2/25/19 // Infestation/Obliteration: An Insect Invasion Film Salon with Malic Amalya

Posted February 14th, 2019 in Canyon Cinema Salon, Events and Screenings, News / Events


Infestation/Obliteration: An Insect Invasion Film Salon with Malic Amalya
Monday, February 25th, 2019 // 7:30 PM (doors 7:00 PM)
Artists’ Television Access // 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco
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Insects pollinate flowers, infest homes, destroy crops, aid in the decomposition of the dead, sting and bite our skin, and are thought to bring luck or hardship. We swat them away, catch them in jars, spray them with poison, farm them for their byproducts and nutritional properties, and transport them across the country for agricultural production. Some insects provoke fear or disgust, while others elicit adoration and wonder, most, however, go unnoticed.

This program focuses on the insect body as interpreted by artists, as well as the personal and cultural values projected onto insects (and then projected onto the screen). Canyon filmmakers include Charlotte Pryce, Takahiko Iimura, Robert Todd, Julie Murray, Anna Geyer, and Stan Brakage. Bay Area film and video maker, Malic Amalya, will screen his 35mm slide collage FlyHole (2017), about a fly who transitions into a man to cruise gay bars, and four video essays from his series, Detours & Fences (2012-2015).

Flies, gnats, moths, caterpillars, ladybugs, cicadas, ants, and bees all make appearances.

Program includes:

FlyHole by Malic Amalya (2017, 6 minutes, digital)
Detours & Fences by Malic Amalya (2012, 2 minutes, digital)
Roadsides & Waste Grounds by Malic Amalya (2012, 2 minutes, digital)
To Type Out Your Name by Malic Amalya (2014, 5 minutes, digital)
Magnetic Resonance by Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill (2015, 5.5 minutes, digital)
Looking Glass Insects by Charlotte Pryce (2012, 4 minutes, 16mm)
On Eye Rape by Takahiko Iimura (1962, 10 minutes, 16mm)
evergreen by Robert Todd (2006, 15.5 minutes, 16mm)
Micromoth by Julie Murray (2000, 6 minutes, 16mm)
Parable of the Tulip and the Fly by Charlotte Pryce (2008, 3.5 minutes, 16mm)
Arapadaptor (I Feel So) by Anna Geyer (2003, 5 minutes, 16mm)
Mothlight by Stan Brakhage (1963, 4 minutes, 16mm)

Malic Amalya is a queercore artist working across celluloid, video, and 35mm slides. His films have screened and exhibited across the world, including in MIX Copenhagen, the Collectif Jeune Cinema in Paris, EXiS Festival in South Korea, Altes Finanzamt in Berlin, the San Francisco Cinematheque’s Perpetual Motion series, and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. Malic holds an MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. He teaches time-based art at the California College of the Arts and the City College of San Francisco. Originally from Vermont, Malic lives with his boyfriend and artistic collaborator, Nathan Hill, in Oakland.

Canyon Cinema’s public programs are generously supported by the George Lucas Family Foundation, the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Program.