Music plus motion pictures equals music video, right? Thus, "Themes for the Eclipse" at first sounds like it could be a music video. The only difference is that the music is live, and instead of videotape of plastic boobery, the moving images are arty, geometric Super 8 reels. Local filmmaker Paul Clipson's small-gauge works are impressionistic visions shot somewhat improvisationally, although you wouldn't know it to look at them. He edits "in-camera," meaning he keeps almost all of what he shoots. This allows for the same kinds of good accidents as does any improvisation, but the results are far more poetic than messy. In addition, it's his habit to screen his work with the accompaniment of experimental musicians. Bay Area musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (of Tarantel, along with Clipson) and spacey Los Angeleno abstract rockers Metal Rouge fill the bill. The films and the music are all are high quality; maybe it isn't so much like a music video after all.
Thu., Dec. 27, 8 p.m., 2007