Ulvis Alberts

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Basha Alperin

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

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

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Sara-Kathryn Arledge

Introspection (1946) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Luis Ernesto Arocha

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Charles Atlas

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Charles Atlas

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Caroline Avery

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Scott Bartlett

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Songs 16-22 (1980) 16mm, color, 33.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Dance

SONG 16: A flowering of sex as in the mind's eye, as joy. SONGS 17 & 18: The movie house cathedral and a singular room. Songs 19 & 20: Women dancing and a light. SONGS 21 & 22: Two views of closed eye vision.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90 .00

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

Robyn Brentano

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Robyn Brentano

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

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

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

James Broughton

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Dance

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Sugar Cain

Rama (1988) DVD NTSC, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Landscape & Architecture

16 minutes of beautiful sound.. color.. dance.. ocean.. forest.. wild life. .. a video you will view time after time. The poetry and 'space music' will haunt you and memorable images take you to another plane of imagination. Rama video is a beautiful sensual cine poem about a mythological sea goddess, born to spend just one day on earth. She learns to use every sense.. to see.. to hear.. to touch.. to smell.. and to taste.. and to enjoy each to its fullest. She begins to experience emotion.. friendships with her companions in nature.. the sea creatures.. wood creatures.. flowers and birds. Her experiences introduce her to life, love, fear, and death. These experiences are complimented by eight original poems by Sugar Cain. The poems.. "Eternal".. "Sun God".. "The Whale and the Ostrich".. "Light".. "Night Bird".. "Twins".. "Hermit".. and "To Rama with Love". The 'space music' uses harp, bassoon, oboe, and electronics.. described by the press as "a tasteful cinematic tone poem". Ted Nemeth, world renowned camera man created a new color photography technique of filters to get the poetic pastel water-color softness needed to tell the classic story of "RAMA". Mr. Nemeth was nominated for academy awards.. won first prizes at Brussells.. Oberhausen.. and Venice Film Festivals.. worked for years on special effects for Radio City Music Hall in New York City awarded and recognized by museums throughout the world. His black and white "Finnegans Wake" was acclaimed a masterpiece. "The ideas for 'RAMA' emanated from a philosophy of life that had to be communicated" explains Sugar Cain. .. "First came the mood or essence.. then the story". She wished to carry the viewer into the remembered simplicity of being alive.. as.. is a child when he if first observing life around him. The super sensuality of one in tune with nature is brought to the audience from all sides. The celestial music.. the rhythmic iambic poetry.. the patterns of movement and color.. the new technique of color 'mood' photography.. all are deliberately designed to transport the mind into a sea of universal thought. The sea nymph lives with every breath in total dedication of every cell.. one day on earth to experience all. The movement is dance-pantomime choreographed as 'stylized naturalism'. The nymph moves, touches, even listens as if a creature both mortal and divine. We are reminded of the goddess Psyche. While 'RAMA' is not based on any mythological tale, because of approach and subject matter, we feel as if we are watching a Greek or Roman Classic. review by Tayler

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Four Films on Video: Full Circle, Moon Gates, Circle II, And Tall Arches (Scultpure and Dance) (1970's) DVD NTSC, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"Circle II is based on one of my 'Forms for Dance' and explores new dimensions in color and spatial relations. The film develops like a fugue with dancers moving through themes that are to be repeated with variation and multiplication.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Circles II Variation II (1972) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Music by George Kleinsinger. A dance/sculpture film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Moon Gates III (1974) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Music by George Kleinsinger. Choreography by Mary Stanton. Technical Assistance: Brown/Olvey. A dance film based on kinetic sculpture and employing the Mary Stanton Dance Ensemble. Through the kinetic sculptures, made specifically for the choreographer, move dancers each appearing in separate monochromatic images of cyan, yellow and magenta. When touched, the sculptures move lightly, taking on the quality of mobiles. Dance and sculpture, kinetic within their own forms, are combined to create new dynamics between people and forms in motion, in bold primary colors.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Rocking Orange III (1974) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Music by George Kleinsinger. Choreography by Mary Stanton. Technical Assistance: Brown/Olvey. A dance film, one of a series of three, based on the kinetic sculpture designed by Doris Chase for ballet and commissioned by the Seattle Opera Company. Filming was done in the Avery Court of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut. The film explores new dimensions in color and space.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Tall Arches III (1974) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Music by George Kleinsinger. Choreography by Mary Stanton. Technical Assistance: Brown/Olvey. "TALL ARCHES, though less exciting and spontaneous than the earlier CIRCLES II, is a purer realization. This new work, not quite a dance, not quite a film nor a musical event, seems to have a life of its own. Working with these elements again and again, refining each step of the way, Doris Chase is now doing things that have not been done before. There have been 'dance films,' but Doris's are something more. Like other avant-garde works, hers resist classification, yet their beauty is quite traditional. The undulating forms and colors of her films are appealing for the same reasons we accept Kandinsky's paintings. They are formally rich." -- Robert Sitton, Portland Art Museum

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Dance 11 (1975) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Philosophical

Features a duet of sorts between Cynthia Anderson and specially processed images of herself. Similar in technique and intention to DANCE SEVEN, this film is in some ways more lyrical and languorous than the former, emphasizing the overall shaping of the body in dance, rather than isolated movement details such as the virtuoso footwork. Space is transformed into a viscous atmosphere of colored light, which seems to flood and blend in response to movement impulses of the dance. The dance itself has a sustained, weighted quality, contrasting the stable placement of the body against sinuously rhythmic movements of limbs. A mellow sensation of tension is emphasized by the dissonant, muted hues programmed by Chase, while feedback effects multiply, blur and dissolve the image. The sum effect is to induce a meditative mood tinged with a not unpleasant melancholy.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Dance 7 (1975) 16mm, color, 7.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

A videotape-to-film transfer based on the solo dancing of Marnee Morris, of the New York City Ballet. Once again, Doris Chase has not merely documented the performance but transformed it into what she describes as a "moving painting." Through special color video effects of feedback, de-beaming and superimposition, she creates an evocative visual interpretation of the dance. We see the dancer from different points of view simultaneously overlapped, most often contrasting close-up and full figure shots. Early in the film we see a full frame close-up of the dancer's feet "on point" in toe shoes. Soon the complete image of the dancer is superimposed and we are invited to linger on the remarkable mechanics of the footwork in relation to the overall shape and dynamic of the dance. The recurring close-ups of the feet become, in a sense, a metaphor for the dance as a whole. Chase isolates parts of the body to allow us a heightened detailed appreciation of the architecture of movement without losing sight of the whole body in space. We should note that her approach is not solely that of a sculptress, but of a painter who at times blurs the contours of the dancer into unusual liquid patterns of brilliant color, only to congeal again into recognizable forms. This interplay of the real and the abstract, the part and the whole, produces a visually involving and sensually appealing interpretation of the dance. Fluidly shifting relationships of form, color, and movement evolve an intimate but ethereal mood.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Dance 9 (1975) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

A sophisticated example of the creative possibilities of videodance. This truly collaborative work is based on an idea developed out of Doris Chase's earlier films of dance with sculpture. But in this instance, the Rutt/Etra video synthesizer was used to generate animated patterns assembling arches which were edited into the whole. Dancer Gus Solomons Jr, (formerly of the Merce Cunningham Dance Co.), timed out for himself a series of sprightly movement phrases based on the rhythmic structure of the kinetic designs. His dance sequence was videotaped with special effects which multiplied and colorized his image, together with the "dance" of the arches to produce a fascinating movement collage -- a rhythmically synchronized duet of dancer and abstract kinetic patterns. As it develops, the visual duet of DANCE NINE becomes an appropriate analogy for the partnership between the video artist and the dancer in the creative process itself.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Dance 5 (1976) 16mm, color, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

While related in technique and effect to its predecessor DANCE NINE, it serves as more of a summation of Doris Chase's varied involvements with dance and the arts. The artist employs fully the most sophisticated video technology available to manipulate forms, patterns and colors . At the same time, choreographer/dancer Kei Takei has designed her movements to blend with one of Chase's large kinetic sculptures. The delighting opening sequence shows Kei Takei actively exploring the arch-like forms which, through video feedback techniques, take on a rainbow appearance of multi-hued images. The abstracting of images is complemented by superimpositions of medium- and close-ups views of the dancer. As the piece proceeds, the dancer and the structures become increasingly bathed in coagulations of color. Soon the video effects dominate, creating their own kinetic imagery, with the generation of arch patterns replacing the actual sculptural forms as the new pictorial environment for the dancer. The intertwined pace of dance movement and optical patterning accelerates gradually, and by the end of the tape creates a dynamic kaleidoscope of human and abstract forms.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Doris Chase

Rocker (1976) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

The graphic image of one of the "Chase Kinetic Sculptures for Dance" was synthesized with the assistance of Steve Rutt. The edited version was colorized with Brian Mattlin at the Experimental Television Center of WNET-TV, New York City.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Doris Chase

Dance 10 (1977) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

A duet of Jonathan Hollander, choreographer-dancer, and a video synthesized image of one of the "Chase Kinetic Sculptures for Dance." The original synthesized image was generated with the assistance of Steve Rutt.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Dance 3 (1977) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Music by George Kleinsinger. Choreographer Kei Takei structured the dance on a theme from "light Part Nine." Production was in cooperation with WNYC-TV, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Doris Chase

How Do You Feel? (1977) 16mm, color, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

Narration by Mal Pate. A video animation "commercial" on body movement and self awareness. Charming musical score of George Kleinsinger gives a "sing-along" pattern for dancers Lloyd Ritter and Kei Takei. (For children.)

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Doris Chase

Improvisation (1977) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

A stunning solo dance by Kei Takei involving numerous video effects. This video animation is part of the much-acclaimed DORIS CHASE DANCE SERIES that was presented on WNYC-TV, New York, in 1978.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Doris Chase

Doris Chase Dance Series with Gay Delanghe, The (1979) VHS NTSC, color, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Structural

A solo performance by choreographer/dancer Gay DeLange structured on a theme developed specifically for DANCE FOR TELEVISION. There are five variations: (1) Theme, 9-1/2 min. The choreographic statement in total, with added oscilloscope reading of the music. (2) Divide, 4 min. The theme is varied by a trio-effect achieved through mat-key and outline generator accompanying the dancer. (3) Space, 4 min. Lighting and reversed-polarity of the dancer's image creates a marked difference from Divide. (4) Tide, 5-1/4 min. Again a restatement of the theme basically changed by feedback. (5) Change, 5-1/4 min. An outline generated duet-form of the theme is combined with the oscilloscope-reading of the musical score to provide an exciting climax. Music by George Wilson and William Gracey, Jr.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Doris Chase

Jazz Dance (1980) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Music by Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band. Using an outline generator and controlling the time sequence with a slow motion disc Doris Chase becomes choreographer with the dancer Gay DeLanghe.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Abigail Child

Ornamentals (1979) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Dance, Music

This film was crucial to my understanding of composition, to my desire for an encyclopedic construction (the world "out" there), and reaffirmed my allegiance to rhythm, the rhythm of body-nerve-mind. "Juxtapositions of light made this dream consumed image between the penny arcades & mirrors reflecting masturbating naked brain of magnetized nitrous screens crackling is like pulp beside dummy circumstance." - Bruce Andrews, Jimmy and Lucy's House of K "THE RHYTHM!!!! the rhythm, like jazz, comes out of & returns to the BODY (the animal nature of film!, illustrated by the organic reticulation patterns of the self-processed segments): the 'meanings' of the shots (constantly undermined thru highly intentional overload): ... all films are 'different EVERY viewing' but this one more specifically so: colorfully constructed along lines of color: associative values emerge as if by chance, like memory, fleeting but there, reemerging altered: all films different every viewing but this one more intentionally so: takes several screenings to even know where it begins ...." -- Henry Hills, Cinemanews

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Cathy Cook

Beyond Voluntary Control (2000) VHS NTSC, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Psychology & Mental Health

BEYOND VOLUNTARY CONTROL conveys the experience of psychological and physical confinement. Through a surreal montage of haunting images from diverse sources, a sense of the obsessions, phobias, and diseases that constrict personal freedom is tellingly communicated. Dancer David Figueroa contributes his original and evocative movements to the mix. A soundtrack with poems by Emily Dickinson and Sharon Olds escorts the visual, and an interview with the filmmaker's mother poignantly underscores the latter's struggle with Parkinson's disease.- Lock yourself in, then let yourself go.

Rental: $75.00 sale price 175.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $175.00

Sharon Couzin

Roseblood (1974) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

The dance of Carolyn Chave Kaplan; Music from Stockhausen's "Hymnen" and "Mantra," Enesco's "Sonata No. 3 in A Minor." Images of a woman in dance, in flora, in picture, in eyes, in architecture, in sunshine, in color, in crystal, in space, in confusion, in danger, in disintegration, in her hand, in birth, in the Valley of Sorrow, in the sea, in repetition, in sculpture and in herself. "Some really extraordinary subliminal combinations are happenings." -- Pat O'Neill

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Cowan

Jangleflex (1968) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Music

An abstract, rhythmically cut film with various images of women, some of whom are dancers. The sound track, which is semi-electronic, is composed and played by Cowan. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Cowan

Earth Song (1970) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

A dance-music-processional hommage to the life force, a unification of nature and man, shot in San Francisco, Yosemite and New Mexico; made on a grant from the Canada Council. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Anja Czioska

Ion Dance (1997) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Ion Garnica is a dancer of the Frankfurt Forsythe Ballet. It's a naked dance improvising performance only for the camera.

Rental: $30.00
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Anja Czioska

Bolero (1995) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Timo is Sybille. They get married. Romantic film performance-dance in a gravel-pit.

Rental: $30.00
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Maya Deren

Ritual In Transfigured Time (1946) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

In Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time we have gestures that invite us to move into step with them, abandoning the comfort of the known and giving ourselves over to so many strange partners. This silent short begins in a domestic environment, moves to a party scene, and ends with modern dance performed in an outdoor setting. The film's continuity is established by an emphasis on gesture and/or dance throughout.

Rental: $50.00
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Maya Deren

Meditation On Violence (1948) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

Just as the actual movements of Chinese boxing are a physical statement of certain metaphysical concepts, so the film MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE is, in filmic terms, itself a statement of those same concepts, employing the physical movements as only one of the visual means.

Rental: $50.00
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Maya Deren

Very Eye of Night, The (1959) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

The Very Eye of Night is filmmaker Maya Deren's last completed film. It was made from 1952 to 1955 in collaboration with choreographer Antony Tudor, but it was not released until 1959 when the musical score by Teiji Ito was added. The entire film is projected as photographed in the negative. ~ David Lewis, All Movie Guide

Rental: $60.00
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Maya Deren

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1977) 16mm, DVD PAL, black and white, 54 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Ethnic / Multicultural, spiritual

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1985) is a black and white documentary film about dance and possession in Haitian vodou that was shot by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren between 1947 and 1952 and edited and completed after her death. Most of the film consists of images of dancing and bodies in motion during rituals in Rada and Petro services. New Preserved print.

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

David Devensky

I Wish I Could Shimy Like My Sister Kate (1972) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Free -- only if requested with 3 other titles. Old maids of the "gay 90s" lament over Sister Kate's Shimmy. In the end they find that the shimmy is also possible for them! All synchronized to music's rhythm + words." --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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A. Keewatin Dewdney

Malanga (1967) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Gerard Malanga reads his poetry for 24 frames, dances to Velvet Underground for 24 frames, reads for 23 frames, dances for 23 frames, reads for 22 frames, etc., until he is doing both things alternately one frame at a time. An experiment in Audio-visual synaesthesia called Discontinuous film. No frame is missed however brief its exposure because the synthaesthesia increases efficiency of both eye and ear. --K. D.

Rental: $30.00
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Tom Dewitt

Leap, The (1968) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

"THE LEAP is impressive for its mixture of pure video space with representational filmic space. Thus an ordinary man seems to interact physically with videographic apparitions, moving in and out of different time space realities, fluctuating between the physical and metaphysical with each stride of his leap toward freedom." -- Gene Youngblood "... a vividly visual abstraction set to electronic music (by Man Meyer) which commits chaos and absurdity to a sense of resolution ... a highly deserving prize winner." -- Norman K. Dorn The escape from the confines of the past by a release of inner energy.

Rental: $30.00
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Peter Dudar

DP (1982) 16mm, color, 16.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, History

A photograph of a young man wearing a uniform with the insignia 'DP Police' comes to life as the film's narrator. Against the background of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia a story of forced labour, imprisonment and escape unfolds. It is a story of state terror. It is told dispassionately. Meanwhile, in an empty hallway of marble and glass, a dancer cuts violently into the film's heart. Her rage and the film's cool narrative play out an ironic counterpoint as a third element--an impersonal text--layers the film with yet more contradictions. --P. D.

Rental: $35.00
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Arnold Eagle

Phosphones (1982) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

With the Mimi Garrard Dance Co.

Rental: $30.00
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Arnold Eagle

Epicycles (1983) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

With the Mimi Garrard Dance Co.

Rental: $35.00
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Arnold Eagle

Gloves (1984) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

With the Mimi Garrard Dance Co.

Rental: $35.00
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Jeroen Eisinga

Night Porter (1993) 16mm, , 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Philosophical

The picture is split vertically on the screen. At the left a figure lies on the ground in a cocoon-like sleeping bag, seen from above. On the right side an obscure ballet finds place with a dog a man and turning door. The man lets some chickens escape from inside his coat.

Rental: $30.00
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Ed Emshwiller

Dance Chromatic (1959) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

A fusion of dance, abstract painting, and a percussive score achieving a hypnotic and strongly rhythmic synthesis. --E. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Ed Emshwiller

Totem (1963) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

A filmic interpretation of a modern dance ballet by Alvin Nikolais. Earth, fire, water and primordial mysteries in a cine-dance.

Rental: $20.00
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Ed Emshwiller

Image, Flesh & Voice (1969) 16mm, black and white, 77 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

This is a film about Images (visual and psychological). Flesh (sensuality), and Voice (as a revelation and as a textural element in the film). The pictures range back and forth from the completely spontaneous to very formal choreography. The voice track, a collage edited into thematic sequences from a mass of interviews and informal discussions, gives an inner portrait of men and women candidly revealing their relationships. It is a non-story-telling feature film, a structured interplay of sound, image and sensual tensions. "... the mind is subtly lured to make personal associations between visual and aural elements, and the viewer becomes a third element to the interplay. For those for whom the chemistry works, IMAGE will be a psychologically fascinating film." -- Rich, Variety

Rental: $100.00
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Ed Emshwiller

Film With Three Dancers (1970) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

A cine-dance film featuring the dancers Carolyn Carlson, Emery Hermans and Bob Beswick. The trio, first in leotards, then in blue jeans, then naked, pass through rituals of movement. They are shown in stylized, "naturalistic" and abstract images accompanied by stylized, naturalistic and abstract sounds. A series of ways of seeing the dancers. "Best (underground) picture of the year." -- Camille J. Cook, Chicago Sunday Sun-Times

Rental: $60.00
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Ed Emshwiller

Scape-Mates (1972) 16mm, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Hand-processed

A film version of videotape involving two dancers in an environment created by computer animation of my artwork. Featuring dancers Emery Hermans and Sarah Shelton who themselves are at times transformed by video computers. Walter Wright and Richard Froman were on the computers. John Godfrey helped with the video editing. I did the sound score. The original tape was done on 2" high-band color videotape, two computers, a Paik-Abe video-synthesizer, with studio chroma-keying and multi-generation video editing. --E. E.

Rental: $40.00
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Ed Emshwiller

Chrysalis (1973) 16mm, color, 21.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Made in collaboration with Alvin Nikolais, featuring the Nikolais dance company. CHRYSALIS is the result of structuring a series of cinematic and dance ideas Nikolais and I had. The film involves the dancers in improvised choreography, varied costumes, and cinema techniques from slow motion (400FPS) to pixilation. I did the sound score, using the voices of the dancers.

Rental: $24.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #1 (1966) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature

An autumn dance. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #2 (1968) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Psychology & Mental Health

.... a part of a memory. --s. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #3 (1969) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Family

... a family giving and receiving. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #4 (1969) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Family

This is a relationship dance involving a sister and brother. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #5 (1970) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

From a dance presented at First Unitarian Church in Chicago on March 23, 1969. The title of the dance was "What Are You" -it was choreographed by Korah Erbacher." --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #6 (1971) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Based on a construction by Alice Shaddle about the Bardo Plane. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #7 (1971) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Personal / Diary / Journal

This film is in memory of the film-maker's father. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Shirley Erbacher

Dance #8 (1972) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature

An evocation of my tree. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Ron Finne

Das Ballett (1968) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

As part of a one-time-only, four-hour theatre event in 1968 for a packed, enthusiastic audience, five dancers (three women and two men) danced their hearts out for our pleasure and maybe their own. In this film the underwear-and-tutu-clad performers rehearse and recreate their triumph.

Rental: $20.00
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Bob Fleischner

David (1974) 16mm, black and white, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

An odd ball dance film, with a unique star, who dances around the courthouse in the Bronx to an old Chevalier song. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
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Frank Gardner

Times Eight (1969) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

People and objects dance through a succession of pixilated episodes in a rhythmic frenzy. --F. G.

Rental: $20.00
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Dave Gearey

Airwaves (1974) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature

Made while traveling by bus, from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast. The dancer like clouds makes visible the winds.

Rental: $20.00
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Dave Gearey

Footage (1976) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"Gearey has made a series of films of [Dana] Reitz dancing. Gearey is a poet with a camera and his touch is everywhere, in every frame, and he touches us with a strong feeling for nature. In FOOTAGE he has made an unusual and beautiful film of Dana Reitz's bare feet. It's a wonderful feeling to have feet discover themselves running, digging into mud and sand, at the water's edge, in the sunlight, caressing air and casting shadows. He's got a poetic visual style and it has something to do with the way he sees and selects. His textures, pans, cuts and angles are beautifully orchestrated. He crops and concentrates on one thing and allows the film to emerge visually, to take its own shape and texture. It explains more with less ... that is the power of abstraction. All of his films contained these qualities." -- Leonard Horowitz, The Soho Weekly News

Rental: $40.00
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Stephen Gebhardt

Indian Joe And Popeye, Giving You Good Advice (1969) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance

Indian Joe lives in Cincinnati but does his Sioux dance thing at the drop of a hat, bonnet or what have you. Joe dances and alternately is rejected by his environs. Popeye puts it all together at the end through his having been there.- S.G.

Rental: $35.00
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Carl Michael George

6 Feet-Dancers Whom I Know and Love (1991) 16mm, black and white, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - Vignettes by three dancers, Peter Cramer, Brian Taylor and Jack Waters; choreographic fantasies of German New Wave urbanity , bureaucratic existentialism , primal illusions, Butoh musings, and a campy romp down Central Park South!

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

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
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Silvianna Goldsmith

Lil Picard (1981) 16mm, color, 27.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, History

Lil Picard, the colorful, outrageous art world personality, performance and collage artist, and critic, tells her story, from Belle Epoque Belle, to Berlin Twenties Cabaret dancer, Thirties journalist and refugee from Hitler's Germany, to her long involvement with the art world and its artists. Lil's story, which she tells with Rousseau-like honesty, reflects the history of the times. "Silvianna Goldsmith's LIL PICARD is extraordinary for two reasons. First, because the subject lets herself be recorded stating the most candid account of her exciting and long life. She states that she had a forest of penises to choose from. ... These and other truly candid revelations are an eye opener. Second, the picture is a first class work of historical journalism, showing the life and career of one of this country's most interesting woman artists and journalists in a true and open portrayal. Lil's life from childhood to senior citizenship was a tour through great events." -- Charles I. Levine Exhibition: Anthology Film Archives, 1981; accepted, Jewish Film Festival, Paris, 1986.

Rental: $45.00
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Silvianna Goldsmith

Oneiro: In the Shadow of Idadora (1987) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Literature & Theater

"Oneiro means dream in Greek. This video is a dream trip from classic to modern in imagery. In Jungian terms, the shadow is the other self. The dancer performs five dances in the style of Isadora Duncan that seem to be a ritual descent and emergence through a shadow self. The video utilizes computer-generated and other experimental effects. Lori Belilove, the dancer and choreographer, is one of the foremost exponents of the dances of Isadora Duncan today. "ONEIRO: IN THE SHADOW OF ISADORA is an homage to Isadora Duncan. The movements of dancer Lori Belilove are superimposed on images of ancient Greek temples, paintings, sculptures and the Aegean Isles, in an ethereal, airy, charming piece, set to music by Ravel." -- Lori Weinless

Rental: $100.00
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Amy Greenfield

Dervish 2 (1972) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Directed, choreographed, and performed by Amy Greenfield. Camera: Wilson Barber; Switching: Tony Grante; Colorization: Pee Bode. One of the first creative videodance tapes made. The Museum of Modern Art says "[Greenfield] developed a new genre of videodance, choreographing movement for the area framed by the video camera and the television screen." "For twenty minutes we watch Greenfield, wrapped in a white sheet, simply spin. The ceaseless repetition makes us lose our sense of time and gives the dynamic movement an object-like permanence. And yet, the actual physicality of her body also seems to dissolve. Subtle superimpositions of alternate camera views create delicate image transparencies while the whippings of the sheet across the monitor screen emit luminous stroboscopic flickerings. Rhythmic ambient sounds of shuffling and breathing reinforce the hypnotic effects of optical repetition." -- Richerd Lorber, Arts in Society "A range of dance extraordinary in its closeness and fragility." -- ArtsCanada Awards: First Int'l Women's Video Festival, Toronto, Canada; Video Roma, Italy. Part of the collection of Lincoln Center Dance Collection and Anthology Film Archives Video Collection.

Rental: $39.00
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George Griffin

Trikfilm 1 (1973) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

Tri-colored cycle of a dance movement set to a prelude from Bach's well-tempered clavier.

Rental: $20.00
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George Griffin

Flying Fur (1981) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Dance

FLYING FUR is a cartoon in search of itself: silly animals are on strike, a square man is doing a jazz dance, an angry house is chasing a wolf who turns into a carrot. These and other micro-episodes are woven together in synchronization with a 'Tom and Jerry' sound track (itself a frenzied pastiche of Basie and Bartok). While taking a firm position on violence, racism, and excessice coffee drinking FLYING FUR is essentially a love song to animation."--G. G. "Griffin is an experied animator who has worked in many styles, but this is the film which best integrates his graphic and conceptual interests."--J. Hoberman, Village Voice.

Rental: $20.00
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Red Grooms

Tappy Toes (1969) color, 19 min

Keywords: dance

The last underground musical! Two years in the making! Created by Red Grooms, 'the Bernini of Pop Art.'-(John Canaday, N. Y. Times). An extravaganza with all stops out: captures the stylish flamboyancy of Mr. Busby Berkley's shimmering 1930's magic combined with the poltical bullyism of Major Daley's Chicago - 1968. 16mm. bulges at the scenes!--R. G.

Rental: $45.00
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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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Henry Hills

Money (1985) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Keywords: Dance, Political / Social Activism

Filmed primarily on the streets of Manhattan for the ambient sounds and movements and occasional pedestrian interaction to create a rich tapestry of swirling colors and juxtaposed architectural spaces in deep focus and present the intense urban over-flowing energy that is experience living here. MONEY is thematically centered around a discussion of economic problems facing avant-garde artists in the Reagan era. Discussion, however, is fragmented into words and phrases and reassembled into writing. Musical and movement phrases are woven through this conversation to create an almost operatic composition. Give me money! "If time is money, this 15-minute film is a bargain." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice "Henry Hills's most recent superspliced effort is MONEY, a speedy think-piece on cash and chaos in post-capitalist New York. -- It'll titillate your retina." -- Katherine Dieckmann, NY Talk Collections: Museum of Modern Art, NY and the Donnell Media Center collection of the NY Public Library.

Rental: $50.00
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Henry Hills

SSS (1988) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, music

A dance film, starring Pooh Kaye, Sally Silvers, Lee Katz, Harry Sheppard, Kumiko Kimoto, David Zambrano, Ginger Gillesbie, Mark Dendy and others, with music improvised by Tom Cora, Christian Marclay and Zeena Parkins. Filmed on the streets of the East Village and edited over three years.

Rental: $40.00
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Henry Hills

Bali Mecanique (1992) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Starring the dancers from the Tirta Sari, Gunung Sari and Samara Jati gamelan orchestras of Peliatan. BALI MECANIQUE is a two-part, self-reflective study of the dance and rhythms of life in Bali, combining experimental film techniques with documentary-style footage. The first section presents a complete Legong dance intercut with footage of Odalans (temple celebrations) and sacred architecture, building into an increasingly frenetic collage as the dance reaches its crescendo. In contrast, the second section weaves together footage of lush rice terraces and the "erotic bumblebee" of the Oleg Tambulilingan dance to give a humorous literalization of the "other" vision of Bali; the Westerners' paradise on Earth, set to the original record of "Bali Hai" from South Pacific, which the filmmaker grew up on and recently found in a stack of discs on the floor of a closet in his parents' house. The film ends with the famous Kris dance of Batubulan as it is performed today.

Rental: $50.00
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Henry Hills

Little Lieutenant (1994) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

LITTLE LIEUTENANT is a look back at the late Weimar era with its struggles and celebrations leading up to world war, a period piece. Scored to John Zorn's arrangement of the Kurt Weill song, "Little Lieutenant of the Loving God," and drawing its imagery both from the original song and its somewhat idiosyncratic rearrangement, the film presents an internal reading of Silvers' solo scored to the same musical piece, "Along the Skid Mark of Recorded History." Closely following the Zorn arrangement, the film was storyboarded in 30 scenes (the arrangement changes approximately every four measures) and principally shot in a small studio employing rear projection, with foreground movement choreographed to interact with the projected imagery which reflects themes apparent in the song and its arrangement (Weimar cabaret scenes, labor footage, empty industrial landscapes, water, slides of moody photographs by James Casebere, a kinescope of Silvers' performance of the solo at the Joyce Theatre, battle newsreels, Walther Ruttmann's film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and a restructured animation, The Youth Machine). Silvers and Cydney Wilkes portray dual aspects of the Salvation Army Lieutenant who sang the song in the Brecht/Weill play Happy End, with Kumiko Kimoto, Leonard Cruz, Pilar Alamo and Toby Vann.

Rental: $40.00
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Henry Hills

Mechanics of the Brain (1997) 16mm, color, 20 min

Keywords: Dance

The film stars dancers Sean Curran, Kate Gyllenhaal, Phillip Karg, Alejandra Martorell, Sally Silvers, and Laura Staton, with narration by Fiona Templeton (reading selected sentences from The Oxford Companion to the Mind). The original music score by John Zorn is available on CD as Filmworks VI 1996 (Tzadek 7308). "Interesting to see how Henry's accommodation in terms of longer duration of shots meshed with the fragmentation of [Sally's] phrases to produce an analog for neuron firing and assorted inexplicable meta-techno-behaviourist follies while sending up the smug labors of the laboratory. I thought it was beautifully realized, very funny and scary, a sort of souped-up pataphysical exercise for the millennium crossed with Hollywood horror genre. Pavlov's dog was heart-rending and the soundtrack was fabulous." -- Yvonne Rainer On one level I conceived of our film as a "remake" of the Pudovkin's 1926 documentary (of the same name) on Pavlov's experiments -- in the postmodern Hollywood sense (like the remakes of famous noirs and TV shows where a knowledge of the original is presumed and thus the "story" is just a vehicle for making a statement on the current state of movie perception). Our MECHANICS is a dance film in the guise of science documentary, an exploration of relationships between film and video, a shadowplay giving a literal presentation of the "mechanics" of the brain, an advanced rhythmic structure extending the art of film into future possibilities through an organic development of new methods of information management. Science films made with the most serious attempt to explain complex processes to a general audience at a point in time tend to look ridiculous when viewed several decades later; with our MECHANICS OF THE BRAIN, we speed this process up.

Rental: $100.00
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Louis Hock

Light Traps (1975) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

A dance metered between the tempo of 60 cycles per second of electrified gas and camera shutter, further wrought by manual, etched harmonics. Las Vegas in a closet.

Rental: $20.00
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Tessa Hughes-Freeland

Baby Doll (1982) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance

A docu-portrait of two GoGo dancers, revealing their experience of how it is on their side of the dollars. --T. H.-F.

Rental: $45.00
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Michael Jacobson

Esprit de Corps (1965) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature

"Starring Saul Levine, with some of his camerawork. First part: Birth from the water; Second: in the City with Janet, mostly in darkness; third: a bridge of scratches and flashing splices; ending with his dance on the beach, the world upside down, sunset and afterimage."--M.J. "I really liked Mike Jacobson's little film called ESPRIT DE CORPS which was shown last weekend at the Gotham Art Theatre. There was a positive, life-inspiring energy locked in this little unpretentious film. Probably, it was the only life generating film playing in New York that evening-or that week."--Jonas Mekas, Village VOICE.

Rental: $20.00
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Marjorie Keller

She/Va (1973) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Personal / Diary / Journal

A young dancer rechoreographed through film editing. This film was originally made in standard 8mm, from a home movie.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Nancy Kendall

Almira 38 (1970) 16mm, black and white, 19.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

With Gay Delanghe. ... a dance poem, a tribute to a woman who sought a freedom, an abstract film in Michigan Gothic.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Nicole Koschmann

Fishing For Brad (1998) 35mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Erotic, Psychology & Mental Health

16mm images of an exotic dancer and a man fishing are optically printed side by side onto 35mm film, in an attempt to juxtapose two completely different visions of desire.

Rental: $50.00
35mm Rental: $50.00

Dave Lee

Remembering: Clearing Space (Part 1 of Balinese Trilogy) (1976) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Ethnic / Multicultural, Films about Film, Media

"REMEMBERING: CLEARING SPACE returns to neutrally recorded ethnographic material of TRANCE AND DANCE IN BALI (Bateson, Mead) to the spirit of the ritual observed... Lee's impulse is quite different from the didactic and ontological concerns of many recent structural films employing rephotography. At one level, Lee's title creates a pun on the film's organizing principles, re-membering, as the filmmaker dismembers and recombines elements of the image and soundtracks. But the Balinese source material of REMEMBERINGL CLEARING SPACE is not merely a fortuitous opportunity to explore fundamental qualities of the film medium. Rather, Lee attempts to inscribe into the film's form qualities of Balinese performance and dance." --William

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dave Lee

Sacramental Shadow (Part 3 Balinese Trilogy) (1979) 16mm, black and white, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

History of dance buffs, please note: SACRAMENTAL SHADOW includes many shots of Edward Caton as ballet instructor and performer. Caton's 'story' also appears throughout the film. --D. L.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Saul Levine

Notes of an Early Fall (1976) super8mm, color, 33.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, Dance, music

[NOTES] was mostly made in Binghamton in 1976 - a warped record constructed out of visits to the zoo, relatives and various locations. Appearances by obsessive birds, caged bears and hungry rams. "Certain shots are very evocative, such as a long shot of a group of people sitting on a park bench, one person playing a song on a recorder. The sound of the music, its fragility, is matched by the distance of the shot, lending a feeling of precariousness to the moment. There is a repeated shot of a warped record playing, with the same musical phrase endlessly repeated. The shot is an interior one, with the lighting casting a golden glow on the scene. The warped repetitions begin to reverberate with suggestions of frustrations." -- Daryl Chin, The Soho Weekly News "His first talkie, NOTES OF AN EARLY FALL is a characteristically raw work that parlays even the sound of microphone rumble into a formal element. Featuring a lengthy sequence devoted to the dance of an outrageously warped record, and a cameo appearance by a malfunctioning TV set, the forty-minute film suggests an entropic, melancholy Ballet Mecanique." -- J. Hoberman, Homemade Movies

Rental: $90.00
Super8 Rental: $90.00

Saul Levine

Charlatan (1977) super8mm, color, 16.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, personal_diary_journal

Lying behind the Seer's Dance.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00
Super8 Rental: $50.00

Saul Levine

Few Tunes Going Out, A (1984) VHS NTSC, super8, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, music, political

Includes: BOPPING THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA BLUE, GROOVE TO GROOVE and A BRENNEN SOLL COLUMBUSN'S MEDINA See film descriptions above.

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00
Super8 Rental: $75.00

Christopher MacLaine

Scotch Hop (1959) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"... is utterly beyond my description, being of the area of deceptively simple pure film movement--and I say 'deceptively simple' because I had to really work at it to find the cutting technique which made the whole film, all its images, seem like the bagpipe sound of its audio track to the extent that I really felt like I was watching sound and hearing images... i. e., that the droning beauty of the bagpipes finds its perfect visual correspondence in his slow-motion dance shots and that his jump cuts visually fulfill the grace note activity so wondrously peculiar to anyone who has attempted to play a chanter pipe or, that is, really listened to one." --Stan Brakhage

Rental: $28.00
16mm Rental: $28.00

Babette Mangolte

Water Motor (1978) 16mm, black and white, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"One of the best dance films ever made." --Yvonne Rainer The image fades in. For two seconds Trisha is there standing motionless, and she starts to dance her solo WATER MOTOR, indeed moving as quickly as water. The movements are so fast and intricate that you feel you are missing half of it. When the dance is finished Trisha is standing motionless as in the beginning, but closer to the camera and the image fades to black. The images fades in again and Trisha doing the same dance, but this time in slow motion (shot at 48 FPS) and the movement takes on a luscious quality that informs the viewer of what was missed before. --Babette Mangolte

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Fredric Martin

Dixie Paradise () black and white, 9 min

Keywords: Dance

DIXIE PARADISE is a sensual experience, emphasizing through movement and sound, the exciting, elemental attraction of a dance craze. This wild and uninhibited dance frankly calls forth our basic rhythmic impulses. The dance crosses class and racial lines in making its universal appeal. The film was shot in a Harlem night club called Paradise. --F. M.

Rental: $20.00

Jonas Mekas

Cup/Saucer/Two Dancers/Radio (1983) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Made 1965 / 1983 With Kenneth King and Phoebe Neville. "Kenneth King's CUP/SAUCER/TWO DANCERS/RADIO (1964) is an essay in Pop Art style, in which all the elements listed in the title have equal emphasis. Phoebe Neville, dressed in bra, girdle, curlers, and toe shoes, marches across the floor on pointe with a radio clasped to her ear. King, dressed in undershirt and shorts and a black tie, does calisthenics. Both spill colored solutions from the coffee cup all over themselves, embrace one another emotionlessly, and mechanically caress their own bodies, while rock and roll songs comment ironically on the action and a taped voice explains the dance's structure. Mekas, recording a 1965 performance of this key postmodern dance, has translated it into an extraordinary film ..." -- Sally Banes, Village Voice, Oct. 18, 1983.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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

Richard Preston

Two by Louis Johnson () 16mm, color & b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Dance

"Two treatments of the dancer-choreographer: one danced by a group on a rooftop; one using multiple exposures in an expressionist style." R.P.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

David Ringo

Zen Guts () 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Dance

"Color shapes and textures move with the rhythm of Yugoslav folk-music. A happy film, kids and folk-dance freaks will especially like.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

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

M. M. Serra

Soi Meme (1995) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Erotic

Sound composition by Zeena Parkins. Erotic dance performance by Goddess Rosemary.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Smith

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Developed in a bucket and project in the negative. Dektol is fast moving with a sound track of Flamenco Dancers that watches its rhythm.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Film Form No. 1 (1970) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"A hypnotic dance film of colors, dancers, forms and music all sweeping through the tv tube eye, mixed together into a flow of female bodies and colors, a brilliant study of color printing from black and white. " S.V. "The mysterious, gracefully repeated dancer of Stan Vanderbeek's Film Form No. 1 puts the video film in a perspective that makes the mere ordering of space for a few minutes seem reason enough for the whole perilous business of reducing time and movement to anything so substantial as film or tape." Roger Greenspun

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00"

Christopher G. Wilson

Einstein (1982) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Featuring Sharon Moore and the members of the Mid-Hudson Ballet Company. Directed and edited by C. Wilson. "A film dance film-movement/stasis study in the time/space continuum. What is relativity, anyway?"--C.W. "I liked it...it is a solid, well-edited dance film."--Amy Taubin "The physics get a little muddled, and it's an awful pun, but I think its a great film; it's hard to ghetto-ize."--Joan Braderman.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Robert Withers

16 Millemeter Earrings - The Film (1989) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

She considers her 1966 performance of 16 MILLEMETER EARRINGS a breakthrough: she not only choreographed the movement, but wrote the score and designed several short film sequences to be projected during the performance. Critic John Perreault wrote of the performance that "movement, film, words and sounds in Ms. Monk's new work are so skillfully interwoven and inter-related that no description can substitute for actually seeing the kind of magic she has managed to produce." Twelve years after the first performance, Meredith Monk and Robert Withers re-created the piece for film, using most of the original film sequences and sound tapes. Rob Baker in the Soho Weekly News called it "an extraordinary film, an extraordinary work." Released in 1980, the film is 25 minutes long, in 16mm color, and was produced, directed and photographed by Robert Withers. It has been screened at numerous festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, and won a Merit Award at the Dance Film Festival in New York City.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Greg Yaskot

One Man Show (1981) 16mm, Super8, color & b/w, 76 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, enviorment nature, erotic, Found Footage, Architecture, diary_journal

A one man show of nine films from Greg Yaskot. Eight films on super 8, one on 16mm. About his films, Barbara Frost writes, "Greg's gift for percieving and recording the everyday event, even in unfamiliar surroundings, brings forth fresh and sensitive images, without stereotype. Films included are: Portrait of Uncle John, Fishing (1980), Space Diary (1971-1981), Parker Mill (1978), Snowstorm (1977), A Year in Connecticut (1977), Perry Street Scenes (1977), July (1973), Cows (1972), and Cows No.4 (1971)

Rental: $130.00
16mm Rental: $130.00
Super8 Rental: $130.00

Greg Yaskot

Cows (1972) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, enviorment nature

"A single frame cow dance" - G.Y.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Nat Zeller

Dancin' Monkey () 16mm, 35mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, music

A film about a dancing monkey. Featuring music by The American Wildcats, with the song "Mad Hootin' Dancin' Monkey," written by Harold Thomas. Also featuring Norby - The Almost Human Gorilla.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00
35mm Rental: $35.00

Takahiko Iimura

Cine Dance: The Butoh of Tatsumi Hijikata (2005) DVD NTSC, b/w, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, dance

See the individual film description of ANNMA (THE MASSEUR) (1963) and ROSE COLOR DANCE (1963).

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Karel Doing

Jinx (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Jinx is a bad spirit or a hopeless situation. In this short dancefilm the jinx is stronger then two breathtaking women, dancing their last dance. A telephone and a car are the only attributes, a lonely road between sea, sand and wind is the location. The world seems to be empty, the landschape is artificial, the elements rage. A short, rough film in vivid colours. Jinx is a collaboration of Karel Doing and the Rotterdam based dance-group Lieber Gorilla.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Full Circle: The Work of Doris Chase (1970) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

A documentary focusing on Doris Chase's creative process. A pioneering filmmaker of expanded cinema and early computer technology. Produced by Elizabeth Woods.

16mm Rental: $50.00

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
DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00
DigiBeta NTSC Rental: $100.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $100.00

Marie Losier

Papal Broken Dance (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, music

Music video Papal Breakdance by PTV3- Genesis P-Orridge with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and many friends. A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ring...all the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jackie Raynal

Merce Cunningham (1962) DVD NTSC, b & w, 27 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: art & artists, dance, music

The choreographer Merce Cunningham working with the musician John Cage and the painter Robert Rauschenberg.

Rental: $150.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00

Patrick McElnea

Please Tell Me Why / Seersucker (2007) DVD NTSC, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, music

Two pieces from 2007, inspired by early soul television performances by Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson, demonstrate my conflicted desires as an artist. Please Tell Me Why's character is at once crucified to his context and camouflaged inside of it. Immobile, digitized, and pre-recorded a singer is sheathed in an increasingly static abstraction. He is eventually lost by the camera scaling outward, but still heard. He asks why we have left him there. Seersucker moves from back-lit to front-lit, and in clashing clean verticality with messy horizontality, a hero entertainer is defeated painter. A racially ambiguous character is caught between two versions of the same song. In an attempt to stand erect, the performer achieves un-making a mark in rewind.

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Katy Martin

By Night - No Stillness (2009) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art/artists, body, dance, music

BY NIGHT - NO STILLNESS is a study in black, where black becomes a radiant space within which one finds inner light. Taking its cues from Rothko's last paintings, BY NIGHT - NO STILLNESS homes in on the luminosity that emerges when you enter a dark place. Dancer Miriam Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake perform within a video projections of a black and yellow painting, on Parker's body, by the painter/filmmaker, Katy Martin. The piece explores movement in relation to the painted gesture and fragmented, dreamlike sculptural space.

Rental: $20 sale: $80
DVD NTSC Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $80

Carl Michael George

6 Feet (1991) VHS_NTSC, bw, 23 min. min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, queer

Vignettes by three dancers, Peter Cramer, Brian Taylor and Jack Waters; choreographic fantasies of German New Wave urbanity , bureaucratic existentialism , primal illusions, Butoh musings, and a campy romp down Central Park South!

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Maya Deren

Dance Films (1945-1955) DVD PAL, B/W, 47 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, dance

A STUDY IN CHOREOGRAPHY FOR THE CAMERA 1945, silent, b/w, 2 min 30 sec Choreography and dance: Talley Beatty. RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME 1945-46, silent, b/w, 16 min With Deren, Rita Christiani, Frank Westbrook, Anais Nin. MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE 1948, b/w, 13 min With Ch'ao Li Chi. Chinese flute and Haitian drum arr. Maya Deren. THE VERY EYE OF NIGHT 1952-55, b/w, 15 min Choreography: Anthony Tudor. With students of Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. Music by Teiji Ito.

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Gregg Biermann

Happy Again (2006) DVD NTSC, Color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Dance, Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

The signature scene from the Hollywood musical Singin' in the Rain is split into seven layers. Each layer is moving at a different speed and is visible equally in superimposition. At the temporally central point all visual and audio elements coalesce in a single frame. The result uncovers a new cinema, music and dance that are buried within the familiar iconic sequence.

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 DVD Institutional

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 DVD Individual 60 DVD Institutional

Gregg Biermann

The Hills Are Alive (2005) DVD NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Dance, Film About Film, Found Footage, Music

An iconic scene from the beloved Hollywood musical The Sound of Music is transformed through a contrapuntal progression of split screen effects. The resulting mosaic reveals haunting melodies and reverberating dissonance.

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 DVD or Digital File (Institutional)

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 DVD (Individual) or $60 (Institutional)

Josh Solondz

Prisoner's Cinema (2012) DigiBeta NTSC, b&w, 11 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: body, cameraless, dance, ethnic/multicultural, music, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health, science & medicine, spiritual/mystical, structural, technology

"It has been widely reported that prisoners confined to dark cells often see brilliant light displays, which is sometimes called the "prisoner's cinema. [...] The brain contains many (perhaps an infinite number) of feedback loops. One of these involves a pathway between a part of the frontal lobe of the brain, which extends through the cingulate gyrus, caudate nucleus and down to the thalamus. This particular pathway is associated with the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is involved in many biological processes, including those of depression and sleep." -Salvatore Cullari.

I hand spliced this project until my computer crashed. It should induce alpha and delta states, the brain states of the hyper aware and the comatose. For my mother.

Winner of Special Jury Mention New Orleans Film Festival (2013)

Rental: $40
DigiBeta NTSC Rental: $40

Josh Solondz

Burning Star (2011) DigiBeta NTSC, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: body, cameraless, dance, ethnic/multicultural, music, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health, science & medicine, spiritual/mystical, structural, technology

Dedicated to my father, who asked that I make a more colourful work. Made during my residency at the now defunct Experimental Television Center, "Burning Star" is a colourful implo/explosion of the twelve sided star. The title refers to Kenji Onishi's "A Burning Star." -Joshua Gen Solondz

Winner Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, U.S.A. (2013)

Rental: $30
BetaSP NTSC Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

One Day in May (2012) DVD_PAL, color, 20 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: dance, environment & nature, music, spiritual/mystical

One day in May is an installation collaboration with composer and violinist Alex Balanescu, highlighting the sculptural and visceral beauty of the mayfly. Her movements are choreographed into a dance that explores her short life. Her death comes in the form of a spider that descends his web to devour her, leaving only a shell of the carcass to be rocked by the night's breeze, gentle and quiet before a summer storm descends.

Rental: $80
DVD PAL Rental: $80

Lynne Sachs

Your Day is My Night (2013) DVD, HD Cam, Blu-Ray, color, 65 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: dance, ethnic/multicultural, hand processed, history, landscape and architecture, theatre, music

In Chinese, English & Spanish with English Subtitles. Music by Stephen Vitiello. Camera by Sean Hanley and Ethan Mass. Featuring: Yi Chun Cao, Linda Y.H. Chan, Chung Qing Che, Ellen Ho, Yun Xiu Huang, Sheut Hing Lee, Kam Yin Tsui, & Veraalba Santa.

Synopsis: Blending autobiographical monologues, intimate conversations, and staged performances, Lynne Sachs' Your Day Is My Night documents the lives of Chinese immigrants sharing a 'shift-bed' apartment in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, offering a deeply felt portrait of the Asian-American immigrant experience. Initially documented in Jacob Riis' late 19th century photographs, a shift-bed is a bed that is shared or rented by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship. Since the advent of tenement housing in the Lower East Side, working class people have shared beds, making such spaces a definable and fundamental part of immigrant life. Over a century later, the shift-bed remains a necessity for many, triggered by socio-economic barriers embedded within the urban experience. In this captivating hybrid documentary, seven characters ranging in age from 58 to 78 play themselves and recount real experiences from their lives. Retired seamstresses Ellen Ho and Sheut Hing Lee recall growing up in China during the turmoil of the 1950s when their families faced violence and separation under Chairman Maoʼs revolutionary yet authoritarian regime. Yun Xiu Huang, a nightclub owner from Fujian province, reveals his journey to the United States through the "snakehead" system, a complex underground economy of human smuggling. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals a collective history of Chinese immigrants in the United States. Through it all, Your Day is My Night addresses issues around privacy, intimacy, otherness, belonging and the urban experience via the basic human need of a place to sleep.

PRESS "A strikingly handsome, meditative work: a mixture of reportage, dreams, memories and playacting, which immerses you in an entire world that you might unknowingly pass on the corner of Hester Street, unable to guess what's behind the fifth-floor windows." -The Nation
"Beautifully blending anecdotes, evocative audio textures, and an ensemble of elderly immigrant performers/participants, Your Day is My Night is sumptuous and exploratory, bringing us a Chinatown we have never seen before in film." -San Diego Asian Film Festival
"Using beds as a metaphor for privacy, intimacy and power, the film explores intercultural and trans-historical dialogue." -The Washington Post
"Director Lynne Sachs' Your Day is My Night shines a light on a little documented sub-culture in New York's Chinatown, chronicling immigrants who live communally in buildings where there's a shift-bed system. One person returns from a stint of overnight work to sleep in a bed just vacated by another person off to their day job. The form of this documentary is as compelling as its content. It is a beautiful collage of different media and music intricately edited together with the often emotional testimony of the immigrants." -BBC
"New York's Chinatown, a place as much spectral as real, flickers and flares into life in this singular hybrid of documentary, performance piece and cine-monologue. Seven working-class, immigrant residents of a shift-bed apartment play versions of themselves, recalling violent upheavals, long journeys and endless yearnings." -Sight and Sound "Moving and Profound." -Michael Moore

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS * Winner, Best Feature Documentary, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Feature Film, Workers Unite! Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Experimental Film, Traverse City Film Festival, 2013 * 2nd Prize, Documentary Feature, Athens Film Festival, 2013 * Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, 2013 * Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2013 * Vancouver International Film Festival, 2013 * Images Film Festival, Toronto, 2013 * Festival del Encuentros del Otro Cine, Quito, Ecuador, 2014.

Rental: $150
DVD NTSC Rental: $150 (DVD, BluRay, HD Cam)

DVD NTSC Sale: $50 (Individual Use Only -- Institutional Sales through cinemaguild.com)

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

Georg Anthony Svatek

#2 (2009) DVD NTSC, color, 2:30 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: body , dance, music , structural

In Collaboration with Florinda Frisardi

Video installation of two cameras positioned outside a square demarkation. Two bodies moving in and out of sync, crossing screens, touching, rolling, twisting, turning, falling.

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $15

Takahiko Iimura

Seeing Through The Body (2007) DVD_NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, dance

Seeing Through The Body
with Yayoi Kusama, with Mario Montez

Flower
1968-69, 11 min, color, music: Tomomi Adachi (2007)
With: Yayoi Kusama (Body Painting) with the performers Akiko Iimura

While I was staying in New York in the 1960s during the rise of the hippie movement, I filmed performances of body painting artist, Kusama Yayoi, together with the performers. As I wasn't satisfied with merely documenting her performance, made super-impositions of flowers over the performance, more as a film poem than a documentary, since flowers was the symbol of the hippie movement as given the name "flower children." The performance, however, is not always in the foreground, but is woven like fabric among the superimposed flowers. Furthermore another female figure (Akiko Iimura) is inserted with her kimono contrasting to the scenes of Kusama's. The film ends symbolically in long shots a flower patterned dress with no body is suspended over the Empire State Building behind. Nearly 40 years later Tomomi Adachi composed music for the film. (T.I)

Face
1968-69, 19 min, color, music: Mario Montez, Donna Kerness, Linda / Voice Over: Akiko Iimura

In the same year that 'Flowers' was produced I happened to make the acquaintance of Mario Montex, a superstar of Andy Warhol's films whose name was taken after one time Hollywood Star, Mario Montez. I was attracted by his transvestite beauty. In addition to Mario's performance I also shot the performances by Donna Kerness, who had appeared in the black comedy of the Kuchar brothers' underground films, and Linda who was a personal acquaintance. Fiction and reality collide in microscopic montage with the sexual performances limited to only facial expressions in extreme close-up of those three females (including Mario). These close-ups were inherited from my earlier Love (1962), but this time the film was shot in color and focused on individual action. Perhaps the viewer's visual experience will be mixed, blurring the line between fiction and reality. A big, laughing voice throughout the film may sound , yet at the same time the nature of life will fuse (or alienates for some) all. (T.I)

Rental: $50
DVD NTSC Rental: $50

Tania Ferrier

Wardong Wadjemup (2012) color / b&w, 7:57 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: dance, ethnic & multicultural , history, political & social activism

In Wardong Wadjemup, a young Aboriginal dancer named Michael Smith, used my Rottnest cell set, props, costumes and dressings ( including road kill crows I had collected and frozen over several months as the crow is the local Aboriginal totem for Rottnest / Wadjemup Island ) to create a dance for his final year project at University. My husband filmed it for him on a small video camera and edited it and I directed. This film became part of The Quod Project exhibition .

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

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

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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

Steve Bull

Haikuvision (1992) DVD, color, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, dance, ethnic & multicultural , personal / diary / journal , philosophical

Haikuvision explores northern Japan's unique blend of natural beauty and technology in five video haikus.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Georg Anthony Svatek

Orange Trill (2015) DVD_NTSC , color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, dance, hand_processed, technology

Technology sees our corporeal existence as burdensome, resulting in the body's dissolution and disconnect from the very ground beneath our feet. Orange Trill is a cinedance in which the performance challenges the film to "match its moves."

Rental: $30

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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

Cynthia Madansky

ELLE (2007) 16mm, DVD, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, landscape & architecture

Elle is an experimental dance film shot in a semi industrial landscape in Brooklyn reflecting on every day movements of falling and getting up.

Rental: $45.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Cynthia Madansky

ALEX & JOSE (2007) 16mm, DVD, b&w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, landscape & architecture

Alex and José, is a 16mm single channel projection that explores gender, movement and form.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Cynthia Madansky

BUBBLE (2009) DVD, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, landscape & architecture, music

Bubble is a short film performed by Zeena Parkins and the Plastic Girls, Eleanor Hullihan and Erin Cornell in a public park in Brooklyn, NY.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Cynthia Madansky

Tarlabaşı (2014) DVD, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: dance, landscape & architecture, political & social activism

Tarlabaşı integrates performances of everyday movements and gestures as a direct response to the devastation caused by the centralized state sponsored urban renewal project in downtown Istanbul.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Cynthia Madansky

ANNA PINA TERESA (2015) DVD, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, landscape & architecture, political & social activism

Anna, Pina, Teresa reinterprets the pivotal scene in Rossellini's "Roma Citta Aperta" where Anna Magnani, who plays the character Pina, (based on the story of Teresa Gullace,) is murdered on the streets of Rome by the Fascist police. This scene is characterized by three movements performed by Magnani - resistance, running and falling. Made in collaboration with the dancer Marta Ciappina, and filmed in the Sala Scherma at Foro Italico in Rome (Mussolini's fencing studio designed by Moretti) Anna, Pina, Teresa examines the contemporary and historical dynamics between an urban Fascist space and movements of resistance.

Rental: $80.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Cynthia Madansky

E42 (2015) DVD, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, landscape & architecture, political & social activism

E42 is a cinematic exploration of the area in Rome knows as the EUR, a modernist landscape that was originally designated by Mussolini as the the site of the World Fair of 1942 and as a celebration of the 20 year anniversary of Fascism. Originally designed as a monumental space for public performance and collective acts of solidarity to the Fascist regime, this landscape was in fact never inaugurated. After the war, the 420 acre area was recuperated and today projects a timeless aura of an unfinished and temporary, empty and silent, monumental and imposing as well as an ephemeral landscape.

Rental: $120.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $800.00

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