Bobby Abate

Real Video Trilogy (2001) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 31 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Philosophical, Technology

Come Softly, 1999, video, 11 min If I had a Hammer, 2000-01, video, 8 min Lucky, 2001, video, 12 min The breakdown of identity, communication, and human relationships via the internet. An electronic reality of porn, beer, sex, cash, and drugs. Crafted from softly pixilated QuickTime, NetMeeting sessions, emotive vintage pop, airplane disaster footage, online porn, streaming Hollywood trailers, and the curious hypnotic qualities of taping off computer monitors, Bobby Abate's internet-sex-n-death thrillogy explores new anxieties made possible by technology, and the profoundly intimate places that tiny images and lonely piano chords burrow deep within the soul. Real Videos is like a tender and tumultuous visual virus, created to infect a world where humans live through movies, die through malfunctions and, in between, email their love. -- Ed Halter, The New York Underground Film Festival 2001

Rental: $50.00
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Rebecca Abbott

Big Waltz, The (1978) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

A film composed in three short movements, and structured in 'extended' 3/4 meter. The imagery, in its arrangement, is meant to suggest circular motion and cyclical patterns either by its immediate representations or its larger connotations.

Rental: $30.00
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Rebecca Abbott

Story of the Western World, The (1980) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

A very subjective view of western history, leading to a culmination in a view of contemporary western art. If history can be seen as a series of collisions of opposing forces giving rise to unpredictable syntheses that are more than simply the sums of the parts, then this film was made in a manner analogous to the process of history.

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Jerry Abrams

Eyetoon (1968) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

"The sea, tranquil and violent, is the ultimate symbol for Jerry Abrams' EYETOON and the ultimate equivalent to making love -- his concern in this short and visually dazzling film. Abrams contrasts the rushing faces of New York and a highway juggernaut with the peaceful joining of bodies in a Gjon Mili-like stroboscopic sequence -- always with a burbling, flashing maelstrom of emotions underlying and double-exposing with the bodies. It is visually lovely, technically first-rate and impossible to ignore. The graphic sex is economically handled." -- John L. Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle "The film EYETOON would seem to be the perfect synthesis of the metaphysical, spiritual and sexual feelings of a sensitive experimental filmmaker." -- Reverend Earl Shagley

Rental: $30.00
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Jerry Abrams

Lotus Wing (1968) 16mm, color & b/w, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Political / Social Activism

The world is recommitting sexual-political suicide by daily insertion of missile-cocks into self-orifices. Complete with ejaculatory delusions, military erections, and the animated virility of Krazy Kat. LOTUS WING spends USA over us all as our lives are spent wiping up the remains of our self-destruct. Probably my last film in this genre.

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Jerry Abrams

Mainstream (1968) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

The infinite span of a thought is transformed into spatial-temporal intersects -- to become and become and become and never more or less -- MAINSTREAM is a fresh dip into oblivion -- a confused taste of love -- an expanded glimpse into a micro-moment -- a sliver of mind's motion becoming.

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David Abramson

Girl On a Landscape (1968) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Title Photograph: John Huston. "The neurotic flight of a beautiful unwed coed who fears she is pregnant." "Hibbard's score is magnificent, brilliant! The best for any film... commercial or otherwise." -- Charles Dodge GIRL ON A LANDSCAPE captures that state of mind of the neurotic, alienated, coed with great perception and honesty." - Paul Penningroth, psychiatrist.

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Mark Abramson

Shoot The Actor (1967) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Psychology & Mental Health

The film begins in the cluttered apartment of an unemployed actor, We become familiar with his way of life and routine. As he carries out his daily tasks, he becomes aware of an unknown threat. We watch as a stranger follows him and makes his presence known in increasingly disturbing ways. The more the actor tries to elude the danger, the more persistent the stranger becomes. As the film progresses, we become involved in the horror-fantasy that is his constant companion. The stranger silently confronts him in the subway and in the streets; becomes a terrifying opponent in a fencing match and eventually traps him in this apartment. In desperation, he flees to the roof where his attacker confronts him. Suddenly the actor realizes that he is in front of a movie camera and is being encouraged to perfom. His actor's instincts take over and he begins to sing and dance for the camera. The intensity of his performance increases. He is loved. He has found approval. As the camera pans closer and closer to the edge of the roof, the actor, in the glory of his performance, falls to his death.

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Ralph Ackerman

Zoo Liquid Prototype (1997) 16mm, color & b/w, 30 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A film out of NYC's Downtown World of artists and poets, inhabited by living poets and driven by their words. I used what author/filmmaker Carl Linder calls organic filmic selection, the process where the visual image is allowed to "grow out of itself." I also used B&W single frame takes and short bursts of 12 frames per second (half the normal rate of 24 frames per second) to get a feel for the texture of Downtown. Zoo. . . is a film that doesnt let you forget you are watching a film. Zoo is the modern "urban city" -- in this case New York City, with side trips to San Francisco. Liquid is the "nature" of its dwellers. Prototype, a "model" of our direction to a future that fosters contentions with a rise to conflicts and contradictions that will not offer resolutions but only a rubbing together of persons. The films main character, Gun, is a performance artist of the Downtown NYC scene. In her performance piece, she plays the poet, Emily Dickinson, taking her stage name, Gun, from Emilys poem, I stood a Loaded Gun. Her performance, Mystery upon Mystery, reveals her path to becoming a performance artist and it is where she acts out a timeless artist manifesto taken from Emilys life and work. She acts as narrator between the fragments of conflict with simple straight forward acts of physical contact to the final question of death-dealing violence: "Should I kill Jeff or that Gun bitch" Zoo demands several viewings and a close reading of the subtexts. It comes with a CD-ROM.

Rental: $300.00
16mm Rental: $300.00

Masao Adachi

Wan: Rice Bowl (1962) 16mm, black and white, 24.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"... a film by a director who became notorious for this feature made in 1963, THE HOLELESS VAGINA, a picture recently released by the Japanese authorities and never commercially shown. Born in 1940, Adachi studied at Nippon University's Film School and graduated the year after RICE BOWL was made. It is a near-allegory about shame (if not sin) and death and futility. An exercise in surrealism involving a rice ceremony, black robes, a ceremonial sword, and a white-robed sacrifice." -- Donald Richie

Rental: $75.00
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Russell R. Adams

Objects for the Sleight of Hand (1977) 16mm, color & b/w, 3.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless

Animated film of objects (drawn and hand colored) that I have never seen a magician use.

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Russell R. Adams

Signs and Wonders (1977) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Literature & Theater

A Cinepoem. Stone, earth, wood, sky, light, space. Man, man's tools (stone and computerized). The door is poem to a new era.

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Gary Adlestein

Cat's Eyes (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

Project at 18 fps. A tri-X grain and light song.

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Gary Adlestein

Kosher (1978) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Project at 24 fps. Kosher-made guilty pleasures.

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Gary Adlestein

Italian Opticals & Italian Places (1980) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

ITALIAN OPTICALS includes ST. THERESA and SERENISSIMA (1980, silent, 7m): Venice, floating bauble.

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Gary Adlestein

St. Teresa (1983) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

After Bernini's "Ecstasy": baroque excess and dazzle; shot in S. M. della Vittoria in Rome. "Essential viewing for church groups, art history classes, fledgling saints and martyrs of all ages." -- Albert Kilchesty, "Heavenly Visions" program notes, LA Filmforum, 1985

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Gary Adlestein

Kore/Kouros (1987) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Body, Erotic

A study of the male and female nude; in honor of the painter Harry Koursaros and the classical beauty he loved. Photos and paintings by Koursaros. The first 2.75 minutes are silent. "The most erotic film elegy that I can recall ever seeing." -- Albert Kilchesty

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Gary Adlestein

S-8 Diaries: 1987/89 (1989) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Personal / Diary / Journal

LA 3/87, sync. sound memento of West Coast visit (Buddy K., the desert, Filmforum, Hollywood). Cited by Howard Guttenplan as one of the outstanding films of the 1988 Exit Art Int'l Forum of S8mm, New York; WILDWOOD 2/88, a Sunday/winter drive to the Jersey shore and back. Two films on one reel.

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Gary Adlestein

Candy (1989) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, Literature & Theater

A portrait of Philadelphia-based poet and painter Candy Kaucher; three cameras shooting (randomly on/off after J. Cage), synch sound; camera rolls A/B/C printed.

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Gary Adlestein

Forsythia (1990) Super 8, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A response to a most garish, almost frighteningly beautiful, harbinger of spring.

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Gary Adlestein

Spring/Fall Cinesongs For Storm De Hirsch (1990) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

An homage to Storm De Hirsch (one of the pioneers of the New American Cinema and an early master of the artistic use of super-8 in her wonderful Cine Sonnets). Layered -- AB-printed -- seasonal images and sounds bursting into being and fading simultaneously. "Exuberance is beauty .... Energy is Eternal Delight." -- William Blake

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Gary Adlestein

Cezannescapes 1 & 2 (1991) Super 8, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

His paintings are there, in the landscape of Provence. #1 starts in Avignon then moves up and down Mt. St. Victoire. #2 again moves up and down; this time the deserted, ancient hill town of Les Baux, haunted by ghosts of the Troubadours.

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Gary Adlestein

Figures (1999) VHS NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

Three short experimental video lyrics based on the classical figure.

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Gary Adlestein

Domestic - Selected Films & Videos 1981-2001 (2005) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Literature & Theater, Music, Philosophical

These experimental films and videos were shot in the house, out the window, in the yard, down the road, etc., in the rural Oley Valley (near Reading, Pa.) where I live. They span a little more than two decades and range from super-8 to 16mm blow-ups, to silent and in-camera-edited-sync-sound super-8's (some of the rephotographed), to more recent videos that are often layered and image-processed. All of them are hopefully lyrics of high visual intensity that celebrate the expressive potential of the medium they were created in and the simple grace of taking pleasure in seeing and hearing the world (the loss of which is increasingly threatened in the sad times [2005] we are living through). SHADOW HUNTING (1981, Shot on S-8mm, 2 min., silent)- exploiting the painterly 'smear' quality of undercranked, 6fps projected S-8: Shadow hunts, I follow. PIE PLATES (1980, Shot on S-8, transfered to 16mm, 5:44 min.)- a John Cage inspired (his work for prepared piano accompanies the visuals) backyard, yin/yang, optically printed meditation. ("a lingering impression of harmony using a minimal amount of footage" - Linda Gross, L. A. Times) FONTANA (1988, S-8mm, 4:09 min.) - in the shadow: after the grotesque fountains I saw in Rome. S-8 DIARY: WILDWOOD (1988, S-8mm, 2:23 min.) - a Sunday drive down the Jersey shore and back which we often did when Linda's parents (from Wildhood) were alive. CINESONGS FOR STORM DE HIRSCH (1990, S-8mm, 10:55 min.) - homage to one of the pioneers of experimental S-8, Storm De Hirsch; seasonal images arising and fading simultaneously (shown in MOMA's "Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Films" program). OLEY (1993, Hi-8 video, 10 min, silent & sound) - harvest time in the Oley Valley. WITCHWAY (1995, Hi-8 video, 7:12 min. silent & sound) - under the feedback-spell of an Oley spirit and her familiar.("... deftly uses themes from Penna. folklore to create a powerfully haunting and chilling descent into an autumnal netherworld."-Albert Kilchesty) OUTSIDE IN (1995, Hi-8 video, 8:59 min.) - an interior/exterior domestic meditation. LOTUS SONG 2 (2000, mini-DV, 6:47 min.) - the second part of the life-cycle of a Lotus and its surround; a song of natural artifice. IMAGINARY POND WITH REAL FROGS (2001, mini-DV, 8:44 min.) - after Marianne Moore's definition of poetry as "the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads." SONATA (2001, mini-DVD, 3:27 min.), sil.) - visual music to "soothe the scythe" (Ed Sanders); a reaction to 9/11. ("Your work was such a treat - so lyric and voluptuous in color." --Donna Cameron)

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Gary Adlestein

Italia - Selected Films & Videos 1980-2005 (2005) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

A selection of short experimental films and videos shot in Italy spanning a period from 1980 through 2005. Some are intuitive, edited-in-camera, reactions to what I was experiencing; others are frame-by-frame (JK optical printing) reconfigurations of the image or, in the videos, layered and image-processed compositions. All are lyric celebrations of a place, art and culture that I love. -G. A. SAINT TERESA (1983, 16mm, 4:50 min.) - after Bernini's "Ecstasy"; baroque excess and dazzle; shot in super-8 at SM della Vittoria, Rome; re-composed in 16mm on the JK. (London Filmmakers Coop. "New American Cinema 1981-1991" touring program) EMBARKATION TO CAPRI (1980, super-8mm, 2:04 min.) - a single shot lyric; the pleasure seekers depart (after Watteau and Fellini). "A particular favorite of mine." - Tom Chomont VERONA (1989, super-8mm, 3:11 min.) - one of a series of edited-in-camera, sync-sound, place lyrics that I was shooting in the late '80's. TAORMINA/ETNA (1996, super-8mm to hi-8 video, 6:53 min.) - a land and seascape of exquisite beauty pulsing with life and the promise of death. "Adelstein rephotographs Super-8mm film on video, creating, through the chug-chugga-chugg rhythm familiar to all 8mm filmmakers, an extremely effective visual analogue to the molten lava which bubbles and surges under the volcano." -Albert Kilchesty; (selected for "Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Films" exhibition at MoMA, 1982-2001) SICILIA (1999, mini-DV, 4:20 min.) - meditation on life and death in the Catacombs of Palermo and, on the island of Motya, in the presence of a 5th centruy B. C. Greek statue unearthed in the 1970's. NOCTURNE (2003, mini-DV, 6:40 min.) - video diary: midnight under Venetian moon. GRAFFITO (2003, mini-DV, 2:55min.) - tracing a swirling arabesque at the heart of Venetian art and design. APOLLO DREAMING (2004, mini-DV, 3:30 min.) - through the oculus of the Pantheon, Apollo dreams the future of Rome. SAN MARCO SUBAQUEO (2005, mini-DV, 4:45 min.) - the bejeweled Adriatic Queen succumbs to the coppery depths of the sea. BAVA BYTES (2005, mini-DV, 10:40 min.) - fractured Mario Bava trailer pics mixed in a delirious giallo tribute to maestro Bava, Christopher Lee and Eva Bartok. (Comprised of 2,446,129,431 bytes - to be exact.) ("The most important aspect of Adlestein's approach to video is that it is irrefutably and defiantly filmic. It is sublimely tactile where most videos tend to be impersonally cool and hard..." -Albert Kilchesty)

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Dan Agnew

Pursuit of Knowledge (1967) 16mm, color & b/w, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Personal / Diary / Journal

PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE began in June of 1966 and was completed one year later. The first footage (in B&W) was shot at Foothill Junior College in Los Altos Hills as a course project. After graduation (and during!), I continued shooting until leaving for my three-month trek through the High Sierras. My mountain footage is a complete other trip, a microcosm of which is incorporated into PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE. I came to Philadelphia in Fall of 1966, continued school at Drexel Institute and Temple University, completed my film, and dropped out of school by Spring of 1968. The campuses which appear in the film are: Foothill, Stanford, Drexel Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and Purdue University in Indiana. Also appearing in the film are: The Sierras, my California apartment, Pine Hill state park in Indiana, several unnamed public disasters, and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

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Dan Agnew

Doppler Effect: Version II (1968) 16mm, black and white, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

DOPPLER EFFECT began as a severe condensation of my own stock footage in 1967. Version I (12 min.) is unprintable, due to the wide variation of film stocks and sound levels. The original sound track was composed by Duane Hitchings in the Fall of 1967 on the Moog Synthesizer at Pennsylvania Musical Academy. Doppler is basically (a+b+c) with variations and a time interval of 30-1/8 sec. This expansion breaks into a, b, c combinations with arbitrary yet consistent designation. Also you may note the abstract visuals are match-cut so that they appear to move in continuous kinetic flow. This technique has been fully developed in DOPPLER EFFECT, Version III, my completed match to the chorus of 'Hey, Jude.' (Unfortunately, the verses are matched to original 8mm, which makes projection a bit difficult). It is a subjective thought piece which really does not lend itself to any description, other than the fact it works damn well when one is stoned.

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Agust Agustsson

Everything Will Be Plastic... (1970) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

A look at our plastic world as seen thru the eyes of a stock broker... with silicon for spice.

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Peggy Ahwesh

From Romance to Ritual (1985) Super 8 to Video, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Ethnic / Multicultural

This film is formed around several scenes of women telling stories to the camera of their sexual history and experience. This material is intercut and juxtaposed with related footage concerning girls and their growing up, memory and the learning process and the received truth of history lessons. This film as a whole makes for an uncomfortable fit between women's personal experience and the official dogma of our culture's history. The filming style is of the ethno-graphic film without the expert observer and of the home movie without the father.

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Peggy Ahwesh

Philosophy In The Bedroom (1987) DVD NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Philosophical

After deSade, the meaning and shape of seduction.

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Peggy Ahwesh

Deadman, The (1989) 16mm, black and white, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Literary & Theatre

"THE DEADMAN charts the adventures of a nearly naked heroine who leaves the corpse of her dead lover in a country house, goes to a bar and sets in motion a scabrous free-form orgy before returning to her house to die. The film manages to approximate the transgressive poetic prose of Bataille (a mixture of elegance, raunchy defilement and barbaric splendor) while celebrating female sexual desire without the usual patriarchal-porn trimmings." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader Made with Keith Sanborn. Featuring performances by Jennifer Montgomery, Roman Quanta la Gusta, Scott Shat, Diane Torr and Leslie Singer.

Rental: $160.00
16mm Rental: $160.00

Peggy Ahwesh

Martina's Playhouse (1989) Color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Psychology & Mental Health

A film about the riddles of our sexual construction and the complexities of play. "Since the mid-'70s, feminist filmmakers have taken up the gauntlet of visual representation, challenging sexist imagery with new paradigms of difference. One of the wittiest contenders is Ahwesh, whose film, MARTINA'S PLAYHOUSE, premiered at the Collective for Living Cinema. If the unprecedented success of Pee-Wee Herman suggests (let's hope) a potential crisis in masculinity, then MARTINA'S PLAYHOUSE signals that the equally artificial construct of femininity is ready to explode." -- Manohla Dargis, The Village Super 8 to Video.

VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $120.00

Dominic Angerame

Battlestations--A Navel Adventure (2001) 16mm, B&W, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Starring Bruce Conner, a Belly Dancer, a geiger counter, and a toxic waste dump. Sound design by Amy Leigh Hunter Leyna d'Ancona and myself went filming at the Naval Shipyard at Hunter's Point a few weeks ago. My original concept for this film was to have my friend, Leyna perform a belly dance ritual in front of the Cinematheque office and I would superimpose images from the "macho" naval station...a perfect blend of yin and yang...ships and a navel... However, when we arrived it was high noon and the shadows were awful....workers were honking horns at Leyna as she belly danced...I had a hard time coming up with the correct exposures...and we were both frightened by the earthen mounds we saw covered with plastic and anchored down by haystacks...It was extremely distracting...and we had heard that there were toxic materials from radioactive ships all around...so I decided to shoot this toxic material as part of the film...Leyna kept saying..."Dominic...stay downwind" as the currents ripped my hair backwards... We stopped at the pier and I cautiously stepped down a rusted metal stairway to the water to get footage on an abondoned submarine walkway...and we traveled to the main shipyard where workers were deconstructing a ship...We were stopped for papers and ushered off the set...we were on top secret ground...I now discovered I shot the entire previous shots (more than 100 short takes) with the variable shutter closed...and told Leyna of it... We shrugged and headed for higher ground a hill over looking the pier where the workers were. I rewound the film and opened the shutter...hopped in the back of the flatbed truck and took out the 100mm lens...perfect...for a rather close view of the top secret activity...and began to shoot the first sequence...we are stopped again...Leyna jumps out shaking her chest...I hunt for the permit...the guard says..."that's my boss' signature" and drives away...I shoot...have no idea if anything is to come out...I run out of film... And soon I smell smoke...thinking it is a barbeque...and Leyna runs out of the bathroom saying the whole place is on fire, and indeed there is a wall of flame and smoke outside of Daygo Mary's...clientelle running out to save their cars...we bust through the front gates, flames licking the side of the truck...I am furiously rewinding film to shoot...hop out of truck and shoot the fire...children are throwing stones at us from the nearby hills and...certainly we are in Dante's Inferno...fire trucks finally arrive...put out the blaze, me and Leyna leave, glad to be back to some sort of civilization. The next week, Bruce Conner and myself decide to go to the site with a geiger counter to see of the toxins are radio active...After more than 45 minutes of driving and testing we find no radioactivity... This film is a diary of this experience...

Rental: $35.00
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Dominic Angerame

Three Films: Pixiescope/ The Waifen Maiden/ Consume (2003) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Features: PIXIESCOPE (2003) 5min Color/ Sound- Music by Molto Vox, Kevin Barnard on guitars and processing and Barbara Jaspersen on vocals. A film that seems to be partially created by the magic that only pixies can create. I went out shooting with my Bolex with the intention of shooting a series of very short one second movies. When the film was returned to me by the lab I discovered that superimposes over the images I had shot were images that I did not shoot. There appeared superimposed images of various women flexing their muscles and posing for some unknown camera person besides myself. This film is a result and a sort of homage to pixies wherever they may be. THE WAIFEN MAIDEN (2003) 45sec Color / Sound.- Starring Zhanna. Gamaya ("Lead Us") a Sanskrit mantra performed by Zhanna, recorded and mastered by Zak May. This is a haiku and offers a prelude to CONSUME CONSUME (2003) 12min Color / Sound.- Starring Zhanna. Pomolusya ("I Will Pray") Ukranian Prayer performed by Zhanna, recorded and mastered by Zak May. Excepts from "Lyrical" and "Chaos" from the tribe recording of Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors with permission from Raven Recording Inspired by the novel FLICKER by Theodore Roszak, this film was intended to explore the images captured in the flickering light of multiple projector beams. By utilizing superimpositions within the camera, one could experience the pulsating light and explore hidden imagery through use of the "Sally Rand" that Roszak refers to. However, once production began...the projector beams began to put both myself and my actress into a trance state due to the strobe light it presented...the resulting film turned into a trance by natural evolution and in essence the film becomes even more... It becomes an exploration into oneself and the sense of seeing and being at the same time...both an inward journey and an outward one...

Rental: $65.00
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Peggy Ahwesh

Strange Weather (1993) DVD NTSC, black and white, 50 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"Strange Weather deals with a quartet of crack addicts in Miami, just sitting around, while outside, the biggest hurricane of the century is about to hit. The Pixelvision camera roams restlessly through the apartment, focusing nervously on the tiniest details, but never staying in any one spot for very long. Meanwhile, the addicts engage in desultory conversation, or make phone calls, or tell stories about their past experiences. The point is that attention is never in the here and now. It is always shifting around and being refocused elsewhere. Nothing 'happens' in the course of the film, which is to say that what really happens is the empty passage of time." -- Steven Shaviro Made with Margie Strosser.

DVD NTSC Sale: $$100.00

Peggy Ahwesh

Color of Love, The (1994) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage, Hand Processed

"The last word in ready-mades, Peggy Ahwesh's THE COLOR OF LOVE ... is a slightly slo-mo, optical reprint of an obviously ill-treated '70s porn movie in which the chemical rot that's already eaten away the edges of the image threaten to censor it entirely. ... An ur-text for Ahwesh's work, THE COLOR OF LOVE is an almost Rose Hobart for the '90s." -- Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Rental: $40.00
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Peggy Ahwesh

Scary Movie, The (1996) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Films about Film, Media

With Martina Torr and Sonja Mereu. "... THE SCARY MOVIE, by Peggy Ahwesh, [is an] amazingly complex (and just plain amazing) film informed by a wide range of issues and concerns, including feminism, psychoanalytic theory (especially Jacques Lacan), home-movie aesthetics, film genre conventions, and the notion of self-reflexivity in film. ... [S]he plays with the Freudian concept (filtered through Lacan) of the female's 'lack' of a penis, turning this core issue of psychoanalytic thinking on its head. ... In [this] film it is the male who 'lacks,' men being conspicuously absent, even when the 'narrative' calls for male roles. ... Ahwesh's work ... is notable in the way that it combines subjects of seriousness and gravity with an unparalleled control of the film medium, a disarming wit, and a frankness that catches one by surprise." -- Patrick Friel, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Rental: $30.00
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Peggy Ahwesh

Trick Film (1996) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Activities at home with the Mistress and her naughty pet.

Rental: $30.00
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Peggy Ahwesh

vision machine, the (1997) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

"The girls-only party scenes in THE VISION MACHINE have both the ruddy look of overexposed home movies and the richly burnished texture of Renaissance paintings cracking under their veneer. A riff on Duchamp's Anemic Cinema (Ahwesh, with Keith Sanborn's collaboration, inscribes the lyrics of 'Wild Thing' on a warped video version of a roto-relief) and on Bunuel's Viridiana (here the lowlifes invading the manor are women artists), THE VISION MACHINE is an inspired depiction of girls dressing up and acting out, pleased as punch to have taken over the screen." -- Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Peggy Ahwesh

Nocturne (1998) 16mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Literary & Theatre, Psychology & Mental Health

Forming a trilogy with the Deadman (1990) and The Color of Love (1994), Nocturne features Anne Kugler, Bradley Eros and Karen Sullivan in a minatory scenario in film and Pixilvision, combining plot elements culled from Mario Bava's The Whip and the Flesh (1963) with writings on sexuality and violence from Kathy Acker, the Marquis de Sade and Steven Shaviro. A psychological horror film based on fear and disquietude and the anticipation of violence. . . among the shadows of the night and the lurid dreams of imagination, with no clear division between fact and hallucination, between life and death, between dread and desire.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Peggy Ahwesh

She Puppet (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Found Footage, Philosophical, Technology

An homage to and commentary on the female action adventure game Tomb Raider and its busty virtual superstar Laura Croft. I played the game on the my computer and simultaneously recorded the gameplay onto videotape. Then I treated the material as "found footage" and recut it in order to rethink the game and consider questions about women, virtual bodies, role-playing, identity issues and fandom. Ignoring the original drive of action, I make Lara explore the game environment at the edges of the programming world created for her. The limited inventory of Lara's gestures and the militaristic scenarios of the game are considered from a feminist perspective in analyzing the symbolic feminine and the popular culture that has sprung up around Lara Croft. Quotations are from three authors who philosophize the alien, the clone and the orphan: The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, The Female Man by Joanna Russ and the jazz mystic Sun Ra.

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Rudy Albers

Silent Music (1967) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

A film experimenting with the use of multiple exposed colored lights evoking the mystery of creation, stars and planets, atoms and electrons, souls and spirits

Rental: $30.00
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Rudy Albers

Flower Music (1970) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Science & Medicine

Multiple exposed flowers and flower buds. Some close ups of the reproductive parts of flowers. Evocations of biological universe.

Rental: $30.00
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Rudy Albers

Cycle (1973) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Cameraless

A colored circle on a background of its complementary color. A reverse picture in which the circle and the background exchange. The complementary colors flash alternately as they progress slowly through the color wheel. As each cycle is completed the next cycle becomes faster until the alternating complementary colors change with each frame. An animated journey through a color-wheel of opposites.

Rental: $30.00
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Ulvis Alberts

Celebration (1966) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

A mood film exploring the isolation of the central character. The camera focuses on the individual rather than the surroundings which create this person's loneliness. The soundtrack is an original composition created for the film by the John Day Trio. The closing dance sequences were improvised by the girl (Terhi Pertulla) on location.

Rental: $30.00
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Richard Allen

Mistakes of Heaven (1990) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

MISTAKES OF HEAVEN is a poetic/expressionistic film, which shows a man's progress upward from one stage of hell to the next. It is an experimentally expressed narrative -- told in images and movement -- of a man tangled in dreams and desires which are at once uplifting, mystifying, and humbling.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Nestor Almendros

Gente En La Playa, The Mount of Luna, Fifty-Eight/Fifty-Nine, La Tumba Francesa (1967) DVD-NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A poetic evocation of the beaches of Havana. One of Almendros' first films, GENTE EN LA PLAYA was made in New York while he studied filmmaking at City College under Hans Richter. SOLD OUT!!!

Rental: $150.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

Basha Alperin

African Autumn (1984) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

"... opened my eyes to the joy, color and the music of Yoruba ritual and dance." -- Roger Larson "Is a multimedia, educational and artistic film, which creatively explores the power of nature. Educationally, I recommend this film for teachers and students of Anthropology, Religion, History, Dance, Film and for anyone who wishes to hear, see, and feel a story of life! Its creator, Basha Alperin, reveals her story through music dance and story narration. These are woven together with live action, special effects and a variety of animation techniques. It is a film that explores the Youriba religion and a way of life for not only one people, but for all people. Although specific in history, it is an open and generous gift." -- Richard Protovin, Professor of Film and Animation, NYU "An exciting film... I was particularly impressed with the musical interpretations, especially the way the bata drum was interwoven with the jazz music, adding another dimension to the folkloric and creative visuals." -- Mongo Santa maria, Afro Cuban jazz bandleader and musician "a great contribution to the artistic expression of the Yoruba culture in this country." -- Professor Robert Ferris Thompson, author and art historian Is at one and the same a dance choreography through the medium of film, and film choreography through the medium of dance. The art forms of this transformation of culture (from Nigeria, to Cuba, to New York) are symbolized by the transformation of the autumn leaves, whose cycle culminates in the brilliant colors of the Orisha (goddess) Oshun -- only to be born again.

Rental: $50.00
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Leslie Alperin

SideTracked (1992) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Ethnic / Multicultural

My rendition of a feminist quest film sets the story of a woman's personal journey through Western Europe against the larger experience of travel. The mythology of romance, and the woman's journey becomes a catalyst for the reflection on the relationship between personal expectations and cultural myths.

16mm Rental: $50.00

Rebecca M. Alvin

Untitled (No.1) (1992) 16mm, color & b/w, 11.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A disturbing experimental film that follows the inner journey of a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality and the gender politics that influence it. This is Rebecca M. Alvin's first 16mm film and perhaps her most personal..

Rental: $35.00
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Eric Andersen

Opus 49 (1967) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Also see Eric Andersen OPUS 74, VERSION 2 included in FLUXFILM PROGRAM.

Rental: $30.00
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Thom Andersen

Melting (1965) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

MELTING shows the natural monostructural disintegration of a strawberry sundae, its passage from rigidity to softness, from edibility to waste. The spoon resting on the plate refers to the human presence, which lurks behind the screen, declining to interfere with what transpires.

Rental: $30.00
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Thom Andersen

--- ------- (1967) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music

A documentary about rock'n'roll. Making, buying, selling. Radio, jukebox, scoptione, pinball, poolhall. Canned Heat, City Lights, Seeds of Time, LA Tymes. Llyn Foulkes, Charlie Watts, Chris & Craig, Duke of Earl. Seeburg, Wurlitzer. Standing, walking, jumping, singing, dancing, gesturing, surfing. LAPD, LA Country Sheriffs Dept., The Trip, The Lynch Bldg.. Top's, Pandora's Box, Maverick's Flat, someone's backyard. California Music Co. Riot in cell block number nine, riot on sunset strip. Hot rod, coin slot, go cart, bomp club. Hound Dog Man, King Creole. Kim Watson, The Rainbows, The Shangri-Las, The Supremes, Earl-Jean. Stupid Girl, 19th nervous breakdown. Bill Haley and the Comets: you can get no further back than that. Wolfman Jack, Ernie Bushmiller, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, The Who, The Coasters. Great balls of fire. Standing at the crossroads of love. Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, John Cale, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Howlin Wolf, James Brown -The King. You cant catch me. Frankie Avalon, The Beatles, The Yardbirds. Wax reclamation, an early clue to the new direction. Mick Jagger/Earth Angel. Documentary material organized by a predetermined structure. A sequence of picture-sound equations with randomly chosen terms. Vertically. --- ------- is completely structured; horizontally it is completely random. A pastiche of cinematography, a parody of montage. 1:2. 3:7. Right, left. Right to left--left to right. Up-down. Stasis, motion. Orange, magenta. Yellow, blue. Red, green. Magenta, orange. Blue, yellow. Green, red. 1:2, 1.5:3, 2:4, 3:6, 5:10, 8:16...

Rental: $30.00
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Yvonne Andersen

Meow, Meow (1970) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless

A Yellow Ball-Ruckus Film. A lonely man finds a hungry alley cat and takes him home. The cat grows up fast. The man and the cat meet Green Face, the gangster.

Rental: $30.00
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Yvonne Andersen

Yellow Ball Cache (1973) 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Children & Youth

A collection of short cut out animated films made by students ages 5-15 at the Yellow Ball Workshop, 1965. Instructor: Yvonne Anderson.

Rental: $30.00
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Dominic Angerame

Neptunian Space Angel (1977) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A film dealing with the alternative of human scaling within 16mm frame. The star walks from one edge of the screen, passes the center, but never reaches the opposite edge. Shot in extreme slow motion, this film creates an unusual and bizarre sense of timelessness and distance. This allows the viewer to become involved with every subtle movement within the frame. The center of the frame is constantly emptying itself, creating a vacuum, and is left entirely open, only to be filled again, not with images but the with the mind's eye. The space created in the center of the frame allows one to pass through the film, emptying itself, gives the viewer the space he needs so that he may feed energy back into the space. The film is unique approach in dealing with the space that surrounds filmic language

Rental: $30.00
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Dominic Angerame

Film, A (1979) 16mm, color & b/w, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Structural

An exploration of the phenomenon of constant change of Visual perception and the dynamic alteration of image perspective. The frame as a window whereby the viewer's conscienceness is both inside and outside. A graphic portrayal of the change of Chicago's seasons (from Fall to Winter) employing the technique of optical printing bi-pak. One foot black and white film was shot for ninety days consecutively and printed with color footage of close-ups of the same scene.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Art Institutionalized (Sfai 1980) (1980) 16mm, black and white, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy, Films about Film, Media

A humorous parody about the condition of creative film studies in Art Schools and Colleges in general. The soundtrack is a composition combining the musical score from the film Ballet Mecanique and the voices of the film students testing various pieces of film recording equipment and complaining about grades and procedures. The visuals reveal a modern day mechanical ballet performed by the instructor (myself) on the dada chessboard of absolute reality to the automatic beat of an intervolometer clicking time away one frame per second, as he attempts to relay technical data to his students.

Rental: $30.00
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Dominic Angerame

Freedom's Skyway (1980) 16mm, black and white, 3.25 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

July 5, 1980. Summertime. San Francisco's Chinatown. A gang of Chinese Fireworks dealers dispose their unsold goods to the glory of emulsified film to enhance grain and image deterioration.

Rental: $30.00
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Dominic Angerame

I'd Rather Be In Paris (1982) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

... depicts the film maker's individual concern with his physical environment by autobiographically exploring his alternatives: Chicago, San Francisco, and the editing room itself. These urban explorations tend to concentrate on high speed assemblages of city-scape abstractions. Initially the images seem familiar, then gradually grow to take on unexpected significance. This transition from every-day-object into architectural talisman, results from Angerame's obsessive and unique attention to detail, as well as a whimsical sense of juxtaposition. The blue blots atop a San Francisco fire hydrant become just as relevant as the skylines impressive Transamerica pyramid. A man hole cover, rather than a tourist's landmark, tells us this is Chicago. Sprawling masses of concrete, plastic and steel seem to have captured the earth. Nature threatens only with the icy cold waves of Lake Michigan and a apocalyptically red sunset. Human's for the most part hauntingly innocuous, are reduced to soulless, miniscule organisms. Simultaneously random, repetitious, and absurd, their activities, e. g. shoveling snow and marching in a parade, resemble those of amphetaminzed rats in their proverbial maze. Even a Wim Wenders on location film-shoot appears to be nothing more than men and equipment, standing around waiting. Only the editing room serves as sanctuary. It is here that some semblance of order and tranquility resides. The camera pans the studio, with its by-now well established attention to detail. But it to is drawn to the outside world... the chaos, the confusion, the overwhelmingly massiveness. Light shifts dramatically, and through the window we glimpse a final image of this industrio-mechanical age the filmmaker so readily fears and transforms. -- Roger Nieboer

Rental: $40.00
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Dominic Angerame

Mystery of Life (As Discovered In Los Angeles), The (1982) 16mm, black and white, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

If you have to beg, or steal or borrow.. Welcome to Los Angeles, City of Tomorrow. -- Phil Ochs

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Sambhoga-Kaya (1982) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Spiritual / Mystical

... describes a body that enjoys the wealth of purified vision. Herein dwells the enlightened one while embodied in the superhuman form. This is the first reflex on the heavenly planes and represents phenomenal appearances. It is the essence of the mind, the celestial state and the divine body of perfect endowment. The mind being as the uncreated and of the voidness, vacuous, ready to reach the point of Nirmana-Kaya, which is the primordial essence. -- Evans/ Wentz, Tibetan Book of Liberation the activity resulting from its enjoyment (the wealth of purified visions) is the instruction by the Sons of Victorious One and its spontaneity is its effortlessness. It is as if the King of Jewels (The Wishfulfillment Gem) were present --sGam. Po. Pa. The Jewel Ornament of Liberation Although purists in the study of Tibetan Buddhism and its teachings may think the use of it as a title to this piece, I feel that it is the only way in which to express the effect of the work. The path takes many forms and manifests separately with each, and this is my awareness of such a state as Sambhoga-Kaya.

Rental: $30.00
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Dominic Angerame

Ticket Home, A (1982) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"Going home -- from west to east; return. Part of a series of turning points. recording a journal in color language; shadows of faces. Realities and memories come out frame by frame. The rhythm of a summer vacation. Rituals of light to dark -- manifesting form. This is a translation of old friends and old places. A ticket home. This film journal resembles the memory charged visual fragments of a cross country trip to the filmmakers home. He calls it a respectful portrait of old friends and old places but tensions filled images combined with the rambling chant and urban ambience of its soundtrack indicates that a more anxious attitude, perhaps toward a fleeting present, underlies this personal document and ticket home." -- Lynn Corcoran, Media Study, Buffalo "Snippets of sunsoaked home movie footage, jumbled around kinetically, become a wild whorl of color and motion that's like watching the spin cycle in a washing machine. Dominic Angerame, with this film, gives you the distinct impression that someone's handling their childhood memories on a silver platter." -- Frank Young, The Tallahassee Flambeau

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Voyeuristic Tendencies (1984) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Films about Film, Media

VOYEURISTIC TENDENCIES is not so much a film about voyeurism as it is our tendency to be voyeuristic. That tendency, nurtured by the filmmakers carefully crafted succession of visual teases and exploited by the camera's ability to become our eyes, becomes in increasingly evident as the film progresses. The camera teases the viewer, in this case, co-voyeur, not with sexual or erotic innuendo, but rather with graphic and aesthetic challenges. The partially opened window of a woman's dressing room forces us to realize our urge to see more about these hidden worlds. This type of cinematically- induced self- realization makes VOYEURISTIC TENDENCIES a powerfully human film. Most of the people we view appear to be merely going through the motions. Their actions seem hauntingly void of emotion or thought. By temporarily becoming voyeurs, we were hoping for bigger and better things, e. g. passion... melodrama, but are left with only a secretary nervously tapping her nails. ... a perfect sex film for the 80's. We are teased, cajoled, lured and finally snubbed as we learn one possible answer to what has happened to sex; it has been subsumed in our society's current confusion between artifice and reality. -- James Irwin also available from One Way Films

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Dominic Angerame

Continuum (1987) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

"In a superb manner, CONTINUUM builds from the bottom up a complex and finely woven picture of a day-in-the-life of labor, or a work, in progress, and without end, microcosmically reflecting a history of any labor and many an art. "Through elegantly overlaid, constructionist windows of geometric form, we see into the turgid furnace of man's multifarious tasks, and, as in a vision, behold the ballet of his tools and accoutrements: steaming tar, turning pulleys, swishing mops, changing lights and sewer-plates, acetyline torches and sandblasting serpents, snorting sting of jackhammers and gleaming jewels amid grime where undinal heat makes the atmosphere buckle. "And in the midst of it all -- the streets, the bridges, the roads, the roofs, the endless river of communication cables and the windowed monoliths of jutting superstructure -- there stands man, that somewhat Sisyphian, but irrepressible beast; not so much brawny as dauntless, to wit, wired for the thing-at-hand, welded to the task made a titan in collective will. "The film is like a dream you can't put your finger on and can't forget, because the very truth of it is so evasive, suggestive, labyrinthine. And then it dawns on you, or rather circumnavigates you: the very fact of life is heroic, makes heroes of each of us, every man, woman, and child, from the carpenter unto the architect, and the whole of it is so thoroughly interdependent, so very closely interwoven." -- Ronald Sauer

16mm Rental: $75.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $200 others

Dominic Angerame

Deconstruction Sight (1995) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Landscape & Architecture, Technology

"A somber, gong-like tone opens DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT: the first image is a small light in darkness, a delicate flicker that grows to become a welder's torch. We are led into the film by a suggestive imagistic shorthand: 'the rise of man' is attended by the building of structures, and cities, a montage of the emblems of civilization. The end of the film brings a series of unnerving images - one reminiscent of an eerie jack-o-lantern from childhood memory: a skyscraper looming in the night, a bank of windows lit up like its gaping mouth. As fog and clouds rush in fast frame across the sky for a dizzying, synesthetic effect, Kevin Barnard's soundtrack pounds an urgent wail to the rhythm of climax spending itself in question, in philosophical ambiguity, not release. An almost palpable centrifugal force seems to move the final moments of the film into a spinout. "This is history without narrative, an abstract summation of what happens when human beings move stuff around and make something of it, grow tired of what they've made and demolish it using other things they've made, and then start all over again. What we build, what we destroy, what we find useful to do both, how we let our interaction with them describe what we call human -- these are some of the ideas Angerame's DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT suggests." -- from an essay by Barbara Jaspersen Voorhees, 1990

16mm Rental: $50.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $200 others

Dominic Angerame

Premonition (1995) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"There's an exquisite despair and a dooming ambiguity suspended in the cool morning clarity of Dominic Angerame's new film, PREMONITION. It's short and bittersweet, like a prelude by Debussy, and promises a broad integration of the aesthetic elements of his work. ... But ... there's also a painful consciousness of the vanity of all things human and their transience .... "PREMONITION, despite its sadness, does not judge modernity and its Gargantuan feats of engineering, but, on the contrary, admires them, in the fullest aesthetic sense of the word, like a traveler turning a bend in the road whereby an enormity of landscape is revealed, overwhelming his ego, freeing him up toward a larger question while simultaneously diminishing his particularity in the very grandeur of it all. ... "Modernity, what happened to your highway? You tower over us, then you disappear. The arch and ribs of the guardrails seem so real to us. ... The casually defiant smoked cigarettes upon you. The sincerely healthy played tennis in your shadows. You were close to our places of work downtown. The seagulls' cries echoed in your ribcage. Gone. "[T]he film hides its meaning, comes in like the tide but still disappears. ... A fragment of a circle, abstracted. Near the bridge. The highway snakes along. Adolescents tagged it. A jogger like a flea on its back. And emptied of cars it's its own worst indictment: now that we're not busy with it, what can it mean? "PREMONITION is not about a defunct highway to have done with, it's the painful inventory of a desired and questionable relationship gone down." -- Ronald F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $200 others

Dominic Angerame

In the Course of Human Events (1997) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

After the 1989 quake the city of San Francisco decided to tear down the Embarcadero Freeway once and for all. The climate of dread evoked by PREMONITION is followed by a primitive yet seductive "tableau" of twisted metal. The bulldozers are prehistoric monsters that tear bits of metal and stone from the vulnerable concrete. Angerame films the spectacle in extremely precise shots that surgically unveil our obsession with destruction and technological decline. "[A]n exquisite black and white surrealist depiction of the Embarcadero Freeway demolition, in which dinosaurlike tractors gnash at an organic tangle of steel reinforcements. ... Inanimate objects and heavy machinery become living metaphors for generation through the director's signature use for high-contrast, time-lapse and double exposure cinematography. Like a moving gallery installation, the 23-minute piece is composed of individual shots so precise and emotionally evocative that each could stand on its own as testimony to Angerame's astounding talent." -- Silke Tudor, SF Weekly "... a metaphorical approach to architecture could be found in quite a few works and this is why the organizers put them together in a separate section. In this section, the most remarkable film was IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS by Dominic Angerame, a film that combines shorts of the tearing down of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco with industrial music -- a proposal of an ambivalent interpretation of human break up and break down." -- Andreas Denk, Kunstforum, July-September 1998

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $200 others

Gregory Anthon

Rhythm & Form; Grey Area III (1987) 16mm, black and white, 4.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Photographic animation is used to trace patterns of shapes found in nature from macroscopic to astronomic levels. Abstract images gradually dissolve into geometric forms until images of human life emerge, and finally return to abstract textures. A percussion soundtrack is used to emphasize rhythms inherent in the film. Videotape copies are available directly from the filmmaker.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gregory Anthon

Travels And Dreams: Grey Area II (1987) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

An experimental film in which the viewer is hurtled through a series of dreamscapes. Optical printing is used to alter the experience of time, giving ordinary images a foreboding quality.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Michelangelo Antonioni

Nettezza Urbana: N. U. (1948) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Political / Social Activism

Antonioni's second film, an essay on Roman Street sweepers, much of it photographed at dawn and dusk, using the visual methods that appear in his later feature films. From the narration: Apparently we don't care who these sweepers are or how they live, these quiet and humble workers who no one deems worthy of a word or even a stare. Street sweepers are a apart of the city to the same degree as inanimate objects. And yet, no one more than they takes part in the life of the city -- Robert A. Haller

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Sara-Kathryn Arledge

Introspection (1946) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Disembodied parts of dancers are seen moving freely in black space... form a moving and rhythmic three dimensional design and semi-abstract shapes. -- Lewis Jacobs, Avant Garde Production in America. Experiment in the Film, Gray Walls Press, London, 1949 Our dance audience seems particularly pleased with the opportunity to enjoy such a rare film. -- Margaret Cooper, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, 1977. Purpose: to demonstrate a (then) new dance medium totally different from the stage. Audience: general public, dancers, artist's.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Sara-Kathryn Arledge

What Is A Man? (1958) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

I consider WHAT IS A MAN? a sophisticated humorous exploration of the experimental film medium. -- Shirley Clarke It is a satire with undertones of the cosmic spirit. It explores the vision and the everyday life of people. Creative Film Foundation Award for best script, 1956

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martin Arnold

piece touchee (1989) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Structural

An 18-second sequence originally from a fifties American "B" movie is reproduced frame by frame and altered as to its temporal and spatial progression. Given factors: her and him, the scenographic space and the time spent in that scenographic space.

Rental: $48.00
16mm Rental: $48.00

Martin Arnold

passage a l'acte (1993) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Found Footage, Structural

Given context: a Hollywood text from the early sixties; a family breakfast with husband, wife, son and daughter. Inscribed: a re-petition of what is diminished, set apart and alien; a symptom. Four people at the breakfast table, an American family, locked in the beat of the cutting table. The short, pulsating sequence at the family table shows, in its original state, a classic, deceptive harmony. Arnold deconstructs this scenario of normality by destroying its original continuity. It catches on the tinny sounds and bizarre body movements of the subjects, which, in reaction, become snagged on the continuity. The message, which lies deep under the surface of the family idyll, suppressed or lost, is exposed -- that message is war. "The first shock, the first flight, the fear at the beginning of the film: The son jumps up from the table and throws open the door, which sticks in an Arnoldian loop of hard, hammering rhythm. He is compelled to return to the table by a mechanically repeated paternal order, 'Sit down.' And at the end, when the two children spring up, finally released from their bondage, Arnold is again caught at the door; at the infernally hammering door, as if it were completely senseless to try to leave here -- this location of childhood and two-faced cinema." -- Stefan Grissemann

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Steven Arnold

Liberation of The Mannique Mechanique, The (1967) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

"This film has a sensitive balance of all its parts and it is realized with masterly control. Each gesture, movement, position, as well as all of the costuming, make-up and props work in a harmony for this under-dream-world of Eastern magicians. Even the bodies of the actors look as though they were designed for the film. There is odalisque fragrance of incense and kief... and behind that, almost imperceptible, the smell of rotting flesh. Arnold has made a beautiful and powerful film poem that is saturated with style." -- Robert Nelson "I've always liked the "Liberation of the Mannique Mechanique"... a heavy sense of the macabre, the mystical, the twilight world. It was a kind of Rosicrucian gang-rape." -- Gene Youngblood, Los Angels Free Press. "... overt symbolic content... strong black and white photography. I find that Arnold and Wiese are just more sensitive to a certain quality of photographic image than other filmmakers I can name." -- Lenny Lipton, Berkeley Barb.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Steven Arnold

Elements, The (1968) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"THE ELEMENTS depicts personifications of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, in metaphor. The bodies of each blending in movement. "... the film's most outstanding quality is its rich delineation in terms of what can be called traditionally fine photographic technique." -- Lenny Lipton, Berkeley Barb.

Rental: $35.00
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Luis Ernesto Arocha

Windows (Las Ventanas De Salcedo) (1969) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

On Love, Sex, Violence, War and Tchaikowsky. "The filmmaker uses the objects of painter Salcedo to poke gentle and savage fun at society and its follies... a continuous mad charade!" -- Tom Chomont. On Arocha: "I know of no films more uncompromising in grotesquerie of burlesque, in gigantism of overstatement, than the comedies of Arocha. His actors are possessed to frenzy with their roles, filled to bursting with their identities; they hypertrophy into fantastic growths, revealing comic flaws enormous, monstrous enough to swallow whole the old familiar characters of Samson, Traviata, and Dracula, and even to make the best of us laugh." -- Ken Kelman.

Rental: $30.00
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Luis Ernesto Arocha

Samson & Delilah (1970) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

An explosion of Delilah myth. A biblical super-spectacular in the Bizet-De Mille grand opera tradition, with torrid ballet sequence.

Rental: $30.00
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Luis Ernesto Arocha

Happy Birthday Babye Starr (1982) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Nostalgic old postcards in a not so nostalgic bawdy collage birthday present for the star of MOTHERLOVE.

Rental: $30.00
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Paul Arthur

Cliffs The Slick City Detour, The (1985) 16mm, black and white, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Living in suburban New Jersey watching too much film noir on television. The materials thrown together are: a partial inventory of houses in my neighborhood; a fragment of a dream journal; a 1949 pamphlet about Englewood Cliffs by The League Women Voters; outtakes from a fiction film I acted in; lines from famous movies; a passage from Engels' The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State.

Rental: $35.00
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Paul Arthur

Theory of The Leisure Class (1985) 16mm, black and white, 8.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Found Footage, History

A contemporary golf course is paired with footage taken by the Edison Company in 1897 and buttressed with iconography from the spectrum of leisure class motivations. A montage of material around the idea of film as history.

Rental: $30.00
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Paul Arthur

(Late) of The Primates Place (1986) 16mm, black and white, 73 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

An autobiographical travelogue that bridges a period of six plus years and two coats, enfolding a series of personal and national misfortunes which find only indirect representation. Splayed across the film's terrain are a collection of portraits, several postcards, unfinished film, films or parts of films made by others, demonstrations, detritus, notes and paratactic formations. Four parts fall roughly under the headings the east, the middle, the borders. There are times when it appears caught in a vise of separate, even antagonistic, histories: public and private, natural and man-made, internal and external, material and imagined. As I was putting it together there were moments when the sequence resembled a highway; not the famous grand unfinished turnpike but the more commonplace site of static objects and bodies in motion, compounded of routine dangers, boredom, anthropology, advertising and the edges of the forest. I tried to pay off many debts here. Doing so meant resorting to a degree of the self to which I trust I will not have to return anytime soon. Dedicated to memory of Jack Arthur.

Rental: $150.00
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Shawn Atkins

Anastasia and the Queen of Hearts (1994) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

Shawn Atkins' work in animation spans from making personal narrative films to teaching workshops to at-risk youth and curating programs of experimental animation. An animated love story.

Rental: $30.00
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Charles Atlas

Walkaround Time (1973) 16mm, color, 48 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Marcel Duchamp, Merce Cunningham and Jasper Johns were guests at the same New York party one night. Johns had an idea of a way in which Duchamp's THE LARGE GLASS could work as decor for a dance for Cunningham's company. Cunningham was enthusiastic and Johns crossed the room to approach Duchamp with the proposal. Duchamp frowned. 'Who will do the work?' Johns said, 'I will.' Relieved, Duchamp readily agreed. Duchamp attended the premiere of WALKAROUND TIME in Buffalo, New York on March 10, 1968. The dance is atypical in the Cunningham repertory. Though the choreography, the music and the decor were each independently conceived, they share a common thematic purpose: a homage to the work of Marcel Duchamp. In more typical Cunningham fashion the music was first heard when it was performed with the dance on opening night, and the set was incorporated into the piece only shortly before the premiere. The choreography makes reference to Duchamp in concept (composition) and in detail (physical image). Cunningham has translated Duchamp's concern with transparency in terms of movement into a dance composition which explores the possibilities of lateral movement back and forth across a proscenium space. In addition to the 'transparent' clarity of this way of shaping space (as against, for example, the use of a swirling space), this is movement that retains its visual integrity as the dancers pass behind the see-through vinyl inflatables of the set. The stillnesses that penetrate and surround the movement have a definite Duchamp flavor. Cunningham's ready-made is the 'laissez-faire' movement during the 'entr'acte' and when he changes costume on stage, it is a nod to the famous nude. The viewer is left to complete the dance with discoveries of Duchampiana on many levels. The Duchamp-related material is, however, the choreographer's subtext. Cunningham's prime concern is choreography that is compelling on an abstract level, plainly as movement in space and time. WALKAROUND TIME individualizes itself in the Cunningham oeuvre by a certain conceptual austerity; I find its particulars cerebral quality fascinating. This movie of WALKAROUND TIME was shot on two separate occasions. Each set of circumstances allowed me to deal with different problems related to filming dance. WALKAROUND TIME is composed of seven sections each approximately seven minutes long. The first three sections were shot in Berkeley, California with a single hand-held camera during an afternoon stop-and-start rehearsal. The attempt was to record the complete choreographic material in actual time with a variety of points of view, and yet to keep the integrity of the movement. The last four sections were shot a year later in Paris, France with three cameras during a live performance. My concern here was to capture the actual performance quality of the dancers, and in the last two sections to make a filmic approximation of the experience of seeing a dance. "I think WALKAROUND TIME is, purely and simply, a masterwork. In its ambling way it illustrates many of these elements that go to make up Cunningham's greatness as a choreographer. The film shows what Cunningham is all about and it can make lifetime converts of those who can learn to meet the choreographer on his own terms." -- John Mueller, "Films: Merce Cunningham's WALKAROUND TIME", Dance Magazine.

Rental: $60.00
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Charles Atlas

Roamin' I (1979) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

With outtakes from the filmdance LOCALE, by Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas.

Rental: $60.00
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Charles Atlas

Channels/Inserts (1982) 16mm, color, 31.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Although it is film, it refers to the experience of television and the ability of the viewer to switch from one channel to the next, jumping from one space, one image, one group of people to a new space and a new cast of characters without blinking. The capacity of film to focus and frame space, as well as to represent it through editing and camera movement, is part of the subject." -- Sally Banes, The Village Voice (4/6/82)

Rental: $60.00
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David Audet

Frame of Mind (1980) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Political / Social Activism

Ode to the machine, to man, to the Third World War. "Examines the evolution of intelligent thought, using expressionistic landscapes, with manipulations, camera malfunction, and a sense of humor." -- Jim Dina

Rental: $30.00
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William Ault

Movie Set, The (1964) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about FilmFilms about Film, Media

I made the film four years ago, but only completed it during the last year. It was shot with an old hand-operated 35mm Pathe camera, shown in the opening of this film, and as used to film INTOLERANCE, I used the set of the Babylonian sequence from Griffith's INTOLERANCE, from a 15" x 23" still photograph made from the original 8" x 10" negative taken back in the winter of 1915-16. My intent is a re-seeing or re-visiting of the set by the camera which was one of the actual cameras used in shooting INTOLERANCE. All optical effects were done in the camera, using high-contrast positive raw film stock. In keeping with the subject, I made the film as a silent film with piano music from a cue sheet used in theaters during screenings of the original Babylonian sequence of INTOLERANCE, so it is not an anachronism... only an acknowledgment to D. W. Griffith, whose vision was 'to make you see'. And that is what I attempted in making the film, using the unbelievable detail and imagery that I found in the photograph of this Movie Set of movie sets. "Should be shown as a veritable study-text in every motion picture class in the country... mimesis on the highest possible level of creative achievement.' -- Gregory J. Markopoulous, judge, 3rd Los Angeles Film-Makers' Festival.

Rental: $30.00
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Caroline Avery

Sonntag Platz (1982) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless

A word to Paul Klee. The first film upon which I painted. The texture here is smoother and the forms closed more than in theater films. Still I was occupied with the concerns I held dear as a painter.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Big Brother (1983) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

A comic book/collage film. The images are taken from commercials (35mm and 16mm) and super-8. Sections of the frames were cut out and then placed into super-8 film frames which had been painted upon, a mouth here, a leg there. This film can also be read like a comic on the rewinds. The film was blown up to 16mm. Ironically my hope had been to keep the film in super-8 as a discourse on gauge chauvinism, one of the implications in the title.

Rental: $30.00
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Caroline Avery

Snow Movies (1983) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Shot in the winter landscape of upstate New York and in snow bound Cambridge, MA. I have broken down the various previews and scales to two dimensions will pixillation and framing. Phil S. says ('83) it was like watching a capsulized version of the history of western painting (I paraphrase).

Rental: $30.00
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Caroline Avery

First of May (1984) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A two minute epic of sorts. Desires surface. A kind of decay sets in. Water gives in to gravity carrying off the fading effects of gaudy, carnal dawn.

Rental: $30.00
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Caroline Avery

Midweekend (1985) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless, Found Footage

A painted film with Great Society era social services how to films and other footage from travel, educational. documentaries and unsplit 8mm. Films spliced in with painted film leader in rapid sequences of one to three frames.

Rental: $32.00
16mm Rental: $32.00

Caroline Avery

Pilgrim's Progress (1985) 16mm, color, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless

A discourse on marketing through images. The surface of the film is an abstract potpourri of polyrhythms, named items jumping into recognition here and there. I pulled magazine ink off the page with scotch tape and glued the tape strips onto film leader and rephotographed. It is a tale of coming to terms, or learning to relax and suspend disbelief.

Rental: $30.00
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Caroline Avery

Miniatures: I, Steve; II, Owen (1986) 16mm, color, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Personal / Diary / Journal

A series of very short collectibles. An album of personalities. Shown through my perception of individuals I know. This is an ongoing project. Please check with coop for new additions.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Mr. Speaker (1986) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Personal / Diary / Journal

A moment in history from the first days of videotaped congressional activity. Shot with a broken sound camera off the T. V. A nonsense rhyme with no answer.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Ready Mades In Hades (1986) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

Photographed in East Sommerville, MA. An empty lot piled with garbage and remnants of the past lives of its nearby residents cut in with the brave laundry of a preset set of inhabitants next door, the children of whom roam through this claustrophobic making their own private sense of it all.

Rental: $30.00
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Caroline Avery

Cross Road (1988) 16mm, color, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Spiritual / Mystical

After having fallen down on my knees. A painted salutation to Hermes.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Dancer For The Coronation (1988) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

The Twined Shadow of the Dance. One dancer folding back upon herself.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Massimo Bacigalupo

200 Feet For March 31st (1968) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"The aspect of the word,/ as somebody said,/ sound/ the word is sound much more than anything else/ and this , you see how true this is/ of the visual sound also, the optical impact of the text, seen at different speeds, the different color of the paper, the different type in conjunction with what comes to mind, at (as it is) random/ AGAINST THAT POSSIBLE SPRINGTIME/ the full openness/ for the sake of a complete experience seeing THE CANTOS, in bold face; then CUMMINGS, the UPANISHAD; and the impressionistic view that brings associations springing from a simple word remembered by chance, or a line, or a poet's name you discover what is the word/& where it is living/ the context, going far beyond its or the neighboring words' meaning when what went unnoticed before shows its bright relevance, here. Let us not talk about the structure of the film here (the six Upanishads following each other in alternation with what is both different and related-- the word of others). Let us not talk of how and to whom homage was paid, Let us talk of this:/ THE DISCOVERY OF THE WORD/ it is surely something to S E E..." --Andeas Weiland

Rental: $40.00
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Massimo Bacigalupo

Diptych: 200 Feet for March 31st / V. (for Versus) (1968) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

See descriptions for "200 Feet for March 31st" and "V. (for Versus)"

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Massimo Bacigalupo

V. (For Versus) (1968) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Should be as clearly as is possible a filmic expression of a series of impossibilities proceeding from the fundamentally unknown relationship between our action and the world pre-existing to it. The tale moves, on varying levels, around the contemplation of this ontological crisis, from tension to indifference and further, death, the medium (film) withering, it is in darkness that the animal moves... the setting: the Mount of Olives.

Rental: $40.00
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Frederick Bailey

Monster Movie (1973) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A paranoid fantasy -- with considered application of standard cliché -- presented as confirmed reality, totally devoid of moral import. The intent is to provoke humor. Man in smoking jacket walks down a shadowed corridor, there's a beast in the closet. The assault is hideously murderous.

Rental: $30.00
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Frederick Bailey

Physiognomy (1973) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Cathartic insanity. Film is composed basically of one take, surrounded by black and sound, both natural and electronic. Unclothed man peers directly into the lens, contorting his face in various bizarre fashion, to a certain point of breaking through. Performed by the filmmaker. "... existential freak-out... extraordinary tour-de-force" -- Robert Shaw

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Six Rolls; 14/41/43/36/47/52: Quick Billy (1968-69) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

[See Note With QUICK BILLY: *Included at no additional rental charge, IF REQUESTED, 6 uncut camera rolls to be shown before or following QUICK BILLY. Numbered 14, 41, 43, 46, 47, and 52 totaling 16 min., col., silent [24 fps], these are uncut archival materials.] The film was conceived for viewing with a single projector, allowing the natural pauses between reels. Cans are labeled Parts I, II, III and IV , intended to be shown in this order. The "rolls" took the form of a correspondece, or theater, between their author and Stan Brakhage, in the winter of 1968-69 and were shown at the at the M.I.T. Film Society by Fred Camper shortly after that time, along with written correspondence by both filmmakers. As poetic cinema this film's significance to the world is perhaps in its narration of a singular phenomena of our time, implicitly revealing those ancient "rules" of transit evolved over centuries; e.g.; the Bardo Thodol, Dante Alighieri's own discoveries in the time of the 14th Century Europe, etc., whether taken literally or allegorically, or perhaps applied to modern psychology.

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

On Sundays (1961) 16mm, black and white, 26 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

First film, shot in San Francisco -- combination documentary and fantasy, partly portraying a lovely friend, Miss Wong.

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Have You Thought of Talking to the Director (1962) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Made on the north coast of California in Mendocino... combining spontaneity and preconception in a film that is essentially a short lesson in feature form. On one level, a portrait of Paul Tulley.

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

To Parsifal (1963) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Using the European legend as basic structure, as well as the hero: "He who becomes slowly wise." A tribute to summer. "Creating in the moment of viewing, a great sense of perspective." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Mass For The Dakota Sioux (1964) 16mm, black and white, 20.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Synopsis: The film begins with a short introduction--No chance for me to live, Mother you might as well mourn Sitting Bull Hunkpapa Sioux Chief. Applause for a lone figure dying on the street. INTROIT. A long, lightly-exposed section composed in the camera. KYRIE. A motor cyclist crossing the San Francisco Bridge accompanied by the sound of the Gregorian chant, recorded at the Trappist Monastery in Vina, California. The sounds of the mass rise and fall throughout. GLORIA. The sound of a siren and a short sequence of a '33 Cadillac proceeding over the Bay Bridge disappearing into a tunnel. The final section of the Communion begins with the OFFERTORY in a procession of lights and figures to the second chant. The anonymous figure from the introduction is discovered again, dead on the pavement. The body is consecrated and taken away past an indifferent, isolated people, accompanied by the final chant. The Mass is traditionally a celebration of life; thus the contradiction between the form of the Mass and the theme of Death. The dedication is to the religious people who were destroyed by the civilization which evolved the Mass.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Bruce Baillie

Quixote (1965) 16mm, color & b/w, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Climaxing the film makers first period of work, QUIXOTE is a kind of summary and conclusion of a number of themes, etc., especially that of the hero... depicting Western orientation as essentially one of conquest. The film is conceived in a number of different styles and on a number of simultaneous levels. In four parts, one reel. "More relevant than ever, Bruce Baillie's 'American Symphony' ... released in 1990 via an S-VHS master." -- Frankfurter Zettung "American as conquistador ...." -- P. Adams Sitney "-- quixotic filmmaker become the hero of his own film." -- S. Frey One-year journey through the land of incessant progress, researching those sources which have given rise twenty years later to the essential question of survival.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Bruce Baillie

Yellow Horse (1965) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Cycle scrambles poem. Bass solo by Pat Smith, L. A.

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Show Leader (1966) 16mm, black and white, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Free, if requested, with program of my films totaling 80 minutes or more. It is a picture of me in a stream saluting the audience on the soundtrack.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Still Life (1966) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Summer 1966; coming out of the artist's period of life at Graton -- a communal venture in the woods north of San Francisco. A film on efforts toward new American religion.

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Tung (1966) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Portrait of a friend named Tung, deriving directly from a momentary image on waking. Seeing her bright shadow I thought she was someone I you we had known.

Rental: $35.00
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Bruce Baillie

Valentin De Las Sierras (1967) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Skin, eyes, knees, horses, hair, sun, earth. Old Song of Mexican hero Valentin, sung by blind Jose Santollo Nasido en Santa Cruz de la Soledad; Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

Rental: $35.00
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Bruce Baillie

Quick Billy (1970) 16mm, VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 56 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

QUICK BILLY: A Horse Opera in four reels, conceived for viewing with a single projector, allowing the natural pauses between reels. The experience of transformation between life and death, death and birth, or rebirth in four reels. The'rolls' took the form of a correspondence, or THEATRE, between their author and Stan Brakhage, in the winter of 1968-69. They're kind of magic cousins of the film. A personal record of the author's psychic journey and physical recovery during a period of his life which might be described essentially as one of transformation...'the dark wood encountered in the middle of life's journey' (Dante)... As poetic cinema, its significance to the world is perhaps in its narration of a singular phenomenon of our time, implicitly revealing those ancient 'rules' of transit evolved over the centuries; e. g., the BARDO THODOL (The Tibetan Book of the Dead), as well as Dante Alighieri's own discoveries in the time of the Fourteenth Century Europe, etc. The BARDO THODOL, from which Parts I-III are adopted structurally, admonishes (the deceased)...'a time of uncertainty, undertaking nothing -- fear not the terrifying forms of your own psyche...' Mankind deceased encountering a spectacular stream of images it once viewed as Reality. The film concludes with Part IV, a western one-reeler, which dramatically summarizes the material of Parts I, II, and III, in abstract form. All the film and tape was recorded in Fort Bragg, California, next to the Pacific Ocean. A final subtitle reads 'ever westward eternal rider.' Is it the image of Sisyphus or of Buddha? A beautifully incoherent work of art! A journey towards unity with this recent American film, both macroscopic and universal in its view. -- Hans Helmut Rudele, Filmdichter und Luftpiloten, DIE ZEITUNG, Hamburg, Dec. 12. 1970.

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

Bruce Baillie

Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True): Intro 1 & 2 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

My ROMANCE is intended for something like 'broadcast' form, or like a correspondence... not so much for showing a big batch of it at one sitting. Eventually it should be in both film and video tape form. The Introduction, INTRO.1 & 2 is finished now. I will send rolls from time to time and hope one of these days to put the rest of it in shape for you to see. Meanwhile, I'll be continuing to record the ROMANCE wherever I am. The work seems to be a sort of manual, concerning all the stuff of the cycle of life, from the most detailed mundanery to... God knows.--B. B., June 1 1977

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Dr. Bish Remedies #1 (1987) VHS NTSC, color, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

Monologue. Ode of the Week Award. Connie Bunyer, glass organ. Linda Lovely. Local reportage and Wife of the Week award. Jazz piece with Roy Eldridge. Dr. Bish's elixir and White Monkey holding Peach Balm (ad). Requiem for the Trees.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Commute (1995) VHS NTSC, color, 57 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Dr. Bish drives through the rain. A letter to friends, a Radio Show, a Home TV -- relaxing, entertaining, unpretentious, easy, humorous all the time -- a perfect hour to spend on a July Sunday afternoon, chatting with a pleasant friend, like sitting in a bar and having a drink. Wonderful, simply wonderful." -- Jonas Mekas, Anthology Film Archives

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Gordon Ball

Georgia (1966) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A perfect tone poem of film-within its short time limit, it contains much of the beauty of night and the sensuality of women... perhaps THE woman one sometimes sees dancing in the night, but never touches in the flesh. Dream-like, beautiful -- its brevity compacts its power and renders it haunting. -- William R. Trotter GEORGIA is a good example of a new genre of film that has been developing lately, and that is, a portrait film. in some cases, like those of Brakhage, Warhol, or Markopoulos, there is an attempt at an objective portrait of a man or woman; in other cases, like in the case of GEORGIA, the portrait becomes completely personalized, poetically transposed; it may not be as multi-faced, as say, Brakhage's portrait of McClure, but an inspired portrait nevertheless, in the vein of a single-minded lyrical love poem. -- Jonas Mekas

Rental: $30.00
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Gordon Ball

Farm Diary (1970) 16mm, Regular 8mm, color, 64 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

The Farm's first ten months. Peter Orlovsky, Candy O'Brien, Allen Ginsberg, Julius Orlovsky, Gordon Ball, Ed The Hermit, Gregory Corso, Bessie, Panda Manda, Godly & Sadeyes, Myon Wiles, Stephen Bornstien, Papa Duck, Barbara Pionteck, Amy Raccoon, Herbert Huncke, Malcom & Tyger, Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva, Jim Forratt, Sonja, Lygia, Cyril, Enrique, Louis Cartwright, Maretta, salamanders, hawkeyes, timothy, yarrow, morning glories, corn, pumpkin, elm, maple, ash, & many other energies. Cleaning the well, reading the paper, chanting Prajna Paramitra Sutra, tilling the earth, sipping coffee, picniking, the sun setting, the sun rising, mist settling, motoring through the countryside, building the woodshed, digging for the hidden well, the morning walk, bathing, horseshoing, caressing the cow, cutting wood, the annual parade, the sun yellowing leaves, the leaves wrinkling, the leaves fallen and blown, the snow, sledding, bearing water through the snow, 17 below, the blizzard. the end. Gordon Ball spent long patient seasons milking Bessie, tilling the earth, and squinting through 8mm lenses at home nature on mountain top farm filled with ghostly strangers and so documents and archetypal first year back to the land. -- Allen Ginsburg [available on Super 8 or 16mm]

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00
Reg8mm Rental: $100.00

Gordon Ball

About My House (1977) Regular 8mm, color & b/w, 38.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Tiny details of Everyday indoors and out, over a year -- moon reflected on rosebowl, soughing leaf patterns at sunset on pale wall, hoe and shovel resting at corn's feet, building excavation across the street, adam's apple gulping in sunlight, breakfast dishes & pantry secrets, hands folded on lap, window sill meditation of cat...: a home-movie diary.

Rental: $40.00
Reg8mm Rental: $40.00

Gordon Ball

Sitting (1977) 16mm, color, 1.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Sitting meditation study. First work after I laid down camera seven years -- thus newskin concentration on breath-body precise rhythm attention.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gordon Ball

Enthusiasm (1979) 16mm, color & b/w, 13.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

It began with 'ENTHUSIASM'. I first leaned of Gordon ball at the 1979 Atlanta Independent Film Festival when, along with 400 other festival goers, I watched an utterly earnest, painful, and serious film called ENTHUSIASM sandwiched in a program, of likable festival fare. for the 14 long minutes that ENTHUSIASM claimed the screen, a roomful of unprepared viewers was confronted with a filmmakers account of his mothers death following a prolonged illness with Alzheimer's Disease, a form of premature senility. Ball's detailed narrative, recited in a voice struggling to maintain composure, accompanied the generally random series of snapshots and posed photographs of his mother, interspersed with passages of colored leader and flares which constituted the visual body of the film. Later, at the close of the festival, after five nights of immersion in film and video, ENTHUSIASM was still with me... going over these images is a universal experience. They are pictures that record the fairest moments as reflected in the face one wears in the front of a camera. They preserve the memory of a time which existed before we children came. In them the subject, even with age, is always alive. Ball's story, replete with the mundane, un-talked of details of illness, forms the dark aspect of those fair, eternal moments-the face we instinctively turn away from the camera's eye. ENTHUSIASM'S drama, takes the shape of the tension between picture and word, between the memory we cherish and the one we would often rather deny or forget. -- Linda Dubler, Art Papers ENTHUSIASM presents unique family image in brown, black, and white, and color photos collecting an older generations poignant enthusiasm romances marriages socials graces and native myths. Narrated in flashbacks from his parents graves intermixed with chronological soundtrack account of their buried histories, awkward hones and raw-voiced, hesitant and sincere, whereby Gordon Ball makes you cry for life itself. -- Allen Ginsberg

Rental: $32.00
16mm Rental: $32.00

Gordon Ball

Mexican Jail Footage (1980) 16mm, color, 17.30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History

Images from 1968 events combined with 1980 voice recollections. Paranoid surreptitious camera records daily events and posturing of 25 gringos jailed without charge-and fellow Mexican prisoners-prior to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Was there collusion behind this? We were never told but this was at a height of national polarization, when American tourists in Mexico were shocked to find more of the youths they thought they'd left behind -- and when Mexican Government was administering national preening in its own paranoiac anticipation of the international Olympics exposure six months later. The soundtrack narration's culled from a much longer account I wrote of the event: it is told as directly as I could tell it. MEXICAN JAIL FOOTAGE reminds me of standing by the tracks and watching a train go by -- it is so strong, it lasts so long, and it is over so quickly. -- Tom Whiteside NORTH CAROLINA ANVIL

Rental: $37.00
16mm Rental: $37.00

Gordon Ball

Clouds of Glory (1981) 16mm, color, 12.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family, Personal / Diary / Journal

Last three months of Kathleen's pregnancy; first week of Daisy's life. 'the soul that rises with us, our life's star/ hath had elsewhere its setting/ and cometh from afar/ not in entire forgetfulness/ and not in utter nakedness/ but trailing clouds of glory do we come/ from God who is our home.' Wordsworth, Ode: Imitations of Immortality from 'recollections of early childhood' Viewers of some of my last four films have offered suggestions for programming-projecting FATHER MOVIE and ENTHUSIASM as companion films, for instance. Lately, I've been seeing the most recent three as a trilogy offering metaphor of existence -- CLOUDS OF GLORY (birth), MEXICAN JAIL FOOTAGE (prison life-bodily existence), and ENTHUSIASM (death). And, as it happens, current work in progress (Oct. '82) TH'FIRMAMENT, is set in the heavens-not in celebration of wished-for afterlife but of divine emptiness.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gordon Ball

Millbrook (1985) 16mm, color, 9.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

For aeons it's been the human family around a fire constructing and refiguring its basic myths: it's our earliest family or tribal "movie." So MILLBROOK recounts a mythical "true story," a life-changing event told against fire, the emblem of consumption and renewal: In the enormous forested estate once used by Timothy Leary, a young couple lose individual identity, merge with decaying leaves and are consumed by maggots as entire universe undergoes entropy, revive as it regenerates and are saved from death by a mysterious familiar stranger.

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Tony Bannon

Baroque Variations (1973) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A critical film response to Lukas Foss' musical composition of the same name. A loving deconstruction of Baroque forms.

Rental: $30.00
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Tony Bannon

Rainlight (1973) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

A development of a time and a particular rainy space seen superimposed and with a sense of light and dark.

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Daniel Barnett

Chinese Typewriter, The (1978) 16mm, color, 27.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

The Chinese Typewriter is about education and language, and the way a society is shaped by them. Exemplifies the politically committed film that defies the strict rubric of avant-garde. Barnett seems less interested in challenging traditional form than in exploding his own occidental vision. He transforms cyclonic cutting among a character-filled Chinese printing shop, a school, and street life into a visual poem that extracts the country's fierce mechanistic energy while leaving the fragrant residue of humanity. The film is compositionally meticulous and rhythmically arresting, as Barnett goes beyond facile, formalist, dehumanization of post-Mao China imagery. Contrasting a stop action view of a schoolgirl doing a cartwheel with contemplating, pointillist, high-angle shots of sidewalk life. The repeated sloganeering of public-school apologists, spiced with oriental music and street beat forms a soundtrack with the haunting quality of a Davis Byrne/Brian Eno experiment. Red objects, from scarves around necks to newsstands draped with crimson like a shroud-pull the eye to what become found object vanishing points. despite the multitude of images-over 3000 on 28 minutes, the film never seems capricious or ostentatious. -- Gregory Solman ; BOSTON PHOENIX 2/26/85 ... THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER... provoked me to rave for days.... and alarming, funny, gorgeous work. -- Susan Orlean ; BOSTON PHOENIX 5/84 Barnett is a modern Vertov; wiser, reflective, and without the naive trappings of a prophet. Mary Badger ; Bromfeild Gallery Notes

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Scott Bartlett

Metanomen (1966) 16mm, black and white, 8.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

The films of Scott Barlett use a vocabulary--negative images, polarization, TV techniques, computer- film, electronic patterns-- which is shared with that of the engineer, the mathematician, the computer itself. What he says with this vocabulary, however is quite different. In this film he uses the newest of terms to comment on one of the oldest stories; the enigma between men and women. -- Museum of Modern Art. "METANOMEN harnesses a kind of rhythmic conflict. The film is tense and out of this tenseness arises the vision of an enigmatic girl, set in opposition to a man shown as a contrasty profile. The two characters are set in a flux of manipulated technology run wild: the balance of forces that keeps man and woman alive in the web of the great industrial culture." -- The Wittenberg Torch

Rental: $30.00
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Scott Bartlett

Offon Re-Released (1968) 16mm, color, 9.00 min

Genre: Experimental

An acknowledged classic in experimental film, OFFON is a dynamic abstract display of virtuoso film and video techniques used directly and poetically to evoke a visceral awareness of fundamental realities below the surface of normal perception. "The language of OFFON is evocation. We gaze at these iconic forms hypnotically, much the same as we are drawn to fire or water, because they make us aware of fundamental realities below the surface of normal perception." -- Gene Youngblood "OFFON is so striking a work, so obviously a landmark, that it has been acquired by virtually every major film art collection in America, from the Museum of Modern Art to the Smithsonian Institute." -- Sheldon Renan, Curator, Pacific Film Archive ... a perfect, magical fusion of non-verbal communication and advanced technological filmmaking... Indeterminacy, the union of opposites, the cosmic, the expansion of consciousness, the going beyond rationalism; all these are intimated purely visually, almost subliminally, to those willing to see -- Amos Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art New York Film Festival;

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Scott Bartlett

Trip to the Moon., A (1968) 16mm, black and white, 32.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

There have been many films created by computer and electronic manipulation. The human element -- Identifiable people expressing recognizable thought -- is a welcome surprise in a trip to the moon. Seven young men, each of them involved in one of the arts (Carlo Ceniveros, Gene Schoefeld, Micheal Hollingstead, Jin Arender, Scott Barlett, Edward Bear, Iver Flom) talk for the greater part of the film. They are involved in a discussion of mystical processes important to them: astrology and the I Ching. But their conversation is edited so that ultimately the discussion becomes a mantra, evolving around the nature of these men and the mysteries of their universe. -- Miss Peachum

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Scott Bartlett

Moon 1969 (1969) 16mm, color, 15.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment_nature, music

"Moon 1969 is a beautiful, eerie, haunting film, all the more wonderful for the fact we do not once see the moon: only the manifestation of its powers here on earth, the ebb and flow of the waters.. fiery rainbows into a cloudy sky... men and rockets transformed into shattering crystals... creating a picture if the cosmos in continual transformation."-- Gene Youngblood, Los Angeles Times "The interrelated convolutions and spasms of image, color, and sound that filmmaker Bartlett creates is the cumulative effect of his pioneer work using negative images, polarization, television techniques, computer-film, and electronic patterns all compressed into a visual punch that directs one where he normally would not go with a film -- on a trip in search of the human soul." -- Paul Brawley, The Booklist, American Library Association

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Scott Bartlett

Lovemaking (1970) 16mm, color, 13.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

A delicate and arousing treatment of lovemaking. Its mode is simple and classical, combining technical mastery and personal restraint. The image is vivid subtle and ambiguous while the sound is sharp and clear. Barlett's film, in the judge's opinion, most closely approximated their idea of what is an erotic film should be -- an imaginative, suggestive, artistic, non- clinical evocation of the sexual act. -- Bruce Conner, Maurice Girodias, Arthur Knight: judges

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Scott Bartlett

Serpent (1971) 16mm, color, 14.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Financed by Guggenheim Fellowship. The serpent embodies the primal chaotic life force in mythic symbology. SERPENT uses natural and electronic imagery to convey this elusive creative force. An outstanding piece of art. Striking, kinetic. Its form, techniques, and texture patterns should be studied by all aspiring young filmmakers. A beautiful combination of pure visual poetry and ideas about man and the world. -- Jurors, American Film Festival.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Scott Bartlett

Sound of One (1976) 16mm, color, 11.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Financed by the National Endowment of the Arts. Prior to filming the SOUND OF ONE, Bartlett studied dance as a student enrolled at the Inner Research Institute. His teacher was Martin Inn. This student-teacher relationship evolved into a collaboration in which Barlett and Inn scripted a summer workshop course entitled The Application of T'si Chi Ch'uan to the Art of Filmmaking. SOUND OF ONE is the fruit of that program, a melding of the two disciplines. SOUND OF ONE records the short form of the T'ai Chi dance as a solo figure moves through changing landscapes -- oceanside to forest to volcano peak -- to represent the five elements: water, wood, fire, air and metal.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Scott Bartlett

Greenfield (1977) 16mm, color, 12.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Working and playing hard at a northern California commune -- fast-paced cutting to Taj Mahal's "Happy to be just like I am."

Rental: $30.00
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Scott Bartlett

Heavy Metal (1979) 16mm, color, 13.00 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: History

Employing elaborate optical techniques, HEAVY METAL is an instant audio-visual trip back to 1929. A collage of gangsters shoot it out to the tunes of Earl Hines and Tiny Parham, while the molls mug through their reaction shots. In the end, the film destroys itself.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Le Ann Bartok

Skyworks, The Red Mile (1974) 16mm, color, 9.30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Documentary of conceptual artist Le Ann Bartok Wilchusky's "Skyworks, The Red Mile," dropped from 7,500 ft. altitude with skydivers, kinetically danced over the Pennsylvania countryside. This "Dropped Object" unrolled in free fall creating a line one mile long which altered the sky space dramatically. Shorter red pieces, held by the skydivers in free fall, spiral in and out as the skydiver as performer is held in G force. A visual symphony of falling lines. -- L.A.B.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Le Ann Bartok

Skyworks, Wind & Fire (1975) 16mm, color, 8.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Film of "Dropped Objects" falling from 8,000 ft. altitudes with skydivers as performers. This film of a conceptual artist's work is a document of Skyworks but also meant to be expressive as an art film. A film of meditation revealing the cosmic breath as Skyworks pieces fall at the rate of 120 to 135 miles per hour. A breathing language of light and knowledge. Performance-controlled flight. Gyres cycling in and out -- the mystic spiral. A perception of light and space as energy lines alter the environment temporarily.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Colin Barton

I Like Camels / Intestinal Fortitude (2 Films On 1 Reel) (1991) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

I LIKE CAMELS, (3 min.) is a high intensity optically printed collage film, made during the Gulf War. This film was full of hate, and made in response to an over talkative audience during the screening of my first 16mm film TREE. After that day I swore never to make another "silent" film, though a few years later I made BROKEN FOOTNOTES. This film explored inventing new techniques to create traveling mattes, and possibilities on the optical printer. The soundtrack was created by distorting optical sound from 16mm and 35mm optical tracks. INTESTINAL FORTITUDE, (3 min.) is a post-industrial visual monster. As a writing to the intricacies of INTESTINAL FORTITUDE, the initial idea was to have many films in one, and to have each of those films stand on their own. The multiple layers of this film each contain separate and individual films. All of them representing different ideas, and their stacked complexity give it its punch. The ideas range from enjoying coffee to an industrial hell. Driven by the pure apathy of others, this film was an alarm, or wake-up call to my then current peers in school.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Colin Barton

Images of a Broken Face (1993) 16mm, color, 7.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

IMAGES OF BROKEN FACE, is the intertwining of three films: an art film, a social/political satire, and a narrative. Featuring actor James McKay in the story section, the film flows through layers of distortion and creates a collaged landscape of image and sound. The social/political satire, LOBSTER AND COW, reflects the current social gender rolls of boys and girls, in my generation. A library of collaged broken faces appear first. Five frames of 35mm film are shot horizontally, and some is 16mm collage work.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Colin Barton

Unbearable Being (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A combustible handpainted collage.

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16mm Rental: $30.00

Colin Barton

Four Short Films (2000) 16mm, color, 8.00 min

Genre: Experimental

This film includes Skull For You!, Side Show of the Damned (Preview Trailer), Part 2, and Skull For You, Too!. Originally made direct on film animation from 35mm Hollywood preview trailers, this film is a commentary on violence in cinema. Side Show was shown as a 'preview trailer as original art' along with regular preview trailers to promote a Multi-media performance show at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Maria Beatty

Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop or How to be a Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, The (1992) VHS NTSC, color, 52.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic

It is said if you follow the video carefully you will "be happier and healthier, improve your sex life, and even create miracles..." THE SLUTS AND GODDESSES VIDEO WORKSHOP OR HOW TO BE A SEX GODDESS IN 101 EASY STEPS is a humorous, absurd, heartfelt and worshipful look at SEX. This tape, featuring an all woman cast, is made especially for women to inspire more sensual and sexual pleasure in their lives. THE SLUTS AND GODDESSES VIDEO WORKSHOP OR HOW TO BE A SEX GODDESS IN 101 EASY STEPS utilizes the forbidden and ancient roles of women to achieve personal transformation. Guided through this adventure by eroticist Annie Sprinkle and her team of "Transformation Facilitators" one encounters the more exotic ways to stimulate pleasure such as: flagellation by oak leaves, gender bending, body shaving, sword dancing, ritual body painting, contortions, menstrual blood, female ejaculation, rhythmic deep breathing, primal screaming, group masturbation, passionate safe sex and more in this guided adventure. This dazzling video challenges the boundaries of "femininity," of the "good girl/bad girl" myths and the definitions of sexual "norms." It is meant to unleash women's sexual powers and remind them that sex is sacred. It is blatant and undyingly explicit, an "eye fuck." Annie Sprinkle and Maria Beatty are daring and bold in their approach to a new (or perhaps ancient) freedom of the body.

Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Yann Beauvais

New York Long Distance (1994) 16mm, color, 9.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Images culled from the director's experiences with New York are presented in an abstract fragmented kaleidoscope. In French without subtitles. Translation available.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Yann Beauvais

Still Life (1997) 16mm, color, 12.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Science & Medicine

This film considers the subject of HIV and AIDS from a variety of different view points. On the one hand using textual material in both English and French which appears on screen at different speeds and rhythms, and on the other, articulated by the appearance of human voice on the sound track. Both the observations and experiences concerning AIDS overlap with one another and emerge in fragmentary form, whereby the policies persued regarding this subject are represented through the application of specific visual modalities. AIDS hasn't disappear as a new result of tritherapy : AIDS is being trivialized to make it easier to conceal. By employing constant confrontation as a technique, this films manages to build bridges regarding our attitudes toward HIV and AIDS. It is a story of a person confronted with a civilization which promotes deaths as a way of life: and its attempts to confirm that something else exist beyond this wonderful antiseptic-homogenous society in which we live.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, 102 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A key work in modern theater and acknowledged throughout the world as a classic, Beckett's most famous play is shown here in a definitive film version starring Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith as the two remarkable tramps, Vladimir and Estragon. They wait for the perhaps mythical personage, Godot, and through their suffering, patience and often hilarious wit, transcend themselves to become a portrait of the suffering of mankind itself. This WAITING FOR GODOT is a remarkable performance of one of the most important plays of the twentieth century.

Rental: $45.95
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.95

Ericka Beckman

Cinderella (1986) 16mm, color, 28.00 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"CINDERELLA is a musical treatment of the fairy tale. I have broken apart the story and set it as a mechanical game with a series of repetitions where CINDERELLA is projected back and forth like a ping-pong ball between the hearth and the castle. She never succeeds in satisfying the requirements of the "Cinderella Game". The film was sot MOS, the dialogue is lip-synched, and along with the out-front score and effects track magnifies the film's sense of alienation." E.B. 1984

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Ericka Beckman

Switch Center (2002) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

SWITCH CENTER is a tribute to the futuristic architecture of the Soviet post war period, and a reaction to seeing it transitioned to shopping malls or global corporate office structures. I was invited by Balazs Bela Studio in Budapest to produce a short experimental film in Hungary. I was the first American artist to be invited by this famous film collective after the fall of Soviet power. The collaboration took place in August 2000, culminating in SWITCH CENTER, a ten minute experimental documentary shot in many defunct Danube Water Works locations on the outskirts of Budapest. The architecture of a 1960's water purification plant, left intact for 25 years, inspired me to recreate the factory in sight and sound, and to juxtapose that with the present. While I was meditating on the animation of 3-story water tank, a Pokemon commercial was being filmed down the corridor.

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Zoe Beloff

Trip to the Land of Knowledge, A (1995) 16mm, color, 65.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

A young girl escapes from her drab black and white reality into Kodachrome fantasy only to find herself face to face with her worst fears. Juxtaposing documentary footage of my old high school in Scotland with found home movies and staged melodrama, the film describes what if feels like to be a trapped adolescent girl. Pressured by parents and teachers, she refuses to fulfil their expectations experiencing the scary awakening of sexuality as her body grows out of control.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Pamela Bennett

Glances (1989) 16mm, black and white, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A minimalist epic -- a theme and variations on a single brushstroke, with a great deal more discovered from it than one would have thought possible. Though we never learn the identity of the film's protagonist it develops a definite character and personality -- sometimes mercurial, sometimes determined -- which makes it as endearing as the human characters in many other films.

Rental: $30.00
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James Benning

Time and a Half (1972) 16mm, black and white, 17.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Twenty-four hours in the life of a factory worker.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Benning

Michigan Avenue (1973) 16mm, color, 6.00 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"... strips the narrative down to its most essential elements: a beginning, a middle and an end. The viewer is left to construct his own story from these fragments of information." -- Christine Tamblyn, The New Art Examiner.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

James Benning

8-1/2 X 11 (1974) 16mm, color, 32.30 min

Genre: Experimental

"... exuberant and precise articulation of the American experience in the spirit of Carl Sandburg, William Carlos Williams , and Willa Cather." -- Linda Gross, Los Angeles Times

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

James Benning

I94 (1974) 16mm, color, 3.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

"Intercourse between two people who never appear on the screen at the same time." -- B. G. & J. B. "... for me i94 functions as an emblem of the state of male/ female roles during the mid-seventies. The movement of many women out of the domesticity of marital and maternal roles into the larger world was interlocked with attempts by many men to get back in touch with emotional realities they have frequently ignored while functioning 'out in the world" -- Scott McDonald, Afterimage, 1981

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Benning

9/1/75 (1975) 16mm, color, 22.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Twenty-two minute tracking shot through campgrounds in Southern Wisconsin

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Jennifer Reeves

Landfill 16 (2011) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, environment/nature, films about film, found footage

"Exhumed 16mm film from my very own landfill in Elkhart, Indiana constitute the canvas of Landfill 16. After finishing my double-projection When It Was Blue I was horrified by the bulk of outtakes that would normally go to a landfill. So I temporarily buried the footage to let enzymes and fungi in the soil begin to decompose the image, and then I hand-painted the film to give it new life. This "recycling" is a meditation on the demise of the beautiful 16mm medium and nature's losing battle to decompose the relics of our abandoned technologies and productions.

The ominous soundtrack mixes recognizable audio, from bulldozers to nature audio, with more abstracted textural and rhythmic sounds I created using audio from consumer-goods factories, old 16mm equipment, the cries of a dying bird stuck in my wall, and other oddities. Within this multi-textured, pulsating, abstract moving painting I attempt to express my dread of man-made waste that endangers land and wildlife." -Jennifer Reeves

Rental: $50
16mm Rental: $50

James Benning

Chicago Loop (1976) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"... kinetically spectacular film which jams variations of Snow's BACK AND FORTH and STANDARD TIME, and Gehr's SERENE VELOCITY into nine minutes to come up with something different from any of them." -- Amy Taubin, Soho News

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Pip Benveniste

Hats (1970) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, History

Lionel Ziprin, the first overground poet in the world, rises to the roof of the Home of the Sages of Israel on East Broadway and performs the legendary putting on hats from his stah collection, to the Kabbalistic singing of his grandfather Reb N. Z. Margolies Abulafia. This film can be said to be all that remains of a thirteen -- hour documentary shot in New York City circa 1909. Witnessed and constructed sixty years later by PB

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Berliner

Patent Pending (1975) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural, Technology

A film of a film within a film. A soundtrack of whirling mechanical gears, grinding sprocket wheels and an assortment of intermittent clatter. One reel, one take. I love the circular animation at the end. The title and the end were serendipitous.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Alan Berliner

Line (1976) 16mm, black and white, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape_Architecture, Structural

Cars, trucks pedestrians and the line they cross over, by and through.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Berliner

Perimeter (1976) 16mm, black and white, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Structural

Relentless camera movements over a busy urban intersection, following the lines of force.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Berliner

Color Wheel (1977) 16mm, color, 19.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Landscape Architecture

Filmed throughout the changing light of the full year, a child's hand pushes merry-go-round spins roulette-wheel-like color energy: red snow, blue rain, green paint.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Alan Berliner

City Edition (1980) 16mm, black and white, 9.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, History

"The newspaper page ... you have very loud and noisy headlines ... you have a mosaic space made up of unconnected items from every part of the world at once ... the total discontinuity, the total lack of storyline in (telegraphed) news ... is as sophisticated as Picasso ...." -- Marshall McLuhan

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Alan Berliner

Myth in the Electronic Age (1981) 16mm, color, 13.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment_Nature, Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, Philosophical, Spiritual Mystical

Themes of earth, air, fire and water amidst the rhythms and confused intense sensations of modern life. With commentary by Marshall McLuhan.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Alan Berliner

Natural History (1983) 16mm, color, 12.50 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Found Footage, Landscape Architecture, Philosophical

From there to here ... from then to now. The soundtrack features 33 frogs, 22 birds, lion growls, bomb whistles, a heartbeat and the chromatic scale.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Alan Berliner

Everywhere at Once (1985) 16mm, color, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Music

... is a musical montage, a synchronized symphony composed from an infinity of elements at hand: piano chords and cable cars, cocktail jazz and broken glass, looney toones and telephones, elephants and xylophones, violins and vultures, orchestra's and roller coasters... A journey in images at the speed of sound. These collages films are drawn from a vast personal library of sounds and images, steadfastly accumulated over many years. This randomly assembled over and over expanding pool of elements serves as the basis for a form of bricolage-- cultural artifacts and residues, odds and ends accumulated over time and transformed into works attempting to bridge a wide range of poetic horizons: the actual with the possible, pre-history with science fiction, magic with science fact, the medium with the message. Ultimately these film documents my need to put that order to my universe, a place burdened by my need to make the puzzle fit the pieces.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Alan Berliner

Family Album, The (1986) 16mm, black and white, 60.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Children_Youth, Family, Found Footage, History, Personal_Diary_Journal

THE FAMILY ALBUM is a one-hour experimental documentary film utilizing a vast collection of rare 16mm home movies from the 1920's through the 1950's. These home movies are exciting, authentic documents of American folk history and culture, taken from the personal vantage point of the amateur photographic eye. Subjects span the entire spectrum of the traditional home movie idiom, including mixed racial, ethnic, economic, and geographic sources. The soundtrack for THE FAMILY ALBUM is composed of many oral history interviews, and a wide and electric variety of family audio recordings including birthday parties, weddings anniversaries, funerals, audio letters, music lessons... arguments in the kitchen. Structured from birth to death, THE FAMILY ALBUM is a collage film that weaves its elements into a composite lifetime, passing through the celebration and struggles from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to experience. It is a universal yet intimate portrait of American family life, not scripted, not rehearsed, not immune to conflicts and contradictions underlying family life and its rituals. ... exerts a cumulative a considerable behavioral fascination. -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice ... a moving and universal celebration, a family album that provokes a warm shock of recognition. --Howard Aaron, Northwest Film and Video Center ... the disjunction between soundtrack and image curiously heightens the reality and surreality of the home movie as a private dream. -- John Hanhardt, Whitney Museum of American Art. ... Most of not all of the adults in the films are surely dead by now, forgotten, often almost unknown, yet visible in a flickering facsimile of life, waving and speaking to us from beyond this life in a kind of anonymous immortality -- Ted Mahar, Oregonian, July 4, 1987

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Alan Berliner

Nobody's Business (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 60.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography, Family, Found Footage, Personal & Diary, Philosophical

Alan Berliner takes on his reclusive father as the reluctant subject of this poignant and graceful study of family history and memory. What emerges is a uniquely cinematic biography that finds both humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son. Ultimately this complex portrait is a meeting of the minds - where the past meets the present, where generations collide, and where the boundaries of family life are pushed, pulled, stretched, torn and surprisingly at times, also healed. Particularly in this age of low format video proliferation, Nobody's Business is notable for its masterful editing, stunning craft and exquisite filmmaking. Filmmaker Alan Berliner achieves a rare feat of inter-generational sleuthing as he weaves together aesthetically and emotionally rich interviews with his father and other family members, an extraordinary array of archival material, and live action sequences to create an inventive and touching essay on memory and family. Mining the hitherto untapped resources of long-distance relatives, some of whom were unknown to him prior to the making of the film, Berliner touches upon universal themes relating to families, regardless of cultural background. -- Rockefeller Foundation Catalogue "Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES "A funny, poignant, and densely textured look at family and personality... a film of unusual charms and stylistic verve -- affecting and revealing." -- VARIETY "A storyteller of profound scope and an editor of eye-popping skill, Berliner ultimately coaxes a hugely entertaining story out of his relatives -- an Albert Brooks comedy with the gravity of personal history. " -- CITY PAGES The News and Arts Weekly of the Twin Cities A gift to the whole human family -- hilarious, tender, provocative, witty, touching, instructive and, as with all works of art, exhilarating." -- NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK "I know of no one working in personal films today who can do so well what Alan Berliner does: bring dramatically alive the intense agon and ambivalence and love within families. His dazzling technical mastery of the relation between sound and image is always kept in the service of deep psychological truths." -- Philip Lopate. FILM COMMENT "What leapfrogs Berliner's work to the head of the pack is a combination of passionate involvement, cool/detached intellect, thematic consistency that mirrors the universal in the personal... and a virtual inability to bore the viewer. A Berliner hour is like a New York minute -- a lot happens in a short amount of time, and it's over before you know it." -- Morrie Warshawski, CHICAGO JEWISH STAR

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Wallace Berman

Aleph (1976) 16mm, black and white, 10.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Spiritual / Mystical, Technology

"This film took a decade to make and is the only true envisionment of the sixties I know." -- Stan Brakhage "Aleph is an artist's meditation on life, death, mysticism, politics, and pop culture. In an eight-minute loop of film, Wallace Berman uses Hebrew letters to frame a hypnotic, rapid-fire montage that captures the go-go energy of the 1960s. Aleph includes stills of collages created using a Verifax machine, Eastman Kodak's precursor to the photocopier. These collages depict a hand-held radio that seems to broadcast or receive popular and esoteric icons. Signs, symbols, and diverse mass-media images (e.g., Flash Gordon, John F. Kennedy, Mick Jagger) flow like a deck of tarot cards, infinitely shuffled in order that the viewer may construct his or her own set of personal interpretations. The transistor radio, the most ubiquitous portable form of mass communication in the 1960s, exemplifies the democratic potential of electronic culture and serves as a metaphor for Jewish mysticism. The Hebrew term kabbalah translates as "reception" for knowledge, enlightenment, and divinity. " -The Jewish Museum

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Tom Bessoir

Microfilm (1979) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

The concept of putting microfilm in a movie projector. The quantity of the interval determines the pressure of the tension. -- Eisenstein A bombardment of information. -- T. B. "... proves that brevity is indeed the soul of wit." -- Marshall Fine Rochester Times Union, May 2, 1985

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Tom Bessoir

Intercut (1980) 16mm, black and white, 2.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

The Ticket that Exploded and Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media : The Extensions of Man A stroboscopic film poem. An experiment in perception/ comprehension through the rhythmic pulse of intercut text.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Bienstock

Nothing Happened This Morning (1965) 16mm, color & b/w, 21 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body

Nothing happens and everything happens-- in the simplest of experiences there is a complexity and a vitality unknown and unfelt until the moment when we begin to let its wonder filter into us and flow through our bodies, our minds and our souls. When that happens the ordinary world becomes extraordinary-- the magic of the universe is within each moment and act perceived in as many levels as we can contain. NOTHING HAPPENED THIS MORNING attempts to capture this state of unconsciousness in the first twenty minutes of an ordinary--extraordinary morning.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Dana Bisbee

Search (1968) 16mm, black and white, 5.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Part one of a trilogy. Film concerns alienation among peoples caused by "thingness" and the inertia -- the continuing to act -- that drives people further and further apart. Eventually, the girl loses all sense of searching and becomes one with the "machine" that instigates the action.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dick Blau

Up The Block One Sunday (1982) 16mm, color, 12.45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

"Unburdened by any sort of narration or pretension to convey a 'message,' the film is a sparkle of human energy sprouting in gospel singing and music. Blau, an experienced photographer, shows us here that he's a real jazz-man of the camera as his eye dances unforcefully with the emotionality of the performers in the film."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Bleich

Day the Friction Broke, The (1966) Regular 8mm, color, 3.30 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Portrays by novel technique the release from mundane cares. In this fantasy of movement live actors become the subjects of animation and find themselves with unshackled spiritual freedom.

Rental: $30.00
Reg8mm Rental: $30.00

Ricardo Block

Persistence of Memory, The (1984) 16mm, color, 16.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Found Footage

This film surpasses all the autobiographic films I've seen in the past decade in its insight, humor, and visual richness. Block explodes, in poetic and ironic terms, the meaning and emotional contradictions of his past. He evokes, in the viewer the universal desire to examine one's own place in a particular family, place and time. -- Melinda Ward, executive producer, Alive from off center, for Public Television THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY is an autobiographical/collage film about a childhood lived within different cultures and languages. Born and raised in Mexico City of French/Jewish parents, the filmmaker uses found footage and excepts from home movies to construct a personal mythology. Hollywood stars, a Mexican president, family members, people riding the Mexico City subway and cartoon characters cohabit in this imaginary world.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jerry Bloedow

Baby Show (1968) 16mm, color, 7.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal

An attempt to see what might be made of a home movie.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jerry Bloedow

Pay Attention (1970) 16mm, color, 15.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family, Films about Film Films about Film, Media, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

A multi-stranded tri-alogue on the question of media people's responsibility to kids and their education.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jerry Bloedow

Sara #2 (1970) 16mm, color, 9.00 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

An experiment in narrative.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Boris Bode

Dreams of G. Bode/Diakite (1970) 16mm, black and white, 7.00 min

Genre: Experimental

G's surrealistic dream coupled with her awaking visions.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Boone

Invasion of the Aluminum People (1980) Super 8, black and white, 28.30 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Shot in murky black and white with a super-aggressive, super-nervous, super-8 trigger finger, INVASION is a DEVOesque time machine collapsing 50's lobotomization on 70's ecological blight to breed a future race of broiler foil mummies. Virgil, the hero, follows a path that parallels Kevin McCarthy's in the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, but Boone's blithe disregard for linear continuity produces a more divinely spacey comedia than Hollywood ever imagines." -- Amy Taubin, SoHo News

Rental: $75.00
Super8 Rental: $75.00

Power Boothe

Match (1974) 16mm, black and white, 3.00 min

Genre: Experimental

An unedited film built up from layers of superimposed images. The lit match is the light source and the image; its duration also structures time.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Power Boothe

Overture (1986) 16mm, black and white, 7.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

A meditation on the interwoven nature of music, perception and experience. Images are built from superimposing exposures in the camera to form a kind of dream narrative which has its own logic. "OVERTURE recalls old silent movies with its piano playing accompanist on screen (there's a stunning sequence with lamps that rivals David Byrne's lamp dance in 'Stop Making Sense' for most lyrical use of a house lamp)." -- Katherine Dieckmann, Village Voice Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Power Boothe

Beside Herself (1987) 16mm, black and white, 7.45 min

Genre: Experimental

A non-verbal dialogue between one woman and herself. The screen is split with the woman in black on one side and herself in white on the other. The film dwells on the threshold of self-awareness and deals with thefrustrations found in the inherent limits of self-awareness. Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and Art Matters, Inc.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Power Boothe

Our Man (1987) 16mm, black and white, 7.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Based on a story of a man who goes through a series of frustrations, who seeks help, but then finds escape. The film images follow the story through a series of meditations on the most incidental and marginal visual events. It is the details that surround the action which constitute the main focus.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Power Boothe

Moon (1988) 16mm, black and white, 6.00 min

Genre: Experimental

An abstract dance film that meditates on the nature of the moon, eggs, circular saws, and love. All make sense as a kind of revolving surrealist wheel of fortune. "It was a strange, compelling collection of familiar images seen in new ways and impossible images seen in familiar ways." -- Juliana Lewis, Dance Magazine, 1989 Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and Art Matters, Inc.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $32.00

Charles Boultenhouse

One Man Show: Charles Boultenhouse (1959) 16mm, color, 43.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The following three films may be ordered as a one-man show, at a special package rental of $100. See individual catalog description for each: HENRY JAMES' MEMORIES OF OLD NEW YORK (1959) HANDWRITTEN (1959) DIONYSUS (1963)

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Charles Boultenhouse

Handwritten (1959) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

N.B. The following three films may be ordered as a one-man show, at a special pakage rental of $100. Film and narration by Charles Boutenhouse. Charles Boutenhouse writes a poem in the shape of his hand and delineates the vibrancy of the creative process while doing so; the hands on Paleolithic cave paintings to his own hand to the ultimate painting in the form of a hand, the echoes and reverberations of the poetic act of writing are registered. HANDWRITTEN The most marvelous quality of Boutenhouse's film is its clarity and direct use of vision. On one viewing the central image is pellucid. P. Sitney Adams, Film Culture, No.31 HANDWRITTEN If one had to name the true avant garde film in the best spirit of our times underground aesthetics-- that is, one formally preoccupied with converting the pad into some coherent and imaginative film statement solely about the pad's occupant-- one could do no better than choose Charles Boutenhouse's HANDWRITTEN. --Parker Tyler, Underground Film: A Critical History And in it's brief length, HANDWRITTEN evokes ... a combination of visual imagery and language for which the term filmpoem seems at last fully justified. --Wallace Thurston, Kulchur #16

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Charles Boultenhouse

Henry James' Memories of Old New York (1959) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

N.B. The following three films may be ordered as a one-man show, at a special package rental of $100. Because of the film's choices of text and illustration were made so well -- and because the natural anatomy of memory is so like that of cinema montage-- the movie's effectiveness is very great, and it stands as a worthy initial exploration of the medium in which Mr. Boultenhouse has wrought so well. --Wallce Thurston, Kulchur #16

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Charles Boultenhouse

Dionysus (1963) 16mm, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

N.B. The following three films may be ordered as a one- man show, at a special package rental of $100. An experiment to use the devices of the film medium to intensify the expressitivity of the Greek myth of Pentheus: cycling hand-held cameras for intoxication, slow-motion pans for hypnosis, single frame cutting for dismemberment, multiple exposures for metamorphosis, etc. A parody of the embrace from LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD is included in the Satyr Play. Charles Boutenhouse's dionysus... (one of the ) ... important occasions for the new cinema. -- Jonas Mekas, Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema. ... the film begins with the dancer Louis Falco, as Dionysus, in thrusting leaps onto which are superimposed double images of opening fists:... of flowers opening their fists... of the athlete of April... of the green leap. The triple exposure of this first part of the movie have an extraordinary pictorial richness. Frequently throughout DIONYSUS the technique of superimposition of images is used to achieve some of the most startlingly beautiful filmic texture I have ever seen -- Wallace Thurston, Kulchur #16

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Louise Bourque

Just Words (1991) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"Using as its text Samule Beckett's NOT I, this shocking gift incorporates optically printed home movie footage and an eerily slick close-up of actress Patricia MacGeachy as she rants at lightning speed Beckett's words about home, family and the confines and alienation associated with being a woman." -- Madcat Film Festival Program Notes, San Francisco, 2001 "... a 10 minute tour de force... In JUST WORDS, Bourque intercuts footage of her mother and her sisters with a peformance by actress Patricia MacGeachy of Samuel Beckett's NOT I; the result is unnerving (as all Beckett is) yet touching (as some Beckett is not)." -- Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail, Toronto

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Louise Bourque

Fissures (1999) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

A film about forgetting and remembering, about past presences and the traces they leave. In making this piece, I literally manipulated and distorted the film plane through experimentation in doing my own contact printing of personal home movie images. The point of contact is continuously shifted so that the film plane appears warped and the images fluctuate, creating a distorted space of fleeting apparitions, like resurfacing memories. The footage was hand-processed and solarized as well as colored by hand through toning before a final print was made at the lab. "... a very short film that meshes the beautifully overlapping style of Bruce Baillie with rhythm and sound to create a meditation in blue." -- Stephen Brody, artsMEDIA, March 15-April 15, 2000

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Louise Bourque

Self Portrait Post Mortem (2002) 35mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Found Footage

"Rossetti's Beatrice uses Stan Brakhage as interior decorator in this through-the-glass-darkly two-way mirror moving picture of death after death." -- Steve Ausbury, Cinematexas International Short Film Festival catalogue, 2002 An unearthed time capsule consisting of footage of the maker's youthful self -- an "exquisite corpse" with nature as collaborator. Bourque buried random out-takes from her first three films (all staged productions dealing with her family) in the backyard of her ancestral home (adjoining the grounds of a former cemetery) with the ambivalent intentions of both safe-keeping and unloading them (she was relocating). Upon examining the footage five years later she found that the material contained images of herself captured during the making of her first film. That discovery seemed handed over like a gift and prompted the making of this film, a metaphysical pas-de-deux in which decay undermines the image and in the process engenders a transmutation.

Rental: $30.00
35mm Rental: $30.00

Genevieve Boutet de Monvel

Exhibit V (1997) VHS NTSC, color, 3.10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Environment & Nature

A naturalistic portrayal of the female body, blended with images from nature.

Rental: $20.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $20.00

Coby Boyd

Demolition of a Typewriter (1994) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Part tribute and part formal exercise, I have sought to exploit some of the charecteristics of filmic language in order to dramatically display the cinema's power of communication over the age-old printed word.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Will Bragger

Portrait of a Crooked Cross (1993) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Mental trials of a woman who has been through twenty years of the Catholic experience. The images of the film are literal interpretations of dreams from this time period.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Will Bragger

One Way Luck Available (1994) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Science & Medicine, Technology

The idea of science and technology causing the extinction of humankind is conveyed through the metaphors of Las Vegas and the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

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

Genre: Experimental

See descriptions of individual films.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $35.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
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.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

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."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

Rental: $34.00
16mm Rental: $34.00

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
16mm Rental: $85.00

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Stan Brakhage

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

Genre: Experimental

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

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

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
16mm Rental: $48.00

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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. "

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $295.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $90.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stan Brakhage

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

Genre: Experimental

Three TV "concretes."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $70.00

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
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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).

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $120.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $120.00

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
16mm Rental: $81.00

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
16mm Rental: $90 .00

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
16mm Rental: $85.00

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
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $75.00

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
16mm Rental: $45.00

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
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

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

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Stan Brakhage

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

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

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
16mm Rental: $120.00

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
16mm Rental: $85.00

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.'

Rental: $135.00
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Stan Brakhage

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

Genre: Experimental

See THE ANIMALS OF EDEN AND AFTER

Rental: $30.00
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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
16mm Rental: $140.00

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)

Rental: $90.00
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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

Rental: $120.00
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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.'

Rental: $120.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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
16mm Rental: $55.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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
16mm Rental: $95.00

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
16mm Rental: $125.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $35.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $60.00
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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.

Rental: $60.00
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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
16mm Rental: $240.00

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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $110.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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.

Rental: $30.00
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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

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

Genre: Experimental

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

Rental: $65.00
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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"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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"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.

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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.

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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."

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

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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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.

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"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.

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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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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

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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.

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"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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"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.)

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

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

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

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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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.

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

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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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.

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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

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

. . . (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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Stan Brakhage

. . . (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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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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Stan Brakhage

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.

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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

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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.

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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
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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Gregg Biermann

Emergent Phenomena (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W, 2:11 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: films about film, found footage, music

A short sequence from Welles' Citizen Kane is put through its paces and analyzed anew through a series of global transformations.

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Gregg Biermann

Parting (2014) DVD NTSC, B&W, 8:30 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: films about film, found footage, music

The final scene from Casablanca is sliced in half, then quartered, then again, and again. Each slice of image slides gently away from the next over time, creating oddly cubist images out of the faces of Claude Rains, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

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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

Fern Silva

Passage Upon the Plume (2011) 16mm, b&w, 7 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, environment and nature, landscape and architecture, spiritual/mystical

"Those who go thither, they return not again."

"Plumes dust the arid land, east to west, shapeshifting as they lift in ascension. Something lowers. An ark ran aground where revolution took root: ropes raise stones in baskets. Hearts heavier and lighter than the feather, permitted passage. Tethered or freed, resting from life or dawning anew." -Charity Coleman

Rental: $30
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Bob Branaman

Films By Bob Branaman (1970) Regular 8mm, color & b/w, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Bob Branaman, most known for his painting, has been working with an 8mm camera for years, has produced a dozen films or so, which he rather simply and beautifully refuses to name, all involving multiple super-impositions (all created camera-wise) with much flash frame happening (or what he would, if he created them editing-wise, call extremely rapid cutting) and of a natural Baroque-musical tempo and which created for me a whole new sense of film collage.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Emily Breer

Chicken (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 6.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

Self-explanatory film. Animation and live action. Homemade and found fragments tortured on an optical printer. The dog barks are fake. The chicken came first.

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Emily Breer

Stork (1982) 16mm, color & b/w, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

... humorously insolent, reasonably funky found footage assemblages. Breer works in a similar, somewhat happier vein, her stork makes skillful use of crude animation and tacky opticals. -- J Hoberman, Village Voice

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Emily Breer

Fluke (1985) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

A barrage of incidents are images connected, in sense, by nonsense. Fish leap on the heads of men riding camels in the desert./Ants crawling over planes flying upside down and in the water. A bear that can't get out of the frame by force of an optical printer. Animation, live, and found and filmed footage with similar soundtrack.

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Emily Breer

Spiral (1987) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The earlier films CHICKEN, STORK & FLUKE play with wonderful, wacky abandon and a hearty sense of humor that permeate much of Breer's film, painting, and sculpture. Highly kinetic, and full of absurd juxtapositions, these works delight, but in their way keep more distance from emotion and personal revelation. SPIRAL continues this powerful but easy sense of collage, the layering of ambient sounds. image, and certainly the disdain for techno- fetishism, but SPIRAL hits one with a far more introspective and personal projection. Although Breer relies on these same processes, her system or rather instinct, for putting images together and creating sequences combines with images that engage on a more visceral level, resulting in a film that is, in fact, a spiraling in, a microscopic view, a peering inside. -- Robin Dickie, Collective for Living Cinema

Rental: $35.00
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Emily Breer

Brute Charm (1989) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

BRUTE CHARM consists primarily of images of animals I shot in Africa, combined with animation on an optical printer. A steady stream of conscious and unconscious visual choices loosely constructs a journey through the animal kingdom and my thoughts which developed around it. BRUTE CHARM is an exploration into our unsocialized selves. Lion Sex Flamingo Death and a yellow rubber glove in the Kenyan wild. There's mud in your Ear easier than an Elephant thru the eye of the beholder. "BRUTE CHARM, New Yorker Emily Breer's twenty-five minute African film ... left me muttering, "... she's a genius ... she's a genius ..."; and I am still at a loss of words to describe the inventive complexity of her work, overwhelmed as I am in recognition of a clear new genuineness of creativity engaging Film." -- Stan Brakhage, Rolling Stock Magazine

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Emily Breer

Moona Luna (1990) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

MOONA LUNA is about my first trip to the moon. On the set I allowed for Dr. Goodfriends to become Mr. Bad actors. Virgins always tell all so I always took the first take. The story includes three French boatworkermen, a theoretical physics teacher, no whales, and a host of "others." "MOONA LUNA has the same exuberant visual energy of BRUTE CHARM. In a set where PeeWee Herman would feel at home, Breer and her friends act out a topsy-turvy version of reality where Breer flies Almighty-Isis-like to the moon. "In the organic, unpruned world of MOONA LUNA, we're always on take one ... a modus operandi that discards theoretical structures and films from the gut instead. The actors came over to Breer's studio and improvised their roles -- a long-haired physicist scribbling equations for moving bodies through space, a pantomime swimmer against a painted ocean backdrop, a group of libidinous French boatworkers rehearsing how to say 'You have a beautiful ass' in French." -- Heather Mackey, The San Francisco Bay Guardian

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Sarah Jane Lapp

The Neightborhood Cat (1999) b&w, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment / nature, personal / diary / journal

"a quirky and completely hand-drawn animation, The Neighborhood Cat, is a work that just might challenge your notion of a cat's evolution." (Summi Kaipa / San Francisco Bay Guardian )

"... borders on the abstract with a squiggly cool cat that disdains its owner..." (TS/ The Chicago Reader)

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Happy are the Happy (Your Best Joke, Please) (1999) 16mm, , 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, comedy, ethnic / multicultural, history, landscape / architecture, music, polititcal / social activism, psychology & mental health

in collaboration with Jenny Perlin

Happy are the Happytraces a journey into humor, guided by the survivors of not-so-happy lives. How does one generation of survivors communicate with the next? Can humor function as a shared language for disparate communities of displaced people-specifically, a difficult diaspora of Bosnian, Jewish, and Romany refugees? And could you tell us your best joke, please? Of its participants and its viewers, this experimental, non-fiction film asks these questions and other relating to the matrix of memory, survival, and comic impulse of everyday life-in Prague and beyond.

"Happy are the Happy delicately explores the power of humor to heal in the face of tragedy. Softly lit in elegant black and white, survivors of the Holocaust and recent Baltic atrocities share the simple amusements that sustained them and the jokes that still keep them sane..." (Paul Malcolm / LA Weekly)

"Is there anything funny about war? Sarah Jane Lapp, a Minneapolis-born filmmaker who earned a Fulbright Fellowship at the prestigious FAMU in Prague, had the opportunity to interview survivors from Auschwitz and the siege of Sarajevo in her 1999 short "Happy Are the Happy (Your best joke, please)," and confirmed that the only humor to be found is in the form of bitter jokes about retained limbs, the relentless repetition of harsh daily lives, and such intermittent pastimes as collecting fleas. In a brief running time, Lapp succeeds - through interviews, innovative montage, and lingering shots of ace that have seen too much - to endow her survivors' tales with incredible dignity and heart..." (Caroline Palmer / Minneapolis City Pages )

Rental: $100

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Revised Lesson Plan For Private Kim Jae Won (1999) 16mm, b&w, 3 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, children / youth, ethnic / multicultural, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, psychology & mental health

A gift for my former student upon the eve of his matriculation to the Korean army.

Rental: $50

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Mimo (1994-5) 16mm, b&w / color, 14 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, ethnic / multicultural , history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, spiritual / mystical

An expanded interview with a fellow ex-pat, my Romanian-born neightbor in Prague, Gusta Sibova.

Sarah Jane Lapp's "Mimo" establishes a heady connection between memory, art-making, the Torah, and marbles. (Rob Nelson/Minneapolis City Pages)

Rental: $100

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Private Apology (1999 - 2001) 16mm, b&w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, body, erotic, personal / diary / journal, philosophical

Diary of a infidel, diary of a dental flosser.

Rental: $50

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Raj (1994-95) 16mm, b&w / color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, polititcal / social activism , psychology & mental health

My first 16mm print ever made... in honor of Czech journalist Natasa Dudinska.

"... a poignant meditation on faith and spirituality expressed through the story of another survivor..." (Caroline Palmer/ Minneapolis City Pages

Rental: $75

Georg Anthony Svatek

Early 12 New York Song (2012) dvd, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: landscape and architecture

Made with Amanda L. Katz.

Objects and sounds collected on an early morning walk through Brooklyn, NY billow against a sun-struck floor. The smallest parts of the city are up for grabs.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Fern Silva

Films By Fern Silva (2010-2014) DVD, color & b/w, 80 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature, ethic/multicultural , history , landscape & architecture , personal/diary/journal , political/social activism, spiritual/mystical

Films by Fern Silva

Wayward Fronds - 2014, 13 min
Tender Feet - 2013, 10 min
Concrete Parley - 2012, 18 min
Passage Upon the Plume - 2011, 7 min
Peril of the Antilles - 2011, 6 min
In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails - 2010, 13 min
Servants of Mercy - 2010, 13 min

Rental: $80

Andrea Callard

Flora Funera (For Battery Park City) (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, autobiography, dance, environment / nature, landscape / architecture , music, personal / diary / journal, spiritual , structural

West of the World Trade Center was an open field edged by a retaining wall. On Memorial Day, 1976, I made this by throwing rocks at the rebar with Bernice Rubin and Richard Friedman.

Rental: $30

Andrea Callard

11 thru 12 (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 11-12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, autobiography, environment / nature, landscape / architecture, music, personal / diary / journal, structural

In 11 thru 12 , Callard usese the structure of the I Ching and an ironing board as a broadcasting desk to consider how to search, what it will cost, the absurdity of explanation, and the limits of the measuring mind.

Rental: $50

Andrea Callard

Fluorescent/Azalea (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, autobiography, environment / nature, landscape / architecture, music, personal / diary / journal, spiritual, structural

Between City Hall Park and the Hudson River, I photographed lights and reflections visible from places where other people worked. There were flowers that were nearly fluorescent for sale at the Farm & Garden Nursery and to see at the Botanic Gardens. Earlier in life, both singing onstage and diving boards were platforms for performance.

Rental: $30

Andrea Callard

Lost Shoe Blues (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, autobiography, environment / nature, landscape / architecture, music, personal / diary / journal, spiritual, structural

In Lost Shoe Blues, the camera walks looking over weeds growing in landfill sand dumped to extend the edges of Battery Park City. We hears a song about losing shoes and losing time as nature forces persist. At this time in New York City, there actually were lost landscapes strewn with single cast off shoes, weeds, and other bits of life.

Rental: $30

Andrea Callard

Talking Landscape: Early Media 1974-1984 (1974-1984) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 115 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, autobiography, environment / nature, landscape / architecture, music, personal / diary / journal, spiritual, structural

Talking Landscape: Early Media 1974-1984 is a compendium of short media works made between 1974 and 1984. Available on DVD or as a mix of film and video, flexible.

The following four parts are preserved as 16mm film. Otherwise, the material is available as video.

16mm Films:
In 2010, 11 thru 12 and Fluorescent/Azalea , both super 8mm films, were preserved as 16mm with funds from the national Film Preservation Foundation by Bill Brand in cooperation with Brent Phillips and The Fales Library & Special Collections. 11 thru 12 was warmly received at the 7th Orphans Film Symposium and the 56th Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Lost Shoe Blues and Flora Funera (for Battery Park City) were preserved on film the following year by Brittan Dunham and Bill Brand's class in the Moving Picture Archiving Program at New York University. Livia Bloom selected the feature length compendium for theatrical release at the Maysles Cinema in New York in 2012. As Guest Curator for DOXA 2013, she wrote an essay also titled Talking Landscape: Early Media Works 1974-1984 , (http://2013.doxafestival.ca/festival/essays/talking). Gradually, more pieces of this period are becoming visible again. In 2014, New York Women in Film and Television awarded funds to preserve Some Food May Be Found in the Desert.

Included in the DVD:
Fragments of a Self Portrait
Window
Balls with Club
Rubber Shoes
Drawers
Sweep
Delaware Stone Throw
Fluorescent/Azaela
Lost Shoe Blues
Flora Funera (for Battery Park City)
11 thru 12
Contact Mics with Cara
Lispenard Ladder
The Customs House
Notes on Ailanthus
Commuting from Point to Point
The Times Square Show 1980
Pus Factory

Rental: $250 (honorarium or flexible)

Dietmar Brehm

Blicklust (1992) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic

Sometimes I ask myself what KIND of films I make + I think they are horror films. Do I make horror films? In 1991 I received a non-identifiable and worn out super-8 S/M Porno film, which shows a woman tied up in various manners + I couldn't resist. I knew that I had film material of surgery + I mixed the tied-up woman with the surgery material confrontationally + still a few more + and to 2/3 of a drawer of found footage until Blicklust-end. The "Pumping-screen" films THE MURDER MYSTERY + BLICKLUST are the first two of a planned six-part series which reflects on sexuality + violence. Basically, I show what I always see on TV, my favorite source. I like to watch TV without sound + with other manipulations. I watch restlessly the real + fake dead bodies. They are always there + I have simply gotten used to the fact that TV is a pump of corpses. In fact, I like better the filtered reality than the actual one. I prefer distance rather than closeness.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Dietmar Brehm

Murder Mystery, The (1992) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

A superlatively crafted film which uses the psychology of sight deprivation to keep the viewer in suspense: you are allowed only the merest glimpses of what is really going on. The cumulative effect as a mental picture starts to grow, is at once titillating and disturbing. Director Brehm knows exactly how to tempt our darkest desires.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Tom Brener

Pilotone Study No. 1 (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

I made this film in the course of a single day using a borrowed sync. set-up. Color and sequence of event has been preserved. My concerns in the film were to photograph and record events that were anticipated, but accidental, within the confines of a format that would provide a context of determined artificiality.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Robyn Brentano

Cloud Dance (1980) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

N.B. Special rental fee of $30.00 if scheduled for the same show date as SPACE CITY. Features Andy de Groat performing in :Four-Armed Cloud, a translucent maze of over 13,000 linen threads by Lenore Tawney installed at the New Jersey State Museum. The dance, improvised for the camera, was edited to create a flow across cuts of discontinuous movements. The technique of relational editing was combined with the use of blackouts to result in a strong visual rhythm that heightens the connection between the dance, the poetry and the music.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Robyn Brentano

Space City (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 31.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

A dance film featuring Kenneth King, the choreographer Deborah Jowitt called one of the most remarkable dancers around. Through the alchemy of film. King's dancing transforms space and illuminates the connections between movement/thought/ language/image. The dance unfolds with the poetic logic of a dream, moving from an ancient attic through the modern city, into outer-space and ending in an abstract montage of futuristic architectural planes and surfaces.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Renata Breth

Site (1980) 16mm, black and white, 27.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

The filmmaker as archaeologist uncovers layer after layer -- hidden landscapes beneath the cityscape. Until within a sea of grain: WE SEE.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Louis Brigante

Objective Correlative (1969) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

External equivalent of an inner emotional reality. Thus a scene, action, image, verse rhythm, or any other artistic device that expresses a subjective state may be regarded as its objective correlative. -- The Reader's Encyclopedia's condensed paraphrase of T. S. Eliot's essay on Hamlet

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Louis Brigante

Assemblage (1979) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

A group of eight collage films, using various clips from television commercials, educational documentaries and other sundry sources. (1) Birth; (2) Wake up; (3) Come Alive; (4) Video Breakup; (5) Sorry, Wrong Number; (6) Ways of a Witch; (7) Board Meeting; (8) Turn of the West -- A Western.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50

Noll Brinckmann

Dress Rehearsal and Karola 2 (1980) 16mm, color, 16.25 min

Genre: Experimental

DRESS REHEARSAL and KAROLA 2 were shot simultaneously and at the same New York location. The two film also go together in that they were both made with Karola Gramann. Her way of dealing with clothes and jewelry, her specific talent of using whatever she wears or touches as a means of self-expression informs the images of both works. But although they were editing out of the same material, even using identical footage now and then, they differ considerably in structure and pace. It is important to see that the films do not attempt to unfold an argument: they are not a statement on any particular feminist issue. What we tried to do while shooting was to concentrate on our own visual pleasure rather than work in opposition to existing stereotypes. The fact that our tastes and needs did not entirely correspond added an element of communicative tension between us. It also added a slight note of incongruity: Karola's creative narcissism and ironic resourcefulness becomes to me a metaphor for all kinds of mental and actual activities.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Primal Scene, The (1981) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

In recent film theory, the look is a much discussed film subject. The camera is understood as looking, representing the gaze of the spectator who subsequently identifies with it. What makes this equation particularly fascinating is the fact that it defines the position of the spectator as voyeuristic. The main instance of voyeurism in Freudian theory being the primal scene -- in which the child watches paternal coitus -- there is an automatic connection between the viewing situation in a movie theatre and the early childhood experience discovered by Freud. The film tries to focus on and exploit this connection. Taking into account that most primal scene experience is imaginary rather than real, it plays on the role of the imagination, and the function of the suggestive, in all cinematic experience. And taking into account that even in recollections, it abstains from being explicit. Instead it relies on a musical example of primal scene displacement, in order to remind the viewer of the many forms of disguise his or her grappling with the primal scene might have taken. Apart from being a film on voyeurism as a cinematic experience, THE PRIMAL SCENE is also a brief compendium of contemporary German bedroom styles.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Verdigris (1982) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

... is a film about female sexuality . But instead of developing a sexual program or an argument, the film tries to capture a number of different, even contradictory stances and feelings as they might exist simultaneously in a single mind. This is in part achieved through the objects in the frame -- male statues, for instance, and a woman relating to them in her own way -- and partly through a tension between the surfaces of these objects, their varying degrees of dryness,solidity, glossiness, smoothness, or concavity. Color is particularly important in this film because it motivates the cuts, or serves to establish a rapport between the objects. So is the music, which was initially written for a Hollywood musical, where it performed a narrative function designed to carry suggestions of fluidity and desire.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Father, The (1986) 16mm, color & b/w, 25.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family, Found Footage

DER FATHER is a collage of authentic film footage from the thirties, shot by the film-maker's father (in black and white) and additional new footage (in color). The concept of the film is to make the viewer see the father's footage -- expressing his patriarchal and colonitistic point-of-view, his image of himself, his male fantasies, etc. -- through the daughter's eyes. It is thus a film about the problematical, libidinal as well as critical, relationship between daughter and father. Translation of the intertitles of DER FATHER: 1) DER FATER =THE FATHER. 2) It is a strange feeling to look at the footage my father shot more than fifty years ago. -- He died early, from the after effect of a tropical disease. 3) My father, Dr. Kurt Noll, was a doctor, a hunter, an adventurer, an amateur filmmaker and an amateur anthropologist. This combination of professions justifies his appropriation of large part of the world. He emigrated to China as a young man. By the beginning of the 1930's, he already owned a 16mm camera and a private hospital in Shanghai. He could thus afford to travel extensively through many countries: sometimes as a hunter or explorer like Sven Hedin, sometimes as a medical advisor to prominent Chinese patients.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Noll Brinckmann

Stief (1989) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environement Nature, landscape

"STIEF (PANSY) deals with the energy of color in a more or less abstract way, using flowers and clusters of arranged objects as profilmic material. The artificiality of some of the images contrasts with the botanic naturalness of others so that the tension between different compositional and photographic approaches becomes an additional issue. The film consists of several 'chapters' or 'stanzas' that differ in pace, color scheme, and emotional stance."

Rental: $42.00
16mm Rental: $42.00

Franco Brocani

Necropolis (1970) 16mm, 35mm, color, 91.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

NECROPOLIS is an absolutely storyless film. Instead of a rhythm which spirals downwards into the deep, there is here a fluctuating movement, like the tide with its slow and constant oscillation; here you will not find a project in time, but a risk in space. By means of abstract indications, signal-fragments, a real panorama is created. End-point is beginning-point. The film becomes a trace, an uneasy series of footsteps following which everyone, looking for others, should find himself. Keeping in mind this ideology of fragments, NECROPOLIS may be considered the place of excess. History, culture, cities are the result of an uninterrupted sublimation, the effect of 'crystallized sins, of accumulating expirations.' A kind of spiritual guerrilla is therefore fought under the banner of utopia and love. The main characters are; Frankenstein, Attila, Montezuma, Heliogabalus, the Bloody Countess Barthory and the Devil. Emblematic situations such as Magic, Religion, Bourgeois warfare, have been chosen at their most poignant charge. All is reduced, never 'told.' What remains is graffiti.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00
35mm Rental: $150.00

John Broderick

Four Screen T. V. Film (1968) Regular 8mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Political / Social Activism

$45 Combo Rate With Laughing Gas (Q. V.) A funny psychedelic dream film recorded off a home television set. Fast paced kaleidoscopic collage featuring: Vietnam War news-clips, silly nightmarish advertisements, sports, experimental film. campy melodramas, horror films, the space programs, explosions, the Pope, 'violent cartoons, the GOP Truth squad, an elephant on water skis... and more!

Rental: $30.00
Reg8mm Rental: $30.00

Betzy Bromberg

Body Politic (god melts bad meat) (1988) 16mm, color, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Political / Social Activism, Science & Medicine, Spiritual / Mystical

Examines the relationship between high-technology medicine, religion, politics and the American family. ... travels through a realm of modern moral dilemma, as it examines the relationship between high-technology medicine, religion, politics, and the American family. "The body, culture and nature are also at stake in BODY POLITIC, a film that goes to a hospital operating room, research laboratories and a family picnic to outline the issues raised by genetic experimentation. With her typical serious humor, Bromberg explores both the claims of science (we can improve human life) and the claims of religion (God made perfect beings) and implicitly asks the question, 'How do we know when we've gone too far?' ... There's no voice-over and the argument is made by an athletic juxtaposition and testimony." - Helen Knode, LA Weekly Selective Exhibition: London Film Festival, 1989; Rotterdam Film Festival, 1990; Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1990.

16mm Rental: $160.00

David Brooks

Carolyn And Me: Part One (ca. 1968) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

David and Carolyn Brooks with friends. At Martha's Vineyard, on NYC bus, shooting at the beach, etc. "Was going to tape Carolyn and my first conversation in about 5 months of no contact. Show true love (whatever that is). Couldn't do it. Chickened out. Didn't want to get something between us. (Carolyn, what's come between us?). Film sequence, love: single frame printing, break colors into basic three (in the order of red, green, blue) and A/B roll to create 'well-known symetry' and to lighten frame (AB brightens, bi-pack darkens) / Binarius is the devil / ah, love / one flesh / let no man put asunder." - David Brooks

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

David Brooks

Carolyn And Me: Part Three (ca. 1968) 16mm, color, 36.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

David and Carolyn Brooks and friends. At Tibetan seminar, prison, Chandler Moore's house, etc. "Was going to tape Carolyn and my first conversation in about 5 months of no contact. Show true love (whatever that is). Couldn't do it. Chickened out. Didn't want to get something between us. (Carolyn, what's come between us?). Film sequence, love: single frame printing, break colors into basic three (in the order of red, green, blue) and A/B roll to create 'well-known symetry' and to lighten frame (AB brightens, bi-pack darkens) / Binarius is the devil / ah, love / one flesh / let no man put asunder." - David Brooks

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

David Brooks

Carolyn And Me: Part Two (ca. 1968) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

David and Carolyn Brooks and friends. Walking in woods, at picnic, in VW bus, etc. "Was going to tape Carolyn and my first conversation in about 5 months of no contact. Show true love (whatever that is). Couldn't do it. Chickened out. Didn't want to get something between us. (Carolyn, what's come between us?). Film sequence, love: single frame printing, break colors into basic three (in the order of red, green, blue) and A/B roll to create 'well-known symetry' and to lighten frame (AB brightens, bi-pack darkens) / Binarius is the devil / ah, love / one flesh / let no man put asunder." - David Brooks

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

David Brooks

Jerry (1963) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Music

Part 1: music as image... Part 2: movement of the film-maker.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Brooks

Nightspring Daystar (1964) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

The film springs from the night through the dawn to the daystar, following the adventures of the mind on the way.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

David Brooks

Winter (1966) 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music, Philosophical

Locales: Nantucket, Kazakhstan, Grant's Nepal, Colorado, Mt. Kearsange, Iowa, 7th Street. Door golden night room trees fire drip rain blue horse river snow birds green mountain forest dark room mist car trees window ducks are flying. Overtones: Raga Palas Kafi, Grant's, Slug's, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Raga Rageshri, the wind, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, Piatniksky Chorus.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

David Brooks

Letter To D. H. In Paris (1967) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Music

Stoned people, music, movement, fields.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Brooks

Eel Creek (1968) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

Father and his sons fishing.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Brooks

Wind is Driving Him Toward the Open Sea, The (1968) 16mm, color, 52 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical

Existential poetic narrative.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Richard E. Brooks

Strike (1980's) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, History

Co-maker: Mark Rappaport "Possibly the only existing film commenting on the New York City subway strike of 1966. Treated in a satirical manner, the film fufills an expression of what the people of New York City felt at this time. Combining live action of the harrassed public and stills of Mike Quil, a rogue with a brogue if there ever was one, STRIKE may eventually go on to be recognized as Mike Quil's final epitaph." R.E.B.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lawrence Brose

An Individual Desires Solution (1991) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: philosophical

A structural cinepoem concerning the mystery of death through the struggle for answers and survival of my boyfriend Kevin, who passed away on my birthday in Sussex, England. Before Kevin died, he asked me to redefine the acronym AIDS as An Individual Desires Solution -- hence the title. The titles of text in the first section are transcriptions from the frantic phone calls with Kevin as he describes his life with the disease. The sound in the second section is of Kevin's voice, recorded over long-distance telephone lines then, re-recorded on multiple tracks. This distortion transcends language by focusing on the sound of the struggling voice while also creating rhythmic and atmospheric counterpoint to the images. The second section consists of images of Kevin in his apartment and images taken from a train window. The images function metaphorically for the absolute terror and pain being experienced by both Kevin and myself. All I could do was to hold onto him and the camera; as he suffered far away from me, all I had were the images to edit through the helplessness. "The film is excruciatingly painful to watch because its form forces us to experience the discomfort of not knowing rational solutions to the irrationality of the disease. People who enjoy the sentimental AIDS death narratives of the Teleculture would not enjoy Brose's film. And I think that is exactly why they need to see it." -- Jerry Tartaglia, Out Week The film was originally shot in super-8.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Lawrence Brose

De Profundis (1997) DVD NTSC, color, 65 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary, personal diary

De Profundis is a three part, hand/alternative-processed experimental film based on Oscar Wilde's prison letter De Profundis. Incorporating home movies from the 1920's and early gay male erotica along with images from Radical Faerie gatherings, queer pagan rituals, drag performances and images of confinement, this 65 minute film sets up a haunting investigation of queerness, masculinity, history and sexuality. These images are buttressed against a soundtrack composed of Wilde's aphorisms, a voice and piano setting of Wilde's prison letter, and multi-tracked interviews with a diverse group of contemporary gay men. "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." - Oscar Wilde If film no longer existed, De Profundis gives the impression that Lawrence Brose is certainly capable of reinventing it. Oddly enough, Brose would do so by stripping film down to visual components that are reassembled only as they are knitted to each other at their breaking points. Redacted. But one must resist the impulse to talk only of how Brose - with controlled image manipulation and extremely experimental hand-processing techniques - has produced in De Profundis a film united by stress and diaphanous. De Profundis is more than an unconventional approach to filmmaking, though it would be a visual tour-de-force if it were only that. Taking its cue from Oscar Wilde, De Profundis holds up a mirror to gay sexuality and plumbs the tensions reflected there. Meshing images culled from home movies, drag performances, Radical Faerie gatherings, and vintage gay erotica with a piano soundtrack scored from Wilde's prison letter and a voice composition fashioned from the poet's aphorisms, Brose makes film itself into the protagonist of his exploration. With images and sounds constantly decaying and shifting and contaminating each other, film becomes a metaphor of the transforming self that Wilde prized for corrupting a sense of sexual normalcy. De Profundis embraces Wildesque deviance and cautions that the desire for normalization prevalent among contemporary gays threatens to contain it. Serenity in sophistication is a triumph - like the deviance of De Profundis, which, achieved in an age too terrified to be deviant, lies in the film's unflinching honesty and terrifying beauty. - John Palattella Music by Frederic Rzewski with additional sound compositions by Douglas Cohen.

Rental: $90.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $90.00

James Broughton

Mother's Day (1948) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

Kermit Sheets, assistant director; Frank Stauffacher, photography; Howard Brubeck, music. One of the first major works of the San Francisco film movement, MOTHER'S DAY is a painfully humorous recollection of childhood in which a family of singular adults recreate their infancy by behaving as they did when growing up. "Humorous, satirical, and overwhelmingly skillful, this ironic camera exploration of the artist's world of memory, imagination and perception is among the finest, most challenging films yet produced in this country." -- Arthur Knight "MOTHER'S DAY for me is one of the great films in film history." -- Peter Kubelka Awards: Belgium, 1949; Venice, 1952.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

James Broughton

Four in the Afternoon (1951) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Four poetic variations on the search for love; four odd characters living out their daydreams: Game Little Gladys, The Gardener's Son, Princess Printemps, and The Aging Balletomane. Based on Broughton's own poems, this film blends image, music and verse in moods from the farcical to the elegiac. "Lovely and delicious, true cinematic poetry." -- Dylan Thomas "The best film poetry ever made." -- Willard Maas

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

James Broughton

Loony Tom, The Happy Lover (1951) 16mm, black and white, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"This little slapstick comedy pictures the amorous progress of a prancing, baggy-trousered, bowler-hatted, demented and blissfully happy tramp who capers across a sunlit countryside making love to every woman he encounters. Half Rabelais, half Mack Sennett, LOONY TOM owes a great deal to the spirited miming of Kermit Sheets as the Happy Lover." -- Paul Dehn, London Times

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Pleasure Garden, The (1953) 16mm, black and white, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Music, queer_bi_trans

A joyous musical fantasy celebrating Love in the Park and the victory of the pleasure principle over all prudes and killjoys. THE PLEASURE GARDEN was made in London with a professional cast and shot in the ruined gardens of the Crystal Palace. "In Chaplin, Rene Clair, Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati we enjoy on a big scale the fruits of the poetic turned comic. Broughton is of their kind, except that he holds more strongly to feeling, makes short cuts they daren't, sees and sings out of himself, and never dilutes a joke or a movement. THE PLEASURE GARDEN thus combines the pleasure of Keystone with the love lyric. It springs like the lark, and mingles oddity, grace, satire, and laughter without a dead moment." -- Sight and Sound "It's on the side of the angels. It's a great testimony for Love." -- Allen Ginsberg

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

James Broughton

Bed, The (1968) 16mm, color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

Camera, Bill Desloge; Music, Warner Jepson. "One of the most lyrically erotic of independent films, THE BED is a merry allegory which celebrates impudently and imaginatively just about everything that could happen in bed (and some things that couldn't) - birth, young love, loneliness, dreams and death, amid all sorts of hanky-panky from fetishism to plain old lechery." -- LA Free Press "Broughton's finest film by far. It exists in a state of play fully realized." -- Stan Brakhage Awards: Oberhausen Film Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Yale Film Festival; Foothill College Film Festival.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

James Broughton

Nuptiae (1969) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Photography, Stan Brakhage; Music, Lou Harrison. This film celebrates weddings and being wed, and the union of opposites in everything everywhere. It is my alchemical testament to the mystery of Yang and Yin. "With a strong feeling for the tension between wish and reality, NUPTIAE is a semi-home movie, beautifully casually photographed, about a mature couple who celebrate their wedding with a civil ceremony, a religious banquet, and a private beach ritual. Broughton's lucidity, even more than his lyricism, seems as much a function of what he sees as how he sees. Like all the best filmmakers, a love for reality makes him responsible, and he is tied to his world by bonds of gratitude." -- Roger Greenspun, The New York Times "One of Broughton's finest films." -- P. Adams Sitney Awards: First Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1969; First Prize, Yale Film Festival, 1969.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

James Broughton

Golden Positions, The (1970) 16mm, color & b/w, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

"A lovely, poetic, humorous and crystal investigation of mankind standing, sitting and lying down." -- John Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle "James Broughton adroitly blends anatomical tableaus and pantomime, simulating everything from sexual harmony to plain everyday desk slump. The cast parades around in jaybird comfort. The picture is funny and ever so wise." -- Howard Thompson, The New York Times "A superb control of the cinema medium with a visual richness and an elegance approached by no other film viewed by the judges." -- Bruce Conner, Maurice Girodias, Arthur Knight, First Erotic Film Festival "THE GOLDEN POSITIONS is a rich, warm, clear statement of humanism. There is no angst, no fragmentation, no overt experimentation. It stands apart from most of the films of the past two decades by its feeling of certainty, positiveness, and completeness. And, most importantly, THE GOLDEN POSITIONS gives us a deep and restful pleasure in the viewing." -- Sheldon Renan

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

James Broughton

This Is It (1971) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"James Broughton's creation myth, THIS IS IT, places a 2-year-old Adam and a bright apple-red balloon in a backyard garden of Eden, and works a small miracle of the ordinary. And since that miracle is what his film is about, he achieves a kind of casual perfection in matching means and ends." -- Robert Greenspun, The New York Times "It's simple, inspired, and ecstatic. To watch Broughton's film you need a certain silence, a certain descending to the more subtle, more fragile levels of your being - otherwise, the film and its content will not reach you, it will break to pieces. I figure this is the main reason why films of the stature and subtlety and ecstasy of THIS IS IT never reach the New York Film Festival screen." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice " A seminal film that promises to affect the course of film art for some time to come." -- Hollis Frampton

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Dreamwood (1972) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"DREAMWOOD is James Broughton's major work to date. It is a modern day spiritual odyssey in which a man is mysteriously compelled to leave his home and embark on a voyage to a strange and magical island. On the island he faces the most improbable and intense experiences of his life, ranging from total humiliation to a deep sense of oneness with the forces of life. Heroic in concept, subtle in execution, DREAMWOOD is a beautiful film by a true master of the medium." -- David Bienstock "DREAMWOOD is Broughton's finest film." -- Jerome Hill "No single film in the whole of the American avant-garde comes as close as this one to the source of the trance film, Cocteau's Blood of a Poet." -- P. Adams Sitney

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

James Broughton

High Kukus (1973) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music, Philosophical

"A visualization of the Zen dictum of 'sitting quietly, doing nothing,' HIGH KUKUS uses a single beautiful visual image while it delights with a poetic soundtrack composed of 14 gems of Broughton's wit and wonder." -- Freude Bartlett "A High Kuku is, of course, a cuckoo haiku. In inventing this form James Broughton has concocted zany verses which are 'high' in the sense that they are often metaphysical and are keenly aware of the metacomedy of things.... In the contemplation of lofty themes most people are serious, though not always sincere. Broughton, however, is always sincere but hardly ever serious. Indeed, seriousness is a questionable virtue; it is gravity rather than levity, and it was that devout Catholic, G. K. Chesterton, who maintained that the angels fly because they take themselves lightly. And, in company with the angels, Broughton laughs with God rather than at him." -- Alan Watts

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Testament (1974) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

"TESTAMENT is James Broughton's exquisite self-portrait. A major figure in avant-garde filmmaking and poetry since the 1940s, Broughton views his life and life's work with irony, charm, humor, and a combination of joyous self-love and gentle self-depreciation. Scenes from his earlierfilms mix the elements of humor, magic, slapstick, melodrama, and romance which mark his aesthetic. A plethora of rich personal symbols is woven throughout the film, tied together by verbal games, Zen poems, anecdotes, songs, a child's prayer, dreams, and visions." -- Karen Cooper "James Broughton's TESTAMENT is one of the most remarkable films ever produced within the American independent cinema. It is the most moving and most sublimely detached of the recent trend of filmic autobiographies -- by Jerome Hill, Jonas Mekas, and Stan Brakhage, to name only the masters, and Broughton's peers." -- P. Adams Sitney "A beautiful, important, mysterious work."-- Amos Vogel

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

James Broughton

Together (1976) 16mm, black and white, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

A single-frame portrait of Broughton's disembodied heads coming slowly together in wiggle, wobble and wonderment. altogether wholly in toto in toto in totally toto together altogether together -- From the soundtrack

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Song of the Godbody (1977) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

"The film consists predominately of extreme close-ups of parts of Broughton's body. The camera slowly becomes the tool revealing the erotic beauty of the beauty of the body and the sensual pleasure in loving oneself. The ecstasy and power of sexual gratification are celebrated by the camera, as it maintains an erotic role, probing, revealing and visually caressing. Broughton's song is a praise of his body as divine androgyne, and an acceptance of this higher godly sexual power." -- Richard Bartone, Millennium Film Journal "Song Of The Goodbody is the best thing of its kind since Song of Songs and yours is better illustrated." -- June Singer, Author of Androgyny "A classic liberation film!" -- Larry Kardish, Film Curator, Museum of Modern Art

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Windowmobile (1977) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"The film is shot both through and at a window, superimposing and conjoining, thereby elaborating events on both sides of the glass. Broughton's accompanying poem sings the same song as the images, sounding from an Eden of the golden passing of days: "They were seeing the light every day then ... / They were looking and they were seeing / They were living there in the light at that time." -- Robert Lipman, On the Films of Joel Singer

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Hermes Bird (1979) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

"This is the secret that will not stay hidden/this secret that is no secret / Here is the wonder of the god in man / Here is the dangling flower of Eros." So begins the poetry sequence on the soundtrack of this very intimate film. HERMES BIRD is a celebration and an apotheosis of the masculine miracle: the transformative powers of the phallus, revealed as a phenomenon of glowing beauty and wonder. Because the film occurs in extreme slow motion one has the opportunity to witness for the first time in cinema the delicate pulsations and tremors and changes of the penis as it grows erect, until at last, reaching outward and upward, it takes flight toward its climax. The filmmaker-poet has written a group of lyrical poems for the sound of the film. They are spoken by the poet, and they sing praises for the radiant masculine mystery of the "sacred firebird," the "holy acrobat shaped for surprise" which is every man's pride and, hopefully, his joy.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Gardener of Eden, The (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Dance

Filmed on the paradise island of Sri Lanka, this intense poetic work celebrates the eternal dance of nature's sexuality, and sings of the lost Eden we all search for but do not expect to find. In the midst of his fertile garden, while he awaits Adam's return, God tries to keep his eye on all the flowering exuberance he has seeded. The film is written and narrated by James Broughton, and photographed by Joel Singer. The music is performed on twin conch shells, and the central actor is in real life the most famous horticulturalist in Ceylon. "... the meshing of ancient philosophy and modern technology in a song of the mysteries of protoplasm!" -- Lenore Rinder "An ecstatic masterpiece!" -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Shaman Psalm (1981) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

Taste the divine on the lips of lovers Savor the divine on the thighs of friends Cherish the divinity that explodes your orgasm Love one another and fly. The love shaman calls for a sexual revolution of the body politic urging mankind into a new love age.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Devotions (1983) 16mm, color, 21.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

DEVOTIONS is the vision of a world where men have forsaken rivalry and taken up affection, thereby creating a society that relishes a variety of comradely devotions. The film takes delight in observing the friendly things men can do together, from the odd to the rapturous, from the playful to the passionate. These events appear in a series of cameo duets performed by men of all ages and appetites. The tapestry of changing scenes is strung on a narrative thread: the personal romance of the two makers of the film, as they discover their own affections and interweave them with those of their friends. In the end they assert their hope that loving comradeship may yet be the happy norm for the world. The film was made over a nine month period on locations from Seattle to San Diego, and included the participation of some forty-five couples.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

James Broughton

Scattered Remains (1988) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

This is a cinematic performance piece enlivened by its experiments in poetic speech and poetic vision. Joel Singer creates a multi-faceted portrait of poet James Broughton acting out his verses in unlikely situations and surprising camera inventions. In the course of this divertissement the poet probes the puzzlements of mortality, destiny and the magic of language. "A true wonderpiece and remarkable portrait." -- Michael McClure

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

C. E. Brown

Urban Fire (1982) 16mm, black and white, 14.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

INSIDE: A child is given birth in the womb of its dead mother. Child's eyes perceive the death of a city. The last birth combined with the fire and destruction. The pure feeling... mind motion. The Urban Fire. "OUTSIDE: Snowblind on the street, there's a glimpse of a Brick Wall. The heat of freeze acts on your eyes; one great glowing asprockalips, the bubblin' sabbatier. URBAN FIRE is a film that's not afraid to let scratch, hair, speck, and plastic be part of it all, and it works magically." -- Philip Hoffman, film-maker.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Matthew Buckingham

Truth About Abraham Lincoln, The (1992) 16mm, black and white, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

"What becomes a legend most? Perhaps an inventive film, with a bit of whimsy, to explore the complexities of history and its many layers of rewriting and mythology. Buckingham uses a variety of wonderful devices to reopen the case of the 16th president, presenting a series of statements in a true/false format. This film proves that the most established "facts" can offer the most fertile ground for new questions." -- D. L., Onion City Film Festival program notes.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Jacob Burckhardt

They Lie But They Don't Mean It (1976) 16mm, black and white, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Family

A lovely house in the suburbs, an art collection, a bathtub surrounded by knickknacks, a vacant loft that floats away into space ...

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Unforgotten Tomb, The (1979) 16mm, black and white, 17.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Based on the Edgar Allen Poe story, "The Cask of Amontillado," with Jose Rafael Arango and Richard Brintzenhofe. The carnival is a party on the Lower East Side of New York, the crypts are the cavernous basements of Brooklyn.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Wrong Way (1979) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A film about a future dinosaur, a species that might be headed for extinction, even though it seems to be thriving now. Not the human race, which in spite of everything may continue to suffer for many years, but the automobile. The filmmaker was fortunate enough to reside at the meeting of two great expressways and a tunnel, and from his roof and kitchen window was able to observe closely these machines in their natural habitat (55 miles per hour). It is also a film about visual effects, the camera lens and the human eye, and the difference between the things that they both see.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jacob Burckhardt

This Object (1982) 16mm, color, 42.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

John Nesci as an investigator of dubious motives; and Jose Raphael Arango as the itinerant hypnotist Tschipoloa, once the toast of Turin and Moscow, whose commands drive his audience to the brink of irresponsible madness, and they love it. A small summer resort in the dead of winter, a foreign hypnotist whose pervese will nobody can resist, and a fiery crime with an unknown victim. These are the elements of THIS OBJECT. Filmed on location on New Jersey's South Shore, the Utopia Theater in Queens, the Bouwerie Lane Theater in New York's Lower East Side, and the vacant lots of Brooklyn, with jagged color and stylized and explicit dialogue, THIS OBJECT is a realistic mystery which deepens as it progresses, and, like many real life mysteries, remains one to the end.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Landlord Blues (1986) 16mm, color, 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Sometimes in a modern city it's easier to beat a murder rap than it is to get a new lease. George (Mark Boone Junior) is trying to hold on to his modest bike shop despite the efforts of his slum landlord, Albert Streck (Richard Litt), to terminate his lease on a technicality and evict him. When Streck turns nasty, hiring first a lawyer and then even an arsonist, George turns to his friends, a street-wise crew of Lower East Side loyalists, for help in beating Streck at his own game.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Miss Moossey Smells a Rat (1994) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Miss Moossey comes home with a new friend, smells a rat... and the super throws it out! starring Miss Joan Marie Moossey

16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Monkey and The Engineer, The (1996) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

Once upon a time an engineer had a monkey who watched everything he did, wherever he went in his locomotive. One day the engineer went to get something to eat and left the monkey by himself. The monkey got tired of waiting so he pulled the throttle and down the road he went... From a song by Jesse Fuller, with Bill Rice and Hugh Burckhardt, sets by Tom Burckhardt, and music by Marc Ribot.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Viper, The (1997) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Two of the oldest gags in the book. Told by two of the newest actors on the block. What's a viper any way? Is it dangerous? Who's calling? They liked it in Germany and France!

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Apple, The And In Bed (Two Videos) (1986) DVD NTSC, color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Literature & Theater

In Bed is "a bringing back into life of the snippets and events described and imagined verse by verse in Kenneth Koch's poem 'In Bed'. Arranged in staccato verses rapid machine gun fire, the poem is read on the sound track while the visual choreography unfurls. The poem riffs on the plausible possibilities and remembered musings that took place in beds the poet has known. While some of these are re-enacted, there's room for luxurious pauses while the visuals catch up with the poet's triggered thoughts running banshee away into formerly unexplored regions of hilarious fantasy and sweet memory: a morning coffee vision becomes penetrable as, lugging a typewriter into bed, a poet, surrounded by muses (in silk nightgowns) composes a ditty before unreluctantly submitting to mere mortal pleasures; a portrait sitter's fantasy of seeing the artist working topless is spliced in; a scantily dressed damsel sleepwalks her way through a dawning forest into the viewer's daydreams. Rudy's lyrical montage opens and reflects the world the way a poem does. He consistently gets to the essential fragments of an experience or a view. His perspective is that of a pedestrian god of the sidewalks, a celebrator of details we might have missed. The films are about desire, bewitched noticing and, most of all, love. " -Greg Masters

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Aviary (1955) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

Made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell. "Rudy Burckhardt photographed this impression of New York's Union Square under Joseph Cornell's direction. This location held a particular fascination for Cornell who wanted to establish a foundation for artists and art therapy there. In the film he treats the park as an outdoor aviary."--P.Adams Sitney

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Good Evening Everybody (1977) 16mm, color & b/w, 43 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater, Psychology & Mental Health

Burckhardt has taken the young woman as his world. With characteristic good humor and lightness of touch in editing and pacing, he never succumbs to the cloying bombardment of the 'I'll put in everything' approach. He shapes it into a film we slide right down, toward a sparkling blue pool of water: our own sense of exhilaration." Ron Padgett "Good Evening Everybody" does not construct a world, but projects a personality. Burckhardt's camera observes life in a way characteristic of someone sensitive to irony, detail, diversity, humor, incongruity and (even) beauty, expressive of a cultivated, somewhat aloof, yet generous sensibility that suggests a perceptive, complicated and engaging, in fact ideal, traveling companion." Noel Carroll, SOHo News

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Mystic Grange or Our Favorite Flower (1988) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Haiti (1938) 16mm, DVD NTSC, black and white, 15.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

A young Swiss with a curious eye looks at this tropical black island world, savoring the difference.

Rental: $40.00 DVD sale: 50.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Pursuit of Happiness, The (1940) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

People moving in midtown New York, relating to a fire hydrant, a crack in the pavement and to each other. Quiet moments of buildings alone, only a barbershop sign moving, and some startling camera tricks at the end.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Montgomery, Alabama (1941) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

... where a soldier on a weekend pass takes a leisurely walk, on both sides of the tracks, with Kodachrome in his camera.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Climate of New York, The (1948) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"... courses among empty lots and children and their elders enjoying a quiet Sunday in Astoria, through subways, to buildings at dusk in Manhattan, with perceptive, stark clarity that beautifully preserves the past. Sharp and memorable..." -- A. H. Weiler, New York Times. This film has been preserved by Anthology Film Archives through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Fund.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Mounting Tension (1950) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The story was made up more or less as we went along; Larry as the madly energetic, oversexed artist and Jane, a combination of palmreader and psychoanalyst, trying to straighten him out but turning into another girlfriend and model. John Ashbery is a straight boy interested in baseball but ends up an abstract painter. With a scene in the Museum of Modern Art.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Under The Brooklyn Bridge (1953) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"... one cannot deny its documentary value or Burckhardt's eye for detail, his unpretentiousness. There are sequences -- the children swimming under the Brooklyn Bridge is one -- which belong with the best footage on New York by anybody." -- Jonas Mekas, Village Voice

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Aviary, The/Nymphlight/A Fable For Fountains (1957) 16mm, color & b/w, 18.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

N.B. Three titles on one reel. Three films made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street (1956) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell, edited by R. B. "Slightly symbolic and strangely lyric." -- Alex Katz, Art News

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Mulberry Street (with Joseph Cornell) (1965) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

"Slightly symbolic and strangely lyric."--Alex Katz, Art News.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Eastside Summer (1959) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture, Music

A walk on the Lower Eastside, colorful and teeming to the piano of Thelonious Monk.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Lurk (1965) 16mm, black and white, 36.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

"Happy with his luscious daughter Aurora in a rustic setting, Professor Borealis has devised an improved brain and is ready to transplant it. From this point the action keeps turning corners. A really great performance by Red Grooms. Photography and direction are highly personal but poker-faced. The humor is tenderly black. Burckhardt's fusion of documentary-type photography with fairy tale story line is nearer Keystone than avant-garde with its visual honesty and particular virtuosity." -- Edwin Denby

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Angel (1967) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

In its simple succession of shots, Angel is evocative of a charged moment of heightened awareness, in which, suddenly, everywhere one looks there seems to be a sense of perfection. Like these moments, Angel seems peaceful on the surface, and slightly tense or sad at the same time, as one becomes aware that the moment cannot last. (Cornell seems to have made a life out of not only capturing these moments, but attempting to sustain them, and often evoking in his art the sadness of his failure to do so.) The pool underneath the fountain, beautifully filmed by Burckhardt, is a quintessential Cornell image. In the water we can see reflections of the fountain, trees, clouds, and the rich blue of the sky. The upside-down fountain is another example of Cornell's penchant for the backward image in his films. At one point, the camera slowly pans across the pool and comes to rest with the reflection of the sun at the very edge of the water. Looking down to see the sun: a most Cornellian thing to do. --Andy Ditzler Made in collaboration with Joseph Cornell.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Square Times (1967) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

A Saturday night on 42nd Street, from dusk to dawn. The glamour, the garbage, the hot dogs, the movies, the sex and the violence in the air -- with music by The Supremes.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Money (1968) 16mm, black and white, 45 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

A silent screen-type comedy starring Edwin Denby as Hemlock Stinge. "It deals with old Mr. Stinge, the unlovable billionaire, and many other characters, rich and poor. It shows the luxury and degradation of New York City and the simple fresh air of Maine. The story can't resist slowing up to look at a girl; it skips a few logical links when it gets too complicated. It is being told by a hard-drinking farmer to his son to inspire him to become a billionaire too. The photography is masterful and draws no attention to itself. The text by Joe Brainard, ditto. The documentary sequences show people and buildings on the kind of real life day when you keep finding comedy wherever you look. Special to Burckhardt is the light touch. The jokes -- small touching ones, others outright gags -- are left unexploited and unexplained. The characters are all pretty bad, money is the root of all evil, and they ought not to enjoy themselves but they do anyway. The film is clearly unpretentious, free-wheeling and imaginative." -- Edwin Denby

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Tarzam (1969) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"The story of a shipwrecked baby reared by a kindly animal. See Tarzam, the beast-man, invent the art of painting. He meets his first human. His scene deepens from innocence to corruption and to final violence. Taylor is sublime, as always. The text is his, of course." -- Edwin Denby

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Summer (1970) 16mm, color, 15.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"A few acres of Maine, a small lake in the woods, wild flowers, clouds, mosses, and mushrooms after the rain. The visual richness is fantastic, the objective eye is absorbing. Burckhardt often cuts by glimpses, the second time you see the film you see twice as much, and each time the power and depth of feeling are new." -- Edwin Denby

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Inside Dope (1971) 16mm, color & b/w, 33 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Psychology & Mental Health

"One rainy day in Tulsa, when I was 13, the gym teacher showed our class some films in the 'mat' room. One film was about Dope: Jane's a nice girl dating Bob, and they go out in his '48 convertible and park with some friends of Bob's, rather fast friends it turns out. Pretty soon someone lights up a bent little cigarette and offers it to Jane. What's the matter is she chicken? Too late. Pretty soon she's hooked. On H. It has taken me 16 years to find a film which rivals this masterpiece. INSIDE DOPE is a pseudo-educational, fictitious documentary survey of the ups, downs, ins and far-outs of Dope. It is stunningly entertaining, because it is at once very funny and slightly sinister, like Red Skelton in the sky with diamonds. Burckhardt has assembled a star-studded cast: Edwin Denby, the silver ghost himself; beautiful naked girls Tessie Mitchell and Joan Fagin; beautiful but not naked girls Mimi Gross, Yvonne Jacquette, Gerry Jacquette, Elisabeth Rodgers and Susan Leites; dancer Bill Dunas; painters Larry Rivers. Red Grooms and Arthur Cohen; philosopher Edmund Leites; filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt and his son Jacob; and a supporting cast of thousands, including a crack drill corps of marching pills (in an animated sequence by poet Larry Fagin). The film has too many high points to mention, except for one, when a bum falls on the sidewalk and makes along distance call on a milk bottle." -- Ron Padgett

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Doldrums (1972) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"The New Jersey Turnpike and downtown New York in rain and shine. Trailer trucks, overpasses, and industrial wastes become natural wonders. The stream of trucks is often gay, buts sometimes ominous. After a thunderstorm, the pike gives way to charming and sexy shoppers on 14th St. Real sounds and wonderful color." -- Edmund Leites

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Caterpillar (1973) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Family, Landscape & Architecture

Looking down at nature's small works in the woods of Maine, the straight up at the sky, then down again at the going-on of an inch worm. It could happen any day.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Slipperella (1973) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

With Brooke Alderson. A fairy tale about a pair of moccasins that take off on their own, through woods and fields into the town of Belfast, Maine. They fall in love, drink beer, dream in the gutter, at last are rescued by the boy on whose feet they belong.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Bottle of the Bulge, The (1975) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Comedy, Family, Political / Social Activism

"A funny and gorgeous little animated story of the war between coke and pepsi -- the bottles come alive and form armies. The battle scenes are spectacular." Ron Padgett, Tap Journal

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

City Pasture (1975) 16mm, color, 41.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

With Trevor Winkfield. A snow storm -- Disney World -- self important New York -- ox-pull in Maine -- a special old man -- strip tease -- an ant in the woods --wild 14th street -- a mugging survived -- the end. "Rudy Burckhardt films New York as a man might pick up shells and sea drift on the beach: some bits because they're pretty or odd, some because they may come in handy and some because he happens to be stooped over anyway..." -- Richard Eder, New York Times

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Default Averted (1975) 16mm, black and white, 19.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Economics

When New York was about to go bankrupt, all construction had stopped, and an architect tried to become a wrecker. The story of the demolition of a large factory building on 23rd and 6th, while daily business, grimy or funny, money or no money, goes on as usual all around. In stark black and white, with music by Thelonius Monk and Edgar Varese.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Dwellings (1975) 16mm, color, 12.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

Where Charles Simonds is building strange structures of tiny bricks in the crumbling walls of New York's Lower Eastside, for his 'Little People', as the astonished neighborhood kids look on.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Saroche (1975) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

A travelogue of Peru.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Sodom and Gomorrah, New York 10036 (1976) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

A documentary about the sex industry around 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Alex Katz Painting (1978) 16mm, color, 24 minutes min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

"In 1961 Frank O'Hara wrote, in a letter to John Ashbery, 'The great thing this year I think is Alex Katz,' and in 1962, 'I think he is one of the best, and even more uniquely, one of the most interesting painters in New York.' It is 1978 [when the film was made], and these opinions, once held by the happy few, are now widely accepted. Alex Katz is one of our great painters. How lucky we are, then, to have a film about him by an equally distinguished filmmaker! Such artistic combinations are rare. In this film we see Katz drawing and painting. We see his paint table (he drinks Medaglia d'Oro and eats Skippy peanut butter in the country), his studio, the green view out the door. We see his models. We see him laugh as he works. We see a fly land on his T-shirt, at the shoulder. We see his paintings, lots of them, in detail and from across the room, still shots and gentle, sinuous pans. We see his enormous Times Square billboard in progress, then finished. We see a show being hung, and the opening, where the people inevitably begin to resemble the art on the wall - such a funny and exquisite sensation! And over it all we hear Alex talking to us about his work, talking about style and influence and perception in the most straight-forward way. He talks about art in this matter-of-fact way because overinflation of ideas is precisely not what he's all about. He's smart enough to know that for a painter the look of things is more exciting than any idea about them, and he has the technical mastery capable of handling this visual excitement of life. ALEX KATZ PAINTING is like spending a couple of days with this great and articulate painter." -- Ron Padgett

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Mobile Homes (1979) 16mm, color, 31.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Music, Personal / Diary / Journal

"The movie opens with a banana still-life vignette seen ripening through time-lapse photography for several days on a rooftop. The energy-charged New York Marathon follows, suggesting the rush of locations and pace about to unfold. The sense of traveling is persistent, we are taken from the marathon in New York, to breakfast in Maine, back to busy city streets, to the Grand Canyon, sky, the dancer Dana Reitz working out in the woods, poets posing, and the journey goes on. There is hardly a breather. Lines of David Shapiro's poem 'When a Man loves a Woman' are printed occasionally across the screen In one segment we hear Alice Notley read her poem 'A Woman comes into the Room.' Essentially a collage of images and sound, the precise order of events is unimportant. Overlays of time, season and location become fulfilling and cumulative experience, the particular sequences like cuts on a diamond." -- Joe Giordano

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Neil Welliver Painting in Maine (1980) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

Deep in the woods on a bright summer day we see Neil Welliver paint a small study of sunlight filtering over rocks and ferns through leaves of birches reflected in a quiet pool. Later in his barn-studio he translates the study into an 8 by 8 foot painting. He paints nature doing her own thing, not only in summer but spring, fall and winter as well. He lives in a rambling farmhouse with a large vegetable garden, his electricity supplied by windmills. He talks about landscape painting, the earlier kind and the kind he is doing. A straightforward film about an extraordinary artist.

Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Rads on Wheels (1980) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music

Remember the skateboard craze? Made at its peak in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. With Tom Burckhardt, whose song "I'm a Skateboard Junkie" is played by Vincent Katz.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Sonatina and Fugue (1980) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music

Images of city and landscape moving with a romantic piano sonatina by Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), then classic keyboard figures by Johann S. Bach. Images and music, "in" the same time-space, sometimes join and affect each other, then pursue their own independent course again.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Bach's Last Keyboard Fugue (1981) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Music

Dense, dark, wintry, black and white city scenes accompany the great Johann Sebastian's austre, magnificent, unfinished keyboard fugue, played on the piano by Charles Rose.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Cerveza Bud (1981) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"Taking its title from the favorite elixir of New York Hispanics and its format from collage, this filmic slice of life coalesces into an ethnographic view of a possible future: the city as a constantly bubbling, delirious playground where yesterday's monuments are symbols to be triumphed over, and tomorrow never arrives. Perhaps this is why the ultimate effect is one of wistfulness, due also to the unexpected intrusion of a memento mori in the guise of a nude traversing Maine woods, both visually mocking Central Park's trampled pastorality and offering its frenetic revelers an alternative route." -- Trevor Winkfield

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Yvonne Jacquette Painting "Autumn Expansion" (1981) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Landscape & Architecture

About the making of a large commissioned mural painting of an aerial view. From the first drawing out of a circling, single-engine plane, then transferring the studies onto three panels in New York, to the installation of the 27 feet wide, glowing-colored paintings in the post office of Bangor, Maine. With music by Domenico Scarlatti.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

All Major Credit Cards (1982) 16mm, color, 26 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Films about Film, Media

"R. B.'s new film is a magic dream, airy and clear. Everything you see is a fact, firm and distinct at the moment you are seeing it, a fact of daily life or of extraordinary dance, or of amateur acting, and you recognize each fact too, at a glance. Later, as the film continues, the factual seeing is still the same, but somehow it doesn't feel the same, it feels like a good dream you are dreaming, with a sly and witty tease to it, and nearly weightless. "The film went on to the end being novel, and I thought its smile was becoming more and more mysterious. Filmmakers often try to make a great film by making it feel heavier than the film is by nature. R. B. seems happy if he can make his feel lighter. That does leave him unique, and he succeeds in it too. "There is no distortion of image or sound. Its magic invention -- including the later dream-weight -- is new and inscrutable. It is a film that changes when you watch it again, it has many surprises I haven't mentioned. Take it as a wonderfully touching dream and as an amazing marvel of filmmaking. It is his sixty-first." -- Edwin Denby

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Indelible, Inedible (1983) 16mm, color, 8.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal / Diary / Journal

Images to accompany the lines of a poem by John Ashbery. "Rudy Burckhardt's film is a brilliant extension of my poem, perhaps the film I might have made myself if I were a filmmaker." -- John Ashbery

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

"Untilted" (1984) 16mm, color, 17.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

"Made in 1983-4, UNTILTED takes an intrigued look around and reports on how things appeared then and what everyone was up to. Lines from a poem by John Ashbery (the title is his also, but from a different poem) cross the screen at times and our grasp of his elusive language is strengthened by the accompanying images. The land and people of Maine, New Mexico, and New York City appear to wittily chosen music by Busconi, Duke Ellington, Merle Haggard, Philip Glass, Cecil Taylor, et al. There are heroic hang-gliders soaring over hills, cars streaming sweetly around a corner in Lower Manhattan, and Yoshiko Chuma's dancers in fierce rehearsal, performing with vulnerable whimsey at a traffic intersection and frolicking intently (and unclothed) in the woods. Nudes appear with nonchalance in various other, often unlikely, circumstances, their nakedness different in quality every time. We take a tender look at pedestrians in Herald Square, snow falling at night on a city street, a fern in the sunlight, and bananas dancing where they will. Words, music, and images are so skillfully assembled here that they serve to reveal each other in surprising and delightful ways. UNTILTED is a great pleasure at first viewing and so rich that you will want to see it over and over again." -- Louise Hamlin (1984).

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Central Park in the Dark (1985) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

With Christopher Sweet and Yoshiko Chuma and her SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS, to Charles Ives' piano music. "Lurking crime and lingering desire change the atmosphere of this brief but affecting film. The light changes moment by moment. The season is shifting. Figures move like phantoms in the penumbra. Beethoven glowers against the evening; a perfect Alice polishes bronze with her petticoat; traffic in diamonds and rubies twines its way among the trees; snarling youths self-destruct. The false promises of youth, beauty and art are the smoke out the windows of fire along Fifth Avenue." -- Christopher Sweet

Rental: $35
16mm Rental: $35

Rudolph Burckhardt

Nude Pond, The (1985) 16mm, color, 29.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Poems by John Ashbery; with performances by Douglas Dunn and Susan Blankenson, Yoshiko Chuma. "A grand synthesis of the poetic free association films by Rudy Burckhardt has been perfecting for the past fifteen years. Democratic in its celebration of all contemporary art forms (dance, painting, performance art, music, and, of course, film), encyclopedic in its images (from New York City interiors to Maine brooks to Latin American villages), it is finally most unique by virtue of its emotional range. The filmmaker has achieved a style which enables him to encompass everything from the whimsical, even silly, to the deeply philosophical and grave, with all shades of curiosity and neutral observation ('Just walking around,' as the subtitle says) in-between." -- Phillip Lopate

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Dancers, Buildings and People in the Street (1986) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"A huge white tractor-trailer narrowly interrupts the progress of a plug of people crossing a busy Manhattan avenue. They back off barely to give it to the alley it needs to pass and continue mechanically on. This is the pragmatic choreography of the city, the great dance so much moving in such restricted space continually performs. This also is the opening sequence of DANCERS, BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE IN THE STREET, the title of which comes from Edwin Denby's profoundly incisive book of essays on the dance. The infinitely energetic visual display of the city has been a primary subject for Burckhardt's camera for over forty years. Here this display of New York textures and cross-sections is juxtaposed with the creation of a dance work, Jig Jag, by choreographer-dancer Douglas Dunn and his remarkable company. The natural humor and classically tender abruptness of their gestures and phrases are beautiful enlargements or details of, in human scale, in animal scale, body to body, the vectors of form and relation in the carefully eyed city life outside." "The tension between these two worlds is masterfully edited back and forth and builds to a lovely conclusion in the night." -- Reed Bye.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

In Bed (1986) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

To a poem by Kenneth Koch with Chopin played by Gena Raps. "Arranged in staccato verses rapid as machine gun fire, the poem is read on the soundtrack while the visual choreography unfurls. The poem riffs on the plausible possibilities and remembered musings that took place in beds the poet has known. While some of these are reenacted, there's room for luxurious pauses while the visuals catch up with the poet's triggered thoughts running banshee away into formerly unexplored regions of hilarious fantasy and sweet memory: a morning coffee vision becomes penetrable as, lugging a typewriter into bed, a poet, surrounded by muses (in silk night gowns) composes a ditty before unreluctantly submitting to mere mortal pleasures; a portrait sitter's fantasy of seeing the artist working topless is spliced in; a scantily dressed damsel sleepwalks her way through a dawning forest into the viewer's daydreams. "Rudy's lyrical montage opens and reflects the world the way a poem does. He consistently gets to the essential fragments of an experience or a view. His perspective is that of a pedestrian god of sidewalks, a celebrator of details we might have missed. The films are about desire, bewitched noticing and, most of all, love." -- Greg Masters

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Zipper (1987) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Text: Ron Padgett A diary or collage film, ranging from snow in the Catskills, with stop-overs in Boulder, Colorado and San Francisco, to Easter in New York, flowers and cows in Maine, a Caribbean carnival in Brooklyn, country fairs with men splitting wood and women weight-lifting; and a last section with all these combined and more. The film is also about Venus -- two of them actually -- one a classic Renaissance Venus, the other a Nordic, Gothic one, the Venus of the Broken Trees. The music is a collage too, ranging from Spike Jones to Hector Berlioz' "Nuits d'Ete."

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Great Regular Flavor (1989) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A pleasant tasting summer film made in New York and Searsmont, Maine. With poems by Daniel Shapiro (age five), performances by Dana Reitz, Yoshiko Chuma and Wang Pint; music by Duke Ellington and Gamelon of Bali.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Ostensibly (1989) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Night Fantasies (1990) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Rubble Dance Long Island City (1991) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Wayward Glimpses (1992) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Literature & Theater

With music by Elliott Carter adding drama and richness, a surreal dance by Dana Reitz and Alice Notley reading her poem "I work in a whorehouse, I seem to like it/it is dark like a cave, with pink light..." We visit briefly New York, Provincetown, Martinique, Hong Kong, ending in the dark woods of Maine, with glimpses of women, peculiar, sometimes erotic, always fleeting.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Tree Streets (1995) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Philosophical

New York streets -- Maine woods -- New York With poems by Vincent Katz, Dances by Douglas Dunn, Dana Reitz, Grazia Della Terza. Rated M. B. S. T. B. A. (must be seen to be appreciated).

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

On Aesthetics (1999) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

With the poem of the same title by Kenneth Koch.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Triple Duo (1999) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Zack W. Burkett

Little Soldier, The (1969) 16mm, black and white, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Political / Social Activism

The statement of film-makers is simply 'I don't want my son killed in as tupid war.' I can't explain my idea much more than that as I'm a photographer, not a writer. The boy in the film is my son and they are his toys. Anyway, I didn't try to be subtle so if the film needs explaining, then it missed its point anyway.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Tim Burns

Against The Grain (1980) 16mm, color, 76.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Ray Unit explodes a smoke bomb at a famous war monument, minutes before the annual commemoration celebrations. This act of individual violence mobilizes the State's massive surveillance system. We observe, as it pursues and reconstructs the course of Unit's subsequent actions. "AGAINST THE GRAIN achieves a potent immediacy -- it's like a cross between Newsreel's AMERICA 1969, Godard's NUMERO DEUX, and B-movies' THE OFFENDERS -- with a jolting style that keeps you working and thinking throughout... My point is that it's not utopian to imagine that movies on Nicaragua could be made with the formal energy and moment-to-moment unpredictability of AGAINST THE GRAIN." -- J. Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE, February, 1981. "Using non-actors and volatile material, including Vietnam newsreels and images of bomb-making, Burns' disjointed style exacerbates the dilemma of taking individualistic political action." -- Renee Shafransky, THE VILLAGER. "AGAINST THE GRAIN is a film full of humor and horror, wrenching the audience this way and that with its fractured use of sound and image. It explores its own limitations as a political film and some people will find it pretentious for doing so. For me, the film's critical ambivalence about the posture of the political artist in a culture which has little place for such a creature is one of the most convincing statements in an impressive and exciting piece of work." -- Meaghan Morris, The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

Rental: $160.00
16mm Rental: $160.00

Fran Burst-Terranella

Youngest Film-Makers, The: A Childrens' Film-making Workshop (1971) 16mm, color, 13.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family

The film is about a summer creativity workshop in which elementary school children learn how to make films. The film presents some of the processes involved in both live-action and animated film-making by showing the children at work on their individual and group film projects. The film includes many of the children's films as well as a documentation of the workshop. It shows the creativity the children express in their films and the excitement and enthusiasm with which they make films. The workshop was conducted by Susan O'Brien at Ortega Elementary School in Austin, Texas in the summer of 1971.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Philip Burton

Journey Alone (1961) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

The isolation of the individual as exemplified in the plight of a woman in a Puerto Rican district of New York City.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

La mufa o como gozar la crisis (1967) VHS NTSC, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

The absolute chaos in a big city. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

QWRTPX? (1968) VHS NTSC, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

The routine existence of an anonymous man. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Narraciones extraordinarias (1969) VHS NTSC, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Two short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

SONIA (1970) VHS NTSC, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Sexual fantasy and satanic rites. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

29 segundos de cine absoluto (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, .5 min