Byron De Ford

Alhambra (1979) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Music

A rare sight of the famous moorish palace to the music of Ernesto Raabe and Hebe Grandoso. --B. D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Victor Faccinto

Filet of Soul (1972) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 15.75 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: erotic

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30 DVD NTSC

Victor Faccinto

Shameless (1974) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Cut-out puppet animation. Not recommended for gentle sensibilities. Plagued by his redundant existence, Video Vic follows his instincts into an outer space environment, where he is faced with the cruel realities of his linear life. "Victor Faccinto's last cut-out film SHAMELESS exhibits a tension within the form. As real penises penetrate paper vaginas, and cut-out men investigate life-sized female parts, the film implies a potential synthesis of metaphoric and real action; the film also suggests the exhaustion of purely cut-out imagery by manipulation of materials, only now it is the film itself which is scratched, painted or cut." -- Ian Birnie, Art Gallery of Ontario

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Victor Faccinto

Exercise (1975) 16mm, black and white, 14.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Spiritual / Mystical

A rephotographic investigation of relationships between literal and visual material. Based on the theme 'spiritual redundancy'. --V. F.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Victor Faccinto

Book of Dead (1978) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"In BOOK OF DEAD, no human image can hide from the secrets the animator chooses to reveal. Figures walking on a beach grow satanic horns and tails; tiny pitchforks and snakes pierce the bodies of others. Murder, disfigurement and enactment of the basest lust are the actions most frequently depicted. Through drawings on the frame, the human beings in the initially innocent photographic images have been made to do the bidding of their own creator and suffer his many torments." -- Barbara Scharres, TRICK-FILM/CHICAGO, 1980 Catalogue

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ken Feingold

Subject (1974) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

"SUBJECT presents a succession of shots in which different parts of a still photograph are concealed by the artist's hands. The entire photograph is revealed piecemeal over the course of the film, but we are never able to reconstruct a composite of the entire image. A voice-over reads a series of texts, some of which seem to describe the artist's present experience (e. g. "I am thinking of a certain color. This color is very controlled") amd some of which are more general statements about systems, such as "Another idea which can be brought to bear in this context is not necessarily one within the predetermined framework. All exclusions are deliberate and final. This also applies to any choices which have been made regarding the general arrangement of items," or, "It's an oversimplification to draw parallels within the single text between its various parts. Here, however, the ethics proper thinking are waived in favor of that simplicity, both for the purpose of having the text prolong itself, and for reasons not stated." "... Both the content and the medium in which the content occurs are finally only devices whereby structures of thought may be realized and communicated." --David James, "Six Films by Ken Feingold"

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Gudmundur Gudmundsson Ferro

Grimaces (1967) 16mm, black and white, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

"GRIMACES is just what it says: grimaces. You see 180 internationally known artists making faces. The soundtrack is Lettrist poetry." --Jonas Mekas

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Andrew P. Ferullo

Faces II (1980's) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Andrew P. Ferullo

Faculty 45 (1980's) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jennifer Fieber

Upper Hand, The (1998) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Crystal Field

Red Kimono, The (1980) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

... a film with animation and live actors: a mistress, a murder, and a Monstrous Mating of Love and Lust--in the interest of better art. --C. F.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Guy Fihman

Ultra Rouge Infra Violet (1974) 16mm, color, 30.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET introduit une pure CINE CHROMIE (espace temps mouvement/chromatique): pour tout mouvement ce film ne comporte que des variations chromatiques operees sur une image fixe reprise du tableau de Pissaro, LES TOITS ROUGES. Les mouvements et les vitesses des couleurs dans une totale fixite, et au lieu des couleurs vues les couleurs visibles: Par la seule variation des systems chromatiques ternaires s'engendre a partir d'un systeme restreint d'elements, la multiplicite chromatique (le film comporte plus de 20,000 varietes) que l'on retrouve partiellement dans le chronogrammes d'ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET en pigment 'Xerox'. --G. F. ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET introduces a pure CINE CHROMIE (a space of time movement/color): the movement in this film only consists of variations in color operating on a fixed image based on a Pissaro painting, LES TOITS ROUGES. The movements and speeds of the colors are in a total fixation, and in place of seen colors, visible colors: by this sole variation, the ternary color schemes create a system of elemental restraint, the color multiplicity (in this film consists of more than 20,000 variations) that is found partially in the chronograms of ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET in a Xerox pigment.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Mary Filippo

Feel The Fear, Who Do You Think You Are, Peace (1990) VHS NTSC, color, 44 min

Genre: Experimental

Compilation tape, see the matching films for descriptions.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Mary Filippo

I'm in Heaven (1978) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical

In a presentation of myself, and a questioning of my origins and place. The film is about being alone with an audience; about loneliness and self-consciousness. There are film-self-reflexive references to Maya Deren's AT LAND and MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON, which point to this self-consciousness as a filmmaker. The theme of the film was, in part, provoked by a studying of Rimbaud's poem 'Bad Blood.' The poem is about heredity. It is an enraged proclaiming against his class origins. The title of the group of poems in which 'Bad Blood' is included is 'A Season in Hell.' The title of this film, I'M IN HEAVEN, is evidence of my ironic interpretation of the ideas raised in the poem. My film is more concerned with my biological origins and my possible future offspring then in placing myself in terms of class origins. --M. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Mary Filippo

Peace O' Mind (1983) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal, Political / Social Activism

I made this film from some of my own footage and from optically printed sections of educational films from the 1950s. The film is about personal and political isolation, trying to stay "safe at home," but being entrapped there.

Rental: $20.00
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Mary Filippo

Who Do You Think You Are (1987) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

In WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE I talk about wanting to be a hero and show myself passive and inactive. I've used cigarette smoking and the "heroes" presented in cigarette commercials to suggest that advertising has transformed my desire to act heroically into cigarette consumption. That this particular consumption is self destructive and addictive is important since I want to suggest a link between self destructive behavior and my inability to "be a hero." The film is a collage of my own footage, "found" cigarette commercials and images filmed from television.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Mary Filippo

Feel the Fear (1990) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

The film begins with the lyrics of a song: The key to life is your attitude make sure you're doin' what you wanna do and watch your goals unfold right before your eyes change you can do it, we can do it change. The film ends with an audio hypnotherapy voice that tells us: "A message will enter your subconscious mind without conscious effort on your part, and so the changes will take place in your life as they should, without effort, without thought, without strain." In between, we see a woman watch TV and drink, while a man tries not to drink, reads self-help books, and wonders if he could not only change himself but lead others. An actress drinks from a remembered coffee cup. Another woman walks through a park and thinks she is competing in a game show or is a detective in a TV drama, until she realizes she is disguised as a priest. She fears becoming like the man she passes lying in the street, but realizes she has become someone who is otherwise able to ignore him. An on-camera commentator recites a string of quotes, both scientific and anecdotal, on hypnosis, alcohol intoxication, acting and the viewing experience. A lot of scientific and pseudo-scientific explanation, some religious conceptions and a few twisted political images mimic the bombardment of contradictory messages that compete to represent and explain ourselves to ourselves. Images and ideas about alcohol use, television viewing, hypnosis, self-help therapy, acting, mimicry and social responsibility, while connected through metaphoric or formal similarities, reveal illogical, skewed connections of cause and effect. This editing strategy, which forces connections between incompatible images and information, serves to undermine the assured messages, heard throughout the film, and throughout our culture, that both understanding and change are easy. Produced in part with funds from NYSCA and NYFA.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Ron Finne

Das Ballett (1968) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

As part of a one-time-only, four-hour theatre event in 1968 for a packed, enthusiastic audience, five dancers (three women and two men) danced their hearts out for our pleasure and maybe their own. In this film the underwear-and-tutu-clad performers rehearse and recreate their triumph.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ron Finne

Demonstration Movie (1968) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

A companion film to DAS BALLETT. Noted lecturer, Eugene M. Wank, instructs us using a folding chair as a metaphor for life's choices. In this theatre event he shows the audience how to turn their chairs so that instead of facing front, facing the screen, they change to face each other across an aisle in which the innocent, funky ballet will be performed. But his instructions are from the 1950s and the audience discovers that the film chair folds opposite from theirs. He doesn't know this; he just tries to give young people good advice.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ron Finne

People Near Here (1969) 16mm, color & b/w, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

"Do something for the camera!" In the late twenties, 16mm home movie cameras became available and the well-off used them through the 1930s. Then the 8mm camera increased participation in the very events it recorded, drawing out the facts of who we are or play at being. In this film, Americans -- across stages of life, across decades, in backyards, at a graduation picnic, on a beach and in other ordinary places -- reveal silly, happy, intense and sad things about themselves, mostly with exuberance and dignity. The film is arranged without internal editing of the found sequences.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Paul Fiondella

(Untitled) (1968) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Holly Fisher

Apple Summer (1974) 16mm, color, 23.75 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

"Portrait of the artist Donn Moulton at work and play, laced with a personal meditation on art-making. Filmed in Maine, Cambridge, and New York City." --A. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Holly Fisher

Glass Shadows (1976) 16mm, color, 13.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Choreagraphed play of real and reflected images, mostly of the filmmaker. Also involving window frames, a pane of glass, light projected by the rising sun, and the sporadic pulse of a leaky kitchen faucet. My studio, Cambridge, Mass. --M. F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Holly Fisher

Chickenstew (1978) 16mm, color, 10.75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A narrative film... in which synchronous sound, a static camera, a shiny cook pot, friends, and an old wood stove conspire in a game of hide-and-seek involving point-of-view and film illusion. A watched pot? --H. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Holly Fisher

From The Ladies (1978) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Filmed in the multiple-mirrored women's bathroom of the New York City Holiday Inn--in which the most visible object was myself looking at myself, looking at... In pursuit of contradictions. --H. F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Holly Fisher

This Is Montage (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Which lies somewhere between an homage to, and a wink at, Sergei Eisenstein. --H. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Holly Fisher

Amarillo; Westcliffe Stampede Parts I & II (1980) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Two sketches involving radical reworkings, via optical printing, of images gathered from the Texas border and from the fringes of a small Colorado rodeo. The ideas for GHOST DANCE came from here. --H. F.

Rental: $28.00
16mm Rental: $28.00

Holly Fisher

Ghost Dance Wildwest Suite, Part III (1980) 16mm, color, 22.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Descent into Canyon de Chelly--stretched, recycled, spiralling, from rim to canyon floor. Toward presence. Made with JK printer. --H. F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Holly Fisher

Rushlight: East/West Cycle, Part II (1984) 16mm, color, 39.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"In which memory confronts transition: "Haystacks, beerbottles, farmers, soldiers, church yards, and other passages from/through a preserve of folk culture near the Russian border, are inter-woven, via optical printer. Filmed in Maramuresh, Romania. (or:)"... Here today, gone tomorrow." --Fritz Buehner

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Holly Fisher

Soft Shoe (1987) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

Filmed in Romania, Germany, and Paris, including images from Documenta 6, Kassel, W. Germany, and from The Beaubourg Museum, Paris. Swinging udders, convent, nude descending, woman walking, Dachau, voices in a bread shop... Optical printing links East with West in a mosaic of layered and shifting images. This film is about walking: and about memory--personal and collective. --H. F.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Morgan Fisher

Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film, The (1968) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"After an initial shot which shows them checking the projector and testing the sound level, the director and his actor look at four sections of exactly organized film that document preliminary work for a film that (it is evident) they do not intend to make. The first section shows them taking stills for a photographic storyboard; the projected film depicts someone in the act of taking photographs. The second section shows the director developing the negatives that he and the actor took. The third section shows the director examining his photographs, then arranging them in the storyboard in the order he took them in; the photographs are then consecutively shown in close-up. The fourth section shows the actor examining his photographs, then arranging them in the same order he took them in; the photographs are then consecutively shown in close-up." --M. F.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Morgan Fisher

Phi Phenomenon (1968) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"A single static close-up, bilaterally symmetrical about both axes, shows an ordinary electric classroom clock without a second hand running in regular fashion." --M. F.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Morgan Fisher

Picture And Sound Rushes (1973) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"In a static medium shot a narrator seated at a table delivers an explanation of the combinations and permutations which the sound and picture elements of the conventional monochromatic sound motion picture afford, as the film itself undergoes them." --M. F.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Morgan Fisher

Standard Gauge (1984) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

"One long piece of 16, many short pieces of 35; found footage, not vivified by projection but presented as a succession of objects; partly an autobiography, partly a history of a technological artifact and the institution of which it is the foundation, the commercial motion picture industry." --M. F.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

Internal Systems (1975) DVD_NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, structural, technology

"In one of her more minimalist films, the viewer is presented with nothing but a blank monochromatic frame slowly shifting through various intensities of color saturation, flickering / shuttering repeatedly from light-to-dark (and back again) for a duration of 45 minutes. The only hint of information we have to navigate through this complex and difficult film is at the head and tail of the film, in the rolling text "credits" introduced as positive at the head of the film and negative at the end. Technical information such as film stock, film speed, film length, camera lens, shutter, projector, and a host of other data appear on the screen like hieroglyphs of some secret language to be decoded. Whether we know what this cybernetic schemata means or not, Internal System abandons us to the pure phenomenological ecstasies of cinematic temporality- the reveries of a radical filmic monochromism. At the end of the sojourn the titles repeat but in negative, as if the experience of their effects - purely visceral rather than analytical - offer no direct correlation to the mechanism they wield." -Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Catalogue for the Independent Film Show 7th Edition, Naples, Italy

It seemed interesting to make a film that was concerned with no more than its own theory and mechanics as content of the film. Simultaneously, I was interested in logical structures, what the mechanics of logic were. In a recording system could it record its own process, expose its mechanics. A problem like trying to see the back of ones head. C.F.

4 sections of the same time in the same place. - C.F.

Rental: $40.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

Restoring Appearances To Order In 12 Minutes (1975) DVD_NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: structural

The filmmaker performs her solitary act of cleaning. A static camera tightly frames the studio sink dirty with paint and other residue while the artist engages in a concerted ritual of scrubbing and scrapping...a treatise on the over-cleanliness of certain reductivist gestures in the history of art making.

Rental: $20.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

Found Film Flashes (1973) DVD_NTSC, black and white, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage

A collage of recurring speech fragments, which provide a patchy voice-over "commentary" which skids across a sampling of found film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

Fm/Trcs (1974) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, structural, technology

FM/TRCS is a study of image destruction and its subsequent effect on recognition and suggestion of new images. The film is a series of images and recorded sound of a woman getting dressed re-edited into short sequences and optically printed until the high contrast characteristics of the film refuses to carry the image. I attempted to combine my images with the film process carried to its extreme processes of disintegration. By using film's own process of increasing contrast in copying the image passes beyond recognition. Not merely rephotographing, but using that process which is always an increase or decrease of light through the original to the print, exaggerating this process by certain high contrast film stocks. Rephotography or duplication interests me as a natural occurence to all film reprinted over several generations of film; it is a slow evolution of image recognition. Disintegration is one method of examining established structures similar to painters and sculptors. --C. F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Bob Fleischner

Banners (1965) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

This film explores the life and movements of small flags from the holiday banners of Xmas to the worn stone flags along a Brooklyn Street. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Bob Fleischner

Grandma's House Original Version (1965) 16mm, black and white, 24.25 min

Genre: Experimental

A first film (BLONDE COBRA being a collaboration with Ken Jacobs) and still my favorite film. A labor of love from the first roll of film to the final print. An encounter at Coney Island both sweet and sad, between Jerry (sims) and Barbara (Kahn), and the filmmakers, himself! --B. F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Bob Fleischner

David (1974) 16mm, black and white, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

An odd ball dance film, with a unique star, who dances around the courthouse in the Bronx to an old Chevalier song. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Bob Fleischner

Nora (1974) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Body

A portrait of a young girl, with a long dress and a fan. An unpretentious lady, whose beauty and slight shyness are revealed by the camera. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Bob Fleischner

Max's Shirt (1975) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A green shirt on a clothesline that says sways and dances with the breeze, which celebrates the joy of living, and the joy of filmmaking. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Bob Fleischner

Curtain Call (1976) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Made simultaneously with A TIRE FILM, CURTAIN CALL reveals the play of sunlight on the surface of window curtains, assisted by frequent breezes. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Bob Fleischner

Tire Film, A (1976) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A summer film, with a tree hung tire, revealing, the change of season, and the pleasure of the denizens living nearby. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Bob Fleischner

Paradise (1978) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

A face, on an old song sheet, with eyes that peer out from the past; a quiet room with sunlight seeping thru the drawn blinds. Tranquil moments, as the camera pans down the lyrics of an old song. A film made with a memory of a similar song sheet, that impressed me at the age of 14. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Bob Fleischner

Lady Louise (1979) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

A meeting between a girl with magical powers and a seaman who is attracted by her, and the sea as well. A return to narrative form of filmmaking, with Camille Foss and Myron Adams as the girl and the seaman. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Bob Fleischner

Sally's Window (1982) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A window display, by a talented young woman, based on a Zola novel, inpires a rather middle-aged filmmaker to explore this window for what it holds, and what it reflects. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Bob Fleischner

Train Scapes (1982) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Music

Scenes from a train window, with music to match! --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Charles Henri Ford

Johnny Minotaur (1971) 16mm, color & b/w, 79.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Ethnic / Multicultural, Personal_Diary_Journal, queer

Surrealist poet and artist Charles Henri Fords 1971 film, Johnny Minotaur is a lyrical explosion of taboos: incest, intergenerational desire, pansexuality and autoeroticism are a few of the issues he grapples with through mythopoeic, sensual imagery, recitations of his diaries and a philosophical debate featuring an impressive narration by such artists as Salvador Dali, Allen Ginsberg, Warren Sonbert and Lynne Tillman. Unseen for over two decades, The New American Cinema Group, Inc./The Film-Makers Cooperative has restored Johnny Minotaur and resuscitated this classic of forgotten, queer cinema that belongs alongside the films of Kenneth Anger, Derek Jarman and Jean Genet.

Rental: $240.00
16mm Rental: $240.00

Charles Henri Ford

Poem Posters (1967) 16mm, color, 24 min

Keywords: Art & Artists

... with real-life portraits of Jayne Mansfield, Frak O'Hara, Ruth Ford, Ned Rorem, Virgil Thomson, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, Rudy Gernreich, Jonas Mekas and others. --C. H. F. Poem Posters (1967), by Charles Henri Ford. Probably filmed in 1966, with motif of an exhibition of Ford’s large-scale text-image collages, it is an invaluable historical document that shows Factory stars Edie Sedgwick and Gerard Malanga cavorting with Beat legend William Burroughs, musician Ned Rorem, film critic Parker Tyler, literary enfant terribles Frank O’Hara and Ted Berrigan, pop artists Jim Rosenquist and Andy Warhol, and many fabulous unknowns. Jane Mansfield makes a show-stopping appearance--this is probably one of her last images. The soundtrack mixes free jazz (by John Handy), ambient sound, the voices of gallery visitors, Charles Ford reading his own poetry, and a wry commentary by Al Hansen. It is a collaborative enterprise, with camerawork by such luminaries as Marie Menken, Willard Maas, Charles Boultenhouse, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Whitman, Andy Warhol, Rudy Wirtschafter, and Stan Vanderbeek. One can track the influence of almost all of them in the final mix, a luscious color print rich in superimpositions, fish-eye views, and pixelations. --Juan Suarez Documentary of Ford's photo-lithograph exhibition at Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Hollis Frampton

Drafts & Fragments Straits of Magellan (1974) 16mm, color, 51.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, History

A sampling of forty-nine fragments from Frampton's catalogue of 'actualities', the films from STRAITS OF MAGELLAN; DRAFTS AND FRAGMENTS, are all silent and unedited. Several invoke, directly, the work of the Lumieres, as in Frampton's reworking of DEMOLITION D'UN MUR (1895) in which a dilapidated farm silo is demolished in place of the Lumieres' wall. He makes reference to his own work and plays homage to the work of contemporaries. A complex range of formal issues are raised in other fragments. Finally, Frampton offers a number of analogues for the act of filming and cinematic seeing that includes a series of appropriated 'lenses' ( a stone portal, a wooden silo) and a set of 'screens' a pool of water, curtains, a dusty window)."- Bruce Jenkins.

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

Hollis Frampton

Matrix (1977) 16mm, color, 27.45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History

"This is a work that is central to the Magellan voyage.There are multiple layers of imagery; (slaughterhouse footage, steel mill footage, imagery of cows in a field, hexagonal shapes apparently punched into the film material) which are all presented simultaneously. The superimposition of what are, I assume, variously filtered layers of colour material which creates a glorious flow of shapes" - Scott MacDonald

Rental: $56.00
16mm Rental: $56.00

Hollis Frampton

States (1967) 16mm, black and white, 17.00 min

Genre: Experimental

'No, not the United States but the conditions, forms in which things exist. Somewhat abstracted, a solid, a liquid and a gas: salt,milk and smoke: falling, pouring and rising are the stars of this classical film. Sheets, streaks and wisps, the protagonists are all white (light). The background, zero place, is black (no light). Silence. The ongoing film reveals the ephemera compartmented in a pattern of temporal proportions in which lengths of salt sheet activity are gradually overtaken by liquid streaks which are in turn overtaken by smoke drifts. But another solid is the sliceable, arrangeable film material itself: the intercutting and the logic of the arrangement introduces something diamond-like,sculptural to the natures presented. There is a profoundly satisfying unity of ends and means that is both "natural" (the way the protaginists behave) and "artificial" ( the artists structure). The sum is cultured, beautiful" -Michael Snow

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Hollis Frampton

Information (1966) 16mm, black and white, 4.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

Hypothetical 'first film' for a synthetic tradition constructed from scratch on reasonable principles, given: 1) camera; 2) rawstock; 3) a single bare lightbulb. I admit to having made a number of splices.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Manual of Arms (1966) 16mm, black and white, 17.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Structural

Courtly dances with friends and lovers, in the form of a 14 part drill for the camera, incorporating physiognomic & locomotor evidence related to the lens by 13 artists and an historian, namely: C. Andre, B. Brown, R. Castoro, L. Childs, B. Goldensohn, R. Huot, E. Lloyd, L. Lozano, L. Meyer, L. Poons, M. Snow, M. Steinbrechner, T. Tharp, J. Wieland.

Rental: $34.00
16mm Rental: $34.00

Hollis Frampton

Heterodyne (1967) 16mm, color, 7.00 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Science & Medicine

Geometric animation made entirely by sculptural methods: cutting, punching, welding colored leader. HETERODYNE is related to some of my other work as RNA to a protein or polypeptide. It was made in abject (if blissful) ignorance of Paul Sharits' early work.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Hollis Frampton

Maxwell's Demon (1968) 16mm, color, 4.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Science & Medicine

Homage to the physicist, James Clerk-Maxwell, father of thermodynamics and analytic color theory, whom I have admired. His famous Demon, mythic and microscopic as Spirochaeta pallida, is a perfectly imaginary being who deals entirely in pure energy.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Hollis Frampton

Process Red (1968) 16mm, color, 3.30 min

Keywords: Science & Medicine

A first attempt to approximate more than one visual modality in a single brief work. Sightings from the retina, optic nerve, cortex. With this small film, I felt that I had got the bit in my teeth.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Snowblind (1968) 16mm, black and white, 5.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Homage to Michael Snow's environmental sculpture 'Blind.' The film proposes analogies, in imitation of 3 historic montage styles, for three perceptual modes mimed by that work.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Surface Tension (1968) 16mm, color, 10.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"The influence of minimal art (rather the aesthetic of minimal art) on the avant-garde cinema is very great. Most of the important young filmmakers, especially on the East Coast, might be considered minimalists. Certainly Hollis Frampton's SURFACE TENSION is from that milieu. The film itself has three parts: a comic static shot emphasizing the passage of time; a fast motion tour through a city with fractured German commentary; and a slow seascape with fish floating midscreen. In this last section phrases translated from the German commentary are printed over the image. Of all the films seen in this festival, SURFACE TENSION is technically and spiritually the newest." - P. Adams Sitney, Program note, Maryland, 1969.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Artificial Light (1969) 16mm, black and white, 25.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Structural

"ARTIFICIAL LIGHT repeats variations on a single filmic utterance twenty times. The same phrase is a series of portrait shots of a group of young New York artists talking, drinking wine, laughing, smoking, informally. The individual portrait-shots follow each other with almost academic smoothness in lap-dissolves ending in two shots of the entire group followed by a dolly shot into a picture of the moon... There is a chasm between the phrase and its formal inflections. That chasm is intellectual as well as formal. Frampton loves an outrageous hypothesis; his films, all of them, take the shape of logical formulae. Usually the logic he invokes is that of the paradox... In a recent lecture at the Millennium in New York, Frampton hypothesized an atemporal alternative to the history of cinema, illustrated by a sequence of his works. With ARTIFICIAL LIGHT, which was not completed in time for that lecture, he challenges the newest historical phase of the formal cinema, the Structural film." - P. Adams Sitney, Film Culture Reader

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Hollis Frampton

Carrots and Peas (1969) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

A 'traditional' side-dish of mixed vegetables inhabits a succession of 'traditional' art-styles. The sumptuous, sometimes tiresome paradox of the static image in film, is rudely presented in the form of an art historian's slide-lecture... for which genre of discourse the spoken commentary is of about average relevance to the image.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Lemon (1969) 16mm, color, 7.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

As a voluptuous lemon is devoured by the same light that reveals it, its image passes from the spatial rhetoric of illusion into the spatial grammar of the graphic arts.

16mm Rental: $50.00

Hollis Frampton

Palindrome (1969) 16mm, color, 22.00 min

Genre: Animation

The menacing latin palindrome 'In Girvm Imvs Nocte Et Consvmimvr Igni' (By night we go (down) into a gyre/and we are consumed by fire) serves as epigraph to this animated film. Anima is imparted to 12 variations on each of 40 congruent phrases, metamorphosed from the chemically mutilated flesh of color film itself. "Hollis, clearly this one of your greatest films! Absolute perfection." -- Stan Brakhage. Internationales Forum des Jungen Films, Berline, 1972

Rental: $44.00
16mm Rental: $44.00

Hollis Frampton

Prince Ruperts Drops (1969) 16mm, black and white, 7.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

Two repetitive, banal rhythmic acts -- as it were from the observe and reverse of a phenakistiscope disk -- factored and expanded into a cinema filmstrip. Note: Prince Ruperts Drops are not a confection or a nose candy, but a physical demonstration of extreme internal stresses in equilibrium.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Works and Days (1969) 16mm, black and white, 12.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

N.B. All proceeds from the rental of this film will go to support publication of the film-makers' coop catalogue. I bought this film in a Canal Street junk shop for $1.00 and found myself in complete agreement with it. The ostensible pretext is the humane and practical discipline of making a vegetable garden (hence the title, borrowed from Hesiod). The gardeners are masters of their art, so that their work blossoms into overarching metaphor. I have attached my logo to the film, not to claim it as a ready-made, but in the spirit of Chinese connoisseurs who affixed their vermilion seals to paintings as a mark of admiration.

Rental: $48.00
16mm Rental: $48.00

Hollis Frampton

Zorns Lemma (1970) 16mm, color, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

"In his most important work to date, and the most original new work of cinema I have seen since Brakhage's Scenes From Under Childhood: Part IV. Frampton's film is an exercise in mathematical logic in cinema. Or is it a mechanical logic?... It's about alphabet. It's about the unities of similarities. It's about sameness in a confusion. It's about logic in chance. Its about structure and logic. It's about rhythm. Ah, what a difference between Zorns Lemma and all the 'serious' commercial movies that I occasionally praise!" -- Jonas Mekas, Village Voice "... the ultimate Frampton film, so far... he looks back on several of the dialogues his earlier films rehearsed: the tension between words on the screen and concrete images arose in SURFACE TENSION, it explodes here; the cyclic repetitive variations of ARTIFICIAL LIGHT, are less repetitive, less varied, than the alphabetic cycles here; ZORNS LEMMA exaggerates the fixed rhythms of PALINDROME and insists upon the pulse of one second with incredible obdurance... ... At a time when radical uniqueness seems progressively less probable, Hollis Frampton has made a film that is absolutely one of its kind." -- P. Adams Sitney, 1970

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Hollis Frampton

Critical Mass (Hapax Legomena III) (1971) 16mm, black and white, 25.5 min

Genre: Experimental

As a work of art I think (Critical Mass) is quite universal and deals with all quarrels (those between men and women, or men and men, or women and women, or children, or war). It is war!... It is one of the most delicate and clear statements of inter-human relationships and the difficulties of them that I have ever seen. It is very funny, and rather obviously so. It is a magic film in that you can enjoy it, with greater appreciation, each time you look at it. Most aesthetic experiences are not enjoyable on the surface. You have to look at them a number of times before you are able to fully enjoy them, but this one stands up at once, and again and again, and is amazingly clear." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Hollis Frampton

Traveling Matte (Hapax Legomena IV) (1971) 16mm, black and white, 33.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

(Traveling Matte) is the pivot upon which the whole of Hapax Legomena turns. Thanks to the Binghamton Video Workshop, and the experimental video lab, Antioch College. "This film metaphors an entire human life: birth, sex, death -- the framing device is the fingers and palm of the maker's hand, wherein others only attempt to read the future." -- Stan Brakage.

Rental: $67.00
16mm Rental: $67.00

Hollis Frampton

Hapax Legomena (Complete) (See Separate Prints) (1972) 16mm, black and white, 202.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $325.00
16mm Rental: $325.00

Hollis Frampton

Apparatus Sum (Studies For Magellan #1) (1972) 16mm, color, 2.30 min

Genre: Experimental

A brief lyric film of death, which brings to equilibrium a single reactive image from a roomful of cadavers.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Ordinary Matter (Hapax Legomena V) (1972) 16mm, black and white, 36.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Personal / Diary / Journal

A vision of a journey, during which the eye of the mind drives headlong through Salisbury Cloister (a monument to enclosure), Brooklyn Bridge (a monument to connection), Stonehenge (a monument to the intercourse between consciousness and LIGHT)... visiting along the way diverse meadows, barns, waters where I now live; and ending in the remembered cornfields of my childhood. The soundtrack annexes, as mantram, the Wade-Giles syllabary of the Chinese language.

Rental: $72.00
16mm Rental: $72.00

Hollis Frampton

Poetic Justice (Hapax Legomena II) (1972) 16mm, black and white, 31.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

"In (POETIC JUSTICE), Frampton presents us with a 'scenario' of extreme complexity in which the themes of sexuality, infidelity, voyeurism are 'projected' in narrative sequence entirely through the voice telling the tale--again it is the first person singular speaking, however, in the present tense and addressing the characters as 'you,' 'your lover,' and referring to an 'I.' We see, on screen, only the physical aspect of a script, papers resting on a table...and the projection is that of a film as consonant with the projection of the mind."--Annette Michelson.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Hollis Frampton

Public Domain (1972) 16mm, black and white, 14.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Films about Film, Media

"In PUBLIC DOMAIN...(Frampton) recapitulates cinema's infancy in a series of direct quotes from such notable primitive works as RECORD OF A SNEEZE (FRED OTT'S SNEEZE) and SANDOW FLEXING HIS MUSCLES, two 1894 Edison kinetoscopic shorts, as well as literal pieces of cinematic juvenilia (child wading at the beach, another throwing a tantrum at home, three women merrily blowing bubble pipes, and the finale, a melodramatic weighing of a newborn attended by an anxious father, doctor, and nurse)--all readily retrievable/quotable fragments from our finite federal version of the 'infinite film,' the paper print collection at the Library of Congress."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Hollis Frampton

Remote Control (Hapax Legomena VI) (1972) 16mm, black and white, 29.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"A 'baroque' summary of film's historic internal conflicts, chiefly those between narrative and metric/plastic montage; and between illusionist and graphic space. It incorporates 3 opposite 'found' narratives, condenses 5 ways of making, and includes a 'surprise' out of Haydn (or S.M. Eistenstein's IVAN, III)."--H.F.

Rental: $58.00
16mm Rental: $58.00

Hollis Frampton

Special Effects (Hapax Legomena VII) (1972) 16mm, black and white, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music, Psychology & Mental Health

"The frame itself, which divides what is present to consciousness from what is absolutely elsewhere, is tempered here by the breath, tremor, heartbeat of the perceiver. People this given space, if you will, with images of your own devising. The soundtrack was generated on a Buchla synthesizer at the University of Pittsburgh, through the kind intercession of Victor Grauer."--H.F.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Hollis Frampton

Tiger Balm (Memoranda Magelani #1) (1972) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"My clock seems to be running backwards: after two years of massive didacticism in black-and-white, I am surprised by TIGER BALM, lyrical, in color, a celebration of generative humors and principles, in homage to the green of England, the light in my dooryard...and consecutive matters."--H.F.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Yellow Springs (Magellan: Vanishing Point #1) (1972) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

"A portrait of the filmmaker, Paul Sharits, in particular response to energies he generated one May afternoon in 1971."--H.F.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Less (1973) 16mm, black and white, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Structural

"Near the end of 1973, Frampton realized that he had not finished a single film over the course of a year. He promptly conceived and executed LESS, a doubly punning work in which a minimalist Frampton generates a twenty-four frame (one-second) loop of the incremental blacking out of a nude image by photographer Les Krims."--Bruce Jenkins.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Nostalgia (Hapax Legomena I) (1973) 16mm, black and white, 36 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Psychology & Mental Health

"{NOSTLGIA)...is a film to look at and think about, not a film that seizes your mind and forces its sensations on you. It liberates the imagination rather than entrapping it. It raises questions about the nature of film, the tension between fact and illusion, between now and then. It advances our understanding of film magic, and for this I am grateful."--Standish Lawder "In (NOSTALGIA) the time it takes for a photograph to burn (and thus confirm its two-dimensionality) becomes the clock within the film, while Frampton plays the critic, asynchronously glossing, explicating, narrating, mythologizing his earlier art, and his earlier life, as he commits them both to the fire of a labyrinthine structure; for Borges too was one of his earlier masters, and he grins behind the facades of logic, mathematics, and physical demonstration which are the formal metaphors for most of Frampton's films."--P. Adams Sitney.

Rental: $100
16mm Rental: $100

Hollis Frampton

Autumnal Equinox (Solariumagelani) (1974) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

"...filmed in a slaughterhouse in South St. Paul, MN...Frampton utilizes a shooting strategy that flattens and pictorializes a palpable space of action that includes not only cattle (now seen hanging from huge meathooks), but even on occasion, figures. The abattoir is seen in the fleeting movements of Frampton's hand-held camera. The shots generally begin and end with swift panning movements which effectively flatten and abstract the objects of this work environment. And although a brief passage of green leader is used to mark each cut, the smearing effect of the rapid camera movements tends to elide the shots, to make the flattened color planes run together."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Hollis Frampton

Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit (Was Vernal Equinox) 2 Reels (1974) 16mm, color, 61.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

(Formerly titled "VERNAL EQUINOX.") "...Frampton explores human movement in relation to the film frame. A woman is filmed against a black background with intermittently superimposed frame lines in a motion analysis which alludes to Muybridge."--program note, Whitney Museum of American Art.

Rental: $124.00
16mm Rental: $124.00

Hollis Frampton

Noctiluca (Magellan's Toys: #1) (1974) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"...is a three and one-half minute film designed to be shown on the second day of the MAGELLAN cycle. The title (nox/luceo) means something that shines by night, i.e., the moon, and the film indeed consists of a bright sphere, sometimes white, sometimes tinted, sometimes single, sometimes doubled and overlapped. This suggests to me the nocturnal navigation that Magellan had to rely upon in his first-ever trip around the world. (The second day of the cycle seems to be an inventory of the knowledge, machines, and arms that Magellan--and latterday voyagers like Frampton--had at the outset of his journey.) The film also refers of course to Stan Brakhage's much longer, and monumental, 1973 film TEXT OF LIGHT, which studied the prismatic reflections occasioned by sunlight passing through a glass ashtray. Frampton's film is, characteristically, more controlled and economical than Brakhage's, but no less beautiful."--Brian Henderson

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Summer Solstice (Solariumagelani) (1974) 16mm, color, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"...the operations that dislocate a film like SUMMER SOLSTICE--I hope irreperably--from being a movie about the locomotion and eating habits of cows, a dairy farm document, or what have you, are finally of a whole lot less concern to me than the following things: how it looks, the sense that probably it was done deliberately, the pleasure or displeasure--the intrigue, possibly--of attempting to retrieve the manner in which it was done while one is watching."--H.F.

Rental: $64.00
16mm Rental: $64.00

Hollis Frampton

Winter Solstice (Solariumagelani) (1974) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Technology

"Shot at U.S. Steel's Homestead Works in Pittsburgh,...WINTER SOLSTICE is full of outpourings of fire, of smoke, of sparks, of molten metal--all erupting against an otherwise black background in an activated pictorial space. The complex abstract compositions that flash upon the screen in full-scale explosions of white light or in the aftermath of effervescent sparks reflect Frampton's painterly handling of the camera (hand-held and fluid) and his rhythmic use of color (blue frames are used to mark each cut). While WINTER SOLSTICE pays homage to the work of a number of New York school painters, its steel mill setting represents, as Frampton noted, 'A pretextual locus dearly beloved by our Soviet predecessors.'"--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00

Hollis Frampton

Pas De Trois (1975) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"The question of whether certain kinds of film formalism tend to be sexually reactionary is encapsulated in this little triptych. Each of the three sections includes three kinds of information. In the first section, we see single frames of strippers dancing; single fram eclusters of clear red, then later, clear yellow; and single frame clusters of what looks to be a light source. The imagery and clear colors mix retinally, and with the flickering light source, makes this section reminiscent of looking into a movie projector. In the second section we see live action footage of a little girl presumably competing in a twirling contest. This footage regularly dissolves into and out of light blue which itself is punctuated each time, between fade in and fade out, by a singel frame of what looks like a movie screen. Finally, in the third section, red-toned footage of three strippers, recorded in slightly fast motion, alternates with eight-frame passages of lime green leader and, in four instances, with shots of several fish in a tank remioniscent of the fish and tank in the final section of SURFACE TENSION. Together, the three sections suggest something of film's history (the single frames of the stripper and the flicker during hte first section are suggestive of Muybridge and the earliest film showings), as well as the three mechanical components of the film apparatus--projector, screen, film (the fish are in the water in the tank, as the imagery is 'in' the emulsion on the film)--and film's historical propensity to use the female figure (and the drama of its innocence and sexuality) as the focus of the viewer's gaze. PAS DE TROIS is reminiscent of Paul Sharits' single-frame films, of Robert Huot's STRIP, and of some of Frampton's earliest film work."--Scott MacDonald

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

For Georgia O'Keeffe (1976) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"...one of several films that Frampton planned to go into a 'portrait gallery' somewhere toward the end of MAGELLAN. He finished only two other films for this section--YELLOW SPRINGS (1972) and QUATERNION (1976), portraits of Paul Sharits and James Rosenquist respectively. As self-reflexive as the rest of MAGELLAN, these films acknowledge and explore debts that the films of the cycle owe to other artists. O'KEEFE consists of a series of static shots of a skycraper at night, recalling her 1925 painting 'Radiator Building, Night,' which emphasizes the structure's checkered pattern of lights. Like painting and still photography, each Frampton shot is static, but since each has a different pattern of lights than the one before, cinema's time dimension is also affirmed, thereby distinguishing it from painting and photographs. (Apparently slight variations within recurring identical shots or series of shots is the format of many Frampton films.) To avoid even the 'apparent motion' of cutting from one pattern of lights to another, frampton has spliced twenty-four frames of blue leader between shots. The homage to O'Keeffe, and the film's study of the relations among painting-photography-film, is even more complex than appears since O'Keeffe was living with pioneer photographer Alfred Stieglitz when she painted 'Radiator Building, Night.' If his work in part inspired this painting (it is more 'mythic' than documentary), it inspired in turn his thirties photographs of skyscrapers--taken from the apartment near the top of the Shelton where she painted 'Radiator Building, Night."--Brian Henderson

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Green Gate, The (Magellan at the Gates of Death Part II) (1976) 16mm, color, 52.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"In the final format for MAGELLAN, Frampton had planned to disassemble these two films into twenty-four 'encounters with death' that were to be shown in five-minute segments twice a month. In their present state, seen together and roughly the length of an average feature film, the two parts of MAGELLAN: AT THE GATES OF DEATH constitute perhaps the most gripping, monumental, and wrenching work ever executed on film...Frampton in 1971 began his filming of cedavers at the Gross Anatomy Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to the lab four times over the course of the next two years and then spent nine months assembling his 'forbidden imagery' into an extraordinary meditation upon death."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

Hollis Frampton

Not The First Time (1976) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"This film is composed of different and relatively commonplace subjects, but each image is a super-imposition ('double exposure') of two similar shots of the same subject, almost in the same position. The effect is amazing: one's gaze at the image becomes a double gaze, as the two images were made at different times and with slightly different framing. The viewer is engaged in a process of double-vision that returns him to image and subject in a manner more complex, more self-aware, and mroe temporal than the way most of us view photographs."--Fred Camper.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Otherwise Unexplained Fires (1976) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"Filmed in large part during H.F.'s lecture-screening tour in the bay area: visit(s) to the Musee Mechanique, Land's End, the Cliff House. The San Francisco fog is proclaimed, as also are the cypress trees that line parts of our local beach. A visit to the Brakhage Colorado residence provided images of chickens/roosters."--Gail Camhi

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Procession (1976) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Structural

The understandable fascination with Frampton's intellect can blind one to the frequent down-home dimension of his imagery. Here, in a most rigorously formal, even mathematical procession, we see frame clusters of light blue sky, green grass, and red (filter red) leaves; then frame clusters of the backs of dairy cows; and finally frame clusters of portions of a shiny vehicle (we can see people, objects in bulbous reflection). A trip to the New York State Fair filtered through a most rarified formal film."--Scott MacDonald

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Quaternion (1976) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"Strategy and imagery combat and aid each other in pairs. QUATERNION...a spatial figure of monumental attractions...interference...an undulating gyre. Hollis superimposes a fragmenting Muybridge-like grid of Cartesian elements (details of the fire ecscape outside the studio) against shots of rooftops superimposed in perfect scale with the billboard-like segments of an automobile, enlarged flower, and a spoon...panels of the 20' x 20' mural for the New York World's Fair in James Rosenquist's Broome Street studio--New York, mid-1960s. A discourse between the painter painting and the filmmaker criss-crossing one vector against another, undermining any single plane of reference. Rosenquist's paintings are like movie screens in which frames from several different films are superimposed and intercut. The studio becomes a theater within which image objects collide. The filmmaker reiterates the passage from identity to difference, generating a conceptual pre-literate space...a safari by Hollis into the categorical domains of artifactual debris."--Patrick Clancy

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Red Gate, The (Magellan at the Gates of Death Part I) (1976) 16mm, color, 52 min

Genre: Experimental

"In the final format for MAGELLAN, Frampton had planned to disassemble these two films into twenty-four 'encounters with death' that were to be shown in five-minute segments twice a month. In their present state, seen together and roughly the length of an average feature film, the two parts of MAGELLAN: AT THE GATES OF DEATH constitute perhaps the most gripping, monumental, and wrenching work ever executed on film...Frampton in 1971 began his filming of cedavers at the Gross Anatomy Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to the lab four times over the course of the next two years and then spent nine months assembling his 'forbidden imagery' into an extraordinary meditation upon death."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $175.00

Hollis Frampton

Cadenzas I & XIV (Completed Pts The Birth of Magellan:14 Cadenzas (1980) 16mm, color, 11.25 min

Genre: Experimental

"CADENZA I offers up multi-layered references to the primordial, to birth, and to Creation. CADENZA XIV: the laugh track...variously suggests a partially displaced relation to the silent comedy in CADENZA I, a reaction to the blatancy of the sexual symbolism and perhaps even an irreverent reflection on the emotion-laden symbological practice of the poetic tradition of personal filmmaking."--Bruce Jenkins.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Hollis Frampton

Mindfall I & VII (Pts I, VI Birth of Magellan: Mindfall Completed (1977-1980) , 36 min

"Frampton wsa especially fascinated by Eisenstein's theory of 'vertical montage,' the notion that filmic structure could be built not only horizontally (sequentially), like a melody, but vertically, like a chord. In the MINDFALL sections of "Magellan" Frampton used desynchronized sound, along with super-imposition and a complex editing structure, to approach the possibility of vertical montage" Harvey Nosowitz

Rental: $84.00

Hollis Frampton

Gloria! (1979) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic_multicultural, Family, history, personal

"In GLORIA! Frampton juxtaposes nineteenth-century concerns with contemporary forms through the interfacing of a work of early cinema with a videographic display of textual material. These two formal components (the film and the texts) in turn relate to a nineteenth-century figure, Frampton's maternal grandmother, and to a twentieth-century one, her grandson (filmmaker Frampton himself). In attempting to recapture their relationship, GLORIA! becomes a somewhat comic, often touching meditation on death, on memory and on the power of image, music and text to resurrect the past."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Hollis Frampton

More Than Meets The Eye (1979) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"...Frampton travels to the purported birthplace of the Eisensteinian model of cinema, the fairground, with its 'montage of attractions'...ambulating wide-angled portrait of the fair, its throng of participants, its array of attractions (Belgian Waffles, Walk Away Sundaes, Flying Bobs, the Toboggan, a Hall of Health). Interpolated within this walking tour are nine optically reversed textual passages which are briefly flashed on-screen, framed by a repeated image of a ride appropriately known as 'The Scrambler.'"--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Robert Frank

Sin of Jesus, The (1961) 16mm, black and white, 38 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"In SIN OF JESUS, Robert Frank continues to his documentation of the soul of modern man. Formally, the film is an attempt to merge the best of the old with the best of new cinema. It can be much criticized on these grounds. Despite its formal faults, the presence of the director is unmistakable. 'If your aim is high, it should be you that comes through the most' says Robert Frank. The self-expression of an artist, however, is a universal act, it expresses a universal content. The lonely woman's desperate and recriminatory cry in the dark, doomed and desolate fields of New Jersey expresses the despair of our own existance. This pessimism, this desolation, doom, or despair revealed in THE SIN OF JESUS is the inner landscape of the twentieth century man, a place that is cold, cruel, heartless, stupid, lonely, desolate-this landscape emerges from Robert Frank's film with a crying, terrifying nakedness. Robert Frank is here as much a documentarist as Robert Flaherty was in NANOOK. There are movies which are tested by the audience. THE SIN OF JESUS is one of those few movies which test the audience." --Jonas Mekas, Village Voice

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Zygmunt Frankel

Walk/Don't Walk (1970) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

Scenes of New York City, gradually growing surrealistic and sad. --Z. F.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Frawley

J-24 (196*) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Si Fried

Out of Sight () 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jim Friedlander

Look Up, It's Springtime () 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

LOOK OUT, IT's SPRINGTIME, or why not? Nice color filter effects and also some good people. Copyrighted music track worth hearing for itself. (Original track.) Also, to be entirely appropriate, please run this film only in late March. --J. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Roberta Friedman

Making of the Americans, The (1974) 16mm, black and white, 14.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"The words in the film are taken from Gertrude Stein's 'The Making of Americans.' The subject of the passage is repetition, the idea that there are threads of similarity woven into the identites of 'every kind of men and women,' and that the device of repeating with variations can be used for the gradual uncovering of these essential qualities. Stein's words are dissected and reconstituted in the film according to a strategy suggested by the text, being themselves repeated with 'subtle variations coming clear into ordered recognition.' Generally, I suppose, we were trying to make a film in which the subject, the method of organization and the means of presentation were all equivalent, so as to bring about a particularly intense coherency." --Graham Weinbren

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Roberta Friedman

Bertha's Children (1976) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

My great aunt Bertha had seven children who are now between fifty and sixty-five years old. They all grew up in New York City and, even after they became adults and had their own families, lived in the same geographic region. When I visited New York one winter, I asked each of them to be in a film and all of them agreed. When I returned the following winter, however, only David, Marty, Aaron, Bernie and Thelma would do it. Frieda, concerned about the crazy people who might see the film and then write her nasty anonymous letters, refused, and Sylvia was in Florida at the time. --R. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Roberta Friedman

Future Perfect (1980) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

a film which, always unfinished, looks forward to a future when it (and everything else) will be perfect.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Norm/Robert Fruchter/Machover

Troublemakers (1966) 16mm, black and white, 54 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

TROUBLEMAKERS is a film about community organizing in an Newark, New Jersey ghetto. The film covers three months in the history of the Newark Community Union Porject (NCUP). Four distinct themes reoccur: the creation of NCUP as a bloc for the 'Students for a Democratic Society'; the attempt to get the building code enforced in one particular building; the efforts to get a traffic light installed at a dangerous itersection used for drag racing; and the organization's participation in a political campaign. --R. M. "TROUBLEMAKERS is the only film which I know that preaches revolution. It says: Look what these people went through and with what patience, trying to move the bureaucracy by at least one inch-with what patience-and not a dent was made. Yes, the only way is to shoot your way through with guns. The only answer is revolution. That's the true massage of the film." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Brian Frye

Across the Rappahannock () , min

On December 12, 1863, General Ambrose Burnside's Army of the Potomac engaged General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Before Burnside's army could enter the town, Union engineers were forced to lay pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock River under withering fire. Close combat through the streets of Fredericksburg and multiple assaults on the Confederate army entrenched in the heights behind the town resulted in heavy Federal casualties, which forced an eventual withdrawal. In November, 2001, I attended a small and relatively informal reenactment of the battle of Fredericksburg. About a hundred men and women did their best to illustrate the actions of the thousands of young men who offered their lives a century earlier. An air of absurd theater suffused the entire event, which provided the ground for its peculiar truth. Everyone played their part exceedingly honestly and well, and left something on the film I was myself surprised to find there.

Brian Frye

Kaddish (2002) color & b/w, 11 min

"Here is my covenant with you, says the Lord: My spirit that is upon you, and the words I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth or the mouths of your children or the mouths of your children's children -- the Lord says -- from now through all eternity." -- Isaiah 59:21. A fragment of tinted nitrate. An acetate recording of a wedding ceremony. Echoes of the bitter sweetness of the Spirit on the tongue of Man. As Frampton tipped his hat to Gloria, so might I.

Brian Frye

Observations at Gettysburg, 6 July 2002 (2002) black and white, 10 min

"Man is full of sin and nature, and all he does don't bear looking at, and a heap of what he says is a shame and a mawkery. But cant no witness hurt him. Some day something might beat him, but it wont be Satan." -- William Faulkner in "A Fable". The annual Civil War re-enactment at Gettysburg is one of the largest and best attended in the country. Why Gettysburg? Partly because -- rightly or not -- we take it as the moment at which the outcome of the struggle for America was most in doubt. But truly because the words Lincoln spoke there made of it that moment, framing the struggle in its starkest terms. And so these people who believe in America come to perform its redemption. It is a passion-play, really, a dramatic evocation of the cataclysm in which a young nation expiated its sins in blood, and was reborn.

Brian Frye

Encomium (2003) black and white, 2 min

I shot this roll of film at a party Bard College threw when it awarded Stan Brakhage an honorary degree. A few days after he died, I dug it out and watched it again. I had meant to make Brakhage a gift of the roll, but instead it became a farewell.

Brian Frye

11/95: The Most Important Moment In My Life (Infinite Set) (1995) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

3/95 Untitled (1995) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

6/95: Striptease (1995) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Ladies Day (1997) black and white, 13 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Meeting with Khruschev (1997) black and white, 35 min

How vitally will it affect the life of a modern Westerner when he learns, for example, that though the Indian peninsula was invaded and occupied by Alexander the Great and though his conquest had a capital influence on its history, India has not even remembered the great conqueror's name. -- Mircea Eliade, Myth and Reality

Rental: $50.00

Brian Frye

Untitled 1997 (1997) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Anatomy of Melancholy, The (1999) black and white, 10 min

What can consummate the 20th century and all its disasters? An opening in blood and terror, the gnashing of teeth and cracking bones, air as heavy as the burden of our souls in our throats; snap snap and all's well that ends in a second act to mirror the first. This short century, punctuated by the grandest catastrophes, waits patiently for its proper third and final act -- the players have lost their taste for soliloquy, but the gestures may yet come easily, and with the facility of one who no longer must watch that his hands do as told. Hence this "entr'acte"; a bowed head as a chariot approaches, the Sun King, waiting still for the moment when he might again assume his throne. Yea, for though they lament, the passion is theirs alone, the knife they hold to their own throats, waiting for that terrible voice which speaks in thunder and fire...

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Francois Boue Services the Fragrance Machine at Bloomingdales (1999) color, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Broken Camera Reels 1&2 (2000) black and white, 5 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

In Love with Love (2000) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Lachrymae (2000) color, 3 min

".. and yet of that living breathing throng, not one will be encased in a material frame. A company of ghosts, playing to spectral music. So may the luminous larvae of the Elysian fields have rehearsed earth's well beloved scenes to the exiled senses of Pluto's Queen." -- W. K. L. Dickson

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Nadja (2000) color, 3 min

"I speak in 'Nadja' of a naked woman totally preoccupied with herself in the sidestalls of the Electric Palace (quite undressed, seen from the central stalls): she would have seemed to me to be of a less phosphorescent whiteness if she had not appeared during the projection of a film of unlimited insanity in which everything was used as a pretext to show the 'Lord's Table.' This was the work of a priest who signed himself Peter the Hermit, and I think the film was called 'How I Killed My Child'." -- Andre Breton, "As in a Wood" Brakhage has called her the muse, perhaps because she appears only to those who hold a strip of film in their own hands. But here she appears -- if only for a moment -- to all those who care to look for her. "Let us speak plainly: The marvelous is always beautiful, anything marvelous is beautiful; indeed, nothing but the marvelous is beautiful." -- Andre Breton

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Oona's Veil (2000) black and white, 8 min

Rental: $30.00

Brian Frye

Self-Portrait as Kaspar Hauser (For T. C.) (2000) color, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Eels of Chicago, The (2000) black and white, 2 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Sunday Morning (2001) black and white, 2 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Letter, The (2001) black and white, 11 min

Rental: $30.00

Brian Frye

American Boy Grows Up, An (2002) color, 2 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Robert Beck is Alive and Well and Living in NYC (2002) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Brian Frye (2002) black and white, 12 min

Rental: $40.00

Kazutomo Fujino

Eater, An (1963) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

"The director, born in 1928, is also one of Japan's best-known surrealist painters. Made in 1963, this very funny surrealist extravaganza was shown at the Knokke-Le-Zoute Experimental Festival in Belgium and received a special award honoring the Japanese entries. Of it the London Financial Times (of all publications) said: '... This is a very striking... macabre comedy.'"--Donald Richie

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Angela Ferraiolo

Subway (2011) DVD, bw & color, 7.40 min

Genre: Experimental

Subway was shot in New York during the fall of 2010. The footage was then color graded, converted to single frames, and reassembled dynamically by a computer. After a series of experiments with computational text, there seemed to be some similarities between the deep grammar of language and the somewhat intuitive decisions involved in sequencing montage. For instance, while watching a heavily edited film sequence, or some kinds of experimental video, one might feel a kind of linguistic architecture guiding certain motifs, one that seems similar to certain kinds of computationally-generated text. The idea behind Subway was to take a long sequence of still frames and arrange these according to a linguistic architecture. The movie has relations to traditional film grammar, but it's also related to language itself, so that in some ways it feels new, but in its deep logic there is also something familiar

Rental: $35
DVD NTSC Rental: $35

Gerry Fialka

RIAtoo (2016) Digital File, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Arts & Artists, Children & Youth, Philosophical, Structural

RIAtoo probes the hidden psychic effects of binaural beats and Super 8mm footage of barefoot water skiing in Michigan. "Walking on water wasn't built in a day" - Jack Kerouac. Delve deep into the reel motives and consequences of the Ludovico treatment from A Clockwork Orange, which originated in the novel by Anthony Burgess, who was influenced by James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. The Wake (of the boat?) turns the eye into an ear. Will Erokan & Gerry Fialka's Resonant Interval Algorhythms re-imagine the sensory simultaneity of integral awareness (IA being the flip of AI - artificial intelligence) in passing through the vanishing point when seeing oneself both as oneself and as the other. Is it the sex, death and technology of phantasmagoRIA? Warning: strobe effects.

Rental: $30.00

DigiBeta NTSC Sale: $30

Gerry Fialka

Genuine Fake Films (2003-2013) DVD, color, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

OUR EYE AYE (RIA= Resonant Interval Algorythmns) (2013, 5 minutes) Will Erokan & Gerry Fialka's exploration combines film detritus and sonic sleep extensions to probe the phantasmagorical rebirth of "live cinema." EYE AM NOT A ROBOT (2009, 14 minutes) - Mark X Farina & Gerry Fialka's scintillating film probes the percept of technology "being alive" by evoking early Russian film and Constructivism. Cultural icons from James Joyce to Robby the Robot to Marilyn Monroe are your humanoid guides through new art technologies. SOLOMON TURNER IN UTOPIA (2007, 9 minutes) captures Venice Boardwalk performer "The Snakeman" rapping transcendental righteousness . ALL ADVERTISING ADVERTISES ADVERTISING (2008, 14 minutes) Farina & Fialka's vibrant film uncovers the hidden effects of advertisers as psychoanalysts and prophets in the science of the imaginary. DOUBLE-DUTY INTERROBANG (2003, 10 minutes) Fialka's pixelvision (Fischer Price toy video camera) short hoicks the "open past" while double delving into Giordano Bruno's theory that everything in nature is realized through interaction with its opposite and Marshall McLuhan's percept that "objects are unobservable, only relationships among objects are observable" simultaneously probing the option of "see-say" in moving pictures.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

James Fotopoulos

Zero (1997) 16mm, color, 142 min

Genre: Experimental

James Fotopoulos' deeply disturbing experimental film paints a grim portrait of the psychological collapse of a young man drifting further and further into total isolation. In his solitude, primal fantasies of sex and violence transform into frightening visions and insanity, while a cyst growing on his arm suggests a physical manifestation of his mental breakdown. A shocking debut feature. "Grisly, abrasive and one of the few truly underground features we've seen in a good while, ZERO plays like a Brakhage/Morrisey directorial collaboration on a screenplay by Pasolini. A profoundly disturbing study in abjection and squalor, ZERO offers its own version of redemption. It's not to be missed" -- Robert Beck Memorial Cinema

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

James Fotopoulos

Growth (1999) 16mm, color & b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

"Though your films, especially shorts like Growth and A Room, do sometimes have the visceral appearance of a Patrick Bokanowski or Stan Brakhage film, the features are much more firmly grounded in a "real world" aesthetic. "TFJ

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

James Fotopoulos

A Room (1999) 16mm, color & b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

"Though your films, especially shorts like Growth and A Room, do sometimes have the visceral appearance of a Patrick Bokanowski or Stan Brakhage film, the features are much more firmly grounded in a "real world" aesthetic. "TFJ

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

James Fotopoulos

Two Cats (1999) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

A couple of very brief silent shorts-Two Cats (1999) and Breathe (2000)-are each less than a minute long. These continue Fotopoulos' interests in the exterior depiction of interior states, each fluttering moment seeming to capture the essence of a fleeting, perhaps oneiric memory. Other shorts play like cubist horror films, juggling images of meaty skulls, murdered corpses, and grotesque alien anatomies.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

Migrating Forms (1999) 16mm, color & b/w, 80 min

Genre: Experimental

"Migrating Forms is as complete a vision as any film has the right to be, and generates more intrigue and mystery than most ever do."-Walker Art Center "A kind of stripped-down Eraserhead, shot in low-contrast black and white in the style of cheap '40s porn loops, the film is set inside a single room that looks like the basic set you'd find in an acting class-a table with a chair at either end and a bed. The room is occupied by a stolid-looking guy and his cat and is visited repeatedly by a pudgy woman who strips off her clothes, gets on the bed, and has sex with the man. Sometimes the sex scenes are so softly focused and underexposed you can't tell what's going on. At other times, you see more than you would want. The woman has a large hideous growth on her back (rather like the phallic growth in Marilyn Chambers's armpit in Cronenberg's RABID). Soon the man discovers a similar growth on his shoulder. Midway through the film, an exterminator knocks at the door. After that, dead insects and rodents put in an appearance. Inevitably, the corpse of the cat turns up as well. MIGRATING FORMS has a formal purity and obsessive power that's all too rare these days."- Amy Taubin, Village Voice

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

James Fotopoulos

Breathe (2000) 16mm, black and white, .5 min

Genre: Experimental

Fotopoulos also continues to make shorter works, ranging in length from 34 seconds (Breathe) to 18 minutes (the haunting A Room), which are often more identifiably avant-garde than his features

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

Drowning (2000) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"I used video in some of the early shorts like Drowning and Escape, and Christabel." "An attempt to discover psychic energy in controlled sexuality." - JF

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

The Sun (2000) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

The Vanished (2000) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

Back Against The Wall (2000) 16mm, black and white, 94 min

Genre: Experimental

"BACK AGAINST THE WALL is the strongest Fotopoulos I've seen. Initially predicated on the filmmaker's trademark repetitive routines, it concerns a grim slab of middle-aged beef jerky (Martin Shannon) holed up in a characterless apartment furnished mainly with cardboard boxes. Lying in bed, sourly awaiting the return of his young girlfriend (Debbie Mulcahy) from work, Shannon seems like a john in his own place. Fotopoulos likes his low-rent Hopper compositions harshly lit and underscored by a persistent drone. Back Against the Wall's anonymous atmosphere, pointless conversations, and recurring set-ups hold the promise of sex (or at least violence). But the movie is all about unreleased tension. Shannon's other activities include playing chess and listening to the complaints of his no-neck friend (Ernie E. Frantz). When Mulcahy, who apparently works in a strip club, models a series of little nighties for Shannon, he scarcely looks up from his book to acknowledge her. While the viewer patiently waits to discover if the movie is Shannon's long crack-up or just a prolonged slow-burn, Fotopoulos fastidiously maps a little corner of hell-brutal depression is mocked by the wind-up clown sitting on Shannon's night table. Once Mulcahy leaves Shannon for a marginally livelier, more appropriate sleazemeister, the film's tone shifts first to the blandly inane and then the cumulatively insane. Mulcahy's new boyfriend is a would-be pornographer in hock to the mob-he gets beat up but won't tell her why. This fatal association leads to an extravagantly long scene on what could be the set of a porn film (half a dozen women making up, snorting coke, and sitting around in costume). The eventual payoff is far more grotesque. Mulcahy meets her depressing fate-or is it a happy ending?-in a No Exit motel room with Frantz." -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

James Fotopoulos

The Circle 1 (2001) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

James Fotopoulos

Insect (2001) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

from Insect to Families, that there appears to have been a great deal of work put into the audio tracks to create such layered, multifaceted aural experiences.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Fotopoulos

Consumed (2001) 16mm, color & b/w, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

A five part series - Films can be rented individually: Part 1 (5min, b/w, price: 20.00); Part 2 (3min, color, price: 20.00); Part 3 (1min, color, price: 20.00); Part 4 (7min, color, price: 25.00); Part 5 (5min, b/w, price: 20.00

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

James Fotopoulos

The Circle 2` (2001) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

Christabel: The Conclusion Pt. 1 (2001) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

"Pindar's fine remark respecting the different effects of Music, on different characters, holds equally true of Genius - as many as are not delighted by it are disturbed, perplexed, irritated. The beholder either recognizes it as a projected form of his own Being, that moves before him with a Glory round its head, or recoils from it as a Spectre." -- S. T. Coleridge, Aids to Reflection (1825) "The idea was that the soul of Coleridge should not be enslaved to the poem of Coleridge, even though that is what he worked on. The vision is far greater than that. With this technology, in a sort of anthropological way, you can fracture the poem, and by fracturing it you can begin taking the themes and extracting them...So I began by taking my emotional intuitions, tying that in to all the factual aspects of the poem, and then began this sort of surgery...Using these new technologies, I can go in and extract the essence of this and put it up again. And it was again difficult because the more you get into Coleridge the more complex it becomes. One way most adaptations fail is they focus on one aspect of something. But it's impossible to focus on one aspect of anything. You have to head in, and take on all the aspects. If you fail, you fail. Coleridge is a man of genius, so it just became more and more complex. I began unraveling more and more, and getting deeper and deeper, to the point where I could almost die working on it." -- J.F.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

James Fotopoulos

Flight (2002) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A look at non-human beings.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

The Scythe (2002) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

A blades-eye view of fields.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

Families (2002) 16mm, black and white, 97 min

Genre: Experimental

"Families bears the stylistic traits of his earlier feature-length films but expands the number of characters and locations. Opening with a portentous shot of nearly motionless sheep, the black-and-white film develops in disaffected dialogue scenes interspersed with shots of dreary Midwestern exteriors. The main strain of the narrative focuses on a young man and woman and their prolonged, halting conversations, many of which revolve around death. Yet none of the violence recounted in these exchanges takes place on screen, where life is characterized by the absence of physical contact, robotic soliloquy, and a general sense of forlorn ennui. Recurring throughout the film are repeated shots of the sheep from the opening, dogs or fish in an aquarium, paradigmatically linking annals to the characters and their awkward interactions. Fotopoulos suggests that the titular familial ties refer to larger structures of kinship, and constructs a bleak parallel in the common markers of human and animal existence."--Henriette Huldisch, Whitney Museum of American Art

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

James Fotopoulos

The Hemispheres (2003) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Fotopoulos

Hidden Objects (2003) 16mm, black and white, 39 min

Genre: Experimental

A series with 12 films, all of them around 3-4 minutes. Films can also be rented individually.

Rental: $80.00 or, individual films: 20.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

James Fotopoulos

The Nest (2003) 16mm, color, 78 min

Genre: Experimental

"Somewhere in the Midwest, a young couple's starter apartment discharges the anomie stored in its cool, white walls and sparse, angular furnishings. The eponymous nest and the true star of this suburban gothic, its light fixtures ooze bilious greens and overripe ambers onto surgically extracted blocks of cheap architecture that each emit their own pitches and grinds of white noise. A nonstop 3am panic attack of drywall-crawling despair, this is the field on which James Fotopoulos assembles his latest assault on the senses. To pin down and enumerate what happens in The Nest is to do violence to it. Better to list effects, colors, and key phrases, cut up and drawn from a hat, than offer any kind of chronology. More textural than textual, it distills dramatic tensions to a 78-minute environment of pure narrative: out of time, unencumbered by plot or rounded characters and demanding to be taken as a story that happens chiefly to the audience rather than to the figures in its landscape." --Spencer Parsons, Cinematexas

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

James Fotopoulos

Esophagus (2004) 16mm, color, 70 min

Genre: Experimental

"At 28, Chicagoan James Fotopoulos has made more than 100 films and videos, and they keep getting better, having moved from the uncomfortableness of human flesh to the more metaphysical hell of Esophagus. At its center is a typical Fotopoulos torment: six men, one sporting horns, seem imprisoned in a drab room, and a distorted female voice intones phrases such as 'You're born with teeth in your eyes.' Elsewhere, scratches on the film outline and entrap women's bodies. The opening section - showing gorgeous yet intrusive and terrible flickering light patterns accompanied by droning music - is repeated at the end, giving the work a fatalistic form that suggests the trap isn't the walls of a room but the nature of the cosmos." -- Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

James Fotopoulos

The Ant Hill (2004) 16mm, color, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

"I was in the forest walking and thinking. And as I was coming upon the stream - all the sounds around me, the water running and the birds became very loud. It became very intense. I thought my head was going to explode. Then it all faded away and I was in complete silence. I smelled something burning and the sunlight was so bright in my eyes. I was surrounded by bright light. I looked up and saw the tops of the trees were on fire. Two large pillars of light stood before me. The pillars were made up of round balls of light. Red, blue, orange. And standing between them was a man. I couldn't see his face. I was afraid. He told me that I was the chosen by him to do his work. That you all are my students. That I am here to help you. And when the world ends, we will be saved." - from THE ANT HILL "A merciless narrative about the inner world of a nameless cult, The Ant Hill continues James Fotopoulos' recent foray away from film and into the possibilities of video. The results prove more materially degraded than even his best-known feature, Migrating Forms. As with all of his work, each low-grade esthetic decision feels utterly, pointedly intentional. The actions of a tiny band of devotees, led by a single, lurchingly unpredictable patriarch, take on the sparse structure of a Biblical parable. Extended sequences of colorfield-like image-layering recall the electronic longueurs of early video art. Fotopoulos shoots his actors in a single bare set, with a grimy immediacy that feels almost self-reflexive: the viewer inevitably comes to question how the filmmaker was able to compel such total trust and obedience from his actors, given the extremity of the acts they have been asked to perform." -- Ed Halter, New York Underground Film Festival

Rental: $25.00
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David Finkelstein

Radiant Emanators (2003) DVD NTSC, color, 19 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A holy scripture appears floating in outer space. It is covered with text, copiously illustrated, and refers to a wide range of fanciful incidents, including Walt Whitman's trip down the Long Island Expressway, the trials of a pregnant teenager, and ballerinas who stuff their toe shoes with newspaper, among many other things. An illuminated manuscript, based on a fully improvised performance, Radiant Emanators mediates on the effect of uneven sources of light on written texts, and on the way our uneven readings of our own cultural texts determine our views on genocide, sexual freedom, and our general consciousness

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

David Finkelstein

Earth And Moon In Love (2004) DVD NTSC, color, 21 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

At the climax of Percy Shelley's lyrical drama, "Prometheus Unbound," Mankind is delivered once and for all from tyranny, and the Universe celebrates his new-found freedom and self-mastery. As part of this celebration the Earth and the Moon fall rapturously in love. This musical setting for acclaimed countertenors RANDALL WONG and JOHN COLLIS places the amorous planets among floating panels of scenery which illustrate almost every line of the text, creating a visual/musical feast which is at once silly, mystical and delirious.

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David Finkelstein

Lovely Academic Slaughter Houses (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Philosophical

Inside the card catalogue of the University library, Greek boys and pin-up girls gamble on the Acropolis. Meanwhile, out in the real world, parfait desserts and unruly children are floating by in uncontrollable clouds of bubbles. Based on a fully improvised text, this video meditates on how the boxlike conceptual thinking of academia attempts to grapple with sexuality, gender, culture, and the unclassifiably bubblelike flow of reality. Multiple layers of meticulously crafted imagery help the viewer to make sense of the complex text and music.

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David Finkelstein

Display Devices (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Based on a completely improvised performance, "Display Devices" juxtaposes meticulously animated digital images with floating, spinning grids of color, to create a pixelated universe, in which tiny rectangles of pure color are combined into images which display coded messages of gender, philosophy, and urgently personal visions. Male peacocks display their feathers, warriors don their war bonnets, Carmen Miranda decks herself out in a fruity hat, and cocoa wafers dissolve themselves into cups of cocoa, while a lush musical score and constantly shifting visual perspectives lift the viewer into a dizzying flight through perceptual space.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Anna Fahr

Khaneh Ma: These places we call home (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 90 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family

Khaneh Ma: These Places We Call Home examines questions of cultural identity by prsenting three generations of Iranians divided on three continents, and reunited on one journey. The film begans with the director's return to Iran, her country of cultural origin, where she becomes reacquainted with family she has not seen in over ten years, and rediscovers a culture that has remained a quiet yet ever-present part of her life in Canada. As the journey unfolds, we uncover rarely seen aspects of Iranian culture, as experienced by the director, while witnessing firsthand the process of leaving an old culture behind and the journey into a new one.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

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Siegfried A. Fruhauf

Exposed (2001) 16mm, b/w, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Translated literally "exposed" means "to make something visible" or "uncovered". In photography it means to subject photographic film to light. Exposed uses short scene from a feature film - a man observes a dancing woman through a keyhole - is used as the raw material. Solely fragments of this tableau are visible to the viewer, and Fruhauf "re-exposes" the scene by passing the perforations of a strip of film in front of the projector so that they resemble a moving sieve. While the moving stencil allows us to see no more than portions of the scene, the narration's "peeping tom" motif is repeated in our own perception. Sight can no longer be taken for granted and therefore increases in fascination. Fruhauf also breaks up the intended movement of the found footage on the temporal level. The apparent irregularity of the fields of light scanning over the strip of film is juxtaposed with a metronomically precise rhythm which segments the scene. Successive shots often vary to no more than a minimal degree. Similar to a record album with a crack, the progression shifts in minute but regular ways. The new film movement is therefore a palimpsest consisting of several layers: A particular scene is segmented and reassembled in a new way, and the space inside the frame is broken down into a moving prism. Together with the soundtrack (rising and falling white noise, drips and whispers), Fruhauf's study on seeing and being seen, light and movement - in other words, cinema - has a nearly hypnotic effect. (Maya McKechneay)

16mm Rental: $48.00

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

Mountain Trip (Hoehenrausch) (1999) 16mm, b/w, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Mountain Trip is a cinematic myriorama constructed of hundreds of Austrian postcards, which reflect a country's hackneyed trappings as no other medium can. (Siegfried A. Fruhauf) The parameters of this experiment have been clearly defined: Two rows of postcards with mountain motifs (the cards in the upper row have been turned on their heads) are juxtaposed in such a way that mountains point to other mountains, the denouement of a massif butts up against a meadow, etc., resembling Chinese "cadavre exquis" cards which can be arranged to show an endless landscape. The camera pans to the right, and its speed varies while alpine folk music plays in a monotonous loop. One would expect the camera's movements to accelerate, the mountains flowing together into a blurred line. Instead, Fruhauf works with imponderabilities, breaks and irritations. The acceleration is not continuous; there are new approaches, repetitions of motifs and jumps. The transitions shift and are jerky as if the postcards were held in someone's hand; the unity of the individual shots is extremely unstable.... While the observer's gaze willingly accepts the alpine panoramas at first, it is gradually channeled into the undercurrent of something in between, the irregular border between top and bottom. The accuracy of detail in the mountain genres (according to statistics, most people still think of a mountain landscape when asked to imagine a "pretty picture") dissolves into a non-referential dynamic. One is reminded of how the borders come alive in the course of several hours in Michael Snow's La region centrale and may regret that this trip ends after only four minutes. (Birgit Flos)

16mm Rental: $34.00

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

La Sortie Des Ourvriers De L'Usine (1998) 16mm, b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films About Film, history, technology

The first film of cinematographic history shows workers leaving a factory. The title of this work which is 50 seconds long and bequeathed to us by the Lumiere brothers is La Sortie des Ouvriers de l'Usine. There are three known versions of the work. In the hardware and software of the cinematographic "machine" resides much of the specifically mechanical charm of the industrial age. In one sense it is a paradox that the Lumieres began film history with workers leaving the factory instead of giving a place of honor to them working on the production lines. Over a hundred years later, Siegfried A. Fruhauf has made a fourth version of La Sortie des Ouvriers de l'Usine. This remake gives short shrift to the unconscious irony of the Lumiere films. Fruhauf needs six minutes to run through the current fate of industry. Fourteen workers are present here--five on the (optically) vertical axis, the rest cross the horizontal axis in the background. Their movements form a cross--a symbol of death as a ballet mechanique. The initial image is transformed into almost abstract black and white surfaces, harnessed, Sisyphus-like, to a lunatic dance of repetition. Fruhauf increases the acceleration of the striding workers in discrete steps until they are tearing along--the capacity of the film tested to its outer limits--until it can't take any more. Maximum acceleration leads to stasis--after the acceleration throughout the film comes the logical consequence--the last frame--the freeze frame. Nothing more can happen. The model (literally) of progress collapses. And instead there is paralysis. A dead end. The workers are motionless, and with them the factory. Rien ne va plus.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

Blow-Up (2000) 35mm, b/w, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

With extraordinary verve, Siegfried A. Fruhauf has made a name for himself in contemporary Austrian filmmaking in only a few short years. Fruhauf not only carries on the fertile tradition of avant-garde filmmakers from Upper Austria (Kubelka, Export, Weibel and Brehm, to name a few), he has also succeeded in discovering an approach to "structural" filmmaking which never fails to surprise. Fruhauf's films follow a discernible order, a concept which is worked out in advance. What was considered an "avant-garde" panacea in the late 70s, which more often than not turned into sheer academicism, is in his case broken up with humor. Fruhauf's films are made with a wink and a nudge, and they draw their strength from an unbounded joy in experimentation with the material. The raw material used in Blow-up comprises two shots from an old educational film about first aid: A man demonstrates mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a life-size dummy; the dummy's chest rises and falls. Fruhauf introduces this scene into his own metier, turning the "blow-up" metaphor into an image with a false bottom. With the aid of a digital photocopier, the strip of film was reduced in size to a narrow ribbon, and Blow-up shows this transformation in reverse: The ribbon is resuscitated, swelling gradually until the initial image is recognizable and, in the end, fills the screen. And this would not be a Fruhauf work if this educational film on the cinematographic body did not conclude with a roguish smile.... (Peter Tscherkassky)

Rental: $35.00
35mm Rental: $35.00

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

REALTIME (2002) 35mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"All that film is can be reduced to two elements: light and (proportionately structured) movement. And there are many possible answers to the question of what light and proportionate movement are. In Realtime, Siegfried Fruhauf has decided on the most simple one, summing it up in the most symbolically unequivocal and, literally, most illuminating way: the sun. The light of the sun is the only type of lighting used to illuminate the movie screen in Realtime. And the sunrise, filmed in realtime, is the only discernible motion - which makes us realize that all motion, in film and in the cosmos, is temporal. Everything else about film is negotiable, such as the fuzzy area between (justified) expectation and (actual) fulfillment, which is known as suspense. After the moving electric arc on the screen has been revealed to be a heavenly body, we have every reason to believe that it will continue its forward motion in an absolutely constant orbit. At the same time, we eagerly ask at which point (and/or through which points) the filmmaker will remove his gaze from it. Or the soundtrack, which also represents an arbitrary matter, and which is called music in the most arbitrary of cases. The irreversible movement of Fruhauf's protagonist is accompanied by the groove of a playfully altered pop song - the absolute meter is subordinated to a moment of subjective duration. Realtime returns the possibilities available to film to their absolute zero - and provides a clever hint at what can be reimagined proceeding from this point (and on to eternity)." -Robert Buchschwenter (Translation: Steve Wilder)

"I shot REALTIME on a Sony Hi8 Videocamcorder. This Camera creates a nice structure in the picture, when you have extreme light situations. I filmed the sun with a black welding glass in front of the lens to create the effect with the black sky and the green, yellow sun. I was fascinated to get the real essence of cinema with a camera that was made for home users, to make private videos and watch them on a TV monitor. All that cinema is, is in this simple but powerful film - light and time. The sun gives us these two parameters within the change of day and night. And in the film, it is not the movement of the sun that you can see - it is the rotation of the earth that becomes visible. I used the earth as a trolley to create a phantom ride through the universe. And to bring the essence of the biggest cinema, the universe, back to the screen, it was necessary to make a transfer on film. I decided to use 35mm because it is the genuine cinema format." -S.F.

Rental: $35.00
35mm Rental: $35.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

An Interview with Hiroshi Teshigahara (1990) DVD NTSC, color, 3:45 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

COLAB Compilation: Time Square Show Ads / X Magazine Benefit (1978-1980) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

COLAB Compilation by Coleen Fitzgibbon: TIMES SQUARE SHOW ADS, 1980, color, sound, 2:45 min. Three TV ads were created and paid for by Colab to announce its upcoming Times Square Show for the month of June, 1980 in a massage parlor building on W. 41st at 7th Avenue with over 150 artists involved. X MAGAZINE BENEFIT FILM, 1978, b/w, sound, 12 min. This film was made from the punk rock music benefit at 66 E. 4th St., NYC; with six bands donating proceeds for issues 2 & 3 of X Magazine by Colab. Three of the bands are recorded on the film: DNA, James Chance and the Contortions and Boris Policeband with one song each. Film by C. Fitzgibbon & Alan Moore 1978/2011.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

Coleen Fitzgibbon: Diary Films & Micro Films (1974-2011) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 124 min

Genre: Experimental

For the past few years, Coleen Fitzgibbon has been actively preserving and screening her early Super-8 and 16mm films, many of them not screened since the mid-70s. DVD 1: Diary Films, features intimate cinemativ sketches, portraits, travelouges, and home movies. DVD 2: Micro Films, features hyper-kinetic works made with a special "microfilm" camera used to photograph and preserve paper documents on a roll of 16mm film. DVD 1: DIARY FILMS -- Contains "Trip to Carolee", "L.E.S.", "TRCS", "Restoring Appearances to Order in 12 Minutes", "Make a Movie", and "X Magazine Benefit". DVD 2: Micro Films -- Contains "Daily News", "Der Spiegel", "I.S. Migration", "Document", "Dictionary", "Time".

Rental: $80.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $80.00

Su Friedrich

First Comes Love (1991) 16mm, BW, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family, Queer Bi Trans

First Comes Love consists of perfectly choreographed scenes of four wedding ceremonies accompanied by a complex medley of popular love songs. All seems to be going as it should until the couples reach the altar, when the celebratory atmosphere is interrupted for a surprising public service announcement. Then song and dance continues until the happy couples depart, leaving behind a dwindling crowd and a few altar boys who carefully sweep up the rice that blankets the pavement like snow.

Rental: $88.00
16mm Rental: $88.00

Linda Fenstermaker

Inversion (2013) 16mm, color_bw, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, landscape, structural

Inversion is a reflection upon the body without memory and without time. In a unique blending of perspectives in, behind and around the camera, it creates an open space to expand female consciousness, as an embodiment of the film itself. Shot, edited and finished in 16mm, this film showcases the intricacies and beauty of the film medium, in creating a new dialog between filmmaker, camera and subject. There is a yearning to discover a space for the female self, a space where this self can discover her body and break away from the external gazes of both camera and viewer. Through this exploration of (her)self and the space around, the viewer is invited to reflect upon their own bodies and gazes. With visual exchanges between the female performer, the camera and the landscape, Inversion constantly questions the conventions of filmmaking and roles of women within this cinematic space. There is an inherent tension that is present within these interactions, a dialog between pain and pleasure, visible and invisible, self and other that asks the viewer to become a participant within the cinematic experience. It pulls the viewer into the nothingness that lies beyond the boundaries of the camera itself. Inversion exposes this space of uncertainty, trying to control the uncontrollable within.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Melissa Friedling

Princess and the Pee Stain (2003) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: biography, body, erotic, landscape/architecture

The film combines animation, live action, and found footage and recounts the story of what happened when I bought a new bed. Explores the consequences of stripping your sheets and revealing your naked mattress to strangers.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Garden Roll Bounce Parking Lot (2010) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children & youth, environment & nature, ethnic multicultural, family, films about film, found footage, landscape & architecture

Pop culture and land-use practices converge in Brooklyn, NY where a Bangladeshi family kept a thriving urban garden. In GARDEN ROLL BOUNCE PARKING LOT, a brother and sister share their memories of that garden which was recently leveled in order to make a parking space for their father's livery car. Prompted by the filmmaker (and neighbor), they recall the year that the overhead lattice support for the garden was woven out of a 35mm motion picture film. Bits of the film that were left lying in the street after the garden was cut down for the winter were optically printed. On inspection, it turned out that the found film holding up the garden was the retro black urban teen movie, Roll Bounce (2005) - the plot of which hinges around the closing of the protagonists' local roller rink, The Gardens. In addition to their recollections of the found film in the garden, the kids disclose their preoccupations with You Tube, Selena Gomez, and Urdu-language children's songs. The combination of pop-cultural references along with the 'misused' found film is revealing of the profound and creative merging of cultural practices that transforms the contemporary immigrant experience.

Rental: $35
16mm Rental: $35

Victor Faccinto

Video Scultpure Shorts (2010) DVD NTSC, Color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

In a process more akin to sculpture than linear filmmaking, moving images are removed from their backgrounds and utilized as bricks and lumber to construct video sculpture.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50 DVD NTSC

Victor Faccinto

Facts and Figures (2012) DVD NTSC wide-screen, Color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

A digitally constructed visual presentation of details from the lives of three American historical figures: Thomas Edison, Teddy Roosevelt, and Fatty Arbuuckle.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30

Victor Faccinto

Nightmare (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 7:30 min

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Melissa Friedling

Let Your Hair Down (2003) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: body, comedy, erotic, found footage

Combines animation with found footage and live action for a more personal reinterpretation of the Brothers Grimm's RAPUNZEL.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Urine My Bed (2003) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography, body, environment and nature, erotic

When you are done with your mattress and put it out on the street for trash, the residual evidence of your very private history is on view for public appraisal. Composed of optically printed and hand-colored super 8mm footage of discarded mattresses collected over the years.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart (2002) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, biography, body, films about film, found footage, history, literature & theater, personal/diary/journal, queer/bi/trans

Inspired by the hyperbolic prose of notorious celebrity fetishist, Mercedes de Acosta, this film poses questions about truth, identity, and desire.

Film Synopsis:
Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart is dedicated to the memory of poet, novelist, playwright, and Hollywood screenwriter, Mercedes de Acosta. Mercedes is inspired by De Acosta's own published memoirs, Here Lies the Heart (1960) in which De Acosta obsessively lists her impressive cache of celebrity acquaintances (including Elenora Duse, Isadora Duncan, Alice B. Toklas, Marlene Deitrich, and Greta Garbo, among others). The film borrows De Acosta's hyperbolic stylistics to move through archival footage, narrative fantasy sequences, and dramatic "reenactments" in manic combination of varied genre forms. While highlighting De Acosta's distinctive passions for celebrity and her own sexual, ethnic, and spiritual entanglements, Mercedes poses questions about biographical structure and autobiographical representation, history and fantasy, identity and desire.

"At once an insightful deconstruction of stardom and biography, and a wry camp appreciation of their value, Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart is witty, artful, and original."
--Steven Cohan, author of Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties (1997)and editor of Hollywood Musicals: The Film Reader (2002).

"Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart is exhaustively researched and combines original as well as archival footage, mixing documentary, fiction and fantasy. Using idioms of fan culture and voyeurism, rendered in a polyvalent form, Friedling contributes to a rich tradition of filmmakers who have experimented with gender and personal narrative. What makes Friedling's work distinctive is her use of a marginal figure such as Mercedes (who nevertheless perceives herself as central to various historical events). The director does not permit us identification with this figure, but allows her to become the point from which to launch a series of mini-essays and vignettes at break-neck speed. Mercedes' story becomes as much about her as it is about the paucity of truth, the fertility of imagination, the charm of media images, the crisis of lesbian desire and a melancholic search for meaning. . . Mercedes lives her life as a tissue of lies which lead her to an equally flawed, highly Orientalizing, moment of truth . . . In subtle ways, the film makes her fabrications a mockery of the worlds inhabited by her glamorous ex-lovers Garbo and Dietrich; a world that remains inaccessible to Mercedes in any real terms. By turning the limitations of her (marginal) protagonists into a meditation on society at large, I would argue that Friedling goes further than a previous generation of feminist filmmakers who explored women's valorization of personal narrative when confronted with the impossibility of female self-expression within patriarchy. Friedling affectionately celebrates narratives of failure and error, which are compelling for their insistent, if doomed, alternative takes on reality."
-Priya Jaikumar, Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television and author of Cinema at the End of Empire: Britain and India, 1927-1947 (2006).

Rental: $100
16mm Rental: $100

Melissa Friedling

Head in the Pickle Jar (1994) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, psychology/mental health

A film about a woman who preserves fruits and vegetables all day, every day, trying to keep them from rotting. When she worries that she, too, may be rotting, she decides to pickle herself.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Slouch, The (1994) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, children & youth, comedy

A film about a girl who walks around with her eyes towards the ground. One day, not looking where she's going, she gets hit by a car and lands flat on her back. For the first time she sees the sky and wishes she looked up long ago.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Fishlady (1998) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body

She swam like a fish, she drank like a fish. The more she swam, the more she drank. Fishlady.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Coleen Fitzgibbon

Der Spiegal (1976-2011) color, 9.51 min

Genre: Experimental

Micro text film of the June issue of German magazine Der Spiegal with rock music.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Su Friedrich

Gently Down the Stream (1981) 16mm, BW, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

"Gently Down the Stream can be described about as easily as you can hold on to a handful of water....Suffice it to say that Friedrich has an artist's instinctive sense of film-she expresses herself in it with a freedom and rightness that strike the viewer immediately. When the last image leaves the screen, you may not be able to say what you've seen, but you know what you've felt." -Stuart Klawans, THE NATION "...her films (particularly the celebrated Gently Down the Stream) signalled an important change that was occurring with the evolution of experimental cinema....The film demonstrates Friedrich's considerable technical talents and formal creativity as well as her canny historical sense in reappropriating the formal strategies generally associated with the "structural film." Friedrich's film becomes a public exorcism, one that continually exposes and infects the viewer with the psychic consequences of religious constraints, familial binds and sexual conflicts. -Bruce Jenkins, MILLENNIUM FILM JOURNAL Selected Film Festival Screenings: Documenta Kassel 2007; Cinemateque Quebecoise, Canada; "The American Century", Whitney Museum of Art; Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco; MIX Festival, NY; CineExperimental Festival, Spain; Experimental Film Festival, Buenos Aires; Osnabruck Film Festival, Germany; Banff Arts Festival, Canada; Haifa International Film Festival, Israel; International Women's Film Festival, New York; Third Art Film Festival, Tokyo; "The Color of Ritual, The Color of Thought: Women Avant-Garde Filmmakers in America, 1930-2000", Whitney Museum, NY; Festival of American Independents: 1920-1990, Torino, Italy

Rental: $56.00
16mm Rental: $56.00

Su Friedrich

Damned If You Don't (1987) BW, 42 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Queer Bi Trans

Script, direction, camera, editing, and sound editing by Su Friedrich. Script consulting and set decoration by Cathy Quinlan. Production managing by Peggy Ahwesh. Produced by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation and the DAAD. "Damned If You Don't is a real prize. Beautifully shot in black and white, it blends conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voicovers to create an intimate study of sexual expression and repression. It begins with footage from a stylish old potboiler about an isolated convent, whose tale of passions leashed and unleashed provides the leitmotif for a young lesbian who watches it and the lonely nun she pursues and seduces. As the two women's lives come closer to joining, voiceovers from the biography of a 16th century lesbian nun and the reminiscences of a woman's closeted romances at a Catholic school flesh out the theme. When the two women finally meet and make love, the woman's careful unwrapping of the nun's complicated prison of clothing is both foreplay and liberating metaphor. The film is as hypnotic as a dream." -Andrew Rasanen, BAY WINDOWS Selected Film Festival Screenings and Awards: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 1990 Athens Film Festival BEST EXPERIMENTAL NARRATIVE FILM, 1988 Atlanta Film Festival 1989 Whitney Biennial, NY; 10eme Festivale Internationale des Filmes des Femmes, Creteil, France; Festival of Festivals, Toronto; Flaherty Film Festival, NY; First Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Budapest; London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; Virginia Festival of American Film, Charlottesville; First Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Budapest; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan; Third International Festival of Films by Women, Montreal; "Filmmor" Women's Film Festival, Turkey Cast The Nun: Peggy Healey The Other Woman: Ela Troyano Voiceovers by Makea McDonald, Martina Siebert and Cathy Quinlan

Rental: $164.00
16mm Rental: $164.00

Tania Ferrier

Talkback (2015) DVD_NTSC, color, 88 / 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: arts & artists, biography, ethnic & multicultural , found footage, history, political & social activitism

TALKBACK by Tania Ferrier. Les Morgan. Laura Mitchell (15min excerpt from video collage) is a hybrid arts installation that aims to explore the intersections of race and identity. The main exhibit is a video collage titled TALKBACK that features interviews with sixty-six Americans and Australians, who discuss aspects of their histories and aspirations. The project seeks to encourage dialogue about belonging, blackness, whiteness and intergenerational continuity and change

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

Angry Underwear (2015) DVD_NTSC, color, 2:19 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: arts & artists, biography, found footage, political & social activitism

ANGRY UNDERWEAR (2 min trailer) featuring Tania Ferrier and an archive of her unique hand painted, in your face, underwear from the early nineties in NYC.

Rental: $20

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Tania Ferrier

The Last Resort (2011) DVD NTSC, color , 53:53 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: arts & artists, ethnic & multicultural , history, architecture, political & social activism

The Last Resort is a diary like edit of video documentation & interviews, by Tania Ferrier & Carmelo Musca (CM Films) during the making of The Quod Project in 2010. It is not a film in a narrative sense but rather a sequence of shots, edited for a gallery context, so that an audience can engage with any part of the video installation.

The first part of The Quod Project required building a set of a bedroom as it looks today at the Rottnest Resort. Based on research, we duplicated the appearance of the current day plastered white washed walls & Mediterranean decor that does its job of hiding history. We used a mirror as a framing device & took photographs of friends dressed as unwitting tourists to interpret the present use of the space. For legal reasons we have not used any actual documentation of the resort.

The bedroom set was then converted to the cell set, located in the artists back garden studio in South Fremantle. The set was based on research of the Rottnest Quod Prison cell spatial dimensions & appearance between 1864 & 1903. There is no existing cell space left at the Rottnest Quod today. The cell became the backdrop for a series of photographs of Cedric Jacobs & Noel Nannup, Aboriginal representatives for Wadjemup/ Rottnest, who acted as prisoners for a series of photographs. The mirror frame was used in reverse, showing the past through a hole in the wall; a hole in the holiday history of The Rottnest Quod.

The Last Resort video installation begins with interviews of the artist, Tania Ferrier, & other participants involved in building the project. Following on, several neighbours are asked to lie down in the set to get a sense for the cramped conditions the Aboriginal men experienced, gaoled seven men per 2m x 3m cell; like sardines.

An interview with eminent Western Australian historian, Dr. Neville Green, provides important information on the history of the Rottnest Quod Prison & the state wide, colonial frontier solution of removing Aboriginal men from their land to Rottnest Island.

The voices of random party guests are heard who unwittingly encounter the cell .They are asked to say what they know, if anything, about the history of the Rottnest Quod. Later Aboriginal Elders are interviewed after the cell set has been aged. Cedric and Noel channel the past and speak from their perspective on the current day use of the Quod as a tourist resort.

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Tania Ferrier

Whitewash (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 6:13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic & multicultural , history, political & social activism

WHITEWASH is a 6 minute video made by artist, Tania Ferrier as the final piece in a project examining the history of a building on Rottnest Island/ Wadjemup, Western Australia, called The Quod.

Quod means gaol in old English slang, which is what the building functioned as from 1864 to 1903 after which time it was converted to tourist accommodation for ensuing generations of Western Australians.

Its prior history as the notorious Native Prison where over 400 Aboriginal men from died in the cells from inhumane conditions was whitewashed as with the cells which became the bedrooms for tourists. The spelling of Quod was changed to Quad in an attempt to shake off the reference to a gaol. Today it remains accommodation as part of the Rottnest Island Lodge Resort where little information is provided to tourists about the history of the rooms where they sleep.

WHITEWASH is a video that lets us reflect upon the whole of Australian history and how we as a nation have colluded in the collective forgetting of the past and to contemplate what this means to Aboriginal people today.

Aboriginal film maker, Glen Stasiuk and actors, Curtis Taylor and Michael Smith participated in the making of this video along with Antony Webb / DOP, Alan Thompson / additional editing, James Kerr / stills photography and actors Alan Boyd and Monica Maine. Guitar track by Abraham Dunovits, Didj by Steve Richter and additional sound by Alan Thompson. Concept/Direction/Design by Tania Ferrier, C. 2012.

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Tania Ferrier

Wardong Wadjemup (2012) color / b&w, 7:57 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: dance, ethnic & multicultural , history, political & social activism

In Wardong Wadjemup, a young Aboriginal dancer named Michael Smith, used my Rottnest cell set, props, costumes and dressings ( including road kill crows I had collected and frozen over several months as the crow is the local Aboriginal totem for Rottnest / Wadjemup Island ) to create a dance for his final year project at University. My husband filmed it for him on a small video camera and edited it and I directed. This film became part of The Quod Project exhibition .

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Symbiosis Films

Our New Family (2015) color, min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: children / youth, family, personal/diary/journal

What is the definition of family? Who makes the best parents? What are the implications of recent advances in biology and how will those effect the ways human beings choose to reproduce? Those questions and many others are examined through the experience of the filmmakers James Dowell and John Kolomvakis as they proceed through the process of surrogency and family building in the feature documentary film, OUR NEW FAMILY.

Ultimately culminating in their twin sons, the specific history that lead to this desire for family is explored through the filmmakers' lives and a view is offered on to the changing social mores over the last half century. Gay marriage and parenting are examined as well as the challenging of specific environment of Dallas, Texas and New York City. Interviews include: Dennis Coleman, Executive Director of Equality and Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of Family Equality Council. Stuart Miller, C.E.O of Growing Generations are interviewed as are the surrogate mother and egg donor. A wide swath of the history of the last fifty years is seen through the eyes of the filmmakers and the present of a new kind of family give a specific report on where we are today.

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