Bobby Abate

Real Video Trilogy (2001) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 31 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Philosophical, Technology

Come Softly, 1999, video, 11 min If I had a Hammer, 2000-01, video, 8 min Lucky, 2001, video, 12 min The breakdown of identity, communication, and human relationships via the internet. An electronic reality of porn, beer, sex, cash, and drugs. Crafted from softly pixilated QuickTime, NetMeeting sessions, emotive vintage pop, airplane disaster footage, online porn, streaming Hollywood trailers, and the curious hypnotic qualities of taping off computer monitors, Bobby Abate's internet-sex-n-death thrillogy explores new anxieties made possible by technology, and the profoundly intimate places that tiny images and lonely piano chords burrow deep within the soul. Real Videos is like a tender and tumultuous visual virus, created to infect a world where humans live through movies, die through malfunctions and, in between, email their love. -- Ed Halter, The New York Underground Film Festival 2001

Rental: $50.00
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Peggy Ahwesh

She Puppet (2001) DVD NTSC, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Found Footage, Philosophical, Technology

An homage to and commentary on the female action adventure game Tomb Raider and its busty virtual superstar Laura Croft. I played the game on the my computer and simultaneously recorded the gameplay onto videotape. Then I treated the material as "found footage" and recut it in order to rethink the game and consider questions about women, virtual bodies, role-playing, identity issues and fandom. Ignoring the original drive of action, I make Lara explore the game environment at the edges of the programming world created for her. The limited inventory of Lara's gestures and the militaristic scenarios of the game are considered from a feminist perspective in analyzing the symbolic feminine and the popular culture that has sprung up around Lara Croft. Quotations are from three authors who philosophize the alien, the clone and the orphan: The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, The Female Man by Joanna Russ and the jazz mystic Sun Ra.

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Dominic Angerame

Continuum (1987) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

"In a superb manner, CONTINUUM builds from the bottom up a complex and finely woven picture of a day-in-the-life of labor, or a work, in progress, and without end, microcosmically reflecting a history of any labor and many an art. "Through elegantly overlaid, constructionist windows of geometric form, we see into the turgid furnace of man's multifarious tasks, and, as in a vision, behold the ballet of his tools and accoutrements: steaming tar, turning pulleys, swishing mops, changing lights and sewer-plates, acetyline torches and sandblasting serpents, snorting sting of jackhammers and gleaming jewels amid grime where undinal heat makes the atmosphere buckle. "And in the midst of it all -- the streets, the bridges, the roads, the roofs, the endless river of communication cables and the windowed monoliths of jutting superstructure -- there stands man, that somewhat Sisyphian, but irrepressible beast; not so much brawny as dauntless, to wit, wired for the thing-at-hand, welded to the task made a titan in collective will. "The film is like a dream you can't put your finger on and can't forget, because the very truth of it is so evasive, suggestive, labyrinthine. And then it dawns on you, or rather circumnavigates you: the very fact of life is heroic, makes heroes of each of us, every man, woman, and child, from the carpenter unto the architect, and the whole of it is so thoroughly interdependent, so very closely interwoven." -- Ronald Sauer

16mm Rental: $75.00

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

Dominic Angerame

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Landscape & Architecture, Technology

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

16mm Rental: $50.00

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Scott Bartlett

Metanomen (1966) 16mm, black and white, 8.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

The films of Scott Barlett use a vocabulary--negative images, polarization, TV techniques, computer- film, electronic patterns-- which is shared with that of the engineer, the mathematician, the computer itself. What he says with this vocabulary, however is quite different. In this film he uses the newest of terms to comment on one of the oldest stories; the enigma between men and women. -- Museum of Modern Art. "METANOMEN harnesses a kind of rhythmic conflict. The film is tense and out of this tenseness arises the vision of an enigmatic girl, set in opposition to a man shown as a contrasty profile. The two characters are set in a flux of manipulated technology run wild: the balance of forces that keeps man and woman alive in the web of the great industrial culture." -- The Wittenberg Torch

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Berliner

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Structural, Technology

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Wallace Berman

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Spiritual / Mystical, Technology

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

Rental: $40.00
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Will Bragger

One Way Luck Available (1994) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Science & Medicine, Technology

The idea of science and technology causing the extinction of humankind is conveyed through the metaphors of Las Vegas and the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.

Rental: $40.00
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Abigail Child

Mercy Is This What You Were Born For? (Part 7) (1989) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

MERCY, the last in the series, is encyclopedic ephemera, exploring public visions of technological and romantic invention, dissecting the game mass media plays with our private perceptions.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Roy Colmer

Metamorphosis (1973) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Technology

The original material for the film was made from black and white video tapes of nude models -- the result of work sessions over a period of three months. The best sequences were taken and fed into a quantizer, which transfer the black and white tapes to color. The quantizer is sophisticated equipment: color complexity and juxtaposition can be altered to a high degree. A 16mm color film was made from the screen of the quantizer. Concentration in the film is of one and sometimes two models continually moving through the frame; as the film progresses, the figures become more and more abstract. The music I programmed and recorded live from ARP synthesizer and it consists of basic rhythms which change slowly as the images in the film evolve.

Rental: $40.00
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Roy Colmer

278 (1976) 16mm, color, 11.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Technology

"Colorized video tape transferred to film, of cars on Route 278 in Brooklyn. The screen an electronic canvas where color is unified with the elegance of speeding machines. 278 transforms into pulsating luminescent imagery, to my mind surreal film paintings. 278 having the pastel shadings and mystery of an Odilon Redon."

Rental: $50.00
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Colen Fitzgibbon

Internal Systems (1975) DVD_NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, structural, technology

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

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

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

Rental: $40.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about film, structural, technology

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

Rental: $50.00
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DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Hollis Frampton

Winter Solstice (Solariumagelani) (1974) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Technology

"Shot at U.S. Steel's Homestead Works in Pittsburgh,...WINTER SOLSTICE is full of outpourings of fire, of smoke, of sparks, of molten metal--all erupting against an otherwise black background in an activated pictorial space. The complex abstract compositions that flash upon the screen in full-scale explosions of white light or in the aftermath of effervescent sparks reflect Frampton's painterly handling of the camera (hand-held and fluid) and his rhythmic use of color (blue frames are used to mark each cut). While WINTER SOLSTICE pays homage to the work of a number of New York school painters, its steel mill setting represents, as Frampton noted, 'A pretextual locus dearly beloved by our Soviet predecessors.'"--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00

Dave Gearey

Chet's Garage (1978) 16mm, color, 15.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Technology

Filmed in a garage on Staten Island, New York, this is a song of workers and their environment. America's idolatry of the automobile makes this both a romantic and an essential part of the landscape. Layered with multiple images, the film presents something many of us see but seldom look at and it does it with a method that is unique to cinema. Not a work of film journalism, but a song for the eyes, an eyesong.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Madeleine Gekiere

They are Not Chrysanthemums: Only Man Can Make a Rivet (1984) 16mm, color, 36.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

Steel bridges and oil refineries and container ports. An ode to the shapes of industry, set in motion with music by Glenn Branca and operatic exerpts. --M. G.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Anna Geyer

Dozer (1999) 16mm, color & b/w, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Technology

As long as I can remember, I have had an affection for bulldozers -- their power and their grandeur. My fascination with them continues to grow as I observe their ceaseless efforts. With this film I explore the awe inspired by such a destructive force. DOZER features the bulldozer as an icon of American culture and examines the continuous reconstruction of our surroundings. An important point of focus is the impact of the automobile and its infrastructure on our society, environment, and general quality of life, as bulldozers exchange natural landscapes for freeways - landscapes of an industrialized society. This film explores how and why the advent of the automobile has reshaped our lives with an emphasis on several questions: what was there before? What has changed due to the car? My grandmother provides voiceover accounts of life during the emergence of the automobile. She perfectly illustrates pivotal moments of history in very human terms. The naively optimistic text of The Prayer of America's Road Builders adds a subtle irony. Industrial sounds (piledrivers, edgecode printers, trains, the freeway itself, etc.) are manipulated, looped, and layered to function as music. As an aural atmosphere of rhythm, the effects at times create fake sync sound and at others act contrapuntally, contributing to the visual images to form a unique filmic space. The visual aesthetic of DOZER is an exploration of structure and construction as well. I utilize many forms of image layering (multiple projection, optical printing and in-camera effects) which create an even greater distance between subject and viewer.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Leonard M. Henny

Why Worry? (1972) 16mm, black and white, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

If we stop technology today, our society will collapse tomorrow. If we continue present technology, our earth will become uninhabitable. --L. M. H.

Rental: $20.00
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J Hoberman

Customs And Immigration (1971) 16mm, color, 34 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Science & Medicine, Technology

A sci-fi chapter thematically akin to FORBIDDEN PLANET, CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION (a. k. a ANOTHER WORLD) is an angst-ridden as PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO, as alienated as CREATION OF THE HUMANOIDS, as tacky as ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTER, as turgidly poetic as THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR (Wm. Wellman, 1950) & as baroquely conceptual as RED PLANET MARS. --J. H.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Michael Johnson

Gone With The Beep (1993) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Technology

Character-comedy about people and answering machines.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

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
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Lenny Lipton

Cornucopia (1968) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Technology

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

Rental: $20.00
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Janis Crystal Lipzin

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Barbara Rosenthal

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

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $285

Reynold Weidenaar

Wavelines II (1979) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music, Technology

"A film of three abstract, kinetic visual-musical compositions using oscilloscope images and original electronic music." - R.W. "A stunning alliance of tape and film... It is a high-voltage work in which a synthesised music track is united with a multi-patterned movie sequence. The combination of visual and aural in this work remained splendidly convincing. The kaleidoscopic film patterns always had an underlying relationship to the music. Liquid motion in sight and sound seemed to have a purpose." - Worcester Telegram 2/7/82

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Greg Yaskot

July 1973 TV Images (1973) super8, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Technology

A cascade of color images, abstracted in real time. "Your television footage seems interesting, I want to see that soon. I've always wanted to use the tv as a source of imagery, but as you know, it's not part of my life, owning a TV that is" - John DaSilva in a letter, 7/11/73

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

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

Jason Sibert

An Incident at Bridgeville (2005) Color and B&W, 128 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Technology

A film essay which mixes film diary, mock-documentary and narrative to make statements about the soul, technology and love. It has a science fiction storyline which engages the viewer. "Bridgeville" had some positive reviews on the web. Showed at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City as a part of the New Filmmmakers Showcase.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Teslamania (2007) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 7 minutes min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Science, Technology

Two camera rolls shot at the Collective Unconscious during a performance of "Teslamania" featuring Gecko Saccomanno and Tesla Coil Engineer Jamie Mereness. The film's visual effects, double exposures, and refracted images, were all done in camera, just as we see them here. On the soundtrack, Gecko provides various "Tesla tidbits," including Tesla's scheme to provide free electricity transmitted through the air, anecdotes about the Collective's Tesla Coil performances, "Tesla cooking," and a list of the inventor Nikoli Tesla's many exotic phobias. Music by Dorit Chrysler.

16mm Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Rasmus Hamburg

Outrage (2005-2008) 35mm, Color, 1.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

"Ever want to liberate that pent up rage you've been having toward your PC? In eerie black and white, Rasmus Hamburg releases his rage against the machine in this violent short performance dedicated to the victims of the computer age."- Dallas Video Festival 2005

Rental: $25.00
35mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Lattanzi

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $125.00

Josh Solondz

Transciver Receiver Exchange Agreement (2010) DVD_NTSC, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: psychology / mental health, technology

Jolene received an audio recording from her psychic and kindly donated it to me for consideration. What resulted was a musical dimensionshiftestique rant, electronic transmitters are built, signals fade in and out, the psychic's voice framing the final transcription review for accuracy.

Katie Torn

Defunct (2011) DVD NTSC, Color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Music, Mystical, Technology

In Defunct, a human figure wearing painted constructions confronts the viewer with an awkward dance. As the dance progresses the figure's image in modified through video effects, creating further abstractions of the body and digital additions to the human form.

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Ken Jacobs

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films_about_film, found_footage, history, technology

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

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Siegfried A. Fruhauf

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films About Film, history, technology

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

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Car Coming (1990-2010) DVD NTSC, color, 1 min min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal, science_medicine, technology

A 1-minute performance video in which a toy hotrod revs up, races through its shallow depth of field and crashes into the camera. Although one of her very simplest videos, "CAR COMING" is yet another example of Rosenthal's zany investigations into threat and safety, seriousness and play, time and space, size and scale, life and art. Never shown at the time it was first shot or for almost 20 years, this video finally premiered as a loop in a small Rosenthal installation at Fusion Art Museum in New York, in the September, 2009 exhibition "Art of the Crash" curated by Shalom Neuman.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Existential Word Play (1982-2010) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 74 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: body, personal_diary_journal, philosophical, science_medicine, technology

Compiled for Barbara Rosenthal's solo screening in Berlin at Lettretage - Das junge Literaturhaus in Feb., 2010, "EXISTENTIAL WORD PLAY" is a series of 34 zany shorts which all use text, speech, nonsense and bizarre audio to play with the notion that communication may not be possible at all, no matter how hard we try... Includes remastered works since 1982, plus four premieres: "Feet Handoff," "Rules," and the most harrowing two, "Push Me" and "Secret Codes." Four include German, and one Yiddish. Features Ola Creston, Sena Clara Creston, Bill Creston and the late poet Hannah Weiner, plus audio segments by German experimental composers DJ RoBeat and Brandstifter. The full program, and this DVD, comprise the following shorts, in this order: "Lettering Too Big", "Secret Of Life", "Nancy and Sluggo", "A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer", "Boggle", "Paths To Follow", "Words Come Out Backwards", "Quotation from Paul Gauguin, "This Is A", "Dog Recognition", "Postcards", "Rules/Regeln", "Space and Time", "World View", "Names and Faces", "Siddhartha", "Black and Silent", "Whispering Confession", "Secret Codes", "Push Me", "Burp Talk", "Daily News", "News To Fit The Family", "I Have a New York Accent", "Lying Diary/Provocation Cards", "Semaphore Poems", "News Wall", "Nonsense Conversation", "Society", "How Much Does the Monkey Remember", "Feet Handoff", "Pregnancy Dreams", and "Handwriting Analysis."

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

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Josh Solondz

Prisoner's Cinema (2012) DigiBeta NTSC, b&w, 11 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: body, cameraless, dance, ethnic/multicultural, music, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health, science & medicine, spiritual/mystical, structural, technology

"It has been widely reported that prisoners confined to dark cells often see brilliant light displays, which is sometimes called the "prisoner's cinema. [...] The brain contains many (perhaps an infinite number) of feedback loops. One of these involves a pathway between a part of the frontal lobe of the brain, which extends through the cingulate gyrus, caudate nucleus and down to the thalamus. This particular pathway is associated with the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is involved in many biological processes, including those of depression and sleep." -Salvatore Cullari.

I hand spliced this project until my computer crashed. It should induce alpha and delta states, the brain states of the hyper aware and the comatose. For my mother.

Winner of Special Jury Mention New Orleans Film Festival (2013)

Rental: $40
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Josh Solondz

Burning Star (2011) DigiBeta NTSC, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: body, cameraless, dance, ethnic/multicultural, music, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health, science & medicine, spiritual/mystical, structural, technology

Dedicated to my father, who asked that I make a more colourful work. Made during my residency at the now defunct Experimental Television Center, "Burning Star" is a colourful implo/explosion of the twelve sided star. The title refers to Kenji Onishi's "A Burning Star." -Joshua Gen Solondz

Winner Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, U.S.A. (2013)

Rental: $30
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99 Hooker

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

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental, Installation

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

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

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Jake Morton

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

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

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

Muhammad Baber Suleman

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

Genre: Experimental, Installation

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

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

Rental: $25

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Tobe Carey

Banjo Feedback (1974) DVD, color, 13:35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: music, technology

Early processed video with video feedback loop triggered by renowned banjo player, Billy Faire. Recorded in b&w video, colorized with Siegal Colorizer. Features two original banjo tunes.

Rental: $40

Ethan Shoshan

Saudade (2014) DVD NTSC, B&W , 13:00 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, body, dance, erotic, pesonal diary journal, philosophical, psychology mental health, queer bi trans, spiritual mystical, technology

Performative Super 8 manipulation to Digital Projection. Saudade is a word in Portuguese and Galician that claims no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone. It often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. Its the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone or something that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings all together, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling. Through each showing, the film is manipulated live through a series of analog to digital processes. Originally a performance ritual act where the artist tries to control their body through a single repetitive motion and documented in Super 8mm. Inspired by the process of film, Saudade becomes a hypnotic trance of the moving body as an internal dialog of intentions, desires and experiences are exposed. Each film screening is unique and highlights different aspects of the film. PHOTOSENSITIVITY WARNING. Camera: Nung-Hsin Hu

Rental: $100 plus travel expenses

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Jonathan Brainin

Gates (2010) color, 6.30 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30

Jonathan Brainin

Tau (2009) DVD, color, 4.06 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, technology

Abstract video made primarily with closeup shots of Tony Smith's Tau sculpture in South Orange, NJ.

Rental: $30

Jonathan Brainin

Three. Two (2010) color, 6 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, music, technology

Abstraction of a prior abstract video

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Jonathan Brainin

Affirmation (2005) color, 7.30 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: music, technology

Abstract video created in the aftermath of an encounter by a cat with a large ball of yarn.

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Jonathan Brainin

Abstract Mimesis: Zion (2006) DVD, color, 31 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, music, structural, technology

Abstract video created from one still image of a mountain wall at Zion National Park.

Rental: $30

Andrew Kim

THE PEACOCK (2015) 16mm, Color, 12:00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, environment and nature, philosophical, science medicine, technology

A meditation on our fantastic condition of mortality and impermanence..."The peacock painted on the window will never dance or speak. It is only the peacock that lived in the forest which used to speak, dance, and walk in a sweet manner."-AK

Rental: $75.00

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Andrew Kim

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $50

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Georg Anthony Svatek

Orange Trill (2015) DVD_NTSC , color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, dance, hand_processed, technology

Technology sees our corporeal existence as burdensome, resulting in the body's dissolution and disconnect from the very ground beneath our feet. Orange Trill is a cinedance in which the performance challenges the film to "match its moves."

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Gregg Biermann

The Age of Animals (2014) DVD NTSC, Color, 40:00 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: environment and nature, science medicine, spiritual mystical, technology

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

Rental: $100

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Gregg Biermann

The Age of Animals (2014) DVD NTSC, Color, min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: environment and nature, science medicine, spiritual mystical, technology

The Age of Animals (2014)... features contemporary video footage Biermann shot in the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, the Vatican, and the Bronx Zoo. However, Biermann applies manipulations to this footage, producing a complex three-dimensional illusion in which foreground and background are forever trading places. Indeed, the visual experience of this film is akin to being trapped inside an M.C. Escher painting or riding a rollercoaster after taking a hallucinogen. Yet we can still see the documentary world though these disorienting distortions. In the Museum of Natural History, we see visitors looking at taxidermic animals lost to extinction along with the skeletons and footprints of dinosaurs and other bygone species. A sign reading "What makes the Earth habitable?" spins by, implying the fact that the Earth could very well become uninhabitable. In the Vatican, we see tourists videotaping and photographing the soaring ceilings dedicated to the Creator of animals according to Christian theology. The opposition between the spaces of the natural history museum and the church is emphasized through the soundtrack. This alternates between a repeated segment of sampled choral music, silence, and a recorded interview with paleontologist Peter Ward who laments the politics surrounding the discourse on global warming and evolution as well as the misguided notion that previous mass extinctions were caused only by asteroids and not by changing temperatures. The space of the Bronx Zoo, framed by the soundtrack and the other two spaces, reads not as a space of joyful childhood discovery, but rather as the last living relics of the coming mass extinction caused by human ingenuity and greed. Despite the visual distortions, we recognize tortoises, gorillas, giraffes, birds, and so on, but they, too, are barely recognizable in that they suddenly read as the last of their kind. Whether these animals are the product of supreme Creator or evolution becomes irrelevant if they are doomed to disappear. The very title of the film "Age of Animals" implies that the age can end, that there may soon be an age without animals. This film suggests that in the political opposition between science and religion, the casualties are entire species - perhaps all of them. As a whole, Gregg Biermann's recent work suggests a sense of the overwhelming in a historical moment in which we are disoriented visually, sonically, socially, politically, and even biologically. It reflects and refracts the sense that, even as we attempt to make sense of the contemporary world, it continues to shift, becoming a foreign and unfamiliar territory. In Biermann's work, as in contemporary life, our landmarks are constantly shifting, forcing us to find new ways of locating ourselves in a spatial and temporal situation that is ever slipping beyond our mind's grasp. - Jaimie Baron

Rental: $100

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Mary Billyou

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

Genre: Experimental

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

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

Rental: $30
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Ozan Adam

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

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

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

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Lana Caplan

Canaries in the Mine (2015) digital file, color, 19 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature , films about film, found footage, landscape & architecture, technology

CANARIES IN THE MINE is a four-part essay on the grossly out of balance relationship between our rapidly evolving digital and technologic world and our degenerating natural world. The video travels through the recent past to the futuristic present, chronicling the natural world as it evolves from tourist pleasure, through scientific examination, to a subject of exploration on the internet, to its eventual existence as an archive of a disappearing world. Throughout the video, attempts to replicate the natural world with technology collapse and the landscape falls into the language of abstraction (line, shape, movement, repetition, texture). Images from Google Earth show a natural world that has disappeared with climate change, a referent lost to time, that the medium of video can no loner find and record. Sospira focuses on nine women of various nationalities I befriended, each of whom left their old lives behind and moved to Italy for love. In the film they discuss the challenges, compromises, and joys of their new lives.

Rental: $50

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Lana Caplan

Maelstroms (2015) digital file, b&w, 7-8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , films about film, found footage, music, political & social activism, technology

Using animation, heat sensitive camera footage from US border patrol screens, military bombing drone monitors, and other collected footage, Maelstroms is a reflection on the dehumanizing use of image technology in current practice. Sound by Steerage (Alan F. Jones & Barry Chabala)

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Lana Caplan

play and repeat (2014) digital file, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

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

PLAY AND REPEAT is a technological rendering of a cityscape and the experience therein. A sequence of altered still images shot in New York is repeated, each time manipulated and layered over the artifacts of the previous sequence. Images of concrete and pavement are digitally smeared, transmogrifying the architectural structure of the street. Billboards and graffiti become the passage of color and texture through the 2-dimensional space of the screen. play and repeat takes both the city and digital video itself as subject and explores the effect of the addition and removal of the representational image on perception and memory. Composition, color and movement give way to accumulation and eventual disintegration into its own ephemerality.

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