Basha Alperin

African Autumn (1984) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

"... opened my eyes to the joy, color and the music of Yoruba ritual and dance." -- Roger Larson "Is a multimedia, educational and artistic film, which creatively explores the power of nature. Educationally, I recommend this film for teachers and students of Anthropology, Religion, History, Dance, Film and for anyone who wishes to hear, see, and feel a story of life! Its creator, Basha Alperin, reveals her story through music dance and story narration. These are woven together with live action, special effects and a variety of animation techniques. It is a film that explores the Youriba religion and a way of life for not only one people, but for all people. Although specific in history, it is an open and generous gift." -- Richard Protovin, Professor of Film and Animation, NYU "An exciting film... I was particularly impressed with the musical interpretations, especially the way the bata drum was interwoven with the jazz music, adding another dimension to the folkloric and creative visuals." -- Mongo Santa maria, Afro Cuban jazz bandleader and musician "a great contribution to the artistic expression of the Yoruba culture in this country." -- Professor Robert Ferris Thompson, author and art historian Is at one and the same a dance choreography through the medium of film, and film choreography through the medium of dance. The art forms of this transformation of culture (from Nigeria, to Cuba, to New York) are symbolized by the transformation of the autumn leaves, whose cycle culminates in the brilliant colors of the Orisha (goddess) Oshun -- only to be born again.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Dominic Angerame

Voyeuristic Tendencies (1984) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Films about Film, Media

VOYEURISTIC TENDENCIES is not so much a film about voyeurism as it is our tendency to be voyeuristic. That tendency, nurtured by the filmmakers carefully crafted succession of visual teases and exploited by the camera's ability to become our eyes, becomes in increasingly evident as the film progresses. The camera teases the viewer, in this case, co-voyeur, not with sexual or erotic innuendo, but rather with graphic and aesthetic challenges. The partially opened window of a woman's dressing room forces us to realize our urge to see more about these hidden worlds. This type of cinematically- induced self- realization makes VOYEURISTIC TENDENCIES a powerfully human film. Most of the people we view appear to be merely going through the motions. Their actions seem hauntingly void of emotion or thought. By temporarily becoming voyeurs, we were hoping for bigger and better things, e. g. passion... melodrama, but are left with only a secretary nervously tapping her nails. ... a perfect sex film for the 80's. We are teased, cajoled, lured and finally snubbed as we learn one possible answer to what has happened to sex; it has been subsumed in our society's current confusion between artifice and reality. -- James Irwin also available from One Way Films

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Caroline Avery

First of May (1984) 16mm, color, 2.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A two minute epic of sorts. Desires surface. A kind of decay sets in. Water gives in to gravity carrying off the fading effects of gaudy, carnal dawn.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ricardo Block

Persistence of Memory, The (1984) 16mm, color, 16.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Found Footage

This film surpasses all the autobiographic films I've seen in the past decade in its insight, humor, and visual richness. Block explodes, in poetic and ironic terms, the meaning and emotional contradictions of his past. He evokes, in the viewer the universal desire to examine one's own place in a particular family, place and time. -- Melinda Ward, executive producer, Alive from off center, for Public Television THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY is an autobiographical/collage film about a childhood lived within different cultures and languages. Born and raised in Mexico City of French/Jewish parents, the filmmaker uses found footage and excepts from home movies to construct a personal mythology. Hollywood stars, a Mexican president, family members, people riding the Mexico City subway and cartoon characters cohabit in this imaginary world.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Stan Brakhage

Tortured Dust (1984) 16mm, color, 88.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Project at 24 fps Made with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts. 'Why should she give birth, though she had worked in a pottery, to an urn, to a stone angel, to the face of a cracked sundial? Why should she be, she screamed, this common clay, this tortured dust?' -- from 'Miss MacIntosh, My Darling' by Marguerite Young... to whom this film is gratefully dedicated.

Rental: $300.00
16mm Rental: $300.00

Bill Brand

Coalfields (1984) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 38.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

West Virginia industrial landscapes are collaged through a series of mattes that transform the photographed scenes into a kinetic field of shapes and spaces. While the technique and the emotional tone are reminiscent of the earlier are more purely personal CHUCK'S WILL'S WIDOW (1982), the new film extends the already complex visual idiom by inlaying social, sexual, and personal and political subjects. Woven into the fabric of the film is the story of Fred Carter, a retired coal miner and black lung activist who was framed by the Federal Government into order to undercut the black lung movement and to stop his bid for president of the UMWA. His story is told through fragments of documentary interviews and by a poet whose narrative is a counter theme in the film. The thematic elements and formal approaches sit in precarious balance. COALFIELDS has an original poetic text by Kimiko Hahn and sound composition by Earl Howard.

Rental: $80.00 DVD sale: 80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $80.00

Noll Brinckmann

Upholstered Furniture In The Grass: Polstermobel In Grunen (1984) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature

A film about the fascinating qualities of discarded furniture. Junk is subject that lends itself in a particular way to the composition of images in color: imposing no 'natural' limits on the framing, it can be photographed according to aesthetic requirements only. Humidity, daylight, and the proximity of green leaves and grass render a luminosity to the materials incompatible with the subdued tones of the living rooms they come from. Discarded objects tend to arrange themselves in clusters of quiet abstractness, but they also have a disquieting effect. Their aura of shelterness and the home is undercut be decay and traces of subsequent use, emanating illicit suggestions.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

"Untilted" (1984) 16mm, color, 17.25 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Music

"Made in 1983-4, UNTILTED takes an intrigued look around and reports on how things appeared then and what everyone was up to. Lines from a poem by John Ashbery (the title is his also, but from a different poem) cross the screen at times and our grasp of his elusive language is strengthened by the accompanying images. The land and people of Maine, New Mexico, and New York City appear to wittily chosen music by Busconi, Duke Ellington, Merle Haggard, Philip Glass, Cecil Taylor, et al. There are heroic hang-gliders soaring over hills, cars streaming sweetly around a corner in Lower Manhattan, and Yoshiko Chuma's dancers in fierce rehearsal, performing with vulnerable whimsey at a traffic intersection and frolicking intently (and unclothed) in the woods. Nudes appear with nonchalance in various other, often unlikely, circumstances, their nakedness different in quality every time. We take a tender look at pedestrians in Herald Square, snow falling at night on a city street, a fern in the sunlight, and bananas dancing where they will. Words, music, and images are so skillfully assembled here that they serve to reveal each other in surprising and delightful ways. UNTILTED is a great pleasure at first viewing and so rich that you will want to see it over and over again." -- Louise Hamlin (1984).

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Roberta Cantow

If This Ain't Heaven (1984) 16mm, color, 27.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"Mr. G is a 50 year old black man who speaks to and for his cat, Africa. 'Speak darling, speak,' his voice implores as images of dark exotic jungles swirl by. Roberta Cantow's camera work shimmers between shadows and light, hard edges and softly blurring imagery. 'I'll speak for you,' he says in his gravely seductive voice, a voice that trails off into choppy hesitating grunts as he begins to talk about life... Anthropomorphism is a tender form of ventriloquism. With the invention of a voice and a language emerges a complete character from the imagination of the pet owner in much the same way that a ventriloquist invents a character... Cantow has made an oddly beautiful and powerful film, a discourse on extreme solitude that is frightening because nobody wants to be lonely and estranged, endearing because Mr. G is a kind and lovable man." -- Lee Sokol: "Art Papers."

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Doris Chase

Travels in the Combat Zone (Concept Series) (1984) VHS NTSC, color, 28 min

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

Performed by Mary Lum and Maralyn Amaral. Written by Jessica Hagedorn. The poetry of Jessica Hagedorn explores the struggle of third-world women and their views of city life and romantic relationships. From the Concept Series. See description above.

Rental: $25.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $25.00

Abigail Child

Covert Action Is This What You Were Born For? (Part 4) (1984) 16mm, black and white, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

I wanted to examine the erotic behind the social and remake those gestures into a dance that would front their conditioning, and as well, relay the multiple fictions the footage suggests (the "facts" forever obscured in the fragments left us). The result is a narrative developed by its periphery, a story-like rumor: impossible to trace, disturbing, explosive. "Collaging found footage ..., existing and original sound, [Child] undermines the authority of the past (as attributed to photographs and texts), and the 'inevitability' of the future (as mapped out by social convention) .... While Child's film titles allude to detective serials, spy and adventure stories ... her films complexly examine everyday actions, perhaps suggesting that this is the terrain for strategies and struggles to keep open the question 'Is This What You Were Born For?' " -- Kathy Geritz, Pacific Film Archive

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Tom Chomont

Razor Head (1984) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic

One man shaves another in this highly charged erotic performance.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Sharon Couzin

OdilonOdilon (1984) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

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

ODILONODILON is a portrait of an adolescent boy coming to know himself and his place within his family and society. It uses historic sound: Edward R. Murrow's Christmas Eve broadcast during World War II to the parents of the young children of London's families, urging them to send their youngest to the country to save their lives as a protection against the nightly bombing raids. The "Yanks in December" recording is ironically echoed in the baseball motif in the film. Odilon's love of baseball, eating and cooking and his growing awareness of adulthood's responsibility, ambition and judgement create a brooding tension. Playfulness and intellectual rigor struggle to remain part and parcel of his daily life against the larger backdrops of Alcatraz and World War II.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Bill Creston

I Saw Where You Was Last Night (1984) Super 8, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A 14-minute Super 8mm film which extends the ranges of Creston's earlier works, especially RUNNER, Leonard Moltz, and Open 7 Days. In this film, each segment is accompanied by original dialogue and monologue which permit the viewer direct access to the artist's underlying rationale for voyeurism. The writing reflects an uncanny ear for street talk and gesture. It is spoken with nuance and inflection by seven artist-actors under Creston's direction.

Rental: $40.00
Super8 Rental: $40.00

Bill Creston

You Ever Hear of Wyatt Earp? (1984) Super 8, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

A ten-minute film consisting of carefully sequenced non-linear scripted one-liners molded and edited into the heightened patterns of this filmmaker's absurdist social observation.

Rental: $40.00
Super8 Rental: $40.00

Roger Deutsch

Jews (1984) 16mm, black and white, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

"Deutsch's illuminating picturings push close to film's ability to reactivite the feel of that which has disappeared; but rather than lolling in the shelter of the simulative, both of these films subtly question their characters' relation to history and to their own deaths. They are portraits that remind us that these characters are done, through with, no more; yet at the same time, they bring them 'to life.' They question cinema's ability to formalize, to resuscitate, and to re-represent the past."--Barbara Kruger, ArfForum, Feb. 1985

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Roger Deutsch

View From Avenue A, The (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"In THE VIEW FROM AVENUE A, his longest work, Deutsch moves from the past into the present... to staccato cuts, dayglow colors, a cacophony of street noises. Commissioned as a portrait of the Dutch expatriate artist Anton van Dalen, THE VIEW FROM AVENUE A is also and more interestingly and profoundly, a portrait of another disappearing place, in this case, the dying (or revivifying, depending on your point of view) lower east side of New York. As in ELLICOTT CITY, but in greater detail, Deutsch brilliantly charts a history of a lost place, here not just a physical landscape, but a landscape of the mind, that is, the artistic "bohemia" of the 60's and 70's, changing soon to be completely gone, crushed, inexorably, by history." -- Steven Simmons

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Gary Doberman

Aporia Series: Aporia IV (1984) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

"... the line between public and private imagery." -- Fred Worden "This film completely delivers on all your verbal promises about what the Aporias can conceptualize. Your most important film up to this point." -- Carl Williams "In an aesthetic sense, the roll bar -- the black bar on film created by the gap between the mechanical motion of the film strip and the electronic scan of the television -- is the indexical sign, the physical scar of the unbridgeable gap between two mediums, two ontologies, forced to cohabit the same materiality, and in a larger sense much more, the physical manifestation of an entire conceptual rupture." -- Gary Doberman, "The Uses of Vulgarity in the Aporian Context"

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Arnold Eagle

Gloves (1984) 16mm, color, 13.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

With the Mimi Garrard Dance Co.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Holly Fisher

Rushlight: East/West Cycle, Part II (1984) 16mm, color, 39.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

"In which memory confronts transition: "Haystacks, beerbottles, farmers, soldiers, church yards, and other passages from/through a preserve of folk culture near the Russian border, are inter-woven, via optical printer. Filmed in Maramuresh, Romania. (or:)"... Here today, gone tomorrow." --Fritz Buehner

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Morgan Fisher

Standard Gauge (1984) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage

"One long piece of 16, many short pieces of 35; found footage, not vivified by projection but presented as a succession of objects; partly an autobiography, partly a history of a technological artifact and the institution of which it is the foundation, the commercial motion picture industry." --M. F.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Madeleine Gekiere

They are Not Chrysanthemums: Only Man Can Make a Rivet (1984) 16mm, color, 36.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Technology

Steel bridges and oil refineries and container ports. An ode to the shapes of industry, set in motion with music by Glenn Branca and operatic exerpts. --M. G.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Carl Michael George

La Belle Fleur (1984) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - A Naked Eye trip in the style of Bradley Eros with music by Barry Friar and Samoa Featuring a Japanese tea ceremony with Jack Waters, Peter Cramer, and Gordon Stokes Kurtti.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Larry Gottheim

Natural Selection (1984) 16mm, color, 35.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Radiating from the Darwinian text-fragments outward through the material is much pictorial and spoken signifying text having to do with issues such as communication, translation, dynamics of perception, art, science, isolation and social interaction etc. In a certain sense a meaning does arise from all of this. At the same time the endless groupings and regroupings of material suggest yet another realm of meaning. Finally it is the experience of our own selection of a pattern among the myriad richness of combining materials, superimposed on my own composed pattern, that opens up the real film--L. G. A sensual, pleasurable enigma, this."--L. A. Times

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Vincent Grenier

Tremors (1984) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Tall buildings and cars are shot through the Kinemacolor process, variable color filters and a water lens. Sturdiness jousts with fragility, past with present, alienation with tenderness, abrasiveness with sensuality, red with green. The camera is moving in the slick of space. Shapes vibrate selectively out of the image; others at different points in space and in turn, vibrate or flash as vibrations also vary in rhythms and intensity. The Kinemacolor process was use in 1915 to obtain fairly illusionistic colors from black and white films by filming and projecting them through synchronized, alternating red and green filters. This film, while already in color, takes advantage of many of the particularities of the system. Funded by the Canada Council.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Sharon Greytak

Five Experimental Short Films/Greytak (1984) VHS NTSC, color, min

Genre: Experimental

(Shot on 16mm)

Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Ben Hayeem

Christmas is Naked Turkey (1984) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

How to have a merry Christmas in spite of everything. Hayeem's worst film. --B. H.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Andrew Horn

Doomed Love (1984) 16mm, color, 73.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

"Steeped in bittersweet camp, 19th Century imagery and free floating Jungian equivalences. Undeniably sensitive... goes beyond romantic angst." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Rental: $160.00
16mm Rental: $160.00

Tessa Hughes-Freeland

Play Boy (1984) 16mm, , 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Originally intended to be a loop installed in a booth where one would insert money into a slot & watch various sections of film, PLAY BOY is a suggestion of a dream or a hypnotic fantasy. --T. H.-F

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Ken Jacobs

Winter Footage, The (1984) 16mm, color, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

(...) The impossible gathering about the fire of irreconcilable entities... I'd heard about a peace beyond understanding and I was trying for it (in real life I want no reconciling of Nazis and Jews as such). I needed a break from what I knew. I was interested in composing film only inasmuch as it served to compose me. It was my film, my necessary respite dream. (...) --K. J.

Rental: $129.00
16mm Rental: $129.00

Jim Jennings

Fairy Tale, A (1984) 16mm, black and white, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

A fairy tale told.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jim Jennings

St. Cristobal (1984) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

A place foreign to me transfigured by me.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

John Knecht

Aspects of a Certain History (1984) 16mm, color, 58 min

Genre: Experimental

"... a film about two different types of history which can never adequately explain themselves to each other and which always remain in contradiction. The first is the history of aggressive U. S. foreign policy which, the film suggests, will inevitably lead to the end of the world unless things change. The second is a more personal history of a younf American growing up with rural values, loving the culture and the landscape into which he has been born but used, abused and confused by the way those values seem to have led to the horror of Vietnam." --Mick Eaton, London, spring 1985

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Claudia Kolgen

Ricercar (1984) 16mm, black and white, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

The film focuses on the relation between image and sound. A movement through space and emptiness describes a state of desire. --C. K. "The material's state of aggregation corresponds: the moving visual surfaces which each time form a different image together, two bows that draw out the cello's full range in constantly varying colour nuances. The camera keeps moving through a hall and different spaces, now and then coming across the cellist who is playing - the illusion of recording is enervating. The autonomy of both elements is not affected, partly through conscious choice, partly through chance. At most there is an analogy of sound and colour at the very end: high shrieking tones and overexposures." --Friederieke Jochems

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Richard Kostelanetz

Berlin Lost, A (1984) 16mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

In this visual history, the Cemetery and its evocative gravestones become an archaeological window into a Berlin that, alas, no longer exists.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Saul Levine

Four Films (1984) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a 16mm blow up of four films "Note to Poli," "Portrayal/Sheryl Kaye," "Portrayal/Near Site," "Shmateh III." These four films are from three different series and weren't made to go together. This reel came together by printing necessity, but I like it as a sampler or as a different context in which to see these works. -- S.L. See individual films for descriptions. N.B. Project at 18fps

Rental: $38.00
16mm Rental: $38.00

Saul Levine

Shmatehs I,II,III (1984) super8mm, color, 4 3/4 min

N.B. Soundtrack magnetic. Project at 18fps. Shmateh II: With Randal Wells and Anita Zlobro. Shmateh III: A breeze. Last section, Shmatehs III is silent. "Shmatehs is Polish for rags" - S.L.

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Saul Levine

Departure (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Film tangents departures. The Susquehannah River, Marilyn Aigen, Dan Barnett, Elaine Johnson, Lee Brown, bridges, Marjorie Keller, Zack Bowen, Cliff Clark, David Marck, flying horses, Saul Levine and many others appear in this film.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Saul Levine

Few Tunes Going Out, A (1984) VHS NTSC, super8, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, music, political

Includes: BOPPING THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA BLUE, GROOVE TO GROOVE and A BRENNEN SOLL COLUMBUSN'S MEDINA See film descriptions above.

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00
Super8 Rental: $75.00

Janis Crystal Lipzin

Other Reckless Things (1984) 16mm, color, 17.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, Political / Social Activism, Science & Medicine, Technology

A response to a newspaper account of a self-inflicted Caesarian section. "... a daring yet subtle reflection on the anomalies of birth and self-mutilation." -- Kate Regan, San Francisco Chronicle "The film alternates medical footage ... with clips of the news report - bringing into question issues of invasion of privacy, voyeurism, control over one's body and the use of technology in situations that may not require it. Zweig's text ... is as chilling as the images ...." -- Will Torphy, Artweek "... extraordinary and disturbing ...." -- Larry Kardish, Museum of Modern Art, NY "Like Goya ... overpowering imagery floods the viewer ... a break-through for social and poetic filmmaking ... [and] a courageous advancement in the history of cinema." -- Joyce Wieland Awards: SF Art Institute Film Festival, 1985; Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1985. Exhibition: Museum of Modern Art, NY; Kunstmuseum, Bern; New Music America, 1986. Note: May be presented with live soundtrack performance by arrangement.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

Keep Moving (1984) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Structural

In a succession of still photograph and live footage images, two characters walk, run and gaze across an industrial-looking street-end over which trains pass constantly. The repeated actions focus attention on the relationship between the human life depicted within the confinement of the frame and the unseen world beyond the frame.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $100.00
3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $25.00

16mm Sale: $500.00
3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $250.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $200.00

Deanna Morse

Camera People: Home Movie Stars (1984) 16mm, color, 7.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Friends react to being "on camera."

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Vivian Ostrovsky

Allers-Venues (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Originally super-8 blown up to 16mm Produced and directed by Vivian Ostrovsky. Edited by Ostrovsky and Gisele Meichler. Sound by Ostrovsky and Patrick Genet. A month in the country. In summer, a group of friends rent a house in southern France. People come and go, making their way through chickens, dogs and cats. Playful sounds and a wacky collage of music make up the soundtrack.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Abraham Ravett

Zeger's Note (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A note from a friend in Holland invokes a series of memories and dreams from the past and reminds the maker of the fragility of his own existence. Filmed in Holland and the USA.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Peter Rose

Digital Speech (1984) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

DIGITAL SPEECH (1984, 13m) uses a traveler's anecdote, a perverse variant of a classic Zen parable, as a vehicle for an exploration of language, thought and gesture. The tape plays with the nature of narrative, with ways of telling, performing and illustrating, and uses nonsense language, scat singing and video rescan for comic comment.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Paul Sharits

Brancusi's Sculpture Ensemble At Tirgu Jiu (1984) 16mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment_nature

This film is a "chronicle" of a visit I made in 1977 to Romania to experience three of Brancusi's most famous sculptures: "The Endless Column"; "The Gate of the Kiss"; "The Table of Silence"; (and the lesser known "Arcade of Pedestals," the modular system of stools which lead from the "Gate" to the "Table"). These works are in the small, rural town of Tirgu Jiu, not far from the village of Hobitza (where Brancusi was born and spent his childhood). These works are shown in photographs and discussed as totally autonomous "abstract" sculptures simply placed conveniently around the town; but, in fact, they are also parts of a larger and very specific environmental (and symbolic) motif. Their placement suggests a metaphysical continuum; they span the boundaries of the town and while aligned in a (virtual) straight line, all three cannot be seen from any single point of view, so there is a temporal unfolding as one moves through the town to experience the relationship. "There should be other films like this about works of art." -- Lynda Benglis, Sculptor

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Alan Sondheim

Untitled Frenzy of History, The (1984) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Alan Sondheim

Desperate Signal Films (1984) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alan Sondheim

Everywhere at Once (1984) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Alan Sondheim

Mexico Laura (1984) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Psychology & Mental Health

This film deals with the eroticization of memory in relation to "Laura" in Mexico. Different sections are concerned with different or varying presentations of the same material. Towards the end, Mexico begins to dominate. The visuals are taken from a 1950s travelogue film that is interspersed with the "ideal tango" music and a voiceover pointing out, through the adoption of a "poeticized Anglo voice," the inherent stereotypicality present. Instead of operating with a direct politics, however, the work hovers between issues of feminine and political space. The individual sections -- as so much of my work at this time -- reinforce and/or contradict each other, each seeming to take the film in a different direction.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Alan Sondheim

This Is the Film in Which You Are Forgiven and This Is the Film in Which I Am Lost (1984) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jack Waters

Berlin/NY (1984) 16mm, color & b/w, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

16mm blowup from S8 @ 20 min. showing similarities of two landscapes 1984-'86 This super-8 film work was originally used as an element in a 1985 dance/theater work titled A Free Ride, a performance about crossing international borders. Ruined buildings, the remains of post war Berlin are juxtaposed with similar settings in New York's pre-gentrified mid '80s Lower East Side. Much of the urban rubble shown in the New York footage is now the site of expensive residential and commercial space. While the Berlin footage shows the scars of war, the New York devastation is a result of the late '70s fiscal default when land owners torched and scavenged their properties as a way of draining the last possible profit from real estate, after years of deliberate neglect in the impoverished communities that contained them. The film documents such a torching shot during a gallery opening that shocked observers, even though such landlord initiated arson was a common site. The location was eventually appropriated by the city of New York which acquired, then warehoused abandoned real estate after a specified period of tax delinquency. It later became a community garden under the auspices of Operation Greenthumb, a community program engendered to make aesthetic, social, and organic use of these lots that became neglected eyesores and centers for drug dealing and violence. This garden contained several casitas artfully constructed by the Latino residents that, despite much duress, still inhabit the area. In 1998 it was bulldozed by the City of New York. Like the Greenthumb gardens, similarly abandoned sites were resurrected by homesteaders and squatters who are routinely evicted from these, their homes, after years of ardent labor and expense. In the film, the inclusion of the Berlin wall's Checkpoint Charlie takes past and present transgressions of political force from the civic into a global context. The juxtaposition of the two locations posits the contention that the cycle of abuse that results in decrepit land sites is the result of a malignant principle in capitalism. It also underscores the power of the erasure of memory: The images of these barren landscapes prevalence, so commonplace in these major international cities less than 15 years ago.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Joyce Wieland

A & B In Ontario (1984) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

"...there is in A&B IN ONTARIO the reflexive presence of Frampton as a contemporary 'man with a movie camera.' Eighteen years after the original material was made, the film was assembled (during the summer after Frampton's death) by Wieland into a cinematic dialogue in which the collaborators (in the spirit of the sixties) shoot each other with cameras." Bruce Jenkins

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Phil Cummins

Today's Big News (1984) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

TODAY'S BIG NEWS synthesizes the thousands of bits of meaningless information contained within the hourly onslaught of media bombardment. Chemically solarized film is combined with depolarized video images - achieved by literally attacking the internal components of a videotape recorder - to produce garish colors and electronic negative images. The disharmony is further emphasized by a fragmented soundtrack composed of bits of TV commercials and programs - a metaphor for the inherent deception in the broadcast medium.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Jack Waters

Works by Jack Water (1984-1993) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 90 mins. min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, multicultural, queer

Works by Jack Water includes Berlin/New York (with interview); The Male Gayze Diotima. (refer to individual titles for descriptions).

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

Jim Jennings

Lost and Found (1984) 16mm, b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

16mm Rental: $20.00

Pam Kray

Films from the Naive Period (1984-1992) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 68 min

Genre: Experimental

Compilation of Pam Kray's super8 and 16mm films: THE GHOST SONATA, 1985, 16mm, 5 min. Loosely based on August Strindberg's play. Tale of house madness. Living together in the same house, driving each other mad. THE MILLION HEIRS, 1988, 16mm, 18 min. An original story of inheritance and legacy, with a page literally taken out of Marguerite Duras' story The French Lieutenant's Woman. PENIS PUPPETS, 1987, s-8, 11 min. Handprocessed by Paul Bishow. Started out as a heterosexual love story acted out by penises. Definitely became something else. Story(?) by Bill Kamins. PISS MISSION, 1990, s-8, 9 min. Poetry of piss. An examination of urination as a cultural and poetic phenomenon. CONSENTING CHILDREN, 1992, s-8, 25 min. Another moving image tribute to personal autonomy. What do we as children of this planet consent to? And what are we told we have to participate in? Virtually without words.

DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Patrick Bokanowski

Documentaires (1984-2003) DVD PAL, Color, 93 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: artists, psychology

LA PART DU HASARD (1984) 16mm 52 min LE REVE EVEILLE (2003) video 41 min This video edition brings together the only two documentaries directed to date by Patrick Bokanowski, filmmaker of the imaginary. For 35 years he has brought us a body of work rich in extraordinary characters inhabiting mental environments, on the edge between figurative and abstract art. But here, rather than weaving fantastic dreams, he presents in a direct and realistic style two striking personalities who themselves work to uncover the world of the imaginary and the world of dreams, the painter Henri Dimier, and the psychotherapist Colette Aboulker-Muscat.

DVD PAL Sale: $35.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Michael Kuchar

Seascape (1984) 16mm, Color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A mid-1980s film made by Mike Kuchar.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Richard Myers

Jungle Girl (1984) DVD_NTSC, BW , 100 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Mary Leed, Jake Leed, Marjory Myers
"Jungle Girl is experimental film master Richard Myers' intensely personal tribute to Frances Gifford, star of the Republic Pictures serial of the 1940's. A gentle dream/memory work of haunting visual beauty, and as original as Cocteau, it helps to know Myers' stock company, mostly family members, but even if you don't, this homage to the brave Frances Gifford is absorbing as much for its backstage look at Hollywood as for it's brilliant dream sequences." - Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Vera Neubauer

The World of Children (1984) DVD_PAL, Color , 15 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Children_Youth, Ethnic_Multicultural , Political/social activism

Using a mixture of live action and animation, 'The World of Children' playfully explores the influence the environment has upon child, and questions whether it is possible to learn to speak without adopting the prejudices that are built into the language

DVD PAL Rental: $60

Abraham Ravett

Short Films Volume II (1984-2003) color, 81 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family, diary

Compilation DVD.

Zegers Note (1984), 17 min, color, 16mm

A Calming Breeze (1984) 17 min, color, SILENT, 16mm

Toncia (1986) 13 min, color, sound, 16mm

And Then... (2002) 6 min, color and b&w, SILENT, 16 mm

Sunday Paper (2003) 11 min, color, sound, DV

Mizuko (2002) 9 min, color, sound, DV

The Visit (2003) 8 min, color, SILENT, 16mm

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

Mitch Corber

QUIVER CITY (1984 ) DVD NTSC, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment and nature, music, philosophical, polititcal / social activism

The grit and magic of New York City during a rumored nuke scare by poetry video's Mitch Corber of Thin Air Video. Truly a multi-media gem bristling evocatively in social commentary, experimental image and poignant original soundtrack.

DVD NTSC Sale: $40

Steve Bull

Kidnap (1984) DVD, color, 12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, children & youth, family, found footage , personal / diary / journal

In Kidnap, a son uses home movies to recount the trauma of his mother kidnapping him and his brother from his father at Christmas time.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $DVD

Emily Hubley

Tower, The (1984) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists

Emily and Georgia Hubley. A subject enters the realm of a tower and is victimized. At length, experience gives way to confrontation and a balance of power is achieved. Music: Don Christense.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Faith Hubley

Hello (1984) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: children & youth, environment & nature , ethnic & multicultural

Extra-terrestrials contact earth in this delightful fable. Their message is "HELLO" in many languages, and there is a celebration.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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