The Films Of Marjorie Keller, Volume 2: 1983-1991
DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 97 min
Marjorie Keller (1950-1994) wrote: "The current art of the film deranges its predecessors...[I]t is in the work of women filmmakers of the avant-garde that the old forms are seen as if through an anamorphic lens." Her films honor and challenge the traditions that she assumed when she learned filmmaking from Saul Levine, Sidney Peterson, and Stan Brakhage. Keller consistently explored the political implications of daily living and personal pleasures in her twenty films, ten of which are available in this new DVD collection.
THE FALLEN WORLD
1983, 16mm, color, sound 9 1/2 minutes
An elegy for a Newfoundland dog named Melville and a portrait of his owner.
THE ANSWERING FURROW
1985, 16mm, color, sound 27 minutes
Owing to Virgil's Georgics. With assistance from Hollis Melton and Helene Kaplan. Music: Charles Ives, "Sonata for Violin and Piano #4 (Children's Day at the Camp Meeting(" and "Ambrosian Chant (Capella Musicale del Duomo di Milano.)" Filmed in Yorktown Heights, New York; St. Remy en Provence, France; Mantua, Rome and Brindisi, Italy; and in Arcadia and the island of Kea in Greece.
1988, 16mm, color, silent 12 3/4 minutes
Private Parts is the third in a series of in-camera edited films. A portrait of Blake Sitney on some summer days.
1911, 16mm, color, sound, 35 minutes
"If you put it on tape, you can't erase it." Herein charts the movement from political activism to filmmaking through the metaphor of a dwelling. An FBI film obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Emma Goldman's autobiography, the making of films on the Lower East Side in New York, street prostitution and drug addiction, all inflect the sense of place, space and history.
PART IV: GREEN HILL
no date, 16mm, color, silent, 3 minutes
This lyric records observations of the filmmaker's year in a rented house on a tidal inlet in Rhode Island while her own house was being built nearby.
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