Mark Abramson

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

Peggy Ahwesh

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

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

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Dominic Angerame

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Hit The Turnpike! (1983) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

The ultimate rejection film. A compilation of many of the rejection notices and letters that I have received during my fifteen years of making films. Films that offer an intelligent glimpse of personal struggle and/ or foibles of their creators seem destined for a warm reception in any festival. In the world of independents, a short like HIT THE TURNPIKE! is the finest way to end a lengthy screening. For those unfortunate enough to have suffered the agony of rejection (as filmmakers) or decision, HIT THE TURNPIKE! is the kind of film that encourages you to leave disappointment behind. Angerame alternates extreme close-ups of his many rejection slips with pointed compilation. The found footage ending the film sums it up: the sight of a surfer being towed through flood-ravaged streets tells us that even when disaster strikes, there's fun to be had. -- Kevin Howe, Lamp The filmmaker has turned failure into success... if his last name is pronounced Anger-Aim he is well served by it. -- Gerry Goldberg, Lamp

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Martin Arnold

Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

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

In his new film Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy which together with piece touchee; and passage a l'acte, forms a sort of a trilogy of compulsive repetition, Arnold's campaign of deconstruction of Hollywood film codes finally turns to film music. The process links in with the other two films. The family scenes, which in the original last only seconds are not particularly notable, are surgically sectioned into single frames. Using repetition of these 'single cells' and a new rhythm -- a kind of cloning procedure -- Arnold then creates and inflated, monstrous doppleganger of the original cuts lasting many minutes. The hidden message of sex and violence is turned inside out to the point where it simply crackles. In Alone. ... the crossing of three harmless teenager films gives birth to an Oedipal drama in which not only mother love mutates to sheet lust. Since passage a l'acte, and contrary to other found-footage filmmakers who choose to remove their work into the realms of silent nostalgia, Arnold has re-worked the sound track along with the image. Because of this what one hears in Alone. ... is the eerie, rasping 'silence' of sound film, pregnant with suppressed tension. And exactly at the point where the illusion of full, living present is seemingly at its strongest -- in the screen presence of Judy Garland singing -- one senses the machine, and, implicitly, death, at work. -- Dirk Shaefer

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Paul Arthur

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Found Footage, History

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Charles Atlas

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

William Ault

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about FilmFilms about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jaime Barrios

Film Club (1968) 16mm, black and white, 26 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Films about Film, Media

The growing excitement of a group of Puerto Rican teenagers at a storefront film workshop on New York's Lower East Side, creating their own films and showing them in the streets to young people throughout New York City. The interesting relationship between these filmmakers and their supporting social service institutions and personnel an the television media; plus details of the production of the first Puerto Rican Western, THE REVENGE.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Paul Bartel

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

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Paul Bartel

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

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

Scott Bartlett

Making Serpent (1980) 16mm, color, 31.30 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Barlett narrates MAKING SERPENT and describes the creative process behind SERPENT, his award winning short of 1971. MAKING SERPENT is a step-by-step teaching device that explores film techniques such as: how to structure a non- verbal narrative; how to shoot film for special editing techniques; how to isolate universal images in nature; how to make exciting visuals inexpensively. Shown together with SERPENT, this film becomes an important educational aid for film and art students alike. An entire film course in cinemagraphics. -- Gail Silva, Film Arts Foundation, California I consider it a reasonable antidote to some of the loose pretensions of structural film. -- Stan Brakage, Filmmaker Colorado Eisenstein Film Form Continued on Film. -- Bruce Baillie, Filmmaker, Washington.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jennifer Reeves

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

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

Rental: $50
16mm Rental: $50

Alan Berliner

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural, Technology

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Alan Berliner

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Alan Berliner

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Tom Bessoir

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Les Blank

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980) 16mm, color, 23.00 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

In 1979, Les Blank took a brief detour from his filmic path through traditional American music to film German filmmaker Werner Herzog honoring a vow he claims he made to Errol Morris, A Berkeley student, that he (Herzog) would eat his shoe if Morris ever got off his butt and actually made one of his films he was forever talking about. Stung into action, Morris directed GATES OF HEAVEN, a highly acclaimed film about a pet cemetery -- and Herzog, true to his word, returned to Berkeley to consume one of his desert boots in front of a large audience at the UC Theater. The film reveals an obsessive, self destructive almost superhuman dimension to Herzog that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of. Herzog adds comment on the value of cinema and the need for a new grammar of images. Definitely the strangest of Blank's love letters to food, and a major addition to the small shelf of films in filmmaking. The strength of this definitely unusual little film is Herzog eccentric brilliance which Blank captures as well as he did the singers in DEL MERO CORAZON. -- Rick Chatenever, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Jerry Bloedow

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gregg Biermann

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

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: films about film, found footage, music

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

Rental: $40

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00(individual) $60.00 DVD (institutional)

Gregg Biermann

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

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: films about film, found footage, music

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

DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00(individual) $60.00 DVD (institutional)

Bill Brand

Angular Momentum: Acts of Light Part 2 (1974) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Here, by contrast, the film is richly sensuous. Again nearly continuous color changes rotate around a spectrum, but this time at varying speeds of rotation and degrees of intensity. The colors on the left start nearly white and rotate very slowly. As the film progresses the color value become darker and the speed of rotation increases until, by the end, the color is nearly black and rotates around the spectrum about once per second. On the right, the opposite occurs. It starts black and progresses nearly to white. The varying rates of rotation determine the moment combination of colors.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Bill Brand

Circles of Confusion: Acts Of Light Part 3 (1974) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

In this film, circles of colored light (red, green, blue) pulsate and flicker as they move around the frame. Where they intersect, they display a variety of secondary colors. The term, circles of confusion belongs to the physics of the lenses. Here it has to do with the focus of light. Here it refers to the focus of mental and emotional energies as an irrational system for composing a film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Brand

Rate of Change: Acts of Light Part 1 (1974) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

ACTS OF LIGHT is a trilogy consisting of RATE OF CHANGE, ANGULAR MOMENTUM, and CIRCLES OF CONFUSION. Together they develop a study of pure color based on the notion that film is essentially change and not motion. The films build one on the other as first pure change, then relational change, and finally, irrational change. They can be seen together or as separate works. This section has no original, no frames, only slowly continuously shifting colors, cycling around the perimeter of the spectrum. The changes are so slow as to be unseen, yet they alter perception of the color.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Bill Brand

Demolition of a Wall (1973) 16mm, black and white, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

After showing 1896 Lumiere film, DEMOLITION OF A WALL in its entirety, this film takes six frames of the falling wall and shows them in all their permutations. Meanwhile, a piano track follows a similar pattern and plays with sound/image relationships. In the original version, we see Lumiere himself directing the demolition of a wall by workers while a mysterious man in the background watches. In the first commercial film show, of which this was a part. Lumiere reversed the projection causing the wall appear to reconstitute itself and thus created an additional spectacle. Here, we celebrate that spectacle by watching 718 additional variations on the theme of deconstruction/reconstruction.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Bill Brand

Cartoons (1975) 16mm, color & b/w, 39.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

CARTOONS, including AN ANGRY DIG, IT DAWN DOWN, THE CENTRAL FINGER, BEFORE THE FACT, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKIN, NEW YORK STATE PRIMARIES, and STILL AT WORK, is a series of playful films, each of which frames an aspect of the medium in an unlikely or ironical way. For instance, AN ANGRY DOG is handheld animation made from a Cracker Jack toy, and BEFOERE THE FACT, shows filmmaker Saul Levine with students trying to mimic exactly a previous tape recorded phrase and then trying to imitate each other imitating the recording. In IT DAWN DOWN an ordinary take-up reel is filmed as it spins making colorful and delicate patterns, even though the film is black and white. Each of the films presents a riddle or a joke about contemporary concepts in avant-garde film.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Bill Brand

Works In The Field (1978) 16mm, color, 39.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

WORKS IN THE FIELD consists of a series of short films which make use of computer generated mattes to break up and reconstitute mountain landscapes, Manhattan cityscapes, images from POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, ARTFORUM covers, and a TV news program. When this is combined with a found documentary about a family life in Malaysia, the film becomes an essay on reading. The computer grid subdivides the screen into a system of rectangles which can be opened or closed. When opened, we see what is directly underneath the rectangle; when closed, we see a black block. Both the size and the speed at which the blocks opens or close can be regulated. The effect is like an accelerated game of Concentration. The open rectangles allow us to catch glimpses of images behind them. Initially it interferes with our ability to recognize objects but after a while it allows recognition. This recognition is thereby freed from the Renaissance perspective built into the photographic lens. The peculiar juxtaposition of the gridded sections and the Malaysia footage formulates an inquiry into the nature of meaning and representation in cinema.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

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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John Broderick

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
Reg8mm Rental: $30.00

David Brooks

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Music

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Silvestre Byrón

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

An essay of absolute cinema representation. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Filmoteca Punch (2001) VHS NTSC, color, 12 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Films about Film, Media

"A documentary video about Filmoteca (FilmLibrary) and underground film studio in Argentina during the seventies. Notes: based on archive footage and still images, this documentary recreate an peculiar and festive moment at the experimental argentine underground way. " -- Marco A. Cuckoo

James Cagle

Waterwork (1973) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Films about Film, Media, Structural

WATERWORK was designed to show that the motion picture is ideally suited to depicting a view of nature, unaltered by special effects cinematography, that is not readily perceivable to the human eye. The film states in a simple way that in addition to camera manipulation (in this case moving the zoom lens) our view of natural forms can be altered by direct observation and by observation over a relatively long period of time. It also points out that while our perception changes, our concept of being located in a normal way in time and space is also affected to the extent we are no longer sure what constitutes up, down and sideways. Nor are we aware precisely where we are with regard to distance. "I was very impressed with WATERWORK. Conceptually and formally, its inventions mark it as an important work in the Structuralist tradition and one, had it been made in New York by a better-known film artist, which would have gained much critical attention. WATERWORK joins that tradition of monomorphic structuralist visions (c. f. WAVELENGTH, SERENE VELOCITY) based on the continuous zoom as a means of transforming outer appearances into inner experience. It's a gem of a film, one which lingers in the mind like the echo of a memory." -- Standish Lawder "A single shot (slow zoom) gradually magnifying rapidly-moving blue/white water pattern (rushing river). A sensitive and subtle film for visual contemplation, which inevitably reminds one both of how seldom we see ordinary 'simple' reality; but moreover, how wonderfully transformative is the medium of cinema, to render this reality in a new, optically dazzling, pattern. A hypnotic experience, for the cinema/willing, to drown within -- and therein the danger: an art must keep the recipient alive and awake." -- John Schofill.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gail Camhi

Audience (1980) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A film about the adventures contained in movie-watching. "AUDIENCE is a film for the discovery of light and the hiding of information, ironically shot from the vantage of an audience, which partially masks the showing of banal travelogue footage." -- Anthony Bannon, BUFFALO EVENING NEWS

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Pip Chodorov

Photographer, The (1990) Super 8, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A complement to the previous film: the fictional hero has the power to stop the projector, returning the cinema to its photographic origins, killing its motion. Having the unfortunate idea of taking his self-portrait, he finds himself caught in a photograph, condemned to live in the fleeting reality of the single frame.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Tom Chomont

abda/Rebirth (1974) 16mm, color & b/w, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Hand-Processed

Abda (b&w): "With abda I was processing black and white film myself in buckets . . . I wanted to destroy my own image." -- T.C. (An interview in Afterimage, Summer 1981.) Rebirth (color): Prints made using sunlight and then reprinted with color filters. The reference is to baptism.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bill Clark

Hollywood, Here I Am (1969) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

The most bizarre benefit to come from this film has been a one-year job as a staff writer at Warner Bros., during the WOODSTUCK regime--but then the producer of WOODSTUCK had a power struggle with the producer of CATCH-22-- and lost. --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

What's On? (1997) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

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

A Hyper-Fire Telespazzumentary rendered in orgiastic collage animation, Media Mush and freaky live chunks. Brats, Boobs, Snot-Based Game Shows, First Lady Baboon attacks, cross-dressing amputees, stress, estrogen and more spew and mutate. With star appearances by Michael Jackson, Ronald McDonald, Princess Di, Cher, Oprah (with a black eye) and a cavalcade of your favorite Game Show hosts (warning: public Urination). With a Tele-Smashing Chaos Poetry soundtrack by 99 Hooker and Video game samples by Naval Cassidy. Blasting you into HELL-A-VISION! "Her visual spew of punk rock poetry and corrupt collage, rendered in scabrous animation that's a perfect marriage of Monty Python and Hieronymous Bosch is proof that nobody mixes playfulness and dangerous vision better than a low-tech and virulent underground." -- Patrick Macias, The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Tony Conrad

Film Feedback (1974) 16mm, black and white, 14.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Made with a film-feedback team which I directed at Antioch College. Negative image is shot from a small rear-projection screen, the film comes out of the camera continuously (in the dark room) and is immediately processed, dried, and projected on the screen by the team. What are the qualities of film that may be made visible through feedback?

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ray Craig

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Peter Cramer

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Herb Danska

Gift, The (1962) 16mm, 35mm, black and white, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"THE GIFT is the most brilliantly original U. S. movie released so far in 1962, a stylistic tour d'esprit that employs a subtle and modern language of cinema to release a mood and distill a moment of great inward sweetness and intensity... Danska cuts restlessly from image to image, dims the screen to deceive the eye, blurs the voices to confuse the ear. Why? To diminish the impasse of each part of the picture, to force the spectator to see it whole" --Time Magazine

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00
35mm Rental: $40.00

Dirk De Bruyn

223 (1985) 16mm, color, 5.3/4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"With 223 I used Photographs from my past as a base. It gives the eyes something to come back to from the faster abstract shapes. The Pos/Neg flickering gives a feeling of depth. Its called 223 because I had some letterset of the numbers 223. There is a layering of images and techniques." -- D. bB. from "Where's Our Satellite," Melbourne, Australia (1985)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Storm De Hirsch

Newsreel: Jonas in the Brig (1964) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, Films about Film, Literature & Theater

A newsreel of Jonas Mekas shooting his filmed version of "The Brig" on the set of the Living Theatre production. --S. D. H.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Maya Deren

Witch's Cradle, The (1943) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

The Witch's Cradle is an unfinished Maya Deren film made in the Guggenheim Gallery during a surrealist "Art of this Century" exhibit. It was assembled long after her death by staffers within the preservation department at Anthology Film Archives. ~ David Lewis, All Movie Guide

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Roger Deutsch

Jews (1984) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Deutsch's illuminating picturings push close to film's ability to reactivite the feel of that which has disappeared; but rather than lolling in the shelter of the simulative, both of these films subtly question their characters' relation to history and to their own deaths. They are portraits that remind us that these characters are done, through with, no more; yet at the same time, they bring them 'to life.' They question cinema's ability to formalize, to resuscitate, and to re-represent the past."--Barbara Kruger, ArfForum, Feb. 1985

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia I (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

"It hurt my eyes, there was too much TV in it." - Stan Brakhage "Television is vulgar, a vulgarity thrown in the face of, against the fact of, serious art .... [Y]et vulgarity is impossible without its opposite; vulgarity implies good manners, propriety, a kind of aesthetic seriousness of measure .... The fact of television and the fact of its conquering our environment cannot be used any longer by the well-mannered Modernist as a manifestation of mere vulgarity .... If the artist must continually fight to paint or give form to what he sees then Manet's fight to have the cafes as a serious subject for painting is inherited today as the fight for the acknowledgement that television is what the artist sees." -- Gary Doberman, "The Uses of Vulgarity in the Aporian Context" "When you said you were working with televison, I knew you were on to something because television is forbidden territory." -- Fred Worden

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia II (1982) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

"This is the one that is perfectly balanced ... this is the one which is the masterpiece." -- Stan Brakhage (Comparing APORIA 1 to APORIA 2) "Modernist thinking, with its emphasis on precise measure, could not anticipate that the immediate environment would be shared by a simulacrum. Television is our local." -- Gary Doberman, "The Uses of Vulgarity in the Aporian Context" "What am I to do, what shall I do, what should I do, in my situation, how proceed? By aporia pure and simple?" -- Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia III Estar Print (1983) 16mm, color, 24.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"After seeing this film, I can now really understand your need to differentiate what you're doing from collage. These films are not collage. It really is an image of an image [system]." -- Fred Worden "The roll bar! The roll bar, yes! ... very enthusiastic about this film!" -- Kurt Kren "Images cannot contain experience. Images can only contain the image of experience. The image is not an 'equivalency' of experience, it substitutes itself for experience." -- Gary Doberman, "The Uses of Vulgarity in the Aporian Context"

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia IV (1984) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"... the line between public and private imagery." -- Fred Worden "This film completely delivers on all your verbal promises about what the Aporias can conceptualize. Your most important film up to this point." -- Carl Williams "In an aesthetic sense, the roll bar -- the black bar on film created by the gap between the mechanical motion of the film strip and the electronic scan of the television -- is the indexical sign, the physical scar of the unbridgeable gap between two mediums, two ontologies, forced to cohabit the same materiality, and in a larger sense much more, the physical manifestation of an entire conceptual rupture." -- Gary Doberman, "The Uses of Vulgarity in the Aporian Context"

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia V (1985) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

"A narrative so to speak, a threatening environment, a space which opens up in a 'wall,' revealing, a threat that speaks across mediumistic boundaries." -- Ed Schwartz An aporian myth would intertwine elements so that where one thing began and the other ended would become the subject of the film. An aporian myth would be analogous to recombinate DNA research where a thing is not merely just itself but also another thing simultaneously. Such a myth would fulfill the artist's responsibility to conceptualize context. The film is based on the myth of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Cecilia Dougherty

Coal Miner's Granddaughter (1991) VHS NTSC, color, 80 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Films about Film, Media, Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical

"In Coal Miner's Granddaughter, Cecilia restages autobiographical elements. Memory, fantasy, the movies, TV, contaminate one another to highlight the impossibility of unsplicing, separating out, influences in the neurons that make me; the futility of recovering origin. Media is biology-Delicious, horrible 'acting' exposes the in-authenticity of realism as conduit to truth. Everyday life is performance-events are arranged; disarranges -- we're unstuck in the space-time continuum. Disorientation precludes reabsorption into moralizing." -- Laurie Weeks Sale: $100 individual, $200 institutional

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Mike Dunford

Logical Propositions (1974) 16mm, color & b/w, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A series of five films, in one program, examining individually one element or simple combination of elements of film practice. Each attempts to elucidate in as elegant way as possible, the effects, and the ramifications, of that elements within cinema, by a process of logical exposure.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Mike Dunford

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Viking/Jan Eggeling/Nordlander

Symphonie Diagonale (1924) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

This short film is an experiment to discover the basic principles of the organization of time intervals in the film medium. They are, said the filmmaker, 'analogous to, but in no sense dependent upon, the abstract designs of Malevich and Klee.'" --Museum of Modern Art catalogue.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Sixth Sense, The (1994) 16mm, , 3 min

Keywords: Children & Youth, Films about Film, Media

An industrial terrain surrounded by fences. Behind a fence a fiercely barking dog appears, froth foams from its jaws. A young girl winds up an old fashioned camera, and starts filming the dog. The dog gets scared and runs off.

Rental: $250.00

Joann Elam

Lie Back And Enjoy It (1982) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"JoAnn Elam's LIE BACK AND ENJOY IT is an absorbing eight-minute dialectical film about the politics of representation. More specifically, it examines the politics of filmic representation of women under patriarchy .... An undergraduate male student paid it a true compliment in declaring that he can no longer look at a woman in a film without thinking about the consequences of the filmmaker's use of her as a person and as a spectacle .... The film is endowed with remarkable structural and rhetorical lucidity .... Its image track consists of technologically manipulated images of women, and some printed titles. Its soundtrack consists of a dialogue between a Man (a filmmaker) and a Woman (of whom he's going to make a film) .... Everyone who watches movies with women in them ought to see it." -- Claudia Gorbman, Jump Cut

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Victor Faccinto

Shameless (1974) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Cut-out puppet animation. Not recommended for gentle sensibilities. Plagued by his redundant existence, Video Vic follows his instincts into an outer space environment, where he is faced with the cruel realities of his linear life. "Victor Faccinto's last cut-out film SHAMELESS exhibits a tension within the form. As real penises penetrate paper vaginas, and cut-out men investigate life-sized female parts, the film implies a potential synthesis of metaphoric and real action; the film also suggests the exhaustion of purely cut-out imagery by manipulation of materials, only now it is the film itself which is scratched, painted or cut." -- Ian Birnie, Art Gallery of Ontario

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Victor Faccinto

Book of Dead (1978) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"In BOOK OF DEAD, no human image can hide from the secrets the animator chooses to reveal. Figures walking on a beach grow satanic horns and tails; tiny pitchforks and snakes pierce the bodies of others. Murder, disfigurement and enactment of the basest lust are the actions most frequently depicted. Through drawings on the frame, the human beings in the initially innocent photographic images have been made to do the bidding of their own creator and suffer his many torments." -- Barbara Scharres, TRICK-FILM/CHICAGO, 1980 Catalogue

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ken Feingold

Subject (1974) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

"SUBJECT presents a succession of shots in which different parts of a still photograph are concealed by the artist's hands. The entire photograph is revealed piecemeal over the course of the film, but we are never able to reconstruct a composite of the entire image. A voice-over reads a series of texts, some of which seem to describe the artist's present experience (e. g. "I am thinking of a certain color. This color is very controlled") amd some of which are more general statements about systems, such as "Another idea which can be brought to bear in this context is not necessarily one within the predetermined framework. All exclusions are deliberate and final. This also applies to any choices which have been made regarding the general arrangement of items," or, "It's an oversimplification to draw parallels within the single text between its various parts. Here, however, the ethics proper thinking are waived in favor of that simplicity, both for the purpose of having the text prolong itself, and for reasons not stated." "... Both the content and the medium in which the content occurs are finally only devices whereby structures of thought may be realized and communicated." --David James, "Six Films by Ken Feingold"

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Guy Fihman

Ultra Rouge Infra Violet (1974) 16mm, color, 30.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET introduit une pure CINE CHROMIE (espace temps mouvement/chromatique): pour tout mouvement ce film ne comporte que des variations chromatiques operees sur une image fixe reprise du tableau de Pissaro, LES TOITS ROUGES. Les mouvements et les vitesses des couleurs dans une totale fixite, et au lieu des couleurs vues les couleurs visibles: Par la seule variation des systems chromatiques ternaires s'engendre a partir d'un systeme restreint d'elements, la multiplicite chromatique (le film comporte plus de 20,000 varietes) que l'on retrouve partiellement dans le chronogrammes d'ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET en pigment 'Xerox'. --G. F. ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET introduces a pure CINE CHROMIE (a space of time movement/color): the movement in this film only consists of variations in color operating on a fixed image based on a Pissaro painting, LES TOITS ROUGES. The movements and speeds of the colors are in a total fixation, and in place of seen colors, visible colors: by this sole variation, the ternary color schemes create a system of elemental restraint, the color multiplicity (in this film consists of more than 20,000 variations) that is found partially in the chronograms of ULTRA ROUGE INFRA VIOLET in a Xerox pigment.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Mary Filippo

Who Do You Think You Are (1987) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

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

In WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE I talk about wanting to be a hero and show myself passive and inactive. I've used cigarette smoking and the "heroes" presented in cigarette commercials to suggest that advertising has transformed my desire to act heroically into cigarette consumption. That this particular consumption is self destructive and addictive is important since I want to suggest a link between self destructive behavior and my inability to "be a hero." The film is a collage of my own footage, "found" cigarette commercials and images filmed from television.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Holly Fisher

Chickenstew (1978) 16mm, color, 10.75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Holly Fisher

This Is Montage (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Which lies somewhere between an homage to, and a wink at, Sergei Eisenstein. --H. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Morgan Fisher

Director and His Actor Look at Footage Showing Preparations for an Unmade Film, The (1968) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"After an initial shot which shows them checking the projector and testing the sound level, the director and his actor look at four sections of exactly organized film that document preliminary work for a film that (it is evident) they do not intend to make. The first section shows them taking stills for a photographic storyboard; the projected film depicts someone in the act of taking photographs. The second section shows the director developing the negatives that he and the actor took. The third section shows the director examining his photographs, then arranging them in the storyboard in the order he took them in; the photographs are then consecutively shown in close-up. The fourth section shows the actor examining his photographs, then arranging them in the same order he took them in; the photographs are then consecutively shown in close-up." --M. F.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Morgan Fisher

Phi Phenomenon (1968) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"A single static close-up, bilaterally symmetrical about both axes, shows an ordinary electric classroom clock without a second hand running in regular fashion." --M. F.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Morgan Fisher

Picture And Sound Rushes (1973) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"In a static medium shot a narrator seated at a table delivers an explanation of the combinations and permutations which the sound and picture elements of the conventional monochromatic sound motion picture afford, as the film itself undergoes them." --M. F.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Morgan Fisher

Standard Gauge (1984) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

"One long piece of 16, many short pieces of 35; found footage, not vivified by projection but presented as a succession of objects; partly an autobiography, partly a history of a technological artifact and the institution of which it is the foundation, the commercial motion picture industry." --M. F.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

Internal Systems (1975) DVD_NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, structural, technology

"In one of her more minimalist films, the viewer is presented with nothing but a blank monochromatic frame slowly shifting through various intensities of color saturation, flickering / shuttering repeatedly from light-to-dark (and back again) for a duration of 45 minutes. The only hint of information we have to navigate through this complex and difficult film is at the head and tail of the film, in the rolling text "credits" introduced as positive at the head of the film and negative at the end. Technical information such as film stock, film speed, film length, camera lens, shutter, projector, and a host of other data appear on the screen like hieroglyphs of some secret language to be decoded. Whether we know what this cybernetic schemata means or not, Internal System abandons us to the pure phenomenological ecstasies of cinematic temporality- the reveries of a radical filmic monochromism. At the end of the sojourn the titles repeat but in negative, as if the experience of their effects - purely visceral rather than analytical - offer no direct correlation to the mechanism they wield." -Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, Catalogue for the Independent Film Show 7th Edition, Naples, Italy

It seemed interesting to make a film that was concerned with no more than its own theory and mechanics as content of the film. Simultaneously, I was interested in logical structures, what the mechanics of logic were. In a recording system could it record its own process, expose its mechanics. A problem like trying to see the back of ones head. C.F.

4 sections of the same time in the same place. - C.F.

Rental: $40.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

Fm/Trcs (1974) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, structural, technology

FM/TRCS is a study of image destruction and its subsequent effect on recognition and suggestion of new images. The film is a series of images and recorded sound of a woman getting dressed re-edited into short sequences and optically printed until the high contrast characteristics of the film refuses to carry the image. I attempted to combine my images with the film process carried to its extreme processes of disintegration. By using film's own process of increasing contrast in copying the image passes beyond recognition. Not merely rephotographing, but using that process which is always an increase or decrease of light through the original to the print, exaggerating this process by certain high contrast film stocks. Rephotography or duplication interests me as a natural occurence to all film reprinted over several generations of film; it is a slow evolution of image recognition. Disintegration is one method of examining established structures similar to painters and sculptors. --C. F.

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

Focus Pocus Film Squad (Howard Lester et al)

Screening's Logo (1971) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"The perfect way to start any film showing. Visually a 'welcome to the movies' message, and aurally an edited version of the public discussions following several underground film showings."--H.L.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Focus Pocus Film Squad (Howard Lester et al)

Focus Pocus Scholastic Teaser Reel (Lester Et All) (1972) 16mm, black and white, 12.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Three amusing tidbits: (a) A documentary on Film-making by Magic. (b) A lesson on using mix-room sound dummies. (c) A documentary on a hot-dog/falafel stand. Of particular interest (and possibly required viewing) for film students and lovers of falafel."--H.L.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Hollis Frampton

Drafts & Fragments Straits of Magellan (1974) 16mm, color, 51.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, History

A sampling of forty-nine fragments from Frampton's catalogue of 'actualities', the films from STRAITS OF MAGELLAN; DRAFTS AND FRAGMENTS, are all silent and unedited. Several invoke, directly, the work of the Lumieres, as in Frampton's reworking of DEMOLITION D'UN MUR (1895) in which a dilapidated farm silo is demolished in place of the Lumieres' wall. He makes reference to his own work and plays homage to the work of contemporaries. A complex range of formal issues are raised in other fragments. Finally, Frampton offers a number of analogues for the act of filming and cinematic seeing that includes a series of appropriated 'lenses' ( a stone portal, a wooden silo) and a set of 'screens' a pool of water, curtains, a dusty window)."- Bruce Jenkins.

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

Hollis Frampton

Public Domain (1972) 16mm, black and white, 14.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Films about Film, Media

"In PUBLIC DOMAIN...(Frampton) recapitulates cinema's infancy in a series of direct quotes from such notable primitive works as RECORD OF A SNEEZE (FRED OTT'S SNEEZE) and SANDOW FLEXING HIS MUSCLES, two 1894 Edison kinetoscopic shorts, as well as literal pieces of cinematic juvenilia (child wading at the beach, another throwing a tantrum at home, three women merrily blowing bubble pipes, and the finale, a melodramatic weighing of a newborn attended by an anxious father, doctor, and nurse)--all readily retrievable/quotable fragments from our finite federal version of the 'infinite film,' the paper print collection at the Library of Congress."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Hollis Frampton

Remote Control (Hapax Legomena VI) (1972) 16mm, black and white, 29.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"A 'baroque' summary of film's historic internal conflicts, chiefly those between narrative and metric/plastic montage; and between illusionist and graphic space. It incorporates 3 opposite 'found' narratives, condenses 5 ways of making, and includes a 'surprise' out of Haydn (or S.M. Eistenstein's IVAN, III)."--H.F.

Rental: $58.00
16mm Rental: $58.00

Hollis Frampton

Nostalgia (Hapax Legomena I) (1973) 16mm, black and white, 36 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"{NOSTLGIA)...is a film to look at and think about, not a film that seizes your mind and forces its sensations on you. It liberates the imagination rather than entrapping it. It raises questions about the nature of film, the tension between fact and illusion, between now and then. It advances our understanding of film magic, and for this I am grateful."--Standish Lawder "In (NOSTALGIA) the time it takes for a photograph to burn (and thus confirm its two-dimensionality) becomes the clock within the film, while Frampton plays the critic, asynchronously glossing, explicating, narrating, mythologizing his earlier art, and his earlier life, as he commits them both to the fire of a labyrinthine structure; for Borges too was one of his earlier masters, and he grins behind the facades of logic, mathematics, and physical demonstration which are the formal metaphors for most of Frampton's films."--P. Adams Sitney.

Rental: $100
16mm Rental: $100

Hollis Frampton

Ingenivm Nobis Ipsa Pvella Fecit (Was Vernal Equinox) 2 Reels (1974) 16mm, color, 61.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

(Formerly titled "VERNAL EQUINOX.") "...Frampton explores human movement in relation to the film frame. A woman is filmed against a black background with intermittently superimposed frame lines in a motion analysis which alludes to Muybridge."--program note, Whitney Museum of American Art.

Rental: $124.00
16mm Rental: $124.00

Hollis Frampton

Pas De Trois (1975) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"The question of whether certain kinds of film formalism tend to be sexually reactionary is encapsulated in this little triptych. Each of the three sections includes three kinds of information. In the first section, we see single frames of strippers dancing; single fram eclusters of clear red, then later, clear yellow; and single frame clusters of what looks to be a light source. The imagery and clear colors mix retinally, and with the flickering light source, makes this section reminiscent of looking into a movie projector. In the second section we see live action footage of a little girl presumably competing in a twirling contest. This footage regularly dissolves into and out of light blue which itself is punctuated each time, between fade in and fade out, by a singel frame of what looks like a movie screen. Finally, in the third section, red-toned footage of three strippers, recorded in slightly fast motion, alternates with eight-frame passages of lime green leader and, in four instances, with shots of several fish in a tank remioniscent of the fish and tank in the final section of SURFACE TENSION. Together, the three sections suggest something of film's history (the single frames of the stripper and the flicker during hte first section are suggestive of Muybridge and the earliest film showings), as well as the three mechanical components of the film apparatus--projector, screen, film (the fish are in the water in the tank, as the imagery is 'in' the emulsion on the film)--and film's historical propensity to use the female figure (and the drama of its innocence and sexuality) as the focus of the viewer's gaze. PAS DE TROIS is reminiscent of Paul Sharits' single-frame films, of Robert Huot's STRIP, and of some of Frampton's earliest film work."--Scott MacDonald

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

For Georgia O'Keeffe (1976) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"...one of several films that Frampton planned to go into a 'portrait gallery' somewhere toward the end of MAGELLAN. He finished only two other films for this section--YELLOW SPRINGS (1972) and QUATERNION (1976), portraits of Paul Sharits and James Rosenquist respectively. As self-reflexive as the rest of MAGELLAN, these films acknowledge and explore debts that the films of the cycle owe to other artists. O'KEEFE consists of a series of static shots of a skycraper at night, recalling her 1925 painting 'Radiator Building, Night,' which emphasizes the structure's checkered pattern of lights. Like painting and still photography, each Frampton shot is static, but since each has a different pattern of lights than the one before, cinema's time dimension is also affirmed, thereby distinguishing it from painting and photographs. (Apparently slight variations within recurring identical shots or series of shots is the format of many Frampton films.) To avoid even the 'apparent motion' of cutting from one pattern of lights to another, frampton has spliced twenty-four frames of blue leader between shots. The homage to O'Keeffe, and the film's study of the relations among painting-photography-film, is even more complex than appears since O'Keeffe was living with pioneer photographer Alfred Stieglitz when she painted 'Radiator Building, Night.' If his work in part inspired this painting (it is more 'mythic' than documentary), it inspired in turn his thirties photographs of skyscrapers--taken from the apartment near the top of the Shelton where she painted 'Radiator Building, Night."--Brian Henderson

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Quaternion (1976) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"Strategy and imagery combat and aid each other in pairs. QUATERNION...a spatial figure of monumental attractions...interference...an undulating gyre. Hollis superimposes a fragmenting Muybridge-like grid of Cartesian elements (details of the fire ecscape outside the studio) against shots of rooftops superimposed in perfect scale with the billboard-like segments of an automobile, enlarged flower, and a spoon...panels of the 20' x 20' mural for the New York World's Fair in James Rosenquist's Broome Street studio--New York, mid-1960s. A discourse between the painter painting and the filmmaker criss-crossing one vector against another, undermining any single plane of reference. Rosenquist's paintings are like movie screens in which frames from several different films are superimposed and intercut. The studio becomes a theater within which image objects collide. The filmmaker reiterates the passage from identity to difference, generating a conceptual pre-literate space...a safari by Hollis into the categorical domains of artifactual debris."--Patrick Clancy

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stephen Gebhardt

A Numbers Racket (1969) 16mm, black and white, 5.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, films about film

My daughter, Elizabeth, counts from zero to one hundred-ninety-nine, while maintaining control of her reluctant cat. The first of the series of the growth cycle.- S.G.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stephen Gebhardt

Legendary Epics, Yarns and Fables Part 4: The Kuchar Bros () 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, films about film

George and Mike Kuchar also known collectively as The Kuchar Brothers, discuss in elaborate detail, every aspect of their lives. No stone is left unturned. Without regard for their privates and seamier entrails, a glowing and super-duper account of the trails and tribulations of film-making at its lurid and titillating best is weaved right before your very eyes and ears. A stirring testament to the Bronx.- S.G

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stephen Gebhardt

Legendary Epics, Yarns and Fables Part 2: Stan Brakhage (1969) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art &artists, films about film

This film is a limited portrait of Stan Brakhage. The subject attempts to describe the experience that he is involved in by means of immediately responding to the aural and visual stimuli which surround and affect him. Brakhage involves the viewer in the subjective experience of the space in which he is seated, the camera, lights and technicians which created the experiential process. He further extends the parameters of the film's scope through the interjection of real or possibly apparent silence.- S.G.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stephen Gebhardt

Legendary Epics, Yarns and Fables Part 1: Robert Nelson (1969) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, films about film

The Forsythis's were in bloom, a grey kitten played on the steps, the sky was a vivid blue, Robert Nelson was at peace with the environment. Earlier that day, Nelson had shaved off his mustache, which he had grown for the last ten years. The discussion centers about the crises which led up to this event and the effect which such action might have upon the course of world politics. Nelson speculates as to the future of media and the socio-economic impact of gaslights upon the suburban Cincinnati microcosm.- S.G.

Rental: $35.00
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Stephen Gebhardt

Legendary Epics, Yarns and Fables Part 3: Peter Kubelka (1969) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, films about film, personal diary & journal

An early morning meeting with Peter Kubelka. The sobering light casts rigid structure to this Viennese waltz-cherub. Peter graces the occasion with a song and a detailed look at every aspect of his form. The experience was curtailed in anticipation of a more liquid situation.- S.G.

Rental: $35.00
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Stephen Gebhardt

Cincinnati Answer Print (1969) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: art & artists, films about film

Film-maker Robert Nelson answers a broad range of questions, posed to him by the world at large. His answers are to the point and dig deep into the abyss of his soul. Never before has such a penetrating thrust into a man's psyche yielded such bountiful fruit. Bold. Unashamed.- S.G.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stephen Gebhardt

Bluegrass At Beanblossom (1969) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: art & artists, films about film, music

This film is a personal document of the music and people who participated in the "Old-Time Music" Festival at Bill Monroe's Beanblossom, Indiana farm. Featured in this film are well-known performers such as Doc Watson and "not-knows" who find and give joy through their playing.- S.G.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Janie Geiser

Fourth Watch, The (2000) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

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

The ancient Greeks divided the night into four sections; the last section before morning was called the fourth watch. In these hours before dawn, an endless succession of rooms is inhabited by silent film figures occupying flickering space in a mid-century house made of printed tin. Their presence is at once inevitable and uncanny. A boy turns his head in dread, a woman's eyes look askance, a sleepwalker reaches into a cabinet which dissolves with her touch, and hands write letters behind disappearing windows. The rooms reveal themselves and fill with impossible, shadowed light. It is not clear who is watching and who is trespassing in this nocturnal drama of lost souls. Mark McElhatten, co-curator of the 2000 New York Film Festival's Views From the Avant-Garde, where The Fourth Watch premiered, writes: "A small masterpiece of the uncanny brought about through beautifully controlled use of superimposition and scale and a cross breeding of "incompatible" species of texture and (cathode-solar) light. Glacial blue poltergeist -- somnabulists, melodramatic stars and damaged children from silent films -- emerge at night into a tin dollhouse opening up invisible envelopes of space, comingling with hypnoticic chiaroscuro cast by trembling sunlight." Kristin M. Jones, in her review "NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde" in the November-December 2000 issue of Film Comment, writes: "Of the three Janie Geiser works screened, perhaps most haunting was The Fourth Watch, in which images of people in black-and-white movies rephotographed from a video monitor are superimposed on shots of a dollhouse interior. Bluish, spectral figures float by as sunlight mingles with flickering shadows on brightly colored tin. A beautiful somnambulist vanishing into TV bar rolls suggests a poetic metaphor for the current state of avant-garde cinema, when the medium's past, future, and even its own death are being transformed into material for provocative new films."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Madeleine Gekiere

Arabesque For Marie Menken (1982) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Landscape & Architecture

A film about a building, the newly restored Hoboken Railroad Terminal. As the title implies, it is an homage to Marie Menken and a take-off on her sketch of the Alhambra. It uses some of her fast-frame techniques, setting the building into motion, playing with the contrast of the stained glass windows against other decorative elements. The sound track is mostly informational, speaking of Menken's contribution to the Experimental film. It precedes the image. --M. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Carl Michael George

Star Spangled Basher (1991) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Political / Social Activism, Queer / Bi / Trans

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - Examines the relationship between the rise of homophobia and racism during times of frenzied patriotism. The image of Whitney Houston singing the national anthem at Superbowl XXV is juxtaposed with CNN news footage of millitary maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, and a five borough anti-violence march organized by the New York Lesbian and Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Peter Gidal

Condition of Illusion (1975) 16mm, color, 32.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"What I want to stop is the error of making everything into narrative, a definition of narrative in such a way that it becomes unhelpful. Maybe you can have narrativization without narrative. CONDITION OF ILLUSION plays on the identifying or shifting from the terms of identifying of the relations between the spectator and the photographic image. There is a constantly slipping horizon of identification at the level of the photographic that's being moved through that film and ROOM FILM 1973. There is the problem of identifying the relation between the object and the reflection of the object, the problem of reading the photographic image. You've got this problem watching the film, during the viewing. In CONDITION OF ILLUSION you are in relation to the photographic image, but that relation is a constant slipping of the identifying relation which is the basis of the classic film... what is not achieved is the kind of stabilization of reproduction into the terms of a representation...." --interview by Stephen Heath, Cambridge Tapes (March, 1977) & Wide Angle, Vol. 2 No. 3 (May, 1978).

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Peter Gidal

Silent Partner (1977) 16mm, color, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"... the film as process works with the spectator in process. The narrative of action is rejected, or displayed as a set of impossible fragments (hints of human activity in SILENT PARTNER).... the questioning of legibility... and throughout the film the possibility that the siting of objects at screen edge yields another set of illegibilities... Partly an intensification of the subject, its ironic disintegration and dissolution forcing its contradictions fragment both text and artist-subject (present everywhere and nowhere: Beckett, Warhol, Duchamp).... a refusal of the ordering of space, the first rule of fictional/documentary cinema... nil return in producing the divided subject... constructed in an act of capture... an interrogation of that capture..." --Al Rees, Silent Partner, BFI Catalog 1977/78

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

George Griffin

Head (1975) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

The animator, as actor, lives through his drawings which in turn become actors who influence his own self-image. A trick-film meditation on portraiture.--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

George Griffin

Step Print (1976) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

This exercise borrows a chain motiff found in Amish quilts and Navaho weavings and programs it through 3 cycles, each consisting of 28 drawings. The drawings were backlit to increase color saturation and make the paper translucent, thus permitting a combination of 2 levels. Through this layered variation in orientation and sequence a new wave-like patterns emerge. In its permutive journey a drawing might be photographed right-side-up, upside-down, flipped (positions analogous to the objective manipulation of the film medium itself).--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ben Hayeem

Extreme Unction (1969) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

An attempt to use Slavko Vorkapich's kinesthetic aesthetic theory of film. --B. H.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Louis Hock

Elements (1972) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Beginning with black, the potential, adding only the basis of the film phenomenon, the film ritual, the concepts of causation, and primordial semiotics, the work is an annunciation. --L. H.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Philip Hoffman

river (1989) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

The Saugeen River-Sauking, 'where it flows out'--named by Ojibways in the early 1800's, runs into Lake Huron. The place where I know it is 20 miles south of Owen Sound, Ontario, where I spent time in my youth exploring gnarly banks. through filmmaking, I returned to the sight of the river, starting in 1977 and subsequently made three other visits. RIVER can be seen as a chronological picture of the way I have come to think through image-making over the past 12 years: of my relationship to the camera and to the ineffableness of the world at large. --P. H.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35

Nancy Holt

Swamp (1971) 16mm, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Films about Film, Media

Deals with the limitations of perceptions through the camera eye as Bob (Robert Smithson) and the filmmaker (Nancy Holt) struggle through a muddy New Jersey swamp. Verbal directions cannot easily be followed as the reeds crash against the lens, blocking vision and forming continuously shifting patterns. Confusion ensues. Also available on VHS

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00 DVD NTSC

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $200.00

Lewis Jacobs

Another Time: Another Voice (1964) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Regardless of country of origin, classification, or labels, one characteristic seems to pervade the creative film expression of our time. That is a growing awareness that the film medium has a formal as well as a representational aspect. That it can best communicate vision and realty when it organically exploits its own plastic means and mode of composition. And that for a film to move people deeply, the filmmaker needs not only a special way of seeing experience, but a specific way of filming it. This film tells the story of a man who has a rendezvous with memory and desire; a man who can neither ecscape from his present nor his past. Moving on two levels--the objective and subjective--the film shifts back and forth from vision to reality: from memory to desire; from the prison of obsessions to the metaphors of regression."--L.J.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Nisi Jacobs

From The Horse's Mouth (I Can Produce -Pronounce- Nuclear) (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

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

Commissioned by Maya Stendhal of Maya Stendhal Gallery, NYC, for the VITAL SIGNS 2005 exhibition. FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH has a second title: (I CAN PRODUCE -PRONOUNCE- NUCLEAR) which is its generative motivating core, an unscripted moment during Laura Bush's delivery of an entirely scripted stand-up comedy routine at the 2005 White House Correspondent's Dinner in Washington D. C. in which through a freudian slip she substitutes 'produce' for 'pronounce'. The effect is staggering since it is her husband at the banquet table, smiling widely at her jokes, who has failed to produce WMD's stated as his reason for an invasion of Iraq. The images contort and writhe through visually gagging effects intensifying the already-sick toxicity and hypocracy which engulfs the room of 2,500 politicians, journalists, and media 'managers' who enjoy the manufactured wit and simultaneously implicate themselves in the crimes of her husband. --N. J.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Christoph Janetzko

S1 (1985) 16mm, color, 15.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

"Composed of film footage dating from the early years of this century to the present, S1 refers to much of the history of the cinema. Shots from fictional films and documentaries are organized in a collage-like fashion around the central image of an enlarged sprocket hole. The physical aspects of light and movement, and the plastic nature of the film itself, become the central elements of the work. The pictorial qualities of the footage take on different meanings in this new context, and the relationship of images around and within the sprocket-frame provokes a new association of ideas and possible connections. Produced on a specially conceived and constructed optical printer, this film incorporates usually invisible elements, creating new meanings for common images. In this manner, Janetzko creats a new filmic event."--Parabola Arts Foundation.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Art Jones

Know Your Enemy (1990) VHS NTSC, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Films about Film, Media

Seeks to examine the place of African-American artistic expression in contemporary culture in the context of the mainstream media that seeks to define it... the focus is on the rap group Public Enemy and the media controversy surrounding them.

Rental: $60.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $60.00

Jon Jost

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Jon Jost

Stagefright (1980) 16mm, color, 74 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

An essay-film on language and theater, on human communication -- intellectual in content, but purely poetic in terms of form: image, sound, language, cinema. STAGEFRIGHT, with the exception of one shot, was all filmed in a small puppet theater space, actors against black. "The key questions (of alternative cinema) were posed by Jon Jost's superb STAGEFRIGHT -- a dramatic meditation on cinema, theater, performance and politics which was too complex and too rich for one screening to be satisfactory. The ending gave the most devastating example I have ever seen to cinema's power to jolt and audience out of its complacency. Extraordinary!" -- Meaghan Morris, Sydney Financial Times "... One of the most powerful and shocking eruptions of violence I've ever seen in a film. Like the killed rabbit in LAST CHANTS, it both gratifies our desires for meaning and action and shows the resultant blood on one's hands in the process. As long as Jost goes on making more films just as truthful, I don't expect him to win any popularity contests." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Comment Festivals: London, Sydney, Melbourne

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Heiko Kalmbach

Final Curtain (1995) DVD NTSC, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A man reacts to applause

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00A

Tim Kennedy

Wheels of Time, The () 16mm, black and white, 23.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Now it looks at me/ Acquires imperative/ Face of separateness./ Not only the maker/ Addressing the viewer,/ But the film itself/ Or the life of the film/ Or from which it is taken/ That addresses the prosaic. --T. K.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Larry Kless

How They Saw the New World (1991) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, History

HOW THEY SAW THE NEW WORLD examines the media's affect on our worldview, exploring some of the milestone events that have affected our perception of history. The persistence of a mythology based on fiction is realized, with the advent of television being the highest common denominator.

Rental: $50.00 (institutions only)
16mm Rental: $50.00

Peter Kubelka

Poetry and Truth / Dichtung und Wahrheit (2003) 16mm, 35mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

Dichtung und Wahrheit contains collected pieces from publicity films with a common element: they show actors before they start and begin to play what they are directed to represent. Repeated ready made takes create cycles of symbolic significance and glorified glimpses of the contemporary human condition: the beauty from a hair conditioner, courting and insemination by chocolate feeding, labourless birth onto a varnished floor, animal and inanimate companions. It was my aim not to shape the found material perfectly into an unambiguous message but to preserve the full richness of archealogical information. My point of view has changed from the contemporary artists into an observer looking into the distant past.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00
35mm Rental: $90.00

Owen Land

Film in Which There Appear Sprocket Holes, Edge Lettering, Dirt Particals, etc. (1966) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"The richest frame I have seen in any film when you take into consideration all movements, lines, the beautiful white, and reds, and blacks," --Jonas Mekas, Village Voice

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Owen Land

Remedial Reading Comprehension (1970) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

Two kinds of material are used: 1) Material in the tradition of the "psycho-drama" or "personal film"; 2) Material of the sort used in industrial, educational, or advertising film. Questions are raised about the necessity of using acceptably "artistic" material to make a work of art, as well as about the relationships between "personal" and "impersonal" works. "One of the ways that REMEDIAL READING COMPREHENSION works is in the degree of filmic distance which each image has in the film. Distance here refers to the degree of awareness on the part of the viewer that the image he is watching is a film image, rather than 'reality.' [Land's] film does not try to build up an illusion of reality, to combine the images together with the kind of spatial or rhythmic continuity that would suggest that one is watching 'real' people or objects. It works rather toward the opposite end, to make one aware of the unreality, the created and mechanical nature, of film." -- Fred Camper, Film Culture

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Standish Lawder

Runaway (1969) 16mm, color, 5.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Lawder achieves the perfection of all his techniques in a small six-minute film called RUNAWAY, in which he uses a few seconds of cartoon dogs chasing a fox. By stop motion, reverse printing, video scanning, and other techniques, by manipulating a few seconds of an old cartoon, he creates a totally new and different visual reality that is no longer a silly, funny cartoon. He elevates the cartoon imagery to the visual strength of an old Chinese charcoal drawing." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice "A classic of modern cinema. A penetrating examination of undercurrents in film visualization. In short, a terrible film based on a bad joke." -- Tom DeWitt "A kind of anti-film which illustrates the endless idea of a film being eternal - the loop, the cycle, the motorcycle, the motor mechanism of, in this case, running dogs. Running in such a loop that it becomes self-destructive. The anti-film, which is in a way to say, 'I am for film!'" -- Stan Vanderbeek "... a delightful piece of madness ... a modern Ballet Mecanique." -- Herman G. Weinburg

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Standish Lawder

Colorfilm (1970) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"COLORFILM is the ultimate consummate self-referential film, in color yet!" -- Henry Kissinger

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dave Lee

Lumina's Gaze (1974) 16mm, black and white, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Fortunately, a very short play of light. I had a crush on the nature of projectors. Bill Judson detected a suspicion that a demon was truly contained in the machines. --D. L.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

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

Mike Leggett

Shepherd's Bush (1971) 16mm, black and white, 15.5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

Taking a re-found image of a patchwork of black and white confusion and working on it using the Debrie Pinter neutral densities and aperture band the resultant image is re-related into the environment of the cinema. --M. L. "... concerned with post-camera structuring. Again the range is wide, including systematic procedure in printing as in SHEPHERD'S BUSH... the system is not a 'content' to be 'discovered'... a loop of film shot from a fast moving camera, presumably close to the ground, is repeatedly printed, each time with a change in exposure, so that its visual quality alters in imperceptible stages from totally black to totally white, while the sound track, also a continously repeated pattern, gets lower and lower in pitch. The systematic or structural aspect of this film is again partly directed towards the appreciation of duration through attention to minimal developments in the image." --Malcolm LeGrice, Abstract Film and Beyond

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Malcolm LeGrice

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Malcolm LeGrice

Time & Motion Study (1976) 16mm, color, 12.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

The film explores continuity of time in two levels of work. The first of these is the simple domestic task of washing dishes, and the second is the aesthetic task of filming the first task. I, the film-maker, am the only protagonist in both acts, controlling the two cameras which record the action. Audiences should be warned that the film contains scenes which might outrage sensitive viewers--I do not rinse the dishes after washing. This is not an uncommon practice in England, where the waste of hot water might cause more consternation than a thin film of detergent. Food does not taste of soap when eaten off the unrinsed dishes... the film has nothing to do with this problem (I think). --M. L. G.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Malcolm LeGrice

Academic Still Life (Cezanne) (1977) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

As the title indicates this is a deliberately academic work, conceived in much the same way that a composer might make a 'study'. It is not about a Cezanne painting, but attempts to apply certain concepts related to the relativity of changing viewpoints in observation and recording. In much the same way as a Cezanne painting records within its image, the problem of stabilizing a perception and the way in which shifts in viewpoint modify the spatial experience, the film uses time lapse and time exposure to seek a filmic equivalent for this aesthetic. --M. L. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Malcolm LeGrice

Blackbird Descending (Tense Alignment) (1977) 16mm, color, 110 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Malcolm Le Grice, one of the leading avant-garde filmmakers in Britain, has made a feature length work which is (...) one of the most accessible films to come out of the experimental area of cinematic exploration in recent years. The secret of its appeal is that ot engages the viewer's curiosity and then challanges him to remember, really remember, exactly what he has seen and heard. It assumes that peoplec an have fun at the same time as they are absorbing an analysis of how time and space are constructed in the cinema. What we see is a simple domestic scene: A woman typing. Through the window a man prunes a tree and a woman hangs out different colored sheets. A phone rings. This scene is repeated again and again from different viewpoints and timepoints but always slightly altered. The film is not about Pirandelloesque but film reality, so Le Grice finally shows us the camera filming some of the scenes we have seen, even utilising split screens to unmask the unreality (and of course thereby creating yet another). Like poet Wallace Stevens, Le Grice gives us thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird with fresh eyes." --Ken Wlaschin, London Film Festival, 77.

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

Erik Leiser

Prelude (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

Prelude is a mixture of Stop Motion Animation and Live Action which deals with issues of the media's influence on sexuality, the idea of the drug within the span of civilization, and the concept of self hopelessness. Prelude offers a clue towards hope.

Rental: $20.00.
DVD NTSC Rental: $20.00

Howard Lester

Ransom Note (1969) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

An animated note to the audience. In a way an experiment in audience participation since it asks the audience to perform certain tasks. --H. L.

Rental: $20.00
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Charles I. Levine

Shooting Guns (1966) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Films about Film, Media

In documentary style, an excerpt from an unfinished movie. This film shows Jonas Mekas directing a sequence from his feature, Guns of the Trees.

Rental: $20.00
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Saul Levine

Chicago Reds & Blues () 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Concerned with the relation of a word to what we hear or see in our mind when we see it. How this relates to film and color" S.L.

Rental: $20.00
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Saul Levine

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Saul Levine

On The Spot () reg8mm, color, 28.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: film about film, landscape

Shot on a farm in Friends Ville Penn. Where Saul lived in a trailer with Dan Barnett shot from the same spot over the course of several Fall weeks a single frame study of the movements of poeple and live stock (horses,cows, sheep, etc)clouds sun and moon constructs of stasis and change.

Rental: $95.00
Reg8mm Rental: $95.00

Saul Levine

Big Stick, The (1973) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"THE BIG STICK/AN OLD REEL ... intercut[s] two Charlie Chaplin shorts centering on policemen with newsreel footage of police crowd control and street fighting. Levine questioned the social implications of media, not only by making temporal, aesthetic and contextual comparisons of his sources, but by presenting this discomforting ragout in a film gauge whose cost, availability and mobility make simply working it an intrinsically political gesture. Levine also understood how to use very fast cutting in old-style 8mm, a difficult task in that the splice is in the middle of the frame. A cut is therefore void of illusion, and in fact threatens to obliterate a weak image .... "... Levine's adroit use of graphic action from the newsreels and close-ups from the shorts changed the rapid cuts from awkward stumbles to almost profound superimpositions." -- James Irwin, Artweek

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Saul Levine

New Left Note (1982) 16mm, color, 27.75 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"Levine's rapid fire cutting has never found a more appropriate subject than in NEW LEFT NOTE, his film on the anti-war, anti-racist, and women's liberation movements of the early 1970s in America. NEW LEFT NOTE represents a synthesis of ideas that Levine sought to inject into a much-divided movement. The 'Free Bobby Seale' demonstrations in New Haven (Levine's home town) in 1970 is put into context through the editing .... At the time of shooting, Levine was the editor of New Left Notes, the national newspaper of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). He was unilaterally committed to the movements he filmed but beleaguered by the leadership of the organization for his non-sectarian views. ... [NEW LEFT NOTE] is a study of radical politics in radical film form." -- Marjorie Keller "The life he records is a jumble of demonstrations, fused with the kaleidoscopic fury of memory; its brief reprises include a catnap in the back of a car and a glimpse of a zoo. His incessant, chaotic outpouring of political energy seems less geared to a naive notion of bettering the world than to a perpetual pressure to keep it from getting worse." -- P. Adams Sitney, The Village Voice

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Saul Levine

Submission (1988) super-8, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

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

Made with Mark LaPore. A confrontational rant addressed to the judges of the films entered in a super-8 competition at No Exit. Both Mark and I were surprised when not only was it shown at the festival but it generated much laughter and angry conversation.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Conrad Ventur

13 MOST BEAUTIFUL / SCREEN TESTS REVISITED (2009-2011) DVD_NTSC_Projection Preferred, Open to Different Formats, BW, 51 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art_Artists, Biography, Body, Films About Film, History, Personal_Diary_Journal, Philosophical, Queer_Bi_Trans

Thirteen original subjects of Andy Warhol's screen tests re-perform them 45 years later: Steve Balkin, Randy Bourscheidt, John Giorno, Bibbe hansen, Sally Kirkland, Billy Linich (Name), Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Mario Montez, Ivy Nicholson, Penelope Palmer, Ultraviolet and Mary Voronov.

Rental: $100.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00

Lana Lin

Through the Door (1992) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

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

A mock travel film composed of archival footage that comments on narrative conventions. A woman is heard, but not seen, during the film's journey. Visual and aural narratives unfold independently, reinforcing and countering each other.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Lana Lin

Taiwan Video Club (1999) VHS NTSC, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Films about Film, Media

A community of Asian immigrants videotape and trade daily epics recorded off Taiwanese broadcast television. Stories that were once passed on from mouth to mouth are now passed on from VCR to VCR.

Rental: $45.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $115.00

Jeanne Liotta

Dervish Machine (1992) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Co-maker: Bradley Eros "M'elevasti! Lift me up!"-- Ezra Pound Hand-developed meditations on being and movement, as inspired by Gysin's Dreammachine, Sufi mysticism, and early cinema. A knowledge of the fragility of existence mirrors the tenuousness of the material. The film itself becomes the site to experience impermanence, and to revel in the unfixed image. Seen and unseen meet in the place between image and emulsion. ĘĘĘ "... The taking and making of images is seen as a passionate pursuit: religious,magical,mysterious."-- Kathy Geritz, Pacific Film Archives

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeanne Liotta

Maria Movie (2001) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Departing from Les Baxter's score to the Mario Bava film Black Sunday, Maria Movie is an overwrought melodrama set in New York City among the grit and shards of cinemas past and present. Chemistry and horror, dirge and dream, with Catherine Deneuve as The Black Maria herself, leading the procession on the via negativa.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lenny Lipton

Cornucopia (1968) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Technology

TV's image raised to a fever pitch to help reveal the chaotic nature of the medium. A driven flux of electronic icons, building its intensity. "Best insult to American Civilization." -- Bellevue Film Festival, 1968

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lenny Lipton

People (1969) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

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

The Red Mountain Tribe hangs out in my backyard. "Lipton's lovely home movie PEOPLE, in its affection for valuable inconsequential gestures, indicates in the course of its three minutes why there has to be a continuing alternative to the commercial cinema." -- Roger Greenspun, The New York Times

Rental: $20.00
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Janis Crystal Lipzin

Other Reckless Things (1984) 16mm, color, 17.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, Political / Social Activism, Science & Medicine, Technology

A response to a newspaper account of a self-inflicted Caesarian section. "... a daring yet subtle reflection on the anomalies of birth and self-mutilation." -- Kate Regan, San Francisco Chronicle "The film alternates medical footage ... with clips of the news report - bringing into question issues of invasion of privacy, voyeurism, control over one's body and the use of technology in situations that may not require it. Zweig's text ... is as chilling as the images ...." -- Will Torphy, Artweek "... extraordinary and disturbing ...." -- Larry Kardish, Museum of Modern Art, NY "Like Goya ... overpowering imagery floods the viewer ... a break-through for social and poetic filmmaking ... [and] a courageous advancement in the history of cinema." -- Joyce Wieland Awards: SF Art Institute Film Festival, 1985; Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1985. Exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, NY; Kunstmuseum, Bern; New Music America, 1986. Note: May be presented with live soundtrack performance by arrangement.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rose Lowder

Roulement, Rouerie, Aubage (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

This reel consists of three short films, two in black and white and one in color, that treat of a water wheel on the Sorgue. The essence of the work rests on a series of cross-references that are set up between the operational mechanisms of the filmed object and the recorded characteristics foregrounded by the choice of film stocks and filming circumstances. The title reflects the process involved. Roulement = rotation, rouerie = wiliness, aubage = paddle wheel unit.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rose Lowder

Parcelle (1979) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

The French term parcelle refers to a fragment, particle or bit. Composed frame by frame in the camera, the film rests upon the alternate appearance and variable duration of tiny colored squares and circles placed on a black background and inserted in series between plain white or colored images. Although the film may appear conventional on a technical level, conceptually this is not the case given that the work is based on situations where the sense of perception processes images in various time lengths according to the characteristics viewed.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Rose Lowder

Quiproquo (1992) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Films about Film, Media, Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

Soundtrack by Katie O'Looney. Situated in an environment where nature and social-industry technology meet, the film attempts a visual dialogue with (and critique of) mainstream society's concerns. To the extent that it refers to the economy of means involved in relation to what is stated, the work is both a reflection on the possibilities of the medium and an enquiry concerning the implications of the reality filmed.

Rental: $30.00
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Lana Lin with H. Lan Thao Lam

Unidentified Vietnam No. 18 (2007) 16mm, Color & BW, 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Ethnic/Multicultural, Films About Film, Found Footage, History, Queer

Unidentified Vietnam No. 18 is a successor to the seventeen films in the Library of Congress South Vietnam Embassy Collection labeled only Unidentified Vietnam, # 1-17. Initiated by these 1960s propaganda films, the project calls into question the policies and politics of nation building. -Lin + Lam http://linpluslam.com/index/Unidentified_Vietnam_No._18.html

16mm Rental: $120.00

Babette Mangolte

What Maisie Knew (1975) 16mm, black and white, 55.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

"A film made around the subjective camera, the vision of a child, and a re-reading of the Henry James novel. The concern is not with reality and appearance but the manner in which these terms come to be constituted." --Constance Penley

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

Babette Mangolte

(Now) (1976) 16mm, color, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A linear succession of activities/manipulations of objects. Film = Now. Projected film = (Now)

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Babette Mangolte

Camera, The: Je or La Camera I (1977) 16mm, color, 88 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"The film is about the relations of vision and power arising from the act of producing images. The first section of THE CAMERA:JE is terrifying even though it is the most straightforwardly didactic part of the film. The spectator stares at photo models as they have their pictures taken and are given instructions about how to pose. The anxiety we see on the face and body of the model (mirroring our role as spectator) exemplifies this fear of not being held in our position of spectator. It is as if we were watching ourselves being photographed, as if the screen were watching photographing us." --Constance Penley

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Deanna Morse

Camera People: Home Movie Stars (1984) 16mm, color, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Friends react to being "on camera."

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Takahiko Iimura

Talking Picture (1981-2013) DVD_NTSC, color_BW, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: film about film, structural

Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing) 1981, B&W,15 minutes Shadowman (The Structure of Seeing/Hearing) 1984/2008, color, 8 min. Making An Audience 2006/2013, color, 12 min. "In this collection of videos,Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing)and Shadowman (The Structure of Seeing/Hearing), and Making An Audience, Takahiko Iimura presents a series of mind-twisting videos, meditating on the experience of watching film/video and of seeing and being seen. Prodded by a succession of riddles, the videos are lined with ...,Iimura touches on a range of significant philosophical questions about linguistics and the nature of representation itself.

Rental: $70
DVD NTSC Rental: $70

Terra Renee

AAWIC African American Women in Cinema (2013) Color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Film About Film, History

An experimental documentary that talks about how the organization, African American Women in Cinema got started.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

M.J. Paggie

Quietus (1970) 16mm, black and white, 16.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"is a symbolic examination of the artist's role in society and the role of society (the audience) in art. Good camera work...." T.S. Tillotson

Rental: $24.00
16mm Rental: $24.00

Frank Paine

Ask the Students () black and white, 3.25 min

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"A lighthearted look at the techniques of student film makers. Sequence show artful Arthur Detrich, the paint stripe king; double-bed Mags Harries; Little annie oakley baber; and her husband". F.R.P.

Rental: $20.00

Robert Rayher

Man in the Box, A (1978) 16mm, color, 7.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Rather than looking outward, and creating a spherical universe around itself (e.g. Michael Snow's LA REGION CENTRAL) , the camera is introspective, defining itself by how it 'sees the world'; it never sees anything but itself. A MAN IN THE BOX is a camera's photographic memory, trying to focus upon its own image." R.R.

Rental: $20.00
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Robert Rayher

Eclipse: Still Life No. 3 (1980) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Aesthetic by Hosea Hirata. The wording of things; the thinging of words; emerging, together.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Peter Rose

Man Who Could Not See Far Enough, The (1981) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

THE MAN WHO ... uses literary, structural, autobiographical, and performance metaphors to construct a series of tableaux that evoke the act of vision, the limits of perception, and the rapture of space. Spectacular moving multiple images; a physical, almost choreographic sense of camera movement; and massive, resonant sound have inspired critics to call it "stunning" and "hallucinatory." The film ranges in subject from a solar eclipse to an ascent of the Golden Gate Bridge, and moves, in spirit, from the deeply personal to the mythic. "[A] powerfully formal, analytic inquiry into the nature of vision and cinema ... painfully beautiful images of mysterious events and things that split, multiply, migrate and quiver with a hallucinatory vibrance ... a rich fabric interlacing the metaphysical with the ironical." -- Sally Banes, The Village Voice

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Peter Rose

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Mary Billyou

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00

16mm Sale: $250

John Luther Schofill

Xfilm (1968) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Tape composition by William Maraldo. XFILM is my very personal exploration of film as an abstract, kinetic medium. The film, after many months of experimentation with rhythm and form, finally collected and crystallized when I heard Bill Maraldo's unusual electronic tape piece. The opening of XFILM grew from my hearing of that piece, and I still believe that the first five minutes of this film are the most inspired filmmaking I have yet done. "Through precise manipulation of individual frames and groups of frames, Schofill creates an overwhelming sense of momentum practically unequaled in synaesthetic cinema. There is almost a visceral, tactile impact to these images, which plunge across the field of vision like a dynamo ...." -- Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema "XFILM is a radiant, spiritual dream-synthesis of technological consciousness. ... [A] film that presents a thoroughly integrated and radically alternative vision with a technical mastery that gives the film artist a fresh model of visual sophistication from which to attack the stifling, mordant and redundant vocabulary of the past." -- John Du Cane Note: Please play sound as loudly as sound system will allow without distortion.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jon Sholle

Ojancanu, The Acrobat (1967) 16mm, color & b/w, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"OJANCANU is a film about how it must feel to be a film. As such, it purports to depict the process a film undergoes in deciding what it should be. The first step in this process, of course, is to derange the audience's perception. Accordingly, the film assays a number of stratagems: offering shifts from black and white to color, conductin gthe search for a point of view, and submitting alternate beginnings for the story which the audience demands. However, the audience, already assimilating and anticipating the film's evasions, succeeds in exerting its will. Whereupon the film accedes. And descends into narrative. "At first pleased, the audience soon discovers that the narrative had been stripped to its essentials, and reasons that it might therefore concern certain elemental questions-or nothing for certain. Feeling tricked, the audience chooses to disregard the film; instead, it examines the film-makers' adaptation of stream of consciousness (in botht he narrative and its frame) to the medium most suited to it. "Suddenly, though, the narrative and frame dovetail, and the audience is delighted to find it anticipated even that. And applauds. "At which point the film concludes it ought to end. And does."-Marleski

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Stewart Silinsky

Ursa Minor () 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Hand-processed

"The film is actually about 40 seconds long, but there are two prints of it on one reel, so you get to see it twice. URSA MINOR is a direct film which was scratched on the surface of some leader that Stu found lying on the floor of a local lab. There's nothing unusual about using pins, nails, surgical instruments, etc. on film. It's as old as Flash Gordon and as recent as Storm De Hirsch's incredible conjurings. But Stu does it fantastically: it just floats by and ends in a solar prominence. So while its not a breakthrough in technique, it's a beautiful application of it."-Wheeler Dixon

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

John Simons

Excerpts (1967) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"A film for filmmakers. Against a constantly changing yet always unchanged visual background it raises questions of the deepest significance for those concerned with the nature of film as our most contemporary art form as well as our most powerful vehicle for social comment."-J.S.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Daniel Singelenberg

Another Shot (1973) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"The editing of ANOTHER SHOT is really quite, quite good, I think...Nick Dorsky make the most extensive and interesting comments I have heard about ANOTHER SHOT. He was interested by the transposition of subject and viewer, i.e. film begins with viewer observing your (the filmmaker's) face, later your face appears to be observing the walking figure (Pierre), and at the end the figure has become the viewer or imaginer who walks off into the film image. Interestingly, he thought that I was Pierre and that this was my film. When I explained, he agreed that your film fits both in feeling and technique with my work--however, the autobiographical aspect seems to me very vivid and distinct."--Tom Chomont. "A self-portrait."--D.S.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Warren Sonbert

Carriage Trade (1972) 16mm, color, 75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

"In CARRIAGE TRADE, Sonbert interweaves footage taken from his journeys throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States, together with shots he removed from the camera originals of a number of his earlier films. CARRIAGE TRADE was an evolving work-in-progress, and this 61-minute version is the definitive form in which Sonbert realized it, preserved intact from the camera original. "With CARRIAGE TRADE, Sonbert began to challenge the theories espoused by the great Soviet filmmakers of the 1920s; he particularly disliked the 'knee-jerk' reaction produced by Eisenstein montage. In both lectures and writings about his own style of editing, Sonbert described CARRIAGE TRADE as 'a jig-saw puzzle of postcards to produce varied displaced effects.' This approach, according to Sonbert, ultimately affords the viewer multi-faceted readings of the connections between shots through the spectator's assimilation of 'the changing relations of the movement of objects, the gestures of figures, familiar worldwide icons, rituals and reactions, rhythm, spacing and density of images." -- Jon Gartenberg, program note for CARRIAGE TRADE, Whitney Museum of American Art, New American Filmmakers Series, October 11-17, 1973

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

Sheri Wills

Riderless (2003) DVD NTSC, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

I am fascinated by the technology of the nineteenth century, the birth of film and its inextricable link to the Victorian sensibility. The hallmark of this aesthetic lies in its tightly-laced obsession with detail and decoration, decorum and charm. All objects, from a memory quilt to a camera, were compulsively lavished with the same ornamental decorations. While on one level my modernity is repelled by this fussiness, on another level I feel oddly liberated by this outrageously sensual adornment of objects, regardless of their function. Yet the Victorian fixation on complicated patterning belies a fear of the empty space. I feel there is, within their flourishes, a language I must decipher. To get close enough, to get inside the design is to see patterns of desire, patterns of repression, a pattern that blossoms to encompass generations. --S. W.

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Sheri Wills

Scene Box (2011) DVD NTSC, color, 5:30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, environment nature, films about film, history, personal/diary/journal

The visual equivalent of a dusty box of aged, foil-covered chocolates, Scene Box presents a barely overheard promise of mystery - seductive, but not necessarily pleasant. A veiled diorama of uncertainty. Screenings include the Parrish Art Museum (curated by Peter Campus); Black Maria Director's Choice; Alchemy film and Moving Image Festival; Chicago Underground Film Festival; Experimental Film Festival in Portland; and Experiments in Cinema Festival.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $DVD NTSC

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00 (individual sale), $100.00 (institutional sale)

Abigail Child

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Leslie Thornton

Let Me Count The Ways - Minus 10, 9, 8, 7 (2004) VHS NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Films about Film, Media

Tape also includes END IN NEW WORLD (2004) 2 min. LET ME COUNT THE WAYS ... inaugurates a new serial work by Leslie Thornton. As in her recently completed Peggy and Fred series, Thornton explores the social effects of new technologies and media, but here she pushes even further into autobiographical territory to suggest the ways in which we are all implicated in these changes. Juxtaposing aerial military footage; scientific data on genetic mutation; audio testimony about the bombing of Hiroshima, and a home movie of her father, a World War II Air Force pilot, as he is dispatched to that city, Thornton creates a dense and compelling meditation on violence.

Rental: $200.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $200.00

Saul Levine

As Is Was (1994) 16mm, super8mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Films about Film, Media

This film was shot the same weekend as Z(ZEE NOT ZED), when Stan Brakhage was visiting University of Rhode Island, where Marjorie Keller was teaching at the time. They get some coffee, then go for a walk on a beach in an old whaling harbor. --S.L.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00
Super8 Rental: $36.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film

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

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

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

Phil Cummins

Today's Big News (1984) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

TODAY'S BIG NEWS synthesizes the thousands of bits of meaningless information contained within the hourly onslaught of media bombardment. Chemically solarized film is combined with depolarized video images - achieved by literally attacking the internal components of a videotape recorder - to produce garish colors and electronic negative images. The disharmony is further emphasized by a fragmented soundtrack composed of bits of TV commercials and programs - a metaphor for the inherent deception in the broadcast medium.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Short Experimental Films (2007) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: artists, film about film, hand processed, literary, personal_diary_journal

"Joel Schlemowitz is a wizard of cinema, and this collection of short experimental films is a marvel to behold. Each piece is a unique gem - quirky, provocative, playful, often handmade, and always daring - celebrating Joel's astonishing mastery of the tools of filmmaking, and his poetic grasp on the art of cinema." - Alan Berliner

DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00 (150 institutional)

Fred Worden

Here (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A Technicolor charge on horseback is mashed up with a series of early silent films from the Melies brothers.

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Chuck Workman

The First 100 Years (1995) DVD NTSC, Color & Black and White, 89 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Subtitled "a celebration of American movies" this compilation documentary was produced for HBO with the association of the American Film Institute as part of the worldwide salute to the 100th anniversary of motion pictures. The film uses extensive historical and new interviews, from D.W. Griffith and Lillian Gish to important actors and directors of today, and hundreds of clips from well-known films to effectively tell the story of the American film. An entertaining primer on commercial American movie history and an exercise in stimulating and dynamic filmmaking. All producer's rental proceeds go to the American Film Institute.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Chuck Workman

Everything is Beautiful (2006) DVD NTSC, Color & Black and White, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Produced for the Nexus Institute Symposium of Western Culture in Amsterdam. A montaged study of the impact of images of international kitsch- cultural, religious, and political- concluding in similar images eventually more valuable and enduring.

Rental: $25.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $40.00

Chuck Workman

Three Motion Picture Montages: Precious Images (1986), Words (1987), Pieces of Silver (1987) (1986-1987) DVD NTSC, Color & Black and White, 26 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A selection of three of Chuck Workman's most well-known movie montages. Precious Images montages 450 American films in a tribute to directors and the iconic images they helped create. It has played continuously in museums, schools, theaters, film festivals and media arts centers and is considered the most widely shown theatrical short in history. Words was made as a tribute to the Hollywood writer and montages the memorable (and forgotten) lines of numerous Hollywood films and television shows. Pieces of Silver was made for Eastman Kodak on the anniversary of the invention of motion picture film. It montages images from foreign and American narrative films, newsreels, documentaries, experimental films, commercials, animation, and television since 1889. The film played at commercial theaters, screened at Anthology Film Archives and other important non- profit theaters, and at several festivals. From critic Scott MacDonald: "In the best of his compilation pieces, Workman reveals his mastery of editing. His strategy is not just to provide a succession of moments of nostalgia, but to create distinctive films, providing energy, humor, and insight." All producer's rental proceeds go to the Directors Guild and Writers Guild Foundations.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Larry Jordan

Candy Colors: An Interview with Stan Brakhage (2007) DVD NTSC, Color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography, Films about Film, Media, Personal / Diary / Journal

An interview with Stan Brakhage.

DVD NTSC Sale: $500.00

Larry Jordan

Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass (2006) DVD NTSC, Color, 15 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Ever dance the mambo with silent film stars and Jordan animation? That's what you get with "Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass". It's raucus. It's lush. It's delirium. Here are just a few stars in the film: Eric Von Stroheim Greta Garbo Gary Cooper Buster Keaton Lilian Gish Mary Pickford Lionel Barrymore Lon Chaney Joan Crawford Marie Dressler Charlie Chaplin What more can I say?

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Jonas Mekas

Birth of a Nation (1997) DVD NTSC, Color, 85 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Personal , Diary, Journal

Music by Wagner and Hermann Nitsch. Voice by Jean Houston. One hundred and sixty portraits or rather appearances, sketches and glimpses of avant-garde, independent filmmakers and film activists between 1955 and 1996. Why BIRTH OF A NATION? Because the film independents IS a nation in itself. We are surrounded by commercial cinema Nation same way as the indigenous people of the United States or of any other country are surrounded by Ruling Powers. We are the invisible, but essential nation of cinema. We are the cinema. List of filmmakers and related friends and film activists who appear in the film in order of appearance: P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, Ken Kelman, Hollis Melton, Ken Jacobs, Larry Jordan, Florence Jacobs, Harry Smith, Henri Langlois, Annette Michelson, Gerald O' Grady, Hollis Frampton, Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, Joel Singer, Stephen Dwoskin, Dore O., Wener Nekes, Kenneth Anger, Andrew Noren, Jacques Ledoux, Ed Emshwiller, Saul Levine, Larry Gottheim, Pascale Dauman, Ray Wisniewski, Taykir Mead, Michael Snow, Ricky Leacock, Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage, Barry Gerson, Willard Van Dyke, John Whitney, Pola Chapelle, Morris Engel, Stan Vanderbeek, Amy Greenfield, Bruce Baillie, Chantal Akerman, Sally Dixon, Will Hindle, Michael Studart, Robert Creeley, Friede Bartlett, Scott Bartlett, Jud Yalkut, Adolfas Mekas, Callie Angell, Charles Levine, Bhob Stewart, Nelly Kaplan, Claudia Weil, Annabel Nicholson, Birgit Hein, Piero Heliczer, Peter Gidal, Kurt Kren, Wilhelm Hein, Malcolm Le Grice, Carmen Vigil, Bill Brand, Regina Cornwell, Akiko Iimura, Taka Iimura, David Crosswaite, Gill Eatherley, Amy Taubin, Tom Chomont, Peter Weibel, Carla Liss, Robert Huot, Guy Fihman, Claudine Eizykman, David Curtis, Barbara Rubin, Kenji Kanesaka, Anna Karina, Leo Dratfield, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Beavers, Robert Kramer, Pamela Badyk, Cecille Starr, Jerome Hill, Ernie Gehr, Richard Foreman, Robert Polidori, Leni Riefenstahl, Amalie Rothschild, Lillian Kiesler, Shigeko Kubota, Jerry Tartaglia, Dan Talkbot, Louis Marcorelles, Michel Auder, Dwight MacDonald, Viva, Leslie Trumbull, Kit Carson, Paul Shrader, Shirley Clarke, Bosley Crowther, Dimitri Devyatkin, Ulrich Gregor, Sheldon Rochlin, La Monte Young, Robert Gardner, Vlada Petric, John du Cane, William Raban, Tony Conrad, George Macinunas, Alberto Cavalcanti, Jim McBride, Peter Bogdanovich, Gideon Bachmann, Christiane Rochefort, Jerry Jofen, Rosa von Praunheim, Hans Richter, Roberto Rossellini, Lionel Rogosin, Robert Haller, Storm De Hirsch, Marcel Hanoun, Jerry Hiler, Bruce Conner, Myrel Glick, Paul Sharits, Barbara Schwartz, Lewis Jacobs, Ian Barna, Carolee Schneemann, Anthony McCall, Diego Cortez, Leslie Trumbell, Adolfo Arieta, Louis Brigante, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Stewart Sherman, Charles Chaplin, Len Lye, Tati, Allen Ginsberg, Valie Export, Hermann Nitsch, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Analena Wibon, Robert Breer and Raimund Abraham.

DVD NTSC Rental: $125.00

Peter Tscherkassky

Parallel Space: Inter-View (1992) 16mm, Black and White, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural

PARALLEL SPACE: INTER-VIEW was made using a still camera. The photograph produced by a 35mm camera corresponds exactly to the size of two film frames. If the negative of a photograph is projected sideways, two film frames are seen: first the upper and then the lower half of the original photographic image is projected. Its temporal and spatial unity disintegrates into pieces which then start corresponding with each other. "Photographic processes - the material transformations involved in recording, developing, printing, and in the case of film, projecting function as metaphors for psychological processes. What Tscherkassky does is to take various tropes of '60s structural filmmaking (derived from Landow, Kubelka, Frampton, Gehr and Sharits) and run them through a Lacanian psychoanalytic sieve. In both form and psychological content, PARALLEL SPACE is deeply reflexive." - Amy Taubin, "Flash Floods: PARALLEL-SPACE: INTER-VIEW"

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Mark Street

Trailer Trash (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage

A skewed take on film detritus: 35mm movie trailers rescued from the trash and affected by hand and digitally, holding up a funhouse mirror to the industry of expectations.

Rental: $25.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

Mark Street

Mark Street: Short Films Volume 1 1989-2004 (1989-2004) DVD NTSC, Color & Black & White, 59 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless, Films About Film, Found Footage, Hand Processed, Landscape & Architecture, Personal Diary & Journal

WINTERWHEAT- 8 min. 16mm, 1989. ECHO ANTHEM- 8 min. 16mm, 1991. BLUE MOVIE- 5 min. 16mm, 1994. SWEEP- 7 min. 16mm, 1998. SLIDING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD- 7 min. 35mm, 2001. FULTON FISH MARKET- 12 min. 35mm, 2003. ALONE, APART: THE DREAM REVEALS THE WAKING DAY- 7 min. BETA, 2004. GUIDING FICTIONS 5 min. 35mm, 2002.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Takahiko Iimura

Eye For Eye, Ear for Ear (1966-70/2009) DVD NTSC, b/w, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films About Film

When I came to the USA in the mid 1960s, it was the high point of the Hippie movement and the black riots. I lived in the East village in New York, which was a center of the former, and watched TV news of the latter often. These two films, Film Strips I and II, were taken from the scenes respectively, not as a documentary but as an inner report of mine, abstracted yet chaotic. (T.I)

Rental: $60.00

Barbara Lattanzi

Optical De-dramatization Engine (O.D.E.) applied in 15-hour cycles to Ma-Xu Weibang's 'Yeban gesheng' (Song at Midnight), 1937 (2015) Digital File, b&w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, ethnic & multicultural , films about film, found footage, history, structural, technology

The video presents an algorithmic, generative, and software-driven dataset of images - a dataset that dynamically runs in 15-hour cycles. The sequenced, glitched imagery derives from the brilliant and melodramatic Shanghai version of "Phantom of the Opera" made in 1937. My software guarantees that the video generates non-repeating compositional patterns. For this video recording, the launching time of my original software intentionally occurs at, and is displayed as, 23:55 (Sept. 20, 2015), just prior to midnight. At precisely midnight, the video records the event of a triggered algorithm. The algorithm causes the start of the central song of "Yeban gesheng" - the politically enigmatic and emotionally intense "Song at Midnight".

Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $125.00

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

Doris Kornish

Not Nude Though: A Portrait of Rudy Burckhardt (2002) 16mm, color, 95 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: art & artists, biography, films about film

Filmmaker Doris Kornish chronicles the fascinating life of Swiss-born photographer Rudy Burckhardt, who moved to New York to make a name for himself by taking portraits of his prominent friends. An important part of the modern art movement of the 1950s and 60's, Burckhardt snapped images of Jackson Pollock, Alex Katz, Joan Mitchell, Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning, as well as intricate shots of his adopted city and its architecture.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Marie Losier

Snowbeard (2009) DVD NTSC, B / W, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, films about film

Losier's poignant short film offers a moving tribute to New York icon Mike Kuchar, filmed on his last day before leaving Manhattan to relocate to San Francisco.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jackie Raynal

Notes on Jonas Mekas (2000) DVD NTSC, color, 26.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, biography, films about film

Documentary film about Jonas Mekas.

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Sarah Pucill

Phantom Rhapsody (2010) DVD PAL, b & w, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, films about film

Distinctive in its stark use of black and white and reminiscent of early silent cinema, this film is composed of a series of theatrical side-show 'magic' acts. Three women stage tricks of appearance and disappearance, punctuated by trumpet, cello and drums. Interchanging between the roles of magician, nude and filmmaker, they perform the preparation of an image and the prepared or completed image, drawing on iconic paintings. 16mm camera techniques as well as performance techniques with props- such as cloaks, drapery, curtains, wigs, mirrors, frames, wands and lighting - determine what is visible or absent in the film frame. With its surrealist sensibilities of artifice and reality and insistence on doubling and substitution, Phantom Rhapsody probes the notion of identity as surface that can be worn or shed and which can extend beyond the boundary of the skin, into the light in the room, the set and the props.

Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00

Jerry Tartaglia

Remains to Be Seen (2009) DVD NTSC, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art / artists, films about film

Featuring JACK SMITH, this video is part of the installation SHARDS & REMAINS, that was created for Live Film! Jack Smith! at the Arsenal, Berlin, October 2009. It is a capsule summary of my experience in restoring the films of Jack Smith for 17 years: litigation, verbal recriminations, broken friendships. "Please - stay there and restore it!" "What a horrible story." Jack Smith

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Ken Jacobs

Amorous Interludes (2007-8) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films_about_film, found_footage, history, technology

Includes: "Titles", "His Favorite Wife", "Hanky Panky", "We Are Charming", "Alone at Last", "Love Story", "The Discovery", "Nymph". "His Favorite Wife Improved And Other Amorous Interludes, the installed work of Ken Jacobs, is a 'series' composed of short video and stereographic animations. The aspects of the Hollywood melodrama mise-en-scene are in the introductory, His Favorite Wife destructed by the natural element of the February New York storm. A sequence of animated stereographs follows and Jacobs adds to their usage: 'I have (and deeply enjoy) a collection of early stereographs, most from the 1800's, bought years before they became pricy as collectors' items. It fascinates me that two images can produce so much richness of detail when forms undulate and skip through deep space.'" -- Martin Mazanec

DVD NTSC Rental: $DVD NTSC

Donna Cameron

WARPATHS: 6 Films by Donna Cameron (1990-2011) DVD NTSC, color, 50 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Hand Processed, landscape_architecture

Compilation of Avant Garde films by Donna Cameron 1990-2011: The Superweapon, World Trade Alphabet, Brokn Bridge, The Falcon, New Moon, and Transpo.

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

La Sortie Des Ourvriers De L'Usine (1998) 16mm, b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films About Film, history, technology

The first film of cinematographic history shows workers leaving a factory. The title of this work which is 50 seconds long and bequeathed to us by the Lumiere brothers is La Sortie des Ouvriers de l'Usine. There are three known versions of the work. In the hardware and software of the cinematographic "machine" resides much of the specifically mechanical charm of the industrial age. In one sense it is a paradox that the Lumieres began film history with workers leaving the factory instead of giving a place of honor to them working on the production lines. Over a hundred years later, Siegfried A. Fruhauf has made a fourth version of La Sortie des Ouvriers de l'Usine. This remake gives short shrift to the unconscious irony of the Lumiere films. Fruhauf needs six minutes to run through the current fate of industry. Fourteen workers are present here--five on the (optically) vertical axis, the rest cross the horizontal axis in the background. Their movements form a cross--a symbol of death as a ballet mechanique. The initial image is transformed into almost abstract black and white surfaces, harnessed, Sisyphus-like, to a lunatic dance of repetition. Fruhauf increases the acceleration of the striding workers in discrete steps until they are tearing along--the capacity of the film tested to its outer limits--until it can't take any more. Maximum acceleration leads to stasis--after the acceleration throughout the film comes the logical consequence--the last frame--the freeze frame. Nothing more can happen. The model (literally) of progress collapses. And instead there is paralysis. A dead end. The workers are motionless, and with them the factory. Rien ne va plus.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia VII (1980) 16, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films_about_film

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia VII (1980) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films_about_film

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ken Jacobs

Another Occupation (2011) DVD NTSC and Blu-Ray Disc, color_b/w, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic_multicultural, films about film, found footage, political/social activism

A stroboscopic train ride along a jungle stream. Asian military men appear with their pith-helmets, keeping the ferns, trees, monkeys, natives in line. The master of the stroboscopic depth illusion changes territory, but applies his familiar strategy: a ghostly, flicking film takes us into a deep and ominous Asian past. Jacobs: 'Bangkok, is it? Spelled in an unfamiliar way.' A black-and-white train ride along a jungle stream shows us military men in their pith helmets, keeping the ferns, trees, monkeys and natives in line. Sparse intertitles trigger further thoughts about the war economy.

DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00, Blu-Ray 125.00

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

Terry Ellis

Pattern Recognition (2007-2012) DVD NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, films about film

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

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

Another Picture (2007) DVD_NTSC, BW, 4 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

Another Picture is a digital age motion study inspired by the "chronophotographic" work of Etienne-Jules Marey. The finale from the Hollywood classic Sunset Boulevard is split into 16 superimposed layers. Each duplicate of the scene dissolves in and out such that it is slightly offset in time from the next. The result is oddly static and hyperactive at the same time.

DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00 Individual 60.00 Institution

Gregg Biermann

Crop Duster Octet (2011) Blu-Ray, Color, 6 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

In Crop Duster Octet, the iconic crop duster sequence from Hitchcock's North by Northwest in which Cary Grant is repeatedly attacked by a small airplane swooping from the sky is deconstructed into eight horizontal bands, each of which is slightly out of synch with the next. As the scene (and, in particular, Grant's body) is continuously deconstructed, the patterns of action are refigured and intensified, culminating in a crescendo of convergence - Jaimie Baron, LA Filmforum

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 Blu-Ray Institutional

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 Blu-Ray Individual 60 Blu-Ray Institutional

Gregg Biermann

Cinema Study (2003) Blu-Ray, BW, 4 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

Cinema Study is a reworking of images and sounds taken from Orson Welles landmark film Citizen Kane. The piece breaks the frame into multiple smaller rectangles, each with short video and audio samples from the original film. Part of the activity of the viewer seems to be the activity of keeping track of the images, which pop around the screen, and how they relate to the sounds. All of the sounds in the piece are in a precise synchronous relationship with the images on the screen. The original narrative film breaks down almost completely, and becomes an almost pure visual and musical experience. Call it Citizen Kane the re-mix.

DVD NTSC Rental: $Blu-Ray $40

DVD NTSC Sale: $Blu-Ray $30 Individual $60 Institution

Gregg Biermann

High Noon Reflections (2009) DVD NTSC, BW, 12 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Film About Film, Found Footage, Muisic

In this piece simple patterns intervene and the original material (an iconic passage from the classic film High Noon) is transformed by them. Each shot from the original material is repeated five times and this sequence is broken up into a four part split screen, with each part of the mosaic two and one half seconds ahead of the next. The images also reflect across their horizontal and vertical axes in a regular pattern. The result is a gradual yet propulsive, shifting, and hypnotic transformation of the original sequence.

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 DVD or Blu-Ray Institutional

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 DVD or Blu-Ray Individual $60 DVD or Blu-Ray Institutional

Gregg Biermann

Labyrinthine (2010) DVD, Color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

In Labyrinthine (2010) Biermann takes forty-one shots of memorable and iconographic moments in Hitchcock's classic Vertigo (1958). The shots are superimposed on top of each other creating a hypnotic labyrinth of repetitions and transformations. The different moments overlap in a kind of contra-punctual proliferation lasting 15 minutes. Ultimately, a labyrinth of movements appears both within the image (the image within the image) and between the images (the changing relationship between the images within the image). Continuity editing is replaced by a discontinuous and labyrinthine editing, and the screen doesn't show one image at a time, but several.... The images have a stuttering and discontinuous logic which arrests and focuses on perceptual phenomena which slips away when seeing the film. Biermann opens these intervals of the imperceptible and enlarges them and turns them into art form of its own. It is as if he uses the technologically enhanced object quality of the images to explore the optical unconscious by means not envisioned by Walter Benjamin. --Eivind Rossaak, Algorithmic Culture, or the New Multiplicity of the Image, Between Stillness and Motion: Film, Photography, Algorithms (Amsterdam University Press, 2011) In Labyrinthine Biermann transforms Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) ...using digital imaging technology to restage the film as an architectural work, something constructed within a spatially enclosed whole. -- Martin Rumsby, Millennium Film Journal No. 56

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 DVD or Digital File Institutional

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 DVD Individual $60 DVD Institutional

Gregg Biermann

Magic Mirror Maze (2012) DVD Blu-Ray, B/W, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

The famed Hall of Mirrors sequence of Welles' classic noir The Lady from Shanghai is transformed through a succession of four algorithmic progressions of split screen patterns. The result is hypnotic, kaleidoscopic and a bit uncanny.

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 Blu-Ray Individual or $60 Institutional

Gregg Biermann

Spherical Coordinates (2005) DVD, B/W, 9 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

The camera moves in a variety of ways examining the inside of a 3D animated sphere on the inside of which a scene from Psycho is wrapped.

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

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

Gregg Biermann

The Waters of Casablanca (2002) DVD NTSC, B/W, 6 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental, Installation

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

A single frame from the classic film Casablanca is transformed into six minutes of exploding and hyperactive animation. Although the process is entirely digital, it actually relates to the hand-made or cameraless tradition more than most computer animation.

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

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

Gregg Biermann

Utopia Variations (2008) DVD NTSC, B/W, 5 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

In this piece the over the rainbow sequence from The Wizard of Oz moves forward from the beginning and backwards from the end in half second intercuts. This gradually builds from one screen to a "25-voice" split-screen canon in which each voice is slightly out of sync. The resulting matrix is mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic.

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

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

Gregg Biermann

Utopia Variations (2008) DVD NTSC, B/W, 5 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

In this piece the over the rainbow sequence from The Wizard of Oz moves forward from the beginning and backwards from the end in half second intercuts. This gradually builds from one screen to a "25-voice" split-screen canon in which each voice is slightly out of sync. The resulting matrix is mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic.

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

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

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

Melissa Friedling

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

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

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

Rental: $100
16mm Rental: $100

Vera Neubauer

The Decision (1981) DVD_PAL, Color , 33 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

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

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

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: films about films, political/social activism

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

DVD PAL Rental: $100

Jon Jost

Godard 1980 (1980) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: films about film, political/social activism

"The famous French film director Jean-Luc Godard is interviewed by British film theorist Peter Wollen and the editor of Framework Don Ranveaud. He talks of the developments in his work, the change in style epitomized by his most recent film, Sauve Qui Peut, his work with Francis Ford Coppola and the relations between his previous films and the new one. He also discusses his radical method of scriptwriting and the critical responses to his latest film." -Melbourne International Film Festival

Rental: $60
16mm Rental: $60

Heather Loughran

Untitled XXX (2014) Digital File, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, erotic, films about film, structural

Short 3 channel film presenting multiple perspectives of one couple having sex.

Rental: $50
DVD NTSC Rental: $50

99 Hooker

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental, Installation

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

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

DVD NTSC Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

Michelle Handelman

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental, Installation

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

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

DVD NTSC Rental: $150

DVD NTSC Sale: $250

Josh Lewis

Chorus I, V, VIII (2015) 16MM, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, films about film, hand-processed, spiritual/mystical, structural

TO THE ACCUSER WHO IS THE GOD OF THIS WORLD

Rental: $20

16mm Sale: $600

Ruth Novaczek

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $7

DVD NTSC Sale: $20 or $50

Ruth Novaczek

Radio (2011) DVD, color and b&w, 22:10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography and autobiography, films about film, music, personal / diary / journal , philosophical

Five film chapters that remix found footage, video diaries. A concept album in film and video.

Rental: $7

DVD NTSC Sale: $20 or $50

Eva Kolcze

All That Is Solid (2014) Video file, b&w, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, environment & nature, films about film, landscape and architecture, structural

All That is Solid investigates Brutalist architecture through the surface of black and white celluloid.

The film features three locations: Robarts Library, The University of Toronto Scarborough campus (UTSC) and the Ross building at York University. Footage of the buildings has been degraded using a number of chemical and physical processes. The film explores the utopian visions that inspired the Brutalist movement and the material aesthetic connection between concrete and celluloid.

Rental: $100

DVD NTSC Sale: $450

Muhammad Baber Suleman

24FRAMES (2014) DVD, b&w, min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, philosophical, structural, technology

24FRAMES is a short film that peers through the windows around us. In a play of vision, perception and motion, the film explores the power of frames in exposing, concealing, shaping and constraining what we see and how we see it. The only way to immerse in the film's imagery is to see it frame by frame.

Rental: $25

DVD NTSC Sale: $200

Terry Ellis

Newman's Shade (2006/13) DVD_PAL, b&w, 4.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, structural

The breeze turns a window blind into an ever changing composition by Barnett Newman, circa 1958.

DVD PAL Rental: $35

DVD PAL Sale: $100

Terry Ellis

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: films about films , structural

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

Rental: $35

DVD PAL Sale: $150

Terry Ellis

Sleight of Hand (2013) DVD PAL , b&w, 2.56 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about films, structural

One of a planned series of short works illustrating well known phrases, saying and proverbs.

Rental: $35

DVD PAL Sale: $75

Terry Ellis

Demonstration (2014) DVD PAL, color, 4.55 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about films, structural

A photograph of a demonstration in Trafalgar Square which I took sometime in the 1970s (and which has been taped to my studio wall since then) comes very slowly into focus, accompanied by the sound of helicopters hovering overhead.

Trafalgar Square is overlooked by the National Gallery. I've no recollection of thinking this at the time, but it seems I chose to focus on 3 figures who would not look out of place in the background of any number of 16th or 17th century paintings that hang in the gallery.

'After RH' refers to Richard Hamilton's 1970 screenprint series 'Kent State'.

Rental: $20

DVD PAL Sale: $100

Abigail Child

Foreign Film Series (2005 - 2014) b&w / color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about films

TO AND NO FRO 4.5 min. Sound. B&W. 2005. In collaboration with Monica de la Torre & Bunuel's Women Without Love Status and culture crack the mirror of family secrets, dreams, hauntings and wish-fulfillment in shifting and multiplying frames.

MIRROR WORLD 12 min. Sound. Color. 2006 In collaboration with Gary Sullivan & Mehboob Khan's AAN. A reshaping of Khan's classic Bollywood feature, locating its narrative tropes against mis-translated subtitles - becoming "multi-lingual" in the maneuver. Formal play and poetic montage wrench causality create a sub-version of class conflict and desire.

(If I Can Sing A Song About) LIGATURES 5:22 min. B&W. Sound. 2009. Music by Marty Ehrlich. In collaboration with Nada Gordon & E.J, Bellocq. Subversive sexuality and the poignancy of desire. The women are visions, desirous, delicate, illusory; the illusionary nature manifest - traversing boundaries, expectations and physical limits.

SALOME 20 min. Sound. B&W. 2014. Music by Frank London. In collaboration with Adeena Karasick & Charles Bryant's Salome (1923) Child has layered and processed the images, recomposed the strains of music, and selected words and phrases to create a "succulent nexus" - fluid and strange.

Rental: $165

DVD NTSC Sale: $200

Devon Narine-Singh

St. George (2015) color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: films about film, personal/diary/journal

A combination of video essay and verite filmmaking that tells a story of one man's journey through war, politics and life.

Rental: $30

Ann Deborah Levy

Waterscape: illusions (2007) DVD NTSC, color / b&w, 52 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature , films about film, landscape & architecture, personal/diary/journal, philosophical , spiritual/mystical

In this self-reflexive film, Ann Deborah Levy's camera captures compelling images of a mysterious wilderness lake and its elegant swans. The water serves as a canvas on which upside-down reflections of trees, clouds, and colors in the landscape are acted upon by wind and light to make an ever-changing painting. Against these images and painted illustrations, a woman making a film on swans serves as the focus for an exploration of perceptions of reality as filtered through the human mind in science, mythology, art, and documentary filmmaking; a meditation on illusion and reality. Off-screen voices personify the womans thoughts as she shoots her film and researches and shapes her script: the filmmaker reads from her shooting diary; young girls recount swan myths; a scholar discusses swan symbolism; and supposed 'experts' from across history debate whether swans really sing or not before they die. These distinct yet thematically related scenarios interweave throughout, but never intersect. They float like elements in a dream for the viewer to connect and interpret later on.

Rental: $195 - DVD

Lynne Sachs

Starfish Aorta Colossus (2015) color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, landscape, personal/diary/journal

Lynne Sachs with Sean Hanley. Poetry watches film. Film reads poetry. Paolo Javier's text is a catalyst for the digital sculpting of an 8mm Kodachrome canvas. Syntactical ruptures and the celebration of nouns illuminate twenty-five years of rediscovered film journeys. NYC poet Paolo Javier invited filmmaker Lynne Sachs to create a film that would speak to one of his poems from his newly published book Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books). Sachs chose Stanza 10 from Javier's poem "Starfish Aorta Colussus". She then decided to collaborate with film artist Sean Hanley in the editing of the film. Together, they traveled through 25 years of unsplit Regular 8 mm film that Sachs had shot -- including footage of the A.I.D.S. Quilt from the late 1980s, a drive from Florida to San Francisco, and a journey into a very untouristic part of Puerto Rico.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Terry Ellis

Tilt (2008/2015) DVD NTSC, color, 4:10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, structural

Made originally in 2008 in black and white and with a different soundtrack. The title refers to tilting the camera up to bring the horizon line down or down to bring it up and the film was prompted by seeing a documentary about John Ford which mentioned that in his framing, particularly in his westerns (e.g., 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon') he would often alternate between a high and a low horizon, something which apparently he took from the paintings of Frederick Remington. The image could not be simpler: basically the 'frame' is divided in half horizontally. The film was 'scored' very precisely and in constructing it this 'score' was followed to the letter. In 2015 I revisited the film and added color. While working on it I changed upon a song by Kevin Coyne ('Porcupine People') that seemed oddly appropriate and took the liberty of 'lifting'2 or 3 lines from the song to construct a new soundtrack.

Rental: $35

DVD NTSC Sale: $100(institution); $50 (individual)

Terry Ellis

Field Film (1977/2015) DVD NTSC, B&W and Color, 4:20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, found footage, structural

Description (Film Synopsis or Link to Synopsis): Filmed originally on Super 8mm in 1977 as 'Field- the Dutch Hostage Film'. Narrative played a supporting role to materiality and process (film as both object and subject). The film was transferred to digital video in 2007 and re-edited and given a soundtrack in 2015, thus becoming both a facsimile of the original and a new work. The soundtrack was pieced together from recordings made at the Roundhouse in London in 2009 during David Byrne's installation 'Playing the Building'.

Rental: $35

DVD NTSC Sale: $100 (institution); $50 (individual)

Karissa Hahn

1_ _ _ _ _1 {tension} (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W, 02:50 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, structural

OH! uh, canted angle.... a 'collaboration' or rather, a collusion of sorts...as for my volition....I fall, you falter.. thinking about "A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros" by William Adolphe Bouguereau 1880 thinking about taking us down with me //the first in a series///

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Andrew Kim

SOCIETY OF MOTION (2015) 16mm, Color, 3:00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, Hand-Processed, music, Spiritual/Mystical, technology

"Intently look at the flame. Do not think of think of qualities of the flame, of the light. Just look at the flame. You don't look at the candle. You don't look at any objects around. Just the flame. Take a few deep breaths. Then close your eyes. This may be of help to you..."

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $100

Mary Billyou

CBS Eye (2010) 16mm , color, 4.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, films about film, found footage , structural, technology

A color rayogram of the famous monocular logo, where registration is no where to be found. "The following film was pre-recorded."

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

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