America Au Gratin
16mm, color, 9 min
"An improvisation with Wheatfield Ergot and Margaret Goll... If Robert Brenchley looked like General MacArthur introducing Elanor Roosevelt at a Salvation Army meeting, this film could have been made of that... An experiment in keeping words as wild as the imagery in Zimmerman's early work." - Z.V.
"...A funny (filmed straight) satire about the invaluable doughnut hole, set forth in a Robert Benchley type lecture delivered by a talented actress, Margaret Goll." - Robert Salmaggi, Herald Tribune
16mm Rental: $25.00
16mm, black and white, 26 min
Keywords: Comedy, Architecture
Starring Taylor Mead in eleven roles. Filmed in the now-demolished Victorian houses in San Francisco's Western Division Redevelopment area.
"The film opens with Taylor Mead wandering aimlessly through a shabey alley where he sees displayed paintings of Edward Lupper's 'romantic decadence.' Suddenly the paintings form a collage of ruins that lead by means of a decaying staircase into the real thing - the Western Addition rubble. The remainder of the movie concerns Taylor Mead's abortive romances with some anachronistic Victorian spinsters of various illusionary ages and fantasies, all played by himself. Ultimately Mead suffers an acute disillusionment with these shadowy beings of yester-year and flees to the modern insanity of the Jack Tar Motel, clutching in his hand a suitcase filled with the artifacts of the forgotten life... It is not pathos Mead evokes, nor derision. It is rather a Chaplinesque sense of incongruity. All civilization takes on a ridiculous note in terms of Mead, and his answer seemingly is: I am, therefore you think." Lee Stothers, S.F. Territorial News
16mm Rental: $75.00
To L. A.... With Lust
16mm, color & b/w, 27 min
Starring Ingrid Lothigius; with Taylor Mead, Eric Nord, Carole Parker, and Nudie.
"...wild and dirty, but so easy to understand...that it may be considered a fair introduction to cinematic youth on-the-march. It has distinct traces of humor...and offers several moments of pleasure...the star, Ingrid Lothigius, is a blond who photographs well and deadpans her life and hard times like a pro." -Archer Winsten, The New York Post.
16mm Rental: $100.00
16mm, black and white, 55 min
Genre: Documentary, Experimental
"... a free-style documentary which explores the folkways of under-graduate life on and off the university campus. It dispenses with script, actors, and staged situations of any kind. Instead, the cameraman-director roams at large through the university community..."-Panorama-Chicago Daily News
16mm Rental: $90.00
Scarface and Aphrodite
16mm, black and white, 15 min
Based on a "Happening" by Claes Oldenburg, with a cast of twenty. Recipient of Special Commendation of the Jury, Third International Experimental Film Festival, 1963-1964.
"...in Scarface and Aphrodite, Vernon Zimmerman's film adaptation of "Gayety," one sees many of the elements of children's homemade theatre. The participants are not trained actors. A school trash can with a pointed top is crudely painted to resemble a skyscraper. Ladders draped with cloth serve as scenery, and hand-lettered signs indicate different geographical locations... The style is deliberately homespun, even awkward and messy. Yet those very qualities make the performance playful and pleasurable" - Sally Banes, Greenwich Village 1963: Avant-Garde Performance and the Effervescent Body
16mm Rental: $60.00
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