Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation

color, sound, 85 min
Music by Wagner and Hermann Nitsch. Voice by Jean Houston. One hundred and sixty portraits or rather appearances, sketches and glimpses of avant-garde, independent filmmakers and film activists between ...
Rental formats: 16mm $300.00, DVD NTSC $125.00

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About

Music by Wagner and Hermann Nitsch. Voice by Jean Houston. One hundred and sixty portraits or rather appearances, sketches and glimpses of avant-garde, independent filmmakers and film activists between 1955 and 1996. Why BIRTH OF A NATION? Because the film independents IS a nation in itself. We are surrounded by commercial cinema Nation same way as the indigenous people of the United States or of any other country are surrounded by Ruling Powers. We are the invisible, but essential nation of cinema. We are the cinema. List of filmmakers and related friends and film activists who appear in the film in order of appearance: P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, Ken Kelman, Hollis Melton, Ken Jacobs, Larry Jordan, Florence Jacobs, Harry Smith, Henri Langlois, Annette Michelson, Gerald O' Grady, Hollis Frampton, Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, Joel Singer, Stephen Dwoskin, Dore O., Wener Nekes, Kenneth Anger, Andrew Noren, Jacques Ledoux, Ed Emshwiller, Saul Levine, Larry Gottheim, Pascale Dauman, Ray Wisniewski, Taykir Mead, Michael Snow, Ricky Leacock, Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage, Barry Gerson, Willard Van Dyke, John Whitney, Pola Chapelle, Morris Engel, Stan Vanderbeek, Amy Greenfield, Bruce Baillie, Chantal Akerman, Sally Dixon, Will Hindle, Michael Studart, Robert Creeley, Friede Bartlett, Scott Bartlett, Jud Yalkut, Adolfas Mekas, Callie Angell, Charles Levine, Bhob Stewart, Nelly Kaplan, Claudia Weil, Annabel Nicholson, Birgit Hein, Piero Heliczer, Peter Gidal, Kurt Kren, Wilhelm Hein, Malcolm Le Grice, Carmen Vigil, Bill Brand, Regina Cornwell, Akiko Iimura, Taka Iimura, David Crosswaite, Gill Eatherley, Amy Taubin, Tom Chomont, Peter Weibel, Carla Liss, Robert Huot, Guy Fihman, Claudine Eizykman, David Curtis, Barbara Rubin, Kenji Kanesaka, Anna Karina, Leo Dratfield, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Beavers, Robert Kramer, Pamela Badyk, Cecille Starr, Jerome Hill, Ernie Gehr, Richard Foreman, Robert Polidori, Leni Riefenstahl, Amalie Rothschild, Lillian Kiesler, Shigeko Kubota, Jerry Tartaglia, Dan Talkbot, Louis Marcorelles, Michel Auder, Dwight MacDonald, Viva, Leslie Trumbull, Kit Carson, Paul Shrader, Shirley Clarke, Bosley Crowther, Dimitri Devyatkin, Ulrich Gregor, Sheldon Rochlin, La Monte Young, Robert Gardner, Vlada Petric, John du Cane, William Raban, Tony Conrad, George Macinunas, Alberto Cavalcanti, Jim McBride, Peter Bogdanovich, Gideon Bachmann, Christiane Rochefort, Jerry Jofen, Rosa von Praunheim, Hans Richter, Roberto Rossellini, Lionel Rogosin, Robert Haller, Storm De Hirsch, Marcel Hanoun, Jerry Hiler, Bruce Conner, Myrel Glick, Paul Sharits, Barbara Schwartz, Lewis Jacobs, Ian Barna, Carolee Schneemann, Anthony McCall, Diego Cortez, Leslie Trumbell, Adolfo Arieta, Louis Brigante, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Stewart Sherman, Charles Chaplin, Len Lye, Tati, Allen Ginsberg, Valie Export, Hermann Nitsch, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Analena Wibon, Robert Breer and Raimund Abraham.

Films

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    Film Magazine of the Arts
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    Visions of Warhol
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    Jonas Mekas Box Set
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    The Brig
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    Report From Millbrook
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    Cassis
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    Hare Krishna
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    Notes On The Circus
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    The Italian Notebook
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    Time & Fortune Vietnam Newsreel
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    Walden
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    Walden: Reel 1
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    Walden: Reel 1
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    Walden: Reel 2
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    Jonas Mekas

    16mm, color, sound, 40 min
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    Walden: Reel 3
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    16mm, color, sound, 49 min
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    Walden: Reel 4
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    Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
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    Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 1
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    Lost, Lost, Lost
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    Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 2
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    Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 3
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    Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 4
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    Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 5
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    Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 6
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    Zefiro Torna or Scenes From the Life of Scenes From the Life of George Maciumas
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    Happy Birthday to John
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    This Side of Paradise
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    This Side of Paradise
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    Diary Entry: Father and Daughter
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    Diary Entry: Father and Daughter
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    A Letter to Penny Arcade
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    A Letter to Penny Arcade
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    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    Jonas Mekas

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    Notes on Utopia
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    Jonas Mekas

    color, sound, 55 min
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    Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR
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    Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR
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    Sleepless Nights Stories
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    Sleepless Nights Stories
    Jonas Mekas

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    Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland
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    Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland
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    Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man
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    Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man
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    • Biography / Autobiography
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