PZYK CINEMA: PSYCHEDELIA IN FILM

We are thrilled to invite Liverpool’s internationally renowned digital and media art hub FACT back to Psych Fest to curate our 2017 festival cinema programme. Inspired by the themes of excess and overwhelming sensory experiences which run throughout this year’s festival, Lesley Taker (Producer/Curator at FACT) curates Too Much Is Never Enough, a programme of artist-made shorts which are filled with textural opulence and fantastic excesses.
The films move from noise to stillness, from retina-searing colour and fractured light to uncannily perfect pastels, greys and whites. Narratives unfold across familiar and unknowable spaces: from the natural world or backdrops which spring entirely from the digital realm. The textural obsession which weaves throughout these works moves from sensual and visual excesses to quiet moments of muted concentration, creating uncanny leaps in how we physically experience the shifting states before us.
Artists include: Rachel Maclean, Sophia Al Maria, Laure Provost and Agnieska Polska, amongst others.
PZYK Shorts runs throughout the festival weekend within our PZYK Cinema. Further information can be found at fact.co.uk.

PSYCHEDELIA IN FILM
Leading up to Liverpool Psych Fest 2017 we are pleased to partner with FACT and Picturehouse to present a special season of Psychedelia In Film inspired by the festival, with screenings on 30 August and 6, 14 + 21 September at FACT Liverpool. The screenings will be accompanied, before and after the screenings, by a specially curated PZYK playlist in the Picturehouse bar, plus special Q&As and introductions at the events on 6 + 14 September.
The programme is as follows:

+ The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
Wednesday 30 August | 6.15pm | The Box, FACT
£11/10, booking through picturehouses.com

The outrageous Baron Munchausen tells of his many adventures, from meeting the Man in the Moon to defeating a Turkish army all by himself. Set against a backdrop of colour tinted Gustav Doré etchings, and a combination of live action and stop-motion animation, the captivating and unreal visuals take us on a journey through the romantic fantasies and poetic imagination of our protagonist.
(1962, Dir. Karel Zeman)

+ PZYK Shorts: Too Much is Never Enough
Wednesday 6 September | 7:30pm | The Box
£4/3, booking required through fact.co.uk

Inspired by the themes of excess and overwhelming sensory experiences which run throughout this year’s festival, Lesley Taker (Producer/Curator at FACT) curates a programme of artist-made shorts that take a slightly different approach to the two psychedelic planes; one of textural opulence and fantastic excess, and one of silent sparseness.
The films move from noise to stillness, from retina-searing colour and fractured light to uncannily perfect pastels, greys and whites. Narratives unfold across familiar and unknowable spaces: from the natural world or backdrops which spring entirely from the digital realm. The textural obsession which weaves throughout these works moves from sensual and visual excesses to quiet moments of muted concentration, creating uncanny leaps in how we physically experience the shifting states before us.

Artists include: Rachel Maclean, Sophia Al Maria, Laure Provost and Agnieska Polska, amongst others.
Followed by a discussion with Craig G Pennington (Liverpool Psych Fest Director), Sam Wiehl (Liverpool Psych Fest Visual Director) and Lesley Taker (FACT, Psych Fest Shorts Curator)

+ They Will Have To Kill Us First
Thursday 14 September | 6.15pm | The Box, FACT
£11/10, booking through picturehouses.com

Beginning with musicians on the run, this gripping and powerful documentary unpacks how several Malian musicians – Songhoy Blues, Khaira Arby, Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar and Moussa Sidi – withstood the banning of all forms of music issued by Islamic hardliners in 2012, and defended their right to sing.
As extremists attack art and freedom with increasing violence, They Will Have To Kill Us First shows a community fighting back and standing up for their cultural heritage and identity, using music as their weapon against ongoing violence.
(2015, Dir. Johanna Schwartz)
They Will Have To Kill Us First will be introduced by Africa Oye’s Artistic Director Paul Duhaney. Africa Oye organised Songhoy Blues very first shows in the UK in 2015.

+ Psychomania
Thursday 21 September | 6.15pm | The Box, FACT
£11/10, booking through picturehouses.com

Hell-raising, devil-worshipping biker gang ‘The Living Dead’ are known for terrorising the locals of their small town – but following an agreement with Satan, they decide to take their moniker to heart when their leader commits suicide and is brought back from the dead in an occult ritual. Packed with gothic tropes, black humour and eccentric performances, Psychomania is a cult horror classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.

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