Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly expanded cinema series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from sound artists, musicians and artists from other creative disciplines. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center in North Oakland. Doors open at 7:30pm. Shows are free. Shapeshifters is curated by Kathleen Quillian and Gilbert Guerrero.



Voted “Best Leaps From
the Screen” by the San
Francisco Bay Guardian
,
October 2014.

Support for Shapeshifters Cinema is provided by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Clorox Company Foundation, the San Francisco Cinematheque and individual donors.

Interested in supporting Shapeshifters? Please consider a donation to help support on-going costs of running this series. Shapeshifters is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Cinematheque. Donations of any amount are tax deductible (and greatly appreciated!).



August 13, 2017
Sofía Córdova with Matthew Gonzalez Kirkland



Sofía Córdova presents a live, semi-improvised collaborative sound performance and video screening from her ongoing series, Echoes of A Tumbling Throne (Odas al fin de los tiempos). The score of the piece, co-written by Córdova with Matthew Gonzalez Kirkland as part of their musical collaboration, XUXA SANTAMARIA, will be played live by the duo alongside the video. Echoes of A Tumbling Throne (Odas al fin de los tiempos) is a live sound and video performance suite that imagines our world 1,500 years in the future. The landscape of this future world provides a site for considering new realities unfettered by the current social order while serving as a distorted lens aimed at our present in keeping with the tradition of dystopian science fiction. This work is concerned with lending visibility to marginalized bodies both as the subjects performing in the work itself, and as the focus of the storylines that make up the narrative of this work. While Córdova treads close to ambivalence and ambiguity in terms of revealing whether or not she believes humankind can reorganize for the better in that timespan, her work focuses on fleshing out queer, colored and feminist realities suggesting that the ecological doom and imbalance that permeates her world can ultimately serve as a catalyst for a rebirth that frees those in the margins from contemporary subjugation and racial and gender focused organization, segregation and violence.

September 10, 2017
Oracle Plus




Oracle Plus penetrates the psyche with synchronized pseudo-science performance using video and sound installation. Collabroators (and sisters) Miel and Steph Lister experiment with moving and touchable images, drawing dreams behind your eyelids. For Shapeshifters they will be expanding their 2016 performance Space Funeral, a meditative collective funeral procession which seeks to bridge worlds, hold space for mourning and bring to life the shadows of death. Working with both physical and metaphorical layers, they seek to add and take away these layers to unmask the myriad of dimensions that are shimmering simultaneously. Under the mask there is only another mask.



July 9, 2017: Konrad Steiner with Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta & All My Senses Rebel
June 11, 2017: the CinePimps
May 14, 2017: Surabhi Saraf & Dorothy Santos
April 9, 2017: Malic Amalya and Nathan Hill
March 12, 2017: Alex Mackenzie
February 12, 2017: Fired! group screening
January 8, 2017: Neurodivergent Media w/Allison Leigh Holt
December 11, 2016: Anna Geyer & Collin McKelvey
November 13, 2016: Facing West Shadow Opera
October 9, 2016: Greta Snider
September 11, 2016: Thad Povey and Mark Taylor with Henry Plotnick and Alfonso Alvarez
August 14, 2016: Kit Young & Lori Varga with Thomas Dimuzio
July 10, 2016: Suki O'Kane
June 12, 2016: Gustavo Vazquez & Guillermo Galindo
May 8, 2016: Sarah Rosalena Brady
April 8, 2016: Killer Banshee
March 13, 2016: Timeless Motion
February 14, 2016: The Freddy McGuire Show
January 10, 2016: Elia Vargas and Andy Puls with Marie Hoff
December 13, 2015: viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman & Zachary James Watkins)
November 8, 2015: Greta Snider
September 13, 2015: Alfonso Alvarez & Steve Dye w/Suki O'Kane and Maat Valkyr
August 9, 2015: Phoebe Tooke & Wayne Grim w/Stephanie Stewart-Bailey
July 12, 2015: Kerry Laitala with Voicehandler & Wobbly
June 14, 2015: Lori Varga
May 10, 2015: Dennis Keefe & Jim Baldocchi with Thomas DiMuzio
April 12, 2015: Zen Cohen with Colton Long and Zoey Vero
March 22, 2015: Roger Beebe with Cody Hennesy
February 8, 2015: Cheryl Leonard with Rebecca Haseltine & Oona Stern
January 11, 2015: Keith & Geoff Evans
December 14, 2014: Brian Darr & Alex Xander Jacobs
November 16, 2014: Jeremy Rourke
October 12, 2014: Cyrus Tabar
September 14, 2014: Tommy Becker
August 10, 2014: tooth
July 13, 2014: Elise Baldwin
June 8, 2014: Dennis Keefe & Glenn McKay with Chris Musgrave & Sarah Brady
May 11, 2014: Chris Pew
April 13, 2014: Andy Puls
March 2, 2014: Greg Pope with Voicehandler
February 9, 2014: Lori Varga
January 12, 2014: Scott Stark & Allison Holt
December 8, 2013: Alex MacKenzie
November 10, 2013: Chris Duncan
October 13, 2013: Craig Baldwin
September 8, 2013: Steve Dye
August 11, 2013: Kadet Kuhne
July 14, 2013: Beige
June 9, 2013: Josh Kit Clayton
May 12, 2013: Jim Haynes
April 28, 2013: Lori Varga & Paul Baker
February 10, 2013: Jen Cohen & Guillermo Galindo
January 13, 2013: John Davis & Josh Churchill
November 8, 2012: Sylvia Schedelbauer
October 4, 2012: Tommy Becker
September 6, 2012: Kerry Laitala with John Davis and Neal Johnson
August 2, 2012: Jeremy Rourke
July 13, 2012: Paul Clipson & Evan Caminiti
June 17, 2012: The cinePimps

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