Standish Lawder

Eleven Different Horses (1970) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Made from some footage I shot on a family vacation way back in 1949. It features my brother Doug and a horse whose name I've forgotten. A circular cybernetic study film. "A visual statement of compelling subtlety." -- James Broughton Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY. Award: Indiana State University Film Festival, 1970

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Standish Lawder

Sunday In Southbury () 16mm, color, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

I had long wanted to make a film on Hans Richter who has been an important figure in my life, and this is the result. Almost unedited, it was shot one summer Sunday afternoon in 1968 at a picnic with friends and relatives. Jonas Mekas was also shooting the event, and his version is included in his recent films "Diaries," "Notes" and "Sketches."

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Standish Lawder

Corridor (1970) 16mm, black and white, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

Music by Terry Riley. Sound for prologue by Stan Lawder. CORRIDOR took two years to make. It is my best film. "... an extraordinary exercise in visual polyphony ... the pyrotechnic surface is exfoliated with Hegelian relentlessness from an elemental formal core ... the many are no less the many for being inescapably the One." -- Sheldon Nodelman "CORRIDOR is a marvelous meld of music and cinematic tension that maintains a visual excitement throughout with its constant exploration of horizontal and rectilinear patterns, chiaroscuros and deep grains, pulsating double and negative exposures, and constant tracking shots of a nude figure standing at the end of a long, close corridor. A first-rate piece of work that has to be seen to be appreciated. CORRIDOR is a film of which any filmmaker would be rightly proud." -- James Childs, New Haven Register

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Standish Lawder

Runaway (1969) 16mm, color, 5.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Lawder achieves the perfection of all his techniques in a small six-minute film called RUNAWAY, in which he uses a few seconds of cartoon dogs chasing a fox. By stop motion, reverse printing, video scanning, and other techniques, by manipulating a few seconds of an old cartoon, he creates a totally new and different visual reality that is no longer a silly, funny cartoon. He elevates the cartoon imagery to the visual strength of an old Chinese charcoal drawing." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice "A classic of modern cinema. A penetrating examination of undercurrents in film visualization. In short, a terrible film based on a bad joke." -- Tom DeWitt "A kind of anti-film which illustrates the endless idea of a film being eternal - the loop, the cycle, the motorcycle, the motor mechanism of, in this case, running dogs. Running in such a loop that it becomes self-destructive. The anti-film, which is in a way to say, 'I am for film!'" -- Stan Vanderbeek "... a delightful piece of madness ... a modern Ballet Mecanique." -- Herman G. Weinburg

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Standish Lawder

Necrology (1970) 16mm, black and white, 11.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"In NECROLOGY, a 12-minute film, in one continuous shot he films the faces of a 5:00 PM crowd descending via the Pan Am building escalators. In old-fashioned black and white, these faces stare into the empty space, in the 5:00 PM tiredness and mechanical impersonality, like faces from the grave. It's hard to believe that these faces belong to people today. The film is one of the strongest and grimmest comments upon the contemporary society that cinema has produced." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice "Several short films (at the Ann Arbor Film Festival) seemed notably successful in the creation of special effects. Among these was NECROLOGY, by Standish Lawder, an eleven-minute panning of the camera down what seemed an endless stairway, upon which people stood motionless and glum. These circumstances, plus the constant idea of the title, gave a haunting suggestion of people on their eventless way to hell. I was told later that the film was made with a stationary camera trained on a down escalator, and then the film was run backwards. A long, humorous 'cast of characters' at the end ... seemed to me to destroy a desirable mood, but it certainly pleased the crowd ...." -- Edgar Daniels, New Cinema Review "Without doubt, the sickest joke I've ever seen on film." -- Hollis Frampton Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Standish Lawder

Colorfilm (1970) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"COLORFILM is the ultimate consummate self-referential film, in color yet!" -- Henry Kissinger

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Standish Lawder

Dangling Participle (1970) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Found Footage

Organ Music by Bruce Lieberman. Made entirely from old classroom instructional films, DANGLING PARTICIPLE offers a wealth of practical advice on contemporary sexual hang-ups and where they come from. "The funniest underground film I've ever seen." -- Sheldon Renan "Dynamite!" -- Gene Stavis Award: Honorable Mention, Bellevue Film Festival

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Standish Lawder

Roadfilm (1970) 16mm, color, 1.75 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Music by the Beatles. A spectacularly silly film of animated outrageousness. Why not do it in the road? Award: Ninth Foothill Int'l Independent Filmmakers' Exposition, 1970

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Standish Lawder

Raindance (1972) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

RAINDANCE plays directly on the mind through programmatic stimulation of the central nervous system. Individual frames of the film are imprinted on the retina of the eye in a rhythm, sequence, and intensity that corresponds to Alpha-Wave frequencies of the brain. RAINDANCE becomes an experience of meditative liberation beyond the threshold of visual comprehension. Vision turns inward. The film directs our mental processes, controlling how we think as well as what we see. Images fuse with their afterimages, colors arise from retinal release of exhausted nerve endings, forms dance across short-circuited synapses of the mind. RAINDANCE was made entirely from a scrap of found footage taken from an old animated cartoon representing a sheet of falling rain. The cartoon was called, "The History of Cinema."

Rental: $64.00
16mm Rental: $64.00

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