Stan Brakhage

Chinese Series (2003) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

On the negative, it seemed to have the essence of Chinese characters -- "strokes" and blocks, etc. In motion, it seems almost like running though a humid bamboo forest (not that I've personally had much experience) -- green and yellow stalks create these glowing shadows as they cut across the sunlight... symbols magically transformed to landscape through light and motion.

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Stan Brakhage

Night Mulch (2001) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is hand-painted and is essentially about the interplay between hypnagogic vision and words, the effect of the one upon the other, the contest between the two. The hypnagogic (hand-paint) shapes are multiple and variably complex that they tend to suggest a variety of almost recognizable shapes, such as many brightly colored people or a mulch of flowers. The words, such as "Subversive" and "Liberating", along with many which are unreadable, seem to struggle for an equality of viewer comprehension, almost as if the brain were coming to terms again with the origins of written language: the pun "Quills" accentuates this. In all cases, language is subsumed, but leaves a distinctive trail of itself distinct from the painted images.

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Stan Brakhage

Night Mulch & Very (2001) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

See descriptions of individual films.

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Stan Brakhage

Night Mulch & Very (2001) color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

See descriptions of individual films.

Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

Very (2001) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

The second, of these companion films (interspersed by a "Technicolor+ countdown") introduces The Movies (Narrative Dramatic Scenes briefly flickering midst hypnogogic-painting) in addition to the closed-eye vision and language combination of Night Mulch. "Subversive" and "Liberating" are repeated, but "Liberating" actually seems to be withdrawing (zooming away) in the mixture of paints. To emphasize The Movies, these is a brief tribute to the actor Michael Caine. The resolution of these contesting 'force-fields; of visual thought (as I imagine them) is a sense of distinction of hypnagogic over and above Photography (or Picture-i. e. a collector of framed named things) as well as the words/names themselves.

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Stan Brakhage

Max (2002) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A single roll, edited in camera, reveals a small portrait of our ever-present cat. - Marilyn Brakhage

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Stan Brakhage

Micro Garden (2001) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

Red and ephemeral blue and purple plant shapes half-curled against a tan ground, which begins to flash white cracks in dried mud patterns. Aflush of watery blues (in this hand-painted step-printed film) brightens the plant-skein into a variety of greens mixed into all other colors-all darkening into smeared mud-blacks with microscopic beseeming black "splatters" (where mud-like cracks used to be.) The turquoise blues, red and tans resolve into a flare of red at end.

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Stan Brakhage

Panels for the Walls of Heaven (2002) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"The one work made with a movie camera, Max, grew out of Brakhage's desire to create a record of his cat. After several attempts, he was finally satisfied with a single roll, edited in camera. He used to complain that viewers didn't understand that he had a sense of humor, but often his humor is subtle, revolving around individual oddities, whether of humans or animals - a body or face or eye that stands out from a more even field of light. Because for Brakhage light stands for the energy underlying all things, sometimes it seems that locking it into a recognizable or namable shape is too restrictive. Max jokes about this issue by making the cat's individuality seem odd, as its bright eyes occasionally peer out from a mass of soft-focus fur, markers of a being that almost seems to understand its own insignificance." -Fred Camper

16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Resurrectus Est (2002) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

Resurrectus Est is a hand painted film which suggests, from the first, a spread of fragments of plants and flowers, individual petals and bits of twig with multiple colors, with much green "leafiness". This gives way to solid yellows and browns of, or suggesting, dried grass and earth (the decay, as it were, of the above mentioned fragments); but then again, and so spaced with clear light whites as to appear airy, wind-blown, somesuch, miniscule fragments of plant life, gradually enlarging to fill-the-frame. Amidst the many floral and earthen tones, there is a particular ethereal pale, almost phosphorescent, blue which so dominates the scenes of its appearance as to cause the darker earthen yellows to lighten into a mixture with the blue that suggest abstract Easter: these tones finally take over to such an extent that the flower-fragments can no longer be seen clearly as such. The whole work turns upon the dominance of yellow-and-blue to such an extent that, by end, the film can only be seen as "visual music", completely (or predominantly) "abstract" and as if composed of air itself (quite distinct, say, from "blue sky" "yellow sun" somesuch).

Rental: $35.00
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Stan Brakhage

Trio (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"The following films were all made in 1976. I do not wish to describe them. "When I entered films in the Experimental Film Competition of the 1958 World's Fair, I included the following statement in protest to their demand for a 'summary of the subject' (description). I've finally got around to reading my own statement and taking it seriously. In 1958 I did provide descriptions of each film entered-- my only mistake. Now I simply quote the clarity of that long ago protest, finally comprehended: "'I want it understood that this "summary" is written for identification purposes only and that it is not intended as a statement by the artist on his work. It is my belief that statements by the artist, particularly in print, are so associated with his work as to become appendages to that work and, aesthetically speaking, would better have been included in that work in the first place. "'If a film is a work of moving visual art, it is its own subject and subject only to itself. The extent to which a film can be described is the extent to which it is deficient as a work of visual art. If the "summary of the subject" of a film can be interpreted as that which is intended to inspire perception in the viewer, rather than as that which attempts to describe the film for the viewer, then (the title) is my "summary of the subject.' "P.S. Images of myself in TRIO are by Bruce Baillie."--S.B. On the 16mm enlargements: "The Following Super 8mm films (listed below) have been optically enlarged to 16mm. Some have 'translated' better than others, but all of them have benefited color-wise from this process due to the careful supervision of the transfer; and it was my enthusiasm about the possibilities of color-control during optical 'blow-up' which inspired the series of films shot in Super-8MM ONLY to be shown in 16mm (all those 16mms listed above to be shown 'at 18 f.p.s.'): thus the entire procedure of making these enlargements has provided a crucial turning-point in my work. The films listed below should, perhaps, be regarded as translations from Super-imm work; and it would be interesting, in that context, to show Super-8mm and 16mm versions of the same films in conjunction. Then, also, this procedure has made it possible to show this very important series of films in auditoriums which cannot accomodate 8mm."-S.B.

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Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Interim (1953) 16mm, black and white, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Music by James Tenney. Brakhage's first film, inspired by Italian Neo-Realism, suggests a tentative sexual encounter between a teenage boy and girl who meet under the city viaducts.

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Stan Brakhage

In Between (1955) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Portrait of Jesse Collins: a daydream nightmare in the surrealist tradition. -- Cinema 16

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Stan Brakhage

Reflections on Black (1955) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

A series of terrifying dramas of male-female relationships offset against the background of a New York tenement. -- Cinema 16 ... a search into the hidden unspoken, elusive drama of relations among men and women. -- Parker Tyler.

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Stan Brakhage

Way to Shadow Garden, The (1955) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Blinding himself, a young man escapes his frightening room to enter the even more terrifying beauty of Shadow Garden. -- Cinema 16 ... creates a tormented, claustrophobic world... this wild study of a tortured youth has astonishing moments of brilliance. Film, no 12

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Stan Brakhage

Wonder Ring, The (1955) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

On a theme suggested by Joseph Cornell. A sharp change in Brakhage's work, we see New York's Third Avenue El (since demolished) as though through the eyes of a child on a merry-go-round. -- Cinema 16

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Stan Brakhage

Centuries of June (1960) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"This film comes to exist because Joseph Cornell wished, one fine summer day, to show me the old homes of his beloved Flushing. One of them had been torn down and another beside it was scheduled for demolition. In torment (similar to that which had prompted him to ask me to photograph the Third Ave. Elevated before it was destroyed) he suggested we spend the afternoon preserving 'the world of this house,' its environs. It would be too strong a word to say he 'directed' my photography; and yet his presence and constant suggestions (often simply by a lift of the hand, or lifted eyebrows even) made this film entirely his. He then spent years editing it, incorporating 're-takes' into the film's natural progress, savoring and lovingly using almost every bit of the footage. And then he gave it to me, 'in memory of that afternoon.' It was originally to be called Tower House, then Bolts of Melody (in homage to Emily Dickinson) and then Portrait of June and very often simply June." -- Stan Brakhage

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Stan Brakhage

Gnir Rednow (1960) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

After Joseph Cornell asked Stan Brakhage to film Manhattan's Third Avenue Elevated Train, Brakhage photographed and edited his film "The Wonder Ring." Not satisfied with the results, Cornell then took the outtakes from "The Wonder Ring" (Brakhage keeping his original intact), and edited his own version, with those outtakes, calling it "Gnir Rednow." There has been a long-standing misconception that the film "Gnir Rednow" is simply "The Wonder Ring" projected in reverse. However, Mark Toscano, of the Academy Film Archive, has definitively established that the original roll of each one of these two films is "unmistakably, completely comprised of camera original Kodachrome," and that no two shots are precisely the same from one film to the other. Rather, the pieces of film used for "Gnir Rednow" are those unused portions of the shots that had been incorporated into "The Wonder Ring." Brakhage referred to "Gnir Rednow" as "Cornell's mirrored version of The Wonder Ring," stating that Cornell had made it to be "projectionable four ways: head-to-tail, tail-to-head (projector always running forward), and the film-flipped versions of the above two." It was perhaps his use of the term "mirrored version" which led to the confusion. However, Brakhage also noted that Cornell had considered the film unfinished; that Cornell had sent it to him, several years before his death, with several strips of film loose in the can, requesting that Brakhage finish it. Brakhage wrote, "As I was never able to improve upon his 'unfinished' edit of it, this print is exactly as he sent it to me then. The five or six seconds he couldn't' find any place for have, accordingly, been left out."

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Stan Brakhage

Loving (1956) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

The greens of the forest, the flesh tones of the lovers, the browns of the earth, the sky and the sun evolve an expression of loving in which the light consumes everything except the flesh of loving. -- Cinema 16

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Stan Brakhage

Nightcats (1956) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A bold attempt, full of visual sensibility, to use living animals, innocuous of their roles, as abstract counters in a tone poem of color and chiaroscuro. -- Parker Tyler

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Stan Brakhage

Flesh of Morning (1986) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

(12/86: new soundtrack version) A brilliant psychodrama on masturbation -- Cinema 16 The dramatic power of a Greek tragedy. -- P. Adams Sitney "I was never content w/ the original sound track of this early work, andover the last decade I've been increasingly involved in 'the sound of film' again and tempted to re-make THAT track. Finally, this year of collaborating on FAUSTFILM: AN OPERA, I reversed and re-edited the original track, and am content this accomplishes a definitive mix of sound and psychodramatic light."

Rental: $85.00
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Stan Brakhage

Daybreak & Whiteye (1957) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

These two films investigate frustrations in loving. DAYBREAK with a girl as object, WHITEYE with the camera as subject. -- Cinema 16 ... a winter landscape transforms itself, through the magic of motion, temperament and light, into pure poetry of white. -- Jonas Mekas

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Stan Brakhage

Anticipation of the Night (1958) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

The daylight shadow of a man in its movement evokes lights in the night. A rose bowl held in hand reflects both sun and moon like illumination. The opening of a doorway onto trees anticipates the twilight into the night. A child is born on the lawn, born of water with its promissory rainbow, and the wild rose. It becomes the moon and the source of all light. Lights of the night become young children playing a circular game. The moon moves over pillared temple to which all light return. There is seen the sleep of innocents in their animals dreams, becoming the amusement, their circular game, becoming the morning. The trees change color and lose their leaves for the morn, they become the complexity of branches in which the shadow man hangs himself. ... a film in the first person. The protagonist, like the members of the audience, is a voyeur, and his eventual suicide is a result of his inability to participate in the untutored seeing experience of a child. ANTICIPATION consists of a flow of colors and shapes which constantly intrigues us by placing the unknown object next to the known in a significant relationship, by metamorphosing one visual statement into another. Whenever Brakhage shows a shot for a second time, it gains new meaning through its new context and in relation to the material that has passed during the interval. -- P. Sitney Adams.

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Stan Brakhage

Cat's Cradle (1959) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Sexual witchcraft involving two couples and a medium cat -- Cinema 16

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Stan Brakhage

Sirius Remembered (1959) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"I was coming to terms with decay with a dead thing and the decay if the memories of a loved being that had died and it was undermining all abstract concepts of death. The form was being cast our of probably the same physical need that makes dogs dance and howl in rhythm around a corpse. I was taking song as my source of inspiration for the rhythm structure, just as dogs dancing, prancing around a corpse, and howling in rhythm-structures or rhythm-intervals might be considered like the birth of some kind of song."

Rental: $48.00
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Stan Brakhage

Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"The first months of marriage, with moments of mutual awareness, frightening understandings, lovemaking." -- Cinema 16

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Stan Brakhage

Window Water Baby Moving (1959) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

... Brakhage's treatment of the birth of his daughter. Here he unleashes the full power of his technique, so apt to become abstractly unintelligible when left to his own devices, on a specific subject. The result is a picture so forthright, so full of primitive wonder and love, so far beyond civilization in its acceptance that it becomes an experience like few in the history of the movies. -- Archer Winstein, New York Post

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Stan Brakhage

Dead, The (1960) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"... a very sombre and intense visual poem, a black lyric, if you like, but full of an open dramatic energy which puts it well above a formal or rhetorical exercise on Time and Eternity. In the visual form of the monuments of the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the persistent and impenetrable geometric masonry gets to be less a symbol of death than a death-like sensation." - Donald Sutherland -- "Europe, weighed down so much with that past, was The Dead. I was always Tourist there; I couldn't live in it. The graveyard could stand for all my view of Europe, for all the concerns with past art, for involvement with symbol. THE DEAD became my first work in which things that might very easily be taken as symbols were so photographed as to destroy all their symbolic potential. The action of making THE DEAD kept me alive. ... a very somber and intense visual poem, a black lyric, if you like, but full of an open dramatic energy which puts it well above a formal or rhetoric exercise on time and Eternity. In the visual form of the monuments of the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the persistent and impenetrable geometric masonry gets to be less a symbol of death than a death-like sensation. "

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Stan Brakhage

Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie (1961) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"I had a camera with which I could make multiple superimpositions spontaneously. It had been lent to me for a week. I was also given a couple of rolls of color film which had been through an intensive fire. The chance that the film would not record any image at all left me free to experiment and try to create the sense of the daily world in which we live, and what it meant to me. I wanted to record our home, and yet deal with it as being that area from which the films by Stan Brakhage arise, and try to make one arise at the same time."

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Stan Brakhage

Prelude: Dog Star Man (1961) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

In PRELUDE Brakhage achieves a synthesis of all his techniques. In thisfilm of exquisite beauty the images become like words: they come back again, in little bursts, and disappear, and come back again -- like in sentences -- creating visual and mental impressions, experiences. -- Jonas Mekas PRELUDE is a declaration both of the unity of the world ( and Brakhage's lyrical feeling of identification with it) and love for woman, expressed in transcendent, cosmic terms. His images here include both microscopic and telescopic, and range from solar explosions to brief glimpses of the beloved's body... the degree of spiritual, cosmic feeling is remarkable. Brakhage has gone further than any of his fellows whose work I have seen -- Paul Beckley New York Herald Tribune. Four basic visual themes dominate PRELUDE: (1) the four elements, air, earth, fire and water; (2) the cosmos represented in the stock footage of the sun, the moon, and the stars; (3) Brakhage's household- himself, his dog and cat, his baby, and particularly his wife's nude body; and (4) artificial, yet purely filmic devices such as painting or scratching in film, distorting lenses, double exposure and clear leader. -- P. Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Stan Brakhage

Thigh Line Lyre Triangular (1961) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Only at a crisis do I see both the scene as I've been trained to see it ( that is, with Renaissance perspective, three-dimensional logic--colors as we've been trained to call a color a color, as so forth) and patterns that move straight out from the inside of the mind through the optic nerves... spots before my eyes, so to speak... and it's very intensive, disturbing, but joyful experience. I've seen that every time a child was born... Now none of that was in WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING; and I wanted a childbirth film which expressed all of my seeing at such a time.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man Complete (1964) 16mm, color, 75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environement & Nature, Family, Landscape & Architecture, Personal Diary & Journal, Philosophical

"DOG STAR MAN is the most self-sufficient and innocent film, self sufficient in the sense that Chaplin is. No music is needed to watch Chaplin... because his dance is all the music that we need. DOG STAR MAN is silent in the sense that the greatest silent film are. In DOG STAR MAN the film itself becomes a dance of editing and moves as the best silent actors do with their physical movement with arm, leg, tongue and face... The film breathes and is an organic and surging thing... it is a colossal lyrical adventure- dance of the image in every variation of color." -- Michael McClure, Art Forum. BRAND NEW PRINT.

Rental: $295.00
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Stan Brakhage

Art of Vision, The (1965) 16mm, color, 250 min

Genre: Experimental

Includes the complete DOG STAR MAN and is a full extension of the singularly visible themes of it. Inspired by that period of music in which the word symphonia was created and by the thought that the term, as then, was created to name the overlap and enmeshing of suites, this film presents the visual symphony that DOG STAR MAN can be seen as and also all the suites of which it is composed. But as it is a film, and a work of music, the above suggests only one of the possible approaches to it. For instance, as cinematographer. at source, means writer of movement, certain poetic analogies might serve as well. The form is conditioned by the works of arts which have inspired DOG STAR MAN, its growth of form by the physiology and experiences ( including experiences of art) of the man who made it. Finally it must be seen for what it is. An art of vision possible in a medium which has dominated our century, and which herewith frees itself from dependence on all other art forms. Film has tended, even in the most experimental of intention, culture, pretense, and imitation. Now Brakhage's ART OF VISION exists so utterly free of all that. It is a totality of making so intense it becomes a systemic exploration of the forms and terms of the medium itself. To explore the form without exhausting the form: a definitive making in any art is the health of the whole art, of the arts. Art in its oldest sense is skill, skill of making; THE ART OF VISION is the skill of making seeing. THE ART OF VISION, The Art of Fugue, a presumptuous comparison only so long as we accord film only evidential value. This film makes immediate the integrity of the medium. Climax of the edited film, a new continent of the eye's sway. Mind at the mercy of the eye at last. -- Robert Kelly

Rental: $500.00
16mm Rental: $500.00

Stan Brakhage

Blue Moses (1962) 16mm, black and white, 10.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

A meat enigma spoken in eternal language of director, con man, and magician. It's about the sham flesh that men create to dam the streaming of the truth from their muscles and senses... a molecule of revelation in the shape of a drama thrown off by the artist between ANTICIPATION and DOG STAR MAN. -- Michael McClure. A manifesto of film epistemology in the form of an actor n conflict with the camera eye. -- Brussels catalogue. Brussels International Film Festival, 1964.

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Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man: Part I (1962) 16mm, color, 30.00 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical

In the tradition of Ezra Pound's vorticism, PART I is a Noh drama, the exploration in minute detail of a single action and all its ramifications. The formal construction of the film the interrelationships and significance of the images, has been woven on an extremely subtle level. Each shot appears only as an isolated piece,,, appreciated (as) it is understood within the context of the entire mosaic. -- P Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

Rental: $90.00
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Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man: Part II (1963) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

The third movement of Brakhage's masterwork; the extension of the bardic art into living film... images of life, regeneration... spring and early morning. -- P Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

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Stan Brakhage

Mothlight (1963) 16mm, color, 4.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Hand-processed

8mm reduction only on sale from Stan Brakhage. What a moth might see from birth to death if black were white and white were black. Brakhage made MOTHLIGHT without a camera. He just pasted mothwings and flowers on a clear strip of film and ran it through the printing machine. -- Jonas Mekas. MOTHLIGHT is a paradoxical preservation of pieces of dead moths in the eternal medium of light (which is life and draws the moth to death); so it flutters through its very disintegration. This abstract of flight captures matter's struggle to assume its proper form; the death of the moth does not cancel its nature, which on the filmstrip asserts itself. MOTHLIGHT is one level a parable of death and resurrection, but most really concerns the persistence of the essential form, image, and motion of being. -- Ken Kelman. Brussels International; Film Festival, 1964 Spoleto Film Festival, 1966

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Stan Brakhage

Oh Life--A Woe Story--The A Test News (1963) 16mm, black and white, 5.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Three TV "concretes."

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Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man: Part III (1964) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Family

The fourth and penultimate section of Brakhage's film myth. The marriage of striving and fertility.. midsummer and high noon. -- P. Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

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Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man: Part IV (1964) 16mm, color, 6.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Philosophical, Spiritual / Mystical

The fall and evening in this cycle of all history, all mankind; returning via a Fall into the generative Dream of PRELUDE. Death cast into the future by the question, What is death like? is recognized as the lens through which we grasp the limitlessness of life. P Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

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Stan Brakhage

Songs 1-7 (1980) 16mm, color, 24.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Children & Youth, Environment & Nature, Structural

Song 1: Portrait of a lady. SONG 2& 3: Fire and a mind's movement in remembering. SONG 4: Three girls playing with a ball. Hand painted SONG 5: A childbirth song. SONG 6: The painted veil via moth- death. SONG 7: San Francisco.

Rental: $70.00
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Stan Brakhage

3 Films: Blue White/Bloodstone/Vein (1965) 16mm, color, 8.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, History

Includes three short films: BLUE WHITE, "an intonation of child birth"; BLOOD'S TONE, "a golden nursing film"; VEIN, "a film of baby Buddha masturbation."

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Black Vision (1965) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

... is inspired by the only passage in Jean Paul Sartre's writings which has ever specifically concerned me -- the passage from Nausea wherein the protagonist sits in a park and imagines his suicide.

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Stan Brakhage

Fire of Waters (1965) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Inspired by a statement in a letter from poet Robert Kelly: The truth of the matter is this: that man lives in a fire of water and will live eternally in the first taste -- this film is a play of light and sounds upon that theme.

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Stan Brakhage

Pasht (1965) 16mm, color, 5.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

In honor of the cat, so named, and the goddess of all cats which she was named after (that taking shape in Egyptian mind of the spirit of cats), and of birth ( as she was then giving kittens when the pictures were taken ), of sex as source, and finally of death (as this making was the salvage therefrom and in memoriam).

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Stan Brakhage

Two: Creeley/McClure (1965) 16mm, color, 5.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical

Two portraits in relation to each other, the first of Robert Creeley, the second of Micheal McClure. (These companion films were reduced to 8mm. for necessary inclusion in XV SONG TRAITS-- see SONGs above-- but may be also be rented in their original form as here indicated.)

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Zone Moment (1965) 16mm, color, 3.00 min

Genre: Experimental

This, an early work which I had assumed was destroyed, was discovered in 1995 (by someone who wishes to remain anonymous) and thus is available for "tone pome" time-travel to the '50s.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Female Mystique and Spare Leaves (for Gordon) (1998) 16mm, color, 5.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Here are a couple films from the mid-60s, given to Gordon Rosenberg at the time, which surfaced this year needing preservation. I don't know what to make of either of them except some insistent quality of poem each somehow is.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Song 15: Fifteen Song Traits (1981) 16mm, color, 38.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

A series of individual portraits of friends and family, all interrelated in what might be called a branch growing directly from the trunk of SONGS 1 thru 14. On order of appearance: Robert Kelly, Jane and our dog Durin, our boys Bearthm and Rarc, daughter Crystal and the canary Cheep Donkey, Robert Creely and Michael McClure, the rest of our girls Myrrena and Neowyn, Angelo Dibenedetto, Ed Dorn and his family and Jonas Mekas (to whom the FIFTEEN SONG TRAITS is dedicated), as well as some few strangers, were the source of these TRAITS coming into being -- my thanks to all... and to all who see them clearly.

Rental: $120.00
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Stan Brakhage

Polite Madness (1966) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Hand-processed

A hand-painted elaborately step-printed film which begins in blues and greens with golden geographic-beseeming continents which evolve into symmetricals and dark passages (including a whirling tunnel) whitening to create many bas-relief (photographic solarization) fragments of these previous forms that then flicker vibrantly in a field of ever whitening light.

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Stan Brakhage

Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1 (1978) 16mm, color, 44.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

This work, created in Reg. 8mm. a decade ago, was in great danger ( as all the SONGS) of being lost forever due to deterioration of the original and all Lab Masters. Despite great expense, I've managed to enlarge the original (step-printed) into a 16mm master. I chose this film (above all other SONGS) FIRST because of the multiple splices and hand-painted sections of it endangered it the most AND because I fear the war- inclination of this society at this time once again. P. Adams Sitney writes (in Visionary Film): The furthest that Brakhage came in extending the language of 8mm cinema was his editing of the 23rd PSALM BRANCH... The phenomenal and painstaking craftsmanship of this film reflects the intensity of the obsession with which its theme grasped his mind. In 1966, out of confusion about the Vietnam was the American reaction to it, Brakhage began to meditate on the nature of war... The fruit of his studies and thought was the longest and most important of the SONGS... it is an apocalypse of imagination.

Rental: $120.00
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Stan Brakhage

Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 2 (1978) 16mm, color, 41.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

See description for Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1.

Rental: $81.00
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Stan Brakhage

Songs 16-22 (1980) 16mm, color, 33.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Dance

SONG 16: A flowering of sex as in the mind's eye, as joy. SONGS 17 & 18: The movie house cathedral and a singular room. Songs 19 & 20: Women dancing and a light. SONGS 21 & 22: Two views of closed eye vision.

Rental: $90.00
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Stan Brakhage

Songs 8-14 (1980) 16mm, color, 28.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

SONG 8: Sea creatures. SONG 9: Wedding source and substance. SONG 10: Sitting around. SONG 11: Fires, windows, an insectmalyre of rain scratches. Song 12: Verticals and shadows caught in glass traps. SONG 13: A travel song of scenes and horizontals. Song 14: Molds, paints and crystals.

Rental: $85.00
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Stan Brakhage

Songs 28 & 29 (1986) 16mm, color, 7.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

Song 28: Scenes as texture. SONG 29: A portrait of the artist's mother.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 1 (1967) 16mm, color, 24.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

A visualization of the inner world of foetal beginnings, the infant, the baby, the child--a shattering of the myths of childhood through revelation of the extremes of violent terror and overwhelming joy of that world darkened to most adults by their sentimental remembering of it... A tone poem for the eye-- very inspired by the music of Oliver Messiaen.

Rental: $75.00
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Stan Brakhage

Songs 24-26 (1985) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Environment & Nature

SONGS 24 & 25: A naked boy and flute song; a being about nature. SONG 16: a conversation piece--a viz-a-visual, inspired by the(e)motional properties of talk: drone, bird-like twitterings, statement terror, & bombast.

Rental: $45.00
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Stan Brakhage

Horseman, The Woman And The Moth, The (1968) 16mm, color, 19.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

A long myth drawn directly onto the film's surface, which is painted, dyed, treated so that it will grow controlled crystals and mold-as-textures of the figures and forms of the drama -- some images stamped thru melted wax crayon techniques, some images actual objects (such as moth wings) collaged directly on the celluloid ... so that the protagonists of this myth (as listed in the title) weave thru crystalline structures and organic jungles of the colorful world of hypnagogic vision -- edited into "themes and variation" that tell "a thousand and one" stories while, at the same time, evoking Baroque music ... the primary musical inspiration being the harpsichord sonatas of Dominico Scarlatti.

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

My Mountain: Song 27 (1968) 16mm, color, 24.25 min

Genre: Experimental

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Stan Brakhage

My Mountain: Song 27: Part 2: Rivers (1969) 16mm, color, 32.75 min

Genre: Experimental

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Stan Brakhage

Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 2 (1969) 16mm, color, 40.00 min

Genre: Experimental

A continuation of the above described work. see SCENES.... SECTION NO.1

Rental: $120.00
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Stan Brakhage

Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 3 (1969) 16mm, color, 27.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A continuation of the above described work. See SCENES... SECTION NO. 1

Rental: $85.00
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Stan Brakhage

Animals of Eden and After, The (1970) 16mm, color, 35.00 min

Genre: Experimental

The term THE WEIR-FALCON SAGA appeared to me, night after night, at the end of each of a series of dreams: I was 'true' to the feeling, though' not the images, of those dreams in the editing of this and the following two films. The three films 'go' very directly together, in the (above) order of their making: yet each seems to be a clear film in itself. At this time, I tend to think they constitute a 'Chapter No. 2' of 'The Book of Film' I've had in mind these last five years (considering SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD as Chapter No.1): and yet these 'Weir-Falcon' films occur to me as distinct from any film-making I've done before. They engender, in me, entirely 'new' considerations. I cannot describe them: but there us an excerpt from 'The Spoils,' by Basil Bunting, which raises hair on the back of my neck similarly: 'Have you seen a falcon stoop/ accurate, unforeseen/ and absolute, between/ wind-ripples over harvest? Dead/ of what's to be, is and has been--/ were we not better dead?/ His wings churn air/ to flight./ Feathers slight/ with sun, he rises where/ dazzle rebuts our stare,/ wonder our fright.' I might add that THE MACHINE OF EDEN operates via 'spots'--from sun's disks (of camera lens) thru emulsion grains (within which, each, a universe might be found) and snow's flakes (echoing technical aberrations on film's surface) blots (upon the lens itself) and the circles of sun and moon, etceteras: these 'mis-takes' give birth to shape (which, in this work, is 'matter,' subject and otherwise) amidst a weave of thought: ( I add these technicalities, here, to help viewers defeat the habits of classical symbolism so that this work may be immediately seen, in its own light) : the 'dream' of Eden will speak for itself.

16mm Rental: $75.00

Stan Brakhage

Eyes (1970) 16mm, color, 35.5 min

Genre: Experimental

After wishing for years to be given- the -opportunity of filming some of the more mystical occupations of our Times--some of the more obscure Public Figures which the average imagination turns into bogeyman ... viz.: Policemen, Doctors, Soldiers, Politicians, etc.:-- I was at last permitted opportunity largely due to the efforts of a Pittsburgh newspaper Photographer, Mike Chikaris... who was sympathetic to my film show at the Carnegie Institute, and responded to my wish as stated on my thanks to him, to Sally Dixon of the Carnegie Institute, and to the Policemen who created the situation that made this film possible. As to the film itself: 'Polis is eyes,' said Charles Olson, having found the archeological root of the word-end (thus beginning) of, say, metropolis, etc. Police is a clear etymological derivative of polis. The more currently popular fix on these terms comes form, say, Dashiel Hammett's 'private eye,' & the sense of response-ability which Raymond Chanler and even Ross MacDonald give to their detective heroes under that term. The Police, then, are the public eyes; and they are, thus, expected to be Specialists of that ability-to respond which most of the rest of the society has lost all Metro sense-of. The experience of making this film prompted that clarity of terms: 'Polis is eyes' was my constant prayer, to make that experience clear, the last entire day of photographing. The film mostly assembled, rather than edited, is thus the surest track I could make of what it was given to me to see. It is 'framed' by clouds and the ocean for the simplest reasons of 'perspective.'

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Stan Brakhage

Machine of Eden, The (1970) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

See THE ANIMALS OF EDEN AND AFTER

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Stan Brakhage

Scenes From Under Childhood: Section No. 4 (1970) 16mm, color, 46 min

Genre: Experimental

A continuation of the above-described work. See SCENES... SECTION NO.1

Rental: $140.00
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Stan Brakhage

Sexual Meditation: #1 Motel (1970) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

This film was originally made in 1970 in Regular 8mm. It has now (a decade later) been blown-up to 16mm so that it can join the rest of the SEXUAL MEDIATION series.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Weir-Falcon Saga, The (1970) 16mm, color, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

See THE ANIMALS OF EDEN AND AFTER (1970)

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Stan Brakhage

Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, The (1971) 16mm, color, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

... S. Brakhage, entering, WITH HIS CAMERA, one of the forbidden, terrific locations of our culture, the autopsy room. It is a place wherein, inversely, life is cherished, for it exists to affirm that no one of us may die without our knowing exactly why. All of us, in the person of the coroner, must see that, for ourselves, with our own eyes. It is a room full of appalling particular intimacies, the last ditch of individuation. Here our vague nightmare of mortality acquires the names and faces of OTHERS. This last is a process that requires a WITNESS; and what 'idea' may finally have inserted itself into the sensible world we can still scarcely guess, for the CAMERA would seem the perfect Eidetic Witness, staring with perfect compassion where we can scarcely bear to glance. -- Hollis Frampton

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Stan Brakhage

Angels' (1971) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

This is then the property of many angels.

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Stan Brakhage

Deus Ex (1971) 16mm, color, 33.5 min

Genre: Experimental

I have been many times very ill in hospitals; and I drew on all that experience while making DEUX EX in West Penn. Hospital of Pittsburgh; but I was especially inspired by the memory of one incident in an emergency room of S. F.'s Mission District: while waiting for medical help, I had held myself together by reading an April-May, 1965 issue of Poetry Magazine; and the following lines from Charles Olson's Cole's Island had especially centered the experience, 'touchstone' of DEUS EX, for me: Charles begins the poem with the statement, 'I met Death--' and then: 'He didn't bother me, or say anything. Which is/not surprising, a person might not, in the circumstances;/or at most a nod or something. Or they would. But they wouldn't,/or you wouldn't think to either,/it was Death. And/He certainly was, the moment I saw him.' The film begins with this sense of such an experience and goes on to envision the whole battle of hospital on these grounds, thru to heart surgery seen as equivalent to Aztec ritual sacrifice... the lengths men go to avoid so simple as straight a relationship with Death as Charles Olson managed on/in 'Cole's Island.'

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Stan Brakhage

Door (1971) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This is the only all-inclusive autobiography I've yet managed; and as I'm still alive, it is to be understood as a metaphor which defines the limits of expectations.

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Stan Brakhage

Fox Fire Child Watch (1971) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Ken, Flo, and Nisi Jacobs in the Syracuse Airport: this is what you might call baby-sitting in the swamp.

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Stan Brakhage

Peaceable Kingdom, The (1971) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This film, one of the most perfect ever given to me to make, was inspired by the series of paintings of the same title by Edward Hicks.

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Stan Brakhage

Sexual Meditation: Room with View (1971) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Directly in the tradition of SEXUAL MEDTATION NO. 1: MOTEL, this 'sequel' does explore further the possibilities of nudes in a room.

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Stan Brakhage

Trip to Door, The (1971) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Directly in the tradition of SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD, this film may indeed constitute a 3rd chapter to 'The Book of Film.'

Rental: $36.00
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Stan Brakhage

Western History (1971) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a comedy, tho' few will know the subject well enough to laugh; it meticulously represents the whole personal story of Westward Ho and Hoeing Man as He might attempt to remember it while watching a Pittsburgh basketball game.

Rental: $34.00
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Stan Brakhage

Eye Myth Educational Print (1972) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

The source of this film is almost 8 seconds long. I've printed the original film, then signed it (denoting completion) and then added 4 more 'runs' of it (for study purposes), the 1st 'run thru' printing every frame 4 times, the second three, then two, then one again. Each of these repetitions of the film has a frame or two (within it) held slightly longer than the others (to sharpen the wits and keep the rhythm from dulling sensibilities); but otherwise they are exactly the same order of frames as in the original EYE MYTH. I sign the whole of it at the end again. Children tend to like this film very much; I thought this study version would be particularly appropriate for classroom purposes because the techniques involved are available to children for making their own hand-drawn and painted films. All any teacher would have to do would be to provide the children with strips of clear or black leader (often available free from local film labs) and/or discarded film which can be painted-over or otherwise transformed.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Presence, The (1972) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

... reflects some sight of Insect as Being. The Imagined aura and environment of a beetle creates a 'world' wherein this solitary insect may simply be seen.

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Stan Brakhage

Process, The (1972) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

LIGHT was primary in my consideration. All senses of 'process' are (to me) based primarily on 'thought-process'; and 'thought-process' is basedprimarily on 'memory re-call'; and that, as any memory process (all process finally) is electrical (firing of nerve connection) and expresses itself most clearly as a 'back-firing' of nerve endings in the eye which DO become visible to us (usually eyes closed) as 'brain movies'--as Michael McClure calls them. When we are not reconstructing 'a scene' (re-calling something once seen), then we are watching (on the 'screen' of closed eye-lids) the very PROCESS itself...

Rental: $34.00
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Stan Brakhage

Riddle of Lumen, The (1972) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The classical riddle was meant to be heard, of course. Its answers are contained within its questions; and on the smallest piece of itself this possibility depends upon SOUND -- 'utterly,' like they say... the pun is its pivot. Therefore, my RIDDLE OF LUMEN depends upon qualities of LIGHT. All films do, of course. But with THE RIDDLE OF LUMEN, 'the hero' of the film is light/itself. It is a film I'd long wanted to make -- inspired by the sense, and specific formal possibilities, of the classical English language riddle... only one appropriate to film and, thus, as distinct from language as I could make it.

Rental: $55.00
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Stan Brakhage

Sexual Meditation: Faun's Room, Yale (1972) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

This is the third of the SEXUAL MEDITATION series, might also be seen as a triangular portrait of Julia, P. Adams Sitney and Jane Brakhage.

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Stan Brakhage

Sexual Meditation: Hotel (1972) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film takes its cues from that ultimate situation of SEX MED./masturbation -- the loft-and-lonely hotel room. It is thus easily twice the length and complexity of any previous of any previous film in this series.

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Stan Brakhage

Sexual Meditation: Office Suite (1972) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Evolves from several years observation of the sexual energy which charges the world of business.

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Stan Brakhage

Shores of Phos: A Fable, The (1972) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps Phos = Light, but then I did also want that word within the title which would designate PLACE, as within the nationalities of 'the fabulous'--a specific country of the imagination with tangible shores, etc. The film adheres strictly to the ordinary Form of the classical fable.

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Stan Brakhage

Wold Shadow, The (1972) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps 'Wold' because the word refers to forests which poets later made plains, and because the word also contains the rustic sense to kill--this then my laboriously painted vision of the god of the forest.

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Stan Brakhage

Sexual Meditation: Open Field (1973) 16mm, color, 5.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This film takes all the masturbatory themes of previous SEXUAL MEDITATION back to source in preadolescent dreams. OPEN FIELD is in the mind, of course, and exists as a weave of tress, grasses, waters and bodies poised and fleeting at childhood's end. The scene is lit as by the sun and moon alike and haunted by a pursuant adult.

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Stan Brakhage

Sincerity: Reel 1 (1973) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps This, the first completed reel of work-in-progress, draws on autobiographical energies and images which reflect the first 20 years of my living. I have three definitions of the word Sincerity to sustain my working along these lines of thought with this autobiographical material: (1) Ezra Pound's marvelous mistranslation of a Chinese ideogram -- Sincerity... the sun's lance coming to rest on the precise spot verbally...(of which I would change, for my purposes, the last word to visually), (2) Robert Creeley's trace-of-the-word for me on the back of a Buffalo restaurant menu Sym-keros... same-growth (Ceres) CREATE... of the same growth, and (3) Hollis Frampton's track-of-it to 'the greek', viz -- 'a glazed pot (i. e. one which will hold water).' This film might best be seen, then, as a graph of light equivalent to autobiographical thought process.

Rental: $95.00
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Stan Brakhage

Sincerity: Reel 2 (1973) 16mm, color, 37 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. This continuation of my autobiography is composed of film photographed by many people: Bruce Baillie, Jane Brakhage, Larry Jordan, and Stan Phillips, among others. Most of the footage is drawn from some 2,000 feet of 'home movies,' 'out takes,' and the like, salvaged from my photography over the years. It is of the Brakhage family's coming into being. It is composed in the light of those electrical traces we call 'memory'; and it is as true to that 'thought process' as I was enabled to make it.

Rental: $125.00
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Stan Brakhage

Women, The (1973) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A psychodrama. A being-without-clothes (as inspired by the painter Paul Delvaux). A film which searches thru two women its definitive 'The.'

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Aquarien (1974) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

'EN'? -- as dictionary has it: 'made of, of or belonging to' (as I have it) Aquarius/an(d) so forth: Latin water carrier in the sky, etc. This is my first fully conscious tone poem film.

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Stan Brakhage

Clancy (1974) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a portrait of that man I choose to call the greatest I've known: Clancy, whom the fates surnamed Sheey, personifies for me that which is simply human beyond condition and all conditioning.

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Stan Brakhage

Dominion (1974) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

The dynamo theories of Henry Adams portrayed first person/sexual vision: an American businessman as lord of all he surveys.

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Stan Brakhage

Flight (1974) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Pun on light intended -- that short preceding expellation of breath perhaps the subject matter of this film which centers in consideration of death. It is the third tone poem and did surprise me by thus completing a trilogy of the 4 classical elements.

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Stan Brakhage

He Was Born, He Suffered, He Died (1974) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The quote was Joseph Conrad answering a critic who found his books too long. Conrad replied that he could write a novel on the inside of a match-book-cover, thus (as above), but that he preferred to elaborate. The Life of the film scratches on black leader. The elaboration of color tonalities is as the mind's eye responds to hieroglyph.

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Stan Brakhage

Hymn to Her (1974) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

HER to me is always Jane, in the first place, but also Hera: goddess of women and marriage, naturally enough. Then too, as it is a hymn of light, and as he/me feels the self that way, it sings of and to itself.

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Stan Brakhage

Skein (1974) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

'A loosely coiled length of yarn (story) ... wound on a reel' -- my parenthesis! This is a painted film (inspired by unpainted pictures): 'skins' of paint hung in a weave of light.

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Stan Brakhage

Sol (1974) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

1: SUN. 2: not cap: GOLD -- used in alchemy. 3: the sun-god of theancient Romans; but then also, as I understand it, a French word for 'earth,' wherefrom we get our 'soil'; and then (puns always intended, as I hear them): soul... this also, then, a tone poem film.

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Stan Brakhage

Star Garden (1974) 16mm, color, 20.75 min

Genre: Experimental

The STAR as it is singular, is the sun; and it is metaphored, at the beginning of this film, by the projector anyone uses to show forth. Then the imaginary sun begins its course throughout whatever darkened room this film is seen within. At high noon (of the Narrative) it can be imagined as if in back of the screen. Then it can be seen to shift its thought-light gradually back through aftertones and imaginings of the stars of the film, till it achieves a one-to-one relationship with moon again. This sun of the mind's eye of every viewer does only occasionally correspond with the off-screen pictured sun of the film; and anyone who cares to play this game of multiple illumination will surely see the film in its most completely conscious light. Otherwise it simply depicts (as Brancusi puts it) : One of those days I would not trade for anything under heaven.

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Stan Brakhage

Stars are Beautiful, The (1974) 16mm, color, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This project was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the first sound film I've completed since 1962 -- the first synch sound ever. It is a philosophical film... extending the realm of BLUE MOSES. Its finest viewer, so far, has written: The sun, -- moon -- and stars, really are the footprints of God.-- and the broken fragments of the mirror that reflects reality. -- and they are quite beautiful. I had not seen them before. -- John Newell This film is dedicated to James Broughton.

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Stan Brakhage

Text of Light, The (1974) 16mm, color, 67 min

Genre: Experimental

All that is is light. -- Dun Scotus Erigena To see the world in a grain of sand. -- William Blake These are the primary impulses while working on this film. It is dedicated to Jim Davis who showed me the first spark of refracted film light.

Rental: $240.00
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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975: #1 (1975) 16mm, color, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with blue negative face of child, ends with single centered eye.

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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #1-10 (1975) 16mm, color, 37 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a series of ten deliberately untitled films, each separated on the reel by several feet of black leader. As I wish also to make them individually identifiable, I'll provide the following description of beginning and end shots of each: No. 1 begins with blue negative face of child, ends with single centered eye; No. 2 begins with blowing snow, ends with lamp stand and lights of the city; No. 3 begins with landscape/sunset thru mist, ends with window sill; No. 4 begins with green tiled bathroom, ends with golden mirrored image of cameraman; No. 5 begins with back of airplane seat, ends with horizontal streaks of bold light; No. 6 begins with brown light thru quartz crystal, ends with candle wick burning and circled by boiling gold flecks; No. 7 begins with raccoon in rose light, ends with fading face of child; No. 8 begins with white lamp post, green tree leaves, and window, and ends with flashing window light on brown wall of motel room; No. 9 begins with rocks, tree trunk and plants in glow of light, ends with green and gold forest scene; No. 10 begins with flash of scratched "lightning," ends with moving dot, screen fading out.

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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #10 (1975) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with flash of scratched 'lighting' ends with moving dot-screen fading out.

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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #2 (1975) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with blowing snow, ends with lamp stand and lights of the city.

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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #3 (1975) 16mm, color, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with landscape/sunset thru mist, ends with window sill.

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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #4 (1975) 16mm, color, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with green tiled bathroom ends with golden mirrored image of cameraman.

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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #5 (1975) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with back of airplane seat, ends with horizontal streaks of bold light.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #6 (1975) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with brown light thru quartz crystal, ends with a candle wick burning, circled by boiling gold flecks.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #7 (1975) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with raccoon in a rose light, ends with fading face of child.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #8 (1975) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with white lamp post, green tree leaves, and window, ends with flashing window light on brown wall of motel room.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1975 #9 (1975) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Begins with rocks, tree trucks, plants in glow of light, ends with green and gold forest scene.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Absence (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 9 min

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Airs (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00
Super8 Rental: $65.00

Stan Brakhage

Desert (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Dream, NYC, The Return, The Flower, The (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00
Super8 Rental: $46.00

Stan Brakhage

Gadflies (1976) Super 8, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Super-8

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Highs (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Rembrandt, etc., and Jane (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 17.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $34.00
16mm Rental: $34.00
Super8 Rental: $34.00

Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1976 (1976) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Four films verging on portraiture, converging to make a drama for all seasons. Starring Jane Brakhage as the Dreamer, Bob Benson as the Magnificent Stranger, Omar Beagle as the Snow Plow Man, and Jimmy Ryan Morris as the Teh Poet and as Doc Holliday.

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

Sketches (1976) Super 8, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Super-8

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Stan Brakhage

Tragoedia (1976) Super 8, color, 38.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film was conceived about 10 years ago when I heard Norman O. Brown define "Tragedy" as "goat-song" (or as Webster has it: "Greek tragoidia fr. tragos goat + aiedein to sing; prob. fr. the satyrs represented by the original chorus"). I disagree with the last part of the Webster explanation and tend to think that the quality of sound of goats crying did prompt the Greeks to choose this term for their drama. In any case, the film TRAGOEDIA is also ironic (thus, perhaps the Latin of its title) as often is goat "lamentation"; and finally I should quote this from O. E. D.: "As to the reason of the name many theories have been offered, some even disputing the connection with 'goat.'"

Rental: $74.00
Super8 Rental: $74.00

Stan Brakhage

Window (1976) Super 8, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Domain of the Moment, The (1977) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Four films in contemplation upon those events which are so centered upon one moment that chronology seems almost obliterated or at least unimportant in remembrance.

Rental: $55.00
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Stan Brakhage

Governor, The (1977) 16mm, color, 54.5 min

Genre: Experimental

On July 4th 1976, I and my camera toured with the state of Colorado with Gov. Richard D. Lamm, as he traveled in parades with his children, dinners, lectured, etc. Editing created a film which wove itself thru multiple superimpostions into a study of light and power.

Rental: $150.00
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Stan Brakhage

Soldiers & Other Cosmic Objects (1977) 16mm, color, 20.15 min

Genre: Experimental

This begins the fourth chapter of The Book of Film and entertains directly the considerations of chapter two (THE WEIR-FALCON SAGA, THE MACHINE OF EDEN, and THE ANIMALS OF EDEN AND AFTER). Person begins to be defined by what it is not. It might be said that chapter one (SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD) set forth birth and being, chapter two -- consciousness, chapter three (SINCERITY) -- self-consciousness; thus SOLDIERS AND OTHER COSMIC OBJECTS begins that strictly philosophical task of distinguishing (from, in this case, the rituals and trials of public school). I like to think of it as a work that Ludwig Wittgenstein might have found more enjoyable.

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

Bird (1978) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

First clear vision of the hot-blooded dinosaur still living among us.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Burial Path (1978) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Film begins with an image of a dead bird. The mind moves to forget, as well as to remember: this film, in the tradition of THOT-FAL'N, graphs the process of forgetfulness against all oddities of the remembered bird-shape.

Rental: $35.00
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Stan Brakhage

Centre (1978) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Series of narrative events, stories if you like, but so clustered visually as to have a center so to speak, slightly off center.

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Stan Brakhage

Duplicity: Reel 1 (1978) 16mm, color, 21.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Duplicity of relationship between Brakhage and animals.

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Stan Brakhage

Duplicity: Reel 2 (1978) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Composed of superimpositions much as the mind 'dupes' remembered experience into some semblance of say, composed surety rather than imbalanced accuracy.

Rental: $55.00
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Stan Brakhage

Nightmare Series (1978) 16mm, color, 19.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Four films so related to each other as to be an equivalent of that frightful dreaming which makes wake of the following day, so that it be spent mourning the events of the night

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

Purity, and After (1978) 16mm, color, 5.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Two short films, the first NOT about purity itself, whatever that might be, but rather an equivalent of the process of searching for purity in the mind.... the second film, then, thoughts rebound from that.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Sincerity: Reel 3 (1978) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps Made with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. In the autobiographical traditional of earlier SINCERITIES, this film takes up the light-threads of our living 14 years ago when the Brakhage family found Home and 'settled', like they say, into some sense of permanence. This quality of living in one place tends to destroy most senses of chronology; thus, along lines-of-thought of growing and shifting physicality, events CAN seem to be occurring simultaneously (a thought-process 'kin to that of THE DOMAIN OF THE MOMENT), and the memory of such a time IS prompted and sustained by details of living usually overlooked or taken-for-granted (such as Proust's cookie which prompted 'The Remembrance of Things Past'). Michael McClure's 'Fleas' and Andrew Noren's THE EXQUISITE CORPSE III were additional sources of inspiration for the making of this work.

Rental: $125.00
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Stan Brakhage

Sluice (1978) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

It is a wooden silver-retrieving sluice, thus might catch, awash with something like cheek and jowl clippings of Argentine bulls (as Hollis Frampton reminds us) and many chemical residues of earth. My mind has grown TREE out of the forest of all of it.

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Stan Brakhage

Tho't-Fal'n (1978) 16mm, color, 14.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This film describes a psychological state 'kin to moonstruck, its images emblems (not quite symbols) of suspension-of-self within consciousness and then that feeling of falling away from conscious thought. The film can only be said to describe or be emblematic of this state because I cannot imagine symbolizing or otherwise representing an equivalent of thoughtlessness itself. Thus the actors in the film, Jane Brakhage, Tom and Gloria Bartek, Williams Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Olovsky and Phillip Whalen are figments of this Thought Fallen PROCESS as are their images in the film to find themselves being photographed.

Rental: $45.00
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Stan Brakhage

@ (1979) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

The first film of mine which is so very much there where it's at THAT it deserves a visual symbol as title and no further explanation from me

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Stan Brakhage

Creation (1979) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

... almost like the Earth itself--the green ice covered rocks, the slicing feeling, the compressive feeling of the glaciers. The whole time I was watching I kept thinking that you were a master of the north, the arctic landscape--the red flowers in the dusky light, the deep blue light, the tall trees with running mists, and Jane looking... The ice, the water, the moss, the golden light. A visual symphony... -- Hollis Melton

Rental: $65.00
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Stan Brakhage

"I" (1979) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This begins a new series of films which would ordinarily be called abstract, non-objective, nonrepresentational, etc. I cannot tolerate these terms and, in fact, had to struggle against all such historical concepts to proceed with my work. Midst creative processes, the sound 'imagnostic' kept ringing in my ears. It seems to be an enjambment of Latin and Greek; but Charlton T. Lewis' Elementary Latin Dictionary gives me (via Guy Davenport) image... Sanskrit -- AIC -- 'like,' GNOSIS knowledge, GNOSTIC AGNOSCO = to recognize/to know and the happier IMAGINOSUS full of fancies/fantasies. illustrated by Catullus' singular use (perhaps creation of the term?) in the line His mind solidly filled with fancies of a girl. Even though exhausted by this etymological purist, and despite my prejudice against taking on foreign airs of tongue, Imagnostic keeps singing in my head and escaping my lips in conversation. I'm not sure if this work is titled I for Imagnostic, or "I" as designating first person singular or Roman Numeral One.

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Stan Brakhage

"II" (1979) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Now that "II" has been completed, on would suppose that the above film "I" is "one"... unless, of course, this film's spoken title is "aye-aye" or een, perhaps, slyly referring to the two "eyes" which made it, as distinct from the singularity of vision which flattens space in the making of its predecessor.

Rental: $35.00
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Stan Brakhage

Sincerity: Reel 4 (1979) 16mm, color, 36 min

Genre: Experimental

This, the sixth film of the SINCERITY/ DUPLICITY series, seems rooted in the earliest tradition of my work, Psycho-Drama, as well as in the most recent, Imagnostic directions taken. It is remembrance as thought fashions it in lonely hotel rooms, sincere return of the mind to that which is loved, ephemeral faces of children growing older, familiar objects interwoven with easy alien familiarity, the images of strangers in UNeasy identification, sexual posture and the lure of The Beloved as irreducible image.

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Stan Brakhage

Arabic 1 (1980) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"This series of films, each extraordinarily unique from every other (except 0 + 10 going together), is inspired and governed by strata of the mind's moving-visual-thinking different from that of ROMAN NUMERALS series... or perhaps one should say that the ARABIC NUMERALS come to fruition thru some tree-of-nerves separate from that which gave birth to the ROMANS (as it is physiologically deceptive to think of thought as existing in 'layers'). The ARABICS range in length from approximately 5 min. to 35 min. and may be projected at 24 f. p. s. as well as 18 f. p. s. although the latter speed seems preferable for starts. I think each film's integrity of rhythm would allow viewing at a greater variety of speeds, were there 16mm projectors to permit that exercise. So far as I can tell, they defy verbal interpretation (even more than their ROMAN equivalents) and would, thus, seem to be closer to music than any previous work given me to do; but if that be true, it is (as composer James Tenney put it to me) that they relate to that relatively small area of musical composition which resists song and dance and exists more purely in terms of sound events in Time/Space. Finally, then, the inspiration of all those modern (and a few ancient) composers I've most loved since my teens overwhelms the easier, and comfortably lovely, habits of jig and do-re-mi- AND creates a visual correlative of music's eventuality--i. e. each ARABIC is formed by the intrinsic grammar of the most inner (perhaps pre-natal) structure of thought itself."

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 2 (1980) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 3 (1980) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Duplicity: Reel 3 (1980) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

The final duplicity in this series does seem to resolve the term. all previous visual manifestations have been extended to their limit.

Rental: $80.00
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Stan Brakhage

"III" (1980) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

The third in this series of Imagnostic films seems particularly magic to me inasmuch as I cannot even remember the photographic source of these images or, thus, of having taken them.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

"IV" (1980) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

It was while studying this film that I decided to group these Romans under the title ROMAN NUMERAL SERIES and to give up the term imagnostic altogether... also to dedicate the series to Don Yannacito who had seen something concrete and even narratively dramatic in this work. The term deja vu comes to mind each time I view this film -- this, then, somehow the echoing of the birth of imagery.

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Stan Brakhage

"IX" (1980) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is the most absolute.

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Stan Brakhage

Made Manifest (1980) 16mm, color, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Every man's work shall be made manifest. For the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire and the fire shall try every man's work for what sort it is. -- 1 Corinthians 111-113

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Other (1980) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A film photographed in Amsterdam but dedicated to capturing a quality of mind engendered there -- not, certainly, alienation (as often in travel) but rather some heightened sense of being other. Dedicated to Virgil Grillo.

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Stan Brakhage

Salome (1980) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Portrait of great chess master, aesthetician, human being Eugene Salome.

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Stan Brakhage

Sincerity: Reel 5 (1980) 16mm, color, 39 min

Genre: Experimental

This, then finishes eleven years of editing, drawing on 30-some years of photography. I will surely work autobiographically again, but the modes of SINCERITY and DUPLICITY seem completed with this film which, on the other hand, is as simple in its integrity-o-light as those follow-the-ball sing along early silent movies and as complicated as teen-age metamorphosis. Childhood dissolves in flame, struck from the hearth.

Rental: $135.00
16mm Rental: $135.00

Stan Brakhage

"V" (1980) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

An imagery sharp as stars and hard as the thought-universe (turning back on itself) absorbed in gentle patterns of contemplation.

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Stan Brakhage

"VI" (1980) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

What shall one say?

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Stan Brakhage

"VII" (1980) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

What can one say? -- that won't limit, by language, the complexity of moving visual thinking?... the skein of pattern that seeks to make its own language.

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Stan Brakhage

"VIII" (1980) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

This is the most formal of all these works.

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Stan Brakhage

Aftermath (1981) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

(after + math ((mowing, crop))) a second growth crop... this is my strongest attack on pop culture, the movies, T. V., etc. --what CAN be done with it? / the idealism of moving-visual-thought-process the very raw meat of brain, trying to absorb and transform the unthinkable': this, then, that 2nd harvest of healthier gain... retrieving patriotism, even, from blasphemous commerce. (Quote: Webster's 7th Coll.)

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 0 + 10 (1981) 16mm, color, 27.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

Rental: $85.00
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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 11 (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 12 (1981) 16mm, color, 22.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. See "Arabic 1" for description.

Rental: $39.00
16mm Rental: $39.00

Stan Brakhage

Arabic 13 (1981) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 14 (1981) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 15 (1981) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 16 (1981) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 17 (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 18 (1981) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 19 (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 4 (1981) 16mm, color, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 5 (1981) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 6 (1981) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 7 (1981) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 8 (1981) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 9 (1981) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Garden of Earthly Delights, The (1981) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with the assistance of the National Endowment of the Arts. This film (related to MOTHLIGHT) is a collage entirely made of mountain zone vegetation. As the title suggests it is an homage to (but also an argument with) Hieronymus Bosch. It pays tribute as well, and more naturally to The Tangled Garden of J. E. H. MacDonald and the flower paintings of Emil Nolde.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Murder Psalm (1981) 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

... unparalleled debauchery, when man turns into a filthy coward, cruel, vicious reptile. That's what we need! And what's more,. a little fresh blood that we may grow accustomed to it... Dostoyevsky's "The Devils," part II, Chapter VIII. In my novel "The Devils" I attempted to depict the complex and heterogenous motive which may prompt even the purest of heart and the most naive people to take part in an absolutely monstrous crime. -- Dostoyevsky's The Diary of a Writer

Rental: $45.00
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Stan Brakhage

Nodes (1981) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

" (nodus knot, node--more at NET)... 4a: a point at which subsidiary parts originate or center... 5: a point, a line, or surface of a vibrating body that is free or relatively free from vibratory motion." In the tradition of SKEIN this hand-painted film is the equivalent of cathexis concepts given me by Sigmund Freud (in his Interpretation of Dreams) 30 years ago, finally realizing itself as vision. (Quote: Webster's 7th Coll.)

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

RR (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is a mix of landscape images seen from train windows and the patterned shapes and shifting tones of moving-visual-thought thus prompted; it was inspired by Robert Breer's film FUJI.

Rental: $34.00
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Stan Brakhage

Unconscious London Strata (1982) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This film, photographed in London in 1979, finished in January of 1982, is an exploration into the depths of unconscious reactions. Having been in London with Stan when he photographed it, I find this a deeply accurate memory piece. Not 'That's how it looked to me' but 'That's how it felt!' There are many new techniques in this film, new grammar. It is a very rich lode. -- Jane Brakhage While visiting London, England (dream of my youth) and wishing to be simply camera-tourist (taking pics. of exotic architectural arrangements imagined since earliest Dickens, etc.) I found myself forced, yes forced!, to photograph, rather, the nearest equivalent to the NON-pictorial workings of my mind which these London scenes, before my eyes and camera lens, would afford -- each scenic possibility distorted from any easily identifiable picture to some laborious reconstruction of the mind's eye at the borders of the unconscious. It was two years before I could even begin to edit; and then some visual-song of all of England's history began to move thru this material, fashioning it in some way akin to that music of Pierre Boulez which is at one with the poetry of Rene Char -- this plus the English "round," song and dance ... only (as is true to my thought process then, in England, and now in memory) the rounds are within rounds, round and around, all (as many as seven interspersed thoughts continuing the orders of shots) interwoven.

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

Egyptian Series (1983) 16mm, color, 17.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps A series of meditations on Egyptian hieroglyphs -- designations (as I finally saw them) of nurturing godheads.

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

Hell Spit Flexion (1983) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

My moving-visual response to William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven & Hell," this hand-painted film seems the most rhythmically exact of all my work: it was inspired by memories of an old man coughing in the night of a thing-walled ancient hotel... a triumph of rhythm thru to inspiration. Dedicated to Bill land Stella Pence.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Tortured Dust (1984) 16mm, color, 88.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps Made with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. 'Why should she give birth, though she had worked in a pottery, to an urn, to a stone angel, to the face of a cracked sundial? Why should she be, she screamed, this common clay, this tortured dust?' -- from 'Miss MacIntosh, My Darling' by Marguerite Young... to whom this film is gratefully dedicated.

Rental: $300.00
16mm Rental: $300.00

Stan Brakhage

Jane (1985) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps Someone said to me, of this film, that it was really about light; but Jane (who takes it as a portrait -- i. e., sees herself in it) said: You gave me the moon and seven stars... and I signed this film, simply, Stan.

Rental: $45.00
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Stan Brakhage

Caswallon Trilogy (1986) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

1st & last films silent; turn on sound after 1st. N.B.: Project entire reel at 24 fps. Turn on sound after 1st film (3.25 min) for 2nd film (2.5 min) only; then turn off sound for final film. At the Art Cinema in Boulder, Colo., The Sunday Associates staged an adaptation of Jane Brakhage's story of Caesar's invasion of Britain, Caswallon The Headhunter in May 1986. I contributed a hand-painted sound film-loop, as part of the special effects, FIRELOOP, as well as making two films during rehearsals; (1) the first dance film I've made, DANCE SHADOWS BY DANELLE HELANDER and (2) a film which meditates upon the unique process of creativity engendered by Denise Judson and the Sunday Associates in production, THE AERODYNE (Webster: 'heavier-than-air aircraft that derives its lift in flight from forces resulting from its motion through the air')--the latter 2 films silent. Thus the CASWALLON TRILOGY is composed of: THE AERODYNE, silent (3.25 min); FIRELOOP, sound by Joel Haertling, Architect's Office (2.25 min); DANCE SHADOWS BY DANELLE HELANDER, silent (2.75 min)

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Confession (1986) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This film was photographed midst the drama it depicts: as I was the protagonist of the drama, it is the most extremely autobiographical documentation given to me to do. As it was made while the brain was thus stunned, I think it was wrongly titled Love Sacrifice. I am now renaming it CONFESSION ( in the same spirit which moved me to re-title SINCERITY IV/ DUPLICITY I). There is a clear sense that all which the film depicts precludes even the possibilities of Love, so that it represents an even greater sacrifice of all that we know of loving than I had originally thought when I first titled it. Perhaps I, after all a film-maker, should cease speaking and simply turn to quote from Petrach which seems true addenda to the film now, as it did when I made it: Firstly, I revealed in salutary confession the secret filth of my misdeeds, in which had long been festering in stagnant silence; and I made it my custom to confess often, and thus to display wounds of my blinded soul to the almighty Healer(Epistolae Familiares X,5 June 11 probably 1352). I suddenly thought the title might best be, simply, CONFESSION; for the Petarch does hold solid thru all this turmoil. I continue to think there can be no Wrong form of loving... BUT, people can become easily confused as to what Love IS....

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Stan Brakhage

Loom, The (1986) 16mm, color, 42.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A multiple-superimposition hand-painted visual symphony of animal life on earth. THE LOOM might be compared to musical quartet-form ( as there are almost always 4 superimposed pictures), but the complexity of texture, mulipicity of tone, and the variety of inter-related rhythms suggest symphonic dimensions. The film is very inspired by George Melies: the animals exist (in Jane's enclosure) as on a stage, their inter-relationships edited to the disciplines of dance, so therefore one might say this film hardly represents animal life on earth; but I would argue that this work at least epitomizes theatrical nature, magical creature, and is the outside limit, to date, of my art in that respect. (The balance of light was so perfectly realized in making the neg. of this print that I wish to credit Western Cine Lab's timer Loise Fujiki as creative collaborator in the accomplishment of this work.) A deceptively simple film, this strikes me as the strongest, most ambitious non-narrative Stan Brakhage has made since THE TEXT OF LIGHT. Although plotless, THE LOOM is doubly theatrical performance. Its stars are scurrying animals in an enclosure and the film-maker's subtly sensational use of multiple super-imposition. -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 1/21-27/87

Rental: $120.00
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Stan Brakhage

Loud Visual Noises (2 Versions) (1986) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

1st version is silent (24 fps). 2nd version has sound. This is a 'companion piece' to the similarly hand-painted FIRELOOP (of CASWALLON TRILOGY) and is dedicated to the film-maker Paul Lundahl who supplied the title which prompted the film.

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Stan Brakhage

Three Hand-Painted Films Nightmusic/Rage Net/Glaze of Cathexis (1990) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Nightmusic (1986) -- This little film (originally painted on IMAX) attempts to capture the beauty of sadness, as the eyes have it when closed in meditation on sorrow. "A work of hand-painted 'moving visual thinking'; colors and forms coursing, flowing, bursting, as if of fire and water -- of the earth, of the body, of the mind." Rage Net (1988) -- Much of what has been said about the above film could be repeated here, except that RAGE NET arises from meditation upon, rather than being trapped psychologically by, rage. Glaze of Cathexis (1990) -- This hand-painted work is easily the most minutely detailed ever given to me to do, for it traces (as best I'm able) the hypnagogic after-effect of psychological cathexis as designated by Freud in his first (and unfinished) book on the subject -- Toward a Scientific Psychology.

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Stan Brakhage

Dante Quartet, The (1987) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This hand-painted film work 6 years in-the-making (37 in the studying of the Divine Comedy ) demonstrates the earthly conditions of Hell, Purgatory, (to Transition), and Heaven (or existence is song, which is the closest I'd presume upon heaven from my experience) as well as the mainspring of/from Hell (HELL SPIT FLEXION) in four parts which are inspired by the closed-eye or hypnogogic vision created by those emotional states, Originally painted on IMAX and Cinemascope 70mm. and 35mm., these paint-laden rolls have been carefully rephotographed and translated to 35mm. and 16mm. compilations by Dan Yankosky of Western Cine.

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Faustfilm: An Opera (1987) 16mm, color, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

A collaboration between composer Rick Corrigan and Stan Brakhage, featuring Joel Haertling as Faust, Gretchen LeMaistre as Gretchen, Phillip Hathaway as Faust's friend and Paul Laundahl as Servant. This is the realization of a 30 year old dream (grant applications and fragments of script from the 1950's published in Brakhage's Metaphors on Vision), a wish of the young filmmaker to film a modern Faust (quite opposite of traditional Fausts) which finally came to a fulfillment as unpredictable and as absolute as, say, three decades of living experience. Like earlier artists who have treated the Faust legend... he uses it to explore the nature of obsession. But reversing the familiar idea of Faust as an old man yearning to be young, Brakhage makes him a world-weary young man who longs to be old... What makes the film striking is its rich imagery, superbly photographed in dark-hued tones, and its insistent visual rhythms. Brakhage is close to his peak as a bard of the camera and the editing table. -- David Sterritt

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Kindering (1987) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

This film presents the voice of a child play-singing in relation to full orchestral takes of the Times and visually juxtaposed with children-at-play (my grandchildren Iona and Quay Bartek) in Americana backyard. They are seen, as in a dream, to be already caught-up-in yet absolutely distinct-from the rituals of adulthood, The visuals were photographed and edited TO the music collage of Architect's Office performance A0124 by Trevor and Joel Haertling and Doug Stickler.

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Stan Brakhage

Faust 3: Candida Albacore (1988) 16mm, color, 25.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Just as the word Idyll of Faust's Part 2 is rooted in the Greek idein/to see, so is "candida" in candidatus, as used in the white robed army of martyrs' of the Te Deum, as well as Albicare/to be white or Albicore out of the Portuguese (or Arabic origin) designating a kind of tunny (or white man): thus, Faust's 3 is white/white as well as (from sugar's white) candy, and fish: it is the modern Walpurgisnacht to Faust, but the day-dream of his Emily: it exists that a woman has, finally, something of her ritual included in the myth of Faust..... and that muthos/mouth become a vision.

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Stan Brakhage

Faust's Other: An Idyll (1988) 16mm, color, 40.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Faust Part 2 reveals the modern Faust in a romantic interlude, an idyll (from Greek idein, to see); also, a journey of the id. A sense of story is inferred through the complex interweaving of human gesture, expression, and bodily movement within vibrantly shifting colors and rhythmic development, creating multiple levels of metaphorical meaning. A collaborative work with paintings of Emily Ripley and soundtrack by Joel Haertling.

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I... Dreaming (1988) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a setting-to-film of a collage of Stephen Foster phrases by compose Joel Haertling. The recurring musical themes and melancholia of Foster refer to loss of love in the popular torch song mode; but the film envisions a re-awakening of such senses-of-love as children know, and it posits (along a line of words scratched over picture) the psychology of waiting.

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Marilyn's Window (1988) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This stream-of-visual-consciousness could be nothing less than pathway of the soul, as images of Marilyn's window are remembered from inside-out, its view interwoven with all of other windowing and Elements of the known world.

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Matins (1988) 16mm, color, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This is one of those little films which is pure cine poem in the sense that it is picture, but also given over to what we call abstract-- which is to say it arises as mind's light and exists, as such, as filmic prayer. (Made on occasions of, and inspired by, Jim and Lauren Tenney's marriage.)

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Stan Brakhage

Faust 4 (1989) 16mm, color, 37 min

Genre: Experimental

Music by Rick Corrigan. This is the imaged thought process of young Faust escaping the unbearable pictures of his broken romantic idyll, mentally fleeing the particulars of his dramatized "love," Faust's mind ranging the geography of his upbringing and its structures of cultural hubris -- the whole nervous system "going to ground" and finally "becoming one" with the hypnagogically visible cells of his receptive sight and inner cognition ... all that I could give him of Heaven in this current visualization of these ancient themes.

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Visions in Mediation #2: Mesa Verde (1989) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

This meditation takes its visual imperatives from the occasion of Mesa Verde, which I came to see finally as a Time rather than any such solidity as Place. "There is a terror here," were the first words which came to mind on seeing these ruins; and for two days after, during all my photography, I was haunted by some unknown occurrence which reverberated still in these rocks and rock-structures and environs. I can no longer believe that the Indians abandoned this solid habitation because of drought, lack-of-water, somesuch. (These explanations do not, anyway, account for the fact that all memory of The Place, i. e., where it is, was eradicated from tribal memory, leaving only legend of a Time when such a place existed.) Midst the rhythms, then, of editing, I was compelled to introduce images which corroborate what the rocks said, and what the film strips seemed to say: The abandonment of Mesa Verde was an eventuality (rather than an event), was for All Time thus, and had been intrinsic from the first such human building.

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Stan Brakhage

Visions in Meditation #1 (1989) 16mm, color, 16.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a film inspired by Gertrude Stein's "Stanzas In Meditation," in which the filmmaker has edited a meditative series of images of landscapes and human symbolism "indicative of that field-of-consciousness within which humanity survives thoughtfully." It is a film "as in a dream," this first film in a proposed series of such being composed of images shot in the New England states and Eastern Canada. It begins with an antique photograph of a baby and ends with a child loose on the landscape, interweaving images of Niagara Falls with a variety of New England and Eastern Canadian scenes, antique photographs, windows, old farms and cityscapes, as it moves from deep winter, through glare ice, to thaw.

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Babylon Series #2 (1990) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Out of the vagueries of sometime beseeming repetitive light patterns, and the delicately variable rhythms of thought process, the imagination of The Monumental and of the Ephemeral are born to mind hard as nails.

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Babylon Series #3 (1990) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

There is an architectured garden of the variably brash rock-solid liquid-encompassing, but always imitative, human mind as it processes the given light thoughtfully. This film is about that.

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City Streaming (1990) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a film made in Toronto, in memoriam, so to speak -- a memory piece, a "piecing together" of the experience of living there. The consciousness of the maker comes to sharply focussed visual music -- not to arrive at snapshots, somesuch, but rather to "sing" The City as re-membered from daily living ... complementary, then, to an earlier film, UNCONSCIOUS LONDON STRATA.

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Stan Brakhage

Passage Through: A Ritual (1990) 16mm, color, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

When I received the tape of Philip Corner's Through the Mysterious Barricade, Lumen 1 (after F. Couperin), he included a note that thanked me for my film, THE RIDDLE OF LUMEN, he'd just seen and which had in some way inspired this music. I, in turn, was so moved by the tape he sent I immediately asked his permission to "set it to film." It required the most exacting editing process ever; and in the course of that work it occurred to me that I'd originally made THE RIDDLE OF LUMEN hoping someone would make an "answering" film and entertain my visual riddle in the manner of the riddling poets of yore. I most expected Hollis Frampton (because of Zorn's Lemma) to pick up the challenge; but he never did. In some sense I think composer Corner has -- and now we have this dance of riddles as music and film combine to make "passage," in every sense of the word, further possible. (To be absolutely "true to" the ritual of this passage, the two reels of the film should be shown on one projector, taking the normal amount of time, without rewinding reel #1 or showing the finish and start leaders of either -- especially without changing the sound dials -- between reels.)

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Thatch of Night, The (1990) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

As a poem might be said to contain the night through a weave of words, so have I in this film attempted such a container with warp and woof of emblematic visions. (Homage to Marie Menken's "Notebooks.")

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Stan Brakhage

Visions in Mediation #3: Plato's Cave (1990) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Plato's cave would seem to be the idee fixe of this film. The vortex would, then, be the phenomenological world - overwhelming, and thus "uninhabitable." The structures of thoughtful meditation are naturally, therefore, equivocal so that, for example, even a tornado-in-the-making will be both "dust devil" and "finger of God" at one with the clockwork sun and the strands of ice/fire, horizon, rock, clouds, so on. The film is, I believe, a vision of mentality as most people must (to the irritation of Plato) have it, safely encaved and metaphorical, for the nervous system to survive. All the same I hope, with this work, to have brought a little "rush light" into the darkness. The film is set to the three movements of Rick Corrigan's "Memory Suite." Its multiple superimpositions are superbly timed by Louise Fujiki, of Western Cine, as usual.

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Visions in Meditation #4: D. H. Lawrence (1990) 16mm, color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

I've made three pilgrimages in my life: the 40-some-year home of Sigmund Freud in Vienna, Emily Dickinson's in Amherst, and the mountain ranch and crypt, would you call it?, of D.H. Lawrence, outside Taos. I keep returning to the Lawrence environs again and again; and this last time attempted photography in that narrow little building where his ashes were (or were not) deposited (contradictory stories about that). There is a child-like sculpture of The Phoenix at the far end of the room, a perfectly lovely emblem to deflate any pomposity people have added to Lawrence's "I rise in flames ...." The building is open, contains only a straw chair (remindful of the one Van Gogh painted) and a broom, which I always use with delight to sweep the dust and leaves from this simple abode. I have tried to make a film as true to the spirit of Lawrence as is this gentle chapel in homage of him. I have attempted to leave each image within the film free to be itself and only obliquely in the service of Lawrence's memory. I have wanted to make it a film within which that child-Phoenix can reasonably nest. (Bruce Elder sends me this quote from D.H. Lawrence, which may help to explain why VISIONS IN MEDITATION #4 is subtitled in his name: "... there must be mutation swifter than iridescence, haste, not rest, come-and-go, not fixity, inconclusiveness, immediacy, the quality of life itself, without denouncement or close." - "Poetry of the Present," intro to the American edition of New Poems, 1918)

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Stan Brakhage

Agnus Dei Kinder Synapse (1991) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

To the child mind, the transformative sacrificial power of "O, Lamb of God" is a daily manifestation -- not as an adult shift-of-interest, but rather as ritual magic in which a toy train ("-of-thought," an adult might say) becomes medium of shifts-of-scene, soforth, wherein an elephantine shape transforms to a more "real" (i. e., less metaphorical) train, in sacrifice of transformative elephant, so on-&-on. An earlier film, THE MACHINE OF EDEN, is of some similar construct (as is a good deal of western painting) in its insistence upon contemporary mise-en-scene as grounds for Biblical lore.

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Stan Brakhage

Christ Mass Sex Dance (1991) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This work, composed of six rolls of superimposed images set to Jim Tenney's electronic music track "Blue Suede," is a celebration of the balletic restraints of adolescent sexuality-shaped (in this instance) by "The Nutcracker Suite" of Tchaikovsky as well as the gristly roots of Elvis Presley.

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Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse (1991) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

The primary "Molten Horror" is TV--though there are other horrors metaphored in the film. Four superimposed rolls of hand-painted and bi-packed television negative imagery are edited so as to approximate the hypnagogic process whereby the optic nerves resist grotesque infusions of luminescent light.

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Vision of the Fire Tree (1991) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"Vitally, the human race is dying. It is like a great uprooted tree with its roots in the air. We must plant ourselves again in the universe." - D.H. Lawrence This little film, like a fire in the mind, seeks that "tree" along a line of metaphorical synapse.

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Stan Brakhage

Boulder Blues and Pearls and ... (1992) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Music by Rick Corrigan. Peripheral envisionment of daily life as the mind has it -- i. e., a terrifying ecstasy of (hand-painted) synapting nerve ends back-firing from thought's grip of life.

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Untitled (For Marilyn) (1992) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

An untitled hand-painted film - a hypnagogic four-part thought process interwoven with scratched words in thanks to and praise of God.

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Stan Brakhage

Blossom Gift/Favor (1993) 16mm, color, 1/2 min

Genre: Experimental

Dedicated to Doug Edwards. All titles dominate linguistically; in that sense, any film would be better left unnamed. This little hand-painted work attempts to BE a visual "flowering," and as it is (as Film is) a continuity art, it would seek some visual corollary of the whole growth process (root, stem, leaves, blue sky and the bloody-gold growth of the meat/mind electricity of the filmmaker) -- but without mimic of either flower or thought process ... clear through to Film's clear "blossoming" in the passage of light.

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Stan Brakhage

Ephemeral Solidity (1993) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is one of the most elaborately edited of all the hand-painted films of late -- a Haydnesque complexity of thematic variations on a totally visual (i. e., un-musical) theme. This film is composed of 35mm hand-painted images reduced to 16mm film, single-frames, shots of two, three, four frames and, occasionally, slightly longer shots, all interspersed with a variety of calculated lengths of black leader which cause a flickering of abstract patterns in rhythmed darkness.

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Stan Brakhage

Harrowing, The/Tryst Haunt (1993) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

A hand-painted film which has been photographically step-printed to create varieties of tempo in mimic of sparking and molten rock. The recurrent centrality of certain painted forms, and the exploding magma-like flickering repetitions of all that surrounds the forms, suggests a harrowing process.

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Stan Brakhage

Stellar (1993) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a hand-painted film which has been photographically step-printed to achieve various effects of brief fades and fluidity-of-motion, and makes partial use of painted frames in repetition (for "close-up" of textures). The tone of the film is primarily dark blue, and the paint is composed (and rephotographed microscopically) to suggest galactic forms in a space of stars.

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Stan Brakhage

Study in Color and Black and White (1993) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The title is almost the whole of any possible description of this hand-painted and photographically step-printed film which exhibits variably shaped small areas of color (in a dark field) which explode into full frames of textured color interwoven with white scratch patterns that create a considerable sense of interior depth and three-dimensional movement.

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Stan Brakhage

Three Homerics (1993) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is composed of three sections created to accompany a piece of music (by Barbara Feldman) on a Homeric poem: 1) "Diana holds back the night ..." is represented by dark shapes suppressing (almost angularly interfering with) orange-golden effusions of paint and the reflective paint-shapes of early morning greens (as if silhouettes or arm and bodily profile were shading the light), 2) Homer's "... rolling sea ..." represented by hand-painted step-printed dissolves of blues in wave shapes, bubbles, and the soft browns and tender greens of seaweed, flotsam-jetsam, and 3) "Ah, love again, the light" represented by painted explosions of multiple hues and lines recurrently interrupted by the "blush" of soft suffusing reds.

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Stan Brakhage

Black Ice (1994) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

I lost sight due a blow on the head from slipping on black ice (leading to eye surgery, eventually); and now (because of artificially thinned blood) most steps I take outdoors all winter are made in frightful awareness of black ice. These "meditations" have finally produced this hand-painted, step-printed film.

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Stan Brakhage

Cannot Exist (1994) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

The hand-painting of this film is interrupted by, and interspersed with, a geometrically structured Mask of Death (one of those frightening human idea-shapes of dying) immediately caught-up in threads of streaming, polarized crystals of Light (elaborately step-printed, with simultaneous frame-to-frame dissolves and printer "pull-backs" creating an effect as if the room in which the film is being viewed was inhaling viscous strands of Life's chemical material). The blurred photo-image of a person appears briefly superimposed on these "streamings": then there is a short visual "exhale" of this "crystallized" light, as the screen appears to re-absorb its imagery and resolve itself into a pale violet scattering of dust, is it? ... a nebulae, perhaps -- i. e., some semblance both earthly and cosmic and (as such) as enigmatic as "the face of God." Collaboration with Sam Bush.

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Stan Brakhage

Cannot Not Exist (1994) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

In this non-orange negative of a hand-painted film, a series of luminously pastel shapes -- often patches of color against a stark white background -- are interspersed with nearly black intermittent smudges punctuating white. These visual themes develop gradually into a series of multi-colored vertical lines which weave contrapunctally in relation to the flickering (single-frame) paint shapes. Twice, a solid (as if photographed) shape is seen receding from the amalgam of paint. Masses of tiny dots and "curlicue" shapes sometimes interrupt the thematic progression from irregular paint-shape flickerings to fluidity of vertical lines: this theme eventually resolves itself through the intervention of globular shapes (most notably, brilliant orange-yellow "globs") which spread themselves over several frames and prompt the eventual amalgamation of all themes.

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Stan Brakhage

Chartres Series (1994) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

A year and a half ago the filmmaker Nick Dorsky, hearing I was going to France, insisted I must see the Chartres Cathedral. I, who had studied picture books of its great stained-glass windows, sculpture and architecture for years, having also read Henry Adams' great book three times, willingly complied and had an experience of several hours (in the discreet company of French filmmaker Jean-Michele Bouhours) which surely transformed my aesthetics more than any other single experience. Then Marilyn's sister died; and I, who could not attend the funeral, sat down alone and began painting on film one day, this death in mind ... Chartres in mind. Eight months later the painting was completed on four little films which comprise a suite in homage to Chartres and dedicated to Wendy Jull. (My thanks to Sam Bush, of Western Cine, who collaborated with me on this, much as if I were a composer who handed him a painted score, so to speak, and a few instructions -- a medieval manuscript, one might say -- and he were the musician who played it.)

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Stan Brakhage

First Hymn to the Night -- Novalis (1994) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

This a hand-painted film whose emotionally referential shapes and colors are interwoven with words (in English) from the first Hymn to the Night by the late 18th century mystic poet Friedrich Philipp von Hardenberg, whose pen name was Novalis. The pieces of text which I've used are as follows: "the universally gladdening light ... As inmost soul ... it is breathed by stars ... by stone ... by suckling plant ... multiform beast ... and by (you). I turn aside to Holy Night ... I seek to blend with ashes. Night opens in us ... infinite eyes ... blessed love."

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Stan Brakhage

I Take These Truths (1994) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is entirely hand-painted and is composed of such an evolution of variably colored shapes that their inter-action with each other should constitute a purely visual "self-evident" (as prompted by the title): everything beyond the title is as far removed from language as I could possibly make it; and thus it is, to me, practically impossible to describe. Each frame is printed twice, so that its effective speed (at 24 fps) is 12 frames per second. A variety of organic and crystalline painted shapes (painted on clear leader, thus as if brilliantly back-lit in a blazing space of light) are interspersed with very dark (black leader) passages as if etched with scratches of light and stained radiances: the juxtaposition of these two contrasting qualities of painted and scraped film are "interwoven," sometimes with vine, or vein-like irregular lines in black or alternatively, scratch-etched white. There are also some straight, multi-colored, bars which move, diagonally from one side of the film frame to the other. All these "themes" finally give way to clear thick gelatinous effects which resolve themselves in a long passage of beseemingly-struggling hieroglyphic white shapes in a black field, ending on a brief spate of variable coloration.

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Stan Brakhage

Mammals of Victoria, The (1994) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

The film begins with a series of horizontally running ocean tide waves, sometimes with mountains in the background, hand-painted patterns, sometimes step-printed hand-painting, abstractions composed of distorted (jammed) TV shapes in shades of blue with occasional red, refractions of light within the camera lens, sometimes mixed with reflections of water -- this "weave" of imagery occasionally revealing recognizable shapes of birds and humans, humans as fleeting figures in the water, as distant shapes in a rowboat, as human shadows, so forth. Increasingly closer images of water, and of light reflected off water, as well as of bursts of fire, intersperse the long shots, the seascapes and all the other interwoven imagery. Eventually a distant volleyball arcs across the sky filled with cumulus clouds: this is closely followed by, and interspersed with, silhouettes of a young man and woman in the sea, which leads to some extremely out-of-focus images from a front car window, an opening between soft-focus trees, a clearing. Carved wooden teeth suddenly sweep across the frame. Then the film ends on some soft-focus horizon lines, foregrounded by ocean, slowly rising and falling and rising again in the frame. This film is a companion piece to A CHILD'S GARDEN and THE SERIOUS SEA.

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Stan Brakhage

Naughts (1994) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A series of five hand-painted, step-printed films, each of which is a textured, thus tangible, "nothing." A series of "nots," then, in pun, or knots of otherwise invisible energies. 1) The first begins with a semblance of fog clouds rising vertically, an upward lifting waterfall likeness which screens an ephemera of painted shapes that come, at end, to a rhythmic and formal hardness. 2) A progression of blue surreal shapes vanishing in forward movements. 3) A gathering of crystalline forms in primary colors emitting upward-moving flares of multicolored lights, all gradually suggesting an outward momentum. 4) An orange rock-beseeming wall of lights and upward flares suddenly frozen and fading. 5) A mixture of crystal and cellular shapes interacting like layers of a fire of decomposition, fogged, and finally like a palimpsest of melding illuminations.

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We Hold These (1994) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

The "Truths" of this film, which the title prompts, are slightly recognizable patterns of fish and animal biology, plant and flower shapes, and human anatomy which are interwoven with pastel cubes and other geometries -- pastels as if "hung" in a white light interwoven with straight and diagonally bent black lines, eventually clear architectural forms. The recognizable patterns are literally etched on black leader (primarily) and interspersed with very organic painted forms on white. There is often an intended sense of hair and mucous membrane amidst these forms and interwoven with the electric "x-ray" sense of bones. The interplay between black-and-white sections and multi-colored sections increases until there is some sense of merging the two toward the end.

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Stan Brakhage

B Series, The (1995) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is a series of five little hand-painted and elaborately step-printed sections which are individually titled but so inter-related I've decided they should always be shown in this order together, but each such a distinction of the essentially un-nameable subject matter they variously facet that they should retain the character of individual pieces within their shared context ... a context I've attempted to represent by a small "b" for my name "Brakhage." The film begins with Old Testament, a two-and-a-half minute historical section titled RETROSPECT: THE PASSOVER and its evolution of forms is meant to suggest the Biblical story from which the Jewish religious rituals evolve - an essentially blue-green phosphoressence of forms finally in flight through, yes, parted seas of paint and "armies of the night," as one might put it. BLUE BLACK: INTROSPECTION is, then, the painted meditation upon the previous section - its forms rhythmically interspersed with some stately pauses of solid thoughtful darkness, like jewels of idea embedded in black velvet. It is about two minutes in length. It begins with suggestions of "landscape." The three-and-a-half minute BLOOD DRAMA section pulses with red, involves glyphic stitches of red amidst its phosphors of blue-greens, all forms tending to take thought-forms of the previous section through to recognition of internal body, the bloody meat of being human. The fourth section I AM AFRAID: AND THIS IS MY FEAR is a direct reaction to the third section. The "spark" of a "sky-scape" leads to the subsequent evolution of the same forms in "mental flight," as it were. It is approximately three minutes. The fifth section is dedicated to Gregory Markopoulos. The fifth, and final section is the culmination of all previous visuals, the (by now) very recognizable forms of the original story, of inward speculation on narrative, of the disruption in a sense of a spill, or spell, of blood, the non-narrative thought-flight from all this, now (in Finale) becomes an almost unbearable complexity of forms taking on a beseeming "weight" or thickening of those inter-woven shapes. It is an appropriately titled three minute section called SORROWING. This work was complexly printed off strips of film which were primarily painted in order to achieve negative color.

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Child's Garden and the Serious Sea, A (1995) 16mm, color, 80 min

Genre: Experimental

In poet Ronald Johnson's great epic Ark, in the first book Foundations, the poem "Beam 29" has this passage: "The seed is disseminated at the gated mosaic a hundred feet / below, above / long windrows of motion / connecting dilated arches undergoing transamplification: / 'seen in the water so clear as christiall' / (prairie tremblante)" which breaks into musical notation that, "presto," becomes a design of spatial tilts: This is where the film began; and I carried a xerox of the still unpublished ARC 50 through 66 all that trip with Marilyn and Anton around Vancouver Island. As I wrote him, "The pun 'out on a limn' kept ringing through my mind as I caught the hairs of side-light off ephemera of objects tangent to Marilyn's childhood: She grew up in Victoria; and there I was in her childhood backyard ...": and then there was The Sea -- not as counter-balance but as hidden generator of it all, of the The World to be discovered by the/any child ... as poet Charles Olson has it: "Vast earth rejoices, / deep-swirling Okeanos steers all things through all things, / everything issues from the one, the soul is led from drunkenness / to dryness, the sleeper lights up from the dead, / the man awake lights up from the sleeping." (Maximus, from "Dogtown - I")

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Earthen Aerie (1995) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This hand-painted, step-printed film begins with several seconds of blank white (interrupted by red and brief electric yellow) and then proceeds to multiply flecked earth and rock shapes and root-like forms which seem to suck horizontally inward and upward midst phosphorescent greens and blues increasingly flecked with light-yellows giving way to tree-top branch likenesses taking oblique shape against a phosphor sky.

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Stan Brakhage

I... (1995) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

"Whilst part of what we perceive comes through our senses from the object before us, another part (and it may be the larger part) always comes out of our own mind." - William James, The Principles of Psychology This is a hand-painted double-step-printed film (i.e., each frame repeated once) which begins with some ephemeral forms and pale tones reminiscent of the "blues" of frothing ocean breakers, the dun "yellows" of the beach, and a complexity of fleeting inter-mixed various other colors and lines suggestive of a variety of vegetable and animal life such as might appear within a sea scape. The black lines gradually become hieroglyphic and then thicken (whenever they appear) across the length of the film - becoming more and more globular in their vertical inter-weave with increasingly brilliant and then darkened colors. Sometimes there is a beseeming thicket of multiply colored shapes, sometimes a complexity more akin to animal cellular internal systems, and then, again, pale washes of tone remindful of the film's beginning. Finally the vertically moving globs and coils of glyph begin to thin, break up into broken lines interspersed with pointillistic imagery and horizontal washes of tone, punctuated by beseeming rock-hard (usually centered) shapes like brilliantly colored, but battered, flecks of form. Then the "washes" are interrupted by spaces of pure white which come, finally, to a whitened end.

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In Consideration of Pompeii (1995) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Since the age of 17/18, I've been haunted by the catastrophe of Pompeii -- beginning with photographs (sold as pornography in high school) of the mummified lovers caught in coitus and preserved by the volcanic ash, revivified by many ghostly photographic books, but especially illuminated by Donald Sutherland's accounts and images from first hand experience of the ruins. Finally my homage in three parts: "The Flowers of Pompeii," "Ashen Snow," and "Angelus."

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Lost Films, The (1995) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

They are travelogues in photographic fact and in the mind. Unable to afford printing them, I had stuck them in a drawer. The first was made in 1991, the second through sixth in 1992, seven and eight in '93, and the ninth in '92. 1) A travelogue "nocturne" on the city of London as illuminated by "glaze" finally off the surfaces of Turner's paintings. 2) A travelogue to the north of Finland shepherded by the midnight sun. 3) A hand-painted work, a "midsummer's night dream," still reflective of the experience of the previous summer in Finland. 4) A multiply pastel toned balloon of optical fog triumphing over the barest hints of photographic representation in the lower right hand corner. 5) A mountain meditation primarily in blue "mountains" of the mind shaped by amorphous dull yellows and faded violets. 6) A hand-painted film -- some of the same colors of the previous films moving through the sandbars and oceans of thoughtful recollection. 7) This is the eternally ephemeral process of attempts to remember imagery "giving way"/being-displaced-by the contemporaneously practical sighting of what confronts any given viewer at every shift of open eyes (or, as in the film, at every shift of camera, optical focus and montage of edit) -- the skeins of The Atlantic, the particularities of Boston night lights, and illuminated points West ending on a garbage truck in a parking lot by the deserts of New Mexico. 8) A dark "sea chante" of absolute photography. 9) The color negative of "truth" -- that is to say it is the whole truth (insofar as hand-painted film might aspire to achieve it) and a counterbalance epiphany to any such "truth" as might be put in quotes.

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Paranoia Corridor (1995) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is an elaborately hand-painted step-printed work composed primarily of luminescent greens and blues in constantly shifting symmetrical shapes which suggest, rather than delineate, passage through a corridor. An increasingly menacing evolution of patterns is finally interrupted by a series of static shapes which almost appear to be symbols of resolution, ending on an almost-thigh-bone image.

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Small b Series, The (1995) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

This consists of five titled "sections" (Brakhage's word) mounted on one reel: Retrospect: The Passover; Blue Black: Introspection; Blood Drama; I Am Afraid: And This Is My Fear; Sorrowing.-Fred Camper

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Beautiful Funerals (1996) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

BEAUTIFUL FUNERALS is a hand-painted double-step-printed film composed of 1) dense blackness variously punctuated by brilliantly colored jewel/flower-like shapes AND 2) interruptive white sections which are fuzzily dotted with blurred whites and criss-crossed by black "brushstrokes" and hard-edge straight black and white lines. Finally there is a brilliant pinkish flare veined with curled blue lines which engenders a resolution between these (above described) alternating modes -- colors in the straight-line sections, lines among the artifice of "flowers," a kind of dark lattice-form which knits the two modes, gray and colored "clouds" which correlate them. (Note: the credit to Sam Bush, Western Cine, is simply an homage to his creative craftsmanship. He is a paid employee of Western Cine, Denver, Colorado, who was hired for this job: he is in no sense a collaborator on this work.)

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Blue Value (1996) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a hand-painted step-printed film which begins with slow dissolves of what appear to be decaying leaves, crumpled browns and golds and oranges which assume qualities of earth and rock shot-through with flashes of crystalline prism colors and jagged scratch marks amidst glows of multiple coloration with increasing blues, varieties of tones of blue, from turquoise to near-purple -- these variations of tone (and shape, as well) gradually convey, given the comparatively few appearances of blue, a formal domination over all other tones (and attendant shapes) of the spectrum of the film.

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Commingled Containers (1996) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

The film begins with anamorphic lens vision of water, prismatically etched dark blue needles of watery turbulence shifting radically in sudden twists of the anamorphic lens. . . a sense of a violently roughened surface to a stream which cuts to a darkened quietude of gently evolving under-water bubbles, pulsing like living entities. The entire film juxtaposes its water surface tensions and its under-water pulsing forms of light, its blues of water surface reflecting sky, and whites of watery turbulence, and its sub surface world of quiet whites yellows and oranges, ending finally on a surface shot which resolves these tones.

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Divertimento (1996) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

This, painted in the hospital while recovering from cancer surgery in 1996, is -- it seems to me -- very related to De Kooning's Alzheimer's paintings. The mind, here, is seeking a "blank" and/or holding fast to tendrils of meaning which are stripped so bare as to be purely reflective of flesh tissue and irregular strands of cells.

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Fur of Home, The (1996) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A hand-painted double-frame printed film which begins with textures reminiscent of a gray shag rug that is fretted by green and golden flashes-of-shape deepening into darker solid purples and even black solidities at brief intervals: this evolves into black hair-like lines which curl and trace circularities midst all earlier textures, forms and colors until, finally, tanned flesh and blood tones predominate. Suddenly a sweep of thin black verticals generate a recapitulation of the beginning which, then, ends on a glob of black.

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Preludes (...) 1 - 6 (1996) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

PRELUDES 1-6 is comprised of six hand-painted and double-frame printed sections of 16mm film: 1) Turquoise and maroon-toned thin lines of paint are inter-spersed with variously toned circular "water-marks" of blotched paint giving-way to multi-colored brush strokes and finally fulsomely darkened and thickened brush-strokes which then thin to something akin to the beginning. 2) Interplay of toned rectangular shapes, vertical and horizontal and diagonal lines in juxtaposition with hardened darker shapes which gradually shift tone and lighten until ending on thin blues. 3) Many white interruptive frames and absolutely straight-edged multi-colored lines amidst "clouds" of color, finally thickened into blobs with lengthy white (clear leader) spacing between them. 4) Much depth of multi-colored thickened shapes which appear to be super-imposed upon each other, semi-transparent in their "weave" with each other which is increasingly interrupted by ragged-edged blobs and smears of color. 5) This section is very similar to #4 except that it is composed of extremely thin-lined colors and sharply delineated shapes which are constantly interrupted by "cloud"-like forms. 6) Interplay of mostly horizontal linears inter-woven with "watermark" forms in a wide variety of tones which gradually tend to dissolve into blues at end.

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Preludes (...) 7 - 12 (1996) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a collection of six hand-painted sections interspersed by black leader ... which has been and will ONLY be shown in this form under this title. The first is what I call "plein-aire abstract" inasmuch as I am, while making the film, observing specific surroundings (primarily Vancouver Island, mostly in the city of Victoria) but am painting the reactions of my internal optic system affected by external scenes, only occasionally (and obliquely) identifiable. The ocean, the trees, the varieties of cityscape and landscape assert themselves as "pictures" (there is even a mirror image of a neon bar sign which persists for a few frames twice) but the images are essentially a wash and tangle of nervous feedback, sometimes influenced by, say, the colors of inlet waters, sometimes the wavemovements, but more ordinarily by the cellular shifts and shapes of the optic system receiving exterior imagery. The second is as removed as possible from any recognition of either exterior scene of interior feedback phenomena. It is, in its ineffability, as close to pure visual music as I can make it, more inspired by The Preludes of Bach or The Preludium of Buxtehude than anything of my surroundings when I was painting. The third, again, is "plein-aire abstraction" as defined above (painted in New York City) -- with, for example, even a correctly toned green impression of The Statue of Liberty -- and, then, impressions of Toronto with its architectural particularities appearing, midst hurrying people -- shapes (almost as if photographed at times). This segment is Double-Printed (i. e., two frames for every painted one). The fourth is also Double-Printed and, as such, is an extreme mixture of 1) darks shot thru with jewel-like bursts of color, and 2) very white bursts of light and fleeting colored forms. This is a purely interior vision and as unlike anything describable as I could possibly make it. Double-printing and plein-aire also is the fifth section: herein thick weaves of multicolored lines and dull-colored blobs play off against each other. The sixth, and last section is almost a bursting of mostly golden light forms as if heralding sunlight itself in their hurried (single-frame) display.

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Two Found Objects of Charles Boultenhouse (1996) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

A thin oval of green-tinged light in thick darkness persists, then gradually descends below the bottom of the frame and, after a pause, rises again to its original position. Out of the surrounding darkness a figure slowly emerges, a woman in a purple robe who moves with stately steps back and forth across the screen, finally fully apparent in the "line" (or circle) of light. She throws off her robe and appears in her white shift, lies prone upon the floor, then rises into a dance of rhythmed postures which subside to a kneeling and bound-down position from which she retrieves her robe, enrobes herself again, circles the "pool" of light and is obliterated by four yellow flashes of light (simultaneously, at the four corners of the frame). Out of the darkness there appears the close-up of the upper face and fixed eyes of a young man (Charles Boultenhouse) whose unblinking gaze is intercut with the figure of the torso, head and arms of a male dancer with whitened ringlets of hair superimposed with right-to-left leaps of his legs and by up-reaching fingers which surround the dancer, finally, and mimic his own hand gestures. This is interrupted by flashes of a golden face-mask which obliterates the dancer and is swiftly intercut with a purple circle surrounded by red which ends the film. (This material was found in boxes of unfinished film projects which Charles Boultenhouse [and presumably Parker Tyler] worked with in the 1950s-1960s. Anna Duncan, one of the "Isadorables" adopted [as well as trained in childhood] by Isadora Duncan was discovered working with Charles in Brentano's bookstore: he felt compelled to preserve this lineage of Duncan, perhaps the greatest dancer innovator of the 20th century --x certainly the most famous. While the film was never finished, certainly this section, as well as the following self-portraiture, speaks for itself.)

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Self Song / Death Song (1997) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

SELF SONG documents a body besieged by cancer. The amber glow of narrowly focused, minuscule, layers of flesh and skin suggests both victory and submission to death. The warm colors of the flesh and textures of the skin seemingly suggests a body which is very much alive. Yet, there is always an impending darkness. Blackness surrounds the image and, occasionally, takes it over altogether. Furthermore, the complex grooves and patterns of the flesh struggle to maintain their focus, suggesting the obscuring and dissolving effects of cancer. In DEATH SONG the response to death is certainly more positive. The film begins with a smooth palate of blue hues. The blue returns toward the end of the film as a rigid and structurally organized screen, which suggests the permanent aspect of death. But initially it serves to contrast a blinding sequence of overexposed yellow frames. Within these images are drowning microscopic organisms. Their structure and energy is laid bare for us. However, these images are constantly being 'washed out' by a 'grubby' whiteness, which seeks to dissolve the image entirely. In this respect, we might view the purity of whiteness as being 'soiled' and encompassing. The all-encompassing nature of death is modified or tainted by cancer -- organs and living systems are in a frantic trauma, trying not to be 'washed out'. By the end of the film, the image has shifted to the blue screen. The gentle layers of blues and greens suggests a comfortable and smooth, despite rigid, aspect of death. It is a space in which the dirty whiteness should not pierce. Yet, this vision is too idyllic in Brakhage's mind, and thus he allows the blueness to bleed from the side of the frame, opening the 'blinds' to the cancerous light. -- Andre Munoz, 1997

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Cat of the Worm's Green Realm, The (1998) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Flares of color break into streams of light, leaves, wood grain and prism-etched vegetation. A moon lifts out of this dark weave to be replaced by autumn leaves against a grainy sky, a fiery sky. The moon, again, caught in clouds. The movements, moonlit, of a cat. Vegetation and toned flares (a kind of "ghost light" midst microscopic photography of leaves and twigs). A gray cat licks itself, its name-tag reflected in lens refractions midst microscopic visions of ice and snow, autumn leaves, green leaves, a distant snow-laden green scene. A black cat sits quickly down on a green lawn. A night of shards of forms in darkness passes into a day again ... again an octagonal light shape "echoing" the cat's name-tag midst, now, colored leaves in extreme close-up and at some distance mixed with sun. Again a "night" of showering dark, a "dawn" of pinks and yellows of plant growth in close-up. A kind of gentle yellow "high noon" prevails into which the orange worm appears and reappears, twisting, arching, turning. A phosphorescent orange of leaves explodes midst greens and black holes appropriate to the image of the worm. Flares of suns, imprismed midst yellows and greens and vibrant sky blues ... always the forms of many varieties of leafage mix with a veritable rain or clash of overall tones, a fire of forms, a glowing color photo-negative of worm, and the final canopies of autumn tone and sky tone permeated by sun, sun streaks and octagonal prism shapes ad infinitum.

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. . . (ellipses) Part 1 (1998) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

This work is in five reels (numbered, but called "reels" so that they don't take on the connotations of "Parts" -- thus each simply a part of the "trail" of colored scratches. white scratches ((on black & white leader) which suggests, to me, a passage). The third "reel" combines these scratches with some motion picture film, mostly of the ocean. The fifth reel is the only one which has a sound track; but of course that makes the whole work a "SOUND film" because the audio track must be turned-on from the beginning. --S. B. "Brakhage's new series of scratch-and-stain films, known as (. . .) or ELLIPSES, are, among other things, a visual analogue to Abstract Expressionism. The onrushing imagery and the spatial conundrums it creates evoke not only Pollack but also the work of Franz Kline, William De Kooning, and even Mark Rothko -- that is Pollack at al, at 24 frames per second. Eschewing the camera, Brakhage scrapes away the film emulsion to create a thicket (or sometimes a spider's web) of white lines and rich, chemical colors. Some segments of the original footage appear to have been printed on negative stock or perhaps solarized -- so that the blue and pink lines are inscribed on a white field. In any case, (. . .) is a cosmos. Rich without being ingratiating, the effect is one of rhytmic conflagration." (by J. Hobarman -- Perfectly correct, S. B)

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. . . (ellipses) Part 2 (1998) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

"A second 20-minute reel is more staccato -- mad chicken-scratch caligraphy fluttering out of a yellow void, sketchy lightning bolts or fireworks interrupted by a sudden field of turquoise." (by J. Hobarman -- Perfectly correct, S. B)

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. . . (ellipses) Part 3 (1998) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

"The third and shortest section reintroduces camera-derived imagery and, minimal as it may be (sunlight shimmering on water, seagull wheeling in the sky), it's still a shock to see "something". Brakhage continues to play with surfaces, layering image with scratch bursts and soft-focus superimpositions, sentiment arrives with representation." (by J. Hobarman -- Perfectly correct, S. B)

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. . . (ellipses) Part 4 (1998) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Reel #4 of (. . .) is a recapitulation of the primary variations of scratched (on black leader) shapes and additive colors (i. e. those which are composed of toned light in the step printing process) as well as the solarizations (i. e. the combination of negative and positive images of the scratches) and the negative imagery itself (with its almost phosphorescent negative coloration): these visual themes (forms, textures and tones) eventually resolve themselves into an amalgam, as ti were -- something that seems "new", a "breakthrough", so to speak, but is actually combos of earlier variants. --S. B.

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. . . (ellipses) Part 5 (1998) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Reel #5 of (. . .) is composed of scratch-imagery edited to the music of Flocking by James Tenney. The music is allowed to play for about 2-1/2 minutes accompanied only by black leader: then there is a sudden flare of pure white which begins to flicker with negative-colored ephemeral shapes, until finally the music and a fulsome mass of scratched images are accompanying each other. At times a distinctly different quality of colored image appears and continues for awhile (non-orange negative photography of painted film as well as picture images, altogether unrecognizable, un-nameable). The audio-visual aesthetic is such that there are very few absolute synchronizations between image and sound, but rather music "echoing" visuals or cisuals cut into the rhythmic patterns of previous music, so that the two "go along" together interweaving without either dominating the other (which is the principal reason the music is allowed at beginning to establish its aesthetic in the mind of the listener before he or she is expected to follow the development of visual patterns): both audio and visual end at the same time, bringing some sense of closure to the event film.--S. B.

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Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars In The Human Mind (1998) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

This film, a combination of hand-painting and photography, is a fulsome exposition of the themes of DOG STAR MAN. In that early epic I had envisioned The World Tree as dead, fit only for firewood; and at end of DOG STAR MAN I had chopped it up amidst a flurry of stars (finally Cassiopia's Chair): now, these many years later, I am compelled to comprehend YGGDRASILL as rooted in the complex electrical synapses of thought process, to sense it being alive today as when nordic legendry hatched it. I share this compulsion with Andrei Tarkovsky, whose last film The Sacrifice struggles to revive The World Tree narratively, whereas I simply present (one might almost say "document") a moving graph approximate to my thought process, whereby The Tree roots itself as the stars we, reflectively, are.

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Birds of Paradise (1999) 16mm, color, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a hand-painted work which involves a variety of colors applied within gouged and scratched shapes which approximate both swift shifts of bird-shape (legs, beaks and feather-spreads especially) and the Bird of Paradise flower-form as well, the former tending to metamorphize into the latter across the course of the work.

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Cloud Chamber (1999) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This hand-painted step-printed begins in a field of white light slightly bespeckled with ephemeral glazes of flecks of silver which gradually give way to pale suggestions of pastel colors. These take shape occasionally and flicker the forthcoming bits of solid colored and multiply formed abstract images, a few brief sequences-of-such inter-sperced with the cloud-suggestive silvered passages as at beginning, which eventually end the film. "When a hailstone forms, it makes a vertical voyage through a cloud; heavy updraft winds keep it aloft while downdrafts force it to fall. As the hailstone falls, its outer layer melts, shifts and then re-freezes in a complex formation when it rises. You can determine the number of trips a hailstone has made through a cloud by counting the number of rings that have formed around its center. Eventually, the aggregate becomes too heavy and falls as a singular ball of ice." "In CLOUD CHAMBER, I felt that I saw what I might have seen, had I been at the nucleus of such a hailstone, collecting the colors of the cloud while making a circular voyage and finally falling at the saturation point - the heavy colors at the end of the film. The illustrations on the front are evidence of this collection of diverse colors on a hailstone, due to the obvious existence of such colors (in some form or another) in the clouds that generate them!" -- Courtney Hoskins

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Coupling (1999) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A hand-painted work prepared by my imagination of the sex act affecting internal organs of the human bodies.

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Cricket Requiem (1999) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

CRICKET REQUIEM is a hand-painted and elaborately step-printed film which juxtaposes bent, sometimes saw-tooth, scratch shapes multiply colored in pastels on a white field juxtaposed with emerging, and sometimes retreating, bi-pack imagery of the faintest imaginable lines (solarized lines) etched in brown-black. This interplay continues until the latter imagery begins to dominate with increasing recurrence. Then suddenly there's a vibrant mix of thick black lines (which is "echoed" once again near end of film) that alters the increasingly colored bent lines and their thin-stringy accompaniment, with rhythms which suggest a stately and emphatic end.

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Dark Tower, The (1999) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This hand-painted step-printed film begins with streaks of glare light and vibrantly colored forms apparently in the sky forasmuch as there appears, frame center, the tapered shape of a tower, a silhouette as it were against the backdrop of the flaring sky. As this shape of tower disappears, the conflagration of scratches and paints seems grounded and takes on the semblance of a battle of knights, their lances, horses, et al, often against a scattering of star-like flecks until finally the silhouette of the tower reappears as if much closer, certainly thicker and straight-sided. The film finishes as textures which tend to suggest an entrance into the textured walls of the tower, textures and stars intermingled with what may well seem chain-mail as well.

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Stan Brakhage

Earth Song of the Cricket, The (1999) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a hand-painted work whose shapes are scratched on black leader filled with varieties of color: the resultant shapes tend to suggest insect-like movements, a rub of bent-lines together suggesting the electric hind legs of the cricket, whose movements engender (thru elaborate step-printing) quick pull-backs within frames of the film, so contrived as to create visual agitron lines within the zoom-like effect whose rhythm approximates a cricket's repetitive sound. This effect is echoed ephemerally later in the film as it nears its end of muted pull-down shapes and approximations of the earth-clod-likenesses and/or autumnal leaf-likenesses which begin the film.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Lion and The Zebra Make God's Raw Jewels, The (1999) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is a hand-painted combination of shapes which suggest, as appropriately colored, jungle, open veldt, horizontals of grasses, shag-shape yellow of lion's mane, the black & white stripes of the zebra, the eyes, the teeth, the tearing open into raw blood-red meat and curve of bone. Nonetheless the film is in no sense an animation work but rather a collection of mostly un-nameable shapes which gather round this recognizable iconography and visually dominate the image which repeats its, thus, ephemeral chase-and-catch increasingly closer, finally obliterating all but the jewels, the multiple coloring, referred to in the title.

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Stan Brakhage

Persian Series (1999) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Like my previous cultural series films (Egyptian series, Arabic numerals series & etc.) these hand-painted films approximate my imagination of moving visual thinking which produced Persian minitures calligraphy

Rental: $40.00
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Stan Brakhage

Persian Series 1 To 5 (1999) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

1) This hand-painted and elaborately step-printed work begins with a flourish of reds and yellows and purples in palpable fruit-like shapes intersperced by darkness, then becomes lit lightning-like by sharp multiply-colored twigs-of shape, all resolving into shapes of decay. 2) Multiple thrusts and then retractions of oranges, reds, blues, and the flickering, almost black, textural dissolves suggesting an amalgam approaching script. 3) Dark, fast-paced symmetry in mixed weave of tones moving from oranges & yellows to blue-greens, then retreating (dissolves of zooming away) to both rounded and soft-edged shapes shot with black. 4) Elaborate petal-like, stamen-and-stem-like, multicolored flowers rising in white space until the whole field is as if crushed by floral designs in madly-swift mixtures of every conceivable previous (in the PERSIAN SERIES) shape, evolving back to brilliant petals against what was as at beginning of #4. 5) Dark blood red slow shifting tones (often embedded in dark) / (often shot-thru with parallel wave-like lines) composed of all previous shapes AND flowers as if trying, linierally, to evolve a glyph-script.

Rental: $65.00
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Stan Brakhage

Persian Series 6 (1999) 16mm, color, 15 min

This film begins with what appears to be dried red and yellow rose petals, suddenly shot-thru with blue which causes a shift to violets and greens. The mash of colors thickens and is scored by white, and then black, calligraphic lines, which are echoed into fiery reds.

Rental: $45.00
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Stan Brakhage

Persian Series 7 (1999) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is very pale, thin, hieroglyphic pinks, greens and blues in a white space which is thickened over by rigged mashes of these colors which dissolve into varied shapes almost suggesting landscapes and ephemeral bouquets. Dark blurred shapes mix with white glyphs, at times and fading mashes of tones and finally a calligraphic shape.

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Stan Brakhage

Persian Series 8 (1999) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Pale petal and stem-like shapes counter punted rhythmically by an even paler 'background' of truly ephemeral (almost invisible) shapes. Again, the foreground movement is clockwise and often ribbed as the film darkens into a blend of foreground/background and eventually, a meld as of white hardened clots fretted by glyphs.

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Stan Brakhage

Stately Mansions Did Decree (1999) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This hand-painted, elaborately step-printed film begins with what appears to be torn fragments of thick parchment erupting upward, out of which emerges a series of landscapes, gardens, exteriors of mansions, castles and the like, then (as yellow predominates over vegetable greens, Sherwood greens and deep floral reds, blood reds) interior corridors and rooms, as if lit by chandeliers which somewhat echo visually the beginning of the film.

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Stan Brakhage

Worm and Web Love (1999) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

WORM AND WEB LOVE begins with bracketed light, a throbbing worm in the sand and sea foam mixed with grass and oceanic detritus, soon superimposed upon the dark blue-toned face of a man, then a woman (Michael McClure and Amy Evans McClure), each seen, then on, through superimpositions of drifting smoke and the back-lit stark grid of a spider's web. The obvious affections of the man and woman, their clear display of love, is metaphored in these tenuous superimpositions, culminating in the frantic movements of the spider itself and the dance of joy of the features of the couple in loving resolution.

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Stan Brakhage

Dance (2000) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film begins with points of light defining a dark space out of which a female dancer (Vivienne Palmer) emerges dressed in a semi-transparent green dress. Her dance is visually echoed by close-up superimpositions of her arms, legs, and feet and then later by her distant figure seeming to mimic and/or perhaps to control her foreground, sometimes back-lit, image. She often paused thoughtfully in he dance, breaks steps, walks away etc. defining the perimeters of the dance. Finally she appears naked, midst dance, and takes heraldic stance at end.

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Stan Brakhage

God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him, The (2000) 16mm, color, 50 min

Genre: Experimental

This film of single-strand photography begins with the "fire" of reflective light on water and on the barest inferences of a ship. Throughout, the interwoven play of light and water tell the inferred "tale" of the film through rhythm and tempo, through visible textures and forms in gradual evolution, through resultant "moods" generated by these modes of making, and, then, by the increasingly distant boat images, birds, animals, fleeting silhouettes of people and their artifacts, flotsome and jetsome of the sea-dead, as well as (near end, and almost as at a funeral) flowers in bloom, swallowed by darkness midst the crumbling of the sand castles. These nameable objects (sometimes, at first, quite enigmatic) are the frets of Symbol; but always the symbolic content is swept back into the weave of sea and light and seen, as is the merry-go-round near beginning of film, or the horizontally photographed fountain mimicing incoming ocean waves.

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Stan Brakhage

Moilsome Toilsome (2000) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a photographed filmic searching-for-whales, the camerawork and editing attempting to approximate something of the rubbing up against water of the whale, of the surface foam and the hard coils of water through which it swims, of the gray-greens and blacks of its environment. And then suddenly there is the vision of many whales rolling, breeching, twisting and turning in various play with eachother, a mother and baby slapping fins together, soforth. This film is about the identification with the world of the whale and the experience of the seeing, then (at the distance of being human), many killer whales in glimpses of our given sights of them.

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Stan Brakhage

Persian Series 9 (2000) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Sharp edged chunks of color set in black, straight, often multicolored, lines piercing shapes, imrpisoning them, until they rae fragmented bits of color in black: repeat of this theme again and again until darkness prevails, but is then broken up by pure white shards and spears restoring the original dance of hard edged shapes and lines, which then begin to whirl clock-wise, intersperced with fade-outs, and then overwhelming flare of yellow.

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

Persians 6 -- 12 (2000) 16mm, color, 18 min

Persian Series 10 twigs of color in space, and pure white ghosts of them in the background interspersed with dark amalgams of these andconglomerate forms. The resolve of these themes is a combination of amalgams and ghosts at one in interplay, and then dark slashed spaces with webs of white, webbed spaces on white and finally solarization of colored forms -- midst which the frame-line rises from bottom and drifts a few seconds visible, creating an insubstantiality of the frame of these images. Persian Series 11 begins with a window of yellow adrift in the full frame of multicolored paint shapes. Alternating black-space/white-space exhibits as a back-drop for slashes and curves of color -- reds and blues shifting to red-blue-green, then yellow, etc. slashes in black. Persian Series 12 hot by-play of reds-greens-yellows in black, blurred, finally as the color shapes are shifted violently from side to side, finally ending of a sharp entanglement of multicolored twig like and/or stem life forms.

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Stan Brakhage

Water for Maya (2000) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

WATER FOR MAYA is a hand-painted work which came into being during a film interview with Martina Kudlacek about Maya Deren. There was a sudden recognition of Maya's intrinsic love of water and thus of all Mayan liquidity in magic conjunction, reflection, etc.

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Stan Brakhage

Jesus Trilogy and Coda, The (2001) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

1) In Jesus Name presents an almost continues fluttering movement midst the complexity of multiple small shapes in mostly autumnal colors, like unto a wind moving through fall leaves. Embedded in this skein (almost as if branches of this scene) are the dark lines ephemerally (almost invisibly) composing the conventional face of Christ. 2) The Baby Jesus begins with pearl-pinks and gold-flecked shapes midst 'garden greens.' It proceeds to contrasting desert scenery -- slashes of sand-yellow under black 'sky', with ephemeral suggestions of animal locomotion. Then there's some sense of darkened interior, the colors of straw and wood, slight furtive hints of beast features, hooded 'faces' and swaddling folds. Rolling hills, and a starred 'night sky' with flecks of herded white, then gathering of colors as of collected people shapes. After intervening black, the beseeming rocky side of a hill increasingly flecked with blood red. The desert-likeness comes again with, again, animal locomotion. Mills, mottles white, like snow, give way finally to peacefully wood-toned enclosures. 3) Jesus Wept utilizes a variety of shapes and colors so fretted and interlocked with darkness as to create the sense of glamorous terror within which palpable shapes of 'tears' appear and weave a counterbalance of sorrowful calm. Because these 'tears' are as if in bas-relief (side and front lit) textured and altogether of such a visual solidity, they form and aesthetic bulwark against the (back lit) fret forms. 4) Coda: Christ on Cross contains the most easily nameable of all the shapes in this trilogy: it is, thus an aesthetic 'summing up' with full emphasis upon the crucifixion which is visible again and again as a mass of twisting lines and tortured forms, flecked with vermilion blood likeness. The intervening scenes are stark, dark dramatics, reactive to the recurring cross. The conventional face of Jesus is occasionally visible as lines that are consonant with the, at time, almost renaissance draftsmanship of these scenes. The attempt is to sum-up Death as iconic triumph in relation to the three previous films.

Rental: $75.00
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Stan Brakhage

Lovesong (2001) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

LOVESONG is a hand-painted elaborately step-printed work which utilizes light transparencies in combination with light bounced directly off the surface of the individual film frames to establish and eventually enmesh two distinct entities of variable paint (more distinct than superimposition or bi-packing could achieve) - said entities taking on separate personae against which (and finally in conjunction with which) the glyphic representations of body-parts gradually entwining, separating and re-combining again and again, are interwoven with the expressively drawn sexual organs represented in dark outlines which often 'explode' into black sperm-marks surrounding mutliply colored egg-likenesses.

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Stan Brakhage

Lovesong 2 (2001) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

LOVESONG 2 is a rapid recapitulation of the tactics of Lovesong, without the multiple rhythms of variable step-printing: it is a straight frame-to-frame 'run-through' of similar (albeit newly painted) images of love-making.

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Stan Brakhage

Night Mulch (2001) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is hand-painted and is essentially about the interplay between hypnagogic vision and words, the effect of the one upon the other, the contest between the two. The hypnagogic (hand-paint) shapes are multiple and variably complex that they tend to suggest a variety of almost recognizable shapes, such as many brightly colored people or a mulch of flowers. The words, such as "Subversive" and "Liberating", along with many which are unreadable, seem to struggle for an equality of viewer comprehension, almost as if the brain were coming to terms again with the origins of written language: the pun "Quills" accentuates this. In all cases, language is subsumed, but leaves a distinctive trail of itself distinct from the painted images.

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Stan Brakhage

Night Mulch & Very (2001) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

See descriptions of individual films.

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Stan Brakhage

Night Mulch & Very (2001) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

See descriptions of individual films.

Rental: $60.00
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Stan Brakhage

Occam's Thread (2001) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Occam's Thread is a 16mm silent motion picture, copyright 2001, by Stan Brakhage. This is a hand painted, step printed work which views Occam's economical vision of life (The Razor's Edge') as something more thread-like: a staggered black line, growing steadily more solid, albeit often tangled trails vertically across the film surface, insinuating itself (it's life as it were) through a series of various paint shapes, some of which seem as if about to destroy it, bury it in black patches or cut into it: finally the line as if severed in glare of white leader, ending in multicolored paint patch.

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Stan Brakhage

Persian Series 13 -- 18 (2001) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

#13 is a series of extremely dark images, mostly in purples, greens and fiery red-orange-yellows, shifting one to another in displays greens and fiery red-orange-yellows, shifting one to another in displays of textured shapes which suggest a thick tangle weave of threads. #14 is composed of muted color-shapes shifting variably in juxtaposition and with high-contrast black & white abstract patterns. #15 is a rapid shift of patterns black & white playing off against muted coils of color. #16 is an even MORE exaggerated contrast of color and black-&-white patterning. #17 is a series of quite distinct globules of paint brilliantly colored and shifting as if vertically in the plane (as different from the more horizontally oriented previous parts. #18 is almost calligraphic in its overlays of dark (occasionally colored) glyphs backed by brilliant color motifs.

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Stan Brakhage

Rounds (2001) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is a hand painted film composed of a series of film loops printed in such a fashion (bi-packed and combined with careful irregularity) that while there is a feeling of repetitive familiarity, no actual example of specific repetition is easily seeable. The colored abstract forms seem as if figures at a carnival and/or sometimes as if 'on stage': thus their actions are, then, particularly theatrical. When they most appear recognizable as the shapes of paint, which they are, these events seem the dramatics of the Abstract Expressionist movement -- i. e. dramatically gestural. The film begins with blues and reds, played off against clear white spaces or stark blacks. Gradually they balance of the four key tones midst darks and lights, eventually overwhelmed by a film-flare of yellows at end.

Rental: $35.00
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Stan Brakhage

Max (2002) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A single roll, edited in camera, reveals a small portrait of our ever-present cat. - Marilyn Brakhage

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Stan Brakhage

Panels for the Walls of Heaven (2002) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

"This film is an entirely hand-painted film composed of a combination of highly complex step-printed super-impositions of hand-painting (at variable speeds), and raw and highly textured strips of hand-painted original film run at speed (24 distinct frames every second). It can be considered the fourth part of what had been called the "Vancouver Island Trilogy" (A CHILD'S GARDEN and THE SERIOUS SEA, THE MAMMALS OF VICTORIA, and THE GOD OF DAY HAD GONE DOWN UPON HIM), making the entire work now the "Vancouver Island Quartet." "Purple flashes are followed by a curtain of purple and blues, first seemingly static and then in motion. Close-ups of textures of paint evolve into flashes of jewel-like red, then more cascading blues and purples and white - 'falling,' seemingly, down from the top of the screen, at other times multi-directional bursts of rolling colors. Red, blue and yellow course through in an up-down motion, then blues and yellows enter from left and right in a complex medley of not solidly formed, but very vibrant pulsations of color, at times only slightly hinting at a solidity of "wallness" upon which the paint might exist. But it is a "wall" suffused with light. Suggestions of fire and water, textures of paint on wall, sparkling jewels, and chunks of blue-white ice arise, as the textures of paint at times become a riotous rainbow of tumbling hues flowing in a river of light, creating the paradoxical experience of a fully substantial insubstantiality "The film clearly echoes back to earlier Brakhage films, including "A Child's Garden" and the "seriousness" of the sea, as well as hand-painted works such as SPRING CYCLE and STELLAR. The image holds briefly on a vision of depth of black with jewel-colored edges, followed by a wash of yellow, more 'panels' of color, then sheets of ice-like blues joined by red and finally turning to dark green. There is a seeming movement into the details of the paint itself. Curtains of black web-like lines explode once again into tumbling yellows and mauves, slowing, then becoming faster again, going into a step-like movement, frame to frame, of views of walls that are not walls, showing an increasing tactility, with occasional apparent "holes," and then resuming a multi-directional flow, and moving on into a recapitulation of some earlier forms: greens, reds, blues, red/black, greens and yellows, with sparkling blacks and swatches of red, loosening up once again on a whiter ground, with forms reminiscent of swimming spermatazoa and ending finally on a cumulative repetition of earlier visual themes."-Marilyn Brakhage

16mm Rental: $140.00

Stan Brakhage

Crack Glass Eulogy (1992) 16mm, Color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Music by Rick Corrigan. A nostalgic envisionment of city living - the potential shards of memory seen as if always on the verge of cutting the mind to pieces ... "Nostalgia is the most dangerous thought process" - poet Charles Olson, mid '60s

Rental: $30.00
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