The Film-Makers' Cooperative

The New American Cinema Group

The largest archive and distributor of independent and avant-garde films in the world

Catalogue

  • T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G

    16mm, color, sound, 12 min
  • Normal Love

    color, sound on CD, 120 min
  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    16mm, black and white, sound, 14 min
  • Bridges-Go-Round

    16mm, color, sound, 7.5 min
  • Window Water Baby Moving

    16mm, color, silent, 12 min

News

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    Screening | The Computational Sublime - Works by Gregg Biermann

    Wednesday, October 18th 7:00PM Ludlow House 139 Ludlow St. RSVP REQUIRED: filmmakerscoop@gmail.com. Free admission. Organized by MM Serra

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    Annual Paddle8 Art Auction now LIVE!

    Auction proceeds will contribute to The NACG’s archival preservation of our unique collection of rare artists’ films. It will also allow us to continue to digitally preserve our collection so that these unique works will be accessible to a wider audience.

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    Paddle8 Art Auction Opening Reception

    Join us for the opening part of the Film-Makers’ Coop’s annual Paddle8 art auction at Next To Nothing Gallery. 181 Orchard St., NYC.

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    Limited edition T-Shirt!

    All proceeds will help the Filmmakers Cooperative digitally preserve films $25 + shipping and tax (shipping $ 6.50 flat rate per order)

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    Book Launch -- Paul Sharits: 'I Was A Flawed Modernist' by Sarah Markgraf

    Sarah Markgraf’s book of Collected Writings by and Stories about experimental filmmaker Paul Sharits is out and available for purchase at the FMC! Please call or email us!

Filmmakers

  • Jonas Mekas

    Jonas Mekas is one of the giants of the film world, a member of the cinematic vanguard that has charged headlong into the uncharted territories. Along with Deren, Brakhage, Snow and Jacobs, he has helped shape the face of experimental film in the United States and the world at large.
  • Maya Deren

    One of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer.
  • Stan Brakhage

    Working outside the mainstream, the wildly prolific, visionary Stan Brakhage made more than 350 films over a half century.
  • Paul Sharits

    Sharits was born in Denver, Colorado and earned a B.F.A in painting at the School of Art of The University of Denver where he was a protege of Stan Brakhage.

Screenings & Workshops

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    Screening | The Computational Sublime - Works by Gregg Biermann

    Ludlow House

    RSVP REQUIRED: filmmakerscoop@gmail.com. Free admission.

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    Haphazard Dreams & Eccentric Lives

    Ludlow House

    Tessa Hughes-Freeland’s films have been shown in a variety of venues, from international museums to seedy bars. The subject matter of her films is confrontational, transgressive, provocative and poetic.

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    Mono No Aware X Film-Makers' Coop

    The Film-Makers Coop

    In an effort to bring closer communities of independent filmmakers in New York, on September 22, 2017 we invite you to a presentation of short films by members of The Film-Makers’ Cooperative and MONO NO AWARE.

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    16mm Flower Films

    Le Petit Versailles

    These 16mm shorts rediscover the intuitive reality and sharp beauty of nature. Whether though haptic landscapes in SUMMER and GLIMPSE OF THE GARDEN or botanical collages like IN THE CONSERVATORY and THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, plants and flowers are established as more than embellishment; they are pulled to the foreground as active participants.

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    Agent of Paradise

    Ludlow House

    AGENT OF PARADISE by Mary Bellis (1982) captures a time and place in the East Village that is rapidly fading away as gentrification and construction pour into this neighborhood deeming it unrecognizable.

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    At Home in New York

    The Film-Makers Coop

    An evening of film and video work by artists currently in the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program at Hunter College. Programmed around Hunter and the Co-op’s shared home of New York City, these films consider the experience of living in New York: the constant contemplation of what it means for one’s identity to call the city home and what we observe by being here at length.

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    Introduction to Adobe Premiere

    The Film-Makers Coop

    These two 4-hour workshops aim to help editors transition to Adobe Premiere, the rising industry standard editing software. The workshops are designed to be affordable and comprehensive, and concentrate specifically on editors transitioning from softwares such as Final Cut Pro 7 and Avid.

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    Femme Fantastic: The Carnal Screen (PART 2)

    Ludlow House

    A second sexy program inspired by exploitation & stag films. Q&A with artists Peggy Ahwesh, Katherine Bauer and MM Serra following screening. This program of films will present an alternative image of the body, of sex, and of intimacy – images that are about individuality and freedom of expression, rather than standardization and profit.

Programs

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    16mm Flower Films

    These 16mm shorts rediscover the intuitive reality and sharp beauty of nature.

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    A Mirror Avant-Garde

    Non-Canonical Canonicals by Women Filmmakers

    If you’ve seen more than three of the films in this program, we’d be surprised. Yet every single one of these films by women filmmakers deserves to be written about, taught in classes, and be part of the canon of avant-garde film.

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    Cinedance

    16mm dance films from the FMC

    An evening of short dance films created between the 1940s and 1980s.

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    Femme Fantastic

    The Carnal Screen

    These films undo the socio-political bindings that repress images of sexuality into profitable commodities. The body, sex, and intimacy are not idealized or trapped in patriarchal, aesthetic fantasies.

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    Origins and Ends

    35mm Films From the Film-Makers’ Cooperative

    Combining origin stories with elegies and alternative histories, as well as explorations of desire, scraps, emergence, and obsolescence, “Origins and Ends” presents an array of experiments with cinema’s standard gauge, the use of which is decidedly rare in avant-garde film.

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    Projections Instructions

    Projection Instructions is a modular program of 16mm films from the collection of the Film-Makers’ Cooperative.

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    Remediating War

    Vietnam In/On Film

    We commemorate the fiftieth anniversaries of key works from the Film-Makers’ Coop that protested the Vietnam War during the 1960s.

Archive

  • Newsletter Vol. 1 Number 2 - Alternative

  • Newsletter Vol. 1 Number 9 and 10

  • Newsletter Vol. 1 Number 2

  • MM Serra - The Explicit Celluloid Body

About Charles S. Cohen

“I was in a position to help, and I thought that I should. They are a wonderful group doing important work, and there is no other place to go and see this kind of thing. They needed a storage space for their archives, and this meets their needs.”

The Film-Makers’ Coop / New American Cinema Group is very grateful to our benefactor, Charles S. Cohen, whose generous support allows us to thrive in New York City.

Our on-location screening room has been named in his honor.