David Finkelstein

Radiant Emanators (2003) DVD NTSC, color, 19 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A holy scripture appears floating in outer space. It is covered with text, copiously illustrated, and refers to a wide range of fanciful incidents, including Walt Whitman's trip down the Long Island Expressway, the trials of a pregnant teenager, and ballerinas who stuff their toe shoes with newspaper, among many other things. An illuminated manuscript, based on a fully improvised performance, Radiant Emanators mediates on the effect of uneven sources of light on written texts, and on the way our uneven readings of our own cultural texts determine our views on genocide, sexual freedom, and our general consciousness

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

David Finkelstein

Earth And Moon In Love (2004) DVD NTSC, color, 21 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

At the climax of Percy Shelley's lyrical drama, "Prometheus Unbound," Mankind is delivered once and for all from tyranny, and the Universe celebrates his new-found freedom and self-mastery. As part of this celebration the Earth and the Moon fall rapturously in love. This musical setting for acclaimed countertenors RANDALL WONG and JOHN COLLIS places the amorous planets among floating panels of scenery which illustrate almost every line of the text, creating a visual/musical feast which is at once silly, mystical and delirious.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

David Finkelstein

Lovely Academic Slaughter Houses (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Philosophical

Inside the card catalogue of the University library, Greek boys and pin-up girls gamble on the Acropolis. Meanwhile, out in the real world, parfait desserts and unruly children are floating by in uncontrollable clouds of bubbles. Based on a fully improvised text, this video meditates on how the boxlike conceptual thinking of academia attempts to grapple with sexuality, gender, culture, and the unclassifiably bubblelike flow of reality. Multiple layers of meticulously crafted imagery help the viewer to make sense of the complex text and music.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

David Finkelstein

Display Devices (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Based on a completely improvised performance, "Display Devices" juxtaposes meticulously animated digital images with floating, spinning grids of color, to create a pixelated universe, in which tiny rectangles of pure color are combined into images which display coded messages of gender, philosophy, and urgently personal visions. Male peacocks display their feathers, warriors don their war bonnets, Carmen Miranda decks herself out in a fruity hat, and cocoa wafers dissolve themselves into cups of cocoa, while a lush musical score and constantly shifting visual perspectives lift the viewer into a dizzying flight through perceptual space.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

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