Bruce Elder

She Is Away (1975) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Structural

The film's projected time is the basic material of this film and is wrought into a simple form which, by its radically reductionist structure, transforms the materials of the dramatic form into a tone poem of waiting and anticipation.

Rental: $25.00
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Bruce Elder

Art of Worldly Wisdom, The (1979) 16mm, color, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Literature & Theater

Composition from journals kept 1976-1978. Moving Kodak snapshots taken during travels abroad and while at work back home; random glimpses of sites seen and persons visited, fragments of afternoon reveries and night dream visions with garrulous non-stop description of education -- in family, at school, while ill -- trying to make sense of it all. "The dark wood encountered in the middle of life's journey." -- Dante This is the composition of material from my ongoing film diaries.

Rental: $100.00
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Bruce Elder

Sweet Love Remembered (1980) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Partly inspired by remarks, both very dear to me, one made by Freud, "Eros nowhere makes its intentions more clear than in the desire to make two things one"; and one by Nietzsche, "What must these people have suffered to have become this beautiful?" The music was created on a homebrew synthesizer and computer.

Rental: $28.00
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Bruce Elder

1857: (Fool's Gold) (1981) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

An odyssey; an epic of the adventures by which man and world are returned to a state of harmony." --B. E. "One of Elder's most accomplished films and demonstrates quite forcefully his talents for advancing new approaches to capture complex issues within the art of film." --Bruce Jenkins, Media Study/Buffalo

Rental: $50.00
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Bruce Elder

Illuminated Texts (1982) 16mm, color, 176 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"A very demanding work of great complexity and rigor, ILLUMINATED TEXTS presents itself as a great debate between nature and technology, unity and dissolution, the divine and demonic, and irrecoverable past and the terrible velocity of time. Following on Elder's previous film, the autobiographical ART OF WORLDLY WISDOM, and the structural essay in history, 1857: FOOL's GOLD, ILLUMINATED TEXTS reenacts this time on a single site, both the task of constructing a self and the progression of historical agony. Although prolix in his use of texts--acted one, superimposed on the image, spoken in voiceovers and proliferate in the range of his imagery, Elder has structured ILLUMINATED TEXTS classically as inexorable movement from paradise to apocalypse, of in the formal terms, the film uses from plenitude to fragmentation. It is a sign of Elder's continuing commitment to a romantic sensibility making all his movies that the most horrific section of ILLUMINATED TEXTS, its apocalyptic conclusion is also the most stunning 45 minutes Elder has so far committed to film." --Bart Testa, Canadian Images, 1983

Rental: $175.00
16mm Rental: $175.00

Bruce Elder

Lamentations: Part One (Reels 1-5 Of 11) The Dream of the Last Historian (1985) 16mm, color, 210 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Like Ezekiel's vision in the valley of dry bones, a typos of a new beginning. In among all the feelings of loss and deprivation occur intimations of the final culbute general, of the dissolution of time, of a now that vanishes between the no longer and the not yet. --B. E.

Rental: $300.00
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Bruce Elder

Lamentations: Part Two (Reels 6-11 of 11) the Sublime Calculation (1985) 16mm, color, 240 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

The antitype. Toward origins. Finding the beginning in the end. In the end - in that tremendous Vulgate phrase - ludens in orbe terrarum. --B. E.

Rental: $300.00
16mm Rental: $300.00

Bruce Elder

Surprised By Joy (1998) 16mm, color, 200 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $200.00
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Bruce Elder

Crack, Brutal, Grief (2000) 16mm, color, 80 min

Keywords: Philosophical

An experimental film dealing with life and death.

Rental: $200.00
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Bruce Elder

Bruce Elder (2003) 16mm, color, 106 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Chemical transformations of the image are wedded with electrical modifications to produce a fantasia of vibrantly colored alchemical forms that suggest an erotic wonder at all the world's surfaces, including many historical sites in Germany, the subject of Elder's boyhood fantasies, and of vineyards in Europe and America, which Elder uses as the sign of the goodness of the created world. The use of aleatory processes extends this faith into the making of the film. The subject of the film is what is gained, and what is lost, through these transformations.... The loss of innocence is wedded to the deepening of wisdom (and while we appreciate the ultimate richness such transformations bring, we also mourn what is lost in the process). Modern technologies are used to the ends of Magick.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Bruce Elder

Permutations and Combinations (1976) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

Aleatory procedures are used to create movement at the points of fusion of the still images of which the film is constituted. For this reason, all movements within the film are completely reversible. This reversibility is extended into the film's overall structure, as the film is formed into a loop -- a closed container for the film's chance elements. Such a structure, I believe, results in the complete elimination of all vestiges of drama from the film. Hence this film is a companion piece to SHE IS AWAY. The sounds of the film, though determined in their occurrence by specific features of the image line, appear to form their own internal patterns which phenomenally exist in counterpoint with the patternings of the images.

Rental: $20.00
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