Reading 1974: 30th Anniversary Edition

color, sound, 56 min
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A documentary (in the city symphony tradition begun by experimentalists in the 1920s) that captures the essence of Reading, PA in 1974 at the height of the urban renewal era, when the centers of many ...
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A documentary (in the city symphony tradition begun by experimentalists in the 1920s) that captures the essence of Reading, PA in 1974 at the height of the urban renewal era, when the centers of many mid-sized American cities were gutted and redesigned to make way for "the future." The film captures its subject at exactly the point when what seemed unique and special about this rather old-fashioned, Pennsylvania Dutch, urban center was rapidly disappearing. This 16mm portrait–the first film to receive a production grant from the PA Council of the Arts–was shown at film venues (eg. MoMA's "What's Happening" series) and festivals throughout the country. As the years have passed, the makers of the documentary have observed it evolve into both a fascinating 1970s time capsule and a poignant cinematic elegy. (According to 2010 Census Bureau data on cities with a population of more than 65,000, Reading had the "largest share of its residents living in poverty, barely edging out Flint, Michigan." – New York Times, 10/26/11). "So exotic and oozing with character, I forgot I was looking at my own culture. Unforgettable and beautifully bizarre." – Mike Kuchar. "Very impressive–one of the best of its kind that I've seen." – Bill Judson, Film Curator, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute. "One of the most original and most interesting American independent feature-length films of 1975." Film Comment, May/June 1976.

Films

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    Reading 1974: Portrait of a City
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    Reading 1974: Portrait of a City
    Gary Adlestein

    color, sound, 56 min
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
    • History
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    Cat's Eyes
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    Cat's Eyes
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    16mm, color and b/w, silent, 3.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Kosher
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    Kosher
    Gary Adlestein

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Erotic
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    Italian Opticals & Italian Places
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    Italian Opticals & Italian Places
    Gary Adlestein

    16mm, color, sound, 13.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Environment / Nature
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    Optical Lyrics

    Optical Lyrics
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    16mm, color and b/w, silent, 24 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Philosophical
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    St. Teresa
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    St. Teresa
    Gary Adlestein

    16mm, color, sound, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Room In His Heart

    Room In His Heart
    Gary Adlestein

    16mm, color, sound, 32.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Literarature / Theater
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    Kore/Kouros
    Experimental

    Kore/Kouros
    Gary Adlestein

    super-8, color, sound on separate reel(s), 11 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Arts / Artists
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    S-8 Diaries: 1987/89
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    S-8 Diaries: 1987/89
    Gary Adlestein

    super-8, color, sound on separate reel(s), 11 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Environment / Nature
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    Candy
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    Candy
    Gary Adlestein

    super-8, color, sound on separate reel(s), 11 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Arts / Artists
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    Pink Venise I Like

    Pink Venise I Like
    Gary Adlestein

    super-8, color, sound, 11.5 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Environment / Nature
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Forsythia
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    Forsythia
    Gary Adlestein

    super-8, color, sound, 3 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Environment / Nature
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    Spring/Fall Cinesongs For Storm De Hirsch
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    Spring/Fall Cinesongs For Storm De Hirsch
    Gary Adlestein

    super-8, color, sound, 11 min
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    • Environment / Nature
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    Cezannescapes 1 & 2
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    Cezannescapes 1 & 2
    Gary Adlestein

    super-8, color, sound, 5.5 min
    Rental format: super8
    • Arts / Artists
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    Gaudi & Cezannescapes
    Experimental

    Gaudi & Cezannescapes
    Gary Adlestein

    color, sound, 12 min
    Rental formats: DVD NTSC, mini DV NTSC
    • Landscape / Architecture
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    Figures
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    Figures
    Gary Adlestein

    video, color, sound, 20 min
    Rental format: VHS NTSC
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    Domestic - Selected Films & Videos 1981-2001
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    Domestic - Selected Films & Videos 1981-2001
    Gary Adlestein

    16mm, Super 8, color, sound
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
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    Italia - Selected Films & Videos 1980-2005
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    Italia - Selected Films & Videos 1980-2005
    Gary Adlestein

    16mm, super8, mini DV, color, sound
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    Septuagenarian Collaborations

    Septuagenarian Collaborations
    Gary Adlestein

    color, sound, 48 min
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
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    1/20/17
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    1/20/17
    Gary Adlestein

    digital, color, sound, 3 min
    Rental formats: Digital file, DVD NTSC
    • History
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    DEAL!
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    DEAL!
    Gary Adlestein

    color, sound, 4 min
    Rental formats: Digital file, DVD NTSC
    • Body
    • History
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Found Footage