Peggy Ahwesh

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ralph Arlyck

Sean (1973) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Children & Youth, family

The film is unpretentious and yet profound in having a point of view, a sense of humor and a knowledge of how to use the limited technical resources to enhance the subject and style. Sean is a 4-year-old boy who sits barefoot on a couch in his home in Haight-Ashbury and discourses on pot (he prefers eating it to smoking it), being busted by the fuzz, how he recognizes a speed freak (they're so skinny), his fear of the dark), his dreams about flying and what he hopes to be doing when he is 5 ( to stop sucking his thumb) Director Arlyck starts with a good subject for a short documentary, asks him provocative questions and gives the whole thing an organic form that wastes no footage whatever. Josesh Gelmis, Newsday

Rental: $60.00
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Martin Arnold

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Found Footage, Structural

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

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Gordon Ball

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
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Alan Berliner

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Alan Berliner

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Jerry Bloedow

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
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Jerry Bloedow

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man Complete (1964) 16mm, color, 75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environement & Nature, Family, Landscape & Architecture, Personal Diary & Journal, Philosophical

"DOG STAR MAN is the most self-sufficient and innocent film, self sufficient in the sense that Chaplin is. No music is needed to watch Chaplin... because his dance is all the music that we need. DOG STAR MAN is silent in the sense that the greatest silent film are. In DOG STAR MAN the film itself becomes a dance of editing and moves as the best silent actors do with their physical movement with arm, leg, tongue and face... The film breathes and is an organic and surging thing... it is a colossal lyrical adventure- dance of the image in every variation of color." -- Michael McClure, Art Forum. BRAND NEW PRINT.

Rental: $295.00
16mm Rental: $295.00

Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man: Part III (1964) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Family

The fourth and penultimate section of Brakhage's film myth. The marriage of striving and fertility.. midsummer and high noon. -- P. Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Song 15: Fifteen Song Traits (1981) 16mm, color, 38.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

A series of individual portraits of friends and family, all interrelated in what might be called a branch growing directly from the trunk of SONGS 1 thru 14. On order of appearance: Robert Kelly, Jane and our dog Durin, our boys Bearthm and Rarc, daughter Crystal and the canary Cheep Donkey, Robert Creely and Michael McClure, the rest of our girls Myrrena and Neowyn, Angelo Dibenedetto, Ed Dorn and his family and Jonas Mekas (to whom the FIFTEEN SONG TRAITS is dedicated), as well as some few strangers, were the source of these TRAITS coming into being -- my thanks to all... and to all who see them clearly.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Stan Brakhage

Songs 28 & 29 (1986) 16mm, color, 7.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

Song 28: Scenes as texture. SONG 29: A portrait of the artist's mother.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Sarah Jane Lapp

Sweetface (1999-2013) color, 28 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

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

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

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

Rental: $150

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Sarah Jane Lapp

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

Genre: Animation, Documentary

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

scored by Mark Dresser

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

Rental: $50

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Noll Brinckmann

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family, Found Footage

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

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Betzy Bromberg

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

16mm Rental: $160.00

David Brooks

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

Father and his sons fishing.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Family

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

Rental: $30.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Caterpillar (1973) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Fran Burst-Terranella

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Roberta Cantow

Clotheslines (1981) 16mm, color, 32.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family

A cherished, sometimes comic memory with mothers, husbands, children, neighbors... CLOTHESLINES, with music by Alice Eve Cohen, documents the pragmatic, symbolic and artistic role of laundry in women's lives. The film presents an enduring, vivid account, showing how the creative energies of women have been sapped by mundane tasks, and in turn how such tasks reflect a ritualistic approach to life. Billed as a poetic documentary. "... expresses layers of feelings and experience that will be a revelation to both men and women." -- Leslie Bennet, THE NEW YORK TIMES. "... the first public airing of laundry since Watergate." -- VILLAGE VOICE

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Tobe J. Carey

True Light Beaver Film: After The Revolution, The (1972) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Family

A fantasy/documentary home-movie. The True Light Beavers go through some changes with help from their friends. Original music by The Montgomeries.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Sculpture for Children (1974) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Family

Producer: Laurie Stieg. Assistant Producer: Elizabeth Wood. A documentary displaying the use of a set of SCULPTURE FOR CHILDREN in a New York City classroom. Children ages six to nine years were filmed while playing and learning. Sculpture was designed by Doris Chase and is based on kinetic work originating in the field of dance.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Tom Chomont

Selected Shorts II Minor Revisions, Razor Head (1979) DVD NTSC, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Spiritual / Mystical

Minor Revisions- "I intended to make a film about food and spiritual nourishment, but this was punctuated by two visits from a friend (upon entering the US Army and after the birth of his second daughter)".

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Sharon Couzin

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Sharon Couzin

Pauline (1985) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Family

Pauline is a film that explores the friendship of two artists, obliquely, through the exploration of a house, a garden and a painting. The qualities of light and time are used to heighten the properties simple acts and objects may take on when mediated by these two elements. The primary subject of the film, then, is not an event, nor a story, but a sense of an artist's process and her relation to the world. "Through the use of a hand-held camera, Couzin takes us with her on a search for Pauline, a woman who had been her closest childhood friend. We travel through a labyrinth of extraordinary images which capture Pauline's world .... It is not Pauline's likeness we are looking for -- we see her image many times in the film -- but rather the elusive essence of who this childhood friend has grown up to be. ... But as Couzin searches through Pauline's world for this essence, we sense that she is also searching for another elusive presence; that is, the person she might have become." -- Hollie Lavenstein Exhibition: Millennium, NY; SF Art Institute Film Festival; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Walker Art Center; Chicago Frankfurt Exchange; SF Cinematheque; Pacific Film Archive; Philadelphia College of Art; Ithaca College; RIT; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Big Muddy Film Festival; Image Forum; Tokyo Museum of Modern Art; Kyoto; American Centers in Fukuoka, Osaka.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Peter Cramer

Haiku Series Parts I & III (1989) VHS NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Landscape & Architecture

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - A New England family weekend takes on the sparse simplicity of a Japanese haiku.

Rental: $30.00 sale price: 40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $40.00

Vivienne Dick

Skinny Little Man Attacked Daddy, A (1994) VHS NTSC, , 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family, Landscape & Architecture, Personal / Diary / Journal

"A personal version of 'the family system' from the inside" -- Rod Stoneman, British Film and Video Directory This film marks a return for Vivienne to the to the Donegal landscape of family origin and contrasts it with life in the 'big city' in this gentle, almost ethnographic film that merges home movies and social documentary aesthetics.

Rental: $100.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $100.00

Shirley Erbacher

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Family

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

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

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
16mm Rental: $20.00

Hollis Frampton

Gloria! (1979) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic_multicultural, Family, history, personal

"In GLORIA! Frampton juxtaposes nineteenth-century concerns with contemporary forms through the interfacing of a work of early cinema with a videographic display of textual material. These two formal components (the film and the texts) in turn relate to a nineteenth-century figure, Frampton's maternal grandmother, and to a twentieth-century one, her grandson (filmmaker Frampton himself). In attempting to recapture their relationship, GLORIA! becomes a somewhat comic, often touching meditation on death, on memory and on the power of image, music and text to resurrect the past."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Roberta Friedman

Bertha's Children (1976) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

My great aunt Bertha had seven children who are now between fifty and sixty-five years old. They all grew up in New York City and, even after they became adults and had their own families, lived in the same geographic region. When I visited New York one winter, I asked each of them to be in a film and all of them agreed. When I returned the following winter, however, only David, Marty, Aaron, Bernie and Thelma would do it. Frieda, concerned about the crazy people who might see the film and then write her nasty anonymous letters, refused, and Sylvia was in Florida at the time. --R. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Stephen Gebhardt

Headache (1969) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children & youth, family

The second of a series of films which relate the growth and personality of my daughter. The film is a further reduction of the variables of filmic composition. The crux of the matter is Elizabeth and my reaction to her through camera.- S.G.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Carl Michael George

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

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family

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

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Anna Geyer

Oolite (1995) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

OOLITE is a story of birth and the creative process. Birth is a facet of life often overlooked or impersonally addressed solely through medical terminology in Western culture. OOLITE is the story of the birth of my sister told personally from multiple perspectives. It is told by my grandmother (Louise Kimball), my mother (Bethanne Kimball-Parker), my sister herself (Bettina Geyer), and through the visual images of my remembrances of that time. A primary concern of this piece lies in the function of memory; how we remember what we remember and why. What triggers memory? Why do different people remember the same event differently? What makes a remembered instant different from the perpetual procession of forgotten moments which constitute our lives? I employed a method of projecting film on various surfaces, reframing, reshooting and thus recontextualizing my work in order to convey variations in perspective and a distance from the original image (event). The often visual immediacy of dreams versus the third person retelling of that dream, in comparison to the remembered thought or details provided by a relative of your own childhood experiences, are other elements I address, for film is a medium of experiential immediacy sharing qualities of both dreams and memories. OOLITE creates an environment, a rhythm of movement through time, which is neither dream nor memory but exists filmically and blurs the boundaries of both.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Vincent Grenier

Feet (1994) DVD NTSC, black and white, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, children / youth, family, personal / diary / journal

A video portrait of my friend, Susan Weisser and of her rapport with 13 year old son Billy and seventeen year old daughter Amanda. The video, divided in two sections used as a premise the reconstruction of her daily rituals with first the son and then the daughter. Enactments, accounts, confidences and spirited arguments freely crisscross each other within the dynamic that my presence and that of the camera create. Great opportunities ensued for live tensions in the framing of sounds and visuals; a sort of enchanted construction from the fanciful revelations of the everyday. Award: Second prize, 1996 Black Maria Film & Video Festival Screening: Symposium on Independent Film & Video at the University of Colorado, Boulder, June 1996. WNET REEL NEW YORK, Summer 1998. Purchased by: Collection of New York University

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Philip Hoffman

passing through/torn formations (1988) 16mm, color, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

"Philip Hoffman's PASSING THROUGH/TORN FORMATIONS is a wide open ramble through the labyrinth of memory, considered primarily as a family affair. The film deals with the life and history of Hoffman's Czech-born mother and her family, presented as a kind of polyphonic recitation - of words, of images and of sounds." -- Robert Everett-Green "PASSING THROUGH/TORN FORMATIONS extends from Eastern Europe and back again -- an unravelling tapestry of family relations that speaks of migration and translation." -- Marian McMahon "PASSING THROUGH/TORN FORMATIONS accomplishes a multi-faceted experience for the viewer - it is a poetic document of Family, for instance - but Philip Hoffman's editing throughout is true to thought process, tracks visual theme as the mind tracks shape, makes melody of noise and words as the mind recalls sound." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90

Nisi Jacobs

They All Interlock/Dishing/Sugartown (2001) VHS NTSC, color, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Family, Landscape & Architecture

They All Interlock (2001) color, sound, 19 min. A large Jewish family gathers for their holiday meal. THEY ALL INTERLOCK drops in to this gathering and drops out, as one's attention often does within a complex social situation. It wanders both hopefully and longingly, through the camera lens, to many places around the world, far off from this dining room, this family, to images both distant and past, and of a future, embodied by a newborn child's feet splayed out like pale tulips, his feathery eyes looking toward a vague new world which the eldest present, 90-year-old Aunt Martha, will never know. It is the cycle, uninterrupted, unchallenged, simply acknowledged in THEY ALL INTERLOCK. Dishing (2001) color, sound, 8 min. Largely a sound composition, with July 4th fireworks swaying slowed way down so every cast of flicker light can ooze to black and slowly dry on the night sky canvas; flint-stick electronics accompany, random digital sweeps, with moments of a magician's deck of cards that ascends endlessly. Humming tugboats dock at the South Street Seaport but we never can seem to get on to familiar ground. From Dishing, signals of July 4th are received from a tumultuous future space. Sugartown (2001) color, sound, 10 min. Sugartown: New York City as seen through a glazed window. Two women do an awfully good job of allowing the bridges of their noses to dissolve into their straws, jutting from Tropicana O. J. containers.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Nora Jacobson

Inside Out (1978) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

"Individuals, animals and events against a family grain."--N.J.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Cari Machet

Fretless Forgiveness (1995) VHS NTSC, , 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

An ancestral piece that engages only the paternal parts of my family. This is a portrait of a facet of the makes in my family, these physical aspects are of a metaphor that mostly speaks of the spaces between the male and female in my family. This is also a self portrait of my relationship to the male figures and to life structures that represent maleness. --C. M.

Ernest Marrero

Before the Rise of Premonition (1985) 16mm, color, 19.5 min

Keywords: Family, Political / Social Activism

The story of a young suburban couple possessed of an uncanny command of the English language as a means of expressing the uncertainty and moral confusion of their generation. This strangely poetic drama embodies, within the microcosm of the family, the crisis of contemporary American liberalism. --E. M.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Katrina Martin

Family Passion, A (1977) 16mm, color, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Structural

This is about my family. It's an idealized view, Arcadian, and a little silly. So the descent into hell that's implied by the title happens only in very sublimated forms. The structure is based on cycles: generations, seasons, day and night, the short eat/sleep cycles of my sister's new born babies, and the condensed and edited time of my new film. --K. M.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Adolfas Mekas

Going Home (1972) 16mm, black and white, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family

"Made by Adolfas Mekas and Pola Chapelle, the film is about childhood memories and life's harships and the durability of families. In 1971, after a twenty-seven year absence, Adolfas and his brother Jonas returned to their birthplace in Lithuania. They had left Lithuania as young men, destined for a German labor camp. now they came home, Adolfas with his wife, the singer Pola Chapelle, and in the long northern summer days they sang and walked across golden fields and feasted at crowded tables with family and friends. There are flowers for the dead and for the living in this film; it is full of flowers and songs." Festivals: London, New York, Mannheim, and others.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Victoria Campbell

House of Bones (2009) Color, 89 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, history , personal/diary/journal

A personal story of the end of a house and family-filmed the last summer before the big sale. Set on Martha's Vineyard.

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

Kenji Onishi

Burning Star, A (1995) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

"A Burning Star depicts the physicality of destruction and disappearance through images of the Japanese filmmaker's father who dies and is cremated. Maintaining a solid rhythm and perspective, this film highlights the meaning and importance of "viewing" and "filming" in documentary." (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Asian Currents Programme)

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Suzan Pitt

Crocus (1971) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Family

Her film CROCUS is about the artist's family life - giving the baby a glass of water, going to bed and making love. The CROCUS drawings poetically interpret an act of love during which a wild assortment of moths, birds, flowers, and vegetables - including a huge cabbage - float through the room and out the window." - Philip Larson, curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis "CROCUS is a sophisticated fantasy, which provides a parade of images as a man and woman make love - her style is amusing and very much her own, with many surprising and delicious touches." - P.K., San Francisco Chronicle

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Rosenthal

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

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $485

Amanda Katz

4 Bed, 4 1/2 Bath (2016) DVD, color, 11 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Family

Sudden divorce spurs a newly single Marjorie to sell her family home of 35 years. We move though, room by room, in this newly made intermediate zone. It is at once ripe with decades of memories and artificially staged for prospective buyers.

Rental: $40.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $40

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

Barbara Rosenthal

Ola Writes the Alphabet (1982 - DVD Remaster 2004) DVD, b&w, 16 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, body, children & youth, family, personal/diary/journal, philosophical , psychology & mental health , science & medicine, structural, technology

'Ola Writes the Alphabet' is a 'decisive moment' in both video and child development by a consummate artist of video vert. At her mother's prompting, Ola Creston, the artist's daughter at age 3, recalls some letters perfectly, but others only with great creative latitude, letting us see into the development of letter-forms in a young brain. An extremely straight-forward, observational presentation with no filmmaker-type interference, this DVD was originally shot in 1982 on black and white 1/2" open reel videotape. It is a boundary-crossing work that can find audiences among child and family psychologist, neurologists, linguists, educator, parents and children themselves, well beyond this artist's usual base within video history and the avant-garde.

DVD NTSC Sale: $285

Barbara Rosenthal

Daddy: Spider Story (1976 - Digital Remaster 2012) DVD, b&w, 2 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, environment & nature , family, hand processed , history, personal/diary/journal, philosophical , psychology & mental health , spiritual & mystical

This video pioneer (appearing briefly) records her father, Leon Rosenthal, telling about a large spider in an underground bomb shelter with him when he was a radio switchboard operator in Hilo, Hawaii, during WWII. It is a single-take 2 minute piece that gives insight into the artist's lifelong explorations into the meaning of the being human, the search for identity, respect for life itself, and the personality as paramount.

DVD NTSC Sale: $65

Rosalind Schneider

Andrea Acting Out (1974) , 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children/youth, environment/nature, family

"An experimental portrait of the filmmaker's ten year old daughter. Based on footage collected over a two year period, the film explores the inner and outer consciousness of the child and develops the nature of her fantasy life in abstract terms. Although the film deals with the reality of her world as shown by the documentation of sensitive relationships with her animals, it supercedes reality by creating its own rhythms and new images. Her joy and moodiness are contrasted by the superimpositions of color and black and white footage; and we are also aware of the subtle changes that have begun to take place as she matures. The free spirit of the child is revealed by the sound track based on recordings of her favorite music box layered over her interpretive zither playing and the reciting of Andrea's original poetry." - RS

"The climax of the film is a spectacular shadow dance... As Andrea bends her limbs, the silhouette of her body becomes intertwined with the sinuous shadows of tree branches creating a marvellous image which, perhaps symbolizes the spontaneous enthusiasm of youth." - Kristina Nordstrom, Art & Cinema

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Phil Weisman

t. and the small picture frame (1986) 16mm, black and white, 11.25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Family

This film is similar to a slide "home movie picture show," it being more in the tradition of amateur portrait presentation than anything else. It is, of course, a loving portrait of my family, however tinged beneath a veil of youthful ambivalence.

Rental: $44.00
16mm Rental: $44.00

Greg Yaskot

Year In Connecticut, A (1977) 16mm, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: enviorment nature, Family, Landscape, Architecture, personal_diary_journal

"A super-8 diary, shot between September '75 and April '76... I wanted to make a specific film of a specific time in my life, utilizing all the beautiful locations in the town where I grew up."

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Greg Yaskot

Portrait of Uncle John, Fishing (1980) Super8, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

"To me he is an enigma, in his own time. Even claims to have hooked a couple of muskie."

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

How Strong The Children (1998) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, Mini DV NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

A personal documentary video in which the relationship of a mother with her two young daughters is examined -- finding the terrain chaotic and hardly conforming to prior expectations. Weaving in and out through multi-linear and noisy layers, the mother interviews the daughters, one daughter interviews the mother, the daughters play together, the mother reprimands the daughters, they have breakfast and get ready for school and work together, the mother reads a poem, the daughters read a fairy story, nuclear reactors seem to be a part of it, Amelia Earhart makes appearances, texts refer to the musings of the mother. All these elements pile on top of one another in apparent chaos. But some ideas emerge, and one could leave without feeling uncomfortable about the chaos. The children, at least, are strong.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $100.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $100.00

3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $500.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $250.00
MiniDV NTSC Sale: $500.00

Anna Fahr

Khaneh Ma: These places we call home (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 90 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family

Khaneh Ma: These Places We Call Home examines questions of cultural identity by prsenting three generations of Iranians divided on three continents, and reunited on one journey. The film begans with the director's return to Iran, her country of cultural origin, where she becomes reacquainted with family she has not seen in over ten years, and rediscovers a culture that has remained a quiet yet ever-present part of her life in Canada. As the journey unfolds, we uncover rarely seen aspects of Iranian culture, as experienced by the director, while witnessing firsthand the process of leaving an old culture behind and the journey into a new one.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Fern Silva

Notes from a Bastard Child (2007) 16mm, color, 9 mins. min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: youth, econamics, multicultural, family, personal_diary_journal

Fern Silva's "Notes from a Bastard Child" consists of an unsettled but concise capsule portrait of interconnected fatherless entities, including a fading Portuguese village and Jesus Christ. -Mark Holcomb TimeOut New York

Rental: $$50.
16mm Rental: $$50.

Astria Suparak

Some Kind of Loving (Joanie 4 Jackie, 2000) VHS NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Children & Youth, Erotic, Family, Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal, Queer / Bi / Trans

Curated by Astria Suparak for the independent distribution system and feminist art project Joanie 4 Jackie, as the third and final Co-Star Tape. Some Kind of Loving explores sexuality from its formulation in childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood, referencing psychoanalytic theory as easily as pop culture. Or: Performance (anxiety), awkwardness, and ambivalence. No Place Like Home #1+#2 (Video. 5:00+6:00, Karen Yasinsky), Fine Lines (Super-8 film, 5:00, Jane Gang), Lullaby (Video, 18:00, Jennifer Reeder), pornfilm (16mm film, 6:00, Stephanie Barber), Martina's Playhouse (Super-8 film, 20:00, Peggy Ahwesh). More information: http://www.joanie4jackie.com/costar/loving.php

VHS NTSC Rental: $15.00 (Individual) 75.00 (Institution)

VHS_NTSC Sale: $20.00 (Individual) 100.00 (Institution)

Taylor Dunne

Obar (2008) DVD_NTSC, digiBeta_NTSC, miniDV_NTSC, color, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment, multicultural, family, history, landscape, diary, mystical

Obar is a super-8 portrait of a New Mexico ghost town. Disembodied oral histories of water dowsing and train hoping provide insight into the towns possibilities and failures, while time lapse images of the desolate landscape paint an eerie portrait of life on the wild frontier.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00
DigiBeta NTSC Rental: $50.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $175.00

Louise Bourque

L'ECLAT DU MAL (THE BLEEDING HEART) (2005) 35 mm, Color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: family, hand_processed, personal_diary_journal

"The house that bursts; the scene of the crime; the nucleus. A universe collapses on itself: all hell breaks loose." -LB

Boston-based French Canadian Louise Bourque creates intensely personal hand crafted works, often incorporating and manipulating old family home movies, found footage and newly shot film.

Rental: $75.00
35mm Rental: $75.00

Roberta Cantow

The Book of Laughs (1987) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, personal diary & journal

Life-Loss--Love-Loss-Death Leads the viewer head-on into the complex intimacy between two sisters and their losses, both growing up, and by the death of one. This is the Book of Laughs, the fairy tale promise of good times. These sisters have touched and held on to each other through many frightening nights, and they have laughed.

Rental: $135.00
16mm Rental: $135.00

Lynne Sachs

Lynne Sachs: 10 Short Films Vol.3 (1986-2007) DVD NTSC, color, 62 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family

"XY Chromosome Project"- 12 min (2007) "The Small Ones"- 3 min (2006) "Noa, Noa"- (2006) "Atalanta 32 Years Later"- 5 min (2006) "Tornado"- 4 min (2002) "Photograph of Wind"- 4 min (2006) "Window Work"- 9 min (2000) "Following the Object to Its Logical Beginning"- 9 min (1987)"Still Life With Woman and Four Ojects"- 4 min (1986) "Drawn and Quarted"- 4 min (1987) "Lynne Sachs is best known for her spirited and lyrical essay films- films defined by a unwavering woman's inflection and a commitment to pry the cracks in official history. However, throughout Sach's career, we've been treated to a succession of short experimental works that tease out the details of the everyday with the same clarity of vision and instinct for the hand-nurtured image as her much-lauded lengthier works. These films and videotapes, whether they be mystified glimpses of childhood, reinventions of the films past, or formal excursions into the poetic, surrender the wonder of a world seen by an artist with a soulful eye and a conscientious hear."- Steve Seid, Film-Video Curator, Pacific Film Archive

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $225.00

Ken Jacobs

Hot Dogs at the Met (2009) DVD_NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, family

Stereo photos from the 1970s are digitally animated with 3-D effects to be seen without spectacles. The computer, considering location, emulates a painting technique. Featuring Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Flo Jacobs, and Azazel.

Rental: $75.00

Jennifer Reeves

Trains Are For Dreaming (1999-2009) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment / nature, family, history, personal diary / journal

Eight super-8 film years condensed into seven eye-popping minutes. A dreamer moves through landscapes to far seas-over tracks, winding roads, skies and waters-a journey of flight and fancy.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Gordon Ball

Films By Gordon Ball (1966-1991) DVD_NTSC, color, 68 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, family, history, political / social activism

Gordon Ball's films have been acclaimed for their originality, their powerful directness. As filmmaker Stan Brakhage has written has written of Ball's two works on the death of his mother and the death of his father, he "has accomplished something unique in the autobiographical genre of motion pictures." Jonas Mekas declared Ball's Mexican Jail Footage "the best jail film I've seen"; of the same movie Robert Frank exclaimed "I can't forget this film."

A work by ball eschews technical polish in favor of "technical sincerity"; it may be made, in part, on the run, as with Father Movie , it may be, as with his first work, Georgia , shot completely spontaneously. It is, as the filmmaker has written, "negligent of all but its own earnest rhythmic awareness... what one person and no one can give us." It is uncompromising and full of heart, strong enough to make one, as poet Allen Ginsberg has written of Ball's Enthusiasm , "cry for life itself."

Ball's films have been shown on three continents and at a range of institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Anthology Film Archives, Kyoto Cinematheque, and British Film Institute, and have won prizes at a number of festivals.

This anthology selects seven works and includes an interview with Ball by filmmaker and archivist Tom Whiteside.
Films included:
Georgia (1966)
Sitting (1977)
Father Movie (1978)
Enthusiasm (1979)
Mexican Jail Footage (1980)
Millbrook (1985)
Do Poznania [To Poznan]: Conversations in Poland (1991)

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00 for individual & 60.00 for educational

Bill Brand

Susie's Ghost (2011) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: family, landscape_architecture, personal_diary_journal

In collaboration with Ruthie Marantz. When shooting SUSIE'S GHOST, I was mourning the loss of my older sister and my photography and the performance of collaborator Ruthie Marantz express a diffuse sense of loss. Is she looking for something? Is she really there? Is she really gone? The film was shot in my Manhattan downtown neighborhood before the housing bubble burst and construction mania had not yet obliterated the last traces of the manufacturing district I'd moved to 35 years earlier. That too has passed.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Pregnancy Dreams (1975-2005) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, children_youth, family, personal_diary_journal, philosophical

In "PREGNANCY DREAMS" Barbara Rosenthal, nude and nine months pregnant, reads from her Journal dreams of filthy bathrooms, impeccably clothed men, and other parallels. Originally shot in Super-8 film by Bill Creston (seen nude in the mirror with his camera on this very hot August day) as tests of filmstocks for his recording of the birth and subsequent film "OLA: A FILM BY HER FATHER", "PREGNANCY DREAMS" was greeted by calls of outrage when premiered at BACA (The Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association) in 1979, but digitally remastered in 2005, it has gained an increasingly receptive audience through the years.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00

Barbara Rosenthal

33 Existential Video Shorts (1976-2009) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 73 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, family, personal_diary_journal, philosophical, science_medicine

The 33 shorts in 72 minutes comprising "33 EXISTENTIAL VIDEO SHORTS" was compiled for Barbara Rosenthal's solo mini-retrospective in video at the Z-Bar Screening Room in Berlin by curator Klaus Eisenlohr for Directors Lounge Contemporary Art And Media, on June 25, 2009. Included in this screening, an on this DVD, is the world premiere of "Dead Heat" as well as some of her best-known and rarely shown shorts, in 3 sections: 1. SOLO PERFORMANCE VIDEOS: "Barbara Rosenthal Contemplates Suicide", "Words Come Out Backwards", "Whispering Confession", "I Have a New York Accent", "I've Got the World in the Palm of My Hand", "Breaking Glass", "Lying Diary/Provocation Cards", "Handwriting Analysis", "How Much Does the Monkey Count", "How Much Does the Monkey Remember", "Video Will", "Society", "News Wall", "Pregnancy Dreams"; 2. PLAYING WITH OTHERS: "Playing With Matches", "Shadow Boxes", "Mandates for Art", "News to Fit the Family", "Nonsense Conversation", "Rock-A-Bye Rock Lobster", "Colors and Auras"; 3. CONCEPTUAL VIDEOS WITH TEXT, NEWS AND GAMES ABOUT DIMENSION, DURATION, TIME, PHYSICS, LOCATION AND RELATIONSHIP: "Dog Recognition", "Quotation from Paul Gauguin/This is Not a Book", "The Screen Will Be Black and Silent", "Siddhartha", "World View", "Space and Time", "A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer", "Dead Heat", "American Denominations", "Vienna Photos", "Something from Oliver North". LIMITED EDITION OF 30, SIGNED AND NUMBERED

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $985.00

Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert

4 by 4 (2010) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: family, Films About Film, found_footage

An optically printed experimental 16mm short film using footage my great-grandfather shot from 1946 to 1960 in the United States and Greece. The film emphasizes a conflict between the seemingly natural interactions that occur between those in the U.S. and the unreliable interactions with those in Greece.

16mm Rental: $30.00

16mm Sale: $800.00

Carl Michael George

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: youth, family

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

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Su Friedrich

First Comes Love (1991) 16mm, BW, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family, Queer Bi Trans

First Comes Love consists of perfectly choreographed scenes of four wedding ceremonies accompanied by a complex medley of popular love songs. All seems to be going as it should until the couples reach the altar, when the celebratory atmosphere is interrupted for a surprising public service announcement. Then song and dance continues until the happy couples depart, leaving behind a dwindling crowd and a few altar boys who carefully sweep up the rice that blankets the pavement like snow.

Rental: $88.00
16mm Rental: $88.00

Jonas Mekas

Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 68 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography, family, history, personal diary journal

A motion picture composed of brief diaristic scenes not used in completed films from the years 1960-2000; and self-referential video footage taped during the editing. Brief glimpses of family, friends, girl-friends, the City, seasons of the year, travels. Occasionally I talk, reminisce, or play music I taped during those earlier years, plus more recent piano improvisations by Auguste Varkalis. It's a kind of autobiographical, diaristic poem, celebration of happiness and life. I consider myself a happy man. - J.M.

DVD NTSC Rental: $300.00

Melissa Friedling

Garden Roll Bounce Parking Lot (2010) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children & youth, environment & nature, ethnic multicultural, family, films about film, found footage, landscape & architecture

Pop culture and land-use practices converge in Brooklyn, NY where a Bangladeshi family kept a thriving urban garden. In GARDEN ROLL BOUNCE PARKING LOT, a brother and sister share their memories of that garden which was recently leveled in order to make a parking space for their father's livery car. Prompted by the filmmaker (and neighbor), they recall the year that the overhead lattice support for the garden was woven out of a 35mm motion picture film. Bits of the film that were left lying in the street after the garden was cut down for the winter were optically printed. On inspection, it turned out that the found film holding up the garden was the retro black urban teen movie, Roll Bounce (2005) - the plot of which hinges around the closing of the protagonists' local roller rink, The Gardens. In addition to their recollections of the found film in the garden, the kids disclose their preoccupations with You Tube, Selena Gomez, and Urdu-language children's songs. The combination of pop-cultural references along with the 'misused' found film is revealing of the profound and creative merging of cultural practices that transforms the contemporary immigrant experience.

Rental: $35
16mm Rental: $35

Vera Neubauer

The Lady of the Lake (1995) DVD_PAL, b&w, 20 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: family, literature

An ink on paper animation mixed with live action. It is based on a legend in which a mermaid falls in love with a young man and is allowed to share her life on land with him as long he doesn't strike her more than three times.

Rental: $80
DVD PAL Rental: $80

Vera Neubauer

Wooly Wolf (2001) color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: children & youth, family, literature & theater

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

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

La Luna (1999) DVD_PAL, color, 26 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: family, political/social activism

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

DVD PAL Rental: $104

James Dowell and John Kolomvakis

Our New Family (2011) DVD NTSC, color, 73 min min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: children_Youth, family , personal, Diary, Journal , Queer, Bi, Trans

What is the definition of a contemporary family? Who make the best parents? what are the implications of recent advances in biology and how will these affect the ways human beings choose to reproduce? These questions and many others are examined through the experience of the filmmakers James Dowell and John Kolomvakis as they proceed through the process of surrogacy and family building ultimately ending in their twin sons. The specific history that lead to this desirefor family is explored through the filmmakers' life experience and the viewer is offered a window onto the changing social mores of the last half century.

Rental: $100

DVD NTSC Sale: $20

Liz Roberts

Cicatrix (1995 ) 16mm , Black and White , min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Biography and Autobiography , Body , Family

A cicatrix is a scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.

16mm Rental: $30
DVD NTSC Rental: $30

Abraham Ravett

Piyut I-V (2009 - 2012) color and b&w, 96 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family, diary

Compilation DVD

Notes For A Polish Jew (2012) 8 min, 16mm, silent.
If his father had lived beyond the age of seventy-four, the following may have been the cinematic response to the city where in 1944, he last saw his family. Filmed in the mid-1980s, Lodz, Poland. Constructed in 2012, Florence, MA. USA.

From Prague to Poland (2010) 15 min, DVD, sound.
Sixty years after his familys departure from Poland, the filmmaker returns to the city where he was born.

What My Father Would Have Seen In Poland (2010) 54 min, DVD, sound.
A contemporary, on-line archive of Polish amateur films made between the 1950s - 1980s, provides an opportunity to reflect on stories of survival and attempts at reconciliation.

non-Aryan (2009) 12 min, silent, color, 16mm.
A recent article in the NYT revealed that during the 1930s and 1940s administrators at Columbia University restricted the hiring of refugee, Jewish medical doctors by severely limited the number of "non-Aryans" on their staff. Inspired by that revelation, the following is a cinematic tribute, a portrait of another "non-Aryan" who was not a physician and arrived in the USA in 1955.

Trepches (2009) 7 min, silent, beta.
In the process of making "The March" (1999), my mother spoke about the wooden shoes she and other inmates wore n their forced march out of Auschwitz. She called them "trephes." Utilizing one of the optically printed segments from "The March," I've re-visited that filmmaking experience and our exchange.

DVD NTSC Sale: $Individual sale: $75. Institution sale: $150.00

Abraham Ravett

After the Unveiiling (1981) , 129 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

After the Unveiling is a film about change. It is a personal documentary done in diary format of my mothers life immediately following my fathers death. It begins with cultural rites proceeding death, that of sitting "shive," and goes on to record the many daily acts my mother once shared with her husband and now must face alone. Delineated, is the integral place that my mothers religion and culture holds for her, the inevitable influence it has on me, and the resulting conflict that is created for my mother and myself by me selecting a mate from a different religious background.

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Abraham Ravett

Everything's For You (1989) color and b&w, 58 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

Everythings For You reflects the filmmakers relationship with his deceased father, a man who survived both the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz. The film utilizes a combination of previously shot material (1974-78) family photographs, archival footage, optically printed current footage, cell animation sequences, and computer graphics to create a mosaic, a meditation on filial relationships. Dialogue is in both Yiddish and English.

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Abraham Ravett

Lunch With Fela (2005) color, 59 min min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

Lunch With Fela, is the filmmakers response to the passing of his last parent, Fela Ravett. Utilizing a combination of DV footage shot during her stay at a nearby nursing facility, excerpts from previously made 16mm film, animation sequences, plus remaining family memorabilia, the film renders the presence and absence of a much loved parent. Lunch With Fela, is the eighth film in a series that address the complexities of family history and Jewish cultural identity.

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Abraham Ravett

Short Films Volume II (1984-2003) color, 81 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, diary

Compilation DVD.

Zegers Note (1984), 17 min, color, 16mm

A Calming Breeze (1984) 17 min, color, SILENT, 16mm

Toncia (1986) 13 min, color, sound, 16mm

And Then... (2002) 6 min, color and b&w, SILENT, 16 mm

Sunday Paper (2003) 11 min, color, sound, DV

Mizuko (2002) 9 min, color, sound, DV

The Visit (2003) 8 min, color, SILENT, 16mm

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Abraham Ravett

Three Films (1985-1999) color and b&w, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, history, diary

Compilation DVD

Half Sister (1985) 22 min, color, sound, 16mm.
A recently discovered photograph of my half sister, who was killed in the German concentration camp of Auschwitz, inspires the imagination to conceive a life that would have been.

In Memory (1933) 13 min, B&W, sound, 16mm
In Memory, is a tribute, a projected memorial to members of my family and all those who died under Nazi occupation.

The March (1999) 25 min, color & B&W, sound, 16mm
Utilizing a series of conversation conducted over a thirteen-year period between the filmmaker and his mother, The March, details Fela Ravett's recollections of the 1945 Death March from Auschwitz.

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Qi You

Tang Er Duo (2013) DVD, color, min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, family

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Rental: $30

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

Baby Face (2015) DVD, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, family, found footage , personal / diary / journal , psychology & mental health, science & medicine

A literal translation of birth, through facial gestures and silent alliteration of non-existing words, aimed to interpret our sense of language as sound. The performers face is green-screened with what is revealed as a live birth.

Rental: $30.00
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DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Sahar Sepahdari - Dalai

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
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DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Georg Anthony Svatek

Looper (2012) DVD NTSC, color , 3:36 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, family, found footage, music, personal / diary / journal

LOOPER is an archival Easter egg hunt spanning over 33 years and 6047 miles. The connecting element between 16mm footage shot in Long Beach, CA and Super 8mm material shot in Salzburg, Austria is the little girl and grown women - my mother.

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $15

Harriet McKern

Dear Harriet (2014) DVD_NTSC, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, children/youth, family, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health

Against the backdrop of the harbor an unidentified adoptee reads below the surface of a letter from her birth mother.

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Symbiosis Films

Our New Family (2015) color, min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: children / youth, family, personal/diary/journal

What is the definition of family? Who makes the best parents? What are the implications of recent advances in biology and how will those effect the ways human beings choose to reproduce? Those questions and many others are examined through the experience of the filmmakers James Dowell and John Kolomvakis as they proceed through the process of surrogency and family building in the feature documentary film, OUR NEW FAMILY.

Ultimately culminating in their twin sons, the specific history that lead to this desire for family is explored through the filmmakers' lives and a view is offered on to the changing social mores over the last half century. Gay marriage and parenting are examined as well as the challenging of specific environment of Dallas, Texas and New York City. Interviews include: Dennis Coleman, Executive Director of Equality and Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of Family Equality Council. Stuart Miller, C.E.O of Growing Generations are interviewed as are the surrogate mother and egg donor. A wide swath of the history of the last fifty years is seen through the eyes of the filmmakers and the present of a new kind of family give a specific report on where we are today.

Rental: $TBA

Tobe Carey

Two Woodstock Hippie Films (1970-1975) DVD, color, 47 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family, personal/diary/journal

From the archives of the late 1960's and early 1970's comes this period piece. A combination of two 16mm experimental films, "The True Light Beaver Film: After the Revolution", and "Family Astrology".

The True Light Beaver Film: After the Revolution - 13 minutes, 1970
This program provides an intimate glimpse into communal ways and ritual at the height of the counter culture. Includes cameo appearances by Abbie Hoffman and Paul Krassner of Yippie! fame.

Family Astrology - 34 minutes, 1975
A look at hippie family life at its fullest through a lens of astrology. Life with chickens, music and much more.

Rental: $70.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $70 - institutional / $30 - individual

Tobe Carey

A Small Self-Portrait (1977) DVD, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: family, personal/diary/journal

Experimenting with on-camera memoir. Facing the camera. I was going to be 35 years old...with my father's diagnosis of terminal cancer... in a reel to reel live on-camera set up with intercut video and super-eight film.

Rental: $35

Tobe Carey

Giving Birth (1975) DVD, b&w, 25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: family

Pioneering Porta-pak video documentary of a home birth. Shot in the Yucatan, Mexico, where a child is delivered Maya style, in a hammock, by a Mayan midwife.

Rental: $70.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $70 - institutional / $30 - individual

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)

Maya Erdelyi

Pareidolia (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 7:30 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: body, cameraless, family, history, philosophical , spiritual/mystical

Pareidolia is an abstract narrative exploring the landscape/architecture of the body as a container of memories. Layers of stories, dreams and memory fragments are interconnected like muscle fibers. The film uses bleached and distressed film stock, cut-paper puppets, stop-motion sets, hand-drawn animation, and various hybrid techniques. Through a re-imagining of family stories and life events, the film attempts to connect my experiences witnessing public cremations in India to my Great Grandmother's miraculous survival of a mass killing by Hungarian Nazis along the banks of the Danube in 1944.

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Jonathan Hancock

Dayton Air Show (2014) super 8, color, 3 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

*TO BE READ BEFORE VIEWING*

This three minute documentary is the first of an analogue greeting card from the Dayton Air Show. See through my eyes the lifestyle photography of sunset in Dayton Ohio where I'm from!

Rental: $40

Super8 Sale: $80

Terese Svoboda

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $160

Terese Svoboda

Komodo (1986) DVD, color, 28 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature, family , found footage , personal / diary / journal , political & social activism

The husband is eaten by a Komodo dragon.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

Well? (2010) DVD, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

w/ Steven Bull

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

Rental: $85

Steve Bull

Farmwork (1985) DVD, color, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature, family, music

Stop-action romanticizes the labors of a farmer and his son with the music of Ry Cooder.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Steve Bull

Kidnap (1984) DVD, color, 12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $85

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Ozan Adam

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $80

Simon Liu

Harbour City (2016) 16mm, digital file, color / b&w, 14 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family, hand processed , history, personal/diary/journal

Can be shown silent, with a live score or with sound on a CD Harbour City (2016) // 16mm, Dual Projection, Colour & B/W, 14 minutes, 2016 // Music by Warren Ng & Ben Hozie // Shot in Hong Kong & Stoke-On-Trent /// Hand Printed and Processed at Negativland Motion Picture Film Lab, Brooklyn //// A view through cracks between fish markets and high-rise buildings; urban imagery of Hong Kong and the indulgence of domestic life. Massage parlors, dim sum parlors, nail parlors —its Parlor City, baby! Views thicken; detail lost to generations. A dream of turning two images into one, a density of information reserved for the modern cloud.

Rental: $80.00

16mm Sale: $1300

Lana Caplan

Sospira (2010) digital file, color / b&w, 50 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic & multicultural , family, landscape & architecture

Sospira focuses on nine women of various nationalities I befriended, each of whom left their old lives behind and moved to Italy for love. In the film they discuss the challenges, compromises, and joys of their new lives. Sospira is an experimental documentary focusing on nine women of various nationalities, each of whom left their old lives behind and moved to the Amalfi Coast of Italy for love. Digital video and super 8 weave together while the women's voices carry the film, telling the stories of meeting their love, their choices involved in moving to Italy, the expected and unexpected compromises, and the search for a comfortable balance. As the fantasy veneer of Mediterranean village life wears thin, beauty recedes to inaccessibility, and their own desires and sense of self are called into question, becoming mysterious even to themselves. Original score by Kevin Micka (aka Animal Hospital) and Chris Brokaw.

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

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