16mm, color, 23 min
Filmed and edited by Schneemann; with herself, James Tenney and Kitch. "Pornography is an anti-emotional medium, in content and intent, and its lack of emotion renders it wholly ineffective for women. This absence of sensuality is so contrary to female eroticism that pornography becomes, in fact, anti-sexual. Schneemann's film, by contrast, is devastatingly erotic, transcending the surfaces of sex to communicate its true spirit, its meaning as an activity for herself and, quite accurately, women in general. Significantly, Schneemann conceives the film as shot through the eyes of her cat -- the impassive observer whose view of human sexuality is free of voyeurism and ignorant of morality. "In her attempt to reproduce the whole visual and tactile experience of lovemaking as a subjective phenomenon, Schneemann spent some three years marking on the film, baking it in the oven, even hanging it out the window during rainstorms on the off chance it might be struck by lightning. Much as human beings carry the physical traces of their experiences, so this film testifies to what it has been through and communicates the spirit of its maker. The red heat baked into the emulsion suffuses the film, a concrete emblem of erotic power." -- B. Ruby Rich, Chicago Art Institute Project at 18 fps.
16mm Rental: $70.00
16mm, black and white, 11 min
VIET-FLAKES was composed from an obsessive collection of Vietnam atrocity images I collected from foreign magazines and newspapers over a five-year period. Magnifying glasses from the "5 & 10" were taped onto a borrowed 16mm Bolex in order to physically "travel" within the photographs - producing a rough animation. Images in and out of focus, broken rhythms and pans, the abstracted shapes and motions, speeding perceptual contradictions. For instance, a pointillism of falling black specks in focus becomes bombs dropping through the sky; an impressionistic swirl of tones translates as faces of US soldiers leading barefoot villagers from a gas-filled tunnel; a "Rembrandt ink drawing" focuses in as a tank dragging a roped body .... VIET-FLAKES was central in "Snows," the Kinetic Theater work I presented at the Martinique Theater, New York, 1966, in conjunction with Angry Arts Week. "Snows" concretized imagery and the denied ravages of the war and did its part in heightening moral outrage at the endless destruction. James Tenney's sound collage intercuts three-second fragments of Vietnamese religious chants and secular songs with fragments of Bach and 1960s "Top of the Charts."
16mm Rental: $40.00
16mm, color, 15.15 min
Breaking down, splitting apart, burning up: a relationship and the film itself. Edited from scrap diary footage shot in 8mm, hand printed as 16mm. PLUMB LINE is a moving and powerful subjective chronicle of the breaking up of a love relationship. The film is a devastating exorcism, as the viewer sees and hears the film approximate the interior memory of the experience. "PLUMB LINE was beautiful, laying everything open even more than FUSES -- a very public private film -- and as clear as crystal." -- David Curtis Exhibition: London Int'l Film Festival; Buffalo Women's Film Festival; Whitney Museum of American Art.
16mm Rental: $60.00
Fuses- Newly Restored Version with Added Footage
16mm, , 30 min
Keywords: body, erotic
New restoration of the original 16mm collaged print - May 2007.
Part of "Autobiographical Trilogy". Filming begun in 1964. This self-
shot erotic film remains a controversial classic. With awards at
Cannes (1968), the Yale Film Festival (1992) and showings at museums
and Universities internationally, Fuses has nevertheless encountered
censorship over the years. "[A]notorious masterpiece, a silent
celebration in color of heterosexual love making, the film unifies
erotic energies within a domestic environment through cutting, super-
imposition and layering of abstract impressions scratched into the
celluloid itself... Fuses succeeds perhaps more than any other film
in objectifying the sexual streamings of the body's mind" - The Guardian
16mm Rental: $$95.00
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