Stan Brakhage

Stan
Brakhage

“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective.”

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

Films

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    Interim
    Experimental

    Interim
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 24 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Desistfilm
    Experimental

    Desistfilm
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    In Between
    Experimental

    In Between
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 9.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Reflections on Black
    Experimental

    Reflections on Black
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Way to Shadow Garden, The
    Experimental

    Way to Shadow Garden, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Wonder Ring, The
    Experimental

    Wonder Ring, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Loving
    Experimental

    Loving
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Nightcats
    Experimental

    Nightcats
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Daybreak & Whiteye
    Experimental

    Daybreak & Whiteye
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Anticipation of the Night
    Experimental

    Anticipation of the Night
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 40 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Cat's Cradle
    Experimental

    Cat's Cradle
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Spiritual / Mystical
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    Sirius Remembered
    Experimental

    Sirius Remembered
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Wedlock House: An Intercourse
    Experimental

    Wedlock House: An Intercourse
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, silent, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Window Water Baby Moving
    Experimental

    Window Water Baby Moving
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Centuries of June
    Experimental

    Centuries of June
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Gnir Rednow
    Experimental

    Gnir Rednow
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Dead, The
    Experimental

    Dead, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie
    Experimental

    Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Prelude: Dog Star Man
    Experimental

    Prelude: Dog Star Man
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Thigh Line Lyre Triangular
    Experimental

    Thigh Line Lyre Triangular
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 9 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Blue Moses
    Experimental
    Narrative

    Blue Moses
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 10.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • spiritualmystical
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    Dog Star Man: Part I
    Experimental
    Narrative

    Dog Star Man: Part I
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 30 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • personal_diary_journal
    • philosophical
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    Dog Star Man: Part II
    Experimental

    Dog Star Man: Part II
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • art_artists
    • environment_nature
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    Mothlight
    Experimental

    Mothlight
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • environment_nature
    • hand_processed
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    Oh Life—A Woe Story—The A Test News
    Experimental

    Oh Life—A Woe Story—The A Test News
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Dog Star Man Complete
    Experimental

    Dog Star Man Complete
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • environment_nature
    • family
    • landscape_architecture
    • personal_diary_journal
    • philosophical
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    Dog Star Man: Part III
    Experimental

    Dog Star Man: Part III
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • environment_nature
    • family
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    Dog Star Man: Part IV
    Experimental

    Dog Star Man: Part IV
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • history
    • philosophical
    • spiritualmystical
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    Art of Vision, The
    Experimental

    Art of Vision, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 250 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    3 Films: Blue White/Bloodstone/Vein
    Experimental

    3 Films: Blue White/Bloodstone/Vein
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • children_youth
    • history
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    Black Vision
    Experimental

    Black Vision
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • environment_nature
    • personal_diary_journal
    • philosophical
    • psychology_mentalhealth
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    Fire of Waters
    Experimental

    Fire of Waters
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Pasht
    Experimental

    Pasht
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • environment_nature
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    Two: Creeley/McClure
    Experimental

    Two: Creeley/McClure
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • personal_diary_journal
    • philosophical
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    Zone Moment
    Experimental

    Zone Moment
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Polite Madness
    Experimental

    Polite Madness
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • art_artists
    • hand_processed
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    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 1
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 24.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • children_youth
    • personal_diary_journal
    • philosophical
    • psychology_mentalhealth
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    Horseman, The Woman And The Moth, The
    Experimental

    Horseman, The Woman And The Moth, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 19 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • hand_processed
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    My Mountain: Song 27
    Experimental

    My Mountain: Song 27
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 24.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    My Mountain: Song 27: Part 2: Rivers
    Experimental

    My Mountain: Song 27: Part 2: Rivers
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 32.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 2
    Experimental

    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 40 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 3
    Experimental

    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 3
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 27.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Animals of Eden and After, The
    Experimental

    Animals of Eden and After, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 35 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Eyes
    Experimental

    Eyes
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 35.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Machine of Eden, The
    Experimental

    Machine of Eden, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 4
    Experimental

    Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 4
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 46 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sexual Meditation: #1 Motel
    Experimental

    Sexual Meditation: #1 Motel
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Weir-Falcon Saga, The
    Experimental

    Weir-Falcon Saga, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 29 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, The
    Experimental

    Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 32 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Body
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    Angels'
    Experimental

    Angels'
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Deus Ex
    Experimental

    Deus Ex
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 33.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Door
    Experimental

    Door
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Fox Fire Child Watch
    Experimental

    Fox Fire Child Watch
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Peaceable Kingdom, The
    Experimental

    Peaceable Kingdom, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sexual Meditation: Room with View
    Experimental

    Sexual Meditation: Room with View
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Trip to Door, The
    Experimental

    Trip to Door, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 12.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Western History
    Experimental

    Western History
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Eye Myth Educational Print
    Experimental

    Eye Myth Educational Print
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Presence, The
    Experimental

    Presence, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Process, The
    Experimental

    Process, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Riddle of Lumen, The
    Experimental

    Riddle of Lumen, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 13.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sexual Meditation: Faun's Room, Yale
    Experimental

    Sexual Meditation: Faun's Room, Yale
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sexual Meditation: Hotel
    Experimental

    Sexual Meditation: Hotel
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sexual Meditation: Office Suite
    Experimental

    Sexual Meditation: Office Suite
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Shores of Phos: A Fable, The
    Experimental

    Shores of Phos: A Fable, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Wold Shadow, The
    Experimental

    Wold Shadow, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sexual Meditation: Open Field
    Experimental

    Sexual Meditation: Open Field
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sincerity: Reel 1
    Experimental

    Sincerity: Reel 1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 27 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sincerity: Reel 2
    Experimental

    Sincerity: Reel 2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 37 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Women, The
    Experimental

    Women, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Aquarien
    Experimental

    Aquarien
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Clancy
    Experimental

    Clancy
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Dominion
    Experimental

    Dominion
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Flight
    Experimental

    Flight
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    He Was Born, He Suffered, He Died
    Experimental

    He Was Born, He Suffered, He Died
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Hymn to Her
    Experimental

    Hymn to Her
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Skein
    Experimental

    Skein
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sol
    Experimental

    Sol
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Star Garden
    Experimental

    Star Garden
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Stars are Beautiful, The
    Experimental

    Stars are Beautiful, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 18.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Text of Light, The
    Experimental

    Text of Light, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 67 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975: #1
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975: #1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #1-10
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #1-10
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 37 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #10
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #10
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #2
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #3
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #3
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 1.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #4
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #4
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 1.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #5
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #5
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #6
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #6
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #7
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #7
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #8
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #8
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Short Films 1975 #9
    Experimental

    Short Films 1975 #9
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Trio
    Experimental

    Trio
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 7.5 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, super8
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    Absence

    Absence
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 9 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, super8
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    Airs
    Experimental

    Airs
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 24 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, super8
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    Desert
    Experimental

    Desert
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 13.5 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, super8
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    Dream, NYC, The Return, The Flower, The
    Experimental

    Dream, NYC, The Return, The Flower, The
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 24 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, super8
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    Gadflies
    Experimental

    Gadflies
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 12.5 min
    Rental format: super8
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    Highs
    Experimental

    Highs
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 7 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, super8
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    Rembrandt, etc., and Jane
    Experimental

    Rembrandt, etc., and Jane
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 17.5 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, super8
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    Short Films 1976
    Experimental

    Short Films 1976
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sketches
    Experimental

    Sketches
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 10.5 min
    Rental formats: super8, 16mm
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    Tragoedia
    Experimental

    Tragoedia
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 38.5 min
    Rental format: super8
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    Window
    Experimental

    Window
    Stan Brakhage

    super-8, color, silent, 10.5 min
    Rental format: super8
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    Domain of the Moment, The
    Experimental

    Domain of the Moment, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Governor, The
    Experimental

    Governor, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 54.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Soldiers & Other Cosmic Objects
    Experimental

    Soldiers & Other Cosmic Objects
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20.15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1
    Experimental

    Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 44 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • found_footage
    • political_socialactivism
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    Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 2
    Experimental

    Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 41 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • history
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    Bird
    Experimental

    Bird
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Burial Path
    Experimental

    Burial Path
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Centre
    Experimental

    Centre
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Duplicity: Reel 1
    Experimental

    Duplicity: Reel 1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 21.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Duplicity: Reel 2
    Experimental

    Duplicity: Reel 2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 14.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Nightmare Series
    Experimental

    Nightmare Series
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 19.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Purity, and After
    Experimental

    Purity, and After
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sincerity: Reel 3
    Experimental

    Sincerity: Reel 3
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 35 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sluice
    Experimental

    Sluice
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Tho't-Fal'n
    Experimental

    Tho't-Fal'n
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 14.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    @
    Experimental

    @
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Creation
    Experimental

    Creation
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 16 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    "I"
    Experimental

    "I"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    "II"
    Experimental

    "II"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 9 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sincerity: Reel 4
    Experimental

    Sincerity: Reel 4
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 36 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Songs 1-7
    Experimental

    Songs 1-7
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 24.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • art_artists
    • children_youth
    • environment_nature
    • structural
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    Songs 16-22
    Experimental

    Songs 16-22
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 33 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • body
    • dance
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    Songs 8-14
    Experimental

    Songs 8-14
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 28.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • art_artists
    • environment_nature
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    Arabic 1
    Experimental

    Arabic 1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Arabic 2
    Experimental

    Arabic 2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Arabic 3
    Experimental

    Arabic 3
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Duplicity: Reel 3
    Experimental

    Duplicity: Reel 3
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 22.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    "III"
    Experimental

    "III"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    "IV"
    Experimental

    "IV"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    "IX"
    Experimental

    "IX"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Made Manifest
    Experimental

    Made Manifest
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Other
    Experimental

    Other
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Salome
    Experimental

    Salome
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Sincerity: Reel 5
    Experimental

    Sincerity: Reel 5
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 39 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    "V"
    Experimental

    "V"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    "VI"
    Experimental

    "VI"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    "VII"
    Experimental

    "VII"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    "VIII"
    Experimental

    "VIII"
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Song 15: Fifteen Song Traits
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Song 15: Fifteen Song Traits
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 38.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • family
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    Aftermath
    Experimental

    Aftermath
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 0 + 10
    Experimental

    Arabic 0 + 10
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 27.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 11
    Experimental

    Arabic 11
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 12
    Experimental

    Arabic 12
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 22.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 13
    Experimental

    Arabic 13
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 14
    Experimental

    Arabic 14
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 15
    Experimental

    Arabic 15
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 16
    Experimental

    Arabic 16
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 17
    Experimental

    Arabic 17
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 18
    Experimental

    Arabic 18
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 19
    Experimental

    Arabic 19
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 4
    Experimental

    Arabic 4
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 5

    Arabic 5
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 6
    Experimental

    Arabic 6
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 9.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 7
    Experimental

    Arabic 7
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 9.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 8
    Experimental

    Arabic 8
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Arabic 9
    Experimental

    Arabic 9
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Garden of Earthly Delights, The
    Experimental

    Garden of Earthly Delights, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Murder Psalm
    Experimental

    Murder Psalm
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 16.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Nodes
    Experimental

    Nodes
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    RR
    Experimental

    RR
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Unconscious London Strata
    Experimental

    Unconscious London Strata
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 22.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Egyptian Series
    Experimental

    Egyptian Series
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 17.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Hell Spit Flexion
    Experimental

    Hell Spit Flexion
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 1 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Tortured Dust
    Experimental

    Tortured Dust
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 88.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Songs 24-26
    Experimental

    Songs 24-26
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 14.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • body
    • environment_nature
  • Read More
    Jane
    Experimental

    Jane
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 13 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Flesh of Morning
    Experimental

    Flesh of Morning
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, black and white, sound, 21 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Songs 28 & 29
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Songs 28 & 29
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • family
  • Read More
    Caswallon Trilogy
    Experimental

    Caswallon Trilogy
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 8.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Confession
    Experimental

    Confession
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 22.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Loom, The
    Experimental

    Loom, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 42.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Loud Visual Noises (2 Versions)
    Experimental

    Loud Visual Noises (2 Versions)
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Dante Quartet, The
    Experimental

    Dante Quartet, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Faustfilm: An Opera
    Experimental

    Faustfilm: An Opera
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 42 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Kindering
    Experimental

    Kindering
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Faust  3: Candida Albacore
    Experimental

    Faust 3: Candida Albacore
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 25.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Faust's Other: An Idyll
    Experimental

    Faust's Other: An Idyll
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 40.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    I... Dreaming
    Experimental

    I... Dreaming
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 6.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Marilyn's Window
    Experimental

    Marilyn's Window
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Matins
    Experimental

    Matins
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.75 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Faust 4
    Experimental

    Faust 4
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 37 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Visions in Mediation #2: Mesa Verde
    Experimental

    Visions in Mediation #2: Mesa Verde
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 16 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Visions in Meditation #1
    Experimental

    Visions in Meditation #1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 16.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Three Hand-Painted Films Nightmusic/Rage Net/Glaze of Cathexis
    Experimental

    Three Hand-Painted Films Nightmusic/Rage Net/Glaze of Cathexis
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Babylon Series #2
    Experimental

    Babylon Series #2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Babylon Series #3
    Experimental

    Babylon Series #3
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    City Streaming
    Experimental

    City Streaming
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 18 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Passage Through:  A Ritual
    Experimental

    Passage Through: A Ritual
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 55 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Thatch of Night, The
    Experimental

    Thatch of Night, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Visions in Mediation #3: Plato's Cave
    Experimental

    Visions in Mediation #3: Plato's Cave
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 16 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Visions in Meditation #4: D. H. Lawrence
    Experimental

    Visions in Meditation #4: D. H. Lawrence
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 19 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Agnus Dei Kinder Synapse
    Experimental

    Agnus Dei Kinder Synapse
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Christ Mass Sex Dance
    Experimental

    Christ Mass Sex Dance
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Hand-Processed
    • Dance
  • Read More
    Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse
    Experimental

    Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Vision of the Fire Tree
    Experimental

    Vision of the Fire Tree
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Crack Glass Eulogy
    Experimental

    Crack Glass Eulogy
    Stan Brakhage

    color, sound, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Boulder Blues and Pearls and ...
    Experimental

    Boulder Blues and Pearls and ...
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 22 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Hand-Processed
  • Read More
    Untitled (For Marilyn)
    Experimental

    Untitled (For Marilyn)
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Blossom Gift/Favor
    Experimental

    Blossom Gift/Favor
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 1 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Ephemeral Solidity
    Experimental

    Ephemeral Solidity
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Harrowing, The/Tryst Haunt
    Experimental

    Harrowing, The/Tryst Haunt
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Stellar
    Experimental

    Stellar
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Study in Color and Black and White
    Experimental

    Study in Color and Black and White
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Three Homerics
    Experimental

    Three Homerics
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Black Ice
    Experimental

    Black Ice
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Cannot Exist
    Experimental

    Cannot Exist
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Hand-Processed
  • Read More
    Cannot Not Exist
    Experimental

    Cannot Not Exist
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Hand-Processed
  • Read More
    Chartres Series
    Experimental

    Chartres Series
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 9 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Cameraless / Handmade
    • Hand-Processed
  • Read More
    First Hymn to the Night — Novalis
    Experimental

    First Hymn to the Night — Novalis
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    I Take These Truths
    Experimental

    I Take These Truths
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 35 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Mammals of Victoria, The
    Experimental

    Mammals of Victoria, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 30 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Naughts
    Experimental

    Naughts
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    We Hold These
    Experimental

    We Hold These
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 14 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    B Series, The
    Experimental

    B Series, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Child's Garden and the Serious Sea, A
    Experimental

    Child's Garden and the Serious Sea, A
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 80 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Earthen Aerie
    Experimental

    Earthen Aerie
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    I...
    Experimental

    I...
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 40 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    In Consideration of Pompeii
    Experimental

    In Consideration of Pompeii
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Lost Films, The
    Experimental

    Lost Films, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 45 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Paranoia Corridor
    Experimental

    Paranoia Corridor
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Small b Series, The
    Experimental

    Small b Series, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Divertimento
    Experimental

    Divertimento
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Fur of Home, The
    Experimental

    Fur of Home, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Preludes (...) 1 - 6
    Experimental

    Preludes (...) 1 - 6
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Preludes (...) 7 - 12
    Experimental

    Preludes (...) 7 - 12
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Two Found Objects of Charles Boultenhouse
    Experimental

    Two Found Objects of Charles Boultenhouse
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Beautiful Funerals
    Experimental

    Beautiful Funerals
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Blue Value
    Experimental

    Blue Value
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Commingled Containers
    Experimental

    Commingled Containers
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Self Song / Death Song
    Experimental

    Self Song / Death Song
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Cat of the Worm's Green Realm, The
    Experimental

    Cat of the Worm's Green Realm, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Abstract
  • Read More
    . . . (ellipses) Part 1
    Experimental

    . . . (ellipses) Part 1
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 22 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    . . . (ellipses) Part 2
    Experimental

    . . . (ellipses) Part 2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Cameraless / Handmade
  • Read More
    . . . (ellipses) Part 3
    Experimental

    . . . (ellipses) Part 3
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    . . . (ellipses) Part 4
    Experimental

    . . . (ellipses) Part 4
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    . . . (ellipses) Part 5
    Experimental

    . . . (ellipses) Part 5
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, sound, 16 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Yggdrasill:  Whose Roots Are Stars In The Human Mind
    Experimental

    Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars In The Human Mind
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 18 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Female Mystique and Spare Leaves (for Gordon)
    Experimental

    Female Mystique and Spare Leaves (for Gordon)
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • art_artists
  • Read More
    Birds of Paradise
    Experimental

    Birds of Paradise
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 1.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Cloud Chamber
    Experimental

    Cloud Chamber
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Coupling
    Experimental

    Coupling
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Cricket Requiem
    Experimental

    Cricket Requiem
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Dark Tower, The
    Experimental

    Dark Tower, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Earth Song of the Cricket, The
    Experimental

    Earth Song of the Cricket, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Lion and The Zebra Make God's Raw Jewels, The
    Experimental

    Lion and The Zebra Make God's Raw Jewels, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persian Series
    Experimental

    Persian Series
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 14 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persian Series 1 To 5
    Experimental

    Persian Series 1 To 5
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persian Series  6

    Persian Series 6
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persian Series 7
    Experimental

    Persian Series 7
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persian Series 8
    Experimental

    Persian Series 8
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Stately Mansions Did Decree
    Experimental

    Stately Mansions Did Decree
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Worm and Web Love
    Experimental

    Worm and Web Love
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Dance
    Experimental

    Dance
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him, The
    Experimental

    God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 50 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Moilsome Toilsome
    Experimental

    Moilsome Toilsome
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persian Series 9
    Experimental

    Persian Series 9
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persians 6 — 12

    Persians 6 — 12
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 18 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Water for Maya
    Experimental

    Water for Maya
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Night Mulch
    Experimental

    Night Mulch
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Night Mulch & Very
    Experimental

    Night Mulch & Very
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Night Mulch & Very
    Experimental

    Night Mulch & Very
    Stan Brakhage

    35mm, color, silent, 6 min
  • Read More
    Very
    Experimental

    Very
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 3.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • hand_processed
  • Read More
    Micro Garden
    Experimental

    Micro Garden
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • hand_processed
  • Read More
    Jesus Trilogy and Coda, The
    Experimental

    Jesus Trilogy and Coda, The
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Lovesong
    Experimental

    Lovesong
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Lovesong 2
    Experimental

    Lovesong 2
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Night Mulch
    Experimental

    Night Mulch
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Night Mulch & Very
    Experimental

    Night Mulch & Very
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Night Mulch & Very
    Experimental

    Night Mulch & Very
    Stan Brakhage

    35mm, color, silent, 6 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Occam's Thread
    Experimental

    Occam's Thread
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 7.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Persian Series 13 — 18
    Experimental

    Persian Series 13 — 18
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Rounds
    Experimental

    Rounds
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 11 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Max
    Experimental

    Max
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Panels for the Walls of Heaven
    Experimental

    Panels for the Walls of Heaven
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Resurrectus Est
    Experimental

    Resurrectus Est
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 9 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • hand_processed
  • Read More
    Max
    Experimental

    Max
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Panels for the Walls of Heaven
    Experimental

    Panels for the Walls of Heaven
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 35 min
    Rental format: 16mm
  • Read More
    Chinese Series
    Experimental

    Chinese Series
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 2 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Cameraless / Handmade
    • Hand-Processed

Biography

Challenging all taboos in his exploration of “birth, sex, death, and the search for God,” he turned his camera on explicit lovemaking, childbirth, even autopsy. Many of his most famous works pursue the nature of vision itself and transcend the act of filming. Some, including the legendary Mothlight, were created without using a camera at all, as he pioneered the art of making images directly on film, by drawing, painting, and scratching. 

Born Robert Sanders in Kansas City, Missouri on January 14, 1933, Brakhage was adopted and renamed three weeks after his birth by Ludwig and Clara Brakhage.

As a child, Brakhage was featured on radio as a boy soprano and sang in church choirs and as a soloist at other events. He was raised in Denver, Colorado, where he attended high school with the filmmaker Larry Jordan and the musicians Morton Subotnick and James Tenney. Together, Brakhage, Jordan, Tenney and Subotnick formed a drama group called the Gadflies.

Brakhage briefly attended Dartmouth College on a scholarship before dropping out to make films. He completed his first film, Interim, at the age of 19; the music for the film was composed by his school friend James Tenney. In 1953, Brakhage moved to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, then called the California School of the Arts. He found the atmosphere in San Francisco more rewarding, associating with poets Robert Duncan and Kenneth Rexroth, but did not complete his education, instead moving to New York City in 1954. There he met a number of notable artists, including Maya Deren (in whose apartment he briefly lived), Willard Maas, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, Joseph Cornell, and John Cage. Brakhage would collaborate with the latter two, making two films with Cornell (Gnir Rednow and Centuries of June) and using Cage's music for the soundtrack of his first color film, In Between.

Brakhage spent the next few years living in near poverty, depressed about what he saw as the failure of his work. He briefly considered suicide. While living in Denver, Brakhage met Mary Jane Collom (see Jane Wodening), whom he married in late 1957. Known as Jane Brakhage, she became his first wife. Brakhage tried to make money on his films, but had to take a job making industrial shorts to support his family. In 1958, Jane gave birth to the first of the five children they would have together, an event Brakhage recorded for his 1959 film Window Water Baby Moving.

When Brakhage's early films had been exhibited in the 1950s, they had often been met with derision, but in the early 1960s Brakhage began to receive recognition in exhibitions and film publications, including Film Culture, which gave awards to several of his films, including The Dead, in 1962. The award statement, written by Jonas Mekas, a critic who would later become an influential experimental filmmaker in his own right, cited Brakhage for bringing to cinema "an intelligence and subtlety that is usually the province of the older arts."

From 1961 to 1964, Brakhage worked on a series of 5 films known as the Dog Star Man cycle. The Brakhages moved to Lump Gulch, Colorado in 1964, though Brakhage continued to make regular visits to New York. During one of those visits, the 16mm film equipment he had been using was stolen. Brakhage couldn't afford to replace it, instead opting to buy cheaper 8mm film equipment. He soon began working in the format, producing a 30-part cycle of 8mm films known as the Songs from 1964 to 1969. The Songs include one of Brakhage's most acclaimed films, 23rd Psalm Branch, a response to the Vietnam War and its presentation in the mass media.

Brakhage began teaching film history and aesthetics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1969, commuting from his home in Colorado.

Brakhage explored further approaches to filmmaking in the 1970s. In 1971, he completed a set of three films inspired by public institutions in the city of Pittsburgh. These three films--Eyes, about the city police, Deus Ex, filmed in a hospital, and The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, depicting autopsy—are collectively known as "The Pittsburgh Trilogy." In 1974, Brakhage made the feature-length Text of Light, consisting entirely of images of light refracted in a glass ashtray. In 1979, he experimented with Polavision, a format marketed by Polaroid, making about five 2 1⁄2 minute films. The whereabouts of these films are now unknown. He continued his visual explorations of landscape and the nature of light and thought process, and through the late 70s and early 80s produced filmic equivalents of what he termed "moving visual thinking" in several series of photographic abstractions known as the Roman, Arabic, and Egyptian series.

Stan Brakhage taught at the University of Colorado in Boulder off and on, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1986, Brakhage separated from Jane, and in 1989 he married his second wife, Marilyn. The two would have two children together. In the late 1980s, Brakhage returned to making sound films, with the four-part Faustfilm cycle, and also completed the hand-painted film, The Dante Quartet.

Brakhage remained extremely productive through the last two decades of his life, sometimes working in collaboration with other filmmakers, including his University of Colorado colleague Phil Solomon. Several more sound films were completed, including Passage Through: A Ritual, edited to the music of Philip Corner, and Christ Mass Sex Dance and Ellipses Reel 5, both with music by James Tenney. He also produced the major meditations on childhood, adolescence, aging and mortality collectively known as the "Vancouver Island Quartet," as well as numerous hand-painted works.

Brakhage was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1996. In a video interview in 2002, he explained that his cancer was caused by the toxicity of the aniline dyes he had used to paint directly onto film.

Brakhage retired from teaching and moved to Canada in 2002, settling with his second wife Marilyn and their two sons in Victoria, British Columbia. Brakhage died there on March 9, 2003, aged 70. The last footage Brakhage shot has been made available under the title Work in Progress. At the time of his death, Brakhage was also working on the Chinese Series, made by scratching directly on to film.