Gail Camhi

Coffee Break (1976) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

This is a solemn approach to the mundane ritual of the ever-awaited coffee break. It is also a self-portrait among fellow (women) office workers. "COFFEE BREAK... is a single shot movie, though shown through several rolls of film... It is an arrogant statement to declare this shot not only interesting, but self-sufficient, as these six women, including Camhi, smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, read and exchange the paper, a picture album and a book. It takes a perversity to enjoy it... I decided to stay with it and find pleasure in a catalogue of gesture and incident and a comfort in its seemingly static ambitions." -- Anthony Bannon, BUFFALO EVENING NEWS

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gail Camhi

Bellevue Film (1978) 16mm, black and white, 20.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Science & Medicine

"... is just what its title and program note say it is: 'A look at physical therapy, having profited from it. '... Russian formalism associates art with 'making strange'. Gail Camhi seems to be doing just the reverse--showing how ordinary, say, amputees and their stumps and artificial limbs are, making them familiar and banal presences rather than fearfully charged objects. Yet by removing (to some extent) myth and other forms of fantasy from a hospital ward, she may actually be inviting the esthetic imagination to relocate itself elsewhere in the film..." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, "Declarations of Independents," VILLAGE VOICE "BELLEVUE FILM... was made in a rehabilitation ward, and it offers and inventory of patients: a child learning to use crutches, a young man beginning exercise with weights, the old man, the beautiful woman, the middle aged man without legs and one arm. The film settles upon this man, finally, discovering as one might, as a visitor, a pain in a face, the limp pajama over a stump of a leg, the cinches, straps, buckles of prostheses, his happiness and pride, one marvels. Camhi's film manner is without cuteness. Images seemingly are made from whatever vantage point is possible, not from a preconceived angle. Flash frames, light-struck ends are kept if the image beneath is worthy. For it is the image and its information not the style that matters, without sentiment, silently." -- Anthony Bannon, BUFFALO EVENING NEWS

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Gail Camhi

Evening At Home, An (1979) 16mm, black and white, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Music

A musical. This is a portrait of my father in three vignettes of his own fabrication. "... a black and white sound 'musical' featuring Camhi's father in three charmingly modest vaudeville turns, performed in his own living room... Using Pere Camhi and an Al Jolson anthem and campy foxtrot (among other things), this laid-back effort succeeds in capturing... euphoria... by following the 'realist' tactic of letting personality triumph over form." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, VILLAGE VOICE

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Gail Camhi

Audience (1980) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A film about the adventures contained in movie-watching. "AUDIENCE is a film for the discovery of light and the hiding of information, ironically shot from the vantage of an audience, which partially masks the showing of banal travelogue footage." -- Anthony Bannon, BUFFALO EVENING NEWS

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gail Camhi

Pontiff (1980) Super 8, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Expectations of a visit by the Pope.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

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