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Santa Ana Sites #19

Brent Green
A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness
a co-presentation between Sites and Grand Central Art Center

Santa Ana Sites is pleased to present the 19th edition of our traveling art forum – Brent Green’s A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness. Green will be joined by his long time collaborator, Fugazi drummer, Brendan Canty, in this co-presentation with Grand Central Arts Center, on Saturday, April 28 at The Frida Cinema in Downtown Santa Ana.

During the experimental live cinema experience, self-taught visual artist and filmmaker Brent Green will serve as the narrator and musician and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty will act as the percussionist and foley artist. The evening features works that all have played at the prestigious Sundance Festival, including A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness, Carlin, Paulina Hollers, and Strange Fates. Focusing largely on stirring visuals, live music and foley, the emotionally charged films enchant audiences through lyrical narrations and somber underlying themes with flickering stop-motion Southern Gothic flair.

Sites #19 honors the relationship with Grand Central Arts Center, who served as the incubator for Sites in its’ early days. It also marks the return to The Frida Cinema, OC’s only non-profit independent art house cinema.

About Brent Green

Working on his farm outside of New Paltz, NY, Brent Green is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker. Green’s films have screened, often with live musical accompaniment, in film and art settings alike at venues such as MoMA, BAM, The Getty, Walker, Hammer Museum, The Kitchen, Boston MFA, Wexner, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Rotterdam Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival as well as rooftops, warehouses and galleries throughout the globe. Often, his sculptural work and large-scale installation are displayed alongside his animated films, he’s had a number of solo exhibitions, including at the ASU Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, 21c/Art Without Walls, Diverseworks Houston, The Kohler Arts Center and the Berkeley Art Museum. Green’s work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society and the MAPfund. His art is in some fine public collections including MoMA, the Hammer Museum and the American Folk Art Museum. Green is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery in NYC.

About Brendan Canty

Canty is best known as the drummer in the band Fugazi. Canty joined Fugazi in 1987, before which time he played in Rites of Spring, One Last Wish, Deadline, Insurrection, and Happy Go Licky. In addition to producing records for all kinds of great band (the Thermals, Ted Leo, Garland of Hours, Benjy Ferree) Canty frequently composes soundtrack music, primarily for Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel documentaries and independent features.

In 2004, Canty co-founded the DVD label Trixie to release an ongoing series of music-related films entitled Burn To Shine. The series involves independent bands from a particular city showing up to perform one song each live, without overdubs or corrections, in a condemned house. It’s beautiful. The films and performances are urgent and inspired, and the portraits of musicians and houses expose the transient nature of our world.

Trixie has also produced films about Bob Mould, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Eddie Vedder and the Decemberists.

He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife and four children and has been touring around with his new band Messthetics.

WHO

Brent Green: A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness

WHEN

Saturday April 28th @ 7:30pm

WHERE

The Frida Cinema
305 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA

Santa Ana Sites

presents contemporary performance…

Santa Ana Sites is a community partnership, presenting contemporary performance in public and private spaces throughout Downtown Santa Ana. The traveling forum is designed to provide the community shared artistic experiences, encouraging the discovery of diverse environments and architectural space. Santa Ana Sites was founded by Allen Moon, Artistic Director and John D. Spiak, Grand Central Art Center Director/Chief Curator.

Allen Moon, Artistic Director

A resident of Santa Ana, Allen toured nationally and internationally with the Mehmet Sander Dance Company and Diavolo Dance Theater.  For the past 13 years, he has served as Director of Touring for David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives , where he has created tours for contemporary ensembles, including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Kronos Quartet, Tectonic Theater Project, Diavolo, The Actors’ Gang, it gets better project, and The Watts Prophets, to performing arts centers and festivals across the globe.  Allen proudly serves on the CSU Summer Arts Advisory Board as a California Arts Community Representative and a committee member for the International Society for the Performing Arts.

PAST SITES

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Allen Moon’s downtown Santa Ana loft home

Listening with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM


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Allen Moon’s downtown Santa Ana loft home

Backhausdance – The Elasticity of the Almost

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


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Grand Central Art Center

AndaUnion – in partnership with Irvine Barclay Theatre

09:30 AM - 10:15 AM


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Santora Building

wild Up in the Santora – with Lisa Bielawa

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


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Racquetball court

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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01:00 PM - 02:00 PM


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Santora Building

Ate9 Dance Company

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Pacific Symphony & wild Up

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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Yost Theater

DakhaBrakha

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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eSports Arena

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12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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Underground DTSA

Ashley Bathgate & Sleeping Giant

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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The Empire Building

National Theatre of Scotland

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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In Asscociation with Irvine Barclay Theater

DAKHBRAKHA

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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The Ritz

Kaki King

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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A DTSA Loft

Mike Daisey’s “The Trump Card”

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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The Frida Cinema

Troker – El Automóvil Gris

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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Church of the Messiah

Perla Betalla – House of Cohen

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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Santa Ana Sites #18

Church of the Messiah

Roomfull of Teeth

12:59 PM - 12:59 PM


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