Vivienne Dick

Guerillere Talks (1978) VHS NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

"Dick's first film, consists of eight unedited rolls of super-8 sound footage. A chorus of red and white Kodak leader separates the individual rolls, each of which is a sort of screen test for Dick's female subjects (most of whom are or were associated with the punk music scene)...Guerillere Talks can be seen as the extension of Warholian pragmatism to super-8 talkies. However, by juxtaposing various examples of female self-definition against the backdrop of a decaying social order, the film is also the rehearsal and paradigm for Dick's subsequent work." --Jim Hoberman, October issue 20, Spring 1982

VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Vivienne Dick

She Had Her Gun All Ready (1978) Super 8, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Set on New York's Lower East Side, the film revolves around the power relations between two friends. One dominates and paralyzes the other. This paranoia is overcome when the controlled person decides to take responsibility. "Vivienne Dick's 'She Had Her Gun All Ready' could provide a brilliant antidote to Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,' the almost religious canonization of the cultural stars of feminism. Dick speaks the contemporary unspeakable; woman's anger and hatred of woman at the crucial moment of overpowering identification and obsessional thralldom." -- Karyn Kay Idiolects, No. 9-10 (1980-1981)

Rental: $80.00
Super8 Rental: $80.00

Vivienne Dick

Beauty Becomes the Beast (1979) VHS NTSC, color, 41 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Lydia Lunch is the protagonist of Beauty Becomes The Beast, where she appears alternately as a five-year-old child and a tough teenager. Dick's densest and most associative film, Beauty Becomes The Beast is a virtual catalogue of female media images, ranging from Patty Hearst to 'I Love Lucy.' Switching scenes and modes like a bored TV watcher idly spinning the dial, the film depicts a world of women where mother and daughter are reciprocal roles in an ongoing chain of victimization.... Extremely effective, [this super 8 film] derives its considerable power mainly from the graphic regression of Lunch's persona and from an undercurrent of sexual rage that courses throughout." (J. Hoberman, October)

Vivienne Dick

Liberty's Booty (1980) VHS NTSC, , 48 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

uses a matter-of-fact view of middle-class, white prostitution as bith a work of sexual demystification and an ironic exposition of American 'permissiveness'"-J.Hoberman.

VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Vivienne Dick

Visibility: Moderate (1981) VHS NTSC, , 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Vivienne Dick's first film after the New York series takes her back to her native Ireland. Using Super-8 film as a parody of the 'travelogue' or home-movie style film, Dick takes a expatriate, tourist look at her homeland. The narrative follows Margaret Ann Irinsky as the American tourist trekking from a Dublin populated by Hare Krishnas and rock music, to the horse-drawn carriages in the west of Ireland and the kissing of the Blarney stone. The quaint perception of Ireland and the Americanization of the native culture are contrasted with interviews from sectarian prisoners and footage of political marches. As in all her work, Dick uses a mixture of verite shots which capture the essence of the locality and intersperses them with images which have a totally different feel. This method is used to highlight issues in a subtle way wherein the camera takes an active rather than a voyeuristic role. VIVIENNE DICK

VHS NTSC Rental: $100.00

Vivienne Dick

Compillation tape (1988) DVD NTSC, , min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

"Image Ireland" (1988) Ireland, video, 14 min., "Like Dawn to Dust" (1983) USA, 6 min., "Staten Island" (1978) USA, 5 min.

Vivienne Dick

London Suite (Gettng Sucked In) (1989) 16mm, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

Hovering between fact and fiction the film depicts a slacker existence in London. London's cultural diversity unfolds as Vivenne Dick portrays her friends, their lifestyles, what they talk about and how they talk. In this kaleidoscopic arrangement of encounters and re-enactments, equal weight is given to the passionate and the banal.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Vivienne Dick

Two Pigeons (1990) VHS NTSC, , 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

A short film which starts out like a documentary on London, in the park on a spring day and turns into a surreal landscape of ruins, mangled metals and wild flowers where two characters of indefinite gender are having some tea.

VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Vivienne Dick

Skinny Little Man Attacked Daddy, A (1994) VHS NTSC, , 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family, Landscape & Architecture, Personal / Diary / Journal

"A personal version of 'the family system' from the inside" -- Rod Stoneman, British Film and Video Directory This film marks a return for Vivienne to the to the Donegal landscape of family origin and contrasts it with life in the 'big city' in this gentle, almost ethnographic film that merges home movies and social documentary aesthetics.

Rental: $100.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $100.00

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