Jerry Abrams

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

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Music, Political / Social Activism

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

Rental: $30.00
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Jerry Abrams

Lotus Wing (1968) 16mm, color & b/w, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Political / Social Activism

The world is recommitting sexual-political suicide by daily insertion of missile-cocks into self-orifices. Complete with ejaculatory delusions, military erections, and the animated virility of Krazy Kat. LOTUS WING spends USA over us all as our lives are spent wiping up the remains of our self-destruct. Probably my last film in this genre.

Rental: $30.00
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Norman R. Abrams

Sideissue (1973) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Political / Social Activism

The nature and extent of human destruction is expressed by this impressionistic documentation of dead animals found along the United States highways.

Rental: $30.00
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Albert Alotta

Peacemeal (1967) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

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

16mm Rental: $30.00

Rebecca M. Alvin

Untitled (No.1) (1992) 16mm, color & b/w, 11.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A disturbing experimental film that follows the inner journey of a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality and the gender politics that influence it. This is Rebecca M. Alvin's first 16mm film and perhaps her most personal..

Rental: $35.00
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Michelangelo Antonioni

Nettezza Urbana: N. U. (1948) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Political / Social Activism

Antonioni's second film, an essay on Roman Street sweepers, much of it photographed at dawn and dusk, using the visual methods that appear in his later feature films. From the narration: Apparently we don't care who these sweepers are or how they live, these quiet and humble workers who no one deems worthy of a word or even a stare. Street sweepers are a apart of the city to the same degree as inanimate objects. And yet, no one more than they takes part in the life of the city -- Robert A. Haller

Rental: $40.00
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David Audet

Frame of Mind (1980) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Political / Social Activism

Ode to the machine, to man, to the Third World War. "Examines the evolution of intelligent thought, using expressionistic landscapes, with manipulations, camera malfunction, and a sense of humor." -- Jim Dina

Rental: $30.00
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Tony Bannon

Citizens of What Country (1973) 16mm, black and white, 36 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

"This is the story of a young American Army deserter arriving in Buffalo's bleak bus terminal, his pre-flight coaching by a peace worker, his trek across the bridge and into Toronto, the way of things so far in the exile community, the melancholy expectancies for himself and others of the New Dispossessed in this next-to-worst of two worst possible worlds. The directors have by all odds a most life-gripping topic. We get apparently spontaneous, heart-jolting remarks by poker faced youngsters who have lost about everything but their lives. There are glimpses of a commune with the most depressing kitchen tub of indelible chow since Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH, bare boards in crack-wall rooms, the hollow timbre and seemingly even the smell of a social cave... The film gets to you. It evokes the ache and dislocation, at times the simple nobility of self-exiled youth, however wrong-headed they might appear to the political adversary." -- John Dwyer, Buffalo Evening News "CITIZENS OF WHAT COUNTRY? A good question. A really good question. And a good movie. See it." -- CARM-UNIQUE (publication of Committee to Aid Refugees from Militarism, a Toronto exile organization.) "A poignant human effect is created." -- Edgar Daniels, Filmmakers' Newsletter. "Recommended for campus viewing." -- Don Herb, Circle (publication of Lutheran Council in the USA, Department of Campus Ministry). "An extraordinary insight into the political and cultural refugee." --International Experimental Film Festival, Montreal.

Rental: $36.00
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Daniel Barnett

Chinese Typewriter, The (1978) 16mm, color, 27.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

The Chinese Typewriter is about education and language, and the way a society is shaped by them. Exemplifies the politically committed film that defies the strict rubric of avant-garde. Barnett seems less interested in challenging traditional form than in exploding his own occidental vision. He transforms cyclonic cutting among a character-filled Chinese printing shop, a school, and street life into a visual poem that extracts the country's fierce mechanistic energy while leaving the fragrant residue of humanity. The film is compositionally meticulous and rhythmically arresting, as Barnett goes beyond facile, formalist, dehumanization of post-Mao China imagery. Contrasting a stop action view of a schoolgirl doing a cartwheel with contemplating, pointillist, high-angle shots of sidewalk life. The repeated sloganeering of public-school apologists, spiced with oriental music and street beat forms a soundtrack with the haunting quality of a Davis Byrne/Brian Eno experiment. Red objects, from scarves around necks to newsstands draped with crimson like a shroud-pull the eye to what become found object vanishing points. despite the multitude of images-over 3000 on 28 minutes, the film never seems capricious or ostentatious. -- Gregory Solman ; BOSTON PHOENIX 2/26/85 ... THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER... provoked me to rave for days.... and alarming, funny, gorgeous work. -- Susan Orlean ; BOSTON PHOENIX 5/84 Barnett is a modern Vertov; wiser, reflective, and without the naive trappings of a prophet. Mary Badger ; Bromfeild Gallery Notes

Rental: $65.00
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Colin Barton

Images of a Broken Face (1993) 16mm, color, 7.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

IMAGES OF BROKEN FACE, is the intertwining of three films: an art film, a social/political satire, and a narrative. Featuring actor James McKay in the story section, the film flows through layers of distortion and creates a collaged landscape of image and sound. The social/political satire, LOBSTER AND COW, reflects the current social gender rolls of boys and girls, in my generation. A library of collaged broken faces appear first. Five frames of 35mm film are shot horizontally, and some is 16mm collage work.

Rental: $30.00
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Les Blank

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

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

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

Rental: $30.00
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Jerry Bloedow

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
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Bryce Bond

Minority By Choice (1972) 16mm, black and white, 24.00 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A Cinema Arts production. MINORITY BY CHOICE is not a sociological comment on our times. The Bowery people have existed since civilized man... in one society or another. From the camera's point of view MINORITY BY CHOICE gives us one of the few moments of face to face contact with our derelict society. In commentary there is little to be said for or against these souls... once respectable, able-bodied men and women, who were a part of every man who strove for his place in the sun. The "minority" have found theirs... not at the top of society's ladder but at the bottom. It is after all the same sun that shines on us all... the same ladder, except they choose to stand on the bottom rung... where ultimate oblivion strikes first.

Rental: $50.00
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Abbe Borov

Let It Shine (1968) 16mm, black and white, 22.00 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Theatrical Only. Non-Theatrical Source: Films Inc. On a cold, rainy November morning, a bus leaves New York City carrying a diverse group of people to the Washington Peace March. This cinema-verite film focuses on these individuals; their unique personalities, their emotions and conflicts, united in their opposition to the cruel war of Viet Nam. The cinema-verite camera captures the sights and sounds of this march through the eyes of these individuals. LET IT SHINE is the story of that one day when 50,000 Americans raised a dramatic voice for Peace.

Rental: $32.00
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Stan Brakhage

Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1 (1978) 16mm, color, 44.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

This work, created in Reg. 8mm. a decade ago, was in great danger ( as all the SONGS) of being lost forever due to deterioration of the original and all Lab Masters. Despite great expense, I've managed to enlarge the original (step-printed) into a 16mm master. I chose this film (above all other SONGS) FIRST because of the multiple splices and hand-painted sections of it endangered it the most AND because I fear the war- inclination of this society at this time once again. P. Adams Sitney writes (in Visionary Film): The furthest that Brakhage came in extending the language of 8mm cinema was his editing of the 23rd PSALM BRANCH... The phenomenal and painstaking craftsmanship of this film reflects the intensity of the obsession with which its theme grasped his mind. In 1966, out of confusion about the Vietnam was the American reaction to it, Brakhage began to meditate on the nature of war... The fruit of his studies and thought was the longest and most important of the SONGS... it is an apocalypse of imagination.

Rental: $120.00
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Bill Brand

Home Less Home (1991) 16mm, color, 75 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

In HOME LESS HOME people who are homeless reveal homelessness from their own experiences dispelling common misconceptions and prejudices. Told as a personal journey, the film gives a broad analysis of the causes and conditions of homelessness while it analyzes news, TV reports and historical images of poverty. HOME LESS HOME presents new ways to look at homelessness, displacing the debate from questions of charity to ones of social justice. "Bill Brand's remarkable documentary problems the lifestyles of the homeless population of our city and reveals perhaps the most frightening news of all. Many of those we see outside in cardboard boxes or sleeping bags are not drunks, addicts or lazy, but workers who simply don't earn enough to rent a room in New York." -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center "The testimony of many homeless people would have been a sufficiently urgent basis for any documentary film on this subject. But Mr. Brand goes further, offering a disquisition on the connection between the condition of the homeless and the consequences of studying it as a series of images." -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Rental: $180.00
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Sarah Jane Lapp

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

in collaboration with Jenny Perlin

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

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

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

Rental: $100

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Sweetface (1999-2013) color, 28 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

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

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

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

Rental: $150

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Sarah Jane Lapp

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

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

Rental: $75

Fern Silva

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

Films by Fern Silva

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

Rental: $80

Richard Brick

Conspiracy And The Dybbuk, The (1971) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

In English and Hebrew, no subtitles. Political documentary of the religious exorcism of the evil spirit or dybbuk possessing Federal Judge Hoffman, trial judge of the notorious conspiracy trail of the so-called Chicago Eight. Exorcism ceremony performed by the Radical Jewish Union of New York on the steps of the federal court house at Foley Square, intercut with coverage of rallies addressed by Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, William Kunstler and Jean Genet.

Rental: $50.00
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Noll Brinckmann

Verdigris (1982) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

... is a film about female sexuality . But instead of developing a sexual program or an argument, the film tries to capture a number of different, even contradictory stances and feelings as they might exist simultaneously in a single mind. This is in part achieved through the objects in the frame -- male statues, for instance, and a woman relating to them in her own way -- and partly through a tension between the surfaces of these objects, their varying degrees of dryness,solidity, glossiness, smoothness, or concavity. Color is particularly important in this film because it motivates the cuts, or serves to establish a rapport between the objects. So is the music, which was initially written for a Hollywood musical, where it performed a narrative function designed to carry suggestions of fluidity and desire.

Rental: $30.00
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John Broderick

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
Reg8mm Rental: $30.00

Betzy Bromberg

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

16mm Rental: $160.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Sodom and Gomorrah, New York 10036 (1976) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

A documentary about the sex industry around 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Rental: $50.00
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Zack W. Burkett

Little Soldier, The (1969) 16mm, black and white, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Political / Social Activism

The statement of film-makers is simply 'I don't want my son killed in as tupid war.' I can't explain my idea much more than that as I'm a photographer, not a writer. The boy in the film is my son and they are his toys. Anyway, I didn't try to be subtle so if the film needs explaining, then it missed its point anyway.

Rental: $30.00
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Tim Burns

Against The Grain (1980) 16mm, color, 76.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Ray Unit explodes a smoke bomb at a famous war monument, minutes before the annual commemoration celebrations. This act of individual violence mobilizes the State's massive surveillance system. We observe, as it pursues and reconstructs the course of Unit's subsequent actions. "AGAINST THE GRAIN achieves a potent immediacy -- it's like a cross between Newsreel's AMERICA 1969, Godard's NUMERO DEUX, and B-movies' THE OFFENDERS -- with a jolting style that keeps you working and thinking throughout... My point is that it's not utopian to imagine that movies on Nicaragua could be made with the formal energy and moment-to-moment unpredictability of AGAINST THE GRAIN." -- J. Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE, February, 1981. "Using non-actors and volatile material, including Vietnam newsreels and images of bomb-making, Burns' disjointed style exacerbates the dilemma of taking individualistic political action." -- Renee Shafransky, THE VILLAGER. "AGAINST THE GRAIN is a film full of humor and horror, wrenching the audience this way and that with its fractured use of sound and image. It explores its own limitations as a political film and some people will find it pretentious for doing so. For me, the film's critical ambivalence about the posture of the political artist in a culture which has little place for such a creature is one of the most convincing statements in an impressive and exciting piece of work." -- Meaghan Morris, The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

Rental: $160.00
16mm Rental: $160.00

Abigail Child

B/Side (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Child's B/SIDE is a provocative exploration of the urban homeless, combining sensitive footage of their exterior situation and entering imaginatively into interior fantasies. Framed by footage of the encampment locally known as Dinkinsville on New York's Lower East Side, where some of the homeless of Tompkins Square Park settled after the riots of June 1991, the movie begins with the encampment's first night and ends with the fire and subsequent destruction of the lot in October of the same year. Applying rhythmic construction, poetic license and a generous eye to bodies in poverty, B/SIDE documents a gritty vision of late 20th century urban life. "[F]ew of the films, experimental of otherwise, display the visual confidence and sociopolitical torque of Abigail Child's meditation on homelessness, B/SIDE, which is as modest and resonant as most alternative film is jejune." -- Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice, March 1997 "[A] rich Impressionistic work incorporating a stunning use of sounds and fragments of music; B/SIDE is as lyrical as it is critical." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times, October 1997 "Through both cinematic and emotional means, Child keeps her subjects and objects in a sustained and melodic forward motion, to achieve a tight web of dramatic tension." -- Jan Meisner, New York Talk "B/side shows the other side of Reagonomics, Director Abigail Child combines documentary with fiction and smart wit in a poetic montage to present a complicated and heartfelt portrait of colonialism at home. These events take place only a mile from Wall Street. The public is forced to look, even as the position of the camera changes. Sometimes the camera is the bystander, at other moments it is the perspective of the homeless themselves."--The Daily, Rotterdam Film Festival. "Abigail Child's latest film works like a finely crafted poison dart. Its initial hit is subtle; the effect is curare - hypnotic, over-powering, lethal. ... Through a stylish, yet edgy, mix of staged shots, documentary footage and soundscapes -- Child takes the viewer inside a homeless woman's world. ... [S]mart and fearless." -- Gordon Bowness, XTRA!, Toronto, April 1997 Awards: Official Selection, London and Rotterdam Int'l film festivals; Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1997; Oberhausen Film Festival Touring Package and Archive; Prize Winner, Ann Arbor Film Festival; OsnabrUck Media Arts Festival; Cineprobe, Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Rental: $120.00
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Abigail Child

Below The New: A Russian Chronicle (1999) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal, Political / Social Activism

This video essay combines diary footage of St. Petersburg with archival material, accompanied by the voices of two young Russians who, through personal anecdote, describe the emotional, political, and economic transformations that have wrenched their society.

Rental: $120.00
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Abigail Child

Surface Noise (2000) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

Found footage exploring public and private space, organized formally as a sonata, centered around work and issues of class: the divisions between home and public, owners and workers, saturation and flow, structure and improvisation. I work in media, both film and video. I began as a documentarian and moved into more experimental work by the late 1970s out of a sense of the politics of poetic forms and an aesthetic prediliction toward invention. My films extend the avant-garde and montage traditions of Eisenstein and Vertov, as well as the surrealist traditions of Bunuel and Breton in an attempt to examine, critique and play with and within the social realities of our era. In addition to these stylists from early in the century, my influences include the postwar films of Bruce Conner, Stan Brakhage and the under-recognized Len Lye. These works support my commitment to wit, clarity and an investigation of the daily. I expand on these traditions by focusing on sound/image relationships, and by examining gender, the portrayal of women and desire.

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Tony Cokes

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

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

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Tony Cokes

Fade To Black (1990) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

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

In this meditation on contemporary race relations, two black men discuss in voiceover certain "casual" events in life and cinema that are unnoticed or discounted by whites-gestures, hesitations, stares, off-the-cuff remarks, jokes-details of an ideology of repressed racism.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Martha Colburn

Asthma (1995) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Hand-processed, Political / Social Activism

A pro-smoking film for non-smokers made from an old smoking film and other footage. Hand-colored/cut-up SUPER smoking set to the complaints of a Juvenile about his parental controls, which he delivers in song form.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Cholesterol (1996) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

"Using collage and found footage, Colburn creates noisy portraits of our most simultaneously dreadful and beautiful desires (cholesterol-ridden food, alcohol, smoking, and a bit of sex too) to create a world where every image is in constant flux, shifting from glorious, colorful stability to scratchy, flickering cacophony all in a matter of micro-seconds". (program notes by Jeff Lambert 98)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Evil of Dracula (1997) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism, Spiritual / Mystical

A Hypno-Physycho-Vampiric spazzm of fanged advertisements with money-hungry, blood-thirsty grins. This animated film in FANGTASTIC color is enough to cause a line-up at your local Blood Bank. Made with home-spun special effects of funnel-vision and hand-colored film. With a Blood Draining soundtrack by the legendary Lyrical Monster Song Master Jad Fair and musical madman Jason Willett. Originally super-8. "Like a punk-rock offspring from a glue-sniffing union of Carol Burnett and Bruce Conner, Colburn shows us, through found-footage and a camera that won't sit still the reality of our sick, seventies heritage ... filtering it through layers of color and grime to reveal the uneasiness that accompanies the freewheeling attitudes that make up our current cultural consciousness." -- Jeff Lambert

Rental: $30.00
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Martha Colburn

Four By Colburn (2000) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Asthma, Persecution in Paradise, Cholesterol, I Can't Keep Up

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Martha Colburn

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Cathy Cook

June Brides (1987) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Political / Social Activism

"JUNE BRIDES [...] hold out the hope of female transformation or appropriation of the dominant culture. Other makers seem much less optimistic about progressive possibilities, but it is significant that some women artists have turned their attention to looking frankly at men, trying to examine, rather than avoid or assume, knowledge of the masculine" --Chuck Kleinhans

Rental: $30.00
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Peter Cramer

Corrective Measures: Politically Speaking (1986) VHS NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - Capturing the conflict of fighting violence with violence, terror against terrorism, politics exploiting itself.

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

VHS_NTSC Sale: $40.00

Peter Cramer

Coney Island (1987) DVD NTSC, color, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Political / Social Activism

"A haunting document of what was once the worlds most famous amusement park beach resort." - Naked Eye Cinema

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Peter Cramer

Introducing Mr. Diana (1996) VHS NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Political / Social Activism

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - INTRODUCING MR. DIANA, a video short documenting the arrival of controversial comic book artist and illustrator Michael Diana--the hottest astral flame to scorch New York City's creative underbelly--to New York City. Facing obscenity charges in Florida, he has already done time there for his shocking and outrageously funny pictorial observations. His stellar popularity in the underground realm of ribald iconiclasm has made him a current target of authoritative 'zine'-o-phobia. In his art he exposes the hypocrisy of common atrocities committed in the name of Traditional Values: those of Family, Church, and Nation; Ideas that he gets straight from TV news. Mike's soft spoken, gentle character is in sharp contrast to the harsh images of bloody sexuality he creates. His persona combines the raw innocence of Melvile's Billy Budd with the lusty ingenuousness of Voltaire's Candide. The video features the "three faces of Mike": Artist, Political Scapegoat, and Object Of Desire. Explore the territory "Inside Michael Diana", as the film makers survey his surfer-buff physique. He stands poised amidst the jumble of severed limbs, human genitalia, and visceral secretions of his own creation. The video also features an appearance by Martha Wilson, whose sexually explicit exhibition and performance curatorial of the past twelve years made her alternative space Franklin Furnace a front-runner in challenging today's harshly vindictive climate of censorship in public art funding, production, and presentation.

Rental: $30.00 sale price 50.00
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Bill Creston

You Ever Hear of Wyatt Earp? (1984) Super 8, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A ten-minute film consisting of carefully sequenced non-linear scripted one-liners molded and edited into the heightened patterns of this filmmaker's absurdist social observation.

Rental: $40.00
Super8 Rental: $40.00

John A. Cutaia

Rituals (1969) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

In 1966 RITUALS was 'voted one of the all time best movies of the UCLA film department.'--(Nat Freedland, Cavalier, Feb./68). Conservative members of the faculty subjected to pressures from politicians in Sacramento and perhaps themselves a little nauseated at the realism of a sequence depicting the frustrated girl freaking on acid, via a razor blade, ordered the film banned. After two years of negotiation with University officials, Cutaia finally secured its release. --J. C.

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Eduardo Darino

Meat Packing House (1981) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

An overview of the process on meat packing in Uruguay, from the cattle on the countryside through industrialization until it reaches the consumer.

Rental: $30.00
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Dave Davies

Resurrection (1970) 16mm, Regular 8mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Political / Social Activism, Spiritual / Mystical

Jesus Christ finds himself resurrected in the Catskills. After walking on water and miraculously healing a blind woman, he instinctly heads south down Route 17 towards civilization, carrying a ten-foot cross on his back. How do eight million New Yorkers react to Him. Jesus goes to Time Square to find out. He's preaching to the multitudes when the police show up. Men of the cloth just turn away. See how Jesus finally copes with reality. Actual documentary footage (nothing staged)."--D. D./B. B. Available on 16mm or standard 8mm.

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Reg8mm Rental: $30.00

Storm De Hirsch

Trap Dance (1968) 16mm, black and white, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Political / Social Activism

An Angry Arts "protestfilm" with black and white visuals. --S. D. H.

Rental: $20.00
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Donna Deitch

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

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Donna Deitch

Portrait () 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

"An awe-inspiring surreal allegory of man's destruction of himself and his environment, expressed through haunting, superimposed images of overwhelming power and authority." Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

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Agrippa Depaula

Voodoo Grandmother Djatassi (1972) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

"This is a body and earth, heart-beats in motion and stillness of heat - an expression of a human existence for cure. Yoseph shot by his feelings of a total presence after a long stay with the Djatassi tribe in Africa. He turned "reality" inside out and held it raw. I saw the most invisible of the most different and strange modes being most familiar and common with our own. A wholesome film, beautiful color of fluent images in a masterful pulse and pause.. and an example of a lean work of art." --Rafique Azzouny, U-P Screen

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Vivienne Dick

Guerillere Talks (1978) VHS NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

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

"Dick's first film, consists of eight unedited rolls of super-8 sound footage. A chorus of red and white Kodak leader separates the individual rolls, each of which is a sort of screen test for Dick's female subjects (most of whom are or were associated with the punk music scene)...Guerillere Talks can be seen as the extension of Warholian pragmatism to super-8 talkies. However, by juxtaposing various examples of female self-definition against the backdrop of a decaying social order, the film is also the rehearsal and paradigm for Dick's subsequent work." --Jim Hoberman, October issue 20, Spring 1982

VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Vivienne Dick

She Had Her Gun All Ready (1978) Super 8, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Set on New York's Lower East Side, the film revolves around the power relations between two friends. One dominates and paralyzes the other. This paranoia is overcome when the controlled person decides to take responsibility. "Vivienne Dick's 'She Had Her Gun All Ready' could provide a brilliant antidote to Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,' the almost religious canonization of the cultural stars of feminism. Dick speaks the contemporary unspeakable; woman's anger and hatred of woman at the crucial moment of overpowering identification and obsessional thralldom." -- Karyn Kay Idiolects, No. 9-10 (1980-1981)

Rental: $80.00
Super8 Rental: $80.00

Vivienne Dick

Beauty Becomes the Beast (1979) VHS NTSC, color, 41 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Lydia Lunch is the protagonist of Beauty Becomes The Beast, where she appears alternately as a five-year-old child and a tough teenager. Dick's densest and most associative film, Beauty Becomes The Beast is a virtual catalogue of female media images, ranging from Patty Hearst to 'I Love Lucy.' Switching scenes and modes like a bored TV watcher idly spinning the dial, the film depicts a world of women where mother and daughter are reciprocal roles in an ongoing chain of victimization.... Extremely effective, [this super 8 film] derives its considerable power mainly from the graphic regression of Lunch's persona and from an undercurrent of sexual rage that courses throughout." (J. Hoberman, October)

Lisa DiLillo

Engorge, Gobble & Gulp (1996) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Political / Social Activism

A humorous allegory told through a surprise narrator that critiques societal control over the female body both in the aesthetic realm and the sexual realm. The narrator encourages women to participate in self exploration and guilt-free indulgence.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lisa DiLillo

Tongues Don't Have Bones: A Journey Into Burma (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

I was born in freedom screaming grew up in the age of fear punned with the Stone Age in my language -- Kyi May Kaung Tongues Don't Have Bones is a journey into Burma (Myanmar), that looks behind the facade fabricated by the current military regime. The video structurally mimics the environment of oppression and censorship which on the surface appears serene and seamless, yet obscures the injustices within. Tongues Don't Have Bones rethinks the literal image/text relationship and creates a palpable tension and discrepancy between the visuals and the voiceovers. The video is collaged with material from disparate sources including; beautiful and mundane visuals of the landscape, people, and rituals; officially sanctioned tourism/propaganda tapes; highly degraded footage of social unrest that was smuggled out of the country; first person accounts ofimprisonment and detention; interviews with representatives of the current Burmese government in exile; and poetry by Burmese dissidents. A prominent voice in the video is the poetry of Kyi May Kaung, whose words reflect on the synchronicity of beauty and terror. She is a Burmese writer based in Washington, D. C. who also produces a weekly program for Radio Free Asia exposing human rights abuses. Tongues Don't Have Bones engages an alternative approach to documentary making. Instead of creating a structure which includes an omniscient voiceover or talking heads, the video is constructed with 'neutral' images of the countryside. There is a slow revelatory process that occurs when the initial tranquility and seductiveness of the visuals are ruptured by image fragments depicting political violence, and by disturbing contradictory stories. These elements eventually permeate the videoscape. Tongues Don't Have Bones reflects on the duplicitous nature of representation, as well as prompts the viewer to consider the devastating consequences of decades of military rule. So now they've got exactly the kind of men and women they wanted to follow them through fire and water to die for them They will say black is white and white is black it is not difficult for such people after all we know tongues don't have bones -- Kyi May Kaung

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Susana Donovan

Haunt #451 (2000) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

I understand it very little, and I'm not comfortable saying it, but it is true: Often when I've abhorred someone, the feeling was entangled with desire. For instance, the desire for something they have that I do not have, or believe I do not have. And the more I'd refuse to face this truth about myself, and thus remain ignorant, the more cultivated my resentmenrs became. That said, I believe this piece of knowledge could explain the madness of a bigot, of someone whose fear of his own desire has run amok. Someone whose cowardice requires him or her to censor his desires and expects the world to follow suit. Such cowards, throughout history, all too often seem to have their own way. And it is they who are the source of inspiration for HAUNT #451. S. D.

Rental: $50.00
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Susana Donovan

Boy Frankenstein (1994) DVD NTSC, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

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

It is said that Hitler could not have had his reign of power had the German nuclear family not been structured as it was. Boy Frenkenstein reveals the machinations of such a power structure, and the maintenance roles played by the institutions of education and psychiatry. These institutions foist their lunacy and the responsibility of keeping its secrets upon the child. Gendre identity is addressed as well: Family comments ("You have your mother's eyes", etc.) play on the sewn together body parts of Frankenstein. Boy Frankendstein isn't a boy or a girl (her body parts come from both male and female family members) and her vitality is quickly "shaped" by the toe shoes - a modern day straight jacket for girls. The Family's perception is limited to accepting creation and destruction as polar opposites, and perceives life in a person as something to be conquered. As a result, Boy Frankenstein has pinhole vision as a child, expanding only to porthole vision/memory as an adult. --S. D.

Rental: $50.00 sale price video: 50.00

Cecilia Dougherty

Claudia (1987) VHS NTSC, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Political / Social Activism

"And what of girls, lesbians, the ultimate stereotypes? Claudia opens with a distant bay, oil derricks in a chemical haze, landscape littered with industrial debris. An 'establishing shot,' establishing nothing but itself: A hallucinatory science fiction beauty in which to indulge. Car in the driveway, mundane but for the sublime glide along its metal. Woman's body on a bed. Indecipherable murmurings, some sex. As if it's forbidden, impossible, to see your own body, 'Girl,' searching the mirror for something you call your 'self.'" -- Laurie Weeks Sale:$50 individual, $100 institutional

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VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

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James Douglas

Sacrifice (1968) 16mm, black and white, 4.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

An animated Miss America. It strips away the false facade to show the real facade. You'll see faces cut in half, ocean liners, a car, mannequins and marbles, a cow, a guy in pajamas, loose eyes, and 24 frames a second. --J. D.

Rental: $30.00

Robert Downey

Babo 73 (1964) 16mm, color & b/w, 59.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"... Mr. Downey clearly prefers a lot of near misses to a few direct hits, and in the course of his wild tale about the tribulations of a newly elected President of the United States he takes bold swipes at, among other targets, the Catholic Church, the civil-rights movement, international diplomacy, Time, God, shoe-fetishism, psychiatry, the South, the North, the East, and the West. I laughed all around the compass... the funniest movie I've seen in months... Taylor Mead looks like a cross between a zombie and a kewpie and speaks as if his mind and mouth were full of marshmellow." --Brendan Grill, The New Yorker "Should be required viewing at every political convention--especially in presidential election years."--Jonas Mekas

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Mike Dunford

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

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Jeroen Eisinga

Green-Eyed Monster (2000) 16mm, , min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A closed door at the end of a hallway in a deserted shcoolbuilding. Near the door hang a firehose and an absentee list. Behing the door we hear a domestic fight developing to a climax. Someone shouts "Die bitch, die". Silence.

Rental: $25.00
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Joann Elam

Rape (1975) 16mm, black and white, 34.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Short but very sharp, JoAnn Elam's film RAPE has three victims discussing their emotional, physical and intellectual responses, then and now, highlighted and commented upon by a series of visual interpolations, sometimes metaphorical .... In just 35 minutes the film manages to examine root causes, analyze attitudes, suggest alternatives, and firmly confront conflicts which make the usual finite conclusions so simplistic .... It's excellent, quite literally the best of its kind, and should be seen by everyone." -- Helen Mackintosh, Time Out "RAPE is a rare film for its refusal to co-opt a feminist subject with a reactionary patriarchal form ...." -- B. Ruby Rich Note: Rape victims and filmmaker are all young, white, and middle class, resulting in a bias in viewpoint and information.

Rental: $50.00
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Joann Elam

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $20.00
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Ed Emshwiller

Choice Chance Woman Dance (1971) 16mm, color, 44 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A subjective film song of awareness; woman alone, woman with child, woman as scientist, woman as artist, woman with woman, woman with man. Paradox and dilemma, the human state as seen through today's suburban woman. The filmmaker explored with several women their conditions and sought ways of relating and structuring those states in a film.

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Edward English

Family Fallout Shelter, The (1960's) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Political / Social Activism

An aching joke about a boy's plight to get a fallout shelter for Christmas. Winner of the Screen Directors Guild Award 1962; just released, after the passing away of bureaucratic restrictions. --E. E.

Rental: $30.00
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Howard Everngam

Holiday (1960's) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Political / Social Activism

A multiple exposure film of Christmas season store windows and children's faces. The conflict of the sacred and the profane gives a bitter-sweet effect. --H. E.

Rental: $20.00
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Mary Filippo

Peace O' Mind (1983) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal, Political / Social Activism

I made this film from some of my own footage and from optically printed sections of educational films from the 1950s. The film is about personal and political isolation, trying to stay "safe at home," but being entrapped there.

Rental: $20.00
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Mary Filippo

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

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

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

Rental: $30.00
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Robert Frank

Sin of Jesus, The (1961) 16mm, black and white, 38 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"In SIN OF JESUS, Robert Frank continues to his documentation of the soul of modern man. Formally, the film is an attempt to merge the best of the old with the best of new cinema. It can be much criticized on these grounds. Despite its formal faults, the presence of the director is unmistakable. 'If your aim is high, it should be you that comes through the most' says Robert Frank. The self-expression of an artist, however, is a universal act, it expresses a universal content. The lonely woman's desperate and recriminatory cry in the dark, doomed and desolate fields of New Jersey expresses the despair of our own existance. This pessimism, this desolation, doom, or despair revealed in THE SIN OF JESUS is the inner landscape of the twentieth century man, a place that is cold, cruel, heartless, stupid, lonely, desolate-this landscape emerges from Robert Frank's film with a crying, terrifying nakedness. Robert Frank is here as much a documentarist as Robert Flaherty was in NANOOK. There are movies which are tested by the audience. THE SIN OF JESUS is one of those few movies which test the audience." --Jonas Mekas, Village Voice

Rental: $50.00
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Norm/Robert Fruchter/Machover

Troublemakers (1966) 16mm, black and white, 54 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

TROUBLEMAKERS is a film about community organizing in an Newark, New Jersey ghetto. The film covers three months in the history of the Newark Community Union Porject (NCUP). Four distinct themes reoccur: the creation of NCUP as a bloc for the 'Students for a Democratic Society'; the attempt to get the building code enforced in one particular building; the efforts to get a traffic light installed at a dangerous itersection used for drag racing; and the organization's participation in a political campaign. --R. M. "TROUBLEMAKERS is the only film which I know that preaches revolution. It says: Look what these people went through and with what patience, trying to move the bureaucracy by at least one inch-with what patience-and not a dent was made. Yes, the only way is to shoot your way through with guns. The only answer is revolution. That's the true massage of the film." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice

Rental: $100.00
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Carl Michael George

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50.00
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Peter Gessner

Time of the Locust (1966) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

A film about the war in Vietnam, compiled from American newsfilm sources, Vietnamese cameramen and suppressed Japanese television footage. Music by Morton Feldman. voices of Lyndon Johnson, General Khy, army field commanders are juxtaposed to the reality of the war. --P. G.

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Leah Gilliam

Sapphire and The Slave Girl (1995) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"A sort of scratch-mix riff tape somewhat based on the 1959 feature film Sapphire which is a fictional story about the murder of a black woman who had been passing for white. Referencing everything from Marlowe to Shaft, this tape situates itself in the persona of the hard-boiled detective story." -- Tammy Rae Carland, of Mr. Lady Records and Tapes Racial politics are positioned at the core of the intrigue, the theme around which the mystery spins. And the city, Chicago, provides the premises from which a theorem is proved. Action passes for fiction; architecture and streets pass for avenues of control. Things are not always what they seem, and yet?

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Leah Gilliam

Apeshit (1999) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Interspecies battle becomes a metaphor for xenophobia, homophobia and white supremacy while signaling the inevitable outcome: Annihilation.

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Robert Glatzer

Friendly Game (1967) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

The film is about a friendly game of chess played between a white and a Negro that turns out not to be so friendly. --R. G. "Very good film, but too weird for us to distribute." Christopher Mankiewicz, United Artists

Rental: $20.00
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Alan Gorg

Savages, The (1967) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

THE SAVAGES is a documentary in the words of black people themselves, unblemished by the customary interpretitive wall of white opinion. The story of black American workingman's childhood and youth on a Texas farm illuminates the reasons for the far different and more violent reaction of contemporary black youth to urban poverty and to confinement in their ghetto jungles. Their reactions are shown, not merely talked about, and the spiritual paralysis their lives exhibit proves the city can twist men's minds and their efforts to do any more than barely survive.--A. G.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Gary Graver

Three Films (1965) 16mm, color & b/w, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

I LIKE LIFE: a protest march during the Cuban crises. INDEED, INDEED (Color): a few "pop" and "death" symbol seen through the eyes of a young French schoolboy. MILDRED: a short film poem.--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
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Amy Greenfield

Dirt (1971) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

... has been used in women's studies classes on rape. Its energy is the energy of protest and of rock music. A woman is dragged and dragged through dirt with increasing violence. As the violence increases, so does the beat and intensity of the harsh, eletronic sound. The audience can identify deeply with the woman's movements and so experience the depth of this violence.--A. G. "She abandons her body entirely."--Boston Sunday Herald. DIRT and TRANSPORT are counterparts and are ideally screened together.--A. G.

Rental: $20.00
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Sharon Greytak

Hearing Voices (1990) VHS NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

"Greytak breaks down the categories that imprison people, suggesting the possibilities of what women and gay men have to offer each other-but also, realistically, acknowledging the limits of those possibilities. She suggests too that that which "scars" Erica, making her different, can become a source of strength and individuality." --Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times (Shot on 16mm)

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Hilary Harris

Draft Card Burner, The (1966) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

This film shows draft card burning demonstrations that took place in New York City during the fall of 1965, relating these incidents to the protests against the draft system & the war in Vietnam. --H. H.

Rental: $20.00
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Leonard M. Henny

Black Power-We're Goin Survive America (1968) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Produced by Leonard M. Henny in cooperation with the Black Panther Party and American Documentary Films. Camera by Steven Lighthill and Leonard Henny. Editing by Kees Hin. Speech by Stokely Carmichael. Dancing by Uzozi Aroho Dancers and Company, Birth of Soul Dancers. Portrait of the struggle for black liberation, the African heritage of American blacks, the need to form a Black United Front in order to survive the threats of white racism in America and in the world today. The speech by Stokely Carmichael was given at the occasion of the merger between the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, February 1968. The merger took place on the birthday of Huey P. Newton, Minister of Defense of the Black Panther Party, who was jailed for allegedly having killed a policeman. The speech ends with the famous: "Huey Newton will be set free, or else ...."

Rental: $25.00
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Leonard M. Henny

But What Do We Do? () 16mm, color, 18 min

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Many scientists and engineers who work on military R & D projects became concerned about the contributions of their work to the United States' role in the Vietnam war and the military and industrial organizations that create the capability to wage such a war. BUT WHAT DO WE DO? is the true story of how one engineer became aware of the consequences of his work and grappled with and resolved the growing contradiction between his personal convictions and his work. The role of the engineer is played by the engineer who actually went through the experience described. The film shows how various events affected the engineer's thinking: the news of the war in Vietnam, an introduction to the concept of non-violence by Joan Baez, student demonstrations against military contractors and "peace games" of non-violent civil defense. BUT WHAT DO WE DO? challenges students, engineers and scientists to face up to the moral and political choices they must make when seeking employment, and confronts already-employed engineers and scientists with the necessity of taking responsibility for the consequences of their work.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Leonard M. Henny

Dead Earth () 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Political / Social Activism

"An ecology film which links together the issues of the survival of our environment with the issues of corporate irresponsability and the devastating effects of the war, both in S. E. Asia and at home. In Vietnam we are destroying the countryside with our defoliation program. At home we dump wastes from the production of herbicides into the communities of blacks and the poor who live in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the chemical companies that produce 2-4-5 T and 2-4 D components." --noted ecologist Barry Commoner

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Leonard M. Henny

Peace Pickets Arrested For Disturbing The Peace () 16mm, color, 6.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A film by Leonard Henny. Singing, clapping, speak-out: Joan Baez; Songtext: Bob Dylan; Reporting: Colin Edwards; Editing: Kees Hin. This documentary depicts the preparations for and the development of the October 1967 non-violent, anti-draft demonstration at the Oakland Induction Center that led to the arrest of Joan Baez and 20 pacifists.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Leonard M. Henny

Resistance, The () 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Produced by Leonard Henny in cooperation with the Peace and Liberation Commune and the Committee for Draft Resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Camera by Leonard Henny. Editing by Kees Hin. Speak-out by David Harris and members of The Resistance. Complicity statements by friends of The Resistance. Songs by the band of the Peace and Liberation Commune, Palo Alto. Rock music by The Charletans. Theatre by The San Francisco Mime Troupe. This film was produced to be shown on the summer project of The Resistance, 1968. A truck with a projection screen and sound installation traveled across the US to spread the word about The Resistance and to show the people in the country the alternatives before them. Over and above their non-cooperation with the draft, members of The Resistance searched for a new form of society, a new attitude towards fellow people in the world and a new approach to what is worth doing with our lives.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Leonard M. Henny

Dead End Street? (1970) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Lonnie Ward, an ex-convict and Black Panther, experiences college life in America. He helps found a Black Student Union, which creates a political storm on campus. Later he goes back to the black community to help bring black consciousness to his friends who didn't go to college.

Rental: $33.00
16mm Rental: $33.00

Henry Hills

Money (1985) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Keywords: Dance, Political / Social Activism

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

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Will Hindle

Billabong (1969) 16mm, color, 8.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Winner of the main prize of the Oberhausen (Germany) International Film Festival, BILLABONG has gone on to even greater acclaim than its much-awarded predecessor. Now in collections and archives on three continents, BILLABONG ... mates verité camera and violently creative and master editing ... revealing the mood of youths contained by the government. On location in Oregon. Empathetic in the extreme. "Hindle's works are especially notable for their ability to generate overwhelming emotional impact almost exclusively from cinematic technique, not thematic content. Hindle has an uncanny talent for transforming spontaneous unstylized reality into unearthly poetic visions; as in BILLABONG, a wordless impressionistic 'documentary' about a boys' camp, and WATERSMITH, a spectacular visual fantasy created from footage of an Olympic swimming team at practice. FIREDRILL contains possibly one of the great scenes in the history of film." -- Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema Premiere: Robert Flaherty Film Seminar

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

J Hoberman

Mission To Mongo (1978) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

First, I wanted to make a kind of reflexively impoverished Busky Berkeley extravaganza. Second I was interested in juxtaposing two cultural artifacts--which could be schematized as East/West, socialism/capitalism, propaganda/entertainment, as well as image/sound--and see how they reverberated. In other words, I wanted to make an essay out of things, as well as a communist musical. But the question arose--what was the ideology of such film play? Is MISSION TO MONGO aestheticized politics or political art? --J. H.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ken Jacobs

Perfect Film (1986) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political_social_activism

TV newscast discard 1965; reprinted as found (maybe in Canal St. bin, I forget) with exception of boosting volume second half. A lot of film is perfect left alone, perfectly revealing in its un- or semi-conscious form. I wish more stuff was available in its raw state, as primary source material for anyone to consider, and to leave for others in just that way, the evidence uncontaminated by compulsive proprietary misapplied artistry, 'editing', the purposeful 'pointing things out' that cuts a road straight and narrow through the cine-jungle; we barrel through thinking we're going somewhere and miss it all. Better to just be pointed to the territory, to put in time exploring, roughing it, on our own. For the straight scoop we need the whole scoop, or no less than the clues entire and without rearrangement. O, for a Museum of Found Footage, or cable channel, library, a shit-museum of telling discards accessible to all talented viewers/auditors. A wilderness haven salvaged from Entertainment. --K. J.

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Nisi Jacobs

To the People Over There (2003) DVD NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Political / Social Activism

A student travelling 14 hours from Kent University, and I stood together directly before the speakers on stage at Central Park's first anti-war protest on Oct. 6, 2002. Combined with the footage he sent, I formed a 45-min. portrait of that day and that period (scenes of Nader, Patti Smith, Phil Donohue 'Fight Corporate Crime' at Wall Street, and people stumbling for meaning before the void called 'Ground Zero'). Speakers' voices from Iraq, Afghanistan, and native activists and celeb/activists warned that day in no ambiguous terms of what the Iraq war has quickly become. Broadcast News was further down Fifth Ave. for a Disney Parade and The New York Times ran protest coverage (participants grossly under-reported) on page B3. The documentary starts with a shot of that newspaper article and page number. Jon Gartenberg helped produce copies for broad distribution to student organizations and classrooms in the Arab Emirates and Australia, until, mainstream journalists took up their responsibility for reporting our protests.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Nisi Jacobs

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jon Jost

Speaking Directly (1974) 16mm, color, 90 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

An essay film making for a kind of State of the Nation address, from the perspective of someone other than the President of the United States. This film addresses both the political and cultural situation of the US at the height of the Viet Nam war, Watergate and its aftermath, and likewise addresses the personal life, in this context, of the filmmaker. "I can think of no other film like it. As a radical critique of American in the early 70's it is as essential a document, in a way, as the collectively made Winter Soldier... although the experiences it bears witness to are distinctly different (Jost was imprisoned in Federal custody from March 1965 through June 1967 for draft resistance.)" -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Comment "Far and away the most inspired feature by the tenacious US independent Jon Jost, Speaking Directly is a reflexive film about Jost's attempt to make a reflexive film during the Vietnam War. Despite its importance, the movie has surfaced here only rarely during the decade since it was made." -- Jim Hoberman, Village Voice "In the history of the American avant-garde, Speaking Directly stands as a remarkable achievement: between the currents of pure cinema and "committed" documentary/fiction, it asserts a deliberate primitivism, a return to the ideological roots of American radicalism. As such, it also bears comparison with Godard's Le Gai Savoir, another discourse on method which refuses to take for granted what we think we know." Ian Christie, Sight and Sound

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

Jon Jost

Bell Diamond (1986) 16mm, color, 96 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Telling story of a Vietnam vet in Butte Montana whose wife leaves him after seven years when she feels there is no longer communication between them, and more painfully and pointedly, because she is unable to have a child owing to his sterility from exposure to Agent Orange. Told in a gentle style, richly emotional, made with non-professionals drawn from the community of Butte. "... with a story developed by the filmmaker and cast and completely improvised, the film deals with characters who are neither articulate nor particularly attractive, but pays them the kind of respect and attention that they would never receive from other quarters. Visually Jost's most impressive work to date. The impact of the film's original form of realism arrives only gradually, but once it registers, it becomes indelible." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader "Among the ten best of the year. Formally exquisite and politically pointed study of an alienated Vietnam vet against the background of a bankrupted mining town." -- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune "Jost discerns emotions that conventional film practice misses. Using nonpro actors he proves his integrity almost too well, surround this desert of inarticulate, tight faces with some of the finest pictorial representations of the working-class West imaginable -- cloud filled skies, cyclone fences, desolate factories, pipelines, old tanks. A packing up scene between Jeff and Cathy and a confrontation with a veteran's counselor are sharp on attitude and language. All this through the intrepid pursuit of a different world and an alternate point of view." -- Armond White, Film Comment "Jost's method of narrating his tale will not be to every taste, for, though it's visually impressive, not one frame could be confused with commercial cinema. Using real time, Jost links Jeff's story to that of American labor history (in a brilliant sequence), ends with delightful ambiguity, and generally adopts an edgy, improvisatory style that reminds you of toned-down Cassavetes. This slow, quiet, intense film held me in its sway -- it has the power of reality." -- John Powers, LA WEEKLY

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Howard S. Kaplan

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage, history, political / social activism

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

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Amanda Katz

Death of Feeling (1990) Super 8, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

THE DEATH OF FEELING is an impressionistic film. It concerns the struggle to retain ones sensuality and emotion in a depersonalized world. The film was directed by a woman and shot by a man in order to create alluring images of a female who is bound & defined by the patriarchal perspectives of the culture in which she lives. These images were then edited by the filmmaker as a silent visual commentary on her objectification. --A. K.

Rental: $35.00
Super8 Rental: $35.00

John Keeler

Caution () 16mm, color & b/w, 31 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Political anarchy." --Bruce Rubin, Whitney Museum of American Art

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Marjorie Keller

Herein (1991) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"If you put it on tape, you can't erase it." HEREIN charts the movement from political activism to filmmaking through the metaphor of a dwelling. An FBI film obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Emma Goldman's autobiography, the making of films on the Lower East Side in New York, street prostitution and drug addiction, all inflect the sense of place, space and history.

Rental: $95.00
16mm Rental: $95.00

Dexter Kelly

Metamorphosis USA or The Souls of White Folk: A Racial Fantasy () 16mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

This is not a racist movie. No No No. BUT it is a film of racism. What you see is a dream. The dream attempts to supplant reality. The dream is not reality - but it is powerful. It prevails over the sleeping realm of America. This is a film of the great American race nightmare - WHITE version. --D. K.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Robert Kramer

Edge, The (1967) 16mm, black and white, 102 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Until Vietnam and the ghettos and new Vietnams and our own circumscribed lives interpenetrate with the rare good release of human moments, nothing is really possible but our being dominated and effectively controlled." --Robert Kramer from an interview with Jonas Mekas, Village Voice

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Robert Kramer

Milestones (1975) 16mm, color, 206 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

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

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Alexis Krasilovsky

Blood (1975) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 21.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political_social activism

Starring Larry Fine, Abbie Herrick, Evan McHale, Mark Lyon and Annie Sharkiss. A funny, bitter look at middle-class youth trying to be tough in the trappings of pornography, drugs and quick money. A film about desperation in the New York streets. "In its stream-of-consciousness way, BLOOD (1975) evokes Manhattan street life even more powerfully than Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver. Ms. Krasilovsky brings into camera an array of furtive, frustrated people -- e. g., hookers and juvenile delinquents -- and allows them to talk about themselves as we watch them in action. As a depiction of contemporary urban despair, BLOOD, more specifically, is an angry, outraged protest of the exploitation of women by men. Indeed, this 21-minute film is punctuated by shots of the covers of lurid paperbacks featuring bondage and framed by an embittered theme song, 'Women in Chains.'" -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $150.00

George Kuchar

Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

"A very direct and subtle, very sad and funny look at nothing more or less than sexual frustration and aloneness. In its economy and cogency of imaging, HOLD ME surpasses any of Kuchar's previous work. The odd blend of Hollywood glamour and drama with all-too-real life creates and inspires counterpoint of unattainable desire against unbearable actuality." -- Ken Kelman "This film could cheer an arthritic gorilla, and audiences, apparently sensitized by its blithely accurate representation of feelings few among them can have escaped, rise from their general stupor to cheer it back." -- James Stoller, The Village Voice

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

George Kuchar

Leisure (1966) 16mm, black and white, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A dramatized social commentary with the horrifying impact of a three-hundred ton chunk of margarine.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Kerry Laitala

Escapades of Madame X (2000) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

THE ESCAPADES OF MADAME X is a film that addresses early Hollywood cinema and their complicity in helping to establish the woman's passive role. The femala protagonist transposes her passive tole with one that is sexually, intellectually and physically empowered; one who takes control and creates meaning through gestures and actions. Madame X becomes elevated to mythical proportions, moving seamlessly through different realms that are represented metaphorically. We have created an underwater world that functions on many levels. Different psychological connotations have been evoked through the fabricated environment, as Madame X is portrayed in the film filming a water vortex (shot at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.) and whipping a sea horse. The water vortex is iconic as a metaphor for the interior space of the unconscious as well as the undercurrent of ideology that becomes exposed in film. --K. L.

Owen Land

Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley, California, A (1974) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"As an experience, it's mind-boggling." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. "Because all footage is sound sync, this screening process hones our responses, until we see more in (Land's) 3-frame sequences than we would in hour-long doses of 'normal' time. Like the study of signs, this study of seconds yields a knowledge of people and truth inaccessible to more common observation." --B. Ruby Rich

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Gloria Laskowich

Killing Time (1970's) 16mm, color & b/w, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"In black & white and color, in reality & fantasy, a female relates ambivalently to the males around her." --G. L.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Standish Lawder

Necrology (1970) 16mm, black and white, 11.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"In NECROLOGY, a 12-minute film, in one continuous shot he films the faces of a 5:00 PM crowd descending via the Pan Am building escalators. In old-fashioned black and white, these faces stare into the empty space, in the 5:00 PM tiredness and mechanical impersonality, like faces from the grave. It's hard to believe that these faces belong to people today. The film is one of the strongest and grimmest comments upon the contemporary society that cinema has produced." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice "Several short films (at the Ann Arbor Film Festival) seemed notably successful in the creation of special effects. Among these was NECROLOGY, by Standish Lawder, an eleven-minute panning of the camera down what seemed an endless stairway, upon which people stood motionless and glum. These circumstances, plus the constant idea of the title, gave a haunting suggestion of people on their eventless way to hell. I was told later that the film was made with a stationary camera trained on a down escalator, and then the film was run backwards. A long, humorous 'cast of characters' at the end ... seemed to me to destroy a desirable mood, but it certainly pleased the crowd ...." -- Edgar Daniels, New Cinema Review "Without doubt, the sickest joke I've ever seen on film." -- Hollis Frampton Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Dave Lee

To a World Not Listening (1980) 16mm, black and white, 41 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A study of outraged street people. A camera and consequent 'good' editing makes people act 'right.' Attention and effort was exercised to keep the people as they were disposed to be with minimal mediation. --D. L.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Dave Lee

Obscenity (1981) 16mm, black and white, 27.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

OBSCENITY seeks to find a common history among men. This examination uses animation derived from men's magazines, 'documentary' footage of working men, and personal commentary. The aggression that men in this culture are conditioned to act out, in all its gaudy and ultimately lethal manifestations, is considered with a unique syntax of filmic expression. --D. L.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

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.

Erik Leiser

Prelude (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $20.00.
DVD NTSC Rental: $20.00

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

Richard Levine

War Stories (1983) 16mm, color, 45.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Levine's images resemble the Warhol's or Rauschenberg silkscreens of 20 years ago (but even less slick) or maybe a color TV with a bad concussion. Every motion is looped at least a dozen of times and submerged in a swirl of multiple superimpositions, with every layer tinted a separate color. Representation is pushed to its breaking point and yet, nothing really obscures the iconography of stretchers and body bags, death and degradation that you read less with your eyes than your gut..." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 1/24/84

Rental: $95.00
16mm Rental: $95.00

Saul Levine

In Line (1980) 16mm, reg8mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, political

"Unemployment portrayal" The unemployment office in Binghamton tried to confiscate the film which Saul Levine shot while waiting in line for security reasons.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

Saul Levine

Unemployment (1980) 16mm, color, 5.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, Political / Social Activism

"Unemployment Portrayal" The unemployment office in Binghamton tried to confiscate the film which Saul Levine shot while waiting in line for security reasons. Also titled "In Line"

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Saul Levine

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Saul Levine

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Saul Levine

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, music, political

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

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

Saul Levine

Abrennen Soll Columbusn Medina (1985) Super 8, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: music, political_social activism

The third tune of A FEW TUNES GOING OUT. A Memorial Day Parade of songs, histories, cross conversations and interchangeable parts.

Rental: $40.00
Super8 Rental: $40.00

Saul Levine

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Saul Levine

Notes After Long Silence (1989) super8mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: music, Political / Social Activism

"In title and content NOTES AFTER LONG SILENCE directly alludes to Levine's '60s protest film, NEW LEFT NOTES, as well as to the SDS newspaper of the same name he once edited. It's also a startling companion piece to Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July. If Stone is ultimately ambivalent about Vietnam, Levine is not. A nameless vet in Fourth of July greets Tom Cruise's paraplegic Ron Kovic with 'Just what we need, another limp dick.' In NOTES AFTER LONG SILENCE, ugly, ruddy close-ups of a flaccid penis begin to dominate the blitzkrieg montage; the limp dick isn't innocent bystander to America's Fall, but guilty witness. Yet the final images are of bouncy shtupping, a make-love-not-war, antiheroic corrective to Stone's mythic posturing." -- Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice

Rental: $45.00
Super8 Rental: $45.00

Saul Levine

Preview (1989) super8mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Excerpts of performances and impersonations for the camera. The first a rooftop Cinderella. In the second, Gede honors Antoine Thurel's self-immolation protest of US imperialism's complicity in the maniacal state terrorism that afflicted the first Afro-American republic, Haiti, by a burning ritual. In the third, old Coke ads and childhood memories project a future .... The film was at first intended as a work-in-progress preview but has evolved into a complete work.

Rental: $40.00
Super8 Rental: $40.00

Saul Levine

As Is Is (1991) super8mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Super-8 Kerry Laitela delivers an elegiac account of the passions and struggles of a female chameleon.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lana Lin

I Begin to Know You (1992) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

Weaves together ready-made images of women at work and in the domestic arena as an examination of women's power and place in the world.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Lana Lin

Mizu Shobal (Water Business) (1993) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

Mizu Shobai (Water Business) blends two stories, one of a geisha who is lost at sea and another of the first geisha to circle the world. "Through lyrical images and narrative shards, Lin builds a critique of the ways in which the figure of the Japanese woman exists in the imaginary." -- Manohla Dargis, LA Weekly

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Lana Lin

Stranger Baby (1995) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

Micro-narratives moving between fiction, non-fiction, and science fiction elaborate multiple meanings of the term "alien." "Substituting sly metaphor for political rhetoric on immigration, Lin examines our world of ethical and racial complexities." -- LA Asian Pacific Film Festival catalogue

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Lana Lin

No Power to Push Up the Sky (2001) VHS NTSC, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

15 people translate an interview with student protest leader Chai Ling conducted in Beijing one week before the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $125.00

Michael Lions

Liberated Miss (1969) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

LIBERATED MISS satirizes both the business world and value systems of most American women. Visually two girls sell the Helix, tour Seattle, and communicate as they make fun of the 'phony' image American women are forced to portray. The dialogue and the music are original and support a 'togetherness' theme which is woven into the film. --M. L.

Rental: $20.00

Lenny Lipton

We Shall March Again (1965) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

The 1965 Vietnam Day Peace March, remembered for the Hell's Angels' attack. Vividly depicted. Provides a valuable historical perspective on the period, filmed by a partisan. Exhibition: SF Int'l Film Festival; NET; Italian TV; Cinematheque Française. Collection: Pacific Film Archive

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lenny Lipton

Below The Fruited Plain (1966) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism, Technology

"... set in Mexico in the sandal shop of Ubaldo, a peasant craftsman. The camera enters the shop and moves in on Ubaldo as he makes a pair of sandals for some tourists. Meanwhile, the soundtrack gives a dialogue between an uptight American couple. The man in particular (George Kuchar's voice) is truly an American horror as he puts down Mexico, Ubaldo, and his own wife whom he obviously hates. "But Lipton gives us much more than a bitterly amusing view of a sick marriage. In a remarkably brief period of time he also shows us a view of Mexico as seen by American tourists, and he shows us a view of American tourists as seen by Mexicans and as seen by him, and he makes a statement about the nature of work, industrial society, and alienation ...." -- Richard Milner, Berkeley Barb

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lenny Lipton

Let A Thousand Parks Bloom (1969) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

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

A film about the building of People's Park, and its ultimate destruction, marking the end of an era.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Janis Crystal Lipzin

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Guido Lombardi

A (1969) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

One of its possible and particular sub-titles is "People and Country". --G. L.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Leobardo Lopez

El Hijo (1967) 16mm, black and white, 18.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

The meeting of a couple in a senseless world. --L. L.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Rose Lowder

Quiproquo (1992) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Willard Maas

Image In The Snow (1948) 16mm, black and white, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Assisted by Marie Menken. Original 12-tone score by Ben Weber. A modern morality, in which a young man led by despair searches a city for salvation. His spiritual journey through the lyric landscape of a dream leads him to a world of violence and disillusionment. Award: Cannes Film Festival

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Cari Machet

Fretless Forgiveness (1995) VHS NTSC, , 5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Robert/Norm Machover/Fruchter

Troublemakers (1969) 16mm, black and white, 54 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

TROUBLEMAKERS is a film about community organizing in an Newark, New Jersey ghetto. The film covers three months in the history of the Newark Community Union Porject (NCUP). Four distinct themes reoccur: the creation of NCUP as a bloc for the 'Students for a Democratic Society'; the attempt to get the building code enforced in one particular building; the efforts to get a traffic light installed at a dangerous itersection used for drag racing; and the organization's participation in a political campaign. --R. M. "TROUBLEMAKERS is the only film which I know that preaches revolution. It says: Look what these people went through and with what patience, trying to move the bureaucracy by at least one inch-with what patience-and not a dent was made. Yes, the only way is to shoot your ay through with guns. The only answer is revolution. That's the true massage of the film." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Christopher MacLaine

Beat (1958) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"The atmosphere of the San Francisco Beatnik scene as visualized by creator Christopher Maclaine, extended filmically so that it includes the human feelings which touched off that scene as a social movement." --Film-Makers' Cinematheque

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Christopher MacLaine

End, The (1953) 16mm, color & b/w, 34.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

"An experimental film unique in its liberal inter-cutting of color and black-and-white sequences and in the employment by its poet-maker of sections containing sound only, to deliver what he feels to be an important message. In form the film consists of five episodes dealing with five different people, each seen on the last day of his existence. These episodes are linked by the sound-only sections, and the whole is capped by a lyric code." --Film-Maker's Cinematheque "San Francisco beat poet Christopher Maclaine made only four films, but the longer two are among the greatest and most original I've ever seen. Rarely screened, perhaps because of their crude, homemade look, they have an emotional and spiritual authenticity few mainstream films can match. THE END, running 35 minutes, tells the stories of seven people on the last day of their lives (most of them are preparing to kill themselves, but the world is also about to be annihilated by the Bomb) with a mix of black humor and bizarre twists. The editing and Maclaine's narration are constantly veering off in unexpected directions, replicating the disordered thoughts of a person on the brink; during one particularly jumbled sequence of images, he invites us to make up the story." --Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

Rental: $72.00
16mm Rental: $72.00

Ernest Marrero

One Day Franz Brought Me To His House (1982) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

An experimental narrative film in which the present day relevance of the Nazi holocaust is brought to bear on the political and religious realities of contemporary German society. ONE DAY FRANZ... consists of printed texts from which simultaneous narratives unfold. This unfolding interaction of poetic and public language produces a complex narrative reading. --E. M.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ernest Marrero

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

Keywords: Family, Political / Social Activism

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

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Fredric Martin

24th And Tomorrow () 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

The responsibility of every thoughtful citizen in any city, large or small, to his society and community is amply demonstrated in 24TH AND TOMORROW. This film is a true story of a one-man crusade against neighborhood indifference. It shows what can and has been done to re-new through local action, a nearly forgotton slum area. Special emphasis is given to the problems of littering, refuse disposal, housing violations and citizens enlightenment. --F. M.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Katrina Martin

Tyrone, PA. (1978) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Political / Social Activism

From Super 8mm original. This is about my hometown, using the local obsession with cars as a means to show the place. People get work manufacturing car parts and have to own cars to get work, get groceries, get off, around, anywhere, or anything. We invest into cars tremendous amounts of money, love, skill, and creative imagination, and use it all to go 'round...' 'Doing a hardman,' a theme in the film means making a U-turn at one end of the main street, part of the 15-block circuit where drivers parade continuously from noon until midnight, on show, looking for action. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Adolfas Mekas

Windflowers (1968) 16mm, black and white, 64 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

With: Pola Chapelle, John Kramer, Tina Stoumen. Music: Adolfas Mekas. "An elegy for a draft dodger in 20 tableaux." -- A.M. "...a macabre lament for a draft dodger, WINDFLOWERS, is a fugue in two senses of the word. It is a film about a desparate flight and it is a musical film - musical, like a complaint, one of those English ballads of the 18th century that made you cry." - Cahiers du Cinema

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

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

Jonas Mekas

Time & Fortune Vietnam Newsreel (1968) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"An interview with War Minister of Lapland concerning War in Vietnam. A few practical suggestions are given, among them a suggestion to turn the conduction of war over to mafia. (The Minister played by Adolfas Mekas.)" -- J.M.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ephraim Asili

American Hunger (2013) color & bw, 19 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

Ephraim Asili

Forged Ways (2011) color and bw, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Available on DVD and Blu Ray

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

Ephraim Asili

Movie Tote (2007) Color and bw, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: comedy , ethnic/multicultural , found footage , political/social activism

Constructed entirely from clips gleaned from the digitized contents of the Prelinger Archives, Movie Tote explores the history of race and class in the United States. The first film ever finished!

Rental: $50
DVD NTSC Rental: $50. Blu Ray 75

Vaughn Obern

Aesthetic Quality, An () 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political

"Obern's camera wanders around an apartment filled with an incredible amount of Nazi memorabilia while on the soundtrack a rather vacuous voice- perhaps the actual collectors?- tells us how beautiful this stuff really is. The effect is almost as sickening as a piece of authentic concentration camp footage." - Kevin Thomas Los Angelos Times

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Vaughn Obern

Friday () 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Social Activism _Political

"A lyrical film which studies the early mood of the June 23, 1967 peace march in Los Angelos. Dealing with the march before the police riot, it includes a view of the crowds, the marching, the waiting police, Dr, Spock, Rap Brown, and Cassius Clay," V.O.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Lisa Oppenheim

Lili on Air (2000) DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, Mini DV NTSC, color & b/w, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Lili On Air" engages with ideas of femininity and war, translation and myth as experienced through the cinema and radio during World War II. Media, like troops, can be mobilized and this video examines the way technologies are organized to particular ideological ends.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $50.00

Sheila Paige

Testing, Testing, How Do You Do? (1969) 16mm, HD Video Digital File, color, 4 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Filmed the year after feminist protests erupted at the 1968 Miss America pageant, the movie includes a visit with Miss Virginia at the pageant rehearsal and coverage of the ongoing boardwalk protest by "Women's Liberation" demonstrators.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30 HD Video Digital File

Sheila Paige

Women's Happy Time Commune (1972) 16mm, HD File 90.00, color, 47 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political & social activitism

Made with an all-women cast and crew, "Women's Happy Time Commune" is an improvised comedy/western -- a lively immersion into the feminist ferment of the early 1970's. From the 1972 distribution flyer: "An anarchic, unconventional movie in which the Old West is the stomping ground for a motley crew of young and middle-aged women who are considering banding together to form a commune. Having met by chance they merge (are dragged, cajoled), clash and ultimately separate in disarray of scenes that are alternately picturesque, infuriating, incomplete, yet always colorful." Ms. Magazine, August 1973: "...funny, ambling, offhandedly lyrical, this original film allows a group of wonderfully idiosyncratic women to improvise characters close to their real and fantasy lives. Above all excellent for sharing warm feelings in a group and for stimulating discussions of reform vs. radical feminism." Credits: Starring Roberts Hodes, Frances Cima, Judy March, Marylyn Landers Director: Sheila Paige Camera: Ariel Dougherty Sound: Dolores Bargowski

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $210 HD File

Sheila Paige

Film on Street Harassment, A (1977) 16mm, HD Video Digital File, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Time: the 1970's. A multi-phase investigation of how women feel about verbal harassment by men.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50 HD Video Digital File

Laura Parnes

Suburban Peace Coalition (1998) VHS NTSC, , 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Suburban Peace Coalition explores "end of the millennium hysteria" and the suburban desire to see the centers of sin, the metropolises of the United States, punished. Using distorted and repetitious mages of New York's destruction as it is portrayed in numerous action movies including "Independence Day" and "Armageddon" combined with the saccharin-soaked pop song from the film "Xanadu"; "You Have To Believe We Are Magic', the video is both hypnotic and menacing. The militia-like "Suburban Peace Coalition" logo hovers between spirituality and a perverse desire for the ultimate end.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Laura Parnes

Wrong Place, Wrong Time (1998) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

"Wrong Place, Wrong Time" uses appropriated images from the "reality television" genre to examine the seductiveness of the spectacle of tragedy. This video exists in an area where the division between reality and image are simultaneous. the images are of real explosions, disasters, deaths and assaults, from the nightly news, "Cops", "Real TV", tabloid television and talk shows. At times the subjects appear illuminated through an overlapping of imagery, the distortion through low resolution creates a pixilated, almost ecstatic quality. Point of view shots draw the viewer in further into the endorphen rush. These mesmerizing images slowly reveal their tragic consequences while reminding the viewer of their own mortality.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Dana Plays

Across the Border (1982) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

In Across the Border, filmmaker Dana Plays expresses her lifelong commitment to the culture of Latin America. More specifically, her film offers the viewer an unusual insight into the complex relationship between the people of El Salvador and the United States government. Completed in 1982, during a period in which many American artists were trying to convey their anger with their own country's politics. Across the Border transcends the conventions of social documentary as we have come to know it through public television. Instead, Plays manipulates visual elements that compose the image through coloring and fragmentation. She uses this process of deconstruction to lead to a greater understanding of those "man-made" constructs that are responsible for the oppression she has witnessed. But Plays' message is hardly dogmatic. The subtlety of her collage-like style suggests a very open message, giving the viewer the opportunity to enter the work as a thinking human being rather than a receptacle of one person's point of view. Dana Plays' personal involvement with the people of El Salvador follows in the tradition of a cross cultural awareness expressed by other women filmmakers such as Maya Deren (Haiti), Margaret Meed (Bali, New Guinea) and Chick Strand (Mexico).

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dana Plays

Zero Hour (1992) 16mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

The transgression and confrontation is re-enacted in this brilliant fugue-like film by Dana Plays constructed of found footage, and concerning both American involvement in oversees conflict and the resultant unseen plight of the child refugee. Subverting state-sponsored informational films on such issues as war bonds and highway safety, Plays transforms these agit-prop rhetorics into a celluloid mirror of transgression as a larger cultural pathology. In Zero Hour, the results - the products of war return to the initial cite of production: an assumed audience of Americans, middle-class citizens of an ideal suburban dream who have somehow foregone the immediate experiences and repercussion of mass destruction and displacement. The gaze rests on us. We are the sugar-stated, hyper and unaware violator, an audience whose relationship to world events is nowhere more homogeneous than in or communal incubation and guilt.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Ilppo Pohjola

Routemaster - Theater of the Motor (2000) 16mm, 35mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Available in 16mm and 35mm. ROUTEMASTER - THEATER OF THE MOTOR consists of strobe-like, fast-flickering shots, and grainy, monochrome images of speeding rally cars. While Phjola's ASPHALTO was still concerned with human interactions, here the absence of humanity is total (only cadavers at the end signify that there has been life, of some sort): what remains are the machines in movement that is an end in itself. The rhythmic structure is provided by slow-motion, close-up shots of checkered flags, repeated at regular, mathematical intervals, with passing shades of blue proving almost the only color in the film. Shaky, hand-held cameras and split screens are used, with occasionally mosaics and repetitions of the checkered flag theme. At times, the accelerating speed of the images makes it painful to watch the film, like a sort of visual Blitzkrieg waged on the human nervous system through the viewer's tortured retinas. The whole watching experience becomes increasingly fragmented.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00
35mm Rental: $100.00

Richard Preston

Conversations In Limbo () 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Social and political satire, using animation techniques." R.P.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Nevermind (Part 1 of 3) (1999) VHS NTSC, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

This non-narrative post-punk aria is part one of a three part series and was significantly inspired by Steina Vasulka's let it be (video 1971). This project is about the manifestation of gender and rebellion in media culture.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

David Ringo

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Sharon Sandusky

Passing Influence (1986) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

... is a document about the spontaneous combustion of a pathological world view. When a belief system dies, sometimes it helps to have a funeral. This film explores society's representation and conceptualization of women through home movies, personal reminiscences, staged scenes, found footage and voice. Sach's personal memories recall the sense of her body being divided, whether into sexual and functional territories, or "the body of the body" and "the body of the mind." -- Kathy Geritz, Pacific Film Archives

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Cynthia Madansky

Internal Combusion (1995) DVD, Digital File, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans

Internal Combustion breaks the many silences surrounding lesbians and AIDS. Interweaving the voices of two friends, Internal Combustion reflects on the often unspoken tensions within this epidemic of survival and power and mourning and loss. Co- directed by Alisa Lebow

16mm Rental: $250.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

16mm Sale: $1000
DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Cynthia Madansky

TREYF (1998) 16mm, DVD, color, 54 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans

TREYF —"unkosher" in Yiddish— is an unorthodox documentary by and about two Jewish lesbians who met and fell in love at a Passover "seder". With personal narration, real and imagined educational films, and haunting imagery, filmmakers Alisa Lebow and Cynthia Madansky examine the Jewish identity of their upbringings and its impact on their lives. Incisive cultural critics, astute, poignant, and poetic—never cynical—they weave their way from New York to Jerusalem in pursuit of a progressive, secular Jewish identity that draws from their childhood reminiscences as much as from their contemporary queer lives. Co-directed by Alisa Lebow.

16mm Rental: $250.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

16mm Sale: $1000
DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Nadine Shamounki

Effaced (2001) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 19 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Effaced is a Documemoir echoing the dilemmas of running away from war and the question of one's homeland. The piece addresses the emotions behind revisiting one's past and the many lost homes. It is a reflection on the agonies of being effaced while addressing the history of a people constantly on the run as their search for a safe "Home" continues. Tracing back through the history of her own family, the filmmaker, an Arab American, reflects on her family's numerous forced journey's and the questions of identity based on the many generational losses incurred; with the reality of being a refugee constantly on the run. In three chapters, it follows the family historically and geographically through the folds of memory to all the melancholic places they once called home yet had to escape due to war. The story starts in Turkey in 1915, and continues in America almost 85 years later. Winner of Best Personal Documentary -- Mixed Messages 2002 Award video sale price: 75.00

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $75.00

Michael Snow

So Is This (1982) 16mm, color, 48 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Political / Social Activism

"SO IS THIS parlays an elegantly simple concept into an unpredictable, cumulatively rich experience. "The film is a text in which each shot is a single word, tightly-framed white letters against a black background. Compared to Snow's recent epics ... it seems almost a throwaway but it's also the most satisfying film he's made in a decade .... "With formalist belligerence, SO IS THIS threatens to make its viewers 'laugh cry and change society,' even promising to get 'confessional.' Although the film does reflect Snow's personality - his Canadian-ness, preference for humor over irony, obsession with art world chronology (who did what first) - its only confession is the tacit acknowledgement that he's sensitive to criticism. Snow takes full advantage of his film's system of discourse to twit restless audiences . A lot of this is pretty funny but SO IS THIS is more than a series of gags. Snow manages to defamiliarize both film and language, creating a kind of moving concrete poetry while throwing a monkey wrench into a theoretical debate (is film a language?) that has been going on sporadically for 60 years. "If you let it, Snow's film stretches your definition of what film is - that's cinema and SO IS THIS." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Lother Spree

Sarah's War () 16mm, color & b/w, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"... is a fascinating political film done in allegorical style. Starting with the premise, violence is inevitable. The question is whom to strike? it progresses to the final thesis ' Violence is inevitable. The question in with whom to unite?'

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Ernie Steck

Christmas 1972 (1976) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"The sight of pathos, madness and loneliness, Christmas 1972 - a time of Nixon, Agnew, Vietnam and Cambodia." E.S.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Mary Ann Toman

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: history, political_social activism

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

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Found Film No. 1 (1970) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"A nit-witty film-flam -slap-strack-collage of tempting TVee tits and bits, lest we forget the steady drone of TVee spots, running together the non-such nonsense of social surrealism" S.V.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Week Of The Angry Arts

For Life, Against The War (Selections) (1967) 16mm, color & b/w, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

This film is composed of seventeen short films, made in response to an invitation from the Week of the Angry Arts. More than sixty film-makers responded to that invitation, with films from one to three minutes in length. The first compilation ran for three hours. The present film is composed of selections from the original version. Featuring Storm de Hirsch, John Hawkins, Stan Vanderbeek, Robert Breer, Dick Preston, Lee Savage, Nina Feinberg, Ron Finne, Hannah Weiner, Manfred Kirschheimer & Peter Eliscu, Robert Fiore, Fred Wellington, Lionel Martinez, Larry Jordan, Lloyd Williams, Leo Hurwitz & Peggy Lawson & Tom Hurwitz, Hilary Harris.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Harry Weisburd

Pentagon Protest (1967) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Pentagon Protest is a documentary of the anti-Vietnam protest march in Washington,D. C., ending with protesters charging up to the Pentagon. The soundtrack consists entirely of a speech given by Comedian at that Time, Dick Gregory. The film is meant as an important record of a major event not covered and reported by the major news media including magazines, newspapers and tv journalism.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Harry Weisburd

Saturday 4/15/67 (1967) 16mm, black and white, 26.5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Saturday 4/15/67 is a film about the FIRST MASSIVE PEACE MARCH IN NEW YORK CITY, AGAINST THE VIETNAM WAR. The major news media did not cover this march. No photos appeared in either newspapers or magazines and it was a non-event for tv news. I tried to convey in the film the experience of a marcher, with the sights and sounds of the beginning of the march at Central Park's Sheep's Meadon, down along 5 Avenue and ending at the U. N. plaza, with the sights and sounds of anti-protesters along the marching route. This film is meant to be a record of this first massive peace march which was not covered by any news media., on SATURDAY, 4/15/1967.

Rental: $40.00
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Lucy Weisman

In the Red (2001) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Political / Social Activism

This humorous yet reverent tribute to menstruation mimics the look and tone of 1950's instructional videos except this blonde in a house dress would rather learn how to make homemade maxi pads than how to clean an oven.

Rental: $20.00
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Joyce Wieland

Rat Life And Diet In North America (1968) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"A band of revolutionary gerbils escape their cat jailors and journey up the Hudson, where they hide out at a millionare's estate and perfect their tactics as guerilla fighters. It has some hard-to -forget, singular images:Ome, captioned 'Skag Mitchell was the first to escape' shows a grimy bare sction of floorboards with the tiny gerbil hovering against the wall. Miss Wieland is more than a diary-like recorder of domestic enthusiasms." Manny Farber "I can tell you that Wieland's film holds. It may be aobut the best (or richest) political movie around. It's all about rebels (enacted by real rats) and police (enacted by real cats). After a long suffering under the cats, the rats break out of the prison (in a full scale rebellion) and escape to Canada. There they take up organic gardening, with no DDT in the grass. It is a parable, a satire, an adventure movie, or you can call it pop art or any art you want- I find it one of the most original films made recently" Jonas Mekas

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Lana / H. Lan Lin / Thao Lam

Departure (2004) VHS NTSC, color, 48 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism, Technology

Shot from the exploratory perspective of a moving car, cyclo, and trains, Departure is a video essay that looks at transportation to examine the impact of modernization and foreign intervention in three Asian cities: Taipei, Shanghai, and Hanoi.

Rental: $85.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $85.00

Lynne Sachs

Which Way Is East (1994) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Social Activism

"A frog that sits at the bottom of a well thinks that the whole sky is only as big as the lid of a pot." When two American sisters travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends reveal to them the flip side of a shared history. Lynne and Dana Sachs' travel diary of their trip to Vietnam is a collection of tourism, city life, culture clash, and historic inquiry that's put together with the warmth of a quilt. "Which Way Is East" starts as a road trip and flowers into a political discourse. It combines Vietnamese parables, history and memories of the people the sisters met, as well as their own childhood memories of the war on TV. (excerpted from article in The Independent by Susan Gerhard) "The sound track is layered with the cacophony of bustling city streets, the chirps of cicadas and gentle rustles of trees in the countryside, and the visuals, devoid of travelogue cliches, are a collage of pictorial snippets taken from unusual vantage points.... What comes through is such a strong sense of the place you can almost smell it." Ted Shen, The Chicago Reader

Rental: $50.00
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Clayton Patterson

Tompkins Square Park Police Riot (1988) DVD NTSC, color, 213 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

This tape provided the evidence that the police had in fact rioted. Clayton Patterson was arrested, was allowed back on the street after a 10 day hunger strike, and won the right in the trial, as an artist, to keep the original tape. Clayton has had more video tapes used in court against rogue police officers than anyone in American history. A basic document in the recent history of urban civil strife in the U.S. "This was a military action on the streets of NYC and you can see that" Sharon Broussard, NY Daily News.

Rental: $200.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

Harvey Marc Zucker

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

Keywords: Multicultural, History, Political

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

16mm Rental: $20.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

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
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Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

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

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

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

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

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

Everyone Must Tighten Their Belts (1997) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Economics, Political / Social Activism

A whimsical video in which a late-night television interviewer attempts to get an unusually wordy guest (a labor relations expert of sorts) to explain the relationship between unemployment and inflation. The language is repetitive to the point of becoming almost abstract in its rhythms -- setting up an interplay between the ideas and the aural pleasures of the text.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

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

Brian Coffey

Like Being Pursued By A Boulder (2005) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

LIKE BEING PURSUED BY A BOULDER is a willfully subjective document of the protests surrounding the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The film juxtaposes images of anonymous dissent with the iconography of the state, and questions what is hidden and visible within the public sphere. LIKE BEING PURSUED BY A BOULDER acts as a counter to prevailing representations of large-scale protests through its refusal to play the numbers game (success or failure determined solely by suspect headcounts), and its avoidance of images that foster a binary identification/rejection relationship with the viewer (Do these people look like/unlike me?). Instead the film focuses on the collective energy generated on the street and the force marshaled to restrict and contain this energy. The film recognizes the steady disappearance of the public commons and the marginalization of dissent in hopes that new objectives and strategies can be realized to counter this trend.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Anaconda Targets (2004) DVD_NTSC, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political

"Anaconda Targets, a documentation tape of aerial bombings by the American military in Afghanistan, depicts the devastating effect of smart bombs. Not often featured in media reports, the soldiers' voices form the soundtrack that accompanies these chilling images. The document has been appropriated by filmmaker Dominic Angerame as a critique of his government's military aggression." - Susan Oxtoby

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Warren Sonbert

Honor and Obey (1988) 16mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political & Social Activism

"...what was clear was Sonbert's absolute mastery of form." -Elliot Stein, Film Comment "In Warren Sonbert's HONOR AND OBEY soldiers march in formation, a tiger stalks through the snow, religious processions wind through the streets, and palm trees wave in a tropical breeze. As brightly colored images of authority figures blend into scenes of cocktail parties, this 21-minutes silent film flows along with the grace of a musical score built on complex tensions hidden among notes. 'Whose authority will you obey?' the film seems to ask, as it deftly avoids simple minded juxtapositions. Instead, we see a melange of images so full of geography (Notre Dame Cathedral, The Sydney Opera House, Fifth Avenue) , that the work mocks the idea of any specific setting. Sooner or later, social and natural laws meet and probably clash, Mr. Sonbert suggests, but in this scenario of discrete images, all is apparent harmony. HONOR AND OBEY is by far the most accomplished and rewarding piece in 'Avant-Garde Voices,' the title covering five works by independent filmmakers shown at the New York Film Festival ..." Caryn James, The New York Times

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Week Of The Angry Arts

For Life Against the War (the complete version) (1967) 16mm, color and b/w, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political_social activism

Includes 49 of the sixty-plus films of the original version. Among the film-makers whose work appears in thsi film but not in the reduced version described below are Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas and USCO. Was first screened in NYC on January 30th, 1967. This was part of the Week of the Angry Arts in opposition to the Vietnam War.

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

Ken Jacobs

Capitalism: Slavery (2006) DVD NTSC, b&w, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political_social activism

An antique stereograph image of cotton-pickers, computer-animated to present the scene in an active depth even to single-eyed viewers. Silent, mournful, brief.

DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

FOR LIFE AGAINST THE WAR

FOR LIFE AGAINST THE WAR, AGAIN (2007) DVD NTSC, betaSP NTSC, Color and Black & White, 88 min

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"In 1967, with the Vietnam War escalating wildly, an invitation was issued to filmmakers to create works running under three minutes in protest against the accumulating carnage. The original organizers chose the rubric For Life, Against the War, and eventually compiled sixty films from the likes of Robert Breer, Shirley Clarke, Storm De Hirsch, Ken Jacobs, Larry Jordan, Jonas Mekas, Stan Vanderbeek, and many others. Now, decades later, an invitation to protest yet another war seemed sadly urgent, inspiring the New York Film-makers Cooperative to ring the clarion once ". . . Again." The response was overwhelming, with submissions from several generations of artists unified by a singular disgust for the war in Iraq and the foreign policy that perpetuates it. Compiled with works from the overtly angry to the formally forceful, For Life, Against the War boldly announces that artists can take a stand, again and again." -- Steve Seid, Curator, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum Filmmaker Participants on DVD: Kevin Barry, Bosko Blagojevic, Elle Burchill, Jim Costanzo, Bradley Eros, Jeanne Finley, Martha Gorzycki, Alfred Guzetti, Barbara Hammer, Ken Jacobs, Douglas Katelus, Lynn Marie Kirby, Ernie Larsen, David Leitner, Les Leveque, Cynthia Madansky, Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe, Sheri Milner, John Muse, Martha Rosler, Lynne Sachs, MM Serra, Jeff Silva, Jeffrey Skoller, Mark Street, Cara Weiner, Lili White, Artemis Willis. For private use only. Public screenings by permission of the Filmmakers Cooperative only. Supported by the New York States Council on the Arts. Copyright Filmmakers' Cooperative 2007. See the Extended description @ http://film-makerscoop.com/forlifeagainst.html

DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00
BetaSP NTSC Rental: $150.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

Martha Colburn

Meet Me in Wichita (2007) DVD NTSC, miniDV_NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political

This work throws Osama Bin Laden into the fairytale Land of Oz. A combination of watercolors, collage and paint on glass animation, this film is a play between fact, fiction, politics , fantasy, terror and morality.

DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $45.00

Martha Colburn

Don't Kill the Weather Man! (2007) DVD NTSC, miniDV NTSC, Color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political

-based on 'The Pilgrimage of the Soul' by Guillaume De Digulleville 1437- in the collection of the Rosenbach Museum and Archive in Philidelphia, PA. A commissioned project by the museum. "'The Pilgrimage of the Soul' is a French medieval illuminated manuscript; a moralizing Christian romance, one in which death is always looming. I selected various characters and narratives from the manuscript and cut them into a modern landscape of enviornmental catastrophe. I thought of how the moralizing in the manuscript mirrors our contemporary culture. The manuscript is always deferring to a future life to come, as does the current push for enviornmental awareness. I took all of these ideas and mixed them into my own narrative. I created the film collage, imagining how the manuscript writers may have created an animation, applying the rules of Medieval Art to my animated technique. - M.C.

DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $45.00

Martha Colburn

Wrong Time Capsule (2006) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: found footage, political

Colburn uses her signature cutout-and-paste animation style. Pennsylvania-born, Amsterdam/New York based Colburn plays with images of money and liknesses of members of indie-rock band Deerhoof to bring this song to life.

DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Daniel Barnett

An Anagram (2000) DVD_NTSC, color, 42 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political_social activism

On August 19, 1991 Mikhail Gorbacheve was overthrown in a coup, and ABC news sent Gary Henoch to Moscow to cover the events that followed. Henoch had been ABC's Moscow cameraman in the early 1980's and he was astounded at the changes in Russian Society following the collapse of Communism in the intervening yeasrs. He responded by asking his friend and Russian scholar Harlow Robinson to join him in Russia to document the impact of change. Upon his return, after weeks of filming interviews and street scenes in Moscow, Yoroslavl, and Rostov Veliky, he turned the footage over to a well-known PBS series, but the rough-cut that emerged appalled him and he pulled the footage. Some months later I was editing an industrial that Henoch had shot. He stopped by the editing room and we fell into a conversatioin. I was impressed that such an experienced hand would show up and ask if there was anything I needed that he failed to get, was there anything he could have done better? In fact there was nothing. He was by far the best cameraman whose footage I had the honor to work with. He told me the story of his trip to Russia and asked if I wanted to see the material. There was forty hours of it, and it blew me away. I saw in it the results of a civilization that had had its belief system knocked out from under it. He saw that my passion for the footage was genuine and offered to give it to me to do with as I pleased. Over the next eleven years, in my spare time, and in between other jobs I would work on the footage, solving one structural problem after another, until I finally became satisfied that I had caught the essence of the story. An Anagram is an essay in changing parts. It trades in what Paul Auster calls "a syntax of the eye, a grammer of pure kinesis". It wears the soul of historical disappointment on its sleeve.

VHS NTSC Rental: $175.00

Walter Ungerer

and all this madness (2003) DVD NTSC, color, 79 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

This is a documentary about the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack in New York City. It begins with an interview with an options trader at the American Stock Exchange describing his experience at the location close to the site during the attack. The film goes on with footage shot at the New York City site ten days after the tragedy occurred. It continues with interviews with people from Vermont (Ungerer was living in Vermont at the time) expressing their views about the reason for the attack. Vermonters represented the vast majority of the nation in that they only knew what had happened from the media news reports.

Rental: $150.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00

Walter Ungerer

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $120.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $120.00

Maria Niro

Terminal Beach (2009) DVD NTSC, Color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

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

A collaboration between the artist and Jesus Olmo, video artist and screenwriter (Spain). Terminal Beach is a moving diptych accompanied by an original soundscape composed by the artist. It's an examination of how contemporary culture's motivations and ambitions have physically challenged our landscapes and will continue to do so in the not so distant future. Obscure strange events take place at Terminal Beach and it looks as if nature is about to rebel against humanity. The world seems like it reached the end of the road, all brought on by consumerism. We get the sense a disastrous event is about to take place, or perhaps it already has. Yet humanity goes on, completely oblivious of their surroundings. An inverted reality, much like a dystopian scenario J.G Ballard creates in his stories. The title is borrowed from one of his books.

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Martha Colburn

Cosmetic Emergency (2008) 35mm, DVD_NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Found Footage, Political Social Activism

"Cosmetic Emergency" explores the idea of beauty through a collage of live action and lyrical animations. A free-form take on the current trend of cosmetic obsession and the immortal quality of painting, the film searches for "what's on the inside". Topical news stories (such as the US military offering free cosmetic surgery)and musical film sequences are created with paint-on-glass animation, found footage and documentary techniques. The music was commissioned for the film. Selected musicians, including New Zealand's Hip-Hop artist, "Coco Solid" and "Half Japanese" found Jad Fair, wrote and recorded humorously cynical songs about the cosmetic craze. Also included is a rare appearance by the Dutch Ambassador of Cosmetic Surgery, Marijke Helwegen.

Rental: $50.00
35mm Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $200.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $200.00

Mercy for Animals

Fowl Play (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: enviorment & nature, political & social activism

A battle is brewing over the ethics of our food choices. Gone are the days of open pasture and idyllic barnyard scenes instilled in our mind from childhood. Today, the over 9 billion animals reared for food production lead short lives chronicled with deprivation, confinement, mutilation, and merciless slaughter. The fallout is a growing movement of compassionate consumers who are rejecting factory-style farming and the exploitation of animals used for food. They are organizing, documenting the living nightmare that animals face, and speaking out against animal-based agriculture. Fowl Play takes viewers on an unforgettable journey behind the closed doors of some of the country's largest egg production facilities and graphically illustrates the heartbreaking plight of laying hens - condemned to lives crowded inside file-drawer-sized cages. Through touching interviews with animal rescuers, undercover investigators, veterinarians, and animal behaviorists, we hear powerful stories motivated by kindness and courage from the dedicated individuals who are fighting to save the modern day hen - perhaps the most abused and exploited animal on earth. Connecting the dots between consumer demand for meat, dairy and eggs and the perpetuation of animal abuse, Fowl Play leaves viewers with a groundbreaking message of personal responsibility and the potential each of us holds to change the world - one meal at a time.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Roberta Cantow

Mosaics (1994) VHS_NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: ethnic & multicultrual, political & social activism

The U.S. faces many complex issues regarding its migrant population, one is affordable housing. Here viewers see the human face behind this issue, and a call for a positive solution to the problem.

Rental: $45.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.00

Lynne Sachs

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Lynne Sachs

Investigation of a Flame (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political / social activism

On May 17, 1968 nine Vietnam War protesters led by Daniel and Philip Berrigan, walked into a catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm. "Investigation of a Flame" is an intimate, experimental documentary portrait of the Cantonsville Nine, this disparate band of resisters who chose to break the law in a defiant, poetic act of civil disobedience. How did the photos, trial publicity and news of the two year prison sentences help to galvanize a disillusioned American public' "Investigation of a Flame" explores this politically and religiously motivated performance of the 1960's in the context of extremely different times- times in which critics of Middle East peace agreements, abortion and technology resort to violence of the most random and sanguine kind in order to access the public imagination.

Ken Jacobs

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Oona Mekas

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: history, political / social activism

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

Rental: $25.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

Gordon Ball

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerry Tartaglia

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $95.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $95.00

Martha Colburn

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: history, political

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

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

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

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

Rental: $75.00
35mm Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Aline Mare

S'aline's Solution (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, erotic, political/social activism, science and medicine

I wanted to find a voice for the pain, an acknowledgement of the courage involved in choosing to have an abortion--a voice I felt had been silenced in our culture. "A haunting personal statement that continues to grow in the mind long after the viewing.' (SF Examiner). The saline procedure is induced at the end of the first trimester with a local anesthesia of 200 milligrams of hypertonic saline solution. It is a fairly traumatic birthing process, which includes dilation, contractions and a chemically induced early labor. The video was greeted with much controversy. many women felt I had played into the hands of the Right, appropriating "Back to Life" imagery and humanizing the embryo. I believe the piece stands up on its own as an emblematic statement about an issue that remains central and vital in these dangerous times: a woman's right to choose. I became pregnant with my son two years later.

Rental: $65.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $$65.00

Diane Kitchen

The Penfield Road (1998) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: landscape_architecture, political_social_activism

A fable concerning the landscape and the open road. Includes Starved Rock, Little America and the Silver Black Fox. "A playful structural exploration of the contradiction of representing and inhabiting landscape." --S. Matheson and J. Lion, Pacific Film Archive

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ken Jacobs

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00, Blu-Ray 125.00

Georges Salameh

Maesmak (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

www.georgessalameh.wordpress.com/maesmak

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Vera Neubauer

Patrick (2011) DVD_PAL, color, 3 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: economics, environment & nature, political/social activism

An adolescent is given advice on how to live by the Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne.

Rental: $30
DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

The Dragon and the Fly (1997) DVD_PAL, b&w, min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature, lanscape & architecture, political/social activism

The Dragon is the sulphur drenched Port Talbot in South Wales. The steel works come to life by night, when the refinery gushes out its fiery tongue. This breath-taking spectacle is watched by a fly slowly dying on a windowsill.

Rental: $30
DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

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

Genre: Animation, Experimental

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

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

DVD PAL Sale: $30

Vera Neubauer

Don't be afraid (1990) DVD_PAL, Color , 27 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children_Youth, Ethnic_Multicultural , Music , Political/social activism

A musical, which follows four rebellious youth of mixed race through part of their adolescence and an upheaval, which results in the birth of a potential cabinet minister.

DVD PAL Rental: $120

Vera Neubauer

Mid Air (1986) DVD_PAL, Color , 16 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Music , Political/social activism

Why would women in Europe today want to be witches and practice witchcraft? The opera 'Mid Air' sets out to answer this question.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

The World of Children (1984) DVD_PAL, Color , 15 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Children_Youth, Ethnic_Multicultural , Political/social activism

Using a mixture of live action and animation, 'The World of Children' playfully explores the influence the environment has upon child, and questions whether it is possible to learn to speak without adopting the prejudices that are built into the language

DVD PAL Rental: $60

Vera Neubauer

Live TV (1993) DVD_PAL, Color , 1 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Political/social activism

How our lives become entangled in media, and media becomes part of our lives.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

Passing-On (1988) DVD_PAL, color , 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic_Multicultural , Political/social activism, Spiritual/mystical

'Passing on' is a poetic observation of different attitudes towards aging, dying, death and the beyond by different races and cultures.

DVD PAL Rental: $120

Vera Neubauer

Cannon Fodder (1971) DVD_PAL, Color , 1,16 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Political/social activism

As the title suggests, it is a short film about the absurdity of war.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Vera Neubauer

Hooked (2002) DVD_PAL, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Arts & Artists, ethnic/multicultural, personal/diary/journal , political/social activism

Hooked follows a journey of a woman obsessed with finding a very special treasure. She journeys through Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia knitting on her way.

DigiBeta PAL Rental: $40

Vera Neubauer

La Luna (1999) DVD_PAL, color, 26 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: family, political/social activism

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

DVD PAL Rental: $104

Vera Neubauer

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: films about films, political/social activism

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

DVD PAL Rental: $100

Jon Jost

Primaries/ A Turning Point in Lunatic China/ 1,2,3, Four (1971) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political/social activism

A single reel featuring three short works.

"PRIMARIES is a simple film which merely establishes a definition of 'politics'. Its narrative moves in paragraph blocks, with each sentence accompanied by different pictures of a young woman's hands, feet, torso, face… Moving from [this definition]--an all encompassing: To Live Is To Be Political--A TURNING POINT IN LUNATIC CHINA provides a critique of the methods of communication employed by my fellow Leftists. The ritualistic posturing and sloganeering I had used myself and seen in action in Chicago and San Francisco State, the seizing of exotic foreign figures (Mao, Che) and ideological rhetoric (SDS debates on Stalinism)--all struck me as mistaken and useless. Working inversely to the Movement's failure to communicate either to itself or to the public, such devices seemed more a series of theatrical mechanisms for convincing one's self than for converting others... [TURNING POINT] initiates a conscious probing of the means and techniques of mass communication, particularly film. 1, 2, 3, FOUR... delivers a critique from within of the... ideologies... of the 'counter-culture'... [It] provides no answers, but rather it allows the internal dynamics of the 'left' generate its own questions. It ends with the classic leftist inquiry: 'What Is To Be Done?'. Threading between the needs of its audience for some form of 'entertainment' and narrative structure, and the formal requirements of carrying out such an ideological debate, [these shorts] represent for me... a distinct advance over [my] previous films, providing the beginnings, however flawed, of an opening through the curtain of bourgeois concepts and aesthetics." -Jon Jost, "Afterimage: Notes from Practice," Jump Cut 5 (1975): 4-7

Rental: $140
16mm Rental: $140

Jon Jost

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

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: films about film, political/social activism

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

Rental: $60
16mm Rental: $60

Stephanie Wuertz

Calgon (2014) Digital , color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, found footage , political/social activism , structural

in collaboration with Sasha Janerus

An auto-erotic odyssey in three parts.

Beth B

EXPOSED (2013) DVD_NTSC, color, 78 min

Keywords: art & artists, biography & autobiography, body, comedy, dance, erotic, philosophical, political/social activism, psycology & mental heath, queer, bi, trans

Beth B takes us into the 21st century underground and reveals a secret world where cutting-edge performers are taking hold of a taboo art form, Burlesque, and driving it to extremes that most people have never seen. Operating on the far edge of performance art, these extraordinary artist combine politics, their own nakedness, and physical comedy to challenge our notions of gender, disability and sexuality. EXPOSED takes us on a touching journey into the professional and private lives of these individuals as they question the very concept of "normal." Through them, we get to examine our own inhibition. The performances include the infamous Rose Wood, Julie Atlas Muz, Dirty Martini, Mat Fraser, World Famous *BOB*, Bambi the Mermaid, Bunny Love, James Habacker and Tigger! EXPOSED had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2013, showed at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and has screened in over 30 cities world wide.

DVD NTSC Rental: $250 Educational / $450 Museum

DVD NTSC Sale: $750 Institutional

Peggy Ahwesh

Lessons of War (2014) color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: found footage, social activism

Five little narratives, newsworthy stories from the most recent war in Gaza--retold to not forget the details, to reenact the trauma and to honor the dead. The footage is lifted from a Youtube channel that renders the news in animation-already a layer away from reality- and in this case, represented to critique the safe distance from violence and the antiseptic nature of the virtual narrative.

Rental: $200

DVD NTSC Sale: $Blu-Ray 200

Simon J. Heath

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

Genre: Documentary

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

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

Rental: $20

DVD PAL Sale: $50

Jim Hubbard

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

Genre: Documentary

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

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

Rental: $275.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $275.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $ 300.00

Tania Ferrier

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental, Installation

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

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

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

Angry Underwear (2015) DVD_NTSC, color, 2:19 min

Genre: Documentary

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

ANGRY UNDERWEAR (2 min trailer) featuring Tania Ferrier and an archive of her unique hand painted, in your face, underwear from the early nineties in NYC.

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

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

Genre: Documentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Tania Ferrier

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

Genre: Experimental, Installation

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

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

Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $50

Ken Jacobs

3 X 3D (2015) Blu-Ray Disc 3D, b&w / color, 187 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment and nature, polititcal / social activism

TO WATCH THESE FILMS IN 3D, YOU WILL NEED: FULL HD TV + COMPATIBLE 3D GLASSES + BLU-RAY 3D PLAYER

Blankets For Indians color, stereo, sound, 57 min (2012)
America was told by God to manage the globe, at a profit, only first having to clear away prior nations living on this land mass before venturing off shore (though not before taking half of Mexico and some failed attempt to wrest Canada from Canadians). Surely you asked when a child, Daddy, what was America doing so far from home when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? Grabbing Hawaii, darling, and much more, Daddy may have answered. Bush and Cheney were religiously observant when they opted to enrich Halliburton further, when with their 9/11 pretext arranged with the Saudis they invaded Iraq and Afghanistan and the Middle East generally. This movie shows dissenters to the American mission marching down New Yorks Lower Broadway to gather at Zuccotti Park where the Occupy Wall Street kids were standing their ground. We live close to where the crowd turned onto Broadway and swept us along.

A Primer in Sky Socialism color, silent, 57 min (2014)
We lived next to The Brooklyn Bridge on its Manhattan side until the two bullies, Eminent Domain and Urban Renewal, forced us to move two blocks away form it. Along with many others we love the bridge and when non-New Yorkers visit we see that they mount and walk it at its height. They must learn the story of its designer and builder also socialist, philosopher and poet John Roebling and how the work was completed after he died by his son Washington and daughter-in-law Emily. Flo and I actually helped establish a tradition in the Sixties when we would climb it New Years Eve just before midnight with maybe another half dozen visitors and today hundreds gather, no, thousands. One hears many languages on the bridge, young people, sober and polite, from many lands. There are distant fireworks at 12 and the crowd descends. The first movie on this disk has some still; this and the following movie are all still. Stills in 3D invite the eyes to move in depth, especially time exposures in 3D. Theres so much to look at that silence is preferable, noisy as the actual event is.

The Guests B&W with some color, DTS-HD 5.1 sound, 73 min (2013)
Cubism turned space inside out. Yes, Cezanne was the main influence, slipping into bizarre shadow effects when rendering what he saw up close, reporting the contradiction of what he saw with each eye separately and thereby making the rendering the event and not what was rendered. But it was the handheld stereopticon, then an ubiquitous instrument of porn delivery, with left-right pictures reversed that really prompted the spatially bizarre. Wow, Picasso said. Wow, said Braque. They of course kept this a secret, the stereopticon then being of low repute. Now 3D cinema makes a similar splendid error, this time in utterly convincing dept. It takes on elf the first films made, 2D of course, and by sending sequential frames of moving figures one to each eye creates an illicit stereo, sometimes convincing, sometimes anything but; nuts. Not to be believed.

in a world of continuously streaming images, an artist like Mr. Jacobs challenges the tyranny of visual uniformity, and not simply with angry words. - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times , October 6, 2011

The Guests underlines the abyss between what we know and what we see. - Tony Pipolo, Artforum , April 2015

DVD NTSC Sale: $85.00 individual sale, institutional sale 300.00

Mitch Corber

APARTHEID ASIDE (1986) DVD NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: music, polititcal / social activism

Political rock-song driven APARTHEID ASIDE : 'No matter how far you run, you can't run away from yourself.' Both a colorized and black-white delight. A cinematic kaleidoscope offering the viewer a psychedelic and reverberating quick-cut technique.

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

Mitch Corber

QUIVER CITY (1984 ) DVD NTSC, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment and nature, music, philosophical, polititcal / social activism

The grit and magic of New York City during a rumored nuke scare by poetry video's Mitch Corber of Thin Air Video. Truly a multi-media gem bristling evocatively in social commentary, experimental image and poignant original soundtrack.

DVD NTSC Sale: $40

Rrose Present

ODE Europe I, Melilla Beach 2014 or Homage to "La Plage" by Patrick Bokanowski (2015) DVD NTSC, Color, 03:12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage, polititcal / social activism

Concept Series: Video "without-camera" reinterprets "camera-world" The images and sounds are extracted from the free virtual network, re-signified from the assembly. Video: A journey through sound and image processing referencing filmic imagery of the cultural construction of Europe, imagery that contrasts with the "visual" content of moving images which are extracted from the virtual network of those crossing the borders of Europe "without permission" (Melilla, Spain, 2014). In turn, such images are interfered with by visual noise from a "TV" without broadcast. As a found-footage piece I recompose the image no longer with the "matter" of the film, but with pixels of the media that mediate us. I experimented with the materiality of the rhythmic interferences that textualize the image, transforming the "objective" media perspectives into "subjective" auteur perspectives that ironically play with visual and audible "noise" to deconstruct the memory dictates of the informational present P.D. ODE Europe is a Work posthumously dedicated to all those who have died crossing our borders...

Rental: $30

DVD NTSC Sale: $200

Rrose Present

Codes of... senses II (2014) DVD NTSC, color, 4:36 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage, philosophical, political & social activitism

Codes of... senses II, Codes of significance Concept Series: Video "without-camera" reinterprets "camera-world" The images of riots in Istanbul online (2013) (those they allowed to change a political system) here are transformed into colored blocks, as the minimum unit of representation "the pixel". Atom of this new world we live, from each of our specific cultures. They are as the graphic charts in motion, that become (paradoxically) invisible the tangible reality of what they represent behind the informational codes ready to be scattered through the visual network insensitive to the "senses." These codes reveal parts of source images together with sound quickly recognize and gives them meaning. Sounds that speak directly to our "emotional body" and will cause "feelings" from "senses" to return to "feel" the cold-date information in the world in which we live. (Project: "Sentir des dels sentits")

Rental: $40.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00 (institutional/individual)

Larry Cwik

8 New Short Films (2015) color, min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature, political & social activitism, psychology & mental health, spiritual & mystical

Reception 2:27

Perception 1:06

Conjunction of the Senses (La Conjunction De Les Sentidos) 2:36

The News 4:44

La Fois (The Times) 3:54

The Far North, Portrait of the Arctic 4:32

The Mystery 2:25

Neurosis 4:21

Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75

Tobe Carey

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

Genre: Documentary

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

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

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

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $95 / with study guide

Tobe Carey

FLAGS:Post 9/11 (2003) color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political & social activitism

Flags everywhere after 9/11. A sea of patriotic overkill in red white and blue.

Rental: $30

Tobe Carey

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse (2011) DVD, color, 7:10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political & social activitism

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse are everywhere. Produced from a year's worth of "Nigerian scam" letters, sound bites from political campaigns, and press appearances, this is the sad story of scams against humanity. The story unfolds with a wonder reading by Linda Mary Montano.

Rental: $30

Lili White

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00

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

Rrose Present

Todo es de color (2015) DVD NTSC, Color, 00:02:46 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage, polititcal / social activism

Concept Series: Video "without-camera" reinterprets "camera-world" The images and sounds are extracted from the free virtual network, re-signified from the assembly. It is an "aesthetic experience" of the "information ethics" that misinformates by saturation and converts any event into a "show" of the real. This piece started as "video in progress" during the events that took place in Gaza in 2014. I extracted images from the network of two antagonistic "visions" of the same conflict to be re-signified from the "island edition " or digestion. Not with a "hard" nor "soft" assembly (as claimed Farocki) where the images dialogue between them, they are mounted with the overlap here. The images scream them all at once because every war is a failed dialogue. Building a temporal palimpsest with the aesthetic recreation extracted from information bombing until arriving to almost total abstraction, and invite us to contemplate this spectacle of light and color, as pure reality.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $200

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

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

Genre: Narrative, Documentary

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

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

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $10

Terese Svoboda

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

To See Or Not To See (1991) DVD, color, 13.25 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & natre, ethnic & multicultural , personal / diary / journal , philosophical, political & social activism

To See or Not to See is a meditation on the Giant Walking Sticks of Papua New Guinea which dramatizes the narrator's ambivalence toward the Other. The tape acts as a visual interpretation of anthropologist Clifford Geertz' examination of language and how it traps the speaker's attempts at trying to interpret. In 'To See or Not to See' the dilemma of the outside observer becomes exposed -- with wit, irony and a genuine concern for not destroying what is seen.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

Headhunters (1992) DVD, color, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, children & youth, economics, environment & nature, personal / diary / journal , political & social activism

Mom takes her son to get his first head. Satire on 'eating' the word's resources.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

Komodo (1986) DVD, color, 28 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

The husband is eaten by a Komodo dragon.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

Terese Svoboda

Well? (2010) DVD, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

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

w/ Steven Bull

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

Rental: $85

Larry Cwik

Seven New Short Films (2015) DVD NTSC, B&W and Color, min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment and nature, polititcal / social activism, psychology mental health, spiritual mystical

Rental: $50,, $75

DVD NTSC Sale: $100

Ozan Adam

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50

DVD NTSC Sale: $80

Ozan Adam

Zymotic - Amaurosis (2002) 16mm, DVD, color and b&w, 24 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, philosophical, political and social activism, science and medicine

Contagious Arbitrary Blindness is a disease caused by a virus, which can capture and store visual information and memories. The film is about a fantastic journey through the book that tells the fragmented story of the remembrances, visions and dreams of a blind man who is subjected to experiments to reveal the visual data that was recorded by the micro-cameras, which are installed in the eyes of an astronaut for a secret mission. After transplanting the eyes of the astronaut to the blind man, they expect to retrieve the recordings through the dreams of the blind man, but they get lose in the surreal absurdity of a complex subconscious. Won the Special Jury Award at 14th International Ankara Film Festival, Turkey.

Rental: $40

DVD NTSC Sale: $60

Emily Hubley

Enough (1993) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: political & social activism

A person finds a magical fish, wishes for "it all" and learns a lesson about when enough is enough. music: Georgia Hubley & Ira Kaplan, sound: Don Christensen

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

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

Genre: Animation

Keywords: history, music, political & social activism

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

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

Genre: Animation

Keywords: history, political & social activism

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Cynthia Madansky

PAST PERFECT (2002) 16mm, DVD, color, 42 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, landscape & architecture, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans

"PAST PERFECT is a meditation on Jewish history, notably the Shoah-spirited and darkly amusing... In PAST PERFECT Madansky manages - frequently, brilliantly - to evoke a similar pang as greets the historian, documentarian, genealogist, or traveler when confronting the catastrophic absence that is the Holocaust. When all is effaced, the only logical response is speculation." excerpt from text by David Rakoff

16mm Rental: $250.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

16mm Sale: $1000
DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Cynthia Madansky

DEVOTION (2003) 16mm, DVD, color, 34 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans

A sparing and minimal travelogue of Istanbul. A foreigner meditates on the unraveling of a relationship while moving from hotel room to hotel room. In a city simultaneously devoted to Islam and secular nationalism, she finds refuge in the frailty and severity of the rituals of devotion.

16mm Rental: $250.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

16mm Sale: $1000.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Cynthia Madansky

STILL LIFE (2004) 35mm, DVD, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, landscape & architecture, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans

Still Life gazes unflinchingly at the violence of war, observing the eerie architecture of the West Bank and Gaza Strip collapsed under Israeli occupation. This portrait provides brutal witness to how government sanctioned destruction metes upon structures of home and State. Unlike the mediated images of current warfare, Still Life examines the effects of the destruction of Occupation through the details of cinematic landscapes and its inherent inhabitants. In its relentless questioning reaffirmed with a unique and unremitting soundtrack by composer Zeena Parkins, Still Life forces us to focus on details of devastation.

35mm Rental: $250.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

35mm Sale: $1000
DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Cynthia Madansky

THE PSA PROJECT 1-15 (2004) DVD, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: landscape & architecture, political & social activism

The PSA Project is a series of 15 videos that speak out against the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the act of war.

Rental: $250.0

DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Cynthia Madansky

MINOT NORTH DAKOTA (2008) DVD, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: landscape & architecture, political & social activism

The town Minot is home to a U.S. Air Force base that guards 150 nuclear missiles buried in northern North Dakota. The weapons of mass destruction placed there 50 years ago are still targeted at Russia. Minot, North Dakota portrays an American landscape where people live with nuclear bombs in their backyard. Co- directed by Angelika Brudniak

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Cynthia Madansky

1+8 (2012) DVD, color, 121 min

Genre: Documentary

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

1+8 is a film about Turkey's unique position between West and East and her relationship to her eight very distinct and diverse neighbors. 1+8 is filmed close up on border towns of Turkey with Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Nakhchivan/Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria exploring what connects and separates the people on both sides. The film showcases through intimate portraits, personal accounts and cinematographic tropes, Turkey's eight borderlands revealing the political and cultural dynamics of life on those frontiers. The contemplation of all eight neighboring countries reveals the complexity and importance of Turkey's geo- political position between West and East, Europe and Asia, the European Union and the Middle East. Co-directed by Angelika Brudniak

Rental: $400.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $600.00

Cynthia Madansky

1+8 Installation (2013) DVD, color, Dynamic min

Genre: Documentary, Installation

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

1+8 is a dynamic eight-screen video installation about Turkey and her eight neighbors based on the feature film of the same name directed by Cynthia Madansky and Angelika Brudniak. Each screen features life on both sides of the border, from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Nakchivan [Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan] to Syria. Co-directed by Angelika Brudniak

Rental: $5000.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $10000.00

Cynthia Madansky

WHITE SANDS (2014) 16mm, DVD, color, Dynamic min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: landscape & architecture, political & social activism

White Sands is a 3 screen projection 16mm film installation which reflects on the visible and invisible manifestations of the nuclear fuel chain on the land, air, water and people of New Mexico.

Rental: $600.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $1600.00

Cynthia Madansky

Tarlabaşı (2014) DVD, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Cynthia Madansky

Dear (2014) DVD, color, 14 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: landscape & architecture, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism

Dear features the interior world of two teenage Chinese girls in New York City, whose diary entries reveal their concerns related to growing up as immigrants amidst the ever-gentrifying landscape of Chinatown.

Rental: $80.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Cynthia Madansky

IF NOT, (2014) DVD, b&w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: landscape & architecture, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism

IF NOT, is a meditation on love, inspired by If Not, Winter by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson.

Rental: $80.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Cynthia Madansky

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $80.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Cynthia Madansky

E42 (2015) DVD, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $120.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $800.00

Cynthia Madansky

HARAM (2016) DVD, color, 47 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: landscape & architecture, political & social activism

Haram is a film about the growing Third Temple Movement who would like to build the Third Temple on the site of the Haram Al Sharif.

Rental: $250.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $1000.00

Grete Miller

DIEM (2010) DVD, color / b&w, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, economics, environment & nature , erotic, landscape & architecture, political & social activism, psychology & mental health , queer/bi/trans

An experimental appropriation of three films shot by Miller in 2010. DIEM is comprised of an experimental horror film, and two experimental short documentaries. The footage was cut together and tells the story of invasion, design, gentrification, and the loss of one's self. The identity and reality of the main character slowly erodes, as the landscape and life she knows begins to erode and die. Featuring actress Virginia Bartholomew.

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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