A Mirror Avant-Garde

Non-Canonical Canonicals by Women Filmmakers
9 films
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.

Films

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    Peyote Queen
    Experimental

    Peyote Queen
    Storm De Hirsch

    16mm, color, sound, 9 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, Digital file
    • Arts / Artists
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    The Scary Movie
    Experimental

    The Scary Movie
    Peggy Ahwesh

    16mm, color, sound, 9 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Films About Film
    • Family
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    Baby Doll
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Baby Doll
    Tessa Hughes-Freeland

    16mm, black and white, sound, 5 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, DVD NTSC
    • Erotic
    • Dance
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    Noyes
    Experimental

    Noyes
    Bette Gordon

    16mm, color, sound, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Arts / Artists
    • Structural
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    Abstraction
    Experimental

    Abstraction
    Rosalind Schneider

    16mm, color, sound, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Body
    • Erotic
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    Mutiny
    Experimental

    Mutiny
    Abigail Child

    16mm, color, sound, 9.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Ethnographic
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    All Women Are Equal
    Documentary
    Experimental

    All Women Are Equal
    Marguerite Paris

    black and white, sound, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Biography / Autobiography
    • Body
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
    • LGBT / Queer
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    What Is A Man?
    Experimental

    What Is A Man?
    Sara-Kathryn Arledge

    16mm, color, sound, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Comedy
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    Hearts, Chains And Flowers
    Experimental

    Hearts, Chains And Flowers
    Silvianna Goldsmith

    16mm, color, sound, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Erotic
    • Found Footage

Description

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.

An important thematic thread running through this program is artists’ incorporation of various kinds of mirrors, both material and metaphoric. Mirrors reverse, distort, and reflect ourselves and our culture back to us in unexpected ways – and have been crucial to thinking about how we look and how we’re looked at.

Program by Tess Takahashi

 

Tess Takahashi is a Toronto-based writer, researcher, and programmer, who focuses on experimental moving image arts. She has been Scholar-in-Residence at Canyon Cinema in 2016 and Film-Makers’ Cooperative in 2015, and is a member of the editorial collective of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. She may be reached at Tess.Takahashi@gmail.com