Scott Bartlett

Serpent (1971) 16mm, color, 14.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Financed by Guggenheim Fellowship. The serpent embodies the primal chaotic life force in mythic symbology. SERPENT uses natural and electronic imagery to convey this elusive creative force. An outstanding piece of art. Striking, kinetic. Its form, techniques, and texture patterns should be studied by all aspiring young filmmakers. A beautiful combination of pure visual poetry and ideas about man and the world. -- Jurors, American Film Festival.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, 102 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

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.

Rental: $45.95
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.95

Les Blank

Spend It All (1971) 16mm, color, 43.45 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Music

This is a perceptive, lusty lyrical documentary of some true American originals-- the bayou people in Cajun Country. --Times Picayune, New Orleans. The Cajuns of Southwest Louisiana still retain the language, camaraderie and old world spirit of their French-speaking Acadian ancestors. The film captures the intense bravado and vitality of their lives, in scenes such as quarter horse racing, coffee roasting, accordion building, cooking and having suppers along with the intoxicating music of the Balfa Brothers, Marc Savoy, Nathan Abshire and others.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Stan Brakhage

Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, The (1971) 16mm, color, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

... S. Brakhage, entering, WITH HIS CAMERA, one of the forbidden, terrific locations of our culture, the autopsy room. It is a place wherein, inversely, life is cherished, for it exists to affirm that no one of us may die without our knowing exactly why. All of us, in the person of the coroner, must see that, for ourselves, with our own eyes. It is a room full of appalling particular intimacies, the last ditch of individuation. Here our vague nightmare of mortality acquires the names and faces of OTHERS. This last is a process that requires a WITNESS; and what 'idea' may finally have inserted itself into the sensible world we can still scarcely guess, for the CAMERA would seem the perfect Eidetic Witness, staring with perfect compassion where we can scarcely bear to glance. -- Hollis Frampton

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Stan Brakhage

Angels' (1971) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

This is then the property of many angels.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Deus Ex (1971) 16mm, color, 33.5 min

Genre: Experimental

I have been many times very ill in hospitals; and I drew on all that experience while making DEUX EX in West Penn. Hospital of Pittsburgh; but I was especially inspired by the memory of one incident in an emergency room of S. F.'s Mission District: while waiting for medical help, I had held myself together by reading an April-May, 1965 issue of Poetry Magazine; and the following lines from Charles Olson's Cole's Island had especially centered the experience, 'touchstone' of DEUS EX, for me: Charles begins the poem with the statement, 'I met Death--' and then: 'He didn't bother me, or say anything. Which is/not surprising, a person might not, in the circumstances;/or at most a nod or something. Or they would. But they wouldn't,/or you wouldn't think to either,/it was Death. And/He certainly was, the moment I saw him.' The film begins with this sense of such an experience and goes on to envision the whole battle of hospital on these grounds, thru to heart surgery seen as equivalent to Aztec ritual sacrifice... the lengths men go to avoid so simple as straight a relationship with Death as Charles Olson managed on/in 'Cole's Island.'

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Stan Brakhage

Door (1971) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This is the only all-inclusive autobiography I've yet managed; and as I'm still alive, it is to be understood as a metaphor which defines the limits of expectations.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Fox Fire Child Watch (1971) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Ken, Flo, and Nisi Jacobs in the Syracuse Airport: this is what you might call baby-sitting in the swamp.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Peaceable Kingdom, The (1971) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This film, one of the most perfect ever given to me to make, was inspired by the series of paintings of the same title by Edward Hicks.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Sexual Meditation: Room with View (1971) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Directly in the tradition of SEXUAL MEDTATION NO. 1: MOTEL, this 'sequel' does explore further the possibilities of nudes in a room.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Trip to Door, The (1971) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Directly in the tradition of SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD, this film may indeed constitute a 3rd chapter to 'The Book of Film.'

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Stan Brakhage

Western History (1971) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a comedy, tho' few will know the subject well enough to laugh; it meticulously represents the whole personal story of Westward Ho and Hoeing Man as He might attempt to remember it while watching a Pittsburgh basketball game.

Rental: $34.00
16mm Rental: $34.00

Bill Brand

Always Open/Never Closed (1971) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A woman wakes up, gets dressed, makes breakfast and walks down the street. This ordinary ritual becomes extraordinary as it is seen in the dance-like structure of continuous lap dissolves and continuous spectral color shifts.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Bill Brand

Pong Ping Pong (1971) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Installation

N.B. Film comes with 7-1/2 i. p. s. stereo 1/2 track tape (will produce on 1/4 track machines). If tape playback is impossible, film has mono optical sound-track. The film is normal static projection form, derived from a film-environment piece described as follows: PONG PING PONG has been described to reveal the circular and reciprocating nature of the film medium, and to activate the space between projector and projection. The film is projected from a special turn table which moves the entire image back and forth and slowly around 360 degrees. The images is projected onto a 24-4 ft. by 8 ft. cardboard screens placed in a circle around the projector. The circle has a diameter of 40 ft. Each screen is a triangular prism, white on one side and black on the other two. The screens are placed one foot apart allowing people and projection beam to move inside and outside the circle. The subject of the film is a ping pong game. The camera mounted on the turn-table machine, swings back and forth while the entire mechanism is slowly pushed around and around the table. The piece has a duration of 25 minutes and is accompanied by a stereo sound track. (For a presentation of the complete environmental piece, arrangements can be made directly with the film-maker.)

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

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
16mm Rental: $50.00

James Broughton

This Is It (1971) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"James Broughton's creation myth, THIS IS IT, places a 2-year-old Adam and a bright apple-red balloon in a backyard garden of Eden, and works a small miracle of the ordinary. And since that miracle is what his film is about, he achieves a kind of casual perfection in matching means and ends." -- Robert Greenspun, The New York Times "It's simple, inspired, and ecstatic. To watch Broughton's film you need a certain silence, a certain descending to the more subtle, more fragile levels of your being - otherwise, the film and its content will not reach you, it will break to pieces. I figure this is the main reason why films of the stature and subtlety and ecstasy of THIS IS IT never reach the New York Film Festival screen." -- Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice " A seminal film that promises to affect the course of film art for some time to come." -- Hollis Frampton

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Inside Dope (1971) 16mm, color & b/w, 33 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Psychology & Mental Health

"One rainy day in Tulsa, when I was 13, the gym teacher showed our class some films in the 'mat' room. One film was about Dope: Jane's a nice girl dating Bob, and they go out in his '48 convertible and park with some friends of Bob's, rather fast friends it turns out. Pretty soon someone lights up a bent little cigarette and offers it to Jane. What's the matter is she chicken? Too late. Pretty soon she's hooked. On H. It has taken me 16 years to find a film which rivals this masterpiece. INSIDE DOPE is a pseudo-educational, fictitious documentary survey of the ups, downs, ins and far-outs of Dope. It is stunningly entertaining, because it is at once very funny and slightly sinister, like Red Skelton in the sky with diamonds. Burckhardt has assembled a star-studded cast: Edwin Denby, the silver ghost himself; beautiful naked girls Tessie Mitchell and Joan Fagin; beautiful but not naked girls Mimi Gross, Yvonne Jacquette, Gerry Jacquette, Elisabeth Rodgers and Susan Leites; dancer Bill Dunas; painters Larry Rivers. Red Grooms and Arthur Cohen; philosopher Edmund Leites; filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt and his son Jacob; and a supporting cast of thousands, including a crack drill corps of marching pills (in an animated sequence by poet Larry Fagin). The film has too many high points to mention, except for one, when a bum falls on the sidewalk and makes along distance call on a milk bottle." -- Ron Padgett

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Fran Burst-Terranella

Youngest Film-Makers, The: A Childrens' Film-making Workshop (1971) 16mm, color, 13.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family

The film is about a summer creativity workshop in which elementary school children learn how to make films. The film presents some of the processes involved in both live-action and animated film-making by showing the children at work on their individual and group film projects. The film includes many of the children's films as well as a documentation of the workshop. It shows the creativity the children express in their films and the excitement and enthusiasm with which they make films. The workshop was conducted by Susan O'Brien at Ortega Elementary School in Austin, Texas in the summer of 1971.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

29 segundos de cine absoluto (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, .5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

An essay of absolute cinema representation. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Campos Bañados de Azul (Blue Fields) (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A bored boy is leaving his home. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Donde estara Vampirella? (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A comic in an absolute cinema representation. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

L'Enfant Terrible (1971) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Surrealistic relations between reality and sexual fantasy. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Misterio de Lourdes (1971) VHS NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Faith and mystical ceremonial. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish NTSC video transfer from 16mm film.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Circles I (1971) 16mm, color, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Music by Morton Subotnik. "A computer-generated abstract film produced by the world-famous sculptress, with original music by a leading contemporary composer. Circles revolve in, around, and through each other, float off like loosened coils, and evolve into whirling spheres. The pale colors of the circles multiply into brilliant hues against a stark musical accompaniment which evokes the sounds of endlessly bouncing springs." -- The Booklist

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Circles I Variation II (1971) 16mm, color, 6.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Music by George Kleinsinger. "The central image of spiraling, revolving circles is reminiscent of Duchamp's ANEMIC CINEMA and enlists the viewer in a very pleasurable game of distinguishing color and shape." -- Joan Braderman, Art Forum

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Tom Chomont

Selected Shorts III Couples, Love Objects (1971) DVD NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Love Objects- "is edited with particular mastery: each cut seems calculated to interrupt the movement of the previous shot, replacing it with another movement or with stillness. Editing becomes as important as movement within the frame as a producer of rhythm." - Fred Camper, The Chicagoan, March 1978

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Tom Chomont

Love Objects (1971) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

"...is edited with particular mastery: each cut seems calculated to interrupt the movement of the previous shot, replacing it with another movement or with stillness. Editing becomes as important as movement within the frame as a producer of rhythm." Fred Camper

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Beverly Conrad

Four Square (1971) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Co-maker Tony Conrad.

Note: A four-screen film. Stereo 1/2-track tape--will produce stereo on 1/4-track machines--included, along with complete setup and projection instruction, four separate film reels, and a diagrammatic program note.

"FOUR SQUARE is designed for simultaneous projection by four projectors, on four screens arranged in a square which encloses the audience. In practice it is sometimes necessary to conform the distribution of projectors and screens to the available space. In so doing, a rule of thumb should be that the screens should be separated from one another as much and as symmetrically as possible, and the projectors should roughly face one another, in pairs. The audience, if seated, would do best to sit where it is possible to see two screens ahead and two off to the sides. A diagram of one such arrangement is included with the projectionist's instructions. The two loud-speakers should be widely separated and at opposite sides of the audience.

"This film extends the viewer-film relationship out into the space of the environment. Colors are introduced in such a way that they unbalance the normal receptivity of the viewer's eye to color. Then, throughout the simultaneity of very short events in different areas of the viewing area, relationships are developed around the varying speed of perception in different areas of the viewer's visual field.

"FOUR SQUARE is basically a film about Red, the space, and time. The sound is a tape of composition, 'Emergency Landing', which supports the free in interpolation of atmospheric events into the ambient space" -- Tony & Beverly Conrad

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Storm De Hirsch

Experiment In Meditation, An (1971) 16mm, color, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"The shape of change, the shape of memory has walked many miles in the mind to recreate a landscape, a manner of subterranean speech which may never reach its destination to the surface but roolls in the bloodstream swollen with speech invisible to the ear but palpable to the feelings that travel inside the network of the body/brain. The vision and the visitation occur simultaneously."--S.D.H.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

David Devensky

Homecall (1971) 16mm, color & b/w, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal

Consisting basically of home movie footage of family, relatives, and myself during the mid-1940's I have included loops of certain sequences and actions that have attracted me. Invariably people find HOMECALL a very warm film; however, upon closer scrutiny quite another facet is visible. --D. D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Tom Dewitt

Fall (1971) 16mm, , 18.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"[FALL] subtly but powerfully equates the myth of Icarus with possible nuclear holocaust. ... DeWitt's achievement lies in conveying this obvious comparison in freshly stirring imagery and with an awesome sense of the glory of Icarus-mankind's rise and the catastrophe of his fall." -- Edgar Daniels "What is most powerfully effective in FALL is the extraordinary sophistication of DeWitt's visual techniques, his graphic eye, and his complex designs. Because each unit of the exposition is so painstakingly conceptualized and nurtured, an audience is afforded a unique kind of purview on the elements as they are reconstituted in the more complex overlays. Thus the early, Magritte-like compositions of eye and sky establish basis for later more complicated efforts .... Color changes worked on given images (the bird, the sky) avoid the oversimplifications of hues/cues. Certain effects, as when clouds pass through the falling body which is outlined in flaming orange, can only be described as awesome. ... [A] work of immense dedication and exceptional skill." -- John Fell

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

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.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Shirley Erbacher

Chiaroschro (1971) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

An evocation of a boy's growth into young manhood. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Shirley Erbacher

Dance #6 (1971) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Based on a construction by Alice Shaddle about the Bardo Plane. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Shirley Erbacher

Dance #7 (1971) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Personal / Diary / Journal

This film is in memory of the film-maker's father. --S. E.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Focus Pocus Film Squad (Howard Lester et al)

Screening's Logo (1971) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"The perfect way to start any film showing. Visually a 'welcome to the movies' message, and aurally an edited version of the public discussions following several underground film showings."--H.L.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Charles Henri Ford

Johnny Minotaur (1971) 16mm, color & b/w, 79.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Ethnic / Multicultural, Personal_Diary_Journal, queer

Surrealist poet and artist Charles Henri Fords 1971 film, Johnny Minotaur is a lyrical explosion of taboos: incest, intergenerational desire, pansexuality and autoeroticism are a few of the issues he grapples with through mythopoeic, sensual imagery, recitations of his diaries and a philosophical debate featuring an impressive narration by such artists as Salvador Dali, Allen Ginsberg, Warren Sonbert and Lynne Tillman. Unseen for over two decades, The New American Cinema Group, Inc./The Film-Makers Cooperative has restored Johnny Minotaur and resuscitated this classic of forgotten, queer cinema that belongs alongside the films of Kenneth Anger, Derek Jarman and Jean Genet.

Rental: $240.00
16mm Rental: $240.00

Hollis Frampton

Critical Mass (Hapax Legomena III) (1971) 16mm, black and white, 25.5 min

Genre: Experimental

As a work of art I think (Critical Mass) is quite universal and deals with all quarrels (those between men and women, or men and men, or women and women, or children, or war). It is war!... It is one of the most delicate and clear statements of inter-human relationships and the difficulties of them that I have ever seen. It is very funny, and rather obviously so. It is a magic film in that you can enjoy it, with greater appreciation, each time you look at it. Most aesthetic experiences are not enjoyable on the surface. You have to look at them a number of times before you are able to fully enjoy them, but this one stands up at once, and again and again, and is amazingly clear." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Hollis Frampton

Traveling Matte (Hapax Legomena IV) (1971) 16mm, black and white, 33.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

(Traveling Matte) is the pivot upon which the whole of Hapax Legomena turns. Thanks to the Binghamton Video Workshop, and the experimental video lab, Antioch College. "This film metaphors an entire human life: birth, sex, death -- the framing device is the fingers and palm of the maker's hand, wherein others only attempt to read the future." -- Stan Brakage.

Rental: $67.00
16mm Rental: $67.00

Myrel Glick

Song (1971) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

4 1/2 minutes of light energy kissing the film emulsion. A joy to behold. --M. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Gottheim

Barn Rushes (1971) 16mm, color, 34 min

Genre: Experimental

"BARN RUSHES is one of those seldom films which surprises one over and over. I remember the surprise I had when I used it first in a class; BARN RUSHES is so ecstatic and visionary that I thought a didactic setting might smother it. However, the film instead emerged not only unscathed, but (phoenix-like) improved! For aside from the compositional/retinal joy of the film, it is also a tour-de-force in sequential organization of thematic material, the closest possible approach to a textbook of atmosphere, camera vision, and lighting, as they relate personal concept to purely visual relationships. "... elegant yet rustic in its simplicity of execution; tugged gently toward different sides of the set by hints of color and motion interactions, positive and negative spaces, etc., and the unyielding delivery on one of the great apotheoses of poetic cinema at fade-out time." -- Tony Conrad Collection: Carnegie Institute; Moderna Mus'et, Stockholm

Rental: $144.00
16mm Rental: $144.00

Larry Gottheim

Doorway (1971) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Perfect works have a way of appearing unobtrusive or simple, the complexities seeming to be so correct that they flow - mesmerize one through their form - a form that bespeaks of harmony between many aesthetic concerns. ... Larry Gottheim's DOORWAY is such a film. His concern for working with edges, isolating details, the prominence of the frame as a shape and revealer of edges, love of photographic texture, are all dealt with lucidly in this film. ... One is drawn into these beautiful images through Gottheim's poetic feel for photographic qualities -- i. e., light, movement, texture -- his ability to transform a landscape through his rigorous use of the frame to isolate in order to call attention to a heretofore hidden beauty revealed through a highly selective eye." -- Barry Gerson, Film Culture

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Larry Gottheim

Harmonica (1971) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

With Shelley Berde. O! the one Life within us and abroad, Which meets all motion and becomes its soul, A light in sound, a sound-like power in light, Rhythm is all thought, and joyance everywhere -- Methinks, it should have been impossible Not to love all things in a world so fill'd; Where the breeze warbles, and the mute still air is Music slumbering on her instrument. And what if all animated nature Be but organic Harps diversely fram'd That tremble into thought, as o'er them sweeps Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze, At once the Soul of Each, and Good of all? -- S. T. Coleridge, The Eolian Harp

Rental: $44.00
16mm Rental: $44.00

Larry Gottheim

Thought (1971) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

In 1971 it seemed a formal companion to DOORWAY, bringing out further possibilities of small movements within the format of a continuous shot. In 1980 something sang to my current conserns, hinted at by drawing this title into that gentle sensual pulling. Something about what is moving between me, us and that out there... what us per-forming.--L. G.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Nancy Graves

Isy Boukir (1971) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 16 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: nature

Film rental: 50.00, video rental: 50.00, video sale: 400.00 ISY BOUKIR contains footage filmed in the Sahara during eighteen days. I wanted to extend sequences in GOULIMINE, 1970 and to a greater degree permit the animal motions to determine structure. An arriflex was often positioned five to ten feet from the animals. In New York, partite animal forms were seperated into two segments: as walking and as graduated motion. Through the edited sequential duration, camel morphology vies with the viewer's inherent anthropomorphism... This film is the most successful in that the impression of these animals as primordial beings existing in barren yet awesomely beautiful surroundings far outweighs a consciousness of complicated editing and sound relationships.--N. G. "ISY BOUKIR is not exactly a study of camels--though unavoidably it is full of the material for such a study--but rather a study of the way in a flock of camels, individual camels, and parts of a camels, occupy the space available to the camera frame. This may sound preteniously abstract, but Ms. Graves's film is precise and wonderfully particular, and as appreciativee of its camels as of the controlled rhythms of their surges across the screen, the slight shifting of their legs, the curves of their extended necks. It is altogethter beautiful, rich, assured, tactful and intensive filmmaking."--Roger Greenspun, New York Times

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $200.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

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
16mm Rental: $20.00

Amy Greenfield

Transport (1971) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Camera: Sandy D'Annunzio; Performers: Lee Vogt, Amy Greenfield; Sound: Optical Synthesizer. TRANSPORT came out of many influences in the early 1970s: the dead of Vietnam; the poem by my poetry teacher Anne Sexton, "For God While Sleeping"; the post-modern dance experiments with trust, to give yourself totally while being lifted by another; and the airborne astronauts of moon exploration. In the film, a man, then a woman, are lifted from the ground and are carried through space. Most of the film is seen upside-down against the white sky. The man and woman never meet. Their relationship is made entirely through the film editing. They move between ground and sky, between death (dead weight), through gravity (conflict weight) toward space (floating space). Finally, they break out into space and are borne along as if flying through the white air. Awards: Second Prize, Yale Film Festival; Oesterreichisches Filmmuseum, Austria. Exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Film Forum, NY.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

George Griffin

One Man's Laundry (1971) 16mm, color, 24.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Homer Bendix runs a small town laundromat and that's o. k. But two businessmen (one resembling Nixon) encroach on his world and he is infected with the idea of progress. This leads him down seemingly rosy path to the big city, a trip filled with dangerous and hard-edged consequences.--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Walter Gutman

Trisha Brown Co. at the Whitney Museum 1971--The Reheasal (1971) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Amy Halpern

Roll #1, For Nancy (1971) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

N. Y. C. Unedited blow-up from 8mm; in three parts.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Will Hindle

Later That Same Night (1971) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Hindle's first all-southern-made work, filmed shortly after moving his studio from San Francisco to the lower Appalachians. Jackie Dicie sings the song in disruptive out-of-synchronization. It is Hindle's first-water attempt to express the southern country mode of existence ... the alone woman and the lonesome land.

Rental: $20.00

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

Nancy Holt

Swamp (1971) 16mm, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Films about Film, Media

Deals with the limitations of perceptions through the camera eye as Bob (Robert Smithson) and the filmmaker (Nancy Holt) struggle through a muddy New Jersey swamp. Verbal directions cannot easily be followed as the reeds crash against the lens, blocking vision and forming continuously shifting patterns. Confusion ensues. Also available on VHS

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00 DVD NTSC

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $200.00

Peter Hudiburg

Collaborative Drawing (1971) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

A high-spirited, fast-moving musical document of Tom Ryan and Kent Holloway creating an eighteen by six foot paster drawing. In eleven minutes one witnesses the evolution from bare paper to completed art work with music and dance along the way. A vibrant display of the interrelation of the arts. --P. H.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Takahiko Iimura

In The River (1971) 16mm, color, 19.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Katmudu Series #1: the basic footage was shot in the Katmundu area, and is of a man taking a bath in a sacred river. The image was repeated and superimposed in a viewer and then reshoot. The original footage was lengthened considerably by this process. "The film concerns itself structurally with prolonging the time of a minimal action. My evaluation of what happens in Iimura's films is that a mystical reality emerges from exploring a subject like this in great detail - in getting into it, seeing it uncommonly, focusing on it, by being forced to observe its subtle changes. It somehow enables us to see into it. It is as if perception were carried by a swift current, when film images are seen in normal progression; but when the film slows and eddites around a single boulder-like image, viewer's perception sinks to deeper levels." -- Carl Linder, Filmmaking, 1976 "A different sort of formal investigation resulted in In the River. Again, Iimura used the process of re-photography, but in this instance, the screen was the tiny viewer of a 16mm editor. Using various camera speeds and in-camera superimpositions, Iimura analyzed some footage he had made in katmandu of a man taking a bath in a sacred river. The finished film develops an interesting parallel between the man's careful bathing as the river flows past and Iimura's careful analysis of the man's physically simple activities as the film flows through the camera. The spiritual illumination the man receives is reflected by the mandala-like circular illumination created by the flickering light of the 16mm viewer. A meditational experience is, thus, presented in a film whose minimal action and quiet pace can create meditational possibilities for viewers." -- Scott MacDonald, Afterimage, April, 1978

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Takahiko Iimura

Pacific Ocean, The (1971) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

When crossing the Pacific Ocean by boat, which took 12 days, I was looking at only the horizon, and this is what I saw.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Takahiko Iimura

Yoko Ono: This Is Not Here (1971) DVD NTSC, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

"Takahiko Iimura is not an ordinary artist. He is undoubtedly one of the first Japanese artists, along with Yoko Ono and Ryuichi Sakamoto gain substantial international reputation... An emotionally moving film documentary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon. "Carl Eugene Loeffler, Artcom, President, San Francisco This is a Region Free DVD

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Takahiko Iimura

Shutter (1971) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Music by Keijiro Sato SHUTTER marks a further step in Iimura's developing interest in formal concerns. Using two projector speeds and various camera speeds, he photographed the light thrown onto a screen by a projector with no film running through it. Because of the disparities between the speeds of the camera and projector shutters, the resulting footage, which he printed first in positive, then in negative, creates a series of flicker effects. -- Scott MacDonald, Afterimage, April, 1978

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ken Jacobs

Globe (1971) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

(previously titled: EXCERPT FROM THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION) Normal Projection. Flat image (of snowbound suburban housing tract) blossoms into 3D only when viewer places Eye Opener before the right eye. (Keeping both eyes open, of course. As with all stereo experiences, center seats are best. Space will deepen as one views further from the screen.) The found-sound is X-ratable (not for children or Nancy Reagan) but is important to the film's perfect balance (GLOBE is symmetrical) of divine and profane. --K. J.

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00

Helene Kaplan

Untitled, Dale and Stephie Film (1971) 16mm, color, 12..5 min

Genre: Experimental

Dialogue by David Cohen. Used to be called AUDITIONS FOR DIALOGUE.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Helene Kaplan

Vestal Theatre, The (1971) 16mm, color, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

THE VESTAL THEATRE is a documentary shot in the lobby of a movie theater from behind the candy counter. The camera was turned off only when it ran out of film. It was shot sync-sound fixed camera. The movie goers could see the camera clearly (no Allen-Funt cute). Like Monet's cathedral, this same image would never have been the same again. The image is composed of complex, multilayered planes of focus. And I love the way people ask for popcorn and tap their dollar bills. Film time and real time are the same.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

Untitled (1971) 16mm, black and white, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

A portrait: of Saul Levine, filmmaker and one-time Italian Ice Vendor./of the film surface & depth/so by the choice of image./ of the inside & outside light in the summer and the shower. --M. K.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Alexis Krasilovsky

End of the Art World (1971) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 32.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists

With Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Michael Snow. "With a quality of humor possible only with depth of understanding, Alexis Krasilovsky presents a catalogue of interviews with modern artists in which the shooting style as well as the aural material's format rehearses the personal style, the aesthetics, and the assumption of each artist about the nature of his art." -- Joan Braderman, Artforum "The interviews with the individual artists vary from gala opening with Warhol's superstars at the Whitney Museum ... to the creation of actual art work in the studios of Rauschenberg and Snow." -- Howard Guttenplan, Millennium Film Journal "With ferocious wit, Ms. Krasilovsky sends up New York's art scene in END OF THE ART WORLD. In essence, Ms. Krasilovsky uses the sounds and images of the usual art documentary to create her own work of art." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $225.00

George Kuchar

Portrait of Ramona (1971) 16mm, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This movie was made mostly in Brooklyn during some very hot and empty evenings. Since the evenings were so empty, Jane Elford, the star, urged me to get started making another movie (we had completed PAGAN PHAPSODY the year before). I said 'okay', and launched her in a photographed series of telephone calls not really knowing who was going to be on the other end. 00G. K.

Rental: $95.00
16mm Rental: $95.00

Mike Leggett

Shepherd's Bush (1971) 16mm, black and white, 15.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, Structural

Taking a re-found image of a patchwork of black and white confusion and working on it using the Debrie Pinter neutral densities and aperture band the resultant image is re-related into the environment of the cinema. --M. L. "... concerned with post-camera structuring. Again the range is wide, including systematic procedure in printing as in SHEPHERD'S BUSH... the system is not a 'content' to be 'discovered'... a loop of film shot from a fast moving camera, presumably close to the ground, is repeatedly printed, each time with a change in exposure, so that its visual quality alters in imperceptible stages from totally black to totally white, while the sound track, also a continously repeated pattern, gets lower and lower in pitch. The systematic or structural aspect of this film is again partly directed towards the appreciation of duration through attention to minimal developments in the image." --Malcolm LeGrice, Abstract Film and Beyond

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Richard Lerman

Third Book of Exercises (1971) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

A basket of continuos strand of tape is fed by hand onto and through a tape recorder, and the performer (myself) must keep it tangle free and sounding good. A piano player does scales. I do this. The film may be projected in back of a live performance of the piece. The sounds mix and blend and time delays occur, and silences ensue. --R. L.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Saul Levine

Star Film (1971) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

STAR FILM stars a hand-made emulsion. 16 fps or 18 fps is the preferred speed unless the projector is significantly brighter at 24 fps.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Richard Meltzer

Piss Diaquiri (1971) Regular 8mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Subtitles only from off the screen of a Bergman movie or something like that. Even more legible than AGES 9 TO 12." -- R.M.

Rental: $20.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Meter

... And a Table (1971) 16mm, color, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The second experimental film I made. Two people having breakfast -- an action repeated; the action is set up, people are themselves and act, the camera is spontaneous. With the sound I tried to create different kinds of moods. A film which is set apart a bit from the others and yet which incorporates elements I still deal with.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Suzan Pitt

Crocus (1971) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Family

Her film CROCUS is about the artist's family life - giving the baby a glass of water, going to bed and making love. The CROCUS drawings poetically interpret an act of love during which a wild assortment of moths, birds, flowers, and vegetables - including a huge cabbage - float through the room and out the window." - Philip Larson, curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis "CROCUS is a sophisticated fantasy, which provides a parade of images as a man and woman make love - her style is amusing and very much her own, with many surprising and delicious touches." - P.K., San Francisco Chronicle

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Rosalind Schneider

Abstraction (1971) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, erotic

"Abstraction deals with the interpretation of abstract form as found in the combination of the nude body, landscape, and objects. Imagery is achieved through visual distortion dealing with reflective surfaces, as well as the superimposition of subject matter. The rhythmic structure focuses on a pulsating expansion and contraction that simulates a life force. An attempt has been made to reveal the basic concepts of a painter's approach to the distillation of reality." - RS

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rosalind Schneider

Still Life (1971) 16mm, color, 4.3 min

Genre: Experimental

"A voyage into red cabbage and shells. Shells transform themselves into orange canyons. Cabbage as the universe! A painter's film. Soundtrack: the sound of the sculptures of the Baschet brothers." - RS

"...evokes visual pleasure... sensitive handling of her somewhat mysterious subjects." -AH Weiler, New York Times

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Paul Sharits

S:TREAM:S:S:ECTION:S:ECTION:S:S:ECTIONED (1971) 16mm, color, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

A conceptual lap dissolve from "water currents" to "film strip current"/Dedicated to my son, Christopher. "Yes. S:S:S:S:S:S is beautiful. The successive scratchings of the stream-image film is very powerful vandalism. The film is a very complete organism with all the possible levels really recognized." -- Michael Snow "In his earlier flicker films, Sharits expores the mechanisms of perception and projection, and now he takes his investigations to their logical extreme - to the nature of the film-strip itself. ... The fascination and energy of the film derive from its multi-dimensional dialectics, in which all available systems of experience are contrasted with their logical opposites/complements: sound against vision, film as representation against film as object, circular against linear structure, progression against regression, past against whole, meaning against abstraction." -- David James, Art & Cinema Collection: Anthology Film Archives; Centre National D'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150

Paul Sharits

Inferential Current (1971) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A mapping of an image of the linear passage of "16mm film frames" and "emulsion scratches" onto an actual 16mm film strip (the unperceived film "print") / the aural word "miscellaneous" is extended to a length of eight minutes by serial fragmentation, looping, staggering and overlaying / a variational but non-developmental strand thru time. / Dedicated to Lynda Benglis. "Like S:S:S:S:S:S, INFERENTIAL CURRENT is concerned with the movement of film through the projector and with the distinction between the film strip itself and its image, as it appears on the screen. In this film, the image is that of a whole film strip, with sprocket holes. The movement of the sprocket holes shift speeds and creates illusions of motions (reversals of direction, etc.) but also alludes to the motion of the actual movement of the actual film going through the projector. There is an inter-play of two generations of vertical scratches, which provides an ironic effect." -- David James, Art & Cinema

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lawrence N. Shustak

Landscape (1971) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"Entertaining study of the visual fluidity of the landscape between two majors cities (New York City and Boston). The visual concept of Megalopolis is shown graphically, the ecological implications of: the car that built the road, the road that built the megalopolis, come to life."-L.N.S.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Michael Snow

La Region Centrale (1971) 16mm, color, 190 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

This film is in five reels and requires two identical projectors for continuous projection. Instructions are included for cueing from reel to reel. "This new, three hour film by the Canadian Michael Snow is an extraordinary cinematic monument. No physical action, not even the presence of man, a fabulous game with nature and machine which puts into question our perceptions, our mental habits, and in many respects renders moribund existing cinema: the latest Fellini, Kubrick, Buñuel etc. For LA REGION CENTRALE, Snow had a special camera apparatus constructed by a technician in Montreal, an apparatus capable of moving in all directions: horizontally, vertically, laterally or in a spiral. The film is one continuous movement across space, intercutting occasionally the X serving as a point of reference and permitting one to take hold of stable reality. Snow has chosen to film a deserted region, without the least trace of human life, 100 miles to the north of Sept-Isles in the province of Quebec: a sort of plateau without trees, opening onto a vast circular prospect of the surrounding mountains. "In the first frames, the camera disengages itself slowly from the ground in a circular movement. Progressively, the space fragments, vision inverts in every sense, light everywhere dissolves appearance. We become insensible accomplices to a sort of cosmic movement. A sound track, rigorously synchronized, composed from the original sound which programmed the camera, supplies a permanent counterpoint. "Michael Snow pushes toward the absurd the essential nature of this 'seventh' art which is endlessly repeated as being above the visual. He catapults us into the heart of a world before speech, before arbitrarily composed meanings, even subject. He forces us to rethink not only cinema, but our universe." -- Louis Marcorelles, Le Monde "Michael Snow's LA REGION CENTRALE can be described as heroic bordering on the apocalyptic. ... [I]t is an epochal film because of the extent of the camera movements and its transformation of space .... Gravity is destroyed ... the horizon line has been erased and forgotten and the land mass has been transformed into a whirling flat disc, a blurred flash of light with no mass or volume, rotating wildly through the sky .... Snow's mountain landscape has become a reflection on the solar system." -- Bill Simon, Artforum "... an unimaginable film, literally like nothing you have ever seen before ...." -- John W. Locke, Artforum

Rental: $230.00
16mm Rental: $230.00

Walter Ungerer

Solstice (Oobieland Part Three) (1971) 16mm, color, 33 min

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Someone attempts to find Oobieland. The realm of artificial sound encountered in PART ONE is left behind; there is a terrible silence. The television studio of PART TWO is left behind; big trees and snow populate the visible world. Somewhere a boundary is crossed; the viewer is caught up in a cycle of meetings with strange inhabitants of that short space of time we call winter solstice.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jon Voorhees

Perfectly Normal (1971) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

"A plastic kiss for the Rolling Stones. How can I describe the subtleties of this film to you, when they whisper of themselbes like fresh meat." J.V.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jud Yalkut

Electronic Fables (1971) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Co-maker: Nam June Paik The intellectual and visualization functions of the human mind have undergone little integration within the majority of contemporary civilized psyches. Yet realizing full humanity necessitates the complete harmonization of all psychical and physical centers. Is it possible that the formal expression of this existing dichotomy can stimulate a new synthesis? Hypothesis: The absence of sound = enhancement of visual imagery, and vice versa. The alternation of auditory and visual stimulation are mutually enhancing. The visual portions of ELECTRONIC FABLES are selected from the color video imagery of Nam June Paik as filmed during the period 1965-71. The soundtrack voices are: Marcel Duchamp, Marshall McLuhan, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Buckminster Fuller, Timothy Leary, Brion Gysin, Moondog, and Ken Kesey. "Minimal... handsome and suggestive." -- Roger Greenspun, "The New York Times." Selected for the Whitney museum of American Art's "Videofilm" program in the New American Filmmakers series.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Greg Yaskot

Cows No. 4 (1971) super8, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: enviorment nature, erotic

Cows simulate sex. "My entry in the Second Annual New York Erotic Film Festival (1972). Rejected as it 'wasn't exactly what we had in mind.'... Actually I think it was rejected because it was in Super 8." - G.Y.

Rental: $20.00

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

Richard Myers

Deathstyles (1971) DVD_NTSC, BW , 60 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Robert Ohlrich, Jake Leed, Mary Leed, Pat Myers
Music by Fred Coulter
" An American Gothic Horror tale..." -David Bienstock, Whitney Museum
"I do not hesitate to state that I consider it one of the really great "Personal" films and certainly the most important film to come from the experimental cinema in the last few years...and it contains the universal mythic sense that both Emshwiller's RELATIVITY and Markopoulos' TWICE A MAN evoke. Films that involve you, each in their own way, in a living experience." -Bob Cowan, Take One Magazine

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

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

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

Tony Conrad

Four Square (1971) 16mm, color, 18 min min

Co-maker Beverly Conrad.

Note: A four-screen film. Stereo 1/2-track tape--will produce stereo on 1/4-track machines--included, along with complete setup and projection instruction, four separate film reels, and a diagrammatic program note.

"FOUR SQUARE is designed for simultaneous projection by four projectors, on four screens arranged in a square which encloses the audience. In practice it is sometimes necessary to conform the distribution of projectors and screens to the available space. In so doing, a rule of thumb should be that the screens should be separated from one another as much and as symmetrically as possible, and the projectors should roughly face one another, in pairs. The audience, if seated, would do best to sit where it is possible to see two screens ahead and two off to the sides. A diagram of one such arrangement is included with the projectionist's instructions. The two loud-speakers should be widely separated and at opposite sides of the audience.

"This film extends the viewer-film relationship out into the space of the environment. Colors are introduced in such a way that they unbalance the normal receptivity of the viewer's eye to color. Then, throughout the simultaneity of very short events in different areas of the viewing area, relationships are developed around the varying speed of perception in different areas of the viewer's visual field.

"FOUR SQUARE is basically a film about Red, the space, and time. The sound is a tape of composition, 'Emergency Landing', which supports the free in interpolation of atmospheric events into the ambient space" -- Tony & Beverly Conrad

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

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