Robert Cowan

Portrait #2 Judy Fyve (1983) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Just what is says --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Cowan

River Windows (1966) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"A film counterpointing the hard reality of the present with the fantastic actuality or imagining of the idyllic past. This is best realized in the halting transition from the journey through time back to the watery one that evoked." --Ken Kelman

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Robert Cowan

Evocation (1969) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Found Footage

A tribute to overwhelming nature, this film is rich in both color and sound. A combination of original footage and images from children's books, text books, etc. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Robert Cowan

Moddle Toddle (1967) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Psychology & Mental Health

Why is it that just when you start getting into something you really like, that woman comes along with all her gyrating and sexy outfits; she's so irresistable you just can't go on... or can you. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Cowan

Soul Freeze (1967) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Psychology & Mental Health

"SOUL FREEZE is Cowan's masterpiece to date, and one of the most consciously anguished of films. It is centered around a man who is being 'tempted' by female sexuality. But it begins not with the man, but with two mythic images: a woman carrying a sign with the man's picture on it through the streets, and white, burning candles. This kind of imagery is contained throughout the film: things appear that are not part of the 'story' but are part of the feelings that Cowan draws from his 'story': the girl in the coffin, whom the man worships, the flesh being cut up, the geometrical shapes and finally the burning picture at the end. But Cowan's ideas are expressed most fully not by the presence of these things but by the way the whole film is shot and cut. To the subject of the film Cowan brings exceptionally violent feelings concerning the existence of human flesh; perhaps, concerning the physicality of all things. The violent cuts, images flashing on and off, throughout the film, partly expresses this. But it is also contained in the shooting style, which turns objects into blocks of light and dark. The borders of these objects seem to be clashing with the borders of the adjacent ones; the conflict, accentuated by the cutting, seems to result from a wish to destroy or deny the physicality of all things. But Cowan does not propose anything to replace it; and in fact the film is inextricably tied to that physicality. Thus the film expresses a great internalized violence, and intense sense of pain; but at the same time it is beautiful, for like any art, the pain is more than simple pain, it comes out of a form that contains more than can be said in words and it is the form which is beautiful."--Fred Camper

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Robert Cowan

Jangleflex (1968) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Music

An abstract, rhythmically cut film with various images of women, some of whom are dancers. The sound track, which is semi-electronic, is composed and played by Cowan. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Cowan

Rememberance and Goodbye (1968) 16mm, color & b/w, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

A personal melancholia concerning the death of my mother with my own personal memor images of school, home, lost first love and fears of my own obliteration. Made on a grant from the Canada Council. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Robert Cowan

Rockflow (1968) 16mm, color & b/w, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music

Parts of this film were shot for a mixed media show at the 'Electric Circus' in New York, and were later expanded and re-edited into the present form. A semi-documentary that gradually expands to a pure sight and sound experience. Music by Chambers Brothers. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Cowan

Alone (1969) 16mm, color & b/w, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

"From the way the film begins, and the way the outside images are used, it is clear that they are not intended to be entirely specific to the girl; not, say, to represent her 'thpughts.' The objects and images are rather metaphors--i. e., the pale, barren snow scenes--for the girl's state. Further, they place her isolation in a more general context than that of a single person's experience. The film creates a whole system which describes that isolation. This is made clearer still by the end, which alters the girl's color and removes her from her relatively personalized room." --F. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Cowan

Earth Song (1970) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

A dance-music-processional hommage to the life force, a unification of nature and man, shot in San Francisco, Yosemite and New Mexico; made on a grant from the Canada Council. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Robert Cowan

100 Chinese Opera Masks (1975) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Just what it says --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Robert Cowan

Shadow Glass, The (1976) 16mm, black and white, 22.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

"... is roughly based on Ewers' 'Student of Prague'. It concerns a young man who, feeling incapable of surmounting the harsh realities of love and life, sends his reflection cut to procure and win for him the object of his desire. Rather than being his servant and slave, the reflection takes over and controls the life of the man. In frustration and anger the man kills his reflection in order to be set free. The reality of the situation is the reality of suicide. The entire film could be interpreted as taking place in a brief second--for as long as it takes pull the trigger. --B. C.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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