Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly expanded cinema series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center in North Oakland. Doors open at 7:30pm. Shows are free. Shapeshifters is curated by Gilbert Guerrero and Kathleen Quillian.

Support for Shapeshifters Cinema is provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant Program and the following individual donors: John Davis, Roger Deutsch, Adrianne Finelli, Isabel Fondevila, Christian Gainsley, Michael Goodier, Brook Hinton, Zachary Iannazzi, Kadet Kuhne, Kerry Laitala, Suki O'Kane, Kent Long & Vanessa O'Neill, Steve Polta, Loren Risker, Jeremy Rourke, Elisabeth K. Rubin, Jeff Schenk, Phoebe Tooke, Mark Wilson and Tanya Zimbardo.



September 14, 2014
Tommy Becker


Tommy Becker is a poet trapped in a camcorder who continues to feed video poems into his never-ending documentary, Tape Number One. The video work for TNO blends poetry, songwriting, performance, costuming, found footage and hand-made props. Each track of the tape is presented as a song dedication that pays tribute to a particular life experience. These personal essays have been reimagined within a video framework that mixes the sentimentality of the spoken word with classroom rhetoric and melodic pop sensibility. Becker has been an arts educator in the Bay Area for the last ten years. This evening’s show will feature a grouping of works that investigate and celebrate the high school landscape. The death of color, the vitality of lemons, the destruction of ego and the fleeting moments of teenage rebellion will be examined as PowerPoint presentations and celebrated in song.

October 12, 2014
Cyrus Tabar


Cyrus Tabar is a multidiciplinary artist primaily working with motion picture and sound. He often blends a multitude of formats from 16mm found footage and digital processing to tape based musical compositions and live manipulated field recordings. Science fiction novels often influence his work, which often revolves around near-future space exploration, planetary phenomena, and time travel. With a background in immersive installation art using pure light and sound as formal mediums, Cyrus blends the experiential nature of installation with the temporal facet of performance. He will be performing past works Tempus Fluxus, Optica, The Spider and The Fly, and Terraforma in addition to his latest piece made exclusively for Shapeshifters dealing with lost identity and the path to redefine it.



August 10, 2014: tooth
July 13, 2014: Elise Baldwin
June 8, 2014: Dennis Keefe & Glenn McKay
May 11, 2014: Chris Pew
April 13, 2014: Andy Puls
March 2, 2014: Greg Pope
February 9, 2014: Lori Varga
January 12, 2014: Scott Stark & Allison Holt
December 8, 2013: Alex MacKenzie
November 10, 2013: Chris Duncan
October 13, 2013: Craig Baldwin
September 8, 2013: dyemark
August 11, 2013: Kadet Kuhne
July 14, 2013: Beige
June 9, 2013: Josh Kit Clayton
May 12, 2013: Jim Haynes
April 28, 2013: Lori Varga & Paul Baker
February 10, 2013: Jen Cohen & Guillermo Galindo
January 13, 2013: John Davis & Josh Churchill
November 8, 2012: Sylvia Schedelbauer
October 4, 2012: Tommy Becker
September 6, 2012: Kerry Laitala with John Davis and Neal Johnson
August 2, 2012: Jeremy Rourke
July 13, 2012: Paul Clipson & Evan Caminiti
June 17, 2012: The cinePimps

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