Amy Greenfield

4 Solos For 4 Women (1980) 16mm, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

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Amy Greenfield

Fragments: Mat/Glass (1976) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

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Amy Greenfield

Dirt (1971) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

... has been used in women's studies classes on rape. Its energy is the energy of protest and of rock music. A woman is dragged and dragged through dirt with increasing violence. As the violence increases, so does the beat and intensity of the harsh, eletronic sound. The audience can identify deeply with the woman's movements and so experience the depth of this violence.--A. G. "She abandons her body entirely."--Boston Sunday Herald. DIRT and TRANSPORT are counterparts and are ideally screened together.--A. G.

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Amy Greenfield

Transport (1971) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Camera: Sandy D'Annunzio; Performers: Lee Vogt, Amy Greenfield; Sound: Optical Synthesizer. TRANSPORT came out of many influences in the early 1970s: the dead of Vietnam; the poem by my poetry teacher Anne Sexton, "For God While Sleeping"; the post-modern dance experiments with trust, to give yourself totally while being lifted by another; and the airborne astronauts of moon exploration. In the film, a man, then a woman, are lifted from the ground and are carried through space. Most of the film is seen upside-down against the white sky. The man and woman never meet. Their relationship is made entirely through the film editing. They move between ground and sky, between death (dead weight), through gravity (conflict weight) toward space (floating space). Finally, they break out into space and are borne along as if flying through the white air. Awards: Second Prize, Yale Film Festival; Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum, Austria. Exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Film Forum, NY.

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Amy Greenfield

Dervish 2 (1972) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Directed, choreographed, and performed by Amy Greenfield. Camera: Wilson Barber; Switching: Tony Grante; Colorization: Pee Bode. One of the first creative videodance tapes made. The Museum of Modern Art says "[Greenfield] developed a new genre of videodance, choreographing movement for the area framed by the video camera and the television screen." "For twenty minutes we watch Greenfield, wrapped in a white sheet, simply spin. The ceaseless repetition makes us lose our sense of time and gives the dynamic movement an object-like permanence. And yet, the actual physicality of her body also seems to dissolve. Subtle superimpositions of alternate camera views create delicate image transparencies while the whippings of the sheet across the monitor screen emit luminous stroboscopic flickerings. Rhythmic ambient sounds of shuffling and breathing reinforce the hypnotic effects of optical repetition." -- Richerd Lorber, Arts in Society "A range of dance extraordinary in its closeness and fragility." -- ArtsCanada Awards: First Int'l Women's Video Festival, Toronto, Canada; Video Roma, Italy. Part of the collection of Lincoln Center Dance Collection and Anthology Film Archives Video Collection.

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Amy Greenfield

Dialogue for Cameraman and Dancer (1974) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Director, Editor, Choreographer, and "Dancer": Amy Greenfield; Camera and "Cameraman": Willson Barber. A pioneering videodance tape, for its camera movement and its editing which in the latter part presages music videos. This tape also summons up the ideals of freedom and openness of the nude body and naked personality, the good and bad trips, the music (Joplin and The Who) of the '60s. "This tape involves a dual process, as cameraman and dancer rediscover the roots of human motion in their own lives. ... The camera circles, follows, inverts, sometimes echoes, sometimes seems to hurl Greenfield across the landscape ... fully entering into the kinetic energy which surrounds her nude body. ... Greenfield and the cameraman, Willson Barber, speak to each other on the soundtrack, discussing their experiences and feelings about movement, especially falling - one extended sequence of which reminds this writer of the diving sequence in Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia .... The soundtrack ... of popular music is opposed by the sound of Greenfield's breathing, buzz of planes, screams, and other noises usually deleted from more conventional dance tape." -- Robert A. Haller, Film Library Quarterly

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Amy Greenfield

Element (1973) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Camera: Hilary Harris; Performer: Amy Greenfield. ELEMENT, like TIDES, raises issues of the active image of a woman's body on film. The two films are counterparts and are ideally screened together. The woman's body is covered, like a moving sculpture, entirely with black, wet, clay-like mud in an environment of this element. She falls into and rises out of this glistening substance, over and over, until she is seen against the sky and falls one last time, ending with her black body sliding along the mud glittering in the jewel-like sun. The whole film is a human cycle which is both birthlike and deathlike and summons up through visceral imagery a very primal area of female sensuality. "In the well-known ELEMENT, Greenfield rolls and seethes and plunges in a field of mud, her hair, her face, her naked body [are] not just slathered with mud but become a part of it ...." -- Deborah Jowitt, dance critic, The Village Voice Exhibition: Toulon Int'l Festival; Whitney Museum of American Art; Third Int'l Avant-Garde Film Festival, London; Film Forum, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY.

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Amy Greenfield

Videotape For A Woman And A Man (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 34 min

Genre: Experimental

Directed, choreographed, and edited by Amy Greenfield. Cameras: Hilary Harris, Patricia Saunders; Performers: Ben Dolphin, Amy Greenfield; Music: Gordon Mumma, J. S. Bach. "Among film and video artists, Amy Greenfield holds a special place in today's avant-garde. Greenfield, an active exponent of experimental cinema dance, was honored by a full Cineprobe evening at New York's Museum of Modern Art. "VIDEOTAPE FOR A WOMAN AND A MAN, shown at MoMA, is an absorbing and disturbing inquiry into male-female relationships. Photographed in black and white and color, and performed in the nude by Greenfield and dancer Ben Dolphin, it relentlessly examines the possible physical and emotional encounters between a man and a woman. The vulnerability of nakedness makes these encounters not only a study in exposure but a turbulent drama in which two human beings confront each other and begin a ritual of mutual and self discovery. "While the erotic implications are a constant, the work skillfully skirts the pornographic through the single-mindedness with which the protagonists objectify (by word and action) their encounters. "It is the immediacy of the unforeseen that lends the film its emotional thrust as the unadorned, unimpeded, and unrestricted male and female bodies enter into a sensual struggle for self-recognition." -- John Gruen, Dancemagazine

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Amy Greenfield

Tides (1982) 16mm, color, 12.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Camera: Hilary Harris; Performer: Amy Greenfield. The literary sources for TIDES came from Isadora Duncan's "The Dance of the Future," Maya Deren's script for the unfilmed passages of Ritual In Transfigured Time, Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra. "TIDES is a cinema-dance dealing with the theme and image of woman and ocean. The entire film was shot with a high speed camera, creating action from two to twenty times slower than normal speed. Because of this extreme slow motion, the surge and flow of the woman's nude body and the waves becomes intensely felt, continually moving cinematic imagery. "TIDES alludes to the very romantic confrontation of the human being and the elements as participants in a centuries-old drama. The film is introduced by a quote from Isadora Duncan's 'The Dance of the Future,' and proceeds to visualize the woman -- the filmmaker herself -- first rolling into the heart of the wave, then moving with, against, under, into the waves, until, at the end of the film, her whole body shouts with joy." -- 16th Edinburgh International Film Festival Exhibition: London Film Festival, 1982; Edinburgh Film Festival, 1982; Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1983; NY Shakespeare Public Theatre, 1983.

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Amy Greenfield

Antigone/Rites of Passion (1990) 16mm, color, 85 min

Genre: Experimental

A feature film starring Bertram Ross, Janet Eilber and Amy Greenfield. Music: Glenn Branca, Diamanda Galas, Paul Lemos, Elliott Sharp and David Van Tieghem. An "emotionally charged feminist take" (The Village Voice) on the daughter of Oedipus. Amy Greenfield takes avant-garde and feminist filmmaking into a new sphere of storytelling. "Dazzling, demanding, bold, triumphantly ambitious and successful .... Greenfield wisely decided to shoot her film as a silent, allowing her performers complete freedom of movement. ... Greenfield and her cinematographers Hilary Harris (for the natural locations) and Judy Irola (for the architectural settings) keep the camera in perfect, expressive harmony with the performers. ... Add to this spare, off-screen narration spoken by the various characters as they reveal their innermost thoughts. ... Further add the film's astonishing score, a great, richly varied hum and roar and shimmer. ... Through the flawless fusion of all these elements we're able to experience an 'Antigone' as if we had never seen it performed before, an 'Antigone' at once sensual and erotic, timeless and timely, for this film is charged with the tension of viewing Oedipus from his daughters' point of view. ... Inspired." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times Exhibition: Berlin Int'l Film Festival, 1990; Houston Int'l Film Festival, 1990. Selected as eligible for Academy Award nomination, 1991.

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