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.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

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

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

Voices (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 23.25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

An unusual character study of an aging Catholic woman dealing with the eminent loss of her husband and her rowing delusion-filled mental illness. The film examines the alienation and loneliness of aging and of mental illness, while also exploring religion as a coping mechanism. Voices combines elements of fantasy, psychological horror, and drama into a thoughtful character study. It has been shown in a number of venues in the United States, including the Utah Short Film & Video Festival.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Rachel Amodeo

What About Me (1993) 16mm, black and white, 87 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Economics

WHAT ABOUT ME tells the story of a young woman, Lisa Napolitano (Rachel Amodeo), who through uncontrollable circumstances, finds herself homeless in New York City. The film portrays her gradual deterioration as she exists on the streets, intermingling with outcasts of society. Along the ways she encounters a shell shocked Vietnam veteran, Nick (Richard Edson); a nihilistic east-villager, Tom (Nick Zedd); and a sympathetic good samaritan, Paul (Richard Hell). WHAT ABOUT ME was shot on location in the Lower East Side and Tompkins Square Park. It also includes footage of the homeless shanty-town that existed in the park from 1989 through 1990. It features music by Johnny Thunders.

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Yvonne Andersen

Spaghetti Trouble (1963) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Comedy

Spaghetti-house customers and lazy waiters, beware! A mountain of spaghetti may await you! Featuring the comical, fascinatingly simple drawings of Red Groom, this film is sure to intrigue and entertain.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $30.00

John R. Armstrong

Hunted, The (1965) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: History

... is the short drama of a dream, and a young man's blindness to his fate. The setting is 1863 during the civil war, and the young man, a confederate army regular, finds himself alone and running from death in the form of two union soldiers. The tempo and emotional tensions of the film build rapidly only to come to an end as abruptly as a gun shot, then change form and begin again. The excellent music score, written and conducted by one of the film's actors, Joseph Lonon, does much to heighten the drama of the film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Adolfo Arrieta

Adventures of Sylvia Couski, The (1972) 16mm, color, 85.5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Erotic, Music, Queer / Bi / Trans

This film is a musical comedy, or maybe a fairy tale... Everything reduced to the surface as in the paintings of the Primitive School, as in dreams, as in musical comedies... A story as a pretext for a series of portraits, and a series of portraits as a pretext for an invented story in an invented city (Paris), a city of transvestites trying to relive the Belle Epoque of festivities and art... "I saw Arrieta's film last June, in Toulon. It was made in Paris so I thought it was French and I was surprised to see a French film recording the world of the transvestite because this subject has been a tabu in modern (new) French cinema. Later I found out that Arrieta was Spanish, from Madrid, and that Paris was only one of his stations. "French or Spanish -- I found Arrieta's film compelling, informative, entertaining, and beautiful. As I said, its subject is the Paris transvestite scene and it's depicted with the flair of Jack Smith, the directness of Andy Warhol, and the special tenderness of Arrieta. I salute the Poet." -- Jonas Mekas, February, 1975.

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

Shawn Atkins

Travelling Eye of the Blue Cat (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

This photo-collage animation is a surreal fairy tale that begins when a girl is awakened one morning by a mysterious seagull. She follows the bird to an abandoned garden, where she discovers the edge of the world and a single tree bearing tangled red fruit. The girl takes a bite of the fruit and is catapulted into a startling, violent and extended metamorphosis.

Rental: $85.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Bruce Baillie

Gymnasts, The (1961) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Narrative

Like MR. HAYASHI, originally a NEWS made for Canyon Cinema Theatre in Berkley. Basically a dramatic form, concerning young businessman (played by filmmaker) who is in the course of some everyday transaction finds himself among performing gymnasts, whom he joins. In the end of the film he us seen once again at the same moment before he entered the gymnasium.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Hurrah For Soldiers, A (1963) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Narrative

Dedicated to Albert Verbrugghe, whose wife was killed in Katana by U. N. soldiers. Presentiment of the meeting of the irreconcilable historic forces... in which a fool is delighted by an attack from a girl gang (inspired by a writing from a toilet wall) .

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gordon Ball

Birds Nest Soup (1979) 16mm, color, 4.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

In ancient China, an esteemed Gentleman's highest culinary honor was being served this most delicate soup; so it is hoped a similar honor will be felt by the viewer when his aerial subject is presented.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Paul Bartel

Progetti (Plans) (1962) 16mm, black and white, 17.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

**in Italian** This film was made in Rome in the Spring of 1962 during my Antonioni period. I was on a Fulbright at the time, studying directing at the famous Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and I wanted to sum up in a film some of my observations as a cinema student in Rome. So I made a film about two aspiring actors studying at the Centro who wanted to come to the Actor's Studio in New York and become movie stars overnight, and who actually believe that this is going to happen to them. The point of the film is that these actors are really incapable of acting in either sense of the word. but they certainly know how to go through the motions and are beautiful to look at and to listen to, if you don't mind Italian(s). One of the actors is dubbed be marce bellocchio, who has since become quite a director in his own right. this film is also notable for the mysterious performance of Astrid Weyman, the star of the Dutch feature, GANGSTER GIRL, by Franz Weiss. When Oscar Werner saw PROGETTI in Paris in the fall of '62 he became very excited and showing for Truffaut and Clouzot, who were also reportedly enthusiastic about the film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Paul Bartel

Secret Cinema, The (1966) 16mm, black and white, 27.30 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

In the program of the 1966 London Film Festival, Richard Roud describes the film as ... a terribly funny pop/ camp American film -- about the misfortunes of Jane amongst the film-makers. It's really a paranoid fantasy about a girl who thinks that all her friends are putting her on and filming her life with hidden cameras for exhibition of a secret theater. (They are, of course.) The star of the film is Amy Vane, who gives a really extraordinary performance as Jane. Also featured in the cast are Gordon Felio from What's New, Pussycat? and the sensational West Coast comedian Barry Dennen.

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

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

Alan Baxter

Dakota (1977) 16mm, black and white, 25.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

A young, boyish sketch artist falls madly in love with an attractive but older woman whom he sees jogging in Central Park one day. Because he lives in such a different world from the woman's, the boy can only fantasize about her in his apartment, drawing sketches and collecting articles of clothing reminiscent of her. Still, he pursues the woman through-out the city, only to have his dream about her painfully destroyed at the end. However, one realizes that there is a haunting loneliness in the woman's life also, a loneliness that can be compared to the boy's as well.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Alan Baxter

Ace in the Hole (1979) 16mm, color, 18.25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Based on one of the Olinger short stories of the same name by John Updike, ACE IN THE HOLE is a psychological study of Fred 'Ace' Anderson, an ex-champion high school basketball player, who is now no longer in the spotlight and who instead has to accept the ordinary responsibilities of manhood and married life. The film begins by showing Ace driving home from the second job he has just been fired from. As he speeds along his own high school grounds and as he visits his mother, flashbacks of Ace's golden school days dart through his mind. The movie then follows him home, where he has to confront his wife Evey with his failure for the day. This film is a period piece, since it takes place around 1962, and shows the music and dress of the 50's era. Since this is one of the earliest published works by Updike, one can surmise that Ace is the prototype of Updike's character Rabbit Angstrom, the ex-champion basketball player of Rabbit Run and Rabbit Redux

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Samuel Beckett

Film (1964) 16mm, black and white, 21.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Samuel Beckett's only venture into the medium of the cinema, it was written in 1963 and filmed in New York in the summer of 1964, directed by Alan Schneider and featuring Buster Keaton. For the shooting Mr. Beckett made his only trip to America. The film, which has no dialogue, takes as its basis Berkeley's theory Esse est percipi, that "to be is to be perceived": even after all outside perception remains.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

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

Bruce Birmelin

Tuna Fish Kiss (1970) 16mm, black and white, 10.50 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1967 and 1968. A young man given to delusions and visions, journeys through a series of misadventures via his wheelchair and his own mixture of fact and fantasy.

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

Tony Bond

Novitiate (1976) 16mm, color, 25.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Havery Lavery continues to work as a top model while studying for the Catholic priesthood. Out going and independent, he is often resented by his fellow seminarians, yet popular with lay people.

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

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

Bill Brand

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Emily Breer

Superhero (1995) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Live-action, hand-drawn and computer graphic animation drive this high-speed fractured narrative about a Dionysian-like superhero who sometimes has to punch out Batman for being to goody-goody. SUPERHERO is an updated personalized humorous response to our traditional cartoon hero story.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

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)

Noll Brinckmann

Half A Life: Ein Halbes Leben (1983) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Economics

HALF A LIFE tries to condense the experience of the better part of a lifetime into five minutes. It is a film about the middle-class bedroom of a middle-aged couple, and about the married life as it coalesces into staleness, sweetness and quietness of a suburban home. It is only on the soundtrack that the intensities of reality occasionally seep through.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Adventures of Jimmy (1950) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy

A satiric version of the Hero Quest, about a naive country boy's search for his ideal Love in the big city (San Francisco) with crazy frustrations at every turn. Broughton himself enacts bewildered Jimmy. Photography by Frank Stauffacher; jazz score by Weldon Kees. "Hilarious and very witty. Mr. Broughton is an odd bird in the film aviary." -- Manchester Guardian

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

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

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

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

Silvestre Byrón

War of the Worlds, The (2000) VHS NTSC, color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

The H. G. Wells novel and the human kind collapsed. Country: Argentina Language: English format: NTSC video.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Diva and The Falcon, The/A gothic tragedy in a Montevideo town (2001) VHS NTSC, color, 86 min

Genre: Narrative

A real case of murder and suicide in a hotel room. A psychological drama. Country: Argentina Language: English format: NTSC video.

Rental: $150.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $150.00

Ouzualdo R. Candeias

Margin: A Margem, The (1968) 16mm, color, 65.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Filmed in Brazil. A MARGEM is the strange story (more or less) about two love stories... the film intends to show what happened to four people with no importance which, gave so much importance to love that they come to die for it... one day a colossal white barge appeared gliding on the serene and dirty waters of the Tiete river, bringing an unusual woman, a strange and beautiful woman. Four people were marked... the beautiful and unusual woman disappears as well as her white barge... without explanation. Since that day, the life of those people take different ways, i. e., their empty routine comes to an end. Among the four, comes to be, profound affection... loving and, maybe, suffering, they go on together. Some day the woman with her big barge, appears again at the border of the same river, stopping at the same place... one by one the four persons have died loving... or died for having loved too much... t he colossal canoe receives them in its white bulge and, led by the beautiful and strange woman, sails quiet and silently with its prow turned toward any or some other dimension in time... space or beyond.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Roberta Cantow

Autostop (1972) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A dramatization of a female hitch-hiker's experience with one ride. The possibility for compassion is confused with fear as the seemingly ailing motorist reaches out for understanding and human contact. Innocence transforms into another kind of knowledge. "In oblique improvised style, a chance roadside pick-up of a hitch-hiking girl in AUTOSTOP is developed by Roberta Cantow into a touching evocation of the bittersweet fantasies of the girl and the bearded, seemingly ailing motorist who's grasping for momentary affection." -- A. H. Weiler, NEW YORK TIMES

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Roberta Cantow

Rites of Passage (1974) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

A personal and impressionistic journey through and experience of growing. A study in mood and rich in color, the film explores a young woman's infatuation with adolescent boys -- to reveal her yearning to be full. It touches on the painful part of her won initiation into selfhood.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Don Carter

Pflimperpimple Five Guys in Something a Little Over Ten Minutes (1967) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"There's this girl -- twenty, but just a girl really -- who thinks she's quite ready to get hers. Unfortunately, she tries too hard, and by the end of the film she's completely exhausted. Robustly produced in Canada with and a daring-do. Mildly suggestive and quite funny." -- Melvyn Green, Scholarship Student.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Abigail Child

Perils, Mayhem, Mercy (1985-87) 16mm, black and white, 126 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

See descriptions of "Perils", "Mayhem", and "Mercy"

Rental: $300.00
16mm Rental: $300.00

Abigail Child

Perils Is This What You Were Born For? (Part 5) (1986) 16mm, black and white, 3.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

With Diane Torr, Sally Silvers, Plauto, Elion Sacker. Sound improvisations: Charles Noyes and Christian Marclay. An homage to silent films: the clash of ambiguous innocence and unsophisticated villainy. Seduction, revenge, jealousy, combat. The isolation and dramatization of emotions through the isolation (camera) and dramatization (editing) of gesture. I had long conceived of a film composed only of reaction shots in which all causality was erased. What would be left would be the resonant voluptuous suggestions of history and the human face. PERILS is a first translation of these ideas.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Jim Clark

Scream King (1977) 16mm, black and white, 4.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

"A man walks to his left-handed throne, sits down, screams and he is king." J.C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Riccardo Costa

Crossing (2002) VHS NTSC, , 8.75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Cass is walking on a block of Manhattan, when he suddenly meets the people who are involved with his life: his girlfriend, his mother, his friends, his uncle, something is happening but he will realize it when he crosses the street... at the beginning.

Rental: $45.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.00

Sharon Couzin

OdilonOdilon (1984) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

ODILONODILON is a portrait of an adolescent boy coming to know himself and his place within his family and society. It uses historic sound: Edward R. Murrow's Christmas Eve broadcast during World War II to the parents of the young children of London's families, urging them to send their youngest to the country to save their lives as a protection against the nightly bombing raids. The "Yanks in December" recording is ironically echoed in the baseball motif in the film. Odilon's love of baseball, eating and cooking and his growing awareness of adulthood's responsibility, ambition and judgement create a brooding tension. Playfulness and intellectual rigor struggle to remain part and parcel of his daily life against the larger backdrops of Alcatraz and World War II.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Ray Craig

On The Beach (1962) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Science & Medicine

An experimental science fiction film, loaded with special effects. The story of an insensitive young man who meets an alien from another planet --R. C. "It's the first experimental science fiction picture I've ever seen." Paul Gonski

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ray Craig

Signs of the Times (1962) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

A satire on advertising, examining the dilemma of the outer-directed man and revolving around a typical consumer beset by commercials and billboards until he is finally forced into action. --R. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Creston

Video Journal II From Grandma's House To Bar Mitzvah (1972) VHS NTSC, black and white, 60 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Children & Youth, Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal

Video autobiography from age six to thirteen. Scenes and narrative shot on location, ending with a video transfer of the actual 16mm film footage of the artist's elaborate wartime Bar Mitzvah.

Rental: $100.00

Storm De Hirsch

Goodbye In The Mirror (1964) 16mm, 35mm, black and white, 80 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

"A dramatic feature shot on location in Rome. Centered around the adventures and illusions of three girls living abroad, the film explores their restlessness and personal involvments in assuming the role of woman as hunter" --S. D. H. "I, myself, belonging to the Spies for Beauty, Inc., and the humble monk of the Order of Fools, was allowed to peek at this film, and I couldn't believe what beauty struck my eyes, what sensuousness." --Jonas Mekas

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00
35mm Rental: $80.00

David Devensky

Vampeer (1972) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

VAMPEER is told through a color mist and floating vales. A non-narrative film in the tradition of the Weber-Watson "Fall of the House of Usher" (1928) VAMPEER retains all the genre clichesbut uses them atmospherically. It is a Gothic, surrealistic study in color and light. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Vivienne Dick

She Had Her Gun All Ready (1978) Super 8, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Set on New York's Lower East Side, the film revolves around the power relations between two friends. One dominates and paralyzes the other. This paranoia is overcome when the controlled person decides to take responsibility. "Vivienne Dick's 'She Had Her Gun All Ready' could provide a brilliant antidote to Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,' the almost religious canonization of the cultural stars of feminism. Dick speaks the contemporary unspeakable; woman's anger and hatred of woman at the crucial moment of overpowering identification and obsessional thralldom." -- Karyn Kay Idiolects, No. 9-10 (1980-1981)

Rental: $80.00
Super8 Rental: $80.00

Xavier Domingo

Amazons (1992) VHS NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater, Philosophical

A fiction science monologue about artificial fertilization and its consequences, delivered by four characters interacting with the text.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Cecilia Dougherty

Grapefruit (1989) VHS NTSC, color, 39 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, History

"In Cecilia Dougherty's Grapefruit, based obliquely on Yoko Ono's book, often ludicrous moments from John and Yoko's charmed history are reconstructed. An all-female cast (aside from one male go-go dancer) makes this a gentle mockery lingering on the banal squabbles of the Fab Four and John and Yoko's deliberate denuding of their private lives. The ersatz philosophy comically espoused in Grapefruit casts doubt on the past's ability to adequately inform the present. For Dougherty, this glance backwards doesn't seek reassurance or queasy remembrance. It's an experiment in crippled nostalgia." -- Steve Seid Sale: $100 individual, $200 institutional

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Robert Downey

Chafed Elbows (1966) 16mm, black and white, 57 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Music

"CHAFED ELBOWS is about a man who marries his mother, they go on welfare and it all breaks into a musical. To be more specific would confuse you, but there is a plot and it's funny and I hope you book it, dig it and return it to the Coop when they ask for it-- Robert Downey (a prince) On the basis of CHAFED ELBOWS the one film of his that I've seen, there's good reason to believe that Bob Downey at the tender age of 28 is already the funniest film-maker in America."--Jules Feifer

Rental: $134.00
16mm Rental: $134.00

Todd Downing

Dirty Baby Does Fire Island (1998) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Psychology & Mental Health

Mixing stop-motion animation with live action, "Dirty Baby Does Fire Island," tells the story of a naive baby doll named Dirty Baby who washes onto the shores of the Fire Island Pines. Dirty Baby experiences the decadent lifestyles of the community's inhabitants, learning all about sex, drugs and working out.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Mike Dunford

In The Dark (1975) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

IN THE DARK deals with a form of narrative that would result from subjecting a tightly schematized structure to the deformations of chance. A complex examination of the relations of the crew, a paradigm of male/female political relationships, a crtique of formalized art. It begins a whole area of narrative work that is unlike either documentary or novelistic fiction film. --M. D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Cool Lakes of Death, The (2004) 16mm, , 8 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A young woman, dressed in a 17th century dress looks out over a lake. We move towards her and disappear underneath her dress, where we find ourselves inside a small theatre. A young lad on stage, Tom Sawyer, tells us a tale about a 'fallen lady' who tries to ogle him. Later he finds her dead body on a field. A 'whodonnit?'

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Gerndinand & Corline (1996) 16mm, , 9 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

A deaf couple walks along a fence communicating in sign language. They are followed by a blind girl holding a stick and rattling it against the fence. Later the words "The Future" roll over the girl and we see the same girl, at a younger age, observing the scene.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Peter Emshwiller

Jr. Star Trek (1969) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

"Peter and his fifth grade buddies talked me into being a technical advisor and an alien monster for this epic. A must for "Star Trek" fans!" --Ed Emshwiller

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Edward English

Family Fallout Shelter, The (1960's) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Political / Social Activism

An aching joke about a boy's plight to get a fallout shelter for Christmas. Winner of the Screen Directors Guild Award 1962; just released, after the passing away of bureaucratic restrictions. --E. E.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Crystal Field

Red Kimono, The (1980) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

... a film with animation and live actors: a mistress, a murder, and a Monstrous Mating of Love and Lust--in the interest of better art. --C. F.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Holly Fisher

Chickenstew (1978) 16mm, color, 10.75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A narrative film... in which synchronous sound, a static camera, a shiny cook pot, friends, and an old wood stove conspire in a game of hide-and-seek involving point-of-view and film illusion. A watched pot? --H. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Rich Vallejos

Ramona (2015) color, 14 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic & multicultural , queer/bi/trans

Filmmakers: Mikaela Martin + Rich Vallejos
Producer: Deborah Kampmeies - Full Moon Films

An elderly woman comes to terms with the loss of a close friend. Through her grief, she discovers the true nature of their friendship and perhaps her own sexuality.

Rental: $56

Fabio Del Greco

io sono nulla (i am nothing) (2015) DVD NTSC, color, 76 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: philosophical , psychology & mental health , spiritual/mystical

Vasco, a wealthy Italian real estate developer, lives between vice and luxury, when a killer of organized crime seriously injuries him in an ambush. When he wakes up after three years of coma, he is no longer the same: he no longer has any memory of his past, talks to the trees as if they were close friends and avoids the demands of work and luxuries preferring to wander on the beaches instead. To prevent the collapse of his business empire, he is sent in search of a cure through Italy, india and the United States, but a planetary cataclysm is lurking.

Rental: $30

Bob Fleischner

Lady Louise (1979) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

A meeting between a girl with magical powers and a seaman who is attracted by her, and the sea as well. A return to narrative form of filmmaking, with Camille Foss and Myron Adams as the girl and the seaman. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Frank V. Gaide

Men's Room, The (1988) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children & Youth

"... THE MEN'S ROOM, Frank V. Gaide's amusing little tale of a very young man's first trip to the men's room and all the exciting and foreign things he encounters there-among the best: a prophylactic dispenser and a stolen Celtics hat. At a running time of tweleve minutes, Gaide's film was just right, nicely cut and adequately acted and the men's room itself was not merely filmed on location at an actual lavoratory but a carefully constructed set was erected (no bathroom humor intended) so that the camera could freely move among the makeshift urinals and stalls. Clever. It brought back memories, too."-- Mark Griffin

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Carl Michael George

Boy is Gone (1988) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - Master raconteur and poet Edgar Oliver collaborates with George to create a film of a young boy's unqualified devotion to his mother and her negligent response and abandonment. An odd tale weaving images of emptiness, confrontation and the subsequent void. A profound statement of loss.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Vincent Grenier

Shut Up Barbie (1974) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

SHUT UP BARBIE has rarely been shown and is a "rediscovered" film, so to speak. The film is the filmmaker's (Vincent Grenier) reaction to the obsession a seven year old girl has with her Barbie Dolls. The film builds on the Barbie Dolls' referential content and limits. While innocuous at first, the humor eventually becomes rather unsettling and tragic. Ann Knutson plays the role of the mother Barbie Doll.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Griffin

One Man's Laundry (1971) 16mm, color, 24.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Homer Bendix runs a small town laundromat and that's o. k. But two businessmen (one resembling Nixon) encroach on his world and he is infected with the idea of progress. This leads him down seemingly rosy path to the big city, a trip filled with dangerous and hard-edged consequences.--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Michelle Handelman

History of Pain, A (2000) VHS NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

An experimental narrative about the Spanish inquisition and how it still permeates our current psychosexual cultural milieu. Soundtrack by Psychic TV, Lustmord and Monte Cazazza. "A video odyssey through the jagged landscape of today's political climate. Centering around a stolen Inquisition-era torture device, the work explores S&M, censorship, art and freedom." -- San Francisco Guardian

Rental: $90.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $85.00

J Hoberman

Broken Honeymoon #3 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 21.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Structural

A structural work in which Frankenstein attempts to conquer the universe. (See 'Independent Film and Popular Culture: Films of J. Hoberman' by Jonathan Buchsbaum, Millenium Film Journal # 6, for detailed description.) --J. H.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Wallace Jones

Destination Unknown (1982) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Science & Medicine

In the future, spacefarers discover a habitable planet amidst the void of space, and land there to explore. They soon find themselves under attack by one of the planet's strange inhabitants. How the spacefarers react to this siege is a reflection of the nature of mankind. The film features dimensional stop-motion animation as well as live action. --W. E. J.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dawn Jordan

Bestseller, The (2001) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

An aspiring author decides to seduce a best-selling writer in order to advance her career. She soon discovers that this accomplished author is a psychotic killer and she's about to be his next victim.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jon Jost

Slow Moves (1981) 16mm, color, 93 min

Genre: Narrative

SLOW MOVES is a bluesy lyrical romance of two ugly-ducklings who meet on the Golden Gate Bridge and after a brief and awkward courtship, live together with the usual problems of money and work, take flight to an illusory freedom on the road, and dances inexorably to a drab doom. At once funny, grubby, beautiful, lyrical, tragic and sad. "... it is quite serious about demonstrating how the simplest of plots can be visually manipulated into a vehicle of tension and suspense. Technique is layered upon technique, all the while pushing the story forward to its shabby and oddly affecting little conclusion. SLOW MOVES deserves all the exposure it can get." -- John J. O'Conner, New York Times "Fascinating, oddly gripping and often visually stunning. It's not unlike a Peter Greenaway mystery translated to the dry dusty heartlands of Malick's Badlands, although here the emphasis is on spiritual paralysis rather than Greenaway's elegant intellectual conceits. Written backwards from its explosive end, the real Slow Moves doesn't actually start until you're leaving the cinema." -- John Gill, Time Out, London "Jost has a keen camera eye and a marvelously prickly feel for relationships poised between the plain spun and the psychotic. This bumpy California love story between two emotional down-and-outs is teasingly scripted, tightly acted by Marshall Gaddis and Roxanne Rogers and is probably the best value-for-dollar film in London." -- Guardian

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Jon Jost

Bell Diamond (1986) 16mm, color, 96 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Telling story of a Vietnam vet in Butte Montana whose wife leaves him after seven years when she feels there is no longer communication between them, and more painfully and pointedly, because she is unable to have a child owing to his sterility from exposure to Agent Orange. Told in a gentle style, richly emotional, made with non-professionals drawn from the community of Butte. "... with a story developed by the filmmaker and cast and completely improvised, the film deals with characters who are neither articulate nor particularly attractive, but pays them the kind of respect and attention that they would never receive from other quarters. Visually Jost's most impressive work to date. The impact of the film's original form of realism arrives only gradually, but once it registers, it becomes indelible." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader "Among the ten best of the year. Formally exquisite and politically pointed study of an alienated Vietnam vet against the background of a bankrupted mining town." -- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune "Jost discerns emotions that conventional film practice misses. Using nonpro actors he proves his integrity almost too well, surround this desert of inarticulate, tight faces with some of the finest pictorial representations of the working-class West imaginable -- cloud filled skies, cyclone fences, desolate factories, pipelines, old tanks. A packing up scene between Jeff and Cathy and a confrontation with a veteran's counselor are sharp on attitude and language. All this through the intrepid pursuit of a different world and an alternate point of view." -- Armond White, Film Comment "Jost's method of narrating his tale will not be to every taste, for, though it's visually impressive, not one frame could be confused with commercial cinema. Using real time, Jost links Jeff's story to that of American labor history (in a brilliant sequence), ends with delightful ambiguity, and generally adopts an edgy, improvisatory style that reminds you of toned-down Cassavetes. This slow, quiet, intense film held me in its sway -- it has the power of reality." -- John Powers, LA WEEKLY

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Norman Kamerling

Too Bazooka (1964) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy

... an absurd-comic fantasy within a fantasy. The staid, sombre setting is sharply contrasted with the ridiculousness of the characters. --N. K.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Caroline Koebel

Puss! The Booted Cat (1995) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Erotic

PUSS! THE BOOTED CAT is an erotic short that laps up the various incarnations of the classic fairytale Puss-In-Boots. The tale, popularized in 17th century France by author Charles Perrault, is here transformed into a contemporary adventure of unrequited love, lands-titles-and-goods-to-be-conquered, identities-to-be-claimed, and feminine feline power. The heroine, who is both the woman Mademoiselle Puss and Puss the car, battles loss and misfortune with irrepressible rebellious energies. At last she is able to relax in her throne of the Bubastic Queendom, enjoying music, dance, and a most unusual mushroom--it had once been the ogre whose vengeance is the catalyst of this particular episode in one of her nine lives. The film's black-and-white images, intertitles, nonsynchronous sound, low tech "tricks", and theatricalized acting-style borrow from early film even as its modern-day references, fast paced editing, and feminist sensibility place it paws down in the present. --C. K.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Nicole Koschmann

Cinderella Lies (1996) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

A short narrative that explores patterns of communication in a heterosexual relationship that has lost its passion.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Robert Kramer

In The Country (1966) 16mm, black and white, 65 min

Genre: Narrative

The film deals with some of the contemporary forms of isolation and self-obsession. The story of this couple set apart in the country, turning increasingly upon themselves, derives its meaning from the former political engagement of the man. Both the former political attachments, and the city that they chose not to visit anymore, encroach upon them increasingly; they are caught precisely in the lapse between all their former associations, beliefs, attempts, and a new ground that they haven't been able to define. The film becomes almost a close case history of this trapping, repetitive state pain. --R. K.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Robert Kramer

Ice (1969) 16mm, black and white, 134 min

Genre: Narrative

"ICE to me is the most original and most significant American narrative film in two, maybe three years. I like this slow, measured flow, which is mysterious. unpredictable, full of dark corners. It is far from the usual melodrama. I like its movements, its people, its mood. The film probes in depth the most urgent contemporary realities. Robert Kramer is a filmmaker of the first magnitude." --Jonas Mekas

Rental: $225.00
16mm Rental: $225.00

David Krutchik

Genius of Catherine Lenoir, The (1966) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: History

The French historian Jules Michelet has recounted the tragic story of a young girl in 18th Century France who, after falling under the influence of a local priest, is accused by him of witchcraft, tried, and burnt at the stake. The tables are turned, however, when the story falls into the hands of a motion picture mogul, a screenwriter, and a remarkable leading lady. --D. K.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

George Kuchar

Pagan Rhapsody (1970) 16mm, color, 23.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Since this was Jane and Lloyd's first big acting roles, I made the music very loud so it would sweep them to stardom. She once hurt Bob Cowan's back by sitting on it so this time I had her laying on his stomach. Donna Kerness was pregnant during her scenes but her stomach was kept pretty much in shadow and it's not noticeable. My stomach was the same as always except it contained more mocha cake than usual since that type of cake was usually around when I filmed in Brooklyn Heights. Being that the picture was made in the winter, there are no outdoor scenes because it's too cold and when the characters have to suddenly flee a tense situation, it's too time consuming to have them put on a coat and gloves. Originally not scheduled as a tragedy, things swiftly changed as the months made me more and more sour as I plummet down that incinerator shaft I call my life.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

George Kuchar

Back To Nature (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Scenes for this film were shot in Death Valley and Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park. It's a love story of betrayal, a search for happiness, fulfillment and misery among nature's grandeur.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Owen Land

Wide Angle Saxon (1975) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Earl Greaves is polishing the grille of his Cadillac Coupe de Ville. He used to work as an assistant cameraman for a television station. On one program there was an interview with "Lamb," a messianic Jewish folk duo comprised of Joel Chernoff and Rick "Levi" Coghill. Lamb's main purpose is to minister to Jews, that's why they use Jewish terminology like calling Jesus by his Hebrew name Yeshua. Earl isn't Jewish, but hearing Joel and Rick made him decide to read the gospels - and he is convinced .... Earl is troubled by the possibility that his own possessions might be a barrier between him and God. One evening he goes to a film showing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The film is long and boring, consisting of shots of red paint being poured on "a wide variety of objects," the last of which is a hotplate. Earl is so bored that his mind wanders all over the place. One of the places it wanders to is the realization that he is in fact too attached to his possessions, and he determines to do something about it ....

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00

Malcolm LeGrice

Talla (1968) 16mm, black and white, 19.75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

... is the most narrative/subjective film I have yet made. Because all the material was shot by me in a week or so it has location continuity, which becomes very important in the film. The pace of the cutting is still fast and the images still work from perception to conception or--perhaps in this film--to 'feeling'. However there is no consistent building up of pace and the fast-cut pieces are held within pauses so that there are often 'clusters' of images diving out of a mainly calm field. --M. L. G.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Malcolm LeGrice

After Lumiere--L'Arroseur Arrose (1974) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Like all the works I have done which refer directly to another artist, AFTER LUMIERE is not directly 'about' the Lumiere original. It is the starting point for an investigation. In this case it is an investigation into consequentiality, or at least the significance of sequentiality in the construction of meaning and concept. As such, the film encroaches on 'narrative' cinema, but in a way which treats narrativization as problematic, not transparent. --M. L. G.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Howard Lester

Nose, The (1972) 16mm, color, 37 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

An adult fairy tale. Loosely inspired by the Gogol story 'The Nose', the film deals with the adventures of the main character as he searches for his nose in modern Los Angeles, climaxing with the Nose's recovery in a night-club for monsters. --H. L.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Lana Lin

Almost the Cocktail Hour (1997) 16mm, color, 56 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

A hybrid experimental narrative/biography that interprets Jane Bowles as a woman paralyzed by conflict -- an expatriate, lesbian, alcoholic, and wife of the more celebrated writer Paul Bowles. "A thoughtful and unique consideration of writer Jane Bowles as well as a sympathetic sketch of the desire to claim her, to connect with her, generations later." -- Carl Bogner, the Milwaukee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Rental: $130.00
16mm Rental: $130.00

Stephen Lovi

Portrait of the Lady in the Yellow Hat, A () 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A girl, a hat, a painter, and ensuing developments are presented in a choppy, fast-motion style which lends a clownish air to the film. Each object or situation is followed by explorations into its aesthetic ramifications, revealed with brilliant color, very fast cutting, and multiple superimpositions. --S. L. "One of the finest visually-oriented slapstick comedies I've ever seen... His films is a little like, if you can imagine such a thing, a cross between Broughton, Breer, Vanderbeekm and Emshwiller." --Stan Brakhage

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Babette Mangolte

Cold Eye, The (My Darling, Be Careful) (1988) 16mm, black and white, 90.25 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A "narrative" film centered around young artists living in New York City in 1979. The film is about a certain stage in the development of a young artist confronting the real world in terms of her own idealistic notions of what art is supposed to do. You never see her. She is the camera's eye and when someone says to the camera "My darling be careful," it could be addressing her or you spectator. The subjective camera set-up, and challanges your position as an impartial observer. --B. M.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Lawrence Marinelli

From The Unknown () 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

A science fiction story concerning a young man who is possessed by a small unidentifiable creature. The creature produces a complete change in the personality of its victim, lowering him to an animalistic level. The desire to destroy his loved one causes a mental eruption within him, leading to his own destruction. --L. M.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lawrence Marinelli

With Stronger Reason () 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

Depicts the life of a boy who has lived and grown up in a conventional atmosphere. His need to create has been suppressed by the fears of his so-called loved ones. They have directed him toward the material goals in life. He senses the emptiness of this course and decides to desert it - leaving it to desappear into the past. He takes up a new life of saying 'Yes' to the instinctive and creative forces within him. While dwelling in solitary completeness, he is confronted with a woman. He cannot escape the demands of her love and so is led to destroy the one part of his life which he feels is destined never to be realized... The startling pace of progress has yielded many beneficial results. It has had also one negative effect: conformity. This film is the story of a young man faced with a tragic decision: either to embrace non-conformity through his art or yield to conformity through his love for a girl. --L. M.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ernest Marrero

One Day Franz Brought Me To His House (1982) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

An experimental narrative film in which the present day relevance of the Nazi holocaust is brought to bear on the political and religious realities of contemporary German society. ONE DAY FRANZ... consists of printed texts from which simultaneous narratives unfold. This unfolding interaction of poetic and public language produces a complex narrative reading. --E. M.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Fredric Martin

In the Beginning (1973) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The much-acclaimed special effects used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 - A SPACE ODYSSEY were created by the producer of IN THE BEGINNING. Witheld from distribution until now, this short film tells through the use of these same unique special effects the story of the Creation. It is spoken in English, French and German, with Debussy's "La Mer" underlining the dramatic narration. --F. M.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Deborah Meehan

Former Prairie (1978) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

"Set in the nether world of urban gloom, the film tracks an enigmatic young man through the deserted streets of Chicago that is all rough edges, raw nerves, wailing sirens and flashing lights. There is an abundance of symbolic signs and proto-punk music ..." - B. Ruby Rich, Chicago Reader, July 1979. "It is a narrative fragment that strives to combine distance and attraction, terminal boredom and the unattainable ... The filmmaker's use of color is a key element in the presentation of urban landscape as a luring playground made even more attravtive by the sound of sirens. Against this nighttime background every red is supersaturated, and every other hue of night light is powerfully enhanced by the very limited subtlety of Kodak color." - Barbara Scharres, Chicago Reader, June 1982.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Adolfas Mekas

Hallelujah The Hills (1965) 16mm, DVD PAL, black and white, 82 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"The weirdest, wooziest, wackiest screen comedy ... a slapstick poem, an intellectual hellzapoppin, a gloriously fresh experiment and experience in the cinema of the absurd, the first cubistic comedy of the new world cinema." -- Time magazine "Imagine a combination of Huckleberry Finn, Pull My Daisy, the Marx Brothers, and the complete works of Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, D. W. Griffith, and you've got it. What have you got? A film which is both deliriously funny and ravishingly lyrical. The story, or what one can make of it, concerns two men, Jack and Leo, who are in love with Vera. For seven winters they camp near her Vermont house: all in vain, the horrible Gideon finally wins Vera. Most of the film, however, is taken up with the highlights of the two boys in the snow-covered and beautifully photographed woods. The slapstick is as outrageous as the continuity is nonexistent." -- Richard Roud, The Guardian

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

DVD PAL Sale: $36.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Jonas Mekas

Guns of the Trees (1962) 16mm, 35mm, DVD PAL, black and white, 75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Jonas Mekas wrote, produced, directed, and photographed this arty experimental study of the beatnik movement in America. A bleak portrait of modern existentialism and despair, Guns of the Trees tells the story of young Barbara (Francis Stillman), who is desperately trying to find some value in her life but is weighed down by depression. She seeks solace in the church but instead is met by Gregory (Adolfas Mekas), an intellectual who seems to have an even worse opinion of life than she does. For a time, she seems close to rescue by Ben and Argus (Ben Carruthers and Argus Carruthers) a married couple who seem to have found genuine value in life through each other. Ultimately, they cannot save her from her own despair. This beat portrayal of angst is interspersed with poetry readings and rather blatant symbology. ~ John Voorhees, All Movie Guide Four young people are trying to understand why their friend, a young woman, committed a suicide. A film made up of disconnected scenes weaving between past and present. The title of the film comes from a poem by Stuart Perkoff which tells that some young people felt (around 1960) that everything is against them, so much that even the trees in the parks and streets seemed to them like guns pointing at their very existence. - J. M. Guns of the Trees deals with the thoughts, feelings, and anguished strivings of my generation, faced with the moral perplexity of our times. Conceived as an episodic, horizontal film, there is no apparent direct story connection between one scene and the next. The scenes act like pieces of a larger, timed, emotional mosaic. Where the direct word, or the direct image, fails - when we come to more essential things-the indirectness of the poet will seize the essence and the truth. - J. M. It is a bitter but lyric work. It is also revolutionary in form, being unlike, in its technique, anything you ever saw. It is a poster declaration, a manifesto. I regard Guns of The Trees as the most important film by far of the American "New Wave." - Herman G. Weinberg, New York Film-Makers' Cooperative Catalogue n6, 1975 It may be one of the most personal and revealing films of the intellectual, beat and hip fringe of society of America today. - Gene Moskowitz, Cahiers du cinema, N119, May 1961

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

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Home Use Only

Hans D. Michaud

3 (1992) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

"3" is an experimental narrative set in two rooms indoors, in which two individuals are attempting to reconfigure their bodies with hand-fashioned tools and external skeletons and one individual is attempting to document and exploit it.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Ephraim Asili

American Hunger (2013) color & bw, 19 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

Oscillating between a street festival in Philadelphia, the slave forts and capitol city of Ghana, and the New Jersey shore, American Hunger, explores the relationship between personal experience and collective histories. American fantasies confront African realities. African realities confront American fantasies. African fantasies confront American realities. American realities confront African fantasies... Available on DVD/Blu Ray

Rental: $75
DVD NTSC Rental: $75. Blu Ray $150

Ephraim Asili

Forged Ways (2011) color and bw, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

Photographed on location in Harlem, Ethiopia, Forged Ways combines elements of documentary, narrative, and experimental film form. Structurally the film cycles between the first person account of filmmaker, the third person experience of a man navigating the streets of Harlem, and day-to-day life in cities and villages of Ethiopia. By subduing any definitive story-line or "message" the film functions as an audio visual meditation on the constructs surrounding African American cultural identity while simultaneously examining some of the more subtle implications involved in maintaining an identity that spans hundreds of years, and thousands of miles.

Available on DVD and Blu Ray

Rental: $75
DVD NTSC Rental: $75. Blu Ray $150

Tom Palazzolo

Caligari's Cure (1982) 16mm, color, 65.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

My work has always depended on outside sources, whether it's an artwork from another period or people, events, and places from my own past or present. I use this material as a springboard. Both as a student and a teacher I have spent most of my adult life in an art environment. This present work combines formative memories of Catholic school with the other half of my life -- the museum and school of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have always wanted to do a remake of Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, both because the film is very interesting to me in a psychological sense and to reflect my interest in art and film history. "CALIGARI'S CURE is Tom Palazzolo's first fictional narrative film and also his first feature .... The film is a comic fantasy that presents the filmmaker's memories ... as reenacted by a cast of performance artists and friends in wildly colored, distorted sets and costumes. Palazzolo's style is playful and irreverent, incorporating and openly acknowledging a wide range of influences from cinema, art history, and contemporary American art. The subjectively distorted, expressionist sets of the original German film, for instance, have been transformed into a junky, cartoon-like, and distinctively American version that reflects Palazzolo's involvement with contemporary painting as well as with film history." -- Callie Angell, New American Filmmakers Series, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Laura Parnes

No Is Yes (1998) VHS NTSC, color, 40 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Music

A combination of experimental and narrative approaches which explore the commodification of rebellion as it is marketed to youth culture, through the eyes of two drug dealing, teenage girls from Brooklyn who "accidentally" kill and mutilate their favorite alternative rock star. Their obsession with murders and makeovers and their confusion between fashion and transgression lead these girls into a world where nihilism is bought and sold, and rebellion is impossible.

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Bradley A. Rappa

Through Revolving Doors (1997) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Through the disintegration of the photographic image, this experimental narrative explores the deceptive construction of memory caused by psychological trauma.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Hans Richter

Passionate Pastime (1958) color, 28 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history

Hans Richter's documentary on the game of chess. Narrated by Vincent Price. Outlines the history of chess from ancient times to the present and traces its origins in India, China, and Persia. Prints, painting, illuminated manuscripts, live photography and rare chess pieces are shown as well as chess figures designed after Picasso and Braque.

Rental: $75.00

Peter Rose

Digital Speech (1984) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

DIGITAL SPEECH (1984, 13m) uses a traveler's anecdote, a perverse variant of a classic Zen parable, as a vehicle for an exploration of language, thought and gesture. The tape plays with the nature of narrative, with ways of telling, performing and illustrating, and uses nonsense language, scat singing and video rescan for comic comment.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Barbara Rosenthal

TALK-TALK: Six Videos About Spoken Communication (1986-2004) color, 12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, children & youth, comedy, dance, environment & nature , family, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health

HOW MUCH DOES THE MONKEY REMEMBER (1988) : Ventriloquism performance: Improv by Rosenthal and The Monkey: Can you be able to say it, and yet not say it aloud, because even though you could say it, you have no idea what it means? SEMAPHORE POEMS (1986): The late poet Hannah Weiner reprises her performance. The poet, the birds and the video communicate separately as hard as they can, but what can we, or even they, understand at all? I CAN TALK BURP TALK (1988): Performer: Ola Creston, age 9. She can and she does. Single shot improv. WORDS COME OUT BACKWARDS (2004): "Last night I was up talking to myself, when the words appeared visimagically before my lips." NONSENSE CONVERSATION (1988): A Barbara Rosenthal short performance video, in which her own voice gives way to that of others speaking her words.

DVD NTSC Sale: $485

Mary Billyou

The Invalids (2003) 16mm, b&w, 9 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, erotic, films about film, psychology & mental health , science & medicine

The invalid is a patient who stubbornly does not get "better". This experimental narrative employs the medical teaching photographs of the Hospital Salpetriere to spin stories that are constructed and also repeated from history. A Vimeo Staff Pick.

Rental: $30.00

16mm Sale: $250

Casandra Stark Mele

Films vol.2 (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 60 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

"Death of an Arabian Woman" (1991) originally 16mm, color, 12 min. With music by Motherhead Bug. Harkening back to her use of Catholic imagery in "Dead on my Arm," this film positions Stark as a wanderer, able to create life and in the company of religious prophets. The film is shot in Napoli and New York. "The Anarchists" with music by Missing Foundation and Menace Dement "Parades of Crazy" originally super-8, color and b/w with music by The Trees. Incorporates several processions from both Italy and New York revealing them as cathartic and transformative experiences. VHS sale price: $40 individual, $100 institutional

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Chick Strand

Coming Up For Air (1986) VHS NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

A "new narrative" film based on the visions of magic realism in an Anglo context. This is a gothic mystery that explores a reckless pursuit of interchangeable personalities and experience. Whether experience is first hand, read, remembered from a conversation during a chance encounter, heard of from all possible sources of information, whether fact or fiction, the "experiences" become ours; reinterpreted, reconstructed, and restructured, finally becoming our personal myths, and the source of our poetry and dreams. The sources for this film include night dreams, the idea of holocaust, the exoticness of the Mid-East, the sensuality of animals, the explorations of Scott in Antarctica, and a film I once saw, entitled The Son of Amir Is Dead.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Mary Ann Toman

Female Offender, The (1994) 16mm, black and white, 32 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: history, political_social activism

An exploration of the space where femininity and criminality collide. The film collages archival footage clips culled from silent films, original footage and computer-generated imagery with a series of narratives drawn from true crime confessions, early criminological texts, and the filmmaker's own reflections. The result is a cool and piercing meditation on the way the categories of "woman" and "criminal" have been constructed.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Walter Ungerer

Animal, The (1976) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 73 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A man meets a woman at a deserted railroad station somewhere in northern New England. It is the middle of winter; snow is falling. The two drive to a remote farmhouse. Two strange children, who never speak, appear at the window; an old woman calls them away. First isolation, then alienation, overcome the couple. The woman has a dream, then disappears. Nothing is explained. Only footprints remain in the snow that covers the supernatural landscape. THE ANIMAL is a film about unutterable loss, fate and the unknowable.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00

Walter Ungerer

House Without Steps, The (1979) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 92 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

A sensuous woman, an angry artist, a mysterious puppet maker, suspicious townspeople, mischievous kids; these are the characters in THE HOUSE WITHOUT STEPS. The setting is contemporary Vermont, but it is Walter Ungerer's Vermont; the landscape, though beautiful and tranquil, is charged with an ominousness familiar to Ungerer films. Everything takes on a greater importance; time loses its boundaries. Through Ungerer's vision, people are transformed into inhabitants of a world that is at once ordinary and strange.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Walter Ungerer

6 X 6 (1993) DVD NTSC, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

The film is an improvised story about a young man who meets a young woman in a public place. He attempts to establish a friendship. This situation is played out three time, each time with different characters and different actors in different locations. What occurs unfolds differently with each story. In each situation the actors don't know each other. They respond spontaneously as they create the dialogue and the narrative.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Anthony Weymouth

Children's Fable, A (1970) 16mm, black and white, 12.5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children & Youth

"Three children, inspired by a television program, dress up and set out in search of the Holy Grail. From their frightening adventure emerges a parable of racial confrontation and moral rebirth."--A.W.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

William H. Wieboldt

In My Opinion () 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Narrative

"Humorous scene is at a sophisticated party where a man is trying to impress a woman with his knowledge of world affairs-contradicting himself in the process. She is not impressed but he doesn't realize it."-W.W.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Greg Yaskot

Parker Mill (1978) Super8, color, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Architecture, diary_ journal

Dedicated to William Balough. With "Bucky Peckerhead" Balough (Age 70), Ice Box, Zunda, and G.Y.: "A super-8 work diary which records various episodes as we renovate and reclaim bricks from the former Charles Parker building in Yalesville, Connecticut. The problem of cleaning the bricks, one by one, was solved by Bucky's orderly method, which he devised while working for the WPA in the 1930's. 'Let the tool do the work' was his advice to us, and since he owned more tools than anyone I've met, the job was simplified. Every so often, I would set up the camera, turn it on, and go back to work. The result is this narrative work, edited in-camera. Bucky died in 1980, and at least he was able to see the film (he laughed), so I dedicate this to him, one of the great originals I have had the pleasure of knowing." - G.Y.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Nick Zedd

Police State (1987) 16mm, , 18 min min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body

An innocent man is harrased by the cops. Featuring Rockets Redglare.

Rental: $75
16mm Rental: $75

Fabrice Ziolkowski

LAX (1980) , min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Architecture

"A true city film, L.A.X. combines majestic aerial shots of the hills and skylines with grittier footage shot on the streets of Hollywood to construct a truthful reflection of the many disparate elements that come together as the city of Los Angeles. Described by film scholar David James as a 'disabused, skeptical rendering of the city's grittier underside' which reveals 'the noir realities behind the sunshine.' Ziolkowski's work marked a high point in the burgeoning L.A. avant-garde film scene of the 1970's." - From the Harvard Film Archive's catalogs

Rental: $175.00

Abigail Child

Dark Dark (2001) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater, Philosophical

“DARK DARK is a ghost dance of narrative gesture melding four found story fragments: Noir, Western, Romance and Chase. The music of Ennio Morricone provocatively interacts with the images, tantalizing the audience with webs of memory, meaning and elusive folly.” A.C.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

Veneo Video Viceo (1991) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 55 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film

A young woman gets the idea to make and market a punk-style aerobics tape -- and does so at too great a speed to ever reflect on the ramifications of her project. She lives in New York's East Village, and just happens to walk by Stephen Spielberg's "Batteries Not Included" film set each day on her way to and from work. The two projects are counterpointed with particular reference to the degree to which either of them pay attention to anything more than a few superficial elements of the community and cultures they purport to be representing. The dramatic continuity of the story is frequently interrupted by a collage of images of the characters recontextualized in portrait format and overlaid with a series of onscreen texts. These images and texts serve as a Brechtian chorus, providing comment on the relationships between the marketplace, the television medium, and what an audience will easily believe.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $100.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $500.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $400.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

Queen of the Mist (1995) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, Beta SP NTSC, color, 29 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, History, Political / Social Activism

Tells, in narrative poetry, the story of Annie Edson Taylor -- the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and a forgotten American heroine. A 63 year-old teacher facing unemployment and poverty in 1901, Taylor decided to take up the challenge P.T. Barnum had issued and send herself over the Falls as her one hope to reverse her fortunes. Had Taylor been a man or a young beauty, she might have found the fame and fortune she hoped for. Instead, she was ignored and derided, robbed and abandoned by her managers, impersonated by an actress, and eclipsed by Bobby Leach -- who was the first man to go over Niagara Falls (ten years after her feat). She died in poverty at the age of 83. QUEEN OF THE MIST presents the events of Annie's life through impressionistic re-enactments, layered with archival materials. It imaginatively portrays Annie Taylor's daring feat and the ordeals she suffered in the years that followed it. It brings to light a courageous early 20th century woman whose story has been lost to history. QUEEN OF THE MIST was made at the invitation of and in collaboration with the poet, Joan Murray -- and is based on her narrative poems from the book of the same name. Excerpts from these poems, which creatively dramatize Taylor's life, are read by Ms. Murray. Mary Foskett plays Annie Edson Taylor, supported by a cast of 40 actors and extras. Sound design is by Jonathan Duckett.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $100.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00
BetaSP NTSC Rental: $100.00

3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $500.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $400.00
BetaSP NTSC Sale: $500.00

Phil Cummins

Vigo & Broadway (1985) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

An articulation of the conflict between man and nature, told in the style of the cinepoem. The camera takes on the point of view of an egret, a great sea bird, its sense of vision fragmented, slow in coming. It takes time to assemble the parts of vision into meaningful forms. Taking rest for a moment on this sad world of men, it returns to sky.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Scot-Free

Strange Love (1996) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Erotic

Cinema of Transgression founder Nick Zedd stars in this sick little film as one half of a jaded Lower East Side couple that's become bored of straight sex. Wanting to spice things up a bit they imitate some rough sex action they see on TV with gory consequences. Official Selection: 7th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival Official Selection: 2nd Annual Boston Underground Film Festival

16mm Rental: $40.00

Lloyd Williams

16mm Experimental Films by Lloyd M. Williams (1952) 16mm, black and white, 116 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Music

Disc 1 Wipes (1:00 1964) Grand Prize Canyon Film Festival. Less Poisson's (2:03 1952) 'Animated cut-outs of life under the sea.' A film for children. Jabberwock (4:23 1959) from the poem by Lewis Carroll won the Silver Award at the Cannes Festival in 1959 Opus #5 (5:21 1963) Creates a mood of nightmare terrors at once indefinable and affecting They're off (7:42 1959) A satire movie about sports car racing at the Little Lemans, directed while at New York University and very populare among sports car devotees The Creation (1:18 1963) A million years of life in one minute. Wipes (1:00 1964) Disc 2 Wipes (1:00 1964) 'A jigger of pure visual tonic.' Line of Apogee (45:00 1966) Filmed over a period of four years; this is a record of the sights and sounds of many nights of dreams before they fade away. Grand prize Independent Film-Makers Competition St. Lawrence University. The well known electronic music composer Vladmir Ussachevsky thought so much of Line of Apogee that he composed the original electronic musical score for the movie. The sound track for the movie was released by New World Records Film Music along with the Suite from No Exit; the DVD of the score is 80389-2 DIDX 006272. Rainbow's Children (23:33 1975) Experimental film, Diploma D'Excellence Festival D'International Cinema Montreal, Original Electronic sound track by Suzanne Ciani. Rainbow's Child (13:57 1997) Cinemtography by Lloyd Williams edited by Adrian Salsgiver Wipes (1:00 1964)

16mm Sale: $75.00

Jennifer Reeves

Time We Killed, The (2004) 16mm, , 94.00 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

The Time We Killed, her debut feature exploring the inner life of a writer unable to leave her NY apartment on the brink of the US invasion of Iraq. Robyn (played by poet Lisa Jarnot) confronts her growing agoraphobia in this beautifully shot and emotionally compelling portrait of contemporary alienation. (Ariella Ben-Dov)

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Katherine Bauer

Dub Doll (2001) 16mm, b/w, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, hand processed

16mm Rental: $35.00

Katherine Bauer

How We Study the Sun (2012) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, hand processed, mystical

T.V. fuzz to the crystal buzz of the city street lights at night.

16mm Rental: $35.00

Katherine Bauer

Ichor (2007) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, spiritual mystical

Ichor is defined as the fluid that flows like blood from the gods. This film documents a transformation ritual performed by two girls who successfully conjure the spirits of the Egyptian Goddesses of the sun and the moon. Shot in Los Angeles during the winter solstice beneath a full moon.

16mm Rental: $40.00

Kiki Allgeier

Dear Joe P. Bear (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: nature

This film is a response to a letter written by Matt McCormick entitled "Sincerely Joe P. Bear." It is an exploration of alternative modes of editing using a manual bolex camera and found footage of a polar bear hunt. Using such antiquated editing techniques for a contemporary film is a way of expressing the filmmaker's recurring dream like memories. Written and Directed by Kiki Allgeier Co-Directed by Nikihil Melnechuk Director of Photography Jeff Silva Starring: Kiki Allgeier Sophie Landon and Robert Michaels

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Jason Sibert

An Incident at Bridgeville (2005) Color and B&W, 128 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Technology

A film essay which mixes film diary, mock-documentary and narrative to make statements about the soul, technology and love. It has a science fiction storyline which engages the viewer. "Bridgeville" had some positive reviews on the web. Showed at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City as a part of the New Filmmmakers Showcase.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Chuck Workman

A Kiss at Kerouac's Grave (2002) DVD NTSC, Color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative

A short story of a young runaway who makes a reverent visit to the Jack Kerouac Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts and gets more exposure to the counterculture than she expected. Part of series of shorts by Chuck Workman called "The Glory and the Dream."

Rental: $25.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

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Chuck Workman

That Good Night (1994) DVD NTSC, Color, min

Genre: Narrative

The last minutes in the life of a jogger who accidentally trips, falls on a rock in a stream, and spends his final moments alone and paralyzed looking at the sharp natural details around him and the softer fleeting images of his life. Based on the short story, "El Muerto" by Horacio Quiroga. With Robert Foxworth. Part of a series of shorts by Chuck Workman called "The Glory and the Dream."

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Chuck Workman

A House on a Hill (2003) DVD NTSC, Color, 87 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

The story of a retired architect who returns to the struggles and triumphs of his art. Starring Philip Baker Hall, Laura San Giacomo, Shirley Knight and Henry Rollins. Called "the most sagacious cinematic dancing ever done about architecture" by the Washington Post. From the review by Matt Zoller Seitz: "the most artistically adventurous drama in theaters right now, thanks mainly to writer-director Workman's unusual attempts to slice up cinematic space like an architectural draftsman mentally rebuilding a structure that is already finished. Workman deploys a dizzying array of devices that somehow comment on the drama without disrupting it, from split-screen effects to irises to extreme horizontal and vertical mattes....It never fails to dazzle, often through inventive visuals that would be the centerpiece of other movies but are throwaways here. Few contemporary directors have such a keen sense of rhythm, or such an apparently instinctive ability to judge a shot both for dramatic context and inherent visual power. He's one of the most influential film editors of the past 50 years."

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Alice O'Malley

Last Call at the Chelsea (1998-2007) DVD NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Body, Psychology & Mental Health, Queer / Bi / Trans

Dr. Julia world-renowned mathematician and legendary hermaphrodite, makes one final call to her friend before her appointment with Dr. Ovorkian, the famous suicide doctor. Filmed on location at the Chelsea Hotel.

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Jasmine Hirst

Sexual Homicide Detective (2008) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 3:45 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography, Psychology & Mental Health

The life of a retired New York Sexual Homicide Detective, who has witnessed the worst side of humanity, and has old autopsy photos mixed up with photographs of his grandchildren.

Rental: $45.00
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Jasmine Hirst

Why Don't You Kill Yourself (2006) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 3:23 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography, Personal / Diary / Journal, Psychology & Mental Health, Queer / Bi / Trans

I watch people in the streets and wonder why they keep on living, I have lived my whole life with a God-awful pain. I don't understand what it means to enjoy a sunset. I don't understand how people keep on living. I ask people: "Why don't you kill yourself?"

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Jasmine Hirst

Center of the World (2006) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 2:29 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music, Personal , Diary, Journal, Queer / Bi / Trans

All my life I wanted to come to New York and be an artist. My dream finally came true. I met the most amazing women...artists, musicians, filmmakers. I looked at them one day and thought: "Oh my God I'm at the center of the world!" And then my life went to hell......

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Jasmine Hirst

Dark Rainbow (2008) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 4:43 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Music

During a devastating relationship break-up, rather than kill myself, I wrote this song, and directed and edited the music video. Although I am not a musician, for 15 months I observed my ex-lover writing music, and thought:...I can do that.

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Jasmine Hirst

You Can Execute Her But You Can't Kill Her (2006) DVD NTSC, Color and black & white, 3:23 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Body, Queer / Bi / Trans

My ten year correspondence with serial killer Aileen Wuornos leads to an intimate and mesmerizing interview on Florida's death row. Also features Penny Arcade, Lydia Lunch and Nan Goldin. "I had the life as Aileen Wuornos. Why did I end up on the stages of the world, rather than on death row?" : Penny Arcade, ex-Andy Warhol superstar. Aileen was executed in October 2002 at Florida's State Prison.

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Jasmine Hirst

Best Revenge (2009) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 4:05 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music, Personal , Diary, Journal, Queer / Bi / Trans

Hooray for Goodbye, a New York alternative rock band, whose members are Genny Pavitt, Marz Mikeo, Wendy Kidd and Sorra An, asked me to film and direct this music video for them.

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Jasmine Hirst

Trailers (2009) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 9:11 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal , Diary, Journal, Queer / Bi / Trans

I met and filmed Aileen Wuornos on death row in Florida in 1997. We had been corresponding for 5 years and Aileen had asked me to film her talking about the truth of her life and crimes as part of her preparation to die. I have been trying to finish this feature length documentary since then. But can't. There is something wrong with me. Instead I make two minute trailers about other films I'd like to make. This is a trailer of trailers.

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Jasmine Hirst

Upstairs (2009) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 2:01 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

What if it's not the dead people in your house you should be scared of? What if there is actually someone upstairs? This is a trailer for an upcoming feature.

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Katrina Del Mar

A Beautiful Death (2006) DVD NTSC, , 7 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Queer / Bi / Trans

Called "radical" and "groundbreaking" by Nan Goldin, this lesbian vampire film features an unusual feeding frenzy and vampires playing rock "n" roll and board games.

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Katrina Del Mar

I Got What I Came For (2008) DVD NTSC, , 4 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Music

GSX "I Got What I Came For" music video.

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Katherine Bauer

Psycho Pussy Slaughter (2007) DVD_NTSC, Color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Hand processed, Mystical

The Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet is brought back from her long slumber on the wine of the Nile. She is defeated, shortly after sacrificing several felines and females in her bloody revenant rituals.

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Marina Shron

The Silent Love of the Fish (2002) DVD_NTSC, Black & White, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

" A surreal tale of fish eaten and innocence lost.".

Rental: $40.00
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Marina Shron

X-Tina (2009) DVD_NTSC, Color / Black & White, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

A young girl and a fat man meet in a bar and share a beer along with small talk of sex and murder. Two disjointed lives come together for a fleeting moment to for an unfamiliar constellation...

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Lynne Sachs

Wind in Our Hair (Con viento en el pelo) (2010) DVD_NTSC, Color, 42 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children / Youth

Inspired by the stories of Argentine writer Julio Cortazar, yet blended with the realities of contemporary Argentina, "Wind in Our Hair" is an experimental narrative directed by New York filmmaker Lynne Sachs about four girls discovering themselves through a fascination with the trains that pass by their house. A story of early-teen anticipation and disappointment, "Wind in Our Hair" is circumscribed by a period of profound Argentine political and social unrest. Shot with 16mm, Super 8mm, Regular 8mm film and video, the film follows the girls to the train tracks, into kitchens, on sidewalks, in costume stores, and into backyards in the heart of Buenos Aires as well as the outskirts of town. Sachs and her Argentine collaborators move about Buenos Aires with their cameras, witnessing the four playful girls as they wander a city embroiled in a debate about the role of agribusiness, food resources and taxes. Using an intricately constructed Spanish-English "bilingual" soundtrack, Sachs and her co-editor Sofia Gallisa articulate this atmosphere of urban turmoil spinning about the young girls' lives. "Wind in Our Hair" also includes the daring, ethereal music of Argentine singer Juana Molina.

Rental: $75.00
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Dustin Thompson

The Travelogues (2010) DVD NTSC, digiBeta NTSC, miniDV NTSC, Color, 49 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Environement & Nature, Films About Film, Found Footage, Hand Processed, Landscape & Architecture, Literary & Theatre, Personal Diary & Journal, Structural

"One of the most incredible movies at Tribeca [2010] is, at 49 minutes in length, probably the least commercial: Dustin Thompson's avant-garde documentary [The] Travelogues ... He is a democratic tourist: a lover, an Italian cathedral, and surfers in a Munich river carry equal narrative weight. The mini-narratives, however, are distinguished between differing angles and speeds; form sets them apart. This is fantastic stuff, a festival film that makes you feel that life in worth living, and Tribeca worth attending." -Howard Feinstein, Filmmaker Magazine Also available on Blue Ray Disc and HDCAM.

Rental: $100.00
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MiniDV NTSC Rental: $100.00

Nelson Carlo

Should We Go Home (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 29 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A group of amateur filmmakers are trying to make a film about a mature upper class woman who claims that she has lost her house. Wondering the lonely and cold streets of the city, she seems to be in a very particular state of mine. She is more interested in talking about the world than answering the question about how she lost her home?. This feeling of loss is impregnated throughout the whole film and it becomes the main topic of it; this causes the lost of the film itself.

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John Thompson

Songbird (2006) DVD_NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: psychology & mental health

Songbird is a Gothic tale about Isabella, who finds herself trapped in an oppressive marriage with her drunken oaf of a husband, Walter. One night at the dinner table her songbird won't stop chirping, which sends Walter into a rage. Only when he threatens to take away the one thing she loves does Isabella find the strength to fight back with gruesome tenacity.

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Marie Losier

Manuelle Labor (2007) DVD NTSC, b / w, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: children & youth

Collaboration film Marie Losier and Guy Maddin. Two sisters, five brothers, a doctor and two nurses and the miraculous birth of a pair of hands..but whose hands..."Marie, that shot of the hands coming out o' your womb is a dilly!!! What an honour to be born of you! your son, Guy" (Guy Maddin)

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Gary Goldberg

Plates (1990) DVD NTSC, b & w, 11 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy

Starring Bill Rice & Taylor Mead. Camera/sound: Jacob Burckhardt. "Bill serves Taylor plates." Gary Goldberg was an East Village underground filmmaker, artist and playwright who worked in film until his death in 2003. In the 1970s, in addition to his paintings and conceptual art works that were exhibited and collected around the world, he did a number of "guerrilla art" pieces on the streets of Soho in New York. He directed many of his plays in the East Village at The Theater for the New City, La Mama, and other venues. His films have been presented at Millennium Film Workshop, the Knitting Factory, the Berlin International Film Festival, Arsenal, the Kitchen, and many American and International Festivals including Ann Arbor and the Stuttgart Film Winter - the Festival for Expanded Media. His work was presented in a Cineprobe at the Museum of Modern art in 1995. In 1990 he began a series of films starring Taylor Mead and Bill Rice. Together they made six films that, as a group, are called Double Trouble. "Not to be missed." - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice "It is probably the most original, thought-provoking comedy I've ever seen." - Alexander Kogan, Film Around the World, NY

Rental: $95.00
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Jonas Mekas

Sleepless Nights Stories (2011) DVD_NTSC, DVD_PAL, digiBeta PAL, color, 114 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, diary_journal

"For two hours we stroll with Jonas Mekas through New York nights, through apartments, studios, backstage rooms, bars and clubs. We meet old acquaintances like Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Carolee Schneemann, Marina Abramovic, friends, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and also many new acquaintances. The father of the diary film begins with the words 'I can't sleep.' Who hasn't been in that situation. Sleepy and yet wide awake, you find yourself in the world of those exhausted from the day's exertions. In Sleepless Nights Stories we witness (approximately) 25 tales from a thousand and one nights - remnants of films by one of the greatest avant-garde filmmakers whose life rewrote film history"--Berlinale 2011. "SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES originated from my readings of the One Thousand and One Nights. But unlike the Arabian tales, my stories are all from real life, though at times they too wander into somewhere else, beyond the everyday routine reality. There are some twenty-five different stories in my movie. Their protagonists are all my good friends and I myself am an inseparable part of the stories. The storyteller of the Arabian Nights was also part of his or her tales. Some of the people in the movie you'll recognize, some not. The fact that some of them you'll recognize has no bearing on the stories: after all, we all recognize John Wayne or Annette Benning, but in their stories they are no longer the people we know. The subjects of the stories cover a wide range of emotions, geographies, personal anxieties, anecdotes. These are not very big stories, not for the Big Screen: these are all personal big stories . . . And yes, you'll also find some provocations . . . But that's me, one "me" of many. The very question "What is a story?" is a provocative question. LOCATIONS AND CAST -- [INTRO] Staff of . . . Masters [STORY 1 -- THE STORY OF MARINA] Marina Abramovic, Chrissie Iles [STORY 2 -- THE STORY OF CAROLEE] Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover, Carolee Schneemann [STORY 3 -- THE STORY OF GREENPOINT] Ken Jacobs, Florence Jacobs [STORY 4 -- THE STORY OF THE LIZARD OF LUCCA] Sebastian Mekas [STORY 5] Louise Bourgeois [STORY 6] Yoko Ono [STORY 7 -- THE STORY OF DOUBT] Phong Bui, Raimond Abraham, Nathalie Provosty [STORY 8 -- THE STORY OF LEFTY] Harmony Korine, Rachel Korine (Simon), Lefty Korine [STORY 9 -- JEAN-JACQUES GIVES GOOD ADVICE TO HIS FRIENDS] Jean-Jacques Lebel, Hans Ulrich Obrist [STORY 10 -- THE STORY OF LOUIS] Louis Garrel, Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover [STORY 11] Sebastian Mekas, Luxemburg Guy, Pip Chodorov, Benn Northover [STORY 12] Raimond Abraham, Dodo, Violinist [STORY 13 -- THE STORY OF THE TREE] Benn Northover, Sebastian Mekas, Hopi Lebel, Kristijonas Kucinskas, Tomas [STORY 14] Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover, Pip Chodorov [STORY 15 -- THE STORY OF PEEKSKILL] Dalius Naujokaitis, Audrius Naujokaitis, Jonas Lozoraitis [STORY 16 -- THE STORY OF AMY, OR WHY NORMAL PEOPLE SING IN MIDDLE CLASS VOICES] Dalius Naujokaitis [STORY 17 -- THE STORY OF LEE] Lee Stringer [STORY 18 -- THE STORY OF ARTAUD] Jean-Jacques Label, Sebastian Mekas, Benn Northover, Hopi Lebel, Pip Chodorov [STORY 19] Patti Smith, Benn Northover [STORY 20 -- THE STORY OF DIANE AND PIRANESI] Raimond Abraham, Phong Bui, Diane Lewis, Nathalie Provotsy, Pip Chodorov, Sebastian Mekas [STORY 21] Sebastian Mekas, Kristijonas Kucinskas [STORY 22] Dalius Naujokaitis [STORY 23 -- FLUXUS VIOLIN] [STORY 24 -- THE STORY OF THE WOODS OF MY CHILDHOOD] French Children [STORY 25] Adolfas Mekas, Oona Mekas [STORY 26] Bjork Gudmundsdottir

Rental: $300.00
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DigiBeta PAL Rental: $300.00

Babette Mangolte

Visible Cities (1991) 16mm, color, 31 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Two women are in search of a home in the Southern California landscape. From the outside looking in, they see the single-family home as the locus of the exclusion of the other. It is also unaffordable. They both feel as if they are invisible citizens. They witness how the architectural landscape imposed on the California desert appears as a reversal of nature, where exclusive living, gated communities and segregation go hand in hand. They dream of escape. The film is giving a voice to the landscape as well as exploring off-screen presence and subjectivity. -- Babette Mangolte

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Toil of Three Cities/Liebesmueh (2012) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal

Music: Charlie Morrow, DJ Robeat, Matthew Lee Knowles, Virgil Segal, Brandstifter. Language: English with some translated German. Shot in New York, London and Berlin, this experimental documentary performance narrative is a tongue-in-cheek video fable that tells the tale of an artist struck by the extreme, sustained physical exertion of ordinary workmen. She seeks meaning in her own life by searching for the reasons behind their seeming enjoyment of "backbreaking work for the pleasure of others." She decides to practice yoga to strengthen her own body and open her heart, but feels inadequate to the task, so she sets out on a quest to find a guru-worker to tell her why they work so hard. Feeling guilty that her own heart is not so pure, she tries to avoid detection and arrest, but that inevitably happens. While in prison she meets 12 hard-working prostitutes who do manage to open her heart, then 4 little girls show us what is and is not valued as labor in contemporary society. By the end, the construction worker's words of wisdom provide a surprising insight that can only exist in Rosenthal's absurdist universe, which, of course, tells much about our own. Includes evocative, powerful original jazz and experimental music by Charlie Morrow and four other composers, additional text, video, audio and performance by DJ RoBeat, Super-8 footage by Bill Creston, and images from Rosenthal's extensive library. Premiered at Directors Lounge Internationall Film Festival, Berlin, Feb. 2012. LIMITED EDITION OF 30 SIGNED/NUMBERED

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

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Barbara Rosenthal

Hot and Cold Shakeup (2010) DVD NTSC, color, 3 min. min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal, philosophical

Seemingly simple and straightforward, as is characteristic of all Rosenthal's work, "HOT AND COLD SHAKEUP" was actually fabricated using one trick of videography, and one fakery of physics. Also characteristic of this life/art creator, is puns and idioms appear in some way, and that her inspiration sparks from real experience. This idea came in a flash while thinking about a love affair. So you get the idea, alternate titles included the following "I'm So Stuck On You I'm Not Normal." "He's No Great Shakes But He Gets Me Off." "I'm No Great Shakes But I Get Him Off." "No Great Shakes But We Get Off." "Can't Shake Him When He's Hot, Can't Shake Him When He's Cold." "Can't Shake Him When I'm Hot, Can't Shake Him When I'm Cold." As of March, 2012, this video has not yet premiered, although it has been shown in previews at eMediaLoft.org, NY. LIMITED EDITION OF 30 SIGNED/NUMBERED.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

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Distruktur

Cat Effekt (2011) DVD NTSC, color, 40 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Directed by Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius. "A woman goes alone through the streets of Moscow, getting on and off subway trains on her way to a meeting that includes a screening of a film about a cat. And that's it; or so it is for those who believe the plot is the best part of cinema. Because as they search for that visual purity that's historically connected to experimental cinema--equally far from theatrical as from the written word--the Jahn-Dullius duet makes an enigmatic film in which abstraction interrupts a nightmare-like story close to Maya Deren and Georges Franju trance films, and they leave one thing clear: cinema is all about images." -- Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival

Rental: $120.00
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Distruktur

Don't Look Back (2009) DVD NTSC, color, 7 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Hand-Processed

Directed by Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius. DON'T LOOK BACK is an exercise on repetition and a study on the changes that are perceived by the systematic return to the same environment.

Rental: $30.00
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Distruktur

Eternau (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 21 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Directed by Gustavo Jahn. Traveling by land and sea and through the space-time, searching for gold and beauty, the Mercenary Archaeologists have trespassed the limits of the Ancestral Garden, causing disorder between the sky and the sea. "Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius devoured the post-modern fantastic cinema and created a highly stylized movie in which they abandon the ship (and the holed boat) of boring cinema in search of a savage filmmaking and take all the risks of seaquakes and avalanches." -- Chico Serra

Rental: $65.00
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Distruktur

Triangulum (2009) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 22 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Directed by Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius. On the edge of the abyss a troupe of three meets faith, who appears in the form of a young woman. They are transported to an eastern metropolis, not knowing where to go or what to do. Random signs are the only directions to follow and will lead each one of them to a different journey. In perpetual movement, paranoids, they go further in search of balance. "Staged and filmed in Cairo by the artists Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius, TRIANGULUM expands the limits of cinema, defying those who insist on maintaining distinct aesthetic forms for film and art. Putting aside such arbitrary limits, the duo strikes again with an exercise of scrambling time and space--going further on what they did on their last film Eternau. Concerned with building their own style and geography--and succeeding in that with remarkable originality and ability, the two Brazilians based in Berlin bring fresh air to the retro-appropriation practices and propose and unstable narrative that, although inspired by Brazilian Marginal Cinema and Glauber Rochas' films is genuine contemporary." -- Bernardo Jose de Souza

Rental: $65.00
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Carl Michael George

BOY IS GONE, THE (1988) VHS_NTSC, Color, 14 min. min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: youth, family

Master raconteur and poet Edgar Oliver collaborates with George to create a film of a young boy's unqualified devotion to his mother and her negligent response and abandonment. An odd tale weaving images of emptiness, confrontation and the subsequent void. A profound statement of loss.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Katherine Bauer

Domestic/Vortex/Thrust (2010) 16mm, BW, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Hand processed

A triptych of daily life hypnotized through cats' eyes.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Katherine Bauer

Death Love (2011) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Hand processed

Love is what lies beneath.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Katherine Bauer

Arcade Isle (2011) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Hand processed

Wandering the boardwalk of Coney Island, she loses herself in many islands and oceans.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Katherine Bauer

Crystallus: Discontinuity and Nucleation Phases (2009) 16mm, color BW, 12 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Hand processed

From the Shiny Sorceress' belly, blood crystals have fallen to Earth, now lost within its cold crust. Matter is multiplying itself. The air is becoming saturated. The thickness of minerals that mingle under the Earth are sucked away. The saturation is becoming thicker and thicker. The process of crystallization has started to take place. It will trap her within an infinite reflection of herself.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Katherine Bauer

Crystallus: Crystal Death Phase (2011) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Hand processed

The interstellar mutation of the carbon cycle becomes fatal as it reaches into the inner logic of material being, transforming the world and all those who live in it into the glimmering lifeless crystal, choking out the beautiful lives with beauty itself.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Katherine Bauer

Vanitas (2009) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Hand processed

The blood is beauty as it is carved from one form of life into another.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Katherine Bauer

Circa I (2009) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Hand processed, Spiritual Mystical

Through the circles of alchemical concoctions and symbolism, a witch performs her spells and controls the explosions in the slag pot. She is an enchantress like Circe who changed Odysseys' men into pigs with her potions.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Philippe Garrel

Le Lit de la Vierge (The Virgin's Bed) (1969) DVD PAL, BW, 114 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

I believe my point of view on the Christian myth is quite clear in The Virgin's Bed. It is a non-violent parable in which Zouzou incarnates both Mary and Mary Magdalene while Pierre Clementi incarnates a discouraged Christ who throws down his arms in face of world cruelty. In spite of its allegorical nature, the film contains a denunciation of the police repression of 1968, which was generally well understood by viewers at the time.

DVD PAL Sale: $39.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Gianni Piccoli

Ta L'Avess (You Wish) (2000) DVD NTSC, color, 90 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy, ethnic/multicultural

On the worst Saturday of his life, Richi's doctor tells him that he has advanced brain cancer and that's it's too late to operate. He has about three months to live...

DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

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Marina Shron

Lullaby for Ray (2011) DVD NTSC, color, 18 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Two New York vagrants, like Adam and Eve after the fall, wander the streets of The Big Apple in search of food, dope, and shelter. Their journey culminates in a disturbing finale.

Rental: $30
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DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Beryl Sokoloff

MY MIRRORED HOPE (1963) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color , min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature, landscape_architecture

This iconic feature, MY MIRRORED HOPE, is a vibrant portrait of visionary artist Clarence Schmidt. The film intertwines views of Clarence Schmidt's fantastic house in Woodstock, NY, his sculptures and gardens with the man himself. Sokoloff portrays Clarence as a wizardly inhabitant of his magic world.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Phil Weisman

Three Films by Phil Weisman (2005-2012) DVD NTSC, Color & B/W, 80 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Arts & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, Children & Youth, Found Footage, Personal/Diary/Journal

Klando- I began to think about Brakhage's opening paragraph for Metaphors on Vision and his notion of the untutored eye and although I could sympathize with sentiment, my experience with my own daughter Maddy seemed more concrete. Sometime after September 11, 2001, having been displaced and re-settled temporarily in a furnished apartment in Maplewood, New Jersey, Maddy began reading stories from picture books. At four, she knew how to read a few words but mostly made up stories from looking at pictures. This video is my portrait of her and more, which began in a small industrial city about twenty minutes from Prague, Kladno, early one summer in the year 2000. -Weisman The Fugitive Chef The deaths of the filmmaker Bob Fleischner, my childhood friend Jeff Tenzer and my father Marc Weisman in 1989 hastened an already made decision to leave the avant-garde art community and seek respite elsewhere. This resolution didn't alter my desire to work at filmmaking or even attempt, occasionally, to alter its known forms; it simply restated it within a different context. The Fugitive Chef is a fractured and layered personal documentary shot mostly in Brooklyn and at the MacDowell Art Colony. Contributors to this film incldue filmmaker Bob Fleishner, poet Julia Kasdorf, painter Sarah McCoubrey, actor Scotty Snyder and filmmaker/performance artist Stuart Sherman. -Weisman Our Trembling Way Unlike one trend today in experimental film, it does not go about its work distilling or deconstructing. Rather it sets its sights on encompassing several interacting stories and visual tropes at once, including a man's trip to a hospital and a woman's trip to the movies, and blends them in celebration of cinema from both a narrative and non-narrative point of view. Utilizing found and originally recorded footage from both film and video sources, this film offers it's audience an opportunity to consider, in a mildly ironic manner, what it is to be mortal on this planet, as well as what it is to be both an observer and the observed. It is a lyrical tone poem, a fictional short story and a dance film and video light and shadow re-interpreted as a digital moving picture. -Stephen Anker, Dean, California Institute of the Arts

DVD NTSC Rental: $$50 individual, $100 institutional

Oona Mekas

The Sleepy Man (2013) DVD NTSC, Color, 25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Literary

Judith (Oona Mekas) comes home to find a man (John Hawkes) sleeping on her porch-one of the sleepy people. She brings him inside. Over the next 5 days the mystery of the sleepy man grows as Judith becomes entangled with a gang of roving youth and the ragtag militia who are dedicated to eradicating them. Based on the short story Sleepy People, by Jonathan Lethem. A magical realist love story.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50 DVD NTSC

Melissa Friedling

Let Your Hair Down (2003) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: body, comedy, erotic, found footage

Combines animation with found footage and live action for a more personal reinterpretation of the Brothers Grimm's RAPUNZEL.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart (2002) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, biography, body, films about film, found footage, history, literature & theater, personal/diary/journal, queer/bi/trans

Inspired by the hyperbolic prose of notorious celebrity fetishist, Mercedes de Acosta, this film poses questions about truth, identity, and desire.

Film Synopsis:
Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart is dedicated to the memory of poet, novelist, playwright, and Hollywood screenwriter, Mercedes de Acosta. Mercedes is inspired by De Acosta's own published memoirs, Here Lies the Heart (1960) in which De Acosta obsessively lists her impressive cache of celebrity acquaintances (including Elenora Duse, Isadora Duncan, Alice B. Toklas, Marlene Deitrich, and Greta Garbo, among others). The film borrows De Acosta's hyperbolic stylistics to move through archival footage, narrative fantasy sequences, and dramatic "reenactments" in manic combination of varied genre forms. While highlighting De Acosta's distinctive passions for celebrity and her own sexual, ethnic, and spiritual entanglements, Mercedes poses questions about biographical structure and autobiographical representation, history and fantasy, identity and desire.

"At once an insightful deconstruction of stardom and biography, and a wry camp appreciation of their value, Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart is witty, artful, and original."
--Steven Cohan, author of Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties (1997)and editor of Hollywood Musicals: The Film Reader (2002).

"Mercedes, Here Lies the Heart is exhaustively researched and combines original as well as archival footage, mixing documentary, fiction and fantasy. Using idioms of fan culture and voyeurism, rendered in a polyvalent form, Friedling contributes to a rich tradition of filmmakers who have experimented with gender and personal narrative. What makes Friedling's work distinctive is her use of a marginal figure such as Mercedes (who nevertheless perceives herself as central to various historical events). The director does not permit us identification with this figure, but allows her to become the point from which to launch a series of mini-essays and vignettes at break-neck speed. Mercedes' story becomes as much about her as it is about the paucity of truth, the fertility of imagination, the charm of media images, the crisis of lesbian desire and a melancholic search for meaning. . . Mercedes lives her life as a tissue of lies which lead her to an equally flawed, highly Orientalizing, moment of truth . . . In subtle ways, the film makes her fabrications a mockery of the worlds inhabited by her glamorous ex-lovers Garbo and Dietrich; a world that remains inaccessible to Mercedes in any real terms. By turning the limitations of her (marginal) protagonists into a meditation on society at large, I would argue that Friedling goes further than a previous generation of feminist filmmakers who explored women's valorization of personal narrative when confronted with the impossibility of female self-expression within patriarchy. Friedling affectionately celebrates narratives of failure and error, which are compelling for their insistent, if doomed, alternative takes on reality."
-Priya Jaikumar, Assistant Professor of Film at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television and author of Cinema at the End of Empire: Britain and India, 1927-1947 (2006).

Rental: $100
16mm Rental: $100

Melissa Friedling

Head in the Pickle Jar (1994) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, psychology/mental health

A film about a woman who preserves fruits and vegetables all day, every day, trying to keep them from rotting. When she worries that she, too, may be rotting, she decides to pickle herself.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Slouch, The (1994) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, children & youth, comedy

A film about a girl who walks around with her eyes towards the ground. One day, not looking where she's going, she gets hit by a car and lands flat on her back. For the first time she sees the sky and wishes she looked up long ago.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Richard Myers

Akran (1969) DVD_NTSC, BW, 118 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Robert Ohlrich, Pat Myers
Electronic music by Fred Coulter
"... a work of ambition and great technical virtuosity ... there is enough going on in AKRAN to command anyone's attention. And much of that is lovely and wonderfully difficult with regard for strange nuances that is one of the pleasures of the movies." -Roger Greenspun, New York Times

DVD PAL Sale: $35.00

Richard Myers

Three films by Richard Myers (1961, 1964 and 1965 ) DVD_NTSC, BW, 20, 24 and 23 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

The Path 1961
The Path "...light as the symbol of the ineffable. The 'plot' of this subjective recreation of a dream seems to concern a mysterious journey; the spectator. However, is visually directed towards forms and substances rather than to the protagonists by a filmmaker who is a master of visionary cinema." -Amos Vogel, Film as a subversive Art
First Time Here 1964
..."Major discovery of the Ann Arbor Film Festival" -Pauline Kael, Film critic and author
"First Time Here" is both fascinating and deeply disturbing. Perhaps it is a form of prophesy. I would gladly see it many times more." -Wm. S. Doan, Dir. The Film Center, Hull House, Chicago
Coronation 1965
Music:Fred Coulter /Costumes: James M. Someroski
"Richard Myers is one of the most talented and one of the most unknown filmmakers in the country. Personally and geographically isolated from the hysterical film propaganda machine. We seldom hear his name; aside from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, we never see his films...Myers's Coronation ranks with the two or three very best experimental films of 1965" -George Manupelli, dir. The Ann Arbor Film Festival.

DVD NTSC Sale: $35,00

Richard Myers

Deathstyles (1971) DVD_NTSC, BW , 60 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Robert Ohlrich, Jake Leed, Mary Leed, Pat Myers
Music by Fred Coulter
" An American Gothic Horror tale..." -David Bienstock, Whitney Museum
"I do not hesitate to state that I consider it one of the really great "Personal" films and certainly the most important film to come from the experimental cinema in the last few years...and it contains the universal mythic sense that both Emshwiller's RELATIVITY and Markopoulos' TWICE A MAN evoke. Films that involve you, each in their own way, in a living experience." -Bob Cowan, Take One Magazine

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Richard Myers

Jungle Girl (1984) DVD_NTSC, BW , 100 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Mary Leed, Jake Leed, Marjory Myers
"Jungle Girl is experimental film master Richard Myers' intensely personal tribute to Frances Gifford, star of the Republic Pictures serial of the 1940's. A gentle dream/memory work of haunting visual beauty, and as original as Cocteau, it helps to know Myers' stock company, mostly family members, but even if you don't, this homage to the brave Frances Gifford is absorbing as much for its backstage look at Hollywood as for it's brilliant dream sequences." - Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Richard Myers

37-73 (1974) DVD_NTSC, BW , 60 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Jake Leed, Kelly Myers, Mary Leed, Marjory Myers, 'Da' Croft
"I think 37-73 is an extraordinary work, and the best of Myers' longer films. I am astonished by his skill in image making, and his power to evoke the crazy pain of being an artist. It is a haunting work, with unforgettable scenes." -James Broughton, Poet and Filmmaker

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Richard Myers

Floorshow (1978) DVD_NTSC, BW , 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Jake Leed, Mary Leed, Pat Myers, Dick Myers, Kelly Myers, and Da Croft
"Myers makes highly surreal works of art that invite participation. "Floorshow" reveals a filmmaker who seemingly can express any state of mind with impact and eloquence." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angles Times Jan 12, 1980

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Richard Myers

Moving Pictures (1989) DVD_NTSC, BW , 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Nancy Scott, Robert Mayer, Louisa Takahashi
"This is a fun movie, with a wealth of amusing juxtapositions of objects, backgrounds, actors, dialogue, sounds, and narration. Although divided into sections, Moving Pictures is unified by the orchestrations of repetitions and variations. Landscapes and objects reappear in new configurations; characters invade unlikely scenes. THings seem familiar and yet make no sense. That is, after all, how dreams work." - Frank Green, writer and artist, Cleveland, Ohio

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Richard Myers

Monstershow (1996) DVD_NTSC, BW , 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Alan Benson, Paul Schuster, Marjory Myers
"We see a small traveling show performing in various outdoor Ohio locals; actors do scenes from frankenstein, Dracula, and Jekyll and Hyde. Myers intercuts clips from old movies, including versions of the same three stories; as well as footage from his own effort -a "Frankenstein" begun when he was 12. All of these elements are deftly combined to interpenetrate rather than collide; the banker's voice often continues when the old movies begin so that he seems to be narrating them as well. The result is that present and past, the personal and the public, Hollywood and amateur theater all seem to meld. Myer's sensuous, grainy black and white cinematography- is the key to the film's tone and meaning." -Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Vera Neubauer

Don't be afraid (1990) DVD_PAL, Color , 27 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children_Youth, Ethnic_Multicultural , Music , Political/social activism

A musical, which follows four rebellious youth of mixed race through part of their adolescence and an upheaval, which results in the birth of a potential cabinet minister.

DVD PAL Rental: $120

Vera Neubauer

The Decision (1981) DVD_PAL, Color , 33 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Cameraless, Films about Film, Found Footage, Personal diary journal , Structural

A woman, enclosed in the four walls of her home, struggles to find a balance between her fairy tale upbringing and the mundane reality of her everyday life.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

Woolly Town-Woolly Head (2005) DVD_PAL, color, 4.45 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, children & youth

Little Annie can't help getting into to trouble for daydreaming in class.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

Wooly Wolf (2001) color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: children & youth, family, literature & theater

In this tale of Little Red Riding-hood doesn't let herself be eaten by the wolf.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

La Luna (1999) DVD_PAL, color, 26 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: family, political/social activism

LA Luna is a tale of love and fear, dreams and ambitions, deceit and murder.

DVD PAL Rental: $104

Vera Neubauer

The Last Circus (2008) DVD_PAL, color, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, biography, psychology & mental health , spiritual/mystical

The last circus interweaves the dreams and memories of Godiva, a dying woman. We are privy to her life as it flashes before her eyes. The knitted characters come alive on the stage, drawing influences from theater of the absurd, reality, TV and the circus.

DVD PAL Rental: $70

Vera Neubauer

Animation for Live Action (1978) DVD_PAL, color, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: films about films, political/social activism

"Childish scrawl, devilish cartoon figures and black and white photography compete to represent the woman in what's been described as a literal battleground, with animator and animated fighting over the editing machine and fantasising each other's murder. Nothing is taken for granted, including the authority of representation itself-a restitution of the phallus which masculanises even feminist film into daddy's neatly sprocketed long legs?" Mandy Merck

DVD PAL Rental: $100

Jon Jost

Chameleon (1978) 35mm, color, 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

"Jon Jost's Chameleon was probably the happiest instance of a mixed marriage at the Festival (Edinburgh 1979): combining a freak, trippy (in fact almost Corman-esque) saga of a dope-dealer and all-round hustler with an abstract distillation of patterns of color and light. The place of the latter in the film is both somewhere within the drug-laced nimbus of its title character, Terry (Bob Glaudini), and somewhere outside its ironic description of the rampant merchandising of all other human activities. In a way, this abstract element almost serves as a secondary narrative, or at least becomes the 'point' of the film. At the beginning, Terry is seen hustling a painter of just such abstract designs to come up with six imitations of another painter which he can unload on the art market. With some 'persuasion', Terry overcomes the painter's reluctance, and at the end of the film returns to collect his merchandise. But the rolls of paper his is given turn out to be blank, and the painter defiantly protests, 'My life is color, form, the shape of things...' before Terry knocks him down and leaves him lying in a pool of spilled colors that returns us to the abstracts which were shown in detail in the opening shots. It is probably not too deterministic a reading to see Jost as the painter and the blank sheets as the conventional movie which he has refused to provide for audience consumption. But in between, his narrative not only holds together but unfolds through a fascinating succession of moods as Terry drives about LA, moving from appointment to appointment, from role to role. At one point, at the end of a long sequence in which he seems to be renewing a personal acquaintance on a hilltop some way outside the city, he and his companion go into a brief song and dance (I want to be phony, I want to be fake, not real). The unreality of Los Angeles clearly serves as a prime cause, and natural cradle, for the dreaming of cocaine dreams, and through it Jost even makes contact with a literary source... Terry refers to science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick and comments, 'This feller seemed like a casualty straight from his pages.'" - Richard Combs, American Film

Rental: $250.00
35mm Rental: $250.00

Liz Roberts

Collection - Three 16mm Films (1995-96) 16mm , Color and Black and White , min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body, philosophical

- A List of Things that Makes the Heart Beat Faster - Cicatrix - Useless Seething

DVD NTSC Rental: $50

Liz Roberts

Useless Seething (1996) Color and Black and White , min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Body , Literature , Queer_bi_trans

Push on the words until they turn into images

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

99 Hooker

Selected Works (2001-2012) DVD_NTSC, color and b&w, min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: art & artists, biography & autobiography, body, cameraless, comedy, environment and nature, erotic, ethnic/multicultural, films about film, fond footage, hand processed, history, literature & theater, music, philosophical, queer, bi, trans, technology

Selected work for distribution by the Film-Makers' Cooperative. DVD includes:
-Blockbuster
-Messerschmidt
-Mad Plaid
-Static Ocean
-Re:Nude
-9/11 Hiroshima Advent Calendar
-Body Count
-Deep Fat Fried Grinder

DVD NTSC Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

Michelle Handelman

Irma Vep, The Last NIght (2014) DVD, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Arts & Artists, Body, Erotic, Films about Films, Philosophical, Queer/Bi/Trans

"Irma Vep, the last breath" is a multichannel video project based on Musidora, the French silent film actress, and the character she is best known for, Irma Vep from the film Les Vampires (dir. Louis Feuillade 1915). It's a piece about living in the shadows, criminal anxiety and the relationship between the artist and her creation, both fictional and real. Irma Vep and Musidora are played by Zackary Drucker and Mother Flawless Sabrina, two artists who have developed a relationship that transgresses the border of art and life, obliterating social expectations while documenting a cultural evolution of gender. This project mirrors their relationship with that of Musidora and Irma Vep, taking up motifs from the silent movie such as gazes, affected body language and the figure of the masked woman. Shot on a starkly illuminated set that makes space for anxious projections of desire and knowledge on the void that is Irma Vep - a space between the genders, between vamps of the silent era and the contemporary queer - 'Irma Vep, the last breath" smashes the shiny veneer of artifice to reveal dark, subconscious layers of identity

DVD NTSC Rental: $150

DVD NTSC Sale: $250

Noe Kidder

A Paradise of Children (2014) Digital, color, 3 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

A short film about student - teacher love.

Ruth Novaczek

The New World (2014) DVD, color and b&w, 23:17 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography and autobiography, films about film, found footage , personal / diary / journal , philosophical, queer / bi / trans

A bricolage adventure in time, where repurposed heroines discuss revolution and the future in the past tense.

Rental: $7

DVD NTSC Sale: $20 or $50

Qi You

A Bowl of Snow (2014) DVD, color and b&w, min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature, philosophical

Observing snow melting, this film also captures my little intentional movements in narrative, like moving the chopsticks into the image, and moving the coffee machine handle. Every moving position is counted by the water drop sound, until the image moves to the falling snow. In this looping film, this circulation of snow just continues.

Rental: $20

Peggy Ahwesh

Lessons of War (2014) color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: found footage, social activism

Five little narratives, newsworthy stories from the most recent war in Gaza--retold to not forget the details, to reenact the trauma and to honor the dead. The footage is lifted from a Youtube channel that renders the news in animation-already a layer away from reality- and in this case, represented to critique the safe distance from violence and the antiseptic nature of the virtual narrative.

Rental: $200

DVD NTSC Sale: $Blu-Ray 200

Terry Ellis

Tracking Marlowe (3 Strikes and You're Out) (2013/14) DVD Pal, b&w, 8.09 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: films about films , structural

A 12 panel 16th/17th century lacquered Chinese screen - Spring Morning in the Han Palace - that I saw in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in May 2013 provided both the inspiration and structure for this film, but when editing it I had in mind George Montgomery's film 'Lady in the Lake' in which the action is seen almost entirely through Marlowe's eyes. The line of dialogue that repeats 3 times is taken from Edward Dmytryk's 'Murder, My Sweet', in which Marlowe is played by Dick Powell.

Rental: $35

DVD PAL Sale: $150

Georg Anthony Svatek

In Us, Roots (2011) DVD NTSC, , 6:34 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, environment / nature, philosophical, spiritual / mystical

IN US, ROOTS traces a connection between a seemingly benign incident and its evolutionary origins. Because humans' cognitive skills have continuously developed, yielding inventions and thought that have helped us defy natural threats, our drive for survival has shifted away from a physical into a societal realm. There, our emotions still operate on the same scale as they did millennia ago. Formally, I wanted to play with narrative structure and create tension. The camera explores a vague but "controlled" documentary environment, which is combined with the explicitness of a written voice-over.

Narrated by Chitra Neogy.

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $15

Marina Shron

Sea Child (2014) color, 11 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

A girl is drawn to the lake where her father drowned before she was born. She is both fascinated and scared by the water: it's heavy like lead and cold to the touch, it wraps around her body like new skin...

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Lili White

#55 - CITADEL (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W and Color, 4:45 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, body, dance, environment and nature, Ethnic/Multicultural, family, history, landscape and architecture, pesonal diary journal, philosophical, polititcal / social activism, psychology mental health, science medicine, spiritual mystical

The I Ching AKA, the Chinese BOOK OF CHANGES, is a "reflection of the universe in miniature." It allows one to connect with such energy thru philosophy and inquiry. Its 64 hexagrams describe typical but different states of energy found in life. It uses elements of Nature to describe different types of forces, each with their own qualities (example: wind is "penetrating" yet "gentle"). My practice is intuitive action, taken after researching the I CHING hexagram. I use color to stand for the elements of thunder (for the top trigram - red shirt) which occurs over lightning/fire (for bottom trigram - white pants). #55 means CITADEL, or CANOPY (under heaven), also ABUNDANCE and (reaching) the ZENITH, which cannot be maintained. As no ZENITH can ever last, at the peak the movement we tip over into the next hexagram, in THE HOUSE OF WATER/ HOUSE of the ABYSSMAL: #36 DARKNESS. #55 is about expanded intelligence, portraying an energetic movement. In #55, an offering of rice grain supports the crossing over into victory."Crossing the bridge" is engaging the enemy. This hexagram was pulled by King Wu, who avenged his father King Wen. King Wen is said to have written the philosophy of the I CHING after being imprisoned by the Shang Dynasty leaders. He died in their prison. King Wu inquired of the I CHING what action he should take while entering the mourning period for his father. It advised against staying still. At the time of King Wu's inquiry, there was an eclipse and the pole stars were seen at noon. He entered the battlefield of war with his father's coffin accompanying him and his troops. They defeated the SHANG.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $100 (institution); $60 (individual)

Ethan Shoshan

Saudade (2014) DVD NTSC, B&W , 13:00 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, body, dance, erotic, pesonal diary journal, philosophical, psychology mental health, queer bi trans, spiritual mystical, technology

Performative Super 8 manipulation to Digital Projection. Saudade is a word in Portuguese and Galician that claims no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. Its the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone or something that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings all together, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling. Through each showing, the film is manipulated live through a series of analog to digital processes. Originally a performance ritual act where the artist tries to control their body through a single repetitive motion and documented in Super 8mm. Inspired by the process of film, Saudade becomes a hypnotic trance of the moving body as an internal dialog of intentions, desires and experiences are exposed. Each film screening is unique and highlights different aspects of the film. PHOTOSENSITIVITY WARNING. Camera: Nung-Hsin Hu

Rental: $100 plus travel expenses

DVD NTSC Sale: $TBD (institutional/individual)

Louis Cox

Special Delivery (original cut) (2014) DVD NTSC, B&W, 1:57 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy, literary theatre, structural

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

Special Delivery (2014) DVD NTSC, Color, 1:33 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy, literary theatre, music, structural

A deliveryman gets in over his head.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

Le Window (2014) DVD NTSC, B&W and Color, 4:03 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy, literary theatre, music, structural

A new wave of suspense film.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

I'm Trying (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W, 5:59 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: literary theatre, philosophical, structural

Two people caught in a circle, smoking a circle.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

Bedtime Ritual (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W, 4;13 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: literary theatre, psychology mental health, structural

Strange things happen to a man who can't sleep.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

The Key Ceremony (2014) DVD, color, 43 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary

Keywords: arts & artists, history, music, political & social activism, spiritual/mystical

A feisty, artsy documentary about an Easy Village community garden and the fight for governance with a slew of downtown luminaries like Bob Holman.

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $10

Terese Svoboda

Noble Savage (2004) DVD, color & b/w, 8.59 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, dance, ethic/multicultural , history , philosophical, political & social activism

Noble Savage explores Jean-Jacques Rousseau's concept of women and indigenous peoples. Based on the idea that word and image viewed together creates metaphor, a third experience that can more powerfully inform viewers than illustration, the mysterious narrator of Noble Savage binds together two asynchronous stories: Jean/Jeanne Baret's experience as the first woman to sail around the world, and the plight of a French journalist who is pushed from a helicopter during the Vietnam War. Sri Lankan and Hawaiian ceremonial footage emphasizes the notion that our deepest beliefs are historically, geographically and psychically connected.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

The Talking Tea Kettle (2011) DVD, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, found footage , history, personal / diary / journal , psychology & mental health

The Talking Tea-Kettle , inserted in your ear, speaks with the voice of the dead. Why would we want to listen? Videographer Terese Svoboda considers this question while relating how Houdini and Nebraska magician David P. Abbott stamped out the practice of mediums in the early years of the twentieth century, with the videographer's shout-out to her own mother.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $DVD

Terese Svoboda

To See Or Not To See (1991) DVD, color, 13.25 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & natre, ethnic & multicultural , personal / diary / journal , philosophical, political & social activism

To See or Not to See is a meditation on the Giant Walking Sticks of Papua New Guinea which dramatizes the narrator's ambivalence toward the Other. The tape acts as a visual interpretation of anthropologist Clifford Geertz' examination of language and how it traps the speaker's attempts at trying to interpret. In 'To See or Not to See' the dilemma of the outside observer becomes exposed -- with wit, irony and a genuine concern for not destroying what is seen.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

Rogue Transmissions (1992) DVD, b&w, 2 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, children & youth, family , literature & theater , personal / diary / journal , philosophical

If radios, bedsprings and braces receive Rogue Transmission, why not this? A woman whose son has died speculates on that possibility.

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $160

Terese Svoboda

Headhunters (1992) DVD, color, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, children & youth, economics, environment & nature, personal / diary / journal , political & social activism

Mom takes her son to get his first head. Satire on 'eating' the word's resources.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

Well? (2010) DVD, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, ethnic & multicultural , family , history, personal / diary / journal , political & social activism, psychology & mental health

w/ Steven Bull

Using the interview of Mohammed Kubwa taken several years after his incarceration by the Mossad, his printed testimony, footage of the terrorist and the Nairobi bombing, emails from the jailed Mohammed Kubwa and his interview, a NY Times article about the saline well and its uses in combating terrorism, interviews with Major Brice Finney who didn't fix the well, footage of Mafia women at trials, clips from True Lies, a visual examination of purdah and polygamy, arguments between us, Well? plumbs the depths of the bond between brother and sister, man and wife, stranger and stranger, exploring a secret so huge the Mossad couldn't believe "The Chameleon" could get away with it.

Rental: $85

Steve Bull

Kidnap (1984) DVD, color, 12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, children & youth, family, found footage , personal / diary / journal

In Kidnap, a son uses home movies to recount the trauma of his mother kidnapping him and his brother from his father at Christmas time.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $DVD

Ashley Christopher Leach

Annie (2015) DVD_NTSC, color, 74 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, queer, Bi, Trans

Caught between the undying love of her boyfriend Andy and the wild obsession of a crazed theater producer, Annie cannot remember the traumatic event that lead to her life as a gender-neutral performance artist living in New York. As vague memories from her past begin to resurface, Annie succumbs to the mental pressures of not knowing who she is. After a strange yet enlightening encounter with the sophisticated socialite Elvira, Annie realizes she must return to what is left of her boyhood home in North Carolina, in hopes that either her brothers or father can provide the answers she desperately seeks.

Rental: $30

Ozan Adam

For The Blinds (2016) 16mm, DVD, color and b&w, 93 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, erotic, ethnic/multicultural, family, found footage, landscape and architecture, literature & theater, music, philosophical, political and social activism, Psychology & Mental Health, science and medicine, spiritual & mystical, technology

The stories in the film take place in parallel realities where people live only for a very limited as one character. The memories of the people are erased periodically and replaced with new ones. Adjustments are made on the details of the new memories so that everyone remembers himself or herself if they have always been living as that character for their entire life. Won the Special Jury Award at the Indian Cine Festival in Mumbai, India. FOR THE BLINDS is the first internationally awarded, feature length, Turkish science fiction film, that is not a comedy, a cult, an animation or a re-make.

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $80

Ozan Adam

Zymotic - Amaurosis (2002) 16mm, DVD, color and b&w, 24 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, philosophical, political and social activism, science and medicine

Contagious Arbitrary Blindness is a disease caused by a virus, which can capture and store visual information and memories. The film is about a fantastic journey through the book that tells the fragmented story of the remembrances, visions and dreams of a blind man who is subjected to experiments to reveal the visual data that was recorded by the micro-cameras, which are installed in the eyes of an astronaut for a secret mission. After transplanting the eyes of the astronaut to the blind man, they expect to retrieve the recordings through the dreams of the blind man, but they get lose in the surreal absurdity of a complex subconscious. Won the Special Jury Award at 14th International Ankara Film Festival, Turkey.

Rental: $40

DVD NTSC Sale: $60

Cynthia Madansky

DEVOTION (2003) 16mm, DVD, color, 34 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans

A sparing and minimal travelogue of Istanbul. A foreigner meditates on the unraveling of a relationship while moving from hotel room to hotel room. In a city simultaneously devoted to Islam and secular nationalism, she finds refuge in the frailty and severity of the rituals of devotion.

16mm Rental: $250.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

16mm Sale: $1000.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Cynthia Madansky

Dear (2014) DVD, color, 14 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: landscape & architecture, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism

Dear features the interior world of two teenage Chinese girls in New York City, whose diary entries reveal their concerns related to growing up as immigrants amidst the ever-gentrifying landscape of Chinatown.

Rental: $80.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

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