Marjorie Keller

Backsection (1970) , min

The oppression of angles... the trap. The family goes to the newlyweds' college graduation. I had the blues. 1970, Sommerville, Mass. --M. K.

Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

History of Art 3939, The (1972) , min

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Starring Stan Brakhage. 1972, School of the Art Institute, Chicago.

Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

Part IV: Green Hill () 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Marjorie Keller

Six Windows And By 2s And 3s: Women (1976) color, 14 min

Rental: $60.00

Marjorie Keller

Turtle (1969) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

A life-light guilt trip, tragicomic psychodrama in the film time. Made in the darkness of my year in a women's dormitory. 1969, tufts University, Medford, Mass. --M. K.

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

Untitled (1971) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

A portrait: of Saul Levine, filmmaker and one-time Italian Ice Vendor./of the film surface & depth/so by the choice of image./ of the inside & outside light in the summer and the shower. --M. K.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

Outer Circle, The (1973) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

She/Va (1973) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Personal / Diary / Journal

A young dancer rechoreographed through film editing. This film was originally made in standard 8mm, from a home movie.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

Objection (1974) 16mm, color, 18.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Begun as a document for insurance purposes, OBJECTION catalogues the contents of a house with ever-increasing horror. The soundtrack carries the voices and sounds of the family unseen.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Marjorie Keller

Film Notebook: Part 1 (1975) Super 8, color, 12.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

Superimposition (1) (1975) 16mm, color, 14.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

By Two's & Three's: Women (1976) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film puts together a perspective on the unhappy experience of traveling in cars -- an activity aimless and unmemorable. The splicer makes a new trip of the footage, limited not to the represented geography but to the after-effect on the mind and heart of the first trip.

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

Film Notebook: Part 2, Some of Us in the Mechanical Age (1977) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

Misconception (1977) 16mm, color, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

"MISCONCEPTION is a film structured on juxtapositions: indoors/outdoors; redecoration/destruction; exercises/actual birth; male opinion/female opinion; preparation/pain. Its montage structure of both image and sound balances MISCONCEPTION on the precarious moment, like birth, between these counterposed positions: conception/misconception, point/counterpoint." -- Anne Friedberg "MISCONCEPTION is composed of six parts that together chronicle the experience of one woman and her husband during the course of her natural childbirth. The film communicates the precision and care with which it has been assembled. (The) structure lends the film a pacing rhythm that has less to do with traditional cinema-verité documentary or film journalism than with the pacing and rhythm of poetry." -- B. Ruby Rich

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Marjorie Keller

Web, The (1977) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

In THE WEB I delved for the first and only time into film as mischief-making; wicked, like a child.

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

On the Verge of an Image of Christmas (1978) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

Ancient Parts/Foreign Parts (1979) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

The first two in a series of in-camera edited films. ANCIENT PARTS portrays the symbolic differentiation and mock conquest of a boy and his mother. ... I watched the boy play Narcissus and Oedipus in three minutes. The small camera, the fact that we had all lived together for so long (during the shooting of MISCONCEPTION), the rich golden grain of the film all provide the privilege of intimacy. FOREIGN PARTS portrays the poetics of family life in an unfamiliar context. FOREIGN PARTS is a single camera roll. Many people go home to foreign parts: a few familiar faces in a strange landscape. In such circumstances the ordinary is the most precious, given a slight shift of being in its new context. All we can glean from the experiences are a few new memories built on old images. Using a camera at such times is refined work; raw intuition works better than careful planning.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

Six Windows (1979) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Psychology & Mental Health

A pan and a dissolve make a window of a wall on film. A portrait of the filmmaker in a luminous space, synthetically rendered via positive and negative overlays. ... I lived in some rooms by the sea and watched the inside and the view as well as the window panes that divided and joined them. I was often lost in thought. The birds would come and make a racket, reminding me I shared that space and sky with them. The film is a moody record of that place and my peace of mind.

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

Ancient Parts/Foreign Parts/Private Parts (1988) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Includes: ANCIENT PARTS, FOREIGN PARTS and PRIVATE PARTS ANCIENT PARTS, FOREIGN PARTS: See film descriptions above. PRIVATE PARTS: Third in a series of in-camera edited films. A portrait of Blake. Sitney on some summer days.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Marjorie Keller

Daughters of Chaos (1980) 16mm, color, 19.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

"The film deals simultaneously with girls becoming women, woman looking back on her childhood. It is pervaded with voluptuousness, with longing: the woman, disappointed in love, looking for lost innocence, the girl yearning for the power of her sex." -- Anne Becker

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Marjorie Keller

Fallen World, The (1983) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

An elegy for a Newfoundland dog named Melville and a portrait of his owner.

Rental: $25.00
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Marjorie Keller

Lyrics (1983) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Three songs between heaven and earth. With Carmen, Susan, Joseph and Marcus Vigil.

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Marjorie Keller

Answering Furrow, The (1985) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Owing to Virgil's Georgics. With assistance from Hollis Melton and Helene Kaplan. Music: Charles Ives, "Sonata for Violin and Piano #4 (Children's Day at the Camp Meeting)" and "Ambrosian Chant (Capella Musicale del Duomo di Milano)." Filmed in Yorktown Heights, New York; St. Remy en Provence, France; Mantua, Rome and Brindisi, Italy; and in Arcadia and the island of Kea in Greece. Georgic I -- The annual produce first seen in spring -- The furrowed earth ready for planting - The distribution, support and protection of young plants -- The implements of the garden. Georgic II -- The life of Virgil is recapitulated in summer, with a digression on the sacred -- The sheep of Arcadia -- The handling of bees -- The pagan Lion of Kea. Georgic III -- The skill and industry of the old man in autumn -- Ancient custom and modern method -- The use of implements of the garden. Georgic IV -- The compost is prepared at season's end -- The filmmaker completes THE ANSWERING FURROW with the inclusion of her own image. Note on the music: The music works with the image to parallel the trace of history. Ives recalls Protestant hymns, which recall the origin of the hymn in 12th century Milanese music, which allows for that music closest (in my experience of making this film) to the hum of bees and of amplifiers, the Orthodox Greek chant.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Marjorie Keller

Private Parts (1988) 16mm, color, 12.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
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Marjorie Keller

Herein (1991) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"If you put it on tape, you can't erase it." HEREIN charts the movement from political activism to filmmaking through the metaphor of a dwelling. An FBI film obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Emma Goldman's autobiography, the making of films on the Lower East Side in New York, street prostitution and drug addiction, all inflect the sense of place, space and history.

Rental: $95.00
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Marjorie Keller

The Films Of Marjorie Keller, Volume 1: 1973-1980 (2006) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 70.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Marjorie Keller (1950-1994) wrote: "The current art of the film deranges its predecessors...[I]t is in the work of women filmmakers of the avant-garde that the old forms are seen as if through an anamorphic lens." Her films honor and challenge the traditions that she assumed when she learned filmmaking from Saul Levine, Sidney Peterson, and Stan Brakhage. Keller consistently explored the political implications of daily living and personal pleasures in her twenty films, ten of which are available in this new DVD collection. SHE/VA 1973, 16mm, color, silent, 3 minutes A young dancer re-choreographed through film editing. This film was originally made in standard 8mm, from a home movie. OBJECTION 1974, 16mm, color, sound, 18 1/4 minutes Begun as a document for insurance purposes, Objection catalogues the contents of a house with ever-increasing horror. The soundtrack carries the voices and sounds of the family unseen. MISCONCEPTION 1977, 16mm, color, sound, 43 minutes "Misconception is composed of six parts that together chronicle the experience of one woman and her husband during the course of her natural childbirth. The film...has less to do with traditional cinema-verite documentary or film journalism than with the packing and rhythm of poetry."--B. Ruby Rich ANCIENT PARTS/FOREIGN PARTS 1979, 16mm, color, silent, 6 minutes The first two in a series of in-camera edited films. Ancient Parts portrays the symbolic differentiation and mock conquest of a boy and his mother. DAUGHTERS OF CHAOS 1980, 16mm, color, sound 20 minutes "The film deals simultaneously with girls becoming women, woman looking back on her childhood. It is pervaded with voluptuousness, with longing: the woman, dissapointed in love, looking for lost innocence, the girl yearning for the power of her sex."--Anne Becker

DVD NTSC Rental: $100

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Marjorie Keller

The Films Of Marjorie Keller, Volume 2: 1983-1991 (2006) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 97 min

Genre: Experimental

Marjorie Keller (1950-1994) wrote: "The current art of the film deranges its predecessors...[I]t is in the work of women filmmakers of the avant-garde that the old forms are seen as if through an anamorphic lens." Her films honor and challenge the traditions that she assumed when she learned filmmaking from Saul Levine, Sidney Peterson, and Stan Brakhage. Keller consistently explored the political implications of daily living and personal pleasures in her twenty films, ten of which are available in this new DVD collection. THE FALLEN WORLD 1983, 16mm, color, sound 9 1/2 minutes An elegy for a Newfoundland dog named Melville and a portrait of his owner. THE ANSWERING FURROW 1985, 16mm, color, sound 27 minutes Owing to Virgil's Georgics. With assistance from Hollis Melton and Helene Kaplan. Music: Charles Ives, "Sonata for Violin and Piano #4 (Children's Day at the Camp Meeting(" and "Ambrosian Chant (Capella Musicale del Duomo di Milano.)" Filmed in Yorktown Heights, New York; St. Remy en Provence, France; Mantua, Rome and Brindisi, Italy; and in Arcadia and the island of Kea in Greece. PRIVATE PARTS 1988, 16mm, color, silent 12 3/4 minutes Private Parts is the third in a series of in-camera edited films. A portrait of Blake Sitney on some summer days. HEREIN 1911, 16mm, color, sound, 35 minutes "If you put it on tape, you can't erase it." Herein charts the movement from political activism to filmmaking through the metaphor of a dwelling. An FBI film obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Emma Goldman's autobiography, the making of films on the Lower East Side in New York, street prostitution and drug addiction, all inflect the sense of place, space and history. PART IV: GREEN HILL no date, 16mm, color, silent, 3 minutes This lyric records observations of the filmmaker's year in a rented house on a tidal inlet in Rhode Island while her own house was being built nearby.

DVD NTSC Rental: $100

DVD NTSC Sale: $100, 150 for the set

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