Ken Kobland

Frame (1977) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A seashore landscape, structured first by a moving car then re-constructed optically. A re-structured landscape. Awards: Ann Arbor Film Festival; Sinking Creek Film & Video Festival; Bellevue Film Festival.

Rental: $35.00
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Ken Kobland

Vestibule (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Ruminations on a very familiar city place/space; one which for me is filled with histories, fantasies and the everyday.

Rental: $50.00
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Ken Kobland

Picking Up the Pieces (1978) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

A 17-image exercise using freeze frames of a tenement hallway, which interests me in its placements and displacements.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Ken Kobland

Near and Far/Now and Then (1979) 16mm, color, 28.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A two-part film, one part unedited camera footage of a late Autumn to Winter woods, and the other a highly manipulated blue-screen re-photography process. Each part mimics the action of the other. Each is involved with a background-foreground, motion-to-still image juxtaposition: with the whole to the part, the arrested moment to the one just gone, the nostalgia of space and time. --K. K.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Ken Kobland

Landscape & Desire (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 46.25 min

Genre: Experimental

The film was initially shot in super-8, between July and September, on a Greyhound bus trip from New York to Los Angeles. The project began as a film of a Samuel Beckett short story, "The Lost Ones," which describes a society of people who live in shallow dirt cylinders. For my part, "I get on a local bus, which is supposedly going to Pittsburgh, although it has San Francisco marked as its destination. Massive traffic jam at the tunnel, because of a propane truck wreck on the bridge. So far there is no air conditioning; 110 degrees in the terminal, and it must be at least that on the bus." "Lush, mordantly nostalgic, LANDSCAPE AND DESIRE is Kobland's best realized work to date." -- J. Hoberman

Rental: $150.00
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Ken Kobland

Communists Are Comfortable and 3 Other Stories, The (1988) 16mm, color & b/w, 64.75 min

Genre: Experimental

I am trying to articulate, through the use of landscape and monologue, a sense of human "fatality," a sense of the inevitable failure of idealism; inevitable because its fate is in people, and their foibles. The films' imagery is drawn from personal memory, urban housing project landscapes, social history, dreams, HUAC testimony, apartment interiors, a "woods." The "Other Stories" (the monologues) are formed out of the male-gender rhetoric of success and defeat, of dealing and "getting-by." "The sadness of lost ideals and forgotten hope ... through a stream of images and sounds that relate to one another in allusive, ambiguous, even mysterious ways. Its power lies in its resonant visual design, its subtle moods, and the precision of its gentle, almost musical passage across the screen." -- David Sterritt

Rental: $195.00
16mm Rental: $195.00

Ken Kobland

Moscow X (1993) VHS NTSC, , 56 min

Genre: Experimental

A city-journal. Moscow, in the fall of 1990. Between the-not-yet and the-no-longer; the paradise-that-never-was, and the one-that-never-is. --K. K. (Shot on 16mm)

Rental: $200.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $200.00

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