Yuri A

P (1999) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Body, History, Psychology & Mental Health, Science & Medicine

P (rectum spectrum), a retrospect on shit & its history. Many cultures in many times have used human excreta as components of medicines and magic potions. In our culture today these materials still have great magical power. They are some of the commonest substances around, and yet because of what they represent to us and remind us of, they repel, shock and offend. P has the power to short-circuit trains of thoughts repressed by the viewer, sparking new realizations.

Rental: $30.00
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Rebecca Abbott

Story of the Western World, The (1980) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

A very subjective view of western history, leading to a culmination in a view of contemporary western art. If history can be seen as a series of collisions of opposing forces giving rise to unpredictable syntheses that are more than simply the sums of the parts, then this film was made in a manner analogous to the process of history.

Rental: $35.00
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Jerry Abrams

Be-In: 1967 (1967) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Music, Political / Social Activism

Music by Blue Cheer. Captures the spirit and essence of the great San Francisco Human Be-In of January 14, 1967. Ten thousand people imbued with peace, love and euphoria. Set to hard rock such as only San Francisco blues can produce. BE-IN contains Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Timothy Leary, Michael McClure, Lenore Kandel and Buddha.

Rental: $30.00
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Albert Alotta

Peacemeal (1967) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

Hippies, peace-niks, students, beautiful girls, civil righters, old ladies and more, protest the war. Who dares to say that they don't influence the mainstream? Beautiful color and exciting montage capture the feeling and motion of the march on the United Nations.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Deconstruction Sight (1995) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Landscape & Architecture, Technology

"A somber, gong-like tone opens DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT: the first image is a small light in darkness, a delicate flicker that grows to become a welder's torch. We are led into the film by a suggestive imagistic shorthand: 'the rise of man' is attended by the building of structures, and cities, a montage of the emblems of civilization. The end of the film brings a series of unnerving images - one reminiscent of an eerie jack-o-lantern from childhood memory: a skyscraper looming in the night, a bank of windows lit up like its gaping mouth. As fog and clouds rush in fast frame across the sky for a dizzying, synesthetic effect, Kevin Barnard's soundtrack pounds an urgent wail to the rhythm of climax spending itself in question, in philosophical ambiguity, not release. An almost palpable centrifugal force seems to move the final moments of the film into a spinout. "This is history without narrative, an abstract summation of what happens when human beings move stuff around and make something of it, grow tired of what they've made and demolish it using other things they've made, and then start all over again. What we build, what we destroy, what we find useful to do both, how we let our interaction with them describe what we call human -- these are some of the ideas Angerame's DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT suggests." -- from an essay by Barbara Jaspersen Voorhees, 1990

16mm Rental: $50.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $200 others

John R. Armstrong

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

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: History

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

Rental: $30.00
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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
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Bruce Baillie

To Parsifal (1963) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Using the European legend as basic structure, as well as the hero: "He who becomes slowly wise." A tribute to summer. "Creating in the moment of viewing, a great sense of perspective." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Quixote (1965) 16mm, color & b/w, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Climaxing the film makers first period of work, QUIXOTE is a kind of summary and conclusion of a number of themes, etc., especially that of the hero... depicting Western orientation as essentially one of conquest. The film is conceived in a number of different styles and on a number of simultaneous levels. In four parts, one reel. "More relevant than ever, Bruce Baillie's 'American Symphony' ... released in 1990 via an S-VHS master." -- Frankfurter Zettung "American as conquistador ...." -- P. Adams Sitney "-- quixotic filmmaker become the hero of his own film." -- S. Frey One-year journey through the land of incessant progress, researching those sources which have given rise twenty years later to the essential question of survival.

Rental: $100.00
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Gordon Ball

Mexican Jail Footage (1980) 16mm, color, 17.30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History

Images from 1968 events combined with 1980 voice recollections. Paranoid surreptitious camera records daily events and posturing of 25 gringos jailed without charge-and fellow Mexican prisoners-prior to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Was there collusion behind this? We were never told but this was at a height of national polarization, when American tourists in Mexico were shocked to find more of the youths they thought they'd left behind -- and when Mexican Government was administering national preening in its own paranoiac anticipation of the international Olympics exposure six months later. The soundtrack narration's culled from a much longer account I wrote of the event: it is told as directly as I could tell it. MEXICAN JAIL FOOTAGE reminds me of standing by the tracks and watching a train go by -- it is so strong, it lasts so long, and it is over so quickly. -- Tom Whiteside NORTH CAROLINA ANVIL

Rental: $37.00
16mm Rental: $37.00

Scott Bartlett

1970 (1972) 16mm, color, 29.25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, History

Financed by the American Film Institute. A dramatic absorbing autobiographical film in the form of an interior documentary, 1970 is a multiplexed portrait of a moment in time: the San Francisco sub- culture of the 1960s. A lasting testament to a time we will never forget. --FILMEX.

Rental: $50.00
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Scott Bartlett

Heavy Metal (1979) 16mm, color, 13.00 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: History

Employing elaborate optical techniques, HEAVY METAL is an instant audio-visual trip back to 1929. A collage of gangsters shoot it out to the tunes of Earl Hines and Tiny Parham, while the molls mug through their reaction shots. In the end, the film destroys itself.

Rental: $30.00
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Pip Benveniste

Hats (1970) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, History

Lionel Ziprin, the first overground poet in the world, rises to the roof of the Home of the Sages of Israel on East Broadway and performs the legendary putting on hats from his stah collection, to the Kabbalistic singing of his grandfather Reb N. Z. Margolies Abulafia. This film can be said to be all that remains of a thirteen -- hour documentary shot in New York City circa 1909. Witnessed and constructed sixty years later by PB

Rental: $30.00
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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
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Alan Berliner

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Wallace Berman

Aleph (1976) 16mm, black and white, 10.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Spiritual / Mystical, Technology

"This film took a decade to make and is the only true envisionment of the sixties I know." -- Stan Brakhage "Aleph is an artist's meditation on life, death, mysticism, politics, and pop culture. In an eight-minute loop of film, Wallace Berman uses Hebrew letters to frame a hypnotic, rapid-fire montage that captures the go-go energy of the 1960s. Aleph includes stills of collages created using a Verifax machine, Eastman Kodak's precursor to the photocopier. These collages depict a hand-held radio that seems to broadcast or receive popular and esoteric icons. Signs, symbols, and diverse mass-media images (e.g., Flash Gordon, John F. Kennedy, Mick Jagger) flow like a deck of tarot cards, infinitely shuffled in order that the viewer may construct his or her own set of personal interpretations. The transistor radio, the most ubiquitous portable form of mass communication in the 1960s, exemplifies the democratic potential of electronic culture and serves as a metaphor for Jewish mysticism. The Hebrew term kabbalah translates as "reception" for knowledge, enlightenment, and divinity. " -The Jewish Museum

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Les Blank

God Respects Us When We Work But He Loves Us When We Dance (1968) 16mm, color, 20.00 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

An original rock music score accentuates this film panorama of the action and more meditative moments occurring at Los Angeles' memorable 1967 Easter Sunday Love-in. Earmarks of the alternative culture, like open use of drugs, meditation, free expression of love and affection are revealed in this colorful and candid record of a social phenomenon.

Rental: $30.00
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Jerry Bloedow

Park Lark (1960's) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, History

A half-hour movie about the Avant-Garde Festival in Central Park that took place by the race of Hoving and Moorman.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Dog Star Man: Part IV (1964) 16mm, color, 6.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Philosophical, Spiritual / Mystical

The fall and evening in this cycle of all history, all mankind; returning via a Fall into the generative Dream of PRELUDE. Death cast into the future by the question, What is death like? is recognized as the lens through which we grasp the limitlessness of life. P Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

3 Films: Blue White/Bloodstone/Vein (1965) 16mm, color, 8.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, History

Includes three short films: BLUE WHITE, "an intonation of child birth"; BLOOD'S TONE, "a golden nursing film"; VEIN, "a film of baby Buddha masturbation."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 2 (1978) 16mm, color, 41.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

See description for Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1.

Rental: $81.00
16mm Rental: $81.00

Sarah Jane Lapp

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

in collaboration with Jenny Perlin

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

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

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

Rental: $100

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Sweetface (1999-2013) color, 28 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

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

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

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

Rental: $150

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Mimo (1994-5) 16mm, b&w / color, 14 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, ethnic / multicultural , history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, spiritual / mystical

An expanded interview with a fellow ex-pat, my Romanian-born neightbor in Prague, Gusta Sibova.

Sarah Jane Lapp's "Mimo" establishes a heady connection between memory, art-making, the Torah, and marbles. (Rob Nelson/Minneapolis City Pages)

Rental: $100

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Raj (1994-95) 16mm, b&w / color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, polititcal / social activism , psychology & mental health

My first 16mm print ever made... in honor of Czech journalist Natasa Dudinska.

"... a poignant meditation on faith and spirituality expressed through the story of another survivor..." (Caroline Palmer/ Minneapolis City Pages

Rental: $75

Georg Anthony Svatek

As You Pass By (2014) digital file, color, 10:36 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: history, landscape and architecture

Made with Amanda L. Katz.

As You Pass By commences an exploration of the Brooklyn - Queens Expressway, an infamous highway in New York City that slices through the two named boroughs. We pause in Woodside, Queens to observe one of the many spaces that have been sacrificed in order to create and maintain the utopian image of New York City on the opposite side of the East River. What we see is the beautiful way in which one New York citizen activates a seemingly derelict stretch of land.

Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Fern Silva

Films By Fern Silva (2010-2014) DVD, color & b/w, 80 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

Films by Fern Silva

Wayward Fronds - 2014, 13 min
Tender Feet - 2013, 10 min
Concrete Parley - 2012, 18 min
Passage Upon the Plume - 2011, 7 min
Peril of the Antilles - 2011, 6 min
In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails - 2010, 13 min
Servants of Mercy - 2010, 13 min

Rental: $80

Franco Brocani

Necropolis (1970) 16mm, 35mm, color, 91.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

NECROPOLIS is an absolutely storyless film. Instead of a rhythm which spirals downwards into the deep, there is here a fluctuating movement, like the tide with its slow and constant oscillation; here you will not find a project in time, but a risk in space. By means of abstract indications, signal-fragments, a real panorama is created. End-point is beginning-point. The film becomes a trace, an uneasy series of footsteps following which everyone, looking for others, should find himself. Keeping in mind this ideology of fragments, NECROPOLIS may be considered the place of excess. History, culture, cities are the result of an uninterrupted sublimation, the effect of 'crystallized sins, of accumulating expirations.' A kind of spiritual guerrilla is therefore fought under the banner of utopia and love. The main characters are; Frankenstein, Attila, Montezuma, Heliogabalus, the Bloody Countess Barthory and the Devil. Emblematic situations such as Magic, Religion, Bourgeois warfare, have been chosen at their most poignant charge. All is reduced, never 'told.' What remains is graffiti.

Rental: $150.00
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35mm Rental: $150.00

Richard E. Brooks

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, History

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

Rental: $30.00
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Matthew Buckingham

Truth About Abraham Lincoln, The (1992) 16mm, black and white, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

"What becomes a legend most? Perhaps an inventive film, with a bit of whimsy, to explore the complexities of history and its many layers of rewriting and mythology. Buckingham uses a variety of wonderful devices to reopen the case of the 16th president, presenting a series of statements in a true/false format. This film proves that the most established "facts" can offer the most fertile ground for new questions." -- D. L., Onion City Film Festival program notes.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Doris Chase

Chelsea, The (1993) DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 67 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History

A video documentary exploring a particular fulcrum between art and society. THE CHELSEA combines music, paintings, passages of literature, interviews, and parties. New York City's Chelsea Hotel is an important traditional and sometimes notorious haven for artists. Conceived as an artists cooperative it has always been a home to creative people... Mark Twain lived here. Dylan Thomas died here. Arthur Miller moved out. Sid killed Nancy. And Arthur C. Clark wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey. Others who lived there throughout history: Sarah Bernhardt, William Burroughs, O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, Virgil Thomson, Jane Fonda, Bette Davis, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. "It's an experience a bit like peering through uncurtained windows at dusk. Chase puts this personal account together, not of fame or fortunes made or missed in the Chelsea, but of how creative people live together." -- Karen Jaehne

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Tony Cokes

Black Celebration (1988) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

A Rebellion Against the Commodity, this engaged reading of the urban black riots of the 1960s references the 1966 Situationist text, 'The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy.' Along with additional commentary adapted from Barbara Kruger, and musicians Morrissey and Skinny Puppy, the text posits rioting as a refusal to participate in the logic of capital, and an attempt to de-fetishize the commodity through theft and gift. Cokes asks, "How do people make history under conditions pre-established to dissuade them from intervening in it?"

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Eduardo Darino

Pasaporte (Spanish) (1985) 16mm, color, 18.1/4 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Ethnic / Multicultural, History

An overview from discovery until nowadays, touching history, industry, arts and social changes, of the south american country; through animation, graphics and documentary footage.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Eduardo Darino

Passport (English Version) (1985) 16mm, color, 18.1/4 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Ethnic / Multicultural, History

An overview from discovery until nowadays, touching history, industry, arts and social changes, of the south american country; through animation, graphics and documentary footage.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Eduardo Darino

Torres Garcia (Spanish Version) (1985) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Ethnic / Multicultural, History

Life and paintings of the Uruguayan artist during his American period in New York.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Donna Deitch

Memorabilia (1963) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, History, Landscape & Architecture

A film in honor of a memorial tomorrow. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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Donna Deitch

P. P.1 (1963) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History, Landscape & Architecture, Political / Social Activism

Once upon a Mayjune (1969) many of the people of Berkeley planted a part of a vacant land with trees and flowers and other living things for children and other living people... --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
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Cecilia Dougherty

Grapefruit (1989) VHS NTSC, color, 39 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, History

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

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Peter Dudar

DP (1982) 16mm, color, 16.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, History

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

Rental: $35.00
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Daniel Eisenberg

Cooperation of Parts (1987) 16mm, color, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, History, Philosophical

The images for COOPERATION OF PARTS were shot in Europe in 1983. The film begins at a train station in Calais, France and ends on a street in Radom, Poland. In between are images of Paris, Munich, Dachau, Berlin, Warsaw and Auschwitz/Birkenau. Unlike most films that deal with the Holocaust, COOPERATION OF PARTS takes place firmly in the present and does not attempt to recapitulate history. Using lists, descriptions of photographs, a catalog of proverbs, images of streets, trains, ruins and riots, the film explores the territory of the recent past with a second generation perspective, distanced through time and reflection. With the visual field as a touchstone for a complex set of narrative associations, the film spins a tight web of memory, history, and experience. It is within this web that the film finds its wider significance: as a model for how daily life, history, first hand and second hand experience bind, through purpose or chance, to form identity itself.

Rental: $115.00
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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

Matrix (1977) 16mm, color, 27.45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History

"This is a work that is central to the Magellan voyage.There are multiple layers of imagery; (slaughterhouse footage, steel mill footage, imagery of cows in a field, hexagonal shapes apparently punched into the film material) which are all presented simultaneously. The superimposition of what are, I assume, variously filtered layers of colour material which creates a glorious flow of shapes" - Scott MacDonald

Rental: $56.00
16mm Rental: $56.00

Hollis Frampton

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic_multicultural, Family, history, personal

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

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Paul Gabel

I will always wait (It will never be) (2005) DVD NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

In a film that captures Wall Street at a apoint between deconstruction (the shrouded Deutsche Bank) reconstruction (7 World Trade Center) and destruction (the absent Trade Towers), the phrases "I will always wait" and "It will never be" make possible a lamentation for the tragic September 11th event at a time when its physical indications have been upheaved in the midst of urban renewal and the flow of progress. --P. G.

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Silvianna Goldsmith

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, History

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

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Larry Gottheim

Your Television Traveler (1991) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

The history of space, the place of mystery, the mystery of trace, the space of history.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Walter Gutman

Sappho (1979) 16mm, color, 44.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

[The film] is a simply told biography of Sappho, centered on her poetry but extending beyond her life to the legend which expanded for centuries, making her one of the most remembered names of Western Civilization. For those who are curious about Sappho, I think this will be a revealing film -- also for those who are curious about history and can sense that history is our womb -- certainly the history of the Greeks -- or really the Hellenes -- for their history was not exclusively or even mainly attached to the area we now call Greece -- the film should prove worthwhile.

Rental: $89.00
16mm Rental: $89.00

Philip Hoffman

Kitchener-Berliner (1990) 16mm, color, 34 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

"Hoffman juxtaposes his home town, the Canadian city of Kitchener (formerly called Berlin), with its European namesake of the World War II era. 'The hyphen in the title suggests both severance from the past and connection to it.' The history of the area underpins the film, but refuses to bind it or restrict it from free association. Hoffman assembles a wide range of visual materials including home movies, television, news footage and archival film as well as his own characteristically enticing images, to build complex layers of superimpositions analogous to the impressions of memory. The film's opening segment, 'A Measured Dance,' is fluid and seductive, with deliberate and rhythmic camera movement and complex editing. Its second part, 'Veiled Flight' (introduced with an astounding 'Prologue' drawn from archival sources), is more enigmatic, turning inward with the visual metaphor of underground exploration, and suggests the extent to which film-makers are engaged in the work of making ghosts of the past for the future." -- Blaine Allen

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75

Lewis Jacobs

Ode on a Grecian Urn (1954) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

A unique innovation in film technique which unfolds the treasures of Greek art against the eloquent reading of Hurd Hatfield and the music of Henry Brandt.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Lewis Jacobs

Gothic Art (1961) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, History

"A search for spiritual beauty in an ugly world--that is the art of Northern Europe from the late 12th to the 15th century as seen in the great cathedrals and their decoration. Emphasis is placed on determining the origins of Gothic art as manifested in St. denis and Chartres. Structural development are interwoven with iconographic, stylistic, religious and cultural aspects to provide a synthesis of the spectrum of emergin art forms in the period."--L.J.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lewis Jacobs

Rise of Greek Art, The (1969) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, History

"An appreciation of the close relationship between Greek cultural history and the evolution of visual expression is developed through a study of the major monuments of the period and with diagrams. A coherent picture of the development of Hellenic art from the geometric 8th Century B.C. to the Classical Age of Pericles in the 5th Century. In broad scope, the rise of Greek art is followed through its various periods, cutting across art forms from architecture to sculpture to pottery with its painted decorations."--L.J.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Howard S. Kaplan

Thanks a Lot (1964) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage, history, political / social activism

The endless, never-to-be-broken cycle of birth, childhood, manhood, and the ever present awaiting Army. The film does not offer any solutions, it does not even pose a problem. It does, make us aware. --H. S. K. [First prize, Venice Film Festival, 1964, Experimental Documentary Section. Honorable Mention, Flaherty Film Awards, 1964, Participant at the International Film Festivals of Edinburgh, Mannheim and Brussels.]

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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

Larry Kless

Cowboys Were Not Nice People (1990) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

History paints a heroic picture of the so-called "cowboys" of history. Using the "hero" as a metaphor to question his validity, COWBOYS WERE NOT NICE PEOPLE is an attempt to break down the solid foundation upon which myths of modern society are based. Composed entirely on the optical printer, the film involves rhythmic editing and montage sequences of found footage and camera original exploring the mythical frontiers of Western culture and the romanticism of colonialism.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Richard Kostelanetz

Berlin Lost, A (1984) 16mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

In this visual history, the Cemetery and its evocative gravestones become an archaeological window into a Berlin that, alas, no longer exists.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Robert Kramer

Milestones (1975) 16mm, color, 206 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

"... is a vast mosaic of a movie, is very much about the survivors of America's radical left today, but it's a good deal more than a lamentation or a recollection of old causes. It's both sympathetic and optimistic. MILESTONES is interesting as a report on a political movement, made by two men who are intimately connected to that movement, but it's important for far more provocative reasons. MILESTONES is virtually a meditation on today's spoken American language, which sounds as is it were becoming less and less adequate. Robert Kramer is one of our most original and gifted filmmakers. MILESTONES... is as carefully arranged as a piece of music. It moves forwards and backwards, and sometimes sideways, using images, emotions and, most frequently, words as themes... it bursts with unexpected life." --Vincent Canby, New York Times

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

David Krutchik

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

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: History

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

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Charles I. Levine

Horseopera ( A Western) (1970) 16mm, black and white, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Structural

I have used individual shots as loops to achieve a visually harmonic form, in which a variation of particular actions is made to produce a rhythmic structure .... The whole panorama of the winning of the West is at hand from horse and wagon to great railroad locomotives that charge across the plains and mountains relentlessly, always watched by the Indians. Stereotyped characters and actions are transformed and become larger than life, building blocks for a plastic mosaic. Epic conflict is in motion between good and evil ... the bad guys kill, rape and plunder both the land and the people, nothing is beneath them and they will not let anyone stand in their way. Their greed is unquenchable. "HORSEOPERA is an original and interesting film ...." -- Vincent Canby, The New York Times "Cerebrally engrossing - near perfect." -- Aaron Hauptman, Queens College News

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

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 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

Pamela Mayo

Emouna (1973) 16mm, color & b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Psychic photography in white trails on black is one of the mysteries of this film. Allen Ginsberg and friends are the characters, the continuity of life in spite of the stagnation of an oppressive society. The work includes images of Barbara Rubin, the legendary figure of the early underground film era. --P. B.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Meredith Monk

Book of Days (1988) color & b/w, 74.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

"A rich and haunting reinvention of medieval life that never loses its contemporary perspective." -- The New York Times Monk has said that BOOK OF DAYS is a film about time... about the sadness and joy of human nature.

Rental: $200.00

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

Victoria Campbell

House of Bones (2009) Color, 89 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, history , personal/diary/journal

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

Ephraim Asili

American Hunger (2013) color & bw, 19 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

Ephraim Asili

Forged Ways (2011) color and bw, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Available on DVD and Blu Ray

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

Jennifer Reeves

Taste it Nine Times (1992) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Nine optically-printed film sketches depict the passions, fetishes and humor of various women of history and fantasy.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Hans Richter

Race Symphony (1928) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: nature, history

"Richter's brilliant gift as an editor in nowhere more evident than in this impressionistic documentary on the preparation and start of a horse race at a track near Berlin. Marked by a sharp pace and an acute visual observation of telling gesture and detail, it is hard to believe that this film was made over 40 years ago. It was produced for Maxim-Emelka, a Berlin studio, as an introductory to the feature film, ARIADNE IN HOPPEGARTEN."--Standish D. Lawder.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hans Richter

Passionate Pastime (1958) color, 28 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history

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

Rental: $75.00

David Ringo

March on the Pentagon (1967) 16mm, black and white, 20.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

"On October 21, 1967 over 100,000 people came to Washington D.C. to oppose the war in Vietnam. The rally assembled in front of washinton monument, then marched to the pentagon. There they were met by U.S. Troops, marshalls, tear gas, etc. At the time it was difficult to judge the impact of the demonstration, but most of the participants came away strongly affected by their experience. It was an important event in American history, but one badly covered by the press, who left it to the demonstrators themselves to write and film a record of the march. "

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Johannes Rosenberger

Subcutan (1988) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History

A portrait of Vienna in the "year of remembrance," 1988. A cinematographic approach to the history and obsessions of this town. A glance under the skin of everyday life, searching for the open sores in the soul of this would-be metropolis. The objects found: The old lady listening through the wall. A peep show for Catholics. A couple giving life to child they long for. A song for Kurt Waldheim. Fish from the Danube, crashing against a kitchen wall. The torture of zither playing, etc. A personal statement on my hometown, work close to the traditions of Austrian experimental film. A coughing up and spitting out. -- J.R.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Raymond Saroff

Store Days I and II () 16mm, black and white, 14.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, history

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Barbara Rosenthal

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $65

John Simons

It's Pleasure Time for You (1967) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

"In tune with our favorite cigarette jingles we see why the dinosaur is extinct-the dim witted beasts would not read the fine print on the packs! It's IT'S PLEASURE TIME FOR YOU for a sobering view of history."-J.S.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Robert Smithson

Spiral Jetty (1970) 16mm, DVD NTSC, DVD PAL, VHS NTSC, color, 34.5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History, Landscape & Architecture

This film, made by the artist, Robert Smithson, with the assistance of Virgina Dwan, Dwan Gallery & Douglas Christmas, Director, Ace Gallery, (the aforementioned Dwan & Christmas also assisted Smithson financially with the making of the Spiral Jetty), is a poetic and process minded film depicting a "portrait" of his renouned earth work -- The Spiral Jetty, as it juts into the shallows off the shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake. A voice-over by Smithson reveals the evolution of the Spiral Jetty. Sequences filmed in a natural history museum are integrated into the film featuring prehistoric relics that illustrate themes central to Smithson's work. A one minute section is filmed by Nancy Holt for inclusion in the film as Smithson wanted Holt to shoot the "earth's history". This idea came from a quote Smithson found ... "the earth's history seems at times like a story recorded in a book each page of which is torn into small pieces. Many of the pages and some of the pieces of each page are missing". Smithson and Holt drove to the Great Notch Quarry in New Jersey, where he found a facing about 20 feet high. He climbed to the top and through handfuls of ripped pages from books and magazines over the edge of the facing as Holt filmed it.

16mm Rental: $100.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $90.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00
DVD PAL Sale: $400.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $400.00

H.C. Solomon

South Street Seaport Museum, The (1973) black and white, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History

"this film deals with the South Street Seaport Museum located at South and Fulton Streets in downtown New York. The South Street Seaport Museum is unique in that it has the largest tonnage of varied ships afloat at any maritime museum in AMerica. All types of vessels of varied size and type of service are exhibited. The museum tries in part to capture a vanished era. The era of the sailing vessel which was so important a means of transportation for America during the nineteenth century. Linking the east and west coast off the continent before the advent of the locomotives." H.C.S.

Rental: $20.00

Chick Strand

Krystallnacht (1979) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Mary Ann Toman

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: history, political_social activism

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

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Sheri Wills

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, History

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

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

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)

Sara Winter

Morning in September: A Film Requiem, A (2002) Beta SP NTSC, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Literature & Theater, Psychology & Mental Health

A meditation on grief and loss, the film sets footage shot September 11 and immediately thereafter to a Monteverdi aria -- Orpheus' plea to cross the River Styx to his loved one -- and a John Dowland song, "Come Heavy Sleep". The Voice of New York pleads to cross the river to the loved one, "a soul shorn of its body", over footage of the smoke filmed from the New Jersey waterfront, and of vehicles and rescue workers in Manhattan. A cortege of ambulances shows that the plea to rescue the loved one has been denied. A second singer repeats the aria with different orchestration as a plea to join the loved one in death over smoke shots that progress to nightfall. Then the first voice sings "Come Heavy Sleep" orchestrated as a duet between the voice and the ghost voice of the loved one (viola da gamba). Finally, over shots of the missing signs, "Come Heavy Sleep" is repeated as a poignant duet between solo guitar and the wind. available for rent on Beta SP (NTSC and PAL)

Rental: $40.00
BetaSP NTSC Rental: $40.00

Harvey Marc Zucker

Sitting Bull Lives! (1974) 16mm, b&w, 15 min

Keywords: Multicultural, History, Political

"Making most effective use of animated stills, and dispassionate first-person narration, this film recounts and reveals the true story of the despoliation and nearly genocidal treatment of the only true Americans--the Indians. The film succeeds in capturing the viewer's attention and, at times, arousing anger at the rotten treatment given this people and the lies passed off as history to hide the shame of this nation." - Conrad Wolfson, The Jersey Journal

16mm Rental: $20.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

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

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

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

Paul Gabel

For Safekeeping (Scissions, Sutures and Naming) (2006) 16mm, color, 44 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History

For Safekeeping (Scissions, Sutures and Naming) is an experimental documentary that chronicles the procedures behind an image archive to offer a perspective on how origin, history and authority are formed, ordered and sustained.

16mm Rental: $75.00

Seth Mitter

Beard St (2007) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: history, landscape

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Walter Ungerer

Keeping Things Whole (1971) DVD NTSC, color and black & white, 68 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Personal / Diary / Journal, Political / Social Activism

Unlike the world wars and Korea, not many films have come out of the murderous fatigue of Viet Nam. Perhaps that's because it's not easy to make a film about a difficult, complicated war. Walter Ungerer set out to make a film about the decision facing a conscientious American youth when he is drafted. Arthur, the hero (played by Columbia University student Arthur Albert) is drafted and unsure of what to do. Slowly we are introduced to three sets of characters whose decisions ultimately determine the course of Arthur's resolution to his dilemma, and thus his life. First comes a group of non-Americans. Then a second group consisting of actual friends, family and acquaintances of Arthur the actor. Finally, the third group, an intriguing cross-section of Americans: teenie boppers, suburbanites, Green Berets, an artist and a Spanish American War vet. The final solution is brought about by bringing the non-Americans together in an auditorium, showing them all the previously shot footage and asking them to vote on what they think Arthur should do.

Rental: $120.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $120.00

Taylor Dunne

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $175.00

Ryan Marino

All That Remains (2008) DVD NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History, Landscape & Architecture, Structural

A study in the light, textures and ghosts that make up the abandoned.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Richard Ramson

Bohemia" The Life of a New York City Poet" (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Multicultural, History

Bohemia features interviews with, and the poetry of, various poets of different races and ages, all of whom are living and working in New York City. Viewers will get an insight into what inspires these poets and how they express themselves in one of the toughest cities in the country for struggling artists.

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $40.00

Lynne Sachs

The Last Happy Day (2009) DVD_NTSC, Color, 38 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography, History, Personal / Diary / Journal

A portrait of a doctor who saw the worst of society and ran. The Last Happy Day is an experimental documentary portrait of Sandor (Alexander) LENARD, A Hungarian medical doctor and a distant cousin of filmmaker Lynne Sachs. In 1938 Lenard, a writer with a Jewish background, fled the Nazis to a safe haven in Rome. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Army Grave Registration Service hired Lenard to reconstruct the bone -- small and large -- of dead American soldiers. Eventually he found himself in remotest Brazil where he embarked on the translation of "Winne the Pooh" into Latin, an eccentric task that catapulted him to brief world-wide fame. Sachs' essay film uses personal letters, abstracted war imagery, home movies, interviews, and a childrens's performance to create an intimate meditation on the destructive power of war. "A fascinating, unconventional approach to a Holocaust-related story...a frequently charming work that makes no effort to disguise an underlying melancholy." - George Robinson, The Jewish Week

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Jonas Mekas

Lithuania and the Collapse of the USSR (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 4 hours 46 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Personal & Diary & Journal, Political Social Activism

This video is made up of footage that I took with my Sony from the television newscasts during the collapse of the USSR, with the home noises in the background. It's a capsule record of what happened and how it happened during that crucial period as recorded by the television newscasters. It can be also viewed as a classic Greek drama in which the destinies of nations are changed drastically by the unbending, boarding on irrational. Will of one single man, one small nation determined to regain it freedom, backed by Olympus in its fight against the Might & Power, against the impossible.

Rental: $200.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $200.00

John Buchanan

Around the Tip (1978) DVD NTSC, Color & Black & White, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environement & Nature, History, Landscape & Architecture

In the course of making a larger film (MAPS:A Photographic Survey of NYC Shoreline Boundary) I took off for a run of Manhattans' southern end. This was for me from E.14th Street down to the Battery and up to W.14th St. This is a film of this territory which ties together lyrically. It tells its own story photographically and the one you tell yourself while watching. Look and listen to you.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

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

Sabrina Gschwandtner

no idle hands (2008) DVD_NTSC, color & b/w, 9.40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

Super 8 film to video transfer. Part travelogue, part Surrealist narrative, the three-part film takes us on a symbolic tour through the history of knitting.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Lynne Sachs

States of UnBelonging (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 63 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic / multicultural, history, personal diary / journal, political/ social activism

The core of this haunting meditation on war, land, the Bible, and filmmaking is a portrait of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed her the West Bank. Director Lynne Sachs creates a film on the violence of the Middle East by exchanging letters with an Israeli friend. Together, they reveal Revital's story through her films, news reports, and interviews, culminating in heartbreaking footage of children discussing the violence they've witnessed. Without taking sides or casting blame, the film becomes a cine-essay on fear and filmmaking, tragedy and transformation, violence and the land of Israel/Palestine.

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Lynne Sachs

The Task of the Translator (2010) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history, philosophical

Sachs pays homage to Walter Benjamin's essay "The Task of the Translator" through three studies of the human body. First, she listens to the musings of a wartime doctor grappling with the task of a kind-of cosmetic surgery for corpses. Second, she witnesses a group of Classics scholars confronted with the haunting yet whimsical task of translating a newspaper article on Iraqi burial rituals into Latin. And finally, she turns to a radio news report on human remains.

Rental: $25.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

Ken Jacobs

Capitalism: Child Labor (2006) DVD_NTSC, Blu-Ray, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, history, political / social activism

A stereograph celebrating factory production of thread. Many bobbins of thread coil in a great sky-lit factory space, the many machines manned by a handful of people. Manned? Some are children. I activate the double-photograph, composer Rick Reed suggest the machine din. Your heart bleeding for the kids? The children will surely be rescued and by their bosses! 'Boys', they will say, 'Have we got a war for you.'

DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Ken Jacobs

Pushcarts Leave Eternity Street, The (2010) DVD_NTSC, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Oona Mekas

MEMORIES OF SOHO: PART ONE (1996) DVD_NTSC, color, 14 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: envirornment / nature, history, landscape / architecture, personal diary / journal

Short documentary. In 1976, the filmmaker's father, Jonas Mekas, made a film called Paradise Not Yet Lost. Many scenes in the film were street scenes of Soho, New York City from 1967-75. Twenty years later, the filmmaker creates a record of Soho from the 60s, 70s & 90s, revisiting the neighborhood with her video camera and juxtaposing images from Mr. Mekas' 1976 film.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Oona Mekas

The JFK Assassination: Three Decades Later (1990) DVD_NTSC, color, 24 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history, political / social activism

Short Documentary. Conducting street interviews with a cross-section of New Yorkers, a young filmmaker explores the theories of who really killed JFK almost thirty years after his assassination.

Rental: $25.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

Jennifer Reeves

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Gordon Ball

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Solondz

Little Fountains (2010) DVD_NTSC, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: enviorment / nature, history, landscape / architecture, literary / theatre, philosophical

A meditation on cultural appropriation and nature's myth. Prompted by Roland Barthes' "Mythologies", the videomakers have found a microcosm of the new age wasteland within little fountains. The work is an object focused meditation within a young woman's life is brought to attention.

Jerry Tartaglia

Is What Was (2008) DVD NTSC, , 23 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic / multicultural, history, personal /diary / journal, political / social activism, queer / bi / trans

Is What Was is an experimental documentary film essay that began as a visual diary of a visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near Berlin, where gay men were tortured and murdered by the Nazis. My friend Wilhelm Hein brought me to that place in 2007 where I first saw a Pink Triangle that was worn by one of my ancestors-in-spirit. Around the same time I had begun to find vernacular photographs (snapshots) of Nazi soldiers that had been taken by their compatriots during the time of the Holocaust. These photographs were found in disassembled album at flea markets and in private collections in America and Europe. The contradiction between the Nazi persecution of gay men and the visual evidence in the photographs prompted an inquiry into the context in which sexual identity is formulated. This inquiry led directly to the pioneering work of Karl Heinrich Ulruchs (1825-1895). Although Ulrich's ideas of same gender sexuality are steeped in 19th Century imagery, he was nonetheless the first to name it, describe it, and promote it in positive, constructive terms that included not only the sexual aspects of Queer life, but sought to find the whole person in the andere sexualitaet (the other sexuality). Through the understanding of pride and power the contradiction in the photographs can be deciphered, and Ulrichs' "Raethsel" (riddle) can be resolved: Queer Identity encompasses more than sexuality, and therein lays the threat to the power structures of oppression. The film intercuts present day images of Sachsenhausen and Berlin created by photographer Sean Michael Kirk, with the vernacular photographs and moving images to create this experimental visual essay. Credits and Cast: Jerry Tartaglia Writer, Director, Editor Sean M. Kirk Imaging and Photography Tyler Arcaro Art Direction and Technical Assistant Special Appearances by: Vaginal Davis Jackie Raynal Jim Hubbard Oscar Villegas Marc Siegel Susanna Sachsse Joshua Schneider Wilhelm Hein Annette Frick John Price

Rental: $95.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $95.00

Jerry Tartaglia

Amnesia (2000) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history, queer / bi / trans

The artifact and images of Queer lives are the only evidence of our existences. If we allow our Queer culture to be eradicated or lost, then our link to one another, our past, and our future, are also lost. This film uses found footage, 19th century photographs of affectionate men, digitized video imagery, and gay ephemera to imagine a past and create a future Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection, 1999 Stuttgart Filmwinter, 2005

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Jerry Tartaglia

Digital Meditations (2004-2007) DVD NTSC, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history, personal /diary / journal, queer / bi / trans

Wasted Days (2004) 5min- A visualization of the poem of the same name by Oscar Wilde. Via Dolorosa (2005) 7 min- Shot in Chinchon, Spain and Lobachsville, Pennsylvania, this piece is an elegy, in memory of a friend who died suddenly. Sede Vacante (2006) 4min- The chair is empty-and has been for many centuries. Denkmal (2007) 8 min- The memorial to the victims of Nazism in Berlin.

Rental: $120.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $120.00

Martha Colburn

TRIUMPH OF THE WILD (2008) 35mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: history, political

This is a chronological film of American history beginning with the American Revolution...

"I filmed TRIUMPH OF THE WILD and made the artwork in my studio in Queens, NY. I shot it on 16mm and transferred it to a digital scan, and then printed to 35mm. This was much easier than with COSMETIC EMERGENCY, which is a film that I made in 2005 by hand printing every frame to 35mm on an 'experimental printing' configuration, which consisted of a camera and a lens and some tissue paper, projecting from the floor up underneath this table onto the tissue paper, and advancing the film frame by frame to re-photograph it. The advantage of scanning to digital first is that color correcting and cropping is possible. TRIUMPH OF THE WILD is an animation, so the focus should not be on the 'printing effect'. Cosmetic Emergency is so roughly printed that projectionists think their machine is breaking while it is projecting.

"At the time I made TRIUMPH OF THE WILD, 16mm was beginning to be phased out, so printing to 16mm was not an option. TRIUMPH OF THE WILD was created by animating artwork that was painted and assembled within a six month period and researched for a year prior. Blending themes of war, history and rebirth, there is a 'non-stop-breathless' quality to the film that is highly detailed. It is created to portray a complete pictorial universe that is then broken down, through violence and PTSD. This is why I chose to print to 35mm, as a way to retain this detail in the final projected image.

"I have shown TRIUMPH OF THE WILD several times with the soundtrack being performed live with the accompaniment of composer and pianist Thollem McDonas. Those are my most memorable screenings and we have done this in SF MOMA, the FotoFocus Biennial 2014, Site Sante Fe, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy and many other venues and countries." -M.C.

Rental: $75.00
35mm 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

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

Carl Michael George

Lost 40 Days (1986) 16mm, 50.00, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

Lost 40 Days is a lightly structured evocation of a desert fantasy formed as a series of vignettes inspired by the ancient Celtic calendar alphabet, The Song of Amergin. The sections of this film come together to form a diverse collection of images inkling “The Queen of Every Hive, The City of Gold, The Six Armed Shiva, A Night of Horrifying Dreams”, etc. They are linked together by an eclectic score of exotic and soulful music. CAST: Kembra Pfahler, Samoa, Valery Carris, Philli PRODUCTION: George, Carl Michael/ Lowe, Leslie/ Pfahler, Kembra/ Schmidlapp, David/ Waters, Jack / Eros, Bradley / Kurtti, Gordon Stokes

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Christopher MacLaine

Beat Films (1952-1958) DVD PAL, Color BW, 61 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, history

Includes THE END (1953) 16mm 35 min, THE MAN WHO INVENTED GOLD (1957) 16mm 14 min, BEAT (1958) 16mm 6 min, SCOTCH HOP (1958) 16mm 6 min

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Jonas Mekas

Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history, personal diary journal

An attempt to provide an introduction to the Germany period of my life, from 1944 to October 1949. Using original photos from the period, taken by myself and my brother Adolfas, and film/video footage from 1971 and 1993, I revisit Elmshorm, Flensburg, Wiesbaden, Mainz and Kassel where I spent five years of my life -- first as a Forced Laborer in a war prisoners camp, and later as a Discplaced Person in displaced persons camps. The soundtrack consists of brief excerpts from my written diaries of that period, current reflections and passages from the writings of Wolfgang Borchert. - J.M.

Rental: $300.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $DVD NTSC

Jonas Mekas

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography, family, history, personal diary journal

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

DVD NTSC Rental: $300.00

Georges Salameh

Maesmak (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, found footage, history, personal, diary, journal, political & social activism, science & medicine

www.georgessalameh.wordpress.com/maesmak

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Gary Adlestein

Reading 1974: Portrait of a City (1975) DVD NTSC, color, 56 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history

Produced and directed by: Gary Adlestein, Costa Mantis, Jerry Orr. 30th Anniversary Edition. A documentary (in the city symphony tradition begun by experimentalists in the 1920's) that captures the essence of Reading, PA in 1974 at the height of the urban renewal era, when the centers of many mid-sized American cities were gutten and redesigned to make way for the "the future." The film captures its subject at exactly the point when what seemed unique and special about this rather old-fashioned, Pennsylvania Dutch, urban center was rapidly disappearing. This 16mm portrait - the first film to receive a production grant from the PA Council of the Arts - was shown at film venues (eg., MoMA's "What's Happening" series) and festivals throughout the country. As the years have passed, the makers of the documentary have observed it evolve into both a fascinating 1970's time capsule and a poignant cinematic elegy. (According to the 2010 Census Bureau data on cities with a population of more than 65,000, Reading had the "largest share of its residents living in poverty, barely edging out Flint, Mich." - New York Times 10/26/11). So exotic and oozing with character, I forgot I was looking at my own culture. Unforgettable and beautifully bizarre. (Mike Kuchar) Very impressive - one of the best of its kind that I've seen. - Bill Judson, Film Curator, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute One of the most original and most interesting American independent feature-length films of 1975. - Film Comment, May/June 1976

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $35 individual/ $50 institutional

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

All Done and Dusted (2010) DVD_PAL, Color , 3,13 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: History , Political/social activism, spiritual/mystical

Moving out of our family house I had to dispose of some of my possessions. A time of reflection. The film is a small memorial to all those who perished in the concentration camps.

DVD PAL Sale: $30

James Dowell and John Kolomvakis

Sleep in a Nest of Flames (1994-2000) DVD NTSC, color, 118 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography and Autobiography , History , Literature & Theater, Personal, Diary, Journal , Queer, Bi, Trans

A poet of the poet, filmmaker, editor, and avant-gardism Charles Henri Ford.

"[This] glimpse of a close-knit, trans-Atlantic salon elite morphing over several decades is absorbing for the links revealed between each modernist epoch. Wealth of archived materials on tap (not least Ford's own portrait photography) makes near-mythic cultural figures and events seem teasingly immediate. Especially intriguing is an extended section about the elaborate 'Paper Ball' Tschelitchew devised for a Hartford, Conn., museum in 1936, as it suggests multimedia 'happenings' were hardly a 1960s invention." -Variety

"A superb film, filled with witty glimpses of the illustrious..." -LA Times

Rental: $100

DVD NTSC Sale: $20

Amanda L. Katz

Summer *steph chin in the summer (2012) DVD NTSC, b&w, 4.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic/multicultural, history, personal/diary/journal

Shot in black and white super-8 film, the short loosely follows one Chinese American girl as she finds her way down to Chinatown in New York City. The girl has an obvious relationship with the camerawoman, and both the girl and the camerawoman float in and out of the frame as images of the street life in Chinatown take precedence. There is a sense of adventure but mostly nostalgia. The loose narrative is interrupted by a scene of a mango being sliced open. The music begins again and so do the images of Chinatown. At the end of the film, we see the Chinese American girl again, but this time she is indoors and packing. The music gets heavier and then the film cuts out. -ALK

Rental: $30
DVD NTSC Rental: $30

Lynne Sachs

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abraham Ravett

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, history, diary

Compilation DVD

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

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

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

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

Amanda L. Katz

As You Pass By (2014) Digital, color, 10:36 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: history, landscape and architecture

in collaboration with Georg Anthony Svatek

As You Pass By commences an exploration of the Brooklyn - Queens Expressway, an infamous highway in New York City that slices through the two named boroughs. We pause in Woodside, Queens to observe one of the many spaces that have been sacrificed in order to create and maintain the utopian image of New York City on the opposite side of the East River. What we see is the beautiful way in which one New York citizen activates a seemingly derelict stretch of land.

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $75

Jake Morton

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

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

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

Abigail Child

UNBOUND: Scenes from the Life of Mary Shelley (2012-2013) color, 70 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

In Rome for a year at the American Academy, Child created imaginary home movies of scenes from the life of Mary and Percy Shelley. She was attracted to those authors - their life of poetry, politics and sexual invention - inspired by previous fictionalizing of home movies in her Convert Action (1984) and The Future is Behind You (2004). She worked with non-actors, the seasons and the extraordinary architecture and landscapes of Italy where the Shelleys were in exile for six of their eight years together. The result is a feature film UNBOUND: gorgeous, emotional, creatively combining new technologies with cinematic language. Digressive, looped, unpredictable, symphonic UNBOUND is a poignant and deep exploration of women and creativity, focused on the teenage author of Frankenstein. The history of the Shellys has drama, degradation, and scandal set within radicalized politics, sexual and class rebellion and the lives of working artists. Child's deconstruction embodies the poetic primacy of memory as well as the wit of techne: layered, diverted, delayed, reframed and remade.

Music by Zeena Parkinsa

DVD NTSC Sale: $250

Simon J. Heath

Ten Talk New York (2014) DVD or Digital Download, b&w, 40 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, ethnic & multicultural , history, personal/diary/journal, political/social activism, queer/bi/trans

Ten men and ten women talk New York - all about sex, death, love and the city

Rental: $20

DVD PAL Sale: $50

Jim Hubbard

United In Anger: A History of ACT UP (2014) DVD_NTSC, Blu-Ray, color, 93 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: biography , history, political & social activitism , science & medicine

UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP combines startling archival footage that puts you on the ground with the activists and remarkably insightful interviews from the ACT UP Oral History Project to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots perspective - how a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the world and save each others lives. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a half-dozen exhilarating major actions including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other zaps and actions that forced that U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis, while revealing the group's complex culture - meetings, affinity groups, and approaches to civil disobedience mingle with profound grief, sexiness, and the incredible energy of ACT UP.

Rental: $275.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $275.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $ 300.00

Tania Ferrier

Talkback (2015) DVD_NTSC, color, 88 / 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: arts & artists, biography, ethnic & multicultural , found footage, history, political & social activitism

TALKBACK by Tania Ferrier. Les Morgan. Laura Mitchell (15min excerpt from video collage) is a hybrid arts installation that aims to explore the intersections of race and identity. The main exhibit is a video collage titled TALKBACK that features interviews with sixty-six Americans and Australians, who discuss aspects of their histories and aspirations. The project seeks to encourage dialogue about belonging, blackness, whiteness and intergenerational continuity and change

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

The Last Resort (2011) DVD NTSC, color , 53:53 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: arts & artists, ethnic & multicultural , history, architecture, political & social activism

The Last Resort is a diary like edit of video documentation & interviews, by Tania Ferrier & Carmelo Musca (CM Films) during the making of The Quod Project in 2010. It is not a film in a narrative sense but rather a sequence of shots, edited for a gallery context, so that an audience can engage with any part of the video installation.

The first part of The Quod Project required building a set of a bedroom as it looks today at the Rottnest Resort. Based on research, we duplicated the appearance of the current day plastered white washed walls & Mediterranean decor that does its job of hiding history. We used a mirror as a framing device & took photographs of friends dressed as unwitting tourists to interpret the present use of the space. For legal reasons we have not used any actual documentation of the resort.

The bedroom set was then converted to the cell set, located in the artists back garden studio in South Fremantle. The set was based on research of the Rottnest Quod Prison cell spatial dimensions & appearance between 1864 & 1903. There is no existing cell space left at the Rottnest Quod today. The cell became the backdrop for a series of photographs of Cedric Jacobs & Noel Nannup, Aboriginal representatives for Wadjemup/ Rottnest, who acted as prisoners for a series of photographs. The mirror frame was used in reverse, showing the past through a hole in the wall; a hole in the holiday history of The Rottnest Quod.

The Last Resort video installation begins with interviews of the artist, Tania Ferrier, & other participants involved in building the project. Following on, several neighbours are asked to lie down in the set to get a sense for the cramped conditions the Aboriginal men experienced, gaoled seven men per 2m x 3m cell; like sardines.

An interview with eminent Western Australian historian, Dr. Neville Green, provides important information on the history of the Rottnest Quod Prison & the state wide, colonial frontier solution of removing Aboriginal men from their land to Rottnest Island.

The voices of random party guests are heard who unwittingly encounter the cell .They are asked to say what they know, if anything, about the history of the Rottnest Quod. Later Aboriginal Elders are interviewed after the cell set has been aged. Cedric and Noel channel the past and speak from their perspective on the current day use of the Quod as a tourist resort.

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

Whitewash (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 6:13 min

Genre: Experimental

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

WHITEWASH is a 6 minute video made by artist, Tania Ferrier as the final piece in a project examining the history of a building on Rottnest Island/ Wadjemup, Western Australia, called The Quod.

Quod means gaol in old English slang, which is what the building functioned as from 1864 to 1903 after which time it was converted to tourist accommodation for ensuing generations of Western Australians.

Its prior history as the notorious Native Prison where over 400 Aboriginal men from died in the cells from inhumane conditions was whitewashed as with the cells which became the bedrooms for tourists. The spelling of Quod was changed to Quad in an attempt to shake off the reference to a gaol. Today it remains accommodation as part of the Rottnest Island Lodge Resort where little information is provided to tourists about the history of the rooms where they sleep.

WHITEWASH is a video that lets us reflect upon the whole of Australian history and how we as a nation have colluded in the collective forgetting of the past and to contemplate what this means to Aboriginal people today.

Aboriginal film maker, Glen Stasiuk and actors, Curtis Taylor and Michael Smith participated in the making of this video along with Antony Webb / DOP, Alan Thompson / additional editing, James Kerr / stills photography and actors Alan Boyd and Monica Maine. Guitar track by Abraham Dunovits, Didj by Steve Richter and additional sound by Alan Thompson. Concept/Direction/Design by Tania Ferrier, C. 2012.

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

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

Genre: Experimental, Installation

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

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

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Ann Deborah Levy

Spectator(s) (2014) , 11.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment, history, landscape & architecture

Caught by another 'spectators' camera, visitors observe, enjoy, or ignore their surroundings - one of the worlds most infamous, yet beloved structures. The camera shows us odd angles and what is not usually revealed. Meanwhile, the memory of spectators of antiquity and what they witnessed casts a shadow. In this hybrid-documentary a soundtrack of location recordings augmented by scripted voices recreates the cacophony of languages heard and allows the sounds of the modern city outside to intrude.

Rental: $50

Bara Jichova

The Hatch House (2015) DVD NTSC, color, 10min min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, history, landscape and architecture, philosophical, structural

The Hatch House is a short, stop motion and live-action documentary exploring an idiosyncratic, cube-like bauhaus cottage and its independent owner, Ruth Hatch. A 1950's sanctuary for artists and intellectuals like Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and the Boston Brahmins Jack Phillips, Jack Hall. The Hatch House explores a fragile, amateur structure living at the cultural crossroads between DIY "work of the brain" and the rising tide of American bourgeois, consumerist values.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Tobe Carey

Deep Water - Building the Catskill Water System (2001 - 2005) DVD, color, 45 + extras min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: history

The building of the Catskill Water System is the tale of heroism and heartbreak, political maneuvering, lost villages, brilliant engineering and a power struggle between New York City and the Catskills. Completed in stages between 1915 and 1925, the Ashokan and Schoharie Reservoirs were built by thousands of stone cutters, bridge builders, railroad workers, tunnel diggers and mule drivers.

It is the story of a city desperate for pure water and the reluctant rural area that was forced to provide it.

Today, the Watershed provides billions of gallons of pure water to New York City. In the time when the world faces sever water shortages, the Catskill system remains on of the most successful water projects of our time.

Hundreds of vintage photographs, rare films and interviews with historians and residents make Deep Water a compelling and moving documentary. Deep Water has been enjoyed by thousands of viewers as the classic film about water for NY City.

Rental: $70 - institutional / $30 - individual

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

Tobe Carey

Rails to the Catskills (2014) DVD, color, 95 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: history

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLSis a history dynamic railroad industry in the Catskills of New York State. Catskill railroads have roots in the canals of the 1820's and the post Civil War railroad boom.

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS explores: - For Love of Trains
- Before Railroads - The D&H Canal
- Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad
- New York, Ontario & Western Railway
- Electric Trolleys
- Ulster & Delaware Railroad
- Catskill Mountain Railway / Otis Elevating Railway
- Wallkill Valley Railroad
- West Shore Railroad
- Delaware & Ulster Railroad
- Catskill Mountain Railroad
- Rails & Trails Conflict

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS uses original footage contemporary and vintage photographs, postcards, rare films, railfan-movies, newspapers and historic archives. Music is by Dick Staber and Paul Lounsbury. The film includes historians Eugene Dauner, Dale Flansburg, Robert Hains, John M. Ham, William Helmer, Evan Jennings and Bob Mohowski.

Rental: $70 - institutional / $30 - individual

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

Tobe Carey

The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around (2010) DVD, color, 80 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: history

There isn't much left of the once-grand Catskill Mountain House. The lavish resort hotel was perched on a precarious ledge in Green County for over a century. During its 19th-century heyday, the hotel embodies the peak of luxury for a generation of the rich and famous. But like many resort hotels of the Catskill' glittering past, the Mountain House fell into disuse in the 20th cenry and was finally destroyed by the state of New York in 1963 to return its scenic overlook to wilderness.

Rental: $70 - institutional / $30 - individual

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

Tobe Carey

School Board Blues (2004) DVD, color, 75 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: ethnic & multicultural, history, personal/diary/journal, political & social activitism

The Onteora mascot struggle quickly became a national story with coverage in Newsweek Magazine as well as the New York Times. It was featured on CNN, in newspapers from coast to coast, and in articles on the internet - while the filmmakers found themselves right in the middle of it all. There are more than 14,000 school boards in the United States, and they are often called the heart of American democracy.

Co-producer, Meg Carey, was elected to the Onteora Board of Education in 1998. She anticipated a three-year term working to improve student achievement. Her husband, Tobe Carey, was videotaping the board meeting for local libraries and showings on public access TV when the Indian mascot fight broke out. For three years, Carey continued to record district events including the chaotic school board meetings, the politics surrounding the mascot issue and the community turmoil that followed.

During this time, anti-Semitic hate articles appeared on the internet, physical threats were made, an election-night shoving match occurred, tires were punctured, and an intense political struggle consumed the school board and the district. School Board Blues reveals all this and more in a local story with important national implications.

DVD NTSC Sale: $95 / with study guide

Tobe Carey

Sweet Violets (2012) DVD, , 4 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: environment & nature, history

In the Gilded Age and beyond, high fashion decreed that violets were the flower of choice for Valentine's Day, Easter and a fragrant corsage. At its height, in the years before World War I, Rhinebeck, New York, growers shipped millions of sweet violets (viola odorata) the New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and beyond.

Sweet Violets explores the mythology and history surrounding violets through the use of Greek poetry, Native American tales and stories of historical figures like Napoleon and and Frederic Chopin. A clinical herbalist introduces and explains the medicinal and culinary properties of cultivated and wild violets.

Sweet Violets includes vintage photographs and postcards, rare film footage, 19th century music and literature. All these, plus interviews with historians and commercial growers, tell the neglected story of sweet violets and their effort on a small Hudson Valley town.

Rental: $70

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

Rrose Present

Origen del mundo (Eros / Tanatos) o Hirohima sin amor (Origin of the World (Eros / Thanatos) or Hiroshima loveless) (2015) DVD NTSC, Color, 03:30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage, history

Concept Series: Video "without-camera" reinterprets "camera-world" The images and sounds are extracted from the free virtual network, re-signified from the assembly. The body as a metaphor of love and war, Eros and Thanatos. The title alludes to two cultural imaginary; Courbet's famous painting "L'Origine du monde" and the movie of Alain Resnais' Hiroshima mon amor ". At the beginning of the movie of Resnais two bodies are shown in attitude of love. Here in "Origin of the World" I show a sex without love, Hiroshima without love. Only the instinct of sex and death. Where the body becomes the site of the battle between Eros and Thanatos, between pain and pleasure between the informational explosion and an orgasm.

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $200

Lili White

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00

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

Noe Kidder

ZONE FOUR (2015) DVD NTSC, b&w, 7:00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

ZONE FOUR was filmed one summer morning at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Part travelogue and part science-fiction, the film derives from fragments of a longer poem written by Kidder about a futuristic world with limited water supply, where women are transported and forced to preserve the human race.

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Maya Erdelyi

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Jonathan Brainin

Gates (2010) color, 6.30 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, cameraless, history, music, technology

Abstract (documentary) video made from footage of 'The Gates' installation in Central Park, NYC 2005.

Rental: $30

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

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

Genre: Narrative, Documentary

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

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

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $10

Terese Svoboda

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $DVD

Terese Svoboda

Well? (2010) DVD, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

w/ Steven Bull

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

Rental: $85

Emily Hubley

Blake Ball (1988) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, history, literature & theater, spiritual & mystical

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Yes We Can (1988) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , history, literature & theater, spiritual & mystical

Gaia, our living Earth, joyously balances life and death until human beings begin to plunder her resources. Gaia retreats in despair. When women and men reach out to one another and remember their primal love, Gaia returns. The words of Black Elk close the film: "I saw beneath the tree, villages of people and everything with roots or wings or legs was mingling with the people like relatives and all were happy." Music by Don Christensen Voices of Jamie Smith Jackson and Michael Ontkean

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Voyage to Next (1974) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: history, music, political & social activism

Mother Earth and Father Time examine the state of the planet Earth. Humankind has divided itself into a system of nationalistic boxes. Father Time projects twenty years of horror. Mother Earth and Father Time discuss the foolish choices humans have made in the past. The humans realize their plight and begin to imagine their preferred worlds. Produced for the Institute for World Order Music by Dizzy Gillespie Voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Maureen Stapleton and Dee Dee Bridgewater

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Whither Weather (1977) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, children & youth, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , history, literature & theater, music, spiritual & mystical

WHITHER WEATHER explores the interplay between Earth life and Earth climate. We see how weather affects food; how food, or lack of it, affects people, and how people, in turn, affect weather. We experience the current eco-catastrophe and wonder whether our tampering will result in a new ice age or in an equally dangerous global heating. Music by William Russo. Voice of Dizzy Gillespie. Harmonica Solo by John Sebastian.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Upside Down (1991) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, history, literature & theater, spiritual & mystical

Inspired by the writings of the 13th century Indian poet Kabir, "Upside Down" shocks the audience from its torpor. Lost in a maze of contradictions, its characters search fro a way out... Death is befriended and the eternal yearning for harmony, beauty and balance are realized in the final sequence. Music by Don Christensen.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Hat, The (1964) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: history, political & social activism

In an improvised dialogue, two soldiers patrol the border between their counties. When one accidentally drops his helmet over the line, the other refuses to give it back -- setting the scene for a witty exploration of peace through world law. Music and Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Faith Hubley

Rainbows of Hawai'i (1995) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , history, spiritual & mystical

Calling upon Hawai'ian legends and the art of the South Pacific, "Rainbows of Hawai'i" dramatizes the battle of Hi'iaka and the Dragon God, the tale of the little green shark who becomes the favorite of the village, the fables feats of Maui the prankster, and natural childbirth as taught by Haumea the singing tree. The sacredness of all children is celebrated by the dance of life and death. Co-produced by Emily Hubley, with music by Don Christensen.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Seers and Clowns (1994) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , history, spiritual & mystical

Bridging the insights of visionaries with the antics of fools, "Seers and Clowns" weaves a delightful tapestry of cross-cultural vignettes. A Siberian shaman scales the Tree of Life and attains enlightenment. The Contrary Clowns descend to an underworld of improbably hilarity. A Chinese oracle foresees the collapse of an unbalanced civilization. A Zen frog smiles. Zen clowns act out absurdity in the maze. Cybele, the Anatolian goddess of wildlife, sees a wasteland of loneliness and oppression. In the distance, a familiar song is heard. Winter ends with the coming of spring. Her longed-for partner returns. Accompanied by drums, cymbals and pipes, the worlds of Chief Seattle, Lzo-Tze and Kabir illuminate the way. Love and boundless creativity are celebrated by seers, clowns, and all their friends. Voices: Michael Ontkean & Jamie Smith. Music: Don Christensen.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Sky Dance (1980) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , history, music, spiritual & mystical

Evocative images of ancient and modern art reflect the universal search for life on other planets. At the end of "Sky Dance," contact is made. Music by Elizabeth Swados.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Starlore (1983) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , history, spiritual & mystical

Starlore is an authentic and evocative rendering of five ancient sky myths from the Inuit/Eskimo, Pawnee, Campan, Tupi and Yahgan cultures.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Step By Step (1979) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, children & youth, ethnic & multicultural , history, literature & theater, music

"Step by Step" presents an historical view of childhood, including sacrifice, slavery and war. Scenes of past horrors give way to a lullaby of hope. We watch the global child work, play and learn, while experiencing poverty and plenty. Concluding with a look at the basic rights of children, we are asked to take the first step towards assuring these rights to all the world's children. This film was made in honor of the International Year of the Child Music by Elizabeth Swados.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Time of the Angels (1987) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: children & youth, ethnic & multicultural , history, literature & theater, spiritual & mystical

"Time of the Angels" is a view of the Americas from an indigenous perspective. The poetry of Nezahualcotl, Aztec Emperor of Texcoco (1420-1472), tells us of our brief moment here on Earth. Jose Chocano of Peru reminds us of the terror of the conquistadors and Gabriela Mistral of Chile speaks of the guardian angel who watched over our children. The text is in English and Spanish. Music by William Russo.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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