Rebecca Abbott

Big Waltz, The (1978) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

A film composed in three short movements, and structured in 'extended' 3/4 meter. The imagery, in its arrangement, is meant to suggest circular motion and cyclical patterns either by its immediate representations or its larger connotations.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Cat's Eyes (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

Project at 18 fps. A tri-X grain and light song.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Adlestein

Kosher (1978) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Project at 24 fps. Kosher-made guilty pleasures.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bruce Baillie

Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True): Intro 1 & 2 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

My ROMANCE is intended for something like 'broadcast' form, or like a correspondence... not so much for showing a big batch of it at one sitting. Eventually it should be in both film and video tape form. The Introduction, INTRO.1 & 2 is finished now. I will send rolls from time to time and hope one of these days to put the rest of it in shape for you to see. Meanwhile, I'll be continuing to record the ROMANCE wherever I am. The work seems to be a sort of manual, concerning all the stuff of the cycle of life, from the most detailed mundanery to... God knows.--B. B., June 1 1977

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gordon Ball

Father Movie (1978) 16mm, Super 8, color, 9.75 min

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Made spontaneously with the news of my fathers death -- i kept a friends instamatic super-8 in coat pocket as I headed to Winston-Salem and the rest home where my father died of a sudden stroke overnight. I filmed on a highway, in his abandoned rest home room, then drove weeping and filming at the same time, one hand on wheel, one holding camera, past the houses -- my sisters, his own, -- he and my mother had lived after retirement from life's work abroad. In his two film of the last days and death of his father, and the life and death of his mother, Gordon Ball has accomplished something unique in the autobiographical genre of motion pictures. he has reconciled still ( as the mind would have it remembering) with movie and DOCUMENT (in the form of home movies) with the 'myth' of his voice track.' -- Stan Brakhage [available on super 8mm or 16 mm]

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

Gordon Ball

Prothalamion (1978) 16mm, Super 8, color, 4 min

Genre: Documentary

Wedding song: friend Tom Cleveland gave me one roll of film and camera to shoot his wedding ceremony in bride's ancestral Charlotte, N. C. house rainy December's end 1977. [available on super 8mm or 16mm]

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

Daniel Barnett

Chinese Typewriter, The (1978) 16mm, color, 27.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

The Chinese Typewriter is about education and language, and the way a society is shaped by them. Exemplifies the politically committed film that defies the strict rubric of avant-garde. Barnett seems less interested in challenging traditional form than in exploding his own occidental vision. He transforms cyclonic cutting among a character-filled Chinese printing shop, a school, and street life into a visual poem that extracts the country's fierce mechanistic energy while leaving the fragrant residue of humanity. The film is compositionally meticulous and rhythmically arresting, as Barnett goes beyond facile, formalist, dehumanization of post-Mao China imagery. Contrasting a stop action view of a schoolgirl doing a cartwheel with contemplating, pointillist, high-angle shots of sidewalk life. The repeated sloganeering of public-school apologists, spiced with oriental music and street beat forms a soundtrack with the haunting quality of a Davis Byrne/Brian Eno experiment. Red objects, from scarves around necks to newsstands draped with crimson like a shroud-pull the eye to what become found object vanishing points. despite the multitude of images-over 3000 on 28 minutes, the film never seems capricious or ostentatious. -- Gregory Solman ; BOSTON PHOENIX 2/26/85 ... THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER... provoked me to rave for days.... and alarming, funny, gorgeous work. -- Susan Orlean ; BOSTON PHOENIX 5/84 Barnett is a modern Vertov; wiser, reflective, and without the naive trappings of a prophet. Mary Badger ; Bromfeild Gallery Notes

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Les Blank

Always For Pleasure (1978) 16mm, color, 57.00 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Music, Spiritual / Mystical

"Always for Pleasure" is an intensive insider's look at Mardi Gras and the briad of musical traditions the annual celebration supports in New Orleans. It's a fairly shabby Southern city, with a touristy, almost tacky overlay. But beneath the overlay is something vital, something intimately acquainted with living and dying, that marketing cannot long disguise or distort. New Orleans has a gut-level mythic quality, a resonance unique among American cities. ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE amplifies that resonance. The film takes you to a jazz funeral where a brass band blows dirges on the way to the graveyard, then cuts loose on the way back. It takes you to pre-Mardi Gras practice parades, Mardi Gras celebrations and a St. Patrick's Day parade in the white working class neighborhoods. The second part of the film focuses on Mardi Gras celebrations in the black community, particularly on the annual revival of the black Indian tradition, in which working class blacks try to outdo each other in dancing, talking, and especially in the parading of hand-sewn Indian costumes of their own design. Most of all, there is an underlying sense of community, of an organic link with the past, that is both sobering and exhilarating, providing pleasure and responsibility. This is how I want to go out, says a young man at a funeral parade, with a little band behind me and my friends having a nice time. But I'm living now and I'm not going to wait, 'til I'm in the ground, laid out, to have fun in the streets. .

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Stan Brakhage

Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1 (1978) 16mm, color, 44.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

This work, created in Reg. 8mm. a decade ago, was in great danger ( as all the SONGS) of being lost forever due to deterioration of the original and all Lab Masters. Despite great expense, I've managed to enlarge the original (step-printed) into a 16mm master. I chose this film (above all other SONGS) FIRST because of the multiple splices and hand-painted sections of it endangered it the most AND because I fear the war- inclination of this society at this time once again. P. Adams Sitney writes (in Visionary Film): The furthest that Brakhage came in extending the language of 8mm cinema was his editing of the 23rd PSALM BRANCH... The phenomenal and painstaking craftsmanship of this film reflects the intensity of the obsession with which its theme grasped his mind. In 1966, out of confusion about the Vietnam was the American reaction to it, Brakhage began to meditate on the nature of war... The fruit of his studies and thought was the longest and most important of the SONGS... it is an apocalypse of imagination.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Stan Brakhage

Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 2 (1978) 16mm, color, 41.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

See description for Song 23: 23rd Psalm Branch, Part 1.

Rental: $81.00
16mm Rental: $81.00

Stan Brakhage

Bird (1978) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

First clear vision of the hot-blooded dinosaur still living among us.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Burial Path (1978) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Film begins with an image of a dead bird. The mind moves to forget, as well as to remember: this film, in the tradition of THOT-FAL'N, graphs the process of forgetfulness against all oddities of the remembered bird-shape.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stan Brakhage

Centre (1978) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Series of narrative events, stories if you like, but so clustered visually as to have a center so to speak, slightly off center.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stan Brakhage

Duplicity: Reel 1 (1978) 16mm, color, 21.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Duplicity of relationship between Brakhage and animals.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Stan Brakhage

Duplicity: Reel 2 (1978) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Composed of superimpositions much as the mind 'dupes' remembered experience into some semblance of say, composed surety rather than imbalanced accuracy.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Stan Brakhage

Nightmare Series (1978) 16mm, color, 19.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Four films so related to each other as to be an equivalent of that frightful dreaming which makes wake of the following day, so that it be spent mourning the events of the night

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

Purity, and After (1978) 16mm, color, 5.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Two short films, the first NOT about purity itself, whatever that might be, but rather an equivalent of the process of searching for purity in the mind.... the second film, then, thoughts rebound from that.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Sincerity: Reel 3 (1978) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps Made with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. In the autobiographical traditional of earlier SINCERITIES, this film takes up the light-threads of our living 14 years ago when the Brakhage family found Home and 'settled', like they say, into some sense of permanence. This quality of living in one place tends to destroy most senses of chronology; thus, along lines-of-thought of growing and shifting physicality, events CAN seem to be occurring simultaneously (a thought-process 'kin to that of THE DOMAIN OF THE MOMENT), and the memory of such a time IS prompted and sustained by details of living usually overlooked or taken-for-granted (such as Proust's cookie which prompted 'The Remembrance of Things Past'). Michael McClure's 'Fleas' and Andrew Noren's THE EXQUISITE CORPSE III were additional sources of inspiration for the making of this work.

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Stan Brakhage

Sluice (1978) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

It is a wooden silver-retrieving sluice, thus might catch, awash with something like cheek and jowl clippings of Argentine bulls (as Hollis Frampton reminds us) and many chemical residues of earth. My mind has grown TREE out of the forest of all of it.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Tho't-Fal'n (1978) 16mm, color, 14.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This film describes a psychological state 'kin to moonstruck, its images emblems (not quite symbols) of suspension-of-self within consciousness and then that feeling of falling away from conscious thought. The film can only be said to describe or be emblematic of this state because I cannot imagine symbolizing or otherwise representing an equivalent of thoughtlessness itself. Thus the actors in the film, Jane Brakhage, Tom and Gloria Bartek, Williams Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Olovsky and Phillip Whalen are figments of this Thought Fallen PROCESS as are their images in the film to find themselves being photographed.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Bill Brand

Works In The Field (1978) 16mm, color, 39.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

WORKS IN THE FIELD consists of a series of short films which make use of computer generated mattes to break up and reconstitute mountain landscapes, Manhattan cityscapes, images from POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY, ARTFORUM covers, and a TV news program. When this is combined with a found documentary about a family life in Malaysia, the film becomes an essay on reading. The computer grid subdivides the screen into a system of rectangles which can be opened or closed. When opened, we see what is directly underneath the rectangle; when closed, we see a black block. Both the size and the speed at which the blocks opens or close can be regulated. The effect is like an accelerated game of Concentration. The open rectangles allow us to catch glimpses of images behind them. Initially it interferes with our ability to recognize objects but after a while it allows recognition. This recognition is thereby freed from the Renaissance perspective built into the photographic lens. The peculiar juxtaposition of the gridded sections and the Malaysia footage formulates an inquiry into the nature of meaning and representation in cinema.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Betzy Bromberg

Ciao Bella (1978) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

A personal film about love and mortality. "[Ciao Bella] shows a world of crowded, kinetic New York streets and hauntingly empty interior spaces, graced briefly by wisps of childish energy and the provocation of nearly naked women. Bromberg deftly contrasts that vibrant exuberance with a sense of devastating loss and the effect is at once brazenly personal (if elliptical) and incredibly powerful. Unfolding desire merges with the ever-present reality of the threat of losing what you love." . - Holly Willis, LA Weekly "CIAO BELLA is a summer-in-the-city travelogue that mixes verite of Lower East Side Bikers, Times Square topless dancers, and Coney Island crowds to achieve a highly charged atmosphere of manic exhibitionism and sexual raunch." - J. Hoberman, Artforum

16mm Rental: $55.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Alex Katz Painting (1978) 16mm, color, 24 minutes min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

"In 1961 Frank O'Hara wrote, in a letter to John Ashbery, 'The great thing this year I think is Alex Katz,' and in 1962, 'I think he is one of the best, and even more uniquely, one of the most interesting painters in New York.' It is 1978 [when the film was made], and these opinions, once held by the happy few, are now widely accepted. Alex Katz is one of our great painters. How lucky we are, then, to have a film about him by an equally distinguished filmmaker! Such artistic combinations are rare. In this film we see Katz drawing and painting. We see his paint table (he drinks Medaglia d'Oro and eats Skippy peanut butter in the country), his studio, the green view out the door. We see his models. We see him laugh as he works. We see a fly land on his T-shirt, at the shoulder. We see his paintings, lots of them, in detail and from across the room, still shots and gentle, sinuous pans. We see his enormous Times Square billboard in progress, then finished. We see a show being hung, and the opening, where the people inevitably begin to resemble the art on the wall - such a funny and exquisite sensation! And over it all we hear Alex talking to us about his work, talking about style and influence and perception in the most straight-forward way. He talks about art in this matter-of-fact way because overinflation of ideas is precisely not what he's all about. He's smart enough to know that for a painter the look of things is more exciting than any idea about them, and he has the technical mastery capable of handling this visual excitement of life. ALEX KATZ PAINTING is like spending a couple of days with this great and articulate painter." -- Ron Padgett

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Gail Camhi

Bellevue Film (1978) 16mm, black and white, 20.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Science & Medicine

"... is just what its title and program note say it is: 'A look at physical therapy, having profited from it. '... Russian formalism associates art with 'making strange'. Gail Camhi seems to be doing just the reverse--showing how ordinary, say, amputees and their stumps and artificial limbs are, making them familiar and banal presences rather than fearfully charged objects. Yet by removing (to some extent) myth and other forms of fantasy from a hospital ward, she may actually be inviting the esthetic imagination to relocate itself elsewhere in the film..." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, "Declarations of Independents," VILLAGE VOICE "BELLEVUE FILM... was made in a rehabilitation ward, and it offers and inventory of patients: a child learning to use crutches, a young man beginning exercise with weights, the old man, the beautiful woman, the middle aged man without legs and one arm. The film settles upon this man, finally, discovering as one might, as a visitor, a pain in a face, the limp pajama over a stump of a leg, the cinches, straps, buckles of prostheses, his happiness and pride, one marvels. Camhi's film manner is without cuteness. Images seemingly are made from whatever vantage point is possible, not from a preconceived angle. Flash frames, light-struck ends are kept if the image beneath is worthy. For it is the image and its information not the style that matters, without sentiment, silently." -- Anthony Bannon, BUFFALO EVENING NEWS

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Doris Chase

Dance Frame (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Music by Joan Labarbara. Choreographer/dancer: Sara Rudner. The human form is used in composition with geometric form in an exploration toward a third dimension through juxtaposition of color and line.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Tom Chomont

The Heavens/Earth (1978) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

"The Heavens"--Symmetrical chaos envelops a lone, topless man, whose symmetrical abstractions conjure up a psychadelic version of DaVinci's Vitruvian Man. "Earth"--Flashing lights illuminate black faces and dark eyes, oscillating between darkness and inverted lightness.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Vivienne Dick

Guerillere Talks (1978) VHS NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

"Dick's first film, consists of eight unedited rolls of super-8 sound footage. A chorus of red and white Kodak leader separates the individual rolls, each of which is a sort of screen test for Dick's female subjects (most of whom are or were associated with the punk music scene)...Guerillere Talks can be seen as the extension of Warholian pragmatism to super-8 talkies. However, by juxtaposing various examples of female self-definition against the backdrop of a decaying social order, the film is also the rehearsal and paradigm for Dick's subsequent work." --Jim Hoberman, October issue 20, Spring 1982

VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Vivienne Dick

She Had Her Gun All Ready (1978) Super 8, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Set on New York's Lower East Side, the film revolves around the power relations between two friends. One dominates and paralyzes the other. This paranoia is overcome when the controlled person decides to take responsibility. "Vivienne Dick's 'She Had Her Gun All Ready' could provide a brilliant antidote to Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,' the almost religious canonization of the cultural stars of feminism. Dick speaks the contemporary unspeakable; woman's anger and hatred of woman at the crucial moment of overpowering identification and obsessional thralldom." -- Karyn Kay Idiolects, No. 9-10 (1980-1981)

Rental: $80.00
Super8 Rental: $80.00

Gary Doberman

Moieties, The (1978) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Philosophical, Structural

"... where beads of light searching out 'the beloved' do pulse with the beat of the filmmaker's heart in perfect contrapuntal rhythm with all else in the frame of that sequence." -- Stan Brakhage, World Film Festival of Canada

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Gary Doberman

Nimbus (1978) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal / Diary / Journal

For Jim Healy. NIMBUS "...was Robert Creeley's first choice to show in conjunction with a lecture at Rocky Mountain Film Center in 1978. This film owes much to Creeley's poetry and Edward Hopper's paintings, although no conscious consideration structured the working process - Hopper in the sense that Brian O'Doherty writes of the paintings as displaying "an observed, an observer and a witness." --G.D.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Victor Faccinto

Book of Dead (1978) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"In BOOK OF DEAD, no human image can hide from the secrets the animator chooses to reveal. Figures walking on a beach grow satanic horns and tails; tiny pitchforks and snakes pierce the bodies of others. Murder, disfigurement and enactment of the basest lust are the actions most frequently depicted. Through drawings on the frame, the human beings in the initially innocent photographic images have been made to do the bidding of their own creator and suffer his many torments." -- Barbara Scharres, TRICK-FILM/CHICAGO, 1980 Catalogue

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Mary Filippo

I'm in Heaven (1978) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal, Philosophical

In a presentation of myself, and a questioning of my origins and place. The film is about being alone with an audience; about loneliness and self-consciousness. There are film-self-reflexive references to Maya Deren's AT LAND and MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON, which point to this self-consciousness as a filmmaker. The theme of the film was, in part, provoked by a studying of Rimbaud's poem 'Bad Blood.' The poem is about heredity. It is an enraged proclaiming against his class origins. The title of the group of poems in which 'Bad Blood' is included is 'A Season in Hell.' The title of this film, I'M IN HEAVEN, is evidence of my ironic interpretation of the ideas raised in the poem. My film is more concerned with my biological origins and my possible future offspring then in placing myself in terms of class origins. --M. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Holly Fisher

Chickenstew (1978) 16mm, color, 10.75 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A narrative film... in which synchronous sound, a static camera, a shiny cook pot, friends, and an old wood stove conspire in a game of hide-and-seek involving point-of-view and film illusion. A watched pot? --H. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Holly Fisher

From The Ladies (1978) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Filmed in the multiple-mirrored women's bathroom of the New York City Holiday Inn--in which the most visible object was myself looking at myself, looking at... In pursuit of contradictions. --H. F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Holly Fisher

This Is Montage (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Which lies somewhere between an homage to, and a wink at, Sergei Eisenstein. --H. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Bob Fleischner

Paradise (1978) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

A face, on an old song sheet, with eyes that peer out from the past; a quiet room with sunlight seeping thru the drawn blinds. Tranquil moments, as the camera pans down the lyrics of an old song. A film made with a memory of a similar song sheet, that impressed me at the age of 14. --B. F.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dave Gearey

Stream Rapids Falls (1978) 16mm, black and white, 28.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"Not going to the woods and sitting by a stream, but coming into the dark of Cinema for meditating on nature. Not meditating on Mother Nature and her parts, but on Mother Cinema and her forms."--D.G. "a concerto for the kind of water which is so ordinary that normally one forgets to look at it and which is here filmed with astonishing attention." -- Pierre Job, Liberation Magazine (Paris)

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Dave Gearey

Chet's Garage (1978) 16mm, color, 15.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Technology

Filmed in a garage on Staten Island, New York, this is a song of workers and their environment. America's idolatry of the automobile makes this both a romantic and an essential part of the landscape. Layered with multiple images, the film presents something many of us see but seldom look at and it does it with a method that is unique to cinema. Not a work of film journalism, but a song for the eyes, an eyesong.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Peter Gidal

4th Wall (1978) 16mm, color, 38.25 min

Genre: Experimental

"Gidal's camera movements, are at one level predicated on the sensual lure and the visual pleasure which he derives from the objects looked at (already an aware sublimation of a sexual object onto another even before the film is shot). The camera slowly moves over the beautifully paterned bedspread (or rug, which Gidal chooses because he already finds it visually pleasurable), and even where it encounters objects with no intrinsic implications of beauty, their separation (framing) from their visual and more important, utility, contexts transforms them into 'to be looked at objects.'" --Malcolm LeGrice, Millenium Film Journal

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Joseph Glin

Endymion (1978) 16mm, color, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

In this first film Glin demonstrates great sensitivity to image quality by using a wide variety of black and white film stocks and printing on color stock to employ a subtle tapestry of hues. His imagery evokes the legend of Endymion with startling and poetic collages of word and image." --Tom Chomont

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Gottheim

Four Shadows (Elective Affinities III) 2 Reels (1978) 16mm, color, 65 min

Genre: Experimental

Like constellations wheeling round, a double chain of four image segments and four sound segments wheel past each other in 16 combinations -- a family of Gibbon apes, a landscape measured, a shadowed diagram after Cezanne, a wintry urban scene, a text by Wordsworth, a climactic scene from Debussy's opera Pelleas et Melisande .... The stately ceremony can generate rich sensuous cinematic pleasure as well as a free-flowing stream of associations. Containment and flowing free -- these are some of the issues. The third film in the Elective Affinities cycle. Exhibition: Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1978; Berlin Film Festival.

Rental: $256.00
16mm Rental: $256.00

Victor Grauer

Composition 1 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Structural

Inspired by Mondrian, Brakhage and Kubelka. Strips of clear vs. opaque leader and white noise vs. silence. A strictly canonic, serial structure. One of my first ventures into neomodernism.--V. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Victor Grauer

Portrait 5 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Science & Medicine

Another essay in analytic film, this time inspired by variation form.--V. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Amy Greenfield

Videotape For A Woman And A Man (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 34 min

Genre: Experimental

Directed, choreographed, and edited by Amy Greenfield. Cameras: Hilary Harris, Patricia Saunders; Performers: Ben Dolphin, Amy Greenfield; Music: Gordon Mumma, J. S. Bach. "Among film and video artists, Amy Greenfield holds a special place in today's avant-garde. Greenfield, an active exponent of experimental cinema dance, was honored by a full Cineprobe evening at New York's Museum of Modern Art. "VIDEOTAPE FOR A WOMAN AND A MAN, shown at MoMA, is an absorbing and disturbing inquiry into male-female relationships. Photographed in black and white and color, and performed in the nude by Greenfield and dancer Ben Dolphin, it relentlessly examines the possible physical and emotional encounters between a man and a woman. The vulnerability of nakedness makes these encounters not only a study in exposure but a turbulent drama in which two human beings confront each other and begin a ritual of mutual and self discovery. "While the erotic implications are a constant, the work skillfully skirts the pornographic through the single-mindedness with which the protagonists objectify (by word and action) their encounters. "It is the immediacy of the unforeseen that lends the film its emotional thrust as the unadorned, unimpeded, and unrestricted male and female bodies enter into a sensual struggle for self-recognition." -- John Gruen, Dancemagazine

Rental: $59.00
16mm Rental: $59.00

Vincent Grenier

Interieur Interiors: To A. K. (1978) 16mm, black and white, 14.5 min

Genre: Experimental

With special assistance of Ann Knutson. "Grenier's great skill is that by means of shifts of focus, by subtly altering light level and shadow, by moving the camera axis, by playing upon grain, contrast and surface texture, he can provoke constant mystery as to what exactly we've just seen, are seeing, will see next." -- Simon Field, Time Out, May 1980 "One striking aspect of INTERIEUR INTERIORS (TO A. K.) is that each specification of a spatial reading has a short perceptual life. If it is not renewed and reinforced the viewer soon loses it and is confronted again by an indeterminate space, which can be changed almost at will. Grenier relies on two kinds of factors to achieve these temporary specifications: motion, which is itself unambiguous if in a direction parallel to the screen and which automatically defines a recession; and the insertion of a recognizable element. When the two factors appear together, even for a moment, the cinematic space is transformed into one of representation." -- Graham Weinbren and Christine N. Brinckman, Millennium Film Journal "... And although we may repeatedly be laced back through the spatial ambiguities and the similarities of light reflection (a kind of sensuous and tendentious voyage), what Grenier leaves us with is finally not the realization that lines and shapes become objects, nor that objects deliquesce into abstraction, but that both object and abstraction can be accessible at the same moment. That is what is so demanding and so unrelenting." -- Martha Haslanger, Downtown Revue, Winter 1980

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Red Grooms

Little Red Riding Hood (1978) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Pat Gruben

Central Character, The (1978) 16mm, black and white, 15.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Walter Gutman

Erotic Signal, The (1978) 16mm, VHS NTSC, color, 54.5 min

Genre: Experimental

"The film opens with a small child romping alongside her mother, reminding us that we've all played with such powerful giantesses, and soon cuts to re-filmed footage of a 'zoftig' lady wrestler mopping up the ring with her hapless male opponent in super slow motion. Ingeniously, Gutman goes on flashing examples of his 'signal' while wheezing, coughing, and quoting Shakespeare (she 'governed him in strength if not in lust') on the soundtrack." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $155.00

Howard Guttenplan

European Diary (1978) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Amy Halpern

Cigarette Burn (1978) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Sitting home, smoking cigarettes, during the occupation. A study. A foreign film, it gains in the translation. Very nasty and sophomoric. And beautiful. --A. C. H.

Rental: $35
16mm Rental: $35

Barbara Hammer

Double Strength (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 14.5 min

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

A poetic study of the stages of a lesbian relationship by two women performance artists from honeymoon, through struggle, to break-up, to enduring friendship. Starring Terry Sendgraff on trapeze. "The poetry of Barbara's images carries us through the duration of a relationship: its intensely erotic beginnings, its sense of serenity, its playfulness and comedy and its closure -- the alienation, pain, anger and loss of contact. The death of the body, a theme tenderly interwoven into the ageless strength and agility of Terry Sendgraff's body, becomes the death of a relationship, a closing out, a leaving of the body behind. The body becomes a source of life. Its movement, grace, pain and happiness are contrasted with the inertness of things and the stillness of photos that merely document the brief passage of light." -- Jacquelyn Zita, Jump Cut Awards: Oberhausen Film Festival; SF Int'l Film Festival.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Barbara Hammer

Eggs (1978) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Matriarchal symbols of wholeness appear everywhere in nature, evoked by a goddess figure. "EGGS, a very creative film, combined the striking imagery of everyday chicken eggs placed in the settings of everything from apple trees, to pumpkins, to a sandy beach accompanied by koto music." -- Rollins Sandspur

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Isa Hesse-Rabinovich

Julie from Ohio (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 28.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

JULIE FROM OHIO is a reconstructed journey recorded in dreams and impressions in Julie's notebook. Julie lives in New York and works as a call-girl, waitress, yoga teacher, and model. In an effort to gain objectivitym she leaves New York to visit relatives in the Abruzzi region of Italy. Her sense of time becomes blurred as she visits cemeteries and museums and looks at old family photos. She finds her strongest sense of certainty in the symbols of the Tarot, whose constancy among the anachronisms around her remains unchanged. As she recalls her life in New York, she gradually begins to understand her shifting sense of values and, shortly before she leaves Italy, she finds and abandoned tower in whose scribbled-on walls she seems to recognize symbols of her past and of what her future might become. --I. H. R.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Henry Hills

North Beach (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 10.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

Documentary of my neighborhood of three years. The lamp at the end of the alley between Molinari Delicatessen and Rossi Market (view from Roma) as christological numen mediating between the Above and the Below. Above: the stairs behind my "illegal" at 1735B Stockton. Moving out. Columbus Day Parade: serpent. Below: the hills as Nestle's Crunch. "NORTH BEACH is a beautiful film. The human race should stick around to enjoy it. It's all cinema, all experience. No 'problems,' art in-jokes, other fashionable bluffing. Hills composes, orchestrates. The film's a concentrate of rhythmic invention, solid work, shapely; gorgeous." -- Ken Jacobs

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Solrun Hoaas

At Edge (1978) 16mm, color, 21.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

With Judith Wright Filmed in the autumn and winter of 1978, just after the poet Judith Wright had moved "Edge" in the Half-Moon Wildlife District, Mongarlowe, NSW, AT EDGE communicates a relationship between the poet and her bush environment. In the film Judith Wright speaks her mind about her work on conservation and her poetry she comments on film rushes shown to her; she reads several poems, some written at the time of filming. Entirely filmed at "Edge."

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Solrun Hoaas

Effacement (1978) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

EFFACEMENT shows a Japanese Noh mask maker, Taniguchi Akiko, at work on her masks in her Tokyo studio. She carves the mask, paints, and moves it in the pace of an actor's movements on the traditional stage.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

J Hoberman

Broken Honeymoon #3 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 21.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Structural

A structural work in which Frankenstein attempts to conquer the universe. (See 'Independent Film and Popular Culture: Films of J. Hoberman' by Jonathan Buchsbaum, Millenium Film Journal # 6, for detailed description.) --J. H.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

J Hoberman

Mission To Mongo (1978) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

First, I wanted to make a kind of reflexively impoverished Busky Berkeley extravaganza. Second I was interested in juxtaposing two cultural artifacts--which could be schematized as East/West, socialism/capitalism, propaganda/entertainment, as well as image/sound--and see how they reverberated. In other words, I wanted to make an essay out of things, as well as a communist musical. But the question arose--what was the ideology of such film play? Is MISSION TO MONGO aestheticized politics or political art? --J. H.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Nancy Holt

Sun Tunnels (1978) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 26.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Takes a close look at the many different processes involved in making art in the American landscape, away from urban centers and outside the usual art-world confines of museums and galleries. More specifically, it is a personal record of the making the filmmaker's art-work, "Sun Tunnels," in the remote northwest Utah desert. Being aligned with the sunsets and sunrises during the summer and winter solstices, the sculpture indicates the daily and yearly cycle of the sun. The sunlight, which changes slowly within the tunnels during the day, is speeded up, making available an experience of the work which is filmic in nature. "The work not only frames a landscape but exposes the process of the forming of that image. The participant/viewer becomes aware of his or her place in the physical environment and the process of making the image. As Holt says, 'The work becomes a human focal point, and in that respect brings the vast landscape back to human proportion and makes the viewer the center of things.' Holt has astronomically aligned the two sets of tunnels so that respectively, at the summer and winter solstices, at sunrise and sunset, the sun itself can be sighted through the tunnels. Adding another dimension to this universal overview, holes drilled in the tunnel surfaces (in formations of selected Constellations) cast light patterns on the insides of the tunnels. The inclusion of these astrological references not only reveal Holt's own sense of place in the universe (or the viewer's guided sense) but define as well a consciousness that would further use such information in an investigation of light and shadow at once visually engaging and at the same time revealing of the transitory nature of the experience... In the final sequences of the film we are privy to a sighting through the tunnels with the camera as the sun sets in its solstice, and then the shifting light patterns made by the 'star holes' speeded up by the time lapse photography offer an experience available only through a viewing of the film. It is in fact a filmic overview of the filmic qualities of the sculptures." -- Bill Jones, Independent, May 1979 Video sale price: 300.00

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

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Takahiko Iimura

Ma: A Japanese Concept (1978 / 1989) VHS NTSC, color, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

1) MA: SPACE/TIME IN THE GARDEN OF RYOAN-JI (1989) color, sound, 16 min. music: Takehisa Kosugi, Text : Arata Isozaki. Produced for Program for Art on Film, joint venture of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Paul Getty Trust "The early sixteenth-century Japanese garden in the Zen temple of Ryoan-ji, in Kyoto, is considered a masterpiece of the karesansui or "dry landscape" style... In this film, the viewer is invited to experience the garden as an embodiment of ma, a Japanese concept that conveys both time and space... The aesthetic of the film is the message, it has the quality of an experimental film, a conceptual film-an artwork in itself. Good balance of music/visuals/titles. If not as compelling for some viewers as for others, still rated as very effective. Makes one want to visit the actual garden and experience its spiritual energy." -- Art on Screen, edited by Nadine Covert, New York 2) MA (Intervals) (1975-78) b&w/color, sound, 22 min. video sale price: $70

Rental: $70.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $70.00

Takahiko Iimura

Sync Sound (1978) , min

Using the system of academy leader: 10 to 1, the film replaces the number to white space with bip sound (clear leader) gradually until it reaches to complete white.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Ken Jacobs

Doctor's Dream, The (1978) 16mm, black and white, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

THE DOCTOR'S DREAM, not the title of the found film as originally made for television... the editing device was to count the number of shots and start the film off with numerically middle shot and then, after that, the shot that had preceded it, and the shot that had followed it, and keep fanning further and further out until you saw the first shot of the film followed by the last shot, which was of the painting the movie is based on... It's called 'The Doctor;' it's in the Tate Gallery in London... and it has an interesting subliminal image appropriate to my discovery, via this reconstruction, of the real story of the film. A powerful sexual event was hidden within its banality. Maybe without intention, but it's what was gripping in the movie, if ever the movie was gripping. And now in the painting, seen from a little distance, the doctor contemplates the sleeping girl with, you don't have to agree with me, his curled fist doubling as a penis entering his mouth (I'm sad to find myself so constrained in my speech)... Maybe this is the traditional method of smuggling forbidden information, hot stuff, through customs from unadmitting mind to unadmitting mind. --K. J.

Rental: $16mm 69.00
16mm Rental: $69.00

Nora Jacobson

Inside Out (1978) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

"Individuals, animals and events against a family grain."--N.J.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jim Jennings

Chambers (1978) 16mm, black and white, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Movements echoed in the ceiling of a public space made private. "'Chambers begins by camera flaring to a spiral camera movement, on foot and gently circling, looking up (as at the heavens-only this is indoors, one would think). Variably shuttered darks then come and go to lightest whites, to pans of further walls and ceiling spaces of this chamber (a castle a la 1920s architecture done to mime a Roman square). The camera passes frame-like, repetitious wall tiles of this citified abode, then comes to rest quite briefly while it stations for a moment in the dark, then to metamorphose to an altogether different shot depicting shape of arch against daylight. A breathing pause ensues, and then the camera travels up again to contemplate with unaffected wonder the ceilings of (the heavens of) this house. In 'Chambers' too there is a parallel that serves as echo to the play of our diurnal sense of time: redoubled streamings of light to dark, besides the normative exposures in between, map fertile counterparts to what the domes and arches pictured in the film were originally built to mime–that is, the skies. 'Chambers' provides us with specific details of the mundane local place in which it has been filmed, yet never ceases to communicate its satisfying finds, and though the film reiterates its simple, numbered gestures, somehow this never tires. Jennings' camera feeds the eye and then the spirit, never pausing to 'inform.' There is a sense of play here and unselfconsciousness fun that immediately charms the viewer out of any dialectic frame of mind: it truly is as if a child who's set on circling to dizzydom has seized the viewer's gaze. There is no attempt to "mystify' the 'facts' or deliberately confound or torture the viewer's spatial context. 'Chambers' generates a welcome 'footedness' that does indeed extract a poetry simply in the sharing of already knowns. The final shot delivers childlike pushing to extremes, a dizzy twirl that sportively regards the ceiling domes, then comes to rest in the dark-this time black leader that signifies the end." -Gail Camhi, "The Downtown Review," 1980

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jim Jennings

Chinatown (1978) 16mm, black and white, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

The silent language of a city in a city. Not to be confused with "Made in Chinatown".

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Visions of a City (1978) 16mm, black and white, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Originally shot in 1957 and edited in 1978. The protagonist, poet Michael McClure, emerges from the all-reflection imagery of glass shop and car windows, bottles, mirrors, etc. in scenes which are also accurate portraits of both McClure and the city of San Francisco in 1957. At the same time it is a lyric and mystical film, building to a crescendo of rhythmically intercut shots of McClure's face, seemingly trapped on the glazed surface of the city. I don't think of this as an "early film" anymore, since it never came together until '78. Now it's tight.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Larry Jordan

Ancestors (1978) 16mm, black and white, 3.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

ANCESTORS is a film about spiritual forefathers and mothers in a purely fanciful sense. These are classical figures, anatomical figures, fairy tale figures and romantic figures all thrown in together -- all my creative root-sources, in a kind of playful tribute. Like part 2 of DUO CONCERTANTES, it's a moving single picture, now doubled.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Cornell, 1965 (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

In 1965 I worked as Joseph Cornell's assistant on boxes and films. I filmed his work extensively, and as much as I could of him. (It is the only film footage that exists of Cornell.) Until 1978 I couldn't edit the film. When I finally learned it would be a kind of personal journalistic tribute to the man who taught me so much, it fell together. What you see are the close-up interiors of many Cornell boxes, some collages, and a few shots of Joseph. You hear the things he said to me (as I recall them) and the thoughts I think about it all. If you are a Cornell fan, there isn't any other film on him.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lisa Kaplan

Healing Process (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

HEALING PROCESS depicts the emotional state I was in the year following the death of my father. The images used include footage of my father as a young man, footageof him in the hospital and footage of a figure under a white sheet representing someone prepared to be wheeled off to an operating room. The sound track is the song "Au Clair de la Lune" sung in a duet. The effects is the mixture of emotions one goes through when losing someone very close. --L. K.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Marjorie Keller

On the Verge of an Image of Christmas (1978) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

John Knecht

Primary Concerns of Roy G. Biv, The (1978) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

A constructed framework used to illuminate a reflection on the color spectrum by means of a complex of 'narrative' cross-references. --J. K.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ken Kobland

Vestibule (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Ruminations on a very familiar city place/space; one which for me is filled with histories, fantasies and the everyday.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Ken Kobland

Picking Up the Pieces (1978) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

A 17-image exercise using freeze frames of a tenement hallway, which interests me in its placements and displacements.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Karen Kramer

Jolo Serpent Handlers, The (1978) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Spiritual / Mystical

An in-depth portrait of a small snake-handling church in Appalachia, that not only shows two fascinating serpent-handling services, but answers many of the questions about this religion and the people who practice it. Church members speak of why they handle snakes; what gap it fills in their lives; what it's like to grow up in the religion; and the pain of losing a family member from the poisonous snakebite. Varied scenes of: the rattlesnake hunt through the mountains; the washing of the serpents; the annual outdoor homecoming service; a rare documentation of an all-night prayer vigil held for the victim of a rattlesnake bite; and many interviews taken with people inside the relaxed atmosphere of their homes. --K. K.

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

James Krell

All Area (1978) 16mm, black and white, 33.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

James Krell

Alpine Lookout #3 (1978) 16mm, black and white, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $32.00
16mm Rental: $32.00

James Krell

Kay Serra Serra/The Mirrors (New Paltz Diary, 1975) (1978) 16mm, black and white, 24.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $24.00
16mm Rental: $24.00

Lee Krugman

3 Views (1978) Regular 8mm, color, 1 min

3 views of Manhattan, to be projected twice. --L. K.

Rental: $20.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

Lee Krugman

P. M. (1978) Regular 8mm, color, 2.5 min

A personal mystery. --L. K.

Rental: $20.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

George Kuchar

Mongreloid (1978) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A man, his dog, and the regions they inhabited, each leaving his own distinctive mark on the landscape. Not even time can wash the residue of what they left behind.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Saul Levine

Nearsight (1978) Reg8mm, color, 1.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: erotic

"Afternoon idyll with Nancy Frumkin."

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Saul Levine

On Guard (1978) reg8mm, black and white, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

An afternoon with Marjorie Keller at MoMA and the Whitney includes a portrait of Diego Cotex working as a guard at MoMA. project at 18fps.

Rental: $20.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

Saul Levine

Reel of Portrayals, A (1978) 16mm, color, 14.5 min

"Three films on one reel: Fisher (1978), Sad But True Veterans Still Need Jobs (1978), Gardening (1976-1978)."

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Saul Levine

Twilight (1978) reg8mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

with Sherill Kaye. Project at 18fps.

Rental: $20.00
Reg8mm Rental: $20.00

Saul Levine

Not Even A Note (1978) 16mm, color, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

An elliptical light journey.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Saul Levine

Time To Go To Work (1978) super8mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rap with conductor enlightens a Conrail trip, New Haven to New York.

Rental: $40.00
Super8 Rental: $40.00

Rose Lowder

Roulement, Rouerie, Aubage (1978) 16mm, color & b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

This reel consists of three short films, two in black and white and one in color, that treat of a water wheel on the Sorgue. The essence of the work rests on a series of cross-references that are set up between the operational mechanisms of the filmed object and the recorded characteristics foregrounded by the choice of film stocks and filming circumstances. The title reflects the process involved. Roulement = rotation, rouerie = wiliness, aubage = paddle wheel unit.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Babette Mangolte

Water Motor (1978) 16mm, black and white, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

"One of the best dance films ever made." --Yvonne Rainer The image fades in. For two seconds Trisha is there standing motionless, and she starts to dance her solo WATER MOTOR, indeed moving as quickly as water. The movements are so fast and intricate that you feel you are missing half of it. When the dance is finished Trisha is standing motionless as in the beginning, but closer to the camera and the image fades to black. The images fades in again and Trisha doing the same dance, but this time in slow motion (shot at 48 FPS) and the movement takes on a luscious quality that informs the viewer of what was missed before. --Babette Mangolte

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Katrina Martin

Tyrone, PA. (1978) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Political / Social Activism

From Super 8mm original. This is about my hometown, using the local obsession with cars as a means to show the place. People get work manufacturing car parts and have to own cars to get work, get groceries, get off, around, anywhere, or anything. We invest into cars tremendous amounts of money, love, skill, and creative imagination, and use it all to go 'round...' 'Doing a hardman,' a theme in the film means making a U-turn at one end of the main street, part of the 15-block circuit where drivers parade continuously from noon until midnight, on show, looking for action. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Katrina Martin

Silkscreen (1978) 16mm, color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

These Japanese master silkscreen painters were beautiful to watch, and I filmed them to watch them better and to create a document. Again, this film has definite content. I felt obliged to shoot so that one could see clearly what was happening in front of the camera, but at the same time, I wanted to make a moving picture that had my own imagining as its source. SILKSCREENS is based on the rhyhm and the precise, repetitive movements of the printers and the printing process, and on the graphic lines not only of the image they were producing but also of the one I was making with my camera. I used the close up alot, to build meaning from detail, because it isolates the records while giving a clear, graphic image that can leave representation aside. --K. M.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Deborah Meehan

Former Prairie (1978) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

"Set in the nether world of urban gloom, the film tracks an enigmatic young man through the deserted streets of Chicago that is all rough edges, raw nerves, wailing sirens and flashing lights. There is an abundance of symbolic signs and proto-punk music ..." - B. Ruby Rich, Chicago Reader, July 1979. "It is a narrative fragment that strives to combine distance and attraction, terminal boredom and the unattainable ... The filmmaker's use of color is a key element in the presentation of urban landscape as a luring playground made even more attravtive by the sound of sirens. Against this nighttime background every red is supersaturated, and every other hue of night light is powerfully enhanced by the very limited subtlety of Kodak color." - Barbara Scharres, Chicago Reader, June 1982.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jonas Mekas

In Between: 1964-68 (1978) 16mm, color, 52 min

Genre: Experimental

"Filmed in 1964-1968. Edited in 1978. The material for this film is footage that didn't find a place in the WALDEN reels. Some of it begins in between LOST, LOST, LOST and WALDEN. It's mostly New York, and some travel footage. The City friends: Richard Foreman, Amy Taubin, Mel Lyman, Peter Beard, David Wise, Andrew Meyer, Salvador Dali, Jerome Hill, David Stone and Barbara Stone, my brother Adolfas filming DOUBLE BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Ed Sanders, Gordon Ball, Henry Romney, Jack Smith, Shirley Clarke, Louis Brigante, Jane Holzer, etc. etc. It's a period piece. The sounds were recorded about the same time. Bits of radio music, bits of records, my own voice, and voices of my friends. Mel Lyman playing playing banjo on the roof on 23rd Street was actually recorded on the roof, with the wind blowing into the mike." -- J.M.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Jonas Mekas

Notes For Jerome (1978) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Notes For Jerome (1978) 16mm, color, sound, 45 min. rental price: 60.00 Filmed in 1966, 1967 and 1974. Edited in 1978. During the summer of 1966 I spent two months in Cassis, as a guest of Jerome Hill. I visited him briefly again in 1967, with P. Adams Sitney. The footage of this film comes from those two visits. Later, after Jerome died, I visited his Cassis home in 1974. Footage of that visit constitutes the epilogue of the film. Other people appear in the film, all friends of Jerome: Taylor Mead, Bernadette Lafont, Charles Rydell; Barbara Stone and David Stone and their children; Noel Burch, Judith Malina and Julian Beck and the Living Theater collective; Ms. Chaliapin, Jean Jacques Lebel, Michael Fontayne; Alec Wilder, P. Adams Sitney and Julie Sitney; and Jerome's perhpas closest and oldest friend, whose name I forgot, but whom he always called Rosebud. The soundtrack was practically all recorded during the same period, during the same visits to Cassis. Piano improvisations are Jerome's and Taylor Mead's; the soloist (Monteverdi's 'Lasciatemi morire!' and Giordani's 'Caromioben') is Charles Rydell's practicing, in Cassis; the ocean and most of the wind is the late summer mistal; and so are the cicadas, street music, scooters, motorboats, birds, and my own sing-songing. The text of my Lithuanian 'song' is, in translation, 'the sun is setting, the sky is red, I am sitting by the sea and I am singing by myself.' Those were lonely summers for me, I thought alot about home. That's why this film, this elegy for Jerome is dedicated 'to the wind of Lithuania.' Sometimes, though, I had a feeling that Jerome was as much of an exile as was I." -- J.M., October 27, 1978

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $125.00

Deanna Morse

Starcycle (1978) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

Metamorphic life cycle of a cartoon star.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Robert Rayher

Man in the Box, A (1978) 16mm, color, 7.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Rather than looking outward, and creating a spherical universe around itself (e.g. Michael Snow's LA REGION CENTRAL) , the camera is introspective, defining itself by how it 'sees the world'; it never sees anything but itself. A MAN IN THE BOX is a camera's photographic memory, trying to focus upon its own image." R.R.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Robert Rayher

Still Life #1: Cherries (1978) color, 6.5 min

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

A meditation piece. Close-up of bing cherries being pitted. Action seen again. Itself seen. Seen twice or more/Ha!/Each/Round/Red/Is/Yet/Solid. R.R.

Rental: $20.00

D.J. Romino

Hollow Vale (1978) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Aria Striata (1978) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Black and white textural montage set to Japanese Jazz Bach. An exploration of the lyrical quality of random motion montage.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Steve Schuler

Uncle Bill's (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Paul Sharits

Episodic Generation (1978) 16mm, color, 30.00 min

Genre: Experimental

The visual "degeneration" of the image ... through successive rephotography is paralleled by the compression of verbal information to the point of its loss of legibility; yet, both the "degenerated" sound and image are perceptually engaging, even in the most advanced stages of "degeneration." It is obvious why the film has its title, because of the strategies of its coming into being, but, paradoxically, at the level of effect, its dynamics arise from its "Episodic Degeneration."

Rental: $69.00
16mm Rental: $69.00

Esther Shatavsky

After Dinner Science (1978) 16mm, black and white, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Esther Shatavsky

Fishs Eddy (1978) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Daniel Singelenberg

Lover (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography, Personal / Diary / Journal

"...is a portrait of the American experimental filmmaker Tom Chomont, who resided in Eruope from 1969-1975, before returning to New York. "During the two years preceding his return to the United States he resided in Amsterdam with Daniel Singelenberg. The subject of the film is their friendship and, more precisely, the sadness of losing a lover. In the autumn of 1977, Tom Chomont came back to Amsterdam, on the occasion of a retrospective exposition of his work in the cinema 'De Melkweg' (The Milky Way). The greater part of the film was made during this period. "The music is by Billie Holiday and by Richard Strauss: from 'Vierletzte Lieder' (Four Last Songs, 1949), 'Im Abendrot' (At Sunset) with words by Joseph von Eichendorff and sung by Gundula Janowitz, soprano, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin under the direction of Herbert von Karajan."--From the program of the XI Biennale de Paris, 1980.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Anita Thacher

Sea Travels (1978) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Victor Vondracek

Mr. Guest Meets Dr. Fake (1978) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

"When Mr. Guest's orders are to restore order in the Midtown Sector, he deals with the evil Dr. Fake in his usual ruthless way". V.V.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Victor Vondracek

Mrs. Wong (1978) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"Almost new-like view of Mrs. Wong's burglarized apartment, interview with her by an almost reporter, and with almost Hitchcockian-like comic relief." V.V.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Victor Vondracek

Revenge of Mr. Guest (1978) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

"Mr. Guest's sixth sense leads him to private eye Crapp's office just in time to ruthlessly prevent his own destruction." V.V.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Grahame Weinbren

Murray & Max Talk About Money (1978) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

We are always interested in constructing ways of evoking the pleasures of cinema without implicity accepting an ideology -- of passivity, manipulation, and repressed violence - that we would explicitly reject. Can there be films that remailn cinematic withour indulging in one form of pornography or another? Murray and Max ... is, in part, a proposal, a blueprint, for such a form of cinema.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Kim Worden

Marie (1978) 16mm, , 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Greg Yaskot

Parker Mill (1978) Super8, color, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Architecture, diary_ journal

Dedicated to William Balough. With "Bucky Peckerhead" Balough (Age 70), Ice Box, Zunda, and G.Y.: "A super-8 work diary which records various episodes as we renovate and reclaim bricks from the former Charles Parker building in Yalesville, Connecticut. The problem of cleaning the bricks, one by one, was solved by Bucky's orderly method, which he devised while working for the WPA in the 1930's. 'Let the tool do the work' was his advice to us, and since he owned more tools than anyone I've met, the job was simplified. Every so often, I would set up the camera, turn it on, and go back to work. The result is this narrative work, edited in-camera. Bucky died in 1980, and at least he was able to see the film (he laughed), so I dedicate this to him, one of the great originals I have had the pleasure of knowing." - G.Y.

Rental: $30.00
Super8 Rental: $30.00

Peter Von Ziegesar

Who Shall Remain Nameless (1978) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

"a film redolent of Kansas City's gritty, fledgling independent film movement of the mid 70s. The film is an examination of various kinds of holy intervention. Actor's representing Eldridge Cleaver, Jean D'Arc and one Archie Olsen of Minnesota each take their place upon the screen and have their say. Patterns, percussion music and microscopic views of bacteria multiplying supply the glue for the various parts of the text. Occultism is a form o flow-level energy which laps our nation coast to coast. In this we resemble the Chinese peasants o fpre-revolution: we stand on tip toe, up to our nostrils in water; the slightests ripple will drown us." P.Z.

Rental: $32.00
16mm Rental: $32.00

Warren Sonbert

Divided Loyalties (1978) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

"Warren Sonbert described DIVIDED LOYALTIES as a film 'about art vs industry and their various crossovers.' According to film critic Amy Taubin, 'there is a clear analogy between the filmmaker and the dancers, acrobats and skilled workers who make up so much of his subject matter.' (The soho weekly news, Nov 2, 1978) "In a lecture on 'film syntax' at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1979, Sonbert elaborated upon his role as the film's omnipotent and omnipresent voice. ' The job of editing ... is to balance a series of ambiguities in a tension-filled framework.' Interpreting a multiple-shot sequence from DIVIDED LOYALTIES (in which a close up of a Cezanne paiting is being cleaned), he elaborated that 'the image of art naturally refers back to the artist-filmmaker, saying that art is both objective and merciless, the filmmaker being both callous and opportunistic. ... the artist is cool and detached, but the reason is to shake up and dirturb. ... art is being revealed, in the causal link of images... nothing has a valid reality outside of the whole chain of iamges... ' (Warren Sonbert lecture, published in Film Culture, no. 70-71, 1983)" -Jon Gartenberg

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

John Buchanan

Around the Tip (1978) DVD NTSC, Color & Black & White, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environement & Nature, History, Landscape & Architecture

In the course of making a larger film (MAPS:A Photographic Survey of NYC Shoreline Boundary) I took off for a run of Manhattans' southern end. This was for me from E.14th Street down to the Battery and up to W.14th St. This is a film of this territory which ties together lyrically. It tells its own story photographically and the one you tell yourself while watching. Look and listen to you.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Colen Fitzgibbon

COLAB Compilation: Time Square Show Ads / X Magazine Benefit (1978-1980) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

COLAB Compilation by Coleen Fitzgibbon: TIMES SQUARE SHOW ADS, 1980, color, sound, 2:45 min. Three TV ads were created and paid for by Colab to announce its upcoming Times Square Show for the month of June, 1980 in a massage parlor building on W. 41st at 7th Avenue with over 150 artists involved. X MAGAZINE BENEFIT FILM, 1978, b/w, sound, 12 min. This film was made from the punk rock music benefit at 66 E. 4th St., NYC; with six bands donating proceeds for issues 2 & 3 of X Magazine by Colab. Three of the bands are recorded on the film: DNA, James Chance and the Contortions and Boris Policeband with one song each. Film by C. Fitzgibbon & Alan Moore 1978/2011.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Rose Lowder

Bouquet D'Images (1978-1995) DVD PAL, Color & B/W, 48 min

Genre: Experimental

Roulement, Rouerie, Aubage (1978) B/W & color. Silent. 15 min. Les Tournesols (Sunflowers) (1982) Silent. 3 min. Impromptu (1989) 8 min. Quiproquo (1992) 13 min. Bouquets 1-10 (1994-1995) Silent. 11 min.

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Richard Myers

Floorshow (1978) DVD_NTSC, BW , 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Jake Leed, Mary Leed, Pat Myers, Dick Myers, Kelly Myers, and Da Croft
"Myers makes highly surreal works of art that invite participation. "Floorshow" reveals a filmmaker who seemingly can express any state of mind with impact and eloquence." - Kevin Thomas, Los Angles Times Jan 12, 1980

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Vera Neubauer

Animation for Live Action (1978) DVD_PAL, color, 16 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: films about films, political/social activism

"Childish scrawl, devilish cartoon figures and black and white photography compete to represent the woman in what's been described as a literal battleground, with animator and animated fighting over the editing machine and fantasising each other's murder. Nothing is taken for granted, including the authority of representation itself-a restitution of the phallus which masculanises even feminist film into daddy's neatly sprocketed long legs?" Mandy Merck

DVD PAL Rental: $100

Jon Jost

Chameleon (1978) 35mm, color, 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

"Jon Jost's Chameleon was probably the happiest instance of a mixed marriage at the Festival (Edinburgh 1979): combining a freak, trippy (in fact almost Corman-esque) saga of a dope-dealer and all-round hustler with an abstract distillation of patterns of color and light. The place of the latter in the film is both somewhere within the drug-laced nimbus of its title character, Terry (Bob Glaudini), and somewhere outside its ironic description of the rampant merchandising of all other human activities. In a way, this abstract element almost serves as a secondary narrative, or at least becomes the 'point' of the film. At the beginning, Terry is seen hustling a painter of just such abstract designs to come up with six imitations of another painter which he can unload on the art market. With some 'persuasion', Terry overcomes the painter's reluctance, and at the end of the film returns to collect his merchandise. But the rolls of paper his is given turn out to be blank, and the painter defiantly protests, 'My life is color, form, the shape of things...' before Terry knocks him down and leaves him lying in a pool of spilled colors that returns us to the abstracts which were shown in detail in the opening shots. It is probably not too deterministic a reading to see Jost as the painter and the blank sheets as the conventional movie which he has refused to provide for audience consumption. But in between, his narrative not only holds together but unfolds through a fascinating succession of moods as Terry drives about LA, moving from appointment to appointment, from role to role. At one point, at the end of a long sequence in which he seems to be renewing a personal acquaintance on a hilltop some way outside the city, he and his companion go into a brief song and dance (I want to be phony, I want to be fake, not real). The unreality of Los Angeles clearly serves as a prime cause, and natural cradle, for the dreaming of cocaine dreams, and through it Jost even makes contact with a literary source... Terry refers to science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick and comments, 'This feller seemed like a casualty straight from his pages.'" - Richard Combs, American Film

Rental: $250.00
35mm Rental: $250.00

Emily Hubley

Liver, The (1978) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: body, literature & theater, science & medicine

A film about the liver and various symptoms and stages of cirrhosis -- made to fulfill a science requirement ant Hampshire College. Written and narrated by the late author/surgeon, Richard Selzer.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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