Michael Gitlin

Nightclub (1986) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

The comic knows he's dying "out there," but he hasn't figured out yet where "out there" is. He knows it's hot. Nightclub is an exercise for lightswitch and editing table.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Michael Gitlin

Duplicating the Copy from Memory (1988) 16mm, black and white, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Duplicating the Copy from Memory is an eviscerated narrative. It has two characters and a story that advances by fits and starts. Along the way there are anecdotes and asides that convey information by hiding it, the way and envelope contains a letter.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Michael Gitlin

Plot (1991) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Accumulating in a dense mat of images, claustrophobic and repetitious, Plot is an essay film whose subject is the landscape of paranoia, an America sliding into the abyss of war.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Michael Gitlin

Berenice (1996) 16mm, color, 51 min

Genre: Experimental

Berenice is a meditation on a dream of lost plenitude, and its inversion into decay. The events depicted in the film concern the formation and dissolution of a utopian community in 1832, and the psychic and physical disintegration of two members of that community. In an allusion to the interiority of the main character, Berenice, whose flashbacks form the film's narrating consciousness, the oblique and inward-turning fictive structure gives itself over to delirious visual asides. The film is partially adapted from the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name. Additional primary sources used in constructing the film include texts by the 19th-century French utopian Charles Fourier and the collected letters from Brook Farm.

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Michael Gitlin

Off And On (1998) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Off and On documents a double performance: the close-up activity of hands painting and the deadpan long-shot action of a figure entering a space, dressing and leaving the space. Like the painting which it unspools in reverse, Off and On addresses itself to issues of scale, figure and ground, surface and depth. Through its digital intervention in the two actions, it also investigates the emotional resonance of order, duration and repetition. Coming off or back, putting on or in, through a painted screen, an ambient dressing room: there, a scumbled surface of uncertain scale; a figure at inconstant speed; a typology of chairs; a game for the eye in a frame for the hand.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Michael Gitlin

Nine Guided Tours (2000) color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Nine Guided Tours is an essay on some aspects of the language and technology deployed in turning natural space into commercialized space. Shot in nine different commercialized caverns, the tape is loosely divided into thematic sections organized around lighting strategies, the particular syntax of tour guides, the invented history of caverns, and an underground psycho-topography in which the cave walls and formations function as a kind of transmitting medium. Like anything else, a cave is an empty space waiting to be filled with ideology. Nine Guided Tours drifts underground and closely inspects some passages.

Rental: $75.00

Michael Gitlin

Shudder (top and bottom) (2001) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

The source for Shudder (top and bottom) is a piece of found footage on which a 35mm film image was mistakenly printed on 16mm film stock. Each frame of the original 35mm image covers two 16mm frames, with the top half of the original image on one frame and the bottom half on the next frame. When projected, this misprint becomes a kind of shuddering optical toy, with a dense, collagist soundtrack that rubs against the complicated visual weave of the images. Shudder (top and bottom) scratches at the fiction of the original footage, leaving behind, in its phosphene-laden after-image, a throbbing world of lonely danger.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

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