Martha Colburn

Asthma (1995) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Hand-processed, Political / Social Activism

A pro-smoking film for non-smokers made from an old smoking film and other footage. Hand-colored/cut-up SUPER smoking set to the complaints of a Juvenile about his parental controls, which he delivers in song form.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Cats Amore` (2001) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

A film revealing our animal instincts. Half naked/half furry cats shake their hips and transform into human-like manifestations with too much make-up and sexy clothes. This film uses flat collage animated puppets and hand coloring of the film.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Martha Colburn

Cholesterol (1996) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

"Using collage and found footage, Colburn creates noisy portraits of our most simultaneously dreadful and beautiful desires (cholesterol-ridden food, alcohol, smoking, and a bit of sex too) to create a world where every image is in constant flux, shifting from glorious, colorful stability to scratchy, flickering cacophony all in a matter of micro-seconds". (program notes by Jeff Lambert 98)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Evil of Dracula (1997) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism, Spiritual / Mystical

A Hypno-Physycho-Vampiric spazzm of fanged advertisements with money-hungry, blood-thirsty grins. This animated film in FANGTASTIC color is enough to cause a line-up at your local Blood Bank. Made with home-spun special effects of funnel-vision and hand-colored film. With a Blood Draining soundtrack by the legendary Lyrical Monster Song Master Jad Fair and musical madman Jason Willett. Originally super-8. "Like a punk-rock offspring from a glue-sniffing union of Carol Burnett and Bruce Conner, Colburn shows us, through found-footage and a camera that won't sit still the reality of our sick, seventies heritage ... filtering it through layers of color and grime to reveal the uneasiness that accompanies the freewheeling attitudes that make up our current cultural consciousness." -- Jeff Lambert

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Four By Colburn (2000) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Asthma, Persecution in Paradise, Cholesterol, I Can't Keep Up

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Martha Colburn

I Can't Keep Up (1997) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage

Come-hither pinup girls are sodomized by jittery lemurs in her 1997 film I Can't Keep Up; in What's On?, made the same year, a fist the size of Oprah Winfrey's head punches one side of the talk-show queen's noggin ("Any delight I can get out of fucking with the media, I'm happy about," Colburn deadpans); a detached foot's toes are mowed off by a lawn mower in 1998's A Toetally Solefull Feeture Pedsintation, which Colburn made with foot-fetish magazines she procured on The Block.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Lift Off (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

An interstellar Sex Capade of Astro-Porno-O-Naughts strobing and sucking through the Outer Limits. Nasty NASA Nymphets float through the Galaxies ... insinuating rocket blow jobs and releasing their Planetary Pleasures, ending in the dispersion of a capsule/parachute. Originally a double-projection of 16mm color space footage and animated, hand-colored collage animation Super 8. With an incredibly Spaced-Out-Dementia-Dirty-Tech soundtrack by Jad Fair and Jason Willett. Man's desire to fornicate with the entire Universe is finally fully realized. "Her orgiastic collages of found footage and animation pirate the images from the unceasing onslaught of our mass media era and turn them inside out, revealing the perversity we all expect is there." -- The Austin Chronicle

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Persecution In Paradise (1997) 16mm, , 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Music

PERSECUTION IN PARADISE (6:17m): A grotesque and celebratory flat puppet animation escapade. In this treacherous two-dimensional trouble tale, crazed crabs, ferocious female wrestlers and snake pits are but a few of the obstacles faced by two wacky musicians. Just when they reach their paradise inhabited by two bomb-shell jungle babes tempting them with exotic dancing they are ... well ... Persecuted in Paradise. An explosion of color and fun antics, with some bucking broncos, decapitation, and fingernail scratching thrown in for good measure.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Secrets of Mexuality (2002) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Ethnic / Multicultural, Hand-processed

A dense and highly detailed film exploring sexuality in the specific realms of Mexican wrestling and kitsch paintings through rapid-fire transformations. Much of the film is hand scratched frame by frame, hand painted (over collage animation). This film was made as a commission by the Mexican Composer Felipe Waller and screened live in Europe and Mexico with live accompaniment by the Dutch group 'Martin Altena Ensemble'.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Martha Colburn

Skelehellavision (2002) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage, Philosophical

This is a film exploiting inventive techniques of animation in an attempt to realize the world that may await us after death. Using found pornography as part of the film and literally scratching skeletons over the footage frame-by-frame.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Martha Colburn

Spiders In Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical (1999) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Music

"Spiders in Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical," while containing stylistic affinities with older work, also presented more extended and inter-relational riffs, as well as a more nuanced pacing.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

There's A Pervert In Our Pool! (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

"Watch OUT! Because the underwater Cops are too busy with a rear entry in the deep end to help you if you decide to jump into this pool. It's overflowing with notorious perverts throughout History ... dunking, diving and splashing with giraffes in bondage, penguins with breast implants and a pack of dildo-fetching dogs. "Life Guards are being scratched by someone else's fingernails!" "Help! My shadow is Jerking Off Under ME!" "Trunks are being Pulled!"... Just a few lines from the brilliantly written and crooningly delivered poem by Fred Collins (an auctioneer on PCP) which is the soundtrack for this film, with perverted pool sound effects by Martha Colburn and Jason Willett. There's no coming up for air once you're in this film of OFF-THE-DEEP-END Collage, puppet and painted animation. Originally super-8. Bursting Color! "Short-burst-spazz-junk super-8 animation guaranteed to aerate your brain for the free flow of visual play and perverse humor." -- Craig Baldwin, Other Cinema

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

What's On? (1997) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Films about Film, Media, Political / Social Activism

A Hyper-Fire Telespazzumentary rendered in orgiastic collage animation, Media Mush and freaky live chunks. Brats, Boobs, Snot-Based Game Shows, First Lady Baboon attacks, cross-dressing amputees, stress, estrogen and more spew and mutate. With star appearances by Michael Jackson, Ronald McDonald, Princess Di, Cher, Oprah (with a black eye) and a cavalcade of your favorite Game Show hosts (warning: public Urination). With a Tele-Smashing Chaos Poetry soundtrack by 99 Hooker and Video game samples by Naval Cassidy. Blasting you into HELL-A-VISION! "Her visual spew of punk rock poetry and corrupt collage, rendered in scabrous animation that's a perfect marriage of Monty Python and Hieronymous Bosch is proof that nobody mixes playfulness and dangerous vision better than a low-tech and virulent underground." -- Patrick Macias, The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Meet Me in Wichita (2007) DVD NTSC, miniDV_NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political

This work throws Osama Bin Laden into the fairytale Land of Oz. A combination of watercolors, collage and paint on glass animation, this film is a play between fact, fiction, politics , fantasy, terror and morality.

DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $45.00

Martha Colburn

Don't Kill the Weather Man! (2007) DVD NTSC, miniDV NTSC, Color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political

-based on 'The Pilgrimage of the Soul' by Guillaume De Digulleville 1437- in the collection of the Rosenbach Museum and Archive in Philidelphia, PA. A commissioned project by the museum. "'The Pilgrimage of the Soul' is a French medieval illuminated manuscript; a moralizing Christian romance, one in which death is always looming. I selected various characters and narratives from the manuscript and cut them into a modern landscape of enviornmental catastrophe. I thought of how the moralizing in the manuscript mirrors our contemporary culture. The manuscript is always deferring to a future life to come, as does the current push for enviornmental awareness. I took all of these ideas and mixed them into my own narrative. I created the film collage, imagining how the manuscript writers may have created an animation, applying the rules of Medieval Art to my animated technique. - M.C.

DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $45.00

Martha Colburn

Wrong Time Capsule (2006) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: found footage, political

Colburn uses her signature cutout-and-paste animation style. Pennsylvania-born, Amsterdam/New York based Colburn plays with images of money and liknesses of members of indie-rock band Deerhoof to bring this song to life.

DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Martha Colburn

Cosmetic Emergency (2008) 35mm, DVD_NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Found Footage, Political Social Activism

"Cosmetic Emergency" explores the idea of beauty through a collage of live action and lyrical animations. A free-form take on the current trend of cosmetic obsession and the immortal quality of painting, the film searches for "what's on the inside". Topical news stories (such as the US military offering free cosmetic surgery)and musical film sequences are created with paint-on-glass animation, found footage and documentary techniques. The music was commissioned for the film. Selected musicians, including New Zealand's Hip-Hop artist, "Coco Solid" and "Half Japanese" found Jad Fair, wrote and recorded humorously cynical songs about the cosmetic craze. Also included is a rare appearance by the Dutch Ambassador of Cosmetic Surgery, Marijke Helwegen.

Rental: $50.00
35mm Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Martha Colburn

TRIUMPH OF THE WILD (2008) 35mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: history, political

This is a chronological film of American history beginning with the American Revolution...

"I filmed TRIUMPH OF THE WILD and made the artwork in my studio in Queens, NY. I shot it on 16mm and transferred it to a digital scan, and then printed to 35mm. This was much easier than with COSMETIC EMERGENCY, which is a film that I made in 2005 by hand printing every frame to 35mm on an 'experimental printing' configuration, which consisted of a camera and a lens and some tissue paper, projecting from the floor up underneath this table onto the tissue paper, and advancing the film frame by frame to re-photograph it. The advantage of scanning to digital first is that color correcting and cropping is possible. TRIUMPH OF THE WILD is an animation, so the focus should not be on the 'printing effect'. Cosmetic Emergency is so roughly printed that projectionists think their machine is breaking while it is projecting.

"At the time I made TRIUMPH OF THE WILD, 16mm was beginning to be phased out, so printing to 16mm was not an option. TRIUMPH OF THE WILD was created by animating artwork that was painted and assembled within a six month period and researched for a year prior. Blending themes of war, history and rebirth, there is a 'non-stop-breathless' quality to the film that is highly detailed. It is created to portray a complete pictorial universe that is then broken down, through violence and PTSD. This is why I chose to print to 35mm, as a way to retain this detail in the final projected image.

"I have shown TRIUMPH OF THE WILD several times with the soundtrack being performed live with the accompaniment of composer and pianist Thollem McDonas. Those are my most memorable screenings and we have done this in SF MOMA, the FotoFocus Biennial 2014, Site Sante Fe, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy and many other venues and countries." -M.C.

Rental: $75.00
35mm Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

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