Sandra Davis

Material Filigree (1980) 16mm, color & b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music, Philosophical

MATERNAL FILIGREE is obviously vision rising thru inwards... it trembles like poetry, music - its rhythms OF and-at-one-with the experience itself. You have stiched a meaningful weave of symbolism throughout but always in the sense 'make it new' (as Pound translates the Chinese), so that symbol rubs and clashes with symbol, so that each is always vibrant, so that no symbol could harden midst the frets and stops of your 'music' - that symbols be felt beyond any set to of understanding... that none of them be ever anything like pomposity/(the known) but rather always sensual." Stan Brakhage

Rental: $50.00
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Sandra Davis

Matter of Clarity (1985) 16mm, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

The third part of the trilogy, MATTER OF CLARITY completes this particular cycle of discovery, and brings to resolution these themes, grounded in matter. "... rich tactile images of the natural world ... convey [the film's] Blakean revelation of the sensuality of perception and the perception of sensuality." -- Ian Christie

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Sandra Davis

Architecture of Desire, An (1988) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Philosophical

My own films usually begin with a question, and frequently lead into unexpected territory. MATERNAL FILIGREE began as an exploration of life in the female body, and led me astray. The film finally led me back to the original question. I thought MATTER OF CLARITY would be a nice, sensual journey through that attraction-of-opposites energy. However, it quickly ran out of control, and I had to struggle to rein it in. In AN ARCHITECTURE OF DESIRE, the manifestations of desire, and the opportunities for a clarity of observation, presented themselves during the filming in unforeseen ways. Like all rhythmic structures, the film is meant to be understood through the body and senses, as well as through the conceptual mind. "Davis's earlier explorations of the body and sensuality come to fruition in this, her latest film. Through rigorous cross-cutting and use of extreme close-ups, manmade and natural manifestations of architecture merge with the physical body into palpable delineations of form and function." -- San Francisco Cinematheque program notes

Rental: $55.00
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Sandra Davis

Preponderance of Evidence (1999) 16mm, color, 46 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Psychology & Mental Health

Three women telling their own stories in a non-narrative, non-documentary form. How do inner conflicts of intimacy, sexual need, and violent impulses emerge in personal relationships? The evidence includes testimonies describing experiences of sexuality, love relationships, births, illegal abortions, adolescence as a Jew in revolutionary Russia and in the Protestant US Midwest. Private anecdotes illuminate societal realities of race, culture and gender. My "story" contributed contradictory images: the archaic Florida swamp, the elegant forms of European medieval architecture, Congress and Anita Hill, the mermaids of Weekie Wachee, victim heroines of European opera, abstract color and light explorations. Bits of 1950s educational films testify to scientific belief in cause and effect and stupefying patriarchal convictions of "how to" grow up well, avoid "going bad" and get a date for the prom.

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Sandra Davis

Au Sud / La Campagne / Une Fois Habitee (1999) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Au Sud (To the South) 1991-1999: The specific colors and tones and rhythms of a place in the south of France. The dryness of gold, the rock of plateau, the cemetery of the sailors, the echoes of fishermen and artists, the memory of Paul Valery. And water everywhere. A la Campagne, a Khan-Tan-Su (Into the Country, to Khan-Tan-Su) 1992-1999: The colors and breezes of the countryside and house in Normandy. The blue crockery, the yellow lichen, and where the key in the monastery kitchen leads. Une Fois Habitee (Once Inhabited) 1992-1999: Some particular spaces, inhabited awhile ago. Looking back into the Parisian courtyard, looking at the ladies at the villa, looking into the secrets of the chapel of the delinquents. Light sculpts space; shadow describes form.

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Sandra Davis

Ignorance Before Malice (2006) DVD NTSC, Color, 30 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

A true story - and the aesthetic sequelae of the filmmaker's recovery process following a 1993 auto accident. Parallel voices of narrativized testimony describing a woman's struggle to heal within the American medical system, and a personal rumination on the journey through a sudden rupture of health into disability. Feeling my brain in the act of consciousness in viewing the MRI cells, images from art history, personal history and fantasy exploded. As did the elements of the sound track. Filmed entirely on the animation stand.

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