Larry Kless

How They Saw the New World (1991) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, History

HOW THEY SAW THE NEW WORLD examines the media's affect on our worldview, exploring some of the milestone events that have affected our perception of history. The persistence of a mythology based on fiction is realized, with the advent of television being the highest common denominator.

Rental: $50.00 (institutions only)
16mm Rental: $50.00

Larry Kless

Negative Kid, The (1989) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

An exploration of the child's archetype, the mythical objects and icons which are inanimate, yet have a life of their own, as with places of memory. References to light, and glimpses of the vanishing future, THE NEGATIVE KID is a journey into the past; into the intimate space where myths are formed and primordial images emerge.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Kless

Works By Larry Kless 1988-90 6 Short Works (1991) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Includes: COWBOYS WERE NOT NICE PEOPLE, THE NEGATIVE KID and POST-MODERN DAYDREAM See film descriptions above. This tape also includes A KINDER GENTLER NATION?, WARNING SIGNS and POLITICAL GESTURES. Constructed with images all from broadcast TV, A KINDER GENTLER NATION? explores the ironic banality of this statement by the president who says one thing but means another. "George Bush's infamous slogan is contrasted with video reality." -- Scott Stark, VCR Video Show, San Francisco Cinematheque, 1991 WARNING SIGNS juxtaposes images from educational films, broadcast television, and video feedback to subvert the works' original intention meant as information. It is an attempt to distort their messages so that they make no sense at all -- or do they? POLITICAL GESTURES is a study of the urban textures that reflect personal ideologies injected into the public sphere. Expressions of individuals' and groups' political agendas are framed within this time capsule of events that chronicles the passing of 1989 to 1990. The original footage was shot on a S8mm film, mainly frame by frame, as a daily image document.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Larry Kless

Post-Modern Daydream (1989) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"An integral blend of picture and sound making and experimental film that compels the viewer to pay attention to the late 20th century catastrophe. A true San Francisco film in the adventuresome spirit of a long avant-garde tradition." -- Barbara Hammer POST-MODERN DAYDREAM was produced six months prior to the earthquake that shook the SF Bay Area on October 17th, 1989. Meant in reference to the legendary earthquake on April 18th, 1906, its prophetic statement is reminiscent of both fateful days.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Kless

Cowboys Were Not Nice People (1990) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

History paints a heroic picture of the so-called "cowboys" of history. Using the "hero" as a metaphor to question his validity, COWBOYS WERE NOT NICE PEOPLE is an attempt to break down the solid foundation upon which myths of modern society are based. Composed entirely on the optical printer, the film involves rhythmic editing and montage sequences of found footage and camera original exploring the mythical frontiers of Western culture and the romanticism of colonialism.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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