Rebecca Abbott

Chicago Boogie (1976) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Music

Light-hearted reflections of Chicago, summer 1975, set to the 'Carleboogie' by Frankie Carle.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Scott Bartlett

Sound of One (1976) 16mm, color, 11.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Financed by the National Endowment of the Arts. Prior to filming the SOUND OF ONE, Bartlett studied dance as a student enrolled at the Inner Research Institute. His teacher was Martin Inn. This student-teacher relationship evolved into a collaboration in which Barlett and Inn scripted a summer workshop course entitled The Application of T'si Chi Ch'uan to the Art of Filmmaking. SOUND OF ONE is the fruit of that program, a melding of the two disciplines. SOUND OF ONE records the short form of the T'ai Chi dance as a solo figure moves through changing landscapes -- oceanside to forest to volcano peak -- to represent the five elements: water, wood, fire, air and metal.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Benning

Chicago Loop (1976) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"... kinetically spectacular film which jams variations of Snow's BACK AND FORTH and STANDARD TIME, and Gehr's SERENE VELOCITY into nine minutes to come up with something different from any of them." -- Amy Taubin, Soho News

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Berliner

Line (1976) 16mm, black and white, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape_Architecture, Structural

Cars, trucks pedestrians and the line they cross over, by and through.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Berliner

Perimeter (1976) 16mm, black and white, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Structural

Relentless camera movements over a busy urban intersection, following the lines of force.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Wallace Berman

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

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Spiritual / Mystical, Technology

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

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Tony Bond

Novitiate (1976) 16mm, color, 25.00 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Havery Lavery continues to work as a top model while studying for the Catholic priesthood. Out going and independent, he is often resented by his fellow seminarians, yet popular with lay people.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Trio (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"The following films were all made in 1976. I do not wish to describe them. "When I entered films in the Experimental Film Competition of the 1958 World's Fair, I included the following statement in protest to their demand for a 'summary of the subject' (description). I've finally got around to reading my own statement and taking it seriously. In 1958 I did provide descriptions of each film entered-- my only mistake. Now I simply quote the clarity of that long ago protest, finally comprehended: "'I want it understood that this "summary" is written for identification purposes only and that it is not intended as a statement by the artist on his work. It is my belief that statements by the artist, particularly in print, are so associated with his work as to become appendages to that work and, aesthetically speaking, would better have been included in that work in the first place. "'If a film is a work of moving visual art, it is its own subject and subject only to itself. The extent to which a film can be described is the extent to which it is deficient as a work of visual art. If the "summary of the subject" of a film can be interpreted as that which is intended to inspire perception in the viewer, rather than as that which attempts to describe the film for the viewer, then (the title) is my "summary of the subject.' "P.S. Images of myself in TRIO are by Bruce Baillie."--S.B. On the 16mm enlargements: "The Following Super 8mm films (listed below) have been optically enlarged to 16mm. Some have 'translated' better than others, but all of them have benefited color-wise from this process due to the careful supervision of the transfer; and it was my enthusiasm about the possibilities of color-control during optical 'blow-up' which inspired the series of films shot in Super-8MM ONLY to be shown in 16mm (all those 16mms listed above to be shown 'at 18 f.p.s.'): thus the entire procedure of making these enlargements has provided a crucial turning-point in my work. The films listed below should, perhaps, be regarded as translations from Super-imm work; and it would be interesting, in that context, to show Super-8mm and 16mm versions of the same films in conjunction. Then, also, this procedure has made it possible to show this very important series of films in auditoriums which cannot accomodate 8mm."-S.B.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Absence (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 9 min

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Airs (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00
Super8 Rental: $65.00

Stan Brakhage

Desert (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Dream, NYC, The Return, The Flower, The (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00
Super8 Rental: $46.00

Stan Brakhage

Gadflies (1976) Super 8, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Super-8

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Highs (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Rembrandt, etc., and Jane (1976) 16mm, Super 8, color, 17.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $34.00
16mm Rental: $34.00
Super8 Rental: $34.00

Stan Brakhage

Short Films 1976 (1976) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Four films verging on portraiture, converging to make a drama for all seasons. Starring Jane Brakhage as the Dreamer, Bob Benson as the Magnificent Stranger, Omar Beagle as the Snow Plow Man, and Jimmy Ryan Morris as the Teh Poet and as Doc Holliday.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

Sketches (1976) Super 8, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Super-8

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Tragoedia (1976) Super 8, color, 38.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film was conceived about 10 years ago when I heard Norman O. Brown define "Tragedy" as "goat-song" (or as Webster has it: "Greek tragoidia fr. tragos goat + aiedein to sing; prob. fr. the satyrs represented by the original chorus"). I disagree with the last part of the Webster explanation and tend to think that the quality of sound of goats crying did prompt the Greeks to choose this term for their drama. In any case, the film TRAGOEDIA is also ironic (thus, perhaps the Latin of its title) as often is goat "lamentation"; and finally I should quote this from O. E. D.: "As to the reason of the name many theories have been offered, some even disputing the connection with 'goat.'"

Rental: $74.00
Super8 Rental: $74.00

Stan Brakhage

Window (1976) Super 8, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Part of Super-8 series, see description for "Trio".

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Andrea Callard

Flora Funera (For Battery Park City) (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, autobiography, dance, environment / nature, landscape / architecture , music, personal / diary / journal, spiritual , structural

West of the World Trade Center was an open field edged by a retaining wall. On Memorial Day, 1976, I made this by throwing rocks at the rebar with Bernice Rubin and Richard Friedman.

Rental: $30

Andrea Callard

11 thru 12 (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 11-12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, autobiography, environment / nature, landscape / architecture, music, personal / diary / journal, structural

In 11 thru 12 , Callard usese the structure of the I Ching and an ironing board as a broadcasting desk to consider how to search, what it will cost, the absurdity of explanation, and the limits of the measuring mind.

Rental: $50

Andrea Callard

Fluorescent/Azalea (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, autobiography, environment / nature, landscape / architecture, music, personal / diary / journal, spiritual, structural

Between City Hall Park and the Hudson River, I photographed lights and reflections visible from places where other people worked. There were flowers that were nearly fluorescent for sale at the Farm & Garden Nursery and to see at the Botanic Gardens. Earlier in life, both singing onstage and diving boards were platforms for performance.

Rental: $30

Andrea Callard

Lost Shoe Blues (1976) 16mm, DVD PAL, color, 4 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, autobiography, environment / nature, landscape / architecture, music, personal / diary / journal, spiritual, structural

In Lost Shoe Blues, the camera walks looking over weeds growing in landfill sand dumped to extend the edges of Battery Park City. We hears a song about losing shoes and losing time as nature forces persist. At this time in New York City, there actually were lost landscapes strewn with single cast off shoes, weeds, and other bits of life.

Rental: $30

Tom Brener

Pilotone Study No. 1 (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

I made this film in the course of a single day using a borrowed sync. set-up. Color and sequence of event has been preserved. My concerns in the film were to photograph and record events that were anticipated, but accidental, within the confines of a format that would provide a context of determined artificiality.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Erogeny (1976) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Keywords: Body

The film travels in close-up over the mysterious terrains of nude human bodies as they touch and explore one another. It is like an expedition into human geography, an intimate sculpture, an erogenous healing ceremony, and an ode to the pleasures of touch. Also it is an homage to old friends, Willard Maas and Marie Menken, who made the first body poem in cinema history, Geography of the Body, in 1943. .

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

James Broughton

Together (1976) 16mm, black and white, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

A single-frame portrait of Broughton's disembodied heads coming slowly together in wiggle, wobble and wonderment. altogether wholly in toto in toto in totally toto together altogether together -- From the soundtrack

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Martens Bar (1976) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Night on the streets of New York. "Dawn enters the sunk city". A sonnet by Edwin Denby, who reads it and appears briefly in the distance. "old sixth ... the lunge of headlights ... the alive, the dead, answer, ask ..."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

They Lie But They Don't Mean It (1976) 16mm, black and white, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Family

A lovely house in the suburbs, an art collection, a bathtub surrounded by knickknacks, a vacant loft that floats away into space ...

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Times Square Films (1976) VHS NTSC, color, 13 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

1) "Square Times" 1967, A Saturday night on 42nd Street, from dusk to dawn. The glamour, the garbage, the hot dogs, the movies, the sex and the violence in the air -- with music by The Supremes. 2) "Sodom and Gomorrah, NY, 10036", 1976, A documentary about the sex industry around 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $125.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Sodom and Gomorrah, New York 10036 (1976) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

A documentary about the sex industry around 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Gail Camhi

Coffee Break (1976) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

This is a solemn approach to the mundane ritual of the ever-awaited coffee break. It is also a self-portrait among fellow (women) office workers. "COFFEE BREAK... is a single shot movie, though shown through several rolls of film... It is an arrogant statement to declare this shot not only interesting, but self-sufficient, as these six women, including Camhi, smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, read and exchange the paper, a picture album and a book. It takes a perversity to enjoy it... I decided to stay with it and find pleasure in a catalogue of gesture and incident and a comfort in its seemingly static ambitions." -- Anthony Bannon, BUFFALO EVENING NEWS

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Doris Chase

Dance 5 (1976) 16mm, color, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

While related in technique and effect to its predecessor DANCE NINE, it serves as more of a summation of Doris Chase's varied involvements with dance and the arts. The artist employs fully the most sophisticated video technology available to manipulate forms, patterns and colors . At the same time, choreographer/dancer Kei Takei has designed her movements to blend with one of Chase's large kinetic sculptures. The delighting opening sequence shows Kei Takei actively exploring the arch-like forms which, through video feedback techniques, take on a rainbow appearance of multi-hued images. The abstracting of images is complemented by superimpositions of medium- and close-ups views of the dancer. As the piece proceeds, the dancer and the structures become increasingly bathed in coagulations of color. Soon the video effects dominate, creating their own kinetic imagery, with the generation of arch patterns replacing the actual sculptural forms as the new pictorial environment for the dancer. The intertwined pace of dance movement and optical patterning accelerates gradually, and by the end of the tape creates a dynamic kaleidoscope of human and abstract forms.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Doris Chase

Rocker (1976) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

The graphic image of one of the "Chase Kinetic Sculptures for Dance" was synthesized with the assistance of Steve Rutt. The edited version was colorized with Brian Mattlin at the Experimental Television Center of WNET-TV, New York City.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Roy Colmer

278 (1976) 16mm, color, 11.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Technology

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

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Robert Cowan

Shadow Glass, The (1976) 16mm, black and white, 22.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

"... is roughly based on Ewers' 'Student of Prague'. It concerns a young man who, feeling incapable of surmounting the harsh realities of love and life, sends his reflection cut to procure and win for him the object of his desire. Rather than being his servant and slave, the reflection takes over and controls the life of the man. In frustration and anger the man kills his reflection in order to be set free. The reality of the situation is the reality of suicide. The entire film could be interpreted as taking place in a brief second--for as long as it takes pull the trigger. --B. C.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Robert Crawford

Ten Haiku (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

The short vignetted conceived in the spirit of Japanese haiku. Strong visual contrasts and moods using footage of urban life which, in turn, is blended with abstract imagery of bridges, streets, and nature. --R. C.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Doberman

Sandwoman's Moon (1976) 16mm, color, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

"Playing peek-a-boo with the moon."--Jane Brakhage, August 1977

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Arnold Eagle

Luminescence (1976) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Co-maker: Ian Hugo.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Elder

Permutations and Combinations (1976) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

Aleatory procedures are used to create movement at the points of fusion of the still images of which the film is constituted. For this reason, all movements within the film are completely reversible. This reversibility is extended into the film's overall structure, as the film is formed into a loop -- a closed container for the film's chance elements. Such a structure, I believe, results in the complete elimination of all vestiges of drama from the film. Hence this film is a companion piece to SHE IS AWAY. The sounds of the film, though determined in their occurrence by specific features of the image line, appear to form their own internal patterns which phenomenally exist in counterpoint with the patternings of the images.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Holly Fisher

Glass Shadows (1976) 16mm, color, 13.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Choreagraphed play of real and reflected images, mostly of the filmmaker. Also involving window frames, a pane of glass, light projected by the rising sun, and the sporadic pulse of a leaky kitchen faucet. My studio, Cambridge, Mass. --M. F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Bob Fleischner

Curtain Call (1976) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Made simultaneously with A TIRE FILM, CURTAIN CALL reveals the play of sunlight on the surface of window curtains, assisted by frequent breezes. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Bob Fleischner

Tire Film, A (1976) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A summer film, with a tree hung tire, revealing, the change of season, and the pleasure of the denizens living nearby. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Hollis Frampton

For Georgia O'Keeffe (1976) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"...one of several films that Frampton planned to go into a 'portrait gallery' somewhere toward the end of MAGELLAN. He finished only two other films for this section--YELLOW SPRINGS (1972) and QUATERNION (1976), portraits of Paul Sharits and James Rosenquist respectively. As self-reflexive as the rest of MAGELLAN, these films acknowledge and explore debts that the films of the cycle owe to other artists. O'KEEFE consists of a series of static shots of a skycraper at night, recalling her 1925 painting 'Radiator Building, Night,' which emphasizes the structure's checkered pattern of lights. Like painting and still photography, each Frampton shot is static, but since each has a different pattern of lights than the one before, cinema's time dimension is also affirmed, thereby distinguishing it from painting and photographs. (Apparently slight variations within recurring identical shots or series of shots is the format of many Frampton films.) To avoid even the 'apparent motion' of cutting from one pattern of lights to another, frampton has spliced twenty-four frames of blue leader between shots. The homage to O'Keeffe, and the film's study of the relations among painting-photography-film, is even more complex than appears since O'Keeffe was living with pioneer photographer Alfred Stieglitz when she painted 'Radiator Building, Night.' If his work in part inspired this painting (it is more 'mythic' than documentary), it inspired in turn his thirties photographs of skyscrapers--taken from the apartment near the top of the Shelton where she painted 'Radiator Building, Night."--Brian Henderson

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Green Gate, The (Magellan at the Gates of Death Part II) (1976) 16mm, color, 52.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"In the final format for MAGELLAN, Frampton had planned to disassemble these two films into twenty-four 'encounters with death' that were to be shown in five-minute segments twice a month. In their present state, seen together and roughly the length of an average feature film, the two parts of MAGELLAN: AT THE GATES OF DEATH constitute perhaps the most gripping, monumental, and wrenching work ever executed on film...Frampton in 1971 began his filming of cedavers at the Gross Anatomy Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to the lab four times over the course of the next two years and then spent nine months assembling his 'forbidden imagery' into an extraordinary meditation upon death."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $110.00

Hollis Frampton

Not The First Time (1976) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"This film is composed of different and relatively commonplace subjects, but each image is a super-imposition ('double exposure') of two similar shots of the same subject, almost in the same position. The effect is amazing: one's gaze at the image becomes a double gaze, as the two images were made at different times and with slightly different framing. The viewer is engaged in a process of double-vision that returns him to image and subject in a manner more complex, more self-aware, and mroe temporal than the way most of us view photographs."--Fred Camper.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Otherwise Unexplained Fires (1976) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"Filmed in large part during H.F.'s lecture-screening tour in the bay area: visit(s) to the Musee Mechanique, Land's End, the Cliff House. The San Francisco fog is proclaimed, as also are the cypress trees that line parts of our local beach. A visit to the Brakhage Colorado residence provided images of chickens/roosters."--Gail Camhi

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Procession (1976) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Structural

The understandable fascination with Frampton's intellect can blind one to the frequent down-home dimension of his imagery. Here, in a most rigorously formal, even mathematical procession, we see frame clusters of light blue sky, green grass, and red (filter red) leaves; then frame clusters of the backs of dairy cows; and finally frame clusters of portions of a shiny vehicle (we can see people, objects in bulbous reflection). A trip to the New York State Fair filtered through a most rarified formal film."--Scott MacDonald

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Quaternion (1976) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"Strategy and imagery combat and aid each other in pairs. QUATERNION...a spatial figure of monumental attractions...interference...an undulating gyre. Hollis superimposes a fragmenting Muybridge-like grid of Cartesian elements (details of the fire ecscape outside the studio) against shots of rooftops superimposed in perfect scale with the billboard-like segments of an automobile, enlarged flower, and a spoon...panels of the 20' x 20' mural for the New York World's Fair in James Rosenquist's Broome Street studio--New York, mid-1960s. A discourse between the painter painting and the filmmaker criss-crossing one vector against another, undermining any single plane of reference. Rosenquist's paintings are like movie screens in which frames from several different films are superimposed and intercut. The studio becomes a theater within which image objects collide. The filmmaker reiterates the passage from identity to difference, generating a conceptual pre-literate space...a safari by Hollis into the categorical domains of artifactual debris."--Patrick Clancy

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Hollis Frampton

Red Gate, The (Magellan at the Gates of Death Part I) (1976) 16mm, color, 52 min

Genre: Experimental

"In the final format for MAGELLAN, Frampton had planned to disassemble these two films into twenty-four 'encounters with death' that were to be shown in five-minute segments twice a month. In their present state, seen together and roughly the length of an average feature film, the two parts of MAGELLAN: AT THE GATES OF DEATH constitute perhaps the most gripping, monumental, and wrenching work ever executed on film...Frampton in 1971 began his filming of cedavers at the Gross Anatomy Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to the lab four times over the course of the next two years and then spent nine months assembling his 'forbidden imagery' into an extraordinary meditation upon death."--Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $110.00
16mm Rental: $175.00

Roberta Friedman

Bertha's Children (1976) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

My great aunt Bertha had seven children who are now between fifty and sixty-five years old. They all grew up in New York City and, even after they became adults and had their own families, lived in the same geographic region. When I visited New York one winter, I asked each of them to be in a film and all of them agreed. When I returned the following winter, however, only David, Marty, Aaron, Bernie and Thelma would do it. Frieda, concerned about the crazy people who might see the film and then write her nasty anonymous letters, refused, and Sylvia was in Florida at the time. --R. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dave Gearey

Footage (1976) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"Gearey has made a series of films of [Dana] Reitz dancing. Gearey is a poet with a camera and his touch is everywhere, in every frame, and he touches us with a strong feeling for nature. In FOOTAGE he has made an unusual and beautiful film of Dana Reitz's bare feet. It's a wonderful feeling to have feet discover themselves running, digging into mud and sand, at the water's edge, in the sunlight, caressing air and casting shadows. He's got a poetic visual style and it has something to do with the way he sees and selects. His textures, pans, cuts and angles are beautifully orchestrated. He crops and concentrates on one thing and allows the film to emerge visually, to take its own shape and texture. It explains more with less ... that is the power of abstraction. All of his films contained these qualities." -- Leonard Horowitz, The Soho Weekly News

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Bette Gordon

Noyes (1976) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A single action seen from alternative left and right perspectives, accentuating reversals, repetitions and persistence of vision. Rather than uniting opposites, rhythm is set up by the struggling eye, varying as the image is moved closer to and further from the screen's center. The sound, with its fragmentations and its implications of incompleteness, focuses attention on the impossibility of a resolution in the film's dichotomy. "Rather than crediting the camera with objectivity according to the usual convention in film, the viewer is confronted with the relativity of simultaneous multiple perspectives. The soundtrack underlines the arbitrary relationship between a sign and its signifier, as does Magritte's painting, Ceci n'est pas une pipe." -- The Art Examiner

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Larry Gottheim

Mouches Volantes (Elective Affinities, Part II) (1976) 16mm, black and white, 69 min

Genre: Experimental

Three elements, at first quite independently, struck me deeply, were brought together: this title which suggested do much to me, this narration by Angelina Johnson of the story of the life of her husband, Blind Willie Johnson; and groups of visual material, light fragments from my own personal world of occupations.(...) As in all my films, the basic processes of cinema, the exposing of film stock to light, here the stringing together of linear patterns of sound and image, become metaphors, embodiments of acts of coming to feel, coming to know.(...) Words, images, sound, light, flows of energy leaping and cavorting in conciousness, taking form. A celebration of elusive relationships.--L. G. "The film unfolds and recedes before us as do the waves on the beach in Sections 5 and 6. The shots themselves become familiar images, as does the quizzically magical sound track. The tonality of the film stock moves from high contrast balck and white to subdued color and back again. All of this cyclical lyricism creates a fullness, an organic whole.(...)"--Raymond Foery, Idiolects

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Amy Greenfield

Fragments: Mat/Glass (1976) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $59.00
16mm Rental: $59.00

Vincent Grenier

While Revolved (1976) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 18 fps. This film is concerned with the projected, not just light or the emulsion or the illusion or the projector or the camera, but all of them. The surface of the film, the grain, is remembered when a similar but illusionistic surface appears (just as magnified), crossing the frame. Other times the grain is left to itself. There are the idiosyncratic focusing qualities of shadows acting as diaphragms inside the image. The elusive background confounds itself with the foreground. The notions of appearances and disappearances transform themselves in notions of time. Made with a grant from the Canada Council.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Vincent Grenier

World In Focus (1976) 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps In WORLD IN FOCUS, the screen becomes the two-dimensional support of an amazingly versatile three-dimensional object (the Atlas) which contains in turn two-dimensional pictures of other three-dimensional objects. The physicality of the book offers an area no less real than its language (i. e. text, pictures, etc.) which is itself presenting a dislocated image "of the world." To look at the objectness of the book is in fact to look at the real thing, something which is contained in what it portends to describe. The film inventories and builds both on a number of camera/book affinities and the ramifications of the resulting deconstruction of the book's "language." Made with a grant from the Canada Council.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Vincent Grenier

X (1976) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with a grant from the Canada Council: filmed with the help of Ann Knutson. In X, a black line can be perceived as delineation or as a shape in itself. It can also be a slit through which one can feel the background; or it sometimes becomes undifferentiated from one of the areas it delineates when, because of light changes, the areas become black as well. A shape which may seem to cross the frame horizontally can just as well suddenly appear to do so vertically or even go backward and forward in the film space. The rectangle of the screen itself metamorphoses into a trapezoid, temporarily stretching the black mass surrounding it.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

George Griffin

Step Print (1976) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

This exercise borrows a chain motiff found in Amish quilts and Navaho weavings and programs it through 3 cycles, each consisting of 28 drawings. The drawings were backlit to increase color saturation and make the paper translucent, thus permitting a combination of 2 levels. Through this layered variation in orientation and sequence a new wave-like patterns emerge. In its permutive journey a drawing might be photographed right-side-up, upside-down, flipped (positions analogous to the objective manipulation of the film medium itself).--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

George Griffin

Viewmaster (1976) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Each drawing is treated as a fiche whose information is gradually scanned as if the viewer were reading a circular book. The characters are represented in a variety of parodied cartoon styles which may or may not suggest narrative events. The film's 'content' is the formal analogy between the arrangement of the characters and the amination technique of cycled sequence drawing.--G. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Red Grooms

Ruckus Manhattan (1976) 16mm, color, 61 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Walter Gutman

March On Paris 1914 of General Von Kluck and His Memory of Jessie Holladay, The (1976) 16mm, VHS NTSC, color, 69.5 min

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $155.00

Howard Guttenplan

Western Diary '75 (1976) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jon Jost

Angel City (1976) 16mm, color, 76 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Films about Film, Media

A mixed detective fiction and essay about Los Angeles, Hollywood and the film industry, Angel City is a comedy with serious intentions. "Jost's outsider is Frank Goya, a guy with a red shirt, a far-fucking-out-in-the-morning-man delivery, and a fist full of Polaroid snapshots. Ever-cool Goya peers into the camera, announces that he's a motel-haunting divorce-dick and from then on Angel City is kabuki Raymond Chandler. Hired by the chairman of the world's largest multi-national conglomerate to investigate the death of his wife (a former Plaything centerfold who only "came after you hit her") Goya drives around LA, interviews a bartender, is seduced by the chairman's mistress, solves the case, and gets beat up for his bother." -- Hoberman, Village Voice "Rarely has the city been used to such effect as in Angel City, a 1976 film made by the 34 year old experimental filmmaker Jon Jost. Jost woks light-years away from the movie mainstream but he clearly knows the Hollywood standards which he mocks so mercilessly in this brightly funny and extremely inventive film made for a phenomenal $6,000." -- Martha DuBose, Sydney Morning Herald "A really joyous endeavor, a blithe attempt to trash on some of our most revered institutions. As such it combines the best and sometimes the worst of Godardian political analysis, bourgeois detective stories, Sixties mind-funk, and an homage to Hollywood. It's weird, smart-ass, and totally irreverent. It's also one of the best $6,000 investments I can possibly think of, an is proof positive that some of our most exciting cinema is being put together by the people in the streets, not in the Bel Air mansions where the Hollywood honchos live. Thank God for Jon Jost and his ilk, because they're keeping the art of cinema alive and well." -- Philadelphia Drummer

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Marjorie Keller

Six Windows And By 2s And 3s: Women (1976) color, 14 min

Rental: $60.00

Marjorie Keller

By Two's & Three's: Women (1976) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film puts together a perspective on the unhappy experience of traveling in cars -- an activity aimless and unmemorable. The splicer makes a new trip of the footage, limited not to the represented geography but to the after-effect on the mind and heart of the first trip.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

John Knecht

Bilm-Fuilding Part Five (This is Not Video) (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"... a sequence of shifting and undulating non-objective imagery produced by Knecht's animated regeneration of the electronic undulations of the original images on the video screen." --Joyce Rheuben, Millenium Film Journal

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

James Krell

30 Days: Speed Or Gravity (1976) 16mm, black and white, 22.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

James Krell

Action Past Compassion (1976) 16mm, black and white, 10.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Krell

Alpine Lookout #1 (1976) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Sweeten offering to the god/ everyone thought i was beauty/ but it was the result of mirror/ bread/ alargegreeb spotlite. --J. K.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

James Krell

Finally a Lamb (1976) 16mm, black and white, 23.25 min

Genre: Experimental

One holding the anti-Chalcedonium doctrine that the human and divine in Christ constitute only one nature (comprising a simple gnome) "the father was ableeding fag : stroking the alter boys eating the aborted nons. --J. K.

Rental: $28.00
16mm Rental: $28.00

James Krell

Four Rolls (Rarely Pre-Dated) (Tribute to Marcel Duchamp) (1976) 16mm, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

James Krell

Fur (But Less Fun) (1976) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Lee Krugman

Ferry (1976) Regular 8mm, color, 6 min

A trip to uncertain destination. --L. K.

Rental: $20.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

Lee Krugman

Waterfront (1976) Regular 8mm, black and white, 5.5 min

Movement towards the ethereal, transforming images into personal ideas. --L. K.

Rental: $20.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

George Kuchar

Back To Nature (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Scenes for this film were shot in Death Valley and Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park. It's a love story of betrayal, a search for happiness, fulfillment and misery among nature's grandeur.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

George Kuchar

Reason To Live, A (1976) 16mm, black and white, 26.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is about depression, although it's not that depressing. I suppose it has a message of faith and hope in it ... it does for me .... But then again my interest may not match yours. It was shot in San Francisco and in Central Oklahoma with a cast of one man and four women. Crushing emotions are indulged in against a massive meteorological background that brings inspiration and terror to the characters involved.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Owen Land

New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"... happily represents the type of personal film which fits so many 'categories' it defies labelling. Film viewers need not recognize all the complexities of the film to enjoy it simply as an hilarious lampoon of academic intelligence tests in particular and educational films in general." --D. Marie Grieco, EFLA: Sightlines.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Lebrun

Tanka (1976) 16mm, color, 8.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Ethnic / Multicultural

Tanka means, literally, a thing rolled up. The film, photographed from Tibetan scroll paintings of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, is a cyclical vision of ancient gods and demons, an animated journey through the image world of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. "With his dazzling TANKA David Lebrun has filmed a series of Tibetan paintings of mythological subjects and then programmed his footage into an optical printer to create the illusion of animation. The dazzling, vibrantly colored result is a series of dancing gods, wild revels, raging fires and sea battles between monsters." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times "An extraordinary film." -- Melinda Wortz, Art News "TANKA is brilliantly powered by the insight that Tibetan religious paintings are intended to be perceived not as in repose but as in constant movement. The water and flowers seem to dip and sway, the birds to fly and the god to move his arms sinuously." -- Edgar Daniel, American Film

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dave Lee

Eel (1976) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

A masterpiece of scratched image and sound. Scratch films are immediately intriguing, but quickly fall into cloying cuteness unless they are tightly organized. They are the hardest films to make. EEL is loved by avant-garde musicians. I was too unnerved to enjoy my 1976 show at Anthology until I saw/heard this work in their earth-wrestling theater. --D. L.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dave Lee

Remembering: Clearing Space (Part 1 of Balinese Trilogy) (1976) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Ethnic / Multicultural, Films about Film, Media

"REMEMBERING: CLEARING SPACE returns to neutrally recorded ethnographic material of TRANCE AND DANCE IN BALI (Bateson, Mead) to the spirit of the ritual observed... Lee's impulse is quite different from the didactic and ontological concerns of many recent structural films employing rephotography. At one level, Lee's title creates a pun on the film's organizing principles, re-membering, as the filmmaker dismembers and recombines elements of the image and soundtracks. But the Balinese source material of REMEMBERINGL CLEARING SPACE is not merely a fortuitous opportunity to explore fundamental qualities of the film medium. Rather, Lee attempts to inscribe into the film's form qualities of Balinese performance and dance." --William

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Malcolm LeGrice

Time & Motion Study (1976) 16mm, color, 12.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

The film explores continuity of time in two levels of work. The first of these is the simple domestic task of washing dishes, and the second is the aesthetic task of filming the first task. I, the film-maker, am the only protagonist in both acts, controlling the two cameras which record the action. Audiences should be warned that the film contains scenes which might outrage sensitive viewers--I do not rinse the dishes after washing. This is not an uncommon practice in England, where the waste of hot water might cause more consternation than a thin film of detergent. Food does not taste of soap when eaten off the unrinsed dishes... the film has nothing to do with this problem (I think). --M. L. G.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Charles I. Levine

Steps (1976) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

STEPS incorporates the loop used in Le Ballet Mecanique by Fernand Leger with a new loop, to make visual rhythms.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Richard Levine

Girl Playing With A Balloon (1976) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

... is made from a footage of a girl bouncing a balloon on a bright Sunday afternoon in New York's Central Park. My original interest was to better understand the relationship between myself as spectator and voyeur, and the girl. I was throughly intrigued by her presence and activities; she was ambivalent towards mine. The original 3-1/2 seconds of material have been re-examined and reworked to reveal new narrative and visual events. The evident flicker here is a function of each frame being a distinct configuration derived from one of several of the initial 63 images. --R. L.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Richard Levine

Selective Attentions #3 (1976) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Saul Levine

Notes of an Early Fall (1976) super8mm, color, 33.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, Dance, music

[NOTES] was mostly made in Binghamton in 1976 - a warped record constructed out of visits to the zoo, relatives and various locations. Appearances by obsessive birds, caged bears and hungry rams. "Certain shots are very evocative, such as a long shot of a group of people sitting on a park bench, one person playing a song on a recorder. The sound of the music, its fragility, is matched by the distance of the shot, lending a feeling of precariousness to the moment. There is a repeated shot of a warped record playing, with the same musical phrase endlessly repeated. The shot is an interior one, with the lighting casting a golden glow on the scene. The warped repetitions begin to reverberate with suggestions of frustrations." -- Daryl Chin, The Soho Weekly News "His first talkie, NOTES OF AN EARLY FALL is a characteristically raw work that parlays even the sound of microphone rumble into a formal element. Featuring a lengthy sequence devoted to the dance of an outrageously warped record, and a cameo appearance by a malfunctioning TV set, the forty-minute film suggests an entropic, melancholy Ballet Mecanique." -- J. Hoberman, Homemade Movies

Rental: $90.00
Super8 Rental: $90.00

Babette Mangolte

(Now) (1976) 16mm, color, 10.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A linear succession of activities/manipulations of objects. Film = Now. Projected film = (Now)

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ross McLaren

Weather Building (1976) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"The flashing weather beacon on a Toronto building is the structurally fixed point in this precise composition of illuminated surfaces and positive/negative imagery. Noting the 'intuitive process' of the film's first half--which was shot on Super 8 and edited in-camera--McLaren analyses and ritualizes the visual information through a video playback that echoes and doubles the original, improvised 'score.' Tightly framed with a menacing soundtrack, WEATHER BUILDING generates a claustrophobia and paranoia that loosely suggest the violence and boredum of punk." --Ian Birnie, The Art of Gallery of Ontario

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 1 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 32 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 178 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"Filmed in 1949-1963, edited 1976. These six reels of my film diaries come from the years 1949-1963. They begin with my arrival in New York in November 1949. The first and second reels deal with my life as a Young Poet and a Displaced Person in Brooklyn. It shows the Lithuanian immigrant community, their attempts to adapt themselves to a new land and their tragic efforts to regain independance for their native country. It shows my own frustrations and anxieties and the decision to leave Brooklyn and move to Manhattan. Reel three and reel four deal with my life in Manhattan on Orchard Street and East 13th St. First contacts with New York poetry and filmmaking communities. Robert Frank shooting THE SIN OF JESUS. LeRoy Jones, Ginsberg, Frank O'Hara reading at The Living Theatre. Documentation of the political protests of the late fifties and early sixties. First World Strike for Peace. Vigil in Times Square. Women for Peace. Air Raid protests. Reel five includes Rabbit Shit Haikus, a series of Haikus filmed in Vermont; scenes at the Film-Maker's Cooperatives; filming HALLELUJAH THE HILLS; scenes of New York City. Reel six contains a trip to Flaherty Seminar, a visit to the seashore in Stony Brook; a portrait of Tiny Tim; opening of TWICE A MAN; excursions to the countryside seen from two different views; that of my own and that of Ken Jacobs whose footage is incorporated into this reel. The period I am dealing with in these six reels was a period of desperation, of attempts to desparately grow roots into the new ground, to create new memories. In these six painful reels I tried to indicate how it feels to be in exile, how I felt in those years. These reels carry the title LOST, LOST, LOST, the title of a film myself and my brother wanted to make in 1949, and it indicates the mood we were in, in those years. It describes the mood of a Displaced Person who hasn't yet forgotten the native country but hasn't gained a new one. The sixth reel is a transitional reel where we begin to see some relaxation, where I begin to find moments of happiness. New life begins. What happens later, you'll have to see the next installment of reels ..." -- J.M., March 31, 1976. Jonas Mekas

Rental: $270.00
16mm Rental: $270.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 2 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 3 (1976) 16mm, black and white, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 4 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 5 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Lost, Lost, Lost: Reel 6 (1976) 16mm, color & b/w, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Werner Nekes

Amalgram (1976) 16mm, color, 70.25 min

Genre: Experimental

" a sequence of 4 films: Knots, Texture, Web, Plaited- four approaches of writing with light to reflect the possibilities of painting within film." -W.N. " This film not only achieves painting's high pictorial quality, with 24 'living' canvasses per second, PLAITED in fact leaves Pointilism far behind. If filming really is painting with light, as Louis Delluc once postulated, then it was surely only a matter of time before film makers would turn to the principlies of Pointilism. For a long time the innovator Nekes pondered about this project. The result, in it's effect on the audience, exceeds all expectations... Ingo Petzke

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Tom Patrick

Wednesday (1976) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A surreal and abstract work, WEDNESDAY is a haunting and lyrical portrait of one of the decaying cities in America's industrial heartland. As seen from an ancient and equally decaying rapid transit system as it lurches through the dark and looming masses abandoned steel mills and rusting factories, the film utilizes optical prinitng and other montage techniques to achieve a progressively more distanced abstraction from reality, untill the city's shapes and forms begin to resemble abandoned ruins of some long dead and ancient civilitaztion." T. P.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dan Perz

Cue (1976) 16mm, black and white, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Anthony Reveaux

Peace March (1976) 16mm, color, 12.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

NYC (1976) 16mm, color, 2.15 min

Genre: Experimental

A miniature city symphony, an attempt to distill motion music from architecture and light. Screened at Anthology Film Archives, Baltimore International Film Festival (Special Jury Award), C. I. N. E. Eagle award, Ann Arbor, Velden Festival of the Nations (award), Figueira da Foz International Film festival, Hong Kong International film festival (First prize -- experimental category). Telecast, H. B. O., Showtime, ON-TV. Museum of Modern Art, Films in the Park, etc.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Four Buggy Videos (1976 - 2010) DVD, color / b&w, 12 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, cameraless, comedy, ethnic & multicultural , family, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health , science & medicine, spiritual & mystical , structural

A set of four short shorts referencing supposedly insignificant creatures to explore Rosenthal's lifelong topic of human identity and values. In the first, her father speaks of a spider sharing his underground bomb shelter; in the second, insects and reptiles combine body parts; in the third, flies attempt to escape the bus she is riding form a repressive nation to a free one; and in the fourth, a colony of ants bury their dead in her children's toy. Her themes of irony and tragedy are apparent. Original music and photos by DJ RoBeat; appropriated music by Arlo Guthrie

DVD NTSC Sale: $485

Barbara Rosenthal

Daddy: Spider Story (1976 - Digital Remaster 2012) DVD, b&w, 2 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, environment & nature , family, hand processed , history, personal/diary/journal, philosophical , psychology & mental health , spiritual & mystical

This video pioneer (appearing briefly) records her father, Leon Rosenthal, telling about a large spider in an underground bomb shelter with him when he was a radio switchboard operator in Hilo, Hawaii, during WWII. It is a single-take 2 minute piece that gives insight into the artist's lifelong explorations into the meaning of the being human, the search for identity, respect for life itself, and the personality as paramount.

DVD NTSC Sale: $65

Rosalind Schneider

Butterfly, The (1976) , min

Rental: $38.00

Paul Sharits

Analytical Studies I: The Film Frame (1976) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

A set of short pure color studies, usually exploring one dominant hue. Most of these works were studies for longer projects. The last four "migraine" studies are rhythmically based around the five-cycle-per-second oscillation pulse of the typical fortification illusions preceding a migraine attack; this onset period, with its visually dynamic effects, is reported to be a quite vibrant and enjoyable state. 1. Modular Blue 2. Green Matrix 3. White Field 4. Orange Field 5. Pink Modulation A 6. Pink Modulation B 7. Temporal Frame A 8. Migraine Onset A 9. Migraine Onset B 10. Migraine Onset C 11. Migraine Onset D. (After titles, focus should be shifted to sharpen the edges of the screen.) Collection: Centre National D'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris

Rental: $57.00
16mm Rental: $57.00

Paul Sharits

Analytical Studies II: Un-Frame-Lines (1976) 16mm, color, 30.00 min

Genre: Experimental

A highly varied and playful series of short sketches involving induced camera "mistakes," printing "errors" and various "assaults" upon film (some rephotographed) which in one way or another reveal the process/materiality of cinema. The "unframing" called for in this film (bringing the top frame line down into the viewing area as is possible by adjusting the projector framer) is a way of heightening the intended unmasking of the usually hidden vulnerability/fragility of the film strip.

Rental: $69.00
16mm Rental: $69.00

Paul Sharits

Analytical Studies IV: Blank Color Frames (1976) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Contains: 1. Specimen II 2. Specimen III 3. Specimen IV 4. Diagonal Temporality B 5. Diagonal Temporality C 6. Temporal Frame B Like ANALYTICAL STUDIES I, these short works each develop a different rhythmic and/or melodic idea using only rapid successions of color frames. The "Specimens" are called such because they are the "subjects" of (rephotography) analysis: "Specimen II" was intended to be the subject for the film EPISODIC GENERATION - although the footage, in itself, was successful, I did not find it adequate for its intended purpose; therefore, "Specimen IV" was created and was used (rephotographed) for EPISODIC GENERATION. The other works were studies for sections of the film DECLARATIVE MODE. (After titles, focus should be shifted to sharpen the edges of the screen.) Note: All of the above films in the ANALYTICAL STUDIES SERIES may be projected at silent speed as well as sound speed.

Rental: $44.00
16mm Rental: $44.00

Paul Sharits

Dream Displacement (1976) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Two-screen projection, stereo sound.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Paul Sharits

Epileptic Seizure Comparison (1976) 16mm, color, 34 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health, structural

"Beauty shall be convulsive." -- Andre Breton Produced with the aid of a CAPS Award (1978). Sound portion made possible by the facilities of the Computer Science Center at Carnegie Mellon University and ZBS Foundation (through funding by the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts). The films are of two patients, extracted from a medical film study of brain wave activity during seizures. Of course, the patients volunteered for these tests. The black and white footage of each patient entering convulsive stages was temporally and tonally articulated on an optical printer and rhythmic pure color frames were added to these images. Everything was done to allow the viewer to move beyond mere voyeurism and actually enter into the convulsive state, to allow a deeper empathy for the condition and to also, hopefully, experience the ecstatic aspect of such paroxysm.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Paul Sharits

Tails (1976) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

A series of tail ends of varied strips of film, with sometimes recognizable images dissolving into light flares, appear to run through and off of a projector. A romantic "narrative," suggesting an "ending," is inferred. Note: This film may be projected at either silent or sound speed.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Steve Siegel

Ellis Island (1976) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Michael Snow

Breakfast (1976) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Shot in 1972 and shelved until 1976, when sound and editing problems were solved. All the varied and unusual motions visible on the screen are the result of a single camera movement. "WAVELENGTH before breakfast. A continuous zoom traverses the space of a breakfast table, serving as a grand metaphor for indigestion." -- Deke Dusinberre

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Alan Sondheim

Hudson+2 (1976) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ernie Steck

Christmas 1972 (1976) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"The sight of pathos, madness and loneliness, Christmas 1972 - a time of Nixon, Agnew, Vietnam and Cambodia." E.S.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Chick Strand

Cosas De Mi Vida (1976) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

Expressive documentary in an ethnographic approach about Anselmo, a Mexican Indian. It is a film about his struggle for survival in the Third World. Orphaned at age 7, he was the sole support of himself and his baby sister, who eventually starved and died in his arms. The film continues with Anselmo's struggle to live and to do something with his life other than a docile acceptance of poverty. Totally uneducated in a formal way, he taught himself how to play a horn and when he became a man he started his own street band. The film was started in 1965 and finished in 1975. During the 10 years, I saw the physical change in Anselmo's life in terms of things he could buy to make his family at first able to survive, and during the last years, to make them more comfortable. I felt a change in his spirit from a proud, individualistic and graceful man into one obsessed with possessions and role playing in order to get ahead and stay on top, but one cannot help but admire his energy and determination to succeed, to drag himself and is family out of the hopelessness and sameness of poverty to give them a future. Anselmo tells his own story in English although he does not speak the language. After he told me of his life in Spanish, I translated it into English and taught him how to say it.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Chick Strand

Elasticity (1976) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Psychology & Mental Health

Impressionistic surrealism in three acts. The approach is literary experimental with optical effects. There are three mental states that are interesting: amnesia, euphoria and ecstasy. Amnesia is not knowing who you are and wanting desperately to know. I call this the White Night. Euphoria is not knowing who you are and not caring. This is the Dream of Meditation. Ecstasy is knowing exactly who you are and still not caring. I call this the Memory of the Future. This is an autobiographical film funded by the American Film Institute.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Chick Strand

Guacamole (1976) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Poetic surrealism. Approach is experimental in relationship of image and sound. A film about the loss of innocence and the search for the essence of the human spirit. Funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Chick Strand

Mujer De Milfuegos (1976) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

A kind of heretic fantasy film. An expressionistic, surrealistic portrait of a Latin American woman. Not a personal portrait so much as an evocation of the consciousness of women in rural parts of such countries as Spain, Greece and Mexico; women who wear black from the age 15 and spend their entire lives giving birth, preparing food and tending to household and farm responsibilities. MUJER DE MILFUEGOS depicts in poetic, almost abstract terms, their daily repetitive tasks as a form of obsessive ritual. The film uses dramatic action to express the thoughts and feelings of a woman living within this culture. As she becomes transformed, her isolation and desire, conveyed in symbolic activities, endows her with a universal quality. Through experiences of ecstasy and madness we are shown different aspects of the human personality. The final sequence presents her awareness of another level of knowledge. Awards: Ann Arbor Film Festival; Sinking Creek Film Festival. Exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, NY; New York Women's Film Festival; Filmex, LA.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Walter Ungerer

Animal, The (1976) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 73 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A man meets a woman at a deserted railroad station somewhere in northern New England. It is the middle of winter; snow is falling. The two drive to a remote farmhouse. Two strange children, who never speak, appear at the window; an old woman calls them away. First isolation, then alienation, overcome the couple. The woman has a dream, then disappears. Nothing is explained. Only footprints remain in the snow that covers the supernatural landscape. THE ANIMAL is a film about unutterable loss, fate and the unknowable.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00

Andrej Zdravic

Breath (1976) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

"BREATH consists of nothing more than shots of a newspaper blowing in the wind of empty New York streets. But Zdravic doesn't treat this subject with the wispy lyricism of Brakhage or Marie Menken. The newspaper is just a newspaper - a 'found object' a la Duchamp. The soundtrack, as in all Zdravic 's films, was recorded on the spot -- its on/off click as each shot is taken making for musique concrete accompaniment." -- David Ehrenstein, Los Angeles Herald Examiner "What is most striking about Zdravic's work right now is a vivid sense of how the frame of the screen traps -- and thus compresses and heightens - the energy of movement." -- Amy Taubin, The Soho Weekly News

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Peter Von Ziegesar

None Saved (1976) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

"Based on the Indonesian shadow puppet plays which vombine popular songs, political satire and Hindu mythology, NONE SAVED humorously records the events surrounding Jimmy Carter's successful bid for presidency in 1976 in a crude, but powerful, black and white cartoon format" P.Z. "Striking political commentaries based on Indonesian shaow puppetry." Robert Trussell

Rental: $32.00
16mm Rental: $32.00

Leslie Thornton

All Right You Guys (1976) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Saul Levine

Rambling Notes (1976-1977) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: diary_ journal, philosophical

I am just a rambling guy - here today, gone tomorrow. Sitting in the back of Dan's french car. French woman going to NYC for the first time. Reflections of the car - now static. Chicago as seen from Gunnar Juhansson's and Ruby Rich's apartment. N.B. Project at 18fps

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Two Physics Videos: "Space and Time" and "Some Balls Stick, Some Balls Fall" (1976-2010) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: philosophical, science_medicine

"TWO PHYSICS VIDEOS" is a compilation of two of Barbara Rosenthal's short-shorts in which the most outwardly obvious things we take for granted in the course of existence are presented to us in the simplest, most straightforward (and therefor absurdist) way possible. "SPACE AND TIME", shot in 1990, is a text and live-action performance video depicting xeroxed text from philosopher John Redford's book and model of Space and Time. The spacial configuration and timing of the videographed xerox itself, and the foley performance sound, humorously remind us that even the infinite is finite on the screen, but at least perhaps it is not futile to attempt a definition. Shot when "cut" and "paste" meant "cut" and "paste." (1min 5sec) "SOME BALLS STICK, SOME BALLS FALL" is probably the most deceptively simple performance video of all Rosenthal's 100+ deceptively simple performance videos. In it, the off-camera performer (Rosenthal, of course) throws wads of soaked newspapers at a blackboard, the resulting bangs and splatters depicting violence, anger, humor, news commentary, frustration and pure physics. Shot with a black and white 1/2 open reel analog Sony Portapak, the first video equipment Rosenthal ever owned, bought used from Lauren Ewing via Technisphere in 1976. Ambient audio.(2min 35sec 10fr). Neither "SPACE AND TIME", shot in 1990, nor "SOME BALLS STICK, SOME BALLS FALL", shot in 1976, were ever shown until their premier as an installation loop in "Attract/Repel: Art and Physics" at Central Booking Artspace, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Maddy Rosenberg Nov.-Dec. 2010. LIMITED EDITION OF 20, SIGNED AND NUMBERED

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $585.00

Barbara Rosenthal

33 Existential Video Shorts (1976-2009) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 73 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, family, personal_diary_journal, philosophical, science_medicine

The 33 shorts in 72 minutes comprising "33 EXISTENTIAL VIDEO SHORTS" was compiled for Barbara Rosenthal's solo mini-retrospective in video at the Z-Bar Screening Room in Berlin by curator Klaus Eisenlohr for Directors Lounge Contemporary Art And Media, on June 25, 2009. Included in this screening, an on this DVD, is the world premiere of "Dead Heat" as well as some of her best-known and rarely shown shorts, in 3 sections: 1. SOLO PERFORMANCE VIDEOS: "Barbara Rosenthal Contemplates Suicide", "Words Come Out Backwards", "Whispering Confession", "I Have a New York Accent", "I've Got the World in the Palm of My Hand", "Breaking Glass", "Lying Diary/Provocation Cards", "Handwriting Analysis", "How Much Does the Monkey Count", "How Much Does the Monkey Remember", "Video Will", "Society", "News Wall", "Pregnancy Dreams"; 2. PLAYING WITH OTHERS: "Playing With Matches", "Shadow Boxes", "Mandates for Art", "News to Fit the Family", "Nonsense Conversation", "Rock-A-Bye Rock Lobster", "Colors and Auras"; 3. CONCEPTUAL VIDEOS WITH TEXT, NEWS AND GAMES ABOUT DIMENSION, DURATION, TIME, PHYSICS, LOCATION AND RELATIONSHIP: "Dog Recognition", "Quotation from Paul Gauguin/This is Not a Book", "The Screen Will Be Black and Silent", "Siddhartha", "World View", "Space and Time", "A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer", "Dead Heat", "American Denominations", "Vienna Photos", "Something from Oliver North". LIMITED EDITION OF 30, SIGNED AND NUMBERED

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $985.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Nonsense Conversation and Other Shorts (1976-2013) color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art

9 existential photo-poetry-performance shorts: Quotation from Paul Gauguin, 1988 (1min 30sec); A Boy and His Father Butcher a Deer, 1984 (1 min); The Secret of Life, 1992-2013 (16sec); News to Fit the Family, 1988 (2min 27sec); Nonsense Conversation, 1988 (3min 8sec); BuzzClickSsshhTingle, 2010 (3min); Daddy: Spider Story, 1977 (2min); Surreal Photo Stories (excerpt): Figure From a Dream, 1976-2013 (1min 46sec); Toil Of Three Cities / Liebesmuh, 2012 (15min). This compilation premiered at MADA: Monash University Art Design and Architecture Artforum, Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 18, 2013.

DVD NTSC Sale: $485 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

Postcards & Other Shorts (1976-2013) DVD, color and b&w, 29 min

This DVD contains 21 quick-paced videos, Barbara Rosenthal made in various technologies from 1975-2013. The 1/2-hour compilation was premiered at the Boddinale Film Festival, Berlin, in February 2013, when she was invited to screen and discuss her work. It comprises: BURP TALK, THE SECRET OF LIFE, FINGERNAILS, SHADOW BOX, VIENNA PHOTOS, CAR COMING, BOGGLE, HANDS AND FEET, AMERICAN DENOMINATIONS, DOG RECOGNITION, POSTCARDS,THE HAIRCUT,PLAYING WITH MATCHES, ROCK-A-BYE ROCK LOBSTER, MEMPHIS PARTY DOLL, BREAKING GLASS, COLORS AND AURAS, HOT AND COLD SHAKEUP, RULES, BuzzClickSsshhTingle, SECRET CODES.

DVD NTSC Sale: $785 (limited edition DVD)

Coleen Fitzgibbon

Der Spiegal (1976-2011) color, 9.51 min

Genre: Experimental

Micro text film of the June issue of German magazine Der Spiegal with rock music.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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