Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Other Cinema Night at the Horse Hospital

To celebrate the reopening of Horse Hospital after its recent extensive refurbishment I will be presenting a programme of films closely associated with San Francisco’s Other Cinema. A spiritual twin to the Horse Hospital located at the Artists’ Television Access on Valencia Street in the Mission District, the Other Cinema is home to Craig Baldwin and his amazing archive as well as providing temporary refuge for the likes of Damon Packard and Mark Boswell’s Nova Kino project. Last September I had the great pleasure of presenting a reading from Welcome to Mars at an Other Cinema event curated by Craig Baldwin and can testify to just how amazing this space can be – so be prepared for something weird and wonderful this coming Friday.

The event is scheduled to take place at 7.30 pm on the evening of April 17, when I will be showing Craig Baldwin’s latest Mock Up On Mu, Damon Packard’s Space Disco One and a selection of Mark Boswell’s short films: Stars and Stripes Forever, The St Petersburg Paradox and Unknown Unknown(s). At strategic points in the evening I will also be spinning tracks from my ever-expanding collection of space music – so together we can share a passing mood of mystery. Admission is £5.00, which is insanely cheap even in these straitened times.

Earlier in the afternoon that same day – at 2.30pm and 5.00pm respectively – Resonance 104.4 FM will be repeating the two-part radio interview I conducted with filmmaker Mark Boswell during his recent visit to London at the end of February. First broadcast over the Easter weekend as part of Resonance’s excellent I’m Ready for My Close-Up strand, this freewheeling exchange covers everything from Mark’s childhood experiences as a golf caddy in Florida and how they helped shape his fascination with Soviet politics through to the lure of gun magazines, the hidden political spin to be found in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the technology of Cold War espionage and the horrors of Disneyland. Check the Ken Hollings Google Calendar (opposite) for further details, should you still think you need them.

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