In case your last brush with psychedelia happened when you spun around real fast and got dizzy and laughed a lot when you fell over, tonight's "Psychedelic Visions & Expanded Consciousness" film screenings are just for you. Obscure even by YouTube standards, experimental film and animation in the '60s and '70s tended toward raw motion and visceral sound, showcasing an overwhelming sensation rather than straight narration and this is a rare chance to see films that are the next best thing to psychotropically blowing your mind. There are Mildred "Chick" Strand's ethnographical studies; James Whitney's kaleidoscopic nods to Arabic culture; and Adam Beckett's constantly unfolding journeys to the heart of several suns. And all the films were created by hand, painstakingly over months or years, unaltered by anything digital other than fingers. Part of the "Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980" series, itself a part of the citywide Pacific Standard Time initiative, and presented by Los Angeles Filmforum, now in its 37th (!) year. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Hlywd.; Wed., Jan. 18, 8 p.m.; $10. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Wed., Jan. 18, 8 p.m., 2012