Bruce Baillie

On Sundays (1961) 16mm, black and white, 26 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

First film, shot in San Francisco -- combination documentary and fantasy, partly portraying a lovely friend, Miss Wong.

Rental: $30.00
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Bruce Baillie

Gymnasts, The (1961) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Narrative

Like MR. HAYASHI, originally a NEWS made for Canyon Cinema Theatre in Berkley. Basically a dramatic form, concerning young businessman (played by filmmaker) who is in the course of some everyday transaction finds himself among performing gymnasts, whom he joins. In the end of the film he us seen once again at the same moment before he entered the gymnasium.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Mr. Hayashi (1961) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Portrait of Mr. Hayashi. A real, living saint can be seen on the screen.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie (1961) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"I had a camera with which I could make multiple superimpositions spontaneously. It had been lent to me for a week. I was also given a couple of rolls of color film which had been through an intensive fire. The chance that the film would not record any image at all left me free to experiment and try to create the sense of the daily world in which we live, and what it meant to me. I wanted to record our home, and yet deal with it as being that area from which the films by Stan Brakhage arise, and try to make one arise at the same time."

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Prelude: Dog Star Man (1961) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

In PRELUDE Brakhage achieves a synthesis of all his techniques. In thisfilm of exquisite beauty the images become like words: they come back again, in little bursts, and disappear, and come back again -- like in sentences -- creating visual and mental impressions, experiences. -- Jonas Mekas PRELUDE is a declaration both of the unity of the world ( and Brakhage's lyrical feeling of identification with it) and love for woman, expressed in transcendent, cosmic terms. His images here include both microscopic and telescopic, and range from solar explosions to brief glimpses of the beloved's body... the degree of spiritual, cosmic feeling is remarkable. Brakhage has gone further than any of his fellows whose work I have seen -- Paul Beckley New York Herald Tribune. Four basic visual themes dominate PRELUDE: (1) the four elements, air, earth, fire and water; (2) the cosmos represented in the stock footage of the sun, the moon, and the stars; (3) Brakhage's household- himself, his dog and cat, his baby, and particularly his wife's nude body; and (4) artificial, yet purely filmic devices such as painting or scratching in film, distorting lenses, double exposure and clear leader. -- P. Adams Sitney BRAND NEW PRINT.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Stan Brakhage

Thigh Line Lyre Triangular (1961) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Only at a crisis do I see both the scene as I've been trained to see it ( that is, with Renaissance perspective, three-dimensional logic--colors as we've been trained to call a color a color, as so forth) and patterns that move straight out from the inside of the mind through the optic nerves... spots before my eyes, so to speak... and it's very intensive, disturbing, but joyful experience. I've seen that every time a child was born... Now none of that was in WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING; and I wanted a childbirth film which expressed all of my seeing at such a time.

Rental: $30.00
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Philip Burton

Journey Alone (1961) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

The isolation of the individual as exemplified in the plight of a woman in a Puerto Rican district of New York City.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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
16mm Rental: $50.00

Deedee Halleck

Children Make Movies (1961) 16mm, color & b/w, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $35.00
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Jerome Hill

Sand Castle, The (1961) 16mm, color & b/w, 65 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

"A story of an afternoon in a boy's life. It is a double film. What occurs in his waking consciousness is in black and white, and what he dreams is in color." --Noel Productions

Rental: $100.00

Ken Jacobs

Whirled, The (aka Four Shorts of Jack Smith) (1961) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

The following four films include early images of Jack Smith. 1. Saturday Afternoon Blood Sacrifice (1956) 2. Little Cobra Dance (1956) 3. Hunch Your Back (1963) 4. Death of P'Town (1961) The first two sections were shot around Jack's loft on Reade Street on two 100' 16 mm. rolls. Sunday morning, following Saturday's sacrifice, I saw there was another 50 feet left. In an impromptu way very different from my initial fastidious art-film approach, I quickly filmed Jack on the roof alongside his loft. The results had us falling onto the floor and I would never be an art-film true-believer again. After years of shooting my raging epic STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH starring Jack as The Spirit Not of Life But of Living, and after a few months of being on the outs with each other, we got together--summer of '61 in Provincetown--for one last stab at friendship and the making of a film. In 1963, a snatch of Saturday Afternoon Blood Sacrifice was shown on TV. I had somehow been invited to participate in a TV quiz program called Back Your Hunch. (Or was it Hunch Your Back?)

Rental: $90.00 (16mm, DVD)
16mm Rental: $90.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Lewis Jacobs

Gothic Art (1961) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, History

"A search for spiritual beauty in an ugly world--that is the art of Northern Europe from the late 12th to the 15th century as seen in the great cathedrals and their decoration. Emphasis is placed on determining the origins of Gothic art as manifested in St. denis and Chartres. Structural development are interwoven with iconographic, stylistic, religious and cultural aspects to provide a synthesis of the spectrum of emergin art forms in the period."--L.J.

Rental: $20.00
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Kurt Kren

4/61: Walls Pos Neg. Way (1961) 16mm, black and white, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

"In a flickering symbol shattering image shattering, total collage technique, he energizes the cinema frame with a unique thing-ness that energizes the viewer." -- Al Hansen, Ecce Homo, 1967

Rental: $20.00
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Marie Menken

Eye Music in Red Major (1961) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A study in light based on persistence of vision and enhancement from eye fatigue." -- M.M.

Rental: $30.00
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Marie Menken

Drips In Strips (1961) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Spattered paint responding to gravity, forming its own patterns and combinations of color." -- M.M.

Rental: $30.00
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Paul Morrissey

Ancient History (1961) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

A rearranged newsreel, a decade old.

Rental: $20.00
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Michael Siporin

Moving Picture (1961) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
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Harry Smith

Heaven & Earth Magic (1961) 16mm, b & w, 66 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

"The first part depicts the heroine's toothache consequent to the loss of a very valuable watermelon, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. Next follows an elaborate exposition of the heavenly land, in terms of Israel, Montreal and the second part depicts the return to Earth from being eaten by Max Muller on the day Edward the Seventh dedicated the Great Sewer of London" - Harry Smith

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Bhob Stewart

Do-It-Yourself Happening Kit Or The Year The Universe Lost The Penant (1961) 16mm, color & b/w, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Stan Vanderbeek

Snapshots of the City (1961) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A Claes Oldenburg 'happening.' A black statement about the City in which two people represent the populace after a bomb raid." S.V.

Rental: $20.00
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Vernon Zimmerman

To L. A.... With Lust (1961) 16mm, color & b/w, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: comedy

Starring Ingrid Lothigius; with Taylor Mead, Eric Nord, Carole Parker, and Nudie. "...wild and dirty, but so easy to understand...that it may be considered a fair introduction to cinematic youth on-the-march. It has distinct traces of humor...and offers several moments of pleasure...the star, Ingrid Lothigius, is a blond who photographs well and deadpans her life and hard times like a pro." -Archer Winsten, The New York Post.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Larry Jordan

The Forty and One Nights (1961) DVD NTSC, Color, 6 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Painter and Collage artist, Jess (Collins) performs 41 (now lost) collages to (his) selected sound bits in the manner of a turn-of-the-century nickelodeon.

DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00

Richard Myers

Three films by Richard Myers (1961, 1964 and 1965 ) DVD_NTSC, BW, 20, 24 and 23 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

The Path 1961
The Path "...light as the symbol of the ineffable. The 'plot' of this subjective recreation of a dream seems to concern a mysterious journey; the spectator. However, is visually directed towards forms and substances rather than to the protagonists by a filmmaker who is a master of visionary cinema." -Amos Vogel, Film as a subversive Art
First Time Here 1964
..."Major discovery of the Ann Arbor Film Festival" -Pauline Kael, Film critic and author
"First Time Here" is both fascinating and deeply disturbing. Perhaps it is a form of prophesy. I would gladly see it many times more." -Wm. S. Doan, Dir. The Film Center, Hull House, Chicago
Coronation 1965
Music:Fred Coulter /Costumes: James M. Someroski
"Richard Myers is one of the most talented and one of the most unknown filmmakers in the country. Personally and geographically isolated from the hysterical film propaganda machine. We seldom hear his name; aside from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, we never see his films...Myers's Coronation ranks with the two or three very best experimental films of 1965" -George Manupelli, dir. The Ann Arbor Film Festival.

DVD NTSC Sale: $35,00

Barney Rosset

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary/theatre

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

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

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

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

Rental: $250.00
16mm Rental: $250.00

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