Past Programs

Raid Rafei, 74

74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) by Raed & Rania Rafei
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Admission: $10-100, sliding scale donation

74 (The Reconstitution of a Struggle) (2012, 95 mins.) is the first feature film co-written and co-directed by Raed Rafei in 2012. The award-winning film is a docu-drama that revisits the 1974 student uprising at the American University of Beirut with an eye on the changes sweeping through the Arab region today.

Students demonstrate against a tuition increase. For 37 days, they occupy university offices. Any resemblance to recent events is completely intentional. With the Lebanese student revolt of 1974 as their starting point, filmmakers Rania and Raed Rafei direct an absorbing documentary on the core issues of revolution and democracy. In addition to a meticulous re-enactment, they include theatrical improvisations in which activists give their interpretations of the student leaders’ actions in ’74. The simplicity of the film’s direction lets us focus on the debates, by turns impassioned, intelligent and even annoying thanks to their ideologically driven didacticism. How do you change the world? The question has never been more relevant.

Proceeds will be donated to local chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine.


Freight Train Lady + HAIL DIRT!
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Doors 7pm / Music 8pm
Admission: $10

Join us for a night of FOLK ROCK! Featuring Freight Train Lady and HAIL DIRT! Plus live projections, including visuals by Christian Moreno and handmade 16mm films by Ellie Vanderlip. Freight Train Lady is a country band living in San Francisco playing songs from the north coast. HAIL DIRT! is a queer folk band from San Francisco playing ballads of revenge, religion, and existentialism.

Spring Happening

Shapeshifters Spring Happening
Saturday, May 4, 2024 (rain or shine)

Join us this Saturday, May 4th for food, drink, music, vendors and more, happening all day long at Shapeshifters.

We will be serving brunch in our café, from 11am-3pm featuring house-made pastries, seasonal toasts, breakfast burritos, coffee & espresso drinks, house-blended teas and more.

From 1-6pm we will continue the fun in and around our cinema space with tamales, house-made beer on tap and a steady stream of audio gems chosen from our collection of pop, punk, lounge and dollar bin vinyl records.

Some of our favorite local artists and organizations will be on hand selling an array of handmade, small batch and one-of-a-kind items, including San Francisco Cinematheque, owllamode, Anna Firth, Nico Charuza, Maya Dijiji, Bright Moments, The Catman of West Oakland and Ms. Lori's Unique Boutique. Oakland's own Driveway Follies, purveyors of the amazing annual Halloween puppet show, will be there with some of their handmade marionettes to show. They will also have a craft table where you and/or your kid can make your own paper bat puppet!

Easy for You to Say, Jonathan Keifer

Easy for You to Say by Jonathan Kiefer
Friday, May 3, 2024
Free Admission

In this wry ode to the blank page -- shot in part at Shapeshifters -- a melancholy Barcelona poet (Raúl Portero) visits the tiny California college responsible for an English translation of his possibly final work.

Spaces of Exception

Spaces of Exception Documentary Film by Matt Peterson & Malek Rasamny
Friday, April 19, 2024
Admission: $15

Spaces of Exception is a 90-minute documentary film that investigates and juxtaposes the struggles, communities, and spaces of the American Indian reservation and the Palestinian refugee camp. The film was shot from 2014 to 2017 in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, and South Dakota, as well as in Lebanon and the West Bank. Directed by Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny, it is an attempt to understand the significance of the land—its memory and divisions—and the conditions for life, community, and sovereignty.

Amar Lal

Amar Lal — Practicing Joy Book Release Party
TONIGHT - Wednesday, April 17, 2024
$10 suggested donation at the door, NOTAFLOF

Join Amar Lal in celebrating the release of an art book of his "graphic scores". We will be projecting a selection of his scores, interpreted live by a stellar cast of musicians - Matt Robidoux, Zekarias Thompson, Geoff Saba and Judith Horn. Attendees will get a chance to draw their own graphic score on a transparency, projected for the musicians to play. The book, currently available (and will be available at the release party), was made in collaboration with Rachel Mendelsohn of Bad Language and features 78 full-color 9x12 pages of Lal's artwork and writings about art and creative process. Limited to 125 hand-numbered and signed copies.

Holding Back the Tide, Emily Packer

Holding Back the Tide Documentary Film by Emily Packer
Friday, April 12, 2024
Admission: $10

This impressionist hybrid documentary, directed by NY-based artist Emily Packer, traces the oyster through its many life cycles in New York, once the world's oyster capital. Now their specter haunts the city through queer characters embodying ancient myth, discovering the overlooked history and biology of the bivalve that built the city. As environmentalists restore them to the harbor, Holding Back The Tide looks to the oyster as a queer icon, entangled with nature, with much to teach about our continued survival.

Related workshop: Emily will also be leading a workshop on Sunday, April 14th, inspired by elements of her film. Participants will explore the ecologic, economic, and social functions of the Port of Oakland through the moving image. Find out more and register

Luther Price, Warm Broth

Remembering Luther Price II: Two Films by Tom Rhoads
Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque
Thursday, March 28, 2024
Admission: $12 General / $10 Cinematheque Members

As an echo to San Francisco Cinematheque's program Luther Price: New Utopia and Light Fracture (presented Sunday, March 24 at CounterPulse) and in celebration of the life of filmmaker Luther Price, SF Cinematheque and Shapeshifters proudly present this rare screening of early works by the artist's pre-Price avatar Tom Rhoads.

Following a near-fatal shooting suffered in Nicaragua in 1985, the artist later known as Luther Price (and previously known by myriad appellations, including LA, Brigk Athey, Laija Brie and others) suspended his physically-demanding sculptural/installation practice and turned to filmmaking, adopting the persona Tom Rhoads. Just as obsessive and fastidious as Price would later be, Rhoads immediately dove deeply into Super-8 filmmaking, creating elaborate works which radically extrapolate on home movie aesthetics while enacting primal domestic psychodramas and complex expressions of familial portraiture and which assail audiences with assaultive walls of mid-century American kitsch, aggressive audio collage and gender-confounding drag performance. Screening to include Green and Warm Broth (both 1988, both screened in Super-8mm) and the confounding late-period Price work, Dipping Sause (2005, 16mm screened as digital video), a fetishistic meditation on the adversities of childhood in a godlessly mechanistic yet absurdly mocking and humiliating universe. (Steve Polta)

The two-part series Remembering Luther Price also celebrates the release of two publications on the artist: Luther Price: New Utopia and Light Fracture and Luther Price in San Francisco: A Remembrance (both available from SF Cinematheque).

This Room is Nothing Without You

This Room is Nothing Without You - Experimental and Expanded Animation
Saturday, March 23, 2024
SOLD OUT! - There will be no more tickets available at the door

This Room is Nothing Without You is a program of experimental and expanded animation works by Bay Area artists Meghana Bisineer, Lydia Greer, Kathleen Quillian & Jeremy Rourke that was originally going to be presented as part of Bay Area Now 9 cinema programming. In light of YBCA's response to the eight BAN9 artists' Love Letter to Gaza protest action on February 15, 2024, the collective has withdrawn from participating in YBCA's programming and has instead decided to share the work and conversations at Shapeshifters Cinema with proceeds going towards humanitarian aid in Gaza.

The artists have also chosen to include short animations by Yasmeen Abedifard and Ola Abdel Latif Barakat whose works both resonate with their own and that also speak to critical issues of the day.

The program will conclude with a conversation between the artists and curators Kathleen Maguire and Gina Basso.

Promotional image by Jeremy Rourke

Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski

Improvised Electronic Music w/Thomas Dimuzio, Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski + Barry Weisblat
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Admission: $12

Two sets of improvised music by local and visiting musicians.

Bay Area-based Thomas Dimuzio will present improvised electronics on the Buchla 200 series Electric Music Box.

NY-based improvised drone duo Marcia Bassett (guitar) and Samara Lubelski (violin) will explore drones and wavering frequencies with violin, guitar, and electronics, accompanied by color slide gel projection visuals by Barry Weisblat.

Jocelyne Saab

Fundraiser for Palestine - Lifting the Veil: Palestine in Jocelyne Saab's Cinema
Sunday, March 10, 2024
SOLD OUT! (There will be no more tickets available at the door)
Admission: $10-100, sliding scale

Please join us for our second fundraiser to support the people of Palestine during this terrifying time of seige. This screening was organized by filmmakers and film scholars, Amy Reid and Raed Rafei.

Jocelyne Saab (1948-2019) was a Lebanese filmmaker who dedicated a large part of her career to struggles for self-determination in places like Palestine, Western Sahara and Kurdistan. Between 1974 and 1982, she made a dozen films centered around Palestinians during the Lebanese civil conflict including women resistance fighters, the situation in refugee camps and Israeli invasions of Southern Lebanon. Moving between a journalistic approach and an essayistic, personal style, Saab captured moments that were central to the experience of Palestinians in Lebanon, notably the 1982 siege of Beirut, the departure of the fedayeen from Lebanon and the exile of Arafat and other PLO leaders aboard the Greek cruise ship Atlantis.

Screening: The Palestinian Women (1974), Children of the War (1976), South Lebanon (History of a Besieged Village) (1976), Beirut, my city (1982) and The Ship of Exile (1982). Newly restored 16mm films will be screened as HD video files, provided by the Jocelyne Saab Association.

WARNING: Some of the films we will be screening contain distressing images of war.

The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Lebanese film scholar and maker Raed Rafei.

All proceeds will be donated to Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA for Peace).

DONATE TO MECA: If you are unable to attend this screening, but would like to make a direct donation to MECA, or if you would like to make an additional donation, you can do so here.

NEW: Listen to Raed Rafei and Amy Reid speak about this program Saturday, March 9th at 5:30pm with Gregory Scharpen on the Film Close-ups program on KALX 90.7FM.

Our Voices in Reverse, Nadia Shihab

Gravitational Lensing - Prequel Screening & Fundraiser
Sunday, March 3, 2024
Admission: $10-100 sliding scale

March is Women's History month! And we are kicking off this month's programming with a stellar screening of films made over the past 50 years that speak to a spectrum of women's issues including mother-child relationships, mental health and self-determination.

This very special screening will include the films Schmeerguntz (1965) by Gunvor Nelson & Dorothy Wiley, Anything You Want to Be (1971) by Liane Brandon, Women and Children at Large (1973) by Freude, Killing Time (1979) by Fronza Woods, Artificial Paradise (1986) by Chick Strand, Chronicles of a Lying Spirit by Kelly Gabron (1992) by Cauleen Smith, Noa, Noa (2006) by Lynne Sachs, Our Voices in Reverse (2013) by Nadia Shihab, The Way Light Keeps its Shadow (working title/WIP) by Vanessa Woods and Edge of Alchemy (2017) by Stacey Steers.

We will also have a raffle for prizes including DVDs, rare books, handmade art and more! All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the forthcoming series Gravitational Lensing: Feminist Film Dialogues, that we will be launching at Shapeshifters beginning in April.

Many thanks to the filmmakers and to Canyon Cinema, Pacific Film Archive and Women Make Movies for loaning films for this event! Thank you also to Kathy Geritz, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Steve Anker, Steve Polta, Lydia Greer, Lisa Mezzacappa and Patricia Ledesema Villon for their generous donations of items for raffle.

MAKE A DONATION: If you are unable to attend this screening but would like to donate to support the Gravitational Lensing series, you can do so on our donation page. Any and all amounts are greatly appreciated!

promotional image still from "Our Voices in Reverse" by Nadia Shihab

One Pint at a Time

SF BEER WEEK—Fermented Film Night featuring One Pint at a Time documentary on Black-owned craft breweries
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Admission: $14

As part of this year's SF Beer Week, we are excited to screen One Pint at a Time (2021) a documentary film by Aaron Hosé on Black-owned craft breweries. While there is an extensive European legacy tied to beer-making, the reality is that beer has a far broader history rooted in the African continent. One Pint at a Time tells those stories in craft beer that have been ignored because of society's preconceived notions of who typically makes and drinks beer. The film follows Black brewers as they fight past discriminatory and financial hurdles to make a name for themselves within a multi-billion-dollar industry where they share less than 1% of annual earnings.

Enjoy a selection of beers made in our on-site microbrewery. Small bites from our café will also be available for sale. Plus free popcorn!

Ross Lipman, Between Two Cinemas

Ross Lipman: Between Two Cinemas
Friday, February 2, 2024
Admission: $10

Between Two Cinemas is something beyond category: at once an original essay film unveiling previously unseen archival material on Stan Brakhage and Andrei Tarkovsky, and an anthology of short films featuring new collaborations with visionary experimentalist Bruce Baillie, Jeanne Dielman cinematographer Babette Mangolte, Bela Tarr composer Mihaly Vig and synthesizer pioneer Patrick Gleeson. It's also a new spin on the artist's talk, documenting filmmaker/archivist Ross Lipman's winding path between classic international cinema and the American avant-garde. In this riveting but completely unclassifiable work, he looks back at a life in the cinema and an elusive divide at the heart of it.


Cuban Feminist Movie Night
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Free Admission

The East Bay DSA Political Education Committee and the Tenant and Neighborhoods Council Language Justice Committee will co-host a Cuban Feminist Movie Night with two films highlighting the accomplishments and repercussions of women's involvement in the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s. Maestra (2012) by Catherine Murphy tells the story of the women teachers of the Cuban literacy campaign, in which 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in a single year. Mi Aporte (1969) by Sara Goméz shows the debate inside post-revolutionary Cuba on what the revolution went on to mean for the reshaping of gender roles in the country. There will be a Q&A with director Catherine Murphy following the screening.

EBDSA will be collecting solidarity supplies for Cuba at this event as well, so if you are able, please bring donations of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Imodium, other OTC medicines, and Bandaids.

Special Programming

Shapeshifters has been invited to take the helm of cinema programming for the month of December at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of Bay Area Now 9, YBCA's triennial exhibition highlighting artists working throughout the Bay Area. As part of our programming we have organized several screenings and workshops—all of which will take place at YBCA.

Special Screening — Shapeshifters @ YBCA

Any Puls

Prismatic Permutations: Looping Film Program
Presented by Shapeshifters Cinema at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
December 1-31, 2023
The program will show continuously in the YBCA screening room during museum hours (11-5pm)

Prismatic Permutations is an hour-long program of documentation of select expanded cinema performances that have been presented by Shapeshifters Cinema over its 11-year history. The program represents the various ways artists have worked with time-based media by combining various forms of live, improvised and/or mediated performance that push past the traditional confines of the film screen to create ephemeral, one-of-a-kind experiences that defy category. The program features documentation of performances by Minoosh Zomorodinia; Andy Puls; Kerry Laitala & Kenneth Atchley; Tommy Becker; Keith Evans w/The Rae Diamond Long Tone Choir; Killer Banshee; Dennis Keefe, Jim Baldocchi, Agnes Szelag & Kanoko Nishi; Jeremy Rourke; and Kit Young w/Tonya Powell, Tina Combs, Roy Lobato & Joel Mulen.

Special Screening — Shapeshifters @ YBCA

Zack Parinella

Spectral Evidence: Live, Expanded Cinema
Presented by Shapeshifters Cinema at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Admission: $9

Spectral Evidence is a live, expanded cinema program featuring kinetic, multi-projector and multi-media performances by Zack Parrinella & Zekarias Musele Thompson; Suki O’Kane with Andy Cowitt, Rae Diamond and paige starling sorvillo; and Greta Snider & Headboggle. This one day event will take place in YBCA's screening room.


Harry Smith's Early Abstractions w/live music + Uman, Povey, Behrens & Reeves
Friday, December 15, 2023

As part of the centennial celebrations happening this year in honor of the famously eclectic and spirited polymath Harry Smith, we are excited to share a program of abstract, experimental and hand-made films.

The program centers around Smith's own Early Abstract Animations (six short films made between 1946-1952) which will be presented on 16mm film and accompanied by live, improv jazz music by Lisa Mezzacappa, Cory Wright, Brett Carson & Kjell Nordeson.

Rounding out the program will be a selection of contemporary, abstract and direct animation films (also presented on 16mm film) including Hand Eye Coordination by Naomi Uman, St. Louise by Thad Povey & the Scratch Film Junkies, Stan's Salon by Jon Behrens and The Girl's Nervy by Jennifer Reeves.

David Sherman and Rebecca Barten

Rebecca Barten & David Sherman
Friday, December 8, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

San Francisco expats, Rebecca Barten & David Sherman (proprietors of the original microcinema Total Mobile Home) screen a night of their individual short personal 16mm and video works that span years of experimental practice. In their essayistic explorations of mediumist histories, Barten and Sherman share poetic collage aesthetics and existential/romantic sensibilities. This evening's themes include primitive cinema, eros, animals and eschatology. Featuring premieres of new works, including Barten's With My Own Eyes, I Have Seen the Appearance of Things Disappear and Sherman's DiElectric Drift.

Electrical Gaza

Fundraiser Screening for Palestine
Sunday, December 3, 2023
Admission: $10-100, sliding scale

Please join us for a fundraiser screening to support the people of Palestine. ALL proceeds brought in from this fundraiser will be donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians (UK) and the Palestine Children's Relief Fund (US)—two relief organizations suggested by the participating filmmakers.

We will be screening two films from two different decades that focus on the daily life and struggles of the citizens in Gaza.

Electrical Gaza (2015) by Rosalind Nashashibi / 16mm & animation (HD video provided by LUX), 18 mins.

Electrical Gaza combines Nashashibi's footage of Gaza, and the fixer, drivers and translator who were her constant company, with animated scenes. Nashashibi presents Gaza as under a spell; isolated, suspended in time, difficult to access and highly charged. Electrical Gaza shows us Gaza as Nashashibi experienced it in the quiet pause before the onslaught of Israeli bombardment in the summer of 2014.

Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family (1984) Joan Mandell, PeA Holmquist, Pierre Bjorklund / 16mm (print provided by Sebastian Di Trolio), 82 min

In the first documentary film made in Gaza, Gaza Ghetto (1984) highlights the historical precedents that fuel the current cycles of violence and continue at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Intimate scenes of family life (a child born, a grandmother dies) in Jabalia, the largest Palestinian refugee camp, are intercut with visits to the architects of the Israeli military occupation. Ariel Sharon, Benyamin Beneliezar and soldiers on patrol candidly discuss their responsibilities. Gaza Ghetto shows how the roots of the Palestine-Israel conflict influence today's harsh realities and dreams of peace, justice and stability.

Eric Thiese

A Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and Santomieri-Farhadian Duo
Friday, December 1, 2023
Admission: $15 (discount for members)

Real-time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps by Eric Theise in collaboration with Thea Farhadian, violin and electronics, and Dean Santomieri, electric resonator guitars. A visual wash of street grids, land masses, water bodies, and curiosities from built and natural environments. Chromatic timbres and iridescent micro-tonalities. Orphaned labels and free-floating symbology. Auditory roundabouts and redirections. Saturated colors and the subtlest of tints. Sounds symphonic and screeching. Jittery zooms, pans, and traversals. Glitches in crowdsourced data.

This performance will last approximately 50 minutes and will occasionally introduce strobing effects that may affect photosensitive viewers.

Cosmic Rays

Cosmic Rays - Sightings
Friday, November 17, 2023
Admission: $15 (discount for members)

The Cosmic Rays Experimental Film Festival was founded in 2017 by filmmakers and educators Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown to showcase non-commercial short films, live-cinema, and new media projects to audiences in the Triangle region of North Carolina and across the Southeastern U.S. Sightings is a special touring program of short films featured in the 2023 festival that probe the limits of representation. These films cut across the generic boundaries of documentary and fiction, the social boundaries of the personal and the political, as well as the material boundaries of cinema itself.

The full program includes: Prearranged Signal by Alina Taalman; Lockdown Dreamscape by Nicolas Gebbe; Lesser Choices by Courtney Stephens; Because the Sky is Blue by Wenhua Shi; Hors Titre by Wiame Haddad; Sine Die by Camila Moreiras; NE Corridor by Joshua Solondz; Phase II by Kelly Sears; Blue Room by Merete Mueller; and Sightings by Pere Ginard. Running Time: 75 minutes.

Vanderlip, Diaries & Destruction

Diaries and Destruction: Films by Ellie Vanderlip and Influences, 1979-2023
Friday, November 10, 2023
Admission: $12 (discount for members)

Diving into both her diary films and found footage manipulations from the past five years, this program of Ellie Vanderlip's latest work includes 16mm investigations on the intersections of infrastructure, climate change, and misogyny, and well as a cohort of digital diary films about memory and identity connected to land as a "Californian". Vanderlip also programs key works of influence from Chick Strand, Lynne Sachs, Naomi Uman and Greta Snider that demonstrate the power of the female filmmaker as diarist and détourneuse in reclaiming female narratives.

Peggy Ahwesh

New shorts by Peggy Ahwesh
Friday, November 3, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

Peggy Ahwesh will be joining us to present a selection of new video works that move from the magic of the night sky to the geopolitics of the midwest to the antics of transgressive women. The program is centered on Lies and Excess, a fragment of an unfinished film shot in dingy Atlantic City that was abandoned as a partial rough cut. Looking at it years later, it somehow seemed a 'perfect film' and a sly comment on film construction, storytelling and the lives of women. In Kansas Atlas, we see a bird’s eye view of the landscape of Kansas—the heartland and geographical center of the US—with its unnerving blend of austere beauty and reactionary politics. Together, these provide a look at the contradictory nature of humans in the pursuit of truth, purpose and pleasure.

Peggy will also be at Pacific Film Archive on Wednesday, November 1st to present OR119, a recent film made in collaboration with Jackie Goss. This program is part of PFA's Alternative Visions series.

Back Home, Nisha Platzer

back home - an experimental documentary by Nisha Platzer
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

back home follows the filmmaker’s pursuit to get to know her older brother, Josh, twenty years after he took his own life. As she connects with the friends who knew him best as a teen, a complex portrait emerges. Through intimate recollections re-imagined on Super8 and 16mm, and lyrical images hand-processed with plants, seaweed, soil and ashes, back home floats between memory and present time in a fragmented meditation on identity, grief and loss, illuminating the transformative power of healing in community.

Happy Hour, Dead Media Salon

Thursday Night Happy Hour: Dead Media Salon - 35mm slides
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Free Admission

Join us this Thursday from 5-9PM for our inaugural Happy Hour: Dead Media Salon. On the third Thursday of every month, we will be reviving and revering a different form of media from the junk heap of technology-past. This month we will be celebrating 35mm transparency slides! You are invited to bring in a selection of your favorite personal or found 35mm slides to project in the cinema space (we will provide the carousels). As a special bonus, artist and experimental story-teller David Wallace will be on hand to add an extra dimension to the experience by weaving an improvised story through your images.

If you are just looking to chillax and imbibe, you are also invited to just come by and enjoy a pint and some snacks on our back patio. We will be serving on tap Ice Cold Popcorn Ale and our new Farm to Theatre English brown ale fermented on cherries, as well as a limited menu of beer-friendly delectables. Our storefront shop will also be open during this time if you just want to buy some merch or beers to go.

Happy Hour, Drink and Draw on Film

Thursday Night Happy Hour: Drink & Draw on Film
Thursday, September 14, 2023

Join us this Thursday from 5-9PM for Drink & Draw on Film! We will have all the materials you need to make your own handmade film loop, including markers, inks, scratching tools, nail polish + clear film leader, opaque black film leader and random clips from old 16mm films, all of which you can scratch and draw on to your hearts delight. And when you're done, we will throw it on the projector to see the magic unfurl. We will be charging a small fee to cover the cost of materials, but once you've finished one, you can officially call yourself a filmmaker—and that's much cheaper than enrolling in art school, right?

If you are just looking to chillax and imbibe, you are also invited to just come by and enjoy a pint and some snacks on our back patio. We will be serving on tap Ice Cold Popcorn Ale and our new Farm to Theatre English brown ale fermented on cherries, as well as a limited menu of beer-friendly delectables. Our storefront shop will also be open during this time if you just want to buy some merch or beers to go.


CROSSROADS 2023, Program 1: the brick and the mirror
Friday, September 8, 2023
Grey Area Foundation, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Admission: $12 General/$10 Cinematheque Members and members of Gray Area

Shapeshifters is excited to be the community partner for Program 1 of SF Cinematheque's annual CROSSROADS film festival.

Program 1: the brick and the mirror opens the festival with ringing, circling bouquets of ecstatic gestures, oscillations of kinetic song, mechanical delirium, otoacoustic exaltation and corybantic instability. Speculations on rotary motion, cinematic intermittency, haptic alchemy, accident and audiovisual hallucination rise from flicker, disorientation and dissolution. Mirrors shatter. All is quiet in the turning and music fills the air.

SCREENING: giroscopio (2021) by John Muse (US) & Brendamaris Rodriguez (Puerto Rico); digital video, color, sound, 8 minutes. dissolution (2023) by Jenelle Stafford (US) & Ramin Roshandel (US/Iran); digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes. The Sick Sense 2023: The Year We Make Kontakte (or, My Friend Flicker) (2023) by Brent Coughenour (US); video/sound performance, color, sound, 25 minutes. Bouquets 31–40 (2022) by Rose Lowder (France/Peru); 16mm, color, silent, 11 minutes. Music in the Air (2023) by Scott Stark (US); 16mm, color, sound, 15 minutes. TRT: 60 minutes.

[Image: giroscopio (2021) by John Muse & Brendamaris Rodriguez]

Happy Hour A/V Club

Thursday Night Happy Hour: A/V Club
Thursday, August 31, 2023

Join us this Thursday from 5-9PM for our inaugural Happy Hour A/V Club! Loren Risker, proprietor of Out of Focus TV and A/V tech aficionado will be hosting this monthly gathering for folks who want to meet and share film/video/sound/music projects in progress.

If you are just looking to chillax and imbibe, you are also invited to just come by and enjoy a pint and some snacks on our back patio. We will be serving Ice Cold Popcorn Ale and Saison du Cinema on tap as well as a limited menu of beer-friendly delectables. Our storefront shop will also be open during this time if you just want to buy some merch or beers to go.

Carbon Song Cycle

Carbon Song Cycle - a site-specific multimedia performance by Pamela Z and Christina McPhee
Co-presented with San Francisco Cinematheque and The Exploratorium
Thursday, August 24 (8pm/After Dark) & Saturday, August 28, 2023 (2pm & 7pm)
Kanbar Forum, The Exploratorium, San Francisco

Experience environmental balance and imbalance through a site-specific multimedia performance created by composer/performer Pamela Z and media artist Christina McPhee, Carbon Song Cycle is a work for chamber ensemble and expanded cinema. It's inspired by ongoing changes and upheavals in the Earth's ecosystem, and by the carbon cycle—the process through which carbon is exchanged between all terrestrial life forms and domains. To compose the music, Pamela knitted together melodic motifs inspired by scientific data on the carbon cycle and texts referencing environmental balance and imbalance. Playing on the idea of the natural exchange of elements they pass sonic material between the players and explore audio elements related to the imagery in Christina's video material. The video is built from footage Christina shot at petroleum fields, natural gas locations, and geothermal sites around backcountry California, along with carbon-inspired drawings and images of processes involving intense heat and chemical transformations. The artists have crafted a site-specific experience that utilizes the architecture of the space to create a unique and intimate experience. The chamber ensemble features Pamela Z (voice and electronics), Dana Jessen (oboe), Suki O’Kane (percussion), Crystal Pascucci (cello), and Charith Premawardhana (viola).

PLEASE NOTE: There will be three presentations of Carbon Song Cycle. All presentations will take place at The Exploratorium.

Cinema Ann Arbor by Frank Uhle

Cinema Ann Arbor Book Release + Film Screening with Frank Uhle
Friday, July 21, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

Cultural historian and author Frank Uhle will be joined in conversation with local filmmaker/educator/historian Danny Plotnick to talk about his new book Cinema Ann Arbor. The book offers a first-hand, in-depth look at the history of film-watching and film-making in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan and uncovers unexpected and essential stories of the university’s film societies and the campus rebels who ran them. Uhle introduces readers to unforgettable people—nonconformists, artists and nerds, from the Weather Underground to the Velvet Underground—who composed the magnificence of Ann Arbor’s twentieth-century film scene.

Following the conversation, Uhle will present a 40-minute film program including ONCE Kittyhawk by Doug Rideout - 1972 (36 minutes) A profile of Ann Arbor's legendary avant-garde music/theater troupe which includes a recreation of one of their signature pieces. Starring Robert and Mary Ashley, Joe and Anne Wehrer, Nick Bertoni, Milton Cohen, George Manupelli, Cynthia Liddell, and others; Gerard Malanga as the Baron von Richthofen by George Manupelli - 1967 (4 minutes) A musical sendup of the WWI flying ace starring poet/Warhol associate Gerard Malanga, then in town as a film festival juror; The Best of May 1968 by Jay Cassidy - 1972 (4 minutes) Found footage of Vietnam war bombing raids mixed with home movies shot by a soldier; Footsi by Pat Oleszko - with soundtrack by "Blue" Gene Tyranny - 1978 (5 minutes) A comical exploration of the world by a tiny pair of fingers, made by the film festival's longtime performance artist; No Smoke by Mary Cybulski/John Tintori - ca 1975 (2 minutes) An experimental short made by Cinema Guild members to inform audiences about smoking rules in campus auditoriums; Gemini Fire Extension by Andrew Lugg - 1972 (5 minutes) Experimental short featuring performance artist John Orentlicher; Skate Witches by Danny Plotnick - 1986 (2 minutes) An 8mm short about some punky female skateboarders. Shot in the heart of U-M campus, and an award winner at the Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival; 23rd Ann Arbor Film Festival Clear Leader Film - 1986 (3 minutes) Animation drawn by audience members on a strip of film in the festival lobby; Plus various short film society logos and ads These works have been digitally transferred from original 16mm and 8mm prints, many for the first time, for Uhle's book tour film program.

Kipervasser, In Ocula Oculorum

Counter Weights
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

Counter Weights is a program dreamed up by Zack Parrinella and Anna Kipervaser — two friends and filmmakers who don’t get to see each other often enough — as a chance to weave a conversation through the moving image with a selection of digital video and 16mm works by artist filmmakers working today.

The full program includes: Society of Motion, Andrew Kim, 2015, 3 min, sound, 16mm; SEA 404 (Material Immaterial #2), Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu, 2019, 3 min, sound, 16mm; water, clock, Zack Parrinella, 2021, 8 min, sound, 16mm; Gathering Moss, Erin Espelie, 2018, 5 min, silent, 16mm; Tattva, Kalpana Subramanian, 2018, 5 min, sound, digital; in ocula oculorum, Anna Kipervaser, 2021, 12 min, sound, digital; Tape Moderne, Sylvain Chaussée, 2018, 3 min, silent, 16mm; The Order of Revelation: Surah An-Najm, Anna Kipervaser, 2017/2021, 7 min, silent, 16mm; Color Prism Suite #1, Zack Parrinella, 2015, 3 min, sound, 16mm; Color Prism Suite #2, Zack Parrinella, 2021, 4 min, sound, 16mm; Plane Wave, Daniel Kelly, 2016, 9 min, silent, 16mm; Particular Matter, Zack Parrinella, 2019-2023, 15 min, 3x16mm, live sound by Kevin Corcoran and Jacob Felix Heule; TRT: 77min

Bill Basquin, From Inside of Here

From Inside of Here - An Experimental Documentary by Bill Basquin
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

From Inside of Here (2020), by Bay Area-based filmmaker Bill Basquin, is a feature-length film meditation on vulnerability and interconnection shown through the lens of an ecosystem and through the body of the filmmaker. The film is structured around a series of camping trips made by the filmmaker to the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, which is the site for the reintroduction of the endangered Mexican Grey Wolf. The place itself is a character in the film, as are the filmmaker’s methods. The film is composed of multiple digital and analog formats: 16mm film, HD video, infrared stills, inter-titles, and sound recordings. The film will be preceeded by an earlier short by Basquin, Martin (2004), a portrait of sheep shearer and farmer Martin Denton, shown on 16mm film.

Pauline Oliveros

Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros
Bay Area Premiere!
Friday, June 16, 8pm - Film screening + Q&A with director Daniel Weintraub and IONE - SOLD OUT!
Saturday, June 17, 2pm - Film screening + Music Performance - SOLD OUT!

Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros tells the story of the iconic composer, performer, teacher, philosopher, technological innovator and humanitarian, Pauline Oliveros. She was one of the world’s original electronic musicians, one of the few women amongst notable post-war American composers, a master accordion player, a teacher and mentor to musicians, a gateway to music and sound for non- musicians and a technical innovator who helped develop everything from tools that allow musicians to play together while in different countries to software that enables those with physical limitations to create beautiful music. On the vanguard of contemporary American music for six decades, her story illuminates the pathway to how we got where we are and where the future will take us in the worlds of music, the philosophy of sound, and the art of listening. Made in collaboration with executive producer Ione, Oliveros’ partner in life and work, and the Ministry of Maåt, Inc., the film combines rare archival footage, live performances, and unreleased music with appearances by Terry Riley, Anna Halprin, Ione, Linda Montano, Laurie Anderson, Thurston Moore, Alvin Lucier, Claire Chase, Miya Masaoka, Morton Subotnick, Tony Martin, Ramon Sender and many more ground-breaking artists.

Long Haulers by Amy Reid

Long Haulers by Amy Reid + Barbara Hammer, Vanessa Renwick and Jodi Darby
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Admission: $15 (discount for members)

In this program, we present the work of four fiercely-independent feminist artists who each share their respective experiences of traveling alone on the open road.

Long Haulers is a feature-length, experimental documentary by Amy Reid that weaves together the stories of three women truckers, Sandi, Lori and Tracy. Through experimentation, direct observational filmmaking, and performative play, Reid rides and films with these women to share their stories of fleeing domestic violence and how they grapple with mental health issues and the stigmas of being formerly incarcerated.

To open the program, we will present three short works that engage with the themes depicted in Reid's film.

Shot and edited over the span of three decades, SF HITCH by Vanessa Renwick recounts the artist's experience of hitch-hiking with their feisty canine companion from Chicago to San Francisco in 1981. Both visuals and narrative are woven together with the agility and vitality of Beat poetics—a reflection of the experience of unmoored travel and an homage to the very artists they meet upon arrival.

Place Mattes by Barbara Hammer captures the experience of traveling through a landscape but never actually being fully in it. Figure and ground are presented as two planar relationships, flattened and made two-dimensional through optical printing, with the artist unable to touch the surrounding environment until finally coming to rest in the interior space of a restaurant. Shown on 16mm film. Print provided by Canyon Cinema.

Rounding out the program will be a reading of Jodi Darby's' zine Our Lady of Near Death Experiences (originally published in 1998) about the artist's experience of becoming a cross-country truck driver as a young woman in the mid-1990s. A mini-memoir told in vignettes, Our Lady is a twisted love song to the road in all its complexities.


Stitching the Future with Clues by Allison Leigh Holt with Kit Young and Amma Ateria
Thursday, May 11, 2023
A Co-presentation with The Exploratorium as part of After Dark: Thought and Action
Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum, The Exploratorium

Shapeshifters is pleased to co-present Allison Holt's expanded cinema presentation of Stitching the Future with Clues, a neurodivergent-futurist manifesto performance which will be presented as part of After Dark: Thought and Action at The Exploratorium. Looking at neurodivergence as a way of knowing, through a cybernetic frame, it combines animated diagrams, video and audio feedback processes, and expanded media techniques, drawing from Holt’s article "THE CONVERSATION: Feedback Structures, Ways of Knowing, and Neurodivergence" (PUBLIC Journal #59: Interspecies Communication) to consider feedback systems as a medium for understanding the sensing, processing, and exchanging of information happening not just in human minds and brains, but within and between all scales of intelligent life. With text, animation, performance, and editing by Allison Leigh Holt; video synthesis by Kit Young and sound by electronic musician Amma Ateria, this film explores the post-humanist sense-making of neurodivergence: differently-attuned to temporal, psychic, and environmental embodied experience. A post-screening dialogue will take place between artist Allison Leigh Holt and neuroscientist Clifford Saron, PhD.

The Last Forever, Scott Stark and Kamila Kuc

The Simulacrum Is True: Scott Stark & 99 Hooker
Friday, May 12, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

Join us for an enthralling evening of hyperreal channel-surfing with media artists Scott Stark and 99 Hooker who will re-arrange before our very eyes the deck chairs on the sinking cultural ship of planet Earth using an assortment of old and new media that they will extract from their respective technological satchels.

The Last Forever is a multi-media live performance composed by Scott Stark and Kamila Kuc. During the pandemic, these two artists independently perused hundreds of discarded 35mm family slides from diverse sources and then proceeded to exchange images and captions in a series of on-line “exquisite corpse” tennis sets allowing mysterious characters and spontaneous plot twists to evolve into a playful narrative about a spouse who's gone missing. In many of these seemingly mundane images, the artists discovered subtle indicators of interpersonal family dynamics captured by the camera during dinners, parties and travels which provided clues to the artists’ playful ruminations on the complexities of human and more-than-human relations as mediated by technology.

Mixing audio and visual information for real time media, "h9sh" by 99 Hooker is equal parts prose poem, music video, extended cinema and hallucinatory TV, involving 4D portraits, chaos poetry, surreal soundtracks, art history lectures by Stan Brakhage, Bruce Conner multiplied (15,000 frames), Marie Menken's handheld genius and so much more, all culled from an endless archive of material aquired and created over the years. h9sh - ACTION: 1a.) to chop into small pieces b.) confuse, meddle; 2.) to talk about, review as in "h9sh over"; 3.) #media link. THING 1.) delicious with Bomba sauce 2.) restatement (remix) of the previously "known," 3.) Hodgepodge. 4.) Intoxicant. Free with purchase.

A Ticket Home, film still by Dominic Angerame

Dominic Angerame: A Complete Retrospective, Program 4: It's a R(eel) A(nswer) P(rints)!
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

This is the fourth and final screening of the complete retrospective of the work of Dominic Angerame. Since 1968 Angerame has produced more than 30 films on 16mm and several newer works in digital format. Some of these films have never had a public screening. Many of Angerame’s films show San Francisco, the city he has lived and worked in since 1979, and its varying cityscape as it looks and changes over time. He has also created short comedies, short-form documentaries and many diary films. Angerame has taught film in many schools and universities in the Bay Area as well as at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was Executive Director of Canyon Cinema from 1980-2012.

For this final screening we finish at the start, with 11 of his earliest films dating back to 1968 including A Ticket Home (1982), Freedom's Skyway (1980), SFAI (1980), A Film (1979), Neptunian Space Angel (1977), El Train Film (1976), Scratches, Inc. (1975), Delaware Park (1969-73), Demonstration (1968-74), Putzo (1972) and 10x17 (1971). We will also be showing 8 short, diary films—all of which have never been publicly screened before, including At the Robert Fulton Estate, Newtown Ct., Palm Sunday, Democratic Convention, No Nothing Cinema, Bruce Conner playing piano, Erotica, Last Temptation of Christ, Susan’s portrait of Dominic and Havana Diary.

The Cadence, by Luca Dipierro

Animated Shorts by Lydia Greer & Luca Dipierro
Friday, April 14, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

Join us for this moving image feast featuring two west coast artists who use puppets, non-linear narrative and stop motion animation to delight and unsettle. East Bay artist Lydia Greer will show a selection of recent short pieces, including two animated music videos—Absentee and Unproud Warrior—both made, in collaboration with Caryl Kientz and Facing West Shadows, for singer-songwriter Cass McCombs and Anti- Records. She will also be sharing excerpts from recent pieces made using puppets, props and performing objects in collaboration with Facing West Shadows. Portland-based artist Luca Dipierro, will present his latest film, The Cadence - A Tale of Paper and Cloth, a 33-minute animation shot in stop motion, using marionettes made with paper, bookcloth, and thread. Five years in the making, The Cadence tells the story of a boy, lover of silence, and the journey toward his own beginning. The program will also include a selection of Dipierro’s short films made between 2012 and 2018 that dive into themes of loneliness, death and violence through the playfulness and symbolic resonance of the puppet theater.

Amphoterism, Keith Evans

You Could Be with Us: Rae Diamond, Keith Evans and Suki O’Kane
Friday, April 7, 2023
7pm - food, community + outdoor projections/8pm - show
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

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You might be somewhere else. Following the sounds of revival and worms, desiccants and drains to egg sulphur and sardine salt, the trio will create a river the audience will float down in an array of mammatus salmon ripples and low tide highs, measuring the fences of cattail vapors and gradients of unseen script: A sentence made of breath, drum wash, and stridulations blurred on walls, luminous with projections. There is something akin to blossoms opening here. You could be with us.

with Rae Diamond (movement, voice, viola), Keith Evans (moving image, electronics), and Suki O’Kane (percussion, electronics, handheld projection)

Image: Amphoterism (2021) by Keith Evans, Photo by Kevin Corcoran

Pixiescope, Dominic Angerame

Dominic Angerame: A Complete Retrospective (Program 3: SEX, DEATH, PASSION)
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

This is the third in a series of monthly screenings comprising a complete retrospective of the work of Dominic Angerame. Since 1968 Angerame has produced more than 30 films on 16mm and several newer works in digital format. Some of these films have never had a public screening. Many of Angerame’s films show San Francisco, the city he has lived and worked in since 1979, and its varying cityscape as it looks and changes over time. He has also created short comedies, short-form documentaries and many diary films. Angerame has taught film in many schools and universities in the Bay Area as well as at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was Executive Director of Canyon Cinema from 1980-2012.

For this third screening we will present a compelling program of mid-career work that wrestles with the adverse forces of desire and death. All (but one) of them shot and shown on 16mm film. The program includes Anaconda Targets (2004), Consume (2003), The Waifen Maiden (2003), Pixiescope (2003), Battlestations: A Naval Adventure (2002), Phone/Film Portraits (1985), Voyeuristic Tendencies (1984), Hit the Turnpike (1984), Honeymoon in Reno (1984), I’d Rather be in Paris (1983) and The Mystery of Life (as Discovered in Los Angeles) (1982).

Je Ne Sais Plus by Kristin Reeves

Bodies for Strength and Power: experimental films and projector performances by Kristin Reeves
Sunday, March 12, 2023
8pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Mosswood Chapel, 3630 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

Still and moving media have doubled for the human body since its invention. By following through on the logic that media is body/human/person/material: outdated found footage becomes media cadaver to exhume, examine, and reanimate; video synthesizers model brain signal overload; 9X16mm grid performs a real-time exercise in crafting a personal narrative within the limitations of our physical selves. With both found and original media, visiting filmmaker Kristin Reeves pursues material of resiliency, loss, and control. This program will include: What Is Nothing (After What Is Nothing) (2017, 9X16mm projector performance), CSP Closings & Delays (2017, 16mm Film to HD video & HD video), &Human (2011, SD video), Threadbare (2010/14, 16mm film to HD video), Body Contours (2015, 16mm film to analog video synthesis), The White Coat Phenomenon (2012, VHS to HD video), Music of Desire (2017, 16mm film to video using analog video synthesizers), Je Ne Sais Plus [What Is This Feeling] (2012-present, 9X16mm projector performance).

In the Course of Human Events, Dominic Angerame

Dominic Angerame: A Complete Retrospective (Program 2, The City Symphony Series)
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

This is the second in a series of monthly screenings comprising a complete retrospective of the work of Dominic Angerame. Since 1968 Angerame has produced more than 30 films on 16mm and several newer works in digital format. Some of these films have never had a public screening. Many of Angerame’s films show San Francisco, the city he has lived and worked in since 1979, and its varying cityscape as it looks and changes over time. He has also created short comedies, short-form documentaries and many diary films. Angerame has taught film in many schools and universities in the Bay Area as well as at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was Executive Director of Canyon Cinema from 1980-2012. For this second program we will present the five original films of the highly-acclaimed City Symphony series, made between 1984-1997, projected in their original 16mm film format, including: Continuum (1987) with live guitar accompaniment by Kevin Barnard, Deconstruction Sight (1990), Premonition (1995), In the Course of Human Events (1995) and Line of Fire (1996). TRT: 75 mins.

Who Uses Graphs

Street Poems: The Films of Mark Street
Friday, February 17, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

For this program NY-based filmmaker Mark Street will present five films rooted in the tradition of street photography, as well as one short made from 35mm educational film strips. The films wander from city to city and corner to corner pondering ephemeral visual moments, revealing diaristic musings on the pandemic and surveying human connection in a time of cultural and political change. As a group they are a testament to the ethos of always carrying a camera even when you don’t know exactly why.

beer release party

SF Beer Week: Beer Release Party
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Free Admission

SF Beer Week opens Friday, February 10th (and runs through February 19th)! As part of this annual, local event, we invite you to join us at Shapeshifters on Tuesday, February 14th for a special beer release party, featuring two new beers made on-site in our microbrewery: Black Magic Dry Irish Stout (made with California-grown malted barley and malted oats) and Black Magic Special Edition (made with bourbon-infused cocoa nibs and Ceylon Cinnamon). House-made vegan chili al mole and fresh-baked bread made by local baker Ed's Breads will be available for purchase. We'll also be projecting some fun, silent films and playing scratchy vinyl records in the cinema. Stop in and raise a glass with us!

Luminae (still), by Dominic Angerame

Dominic Angerame: A Complete Retrospective (Program 1)
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

This program is the first in a series of monthly screenings comprising a complete retrospective of the work of Dominic Angerame. Since 1968 Angerame has produced more than 30 films on 16mm and several newer works in digital format. Some of these films have never had a public screening. Many of Angerame’s films show San Francisco, the city he has lived and worked in since 1979, and its varying cityscape as it looks and changes over time. He has also created short comedies, short-form documentaries and many diary films. Angerame has taught film in many schools and universities in the Bay Area as well as at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was Executive Director of Canyon Cinema from 1980-2012. This first program will include his most recent work: Luminae (2022), Khorosho (2022), Flashbacks (2021), Have Another Espresso (2020), Prometheus (2021), Revelations (2018), and The Soul of Things (2018) with live guitar accompaniment by Kevin Barnard.


WOLF: A Celebration of the First Full Moon of 2023
Friday, January 6, 2023
Admission: $10 (discount for members) - SOLD OUT!

While January's full moon has many names, the Wolf Moon connotes stark, cold quiet nights enlivened by the sounds of howling wolves in communication. Sounds which strengthen fellowship and community. To that end, WOLF gathers together four artists from the Bay Area (Zekarias Musele Thompson, NOSEI, Mishmish and Christopher Robin Duncan) to mark this celestial event with sound, film and food.

midwinter market

Midwinter Market
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Free admission

Join us for an afternoon Midwinter Market as we welcome the winter solstice with food, libations, music and an array of local vendors specializing in artist-made, vintage and collectible items including SF Cinematheque (artist books, film ephemera), Craig Baldwin/Other Cinema (16mm educational/industrial films), Small Press Distribution (independently published books), owllamode (vintage inspired adornments), Desert Glass Jewelry (rings, bolo ties), Shipwrecked Shop (tiki hair adornments), Ms. Lori's Unique Boutique (eclectic cultural ephemera), Chihuahua Ranch (vintage-inspired jewelry), and Spellbound Vintage (vintage ephemera, vinyl records, natural history collectibles). Our friends Scott and Kathleen will be presenting a live rendition of their weekly radio show Gearwax with a specially-curated program culled from their extensive and eclectic collection of vinyl records. The Shapeshifters store front shop will also be open, featuring an ever-expanding collection of print publications, LPs, CDs and other artist-made media and goods as well as a selection of fresh, seasonal beers made on-site in our microbrewery. We will also have house-made soda, masala chai and hot chocolate, plus warm tamales from La Guerreras Kitchen available for purchase. Come spend the day with us!

Justin Rhody & Josh Vidal, Media Mail

Songs From A Cinema - Justin Rhody, Abigail Smith & Ben Kujawski
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Admission: $10
(discount for members)

Justin Clifford Rhody, Abigail Smith & Ben Kujawski will be joining us from Santa Fe, NM (where they collectively run their own microcinema, No Name Cinema) to present an hour long program of their own respective short films. The formats and techniques run the gamut of wild eclecticism, with works shot on Super-8, hand-sewn/painted/xeroxed 35mm shorts, mail art collaborations, VHS found footage and abstract mini-DV video pieces. Additionally, all three artists will perform together—as K/S/R—two expanded cinema pieces involving dual 16mm projections of collectively assembled found footage and hand painted films with live musical accompaniment (violin, percussion, lap steel, flute, guitar, harmonica, accordion and keyboard). They will also have copies on hand of a newly released cassette tape titled "Songs From A Cinema." One night only! Don't miss!

Bill Wiatrowski

Bjll Dingalls (Tom Djll/Bill Hsu/Matt Ingalls) and Bill Wiatroski
Friday, December 2, 2022
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

An evening of audiovisual electroacoustic improvisations with Bjll Dingalls (Tom Djll/Bill Hsu/Matt Ingalls) and Bill Wiatroski. In the blur between acoustic and amplified, synthetic and analog, algorhythm and improvisation, clarity is forged anew only if you look ahead. Swinging serious sonic sledgehammers since 2019, Bjll Dingalls lay the railroad into terra incognita.

Becker, Mirror Neuron

Steev Hise & Tommy Becker
Friday, November 18, 2022
Admission: $10 (discount for members)

Way back in March of 2020—Saturday, March 21, 2020, to be exact—Shapeshifters was set to present the thrilling combined program of Steev Hise and Tommy Becker in our new cinema space. But as fate and history would have it, this was not meant to be. Now, almost three years later, we are finally able to make this show happen! Don't miss the opportunity to experience these two far-out A/V wizards performing at Shapeshifters together for one night only!

Recovering computer musician and former San Franciscan Steev Hise returns to the Bay Area to explore the intersections of free-jazz spazz, expanded cinema, performative bricolage and on-stage mental flaneurism. Projected real-time manipulations of appropriated video rubbish will accompany a rapidly morphing medley of prepared guitar ruminations, forming a hectic meditation on dark patterns and shadowy algorithms.

Tommy Becker will deliver a homemade mix-tape compiled from Tape Number One's catalogue of art rock investigations. Highlights from The Mirror Neuron, Emotions in Metal and Side One will be presented as live cinema and include live vocals and sound elements backed by melodic soundtracks synced to projected video. Performance art, found footage, costuming, props, found footage, animation, spoken word and computer design combine in an effort to fully understand human-vehicle relations, interpersonal complications and technological limitations in the warmth of the sun.


Dodecachordon 1-6 - Edward Shocker & Keith Evans
Sunday, November 13, 2022
11:53am (solar noon) - 6pm

Free Admission!

Dodecachordon, a 12-part work by composer Edward Schocker, combines multiple electric guitars and the natural acoustics of a room to explore the energetic relationships between pure harmonic vibrations. Supported with live projected images by Keith Evans, Shapshifters Cinema will be transformed into a resonating, abstract audio-visual chamber that listeners are encouraged to traverse in order to explore the unique acoustic and psychoacoustic phenomena that occur.

Sharing the title with a 16th century book written by a Swiss Monk, Heinrich Glarean (1488-1563), Dodecachordon reflects the Medieval church modes into a modern light using alternate tuning systems. Neither a performance nor an installation, this 6-hour work invites audience members to come and go as they please and to stroll, lay down, or meditate within a sonically and visually altered space.

Read more about Dodecachordon in this recently-published article in Classical Voice.

Konrad Steiner, film still

Joshua Churchill & Konrad Steiner // Aileron Vane & Samuel Casebolt
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Admission: $10-20 sliding scale
(discount for members)

Join us for an evening of ambient music and visuals by two collaborative artist teams from the Bay Area.

Aileron Vane (Aaron Levine) recently released his debut album, Amassed Like Bells, a collection of ambient home recordings made from 2004-2007 utilizing lofi, processed guitar loops to generate delicate harmonic soundscapes. He will be performing the album in its entirety. Filmmaker Samuel Michael Casebolt, will project a visual album made specifically to accompany the audio album.

The collaborative performances of Joshua Churchill and Konrad Steiner are rendered from a wide palette of influences including musique concrète, metal, kosmische, film noir, found footage and personal film as each artist improvises the construction, layering, and movement of sound and image, respectively. Their improvised process weaves a rich and ever-changing tapestry of color, mood, movement, and saturation, where the various elements drift in and out of the forefront, creating a series of cinematic events ranging from evanescent to thunderous.

Kolcze, Low Tide

Moments of Perception: Random Canadian Moments
Curator Jim Shedden In Person
Program presented in association with San Francisco Cinematheque and Canyon Cinema
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Admission: $10
(discounts for SF Cinematheque and Shapeshifters members)

This program is presented on the occasion of the publication of Moments of Perception: Experimental Film in Canada (2021), Barbara Sternberg and Jim Shedden, eds. with essays by Michael Zryd and Stephen Broomer, published by Goose Lane Editions.

"The filmmakers in our book can be defined as Canadian, broadly speaking. The films we discuss were not always made in Canada. For this program, I have deliberately chosen work that was not only made in Canada, but represents different places in Canada, sometimes personal and sometimes grander. What becomes apparent is how vast and variable the country is, how sparsely populated it is, and how difficult it is to get anything like a coherent sense of the country and the people who live there. These films, then, are little stabs at Canada."" (Jim Shedden)

SCREENING: Terminal City (1982) by Chris Gallagher; 16mm, color, sound, 10 minutes, print from the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre; 16mm Postcard (2005) by Amanda Dawn Christie; b&w, sound, 3 minutes, print from the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre; Cattle Call (2008) by Mike Maryniuk & Matthew Rankin; digital video, color, sound, 4 minutes, exhibition film from Mike Maryniuk; Sight (2018) by TJ Cuthand; digital video; color, sound, 4 minutes, exhibition file from Vtape; Spanky to the Pier and Back (2008) by Guy Maddin; digital video, b&w, sound, 4 minutes, exhibition files from the Winnipeg Film Group; Low Tide (2019) by Eva Kolcze; digital video, color, sound, 4 minutes, exhibition file from the maker; Conservatory (2013) by Stephen Broomer; 16mm color, sound, 4 minutes, print from Canyon Cinema; Taylor Creek (2017) by Dan Browne; 16mm, color, silent, 4 minutes, print from the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre; My Pandemonia (2020) by Peter Lynch; digital video, color, sound, 10 minutes, print from the maker; action: study (1987) by Richard Kerr; 16mm screened as digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes, print from the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre; Light Study (2013) by Josephine Massarella; digital video, color, sound, 13 minutes, exhibition file from Canyon Cinema; Landfall (1983) by Rick Hancox; 16mm, color sound, 11 minutes, print from Canyon Cinema. TRT: 73 minutes

Read more about the program here.

Tomonori Nishikawa

Tomonori Nishikawa and Madison Brookshire
Friday, November 4, 2022
Please note new date and time!
Admission: $10
(discount for members)

Tomonori Nishikawa and Madison Brookshire join us from NY and LA respectively to present three 16mm film projector performances between them. Nishikawa will present the second variation of an on-going 16mm film projector performance piece, Six Seventy-Two Variations for which he uses a wood carving knife to scratch off the photographic emulsion of the looped film to produce images and sound as a live performance. Brookshire will present two double-projection performances, Double or Nothing and No. 3, 2022, which, in their own ways, accentuate idiosyncrasies inherent in running 16mm film through a projector.

Halloween Party

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Costume Party
Friday, October 28, 2022
Free Admission!

Put on your best, spooky costume and join us for our annual Halloween and Dia de los Muertos party (give or take a few pandemic years)! We will have some spooky films animating the space accompanied by live, improvised music, played exquisite corps-style by some favorite, local experimental musicians, including Cindy Webster on the singing saw, Suki O’Kane, Wayne Grim, Cyrus Yoshi Tabar, Steve Dye, Guillermo Galindo and more! House made beers and sodas, as well as light fare will be available for purchase. Join us as we lift the veil between the realms, summon the spirits and partake in some phantasmic, multi-cultural holiday revelry. All ages welcome.

Cheryl Leonard Antarctica

Antarctica: Music from the Ice - Cheryl E. Leonard Performance and Record Release
Friday October 7, 2022
$10-25 sliding scale
Masks are required for entry

Fizzy icebergs, kazooing penguins, glaciers that buzz and burble, snoring elephant seals, and sounds played live on penguin bones and limpet shells: join us to celebrate the release of Antarctica: Music from the Ice, the latest album by musician, composer and instrument builder Cheryl E. Leonard.

In 2009, Leonard spent five weeks at Palmer Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula as a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. At Palmer, she made field recordings of ice, water, wind, and wildlife, and gathered rocks, shells, and penguin bones, which she later fashioned into one-of-kind musical instruments. These sound sources are woven together into a set of compositions about the Antarctic Peninsula's dynamic environments and ecosystems, and the profound ways climate change is transforming the region. After 14 years of development, recordings of Leonard’s Antarctic compositions are finally available from Other Minds Records.

Leonard will give a short slideshow about her experiences working with sound at the bottom of the planet and will explain her compositional process, including field recording successes and defeats, instrument-building eureka moments, how to notate snappy icebergs, and techniques for playing penguin bones. This will be followed by a field recording listening session featuring several previously-unreleased recordings of Antarctic birds, ice, and seals. Next, Leonard will perform a solo set of several works from the album. Stick around after the music for informal Q & A and an Antarctic instrument petting zoo, where you can try your hand at making sounds on some of Leonard’s unique instruments.

Thingamajigs, Redline Redefined

Thingamajigs: Redline Redefined Launch Party
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Free Admission
Masks are required for entry

Thingamajigs presents Redline Redefined, a new multi-year project that investigates, narrates and celebrates our formally red-lined neighborhoods. Thingamajigs has curated a program of audio and visual pieces designed to transport audiences from their home to the streets of Oakland and Berkeley. Featuring eight of the East Bay's most exciting performing artists, events scheduled include soundwalks, live performances, video narratives, poetry readings and an online interactive map. A diverse group of local artists are participating in the project, including Sudhu Tewari, Theresa Wong, Katy Luo, Ayodele Nzinga, Suki O’Kane, Gabby Wen, Maxi Himpe and Hallie Smith. Redlining is the systematic practice of denying people financial and other services based on where they lived. In the 1930s, the federal government carved The East Bay into a series of puzzle pieces--imaginary lines were drawn down streets, dividing neighborhoods, families, and entire populations of residents. Redline Redefined project artists explore the balance between the past and present and encourages all of us to to take a second look at who is included and excluded from conversations about development in modern-day East Bay. Join us for an exciting in-person launch filled with live performances, poetry readings, films, installations and short artist presentations.

Eric Theise, Synesthete's Atlas

A Synesthete's Atlas - Eric Theise & Kyle Bruckmann
Sunday September 25, 2022
$10-25 sliding scale (advance tickets available on Eventbrite)
Masks are required for entry

An evening of real-time cartographic improvisations using projected, manipulated digital maps by Eric Theise, directed and accompanied by genre-trampling oboist Kyle Bruckmann. Expect a visual wash of street grids, land masses, bodies of water, and curiosities from the built environment. Saturated colors and subtle tints. Sounds symphonic and screeching. The flicker film as wayfinding device. Orphaned information and untethered symbology. Crowdsourced data with Swiss precision, and glitches a kilometer wide. OpenStreetMap as light show. This will be the first performance of A Synesthete's Atlas on the West Coast.

Heart Sutra, by Dyemark

10,000 things
Thursday, September 22, 2022
6-10pm - please note early start time!
$10 admission
Masks are required for entry

Musician and seeker Suki O’Kane returns to Shapeshifters to enact 10,000 things, a score for durational performance, to mark the fall equinox. The piece starts 10,000 seconds before, and lasts a minimum of 10,000 seconds after the equinox itself, which will be observable at 6:03pm Pacific Daylight Time. Expect ritual acts of body, speech and mind, walking meditation, live cinema, durational sound, food, sunset, civil twilight, and the setting of a waning crescent moon. The show starts early at 6pm (the equinox arrives at 6:03pm) with a solo set from Ernesto Diaz-Infante, complementary autumnal food and drink at dark o'clock, and at 8pm two sets: the first, Phoebe Tooke will lead a visual conduction for an improvising ensemble comprised of Wayne Grim, Dyemark, Jacob Felix Heule, Suki O’Kane, Adria Otte, and special guests; the second reconvenes the artists from the 2022 spring equinox realization of the 10,000 things score enacted on the back deck of Shapeshifters with Alfonso Alvarez, Dyemark, Suki O’Kane, and special guests. Image from Heart Sutra (2022) by Dyemark.

Pigment-Dispersion Syndrome (2022) by Jennifer Reeves

CROSSROADS 2022 program 6: the dark of the screen
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Grey Area Foundation, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
$12 General/$10 Cinematheque Members and members of Gray Area
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry

Shapeshifters is excited to be the community partner for program #6 of SF Cinematheque's annual CROSSROADS film festival. Program 6: the dark of the screen showcases alchemical ecstacies of haptic celluloidal surfaces that play and flirt teasingly with deep dives into the worlds of circuitry, electronic feedback and system noise. Direct experiences of sensual cinema give way to heavily mediated electronic meditations. Performances of electronic transgression contrast and collide with reflections on the mediation of desire and the nightmarish traumas of the contemporary surveillance state.

SCREENING: irradiance (2020) by Ramey Newell (Canada); digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes. Estuary (2021) by Ross Meckfessel (US); 16mm, color, sound, 12 minutes. death by fantasies by mirrors (2022) by Charlotte Clermont (Thiothià:ke/Montreal); digital video, color, sound, 13 minutes. Pigment-Dispersion Syndrome (2022) by Jennifer Reeves (US); digital video, color, sound, 6 minutes. Thalassophobia (2022) by Kit Young (US) & Colleen Kelly (US); video performance with live sound, color, sound, 15 minutes. Dreams Under Confinement (2020) by Christopher Harris (US); digital video, color, sound, 3 minutes. Autoimmune (2020) by Douglas McCausland (US), Ian Kirkpatrick (US) and Marcos Serafim (Brazil/US); digital video, color, sound, 13 minutes. TRT: 65 minutes. Image from Pigment-Dispersion Syndrome, by Jennifer Reeves.

Nazakawa photos

Here and Now, vol. 3: Davis, Nakazawa, Turchin + Alien On Vacation
Saturday, July 23, 2022, 8:00PM

John Davis (image + sound)
Nao Nakazawa (image) + Alien on Vacation (sound, Hj Mooij & Whatnao)
Silvia Turchin (image) + Alien on Vacation (sound)

John Davis is a Northern California artist exploring the relationship between moving image and sound. Through live performance and studio-based projects, his work encourages sensory response through unexpected uses of traditional media.

Nao Nakazawa, originally hailing from Nagano, Japan, moved to California in 1996 to study film. First earning a BA in film & digital media from UC Santa Cruz, and later a MFA in cinema from SF State University, Nao has spent more than 25 years working on film and television productions throughout San Francisco Bay Area and Japan. Nao has been devoted to making his own films of many genres, such as documentaries, fictions and animations. For the past decade, he has been creating experimental works that feature live performances.

Silvia Turchin is a Bay Area experimental filmmaker whose work is concerned with memory and loss. Her films are experiential in style, encouraging viewers to immerse themselves in keen visual and aural observation of urban and natural landscapes. Her films include “Summer Light for Tula”, "F-Line", "Oh Christmas Tree" and "Dogs of the 9th Ward". Silvia has screened at festivals such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Filmfest Dresden, Mill Valley, Big Muddy, Frameline and Experiments in Cinema. She holds her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco University and has taught film production at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently Associate Professor in the Cinematic Arts Department at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Alien on Vacation is Hj Mooij on bass and synths, and Whatnao on violin and mandolin. These aliens love earth music of all kinds and they try to imitate what they heard while on vacation on this planet.

The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

An Evening of Expanded Cinema
as part of the exhibition series Drop: A Psychedelic Exploration
UMA Gallery
Mosswood Chapel
3630 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Thursday, June 9, 2022, 8PM

Program changes: Due to unforseen circumstances, Andy Puls is unable to join us for this event. We have added two more films to the line-up. Please see below for details.

As part of the exhibition series Drop: A Psychedelic Exploration, hosted by UMA Gallery at Mosswood Chapel, Shapeshifters Cinema will be presenting a short program of film and performance that aims to open the door to psychic exploration and universal consciousness. The program will begin with a rare screening of Ira Cohen’s restored film The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda (1968) that captures the height of the psychedelic era with costumed characters performing altered-state rituals while floating in a sea of mylar reflections. Then, Ben Russell’s Trypps #7 (Badlands) (2010) invites the audience on an intimate psychedelic journey to explore the romantic sublime, phenomenological experience, and secular spiritualism. Pat O'Neill's 7362 (1965-67), shown on 16mm film, shows a bilaterally symmetrical fusion of human, biomorphic and mechanical shapes in motion. Coni Beeson's Firefly (1974), also shown on 16mm, is a short expressive dance film featuring a young Carrie Mae Weems. Following the films, Oakland’s own Church of Color and Light will perform Apollo's Lore, a reflection on the nuances of solitude during the pandemic and the mythical Apollo, who is both the cause and cure of plagues. The 16mm film prints were provided by Canyon Cinema. Note: This program takes place at Mosswood Chapel, 3630 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

For more about Drop, including other events in the series, visit:

Carl Diehl, Misdirections

Carl Diehl presents Misdirections
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 8:00 PM

Witness this veritable variety show of cine-magical feats, including Andrew Kim’s film essay on the curiously named village, Colon, MI and its claim as “the Magic Capital of the World;” Kathleen Quillian’s enchanted collage animation, The Conjuror; Kerry Laitala's phantasmagoric 16mm film Spectrology on magic lanterns and optical illusions; Stephanie Hough’s short EARTHVIEWS films which temporarily transform your personal digital device into a novel interface for seeing and knowing anew; and, from primordial depths, a media archeological fossil in the form of a kinescope film, featuring a bonafide magician circa 1950! This entourage of audiovisual delights orbits around an illuminated excursion into the life and times of the late, great magician, vaudevillian, and comedy emcee, Werner “Dorny” Dornfield (1892-1982), as presented by Portland-based, multimedia artist Carl Diehl. Diehl's presentation draws from his recent publication, Misdirections, a 68-page chapbook that delves into the life of his Great Uncle Dorny, including his association with Harry Houdini, and touches on L. Frank Baum's window-dressing trade journal, the Magic Capital of the World and the American Museum of Magic as told through a series of conversations with historians, performance artists, and magicians as well as reminiscences of Diehl's own personal experiences as an experimental artist and musician. The beguiling Jeremy Rourke will be your host for this thrilling dive into magical realms while Cindy Webster accompanies on the singing saw. Prepare to be dazzled and delighted in this one-night-only experience!

Media-Making Beekeepers: An Evening of Short Films and Honey Tasting
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 8PM

There are many fascinating insects in the world; few are so closely intertwined with humans as honeybees, Apis mellifera. The unique relationship that each of us has with honeybees is a paradoxical blend of awe and fear. We want to know how honeybees make honey and wax, raise their young and swarm, but no one wants to get stung – an inevitable part of beekeeping. One thing is always clear, honeybees don’t need us, we need them. The Bay Area has a rich history of media makers and beekeepers, but very few are doing both. This program presents a lucky round-up of a few of those elusive creators. We present work by Bay Area multimedia artists Nicky Tavares, John Davis, Robert Fox, Melanie Curry and Alfonso Alvarez. These diverse and intimate works celebrate each maker’s complex relationship with the honeybee. Following the screening will be a short talk about honey and how to experience the myriad of flavors in natural honey using the tasting guide developed at UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center.

Landing, by Sabina Maselli

Southern Climes: Films from AFW Melbourne
Program presented in association with SF Cinematheque
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 7:30 PM

Initiated by filmmakers Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie in 2009, Artist Film Workshop (AFW) is a film collective and not-for-profit organization which provides access to knowledge and resources for filmmakers and artists in Melbourne, Australia. AFW holds regular screenings and workshops for people interested in film or working with sound and vision. Visiting as part of an epic west coast tour, AFW member Paddy Hay will present a selection of recent and brand-new 16mm film works produced by members of AFW. The program reflects the diversity of interests, methodologies and technologies investigated by AFW members, showcasing a wide variety of filmmaking styles across forms of abstraction, archival/ found footage, audio-vision and lo-fi documentary. Techniques including contact and optical printing, DIY cameras and traditional lens-based photography are among the methods and approaches explored. ALL FILMS TO BE PRESENTED ON 16MM.

SCREENING: Valpi (2019) by Richard Tuohy; 16mm, color, sound, 9 minutes; Is Anybody Coming Over to Dinner (2022) by Audrey Lam; Self Portrait With Bag (2020) by Diana Barrie; Southern Climes (2018) by Hanna Chetwin; 4000 Frames from Hobart to Queenstown (2020) by Ilona Schneider; Window (2020) by Rowena Crowe; Fade (2017) by Callum Ross-Thomson; Landing (2019) by Sabina Maselli; Sensor Lights in Flemington (2022) by Lucas Haynes; The Gardens (2022) by Paddy Hay & Giles Fielke.

TRT: 74 minutes. Film descriptions + filmmaker bios here.

RELATED WORKSHOP: Reversing Reversal: An Introduction to Super-8 Film. An all-day workshop on experimental super-8 film processing with Paddy Hay immediately preceding the screening.

Film About a Father Who

Lynne Sachs’ Film About a Father Who
Program presented in association with SF Cinematheque and Pacific Film Archive
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7:30pm

In her nearly forty-year career as a filmmaker, Lynne Sachs, in various shorts and long form works, has developed a uniquely engaged and sensitive approach to personal experimental documentary form. Frequently focusing on families—often her own—Sachs’s films portray their subjects with rare personal complexity and grace. In so doing, Sachs’ portraits describe their subjects within the flows of history, always within the interwoven, multigenerational webs of family, friendships and society. Consisting of footage collected by Sachs from 1984 to 2019, and collecting oral history from family members documenting nearly a half century of family history, Film About a Father Who presents a complicated, multi-vocal, narrative portrait of the filmmakers’ father, while exploring a complex family dynamic of anger, confusion, love and forgiveness, evolving over generations. (Steve Polta)

RELATED WORKSHOP: Opening the Family Album at Shapeshifters Cinema from 5-7pm immediately preceding this screening.

RELATED SCREENING: Three additional films by Lynne Sachs—The Washing Society (2018, made with Lizzie Olesker), And Then We Marched (2017) and E•pis•to•lar•y: Letter to Jean Vigo (2021)—screen at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive on Wednesday, April 6. Full details here.


Jake Parker Scott/Voicehandler/Laetitia Sonami
Thursday, March 24, 2022, 8PM

A night of experimental music accompanied by 16mm projections, including a set by Oakland-based duo, Voicehandler, who perform improvised, intuitive, incantatory music grounded in the most primitive and somatic instruments -- the voice and percussion -- juxtaposed with contemporary, disembodied electronics. Jake Parker Scott will debut a new text-based piece of expanded cinema featuring a set of 16mm collages created in San Francisco's Other Cinema archive. He will be accompanied by his pals Matt Robidoux and Mitch Stahlmann on various electronics. The night will conclude with a set from French sound artist, performer and electronic music pioneer, Laetitia Sonami, whose sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations explore ideas of presence and participation. 16mm projections throughout the evening by Jake Parker Scott, with film loop contributions from Joel Skavdahl during Voicehandler's set.

open house and pop-up market

Shapeshifters Open House & Pop-up Market
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Free admission
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry

Join us for our first public event since March of 2020! We will be hosting an Open House and Pop-up Market from 1-6pm to welcome the community back in and check out our new storefront space where we will be selling our eclectic collection of artist-made media and goods as well as a selection of brand new beers made on-site in our microbrewery! Several other local vendors specializing in vintage, second-hand, hand-made and artist-made goods will also be set up in and around the space, including Kitten Claw Vintage, Owllamode, San Francisco Cinematheque, Land & Sea, Lea Zalinskis, Desert Glass Jewelry, Ted Mattes and Miss Lori's Unique Boutique. Cold beverages and warm eats will also be available for purchase.

CROSSROADS 2021, Program 1

CROSSROADS 2021: SF Cinematheque's 12th Annual Festival of Artist-made Film & Video
September 17-October 21, 2021

Read the full line-up of artists and details about the festival

Shapeshifters Cinema is proud to be a community partner for the opening program of CROSSROADS 2021, the 12th annual film festival presented by San Francisco Cinematheque.

Program 1: tendrils on a plane (co-sponsored by Shapeshifters Cinema) will livestream via the SF Cinematheque website on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7PM, with live introductions by participating filmmakers before the program. The program will subsequently be available along with the other seven on-line programs in the festival (without the introductions) for “view-as-desired” viewing through October 21.

Program 1: tendrils on a plane includes: Primavera (2020) by Adrian Garcia Gomez, Pilgrimage (2020) by Anthony Buchanan, Blue Distance (2021) by Devin Jie Allen, Parenthesis (2021) by Vasilios Papaioannu, Rehearsal (2020) by Talena Sanders, June July (2021) by Kevin Jerome Everson (livestream only), life, like water, flows to greater bodies (2020) by Takahiro Suzuki, Tres bocetos de casa (2020) by Azucena Losana, a moment west (2020) by Noah Rosenberg. Find out more about this program


Thingamajigs: Sound of Wave in Channel

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Pacific
Broadcast @ BAMPFA

Followed by a live conversation with the artists (at 8pm)
Presented in conjunction with Thingamjigs virtual residency at BAMPFA

This eleven-hour marathon experience, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., combines spoken word and sound. The work is built around Bay Area poet Stephen Ratcliffe’s work of the same name that documents one thousand poems written in one thousand consecutive days. Recorded at BAMPFA with Ratcliffe and the Thingamajigs Performance Group, this work explores the relationship between things as they are observed in the world and how they might be transcribed or transformed as works of art. The artists join us for a live Q&A following the performance at 8 p.m.

This is one of four programs presented as part of the Thingamajigs July virtual residency. Thingamajigs is a genre-crossing arts organization founded in the East Bay that promotes music and other art forms created with found materials or alternate tuning systems. Tune in via livestream

Guillermo Galindo and The Living Earth Show

Sonic Biogenesis: Genomics and Mutant Jungles

Sunday, June 20, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 PM Pacific
Broadcast via livestream

Followed by a live conversation with the artists
Presented in partnership with Kala Art Institute

Sonic Biogenesis: Genomics and Mutant Jungles features Guillermo Galindo’s “genome scores” which consist of graphic representations of his musical compositions and artwork merging textures of plants, animals, and microbes. These pieces illustrate, in Galindo’s unique symbolic language, how research and data have historically expressed and sustained systems of power, particularly relating to colonialism. As a follow up to Galindo’s exhibition Dissonant Matter at Kala Art Institute which closed early this year, Shapeshifters Cinema and Kala will co-present a new iteration of Sonic Biogenesis, a performance by Guillermo Galindo with The Living Earth Show—the new-music chamber ensemble consisting of guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson. Andrews and Meyerson will play experimental sonic devices designed by Galindo. Animation by Christoph Steger bringing Galindo’s “mutants” to life will weave through the video. More about the show...

Garfunkle is Dead by Nicky Tavares

Nicky Tavares: Notes from the Lower Rungs on Being Chronically Tan and Enflamed
Sunday, March 28, 2021
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Bay Area and Iowa-based artist and filmmaker Nicky Tavares makes work that sheds light on systemic inequalities through personal storytelling. She is interested in how new technologies shape and transform the way we see and present ourselves, and the myriad ways they are utilized by political, social, and cultural systems as both license and vehicle for subjugation of individuals who fall outside the bounds of dominant culture. Through her creative practice, she discovers seams where history, technology, creative inquiry, and ethics meet, and experiments with ways to stitch them together using threads from theory and practice. Shapeshifters will be streaming a selection of Nicky’s short films: Untitled Bee Film, Searching for Beauty in Student Loan Debt or at Least the Envelopes in Which It Comes, Garfunkel Is Dead, No Whining, and her latest work in progress, Notes from the Lower Rungs on Being Chronically Tan and Enflamed.

Andy Puls

Andy Puls
Sunday, March 14, 2021
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Andy Puls beams down from his woodland retreat with a performance of live generative music and colored light pieces made using his homemade "Melody Oracle" electronic music and synchronized refractive light projection system.

still by Keith Evans

Keith Evans: utube
Sunday, February 7, 2021
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

So many vectors, revectors…liminal songs, matchbooks, reports from the front and backrooms scrubbed on keys. Cinema stalks onward, leaving for a time the blackened spaces in a burned and turbulent wake. Inside the floating spell-correct of this digital campfire are invitations to other layers, other notes on our troubled time together, emanations of equivocal data that may pass on down to the underground lakes of the plasma people. Transmission is in the electric rivers too. Make incomplete of it what you will. Viewers are invited to tune in on February 7th at 7pm PST to watch the livestream.

Retrospectroscope, by Kerry Laitala

Kerry Laitala and Jonathan Walley on Expanded Cinema and Cinema Expanded
Sunday, January 31, 2021
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel
Co-presented with Canyon Cinema

Artist and filmmaker Kerry Laitala (San Francisco) and cinema scholar Jonathan Walley (Columbus, OH) engage in an illustrated conversation about expanded cinema, including Laitala’s recent 16mm film projection performance Fire Fly EYE (hand-processed 16mm Ektachrome and B&W film, dual projection) and the iconic paracinematic work Retrospectroscope (1996). Walley will also discuss his book Cinema Expanded: Avant-Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia, published last year by Oxford University Press, the first comprehensive historical and theoretical account of expanded cinema published since Gene Youngblood’s landmark book Expanded Cinema (1970). Laitala will also share documentation of her studio, which will be the basis for a discussion with Walley about the role of studio spaces and practices in the creation of expanded cinema works. Q&A will follow.

collage, Faith Arazi

Collage-based films of Faith Arazi
Sunday, January 24, 2021
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

San Francisco-based artist and filmmaker Faith Arazi works with handmade collage and film. Her inspirations draw heavily from the abstraction and primal stimuli in early children’s programming to engage viewers by way of familiar spontaneity, leading into peak experiences of pure emotions, youthful idealism, transition, and worship for the small and mundane. Compelled by a short attention span and playful spirit, Faith's practice sources a dynamic range of found images to explore capitalist anxiety, latinx identity, and poetic mystery. She is currently exploring techniques in repetition, layered visual complexity and movement. We'll be streaming a selection of Faith's films: Oracíon, Through a Field, Untitled Animation, and a collection of small and tiny animations (under 1 minute). Viewers are invited to watch this by tuning in on January 24th at 7pm PST to watch the livestream. Learn more about Faith's techniques and the thoughts behind her process in Cut & Paste: Collage As a Means of Play, the workshop she will be teaching on Sunday, February 7th.

Still Moving

STILL/MOVING: The Tenuous We
Sunday, December 20, 2020
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel
Co-presented with The Maysles Documentary Center

STILL/MOVING is a program of work exploring poetry and the moving image. STILL/MOVING formed out of a 3-day workshop led by Lynne Sachs and Paolo Javier in May 2020, hosted on-line by the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, New York. During this initial workshop, a cohort of folks from around the world (Uruguay, Ireland, and all across the US) met over Zoom to explore the resonances and ruptures between still/moving images and written/spoken words. Inspired by the experience, the participants decided to continue working together and have since made two more collaborative projects over the ensuing months combining language and moving imagery in various forms. Shapeshifters will be screening the third project ("The Tenuous We") made by members of the group, with a live discussion between collaborating artists immediately after the screening. Viewers are invited to watch this program by tuning in on December 20th at 7pm to watch the livestream. The first two projects made by the group will also be available to view on The Maysles Center website from December 14-28. The Maysles Center will also be hosting a live discussion between workshop participants on Thursday, December 17th at 5pmPST/8pmEST. STILL/MOVING participants: Emily Apter, Danielle Chu, Quin de la Mer, Melissa Ferrari, Nina Fonoroff, Edith Goldenhar, Laura Harrison, Caroline Losneck, Mary Magsamen, Veronica Pamoukaghlian, Kathleen Quillian, Lynne Sachs, Moira Sweeney, Fereshteh Toosi, Jordan Wong.

Rosario Sotelo

Live from Shapeshifters: Rosario Sotelo
Sunday, December 13, 2020
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

"The Ruins," by Rosario Sotelo, is the documentation of the artist's travels through sacred sites in Guatemala during the closing of the Mayan Calendar in 2012. Shot on 16mm, it's a continuation of her work about place. Original music by David R. Molina.

Dokuro, In the Dust of Our Stars

Live from Shapeshifters: Dokuro
Sunday, December 6, 2020
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Dokuro will perform In the Dust of the Stars, a sonic and visual meditation on the smallness of being human in the endless undulation of our universe. The video footage is meant to emulate conformal cyclic cosmology, a theory in which the universe iterates through infinite cycles, with the future time-like infinity of each previous iteration being identified with the Big Bang singularity of the next. This theory was popularized by Gilbert Penrose in his 2010 book Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe. Our dust-like footprint in the universe falls parallel with how many people are feeling these days due to COVID-19 and all of the socio-economic challenges: we are tiny and much is out of our direct control. In our current lives it seems we take one step forward with a resulting two steps backward, an endless oscillation much like the movement of the universe. However, we also see this oscillation as something unifying and magical as we are all a part of the universe's massive rhythm. Dokuro is the artistic maelstrom formed by the duo of Agnes Szelag and The Norman Conquest. Their love for song-form and noise unveils itself during their intense live performances. As they delve into layers of sound they commit themselves to the compositional surprises each one presents, reacting, and in turn creating unexpected transitions that unfold into the next exploration. These intersections and song-like clusters, along with their abstract and textural videos, create a space for listeners to dream.

Scott Stark, Damnation

Live from Shapeshifters: Scott Stark
Sunday, November 29, 2020
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Scott Stark returns to Shapeshifters to perform DAMNATION (sound by John Wynne) -- new work made using sheets of ice and images from a 1960s television series to follow the tragic trajectory of the eternally damned. Viewers are invited to watch this by tuning in on November 29th at 7pm to watch the livestream.

Aggregate Animated Shorts

Live from Shapeshifters: Aggregate Animated Shorts Awards Ceremony
Sunday, November 8, 2020
7pm PST
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Shapeshifters is excited to stream the 4th annual Aggregate Animated Shorts Awards Ceremony, organized by our sister organization Aggregate Space Gallery, based in West Oakland. Aggregate's Gallery Director Conrad Meyers will host this online award ceremony and screening which will include the top films from each of the festival's categories, as well as Viewer’s Choice awards that were rated by visitors via an online form during the two weeks that the full festival screened online. The awards ceremony will also include a film by each of the exhibition's jurors: Santiago Insignares, Carey Lin, and Fu Yang. Artists from the August on-line festival: Amber Crabbe, Kristine Diekman, Celia Eid & Sébastien Béranger, Richard Haley, Jiayang Huang, SHON KIM, Seren Moran, Ben Mosca, Maxine Schoefer-Wulf, Cassie Shao, Leon Simone, Melinda K.P. Stees, Cyane Tornatzky, Joshua Tuthill, and Claudia Ungersbäck.

Lori Varga, Dennis Keefe & Kit Young

Live from Shapeshifters: Lori Varga, Dennis Keefe & Kit Young
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Paying homage to the historic Vortex Planetarium sessions of 1959, Bay Area artists Lori Varga, Dennis Keefe and Kit Young will combine their massive arsenal of A/V systems to perform three distinct pieces celebrating the art of synesthesia. Pairing early electronic soundscapes with modular and semi-modular visual systems made from 16mm film projectors, vintage lumia equipment + state of the art digital and hand-built A/V systems, the trio will forge new pathways into alternate realities sculpted from cosmic light and sound in five dimensions!

Wayne Grim & Phoebe Tooke

Live from Shapeshifters: Wayne Grim & Phoebe Tooke
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

In Decline, by Wayne Grim and Phoebe Tooke is an investigation of space and the physical nature of abandonment. The performance will move through three distinct movements: wreckage, estates, and steady states. Audio-visual tropes, conspicuous constructions, and subconscious arguments with oneself will be your guide.

Anne McGuire

Live from Shapeshifters: Anne McGuire
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Artist Anne McGuire sings and plays guitar for this variation on "Cuckoo Suite for Guitar and Voice" -- a performance she created for KZSU’s Day of Noise 2020.

Kadet Kuhne, Metaptosi

Live from Shapeshifters: Kadet Kuhne
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Kadet Kuhne is a sound and visual artist who is presenting works that engage noise algorithms, spectra, evolving, chaotic and structured forms, and states of becoming through emergent patterns. Working collaboratively with animator Ying Herng, Chia, visual artist Christopher O’Leary, writer and playwright Carson Beker, and graphic designer Graham Akins, the sound performance by Kadet will be a combination of live interpreted visual data and composed overlays with no-input mixing, manipulated recordings, and analog synths.

Charles Woodman

Live from Shapeshifters: viDEO sAVant vs Φ4 performs The City and the Stars
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Musicians Maurizio Rinaldi and Fabrizio Saiu (based in Italy) react to the morphing flow of images created by viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman, based in California), the sound changing in response to the visual score. Simultaneously the images are shifting, composed in reaction to alterations in sound and mood. Disparate images and sounds blur together and fuse to become a new kind of organism. The mix evolves as a push-pull between music and image, an active dialogue that constitutes a new, experimental film and soundtrack--one composed live. Viewers are invited to watch this by tuning in on September 27th from 7-8pm to watch the livestream.

John Davis

Live from Shapeshifters: John Davis presents The Singing Sun
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Filmmaker and musician John Davis will perform improvised music to two 16mm films shown side by side. One film follows the life cycle of the honeybee, while the other uses plant matter as source material for a cameraless cyanotype film. The two films together highlight the tension between the formal yet temporal elements of matter existing in constant transformation and motion. Viewers are invited to watch this by tuning in on September 20th from 7-8pm to watch the livestream.

killer banshee

Live from Shapeshifters: killer banshee presents Mobility
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

killer banshee (Eliot Daughtry and Kriss DeJong) revisits the archive with a presentation of their expanded cinema work: Mobility - Confabulation on the Experiential Nature of Modern Medicine. Originally created in live, improvised performances between 2005 and 2009, using early VJ software running on laptops controlled by MIDI keyboards and beamed from janky projectors, this work pushed the boundaries of both technological expression and presentation that continues to resonate today. Mobility began as an exploration of the personal experience of living with chronic, episodic, and life threatening medical health crises. It became a commentary on documentary, nonfiction, and a refutation of the demand for obvious narrative. Designed for two screens with accompanying audio, it challenges media tropes of medical drama, and instead highlights the personal experience. Comprised predominately of our own photos, video, and medical documents, augmented with selective found footage, it explores new ways to consider personal archives as a way to examine trauma in a poetic mode. In final form, Mobility developed into 6 segments, each addressing a different part of the lived experience and emotional residue from the events that required its creation. Viewers are invited to watch this by tuning in on September 13th from 7-8pm to watch the livestream.

Suki drum

Live from Shapeshifters: Suki O'Kane and Tim Perkis
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Live broadcast via our streaming channel

Suki O'Kane returns to Shapeshifters to present two new pieces for bass drum, electronics, and performative projection. Hard to Read is a new work directed by (and featuring the electronics and coding of) Tim Perkis. Together Suki and Tim animate and sonify his disarming and mysterious archive of human expression. Surprised by Sin is a new work for for bass drum, liberation texts, and hand-held projections. Viewers are invited to watch this live performance by tuning in on August 16th from 7-8pm to Watch it live, online.

Detail from NSV 11 (nososcarida viscosa) by Guillermo Galindo

Guillermo Galindo live performance webcast
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Guillermo Galindo will be performing -- live from Shapeshifters Cinema -- a variation on Sonic Botany, a project exploring how science has played, and continues to play, a role in colonizing and conquest. Viewers are invited to watch this live performance by tuning in from 7-8pm to


Telecinema: Tommy Becker + Negativland
Saturday, March 14, 2020
7:30-10:00 pm, Online!
Presented in partnership with Out of Focus TV

The original show we had planned to present on Saturday, March 14th featuring Tommy Becker, Steev Hise and Jon Leidecker was cancelled, like so many others around the world, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. The health and safety of our community is of utmost importance. But so is your sanity. So we've decided to go ahead with the! Join us on Facebook Live, Apple TV or wherever you can tune in from the comfort of your own home as we present:

Negativland live at Spazio Aerio, Venice, Italy, September 30, 2016
Tommy Becker live at Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA, April 8, 2018

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Ether Ship
Sunday, January 11, 2020

Ether Ship electronic music group (Willard Van De Bogart and Lemon DeGeorge) will be premiering two new compositions with dimensional videos from their wilderness locations. Ether Ship has been performing for over 50 years. Their first performance was at the Sea Port Museum in New York City for the Avant Garde Festival created by Charlotte Moormon, and their most recent performance was in Denmark for the Re-Sound Conference. Willard Van De Bogart is on iPAD synthesizers and Lemon DeGeorge is on electronically processed harmonicas.

Elena Pardo w/Voicehandler + Laboratorio Experimental de Cine
Friday, December 6, 2019

In 2018 the Mexico City experimental film collective Laboratorio Experimental de Cine (LEC) held a residency at the film laboratories of the famous Mexican national film studio, Estudios Churubusco. Over the course of a year, a dozen filmmakers partnered with laboratory staff to create short films and exchange knowledge and approaches to analog film. The LEC residency culminated in the second biennial international independent film laboratories conference and the publication Recetario. The first part of this program screens some highlights from the residency, including "Bandera Churubusco" by Walter Forsberg, "Filmer & Son" by Antonio Bunt, "Churubusco Inventory" by Elena Pardo and "Boom boom boom" by Naomi Uman. The second part of the program features "Underground Pulses," a new expanded cinema performance looking at community resistance to underground mining in Mexico by LEC co-founder Elena Pardo with sound performed live by Voicehandler.

Lynne Sachs
Sunday, November 10, 2019

How do we negotiate the photographing of images that contain the body? What experiential, political or aesthetic contingencies do we bring to both the making and viewing of a cinema that contains the human form? If a body is different from our own – in terms of gender, skin color, or age – do we frame it differently? How does looking at a body on screen make us feel? New York filmmaker Lynne Sachs will guide her audience through her own evolution as a filmmaker by sharing excerpts from her own films in "My Body, Your Body, Our Bodies: Somatic Cinema at Home and in the World" an expanded cinema screening and talk. Sachs will explore the fraught and bewildering challenge of looking at the human form from behind the lens. Inspired by the performance self-portrait films of Vito Acconci, the audience will also be included in the making of a live, impromptu production. Excerpts from these films by Lynne Sachs will be included: “Drawn and Quartered” (4 min. 1986); “Still Life with Woman and Four Objects” (4 min. 1986); "Sermons and Sacred Pictures" (29 min. 1989); “The House of Science: a museum of false facts" (30min. 1991); "A Biography of Lilith" (35 min. 1997); “Window Work” (9 min. 2000); “Wind in Our Hair” (40min. 2010); “Same Stream Twice” (4min. 2012); “Your Day is My Night” (64min. 2013); “And Then We Marched” (4 min. 2017); "Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor" (8 min. 2018); “A Year of Notes and Numbers” (4 min. 2018); "The Washing Society" (44 min. 2018).

Jeremy Rourke
Friday, September 20, 2019

Jeremy Rourke is a self-taught animator and musician. His animation table is full of photo-puppets, clay, paint, pens, pencils, paper ephemera, lights, shadows, and flora. During live performances, he uses his animation in conjunction with lyrics, instrumental music, stories, sound samples, multiple projectors and real-time interactions with the screen to create an immersive expanded cinema.

Minoosh Zomorodinia
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind's eye inspired by nature and her environments. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity's relationship to the natural world. The piece she will be presenting, Illusion is an ongoing project addressing confusion in contemporary urban life. Using a variety of cameras (digital, 16mm and super-8mm), the artist documents her own wanderings through various landscapes in search of the lost spirituality in the modern world and the ambiguous and mystical origin of self.

Expanded Cinema Past Programs

All programs listed below were programmed as part of Shapeshifters' monthly expanded cinema series which ran from June 2012 - August 2019 at Arbor Cafe and Temescal Art Center in North Oakland. They are listed in chronological order starting from the first show through August 2019 (after which we moved to our new space in Jack London Square)

June 7, 2012
The cinePimps

The cinePimps, featuring performative projectionists Alfonso Alvarez (CCA, Great Wall of Oakland, Canyon Cinema) and Keith Arnold (Castro Theater, Fine Arts Theater), use multiple 16mm projectors and found footage arrays to layer light and meaning, creating immersive visual fields that spill on to adjacent walls and ceilings. Collaborating musicians Wayne Grim and Suki O'Kane ride the bucking broncos of each projector's optical line out to create an improvised sound track, pushed through their own sieves of rancor and redemption.

July 13, 2012
Paul Clipson & Evan Caminiti

Paul Clipson uses multiple exposures, dissolves and macro imagery to create largely improvised studies, edited in-camera on Super 8mm film, bringing to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. Evan Caminiti (Barn Owl, Higuma) creates sound that draws on the psychedelic, kosmische, and meditative influences. Together they create a hypnotic and ever-changing audio-visual composition.

August 2, 2012
Jeremy Rourke

Jeremy Rourke is a self taught animator and musician living in San Francisco. He uses paper, paint, shadows, wood, old photographs, new photographs, flowers, tape, pens, pencils, leaves, and sticks to make his animations, which are set to his own music. His work has been shown at film festivals around the country and venues all over the Bay Area and he was named 'best new animator/musician' by SFWeekly. During live performances, he and his band try really extra hard to magically enter the movie screen. He is on this earth, with the sun shining on it, floating through space, right along with you.

Sept 6, 2012
Kerry Laitala & John Davis

Multi-dimensional, award-winning, San Francisco filmmaker Kerry Laitala conjures spirits from the material of celluloid using her trove of tricks and techniques to make dazzling explosions of color, light and motion. Kerry will perform "The Color Red Bleeds Blue," an expanded cinema work, along with two new premieres of live cinematic sorcery: "Trip the Light Fantastic," a collaboration with Neal Johnson and "Velvet of Night," a collaboration with musician John Davis. Plus other surprises.

Oct 4, 2012
Tommy Becker

A poet trapped in a camcorder, Tommy Becker continuously works to feed video poems into his never-ending saga, TAPE NUMBER ONE, a collection of short videos made up of found footage, spoken word, performance, graphic design and sound collage. Join us as we witness the unfolding of TAPE NUMBER ONE into live spoken word/video performances.

Nov 8, 2012
Sylvia Schedelbauer

A special cross-continental collaboration with Berlin-based filmmaker Sylvia Schedelbauer and Washington, DC-based sound artist Jeff Surak. Sylvia Schedelbauer's films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage. Jeff Surak uses unconventional sound sources (dry ice, old record players, autoharp, microcassettes, etc) to layer successive walls of noise into gargantuan citadels of shimmering light.

Sunday, January 13, 2013
John Davis & Josh Churchill

John Davis works with moving images and sound, expanding their relationships through experimentation, chance, collaboration and improvisation. Current performance work investigates various sound and image delivery systems, their material bi-products, and the range of sensory possibilities that exists between them. Josh Churchill's work includes immersive site-specific sound and light installation, photography, and experimental music/noise. His dynamic works compel one to be critically aware of their surroundings by exploring the aesthetic, emotive, and structural qualities of the environments in which they are situated and/or are examining.

February 10, 2013
Jen Cohen & Guillermo Galindo

[inter] MEDIA Divinations is a new work created by video/performance artist Jen Cohen and composer/sound artist guillermo gal*in_dog. Using hacked electronic toys to create sounds and live video processing of random objects, Jen Cohen and guillermo gal*in_dog will merge an unrepeatable mélange of discreet moments in a unique and carefully randomized jam session. Jen Cohen's practice utilizes video in combination with photography, sculpture, costuming and performance in order to present possibilities of transcendent experiences both, as the performer or image in her own work as well as for the viewer. Guillermo Galindo’s artistic work spans a wide spectrum of expression from symphonic composition to the domains of musical and visual computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, opera, film music, instrument building, three dimensional installation, live performance and sound design.

April 28, 2013
Lori Varga & Paul Baker

Bay Area native Lori Varga will present Beyond the Frames of Light and Strange Sounds, Vol. 2 using 16mm and 8mm handmade collage films, experimental celluloid loops, 35mm slides and a live electronic sound collage made from old audio tape loop machines, magnetic card readers and analog cassette tapes. Paul Baker (Austin, Texas) and friends will also perform Analog Omega - a series of analog feedback loops of images and sounds utilizing VCR, TV and projector overlays, set to audio dronal and tonal experimental sound.

May 12, 2013
Jim Haynes

18 Films About Ted Serios is an ongoing expanded cinema project for the intermedia artist Jim Haynes, with the presentation for Shapeshifters Cinema being its fifth public iteration. The live video projection captures the in situ movement of manipulated glass, sand, motors, and pieces of metal through a surveillance camera, augmented by various means of illumination and a small monitor capable of video playback. Haynes also accumulates the acoustic and the electro-magnetic detritus into billowing tonal constructions and fractured minimalism.

June 9, 2013
Josh Kit Clayton

In conversation, concept, and repetition, Afterimage by Josh Kit Clayton is an abstraction of cinema based in the matter of thought. A social zoetrope, it is a study on the transmission and persistence of idea as language shaping the machinery of the mind. The juxtaposition of discontinuities gives way to the illusion of motion as a means of reconciling separateness. And a life after the fact. Duplication. Degradation. Dispersal.

July 14, 2013

Beige is the collaborative project of filmmakers Kent Long and Vanessa O'Neill. Their work explores the transformations and dimensions of layered 16mm projection with live sound composed and performed by Long. They will be performing an extended version of Suspension (2008) by Vanessa O'Neill, a film that layers a toned and black-and-white reel creating subtle shifts of hue and tone of abstracted seascape.

August 11, 2013
Kadet Kuhne

Kadet Kuhne is a media artist whose work spans the audiovisual spectrum. Kadet's audiovisual works are comprised of intervals, disjunctions and suspensions of space-time, intended to heighten tensions between motion and stasis: a balanced, yet heightened "nervous system" to reflect our own. With textures of self-imposed and societal boundaries and bondages, patterns of visual information entwine with correlating sounds, and a reconstructed map of her subjects' gestures become the language itself. Kadet will be premiering Quantum Tunneling, a new video piece about penetrating barriers, along with her videos Rebound and Fight or Flight. In addition to scoring these works live, she will score to a premiere screening of a Super 8 film short by Paul Clipson, and video shorts In Motion by Alba G. Corral (based in Spain) and Unseen Sync by Krystof Pesek (based in Bohemia) who both use Processing software to generate their images. Hilary Reed and Suki O'Kane will be joining as collaborating musicians.

September 8, 2013
Steve Dye

dyemark is Steven Dye, a multi-disciplinary artist working with sound, projection, and live performance. Much of his work is collaborative, incorporating musical and theatrical performance, live accompaniment for film, instrument building, field recordings, found footage, camera-less film making and expanded cinema techniques, and includes site specific sound and light installations. His work can be described as a direct engagement with the materials and apparatus of sound and projection. Developing dynamic compositions by manipulating sound and light to explore the relationships between what we hear and what we see.

October 13, 2013
Craig Baldwin

Craig Baldwin is a filmmaker, curator and educator whose interests lie in archival retrieval and recombinatory forms of cinema, performance, and installation. His weekly screening series, Other Cinema, has showcased experimental, essay, and documentary works for over a quarter century, more recently expanding into DVD publishing with Other Cinema Digital in 2003. Baldwin's suite of live-cinema pieces will employ/deploy an array of 16mm projectors, putting into play the accidental synchronicites of archival/found picture and sound towards an exploration of the fleeting, ephemeral, and ambivalent poetry of representation and reality.

November 10, 2013
Chris Duncan

Utilizing harmonicas, tuning forks and looping stations, Oakland based artist Chris Duncan will create an immersive, quadraphonic sonic response to a series of videos comprised of captured natural light. The piece is an acknowledgement of the phenomena that human beings are drawn to and capture aspects of natural light via film, digital means and video, with and without real purpose. The visual portion of the performance is comprised of several interpretations of this pursuit made by Maria Otero, Ryan Wallace, Lauren Douglas and Hilary Wiedemann - people who are equally fascinated with light. This will be a meditative, immersive experience.

December 8, 2013
Alex MacKenzie

Inspired by the work and thought of 1940s marine scientist Ed Ricketts and the technical approach of french filmmaker Jean Painleve in the same era, INTERTIDAL, by Vancouver-based artist Alex MacKenzie, presents a submersive exploration of the tidal zones and marine life off the shores of Western Canada. Using both camera and non-camera approaches, this performance-based work presented on two analytic 16mm projectors speaks to the fragility of both the film medium and the marine environment explored. Travelling as far West as Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island and North to the tip of Naikoon on Haida Gwaii, this route expressly emulates that which Ricketts and his close friend author John Steinbeck intended to revisit prior to Ricketts' untimely death in 1948. The scope and materiality of both emulsion and environment are explored using elements as wide ranging as photograms, alternative film chemistry, live manipulation, and the very movement of the tides themselves. At once personal, political, visual and ecological, the work gives equal weight to representation and abstraction. A project of process through exploration, INTERTIDAL is a marine ecology for emulsion: teeming and tenuous, fleeting and alive.

January 12, 2014
Scott Stark & Allison Holt

The ever-inquisitive Scott Stark will be presenting several pieces from his vast body of work exploring visual and cultural shifts, including Right (2008), Liberty (2014, work-in-progress) and two brand new collaborative pieces with Allison Leigh Holt: Nocturnal Symmetries (2014), a two-projector film performance exploring dream-like urban and natural landscapes, and Treasures of Big House (2014), a playful, yet manic interaction between two performers with light, shadow and sound, using toys, household objects and toiletries out of control.

February 9, 2014
Lori Varga

Artist Lori Varga returns to Shapeshifters to present an all new action-packed program featuring double 16mm film projections, stereo-optic 35mm slides set to lori's own composed music on analog synthesiser, three rarely screened short super-8mm and 16mm collage films, a dual 16mm hand processed celluloid loop set to outdated electronic aural tones and a new piece made in collaboration with local Oakland musician and film artist Sarah Brady.

March 2, 2014
Greg Pope

SPECIAL START TIME: 9:30PM (doors at 9:00PM)

Norwary-based, veteran film performance artist Greg Pope will make a special appearance for Shapeshifters while in town on a small Bay Area tour, including stops at Stanford and SF Cinematheque. For Shapeshifters, Greg will be performing two pieces: SCORELINE, a solo film-sound performance that explores the processes of construction and destruction using a 16mm projector, black film, engraving tools and contact mics and TRANSPARENT STAVANGER, a live projection performance made with 160 photographic slides, two slide projectors and a twin shutter mechanism that suggests movement to the images while they overlap and flicker, echoing early proto-cinematic experiments using magic lantern technology. Performing with Pope is Bay Area based experimental electroacoustic improv duo Voicehandler (Jacob Felix Heule & Danishta Rivero).

April 13, 2014
Andy Puls

Andy Puls is a video artist, analog electronics designer, and composer/musician. He runs the experimental media production studio, "Whistlehut" in Richmond, CA, where he produces his own and others' audio and visual recordings, and designs electronic audio and video devices. His video work centers around live, intuitive, "no source" visualizations. Using video hardware processing, camera feedback loops, and video synthesis, he uncovers the inner-world landscapes existing behind the scan-lines. His focus on live connection to the viewers, and his direct interaction with sound -- working both solo, and in collaboration with other live sound artists -- makes each performance entirely unique to circumstance. For this performance, he will be using newly created video devices and performing a live score using home-made, and other electronic instruments.

May 11, 2014
Chris Pew

Merging the dynamic and often polar worlds of science and art, Oakland artist Chris Pew explores ideas of a complex cosmos and different trajectories for the unobservable universe. Utilizing various digital and analog techniques for motion and sound, these ideas are brought together and presented in an abstract narrative. Chris Pew will be presenting a 20-30 minute live performance based around fundamental assumptions for building an abstract cosmology. Afterwords he will be presenting a mix of previously shown and undisplayed video work.

June 8, 2014
Dennis Keefe & Glenn McKay

Dovetailing off recent programming at the Exploratorium, Shapeshifters is excited to present the work of pioneering light artists Dennis Keefe and (the late) Glenn McKay who are two of the artists responsible for creating the famous psychedelic light shows of the 1960s. Working together under the name of the Headlights Light Show, Keefe and McKay performed at many west coast venues, including the Fillmore, and also toured extensively with the Jefferson Airplane. The highlight of the program will be a live light art performance by Dennis Keefe with collaborators Jim Baldocchi and Lori Varga and musical accompaniment by Chris Musgrave (Lumerians) and Sarah R. Brady. We will also be showing parts of McKay's video Altered States which was created for the artist’s SFMOMA retrospective in 1999 and demonstrates his light art in various forms over the course of four decades.

July 13, 2014
Elise Baldwin

Elise Baldwin is an intermedia performer and sound artist whose live cinematic works center around themes of natural history, collective memory and relationships between technology and the natural world. Using custom software instruments, physical props and circuitry, she often combines and manipulates original and archival recordings. She will be performing The Philosophy of Storms, inspired by a fascination with early American meteorology, storm watching and our cultural evolution from a faith-based society to a scientific one and Theater of Plants, a film that is microcosmic in scale yet expansively metaphoric in its examination of time, growth and decay.

August 10, 2014

TWO SHOWS! 8PM and 9:30PM

tooth is an Oakland-based artist that works in film, sound, performance and other time-based disciplines. His solo performance work (under the rubric of the project ARC) primarily concerns itself with the phenomenology of trance states and their function within a collision of cultural, political and personal realities. Framing the cinematic space of happening as an impermanent sphere of ritual and sensory research in which the apparatus and methods (celluloid projection, the movement of bodies through a room, human breath, chance occurrence, repetition, sustain, etc.) for manipulating elements (light, air) are considered less for their individual objective functions than their innumerable and unpredictable subjective reconfigurations in the perception of any given observer/participant.

September 14, 2014
Tommy Becker

Tommy Becker is a poet trapped in a camcorder who continues to feed video poems into his never-ending documentary, Tape Number One. The video work for TNO blends poetry, songwriting, performance, costuming, found footage and hand-made props. Each track of the tape is presented as a song dedication that pays tribute to a particular life experience. These personal essays have been reimagined within a video framework that mixes the sentimentality of the spoken word with classroom rhetoric and melodic pop sensibility. Becker has been an arts educator in the Bay Area for the last ten years. This evening’s show will feature a grouping of works that investigate and celebrate the high school landscape. The death of color, the vitality of lemons, the destruction of ego and the fleeting moments of teenage rebellion will be examined as PowerPoint presentations and celebrated in song.

October 12, 2014
Cyrus Tabar

Cyrus Tabar is a multidisciplinary artist primarily working with motion picture and sound. He often blends a multitude of formats from 16mm found footage and digital processing to tape based musical compositions and live manipulated field recordings. Science fiction novels often influence his work, which often revolves around near-future space exploration, planetary phenomena, and time travel. With a background in immersive installation art using pure light and sound as formal mediums, Cyrus blends the experiential nature of installation with the temporal facet of performance. He will be performing past works Tempus Fluxus, Optica, The Spider and The Fly, and Terraforma in addition to his latest piece made exclusively for Shapeshifters dealing with lost identity and the path to redefine it.

November 16, 2014
Jeremy Rourke

[Please note special date]
Fresh from a residency at the San Francisco dump, Shapeshifters alum Jeremy Rourke will return to present new animated work created from the detritus of the material and spiritual cultures of San Francisco. Rourke creates animated films from vintage and new photographs, paint, sticks, shadows, wood, flowers, tape, pens, paper, pencils, and leaves. He is bringing a band of some kind to shapeshifters. He is looking in the bottom of the chest with them. He is looking for bits and pieces that haven't been shown in ages. He is on this earth, with the sun shining on it, floating through space, right along with you.

December 14, 2014
Brian Darr

Brian Darr is a performer, composer and researcher who has written about silent films in print and online (including his own blog Hell On Frisco Bay) for nearly a decade. He has occasionally combined these passions by providing unconventional live musical accompaniments for silent film screenings at San Francisco venues such as Other Cinema, Oddball Film & Video, and the (now-defunct) Edinburgh Castle Film Night. In his East Bay debut, he will perform to a carefully-selected batch of motion pictures from the so-called "silent era" and beyond, using a variety of electronic and acoustic instruments. He will be joined by San Francisco guitarist Alex Xander Jacobs.

January 11, 2015
Keith Evans

Keith Evans is an activist who has been working and performing in the Bay Area for 25 years. His artworks are translation systems, fascination devices, extra-cinematic experiences that reveal the phenomenon and the idea of cinema as an ecology and system, one that is unfixed and accreting, neither nostalgic nor utopian. Collaborator Geoff Evans is an Oaklander who has been involved in many musical projects for 25 years. the mantle degassed our water is another in a series of Evans' paranaturalist cinema systems--an arrangement of near-working and functioning pieces of electronic equiptment and formats including super-8, video arrays, record players, 3/4" tape md cassettes casio and guitar as well as objects found in field research used to explore the paracinamatic. Together they are a device and a hazard of set-ups that embraces the mechanical, murcurial and unique perceptual relationships between these things; their relationships in space as well as on the screen. the mantle degassed our water is evocative of the elemental transformative forces at work inside the earth. This electromagnetic device becomes a paracinematic journey to the underworld where locked within rare and highly compressed mineral arrangements is more water than resides on the surface. Stratigraphies and veils flatten and blur into highlights. Spectral screens carry the images, glaciers score a path of stained glass. Process gives way to image and process again. The sound and space integrate the vision while the key component of curiosity illuminates this fascination device.

February 8, 2015
Cheryl Leonard with Rebecca Haseltine and Oona Stern

Composer, musician, and instrument builder Cheryl Leonard will present four works about water created in collaboration with visual artists Rebecca Haseltine and Oona Stern. Inspired by hydrology, aquifers, and California landscapes, Watershed combines field recordings from caves, rivers and oceans with sounds played live on water, glass, shells, kelp, and sand. Frozen Over is based on aural and visual phenomena from frozen lakes, and features recordings of flanging, thumping, and cracking lakes in Yosemite National Park. Rebecca Haseltine will create live video for these two pieces using natural objects, drawing, pouring, and painting. Southern Ocean and Glugge are shorter works about the polar oceans that Leonard has developed with Brooklyn-based Oona Stern. Merging audio recordings and video footage collected in the Arctic and Antarctic with live sounds from natural objects, these pieces reflect on climate change at the ends of the earth.

March 22, 2015
Roger Beebe

[Please note special date] Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe will be making a special stop through Oakland to share his currently-touring program of multiple-projector performances featuring the six-projector show-stopping space jam Last Light of a Dying Star alongside recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video as well as the premiere of his latest multi-projector mayhem, SOUND FILM. These works take on a range of topics from the forbidden pleasures of men crying (Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes)) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (Beginnings) to Las Vegas suicides (Money Changes Everything) and companies jockeying to be at the start of the phone book (AAAAA Motion Picture). New arrangements of Cody Hennesy’s soundtracks for AAAAA Motion Picture, tour/TOWER, and Can’t Stop will be performed live!

April 12, 2015
Zen Cohen with Colton Long and Zoey Vero

Inspired by the concept of shapeshifting, Bay Area media artist Zen Cohen will present a short program of video/performance works addressing gender, sexuality and digital bodies including work by Cohen as well as other artists who identify as genderqueer and who make work addressing this. The evening will conclude with a 20 minute video-performance by Bay Area artists Colton Long and Zoey Vero referencing "glitch" as a conceptual motif relating to themes surrounding gender and sexuality.

May 10, 2015
Dennis Keefe & Jim Baldocchi with Thomas DiMuzio

Dennis Keefe and Jim Baldocchi (a.k.a. Projection Art) return to Shapeshifters for an extended program of lumia art. Using a full suite of analog and digital media, including hand painted slides, digital projectors, reflective surfaces, mobile lasers and prisms, these Bay Area cultural veterans have been creating dynamic, immersive, spectral visions of light, form, color and movement for over four decades for bands including the Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Iron Butterfly, Sly and the Family Stone and many others. Joining Dennis and Jim for this performance will be Lori Varga, Kerry Laitala, Kathleen Maguire and Harold Adler on visuals and experimental electronic musician Thomas DiMuzio on sound.

June 14, 2015
Lori Varga

Returning for a third, solo, one-woman show is Bay Area experimental filmmaker & analog lightshow artist, Lori Varga. The evening's program will feature four never-before-seen film and slideshow pieces, all accompanied by Varga's hand-assembled, abstract reel-to-reel and tape collage soundtracks. Evocative, erie, odd soundscapes merge into ambient yet absurdist film and light play and the forgotten imagery of yesteryear becomes aglow again in an other wordly new view. Four Works by Lori Varga include Where does a Squirrel REALLY Live? (piece for two 16mm film projectors), Jag ´Ar Fri (piece for four 35mm slide projectors and tape recorder), Memories of Shadows 023 (16mm film and super-8mm cartridge loop projector, dual machine and cassette tape), Will NOT Go Gently Into That Good Night (abstract, tonal, non-structural sound work for 16mm film projector and two overhead liquid projectors, reel-to-reel recorder, steel cooking pot lids & amplified voice thru toy vocoders).

July 12, 2015
Kerry Laitala with Voicehandler & Wobbly

Optical magician Kerry Laitala returns to Shapeshifters to present The City Luminous, a new body of work inspired by the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition to which cultural historians attribute, among other things, the first light show in the Bay Area. Inspired by the innovations developed for this year-long celebration one hundred years ago, Laitala will be showing several works that mix historical footage with new technology to re-ignite the magic of the World's Fair that marked the return of San Francisco after the devestating earthquake and fire that nearly destroyed the city. The program will include three new 16mm dual-projection performances in collaboration with Voicehandler (Jacob Felix Heule and Danishta Rivero): The City Luminous: Spectacle of Light Variation, The City Luminous: Aladdin’s Lamp Variation and The City Luminous: Electric Salome along with three chromadepth (3D) works: Chromatic Wheels (with live sound by Wobbly), Afterimage: A Flicker of Life (sound collaboration between K. Laitala and Wobbly) and Nine Lives Measured in Mercury (sound by Neal Johnson).

August 9, 2015
Phoebe Tooke & Wayne Grim w/Stephanie Stewart-Bailey

Phoebe Tooke is an Oakland based documentary and experimental filmmaker. The work in this upcoming show occupies a space between the poetic documentary, the essay film and experimental cinema. Working mostly with Super 8mm, 16mm and found footage, she has created works for this show that center around themes of dispossession, loss and abandonment. The show weaves actualities and storytelling elements in and out of poetic abstractions and visual landscapes. Wayne Grim is a human who makes music relentlessly. As a soloist, his focus is on continuous development as a composer while maintaining an intimate relationship with improvisation. Working with musical instruments and electronic things, his music references beauty, the failure of machines, the power of a single sound, modal harmony and the love of Pink noise. The music for this performance has special purposes; connecting the landscapes, changing your mind, feeding-back, as dynamic interpreter, to use collage, improvisation and layers of subjective design. Accompanying Tooke and Grim is Stephanie Stewart-Bailey of the Body Appropriate who will be adding another aural dimension with crystal glasses.

September 13, 2015
Alfonso Alvarez & Steve Dye

Bay Area media artists Steven Dye and Alfonso Alvarez present new material and classic gems in the form of video and film. Revealed under video and projector lamplight, this show is an immersive event complete with multiple screens, live musical accompaniment and audio field recordings. The nature of nature, raw and processed; broken down and reassembled; archival and contemporary – an exploration of land and water and what has become of these precious elements so casually exploited. This performance includes special guests Maat Valkyr and Suki O'Kane. Steven Dye is a visual and sound artist. His practice explores the interplay between sound, image, and perception in live performance, expanded cinema and installation. This includes a direct engagement in the ways that sounds and images can be produced, recorded and manipulated during presentation. It is an exploration of the physical and aesthetic properties of sound and projection, as it exists in our environment and how they can be perceived and understood in artistic practice. Alfonso Alvarez is a film and video maker trying to become a craftsman. He works with multiple 16mm film projectors to create immersive screening environments. His films are image processed via optical-printing, hand-processing and hand-coloring. His recent work incorporates both film and video as a live mash-up of projected elements to create fleeting relationships unique to each screening. Alfonso and Steve are long time collaborators. Their distinct individual styles contrast and complement each other in the service of engaging experimental cinema.

November 8, 2015
Greta Snider

Greta Snider is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who is particularly interested in experimental nonfiction and exploring the boundaries between documentary and document. She will present a set of all-new films and slide projects that explore the relationship between words, images, and bodies. The program titled Pictures, Texts, Notes, Bodies will include: "Prayer for the Torture Memos" (HD, with 35mm projected film), a new film that imagines a reckoning between word and flesh, forcing an emotional dialogue onto the unforgiving, endless parsing of the legal documents generated between 2001 and 2009 regarding the US torture policy; "Inversion Layer" Light, Shade, and heat in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. (Half frame film, projected in 35mm film with a live narration in Chinese); "Gloria" (35mm stereoscopic slides) a 3D slide projection piece exploring missed connections between women in classic cinema melodrama; and "Human Rights Karaoke" (HD, with live singing) which will offer a chance for audiences to engage in a vulnerable way with the texts that protect, liberate, or control our very existence on the planet.

December 13, 2015
viDEO sAVant

viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman, live image mix; Zachary James Watkins, guitar and electronics) presents Wavelength 12.13, a live improvised audio/visual performance. The work begins from the idea of "pure signal," images and sounds derived directly from electronic inputs, then moves outward. The performers will dance with the electronic serpent, responding to each other and to the current flowing between them. Charles Woodman is an artist working in video and expanded media. He has been a Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cincinnati since 1989. Recent projects have concentrated on the creation of multi-image video installations for museums and galleries, and the integration of video with live performance, often in collaboration with musicians or dancers. Zachary James Watkins is an Oakland based sound artist who earned degrees in composition from The Cornish School and Mills College. Zachary has received numerous grants and commissions and presented works in festivals across the United States, Mexico and Europe.

January 10, 2016
Elia Vargas and Andy Puls with Marie Hoff

A signal exchange by Elia Vargas and Andy Puls, Light Shapes ii: grass wool signal scan, engages audience and image in a collaborative drifting terrain of light and sound. The multi-projector performance explores different signal paths and landscapes enmeshed on multiple transparent projection surfaces. We combine signals as we combine terrain to shape a new body. Light Shapes ii occurs in 3 acts: Act i - signal formation, a construction of sounds and image; Act ii - signal adaptation, a live video adaptation of the zine NZ is Terrible written by Marie Hoff while researching wool in New Zealand; and Act iii - signal resolution, a sustain of feedback.

February 14, 2016
The Freddy McGuire Show

For this special Valentine's Day performance, Anne and Jon will entertain you by working out their personal problems in song, so that you can relax and forget about your own. In order for this to work, they both understand that their personal problems are going to have to be so hideously unpleasant and unbearable as to dwarf those of any one individual in the audience, and in that in the currently healthy climate of social justice activism, to even consciously attempt this feat is an act of unforgivable emotional violence. But that, in short, is how much these two people care about you, and they plan on a public display of that love on this, the loneliest of all lonely days. When Anne was quoted as saying "I want this to be my best show ever", there will be only one physical way to learn exactly what she meant by that. Since the late eighties, Anne McGuire has been making films, and Wobbly (Jon Leidecker) has been making electronic music. Together, Anne and Jon form the duo more widely known as the Freddy McGuire Show. Anne and Wobbly first worked together on Don Joyce’s Over The Edge Radio Show in 1999. That show can be heard here: The show will include 3D visuals by Bill Thibault.

March 13, 2016
Timeless Motion

"Nexus Projects Us" is a satellite event of the Timeless Motion gallery exhibition currently on view at SOMArts Cultural Center through March 23rd. Timeless Motion is a celebration and convocation of the experimental moving image community that reconfigures the elements of the cinematic form to examine time, image, sound and movement. This special collaborative performance for Shapeshifters includes visual contributions by Timeless Motion artists Paul Clipson, Keith Evans, Kerry Laitala, Kathleen Quillian, Scott Stark and Mark Wilson with sound by John Davis. Oscillating between darkness and light, stillness and movement, sound and silence, the performers, through a variety of formats and media, will use their legerdemain to conjure and transform sounds and images in a cinematic séance. Using the syntax of an exquisite corpse, the Temescal Art Center will be illuminated, haunted, fractured and activated through the synchronies of chance operations and the summoning of ephemeral, audio-visual conversations dialed in through magnetic frequencies and celluloid alchemy.

April 10, 2016
Killer Banshee

is it safe to go outside? is a three-part media performance by Killer Banshee exploring queer identity in development, question and crisis. Get your head busted on the sidewalk, celebrate a relationship that nobody thought would be, and fight to finish healthcare 20 years in the making! A live media exploration into the obstacles and experience of dedication through video projection, image manipulation and sound. Killer Banshee (Eliot K Daughtry and Kriss De Jong) interprets technology and identity, combining material from personal and public archives to explore gesture, time, and place. They expose hidden meanings within media constructs in unexpected ways.

May 8, 2016
Sarah Rosalena Brady

Sarah Rosalena Brady is an Oakland based media artist and filmmaker that uses concepts of shamanism through art and technology. Her works offer activation through elements, light, motion, sound, programming and generative algorithms. Her goal is to transform Western ideological systems through audio/visual stimulation to produce new paradigms. She will be performing new works with generative software to drive multi-image projection in real time using sound and light data. She will also be showing her interactive piece Seer and previous experimental films. Her work has been presented at Gray Area Art and Technology, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco Cinematheque, Fylkingen (SE), and the de Young Museum.

June 12, 2016
Gustavo Vazquez & Guillermo Galindo

"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending 50's and 60's retro fashion, greasy food, immoral dances, contagious rhythms, hedonism, sex, borracheras and unnecessary violence. They’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing their rascuache morals. They’re uncontrollable. But some, like artists Vazquez and Galindo I assume, are good people.” -- Donald Trump. Grrrr!...Gustavo Vazquez + gal*in_dog (Guillermo Galindo) reunite to present the 20/20 sound/visual pus-retro Mexican rendezvouz (Estar Guars Too). Bootleg illegal movies, telenovelas, invade the USA. Suggestive dances and mambo erupts into transcendental techno cunnilingus y puro reventón. El sound galindog y el video Vazquez collide with the percussive rhythms of AK 47s as Trompitas cries for help.

July 10, 2016
Suki O'Kane

Suki O'Kane will present a new, site-specific work "Sweeping, Swept, Out of My Head" for Shapeshifters at her familiar intersection of film, music and public art, this time with new inventions in microcinema, movement, and a powerful desire to banish imagery that exists in her subconscious. For this performance she will be accompanied by Wayne Grim, Adria Otte, Alfonso Alvarez, Ian Winters, Sasha Hom, Amy Rathbone and Jeremy Rourke. Suki O’Kane is a classically trained mallet percussionist, composer and instigator working with artists from a wide array of of music, movement, expanded cinema and public art genres. She has composed for Theatre of Yugen and inkBoat, performs in the ensembles of Dan Plonsey, and is a member of Thingamajigs Performance Group. She is a student of monumental and durational forms, and is currently composing for What A Stranger May Know, Ehn’s 32-play cycle remembering the victims of the Virginia Tech Massacre while developing new site-specific work for the Illuminated Corridor, a nomadic public art project that creates streetscapes of live experimental music and performative projection in West Marin (2017) and San Francisco (2018).

August 14, 2016
Kit Young & Lori Varga

Kit Young and Lori Varga are both experimental visual artists and absurdist/avant improvisers. For this very special show at Shapeshifters Cinema they will be joined by the remarkable synth/electronic music talent of Thomas Dimuzio. Young and Varga will present three pieces, each aproximately 15 to 20 minutes long, titled Coagulated Portraits, Stereoscopic Ridge Run, and The Anthropological Study of 21st Century Sexuality. The artists will be utilizing both high and low tech systems of digital and analog imagery to showcase their esoteric world view, using candid social commentary, human anatomy, psychedelic views on forests, and animal energies vs. sexual chakras. Tonal and dronal electronic soundscapes will accompany hand-shot and edited video and apropriated celluloid compositions. Varga and Young's collaborative works are a fine blend of infinite improvisation and finite structure. 16mm film projectors will be stationed beside an array of modular video synthesizers and robotic armed video feedback cameras. Dimuzio and Young will share signals from their synthesizers to create rhythmic audio-visualizations.

September 11, 2016
Thad Povey & Mark Taylor

The Octoplayer is a sound and performance sculpture that plays eight vinyl records at once. The machine simultaneously (and independently) came in dreams to artist-tinkerers Thad Povey and Mark Taylor in late 2010. After comparing their separate visions and sketches, the two decided to collaborate on the design and fabrication of the shared hallucination. This program, titled Chronicle of a Dream Device, features a selection of recent videos by Povey and Taylor, some newly imagined with live Octoplayer accompaniment. The evening includes a special guest appearance by improvisational keyboard wunderkind, Henry Plotnick.

October 9, 2016
Greta Snider

Greta Snider returns to Shapeshifters to present new work in film and 3D in Seen and Unseen. "A Small Place" (35mm/HD) is a meditation on the experience of solitary confinement. This film originates as a 35mm "scroll" of sorts, and explores the gestural quality of language and script, of silence and of time. She uses the marks of human hands to ask us to connect with those others, unseen and unheard. An as-of-yet-untitled piece (hand processed 3D slides) shows how memories bring some things into sharper focus and occlude others. Sound design created by Kiri Lewallen. "Rendition" (projected video and 3D) is an exploration lamenting the officially sanctioned torture techniques of sensory deprivation and transportation. Our inner landscapes are beautiful and compelling to visit, but most of us are relieved to wake up from dreams and to be oriented by a horizon. Sound design created by Kiri Lewallen. Greta will also be showing some older work from her archives.

November 13, 2016
Facing West Shadow Opera

Facing West Shadow Opera hybridizes art forms to create unique performances, each akin to a live graphic novel with euphoria-inducing chamber music. Facing West Shadow Opera is a collective of artists, puppeteers, filmmakers and musicians hybridizing art forms to create magical acts of rebellion as small scale experimental art that is sustainable in the current gold rush climate of the Bay Area. FWSO combines analog shadow theatre with original animation, video projection of found footage and Baroque Opera performed live. FWSO depicts stories drawn from the cultural, political, and natural history of California and the American West, re-imagined with unique visual storytelling to create surprising experiences for the audience by seamlessly combining the old and the new. Their current production, The Euphoria of Walt Whitman, is a live baroque puppet opera exploring queer poet Walt Whitman’s obsession with the traveling operas of the wild west and gold rush era. Part of the program will also include two shorts by FWSO Artistic Director Lydia Greer, Hysteria, a new short video, and an excerpt from her animation, A Self Made House.

December 11, 2016
Anna Geyer & Collin McKelvey

Cameraless, non-representational work has been the emphasis of much of Anna Geyer's recent effort, although she frequently describes her work as, “experimental with a narrative bent”. Live, multi-projector loop sets, often performed in collaboration with local musicians, combine the technology of the past and present and include abstract imagery, live action work and degraded digital imagery of the digital age. She is an award-winning filmmaker and writer and teaches cinema classes at City College of San Francisco. For this performance Anna will be accompanied by musician Collin McKelvey, a San Francisco-based multimedia artist working primarily in time based media. McKelvey has shown work at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Southern Exposure, Kala, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, ATA, Human Resources, The Lab, Guerrero Gallery, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Geffen Center at MOCA and other artist spaces throughout the United States.

January 8, 2017
Neurodivergent Media

Do you know anyone who has trouble with maintaining focus, rigid thinking, managing their impulses, a heightened sensory experience, recognizing social cues, or expecting people to know what's inside their heads without imagining others' perspectives? Neurodivergent Media will reveal experiments in media art by individuals who diverge neurologically, like those on the autism spectrum. Witness the ripped video flesh of Psychic Anatomy, multidimensional machinima, mediajammed Ponies, and randomized DADA processing. Allison Leigh Holt teaches experimental digital media to artists on the spectrum, and mentors one-on-one; she will give us a tour of this heightened mode of perception, Empathic Pedagogy, and reveal how, by degrees, we are allneurodivergent. Neurodivergent Media has been developing at Gray Area Art + Technology’s Cultural Incubator Program. In her research-based art practice, Allison Leigh Holt’s work describes perspectives that propose radical shifts in anthropocentric, cultural, and Earth-based biases, at a time when human behavior determines our planet’s survival.

February 12, 2017
Fired! group screening

Fired! is Shapeshifters Cinema’s first group screening, organized as part of 100 Days Action a coordinated response by the Bay Area artist community to Trump’s 100 Day Plan. Fired! includes short works by Bay Area-based moving image artists Kate Rhoades, Tijana Petrovic, Kit Young with Alison Holt and Lori Varga, Allison Holt with Patrick McGee and Justin Enteman, We Rise and Tommy Becker that address the new political landscape through live sound, moving image and performance. Some of the work addresses the Trump administration directly, calling for empathy and inclusion of minorities, people with disabilities and others living outside the mainstream. Other works explore politics and society more generally in an effort to deconstruct, through a critical lens, those aspects that shape and define us, for better or worse. Using the language and tools of constructive creativity, we will fight fire with Fired!, adding our voices to the resistance of a shady incoming administration whose only motives are power and profit.

March 12, 2017
Alex Mackenzie

Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, Apparitions by Vancouver-based filmmaker Alex Mackenzie is a two-projector film performance that seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture: a conscious corruption of and interference with the apparatus to evoke the unexpected, reshaping representation into the realm of material and space. Using colour gels, masking, lens interference and projector movement in tandem with an exploration of binocular disparity, perspective, patterning and the film surface itself, Apparitions explores the transitional space between image and abstraction, nature and culture.

April 9, 2017
Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill

TV static, double exposures, multiple projections, celluloid sprocket holes and chain link fences with a live, modular synthesizer score. Visceral and cacophonous, this performance traverses gritty landscapes of abandoned buildings, queer fetishes and analog media. Images linger on minute gestures and decaying objects making the discarded, the abject and the perverse precious. Malic Amalya and Nathan Hill have been collaborating on 16mm films, videos, and performances since 2014. Their work has exhibited in art galleries, film festivals, and radical queer spaces throughout the US and Europe. Malic holds an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lectures at the California College of the Arts and teaches Public Education at the San Francisco Art Institute. Malic and Nathan live and work together in Oakland, California.

May 14, 2017
Surabhi Saraf & Dorothy Santos with Shinichi Iova-Koga

Working with sound composition, poetry, and moving image, Body in Transit by Surabhi Saraf and Dorothy Santos (featuring movement by Shinichi Iova-Koga), explores the ways in which the human body travels through physical and imagined spaces. With the current political and cultural climate within the United States, as countless individuals grapple with the imposed immigration ban, the piece presents the anxiety and disorientation of displacement through transit and forced migration. Surabhi Saraf is a media artist, composer, and performer based in San Francisco. Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.

June 11, 2017
Cinepimps (celebrating Shapeshifters' 5th anniversary!)

Cinepimps reprise their collaging quartet at Shapeshifters’ fifth anniversary, reuniting Alfonso Alvarez and Keith Arnold (on projectors) with Suki O’Kane, and Wayne Grim (on electroacoustics) to perform the new piece 1000 Vaults Plundered (for One Mighty Show). Layering found footage, processed optical tracks, and the occasional abandoned brass instrument, they create immersive, environmental fields of light and sound.

July 9, 2017
Konrad Steiner with Josephine Torio, Benjamin Tinker and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

This program will feature examples of three kinds of collaborative film and performer interaction from different ongoing projects. Projects presented include Suite for Face which consists of extracts and abstractions from films where stars emote without speech with a performance by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, Neo-benshi, an ongoing series of pieces with live narration set to excerpts from commercial films, changing the meaning of the images with performances by Konrad Steiner and Peril, a sequence of dances on the fault line edge of ocean that runs from Point Arena through San Francisco to Monterey Bay with a live music composition by All My Senses Rebel (Josephine Torio and Benjamin Tinker).

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. Collaborators (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.

October 8, 2017

Synthestesia is a quarterly live A/V show, where modular synthesizers and 16mm/video installation commune for spontaneous performance. Simulated effects may include feelings of viscous, spacey, dense and/or ethereal transformation. Sights by Faith Arazi, Linda Scobie & Paul Clipson. Sounds by Jon Carling, Musical Fungus & Capt J Rab.

November 12, 2017
John Davis & Joshua Churchill

Joshua Churchill and John Davis are a performance duo that operate organically to create densely-layered atmospheric works with sound and film, immersing viewers in meditative and abstract environments. Their collaborative work has been featured in the Crossroads festival at SFMOMA, MONO NO AWARE festival at LightSpace Studio (Brooklyn, NY), and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at the Brava Theater (San Francisco, CA).

December 10, 2017
Kit Young with Tonya Powell, Tina Combs, Royland Lobato & Joel Mulen

Dream It Forward is a collaboration between video artist Kit Young, dancers Tonya Powell and Tina Combs, choreographer Royland Lobato and musician Joel Mulen that combines improvised video performance and Afro-Cuban dance/music to render the barrier between our workaday reality and the realm of imagination and spirit transparent. Young will also premiere a second collaborative piece featuring Mike Pierce on sax and Carter Scholz on keyboards performing free jazz to imagery shot during a recent trip to Southern India.

January 14, 2018
Pad McLaughlin & Greta Snider

Window Violations, a term used in reference to stereoscopic photography, is also the name of a program of new and recent work by Bay Area artists Pad McLaughlin and Greta Snider, two artists who have done extensive, in-depth work with stereoscopic media. Snider will be presenting two new projects: "Cult of Compliance," a two-projector, 16mm film essay exploring a dystopia of oppressive structures and the gestures of trying to exist among them and "Flowers Open Every Night," a poem of celebration in archival stereoscopic slides. McLaughlin will be presenting "Strata," a realtime 3D archeological dig into the detritus of our cultural history and "Stereo Realist, a Family History," an exploration of the artist's family history captured through one stereoscopic camera; plus "Sketchpad" a 3D video collage and other surprises and works in progress, including some explorations into retinal rivalry and pseudoscopy.

March 11, 2018
Projection Art with Kanoko Nishi & Agnes Szelag

Join Projection Art (Dennis Keefe and Jim Baldocchi) for an afternoon workshop to learn the art of lumia, the practice of using refractive and reflective surfaces to create dynamic compositions of color and light. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to support Dennis and Jim in a performance later that evening when they perform in collaboration with Kanoko Nishi and Agnes Szelag who will be improvising acoustically on bass koto and cello with voice + electronics.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop and performance will both take place at Art House Gallery & Cultural Center in Berkeley. The workshop will run 2-5PM and the performance will run 8-9PM (doors + reception @ 7:30PM).

April 8, 2018
Tommy Becker

Tommy Becker returns to Shapeshifters to present new works from his never-ending saga, "Tape Number One". TNO is a mix video tape that embraces the deconstruction of song structure to create an expanded, conceptual story-telling that blends the artist’s poetics, songwriting, performance and costuming with found footage and computer design. Live vocals and instrumentation lead melodic soundtracks that articulate a visual swirling of tragic comedy. Short works balance meaning with emotion and documentation with design. For this show Becker will be premiering a new work, "Stars White in a Blue Field", a work that contemplates patriotic values in our current political quagmire along with his recent trilogy, "FLOWER SHOP (protection, fear & escape)" and more.

May 13, 2018
Kristin Cato & David Cox

Multi-disciplinarian Kristin Cato (filmmaker, theatermaker, writer, sound designer, semiotician and violinist) will present The Numbers Project, a live cinema event of performed poetry with video projections about whole numbers—their shapes, associations, spiritual meanings and cultural roles. A work in progress developed over the past few years, The Numbers Project consists of one poem for each number—zero through thirteen—with most of the imagery coming from historical/educational math and science films. So far, the project has been performed in installments—"Zero One Two", "Three Four Five", and "Planet Six" (an interplanetary countup and homage to space activity and historical representations of it). This event will be the first showing of all parts presented in one continuum, and includes the new "Star Seven" section with violin accompaniment. While we are still in conceptual orbit, David Cox will present two space-themed projects including excerpts from his forthcoming Rocket Opera with live musical accompaniment from baritone John Smalley and mezzo soprano Ania Samborska, plus a presentation of his 1998 sci-fi short Otherzone (originally shot in 35mm).

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Linda Scobie with Capt J Rab

[Please note special date!]

- - scratching - - scarring - - stitching - - sewing - - sowing - - mending - - threading - - projecting - -

Filmmaker, projectionist & seamstress Linda Scobie will be presenting ON THE MEND, a 16mm film performance with sound by Capt J Rab.

July 8, 2018
Natalie Tsui

Natalie Tsui is a queer media artist and filmmaker whose work explores the connection between visual culture, collective memory, and personal narrative. Tsui will be presenting a program of three new (and one old) works that investigate and attempt to erode modes of cinematic perception and identification through the use of camera feedback loops, multiple projections, found footage collage, and live image manipulation. The program will include excerpts from ANTITEXT, a series in which 16mm captioned educational films are reconstituted as found poems; images of rapture, a site specific multi-camera, multi-projector improvised feedback loop projection set revolving around the concept of romance; and casual encounter, a 16mm and digital projection piece exploring queer desire in Craigslist’s now defunct Casual Encounters (RIP). The evening will conclude with entropy loop #2, the second iteration of a film destruction ritual as an invocation for collective release. (Note: entropy loop #2 will involve the burning of film and may be unpleasant for those who are sensitive to scents and fumes. Limited masks will be available, bring your own mask.)

August 12, 2018
Lori Varga

Veteran analog film and experimental noise artist Lori Varga returns to Shapeshifters Cinema with The Inevitable Unknowing of Pulsating Light into the Hum of Now—a program of three expanded film-performance pieces w/live electronic musicians and two short collage essay works. Lori will be joined by improvisors Tom Djll and Clarke Robinson and analog video feedback artist and collab partner Kit Young. Unique set-ups of reel to reel tape decks, 16mm film loops, sound drawn directly onto film, expansive video channels and layered screen environments will be presented live in sets with tones/drones/atmospheric/electronic music. Forms of degradation and decay fading then blooming into strange new harmonies! Also in the program are two rarely screened collage films "Don't Stop Doing It" (1999-, super-8) and "Remember me this Way, Forgotten" (2004, dual-8mm film with live concrete sound mix)

September 9, 2018
Ellie Vanderlip

San Francisco-based filmmaker Ellie Vanderlip takes the stage for her inaugural Shapeshifters screening with an audio-visual exploration of water—a program in four parts and four mediums. Pieces made by way of digital stop-motion animation, 16mm double projection, Super-8, and 16mm hand-bleaching and direct animation will capture the liquid's various textures and movements and examine the unifying force of water on all living beings.

October 14, 2018
Lydia Greer

Animator Lydia Greer will present an interactive lecture on Lotte Reiniger and Charlotte Salomon—two pioneers of time-based art, the graphic novel and animation—with films and images from both artists. Both grew up in Berlin, eventually fleeing the Nazis. They each had different approaches to trauma, with Reiniger using fantasy, euphemism and visual splendor as means of escapism while Salomon chronicled her family’s harrowing experience with a stark, expressionistic style. Following will be a live performance of expanded cinema with animation and moving images by Lydia Greer with special guests, opera singer Shauna Fallihee and performance artist Caryl Kientz. They will showcase a workshop of their newest piece together as well as revisit and expand on previous collaborations.

November 11, 2018
Steve Dye & Alfonso Alvarez

Steve Dye and Alfonso Alvarez team up again to present an evening of sound recordings, sonic landscapes and aural compositions played over multiple speakers. With special guests Suki O’Kane and Wayne Grimm.

December 9, 2018
Video Savant & Duo B.

The ensemble duo B. (Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis) vs. viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman) creates live performances of sound and image. In their performances they seek the revelatory moments where the distinction between music and video, sound and image melt away and a new whole emerges from the flow between individuals and media. This program will include the premiere of a new collaborative trio work, plus a reprise of two short past collaborative works with filmmakers Mark Wilson and Janis Crystal Lipzin.

January 13, 2019
Thomas Carnacki with Jerry Smith & Lorin Murphy

Thomas Carnacki is the name under which Bay Area-based musician, filmmaker, and sound-designer Gregory Scharpen concocts, records, and performs (frequently with a core of like-minded co-conspirators) with an emphasis on texture, atmosphere, and subtle unease. This iteration of Carnacki will include: Jesse Burson, Gregory Hagan, and Cheryl E. Leonard. Frequent Carnacki collaborators Jerry Smith and Lorin Murphy will be combining their projection/video-art efforts in an attempt to create a permeable membrane between the sonic and the visual realms--an immersive environment where it becomes unclear which element of the aggregate is perpetrating which effect.

March 10, 2019
Sung Kim

Sung Kim is a sound artist, sculptor and instrument builder. Through his invented instruments, he explores variations on techniques, tonalities and sympathetic resonance, often in collaboration with other musicians in an improvisational context. In the fall of 2018, Kim temporarily lost the use of his dominant hand to a tablesaw accident. As a result, Kim focused his creative energies to explore stop-motion filmmaking. The films presented this evening are Kim’s first attempt at creating a narrative of both light and sound. The live, improvised soundtrack will be performed by Theo Padouvas (trumpet), Shanna Sordahl (invented instruments and cello), Brian Pedersen (reeds), and Sung Kim (invented instruments).

April 14, 2019
Keith Evans with Rae Diamond's Long Tone Choir

In dehydration melts is a collaborative water augury featuring the paracinema of Keith Evans and the vocal dilations of Rae Diamond’s Long Tone Choir. Drawing attention to our interconnection with Earth patterns and energies, In dehydration melts is a performance and an object, an instrument of equivocal data displaying sounds and liminal images of the transition zone between experience and meaning. Bodies, gestures, field notes, screens, walls, and the aggregate equipment are elements in a schematic and an ephemeral architecture that is evocative of the elastic and transformational forces unfolding an awareness of time. This expansive new work of compressed artifacts and obsolescences will congregate in the heat around the phoneme + phone + phonograph + phonological as utterances idiosyncratically decay through the apparatus contributing to an animate cinema system performed in our minds and in our presence.

May 12, 2019
Las Sucias and Sofía Córdova

Feminist noise reggaeton duo Las Sucias (Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman) and video/performance artist Sofía Córdova will combine their bruja energies for a very special performance for Shapeshifters conjuring up a ritual, electronic audio-visual space to confront the complexities of gender and cultural imbalance. Las Sucias mix anti-patriarchal riotgrrrl lyrics, afro-caribbean rhythms, brujería noise and possessed vocals into a performance ritual that combines all of the senses and elevates those present into a higher realm. Sofía Córdova's work in installation, performance, video and sound, considers sci-fi, dance and music culture(s), the internet, mystical things, extinction and mutation, migration and diaspora, as well as climate change especially as they relate to the lives of women, trans, and/or queer bodies, particularly those of color, under the conditions of late capitalism and its technologies.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Craig Baldwin

[Please note special date!]

Craig Baldwin returns to Shapeshifters after six years to perform an expanded version of his ongoing double-projection expanded cinema experiment The 10th Dimension (now probing further into new realms of perception). Using educational and industrial films from his own archive that explore various modes of human perception, Baldwin produces an existential laboratory for viewers to consider their own relationship to the moving image. The audience is at once subject and witness in this live cinema experiment.

July 14, 2019
Kerry Laitala with the Atchleys

Creation and destruction. Grandiosity and hubris. Glory and The Abyss. These are some of the themes explored in recent collaborations in moving image and sound by Kerry Laitala and The Atchleys. Media archaeologist and 16mm projector performance spellbinder Laitala will present new and resuscitated imagery, with composer / improviser / experimental musicians The Atchleys providing live audio accompaniment. The light and sound display will be sequenced to cycle through elemental orbs, leaving viewers draped in a colorful cloak of decay, rebirth and contemplation. Pieces will include "Figments in Film #1" and "Ghost Town".

August 11, 2019
Eric Leiser

New York-based artist Eric Leiser will be presenting a combination of experimental animation, laser-illuminated analog pulse holography and an improvised light show along with original music by his brother Jeffrey Leiser.