Roberta Cantow

Autostop (1972) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A dramatization of a female hitch-hiker's experience with one ride. The possibility for compassion is confused with fear as the seemingly ailing motorist reaches out for understanding and human contact. Innocence transforms into another kind of knowledge. "In oblique improvised style, a chance roadside pick-up of a hitch-hiking girl in AUTOSTOP is developed by Roberta Cantow into a touching evocation of the bittersweet fantasies of the girl and the bearded, seemingly ailing motorist who's grasping for momentary affection." -- A. H. Weiler, NEW YORK TIMES

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Roberta Cantow

Rites of Passage (1974) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

A personal and impressionistic journey through and experience of growing. A study in mood and rich in color, the film explores a young woman's infatuation with adolescent boys -- to reveal her yearning to be full. It touches on the painful part of her won initiation into selfhood.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Roberta Cantow

Clotheslines (1981) 16mm, color, 32.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family

A cherished, sometimes comic memory with mothers, husbands, children, neighbors... CLOTHESLINES, with music by Alice Eve Cohen, documents the pragmatic, symbolic and artistic role of laundry in women's lives. The film presents an enduring, vivid account, showing how the creative energies of women have been sapped by mundane tasks, and in turn how such tasks reflect a ritualistic approach to life. Billed as a poetic documentary. "... expresses layers of feelings and experience that will be a revelation to both men and women." -- Leslie Bennet, THE NEW YORK TIMES. "... the first public airing of laundry since Watergate." -- VILLAGE VOICE

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Roberta Cantow

If This Ain't Heaven (1984) 16mm, color, 27.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"Mr. G is a 50 year old black man who speaks to and for his cat, Africa. 'Speak darling, speak,' his voice implores as images of dark exotic jungles swirl by. Roberta Cantow's camera work shimmers between shadows and light, hard edges and softly blurring imagery. 'I'll speak for you,' he says in his gravely seductive voice, a voice that trails off into choppy hesitating grunts as he begins to talk about life... Anthropomorphism is a tender form of ventriloquism. With the invention of a voice and a language emerges a complete character from the imagination of the pet owner in much the same way that a ventriloquist invents a character... Cantow has made an oddly beautiful and powerful film, a discourse on extreme solitude that is frightening because nobody wants to be lonely and estranged, endearing because Mr. G is a kind and lovable man." -- Lee Sokol: "Art Papers."

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Roberta Cantow

The Book of Laughs (1987) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, personal diary & journal

Life-Loss--Love-Loss-Death Leads the viewer head-on into the complex intimacy between two sisters and their losses, both growing up, and by the death of one. This is the Book of Laughs, the fairy tale promise of good times. These sisters have touched and held on to each other through many frightening nights, and they have laughed.

Rental: $135.00
16mm Rental: $135.00

Roberta Cantow

Iluminada (1986) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: enviorment & nature

A song of the soul. Visual impressions of Mexico. Various dimensions of reality.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Roberta Cantow

Mosaics (1994) VHS_NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: ethnic & multicultrual, political & social activism

The U.S. faces many complex issues regarding its migrant population, one is affordable housing. Here viewers see the human face behind this issue, and a call for a positive solution to the problem.

Rental: $45.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.00

Roberta Cantow

Doctor Clown (1992) VHS_NTSC, color, 30 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: body, childrean & youth, personal diary & journal, science & medicine

The movie Patch Adams starring Robin Williams made the physician-social-crusader-clown world famous. This documentary offers a revealing encounter with the real Patch Adams. Here we see exclusive sequences of his "Between-the-Sheets Therapy" with a disturbed, suicidal patient named Dave, which show how far the doctor is willing to go to find a way to relieve a person's suffering. No one in the world has ever used this as a therapeutic tool. There are other touching examples of Dr. Adams' inimitable, creative approach to caring for patients in different parts of the world. And for the first time ever we are allowed to see his unique "Joy Workshop."

Rental: $90.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $90.00

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