Gary Adlestein

St. Teresa (1983) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

After Bernini's "Ecstasy": baroque excess and dazzle; shot in S. M. della Vittoria in Rome. "Essential viewing for church groups, art history classes, fledgling saints and martyrs of all ages." -- Albert Kilchesty, "Heavenly Visions" program notes, LA Filmforum, 1985

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Hit The Turnpike! (1983) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

The ultimate rejection film. A compilation of many of the rejection notices and letters that I have received during my fifteen years of making films. Films that offer an intelligent glimpse of personal struggle and/ or foibles of their creators seem destined for a warm reception in any festival. In the world of independents, a short like HIT THE TURNPIKE! is the finest way to end a lengthy screening. For those unfortunate enough to have suffered the agony of rejection (as filmmakers) or decision, HIT THE TURNPIKE! is the kind of film that encourages you to leave disappointment behind. Angerame alternates extreme close-ups of his many rejection slips with pointed compilation. The found footage ending the film sums it up: the sight of a surfer being towed through flood-ravaged streets tells us that even when disaster strikes, there's fun to be had. -- Kevin Howe, Lamp The filmmaker has turned failure into success... if his last name is pronounced Anger-Aim he is well served by it. -- Gerry Goldberg, Lamp

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Dominic Angerame

Honeymoon In Reno (1983) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

I was hoping to strike it rich on our honeymoon in Reno. In a way I did, seeing that the camera was filled with very rich imagery in recording this visual journal of our brief visit. The soundtrack is a creation of Katie Steinorth who translated the Buddhist chant of Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum into the words oh honey, bring me home.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Big Brother (1983) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

A comic book/collage film. The images are taken from commercials (35mm and 16mm) and super-8. Sections of the frames were cut out and then placed into super-8 film frames which had been painted upon, a mouth here, a leg there. This film can also be read like a comic on the rewinds. The film was blown up to 16mm. Ironically my hope had been to keep the film in super-8 as a discourse on gauge chauvinism, one of the implications in the title.

Rental: $30.00
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Caroline Avery

Snow Movies (1983) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Shot in the winter landscape of upstate New York and in snow bound Cambridge, MA. I have broken down the various previews and scales to two dimensions will pixillation and framing. Phil S. says ('83) it was like watching a capsulized version of the history of western painting (I paraphrase).

Rental: $30.00
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Alan Berliner

Natural History (1983) 16mm, color, 12.50 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Found Footage, Landscape Architecture, Philosophical

From there to here ... from then to now. The soundtrack features 33 frogs, 22 birds, lion growls, bomb whistles, a heartbeat and the chromatic scale.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Stan Brakhage

Egyptian Series (1983) 16mm, color, 17.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps A series of meditations on Egyptian hieroglyphs -- designations (as I finally saw them) of nurturing godheads.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

Hell Spit Flexion (1983) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

My moving-visual response to William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven & Hell," this hand-painted film seems the most rhythmically exact of all my work: it was inspired by memories of an old man coughing in the night of a thing-walled ancient hotel... a triumph of rhythm thru to inspiration. Dedicated to Bill land Stella Pence.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Half A Life: Ein Halbes Leben (1983) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Economics

HALF A LIFE tries to condense the experience of the better part of a lifetime into five minutes. It is a film about the middle-class bedroom of a middle-aged couple, and about the married life as it coalesces into staleness, sweetness and quietness of a suburban home. It is only on the soundtrack that the intensities of reality occasionally seep through.

Rental: $30.00
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James Broughton

Devotions (1983) 16mm, color, 21.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

DEVOTIONS is the vision of a world where men have forsaken rivalry and taken up affection, thereby creating a society that relishes a variety of comradely devotions. The film takes delight in observing the friendly things men can do together, from the odd to the rapturous, from the playful to the passionate. These events appear in a series of cameo duets performed by men of all ages and appetites. The tapestry of changing scenes is strung on a narrative thread: the personal romance of the two makers of the film, as they discover their own affections and interweave them with those of their friends. In the end they assert their hope that loving comradeship may yet be the happy norm for the world. The film was made over a nine month period on locations from Seattle to San Diego, and included the participation of some forty-five couples.

Rental: $45.00
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Rudolph Burckhardt

Indelible, Inedible (1983) 16mm, color, 8.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal / Diary / Journal

Images to accompany the lines of a poem by John Ashbery. "Rudy Burckhardt's film is a brilliant extension of my poem, perhaps the film I might have made myself if I were a filmmaker." -- John Ashbery

Rental: $30.00
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Doris Chase

Electra Tries to Speak (Concept Series) (1983) VHS NTSC, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Performed by Sandra Segal. Written by Clare Coss and Roberta Sklar. A modern interpretation of the Greek tragedy, from Electra's point of view. Written by members of Women's Experimental Theatre company. From the Concept Series, a video series collection of eight collaborative video tapes with important women writers and artists of our time, such as Ruth Malaczech, Thulani Davis, Linda Mussman, Lee Bruer and Sandra Segal. Chase's mastery of video special effects and synthesized imagery adds another dimension of visual and experimental depth to these accomplished performances. Each work probes critical issues facing women today. "Doris Chase's videotapes are the work of a mature artist of fine sensitivity. Each of these tapes in itself taps deep currents of feeling. Together, they are a powerful statement of the two sides of the feminist struggle for autonomy." --Karen Henry, VIDEO GUIDE

Rental: $45.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.00

Abigail Child

Mutiny Is This What You Were Born For? (Part 3) (1983) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

Featuring Polly Bradfield (violinist), Sally Silvers (dancer), Erica Hunt (poet), and Shelley Hirsch (singer). "This movie is a new kind of classic, it has invented once and for all the machine-gun sound of explosives and composed sentences with speeded-up speech and wild singing, laughter, hardly [at] all understandable, with violins screeching like falling bombs and a Hispanic grind dance .... There are tender closeups in interviews with women, and marvelous documents of dancers, street performers, all races & styles. These are brave and straight-talking people; this is a feminist film, and it is important. All the sound makes a talky song of many voices." -- Anne Robertson, X-Dream "Plastically a marvel, a discerning powerhouse performance." -- Ken Jacobs

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Robert Cowan

Portrait #2 Judy Fyve (1983) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Just what is says --B. C.

Rental: $30.00
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Roger Deutsch

Dead People (1983) 16mm, black and white, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Psychology & Mental Health

With scary precision Deutsch anatomizes and illuminates the way we invent the characters we live out, and the people we surround ourselves with. Here is a very young man falling in love with the image of an old man who, by virtue of wrinkles and drunkenness and lively wit and verbal skill and being black, seems to embody an authenticity the young man lacks. And here is the young man grown up, studying the pretenses of his younger days, and of the noble old role-player himself. With images that continue to haunt me, and the sense of the spaces of a life lives, he probes for the essences of our invented selves, our devious and glittering accomodations. I keep talking to the film, and have since I first saw it: it is a life invented, dignified and finally demystified. Yet the last stripping away seems itself a marvel of enrichment; the austere images and lushly ascerbic music that end the film make, in a direct, filmic, non-discursive way, the realist sense of person: our dramatic behaviours are absurd forgivable turbulance in a sea of presence. Deutsch does the hardest thing: he forgives even the forgiver."--Rober Kelly

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia III Estar Print (1983) 16mm, color, 24.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media

"After seeing this film, I can now really understand your need to differentiate what you're doing from collage. These films are not collage. It really is an image of an image [system]." -- Fred Worden "The roll bar! The roll bar, yes! ... very enthusiastic about this film!" -- Kurt Kren "Images cannot contain experience. Images can only contain the image of experience. The image is not an 'equivalency' of experience, it substitutes itself for experience." -- Gary Doberman, "The Uses of Vulgarity in the Aporian Context"

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Arnold Eagle

Epicycles (1983) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

With the Mimi Garrard Dance Co.

Rental: $35.00
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Mary Filippo

Peace O' Mind (1983) 16mm, black and white, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Personal / Diary / Journal, Political / Social Activism

I made this film from some of my own footage and from optically printed sections of educational films from the 1950s. The film is about personal and political isolation, trying to stay "safe at home," but being entrapped there.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Peter Gidal

Close Up (1983) 16mm, color, 61 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

After three years this film attempts yet again to deal with the problematising of filmic representation in sound and image: the overt politically-polemical soundtrack from Nicaragua must not synchronise with nor must it find an entirely separable continuum of reality away from the image sequences. Without avoiding the interrogation of narrative/anti-narrative cinematic structures (the way the images and the sounds at times hold/do not hold, or the way they attempt to force a position contradictory to any (imaginary) represented homogeneity of constructed space, time, ego, language, film) an attempted materialist use of sound and image must at the same time be an anti-individualist work. Subjectivities of sound and image, sometimes producing contradiction (between the two, and within each) must be in constant process with/against the political polemic(s): the film can not allow for a final exclusion of either. What is intended is neither some pure formal dialectic. The viewer's attempts via her/his/the cultural context of meaningmaking(political/sexual/narrative) are worked against by this film's process (or should be). The work against the capitalist patriarchal position of narrative, in other words, is (still, and in specificity) the main interest. --P. G.

Rental: $140.00
16mm Rental: $140.00

Chris Goehe

Car, The (1983) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

The story of a lonely man and his obsession with a new car. He discovers the joys of being in the driver's seat, but also confronts the dangers in himself. THE CAR is a short, animated film created by some very talented high school art students from Edwardsville, Illinois. Led by Chris Goehe, the only crew member with a film background, the students created everything needed for cel-animated film. Backgrounds, scripts, storyboards, an animation table, and even punching their own cels was part of the hard work Chris Goehe, John Hathfield, and Jim Dean experienced in putting THE CAR on film. Supervised by Dennis Detroye, head of the art department, these students worked over a year and a half to make THE CAR into a finished product. --C. G.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Bent Time (1983) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

A one-point perspective visual path across the US beginning inside a linear accelerator -- or atom-smashing device -- and traveling to such high-energy locations as the home of an ancient sun calendar in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; the site of Ohio Valley Mound cultures; the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges; and beyond. Scientists have noted that light rays curve at the outer edges of the universe, leading them to theorize that time also bends. Inspired by this idea, Hammer used an extreme wide angle lens and "one frame of film per foot of physical space" to simulate the concept of bent time. The film is accompanied by Pauline Oliveros' original score for voice and accordion, "Rattlesnake Mountain."

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Barbara Hammer

New York Loft (1983) 16mm, color & b/w, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

"Both NEW YORK LOFT and DOLL HOUSE convey a strong sense of resourcefulness, this 'making something' out of interiors, specifically domestic spaces. And domestic they are, in an avant-garde sort of way. The filmmaker gives plentiful evidence of arranging things, moving them, adjusting, placing and re-placing. First are poles and sticks found; second is fabric, sheets, pillows; in a third section we see round things. Circular magnets, machine parts, film cans and the like eventually become visually paralleled with the camera lens itself. The lens is seen as Barbara films into a round mirror. How different are the visions of this woman-with-a-movie-camera from Vertov of sixty years ago! Each extols the camera-eye, but Hammer replaces Vertov's sociopolitical kino-truths with adventures in domestic space." -- Claudia Gorbman, Jump Cut

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Stone Circles (1983) 16mm, color & b/w, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"In STONE CIRCLES, Hammer really leaves 'nation' as well as 'era' and creates a film poem on the prehistoric stone cultures of Britain. She films dolmens and Druid rock formations, including Stonehenge. An introductory section shows excerpts from books and diagrams which in their way document these stones and explain the stones' origins. Hammer takes the diagrams and playfully animates these scientific 'scale models' by filming colorful arrangements of small stones, clods of dirt, sticks, and grasses. She brings an animism to the subsequent images of the structures themselves, and this animism seems just as valid an approach to the stone formations as the historical/scientific speculations regarding their significance." -- Claudia Gorbman, Jump Cut

Rental: $25.00
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Abbie Herrick

Carnivore (1983) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

The story of how humans lived after WWII as told by two survivors centuries later. --A. H.

Rental: $30.00
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Nora Jacobson

Conversation, A (1983) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Let's beat around the bush, a bird in our hand."--N.J.

Rental: $20.00
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Jim Jennings

Brighton (1983) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

Darkness connects and disconnects moments staged in steel subway elevation stop. --J. J.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Magenta Geryon (1983) 16mm, color, 30.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

I have tried to combine my feeling for personal and classical mythology with the images I see when I look upon the world. (This is a live film, not animation.) There are three parts, and each part is cut to a piece music chosen in advance of the photography. Therefore I call the film a "film concert". Part 1, ADAGIO, represents an Eros and Psyche mystique. Part 2, IN A SUMMER GARDEN, concerns my passion for gardening and my feelings for the medieval garden, the mystical rose, the somber formal gardens of Audrey Beardsley. Part 3, WINTER LIGHT, is filmed in the early morning hours of California mid-winter with its delicate touches of faery light. There is a kind of statement made also, which has to do with my feeling that despite a state of human alienation inherent in the modern world, the earth and its endless permutations of light emits an illumination paralleled in the human spirit.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Marjorie Keller

Fallen World, The (1983) 16mm, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

An elegy for a Newfoundland dog named Melville and a portrait of his owner.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Marjorie Keller

Lyrics (1983) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Three songs between heaven and earth. With Carmen, Susan, Joseph and Marcus Vigil.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Richard Levine

War Stories (1983) 16mm, color, 45.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"Levine's images resemble the Warhol's or Rauschenberg silkscreens of 20 years ago (but even less slick) or maybe a color TV with a bad concussion. Every motion is looped at least a dozen of times and submerged in a swirl of multiple superimpositions, with every layer tinted a separate color. Representation is pushed to its breaking point and yet, nothing really obscures the iconography of stretchers and body bags, death and degradation that you read less with your eyes than your gut..." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 1/24/84

Rental: $95.00
16mm Rental: $95.00

Saul Levine

Lien On My Soul/Portrait Not A Dream Breaking Time, Part 3 & 4 (1983) reg8mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

LIEN ON MY SOUL is a cityscape of New Haven shot from an East Rock park. Includes the 4th of July, a wedding, lovers, bikers, kids -- an ecological meditation. PORTRAIT NOT A DREAM: My mother's cry of rage.

Rental: $45.00
Reg8mm Rental: $45.00

Saul Levine

Arrested: Breaking Time, Part II (1983) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Part 2: Arrested is mainly a portrayal of Saul Levine's father, the blizzard of 1978 and the summer and spring.

Rental: $45.00
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Saul Levine

Mortgage On My Body Breaking Time, Part I (1983) 16mm, color, 23.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Stations throughout Connecticut and even New York City. Riding around with my father and back to the gas station.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Saul Levine

Note To Poli (1983) 16mm, super8mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

"A note to the filmmaker Poli Marechal 'about' penetration: matter and light, substance and smoke. Images of drinking coffee and having sex evaporate as smoke is blown into a shaft of light on a refrigerator." -- Marjorie Keller "NOTE TO POLI, part of a series of intimate 'notes,' represents a burst of sexual energy as the prelude to a cigarette in the sunlit kitchen, as if the balancing of eros and narcosis precluded the intervention of splicing." -- P. Adams Sitney, The Village Voice

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Edvard Lieber

Seven Portraits (1983) 16mm, color, 20.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

". . . a staggering work of great depth, originality and poetry . . . not only a unique historical document, but a rare insight into the souls of seven cultural icons: Willem de Kooning, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Tennessee Williams, Andy Warhol, John Cage, and Liv Ullmann." -- Andrew Leighton 1985 Taipei International Film Festival 1984 Berlin International Film Festival 1984 Festival dei Popoli, Florence 1984 French-American International Film Festival, Avignon 1984 Sao Paulo International Film Festival

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ross McLaren

Sex Without Glasses (1983) 16mm, color, 12.75 min

Genre: Experimental

An amalgam of sex without guilt and sight without glasses. The importance of being able to see what you are doing. A film about confusing relationshops, telephones and wetness; and starring a preverbal somnambulist floating between word and object. --R. M.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jonas Mekas

Cup/Saucer/Two Dancers/Radio (1983) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Made 1965 / 1983 With Kenneth King and Phoebe Neville. "Kenneth King's CUP/SAUCER/TWO DANCERS/RADIO (1964) is an essay in Pop Art style, in which all the elements listed in the title have equal emphasis. Phoebe Neville, dressed in bra, girdle, curlers, and toe shoes, marches across the floor on pointe with a radio clasped to her ear. King, dressed in undershirt and shorts and a black tie, does calisthenics. Both spill colored solutions from the coffee cup all over themselves, embrace one another emotionlessly, and mechanically caress their own bodies, while rock and roll songs comment ironically on the action and a taped voice explains the dance's structure. Mekas, recording a 1965 performance of this key postmodern dance, has translated it into an extraordinary film ..." -- Sally Banes, Village Voice, Oct. 18, 1983.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Street Songs (1983) 16mm, black and white, 10.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Made 1966/1983 "STREET SONGS is a 1966 performance, in France, of a section of the Living Theater's 'Mysteries and Smaller Pieces.' Based on a chance-determined scenario written by Jackson Maclow in 1961, STREET SONGS weaves militant political chants into a mandala of mantras. Julian Becvk sits cross legged on an empty stage; the slogan he repeats - 'Free All Men! Ban the Bomb! Stop the War! Free the Blacks! Change the World!' - are both meditation and calls to action, as a crowd of voices answers each slogan and actors join him on stage to pace in a circle, clasp one another's shoulders and collectively breath 'Ohmm...' ..." -- Sally Banes, Village Voice, October 18, 1983. "I filmed The Living Theatre's 'Mysteries' in 1966, at the Festival de Cassis, organized by Jerome Hill. I didn't like the results and I never released the film, but I always liked the segment based on McLow's script. Maclow's version differs slightly from The Living Theatre's version. You can find MacLow's script in Kastelanetz's anthology called 'Scenarios.' MacLow says he wouldn't have said some of the things the Living Theatre said. Noel Burch helped me to record the sound." -- J.M.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Vivian Ostrovsky

Copacabana Beach (1983) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Ethnic / Multicultural

Originally super-8 blown up to 16mm A humorous glimpse of what happens every morning on the wavy sidewalks of Copacabana Beach. Physical fitness Brazilian style, with a dash of soccer and hints of Carmen Miranda.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Peter Rose

Pressures of the Text, The (1983) 16mm, color, 17:00 min

Genre: Experimental

THE PRESSURES OF THE TEXT (1983, 17m) integrates direct address, invented languages, ideographic subtitles, sign language and simultaneous translation to investigate the feel and form of sense, the shifting boundaries between meaning and meaninglessness. A parody of art/critspeak, educational instruction, gothic narrative, and pornography, it has been performed as a live work at major media centers and new music festivals in the US and Europe. The piece was written, directed and delivered by Peter Rose; co-directed by Jessie Lewis; with sign language and ideographic symbols by Jessie Lewis; and with English simultran by Fred Curchack.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Peter Rose

Video Performance DIigital Speech (1983 - 84) VHS NTSC, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $100.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $100.00

Guy Sherwin

Messages (1983) 16mm, black and white, 34 min

Genre: Experimental

"[MESSAGES is] a diary-essay recording the development of language, in words and drawings, of his young daughter Maya. It is also a study of the world of trees, water and the passage of time. Intensely beautiful images of shadows of leaves falling on the open pages of a book, a voluminous tree moving in and out of focus, becoming a dark almost abstract mass, a hand plunging into a stream to pluck out a stone and so on. The film is silent with text superimposed -- usually questions or comments by the young girl -- which show the innocence and incisiveness of childhood. The film inextricably associates these with the perceptions of the artist. ... MESSAGES can be understood as a representation of the artistic process itself." -- Michael O'Pray

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Michael Siporin

Broken Promise, The (1983) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Alan Sondheim

Tasmanian Silent Films (1983) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Sondheim

Air (1983) 16mm, color, 50 min

Genre: Experimental

This is the first of the longer mag-strip films which have given me considerable freedom of production. AIR consists of independent segments exploring both filmic and psychological issues. There is a long section, for example, taking off from Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA, recapitulating some of the vocabulary of desire between the two lead characters. The film is a good introduction to the density of the rest of the work. The issues, as in the sailing section (concerned with the flatness of film motion in relation to soundtrack and subtitling ) are fairly clear-cut. The darker psychoanalytic/pre-symbolic concerns have not yet emerged. In this work, language is a delight.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Alan Sondheim

Buffalo Silent Films (1983) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Concerned with bourgeois life, camera angle, bleakness, and "fissuring" of highly restrained or contained material. Silent films have always provided a degree of difficulty for me; they develop narrative as hysteria. In this instance, the work is buried in depression and a highly exact cinematography; the apparatus itself partakes of obsessive neurosis. Subjects include the bourgeois home, walking on a mountain, snow, and language (reading).

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Elaine Summers

Windows in the Kitchen (1983) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $48.00
16mm Rental: $48.00

Leslie Thornton

Adynata (1983) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

ADYNATA offers a vulgar tour of the Other, in this case Imperial China?; Woman?; Madness?; Japan?; Murder?; Eroticism? -- L.T. "The colors are extremely vivid and work to amplify what at first glance appears to be an unruly fetishism of the exotic object. There is too much for the eye - the film seemingly capitulates to the seductive force of visual pleasure. But this richness of the image is somewhat deceptive. It is itself a second-order signifier of an exoticism associated with the discourse of Orientalism which is both quoted and criticized by the film. And, for Thornton, the discourse of Orientalism is precisely a discourse of excess, of hyperbole, of the absurd. In ADYNATA she investigates the mise-en-scene of Orientalism - the conglomeration of sounds and images which connote the Orient for a Western viewer/auditor." -- Mary Ann Doane, Millenium Film Journal, 1987.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Leslie Thornton

Oh China Oh (1983) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A post-script to ADYNATA, even more incorrect. -- L.T.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Steven Weisberg

To Die Dreaming Or/Welcome to the Third Anniversary of the Revolution (1983) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"Nicaragua, beseiged by the CIA, responds with the equanimity of everyday life. Shot in the mountain village of Comoapa and in the capital. Managua, in the third year of Sandinismo." S.W.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Dawn Wiedemann

Lyna (1983) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"Layers of optically printed images; lunar cycles, a woman and her dog, illusively weave through the luscious snowy landscape. A haunting film which re-searches female-ness by interweaving quick packed hand processed bleeding visuals and mysterious animal and environmental sounds."--D.W.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Phil Cummins

Handmade (1983) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

A shared discovery. In HANDMADE the camera is directed into the sun as the hand is expanded and contracted in front of the lens in a kind of living shutter. The resulting images fuse flesh and light into a dance of brilliant bursts of light and color, expressing a longing for flight and celebrating the passion of a living summer day.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Fred Worden

Boulevard (1983) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Fred Worden

In & Out (1983) 16mm, color, 3.25 min

Genre: Experimental

A lyrical study of the World Trade Center occupying space and reflecting space.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Ericka Beckman

You The Better (1983) 16mm, Color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

" YOU THE BETTER is a film based on games of chance, and as games such as roulette, or craps go, this one is closed- meaning that the player cannot really affect the outcome. A team of uniformed players, led by the artist Ashley Bickerton, performs the mechanics of a game servicing an off-camera betting entity, the "House". Although the game keeps changing and players are swapped out, one thing remains the same, the "House" is hidden and controls the bets, the "chance" of winning is nil. The game, in fact, is not between the players, but rather between the "House" and the "Bettor". E.B. 1983

Rick Liss

No York City (1983) DVD NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Rick Liss's "NO YORK CITY" pulses viewers through the heart of an iconic metropolis at the speed of blood. Filmed in 1983 with an aesthetic that defies time, this riveting work moves us with both alienation and beauty. The film sees the city as an organism and its citizens as cells-- sometimes frantic, sometimes in harmony. We race across a harbor, speed through traffic, gawk at art, balk at commerce, scuttle along sidewalks, weave through subways, bask in tickertape, dream beneath an angel at Bethesda Fountain and greet mimes in a boat on a great pond. As night falls, we join the electric carnival before soaring above the skyscrapers at dawn. The long day's journey is impeccably wrought by Liss with a striking sound design, music by Laurie Anderson and Jeffrey Meyer, influences of Bunuel and Scorsese, and a vision that's distinctly his own. It's an amazing movie. Watch it. -- Rob Ackerman

DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Boris Lehman

Babel/Letter to My Friends Who Stayed in Belgium (1983-1991) DVD PAL, Color, 380 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: diary

Babel / Letter to my Friends who Stayed in Belgium narrates the day-to-day existence of a filmmaker wandering through his city (Brussels) and who has a notion to follow in the footsteps of dramatist Antonin Artaud and visit the Tarahumara people of Mexico. This is a film about intimacy and friendship. Written in the first person, it places Boris and Brussels in the center of the universe, here represented by the crazy, vertiginous, endless spiral of the biblical Tower. It is Boris’s diary and self-portrait. He plays himself on screen (as do the cast of a hundred who also allowed themselves to be “Babelized”) Contains the entire film on 3 DVDs, the 160-page book and the poster.

DVD PAL Sale: $62.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Jim Jennings

South of The Border (1983-2011) color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage

Footage shot on Super 8 in Mexico in 1983. It sat in a box in a closet for fifteen years or so. I came across the footage in the late 90s, had it blown up to 16mm, spent a lot of time editing it, and came up with this in the end. - J.J

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Faith Hubley

Starlore (1983) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural , history, spiritual & mystical

Starlore is an authentic and evocative rendering of five ancient sky myths from the Inuit/Eskimo, Pawnee, Campan, Tupi and Yahgan cultures.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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