ABOUT TEMESCAL STREET CINEMA

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CO-DIRECTORS

Suzanne L’Heureux is an Oakland based artist and educator. She received her Masters in Art History at American University in Washington, DC and currently teaches art history at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Suzanne embraces time based, impermanent and performative art practices, especially those that engage communities in dynamic ways. She is a founder of Temescal Street Cinema and also directs Interface Gallery, an alternative art space in North Oakland.

Elizabeth Bernstein is co-director of Royal NoneSuch Gallery, and an artist and educator who lives in Oakland, CA. She grew up in New York City and attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, and then went on to receive her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. In addition to co-directing the Royal NoneSuch Gallery, she is the Art Coordinator at Boys & Girl’s Club in San Francisco. She is a photographer whose work examines the visual language of our daily lives, and how it communicates our complex emotional and psychological landscape. Elizabeth has shown her work on the East Coast and in San Francisco. Recent exhibitions include Swarm Gallery in Oakland, Five Points Arthouse in San Francisco, and Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA.

AV MANAGER

Alfonso Alvarez has worked with local experimental filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly 20 years, including organizing monthly screenings on The Great Wall in Oakland during Oakland’s Uptown Art Murmur. A number of his films are recognized as part of the body of work by contemporary Bay Area experimental filmmakers. His films draw the viewer’s attention through his outstanding use of color and highly charged sound tracks. His work has screened in bars, galleries and backyard barbecues the world over, including screenings in shows at New York, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Austin and Denver film festivals. Internationally, he has screened in Mexico City, Tokyo, Singapore, Edinburgh and Paris.

CURATORIAL CONTRIBUTORS

Kathleen Quillian is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Oakland, CA. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. Since then, she has exhibited multimedia installations, live cinema performances and single channel work in galleries, museums and festivals around the San Francisco Bay Area as well as nationally and internationally. She is a member of the board of directors of San Francisco Cinematheque. She co-founded Shapeshifters Cinema, a monthly expanded cinema experimental film series, with Gilbert Guerrero.

Gilbert Guerrero is a native of California. He was raised in the sprawling city of San Jose, Ca until when he was twelve years old his parents moved out to the country in Gilroy, Ca. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent three years at the notorious Cloyne Court Hotel, most famously working as the co-op’s poster artist. He began working with independent film and experimental video in 1998 after joining the staff of Artists’ Television Access (ATA) in San Francisco. He met his wife Kathleen there and they began a collaboration to make new experimental art work, which has shown in public art exhibitions around the world, including at Oakland’s Illuminated Corridor. He co-founded Shapeshifters Cinema, a monthly expanded cinema experimental film series, with Kathleen Quillian.

VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Suki O’Kane is an Oakland-based musician and arts instigator working in areas of music, film, public art, intermedia and social practice. Her work focuses on improvisational and ensemble strategies in monumental context, from the nomadic public art project Illuminated Corridor to composing projects such as Theatre of Yugen’s Cycle Plays (2007) and Erik Ehn’s What A Stranger May Know, a collective of 32 composers writing 32 songs for 32 plays to be performed simultaneously in remembrance of the Virgina Tech Massacre (April 2012). She has collaborated with many artists, cultural collectives and art institutions in planning, production and performance contexts, including Neighborhood Public Radio and Oakland Underground Film Festival. She currently serves on the City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission’s Funding Advisory Committee.

Temescal Street Cinema is a free outdoor summer movie series featuring the work of Bay Area film and video artists, projected onto the side of the Bank of the West Building on 49th Street at Telegraph Avenue in the Temescal District of Oakland. It was begun by two neighbors, with the support of the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District, in 2008, and has since evolved into an event run by a small nexus of artists and neighbors taking on various aspects of its curation and management.

Since it began, the goal has been to highlight the work of Bay Area artists, while bringing people together in a dynamic community event that enriches our local business district and fosters connections in our community. Because we value pedestrian and bike friendly spaces and recognize the street as an important site of community action, we block off part of 49th street and invite our audience to literally sit in the street to watch the films. The feel of the event is part block party, part public art intervention.