16mm, color, 6.25 min
Disembodied parts of dancers are seen moving freely in black space... form a moving and rhythmic three dimensional design and semi-abstract shapes. -- Lewis Jacobs, Avant Garde Production in America. Experiment in the Film, Gray Walls Press, London, 1949
Our dance audience seems particularly pleased with the opportunity to enjoy such a rare film. -- Margaret Cooper, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, 1977. Purpose: to demonstrate a (then) new dance medium totally different from the stage. Audience: general public, dancers, artist's.
16mm Rental: $30.00
Ritual In Transfigured Time
16mm, black and white, 15 min
Keywords: Dance, Philosophical
In Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time we have gestures that invite us to move into step with them, abandoning the comfort of the known and giving ourselves over to so many strange partners. This silent short begins in a domestic environment, moves to a party scene, and ends with modern dance performed in an outdoor setting. The film's continuity is established by an emphasis on gesture and/or dance throughout.
16mm Rental: $50.00
Fragment of Seeking
16mm, black and white, 13.75 min
Keywords: Literature & Theater, queer
A cinematic portrait of the adolescent Narcissus. --C. H. "I admire Curtis Harrington's interpretation of the labyrinth of self-seeking and self-flight -- as well as his sense of space, of balance within the symbol. --Anais Nin
16mm Rental: $50.00
(1946 - 1952)
16mm, color, 23 min
Genre: Animation, Experimental
Keywords: spiritual / mystical
Early Abstractions is comprised of six films that vary in length from 2 to 5 1/2 minutes. The works were produced over a 7 year period from 1946 to 1952. As Jonas Mekas has said, "You can watch them for pure color enjoyment; you can watch them for motion- Harry Smith's films never stop moving; or you can watch them for hidden symbolic meanings, alchemic signs. There are more levels in Harry Smith's work than in any other film animator I know." Inspired by Native American cultures, jazz, the Kabbala, and surrealism, Smith assembled his own cinematic universe of shape, color, light and time.
Early Abstractions reveals the whimsical, mystical side of experimental animation. To create No: 2 Message From the Sun, a film that Smith said "takes places either inside the sun or in Zurich, Switzerland," the artist applied round, removable stickers to the filmstock, painted the film, and then coated the surface with Vaseline. When the stickers were removed, the circles remained in outline and another layer of paint was applied. Thus as the film is projected, the circle' rhythmic patterns seem to travel and grow in intensity through the layering and merging of colors.
16mm Rental: $90.00
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