Alexis Krasilovsky

End of the Art World (1971) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 32.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists

With Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Michael Snow. "With a quality of humor possible only with depth of understanding, Alexis Krasilovsky presents a catalogue of interviews with modern artists in which the shooting style as well as the aural material's format rehearses the personal style, the aesthetics, and the assumption of each artist about the nature of his art." -- Joan Braderman, Artforum "The interviews with the individual artists vary from gala opening with Warhol's superstars at the Whitney Museum ... to the creation of actual art work in the studios of Rauschenberg and Snow." -- Howard Guttenplan, Millennium Film Journal "With ferocious wit, Ms. Krasilovsky sends up New York's art scene in END OF THE ART WORLD. In essence, Ms. Krasilovsky uses the sounds and images of the usual art documentary to create her own work of art." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $225.00

Alexis Krasilovsky

Blood (1975) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 21.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political_social activism

Starring Larry Fine, Abbie Herrick, Evan McHale, Mark Lyon and Annie Sharkiss. A funny, bitter look at middle-class youth trying to be tough in the trappings of pornography, drugs and quick money. A film about desperation in the New York streets. "In its stream-of-consciousness way, BLOOD (1975) evokes Manhattan street life even more powerfully than Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver. Ms. Krasilovsky brings into camera an array of furtive, frustrated people -- e. g., hookers and juvenile delinquents -- and allows them to talk about themselves as we watch them in action. As a depiction of contemporary urban despair, BLOOD, more specifically, is an angry, outraged protest of the exploitation of women by men. Indeed, this 21-minute film is punctuated by shots of the covers of lurid paperbacks featuring bondage and framed by an embittered theme song, 'Women in Chains.'" -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

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Alexis Krasilovsky

Just Between Me & God (1982) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

An environmental love story. A fisherman and his wife and the Mississippi River wildlife they love are pitted between the construction of a drag race track and a raging chemical fire. Eleanor and Will Roberge call this precarious spot of beauty on the edge of Memphis' industrial ruins "Innisfree." "The heavies of the film are chemical plant smokestacks, beer cans and the dump fires that send animals and residents scurrying for safety." -- The Commercial Appeal

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Alexis Krasilovsky

What Memphis Needs (1991) 16mm, color, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Contrasting the black and white cultures of Memphis, Tennessee, WHAT MEMPHIS NEEDS is based on a poem written in the Free People's Poetry Workshop of the internationally renowned "prison poet" Etheridge Knight. From ponies running through the Memphis cottonwoods to a girl running across the construction site of Mud Island, from white kids in a West Memphis parade throwing candy at black bystanders to a Bible reading in the Lorraine Motel, and from rock 'n' rollers to marquee lights on Beale Street, WHAT MEMPHIS NEEDS provides a searing cross-section of Memphis history and society. Featuring the Harmonikeys and Roosevelt Briggs. Categories of interest: Black Studies, Urban Studies, Poetry, Women's Studies, Civil Rights, Harmonica, Blues, the American South. Exhibition: Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour; The '90s, PBS; Anthology Film Archives; Louisville Int'l Film & Video Festival.

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Alexis Krasilovsky

Best Gal in the West (1992) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

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Alexis Krasilovsky

Epicenter U (1995) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment_nature

A first-hand account about healing from natural disaster, EPICENTER U. is also a multi-cultural portrait of a university which suffered $350 million in damages. "From gripping testimonials to comic relief, the new film EPICENTER U. chronicles the impact of the Northridge Earthquake on the people of California State University, Northridge." - Daily News "I have never been in a earthquake. While watching the film I really felt, for the first time, the costs to both the individual and the community of such a disaster. ... Drawing on her own original filmmaking style developed over years of notable filmmaking, she uses a collage of techniques (cinema verité, direct camera address interviews, slow motion, essayist documentary, poetry) to explore the film's complex and elusive subject matter. More importantly, perhaps, is her collaboration with her students. She gives them a real voice." -- Dr. Michelle Citron, Radio-TV-Film Dept., Northwestern University

Rental: $55.00
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DVD NTSC Rental: $65.00

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Alexis Krasilovsky

Exile () DVD NTSC, , min

Genre: Documentary

"Alexis Krasilovsky's EXILE offers both a personal and historical perspective on intolerance. Tracing the roots of her family over 200 years to the small town of Nikolsburg, Czechoslovakia, Krasilovsky's 28-minute film returns to the place where generations of persecution for her Jewish ancestors began. In Prague, in Vienna where some Jews still hide their heritage behind a Protestant facade, in Dachau where Krasilovsky's pianist uncle's hands were frozen, and in New York where she grew up, the filmmaker exposes a history of exile, fear, hiding and imprisonment and brings to life a rich world of art and learning shattered by the Holocaust." -- The Independent

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Alexis Krasilovsky

Some Women Writers Kill Themselves () DVD NTSC, , min

Genre: Experimental

"SOME WOMEN WRITERS KILL THEMSELVES: SELECTED VIDEOPOEMS AND POETRY OF ALEXIS KRASILOVSKY" is a uniquely formatted DVD that allows the viewer to navigate between the videopoems and between poems of several illustrated collections. The DVD's videopoems include WHAT MEMPHIS NEEDS, screened in the Museum of Modern Art's "Between Word and Image"; CAMP TEREZIN, a dark satire of Disneyland; and INSIDE STORY, an ode to a cervix -- the first experimental film using endoscopic camerawork. Also included are three previously published chapbooks of poetry and SELF PORTRAIT AS A GEISHA -- a collection of new poems.

DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

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Alexis Krasilovsky

Beale Street () DVD NTSC, black and white, min

Genre: Documentary

Beale Street is where W.C. Handy wrote the blues, where boss Crump abused his power, and where Martin Luther King, Jr. marched days before his death in 1968. From the early days of 3/4" portapak video comes this portrait of the original Beale Streeters who knew and loved it best, including B.B. King, the Hooks Brothers, Bobby Blue Bland, Prince Gabe, Maurice "Fess" Hulbert, Nat D. Williams and Rufus Thomas. Black and white, 28 minutes, edited 1981 from the 1977-78 feature-length production co-directed by Alexis Krasilovsky, Ann Rickey and Walter Baldwin. Additional material included on the DVD: The feature-length scholars' version.

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Alexis Krasilovsky

Mr. Boogie Woogie () DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: art_artists, music

From the early days of 3/4" color portapak video comes this fascinating look at blues pianist Mose Vinson. Also features Memphis Slim and Ma Rainey II, with informal performances by "Mr. Boogie Woogie" and interviews from his boyhood Mississippi home. "Vinson's world is beautiful, troubled, and important." -- Film Library Quarterly

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