George Arcaro

Small Bronze Mask, A (1960) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists

The film has a dual focus. First, portrait of a young artist, Nathaniel Kaz, at the brink of a successful career in sculpture. Second, a visual treatise on his sculpture. The work shows the merging of the artist's life-style and philosophical approach to his work, with views of his sculpture in the context of his Brooklyn studio. At the time of filming, Kaz was approaching his fortieth year. -- (per Kaz.)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jerry Bloedow

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

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, History

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Centuries of June (1960) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"This film comes to exist because Joseph Cornell wished, one fine summer day, to show me the old homes of his beloved Flushing. One of them had been torn down and another beside it was scheduled for demolition. In torment (similar to that which had prompted him to ask me to photograph the Third Ave. Elevated before it was destroyed) he suggested we spend the afternoon preserving 'the world of this house,' its environs. It would be too strong a word to say he 'directed' my photography; and yet his presence and constant suggestions (often simply by a lift of the hand, or lifted eyebrows even) made this film entirely his. He then spent years editing it, incorporating 're-takes' into the film's natural progress, savoring and lovingly using almost every bit of the footage. And then he gave it to me, 'in memory of that afternoon.' It was originally to be called Tower House, then Bolts of Melody (in homage to Emily Dickinson) and then Portrait of June and very often simply June." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Stan Brakhage

Gnir Rednow (1960) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

After Joseph Cornell asked Stan Brakhage to film Manhattan's Third Avenue Elevated Train, Brakhage photographed and edited his film "The Wonder Ring." Not satisfied with the results, Cornell then took the outtakes from "The Wonder Ring" (Brakhage keeping his original intact), and edited his own version, with those outtakes, calling it "Gnir Rednow." There has been a long-standing misconception that the film "Gnir Rednow" is simply "The Wonder Ring" projected in reverse. However, Mark Toscano, of the Academy Film Archive, has definitively established that the original roll of each one of these two films is "unmistakably, completely comprised of camera original Kodachrome," and that no two shots are precisely the same from one film to the other. Rather, the pieces of film used for "Gnir Rednow" are those unused portions of the shots that had been incorporated into "The Wonder Ring." Brakhage referred to "Gnir Rednow" as "Cornell's mirrored version of The Wonder Ring," stating that Cornell had made it to be "projectionable four ways: head-to-tail, tail-to-head (projector always running forward), and the film-flipped versions of the above two." It was perhaps his use of the term "mirrored version" which led to the confusion. However, Brakhage also noted that Cornell had considered the film unfinished; that Cornell had sent it to him, several years before his death, with several strips of film loose in the can, requesting that Brakhage finish it. Brakhage wrote, "As I was never able to improve upon his 'unfinished' edit of it, this print is exactly as he sent it to me then. The five or six seconds he couldn't' find any place for have, accordingly, been left out."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Dead, The (1960) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"... a very sombre and intense visual poem, a black lyric, if you like, but full of an open dramatic energy which puts it well above a formal or rhetorical exercise on Time and Eternity. In the visual form of the monuments of the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the persistent and impenetrable geometric masonry gets to be less a symbol of death than a death-like sensation." - Donald Sutherland -- "Europe, weighed down so much with that past, was The Dead. I was always Tourist there; I couldn't live in it. The graveyard could stand for all my view of Europe, for all the concerns with past art, for involvement with symbol. THE DEAD became my first work in which things that might very easily be taken as symbols were so photographed as to destroy all their symbolic potential. The action of making THE DEAD kept me alive. ... a very somber and intense visual poem, a black lyric, if you like, but full of an open dramatic energy which puts it well above a formal or rhetoric exercise on time and Eternity. In the visual form of the monuments of the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the persistent and impenetrable geometric masonry gets to be less a symbol of death than a death-like sensation. "

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ron Dilg

Indwelling (1960) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

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

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Allen Downs

Winter In China: A Mexican Market Festival (1960) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

"A surreal, brillantly captured festival. Allen, as always, depicts the soul of the people. His camera encompassing the beauty as well as the reality of Mexico." --Glenna Johnson

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bob Emrich

Joan I (1960's) 16mm, black and white, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Structural

A purposeless portrait of Joan Swain, based on three decisions by the film maker and 300 by a random numbers table. Joan is the finest random numbers table reader I have ever known. --B. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Bob Emrich

Joan II (1960's) 16mm, black and white, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

The camera bounces and twists; the film is soft and grainy; and Joan Swain plays in Union Station. --B. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ed Emshwiller

Lifelines (1960) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Body

A combination of animated line drawings with live photography of a nude model. A play on the title (living lines, life model, procreation and hand life line).

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

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
16mm Rental: $30.00

Edward English

Fugs (1960's) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

(Sights and sounds of the lower East Side rain forest.) This film captures a bit of their environment, which includes the lower East Side, the Waldorf Astoria, the MacDougal Street scene, police harassment, show biz, humanity, their audiences and the film-maker. --E. E. "(The Fugs) embody the earthy individuality of the American Frontier, the bawdy excitement of Elizabethan England and the creative fecundity of the Renaissance." --Status Magazine

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Edward English

Giuseppi Logan (1960's) 16mm, black and white, 4.5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music

Some of the problems facing Giuseppi are juxtaposed with his music, Satan's Dance. The pictures depict the opposite view which is fortuitously any sunny day in the park with his wife and son. The joy of the boy is the inspiration of the father. A straight-forward, simple documentary. --E. E.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Edward English

Spaceways (1960's) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music

Made with Sun-Ra. This print is faded.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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
16mm Rental: $20.00

Howard Everngam

Swimming Or Wading Strictly Prohibited (1960's) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Environment & Nature

A lyrical little documentary of those, mostly children, who succumb to the lure of water on a hot day in New York's Central Park. Their joy, in most cases, is brought to an abrupt end by the forces of law and order enforcing the letter of the law. Tired but unrepentant they wander home. --H. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dwinell Grant

Eight Films (1960) 16mm, color & b/w, 39 min

Genre: Experimental

COMPOSITION #1, THEMIS (1940) 4 min. Color. Silent (16FPS.): A painter's first attempt to introduce the element of time-motion into abstract visual art. Improvised rather than composed, using circles, squares, and cylinders of glass, paper, and wood, lighted from all angles by moving light sources.--D. G. COMPOSITION #2, CONTRATHEMIS (1941) 4 1/2 min. Color. Silent (16FPS.): An attempt to develop visual abstract themes and to counterpoint them in a planned, formal compostion.--D. G. "Austere and chaste combinations, with subtle manipulation of structure, density and rhythm."--W. Moritz. ABSTRACT EXPERIMENTS (1941-42) 8 min. Color. Silent (16FPS.):Different animation media tested for possible use in future films.--D. G. COMPOSITION #3, SPELEAN DANCE (1942) 2 1/4 min. Black & White. Silent (16FPS.): Animation of clay, wooden spheres, and wire, is augmented by animated light forms produced by projektion through movable prism-lens combinations.--D. G. COLOR SEQUENCE (1943) 3 mins. Color. Silent (16FPS.): "Pure solid-color frames which fade, mutate and flicker. A research into color rhythms and perceptual phenomena."--W. Moritz. THREE THEMES IN VARIATION (1945) 5 1/2 min. Black & White. Silent (16 FPS) COMPOSITION #5, FUGUE (1949) 8 min. Color. Silent (16FPS.): Abstract themes are developed and counterpointed. Animated forms are light projections superimposed on a static abstract background.--D. G. PEPSi-COLA-COMMERCIAL (1960) 1 min. Color. Sound (24FPS.).

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Motoharu Jonouchi

Pou Pou (1960) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

A surrealist poem-exercise. Made at Nippon University. "A film describing some unusual acts by youths attempting to break out of the stifling patterns of culture... daydreaming that yields them nothing. A mob of children enact a burial rite; the place of the 'corpse' is taken by one of the rebellious youths... Beautiful and rare images... one of the best Japanese films." --Iimura

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Kurt Kren

2/60: 48 Heads From The Szondi-Test (1960) 16mm, black and white, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Following early experiments on 8mm between 1953 and 1957, [Kren] made his first 16mm film VERSUCH MIT SYNTHETISCHEM TON (1957), including a drawn soundtrack beginning to develop the notions of formal relationships between simple images. But his next three films, made between then and 1961, showed the systematic direction of his work most clearly: 48 KOPFE AUS DEM SZONDI TEST (1960) and BAUME IM HERBST (1960) being shot according to system, and MAUERN-POSITIV-NEGATIV UND WEG (1961) being edited that way. It is also evident in these films and is confirmed in his next, FENSTERGUCKER, ABFALL, ETC. (1962), that even if Kren rejected poetic or narrative intention, the images of his work were in no way neutral, arbitrary or convenient fillers for a mathematical system." - Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond, 1977 "[I]n this concentrationary universe, no one's his own self, everyone's everyone and nothing. Ruthlessly executed, the formal idea becomes a gruesome philosophical jest." -- Raymond Durgnat, International Times, 1966

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Kurt Kren

3/60: Trees During Autumn (1960) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"The first embodiment of [a] concept of structural activity in cinema comes in Kren's BAUME IM HERBST, where the camera as subjective observer is constrained within a systematic or structural procedure, incidentally the precursors of the most structuralist aspect of Michael Snow's later work. In this film, perception of material relationships in the world is seen to be no more than a product of the structural activity in the work. Art forms experience." -- Malcolm Le Grice, Abstract Film and Beyond, 1977

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Peter Kubelka

Arnulf Rainer (1960) 16mm, 35mm, black and white, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"He has even created a film (called ARNULF RAINER) whose images can no more be 'turned off' by the closing of eyes than can the soundtrack thereof it (for it is composed entirely of white frame rhythming thru black inter-spaces and of such an intensity as to create its pattern straight thru closed eyelids) so that the whole 'mix' of the audio-visual experience is clearly 'in the head,' so to speak: and if one looks at it openly, one can see one's own eye cells as if projected onto the screen and can watch one's optic physiology activated by the sound track in what is, surely, the most basic Dance of Life of all (for the sounds of the film do resemble and, thus, prompt the inner-ear's hearing of its own pulse output at intake of sound). "These films must, very truly, be seen and very truly seen and heard to be believed!" -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00
35mm Rental: $65.00

Joseph Marzano

Early Films: Erostratos & Trilogy (1960) 16mm, color & b/w, 30.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A faithful, but cinematic adaptation of Sartre's story concerning a psychopath who dreads contact with humanity and who plans to rid himself of it a bang. 'Alive with a vital sense of what makes cinema. The nervous constantly moving camera, the original editing structure, and the surreal, other-worldly qualities more than compansate for technical and, occasionally, artistic sloppiness and undisciplinedness." --Mark Rappaport, New York Film Bulletin

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Ron Rice

Flower Thief, The (1960) 16mm, DVD NTSC, black and white, 58 min

Genre: Experimental

Starring Taylor Mead "In the old Hollywood days movie studios would keep a man on the set who, when all other sources of ideas failed (writers, directors, was called upon to 'cook up' something for filming. He was called The Wild Man. THE FLOWER THIEF has been put together in memory of all dead wild men who died unnoticed in the field of stunt." -- R.R. "Rice, by deliberately flouting established movie making traditions, reveals himself primarily as a professional rebel rather than the leader of a new movement. But in the highly specialized area of experimental films, he has produced a major work."-- Eugene Archer, The New York Times.

Rental: $130.00
16mm Rental: $130.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Blacks & Whites, Days & Nights (1960) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A 'drawn' film, with images that are constantly changing, drawings of landscapes that keep escaping, traces of faces, everything is almost what it is but never stays that way. The soundtrack punches out a wild monotone of dirty, nonsense limericks to the accompaniment of hand-drawn images related only in their complementary rhythm." -- David Holmstrom

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Skullduggery (1960) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Double exposure and other methods are used to include animated collage "live" newsreel footage, mixing the eye with live scenes and unlive scenes, to jibe at world so-called leaders.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Vernon Zimmerman

Lemon Hearts (1960) 16mm, black and white, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Architecture

Starring Taylor Mead in eleven roles. Filmed in the now-demolished Victorian houses in San Francisco's Western Division Redevelopment area. "The film opens with Taylor Mead wandering aimlessly through a shabey alley where he sees displayed paintings of Edward Lupper's 'romantic decadence.' Suddenly the paintings form a collage of ruins that lead by means of a decaying staircase into the real thing - the Western Addition rubble. The remainder of the movie concerns Taylor Mead's abortive romances with some anachronistic Victorian spinsters of various illusionary ages and fantasies, all played by himself. Ultimately Mead suffers an acute disillusionment with these shadowy beings of yester-year and flees to the modern insanity of the Jack Tar Motel, clutching in his hand a suitcase filled with the artifacts of the forgotten life... It is not pathos Mead evokes, nor derision. It is rather a Chaplinesque sense of incongruity. All civilization takes on a ridiculous note in terms of Mead, and his answer seemingly is: I am, therefore you think." Lee Stothers, S.F. Territorial News

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

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