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

Dominic Angerame

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Sara-Kathryn Arledge

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ralph Arlyck

Acquired Taste, An (1973) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Comedy, Economics

A hilarious, incisive look at America's obsession with success... A filmmaker turns 40 and casts a wry look back at the school, work, and media influences which have shaped his life through four decades. A peek just behind the smile of self-congratulations. AN ACQUIRED TASTE is only twenty- six minutes long, but it is a feature length delight... This is a loving, funny movie. -- Vincent Canby, New York Times.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Luis Ernesto Arocha

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

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

Rental: $30.00
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

Frederick Bailey

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Commute (1995) VHS NTSC, color, 57 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

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

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

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

Sarah Jane Lapp

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

in collaboration with Jenny Perlin

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

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

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

Rental: $100

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Sweetface (1999-2013) color, 28 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

Keywords: arts & artists, autobiography, comedy, economics, ethnic / multicultural, family, films about films, history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, polititcal / social activism, psychology & mental health

Animator Sarah Jane Lapp's Sweetface 2000-2013) is a "personal essay film which uses sugar production as a point of departure to explore a variety of relational moments that involve power, gratitude, and love. The film evolved from the filmmaker's hand-production of about 1,000 sugar packets, the majority of which she gave as gifts to workers at the Domino Sugar Refinery during their twenty-month strike in the early 2000s." (SF Cinematheque)

Sarah Jane Lapp's personal essay film Sweetface probes the shadows of sugar and labor, love and power. Oscillating between interviews with striking Domino Sugar workers, her father, and her sweethearts, Lapp documents her own process of making and disseminating a thousand sugar packets, most of which she gave as gifts to workers at the Domino Sugar Refinery during their twenty-month strike in the early 2000's. (NW Film Forum)

Rental: $150

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Bedtime Story (2008) 35mm , color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

Keywords: biography & autobiography, body, children / youth, comedy, family, personal / diary / journal

scored by Mark Dresser

Commission for Northwest Film Forum Short Run Series. An animation based on a screen test I conducted with Shael Polakow-Suransky for a related film, "Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist."

Rental: $50

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Richard E. Brooks

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, History

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

James Broughton

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Music, queer_bi_trans

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

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

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Psychology & Mental Health

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

El dia que me quieras (2001) VHS NTSC, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A funny version of the Amado Nervo Mexican poetical composition. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish format: NTSC video.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Frank Cantone Jr.

Visitor (1985) 16mm, black and white, 2.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A 'sci-fi' comedy, done with clay figures on a miniature set, about a large alien who lands in a town on a moon-like planet. The villages are terrified, but all it wants is a large 'Lunar Burger,' to the relief of the villagers.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Pola Chapelle

Those Memory Years (1972) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Hey, that's a funny film." -- Janet Sternberg "Some woman! Like a railway station." (from the French) -- Louis Marcorelles.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Asthma (1995) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Hand-processed, Political / Social Activism

A pro-smoking film for non-smokers made from an old smoking film and other footage. Hand-colored/cut-up SUPER smoking set to the complaints of a Juvenile about his parental controls, which he delivers in song form.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Cathy Cook

Bust Up (1989) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Psychology & Mental Health

"BUST UP is a tickling thriller about an afternoon tea that's an introduction to an out-of-town visitor. During the tea, Holly spontaneously transforms into several female personas that entertain and startle the curious guest. Holly's multiple BUST UP personas are all obsessed with the beverage tea and the formalities of etiquette, pedigree and hospitality. Still photography and repetitive camera innercuttings create a montage of film styles that with a comedic edge project the tension of this close encounter of a sterepphonic mind." --Jerome Schultz

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Peter Cramer

Black & White Study 1990 (1990) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Erotic, Films about Film, Media, Queer / Bi / Trans

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - An exploration of chiarusco, nudes, movement and film techniques in constantly shifting fields of perception. Eroticism and humor highlight an interracial couple engaged in a tableau vivant of opposites and attractions. Premiered at the New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival (now MIX)Festival.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Eduardo Darino

Homomania (1975) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"in a few minutes we are presented with the whole story of civilization... imaginative, original but most of all - witty" --Cracow Film Festival

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Roger Deutsch

Kitty Corner/Doggie's Daydream (1970) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Environment & Nature

... is an interesting little film, albeit dull and stupid. Ingrid Drake, a nine pound maltese sits near a window, bored silly. As she glances out the window, she sees something. Lo! someone approacheth. A car pulls into the driveway and lets someone out. We pan back to Miss Drake who has lost interest. Back outside, the driver of the car is coming around to the door. Miss Drake flexes a couple of muscles, and watches the two come in the house. She looses interest again. DOGGIE'S DAYDREAM is a different type of film. Abstract. I only put it on the same reel with KITTY CORNER because it was too short for a reel of its own. Also interesting. --J. D. V.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Devensky

Comedy Vignettes of 1970 (1970) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

I made this film with my brother Danny to try and capture our warped sense of humor. What turned out is a series of comedy characters, situations, running gags and satires. We're basically the show with some help from our family pets (2 dogs & cats). The film suffers from a preponderance of oral and anal neuroses. It is highly gross, sometimes clever and it has kept us both limp with laughter. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Devensky

Coffee Grinds (1969) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A sunny comedy about a young man who finds himself destined to spill coffee on everyone he meets, whether they be friend or foe. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Devensky

Old Time Comedy Night (1969) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"In David Devensky's picture the audience is shown an audience. We are looking at a picture of them and they, it turns out, are looking at a picture of themselves. At the same time, the suspicion grows that these purposely gross caricatures of the average movie spectator are looking past their dark and flickering images to something else. As in The Lickerish Quartet there is the uneasy feeling that the actors and audience have changed places and these parodies of ourselves, facing us, looking straight into the camera, are looking through the screen and seeing us- and that they find the spectacle hilarious." --Donald Richie, MOMA

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Vivienne Dick

Two Pigeons (1990) VHS NTSC, , 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

A short film which starts out like a documentary on London, in the park on a spring day and turns into a surreal landscape of ruins, mangled metals and wild flowers where two characters of indefinite gender are having some tea.

VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

James Douglas

She's The One (1968) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

An animated girlie-whirlie of unknown proportions. Faces move through. A man walks out in the middle. The Chartbusters sing and play the sound. Fun with no apparent redeeming social value. --J. D.

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

Kazutomo Fujino

Eater, An (1963) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

"The director, born in 1928, is also one of Japan's best-known surrealist painters. Made in 1963, this very funny surrealist extravaganza was shown at the Knokke-Le-Zoute Experimental Festival in Belgium and received a special award honoring the Japanese entries. Of it the London Financial Times (of all publications) said: '... This is a very striking... macabre comedy.'"--Donald Richie

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Peter E. Goldman

Recommended By Duncan Hines (1964) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Silent comedy about a formal dinner on the floor of the IRT subway. N. Y. C. --P. E. G.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Silvianna Goldsmith

Lil Picard, Art Is a Party (1975) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Delightfully funny picture of Lil's 75th birthday party. All the 'art world' is there. As the evening (and the film) go on, it gets faster and drunker." -- Martha Edelheit, Womenartist News

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Silvianna Goldsmith

Nightclub, Memories of Havana in Queens (1975) 16mm, color & b/w, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Dance

Three Latin Dancers in a nightclub in Queens make up, and do a samba, a merengue and an afro-cuban dance. Filmed both tongue-in-cheek with humor and satire at the kitsch aspects, and also seriously as a tribute to the culture's ancient sensuality. "Another art form (dance) was displayed in Silvianna Goldsmith's witty NIGHTCLUB." -- Daryl Chin,

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Herb Golzmane

American Vacationland/Grub: The Story of Food (1970) 16mm, color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

AMERICAN VACATIONLAND: a satirical happy romp through the joys and pleasures of summer in America. GRUB: Bob and Ray and a coming attraction of a movie spectacular.--H. G.

Rental: $24.00
16mm Rental: $24.00

George Griffin

Trikfilm 3 (1973) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"A self-referntial animation, allowing the viewer to see the animator's hand and coffee cup, as well as pads of animated drawings. Amusing and educational for all ages, combining animation and live action in a manner reminiscent of the early Fleischer 'out of the inkwell' cartoons."-- Ron Epple, Picture Start. "Sprightly"--Howard Thompson, New York Times. A brilliant parody on animation, fast moving... breaking down the edges and definition of illusion. I loved this film, so funny and shot almost out of the corner of the mind's eye."--Stan Vanderbeek

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

George Griffin

Club, The (1975) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"... a wickedly funny bit of animation... done in a kind of coloring book style that takes us inside an upper crust men's club, a bastion so male that after a few seconds we realize that everyone inside resembles that most distinctly masculine portion of a man's anatomy."--Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Cyndi Haas

Home (1988) 16mm, black and white, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Disturbing and funny; funny and disturbing. Cyndi Haas' film leaves the conclusions for the audience to find on their own." --Joel Schlemowitz

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Menses (1974) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A wry comedy on the disagreeable aspects of menstruation where women act out their own dramas on a California hillside, in a supermarket, in a red-filtered ritual of mutual bonding. MENSES combines both the imagery and the politics of menstruation in a fine blend of comedy and drama.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Michelle Handelman

i hate you (2002) DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Philosophical

Riffing off of Nauman's early performance tapes, Handelman chants this negative affirmation into a song of personal endearment. Simultaneously self-reflexive, self-conscious, meditative and pathetically funny. Available in DVD or video formats

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Sarah Jane Lapp

Chronicles of an Asthmatic Stripper (2002) 35mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, comedy, dance, erotic, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, science & medicine

Commissioned by Mark Dresser Tour for live tour 2002...

Rental: $100

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Abbie Herrick

Mugging (1979) 16mm, black and white, 2.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

N.B. MUGGING is available free when two or more Abbie Herrick films are rented. A comic 'documentary' of a different kind of mugger. --A. H.

Abbie Herrick

Dinner for Two (1980) 16mm, black and white, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A comedy of two women who try to make ends meet. --A. H.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dick Higgins

End, The (1962) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A satire on business. We see a distinguished business man speaking gibberish, telephone ploes being ripped down to make room for beautiful farmlands, prices tumbling. I hoped the end would justify the means. --D. H.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Michael Hirsh

Greeks Had a Word for It, The (1966) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"A black humor movie, Hirsch is setting up bright-colored and sharp-edged barriers against death. Black-and-white alternating with color frames. Constant sitches from snips of beauty to chunks of pain. The structure is a visual matrix with the actors' progress through time, space, and story being walled in by binding white film-pencils. The finest example pf Geometric Aestheticism I've seen outside WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? This is the way movies are heading. A rock & roll for the eyes by Michael H., the shiniest sax in New American Cinema." --Elia Jakov Katz

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Solrun Hoaas

In Search of the Japanese (1980) 16mm, color & b/w, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Ethnic / Multicultural

A fictional comedy about Australian and Japanese culture clash.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Michael Johnson

Gone With The Beep (1993) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Technology

Character-comedy about people and answering machines.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jon Jost

Angel City (1976) 16mm, color, 76 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Films about Film, Media

A mixed detective fiction and essay about Los Angeles, Hollywood and the film industry, Angel City is a comedy with serious intentions. "Jost's outsider is Frank Goya, a guy with a red shirt, a far-fucking-out-in-the-morning-man delivery, and a fist full of Polaroid snapshots. Ever-cool Goya peers into the camera, announces that he's a motel-haunting divorce-dick and from then on Angel City is kabuki Raymond Chandler. Hired by the chairman of the world's largest multi-national conglomerate to investigate the death of his wife (a former Plaything centerfold who only "came after you hit her") Goya drives around LA, interviews a bartender, is seduced by the chairman's mistress, solves the case, and gets beat up for his bother." -- Hoberman, Village Voice "Rarely has the city been used to such effect as in Angel City, a 1976 film made by the 34 year old experimental filmmaker Jon Jost. Jost woks light-years away from the movie mainstream but he clearly knows the Hollywood standards which he mocks so mercilessly in this brightly funny and extremely inventive film made for a phenomenal $6,000." -- Martha DuBose, Sydney Morning Herald "A really joyous endeavor, a blithe attempt to trash on some of our most revered institutions. As such it combines the best and sometimes the worst of Godardian political analysis, bourgeois detective stories, Sixties mind-funk, and an homage to Hollywood. It's weird, smart-ass, and totally irreverent. It's also one of the best $6,000 investments I can possibly think of, an is proof positive that some of our most exciting cinema is being put together by the people in the streets, not in the Bel Air mansions where the Hollywood honchos live. Thank God for Jon Jost and his ilk, because they're keeping the art of cinema alive and well." -- Philadelphia Drummer

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Jon Jost

Rembrandt Laughing (1989) 16mm, color, 100 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

A quiet, very San Francisco comedy of life among a small group of friends. Rembrandt Laughing was improvised over the period of about a month by Jost and his friends, mostly acting non-professionals. Berlin Festival, 1989, Toronto Festival 89. Broadcast WNET Independent Focus "A masterful elliptical account of a little over a year in the lives of a few friends in San Francisco... with a warmth, philosophical depth and overall sense of relaxation new to Jost's work. One of the ten best films of 1989." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader "Rembrandt Laughing ... a joy, a gem, a tissue paper tracing of epiphanies." -- Amy Taubin, Village Voice

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

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

Helene Kaplan

Conveyor Belt (1972) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Structural

This is a film which I keep changing. It's a structural comedy starring people's garbage, shot in the Harpur college snack bar; indigestion yellow. The beginning of thinking and working in a particular way with image-sound/image-silence relationships. --H. K.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Owen Land

What's Wrong With This Picture? (1972) 16mm, color & b/w, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"The first portion of this film is an old instructional film about being a 'good citizen,' presented intact; the second section is a color reconstruction of this black and white film by Land. The original film abounds in absurdities in both image and sound; [Land's] 'copy' is even more bizarre. Both are also extremely funny, and the humor is not totally without meaning: it comes out of the way that each line of dialog, each direction given, implies a situation or character so absurdly plodding as to be almost inconceivable. In [Land's] version he creates an additional paradox -- one of depth -- by matting out certain parts of the frame." -- Fred Camper

Rental: $39.00
16mm Rental: $39.00

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

Owen Land

New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"... happily represents the type of personal film which fits so many 'categories' it defies labelling. Film viewers need not recognize all the complexities of the film to enjoy it simply as an hilarious lampoon of academic intelligence tests in particular and educational films in general." --D. Marie Grieco, EFLA: Sightlines.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Standish Lawder

Dangling Participle (1970) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Found Footage

Organ Music by Bruce Lieberman. Made entirely from old classroom instructional films, DANGLING PARTICIPLE offers a wealth of practical advice on contemporary sexual hang-ups and where they come from. "The funniest underground film I've ever seen." -- Sheldon Renan "Dynamite!" -- Gene Stavis Award: Honorable Mention, Bellevue Film Festival

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Standish Lawder

Roadfilm (1970) 16mm, color, 1.75 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Music by the Beatles. A spectacularly silly film of animated outrageousness. Why not do it in the road? Award: Ninth Foothill Int'l Independent Filmmakers' Exposition, 1970

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Howard Lester

Airplane Glue, I Love You (1970) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Children & Youth, Comedy

An absurd comedy about a 30-year old ex-professional airplane builder who by mistake gets put in sixth grade. The film is a documentary about his new life style. Winner at several national and regional film festivals. --H. L.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

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

Saul Levine

Groove To Groove (1980) 16mm, color, 11.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Comedy, Films about Film, Media

"continues this kind of portraiture, concentrating on Mai Cramer and Levine, and develops the 'bi-lingual' paradigm of film and music. The phantasmagoria of splices beomes the lexicon for Levine's improvisational study of making film, music and jokes." Marjorie Keller

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Bob Liikala

Boxed In (1965) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Erotic

'Included in a highly succesful Pop Art Erotica program with films by Warhol, Preston, etc. at The Bridge Theater. BOXED IN is a study in Camp Sadism. Old vaudeville jugglers phllicly toss Chromium pins in contrast to voyeuristic vignettes of black laced, high heeled women boxers and culminating in a hilarious chorus line of 1946 "banana girls" singing in deep-deep voices "all about love".' --I. Wexler

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lenny Lipton

Show And Tell (1968) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"A rich neat film with funny stuff in it ... full of humor that was neither self-conscious nor laughing at others, but full of pathos and feeling for humanity. Really funny things leave something deadly serious and beautiful that echo like afterimages in your mind." -- Bob Nelson Exhibition: Bellevue Film Festival; Yale Film Festival; SF Int'l Film Festival; St. Lawrence University Independent Filmmakers Competition; Cinematheque Française.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Jock Livingston

Zero In The Universe (1966) 16mm, black and white, 85 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

ZERO IN THE UNIVERSE is a comedy, a cryptogram--a message in code to the viewer. Who is Zero? What universe? What is the opposition of Zero and his arch enemy, Steinmetz? What does it come from, and where, if anywhere, does it go. The film presents abundant clues, but the answers are never stated. --J. L.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

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

Willard Maas

Excited Turkeys () 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"A realism like that of GREED is lifted to a level where it becomes poetry. This is done by stylization and a few well-chosen details... a masterpiece." --Jonas Mekas, Village Voice "A black comedy which, in its cruel ending, has been compared to Harold Pinter. It is a hilarious satire on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Everything is there but the soup, but it's nuts for sure. This is Mass' first comedy, and those who know his early classic works are in for some surprises. Also HAwkins' imitations of sobs, snores and gobbles are fabulous, expecially the ghostly turkey at the end, shot in negative. A favorite on Mass' recent tours of Texas, the Midwest and the South." --The Gryphon Film Group

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Dylan McNeil

NY: The Lost Civilization (1998) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Found Footage

A deliberate, comic misreading of everyday life in New York by imaginary anthropologists of the future, using an extravaganza of found footage and juxtaposition to create the story.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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

Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (1964) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Comedy

Photographed by Jonas Mekas and Gregory Markopolous. "The Independent Film Award for 1964 is presented to Andy Warhol. We see Andy among his leading stars, Baby Jane Holzer, Gerry Malanga, Ivy Nicholsen, and we see the the editor of Film Culture, Jonas Mekas, presenting the award: a basket of fruit - mushrooms, carrots and apples, bananas - which then, they all eat with great pleasure." --J.M. "I can recall seeing only one Warhol film which was wholly pastoral and unneurotic in feeling, which contained or provoked none of these or other disturbing implications; and that turned out not to be a Warhol film at all, as I thought at the time, but a kind of homage, by Jonas Mekas, to Warhol - really a work of Mekas' own sensibility though seemingly in the official Warhol style. When I saw AWARD PRESENTATION I was hung for days on the kind of imagination revolutionary enough at once to conceive of a film as something so simple and to make that simplicity so pleasurable." -- James Stoller, Film Quarterly.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ephraim Asili

Movie Tote (2007) Color and bw, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: comedy , ethnic/multicultural , found footage , political/social activism

Constructed entirely from clips gleaned from the digitized contents of the Prelinger Archives, Movie Tote explores the history of race and class in the United States. The first film ever finished!

Rental: $50
DVD NTSC Rental: $50. Blu Ray 75

Nobuhiko Ohbayashi

Complexe (1964) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"If there is any such thing as a popular avant-garde film, this 1964 picture is it: audiences have found it one of the funniest of all surrealistic comedies. About man's place in the world, or lack of it, the pictures uses single-frame techniqes with actors skating on geta or sailing through the streets on tatami, or barely moving as the high-speed world rushes about them. An invited entry to the 1965 Tours Festival, this picture is the first 16mm by its young (born 1938) director." Donald Richie

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Vivian Ostrovsky

Copacabana Beach (1983) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Ethnic / Multicultural

Originally super-8 blown up to 16mm A humorous glimpse of what happens every morning on the wavy sidewalks of Copacabana Beach. Physical fitness Brazilian style, with a dash of soccer and hints of Carmen Miranda.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Frank Paine

Guide for Secretaries, A () 16mm, black and white, 5.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"sex in the office. A spoof on industrial "orientation" films, introduced by the asinine Director of Personnel of the Grimsby Grommet Company, Seymour Grimsby" F.P.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Tom Palazzolo

America's In Real Trouble (1967) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Tom Palazzolo's rapid-fire, seemingly spontaneous documentary style captures Chicago with pizazz. For more than ten years, Palazzolo has been delivering to us his captured visions -- body builders, senior citizens, erotic parlours, weddings, deli owners, and the like -- as if he had harnessed them in a cinematic butterfly net. "The love of events that bring people together, revealing at once the absurdities and tenderness of the human comedy, plus a sharp eye for Americana, characterize and permeate the Palazzolo films." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times AMERICA'S IN REAL TROUBLE is a patriotic film with music and sound by some of the great unknowns of the past. Lots of overtones, undercurrents, innuendoes, visual similes, counterpoints, puns and contrapuntal movement. Filmed in Chicago, it covers several years of parades and civic events. If you're not moved by this film there's no hope for you. "A stirring slice of raw Americana. I haven't been so moved since Leni Riefenstahl retired from showbiz." -- John Heinz Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY Exhibition: Invited to Commie Film Festival, Leipzig, East Germany

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

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

Sidney Peterson

Clinic of Stumble (1947) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Dance

"A lovely, comically solemn dance film composed of superimposed images." -- Vincent Canby, The New York Times "It's an astonishing little dance film because the film and the ballet are indivisible -- neither could exist without the other. It's not just a photographed dance. It's an organic work of art." -- Joseph Gelmis, Newsday

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Sidney Peterson

Petrified Dog (1948) 16mm, black and white, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Scrambled Alice in Wonderland with brutiste track. Pierre Schaeffer (musique concrete) threatened to sue. "Chases within chases. A mother runs after a child. A man ... seems to be pursuing himself. A woman who has been nibbling her lipstick through half of the film is pursued by a man. The pursuit of art is represented by a painter daubing at a landscape in an empty frame." -- TDOTS

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Richard Preston

Son of Dada () 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"An animated satire, utilizing fine art reproductions, and satirizing Art, Money, Sex, Politics, Advertising, H.U.A.C., the Spirit of Christmas and including a sequence of anumated Picasso paintings." R.P.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Sharon Sandusky

C'mon, Babe (Danke Schoen) (1988) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"An inventive, humorous, and sometimes biting recombination of the staples of the 'nature documentary,' including pompous music and voice-over and ground's-eye-view photography." -- Dr. Barry Sherman, U. of GA.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Four Buggy Videos (1976 - 2010) DVD, color / b&w, 12 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, cameraless, comedy, ethnic & multicultural , family, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health , science & medicine, spiritual & mystical , structural

A set of four short shorts referencing supposedly insignificant creatures to explore Rosenthal's lifelong topic of human identity and values. In the first, her father speaks of a spider sharing his underground bomb shelter; in the second, insects and reptiles combine body parts; in the third, flies attempt to escape the bus she is riding form a repressive nation to a free one; and in the fourth, a colony of ants bury their dead in her children's toy. Her themes of irony and tragedy are apparent. Original music and photos by DJ RoBeat; appropriated music by Arlo Guthrie

DVD NTSC Sale: $485

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

M. M. Serra

Double Your Pleasure (2002) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

Sound by Jennifer Reeves Part of the "Ad It Up" series of shorts that are parodies of commercials.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barry Spinello

Colored Relations (1970) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless, Comedy, Hand-processed

Handmade sound and image; light, colorful, humorous. Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Sheri Wills

Hu'n (Laceratons) (2004) DVD NTSC, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, History

Bright Sheng's powerful piece is an expression of his experiences during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. I interpret the music as a relentless recurring memory, a painful question that cannot find answer, and finally an examination of breath itself. "(Wills's) latest video is a departure of sorts. Based on Bright Sheng's modern orchestral composition of the same name, H'UN (LACERATIONS) finds Wills incorporating representational elements, combined with her signature photograms and abstract images. In Sheng's 23-minute piece, which is far more extroverted than the sound in Wills's previous films, she found an opportunity to break out of her typical styles, using everyday objects like a shoe or a cracker to illustrate the film noir-ish score with a touch of humor." Christian Bruno, Release Print, March 2003

Rental: $30.00 sale price: 50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Vernon Zimmerman

America Au Gratin (1963) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: comedy

"An improvisation with Wheatfield Ergot and Margaret Goll... If Robert Brenchley looked like General MacArthur introducing Elanor Roosevelt at a Salvation Army meeting, this film could have been made of that... An experiment in keeping words as wild as the imagery in Zimmerman's early work." - Z.V. "...A funny (filmed straight) satire about the invaluable doughnut hole, set forth in a Robert Benchley type lecture delivered by a talented actress, Margaret Goll." - Robert Salmaggi, Herald Tribune

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Vernon Zimmerman

Lemon Hearts (1960) 16mm, black and white, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Architecture

Starring Taylor Mead in eleven roles. Filmed in the now-demolished Victorian houses in San Francisco's Western Division Redevelopment area. "The film opens with Taylor Mead wandering aimlessly through a shabey alley where he sees displayed paintings of Edward Lupper's 'romantic decadence.' Suddenly the paintings form a collage of ruins that lead by means of a decaying staircase into the real thing - the Western Addition rubble. The remainder of the movie concerns Taylor Mead's abortive romances with some anachronistic Victorian spinsters of various illusionary ages and fantasies, all played by himself. Ultimately Mead suffers an acute disillusionment with these shadowy beings of yester-year and flees to the modern insanity of the Jack Tar Motel, clutching in his hand a suitcase filled with the artifacts of the forgotten life... It is not pathos Mead evokes, nor derision. It is rather a Chaplinesque sense of incongruity. All civilization takes on a ridiculous note in terms of Mead, and his answer seemingly is: I am, therefore you think." Lee Stothers, S.F. Territorial News

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Vernon Zimmerman

To L. A.... With Lust (1961) 16mm, color & b/w, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: comedy

Starring Ingrid Lothigius; with Taylor Mead, Eric Nord, Carole Parker, and Nudie. "...wild and dirty, but so easy to understand...that it may be considered a fair introduction to cinematic youth on-the-march. It has distinct traces of humor...and offers several moments of pleasure...the star, Ingrid Lothigius, is a blond who photographs well and deadpans her life and hard times like a pro." -Archer Winsten, The New York Post.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Maria Niro

The Counterfeit Sex Series: Talking Heads and Lost Heads (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Comedy, Environment & Nature, Erotic, Music, Psychology & Mental Health

Talking Heads and Lost Heads are part of the Counterfeit Sex Series, an ongoing project of experimental comedy shorts. Vintage mannequins on displays come to life and speak their minds about death and romance, nature and the environment, sexuality and language, among other things. The video is created entirely with film and digital stills (photographed in Amsterdam and in New York). Some of the scenes are animated with stop motion and all the dialogues are created with speech synthesis, the artificial production of human speech text.

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

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
DVD NTSC Rental: $95.00

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $40.00

Adolfas Mekas

Interview with the Ambassador from Lapland, An (1967) DVD_NTSC, b/w, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: comedy, found footage

Adolfas starred in, directed, and edited this Vietnam comedy, produced by Pola Chapelle and shot by Jonas Mekas.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

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

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

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

Beth B

EXPOSED (2013) DVD_NTSC, color, 78 min

Keywords: art & artists, biography & autobiography, body, comedy, dance, erotic, philosophical, political/social activism, psycology & mental heath, queer, bi, trans

Beth B takes us into the 21st century underground and reveals a secret world where cutting-edge performers are taking hold of a taboo art form, Burlesque, and driving it to extremes that most people have never seen. Operating on the far edge of performance art, these extraordinary artist combine politics, their own nakedness, and physical comedy to challenge our notions of gender, disability and sexuality. EXPOSED takes us on a touching journey into the professional and private lives of these individuals as they question the very concept of "normal." Through them, we get to examine our own inhibition. The performances include the infamous Rose Wood, Julie Atlas Muz, Dirty Martini, Mat Fraser, World Famous *BOB*, Bambi the Mermaid, Bunny Love, James Habacker and Tigger! EXPOSED had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2013, showed at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and has screened in over 30 cities world wide.

DVD NTSC Rental: $250 Educational / $450 Museum

DVD NTSC Sale: $750 Institutional

Jake Morton

'passersby' : Mart & Andy: Part 3 ((1962) 2010-2014) DVD, color, min

Keywords: cameraless, children & youth, comedy, dance, economics , environment & nature, erotic, family, found footage , hand-processed, history, landscape and architecture, literature & theater, music, psychology & mental health, queer / bi / trans , science & medicine , spiritual/mystical, technology

A commemoration of Mart Northover, lost friend/collaborator whose 1962 concept - a perpetuating album of stills of headshots of everyone - it follows, and Andy, whose 1962 cinema - fixed camera - it recalls.

Sahar Sepahdari - Dalai

Memory of a Bee (2015) DVD, color, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children & youth, comedy, dance, environment & nature, ethnic / multicultural , found footage , literature & theater, personal / diary / journal , psychology & mental health

A video in which masked performer Sahar Sepahdari-Dalai interprets a poem she has written while engaging with green-screened environments made of cutout paper. Rooted in our relationship to language, the video becomes a place where childhood and adulthood collapse into nonsensical freeform.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Sahar Sepahdari - Dalai

The Cost of Living (2015) DVD, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, children & youth, comedy, ethnic / multicultural , family, found footage , literature & theater, psychology & mental health

In this modern adaptation of Freud's Oedipus, single mother and survivor of war in the Middle East, Pepper Johason gives birth to her son Sammy (a Frankenstein Halloween toy) and moves through green- screened landscapes, which include rainbow colored women in bikinis shooting guns in the desert and roaming baby Oestreicher overlaid with fluffy clouds. Pepper guides us with nonsensical poetry until she meets up with her boyfriend Danny (played by the same performer.) Danny is menacing father figure who ultimate sells Sammy in a virtual infomercial for $9.99.

Rental: $30.00
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DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Tobe Carey

Paper or Plastic? (2015) DVD, color, 3:50 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: comedy, environment & nature

Animated photos and live action combine to show the pervasive nature of the eternal American question: "Paper or Plastic?" Many plastic-wrapped newspapers are delivered. They are confronted with the plaintive lulling quasi-singing and humming of "Is it Paper or Plastic?" mouthed by animated photos of the filmmakers plus vintage photo-characters. Comic relief and serious thoughts about a common problem.

Rental: $36

Erin Hayes

The Dolls (2002) color, 5:30 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, comedy

"The Dolls" is a short, comic animation in which dolls are interviewed. The dolls, sets and music were made by the filmmaker. The dolls include a witch, a femme fatale, a bride, a country singer, and a rebel. The witch doll complains that people are stereotyping her; the bride doll is getting married on Tuesday. The film pokes fun at media stereotypes, and suggests that acting out stereotypes may be unhealthy for oneself and the rest of the world. This film was awarded an Honorable Mention by the Black Maria Film Festival.

Rental: $100

DVD NTSC Sale: $250

Barbara Rosenthal

Barbara Rosenthal Describes Her Eyebrows (with Mitch Corber) (2016) DVD NTSC, Color, 02:33;09 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, body, comedy, pesonal diary journal

In another of her absurdist identity conceptual-performance videos, Barbara Rosenthal is challenged by NY videographer/poet Mitch Corber during casual descriptive wordplay conversation in his studio, to describe her own eyebrows without looking in the mirror. Because there was an unnamed, anonymous individual sitting next to her during the shoot, Rosenthal edited the piece to exclude his image and other distractions, resulting in yet another of Rosenthal's unique uses of the video-screen surface.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $95.00

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

Erin Hayes

The Rise and Fall and Rise of a Man (2016) mp4, color, 4:17 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, comedy

"The Rise and Fall and Rise of a Man," is the animated musical story of The Man's rise from simple pipe cleaner being, to aimless addict, to redeemed hipster. "Rise" was shot in 35mm stills. The animated figures, (which include two of the characters from her earlier animation, "The Dolls",) the songs and the music were created and performed by the filmmaker. Without narcissism, drugs, fast cars and bad influences, how would we evolve? The Man and his friends help find the answer to these questions, so you won't have to.

Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00

Cara Perlman

Topless (1979) 16mm, DVD NTSC, super 8mm , color, 13.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, biography & autobiography, body, comedy , dance, erotic, philosophical

A docu-dramedy about one night in the life of a topless dancer. Jane was my roommate while she was dancing in real life. We built the set in my apartment. She brought in her real waitress. We gathered some johns and made a story.

Rental: $30.00

Erin Hayes

A Holiday Tribute to Alcohol in America (2016) color, 4:32 min

Keywords: art and artists, comedy

"A Holiday Tribute to Alcohol in America" is based on a standup monologue the filmmaker performed in New York, after receiving graduate and undergraduate degrees in fiction writing. Some of the original footage was shot during her artist's residency with the Rotunda Gallery and Brooklyn Community Access Television, where she became a certified producer. The film takes a satirical look at the importance of alcohol to America's great history, interspersed with her original music and the filmmaker tap dancing. Past awards include acceptance into the TIP-EAST sitcom writing workshop sponsored by the New York Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her articles have appeared in "Newsday" and other publications. She has taught film at Fordham University-Marymount, has been a guest lecturer in the graduate film program of the Long Island University Media Arts Department, and has been a consultant and lecturer in graduate film and writing at Pratt Institute.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00

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