Gary Adlestein

Optical Lyrics (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 24 min

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

Six short films (WOLF; LINDA; SWAN BOAT; RACE; PIE PLATES; RIPPLE); lyrical flights between stillness and motion, chance and choice, yin and yang; structures based on simple matting and rapid single-frame intercutting of short strips of S-8 optically printed to 16mm. The filmmaker creates a lingering impression of harmony using a minimal amount of footage... The impression we get is one of piercing light and home-spun shadows. -- Linda Gross, Los Angeles TIMES

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Basha Alperin

Odabo Odoba (1981) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Philosophical

ODABA ODOBA (Until we meet again odoba trans.) is the psychic adventure of a young child in search of his inner cultural identity. A trilogy of animated characters, representing his three aspects of conscienceness, journey through time -- encountering music, dances, and masks of Africa. The music consist of drums and chants from Cuba (Yoruba) and Senegal, and also an original jazz composition.

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Gordon Ball

Clouds of Glory (1981) 16mm, color, 12.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family, Personal / Diary / Journal

Last three months of Kathleen's pregnancy; first week of Daisy's life. 'the soul that rises with us, our life's star/ hath had elsewhere its setting/ and cometh from afar/ not in entire forgetfulness/ and not in utter nakedness/ but trailing clouds of glory do we come/ from God who is our home.' Wordsworth, Ode: Imitations of Immortality from 'recollections of early childhood' Viewers of some of my last four films have offered suggestions for programming-projecting FATHER MOVIE and ENTHUSIASM as companion films, for instance. Lately, I've been seeing the most recent three as a trilogy offering metaphor of existence -- CLOUDS OF GLORY (birth), MEXICAN JAIL FOOTAGE (prison life-bodily existence), and ENTHUSIASM (death). And, as it happens, current work in progress (Oct. '82) TH'FIRMAMENT, is set in the heavens-not in celebration of wished-for afterlife but of divine emptiness.

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Scott Bartlett

Making Offon (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists

In the summer of 1967, Mike MacNamee, Glen Mckay and Scott Barlett met for America's first electrovideographic jam. Barlett's film loop and Mackay's light show liquids were mixed through a video effects bank and the results were filmed by MacNamee directly off the studio monitor with a rented kinescope camera. Barlett edited a portion of this material and then built a sound track with the help of Tom DeWitt, who had also supplied many of the original film loops, and Manny Meyer, electronic sound composer. The finished film was called OFFON. in 1980, Bartlett recreated the event in a video production class at UCLA. With his student' help, he composed a video primer: MAKING OFFON. Wipes, keying, feedback -- all the standard functions of a studio switcher -- are first illustrated and named, then woven into a sound and picture puzzle of the 60's. A MUST for all video students, especially when shown along with the original OFFON. --S.B.

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Alan Berliner

Myth in the Electronic Age (1981) 16mm, color, 13.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment_Nature, Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, Philosophical, Spiritual Mystical

Themes of earth, air, fire and water amidst the rhythms and confused intense sensations of modern life. With commentary by Marshall McLuhan.

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Stan Brakhage

Song 15: Fifteen Song Traits (1981) 16mm, color, 38.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

A series of individual portraits of friends and family, all interrelated in what might be called a branch growing directly from the trunk of SONGS 1 thru 14. On order of appearance: Robert Kelly, Jane and our dog Durin, our boys Bearthm and Rarc, daughter Crystal and the canary Cheep Donkey, Robert Creely and Michael McClure, the rest of our girls Myrrena and Neowyn, Angelo Dibenedetto, Ed Dorn and his family and Jonas Mekas (to whom the FIFTEEN SONG TRAITS is dedicated), as well as some few strangers, were the source of these TRAITS coming into being -- my thanks to all... and to all who see them clearly.

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Stan Brakhage

Aftermath (1981) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

(after + math ((mowing, crop))) a second growth crop... this is my strongest attack on pop culture, the movies, T. V., etc. --what CAN be done with it? / the idealism of moving-visual-thought-process the very raw meat of brain, trying to absorb and transform the unthinkable': this, then, that 2nd harvest of healthier gain... retrieving patriotism, even, from blasphemous commerce. (Quote: Webster's 7th Coll.)

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 0 + 10 (1981) 16mm, color, 27.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 11 (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 12 (1981) 16mm, color, 22.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 13 (1981) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 14 (1981) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 15 (1981) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 16 (1981) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 17 (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 18 (1981) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 19 (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 4 (1981) 16mm, color, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 5 (1981) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 6 (1981) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 7 (1981) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 8 (1981) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Arabic 9 (1981) 16mm, color, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

See "Arabic 1" for description.

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Stan Brakhage

Garden of Earthly Delights, The (1981) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with the assistance of the National Endowment of the Arts. This film (related to MOTHLIGHT) is a collage entirely made of mountain zone vegetation. As the title suggests it is an homage to (but also an argument with) Hieronymus Bosch. It pays tribute as well, and more naturally to The Tangled Garden of J. E. H. MacDonald and the flower paintings of Emil Nolde.

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Stan Brakhage

Murder Psalm (1981) 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

... unparalleled debauchery, when man turns into a filthy coward, cruel, vicious reptile. That's what we need! And what's more,. a little fresh blood that we may grow accustomed to it... Dostoyevsky's "The Devils," part II, Chapter VIII. In my novel "The Devils" I attempted to depict the complex and heterogenous motive which may prompt even the purest of heart and the most naive people to take part in an absolutely monstrous crime. -- Dostoyevsky's The Diary of a Writer

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Stan Brakhage

Nodes (1981) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

" (nodus knot, node--more at NET)... 4a: a point at which subsidiary parts originate or center... 5: a point, a line, or surface of a vibrating body that is free or relatively free from vibratory motion." In the tradition of SKEIN this hand-painted film is the equivalent of cathexis concepts given me by Sigmund Freud (in his Interpretation of Dreams) 30 years ago, finally realizing itself as vision. (Quote: Webster's 7th Coll.)

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Stan Brakhage

RR (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is a mix of landscape images seen from train windows and the patterned shapes and shifting tones of moving-visual-thought thus prompted; it was inspired by Robert Breer's film FUJI.

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Emily Breer

Chicken (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 6.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

Self-explanatory film. Animation and live action. Homemade and found fragments tortured on an optical printer. The dog barks are fake. The chicken came first.

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Robyn Brentano

Space City (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 31.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

A dance film featuring Kenneth King, the choreographer Deborah Jowitt called one of the most remarkable dancers around. Through the alchemy of film. King's dancing transforms space and illuminates the connections between movement/thought/ language/image. The dance unfolds with the poetic logic of a dream, moving from an ancient attic through the modern city, into outer-space and ending in an abstract montage of futuristic architectural planes and surfaces.

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Noll Brinckmann

Primal Scene, The (1981) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

In recent film theory, the look is a much discussed film subject. The camera is understood as looking, representing the gaze of the spectator who subsequently identifies with it. What makes this equation particularly fascinating is the fact that it defines the position of the spectator as voyeuristic. The main instance of voyeurism in Freudian theory being the primal scene -- in which the child watches paternal coitus -- there is an automatic connection between the viewing situation in a movie theatre and the early childhood experience discovered by Freud. The film tries to focus on and exploit this connection. Taking into account that most primal scene experience is imaginary rather than real, it plays on the role of the imagination, and the function of the suggestive, in all cinematic experience. And taking into account that even in recollections, it abstains from being explicit. Instead it relies on a musical example of primal scene displacement, in order to remind the viewer of the many forms of disguise his or her grappling with the primal scene might have taken. Apart from being a film on voyeurism as a cinematic experience, THE PRIMAL SCENE is also a brief compendium of contemporary German bedroom styles.

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James Broughton

Gardener of Eden, The (1981) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Dance

Filmed on the paradise island of Sri Lanka, this intense poetic work celebrates the eternal dance of nature's sexuality, and sings of the lost Eden we all search for but do not expect to find. In the midst of his fertile garden, while he awaits Adam's return, God tries to keep his eye on all the flowering exuberance he has seeded. The film is written and narrated by James Broughton, and photographed by Joel Singer. The music is performed on twin conch shells, and the central actor is in real life the most famous horticulturalist in Ceylon. "... the meshing of ancient philosophy and modern technology in a song of the mysteries of protoplasm!" -- Lenore Rinder "An ecstatic masterpiece!" -- Stan Brakhage

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James Broughton

Shaman Psalm (1981) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

Taste the divine on the lips of lovers Savor the divine on the thighs of friends Cherish the divinity that explodes your orgasm Love one another and fly. The love shaman calls for a sexual revolution of the body politic urging mankind into a new love age.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Bach's Last Keyboard Fugue (1981) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Music

Dense, dark, wintry, black and white city scenes accompany the great Johann Sebastian's austre, magnificent, unfinished keyboard fugue, played on the piano by Charles Rose.

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Cerveza Bud (1981) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"Taking its title from the favorite elixir of New York Hispanics and its format from collage, this filmic slice of life coalesces into an ethnographic view of a possible future: the city as a constantly bubbling, delirious playground where yesterday's monuments are symbols to be triumphed over, and tomorrow never arrives. Perhaps this is why the ultimate effect is one of wistfulness, due also to the unexpected intrusion of a memento mori in the guise of a nude traversing Maine woods, both visually mocking Central Park's trampled pastorality and offering its frenetic revelers an alternative route." -- Trevor Winkfield

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Rudolph Burckhardt

Yvonne Jacquette Painting "Autumn Expansion" (1981) 16mm, color, 13.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Landscape & Architecture

About the making of a large commissioned mural painting of an aerial view. From the first drawing out of a circling, single-engine plane, then transferring the studies onto three panels in New York, to the installation of the 27 feet wide, glowing-colored paintings in the post office of Bangor, Maine. With music by Domenico Scarlatti.

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Roberta Cantow

Clotheslines (1981) 16mm, color, 32.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family

A cherished, sometimes comic memory with mothers, husbands, children, neighbors... CLOTHESLINES, with music by Alice Eve Cohen, documents the pragmatic, symbolic and artistic role of laundry in women's lives. The film presents an enduring, vivid account, showing how the creative energies of women have been sapped by mundane tasks, and in turn how such tasks reflect a ritualistic approach to life. Billed as a poetic documentary. "... expresses layers of feelings and experience that will be a revelation to both men and women." -- Leslie Bennet, THE NEW YORK TIMES. "... the first public airing of laundry since Watergate." -- VILLAGE VOICE

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Doris Chase

Conversation (1981) 16mm, black and white, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Multiple overlapping images combine with still-frames, in digital mode, of a Puerto Rican filmmaker's telephone conversation with the repairman. Written by Lee Breuer and performed by Ruth Maleczeck, both of Mabou Mines. Music by Bob Telson.

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Abigail Child

Prefaces Is This What You Were Born For? (Part 1) (1981) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music

"Like ORNAMENTALS, PREFACES is an abstract work which plays with formalist elements in a wide range of images on color and negative stock. It becomes a kind of 'preconscious' of the two completed films to follow, whose scope and image bank are more narrowly defined. The rapid-fire cross cutting of the images is extended to the construction of the sound track, which is also a dense panoply of fragments. What results is an impressive musique concrete composition, a collage of 'female' sounds interwoven with others: snippets from vocal music, conversations, poetry reading etc. Child plays with memory, not only her own and the world's, but also cinema's: its conventions, polarizations (man/woman) and hierarchization of images." -- Robert Hilferty, New York Native

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Sharon Couzin

Trojan House, A (1981) 16mm, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

A house of trick cards, the woman as house. "A marvelous smorgasbord of images." -- Edgar Daniels "Architectural structures become the structures of relationships, establishing the windows of communication (between parents and children, between lovers) while preserving a sense of enclosure, isolation." -- Dave Kehr

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Sharon Couzin

Salve (1981) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Children & Youth

This film "plays" with language and history in a naive way, weaving, in the words of a child, a disappearing landscape into the fabric of a film of numbers, sounds, and textures. "There's a paradox at the center of Couzin's work, in that for all of the wariness of form and order her films express, they remain tightly organized, elegant formal studies. ... SALVE is her most paradoxical film and, I think, her richest. A young girl's discovery of 'the relationships between the quantities' -- of geometry, volume, time, and numbers -- is seen as an ineffably tragic development." -- Dave Kehr Awards: Ann Arbor Film Festival; SF Art Institute Film Festival.

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Bill Creston

Runner (1981) Super 8, color & b/w, 17.5 min

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

A film consisting primarily of rapid segments shot in and around New York City with original music and sound usually cut in equal length to each image. The principal subject of the film is New York street culture: birds, dogs, transportation, derelicts, pedestrians and seamy life, intercut with a very few fragments of nature, indoor and simple subjects. Each sound has been written as dialogue or collected from the radio or produced on synthesizer to accompany each image and establish attitude: amusement, amazement, contrast, bewilderment, humor, absurdity.

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Eduardo Darino

Meat Packing House (1981) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Political / Social Activism

An overview of the process on meat packing in Uruguay, from the cattle on the countryside through industrialization until it reaches the consumer.

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Eduardo Darino

Uruguay Hoy (Spanish Version) (1981) 16mm, color, 12.3/4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Ethnic / Multicultural

A close look at several aspects--information, art and industry--of this Latin American country today.

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Eduardo Darino

Uruguay Today (English Version) (1981) 16mm, color, 15.75 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic/multicultural

A close look at several aspects--information, art and industry--of this Latin American country today.

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Vivienne Dick

Visibility: Moderate (1981) VHS NTSC, , 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Vivienne Dick's first film after the New York series takes her back to her native Ireland. Using Super-8 film as a parody of the 'travelogue' or home-movie style film, Dick takes a expatriate, tourist look at her homeland. The narrative follows Margaret Ann Irinsky as the American tourist trekking from a Dublin populated by Hare Krishnas and rock music, to the horse-drawn carriages in the west of Ireland and the kissing of the Blarney stone. The quaint perception of Ireland and the Americanization of the native culture are contrasted with interviews from sectarian prisoners and footage of political marches. As in all her work, Dick uses a mixture of verite shots which capture the essence of the locality and intersperses them with images which have a totally different feel. This method is used to highlight issues in a subtle way wherein the camera takes an active rather than a voyeuristic role. VIVIENNE DICK

VHS NTSC Rental: $100.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia I (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

"It hurt my eyes, there was too much TV in it." - Stan Brakhage "Television is vulgar, a vulgarity thrown in the face of, against the fact of, serious art .... [Y]et vulgarity is impossible without its opposite; vulgarity implies good manners, propriety, a kind of aesthetic seriousness of measure .... The fact of television and the fact of its conquering our environment cannot be used any longer by the well-mannered Modernist as a manifestation of mere vulgarity .... If the artist must continually fight to paint or give form to what he sees then Manet's fight to have the cafes as a serious subject for painting is inherited today as the fight for the acknowledgement that television is what the artist sees." -- Gary Doberman, "The Uses of Vulgarity in the Aporian Context" "When you said you were working with televison, I knew you were on to something because television is forbidden territory." -- Fred Worden

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Daniel Eisenberg

Displaced Person (1981) 16mm, black and white, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Music

DISPLACED PERSON works with a carefully chosen set of particular elements in order to explore the larger questions within the historical field. Stately and sinuous passages from a Beethoven string quartet create a complex argumentation around images and text. This music, both sympathetic and distanced, establishes rhythm and breadth in relation to a radio interview with Claude Levi-Strauss, and archival footage obtained from rephotographing Marcel Ophul's The Sorrow and the Pity. These elements wheel through many revolutions of repetitions and combinations, forming multiple perspectives. Through recontextualization, meaning blossoms rationally and incongruously like the alleged blossoming of flowers that took place in the dead of winter in wartime Germany, brought on by the intense temperatures of exploding shells. DISPLACED PERSON is a tether that entwines and unravels; by necessity and the nature of its subject it is inconclusive.

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Bruce Elder

1857: (Fool's Gold) (1981) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Philosophical

An odyssey; an epic of the adventures by which man and world are returned to a state of harmony." --B. E. "One of Elder's most accomplished films and demonstrates quite forcefully his talents for advancing new approaches to capture complex issues within the art of film." --Bruce Jenkins, Media Study/Buffalo

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Silvianna Goldsmith

Lil Picard (1981) 16mm, color, 27.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, History

Lil Picard, the colorful, outrageous art world personality, performance and collage artist, and critic, tells her story, from Belle Epoque Belle, to Berlin Twenties Cabaret dancer, Thirties journalist and refugee from Hitler's Germany, to her long involvement with the art world and its artists. Lil's story, which she tells with Rousseau-like honesty, reflects the history of the times. "Silvianna Goldsmith's LIL PICARD is extraordinary for two reasons. First, because the subject lets herself be recorded stating the most candid account of her exciting and long life. She states that she had a forest of penises to choose from. ... These and other truly candid revelations are an eye opener. Second, the picture is a first class work of historical journalism, showing the life and career of one of this country's most interesting woman artists and journalists in a true and open portrayal. Lil's life from childhood to senior citizenship was a tour through great events." -- Charles I. Levine Exhibition: Anthology Film Archives, 1981; accepted, Jewish Film Festival, Paris, 1986.

Rental: $45.00
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Larry Gottheim

Tree of Knowledge (Elective Affinities IV) (1981) 16mm, color, 57.75 min

Genre: Experimental

It started with filming the tree. Something was released in that manner of filming seemingly farthest removed from the procedure of the early films. I first thought a simple ordering of this rich material might be enough, something related to BARN RUSHES. But the essential feelings and meanings of that filmiming held themselves back. So I pursued sounds of comparable texture and richness, from which material the 'deaf bar" (thanks to Roger Jacoby and Pittsburgh Filmmakers) and stockyard (thanks to Alan Berliner and U. of Oklahoma) sounds attached themselves to the work. But the film only came into its form-life with the idea of linking this deep-rooted and far-outreaching tree material with that film on paranoia that had fascinated me for many years. (...)--L. G.

Rental: $150.00
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Vincent Grenier

Closer Outside (1981) 16mm, color, 9.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps The precisions and idiosyncrasies of movement associated with domestic activities are closely stared at; or as it sometimes happens, watched carefully through the peripheral vision. This while rhyming, is done in alternance, thus creating sudden rushes in the mind while spaces collapse. Also, light burns wedges in this film, recalling... Made with a grant from the Canada Council and the Creative Artists Public Service Program (CAPS). With special assistance of Ann Knutson.

Rental: $25.00
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George Griffin

Flying Fur (1981) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Dance

FLYING FUR is a cartoon in search of itself: silly animals are on strike, a square man is doing a jazz dance, an angry house is chasing a wolf who turns into a carrot. These and other micro-episodes are woven together in synchronization with a 'Tom and Jerry' sound track (itself a frenzied pastiche of Basie and Bartok). While taking a firm position on violence, racism, and excessice coffee drinking FLYING FUR is essentially a love song to animation."--G. G. "Griffin is an experied animator who has worked in many styles, but this is the film which best integrates his graphic and conceptual interests."--J. Hoberman, Village Voice.

Rental: $20.00
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Walter Gutman

Man Walking the Down Side of a Building (1981) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Fragment from THE STROLL.

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Walter Gutman

Clothed in Muscle - A Dance of the Body (1981) 16mm, VHS NTSC, color, 37 min

This is the most complete evocation of my raison d'etre - at least my avowed raison d'etre as a filmmaker. I woke this morning with a bright idea of explaining this another way, which is that George Sand enjoyed carrying Chopin piggy-back and so did Dylan Thomas' girlfriend like to transport him piggy-back in private Welsh pastures. In other words Nature loves variety more than we do and that vaguely is what this film is about. The men in it are far from frail so it's not a complete illustration that a man can be frail but masculine while a woman can be feminine and alluring -- though maybe George Sand wasn't entirely the latter -- but at any rate a woman can be all that though powerful. The star of the film is Claudia Wilbourn who you may have seen on TV. She is one of the founding mothers and champions of Women's Body Building. She is a sculptor and writer and felt as I did that the effect of body building when filmed nude as I did makes it look in frequent sections like antique Greek sculpture. The effect of filming a body building performance repetitively is to create a dance of the body.

Rental: $60.00
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VHS_NTSC Sale: $155.00

Barbara Hammer

Arequipa (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

"Shot in the Peruvian convent of Santa Catalina, AREQUIPA analogizes the building blocks of film (frames, color and black and white stocks, negative reversal, superimpositions) to the frames of architecture (doorways, windows, walls, corridors). The confinement of the frame, the convent, changed for Hammer as she realized there could be beauty and a self-willed delineation of activity within the 'imprisoning' frame." -- Kathleen Hulser, Centre Pompidou Brochure, 1985

Rental: $25.00
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Barbara Hammer

Pools (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Made with Barbara Klutinis. "POOLS is a pictorially and technically impressive sampling of spectacular swimming pools at W. R. Hearst's San Simeon and manages to validate itself from within, or at least within its own frame of identification." -- Richard T. Jameson My aesthetics in co-making POOLS with Barbara Klutinis was to bring an experiential and physiological sense of the body to the members of the audience watching the film in terms of the locations, the swimming pools designed by the first woman architect to graduate from the School of Beaux Arts in Paris, Julia Morgan. I want the viewers to have the experience of swimming in architectural space for two reasons. First and foremost, I want to activate my audience, I want them to come alive, not be passive through watching cinema, and then to extend that "aliveness" into their lives through conscious expansive living and responsible politics. The second reason I swam and filmed in those pools was to break a taboo. No visitors are allowed to swim in these gorgeous examples of Morgan's work. At least by getting permission to swim there myself with an underwater camera I could extend through vision this extraordinary physical experience.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Sync Touch (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A lesbian/feminist aesthetic proposing the connection between touch and sight to be the basis for a "new cinema." The film explores the tactile child nature within the adult woman filmmaker, the connection between sexuality and filmmaking, and the scientific analysis of the sense of touch. "At the opening we are listening to an 'expert' speaking -- someone who knows about touch and erogenous zones, about the erotic -- yet the emphasis is on her 'knowing' and what she knows 'about' rather than on her 'experiencing.' Hammer undercuts the monologue with intense and extraordinary close-ups of areas of the woman's face and neck, her teeth and lips, her ears. The viewer becomes so absorbed in the details of this closeness, the closeness of a lover seeing the face of her friend, that the words become lost in feeling and experiencing the closeness itself. The other way this works is to make the viewer want to touch, to become involved for, as the speaker says, touch precedes sight in the new-born child, and sight becomes a connection between the actual touch and understanding what it means." -- Cath Dunsford, Alternative Cinema

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Isa Hesse-Rabinovich

Siren Island (1981) 16mm, color, 96 min

Genre: Experimental

SIREN ISLAND is a real find-stream-of-consciousness from Switzerland. Director Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch creates a moviegoer's 'Morpehus Descending,' a dream trip on stepping stones of the drugged self into an Underworld/Underground of floozy female 'chanteuses,' drag acts and the lunatic fringe of showbiz. Mostly set in New York but also slithering for surreal variation through the skull-piled catacombs in Rome, this narrative fantasia is pure association-of-ideas in film form. (...) --Harlan Kennedy, 1982 Venice Film Festival, Film Comment

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

Henry Hills

Kino Da! (1981) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Documentary

Shot in sync with wind-up Bolex. Sound recording: Mark McGowan. Portrait of North Beach Communist cafe poet & gentle comrade, Jack Hirschman. KINO DA! (ah, ke, ke) KINO DA! The Dead die die dada low king quanto zong MOVE! (ur, ur) Grey todays it-a clear to the quick ear, quicker z'heels The Poe (pay, po, pee, pick-pick), nuf of "D" yet Call Vertov (beep, beep) Eisenstein even & viterulably cheeness of a ram innerwear (airs; hen) Time, Time, Money d-d-d- junk rock did travel & falls (spring) Fall Spring is the simplest inflationary dime. Be in everything Joy, in experimental & (thus) proletarian & wwea air of airs at this school of po'try-painting CUT! "To know toe no! no! MONTAGE (nadazha), in any instant (instant) of the writing of Stein & the facts of that (tle) kind. FEEL IT! (the steak) yes, ache, in trends & whatevers. Mmmm-pah-ah Cops, man in case (nnn), man nnn. (KO) be-a mayu po pony; .(KO) be-a (what?) o-long kind. GO! (be what) OM, prose, Pentacost; be what this there the (pause) & (serious pause) the neb with a gram of ire illia-it's still justs Jah. Viparko r-rrr re ad adici, yes! YES! ssssssssssane! mmmm keybo z'Kruchchev.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Henry Hills

Plagiarism (1981) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Documentary

A raw documentary of the New York "language poets" in their milieu, with Bruce Andrews and Charles Bernstein (co-editors of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E), James Sherry and Hanna Weiner.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Solrun Hoaas

HATOMA films, The (1981) VHS NTSC, color, 159 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

The HATOMA films: Contains the following films: Waiting for Water (1981) 16mm, color sound, 27 mins; There's Nothing that doesn't Take Time (1981) 16mm, color/sound, 7 mins; The Priestess/The Storekeeper, (1983) 16mm, color/sound, 30 mins; Sacred Vandals (1983) 16mm, color/sound, 55 mins. vhs rental: 75.00. Hatoma is a coral island of just over one square kilometre in area, located in Yaeyama , the southernmost part of the Ryukyu Islands, now Okinawa Prefecture. Okinawa was once an independent kingdom and a flourishing trade route. Early in the 17th century the islands came under Japanese dominance and most were directly annexed by Japan in 1879. This led to a conscious policy of "Japanization" and the people were forced to learn Japanese in addition to their own dialects. The people were more resistant, however, to the influences of Buddhism and Confucianism, and retained their own belief system of animistic origins. In contrast to the rest of Japan, it is the women who take leading roles in the spiritual and ritual life of the islands, in addition to their responsibilities for farming and social activities. In 1972 the islands reverted to Japan after a period of US occupation, and despite their cultural traditions are becoming increasingly like the "mainland". SEE INDIVIDUAL FILMS ABOVE FOR DESCRIPTIONS

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Solrun Hoaas

There's Nothing That Doesn't Take Time (1981) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

A mini-film from Hatoma showing a 76-year-old woman weaving a basket for the fishing. During the task, which takes from morning till late afternoon, she talks about herself and her life.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Solrun Hoaas

Waiting for Water (1981) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Personal / Diary / Journal

The first of Solrun Hoaas' films from Hatoma Island, Okinawa, Japan. A documentary on daily life on small depopulated island using a combination of diary narration and English subtitles. The film uses an ebb-and-flow structure to capture the recurring events and images of life on an island that once had over 600 people, but now only little over 40 due to the move to the cities "for the sake of the children's education."

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Takahiko Iimura

Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing) (1981-2009) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

"In this collection of videos, Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing) and Shadowman (The Structure of Seeing and Hearing), Takahiko Iimura presents a series of mind-twisting videos, meditating on the experience of watching film/ video, and of seeing and being seen. Prodded by a succession of riddles, the videos are lined with humor..., Iimura touches on a range of significant philosophical questions about linguistics and the nature of representation itself. While watching these videos one is likely to entertain comparisons to Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Rene Magrittes's This is not a pipe, and the analytic tradition of semiotics. Iimura also draws some tantalizing parallels between some of these Western philosophical inquiries with Asian concepts of representation; for instance, in Shadowman, Iimura observes that the Japanese word fro film, eiga, literally means "reflected picture," the kanji character come from the Chinese literally means "electric shadow picture," pointing back to Plato's Cave." - Aaron Michael Kerner, San Francisco State University

Rental: $70.00

Larry Jordan

Masquerade (1981) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Animation

For the first time I am animating hand-painted engraved cut-outs on a full-color background. The film is mood-filled: A duel scene in a snowy forest, obviously the morning after a masquerade ball. Harlequin lies dying, while Red Indian walks away with the wings of victory. The woman between them appears, cat-masked. The mask dissolves away. Her spirit passes into the face of the sun upon the sun upon the sun flower. But Harlequin cannot escape death. The blue world engulfs him.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jon Jost

Slow Moves (1981) 16mm, color, 93 min

Genre: Narrative

SLOW MOVES is a bluesy lyrical romance of two ugly-ducklings who meet on the Golden Gate Bridge and after a brief and awkward courtship, live together with the usual problems of money and work, take flight to an illusory freedom on the road, and dances inexorably to a drab doom. At once funny, grubby, beautiful, lyrical, tragic and sad. "... it is quite serious about demonstrating how the simplest of plots can be visually manipulated into a vehicle of tension and suspense. Technique is layered upon technique, all the while pushing the story forward to its shabby and oddly affecting little conclusion. SLOW MOVES deserves all the exposure it can get." -- John J. O'Conner, New York Times "Fascinating, oddly gripping and often visually stunning. It's not unlike a Peter Greenaway mystery translated to the dry dusty heartlands of Malick's Badlands, although here the emphasis is on spiritual paralysis rather than Greenaway's elegant intellectual conceits. Written backwards from its explosive end, the real Slow Moves doesn't actually start until you're leaving the cinema." -- John Gill, Time Out, London "Jost has a keen camera eye and a marvelously prickly feel for relationships poised between the plain spun and the psychotic. This bumpy California love story between two emotional down-and-outs is teasingly scripted, tightly acted by Marshall Gaddis and Roxanne Rogers and is probably the best value-for-dollar film in London." -- Guardian

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Ken Kobland

Landscape & Desire (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 46.25 min

Genre: Experimental

The film was initially shot in super-8, between July and September, on a Greyhound bus trip from New York to Los Angeles. The project began as a film of a Samuel Beckett short story, "The Lost Ones," which describes a society of people who live in shallow dirt cylinders. For my part, "I get on a local bus, which is supposedly going to Pittsburgh, although it has San Francisco marked as its destination. Massive traffic jam at the tunnel, because of a propane truck wreck on the bridge. So far there is no air conditioning; 110 degrees in the terminal, and it must be at least that on the bus." "Lush, mordantly nostalgic, LANDSCAPE AND DESIRE is Kobland's best realized work to date." -- J. Hoberman

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Dave Lee

Obscenity (1981) 16mm, black and white, 27.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

OBSCENITY seeks to find a common history among men. This examination uses animation derived from men's magazines, 'documentary' footage of working men, and personal commentary. The aggression that men in this culture are conditioned to act out, in all its gaudy and ultimately lethal manifestations, is considered with a unique syntax of filmic expression. --D. L.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Richard Levine

Falling Awake (1981) 16mm, color, 21.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Psychology & Mental Health

"...(T)here is however a class of fancies of exquisite delicacy, which are not thoughts, and to which, as yet, I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt language. I use the word 'fancies' at random, and merely because I must use some word; but the idea commonly attached to the term is not even remotely applicable to the shadows of shadows in question. They seem to me rather psychical than intellectual. They arise in the soul (alas, how rarely!) only at its epoch of most intense tranquility, when the bodily and mental health are in perfection, and at those mere points of time where the confines of the waking world blend with those of the world of dreams." --Edgar Allen Poe, from "Marginalia"

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Saul Levine

Bopping the Great Wall of China Blue: A Few Tunes Going Out. Part I (1981) super8mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

"A portrait of disc jockey Mai Cramer, filmmaker Dan Barnett, and Levine himself. The film cuts between Cramer talking, Barnett working and touring China and Levine engaged in the routines of his life. Incorporated into the portrait are shots of an astronaut floating in space, clouds passing and Chinese women performing their daily exercise. As vast space and clouds float by, the film mixes daily routines, foreign locales and the expanse of the universe in a work of cinematic music and dance." -- Marjorie Keller, program note, Collective for Living Cinema, 1983

Rental: $26.00
16mm Rental: $26.00

Saul Levine

Raps And Chants (1981) super8mm, color, 25.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music

"RAPS AND CHANTS is also without the typical cataract of cuts. The first part is a man's monologue about a grueling LSD adventure (even the image is a washout), and the second is the portrait of a woman, gleefully milking cacophony from a tape recorder by rapidly playing with the buttons. It is an essay in the filmmaker's twofold aesthetic: the roughness and punch of experience remains without cosmetics, unsentimentalized, uninterpreted; instead, the material of its transmission, image, and sound, becomes the field of cathartic, nervous play, a wild Hasidic dance." -- P. Adams Sitney, The Village Voice "The filmmaker and collagist John Broderick tells (and sings) a story of a remarkable acid trip and the filmmaker, painter and collagist Caroline Avery laughingly plays a jazz tape recorder." -- Marjorie Keller

Rental: $85.00
Super8 Rental: $85.00

James Livingston

Holiday Spirit, The (1981) 16mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

A free wheeling quasi-documentary on the glory of Christmas in New York City. 'Only 27 more shopping days till...' New Yorkers frolic in that commercial turnover between Macy's Thanksgiving extravaganza and the ritual of New York's at Times Square. Is this a religious experience? --J. L.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rose Lowder

Retour D'un Repere Compose: Composed Recurrence. (1981) 16mm, color, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

The first third of the film corresponds exactly to RETOUR D'UN REPERE (1979). In RETOUR D'UN REPERE COMPOSE the same material is presented successively in three versions: a straight single print; a combined picture print printed twice onto the same film strip; and a combined picture print printed slightly differently thrice onto one piece of film, each version organizing a differing approach to perception of the composed visual construction. --R. L.

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Katrina Martin

Daffodils (1981) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

From super 8mm original. ... is a drawing about a morning routine. It's about waking up, visually, first seeing details that are detached from meaning and then making sense of a picture as a place in the world. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Katrina Martin

Hanafuda/Jasper/Johns (1981) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

The film documents the complex printmaking process which Johns has developed and the ongoing relation of one Johns print to the next. The soundtrack is an interview with Johns talking about printmaking and his art, along with sounds from the shop. The film has a less concrete side. The filmmaker too is a character who, by watching the masters work, is looking for answers to questions about art. How is art thought of and how is it made? What is its relation to craft on the one hand and ideas on the other? HANAFUDA/JASPER JOHNS is not only a document of a specific event, but also, a portrait of four men and a meditation on art. --K. M.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Katrina Martin

Watch Dog Dragon, The (1981) 16mm, color, 11 min

The Chinese dragon is a benevolent protector that scares away intruders. I am an imposter in Chinatown, observing a foreign culture in my own neighborhood. The camera is a friendly eye, and this street movie is about interchange and territory, the camera violating and re-establishing personal space. --K. M.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Darrell Moore

Quantum: A Lamentation (1981) 16mm, color, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Deanna Morse

Help! I'm Stranded... (1981) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

The surfaces of a hotel room.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Deanna Morse

Reality Check (1981) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"Dogman," a gravel-voiced, jive-talkin' philosopher.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Takahiko Iimura

Talking Picture (1981-2013) DVD_NTSC, color_BW, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: film about film, structural

Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing) 1981, B&W,15 minutes Shadowman (The Structure of Seeing/Hearing) 1984/2008, color, 8 min. Making An Audience 2006/2013, color, 12 min. "In this collection of videos,Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing)and Shadowman (The Structure of Seeing/Hearing), and Making An Audience, Takahiko Iimura presents a series of mind-twisting videos, meditating on the experience of watching film/video and of seeing and being seen. Prodded by a succession of riddles, the videos are lined with ...,Iimura touches on a range of significant philosophical questions about linguistics and the nature of representation itself.

Rental: $70
DVD NTSC Rental: $70

Sheila Paige

Motherly Memoirs of the Bandit Queen (1981) 16mm, color, 22.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Not a shoot-'em up. A true story of Belle Starr, Arkansas outlaw of the 1880s and her daughter, Baby Pearl.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Sidney Peterson

Man In A Bubble (1981) 16mm, black and white, 15.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Music

There is a wild sound in the streets where once bells called men to prayer and choruses chanted in march time to the decibels of an infernal brimstone cacophony from which the damned in a Boschean hell sought refuge in the solitude of the philosopher's egg, the transparent bubble of the alchemical Hermetic vessel. MAN IN A BUBBLE is a short documentary about personal acoustical space in an age of intolerable noise. Some stuff their ears against the electronic smog. Others wear headphones. A few scream and very few begin to discern in the deafening uproar the emergence of a Tondichtung worthy of the urban primitivism which gives birth to it. The film was shot in Chicago and New York. "Peterson has always been good on street photography, and the fragmented views of New York and Chicago have a jangling abrasive kick." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice "I think you've managed one of the happiest most hopeful visions of yr life withOUT one jot of sentimentality to spoil it. The 'dancers'/skaters, each wrapped in his or her own 'bub' is a tough weave of HARD joy ... Bravo!" -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Peter Rose

Man Who Could Not See Far Enough, The (1981) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

THE MAN WHO ... uses literary, structural, autobiographical, and performance metaphors to construct a series of tableaux that evoke the act of vision, the limits of perception, and the rapture of space. Spectacular moving multiple images; a physical, almost choreographic sense of camera movement; and massive, resonant sound have inspired critics to call it "stunning" and "hallucinatory." The film ranges in subject from a solar eclipse to an ascent of the Golden Gate Bridge, and moves, in spirit, from the deeply personal to the mythic. "[A] powerfully formal, analytic inquiry into the nature of vision and cinema ... painfully beautiful images of mysterious events and things that split, multiply, migrate and quiver with a hallucinatory vibrance ... a rich fabric interlacing the metaphysical with the ironical." -- Sally Banes, The Village Voice

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Ken Ross

Crisis in Utopia (1981) 16mm, color, 24.45 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Rob Sabal

New Years, 1981 (1981) 16mm, color, 3.45 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Steve Schuler

Methodical (1981) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Esther Shatavsky

Bedtime Story (1981) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Dean Snider

Field Guide to Western Birds, A (1981) 16mm, black and white, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"these foolish truly chosen to confound the wise." D.S.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Alan Sondheim

Symmetry Film and Summer 1981 (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Alan Sondheim

Recapitulation and I Am Working on a Film (1981) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Alan Sondheim

Sexual War Films (1981) 16mm, black and white, 50 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Alan Sondheim

Virgin (1981) 16mm, black and white, 50 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Alan Sondheim

Hollywood (1981) 16mm, black and white, 70 min

Genre: Experimental

The triangulation of three women and a man, set against the psychogeographical landscape of Los Angeles-Hollywood in particular. With Jocelyne Doray and Laura Parker. This film was designed as an $800 "feature" complete with characters. Its theoretical basis is from Luce Iragaray and others concerned with the phenomenology of feminine space. Los Angeles appears laid out like the flesh of a postmodern body. Characters speak and intermix their own and other' lines, and ruptured desire flows everywhere through the work. The film is also a strange homage to Los Angeles, with shots ranging from Laurel Canyon to the Central Market, from Pasadena through Hollywood... The landscape is always vaguely catastrophic, inscribing the characters in terms of one another, but -- as in a great deal more recent work -- identity is always fluid.

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

Paul Stevens

Boomerang (1981) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

"On October 20th, 1979, Al Gerhards of Dowingtown, Pennsylvania threw a boomerang 123 yards with a complete return--thus setting a new Worlds Record. He accomplished this with a boomerang of his own design and make. Gerhard boomerangs are conisdered some of the finest made, they are highly prized for their quality craftsmanship, aerodynamic performance and aesthetic excellence. "BOOMERANG is a document of the process in which these laminated hardwood 'rangs are made. From the selection of wood and the use of custom molds, through the fine-finishing of the airfoil contours, the film illustrates the amount of care put into every one made. The final flight testing proves that boomerangs actually do return and the joy that they bring."--P.S.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Amy Taubin

In the Bag (1981) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Leslie Thornton

Jennifer, Where are You? (1981) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Shows a child age ten years in one shot, a sort of sound version of the Kuleshov experiment. -- L.T. "The film is a questioning of authority and authorship, of the power implicit in authority, of the balance between her fear and her will to disrupt, of the balance between her fear and his inability to understand her (lack of an) answer ..." -- Su Friedrich, Downtown Review, 1981.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Tyler Turkle

Six Films, 1974-81, Sound And Silent Prints (1981) 16mm, color & b/w, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

WALK THAT DOG: This and the following films constitute a body of "interviews" begun in 1973 and completed in 1981. Although they are not serial in content the films should be shown in chronological order when screened as a group. A chance meeting between the artist, ten young boys, and a yoyo champion in a drug store parking lot provides the substance for this rambling and anarchic filmed interview that at once parodies "man on the street" television interviews while introducing and sustaining an unusual but deliberate verité technique on its own. OBSERVEILLANCE: A lyrical tour guide takes the viewer on a trip down the Wakulla River in North Florida. Although the camera remains relentlessly fixed on him, his vivid, near-musical descriptions of Southern flora, fauna, and wildlife gives a better view of things than total visual mobility could ever allow. CUT: A peculiar homage to the things that go wrong, this film is purportedly about rugby. The self-explanatory title for this jumpy "documentary" is less concerned with the filmed subject (the game, the field, the players) than a comic editing style and the complete acknowledgement given to the technical aspect of gathering and manipulating raw footage. A QUIET AFTERNOON WItH STRANGERS: "A 'silent' interview, QUIET AFTERNOON is the most strange and moving of Turkle's films, documenting the year-round garage sale of an eccentric, elderly Ohio couple. The omission of sound and the focused, grainy attention of their legacy of bric-a-brac, discarded appliances and collected curiosities adds greatly to the film's ultimate emotional effect." -- Frank Young, Florida Flambeau LINCOLN LOGS FOR JESUS: "Playing on all of Tyler Turkle's previous interview films, accelerating and violating their stylistics, LINCOLN LOGS FOR JESUS is a nearly Cubist look at the world. A fast-paced consumer jaunt, almost ritual in nature, winds its way through flashes, repetition, swift cuts, and the reverse switch for an edgy, jarring continuity." -- Steve Dollar, Media X EXCESS, BLACK NOISE, AND FAST MOVING PICTURES: Seventy seconds of furiously energetic filmmaking in which all of the possible pauses in visual and aural activity have been removed. What is left when all of the fat has been trimmed? Monkeys with diamond studded collars, killer fish, and a parade of incongruous images, statements, questions, and answers guided to an exciting climax by a storefront dummy who takes over the interviewing chores midway through the film. "The central idea of Turkle's interview films involves getting around the images that block perception. The film tricks the images or somehow pushes them toward a deliberate self-consciousness, while simultaneously encouraging their chance or found condition. The processes of chance and deliberation combine to produce works of gentle beauty and profound, acerbic wit. Altogether the effects of these films is that of sentiment moved to the power of scrutiny." -- Richard Milazzo, Artmode Exhibition: Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University; New Orleans Museum of Art; Fort Worth Art Museum; SF Museum of Modern Art.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Steven Weisberg

Familial Scenes (1981) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

"The archetypal lives of families are dissected, then reconstituted as wholly personal. The film is about my disillusionment with traditional images of family. The sense of loss that animates the film generates a search for new relationships . The film's eight scenes describe the process by which illusions are re-made, gradually exposing the hand that creates them." S.W.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Greg Yaskot

One Man Show (1981) 16mm, Super8, color & b/w, 76 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, enviorment nature, erotic, Found Footage, Architecture, diary_journal

A one man show of nine films from Greg Yaskot. Eight films on super 8, one on 16mm. About his films, Barbara Frost writes, "Greg's gift for percieving and recording the everyday event, even in unfamiliar surroundings, brings forth fresh and sensitive images, without stereotype. Films included are: Portrait of Uncle John, Fishing (1980), Space Diary (1971-1981), Parker Mill (1978), Snowstorm (1977), A Year in Connecticut (1977), Perry Street Scenes (1977), July (1973), Cows (1972), and Cows No.4 (1971)

Rental: $130.00
16mm Rental: $130.00
Super8 Rental: $130.00

Greg Yaskot

Space Diary (1981) Super8, color & b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Science

"A personal history of later manned space flights, when the launch of a Saturn rocket was the best show on tv, and astronauts roamed the surface of the moon with regularity...The 60's and 70's hero, the astronaut, is shown in all his glory as are the politicians, commentators (Cronkite and gang) and the mastermind Werner Von Braun... [I] was always amazed and delighted by the new explorations and films from the moon, although now these seems like relics from the past in light of the more recent explorations of Mars, Jupiter, and especially Saturn.

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Fred Worden

Insomnia (1981) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Helen Webster: Cancer and Self-Discovery (1981-2004) DVD NTSC, b/w, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: body, ethnic_multicultural, philosophical, science_medicine

"Few independents are courageous enough to let their subjects come across in the simple, direct way that was once video's hallmark. That's why it was so refreshing to discover "HELEN WEBSTER: CANCER AND SELF-DISCOVERY"], amid all the "televisionese" evident in this festival. Shot in black-and-white on half-inch portapak, Rosenthal has let a marvelously articulate woman speak to us without embarrassment, with considerable laughter and occasional perplexity, about what it is like to live 15 years with cancer--'half-bald, with one breast, and a bag strapped to one side of my abdomen.' With poems she's written and thoughts organized not to waste the viewer's time, Helen Webster is funny, moving and irresistible as she talks about sex, her fear of death, and thoughts about suicide." --Deirdre Boyle Sightlines. Award-winner when premiered at Global Village Documentary Festival, NYC, 1983.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $285.00

Betzy Bromberg

Marasmus (1981) 16mm, color, 24 min

Co-directed with Laura Ewig A woman's response to technology/the jet-lag of birth. "Although the title refers to a condition of acute malnutrition in which a child is unable to assimilate food, the film is a robust and sumptuous offering. This is no rough-edged, craft-resistant effort. Rather it is infused with a seductive glamour." - Janis Crystal Lipzin, Artweek "If there are certain iconic images that represent the obscure history of the American avant-garde cinema, one of them has to be from Marasmus (1981), the extraordinary experimental film by Betzy Bromberg and Laura Ewig. The image is of a woman's face pressed flat, white and distorted against glass, two hands splayed on each side. She could be pushing against an invisible boundary, or easing through a clear membrane as if being born; either way, the image exemplifies L.A.-based Bromberg's uncanny ability for uniting a philosophical perspective and an almost mythically emotional sensitivity. Like some of the best feminist experimental work of the 1980s and '90s, Bromberg's films invariably reverberate in this space in between, refusing both the cheerless material analysis of one strand of experimental production and the politically disengaged poetic investigation advocated in other camps of the avant-garde. Instead, her films play on multiple levels, merging politics and poetry, and reveling in the resultant tensions. With Marasmus, Bromberg merges strange and abject images of confinement and escape with a coldly technological environment, and she pits the desire for continuity and coherence against the pure pleasure of drifting through images Bromberg's work has plenty to teach us about formal experimentation and the magic of juxtaposition." - Holly Willis, LA Weekly

16mm Rental: $100.00

Vera Neubauer

The Decision (1981) DVD_PAL, Color , 33 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Cameraless, Films about Film, Found Footage, Personal diary journal , Structural

A woman, enclosed in the four walls of her home, struggles to find a balance between her fairy tale upbringing and the mundane reality of her everyday life.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Abraham Ravett

After the Unveiiling (1981) , 129 min min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, family

After the Unveiling is a film about change. It is a personal documentary done in diary format of my mothers life immediately following my fathers death. It begins with cultural rites proceeding death, that of sitting "shive," and goes on to record the many daily acts my mother once shared with her husband and now must face alone. Delineated, is the integral place that my mothers religion and culture holds for her, the inevitable influence it has on me, and the resulting conflict that is created for my mother and myself by me selecting a mate from a different religious background.

DVD NTSC Sale: $Individual sale: $75. Institution sale: $150.00

Su Friedrich

Gently Down the Stream (1981) 16mm, BW, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

"Gently Down the Stream can be described about as easily as you can hold on to a handful of water....Suffice it to say that Friedrich has an artist's instinctive sense of film-she expresses herself in it with a freedom and rightness that strike the viewer immediately. When the last image leaves the screen, you may not be able to say what you've seen, but you know what you've felt." -Stuart Klawans, THE NATION "...her films (particularly the celebrated Gently Down the Stream) signalled an important change that was occurring with the evolution of experimental cinema....The film demonstrates Friedrich's considerable technical talents and formal creativity as well as her canny historical sense in reappropriating the formal strategies generally associated with the "structural film." Friedrich's film becomes a public exorcism, one that continually exposes and infects the viewer with the psychic consequences of religious constraints, familial binds and sexual conflicts. -Bruce Jenkins, MILLENNIUM FILM JOURNAL Selected Film Festival Screenings: Documenta Kassel 2007; Cinemateque Quebecoise, Canada; "The American Century", Whitney Museum of Art; Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco; MIX Festival, NY; CineExperimental Festival, Spain; Experimental Film Festival, Buenos Aires; Osnabruck Film Festival, Germany; Banff Arts Festival, Canada; Haifa International Film Festival, Israel; International Women's Film Festival, New York; Third Art Film Festival, Tokyo; "The Color of Ritual, The Color of Thought: Women Avant-Garde Filmmakers in America, 1930-2000", Whitney Museum, NY; Festival of American Independents: 1920-1990, Torino, Italy

Rental: $56.00
16mm Rental: $56.00

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