Tag Archives: Ata – Artists’ Television Access

Jeremy Rourke explains how he uses the mini-ATA in his stop-motion animations.

‘Trippy’ doc illustrates ATA’s 30 years in the Mission

As Valencia Street in the Mission is increasingly burnished to a shine, Artists’ Television Access — flying a black-and-white sign like a pirate flag — stands out as a rough spot in a sea of diamonds. The cinema collective moved from SoMa to the Mission in 1986. Since then, ATA has hosted art, performance and cinema, exploring the areas where...

“Queers Hate Techies”: Gay Shame’s controversial ATA exhibit

All month, the phrase “Queers Hate Techies” has taken up residence in the window gallery at Artists’ Television Access (ATA) on Valencia and 21st. The words are printed on balloons, inscribed on a banner and written on stickers pasted to the glass. It’s one of the radical activist group Gay Shame’s well-known anti-gentrification slogans; they have used it in graffiti and...

Waiting for the Barbarians on Valencia

One of the enduring non-profits on Valencia Street is ATA, Artist Television Access, a place started in the early 1980s when galleries excluded video art. Throughout the year, the windows fill with revolving, sometimes inexplicable, but always curious art. The Left window is curated by ATA and the Right Window, by a collective of the same name. When I walked by the...

ATA Screenings, Fundraisers Not to Miss

Our friends at ATA have several events coming up to help raise money for their rent: This Friday (April 29) there is a night of short films made by queer filmmakers who have been raised here in SF and are still living in the Bay Area. Saturday (April 30) Join ATA for a night of “punk- documentarian.” Next Thursday (May 5) An...

Quirky SF Mission Alt-Film Space ATA Lives On

ATA, or Artists’ Television Access, signed a renewed lease on November 13, securing its space at 992 Valencia Street for another five years. The announcement comes after a tense few weeks, during which ATA’s all-volunteer staff weighed a substantial rent increase against the ability to stay in place on on a rapidly changing commercial corridor where prices have exploded. Ultimately, the film space was...

Cereal-powered Show At ATA

Dream-inspired movement takes the (window) stage at ATA tonight, when Laurie Buenafe and Bob Webb perform “Husk” from 6to 8 p.m. at Artist’s Television Access. The piece is described as a “harvest ritual of sorts” and has something to do with cornflakes cereal. To find out what that means, readers have to stop by the ATA window this evening, where...

Artists’ Television Access Celebrates 30 Years

Artists’ Television Access turns 30 this month and is throwing a marathon of a party to celebrate. The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. today with the start of a 30-hour film screening session, which will be staffed through the night by loyal volunteers. The screening will become a party with live music, drinks and VJ sets at 8 p.m....

Free Tickets to Tejido Conectivo Film Performance

ATA is giving away two free tickets to a film performance on Friday, March 30. Two lucky Mission Loc@l readers will receive tickets to Tejido Conectivo, in which Luis Macias and Adriana Vila will present self-selected projects of expanded cinema, showing three converging lines of their work together: performances with found footage and home movies, atmospheres created of light through loops, and projections....

Mission Filmmaker’s Second Home is the de Young

Filmmaker Lise Swenson has made a career out of asking questions — to make “Mission Movie” in 2004 and in her two residencies at the de Young Museum. In Swenson’s current run as the de Young’s filmmaker-in-residence, her 90 video interviews of artists featured at the museum, including Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Marie Sayers, Meklit Hadero and Catherine Wagner, have been...

Video Renegade Becomes a Financially Precarious Institution

One step inside Artists’ Television Access, a complex smell of incense, must and cedar awakens the nose. Underfoot, hardwood floors creak, and just through a small hallway, red movie theater-style seats await. It’s the perfect place to screen under-the-radar films, and that’s what the nonprofit ATA has done on Valencia near 21st Street since 1986 — a time when people...