Katrina Martin

Family Passion, A (1977) 16mm, color, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Structural

This is about my family. It's an idealized view, Arcadian, and a little silly. So the descent into hell that's implied by the title happens only in very sublimated forms. The structure is based on cycles: generations, seasons, day and night, the short eat/sleep cycles of my sister's new born babies, and the condensed and edited time of my new film. --K. M.

Rental: $25.00
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Katrina Martin

Tyrone, PA. (1978) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Political / Social Activism

From Super 8mm original. This is about my hometown, using the local obsession with cars as a means to show the place. People get work manufacturing car parts and have to own cars to get work, get groceries, get off, around, anywhere, or anything. We invest into cars tremendous amounts of money, love, skill, and creative imagination, and use it all to go 'round...' 'Doing a hardman,' a theme in the film means making a U-turn at one end of the main street, part of the 15-block circuit where drivers parade continuously from noon until midnight, on show, looking for action. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
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Katrina Martin

Silkscreen (1978) 16mm, color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

These Japanese master silkscreen painters were beautiful to watch, and I filmed them to watch them better and to create a document. Again, this film has definite content. I felt obliged to shoot so that one could see clearly what was happening in front of the camera, but at the same time, I wanted to make a moving picture that had my own imagining as its source. SILKSCREENS is based on the rhyhm and the precise, repetitive movements of the printers and the printing process, and on the graphic lines not only of the image they were producing but also of the one I was making with my camera. I used the close up alot, to build meaning from detail, because it isolates the records while giving a clear, graphic image that can leave representation aside. --K. M.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Katrina Martin

Kacho (Flowers and Birds) (1979) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Here, the bird is right smack in the center of the image. I'd like to get closer, to fill the frame and play with its edges, but I can't so there it is, in the center. I'd like to move around, do some tricks with my camera, but I'm too fascinated with these magnificent birds to do anything but stare. I can't gain the distance to abstract, I'm held by these birds. I'm on vacation with Bill's family and I follow them, bird watching. With two generations of ornithologists in the clan, they're birds from way back, and this movie is about them. I set off into metaphor, appropriating what the place we were visiting was loaded with--flowers and birds--as symbols: obvious, time-worn, and easy at hand. The film I brought home turned out to be a lullaby. Kacho is Japanese for flowers and birds as a motif in art. The artist sublimates emotion to express it through images from nature. such use of imagery is one route to abstraction in film. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
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Katrina Martin

Daffodils (1981) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

From super 8mm original. ... is a drawing about a morning routine. It's about waking up, visually, first seeing details that are detached from meaning and then making sense of a picture as a place in the world. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
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Katrina Martin

Hanafuda/Jasper/Johns (1981) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

The film documents the complex printmaking process which Johns has developed and the ongoing relation of one Johns print to the next. The soundtrack is an interview with Johns talking about printmaking and his art, along with sounds from the shop. The film has a less concrete side. The filmmaker too is a character who, by watching the masters work, is looking for answers to questions about art. How is art thought of and how is it made? What is its relation to craft on the one hand and ideas on the other? HANAFUDA/JASPER JOHNS is not only a document of a specific event, but also, a portrait of four men and a meditation on art. --K. M.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Katrina Martin

Watch Dog Dragon, The (1981) 16mm, color, 11 min

The Chinese dragon is a benevolent protector that scares away intruders. I am an imposter in Chinatown, observing a foreign culture in my own neighborhood. The camera is a friendly eye, and this street movie is about interchange and territory, the camera violating and re-establishing personal space. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
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