Presentations: Tim Lanza


Through primary source materials such as letters, contracts, newspaper articles, and catalogs, as well as later day articles, publications and interviews, this presentation will detail a brief history of Raymond Rohauer's activities as a presenter and distributor of experimental film work in Los Angeles in the 1950's and 1960's.  Rohauer, through his Society of Cinema Arts, programmed daily screenings of experimental, educational, classic and non-domestic films at the Coronet Theatre beginning in 1950 and later at the Riviera-Capri Theatre.  Reflecting the variety of theatrical programming, the distribution arm of the Society For Cinema Arts, distributed works by experimental filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, Gregory Markopolous, Larry Jordan, Watson & Webber, and Jean-Isadore Isou, along with classics by Griffith, Dreyer, Renoir, Hitchcock and Lang, and documentaries, animation, medical films, etc.  Rohauer was also a friend and associate of the late Stan Brakhage, who worked and lived at the Coronet in the mid-'50's.  Beginning in late 1956, the two carried on a sporadic correspondence that ended with Rohauer's death in 1987.

Tim Lanza: For the past 18 years, Tim Lanza has been the Archivist and Director of Licensing and Public Access for The Rohauer Collection Motion Picture Library.  He is also an independent media programmer, having curated programs that include Tom Verlaine: Music For Film, which has played throughout North America and in Europe, The Avant Garage Music And Film Festival, which ran annually in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio for 10 years, touring retrospectives of the films of Buster Keaton and of Paul Robeson, and film and television programs presented in conjunction with gallery exhibitions at the Columbus College of Art and Design and the Denison University Museum.   He served as a juror for the Ohio Short Film and Video Festival at The Wexner Center for the Arts from 2003-2009 and for the Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival in Portugal.


Raymond Rohauer and the Society of Cinema Arts: Exhibition and Distribution 1948-1962

This presentation is part of the panel entitled Shopper's Market: Exhibition, Distribution and Canonization, being held on Saturday November 13, 2010 9:30am - 12:00pm in the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre.

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Left: Raymond Rohauer, ca. 1950s

Image courtesy of Tim Lanza