Gary Adlestein

Optical Lyrics (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 24 min

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

Six short films (WOLF; LINDA; SWAN BOAT; RACE; PIE PLATES; RIPPLE); lyrical flights between stillness and motion, chance and choice, yin and yang; structures based on simple matting and rapid single-frame intercutting of short strips of S-8 optically printed to 16mm. The filmmaker creates a lingering impression of harmony using a minimal amount of footage... The impression we get is one of piercing light and home-spun shadows. -- Linda Gross, Los Angeles TIMES

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Gary Adlestein

Cat's Eyes (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

Project at 18 fps. A tri-X grain and light song.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Kosher (1978) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Project at 24 fps. Kosher-made guilty pleasures.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Italian Opticals & Italian Places (1980) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

ITALIAN OPTICALS includes ST. THERESA and SERENISSIMA (1980, silent, 7m): Venice, floating bauble.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

St. Teresa (1983) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

After Bernini's "Ecstasy": baroque excess and dazzle; shot in S. M. della Vittoria in Rome. "Essential viewing for church groups, art history classes, fledgling saints and martyrs of all ages." -- Albert Kilchesty, "Heavenly Visions" program notes, LA Filmforum, 1985

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Room In His Heart (1985) 16mm, color, 32.5 min

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

A movie/meditation on scenes from Nathaniel West's Miss Lonelyhearts.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Gary Adlestein

Kore/Kouros (1987) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Body, Erotic

A study of the male and female nude; in honor of the painter Harry Koursaros and the classical beauty he loved. Photos and paintings by Koursaros. The first 2.75 minutes are silent. "The most erotic film elegy that I can recall ever seeing." -- Albert Kilchesty

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

S-8 Diaries: 1987/89 (1989) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Personal / Diary / Journal

LA 3/87, sync. sound memento of West Coast visit (Buddy K., the desert, Filmforum, Hollywood). Cited by Howard Guttenplan as one of the outstanding films of the 1988 Exit Art Int'l Forum of S8mm, New York; WILDWOOD 2/88, a Sunday/winter drive to the Jersey shore and back. Two films on one reel.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Candy (1989) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, Literature & Theater

A portrait of Philadelphia-based poet and painter Candy Kaucher; three cameras shooting (randomly on/off after J. Cage), synch sound; camera rolls A/B/C printed.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Pink Venise I Like (1989) Super 8, color, 11.5 min

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Personal / Diary / Journal

A continuation of some of the concerns of my ITALIAN PLACES series (spontaneous, in-camera responses to place and situation) with the addition of the layering of images and sounds -- through AB printing -- which the overwhelmingly sensuous plentitude (paradoxical in a place that has whispered "Death" to so many) of Venice suggested. "Venise dousse son plaiser tout de suite." -- Jean Cocteau

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Forsythia (1990) Super 8, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A response to a most garish, almost frighteningly beautiful, harbinger of spring.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Spring/Fall Cinesongs For Storm De Hirsch (1990) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

An homage to Storm De Hirsch (one of the pioneers of the New American Cinema and an early master of the artistic use of super-8 in her wonderful Cine Sonnets). Layered -- AB-printed -- seasonal images and sounds bursting into being and fading simultaneously. "Exuberance is beauty .... Energy is Eternal Delight." -- William Blake

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Cezannescapes 1 & 2 (1991) Super 8, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

His paintings are there, in the landscape of Provence. #1 starts in Avignon then moves up and down Mt. St. Victoire. #2 again moves up and down; this time the deserted, ancient hill town of Les Baux, haunted by ghosts of the Troubadours.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Figures (1999) VHS NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

Three short experimental video lyrics based on the classical figure.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Gary Adlestein

Domestic - Selected Films & Videos 1981-2001 (2005) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Literature & Theater, Music, Philosophical

These experimental films and videos were shot in the house, out the window, in the yard, down the road, etc., in the rural Oley Valley (near Reading, Pa.) where I live. They span a little more than two decades and range from super-8 to 16mm blow-ups, to silent and in-camera-edited-sync-sound super-8's (some of the rephotographed), to more recent videos that are often layered and image-processed. All of them are hopefully lyrics of high visual intensity that celebrate the expressive potential of the medium they were created in and the simple grace of taking pleasure in seeing and hearing the world (the loss of which is increasingly threatened in the sad times [2005] we are living through). SHADOW HUNTING (1981, Shot on S-8mm, 2 min., silent)- exploiting the painterly 'smear' quality of undercranked, 6fps projected S-8: Shadow hunts, I follow. PIE PLATES (1980, Shot on S-8, transfered to 16mm, 5:44 min.)- a John Cage inspired (his work for prepared piano accompanies the visuals) backyard, yin/yang, optically printed meditation. ("a lingering impression of harmony using a minimal amount of footage" - Linda Gross, L. A. Times) FONTANA (1988, S-8mm, 4:09 min.) - in the shadow: after the grotesque fountains I saw in Rome. S-8 DIARY: WILDWOOD (1988, S-8mm, 2:23 min.) - a Sunday drive down the Jersey shore and back which we often did when Linda's parents (from Wildhood) were alive. CINESONGS FOR STORM DE HIRSCH (1990, S-8mm, 10:55 min.) - homage to one of the pioneers of experimental S-8, Storm De Hirsch; seasonal images arising and fading simultaneously (shown in MOMA's "Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Films" program). OLEY (1993, Hi-8 video, 10 min, silent & sound) - harvest time in the Oley Valley. WITCHWAY (1995, Hi-8 video, 7:12 min. silent & sound) - under the feedback-spell of an Oley spirit and her familiar.("... deftly uses themes from Penna. folklore to create a powerfully haunting and chilling descent into an autumnal netherworld."-Albert Kilchesty) OUTSIDE IN (1995, Hi-8 video, 8:59 min.) - an interior/exterior domestic meditation. LOTUS SONG 2 (2000, mini-DV, 6:47 min.) - the second part of the life-cycle of a Lotus and its surround; a song of natural artifice. IMAGINARY POND WITH REAL FROGS (2001, mini-DV, 8:44 min.) - after Marianne Moore's definition of poetry as "the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads." SONATA (2001, mini-DVD, 3:27 min.), sil.) - visual music to "soothe the scythe" (Ed Sanders); a reaction to 9/11. ("Your work was such a treat - so lyric and voluptuous in color." --Donna Cameron)

Rental: $50.00 DVD sale: 75.00 mini-DV rental: 50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Gary Adlestein

Italia - Selected Films & Videos 1980-2005 (2005) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

A selection of short experimental films and videos shot in Italy spanning a period from 1980 through 2005. Some are intuitive, edited-in-camera, reactions to what I was experiencing; others are frame-by-frame (JK optical printing) reconfigurations of the image or, in the videos, layered and image-processed compositions. All are lyric celebrations of a place, art and culture that I love. -G. A. SAINT TERESA (1983, 16mm, 4:50 min.) - after Bernini's "Ecstasy"; baroque excess and dazzle; shot in super-8 at SM della Vittoria, Rome; re-composed in 16mm on the JK. (London Filmmakers Coop. "New American Cinema 1981-1991" touring program) EMBARKATION TO CAPRI (1980, super-8mm, 2:04 min.) - a single shot lyric; the pleasure seekers depart (after Watteau and Fellini). "A particular favorite of mine." - Tom Chomont VERONA (1989, super-8mm, 3:11 min.) - one of a series of edited-in-camera, sync-sound, place lyrics that I was shooting in the late '80's. TAORMINA/ETNA (1996, super-8mm to hi-8 video, 6:53 min.) - a land and seascape of exquisite beauty pulsing with life and the promise of death. "Adelstein rephotographs Super-8mm film on video, creating, through the chug-chugga-chugg rhythm familiar to all 8mm filmmakers, an extremely effective visual analogue to the molten lava which bubbles and surges under the volcano." -Albert Kilchesty; (selected for "Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Films" exhibition at MoMA, 1982-2001) SICILIA (1999, mini-DV, 4:20 min.) - meditation on life and death in the Catacombs of Palermo and, on the island of Motya, in the presence of a 5th centruy B. C. Greek statue unearthed in the 1970's. NOCTURNE (2003, mini-DV, 6:40 min.) - video diary: midnight under Venetian moon. GRAFFITO (2003, mini-DV, 2:55min.) - tracing a swirling arabesque at the heart of Venetian art and design. APOLLO DREAMING (2004, mini-DV, 3:30 min.) - through the oculus of the Pantheon, Apollo dreams the future of Rome. SAN MARCO SUBAQUEO (2005, mini-DV, 4:45 min.) - the bejeweled Adriatic Queen succumbs to the coppery depths of the sea. BAVA BYTES (2005, mini-DV, 10:40 min.) - fractured Mario Bava trailer pics mixed in a delirious giallo tribute to maestro Bava, Christopher Lee and Eva Bartok. (Comprised of 2,446,129,431 bytes - to be exact.) ("The most important aspect of Adlestein's approach to video is that it is irrefutably and defiantly filmic. It is sublimely tactile where most videos tend to be impersonally cool and hard..." -Albert Kilchesty)

Rental: $50.00 DVD sale: 75.00 mini-DV rental: 50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Gary Adlestein

Gaudi & Cezannescapes (1991-2006) DVD_NTSC, miniDV_NTSC, Color, 12:00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art_Artists, Landscape Architecture

Three experimental shorts inspired informed by the styles of the artists they celebrate. (the two most recent are mini-DV's, the other, created 15 years previously, is a single-system sound, edited- [mostly] -in-camera super-8 film) GAUDI (2006, mini-DV, 2:40 min) Gaudi's great La Sagrata Familia begun in Barcelona in the 1880's, still remains a vital work in progress ('07: Dudley Cinema Venice, CA: Athens International Film/ Video Festival: Black Maria Film/ Video Festival, Director's Choice Prize). LA PEDRERA (2006, mini-DV, 2:45 min, silent) If the Sagrata Familia, its vertical, spiraling thrusts leaping heavenward, is Gaudi's sacred masterpiece, his LA Pedrera (a Barcelona apartment house, luxuriating in leisurely horizontal undulations, is its profane partner. CEZANNESCAPES 1 & 2 (1991, s-8/snd, 5:30 min.) his paintings are forever inscribed in the Provencal landscape (selected for "Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Films" at MoMA, 1982-2001).

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $40.00

Gary Adlestein

Reading 1974: 30th Anniversary Edition (1975) DVD NTSC, color, 56 min

Genre: Documentary

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

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00 individual / $50.00 institutional

Gary Adlestein

Reading 1974: Portrait of a City (1975) DVD NTSC, color, 56 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history

Produced and directed by: Gary Adlestein, Costa Mantis, Jerry Orr. 30th Anniversary Edition. A documentary (in the city symphony tradition begun by experimentalists in the 1920's) that captures the essence of Reading, PA in 1974 at the height of the urban renewal era, when the centers of many mid-sized American cities were gutten and redesigned to make way for the "the future." The film captures its subject at exactly the point when what seemed unique and special about this rather old-fashioned, Pennsylvania Dutch, urban center was rapidly disappearing. This 16mm portrait - the first film to receive a production grant from the PA Council of the Arts - was shown at film venues (eg., MoMA's "What's Happening" series) and festivals throughout the country. As the years have passed, the makers of the documentary have observed it evolve into both a fascinating 1970's time capsule and a poignant cinematic elegy. (According to the 2010 Census Bureau data on cities with a population of more than 65,000, Reading had the "largest share of its residents living in poverty, barely edging out Flint, Mich." - New York Times 10/26/11). So exotic and oozing with character, I forgot I was looking at my own culture. Unforgettable and beautifully bizarre. (Mike Kuchar) Very impressive - one of the best of its kind that I've seen. - Bill Judson, Film Curator, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute One of the most original and most interesting American independent feature-length films of 1975. - Film Comment, May/June 1976

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $35 individual/ $50 institutional

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