Abraham Ravett

Zeger's Note (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A note from a friend in Holland invokes a series of memories and dreams from the past and reminds the maker of the fragility of his own existence. Filmed in Holland and the USA.

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Abraham Ravett

Half-Sister (1985) 16mm, color, 22.15 min

Genre: Experimental

A recently discovered photograph of my half-sister, who was killed in the German concentration camp of Auschwitz, inspires the imagination to conceive a life that would have been.

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Abraham Ravett

Balcony, The (1987) 16mm, black and white, 47 min

Genre: Experimental

The lives of people are observed within the confines of one, twenty-two story high rise apartment complex and its adjacent courtyard. Shot over a period of fifteen months and from one vantage point, THE BALCONY speculates on the evanescence of all our lives.

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Abraham Ravett

Forgotten Tenor (1994) 16mm, color, 136 min

Genre: Experimental

On VHS. $75 for rental and $150 for (organization/college) purchases. "Demonstrating the process of oral history, avant-documentarian, Abraham Ravett constructs the life of a largely unknown bebop saxophonist out of a few film traces, some fading memories, and a handful of soaring records. All that's missing from this self-interrogating, experimental bio pic is the story of Ravett's own fascination with the material -- but then that's the movie itself." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

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Abraham Ravett

Horse/Kappa/House (1995) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan is the setting for The Legends of Tono (Tono monogatari), a unique collection of regional folktales, gathered in the early 20th century by Yanagita Kunio. The tales manifest and explain invisible forces and malevolent events which shape the psycho-cultural dimensions of Japanese indigenous beliefs and folk faith. Inspired by The Legends of Tono, HORSE/KAPPA/HOUSE records the surrounding landscape in a number of small villages throughout Iwate Prefecture in order to create a cinematic space which echoes, by implication and association, the external and unseen world in the environment. Exhibition: Ann Arbor Film Festival; Semana de Cinema Experimental, Madrid; Humboldt Film Festival; Athens Film/Video Festival; Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival; Sydney Film Festival; Melbourne Int'l Film Festival; Victoria Int'l Film Festival.

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Abraham Ravett

Piyut I-V (2009 - 2012) color and b&w, 96 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family, diary

Compilation DVD

Notes For A Polish Jew (2012) 8 min, 16mm, silent.
If his father had lived beyond the age of seventy-four, the following may have been the cinematic response to the city where in 1944, he last saw his family. Filmed in the mid-1980s, Lodz, Poland. Constructed in 2012, Florence, MA. USA.

From Prague to Poland (2010) 15 min, DVD, sound.
Sixty years after his familys departure from Poland, the filmmaker returns to the city where he was born.

What My Father Would Have Seen In Poland (2010) 54 min, DVD, sound.
A contemporary, on-line archive of Polish amateur films made between the 1950s - 1980s, provides an opportunity to reflect on stories of survival and attempts at reconciliation.

non-Aryan (2009) 12 min, silent, color, 16mm.
A recent article in the NYT revealed that during the 1930s and 1940s administrators at Columbia University restricted the hiring of refugee, Jewish medical doctors by severely limited the number of "non-Aryans" on their staff. Inspired by that revelation, the following is a cinematic tribute, a portrait of another "non-Aryan" who was not a physician and arrived in the USA in 1955.

Trepches (2009) 7 min, silent, beta.
In the process of making "The March" (1999), my mother spoke about the wooden shoes she and other inmates wore n their forced march out of Auschwitz. She called them "trephes." Utilizing one of the optically printed segments from "The March," I've re-visited that filmmaking experience and our exchange.

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Abraham Ravett

After the Unveiiling (1981) , 129 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

After the Unveiling is a film about change. It is a personal documentary done in diary format of my mothers life immediately following my fathers death. It begins with cultural rites proceeding death, that of sitting "shive," and goes on to record the many daily acts my mother once shared with her husband and now must face alone. Delineated, is the integral place that my mothers religion and culture holds for her, the inevitable influence it has on me, and the resulting conflict that is created for my mother and myself by me selecting a mate from a different religious background.

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Abraham Ravett

Everything's For You (1989) color and b&w, 58 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

Everythings For You reflects the filmmakers relationship with his deceased father, a man who survived both the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz. The film utilizes a combination of previously shot material (1974-78) family photographs, archival footage, optically printed current footage, cell animation sequences, and computer graphics to create a mosaic, a meditation on filial relationships. Dialogue is in both Yiddish and English.

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Abraham Ravett

Lunch With Fela (2005) color, 59 min min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

Lunch With Fela, is the filmmakers response to the passing of his last parent, Fela Ravett. Utilizing a combination of DV footage shot during her stay at a nearby nursing facility, excerpts from previously made 16mm film, animation sequences, plus remaining family memorabilia, the film renders the presence and absence of a much loved parent. Lunch With Fela, is the eighth film in a series that address the complexities of family history and Jewish cultural identity.

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Abraham Ravett

Short Films Volume II (1984-2003) color, 81 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, diary

Compilation DVD.

Zegers Note (1984), 17 min, color, 16mm

A Calming Breeze (1984) 17 min, color, SILENT, 16mm

Toncia (1986) 13 min, color, sound, 16mm

And Then... (2002) 6 min, color and b&w, SILENT, 16 mm

Sunday Paper (2003) 11 min, color, sound, DV

Mizuko (2002) 9 min, color, sound, DV

The Visit (2003) 8 min, color, SILENT, 16mm

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Abraham Ravett

Short Filmes Volume III (1987-2008) color and b&w, 56.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Compilation DVD

Ijime Part 1 (2008) 13 min, sound, Beta SP and Mini

Ijime Part II (2007) 8 min, sound, Beta SP and Mini DV

Tziporah (2007) 7 min, SILENT, 16mm

North Side / South Side (2006) 5:30 min, SILENT, Beta SP and Mini DV

Garden (1999) in collaboration with Bill T. Jones, 8 min, color, sound, 16mm and video

Jack Haber (1987) 15 min, b&w, SILENT, 16mm

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Abraham Ravett

Three Films (1985-1999) color and b&w, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, history, diary

Compilation DVD

Half Sister (1985) 22 min, color, sound, 16mm.
A recently discovered photograph of my half sister, who was killed in the German concentration camp of Auschwitz, inspires the imagination to conceive a life that would have been.

In Memory (1933) 13 min, B&W, sound, 16mm
In Memory, is a tribute, a projected memorial to members of my family and all those who died under Nazi occupation.

The March (1999) 25 min, color & B&W, sound, 16mm
Utilizing a series of conversation conducted over a thirteen-year period between the filmmaker and his mother, The March, details Fela Ravett's recollections of the 1945 Death March from Auschwitz.

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Abraham Ravett

Reflections on Japan (1992 - 2002) color and b&w, 93 min

Genre: Experimental

Compilation DVD.

HORSE/KAPPA/HOUSE (1995) 33 min, sound, b&w & color, 16mm.
Inspired by Yanagita Kunio's book of regional folktalkes, The Legends of Tono. HORSE/KAPPA/HOUSE records the landscape in several small villages throughout Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Animation sequences by Sumiaki Ishida.

An Abu's Warning (1992) 50 min, silent, color and b&w, 16mm.
A 20th century traveler comes to Japan and is confronted by a landscape, its inhabitants and cultural traditions quite different from his own experiences. Shot in the summer, 1987.

Afterthoughts on a Legend (2002) 10 min, silent, color and b&w, 16mm.
A response to the inklings that resonate ten years after a trip to Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

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Abraham Ravett

Two Films (1988 - 1998) , 77 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Compilation DVD.

The Balcony (1988) 48 min, black & white, SILENT, 16mm.
The lives of people are observed within the confines of one, twenty-two story high rise apartment complex and its adjacent courtyard. Shot over a period of fifteen months and from one vantage point, THE BALCONY speculates on the evanescence of all our lives.

The Boardwalk (1998) 29 min, black & white, SILENT, 16mm.
The Brighton Beach-Coney Island boardwalk is a long, winding, ocean front walkway adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Photographed over a three year period, the landscape rendered reflects the seasonal changes, daily activities, and the filmmaker's projected future.

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