In the Zone

In the Zone

Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA

November 16, 7-10pm


On Saturday November 16th Royal NoneSuch Gallery will roll out the red carpet for an evening of films and video art presented by Amanda Roscoe Mayo. Featuring Bay Area award winning filmmakers and an array of national video artworks, the public is invited to enjoy this free screening from 7-10pm. From 7-8pm enjoy a signature cocktail and prepare a movie-watching snack from the popcorn bar. The screening begins at 8pm and is followed by a meet and greet with the filmmakers and artists of the Bay Area.

The theme for the evening is “In the Zone,” inspired by SLOMO. Directed by Joshua Izenberg this film won best Short Indie Doc at this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival and presents the story of Dr. John Kitchin, who becomes depressed and frustrated with his life, abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity. Javier Roberto Carlos was awarded the Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Award this year for his outstanding documentary work. His film El Soñador is an intimate portrait of a dreamer, Marcos "El Soñador" Alvarez, a blind street musician from El Salvador living in San Francisco. Shot in 16mm and Super-8 film and using hand-processing and optical-printing techniques, El Soñador attempts to cinematically represent Marcos' struggles with blindness and poverty as well as his dreams of overcoming them with music.

Steve Holzer is an artist living and working in Marfa, TX, his film Machine Deva won Best Experimental Film at the Columbia Gorge Film Festival after it was screened in Oakland at MacArthur B Arthur Gallery. His newest work, All You Need to Know About Supervision consists of found footage, 16mm, found still images and manipulated film. It is meditative and provocative and this will be the first national screening. Noah Krell, a previously San Francisco video artist who has recently relocated to New York City will show a brand new work entitled Why Are You Still Watching This? This work has a sense of humor relying entirely on the audience’s mood.  The final video work by Ben Bigelow is, in many ways a portrait of the Silicon Valley, The Grid approaches existential questions about spiritual progress and reality/virtuality through topics including cloud computing, corporate advertising, magic tricks and jazz standards.

These films and artworks invite the voyeur to get into a zone, or enter that of someone else’s. Won’t you join us in exploring these various rabbit holes through sight, sound, and narrative?

Royal NoneSuch Gallery is an artist-run alternative art and event space located in the Temescal district of Oakland, California. We are dedicated to creating community around art-based experiences that are thought provoking and conceptually rigorous, while also being accessible and fun. Through a framework of monthly exhibitions and related programs, we strive to maintain a dynamic schedule in which the gallery is continuously reinvented to reflect the spirit and process of an artist, specific program series, or collaboration.