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CROSSROADS 2014 is San Francisco Cinematheque's annual film festival dedicated to recent and rediscovered artist-made works.
CROSSROADS 2014 is San Francisco Cinematheque's annual film festival dedicated to recent and rediscovered artist-made works.
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The fifth annual CROSSROADS Moving Image Arts Festival, produced and presented by San Francisco Cinematheque, will manifest April 3–6, 2014 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Kadist Art Foundation, and the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Full festival line-up available here.

As a showcase for recent and rediscovered avant-garde and experimental works, CROSSROADS creates an international forum where artists can meet and share their ideas.

Over the course of four days, this film, video and performance cinema festival will feature an extensive program of new films and live projector performances by more than 30 national and international artists. Highlights include world premieres by Nathaniel Dorsky, Jeremy Moss, Mónica Savirón, Alexander Stewart, Karen Yasinsky and others as well as live performances by Elise Baldwin, MSHR and Seitz vs Gendreau.

Expenses incurred in the production of CROSSROADS include:
• filmmaker travel, accommodations and honoraria
• film rentals
• venue and equipment rental
• festival promotions
• events technical staff
• festival catalogue production

Lovers of radical cinema worldwide! The first four years of CROSSROADS were tremendously successful. Help us fulfill our mission by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign, and celebrate our fifth year with us!

Books! Videos! Tote bags and films can be yours for a small donation! We cannot do it without you.

All of our rewards are generous donations from artists and organizations we present each year as part of San Francisco Cinematheque's exhibition programs of film, video, and performance cinema works. Their ongoing support, and yours, means so much to us.

Trailer video by Mary Helena Clark, featuring CROSSROADS 2014 filmmakers: Karen Yasinsky, Jesse Malmed, Mónica Savirón, Alexander Stewart, April Simmons, Michael Robinson, Ben Russell + Ben Rivers, Scott Stark, Elise Baldwin, MSHR, Zach Iannazzi

Images of selected rewards are available below:

San Francisco Cinematheque tote bag with illustration by George Kuchar
San Francisco Cinematheque tote bag with illustration by George Kuchar
SPEAKING DIRECTLY: Oral Histories of the Moving Image (Cinematograph 7), edited by Federico Windhausen
SPEAKING DIRECTLY: Oral Histories of the Moving Image (Cinematograph 7), edited by Federico Windhausen
                                      
ASK THE DUST LP by John Davis
ASK THE DUST LP by John Davis
The Eyepole, story and illustrations by Anne McGuire
The Eyepole, story and illustrations by Anne McGuire
LOGBOOK, INTERTIDAL and  LIGHTBOX posters by Alex Mackenzie (offered separately)
LOGBOOK, INTERTIDAL and LIGHTBOX posters by Alex Mackenzie (offered separately)
Signed copy of Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, by P. Adams Sitney
Signed copy of Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, by P. Adams Sitney
EIGHTEEN CORNERS zine/artist's book by Alexander Stewart
EIGHTEEN CORNERS zine/artist's book by Alexander Stewart
RADICAL LIGHT: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, edited by Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid
RADICAL LIGHT: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, edited by Steve Anker, Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid
Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947–1986 2 DVD set
Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947–1986 2 DVD set
Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights, signed by Trevor Paglen
Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights, signed by Trevor Paglen
Science Times, artist's book by Jeanne Liotta
Science Times, artist's book by Jeanne Liotta
THE UNFINISHED FILM catalogue from the Gladstone Gallery exhibition curated by Thomas Beard
THE UNFINISHED FILM catalogue from the Gladstone Gallery exhibition curated by Thomas Beard
 
Craig Baldwin DVD set featuring Tribulation 99, Spectres of the Spectrum and Mock Up on Mu
Craig Baldwin DVD set featuring Tribulation 99, Spectres of the Spectrum and Mock Up on Mu
LAND AND SEA collection featuring Paul Clipson, Sean McFarland and Eddie Martinez with Alexander Kori Girard-designed Land and Sea tote bag
LAND AND SEA collection featuring Paul Clipson, Sean McFarland and Eddie Martinez with Alexander Kori Girard-designed Land and Sea tote bag
 
  
Film Flogger, handmade by Bay Area filmmaker Kerry Laitala
Film Flogger, handmade by Bay Area filmmaker Kerry Laitala
GRAVITY SPELLS handmade folio with LPS, book and DVDs by John Davis
GRAVITY SPELLS handmade folio with LPS, book and DVDs by John Davis
                       
Personal Guided Tour of Canyon Cinema facilities + preview screening
Personal Guided Tour of Canyon Cinema facilities + preview screening
BRIGHT MIRROR (2013, unframed poster print) by Paul Clipson
BRIGHT MIRROR (2013, unframed poster print) by Paul Clipson
UNION (2011, framed poster print) by Paul Clipson
UNION (2011, framed poster print) by Paul Clipson
16mm film print of Let Your Light Shine by Jodie Mack
16mm film print of Let Your Light Shine by Jodie Mack

Risks and challenges

We do not anticipate any risks to the project, as we are in our fifth year and have successfully completed multiple campaigns. A potential setback would be a small delay of a few weeks in distributing the rewards after we wrap up our festival. If this challenge presents itself, we will notify all backers and continue to keep you informed of our progress!

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    Handwritten Note of Thanks from one of our festival's participating filmmakers + a commemorative CROSSROADS 2014 Program Guide

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    San Francisco Cinematheque TOTE BAG with exclusive artwork by the late great GEORGE KUCHAR, screen-printed with the motto "View the Impossible Dreams..", PLUS mystery ephemera from Cinematheque's archive!

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    CINEMATHEQUE PROGRAM PACK: A collection of commemorative program guides from CROSSROADS festivals past (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and present, including CROSSROADS 2014.

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    ASK THE DUST LP from Bay Area sound artist, composer and filmmaker John Davis, signed by the artist himself.
    A moving suite of compositions made using a plethora of instrumentation including guitar, piano, tape loops, Max/MSP, field recordings and the newest addition to his arsenal, a complex assortment of Blacet synthesizer modules. Abstract sounds, masterfully arranged.

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    Cinematheque's latest publication of Cinematograph 7, SPEAKING DIRECTLY: ORAL HISTORIES OF THE MOVING IMAGE, signed by editor Federico Windhausen + Kuchar tote bag.
    Features contemporary interviews with: Annette Michelson, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Ben Rivers, Kerry Laitala and others, plus historical interviews with George Kuchar, Owen Land, Peter Hutton and Warren Sonbert.

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    Anne McGuire’s short story THE EYEPOLE with a handwritten note from the author and artist herself!
    The story introduces us to a young girl on a summer day in a vaguely familiar rural landscape dotted with unexpected visitors and mysterious shimmerings after the rain. This is the first installment in McGuire’s science fiction short story series.

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    EIGHTEEN CORNERS, the new zine/artist book by filmmaker Alexander Stewart. The book collects drawings he made of edges and corners of buildings in the industrial area around his studio in Chicago. Printed on a Risograph machine.
    Signed and numbered from an edition of 100.

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    ONCE IT STARTED IT COULD NOT END OTHERWISE, a signed DVD by Los Angeles-based animator and filmmaker Kelly Sears. Includes special handmade insert!

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    RADICAL LIGHT: ALTERNATIVE FILM AND VIDEO IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, 1945–2000 This kaleidoscopic collection of essays, interviews, photographs and artist pages chronicles the vibrant and influential history of experimental cinema in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the contributors are Rebecca Solnit, Ernie Gehr, Scott MacDonald, P. Adams Sitney, Stan Brakhage, Bruce Conner, Lawrence Jordan, Yvonne Rainer, J. Hobeman, Robert Nelson, Craig Baldwin and George Kuchar. Edited by former Cinematheque Artistic Director Steve Anker, and PFA curators Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid.

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    TREASURES IV: AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE FILM, 1947–1986: 2-DVD box set, with 72-page book
. Produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Winner of 2009 Film Heritage Award and 2009 Best Avant-Garde Publication.

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    Signed copy of P. Adams Sitney's VISIONARY FILM: THE AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE, 1943–2000 (third edition), from Cinematheque's archive!

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    LOGBOOK: Limited edition digital proof poster for expanded film works by Alex MacKenzie, also designed by MacKenzie.
    19"H X 6.25"W, including white border, printed on heavy 100 lb Cougar Cover; unframed; signed.
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    INTERTIDAL: Limited edition digital proof poster for expanded film works by Alex MacKenzie, also designed by MacKenzie.
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    THE WOODEN LIGHTBOX: Limited edition digital proof poster for expanded film works by Alex MacKenzie, also designed by MacKenzie.
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    CROSSROADS 2014 Festival Pass. This pass admits one to all 10 CROSSROADS Film Festival programs. Skip the ticket line! (Please note: Does not include opening night programs)
    + Kuchar tote bag
    + invitation to private party on Friday, April 4

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    MONOGRAPH PACK: Includes Cinematheque-produced monographs of Gordon Matta-Clark, Lynne Sachs, Lynn Kirby, Leslie Thornton, Jennifer Reeves, Joseph Cornell, David Gatten, and tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE.

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    SCIENCE TIMES by New York filmmaker Jeanne Liotta, signed by the artist herself.
    A perfect bound artist's book, signed, horizontal 7 x 9 inches, 17 pages back and front. Color reproductions selected from the artist's Science Times series of mixed media collages using material from the New York Times Science Times edition. Liotta calls the method "one-cuts" ; where one entire piece is cut out and lifted from the newspaper sheet.

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    THE UNFINISHED FILM exhibition catalogue, from an exhibition curated by Thomas Beard at Gladstone Gallery, NY in April 2011.
    The lineup—whose diverse contents feature the oneiric episodes of Harry Smith and Leslie Thornton alongside the incisive essays of Godard/Miéville and Pasolini—is anchored by the ultimate unfinished film, Hollis Frampton's Magellan.

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    TORTURE TAXI: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights, by Trevor Paglen and A.C. Thompson. Signed by Trevor Paglen. Documents the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

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    CRAIG BALDWIN DVD SET: Three (3) experimental features by San Francisco's own found footage fanatic. Including the "psuedo-pseudo doc" TRIBULATION 99, the "conspiratorial harangue" SPECTRES OF THE SPECTRUM and his "American myth fashioned from all manner of cultural detritus" MOCK UP ON MU.

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    A GUNVOR NELSON Duet: 2 rare (out of print!) exhibition catalogues EVIDENCE (2006) and STILL MOVING (2002)!
    EVIDENCE: In English.
    STILL MOVING: In Swedish and English.
    Both catalogues include insightful essays and interviews with Swedish filmmaker Nelson. From Cinematheque's archive!

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    The LAND AND SEA Collection: Includes a selection of exquisite limited edition artist monographs from Paul Clipson, Sean McFarland and Eddie Martinez, beautifully packaged in a Land and Sea tote bag designed by LA-based artist Alexander Kori Girard.

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    Very exclusive FILM FLOGGER, handmade and signed by filmmaking mistress Kerry Laitala. Wooden handle, 16mm film.

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    San Francisco Cinematheque's ICONOCLAST Membership: 1 FREE ADMISSION to San Francisco Cinematheque events and screenings for ONE YEAR, including seasonal programming and CROSSROADS 2014
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    + invitation to private opening night CROSSROADS 2014 party

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    GRAVITY SPELLS: BAY AREA NEW MUSIC AND EXPANDED CINEMA ART from Bay Area sound artist, composer and filmmaker John Davis, created during his residency at the Kala Art Institute. Handsome handcrafted folio includes 2 LPs (exclusive test pressings!), 1 booklet and 4 DVDs with commissioned films to be played with each side of the LPs. Featured artists: Kerry Laitala (film) + Ben Bracken/Ashley Bellouin (music);
    Lawrence Jordan (film) + John Davis (music);
    Craig Baldwin (film) + Maggi Payne (music);
    Paul Clipson (film) + Tashi Wada (music)

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    CANYON CINEMA FOUNDATION PACK: A guided tour of Canyon Cinema's legendary facilities PLUS 1.5 hours of in-house preview screening time for 2 people (titles will be chosen based on availability and contributors' interests).

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    BRIGHT MIRROR (2013, unframed). A striking poster print by local filmmaking luminary Paul Clipson, signed. B/W image collage of Super-8mm film series. 40 x 26 in.

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    UNION (2011, framed). An exquisite poster print by local filmmaking luminary Paul Clipson, signed. Color image collage of Super-8mm film series. 31 3/4 X 48 3/4 in.

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    A very special 16mm print of LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE (2013, 16mm, color, sound, 3 minutes) by Jodie Mack, “2013’s breakout star of the avant-garde,” (-Fandor), with 2 pairs of prismatic glasses!

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