions: Free (Donations encouraged!)

CFA has teamed up with the Logan Square art space, Comfort Station, for a new 16mm screening series! Join us the last Tuesday of every month for rarely screened oddities and gems from the vault.

Next up…EXTREME Summer Shorts:

Get in that sweaty, summer state of mind with five short films about EXTREME sports (well…one is technically just about good old fashioned sports). Ultimate frisbee, sailing, BMXing and skateboarding all take center stage in CFA’s very own 16mm X-Games. In our our games though, the films do all the hard work while you just sit back in the AC…BUT extreme attire, thoughts and energy are highly encouraged.

Included in the batch of films is Noel Black’s SKATERDATER-  winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and one of the first films on skateboarding. We’ll also screen SAILING MOODS – a locally produced documentary about a small crew’s sailing adventure from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. All films are without narration (fun, right?) and will be presented in 16mm.

An Absolutely NonAuthoritative History of American Sports (1976), produced by the City of Philadelphia, Color, Sound,  10 min, presented in 16mm (print from the Chicago Public Library Collection)

To get us in a general sporting mood, we ‘ll start things off with this animation live-action mashup about the many sports that our country has joyfully taken part in over the years. Seeing as it was produced by The City of Brotherly Love, the sports teams featured in the film are mostly Philly based.

Floating Free (1977), Produced & Directed by Jerry Butts, Color, Sound, 10.5 min, presented in 16mm (print from the Chicago Public Library Collection)

This short film depicts the skill and virtuosity involved in frisbee competitions as seen in the 1977 World Frisbee Championships. Even our canine friends get in on the fun!

Sailing Moods (1979), Produced & Directed by Bob Link and Written & Edited by Jack Behrend, Color, Sound, 11.5 min, presented in 16mm (print from the Jack Behrend Collection)

Sailing Moods documents a small crew’s sailing voyage adventure from Newport Beach, California to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We see the crew setting sails, navigating and making pit stops to hang out with some huge elephant seals.

The film was directed and produced by Bob Link – the sole owner of the Chicago production company YACHT Films International, which made 16mm color sound films about sailing for showings to professional groups, civic organizations and yacht clubs. Bob was a good friend with CFA Collection namesake and industrial filmmaker Jack Behrend. Bob taught Jack sailing, while Jack taught Bob filmmaking. Together they made Sailing Moods, as well as the Michelob sponsored film Sailing: Do It Right – Keep It Safe (1977), an instructional sailing film that currently resides in CFA’s Jack Behrend Collection.

BMX: Bicycle Motocross (1977), Produced & Directed by Lew V. Adams with music by Barry White/Love Unlimted Orchestra, Color, Sound, 10 min, presented in 16mm (print from the Chicago Public Library Collection)

Set to the soothing sounds of Barry White/Love Unlimted Orchestra, BMX depicts a bicycle motocross race at a challenging, specially designed racetrack. “This film is not intended for a model for the viewer to follow.”

Skaterdater (1965), Written & Directed by Noel Black, Color (faded), sound, 17.5 min, presented in 16mm (print from the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Collection)

An award winning coming of age story about a skateboarder’s first romance with a young lady. His new infatuation causes a rift with his fellow skate bros, who challenge him to a skating duel down a hilly street.

Skaterdater was one of the first widely distributed films featuring the sport of skateboarding. The skateboarders were played by members of the Torrance, CA based Imperial Skateboard Club (one of the boarders being renowned video artist Gary Hill?!). Skaterdater was the first film made by Chicago-born filmmaker Noel Black (Pretty Poison (1968), Private School (1983)), and went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, first prize at the Moscow International Film Festival and first prize at the Venice International Film Festival.

program by Anne Wells

Comfort Station
2579 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
go to map
Admissions:Free (Donations encouraged!)