Russell R. Adams

Signs and Wonders (1977) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Literature & Theater

A Cinepoem. Stone, earth, wood, sky, light, space. Man, man's tools (stone and computerized). The door is poem to a new era.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Room In His Heart (1985) 16mm, color, 32.5 min

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

A movie/meditation on scenes from Nathaniel West's Miss Lonelyhearts.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Gary Adlestein

Candy (1989) Super 8, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, Literature & Theater

A portrait of Philadelphia-based poet and painter Candy Kaucher; three cameras shooting (randomly on/off after J. Cage), synch sound; camera rolls A/B/C printed.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Domestic - Selected Films & Videos 1981-2001 (2005) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Literature & Theater, Music, Philosophical

These experimental films and videos were shot in the house, out the window, in the yard, down the road, etc., in the rural Oley Valley (near Reading, Pa.) where I live. They span a little more than two decades and range from super-8 to 16mm blow-ups, to silent and in-camera-edited-sync-sound super-8's (some of the rephotographed), to more recent videos that are often layered and image-processed. All of them are hopefully lyrics of high visual intensity that celebrate the expressive potential of the medium they were created in and the simple grace of taking pleasure in seeing and hearing the world (the loss of which is increasingly threatened in the sad times [2005] we are living through). SHADOW HUNTING (1981, Shot on S-8mm, 2 min., silent)- exploiting the painterly 'smear' quality of undercranked, 6fps projected S-8: Shadow hunts, I follow. PIE PLATES (1980, Shot on S-8, transfered to 16mm, 5:44 min.)- a John Cage inspired (his work for prepared piano accompanies the visuals) backyard, yin/yang, optically printed meditation. ("a lingering impression of harmony using a minimal amount of footage" - Linda Gross, L. A. Times) FONTANA (1988, S-8mm, 4:09 min.) - in the shadow: after the grotesque fountains I saw in Rome. S-8 DIARY: WILDWOOD (1988, S-8mm, 2:23 min.) - a Sunday drive down the Jersey shore and back which we often did when Linda's parents (from Wildhood) were alive. CINESONGS FOR STORM DE HIRSCH (1990, S-8mm, 10:55 min.) - homage to one of the pioneers of experimental S-8, Storm De Hirsch; seasonal images arising and fading simultaneously (shown in MOMA's "Big as Life: An American History of 8mm Films" program). OLEY (1993, Hi-8 video, 10 min, silent & sound) - harvest time in the Oley Valley. WITCHWAY (1995, Hi-8 video, 7:12 min. silent & sound) - under the feedback-spell of an Oley spirit and her familiar.("... deftly uses themes from Penna. folklore to create a powerfully haunting and chilling descent into an autumnal netherworld."-Albert Kilchesty) OUTSIDE IN (1995, Hi-8 video, 8:59 min.) - an interior/exterior domestic meditation. LOTUS SONG 2 (2000, mini-DV, 6:47 min.) - the second part of the life-cycle of a Lotus and its surround; a song of natural artifice. IMAGINARY POND WITH REAL FROGS (2001, mini-DV, 8:44 min.) - after Marianne Moore's definition of poetry as "the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads." SONATA (2001, mini-DVD, 3:27 min.), sil.) - visual music to "soothe the scythe" (Ed Sanders); a reaction to 9/11. ("Your work was such a treat - so lyric and voluptuous in color." --Donna Cameron)

Rental: $50.00 DVD sale: 75.00 mini-DV rental: 50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Peggy Ahwesh

Deadman, The (1989) 16mm, black and white, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Literary & Theatre

"THE DEADMAN charts the adventures of a nearly naked heroine who leaves the corpse of her dead lover in a country house, goes to a bar and sets in motion a scabrous free-form orgy before returning to her house to die. The film manages to approximate the transgressive poetic prose of Bataille (a mixture of elegance, raunchy defilement and barbaric splendor) while celebrating female sexual desire without the usual patriarchal-porn trimmings." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader Made with Keith Sanborn. Featuring performances by Jennifer Montgomery, Roman Quanta la Gusta, Scott Shat, Diane Torr and Leslie Singer.

Rental: $160.00
16mm Rental: $160.00

Peggy Ahwesh

Nocturne (1998) 16mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Literary & Theatre, Psychology & Mental Health

Forming a trilogy with the Deadman (1990) and The Color of Love (1994), Nocturne features Anne Kugler, Bradley Eros and Karen Sullivan in a minatory scenario in film and Pixilvision, combining plot elements culled from Mario Bava's The Whip and the Flesh (1963) with writings on sexuality and violence from Kathy Acker, the Marquis de Sade and Steven Shaviro. A psychological horror film based on fear and disquietude and the anticipation of violence. . . among the shadows of the night and the lurid dreams of imagination, with no clear division between fact and hallucination, between life and death, between dread and desire.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Caroline Avery

Cross Road (1988) 16mm, color, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Spiritual / Mystical

After having fallen down on my knees. A painted salutation to Hermes.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Six Rolls; 14/41/43/36/47/52: Quick Billy (1968-69) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

[See Note With QUICK BILLY: *Included at no additional rental charge, IF REQUESTED, 6 uncut camera rolls to be shown before or following QUICK BILLY. Numbered 14, 41, 43, 46, 47, and 52 totaling 16 min., col., silent [24 fps], these are uncut archival materials.] The film was conceived for viewing with a single projector, allowing the natural pauses between reels. Cans are labeled Parts I, II, III and IV , intended to be shown in this order. The "rolls" took the form of a correspondece, or theater, between their author and Stan Brakhage, in the winter of 1968-69 and were shown at the at the M.I.T. Film Society by Fred Camper shortly after that time, along with written correspondence by both filmmakers. As poetic cinema this film's significance to the world is perhaps in its narration of a singular phenomena of our time, implicitly revealing those ancient "rules" of transit evolved over centuries; e.g.; the Bardo Thodol, Dante Alighieri's own discoveries in the time of the 14th Century Europe, etc., whether taken literally or allegorically, or perhaps applied to modern psychology.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Baxter

Ace in the Hole (1979) 16mm, color, 18.25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Based on one of the Olinger short stories of the same name by John Updike, ACE IN THE HOLE is a psychological study of Fred 'Ace' Anderson, an ex-champion high school basketball player, who is now no longer in the spotlight and who instead has to accept the ordinary responsibilities of manhood and married life. The film begins by showing Ace driving home from the second job he has just been fired from. As he speeds along his own high school grounds and as he visits his mother, flashbacks of Ace's golden school days dart through his mind. The movie then follows him home, where he has to confront his wife Evey with his failure for the day. This film is a period piece, since it takes place around 1962, and shows the music and dress of the 50's era. Since this is one of the earliest published works by Updike, one can surmise that Ace is the prototype of Updike's character Rabbit Angstrom, the ex-champion basketball player of Rabbit Run and Rabbit Redux

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, 102 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A key work in modern theater and acknowledged throughout the world as a classic, Beckett's most famous play is shown here in a definitive film version starring Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith as the two remarkable tramps, Vladimir and Estragon. They wait for the perhaps mythical personage, Godot, and through their suffering, patience and often hilarious wit, transcend themselves to become a portrait of the suffering of mankind itself. This WAITING FOR GODOT is a remarkable performance of one of the most important plays of the twentieth century.

Rental: $45.95
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.95

Samuel Beckett

Film (1964) 16mm, black and white, 21.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Samuel Beckett's only venture into the medium of the cinema, it was written in 1963 and filmed in New York in the summer of 1964, directed by Alan Schneider and featuring Buster Keaton. For the shooting Mr. Beckett made his only trip to America. The film, which has no dialogue, takes as its basis Berkeley's theory Esse est percipi, that "to be is to be perceived": even after all outside perception remains.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Ericka Beckman

Cinderella (1986) 16mm, color, 28.00 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"CINDERELLA is a musical treatment of the fairy tale. I have broken apart the story and set it as a mechanical game with a series of repetitions where CINDERELLA is projected back and forth like a ping-pong ball between the hearth and the castle. She never succeeds in satisfying the requirements of the "Cinderella Game". The film was sot MOS, the dialogue is lip-synched, and along with the out-front score and effects track magnifies the film's sense of alienation." E.B. 1984

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Pip Benveniste

Poet (1969) 16mm, black and white, 49.00 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Literature & Theater

I know about public readings, the pop performance, the funny audience poems anything-for-a-thrill. In this film I wanted to avoid all that, hoping to get an inner view by way of quiet, five to ten minute of a private reading, keeping the camera as nerveless as possible, letting the poet talk his poems into being language without the interpretive art. I wish I'd been able to film it invisibly. Nine poets came along, separately, to a quiet room, and when they'd reached the point where the camera was just another piece of furniture, they read to themselves, and I picked it up. I think of this film as a book of reference, like I Ching, like the Oxford English Dictionary, Like Leonardo's Notebooks. The poets who take part: Jack Hirschman, Asa Benveniste, Hugh Manning, Nathaniel Tarn, Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth, Jim Dine, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Charles Boultenhouse

One Man Show: Charles Boultenhouse (1959) 16mm, color, 43.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The following three films may be ordered as a one-man show, at a special package rental of $100. See individual catalog description for each: HENRY JAMES' MEMORIES OF OLD NEW YORK (1959) HANDWRITTEN (1959) DIONYSUS (1963)

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Coby Boyd

Demolition of a Typewriter (1994) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Part tribute and part formal exercise, I have sought to exploit some of the charecteristics of filmic language in order to dramatically display the cinema's power of communication over the age-old printed word.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Emily Breer

Superhero (1995) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Live-action, hand-drawn and computer graphic animation drive this high-speed fractured narrative about a Dionysian-like superhero who sometimes has to punch out Batman for being to goody-goody. SUPERHERO is an updated personalized humorous response to our traditional cartoon hero story.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Richard Breyer

Moon Clouds (1970) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Personal / Diary / Journal

The film documents a student's reaction to a poetry reading session. After enjoying the strange environment, and companionship, the student looks at himself and his activities in a different way. The film was photographed at the Rutgers Campus in New Jersey.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Louis Brigante

Objective Correlative (1969) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

External equivalent of an inner emotional reality. Thus a scene, action, image, verse rhythm, or any other artistic device that expresses a subjective state may be regarded as its objective correlative. -- The Reader's Encyclopedia's condensed paraphrase of T. S. Eliot's essay on Hamlet

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lawrence Brose

De Profundis (1997) DVD NTSC, color, 65 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary, personal diary

De Profundis is a three part, hand/alternative-processed experimental film based on Oscar Wilde's prison letter De Profundis. Incorporating home movies from the 1920's and early gay male erotica along with images from Radical Faerie gatherings, queer pagan rituals, drag performances and images of confinement, this 65 minute film sets up a haunting investigation of queerness, masculinity, history and sexuality. These images are buttressed against a soundtrack composed of Wilde's aphorisms, a voice and piano setting of Wilde's prison letter, and multi-tracked interviews with a diverse group of contemporary gay men. "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." - Oscar Wilde If film no longer existed, De Profundis gives the impression that Lawrence Brose is certainly capable of reinventing it. Oddly enough, Brose would do so by stripping film down to visual components that are reassembled only as they are knitted to each other at their breaking points. Redacted. But one must resist the impulse to talk only of how Brose - with controlled image manipulation and extremely experimental hand-processing techniques - has produced in De Profundis a film united by stress and diaphanous. De Profundis is more than an unconventional approach to filmmaking, though it would be a visual tour-de-force if it were only that. Taking its cue from Oscar Wilde, De Profundis holds up a mirror to gay sexuality and plumbs the tensions reflected there. Meshing images culled from home movies, drag performances, Radical Faerie gatherings, and vintage gay erotica with a piano soundtrack scored from Wilde's prison letter and a voice composition fashioned from the poet's aphorisms, Brose makes film itself into the protagonist of his exploration. With images and sounds constantly decaying and shifting and contaminating each other, film becomes a metaphor of the transforming self that Wilde prized for corrupting a sense of sexual normalcy. De Profundis embraces Wildesque deviance and cautions that the desire for normalization prevalent among contemporary gays threatens to contain it. Serenity in sophistication is a triumph - like the deviance of De Profundis, which, achieved in an age too terrified to be deviant, lies in the film's unflinching honesty and terrifying beauty. - John Palattella Music by Frederic Rzewski with additional sound compositions by Douglas Cohen.

Rental: $90.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $90.00

James Broughton

This Is It (1971) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"James Broughton's creation myth, THIS IS IT, places a 2-year-old Adam and a bright apple-red balloon in a backyard garden of Eden, and works a small miracle of the ordinary. And since that miracle is what his film is about, he achieves a kind of casual perfection in matching means and ends." -- Robert Greenspun, The New York Times "It's simple, inspired, and ecstatic. To watch Broughton's film you need a certain silence, a certain descending to the more subtle, more fragile levels of your being - otherwise, the film and its content will not reach you, it will break to pieces. I figure this is the main reason why films of the stature and subtlety and ecstasy of THIS IS IT never reach the New York Film Festival screen." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice " A seminal film that promises to affect the course of film art for some time to come." -- Hollis Frampton

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Martens Bar (1976) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Night on the streets of New York. "Dawn enters the sunk city". A sonnet by Edwin Denby, who reads it and appears briefly in the distance. "old sixth ... the lunge of headlights ... the alive, the dead, answer, ask ..."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Unforgotten Tomb, The (1979) 16mm, black and white, 17.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Based on the Edgar Allen Poe story, "The Cask of Amontillado," with Jose Rafael Arango and Richard Brintzenhofe. The carnival is a party on the Lower East Side of New York, the crypts are the cavernous basements of Brooklyn.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

This Object (1982) 16mm, color, 42.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

John Nesci as an investigator of dubious motives; and Jose Raphael Arango as the itinerant hypnotist Tschipoloa, once the toast of Turin and Moscow, whose commands drive his audience to the brink of irresponsible madness, and they love it. A small summer resort in the dead of winter, a foreign hypnotist whose pervese will nobody can resist, and a fiery crime with an unknown victim. These are the elements of THIS OBJECT. Filmed on location on New Jersey's South Shore, the Utopia Theater in Queens, the Bouwerie Lane Theater in New York's Lower East Side, and the vacant lots of Brooklyn, with jagged color and stylized and explicit dialogue, THIS OBJECT is a realistic mystery which deepens as it progresses, and, like many real life mysteries, remains one to the end.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Landlord Blues (1986) 16mm, color, 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Sometimes in a modern city it's easier to beat a murder rap than it is to get a new lease. George (Mark Boone Junior) is trying to hold on to his modest bike shop despite the efforts of his slum landlord, Albert Streck (Richard Litt), to terminate his lease on a technicality and evict him. When Streck turns nasty, hiring first a lawyer and then even an arsonist, George turns to his friends, a street-wise crew of Lower East Side loyalists, for help in beating Streck at his own game.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Miss Moossey Smells a Rat (1994) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Miss Moossey comes home with a new friend, smells a rat... and the super throws it out! starring Miss Joan Marie Moossey

16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Good Evening Everybody (1977) 16mm, color & b/w, 43 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater, Psychology & Mental Health

Burckhardt has taken the young woman as his world. With characteristic good humor and lightness of touch in editing and pacing, he never succumbs to the cloying bombardment of the 'I'll put in everything' approach. He shapes it into a film we slide right down, toward a sparkling blue pool of water: our own sense of exhilaration." Ron Padgett "Good Evening Everybody" does not construct a world, but projects a personality. Burckhardt's camera observes life in a way characteristic of someone sensitive to irony, detail, diversity, humor, incongruity and (even) beauty, expressive of a cultivated, somewhat aloof, yet generous sensibility that suggests a perceptive, complicated and engaging, in fact ideal, traveling companion." Noel Carroll, SOHo News

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Mounting Tension (1950) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The story was made up more or less as we went along; Larry as the madly energetic, oversexed artist and Jane, a combination of palmreader and psychoanalyst, trying to straighten him out but turning into another girlfriend and model. John Ashbery is a straight boy interested in baseball but ends up an abstract painter. With a scene in the Museum of Modern Art.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Lurk (1965) 16mm, black and white, 36.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

"Happy with his luscious daughter Aurora in a rustic setting, Professor Borealis has devised an improved brain and is ready to transplant it. From this point the action keeps turning corners. A really great performance by Red Grooms. Photography and direction are highly personal but poker-faced. The humor is tenderly black. Burckhardt's fusion of documentary-type photography with fairy tale story line is nearer Keystone than avant-garde with its visual honesty and particular virtuosity." -- Edwin Denby

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Tarzam (1969) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"The story of a shipwrecked baby reared by a kindly animal. See Tarzam, the beast-man, invent the art of painting. He meets his first human. His scene deepens from innocence to corruption and to final violence. Taylor is sublime, as always. The text is his, of course." -- Edwin Denby

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Slipperella (1973) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

With Brooke Alderson. A fairy tale about a pair of moccasins that take off on their own, through woods and fields into the town of Belfast, Maine. They fall in love, drink beer, dream in the gutter, at last are rescued by the boy on whose feet they belong.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

On Aesthetics (1999) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

With the poem of the same title by Kenneth Koch.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Silvestre Byrón

Narraciones extraordinarias (1969) VHS NTSC, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Two short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Allan Poe: La Casa Usher (1973) VHS NTSC, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A second version of the Edgar Allan Poe's tale in absolute cinema. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Capricho (1991) VHS NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Four sequences based in poetical textes from Herrera y Reissig, Schumann, H. G. Wells and Maupassant. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish format: video

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Siempre en tus ojos/El testamento artístico de Silvestre Byrón (1998) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 100 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Music

Twelve sequences based in the Richard Wagner music and literary texts about the West Uruguay. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish format: video

Rental: $150.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $150.00

Silvestre Byrón

Scenes of the Rare, Porn-o and Cruel (2001) VHS NTSC, color, 120 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Ten sequences with literature, music and image; Hoffmann, Stoker, Wells, Lovecraft and Polanski in absolute cinema representation. Country: Argentina Language: English format: NTSC video.

Rental: $150.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $150.00

Roberta Cantow

Autostop (1972) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A dramatization of a female hitch-hiker's experience with one ride. The possibility for compassion is confused with fear as the seemingly ailing motorist reaches out for understanding and human contact. Innocence transforms into another kind of knowledge. "In oblique improvised style, a chance roadside pick-up of a hitch-hiking girl in AUTOSTOP is developed by Roberta Cantow into a touching evocation of the bittersweet fantasies of the girl and the bearded, seemingly ailing motorist who's grasping for momentary affection." -- A. H. Weiler, NEW YORK TIMES

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Don Carter

Pflimperpimple Five Guys in Something a Little Over Ten Minutes (1967) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"There's this girl -- twenty, but just a girl really -- who thinks she's quite ready to get hers. Unfortunately, she tries too hard, and by the end of the film she's completely exhausted. Robustly produced in Canada with and a daring-do. Mildly suggestive and quite funny." -- Melvyn Green, Scholarship Student.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Electra Tries to Speak (Concept Series) (1983) VHS NTSC, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Performed by Sandra Segal. Written by Clare Coss and Roberta Sklar. A modern interpretation of the Greek tragedy, from Electra's point of view. Written by members of Women's Experimental Theatre company. From the Concept Series, a video series collection of eight collaborative video tapes with important women writers and artists of our time, such as Ruth Malaczech, Thulani Davis, Linda Mussman, Lee Bruer and Sandra Segal. Chase's mastery of video special effects and synthesized imagery adds another dimension of visual and experimental depth to these accomplished performances. Each work probes critical issues facing women today. "Doris Chase's videotapes are the work of a mature artist of fine sensitivity. Each of these tapes in itself taps deep currents of feeling. Together, they are a powerful statement of the two sides of the feminist struggle for autonomy." --Karen Henry, VIDEO GUIDE

Rental: $45.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.00

Tom Chomont

Morpheus In Hell (1967) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater, Spiritual / Mystical

I, prolugue, II, the angel morpheus/the major arcana, iii, jeu de la main. The title refers to quote attributed to Stan Brakhage regarding the avant garde artist: 'Orpheus has been too long in Hell.' Part II, alludes both to the sixth strophe of the Third Song of 'Les Chants du Maldoror' by le comte de Lautremont (Isador Ducasse) and to SIRUS REMEMEBERED by Brakhage. Occult imagery and romantic narrative are reformed by repetition and the element of chance.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Sharon Couzin

Shells and Rushes (1987) 16mm, color, 15.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Literature & Theater

"The lush and mysterious realm evoked by SHELLS AND RUSHES recalls the uncanny eclecticism of the surrealists. Strange, flesh-like sea shells, restlessly turning and quivering; enigmatic allusions to classical mythology, such as the Birth of Venus and Leda and the Swan; and paradoxical uses of positive and negative space variously bring to mind Man Ray, Dali and Cornell. But Couzin's film creates its own rich, secretive world and provides its own astonishing pleasures. Accompanied by an otherworldly soundtrack of ancient throat-singing, this deftly edited film is by turns seductive, humorous and serene." -- Rafael Wang "Two simultaneous trips: one around summertime Alaska where the grasses are trying to grow and the children are allowed to point; the other upon the artist's magic table. Here nature is frozen into a pretty marble chessboard with slate backside. Here culture and imagination, seashell sexuality, bits of string, oceans of dyed silica gel dewing petally ladies, twittery families of seashells, seashell logic and perspective, Madonna ... romp supreme. Deep guttural Eskimo chants. You're in the land where Beauty lives and dies. No, you're back in summertime AL. sorry AK." -- Dennis Couzin

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alexander Curtis

In The Wake (1992) 16mm, black and white, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Literature & Theater

The first sentence of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake is fused together with anonymous amateur film-material - "riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation bact to Howth Castle and Environs."--A. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Eduardo Darino

Process (1974) 16mm, black and white, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"This is a film d'montage. The shooting has been completely improvised after two months of rehersals of the film-maker with the New YorkStreet Theatre. The cast directed by Marketta Kimbrell (The Pawnbroker, Judgement at Nuremberg, etc) was perparing one of the last poems of Nobel Prize Chilean Pablo Neruda for their repertory. At the same time, the theatre and the film-crew discussed the possibilities of the film., the characters of the poem and the creative process of each individual actor reaching the latinamerican reality sung by Neruda. The film puts together three narrative lines: the reality, the poem, and the performance with a marvelous editing." Nino Buono (News Agency Cable)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Storm De Hirsch

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Tom Dewitt

Fall (1971) 16mm, , 18.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"[FALL] subtly but powerfully equates the myth of Icarus with possible nuclear holocaust. ... DeWitt's achievement lies in conveying this obvious comparison in freshly stirring imagery and with an awesome sense of the glory of Icarus-mankind's rise and the catastrophe of his fall." -- Edgar Daniels "What is most powerfully effective in FALL is the extraordinary sophistication of DeWitt's visual techniques, his graphic eye, and his complex designs. Because each unit of the exposition is so painstakingly conceptualized and nurtured, an audience is afforded a unique kind of purview on the elements as they are reconstituted in the more complex overlays. Thus the early, Magritte-like compositions of eye and sky establish basis for later more complicated efforts .... Color changes worked on given images (the bird, the sky) avoid the oversimplifications of hues/cues. Certain effects, as when clouds pass through the falling body which is outlined in flaming orange, can only be described as awesome. ... [A] work of immense dedication and exceptional skill." -- John Fell

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Ron Dilg

Indwelling (1960) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

INDWELLING is a journey involved with the search from the everyday into the overday. It sings the song of pursuit, turmoil, encounter, balance, transcendence and structure. It wears the face of everyman-looking, finding, looking. The accumulations of existence. Composed as visual poetry. --R. D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Doberman

Trivia (1980) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

"TRIVIA was Brakhage's choice out of all my films up to that point to be shown at the School of the Chicago Art Institute on a program with a Werner Herzog film. There was a definite poetic justice to this unplanned coincidental combination of TRIVIA with a Herzog film. TRIVIA could be described as the Old World in the New World, Bruegel's Icarus having a "bad day" in the New World, a New World Aesthetic response to Herzog's Old World sentimental Romanticism of the New World. "--G.D. "There is myth, there are objects, and only for a moment can they meet, inform each other, and then part. If myth must inevitably unravel and if, at a moment in time, meet its diminished successor, that moment is this film." -- Ed Schwartz

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Gary Doberman

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Xavier Domingo

Amazons (1992) VHS NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater, Philosophical

A fiction science monologue about artificial fertilization and its consequences, delivered by four characters interacting with the text.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Cecilia Dougherty

Drama of the Gifted Child, The (1992) VHS NTSC, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

This tape is about narcissistic transference, sexual dependency, pedagogy, and a failure to distinguish between one's self and the loved one. It is also about how love relationships are used to create a protective border between the self and political/psychological oppression. The tape is based psychologist Alice Miller's book of the same title. Sale: $30 individual, $75 institutional

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Peter Dudar

Transylvania 1917 (1985) 16mm, color, 20.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"TRANSYLVANIA 1917 is a multi-faceted WWI biography--a conscript into the Austro-Hungarian army is wounded and abandoned by his comrades, then shipped as a prisoner of war into Russia during the Revolution. Using dramatic visual effects, the film explores the rich ambiguities of Transylvanian myth and history. Images from pop, folk and high cultures, politics and religion infuse the film with multiple levels of meaning. --P. D.

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Cool Lakes of Death, The (2004) 16mm, , 8 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A young woman, dressed in a 17th century dress looks out over a lake. We move towards her and disappear underneath her dress, where we find ourselves inside a small theatre. A young lad on stage, Tom Sawyer, tells us a tale about a 'fallen lady' who tries to ogle him. Later he finds her dead body on a field. A 'whodonnit?'

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Elder

She Is Away (1975) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Structural

The film's projected time is the basic material of this film and is wrought into a simple form which, by its radically reductionist structure, transforms the materials of the dramatic form into a tone poem of waiting and anticipation.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Bruce Elder

Art of Worldly Wisdom, The (1979) 16mm, color, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Literature & Theater

Composition from journals kept 1976-1978. Moving Kodak snapshots taken during travels abroad and while at work back home; random glimpses of sites seen and persons visited, fragments of afternoon reveries and night dream visions with garrulous non-stop description of education -- in family, at school, while ill -- trying to make sense of it all. "The dark wood encountered in the middle of life's journey." -- Dante This is the composition of material from my ongoing film diaries.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Bruce Elder

Sweet Love Remembered (1980) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Partly inspired by remarks, both very dear to me, one made by Freud, "Eros nowhere makes its intentions more clear than in the desire to make two things one"; and one by Nietzsche, "What must these people have suffered to have become this beautiful?" The music was created on a homebrew synthesizer and computer.

Rental: $28.00
16mm Rental: $28.00

Bruce Elder

1857: (Fool's Gold) (1981) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

An odyssey; an epic of the adventures by which man and world are returned to a state of harmony." --B. E. "One of Elder's most accomplished films and demonstrates quite forcefully his talents for advancing new approaches to capture complex issues within the art of film." --Bruce Jenkins, Media Study/Buffalo

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ron Finne

Demonstration Movie (1968) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

A companion film to DAS BALLETT. Noted lecturer, Eugene M. Wank, instructs us using a folding chair as a metaphor for life's choices. In this theatre event he shows the audience how to turn their chairs so that instead of facing front, facing the screen, they change to face each other across an aisle in which the innocent, funky ballet will be performed. But his instructions are from the 1950s and the audience discovers that the film chair folds opposite from theirs. He doesn't know this; he just tries to give young people good advice.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Bob Fleischner

Sally's Window (1982) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A window display, by a talented young woman, based on a Zola novel, inpires a rather middle-aged filmmaker to explore this window for what it holds, and what it reflects. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Roberta Friedman

Making of the Americans, The (1974) 16mm, black and white, 14.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"The words in the film are taken from Gertrude Stein's 'The Making of Americans.' The subject of the passage is repetition, the idea that there are threads of similarity woven into the identites of 'every kind of men and women,' and that the device of repeating with variations can be used for the gradual uncovering of these essential qualities. Stein's words are dissected and reconstituted in the film according to a strategy suggested by the text, being themselves repeated with 'subtle variations coming clear into ordered recognition.' Generally, I suppose, we were trying to make a film in which the subject, the method of organization and the means of presentation were all equivalent, so as to bring about a particularly intense coherency." --Graham Weinbren

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Joseph Glin

Endymion (1978) 16mm, color, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

In this first film Glin demonstrates great sensitivity to image quality by using a wide variety of black and white film stocks and printing on color stock to employ a subtle tapestry of hues. His imagery evokes the legend of Endymion with startling and poetic collages of word and image." --Tom Chomont

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Silvianna Goldsmith

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Victor Grauer

Book of the Year Three Thousand (1974) 16mm, color, 48.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

This film is my response to the epic tradition, from Homer to the Mahabharata--V. G. "This film reflects everything (Grauer) has been involved with in his previous films and he uses this knowledge in a highly personal and non-mechanical way. No matter how well previous type of 'flicker' film is done, they essentially remain machine-like and impersonal. In BOOK, Grauer extends his vision to encompass much more.... The totality of the experience is a kind of wrap-around poem... None of the parts exist by themselves, everything is interwoven to produce a strong and hypnotic unity."-- Bob Cowan, in Take One

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Curtis Harrington

Fragment of Seeking (1946) 16mm, black and white, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, queer

A cinematic portrait of the adolescent Narcissus. --C. H. "I admire Curtis Harrington's interpretation of the labyrinth of self-seeking and self-flight -- as well as his sense of space, of balance within the symbol. --Anais Nin

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Solrun Hoaas

Effacement (1978) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

EFFACEMENT shows a Japanese Noh mask maker, Taniguchi Akiko, at work on her masks in her Tokyo studio. She carves the mask, paints, and moves it in the pace of an actor's movements on the traditional stage.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Doloris Holmes

Searching For The Women Of The Left Bank, a play by Doloris Holmes (1993) VHS NTSC, color, 83 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Contemporary writer following a tragedy conjures literary/artistic greats from Paris during 1920s-40s: Josephine Baker, Anaïs Nin, Antonin Artaud, Gertude Stein, and others. Tape includes visit to the studio of the playwright, describing meeting, and friendship with Anïs Nin, including interviewing her for Archives of American Art. Five minute promotional: rental $20

Rental: $55.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $55.00

Takahiko Iimura

John Cage Performs James Joyce (1985) DVD NTSC, b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary_theatre, music

Sound by and with John Cage Document of a voice performance by John Cage who 'reads', 'vocalizes' and 'whispers' in three different manners his artificial language taken from 'Finnegens Wake' by James Joyce. Cage freely composed the letters according toa chance operation using the I-Ching.

Rental: $60.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

Nora Jacobson

Practice Your Music, Socrates! (1979) 16mm, color, 27.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"Performers and audience in the city theater."--N.J.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Larry Jordan

Ancestors (1978) 16mm, black and white, 3.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

ANCESTORS is a film about spiritual forefathers and mothers in a purely fanciful sense. These are classical figures, anatomical figures, fairy tale figures and romantic figures all thrown in together -- all my creative root-sources, in a kind of playful tribute. Like part 2 of DUO CONCERTANTES, it's a moving single picture, now doubled.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jon Jost

Stagefright (1980) 16mm, color, 74 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Peter Kubelka

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Literature & Theater

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

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

George Kuchar

Encyclopedia of the Blessed (1968) 16mm, color & b/w, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BLESSED culminates my involvement with artist Red Grooms and Mimi Gross. It is a diary of our work as we head for the Pacific Ocean in a suicidal plunge for theatrical infamy. The film traces the construction of two craven images made in the likeness of myself by Grooms and Gross. Then it switches to the sandhills of Nebraska where fat cattle walk around. There the film explores Grooms' biggest construction, "The Chicago Installation." The film rolls relentlessly onward to the West Coast showing, for the first time on any screen, a theatrical production we three put in the University of California. It marks my directorial debut on the stage and Red Grooms' comeback after ten years of exile from live theatre.

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

Erik Leiser

Psalms (2003) DVD NTSC, color, 19 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Political / Social Activism

Psalms composites a mixture of Stop Motion Animation, 2d Animation, Computer Animation, Pixilation, and Live Action to produce a surreal adventure into the Soul. Psalms delivers a journey of visual emotion which portrays the pains of humanity and it's need for redemption.

Rental: $20.00.

Alfredo Leonardi

Living & Glorious (1965) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"Leonardi's film about the Living Theatre is less concerned with a straight documentary presentation of the exile theatre group from New York, but rather is concerned with the specific atmospheric factor which is indicated by their name, and which constitutes the highly suggestive effect of their playing. Cutting, for Leonardi, is the most decisive aesthetic device. The result is a wonderfully composed furioso of pictures. The hand-held camera catches rehearsals, conversations without sound, bits of theatre and daily life actions (which, for Living Theatre people, is very often intermixed). --Ingeborg Husterey, Der Welt, Berlin, Jan. 17, 1996.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Richard Lerman

Sparkgap (1968) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture, Literature & Theater, Music, Political / Social Activism

SPARKGAP is a film that may or may not be performed with. It is about architecture, city planning, Black Power, Sound/Noise, Boston and electronic theater music pieces. If it is performed, loudspeakers should be connected to the projector with long cables. On one side of the audience, two White Persons carry loudspeakers and move up and down the aisle acting very passive. On the other side of the audience, two Black Persons carry loudspeakers and act very violently with them jumping in and out at/of the audience. A fifth performer periodically shines a spotlight on the performers' faces so that their skin color is known and to remind us of other things. --R. L.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Howard Lester

Nose, The (1972) 16mm, color, 37 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Literature & Theater

An adult fairy tale. Loosely inspired by the Gogol story 'The Nose', the film deals with the adventures of the main character as he searches for his nose in modern Los Angeles, climaxing with the Nose's recovery in a night-club for monsters. --H. L.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Charles I. Levine

Siva (1967) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Spiritual / Mystical

A realization of the Hindu God, a cinematic tone poem. Prize-winning film.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Richard Levine

Falling Awake (1981) 16mm, color, 21.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Psychology & Mental Health

"...(T)here is however a class of fancies of exquisite delicacy, which are not thoughts, and to which, as yet, I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt language. I use the word 'fancies' at random, and merely because I must use some word; but the idea commonly attached to the term is not even remotely applicable to the shadows of shadows in question. They seem to me rather psychical than intellectual. They arise in the soul (alas, how rarely!) only at its epoch of most intense tranquility, when the bodily and mental health are in perfection, and at those mere points of time where the confines of the waking world blend with those of the world of dreams." --Edgar Allen Poe, from "Marginalia"

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jeanne Liotta

Loretta (2003) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Music

Sound by Carlo Altomare A photogram opera of laborious incarnations and corporeal dissolutions, this abstract direct animation takes the form of a woman or an aria, dissolving into the infinite. Living in time as high drama. Yellow conceived of as light materialized; a pure value emitting a particular frequency of energy, a dialectical manifestation of phenomena in flux, like any other movie "I love that which dazzles me and then accentuates the darkness within me." -- Rene Clair

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Lenny Lipton

Powerman (1966) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A homage to the superhero. Lipton's only animated film. The song "Powerman" is performed by Rogue Streib's East Bay Symphony, with the filmmaker singing lead.

Rental: $20.00

Rose Lowder

Retour D'un Repere (dual-projection version) (1979) 16mm, color, 17.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Dual-projection version. For superimposed dual-projection.

In this film procedures similar to those used in the two previously mentioned works are developed in a particular way. While the filmic operations are structured in relation to a limited space (a branch over a 19th Century duck pond), poetic measures pertaining to rhythm taken from literary rhetorics are introduced as part of the organizational orientation. Thus the film rests on a visual transposition of a 'pantoun,' a verse form which characteristically transforms itself gradually and continously in a precise manner. --R. L.

Instructions: 1) Line up two projectors (preferably of nearly equal light intensity) to project their two rectangles exactly superimposed; 2) Place the two reels on the projectors, focus one and then the other; 3) Put the reels in sync with each other (a frame with "FINISH" on it, a few frames before the first picture can serve as sync mark); 4) To run start both projectors SIMULTANEOUSLY; 5) The projectors will run out of sync normally, this does not matter at all. The person projecting can, however, (but only if they wish to) if they have projectors allowing speed variations, try to "keep them in sync": he or she won't succeed, but the mere efforts can be interesting.
*Note: rental includes one green/blue print, and one red/yellow print.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Willard Maas

Geography of the Body (1943) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Body, Literature & Theater

Commentary by the British poet, George Barker. An analogical pilgrimage evokes the terrors and splendors of the human body as the undiscovered, mysterious continent. Extreme magnification increases the ambiguity of the visuals, tongue-in-cheek commentary counteracts or reinforces their sexual implications. The method is that used by the imagist-symbolist poet.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Willard Maas

Mechanics of Love (1955) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

Made with Ben Moore. Original zither score by John Gruen. The act of love portrayed through poetic symbols. "Daring and ingenious ... daring because of its 'forbidden' subject matter; ingenious because commonplace objects are uncommonly related to build an action without actors, the effect of which is vivid, witty and downright bold." -- Lewis Jacobs

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Willard Maas

Narcissus () 16mm, black and white, 59 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A film poem, a re-telling of the Greek myth in modern terms. In the traditional pool the water has become muddy and Narcissus finds that mirrors are more rewarding for the study of his changing reflections. There are three mirrors, each reflecting a dramatic study in self-love. The first, love that deserves the adoration of the opposite sex; the second, homosexual love that investigates itself and its own sex; the third, love that insures one a place in the present and history. --W. M.

Rental: $155.00
16mm Rental: $155.00

Christopher MacLaine

Man Who Invented Gold, The (1957) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"A film fable so structured that all alchemical searchings are clearly filmwise (gold being discovered cinematically in each sequence ot mixed black-and-white and color) so that when the drama-discovery is actually made, it acts as a deliberate anti-climax of aesthetic perfection." --Stan Brakhage

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

J. M. Magrini

Sappho on Fire (2002) VHS NTSC, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A contemporary interpretation of the classic, "legendized,"ill-fated love story of Sappho and Phaon as recounted within the Epistles by Ovid -

Rental: $20.00 sale price: 25.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $20.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $25.00

Babette Mangolte

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

Fredric Martin

In the Beginning (1973) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The much-acclaimed special effects used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001 - A SPACE ODYSSEY were created by the producer of IN THE BEGINNING. Witheld from distribution until now, this short film tells through the use of these same unique special effects the story of the Creation. It is spoken in English, French and German, with Debussy's "La Mer" underlining the dramatic narration. --F. M.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jonas Mekas

Brig, The (1964) 16mm, DVD PAL, black and white, 68 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Political / Social Activism

Play by Kenneth H. Brown. Staged by Judith Malina and Julian Beck at the Living Theatre, New York. Photographed and filmically conceived by Jonas Mekas. Editing by Adolfas Mekas. "Unrelieved by one whit of lightness or compassion, this harrowing screen exercise depicts the methodical, round-the-clock fiendishness inflicted on 10 prisoners by three guards, all of it apparently in the line of duty." -- The New York Times "Part drama, part polemic, with shock-wave sound and a nightmare air that suggests Kafka with a Kodak, the movie does exactly what it sets out to do -- seizes the audience by the shirtfront and slams it around from wall to wall for one grueling day in a Marine Corps lockup." -- Time magazine "When leaving this film, one promises never to see it again. For it seems impossible to watch such a spectacle twice. The film is hard like a nut, and the only thing to do is crush it, without ever asking if this nut is a symbol of the universe. The Mekas brothers are no longer the gentle poets that we thought they were: they are two wild Indians drying scalps." -- Cahiers du Cinema, Paris Award: Venice Documentary Festival, 1964 Exhibition: London Film Festival, 1964; NY Film Festival, 1964.

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

DVD PAL Sale: $30.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Margot Niederland

Broken Angel (1991) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

Architectural poetry brought to life by the artist Arthur Wood. A cinematic journey through arches, thoughts, windows and memories in the soon-to-be most talked about building in Brooklyn. -- Sundance Catalogue '91

Rental: $33.00
16mm Rental: $33.00

Luther Price

Sodom (1989) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: erotic, Literature & Theater, queer

SODOM is viscerally graphic and disturbing through its hypnotic mirage of human fragment absorbed in mutilation. Based on the biblical story, SODOM recreates this destruction through an editing style that lends itself to a kind of organic image breakdown, creating a collage of moving image.

Rental: $84.00
16mm Rental: $84.00

Bradley A. Rappa

Utopia (1994) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

Utopia is an experimental animation that utilizes layers of traditionally painted cells, rotoscoping, xerox copies and double exposed footage. Here, Narcissus is represented as a female artist who possesses the power to create and inhabit her own realm of existence.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jennifer Reeves

Elations In Negative (1990) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A bloody adaptation of a William Carlos Williams poem.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Jose Rodriguez-Soltero

Jerovi (1965) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Literature & Theater

Jerovi a sexual probe of the Narcissus myth. His beautiful male subject clothed at first in rich brocade, but later nude, is photographed lingeringly in a lush garden. If sensual self-love in practice doesn't offend you, you'll find some vivid camera imagery."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Grand Central (1999) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A tone poem about Grand Central Station. Music by Shay Lynch.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Filmpoem for Wanda Phipps (1995) 16mm, color, 3.3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

I came across Wanda's poem in a journal called The World, and it just struck me, so to speak. Before even meeting her I shot a roll of street scenes, and the rest is history.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Joel Schlemowitz

1734 (1997) 35mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A short film of Emily Dickinson's poem number 1734, which begins with: "Oh, honey of an hour". The words of the poem appear handpainted onto the film frames. Please note: 35mm print

Rental: $40.00
35mm Rental: $40.00

Madeline Schwartzman

soma-sema (1993) 16mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The story of Orpheus is set in the physics building, where a hypnotic lecture on black holes serves as narration for the myth. Orpheus, played by acclaimed New York City cabaret singer Ann Hampton Callaway, makes a stunning singing descent through fantastical labs and observatories to retrieve Eurydice from Hades, a room eternally projecting the failures of modern science.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Madeline Schwartzman

Begat, The (1994) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine's peacock garden and the roof of the dome are the setting for this contemporary look at the story of Adam, Eve and Lilith, Adam's alleged first wife. The world's first women rewrite biblical history through a twisted temptation of Adam while a Balkan brass band plays at a fevered pitch.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Wolf Vostell

Four Films (196*) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

"The four films included in this reel are: SUN IN YOUR HEAD(1963); 20 JULI 1964 AACHEN (1967); STARFIGHTER (1967); NOTSTANDSBORDSTEIN (1967). The first one, and the last one of the four, can also be performed with actions and audience participation. All four films originated as parts of other shows performed by Vostell. For more detailed description of Vostell's work one should look up the book "de-coll/agen 1954-69," published by Edition 17 Galerie Rene Block, Berlin. Other reference materials are vailable through Something Else Press (Dick Higgins) and Fluxus."--Jonas Mekas

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Dawn Wiedemann

Tintinnabula (1986) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"Fairy tales. We improvised them one summer in a woods on the shore of Lake Michigan around an overgrown ruin--a place where mystery seemed to lurk. The original was shot on Super 8 and subsequently altered by means of optical printing. The tales were then woven into one another, sound and image twined together, a dense underbrush filled with little treasures: from sunlit dreams to sullen demons. The effect lies somewhere between kaleidoscope and labyrinth. Twisting and turning through it all are the dozen 'stories' that make up the film, stories whose glinting threads both form the larger pattern of the piece and lead to its conclusion."--D.W.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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

Ray Wisniewski

Doomshow (1964) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art, Body, Children & Youth, theatre

"'Doomshow reaches deep into the corners of our unconscious; 'Doomshow is the wailing of the air-raid sirens in the suburbs of Hiroshima-New Jersey-Lower East Side; 'Doomshow' is a shadow is a shadow of terror, a cry that dies out in the throat of a bad dream; 'Doomshow' is one of those black poems of our century which are almost too ugly to look at, too frightening because they are so true and so much like our own souls." - Jonas Mekas "'Doomshow,' was there ever a 'Doomshow?' Let it lie, wherever it is, jammed up someone's vein, say, dead, and dead it might LIVE as myth" - R.W.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Vernon Zimmerman

Scarface and Aphrodite (1963) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: theatre

Based on a "Happening" by Claes Oldenburg, with a cast of twenty. Recipient of Special Commendation of the Jury, Third International Experimental Film Festival, 1963-1964. "...in Scarface and Aphrodite, Vernon Zimmerman's film adaptation of "Gayety," one sees many of the elements of children's homemade theatre. The participants are not trained actors. A school trash can with a pointed top is crudely painted to resemble a skyscraper. Ladders draped with cloth serve as scenery, and hand-lettered signs indicate different geographical locations... The style is deliberately homespun, even awkward and messy. Yet those very qualities make the performance playful and pleasurable" - Sally Banes, Greenwich Village 1963: Avant-Garde Performance and the Effervescent Body

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Abigail Child

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

David Finkelstein

Radiant Emanators (2003) DVD NTSC, color, 19 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A holy scripture appears floating in outer space. It is covered with text, copiously illustrated, and refers to a wide range of fanciful incidents, including Walt Whitman's trip down the Long Island Expressway, the trials of a pregnant teenager, and ballerinas who stuff their toe shoes with newspaper, among many other things. An illuminated manuscript, based on a fully improvised performance, Radiant Emanators mediates on the effect of uneven sources of light on written texts, and on the way our uneven readings of our own cultural texts determine our views on genocide, sexual freedom, and our general consciousness

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

La Blanchisseuse (1993) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, Beta SP NTSC, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater, Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

Experimental video examining the emotional and aesthetic underpinnings of the tendency that still exists for women to take a greater responsibility than men for domestic work and nurturing. The images of a woman ironing pay homage in their composition to paintings of laundresses by such artists as Edgar Degas, Honoré Daumier, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Many of the paintings of laundresses by these artists create an ambiguously gentle impression, portraying the task of laundry as sensual, feminine, and producing contentment. La Blanchisseuse examines the relationship between the images with which we have grown up and the expectations women place upon themselves. Equally poignant texts -- from Intrusion (Denise Levertov), Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (Adrienne Rich), and To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolfe) -- scroll over the images, alluding both to the pull of tradition for a woman to provide nurturing care to others and to the sense of betrayal and rejection that can be the reward for providing such care. A music soundtrack, composed by Anthony Moore, supports a sense of meditation on the inherent ambiguities.

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

3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $400.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $300.00
BetaSP NTSC Sale: $500.00

Joel Schlemowitz

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00 (150 institutional)

Dustin Thompson

The Travelogues (2010) DVD NTSC, digiBeta NTSC, miniDV NTSC, Color, 49 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Environement & Nature, Films About Film, Found Footage, Hand Processed, Landscape & Architecture, Literary & Theatre, Personal Diary & Journal, Structural

"One of the most incredible movies at Tribeca [2010] is, at 49 minutes in length, probably the least commercial: Dustin Thompson's avant-garde documentary [The] Travelogues ... He is a democratic tourist: a lover, an Italian cathedral, and surfers in a Munich river carry equal narrative weight. The mini-narratives, however, are distinguished between differing angles and speeds; form sets them apart. This is fantastic stuff, a festival film that makes you feel that life in worth living, and Tribeca worth attending." -Howard Feinstein, Filmmaker Magazine Also available on Blue Ray Disc and HDCAM.

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

Joel Schlemowitz

morning poem #38 (2007) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary

Film version of an installation piece shown at the Courthouse Gallery at Anthology Film Archives.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Joel Schlemowitz

morning poem #43 (2007) 16mm, color, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary

The color was created through hand-printing black and white film with a flashlight and colored filters onto unexposed color film in the dark.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

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.

Gustavo Vinagre

Film for a Blind Poet (Filme Para Poeta Cego) (2012) DVD NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: body, literary

Documentary about the life and work of one of the most important poet in the Brazilian literature, Glauco Mattoso: blind, masochist, foot fetishist and gay. In a poetic way, just as the work of its object, the film reveals the fine line between the high literature and vulgarity. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Oona Mekas

The Sleepy Man (2013) DVD NTSC, Color, 25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Literary

Judith (Oona Mekas) comes home to find a man (John Hawkes) sleeping on her porch-one of the sleepy people. She brings him inside. Over the next 5 days the mystery of the sleepy man grows as Judith becomes entangled with a gang of roving youth and the ragtag militia who are dedicated to eradicating them. Based on the short story Sleepy People, by Jonathan Lethem. A magical realist love story.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50 DVD NTSC

Melissa Friedling

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

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

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

Rental: $100
16mm Rental: $100

Vera Neubauer

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: family, literature

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

Rental: $80
DVD PAL Rental: $80

Vera Neubauer

Wheel of Life (1996) DVD_PAL, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Installation

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Spiritual/Mystical

Draws on Old Testament text, a mix of live action and animation to tell the tale of original sin and destinies controlled by the forces of nature and man. Images of creation and destruction, of pre-history and modernity, of love and hate and of life and death punctuate the narrative.

DVD PAL Rental: $65

Vera Neubauer

Wooly Wolf (2001) color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: children & youth, family, literature & theater

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

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Barney Rosset

Waiting for Godot (1961) 16mm, 50.00, 50.00, b&w, 102 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary/theatre

Directed by Alan Schneider. Deposited for distribution by Barney Rosset of Grove Press. National Telefilm Associates. Producer: Jack Kinney. Playwright: Samuel Beckett. With: Burgess Meredith, Zero Mostel, Kurt Kasznar, Alvin Epstein, Luke Halpin. 16mm, b/w, sound, 102 min.

'A key work in modern theater and acknowledged throughout the world as a classic, Beckett's most famous play is shown here in a definitive film version starring Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith as the two remarkable tramps, Vladimir and Estragon. They wait for the perhaps mythical personage, Godot, and through their suffering, patience and often hilarious wit, transcend themselves to become a portrait of the suffering of mankind itself. This WAITING FOR GODOT is a remarkable performance of one of the most important plays of the twentieth century.' -BR

'Premiering in 1959 from WNTA-TV in New York, the ambitious television experiment Play Of The Week presented an eclectic mix of plays that, according to series producer Lewis Freedman, "no one else would touch." Produced on a modest budget of $45,000 per two-hour episode, notable stage actors including Dame Judith Anderson and Helen Heyes reportedly accepted scale to star in the sparse, videotaped productions that aesthetically resembled TV's once prolific anthology programs (such as Studio One and Goodyear Playhouse) that by the close of the 1950s had largely disappeared from the airwaves. Over the course of its acclaimed two-year broadcast run, Play Of The Week distinguished itself in the emerging TV wasteland by featuring top directorial talent, such as Sidney Lumet and Daniel Petrie tackling adaptations of significant works by the likes of Eugene O'Neill (The Iceman Cometh) and Anton Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard).

As an independently-produced and syndicated series, Play Of The Week was not subject to the same intensity of McCarthy-fed scrutiny as network television programs of the era. Thanks to progressive casting stances by producers such as David Susskind (and later, Worthington Minor), stage and screen actor Zero Mostel, who suffered years of unemployment for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1955, enjoyed something of a career breakthrough after being cast in Play Of The Week productions of The World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) and Samuel Beckett's absurdist masterpiece, Waiting for Godot (first staged in 1952). According to biographer Arthur Sainer, however, in reference to the direction of Godot by Beckett collaborator and confident Alan Schneider, Mostel reportedly humorously quipped that he "wished to be re-blacklisted." Mostel's playful critique aside, fifty years after first broadcast Play Of The Week's "Waiting for Godot" stands today as a significant example of the one of the last gasps of the "Golden Age" of television. From the production's evocative direction and stage design to the Broadway-caliber performances of the distinguished cast, Godot exemplifies the potential heights the small screen could reach as a legitimate venue for meaningful and challenging dramatic arts.' -- Mark Quigley, UCLA Film and Television Archive

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

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

Liz Roberts

Useless Seething (1996) Color and Black and White , min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Body , Literature , Queer_bi_trans

Push on the words until they turn into images

DVD NTSC Sale: $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

Sarah Sitzler

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (2013) video , color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography and autobiography, ethnic / multicultural , literature & theater, personal / diary / journal

An American woman calls her Italian lover and leaves a message reciting his poetry. Poem is "L’Anguilla” by Euqenio Montale. Imagined of the real relationship between Montale and Ima Brandeis. Montale wrote of a figure called “Clizia” who was inspired by Brandeis.

Rental: $20

Sarah Sitzler

Sibyl of Cumae: I can no longer make you smile (2014) video , color, min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: arts & artists, body, environment & nature, literature & theater, personal / diary / journal , philosophical, structural

I would like to examine the cumaean sibyl through the lens of a phrase decayed through a repetitive everyday ritual of care as an act of resistance to the aging body. - Angeli Sion

I have seen with my own eyes the sibyl hanging in a jar, and when the boys asked her. What do you want? She answered, I want to die.
-- On Cumaean Sibyl, Petronius in Satyricon, epigraph of T.S Eliots The Waste Land

Rental: $20

Jake Morton

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

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

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

Sahar Sepahdari - Dalai

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00

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Sahar Sepahdari - Dalai

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

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Tobe Carey

Stanley's House (2007) DVD, color, 50 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: biography & autobiography, literature & theater, personal/diary/journal

The late Stanley Kunitz, Poet Laureate of the United States in 2000, wrote many poems about growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the house in which he lived as a child. Some of the Pulitzer Prize winner's most memorable poetry illuminates his family, the search for his father who committed suicide six-weeks before he was born, his house, the neighborhood and his sense of place in Worcester. The 1918 classic Worcester three-decker house in which he lived now bears a plaque proclaiming the site's importance in Stanley's Kunitz's life while growing up.

My name is Tobe Carey. I'm a filmmaker, and I grew up in this same house some thirty years after Stanley. From the 2nd grade on I lived there until going to college in 1960. Up until a few years ago I knew nothing about Stanley Kunitz's poetry or the Kunitz's family history. Only then did I discover the connection with childhoods spend in and around our house.

In 2006, when I videotaped Stanley Kunitz in his New York City apartment, he read four Worcester poems and then off-camera he remarked, "That house still has a hold on both of us." Stanley Kunitz was 100 years old when he died four days later on Mother's Day, 2006.

Rental: $70.00

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Louis Cox

Special Delivery (original cut) (2014) DVD NTSC, B&W, 1:57 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy, literary theatre, structural

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

Special Delivery (2014) DVD NTSC, Color, 1:33 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy, literary theatre, music, structural

A deliveryman gets in over his head.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

Le Window (2014) DVD NTSC, B&W and Color, 4:03 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: comedy, literary theatre, music, structural

A new wave of suspense film.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

I'm Trying (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W, 5:59 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: literary theatre, philosophical, structural

Two people caught in a circle, smoking a circle.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Louis Cox

Bedtime Ritual (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W, 4;13 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: literary theatre, psychology mental health, structural

Strange things happen to a man who can't sleep.

Rental: $30.00

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Terese Svoboda

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30

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Ozan Adam

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50

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Emily Hubley

Liver, The (1978) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: body, literature & theater, science & medicine

A film about the liver and various symptoms and stages of cirrhosis -- made to fulfill a science requirement ant Hampshire College. Written and narrated by the late author/surgeon, Richard Selzer.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
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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
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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

Cynthia Madansky

VIVA ÁGUA (2015) DVD, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: hand processed , literature & theater, personal/diary/journal

VIVA ÁGUA is a meditation on the philosophical work entitled ÁGUA VIVA written by Clarice Lispector in 1973. The film reflects on Lispector's interior experimental monologue on the "instant- now" of time, the discomforts of language which are "beyond thought" and the harmonious dissonant reminders and remainders of that "sometime what is seen is ineffable."

Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $600.00

Grete Miller

Uncovered (2010) DVD, color / b&w, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, literature & theater, music

An experimental documentary about a professional, multi-instrumentalist, musician, Stacy Bechtel. This film presents a poetic portrait of a artist's craft and passion. Stacy delivers a powerful message in our celebrity-driven times and age of commoditized authenticity. Being secure in one's work and life, not for fashion, but for one's self. Stacy's story reminds us to look outside the clout of major cities, and 'take time to notice the local musician'.

Rental: $70.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Grete Miller

Tribute (2011) 16mm, color / b&w, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, literature & theater, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans, science & medicine

An experimental collage of found footage appropriated to tell the story of Miller's relationship with her acting professor, and Broadway actress, Andrea Masters. A talented force in the New York City theater world, Masters bestowed powerful lessons and played an important role in developing Miller's education and coming to terms with her sexual orientation. Tribute is a memoir that captures the beginning, middle and end of their relationship. A mentor and maternal figure who vanished from Miller's life after suffering a stroke, would be found 5 years later after Miller discovered her living in a rundown Bronx nursing home.

Rental: $70.00

16mm Sale: $100.00

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