Bruce Baillie

Six Rolls; 14/41/43/36/47/52: Quick Billy (1968-69) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

[See Note With QUICK BILLY: *Included at no additional rental charge, IF REQUESTED, 6 uncut camera rolls to be shown before or following QUICK BILLY. Numbered 14, 41, 43, 46, 47, and 52 totaling 16 min., col., silent [24 fps], these are uncut archival materials.] The film was conceived for viewing with a single projector, allowing the natural pauses between reels. Cans are labeled Parts I, II, III and IV , intended to be shown in this order. The "rolls" took the form of a correspondece, or theater, between their author and Stan Brakhage, in the winter of 1968-69 and were shown at the at the M.I.T. Film Society by Fred Camper shortly after that time, along with written correspondence by both filmmakers. As poetic cinema this film's significance to the world is perhaps in its narration of a singular phenomena of our time, implicitly revealing those ancient "rules" of transit evolved over centuries; e.g.; the Bardo Thodol, Dante Alighieri's own discoveries in the time of the 14th Century Europe, etc., whether taken literally or allegorically, or perhaps applied to modern psychology.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

On Sundays (1961) 16mm, black and white, 26 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

First film, shot in San Francisco -- combination documentary and fantasy, partly portraying a lovely friend, Miss Wong.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Gymnasts, The (1961) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Narrative

Like MR. HAYASHI, originally a NEWS made for Canyon Cinema Theatre in Berkley. Basically a dramatic form, concerning young businessman (played by filmmaker) who is in the course of some everyday transaction finds himself among performing gymnasts, whom he joins. In the end of the film he us seen once again at the same moment before he entered the gymnasium.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Mr. Hayashi (1961) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Portrait of Mr. Hayashi. A real, living saint can be seen on the screen.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Have You Thought of Talking to the Director (1962) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Made on the north coast of California in Mendocino... combining spontaneity and preconception in a film that is essentially a short lesson in feature form. On one level, a portrait of Paul Tulley.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Hurrah For Soldiers, A (1963) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Narrative

Dedicated to Albert Verbrugghe, whose wife was killed in Katana by U. N. soldiers. Presentiment of the meeting of the irreconcilable historic forces... in which a fool is delighted by an attack from a girl gang (inspired by a writing from a toilet wall) .

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

To Parsifal (1963) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Using the European legend as basic structure, as well as the hero: "He who becomes slowly wise." A tribute to summer. "Creating in the moment of viewing, a great sense of perspective." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Mass For The Dakota Sioux (1964) 16mm, black and white, 20.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Synopsis: The film begins with a short introduction--No chance for me to live, Mother you might as well mourn Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Sioux Chief. Applause for a lone figure dying on the street. INTROIT. A long, lightly-exposed section composed in the camera. KYRIE. A motor cyclist crossing the San Francisco Bridge accompanied by the sound of the Gregorian chant, recorded at the Trappist Monastery in Vina, California. The sounds of the mass rise and fall throughout. GLORIA. The sound of a siren and a short sequence of a '33 Cadillac proceeding over the Bay Bridge disappearing into a tunnel. The final section of the Communion begins with the OFFERTORY in a procession of lights and figures to the second chant. The anonymous figure from the introduction is discovered again, dead on the pavement. The body is consecrated and taken away past an indifferent, isolated people, accompanied by the final chant. The Mass is traditionally a celebration of life; thus the contradiction between the form of the Mass and the theme of Death. The dedication is to the religious people who were destroyed by the civilization which evolved the Mass.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Bruce Baillie

Quixote (1965) 16mm, color & b/w, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Climaxing the film makers first period of work, QUIXOTE is a kind of summary and conclusion of a number of themes, etc., especially that of the hero... depicting Western orientation as essentially one of conquest. The film is conceived in a number of different styles and on a number of simultaneous levels. In four parts, one reel. "More relevant than ever, Bruce Baillie's 'American Symphony' ... released in 1990 via an S-VHS master." -- Frankfurter Zettung "American as conquistador ...." -- P. Adams Sitney "-- quixotic filmmaker become the hero of his own film." -- S. Frey One-year journey through the land of incessant progress, researching those sources which have given rise twenty years later to the essential question of survival.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Bruce Baillie

Yellow Horse (1965) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Cycle scrambles poem. Bass solo by Pat Smith, L. A.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

All My Life (1966) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature

One shot, early summer in Mendocino. Song, ALL MY LIFE, by Ella Fitzgerald with Tedd Wilson and his orchestra.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Bruce Baillie

Castro Street (1966) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

Inspired by a lesson from Eric Satie; a film in the form of a street -- Castro Street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California... switch engines in one side and refinery tanks, stacks and buildings on the other -- the street and film, ending at a red lumber company. All visual and sound elements from the street, progressing from the beginning to the end of the street, one side is black and white (secondary), and one side is color -- like male and female elements. The emergence of a long seitch-engine shot (black and white solo) is to the filmmaker the essential of consciousness.

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Show Leader (1966) 16mm, black and white, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Free, if requested, with program of my films totaling 80 minutes or more. It is a picture of me in a stream saluting the audience on the soundtrack.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Still Life (1966) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Summer 1966; coming out of the artist's period of life at Graton -- a communal venture in the woods north of San Francisco. A film on efforts toward new American religion.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Tung (1966) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Portrait of a friend named Tung, deriving directly from a momentary image on waking. Seeing her bright shadow I thought she was someone I you we had known.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Bruce Baillie

Valentin De Las Sierras (1967) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Skin, eyes, knees, horses, hair, sun, earth. Old Song of Mexican hero Valentin, sung by blind Jose Santollo Nasido en Santa Cruz de la Soledad; Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

Rental: $35.00
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Bruce Baillie

Quick Billy (1970) 16mm, VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 56 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

QUICK BILLY: A Horse Opera in four reels, conceived for viewing with a single projector, allowing the natural pauses between reels. The experience of transformation between life and death, death and birth, or rebirth in four reels. The'rolls' took the form of a correspondence, or THEATRE, between their author and Stan Brakhage, in the winter of 1968-69. They're kind of magic cousins of the film. A personal record of the author's psychic journey and physical recovery during a period of his life which might be described essentially as one of transformation...'the dark wood encountered in the middle of life's journey' (Dante)... As poetic cinema, its significance to the world is perhaps in its narration of a singular phenomenon of our time, implicitly revealing those ancient 'rules' of transit evolved over the centuries; e. g., the BARDO THODOL (The Tibetan Book of the Dead), as well as Dante Alighieri's own discoveries in the time of the Fourteenth Century Europe, etc. The BARDO THODOL, from which Parts I-III are adopted structurally, admonishes (the deceased)...'a time of uncertainty, undertaking nothing -- fear not the terrifying forms of your own psyche...' Mankind deceased encountering a spectacular stream of images it once viewed as Reality. The film concludes with Part IV, a western one-reeler, which dramatically summarizes the material of Parts I, II, and III, in abstract form. All the film and tape was recorded in Fort Bragg, California, next to the Pacific Ocean. A final subtitle reads 'ever westward eternal rider.' Is it the image of Sisyphus or of Buddha? A beautifully incoherent work of art! A journey towards unity with this recent American film, both macroscopic and universal in its view. -- Hans Helmut Rudele, Filmdichter und Luftpiloten, DIE ZEITUNG, Hamburg, Dec. 12. 1970.

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

Bruce Baillie

Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True): Intro 1 & 2 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

My ROMANCE is intended for something like 'broadcast' form, or like a correspondence... not so much for showing a big batch of it at one sitting. Eventually it should be in both film and video tape form. The Introduction, INTRO.1 & 2 is finished now. I will send rolls from time to time and hope one of these days to put the rest of it in shape for you to see. Meanwhile, I'll be continuing to record the ROMANCE wherever I am. The work seems to be a sort of manual, concerning all the stuff of the cycle of life, from the most detailed mundanery to... God knows.--B. B., June 1 1977

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Dr. Bish Remedies #1 (1987) VHS NTSC, color, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

Monologue. Ode of the Week Award. Connie Bunyer, glass organ. Linda Lovely. Local reportage and Wife of the Week award. Jazz piece with Roy Eldridge. Dr. Bish's elixir and White Monkey holding Peach Balm (ad). Requiem for the Trees.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Commute (1995) VHS NTSC, color, 57 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Dr. Bish drives through the rain. A letter to friends, a Radio Show, a Home TV -- relaxing, entertaining, unpretentious, easy, humorous all the time -- a perfect hour to spend on a July Sunday afternoon, chatting with a pleasant friend, like sitting in a bar and having a drink. Wonderful, simply wonderful." -- Jonas Mekas, Anthology Film Archives

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Bruce Baillie

P-38 Pilot (1995) VHS NTSC, , min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Bruce Baillie

Bruce Baillie Vol. IV (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 2 hours min

DVD Compilation Disc One: 1. Introduction to the Holy Scrolls (1998); The P-38 Pilot (1990); Popeye (1934); Salute (2000) Note: Salute is Part I to final work in progress, "Les Memoires d'un Ange" in three parts. Disc Two: Commute (1995)

Rental: $100.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00

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