Joyce Wieland

Barbara's Blindness (1967) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

"A collage film. We started out with a dull film about a little blind girl named Mary and ended up with something that made us get crazy." J.W.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Joyce Wieland

Patriotism (1964) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"Something happens when he is asleep" J.W.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Joyce Wieland

Water Sark (1965) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

"I decided to make a film at my kitchen table, there is nothing like knowing my table. The high art of the housewife. You take prisms, glass, lights and myself to it. "The housewife is high" WATER SARK is a film sculpture, drawing being made while you wait." J.W. "Joyce Wieland surpasses philosophy. She has achieved a capacity for whimsy, and becomes divine. She cannot help but laugh out loud, also I recommend her knockers." Ken Jacobs

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Joyce Wieland

A & B In Ontario (1984) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

"...there is in A&B IN ONTARIO the reflexive presence of Frampton as a contemporary 'man with a movie camera.' Eighteen years after the original material was made, the film was assembled (during the summer after Frampton's death) by Wieland into a cinematic dialogue in which the collaborators (in the spirit of the sixties) shoot each other with cameras." Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Joyce Wieland

1933 (1967) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"The repeated images are such that they appear to be different every time; to be expanding. 1933 has a machine-mechanical-doll-rhythmic-like structure." -- Robert Cowan, Take One "1933. The year? The number? The title? Was it (the film) made then? It's a memory! (i. e., a Film). No, it's many memories. It's so sad and funny: the departed, departing people, cars, street! It hurries, it's gone, it's back! It's the only glimpse we have but we can have it again. The film (of 1933?) was made in 1967. You find out, if you didn't already know, how naming tints pure vision." -- Michael Snow

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Joyce Wieland

Hand Tinting (1967) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

"...is the apt title of another short film made from outcuts from a Job Corps documentary which features hand tinted sections. The film is full of small movements and actions, gestures begun and never completed. Repeated images, sometimes in color, sometimes not, A beautifully realized type of chamber-music film whose sum-total feeling is ritualistic." Robert Cowan, Take One

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Joyce Wieland

Sailboat (1967) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

This little sailboat film will sail right through your gate and into your heart. "SAILBOAT has the simplicity of a child's drawing. A toy-like image of a sailboat sails, without interruption on the water, to the sound of roaring waves, which seem to underline the image to the point of exaggeration, somewhat in the way a child might draw a picture of water and write word-sounds on it to make it as emphatic as possible. ... Joyce Wieland makes a very special kind of film. The same sense of humor, tenderness and feeling for the more humble details of life that is present in her paintings and plastic constructions are given further dimensions in her films. There is somewhat of a sense of sadness and nostalgia in all her work ... a sense of lost innocence." -- Robert Cowan, Take One "The word SAILBOAT is supered over the entire film. It's an innocent static referent for the artist's assisting of passing sailboats. 1933 used naming in another way. This led to her discovery of new possibilities for subtitles, used extraordinarily in RAT LIFE and extended to an even more uncompromising use in the supered meter-like permutations of REASON OVER PASSION. A day at the Beach, at the Sea, at the Sky and at the Sailboats." -- Michael Snow

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Joyce Wieland

Catfood (1968) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: structural

"In CATFOOD she shows a cat devouring fish after fish for some ten minutes. There seems to be no repetition of shots, but the imagery is so consistent throughout--shot of the fish, the cat eating, his paw clawing, another fish, the cat eating, etc.--that it is just possible theat shots are recurrent, There is no question but that Wieland has a unique talent." P. Adams Sitney, Film Culture "J.W.'s CATFOOD is as uncompromising and didactic as anything by Godard" The New Yorker

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Joyce Wieland

Rat Life And Diet In North America (1968) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"A band of revolutionary gerbils escape their cat jailors and journey up the Hudson, where they hide out at a millionare's estate and perfect their tactics as guerilla fighters. It has some hard-to -forget, singular images:Ome, captioned 'Skag Mitchell was the first to escape' shows a grimy bare sction of floorboards with the tiny gerbil hovering against the wall. Miss Wieland is more than a diary-like recorder of domestic enthusiasms." Manny Farber "I can tell you that Wieland's film holds. It may be aobut the best (or richest) political movie around. It's all about rebels (enacted by real rats) and police (enacted by real cats). After a long suffering under the cats, the rats break out of the prison (in a full scale rebellion) and escape to Canada. There they take up organic gardening, with no DDT in the grass. It is a parable, a satire, an adventure movie, or you can call it pop art or any art you want- I find it one of the most original films made recently" Jonas Mekas

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Joyce Wieland

La Raison Avant La Passion (1969) 16mm, color, 80 min

Genre: Experimental

Joyce Wieland's films are among the most endearing ever seen, making her point and sealing the issue in a womanly way without any concern for ragged edges. LA RAISON AVANT LA PASSION is a whirlwind view of Canada with an anti-dialectical premise." -- Douglas Pringle, ArtsCanada "REASON OVER PASSION, then, is Joyce Wieland's major film so far. With its many eccentricities, it is a glyph of her artistic personality; a lyric vision tempered by an aggressive form and a visionary patriotism mixed with ironic self parody. It is a film to be seen many times." -- P. Adams Sitney, Film Culture "This film is about the pain and joy of living in a very large space: in fact, in a continent. It is painful, because such an experience distends the mind, it seems too large for passionate reason to contain. It is joyous, because 'true patriot love,' a reasonable passion, can contain it, after all. But what is remarkable, for me, is that all its urgency is lucidly caught, bound as it were chemically, in the substance of film itself, requiring no exterior argument." -- Hollis Frampton

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Joyce Wieland

Dripping Water (1969) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"I can imagine only St. Francis looking at a water plate and water dripping so lovingly, so respectfully, so serenely. The usual reaction is: 'Oh what is it anyhow? Just a plate of water dripping.' But that is a snob remark. The remark has no love for the world, for anything. Snow and Wieland's film uplifts the object, and leaves the viewer with a finer attitude toward the world around him, it opens his eyes to the phenomenal world. and how can you love people if you don't love water, stone, grass." Jonas Mekas, New York Times, August 1969

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Joyce Wieland

Pierre Vallieres (1972) 16mm, Color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

A film about a Quebec revolutionary who spent three years in jail without trial. The film was made in April, 1972, when Pierre was working with workers, raising consciousness, in Mount Laurier, Quebec. He was then writing a book about Quebec, and he has written the book White Niggers of America about French Canadians. "PIERRE VALLIERES is one of the most effective political films I've seen. I was helped, when looking at the film, by Joyce's concentration on the words, on the voice. She eliminated all visual distraction, including the speaker's face. It's the voice, the tone of the voice, and the meaning of what is said that comes through. The sincerity and truth of the voice comes through. Ms. Wieland displays in this film the maximum respect for what's being said in it. The purity of her approach, her formal choice, only increases the sharpness of the truth presented in the film. "I look at this film also as a critique of most of the so-called political documentaries. ... Joyce Wieland concentrates on the speaker's voice, she presents Pierre Valliers' voice in close-up, so that nothing is hidden. And the truth of the voice, the sound of the voice, the nuances of the voice, its vibrations, its colors merge so totally with what is being said that no other images are needed to make the point." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice Note: In French with English subtitles.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

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