Michelle Handelman

Safer Sexual Techniques in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1988) 16mm, 3/4" NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

Working from the premise that there is no such thing as safe sex, this film is designed as an arcane storybook with each sexual act being contained within a 100 ft.-roll of film. A structural film with content, each roll contains layers of sexual illusion amid subliminal messages created by in-camera effects. The soundtrack starts from a single cat's purr and is manipulated with each sexual act, creating a climatic fever sounding like a buzzing chainsaw.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $40.00
3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

Homophobia Is Known To Cause Nightmares (1991) 16mm, 3/4" NTSC, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

A woman imitating a man, imitating himself. Using the cut-up techniques of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, I edited this film using experimental out-takes and guided purely by intuition. The film sat around for a year without a soundtrack. Then, due to a homophobic incident, I plotted my revenge, locked myself in a sound booth and let loose. A revenge film that will have you falling out of your seat.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $40.00
3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

Hope (1991) 3/4" NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 5:15 min

Genre: Experimental

Co-maker: Monte Cazazza As skin dissolves and layers of the body are revealed, we become familiar with the flesh. . . its internal working more beautiful than its cosmetic cover. Hope is ambient cinema, evoking the transformative spirit of life after death. Images of blood and bone dissolve into each other with a soundtrack of Tibetan bowls, heartbeats, and irregular rhythms. Awards: 1996 American Film Institute-Sonyvisions of U. S. Award; 1995 Special Merit, Rutgers University S-8 Festival.

Rental: $25.00
3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

CandyLand (2000) VHS NTSC, color, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Part of Handelman's studio performance series: "Cannibal Garden," here she slowly crawls across the floor -- the artist as obsessive devouring action machine -- consuming pure color in the form of hard crystals. Action and character become real-time animation. Available as DVD or video formats

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

History of Pain, A (2000) VHS NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

An experimental narrative about the Spanish inquisition and how it still permeates our current psychosexual cultural milieu. Soundtrack by Psychic TV, Lustmord and Monte Cazazza. "A video odyssey through the jagged landscape of today's political climate. Centering around a stolen Inquisition-era torture device, the work explores S&M, censorship, art and freedom." -- San Francisco Guardian

Rental: $90.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $85.00

Michelle Handelman

I. C. U. (2000) VHS NTSC, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Handelman's studio performance series: "Cannibal Garden," here she approaches the lens as the ultimate object of affection, pulling eyelashes from her mouth and covering the lens; assaulting beauty, artifice and the grotesqueness of glamour. Available as DVD or video formats

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

La Suture (2000) VHS NTSC, Beta SP NTSC, color, 8.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Featuring: Michelle Handelman; Eleni Maravelia; Emily Michailidou; Camera: Michelle Handelman; Paolo RousseausAnimation and Avid Editor: David Nicholson An attic, a giant sewing needle and an anti-gravity fairy tale of sibling rivalry. Three sisters fight over who gets the biggest phallus in this post-feminist animation-infused playground by media artist Michelle Handelman. If Hans Christian Anderson got a sex change, surfed the porn sites, and hung with the freaky girls, his stories would look like this. AVAILABLE on DVD or VHS

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00
BetaSP NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

Michelle Handelman Performance Videos (2001) VHS NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Featuring selections from "Cannibal Garden" I. C. U. 2-1/2 minutes; CandyLand 7 minutes; Aliendreamcord 3 minutes; pt.2pt 3 minutes Available as DVD or video formats

Rental: $65.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $65.00

Michelle Handelman

DJ Spooky vs. WebSpinstress M (2002) VHS NTSC, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Digital Animation Credits: Produced and Directed by: Michelle Handelman; Music by: DJ Spooky - That Subliminal Kid and The Dub Pistols; Design and Animation by: Lucy Blackwell; Sound Design by : Vincentlanierbaker This is a new addition to Handelman's constructed persona series, "The Adventures of Lucky M." Here her character stars as "WebSpinstress M" a mischievous punk who takes on the culture spin king of the art world, DJ Spooky. From the dregs of outdated technology to the pinnacle of the superbrand, this is a re-spinning of the old spider and the fly tale. A wry look at seduction and art politics in an age of corporate branding; where art and self-promotion feed the timeless race toward fandom. "I have respun the old spider and the fly tale into a web of digital seduction, using the metaphor of spin to comment on the institutional branding of culture. This piece started as a project for "Test Pattern: Collaborations between visual artist's and DJ's" where participants were asked to make visual work inspired by the participating DJ's. Paul D. Miller aka DJSpooky and I were paired for the exhibit. Paul gave me music to use and I worked with designer/animator Lucy Blackwell to create us as animated characters. For the past few years I have been developing a Superhero/trickster performance character called "Lucky M" and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring her into a cartoon format. Vincent Lanier Baker provided the final touches, constructing precision sound effects to articulate cultural metaphors." -- Michelle Handelman 2002 Available in DVD or video formats

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

i hate you (2002) DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Philosophical

Riffing off of Nauman's early performance tapes, Handelman chants this negative affirmation into a song of personal endearment. Simultaneously self-reflexive, self-conscious, meditative and pathetically funny. Available in DVD or video formats

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Michelle Handelman

Dorian (2010) DVD NTSC, Color, 80 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Queer & Bi Trans

A four-channel video installation adapting Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" from a queer feminist perspective. Like the films of Warhol and Godard, that blur the line between performance and reality, all of the performers in Dorian are playing some version of themselves. Sequinette (Dorian) is a young gender-bending drag impresario; Armen Ra (Lord H)is a renowned therein player; K8 Hardy (Sybl Vain)is a performance artist and co-creator of the queer art collective LTTR; AND Flawless Sabrina (Dead Dorian)is a drag legend. Original music by: Vincent Baker, Lustmord Armen Ra, Nadia Sirota, Stefan Tcherepnin. "Dorian, a cinematic perfume" has been presented at Participant, Inc., NYC (May 2009); Virtuoso Illusion curated by Michael Rush (MIT List Visual Arts Cebter, Feb 2010); and Arthouse at The Jones Center, Austin (Jan-Mar 2011). Supported by Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund Grant; NYSCA Distribution Regrant, Electronic Media and Film, and the LMCC Studio Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Michelle Handelman

This Delicate Monster (2004/7) DVD NTSC, , 30 min

Genre: Experimental

A multimedia pop fable inspired by Charles Baudelaire's 19th century collection of poems "Les Fleurs dul Mal". Handelman transposes the "Les Fleurs du Mal" into a haunting and hallucinatory fragmented narrative that can best be described as a cross between a horror film soundtrack and fashion shoot gone terribly wrong. Collaborating with couture fetish designer Garo Sparo, Italian noise band Larsen, and a cast of performers, Handelman seduces the viewer into a three-screen narrative constructed of gestures and sounds that breathe life into Baudelaire's text such as, "No abyss compares with your bed" and "...condemned to an eternal laugh because I know not how to smile". The exhibit is a sympathetic symphony of gasps, shrieks and repetitive actions where passion, obsession, fashion and ugliness collide. Music by Larsen and Lustmord. "This Delicate Monster" has been exhibited at Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn (2004); Rx Gallery, San Francisco (2005); Le Letit Versailles, NYC (2006); Art- Claims Impulse, Berlin (2006); 3LD Art & Technology Center, NYC (2007)

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Michelle Handelman

Irma Vep, The Last NIght (2014) DVD, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Arts & Artists, Body, Erotic, Films about Films, Philosophical, Queer/Bi/Trans

"Irma Vep, the last breath" is a multichannel video project based on Musidora, the French silent film actress, and the character she is best known for, Irma Vep from the film Les Vampires (dir. Louis Feuillade 1915). It's a piece about living in the shadows, criminal anxiety and the relationship between the artist and her creation, both fictional and real. Irma Vep and Musidora are played by Zackary Drucker and Mother Flawless Sabrina, two artists who have developed a relationship that transgresses the border of art and life, obliterating social expectations while documenting a cultural evolution of gender. This project mirrors their relationship with that of Musidora and Irma Vep, taking up motifs from the silent movie such as gazes, affected body language and the figure of the masked woman. Shot on a starkly illuminated set that makes space for anxious projections of desire and knowledge on the void that is Irma Vep - a space between the genders, between vamps of the silent era and the contemporary queer - 'Irma Vep, the last breath" smashes the shiny veneer of artifice to reveal dark, subconscious layers of identity

DVD NTSC Rental: $150

DVD NTSC Sale: $250

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