Upcoming Screenings

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“Secrecy”, directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss

Thursday November 20, 2014 7:30pm(doors 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

(Screenings were selected to complement the fall exhibition “Covert Operations: Investigating the Unknown Knowns)

The directors of the film will participate in a Skype Q and A following the screening.

Running time 85 minutes

http://www.secrecyfilm.com/

TRAILER-http://www.secrecyfilm.com/trailer.html

About SECRECY

In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs the production of open knowledge. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either the key to victory in our struggle against terrorism, or our Achilles heel. But is so much secrecy a bad thing?

Secrecy saves: counter-terrorist intelligence officers recall with fury how a newspaper article describing National Security Agency abilities directly led to the loss of information that could have avoided the terrorist killing of 241 soldiers in Beirut late in October 1983. Secrecy guards against wanton nuclear proliferation, against the spread of biological and chemical weapons. Secrecy is central to our ability to wage an effective war against terrorism.

Secrecy corrupts. From extraordinary rendition to warrant-less wiretaps and Abu Ghraib, we have learned that, under the veil of classification, even our leaders can give in to dangerous impulses.

Secrecy increasingly hides national policy, impedes coordination among agencies, bloats budgets and obscures foreign accords; secrecy throws into the dark our system of justice and derails the balance of power between the executive branch and the rest of government.

This film is about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. By focusing on classified secrets, the government’s ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security, Secrecy explores the tensions between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy.

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cover_thehumanscale“The Human Scale”, Directed by Andreas M. Dalsgaard

January 15 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxywJRJVzJs

50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it will be 80%. Cities have become the primary human habitat. According to revolutionary Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl, if we are to make cities sustainable and livable for people we must re-imagine the very foundations of modern urban planning.

Rather than examining buildings and urban structures themselves, Gehl and his team meticulously study the in-between spaces of urban life, the places where people meet, interact, live, and behave.

How do the spaces that surround us enhance or disturb our interactions with others? How can we make our streets more accessible by foot or bike?

Through his world acclaimed work, Gehl has been leading a revolution in urban planning that has been transforming cities worldwide. From the expanded pedestrian spaces in New York’s Union Square, to Copenhagen’s famed bike lanes, to the rebuilding of earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, Gehl’s team bring real solutions that promise a more humanistic dimension to cities where people are not displaced by congested streets, skyscrapers, and the car-centric urbanism of the 1960s and ’70s.

Stunningly photographed, THE HUMAN SCALE travels around the world to explore how Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists have begun to transform such cities as as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.

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levitatedmass_poster“Levitated Mass”, a film by Doug Pray

Thursday, February 12 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD_6az-OI_A

Synopsis:

LEVITATED MASS is the story of a rock star, the artist behind the sensation, a $10 million, 22 city tour, and the international media storm that ensued.

Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), land artist Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012.

Over 10 nights, a 340-ton solid granite boulder crawled through Southern California neighborhoods on a 294-foot-long, 206-wheeled trailer. Thousands of people came out to watch it travel through their communities. It is one of the only pieces of art in recent history to inspire such a reaction in pop culture. The film masterfully interweaves this artist’s biography, the dreams of a major museum, and the uniting of a city, examining the perennial question: what is art?

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shieldandspear_01“Shield and Spear”, directed by Petter Ringbom

Thursday, March 5 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge at SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)

7373 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

 $7.00 admission-advance tickets available at SMoCA front desk or call 480-874-4666

Sponsored by SMoCA and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER-http://vimeo.com/92181690

THE FILM

In the changing political climate of South Africa a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy.

Artist Brett Murray’s painted caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma results in a lawsuit and death threats. Photographer and activist Zanele Muholi’s work exposes hate crimes in the LGBT community. The Smarteez design collective creates international styles while running a free after-school program for kids. Musician Xander Ferreira of Gazelle parades on stage as a character based on an archetypal African dictator.

“Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.”
Heather Haynes, Hot Docs

Shield and Spear features the contemporary South African artists and musicians; Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, and The Smarteez. The film also has appearances by Ferial Haffajee, DJ Invizable, Motel Mari, Lloyd Gedye, Atiyyah Khan, Milisuthando Bongela, Iman Rappetti, and Charl Blignaut.

Directed by Petter Ringbom, produced by Alysa Nahmias, executive produced by Marquise Stillwell and Christophe Charlier.

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“Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler”, directed by Jake Gorst

Saturday, April 18 2015, time TBD

Stage Two, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

(In conjunction with Modern Phoenix Expo)

7380 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale Civic Center), Scottsdale AZ

$7.00 admission-details soon

Sponsored by SMoCA , Woodesign(http://Woodesign.us) and Sechler CPA PC (http://www.azcpa.com)

TRAILER-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4uzILDWos8

THE FILM

During the 1950s and 60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel and prefabrication. He applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to projects for clients such as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, the Alexander Construction Company and Walt Disney World Resort. Wexler’s designs for public buildings in the Coachella Valley of California, including the dramatic Palm Springs Airport, served as both soaring and practical models for other municipalities to emulate. Today Donald Wexler’s work is garnering new appreciation worldwide and providing inspiration for a new generation of architects.