Bill Brand

Tree (1970) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

An old tree sits on a mound in an Ohio farm field. The filming of tree is organized around its elements: water, earth, root ends, roots, trunk, limbs, branches, leaves and the sun. The mathematical editing scheme, if graphed, looks like a tree. The resulting film, though analytic in its approach, expresses an intuitive feeling about nature.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Brand

Always Open/Never Closed (1971) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A woman wakes up, gets dressed, makes breakfast and walks down the street. This ordinary ritual becomes extraordinary as it is seen in the dance-like structure of continuous lap dissolves and continuous spectral color shifts.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Bill Brand

Pong Ping Pong (1971) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Installation

N.B. Film comes with 7-1/2 i. p. s. stereo 1/2 track tape (will produce on 1/4 track machines). If tape playback is impossible, film has mono optical sound-track. The film is normal static projection form, derived from a film-environment piece described as follows: PONG PING PONG has been described to reveal the circular and reciprocating nature of the film medium, and to activate the space between projector and projection. The film is projected from a special turn table which moves the entire image back and forth and slowly around 360 degrees. The images is projected onto a 24-4 ft. by 8 ft. cardboard screens placed in a circle around the projector. The circle has a diameter of 40 ft. Each screen is a triangular prism, white on one side and black on the other two. The screens are placed one foot apart allowing people and projection beam to move inside and outside the circle. The subject of the film is a ping pong game. The camera mounted on the turn-table machine, swings back and forth while the entire mechanism is slowly pushed around and around the table. The piece has a duration of 25 minutes and is accompanied by a stereo sound track. (For a presentation of the complete environmental piece, arrangements can be made directly with the film-maker.)

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Bill Brand

Moment (1972) 16mm, black and white, 23.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

A view of a gas station is seen from inside, behind a multi-paneled tire ad display. In a 2.5 minute sequence, a simple series of normal gas station events is seen intermittently through the opening display. This sequence is then divided and rearranged 7 times in reverse order. Each time the divisions are greater in number (smaller in size) until finally the film appears to move smoothly backwards, divided by a single frame. The inspiration for the film as well as the title is derived from information theory. There, a 'moment' is defined as the shortest duration at which no distinction can be made between units of information. This work is a demonstration and exploration of the line between human information and machine information. It dynamically reveals film's basic unit, the frame.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Bill Brand

Zip-Tone-Cat-Tune (1972) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A simple home movie of a cat is reprocessed through a 'Zip-a-tone' dot pattern making a complex of layers. In combination with freeze frames, positive and negative, and color motion, this work attempts to visually construct a system of overlays like those in Baroque musical composition.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Bill Brand

Angular Momentum: Acts of Light Part 2 (1974) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Here, by contrast, the film is richly sensuous. Again nearly continuous color changes rotate around a spectrum, but this time at varying speeds of rotation and degrees of intensity. The colors on the left start nearly white and rotate very slowly. As the film progresses the color value become darker and the speed of rotation increases until, by the end, the color is nearly black and rotates around the spectrum about once per second. On the right, the opposite occurs. It starts black and progresses nearly to white. The varying rates of rotation determine the moment combination of colors.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Bill Brand

Circles of Confusion: Acts Of Light Part 3 (1974) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

In this film, circles of colored light (red, green, blue) pulsate and flicker as they move around the frame. Where they intersect, they display a variety of secondary colors. The term, circles of confusion belongs to the physics of the lenses. Here it has to do with the focus of light. Here it refers to the focus of mental and emotional energies as an irrational system for composing a film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Brand

Rate of Change: Acts of Light Part 1 (1974) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

ACTS OF LIGHT is a trilogy consisting of RATE OF CHANGE, ANGULAR MOMENTUM, and CIRCLES OF CONFUSION. Together they develop a study of pure color based on the notion that film is essentially change and not motion. The films build one on the other as first pure change, then relational change, and finally, irrational change. They can be seen together or as separate works. This section has no original, no frames, only slowly continuously shifting colors, cycling around the perimeter of the spectrum. The changes are so slow as to be unseen, yet they alter perception of the color.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Bill Brand

Demolition of a Wall (1973) 16mm, black and white, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

After showing 1896 Lumiere film, DEMOLITION OF A WALL in its entirety, this film takes six frames of the falling wall and shows them in all their permutations. Meanwhile, a piano track follows a similar pattern and plays with sound/image relationships. In the original version, we see Lumiere himself directing the demolition of a wall by workers while a mysterious man in the background watches. In the first commercial film show, of which this was a part. Lumiere reversed the projection causing the wall appear to reconstitute itself and thus created an additional spectacle. Here, we celebrate that spectacle by watching 718 additional variations on the theme of deconstruction/reconstruction.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Bill Brand

Touch Tone Phone Film (1973) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

The phone rings and a woman gets up to answer it. This event is recorded on film but we only see it as a sliding strip. Each time the action repeats, the film strip slides past and stops at a frame closer to her picking up the phone. The film's form mimics the hiatus of machine-human interface...(it) impresses primarily as a wittily anecdotal metaphor. -- Ian Christie.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Brand

Cartoons (1975) 16mm, color & b/w, 39.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

CARTOONS, including AN ANGRY DIG, IT DAWN DOWN, THE CENTRAL FINGER, BEFORE THE FACT, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKIN, NEW YORK STATE PRIMARIES, and STILL AT WORK, is a series of playful films, each of which frames an aspect of the medium in an unlikely or ironical way. For instance, AN ANGRY DOG is handheld animation made from a Cracker Jack toy, and BEFOERE THE FACT, shows filmmaker Saul Levine with students trying to mimic exactly a previous tape recorded phrase and then trying to imitate each other imitating the recording. In IT DAWN DOWN an ordinary take-up reel is filmed as it spins making colorful and delicate patterns, even though the film is black and white. Each of the films presents a riddle or a joke about contemporary concepts in avant-garde film.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Bill Brand

Trail to Koskimo, His First Hunt, The (1975) 16mm, color, 34 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Picture are seen through a maze of swarming dots. Sometimes the dots form a screen, sometimes they are the substance of the picture. The soundtrack quotes excerpts from a 1930 Franz Boas text about a Kwakiutle Indian shaman. The story serves as a metaphor for the struggle of an image-maker while the picture chronicles the particular struggle of the filmmaker developing a new style. In the Boas text, a man relates his learning the ways of a shaman. Doubting the magic in the shaman's practice, he wants to understand the method in order to fin out the truth. he learns the secrets of his teachers but finds only tricks. he then travels to the village of Kiskimo to witness the curing of an old woman by a famous shaman. There the man uses his own tricks to cure the woman when the older shaman failed. The shaman is then fooled into admitting that the traditional practice consists only of tricks. This film is about the desire to master the magic of the image while following a path of doubt and skepticism.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Bill Brand

Works In The Field (1978) 16mm, color, 39.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

WORKS IN THE FIELD consists of a series of short films which make use of computer generated mattes to break up and reconstitute mountain landscapes, Manhattan cityscapes, images from POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, ARTFORUM covers, and a TV news program. When this is combined with a found documentary about a family life in Malaysia, the film becomes an essay on reading. The computer grid subdivides the screen into a system of rectangles which can be opened or closed. When opened, we see what is directly underneath the rectangle; when closed, we see a black block. Both the size and the speed at which the blocks opens or close can be regulated. The effect is like an accelerated game of Concentration. The open rectangles allow us to catch glimpses of images behind them. Initially it interferes with our ability to recognize objects but after a while it allows recognition. This recognition is thereby freed from the Renaissance perspective built into the photographic lens. The peculiar juxtaposition of the gridded sections and the Malaysia footage formulates an inquiry into the nature of meaning and representation in cinema.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Bill Brand

Split Decision (1979) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

This film is a dramatic narrative that illustrates, in soap opera fashion, life in Lower Manhattan and at the same time dramatizes some questions about the nature of filmic representation. Split decision is a boxing term used when the judges declare one fighter to be the winner by non-unanimous vote. In this case the fight is between the two heroes of the film who are seen intermittently in a bar, negotiating a pick-up, and at home, breaking up a domestic quarrel. The fight is also in the telling, between modes of conventional representation and modes of radical representation. That is in the seeing-between recognizing a straight image which uses conventional continuity editing, and an image abstracted by computer grids and interrupted, intermingled temporal flow.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Brand

Chuck's Will's Widow (1982) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

... weaves a complex of feelings and personal associations into a swirl of landscapes and abstract images. Jagged shapes swarm the surface acting variously as frames, veils and component elements of the photographic images. Though formally extreme the film's emotional quality emerges in subtle and gentle ways.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Brand

Coalfields (1984) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 38.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

West Virginia industrial landscapes are collaged through a series of mattes that transform the photographed scenes into a kinetic field of shapes and spaces. While the technique and the emotional tone are reminiscent of the earlier are more purely personal CHUCK'S WILL'S WIDOW (1982), the new film extends the already complex visual idiom by inlaying social, sexual, and personal and political subjects. Woven into the fabric of the film is the story of Fred Carter, a retired coal miner and black lung activist who was framed by the Federal Government into order to undercut the black lung movement and to stop his bid for president of the UMWA. His story is told through fragments of documentary interviews and by a poet whose narrative is a counter theme in the film. The thematic elements and formal approaches sit in precarious balance. COALFIELDS has an original poetic text by Kimiko Hahn and sound composition by Earl Howard.

Rental: $80.00 DVD sale: 80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $80.00

Bill Brand

Home Less Home (1991) 16mm, color, 75 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

In HOME LESS HOME people who are homeless reveal homelessness from their own experiences dispelling common misconceptions and prejudices. Told as a personal journey, the film gives a broad analysis of the causes and conditions of homelessness while it analyzes news, TV reports and historical images of poverty. HOME LESS HOME presents new ways to look at homelessness, displacing the debate from questions of charity to ones of social justice. "Bill Brand's remarkable documentary problems the lifestyles of the homeless population of our city and reveals perhaps the most frightening news of all. Many of those we see outside in cardboard boxes or sleeping bags are not drunks, addicts or lazy, but workers who simply don't earn enough to rent a room in New York." -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center "The testimony of many homeless people would have been a sufficiently urgent basis for any documentary film on this subject. But Mr. Brand goes further, offering a disquisition on the connection between the condition of the homeless and the consequences of studying it as a series of images." -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Bill Brand

Susie's Ghost (2011) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: family, landscape_architecture, personal_diary_journal

In collaboration with Ruthie Marantz. When shooting SUSIE'S GHOST, I was mourning the loss of my older sister and my photography and the performance of collaborator Ruthie Marantz express a diffuse sense of loss. Is she looking for something? Is she really there? Is she really gone? The film was shot in my Manhattan downtown neighborhood before the housing bubble burst and construction mania had not yet obliterated the last traces of the manufacturing district I'd moved to 35 years earlier. That too has passed.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Bill Brand

Skinside Out (2002) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Skinside Out -- by Bill Brand and Katy Martin -- features paint on skin, carried out in an expressionist mode on both of the filmmakers' bodies. The emphasis is on the pleasure of looking -- at the edge of repulsion -- and the implications of making public an essentially private gesture. The film posits painting as a gendered, bodily act, whose location shifts continually within a context that's always changing. Images filmed in the studio are juxtaposed with footage of a construction barge along the Hudson. By examining both in relation to surface, the work paradoxically looks for what lies within, while questioning who and where we take ourselves to be.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Bill Brand

Swan's Island (2006) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

SWAN'S ISLAND explores gesture in painting, and how that relates to the hand held camera. Katy Martin paints on her own body, and Bill Brand captures the painted figure and its trace. In its choreography, SWAN'S ISLAND is a duet. The person filming and the person filmed are moving as one, and yet they are separate, each an island. Seeing and being seen are inextricably bound with emotions of love and loss, longing, and a sense of place.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Bill Brand

Masstransiscope (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Installation

Bill Brand's Masstransiscopewas installed in the abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York in September 1980. It has been seen by millions of commuters for over twenty-five years. The 228 hand-painted panels are viewed through a series of vertical slits set into a specially constructed housing. The piece works on the principle of the Zoetrope, a 19th century optical toy.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00 institutional, $30.00 home

Bill Brand

Suite (1996-2003) DVD NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

This suite of videos addresses personal and family history, in part, dealing with the implications of being the only sibling of five not to have inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that generally leads to kidney failure in middle age. In these works, I explore the body as a site both of beauty and abjection. Suite includes: MY FATHER'S LEG--In this self-portrait I imagine the disease and pain which caused my father's death twenty-five years earlier. Now that I am older than he at his death, I find, in images of my own body complex feelings of love, guilt, grief and regret. INTERIOR OUTPOST -- Here, my body is explicitly a screen on which I project photographs from the family archive to articulate my position of difference within the family experience of illness and death. DOUBLE NEPHRECTOMY -- This double portrait cinematically projects my sister's wound onto my own body and psyche. Shortly after she received a living donor kidney from a friend, I filmed the scar that resulted from removing both her damaged organs. This video projects that image of her two-week-old scar onto my own body, visualizing my complex feelings of knowing I have been spared the gene that caused her disease. In the video, I find, on my own body, the imagined scars we share. MOXIBUSTION -- Also a double portrait, this video is an inside-out variation on DOUBLE NEPHRECTOMY. Here, the video uses projected light to penetrate my own body picturing my sister in her trade as an acupuncturist. While she treats me through burning herbs (moxibution) and acupuncture needling, the video imagines the body as landscape. The contradiction between her commitment to an ancient healing practice and her dependence for survival on high technology surgical and chemical medicine is an implicit subtext of the video. GAZELLE -- This is a portrait of my wife, the artist Katy Martin in her studio painting directly on her own body while imagining a wild animal. While not centered on the theme of family disease like the other three videos, this piece does also explore the body as a site of beauty and abjection.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $90.00 institutional, $30.00 home

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