Henry Hills

George (1988) 16mm, color & b/w, 2 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists

When I recently moved, I found the "lost" original of this optically printed portrait of George Kuchar smoking (with Melinda McDowell and Virginia Giritlian): four or more scenes progressing simultaneously through frame alternation.

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Henry Hills

Porter Springs 3 (1977) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

These beautiful, intricately animated reflections were unfortunately shot in ECO which has proved to be remarkably unstable, turning blue before I had an internegative made. Therefore, this is one of only three prints of this "elegant and serene experience" (Pat O'Neill). Please handle with care!

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Henry Hills

North Beach (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 10.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

Documentary of my neighborhood of three years. The lamp at the end of the alley between Molinari Delicatessen and Rossi Market (view from Roma) as christological numen mediating between the Above and the Below. Above: the stairs behind my "illegal" at 1735B Stockton. Moving out. Columbus Day Parade: serpent. Below: the hills as Nestle's Crunch. "NORTH BEACH is a beautiful film. The human race should stick around to enjoy it. It's all cinema, all experience. No 'problems,' art in-jokes, other fashionable bluffing. Hills composes, orchestrates. The film's a concentrate of rhythmic invention, solid work, shapely; gorgeous." -- Ken Jacobs

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Henry Hills

North Beach 2 (1979) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

A re-edited version of NORTH BEACH; more frenetic, more out there, more '80s. "It is interesting to note that this tendency toward design, so prominent in '70s filmmakers like Hills, currently have connotations of hard-mindedness, rigorousness and even asceticism, whereas in other times such a preoccupation with pattern would more often than not be associated with mere decoration, hedonism, frivolousness and irrationalism." -- Noel Carroll, The Soho Weekly News

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Henry Hills

Kino Da! (1981) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Documentary

Shot in sync with wind-up Bolex. Sound recording: Mark McGowan. Portrait of North Beach Communist cafe poet & gentle comrade, Jack Hirschman. KINO DA! (ah, ke, ke) KINO DA! The Dead die die dada low king quanto zong MOVE! (ur, ur) Grey todays it-a clear to the quick ear, quicker z'heels The Poe (pay, po, pee, pick-pick), nuf of "D" yet Call Vertov (beep, beep) Eisenstein even & viterulably cheeness of a ram innerwear (airs; hen) Time, Time, Money d-d-d- junk rock did travel & falls (spring) Fall Spring is the simplest inflationary dime. Be in everything Joy, in experimental & (thus) proletarian & wwea air of airs at this school of po'try-painting CUT! "To know toe no! no! MONTAGE (nadazha), in any instant (instant) of the writing of Stein & the facts of that (tle) kind. FEEL IT! (the steak) yes, ache, in trends & whatevers. Mmmm-pah-ah Cops, man in case (nnn), man nnn. (KO) be-a mayu po pony; .(KO) be-a (what?) o-long kind. GO! (be what) OM, prose, Pentacost; be what this there the (pause) & (serious pause) the neb with a gram of ire illia-it's still justs Jah. Viparko r-rrr re ad adici, yes! YES! ssssssssssane! mmmm keybo z'Kruchchev.

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Plagiarism (1981) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Documentary

A raw documentary of the New York "language poets" in their milieu, with Bruce Andrews and Charles Bernstein (co-editors of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E), James Sherry and Hanna Weiner.

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Henry Hills

Radio Adios (1982) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

A superabundance of useless information effectively subdues freedom of speech. Condense and survive! RADIO ADIOS is a monologue in 12 plaited strands; an extremely precise, condensed and intensely rhythmic Busby Berkeleyish spectacle of an examination of conversational and literary language over a fair range of vocal timbre, microphones, volume settings and single-system sync peculiarities and its dissolution into music to the accompaniment of simultaneous Manhattan ambiences punctuated by fragments of jazz ... personalized handheld camera movement, movement from cut to cut -- juxtapositions of scale, pulsating changes in light intensity, a varying palette of various filmstocks, generations, etc., at an appropriately furious pace and in strict one-track sync ... offering simultaneously several levels of apprehension or interpretation to encourage multiple viewings. Text published in O. ARS/3: Translations (Cambridge, 1983). Brakhage says it's real.

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Henry Hills

Money (1985) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Keywords: Dance, Political / Social Activism

Filmed primarily on the streets of Manhattan for the ambient sounds and movements and occasional pedestrian interaction to create a rich tapestry of swirling colors and juxtaposed architectural spaces in deep focus and present the intense urban over-flowing energy that is experience living here. MONEY is thematically centered around a discussion of economic problems facing avant-garde artists in the Reagan era. Discussion, however, is fragmented into words and phrases and reassembled into writing. Musical and movement phrases are woven through this conversation to create an almost operatic composition. Give me money! "If time is money, this 15-minute film is a bargain." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice "Henry Hills's most recent superspliced effort is MONEY, a speedy think-piece on cash and chaos in post-capitalist New York. -- It'll titillate your retina." -- Katherine Dieckmann, NY Talk Collections: Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Donnell Media Center collection of the NY Public Library.

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SSS (1988) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, music

A dance film, starring Pooh Kaye, Sally Silvers, Lee Katz, Harry Sheppard, Kumiko Kimoto, David Zambrano, Ginger Gillesbie, Mark Dendy and others, with music improvised by Tom Cora, Christian Marclay and Zeena Parkins. Filmed on the streets of the East Village and edited over three years.

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Henry Hills

Igneous Ejaculation (1990) 16mm, color, .5 min

A gift to John Zorn who thought my first Naked City video (GOTHAM) was not hardcore enough. An overflowing performance by Desiree Costeau. --H. H.

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Henry Hills

Bali Mecanique (1992) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Starring the dancers from the Tirta Sari, Gunung Sari and Samara Jati gamelan orchestras of Peliatan. BALI MECANIQUE is a two-part, self-reflective study of the dance and rhythms of life in Bali, combining experimental film techniques with documentary-style footage. The first section presents a complete Legong dance intercut with footage of Odalans (temple celebrations) and sacred architecture, building into an increasingly frenetic collage as the dance reaches its crescendo. In contrast, the second section weaves together footage of lush rice terraces and the "erotic bumblebee" of the Oleg Tambulilingan dance to give a humorous literalization of the "other" vision of Bali; the Westerners' paradise on Earth, set to the original record of "Bali Hai" from South Pacific, which the filmmaker grew up on and recently found in a stack of discs on the floor of a closet in his parents' house. The film ends with the famous Kris dance of Batubulan as it is performed today.

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Henry Hills

Goa Lawah (1992) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Documentary

An eerie journey into the famous holy bat cave of Eastern Bali.

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Henry Hills

Little Lieutenant (1994) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

LITTLE LIEUTENANT is a look back at the late Weimar era with its struggles and celebrations leading up to world war, a period piece. Scored to John Zorn's arrangement of the Kurt Weill song, "Little Lieutenant of the Loving God," and drawing its imagery both from the original song and its somewhat idiosyncratic rearrangement, the film presents an internal reading of Silvers' solo scored to the same musical piece, "Along the Skid Mark of Recorded History." Closely following the Zorn arrangement, the film was storyboarded in 30 scenes (the arrangement changes approximately every four measures) and principally shot in a small studio employing rear projection, with foreground movement choreographed to interact with the projected imagery which reflects themes apparent in the song and its arrangement (Weimar cabaret scenes, labor footage, empty industrial landscapes, water, slides of moody photographs by James Casebere, a kinescope of Silvers' performance of the solo at the Joyce Theatre, battle newsreels, Walther Ruttmann's film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and a restructured animation, The Youth Machine). Silvers and Cydney Wilkes portray dual aspects of the Salvation Army Lieutenant who sang the song in the Brecht/Weill play Happy End, with Kumiko Kimoto, Leonard Cruz, Pilar Alamo and Toby Vann.

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Heretic (1995) 16mm, color, 15 min

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

HERETIC, or The Genius Preview, is composed from outtakes from the 1992 Joe Gibbons/Emily Breer feature THE GENIUS, and stars Gibbons, Karen Finley, Adolphus Mekas, Henry Hills, Mark McElhatten, Tony Oursler, Keith Sanborn, and Jennifer Montgomery, with original music by Naked City ("HERETIC, the original movie soundtrack," available on AVANT Records, disk UNION R-250225), original titles, some rephotography off the original videos, and original narration performed by Frank Snider. A study of editing and its relation to the mechanics of the brain, HERETIC initially poses as a preview to the Gibbons film which it then deconstructs and reforms into a satire on psychotherapy.

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Henry Hills

Mechanics of the Brain (1997) 16mm, color, 20 min

Keywords: Dance

The film stars dancers Sean Curran, Kate Gyllenhaal, Phillip Karg, Alejandra Martorell, Sally Silvers, and Laura Staton, with narration by Fiona Templeton (reading selected sentences from The Oxford Companion to the Mind). The original music score by John Zorn is available on CD as Filmworks VI 1996 (Tzadek 7308). "Interesting to see how Henry's accommodation in terms of longer duration of shots meshed with the fragmentation of [Sally's] phrases to produce an analog for neuron firing and assorted inexplicable meta-techno-behaviourist follies while sending up the smug labors of the laboratory. I thought it was beautifully realized, very funny and scary, a sort of souped-up pataphysical exercise for the millennium crossed with Hollywood horror genre. Pavlov's dog was heart-rending and the soundtrack was fabulous." -- Yvonne Rainer On one level I conceived of our film as a "remake" of the Pudovkin's 1926 documentary (of the same name) on Pavlov's experiments -- in the postmodern Hollywood sense (like the remakes of famous noirs and TV shows where a knowledge of the original is presumed and thus the "story" is just a vehicle for making a statement on the current state of movie perception). Our MECHANICS is a dance film in the guise of science documentary, an exploration of relationships between film and video, a shadowplay giving a literal presentation of the "mechanics" of the brain, an advanced rhythmic structure extending the art of film into future possibilities through an organic development of new methods of information management. Science films made with the most serious attempt to explain complex processes to a general audience at a point in time tend to look ridiculous when viewed several decades later; with our MECHANICS OF THE BRAIN, we speed this process up.

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Henry Hills

Porter Springs 4 (2000) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Documentary

Remake of my first (1975) film, composed from footage shot on summer vacation in the North Georgia mountains over 20 years (reversal, negative, 8mm, super-8, 8mm video, mini-DV & old photos), with an audio track composed from the video sync, ambient recordings, and a tape I made in highschool of my uncle telling stories and playing piano & of selections from his record collection that we listened to on family vaction in my childhood. The sadness of my father growing old & feeble, my only footage of my dead sister and grandmother (Gonga) and of my log cabin (the Bug House) which was struck by lightning and burned to the ground in 1990, memories of my two ex's, eternal nature, ensless walks in the woods, building my new cabin and dream time there, and various typical family scenes, assembled and presented in the rhythms of my mind and body.

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Henry Hills

Nervous Ken (2004) DVD NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary

In NERVOUS KEN, experimental film legend and long-time Tribeca resident Ken Jacobs is "interviewed" by an urbane 12-year old from the Upper West Side, Emma Bernstein. Envisioning an exploration of the nature of listening (of apprehending or not, remembering or not, & creating meaning) and of the repetitions & variations of verbal expression and its accompanying often-emphatic physical gesturing as a basis for making visual music, Henry Hills employs the full range of temporal manipulation available within the digital realm, exploiting the unique corners which differentiate DV from 16mm, though including frequent references to themes & techniques from Jacobs'own work within the arcanum of film. The "musical score" is derived through permutations of the sync track. This is the first released section from the ongoing series, EMMA'S DILEMMA, which follows its protagonist through numerous encounters with a range of artists in a search for identity spanning her entire teen years. --H. H.

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Henry Hills

King Richard (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 20 min

KING RICHARD is a portrait of New York avant-garde playwright Richard Foreman in his Ontological-Hysteric Theatre. Focusing on the periphery of a recent production--the elaborate set design and lighting, the non-speaking supporting cast (the so-called "stage crew") with their frantic movement patterns, props and recurrent imagery, removed from their specific context; i.e., those elements that are "typical" of his recent work, rather than the principals & texts which distinguish one play from the next--Hills utilizes a range of disruptive shooting & editing techniques (as well as color & density alterations) which mimic disruptive theatrical tropes Foreman frequently draws upon to emphasize his non-narrative bias and humorously aggressive relation to his audience. This strand interweaves with a charming yet revealing interview on the set by pre-teen protagonist Emma Bernstein around which the piece is structured. Music is arranged using a selection of Foreman's sound loops. --H.H.

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