Repressed Cinema is a new monthly exhibition series at the Hollywood Theater showing vintage & contemporary films that are obscure, neglected and from the fringe. The series is curated by local film collector Ian Sundahl.
On Tuesday September 11th at 7:30 at the Hollywood Theatre, Repressed Cinema presents “Amateurs and Auteurs”. This program showcases one of a kind home shot, amateur films ranging from the early 1940′s to the 1980′s presented on 16mm film. Some mimic mainstream movies with a straightforward plot, while others stray far, far away from any semblance of cinematic classification. Portland curator, archivist and filmmaker Ian Sundahl will be here in person to introduce and screen the films.
Films include: Kodachrome Peeping Tom – amateur shot 1950’s erotica, UFOs, Razorblades, Babes and Puppets – filmed in “dual-vision”, Scarsddale Chase Films – shot in the 1940s in the silent era style, a bizarre not-for-tv-viewing news clip featuring Ron and Nancy Reagan, Oh You Beautiful Doll! – a truly creepy gender bending Adolph Hitler send-up and much more!
We seem to take for granted the dissemination of amateur productions in this YouTube age – so come take a peek into the past amateurs efforts and see what never had a chance to become “viral”. The personal stamp is heavy in many of these one-of-a-kind shorts where weirdness & fetishism is prevails. What happens when a couple decide to make their own erotic nudie? What were the film students up to at a local college? What kind of driven man makes 16mm 3-D films complete with soundtracks in his spare time!?! You will see no buffering on these movies, see them all on the big screen and leave the pixilation at home!
About Ian Sundahl: Film archivist/artist Ian Sundahl has been collecting and compiling offbeat and bizarre films for over 20 years. Sundahl acted as archivist for the documentaries “American Stag” and “Bettie Page Reveals All.” He has been entertaining audiences with unusual film shows in Portland and San Francisco for the past several years.