Ralph Arlyck

Godzilla Meets Mona Lisa (1986) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists

A rare example of originality in the much abused genre of films about art. GODZILLA MEETS MONA LISA is more than a film about an art museum -- it is also a fascinating study of folly, contemporary values, confrontation, and future visions. -- David Katzive, Museum Television Production Reflections on Pompidou Center. Who is art for? A delightful document that is certain to amuse and edify a wide range of audiences. -- Wendy Keys, Film Society of Lincoln Center Festival

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Paul Arthur

(Late) of The Primates Place (1986) 16mm, black and white, 73 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

An autobiographical travelogue that bridges a period of six plus years and two coats, enfolding a series of personal and national misfortunes which find only indirect representation. Splayed across the film's terrain are a collection of portraits, several postcards, unfinished film, films or parts of films made by others, demonstrations, detritus, notes and paratactic formations. Four parts fall roughly under the headings the east, the middle, the borders. There are times when it appears caught in a vise of separate, even antagonistic, histories: public and private, natural and man-made, internal and external, material and imagined. As I was putting it together there were moments when the sequence resembled a highway; not the famous grand unfinished turnpike but the more commonplace site of static objects and bodies in motion, compounded of routine dangers, boredom, anthropology, advertising and the edges of the forest. I tried to pay off many debts here. Doing so meant resorting to a degree of the self to which I trust I will not have to return anytime soon. Dedicated to memory of Jack Arthur.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Caroline Avery

Miniatures: I, Steve; II, Owen (1986) 16mm, color, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Personal / Diary / Journal

A series of very short collectibles. An album of personalities. Shown through my perception of individuals I know. This is an ongoing project. Please check with coop for new additions.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Mr. Speaker (1986) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Personal / Diary / Journal

A moment in history from the first days of videotaped congressional activity. Shot with a broken sound camera off the T. V. A nonsense rhyme with no answer.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Ready Mades In Hades (1986) 16mm, color, 4.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

Photographed in East Sommerville, MA. An empty lot piled with garbage and remnants of the past lives of its nearby residents cut in with the brave laundry of a preset set of inhabitants next door, the children of whom roam through this claustrophobic making their own private sense of it all.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ericka Beckman

Cinderella (1986) 16mm, color, 28.00 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"CINDERELLA is a musical treatment of the fairy tale. I have broken apart the story and set it as a mechanical game with a series of repetitions where CINDERELLA is projected back and forth like a ping-pong ball between the hearth and the castle. She never succeeds in satisfying the requirements of the "Cinderella Game". The film was sot MOS, the dialogue is lip-synched, and along with the out-front score and effects track magnifies the film's sense of alienation." E.B. 1984

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Alan Berliner

Family Album, The (1986) 16mm, black and white, 60.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Children_Youth, Family, Found Footage, History, Personal_Diary_Journal

THE FAMILY ALBUM is a one-hour experimental documentary film utilizing a vast collection of rare 16mm home movies from the 1920's through the 1950's. These home movies are exciting, authentic documents of American folk history and culture, taken from the personal vantage point of the amateur photographic eye. Subjects span the entire spectrum of the traditional home movie idiom, including mixed racial, ethnic, economic, and geographic sources. The soundtrack for THE FAMILY ALBUM is composed of many oral history interviews, and a wide and electric variety of family audio recordings including birthday parties, weddings anniversaries, funerals, audio letters, music lessons... arguments in the kitchen. Structured from birth to death, THE FAMILY ALBUM is a collage film that weaves its elements into a composite lifetime, passing through the celebration and struggles from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to experience. It is a universal yet intimate portrait of American family life, not scripted, not rehearsed, not immune to conflicts and contradictions underlying family life and its rituals. ... exerts a cumulative a considerable behavioral fascination. -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice ... a moving and universal celebration, a family album that provokes a warm shock of recognition. --Howard Aaron, Northwest Film and Video Center ... the disjunction between soundtrack and image curiously heightens the reality and surreality of the home movie as a private dream. -- John Hanhardt, Whitney Museum of American Art. ... Most of not all of the adults in the films are surely dead by now, forgotten, often almost unknown, yet visible in a flickering facsimile of life, waving and speaking to us from beyond this life in a kind of anonymous immortality -- Ted Mahar, Oregonian, July 4, 1987

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Power Boothe

Overture (1986) 16mm, black and white, 7.30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

A meditation on the interwoven nature of music, perception and experience. Images are built from superimposing exposures in the camera to form a kind of dream narrative which has its own logic. "OVERTURE recalls old silent movies with its piano playing accompanist on screen (there's a stunning sequence with lamps that rivals David Byrne's lamp dance in 'Stop Making Sense' for most lyrical use of a house lamp)." -- Katherine Dieckmann, Village Voice Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Flesh of Morning (1986) 16mm, black and white, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

(12/86: new soundtrack version) A brilliant psychodrama on masturbation -- Cinema 16 The dramatic power of a Greek tragedy. -- P. Adams Sitney "I was never content w/ the original sound track of this early work, andover the last decade I've been increasingly involved in 'the sound of film' again and tempted to re-make THAT track. Finally, this year of collaborating on FAUSTFILM: AN OPERA, I reversed and re-edited the original track, and am content this accomplishes a definitive mix of sound and psychodramatic light."

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Stan Brakhage

Songs 28 & 29 (1986) 16mm, color, 7.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

Song 28: Scenes as texture. SONG 29: A portrait of the artist's mother.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Caswallon Trilogy (1986) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

1st & last films silent; turn on sound after 1st. N.B.: Project entire reel at 24 fps. Turn on sound after 1st film (3.25 min) for 2nd film (2.5 min) only; then turn off sound for final film. At the Art Cinema in Boulder, Colo., The Sunday Associates staged an adaptation of Jane Brakhage's story of Caesar's invasion of Britain, Caswallon The Headhunter in May 1986. I contributed a hand-painted sound film-loop, as part of the special effects, FIRELOOP, as well as making two films during rehearsals; (1) the first dance film I've made, DANCE SHADOWS BY DANELLE HELANDER and (2) a film which meditates upon the unique process of creativity engendered by Denise Judson and the Sunday Associates in production, THE AERODYNE (Webster: 'heavier-than-air aircraft that derives its lift in flight from forces resulting from its motion through the air')--the latter 2 films silent. Thus the CASWALLON TRILOGY is composed of: THE AERODYNE, silent (3.25 min); FIRELOOP, sound by Joel Haertling, Architect's Office (2.25 min); DANCE SHADOWS BY DANELLE HELANDER, silent (2.75 min)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Confession (1986) 16mm, color, 22.25 min

Genre: Experimental

This film was photographed midst the drama it depicts: as I was the protagonist of the drama, it is the most extremely autobiographical documentation given to me to do. As it was made while the brain was thus stunned, I think it was wrongly titled Love Sacrifice. I am now renaming it CONFESSION ( in the same spirit which moved me to re-title SINCERITY IV/ DUPLICITY I). There is a clear sense that all which the film depicts precludes even the possibilities of Love, so that it represents an even greater sacrifice of all that we know of loving than I had originally thought when I first titled it. Perhaps I, after all a film-maker, should cease speaking and simply turn to quote from Petrach which seems true addenda to the film now, as it did when I made it: Firstly, I revealed in salutary confession the secret filth of my misdeeds, in which had long been festering in stagnant silence; and I made it my custom to confess often, and thus to display wounds of my blinded soul to the almighty Healer(Epistolae Familiares X,5 June 11 probably 1352). I suddenly thought the title might best be, simply, CONFESSION; for the Petarch does hold solid thru all this turmoil. I continue to think there can be no Wrong form of loving... BUT, people can become easily confused as to what Love IS....

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

Loom, The (1986) 16mm, color, 42.5 min

Genre: Experimental

A multiple-superimposition hand-painted visual symphony of animal life on earth. THE LOOM might be compared to musical quartet-form ( as there are almost always 4 superimposed pictures), but the complexity of texture, mulipicity of tone, and the variety of inter-related rhythms suggest symphonic dimensions. The film is very inspired by George Melies: the animals exist (in Jane's enclosure) as on a stage, their inter-relationships edited to the disciplines of dance, so therefore one might say this film hardly represents animal life on earth; but I would argue that this work at least epitomizes theatrical nature, magical creature, and is the outside limit, to date, of my art in that respect. (The balance of light was so perfectly realized in making the neg. of this print that I wish to credit Western Cine Lab's timer Loise Fujiki as creative collaborator in the accomplishment of this work.) A deceptively simple film, this strikes me as the strongest, most ambitious non-narrative Stan Brakhage has made since THE TEXT OF LIGHT. Although plotless, THE LOOM is doubly theatrical performance. Its stars are scurrying animals in an enclosure and the film-maker's subtly sensational use of multiple super-imposition. -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 1/21-27/87

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Stan Brakhage

Loud Visual Noises (2 Versions) (1986) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

1st version is silent (24 fps). 2nd version has sound. This is a 'companion piece' to the similarly hand-painted FIRELOOP (of CASWALLON TRILOGY) and is dedicated to the film-maker Paul Lundahl who supplied the title which prompted the film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Noll Brinckmann

Father, The (1986) 16mm, color & b/w, 25.5 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family, Found Footage

DER FATHER is a collage of authentic film footage from the thirties, shot by the film-maker's father (in black and white) and additional new footage (in color). The concept of the film is to make the viewer see the father's footage -- expressing his patriarchal and colonitistic point-of-view, his image of himself, his male fantasies, etc. -- through the daughter's eyes. It is thus a film about the problematical, libidinal as well as critical, relationship between daughter and father. Translation of the intertitles of DER FATHER: 1) DER FATER =THE FATHER. 2) It is a strange feeling to look at the footage my father shot more than fifty years ago. -- He died early, from the after effect of a tropical disease. 3) My father, Dr. Kurt Noll, was a doctor, a hunter, an adventurer, an amateur filmmaker and an amateur anthropologist. This combination of professions justifies his appropriation of large part of the world. He emigrated to China as a young man. By the beginning of the 1930's, he already owned a 16mm camera and a private hospital in Shanghai. He could thus afford to travel extensively through many countries: sometimes as a hunter or explorer like Sven Hedin, sometimes as a medical advisor to prominent Chinese patients.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Landlord Blues (1986) 16mm, color, 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Sometimes in a modern city it's easier to beat a murder rap than it is to get a new lease. George (Mark Boone Junior) is trying to hold on to his modest bike shop despite the efforts of his slum landlord, Albert Streck (Richard Litt), to terminate his lease on a technicality and evict him. When Streck turns nasty, hiring first a lawyer and then even an arsonist, George turns to his friends, a street-wise crew of Lower East Side loyalists, for help in beating Streck at his own game.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Apple, The And In Bed (Two Videos) (1986) DVD NTSC, color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance, Literature & Theater

In Bed is "a bringing back into life of the snippets and events described and imagined verse by verse in Kenneth Koch's poem 'In Bed'. Arranged in staccato verses rapid machine gun fire, the poem is read on the sound track while the visual choreography unfurls. The poem riffs on the plausible possibilities and remembered musings that took place in beds the poet has known. While some of these are re-enacted, there's room for luxurious pauses while the visuals catch up with the poet's triggered thoughts running banshee away into formerly unexplored regions of hilarious fantasy and sweet memory: a morning coffee vision becomes penetrable as, lugging a typewriter into bed, a poet, surrounded by muses (in silk nightgowns) composes a ditty before unreluctantly submitting to mere mortal pleasures; a portrait sitter's fantasy of seeing the artist working topless is spliced in; a scantily dressed damsel sleepwalks her way through a dawning forest into the viewer's daydreams. Rudy's lyrical montage opens and reflects the world the way a poem does. He consistently gets to the essential fragments of an experience or a view. His perspective is that of a pedestrian god of the sidewalks, a celebrator of details we might have missed. The films are about desire, bewitched noticing and, most of all, love. " -Greg Masters

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Dancers, Buildings and People in the Street (1986) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural, Landscape & Architecture

"A huge white tractor-trailer narrowly interrupts the progress of a plug of people crossing a busy Manhattan avenue. They back off barely to give it to the alley it needs to pass and continue mechanically on. This is the pragmatic choreography of the city, the great dance so much moving in such restricted space continually performs. This also is the opening sequence of DANCERS, BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE IN THE STREET, the title of which comes from Edwin Denby's profoundly incisive book of essays on the dance. The infinitely energetic visual display of the city has been a primary subject for Burckhardt's camera for over forty years. Here this display of New York textures and cross-sections is juxtaposed with the creation of a dance work, Jig Jag, by choreographer-dancer Douglas Dunn and his remarkable company. The natural humor and classically tender abruptness of their gestures and phrases are beautiful enlargements or details of, in human scale, in animal scale, body to body, the vectors of form and relation in the carefully eyed city life outside." "The tension between these two worlds is masterfully edited back and forth and builds to a lovely conclusion in the night." -- Reed Bye.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

In Bed (1986) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

To a poem by Kenneth Koch with Chopin played by Gena Raps. "Arranged in staccato verses rapid as machine gun fire, the poem is read on the soundtrack while the visual choreography unfurls. The poem riffs on the plausible possibilities and remembered musings that took place in beds the poet has known. While some of these are reenacted, there's room for luxurious pauses while the visuals catch up with the poet's triggered thoughts running banshee away into formerly unexplored regions of hilarious fantasy and sweet memory: a morning coffee vision becomes penetrable as, lugging a typewriter into bed, a poet, surrounded by muses (in silk night gowns) composes a ditty before unreluctantly submitting to mere mortal pleasures; a portrait sitter's fantasy of seeing the artist working topless is spliced in; a scantily dressed damsel sleepwalks her way through a dawning forest into the viewer's daydreams. "Rudy's lyrical montage opens and reflects the world the way a poem does. He consistently gets to the essential fragments of an experience or a view. His perspective is that of a pedestrian god of sidewalks, a celebrator of details we might have missed. The films are about desire, bewitched noticing and, most of all, love." -- Greg Masters

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Donna Cameron

End (1986) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed, Music

A film composed of an unused end of NEW MOON and printed to work visually with a segment of J. S. Bach's Suite in G Minor for Lute.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Abigail Child

Perils Is This What You Were Born For? (Part 5) (1986) 16mm, black and white, 3.5 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

With Diane Torr, Sally Silvers, Plauto, Elion Sacker. Sound improvisations: Charles Noyes and Christian Marclay. An homage to silent films: the clash of ambiguous innocence and unsophisticated villainy. Seduction, revenge, jealousy, combat. The isolation and dramatization of emotions through the isolation (camera) and dramatization (editing) of gesture. I had long conceived of a film composed only of reaction shots in which all causality was erased. What would be left would be the resonant voluptuous suggestions of history and the human face. PERILS is a first translation of these ideas.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Peter Cramer

Corrective Measures: Politically Speaking (1986) VHS NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - Capturing the conflict of fighting violence with violence, terror against terrorism, politics exploiting itself.

Rental: $30.00 sale price: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $40.00

Michael Gitlin

Nightclub (1986) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

The comic knows he's dying "out there," but he hasn't figured out yet where "out there" is. He knows it's hot. Nightclub is an exercise for lightswitch and editing table.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Larry Gottheim

"Sorry / Hear Us" (1986) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

(note, quotation marks are part of the title) A violated text, a hint of which leaks out throught the cut-up, generates a film with its own overt surprises and suppressed associations. An old kind of poem bears, under pressure of a backwards undertow, a brash new cinema poem. Sharp and even funny, it grows out of a new mode of working, developing my desire to work collaboratively in a way that stimulates and benefits from the creative associations and acts of others. Doug Foote, David Gresalfi, Erick Pinedo-- it's fully their film, too. Kathy Benedek started it off. Karen Krawczyk, Jack Holland, Chris Sivolella made creative contributions. Also Henry Lou, Marty Sheehan, Tom Murray, Fernando Pimenta.--LG

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Amy Halpern

Silent Preparation (1986) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Still life, moving camera. A north-facing window on West 101st Street in New York City.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Philip Hoffman

?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) (1986) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Philosophical

"Philip Hoffman's ?O,ZOO! (THE MAKING OF A FICTION FILM) uses a diary format to skirt along the edge of someone else's filmed narrative (Peter Greenaway's A Zed & Two Noughts), and to trace the anatomy of pure image-making. 'Pure' is both the right and the wrong word: Hoffman is a man addicted to the hermetic thisness of filmed images, and plagued by the suspicion that these images, far from being pure, are really scabs torn away from the sores of the world. Found footage shot by his grandfather (a newsreel cameraman) is the starting point for Hoffman's meditations on the illusion of visual purity, and on the distance between the 'neutral' image and the value-laden narrative that it can be made to serve. It is a moral distance, one that this filmmaker surveys with a wary fascination." -- Robert Everett-Green "... Hoffman rewrites the Canadian documentary tradition into a family memory and romance." -- Blaine Allan

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Jim Hubbard

Home (1986) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature

With Lenora Champagne. Kevin Duffy, Patricia Pretzinger, and Nelson Gonzalez. Hand-processed film contrasts city and country life and celebrates the life-spirit that creates art in the face of immense obstruction.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ken Jacobs

Perfect Film (1986) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political_social_activism

TV newscast discard 1965; reprinted as found (maybe in Canal St. bin, I forget) with exception of boosting volume second half. A lot of film is perfect left alone, perfectly revealing in its un- or semi-conscious form. I wish more stuff was available in its raw state, as primary source material for anyone to consider, and to leave for others in just that way, the evidence uncontaminated by compulsive proprietary misapplied artistry, 'editing', the purposeful 'pointing things out' that cuts a road straight and narrow through the cine-jungle; we barrel through thinking we're going somewhere and miss it all. Better to just be pointed to the territory, to put in time exploring, roughing it, on our own. For the straight scoop we need the whole scoop, or no less than the clues entire and without rearrangement. O, for a Museum of Found Footage, or cable channel, library, a shit-museum of telling discards accessible to all talented viewers/auditors. A wilderness haven salvaged from Entertainment. --K. J.

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Jon Jost

Bell Diamond (1986) 16mm, color, 96 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Telling story of a Vietnam vet in Butte Montana whose wife leaves him after seven years when she feels there is no longer communication between them, and more painfully and pointedly, because she is unable to have a child owing to his sterility from exposure to Agent Orange. Told in a gentle style, richly emotional, made with non-professionals drawn from the community of Butte. "... with a story developed by the filmmaker and cast and completely improvised, the film deals with characters who are neither articulate nor particularly attractive, but pays them the kind of respect and attention that they would never receive from other quarters. Visually Jost's most impressive work to date. The impact of the film's original form of realism arrives only gradually, but once it registers, it becomes indelible." -- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader "Among the ten best of the year. Formally exquisite and politically pointed study of an alienated Vietnam vet against the background of a bankrupted mining town." -- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune "Jost discerns emotions that conventional film practice misses. Using nonpro actors he proves his integrity almost too well, surround this desert of inarticulate, tight faces with some of the finest pictorial representations of the working-class West imaginable -- cloud filled skies, cyclone fences, desolate factories, pipelines, old tanks. A packing up scene between Jeff and Cathy and a confrontation with a veteran's counselor are sharp on attitude and language. All this through the intrepid pursuit of a different world and an alternate point of view." -- Armond White, Film Comment "Jost's method of narrating his tale will not be to every taste, for, though it's visually impressive, not one frame could be confused with commercial cinema. Using real time, Jost links Jeff's story to that of American labor history (in a brilliant sequence), ends with delightful ambiguity, and generally adopts an edgy, improvisatory style that reminds you of toned-down Cassavetes. This slow, quiet, intense film held me in its sway -- it has the power of reality." -- John Powers, LA WEEKLY

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Karen Kramer

Legacy of the Spirits (1986) 16mm, color, 52 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Spiritual / Mystical

An informative documentary about the religion of Vodou (commonly called 'voodoo' by outsiders), that gets rid of many of the stereotypes connected with this religion. It traces the religion from Africa to Haiti to New York City and explains the meaning of the rituals, the pantheon of spirits, the sacred drawings, possession, more. Filmed entirely in the Caribbean communities of New York City, it is the priests and priestesses themselves who narrate the film and give it the quality of being both personal, yet informative. Since the religion has always been kept underground, this is the first time practitioners have spoken openly about it on camera. --K. K.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

George Kuchar

Ascension of the Demonoids (1986) 16mm, color, 45.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Funded by the NEA. A big, colorful tapestry about rumors that are in all of the previous UFO movies. A loose story line that weaves in and out of the UFO phenomenon.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Saul Levine

Schmateh IV & Scrape (1986) super8, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography

Two films on one reel the first is a portrait of Pelle Lowe. The second is a portrait of Laurie McKenna AKA Bud Scrape both of whom I was desparately in love with.

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Heather McAdams

Holiday Magic & 4 Films: Black Coffee/Fake Previews/Better Be Careful/Pinball Laffs (1986) 16mm, color & b/w, 22.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Heather McAdams

Better Be Careful (1986) 16mm, color, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

"Not to be missed... her forte is the zany and the funny facets of American popular culture." --Rodie Siegler, "The Cigar", U. of Rhode Island

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Heather McAdams

Pinball Laffs (1986) 16mm, color, 4.25 min

Genre: Experimental

"The films of Heather McAdams... combine the collage finesse of a Bruce Conner with the crude campiness of the Kuchar Brothers." --Ruby Rich, Chicago Reader

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Gary McLaren

Just Talk (1986) 16mm, color, 16.5 min

Genre: Experimental

The Church is a centre of delusive guilt, eminating rays of powerful influence over a strange couple's lives. Relationships collide at oblique angles to split thoughts into articulated non-communication. Telephone lines cross, spanning centuries, while people just talk and look on. --G. M.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

After The Paint Has Dried (1986) 16mm, 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

Street images, sounds and fragments of stories merge in constant states of transition, suggesting the process by which stories grow. Attention is captured, the storyteller revealed. Yet the outcome is ambiguous, reflecting the less than final understanding that knowing someone through their stories involves.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $50.00
3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

16mm Sale: $400.00
3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $200.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $100.00

Sharon Sandusky

Passing Influence (1986) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

... is a document about the spontaneous combustion of a pathological world view. When a belief system dies, sometimes it helps to have a funeral. This film explores society's representation and conceptualization of women through home movies, personal reminiscences, staged scenes, found footage and voice. Sach's personal memories recall the sense of her body being divided, whether into sexual and functional territories, or "the body of the body" and "the body of the mind." -- Kathy Geritz, Pacific Film Archives

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Barbara Rosenthal

TALK-TALK: Six Videos About Spoken Communication (1986-2004) color, 12 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, children & youth, comedy, dance, environment & nature , family, personal/diary/journal, psychology & mental health

HOW MUCH DOES THE MONKEY REMEMBER (1988) : Ventriloquism performance: Improv by Rosenthal and The Monkey: Can you be able to say it, and yet not say it aloud, because even though you could say it, you have no idea what it means? SEMAPHORE POEMS (1986): The late poet Hannah Weiner reprises her performance. The poet, the birds and the video communicate separately as hard as they can, but what can we, or even they, understand at all? I CAN TALK BURP TALK (1988): Performer: Ola Creston, age 9. She can and she does. Single shot improv. WORDS COME OUT BACKWARDS (2004): "Last night I was up talking to myself, when the words appeared visimagically before my lips." NONSENSE CONVERSATION (1988): A Barbara Rosenthal short performance video, in which her own voice gives way to that of others speaking her words.

DVD NTSC Sale: $485

Steve Siegel

Big Apple Story, The (1986) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Alan Sondheim

Experiments (1986) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

The reel includes a number of "experimental" works, including SISTERS (my first single-system mag strip film), LAURA?ALAN (condensation and displacement of memory), AQUARIUM, AQUARIUM II, etc. These works explore various techniques, such as single-framing in order to produce the illusion of three-dimensionality; sexuality and memory lost in the midst of single-framed images; overlays concerned with preconscious memory; fast and "almost-missed" narrative, and so forth. A lot of this work has gone into my longer films. This is an opprotunity to see material in progress that is nonetheless of interest in itself. These are some of the few films surviving from 1986-1987; the others were lost.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Chick Strand

Anselmo and the Women (1986) VHS NTSC, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Continuing the life of Anselmo, a Mexican street musician, and his life-long struggle to make a good life for his children. This film focuses on his relationship with his wife Adela and his mistress, Cruz, and theirs with him. In a society where traditional gender roles are separate and sharply defined, the number of children defines male identity and keeps the women at home and dependent. Poverty makes daily survival a desperate struggle. Both men and women must cooperate, the men to provide food and shelter and the women to raise and care for the large family. However, the cooperation is often superficial, with very little communication in terms of inner emotional needs. Relationships become economic in essence in which both men and women perceive themselves living in an emotional desert. The film is about lives in conflict from three points of view as told by the people involved. It explores the division between the real and ideal.

Rental: $60.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $60.00

Chick Strand

Coming Up For Air (1986) VHS NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

A "new narrative" film based on the visions of magic realism in an Anglo context. This is a gothic mystery that explores a reckless pursuit of interchangeable personalities and experience. Whether experience is first hand, read, remembered from a conversation during a chance encounter, heard of from all possible sources of information, whether fact or fiction, the "experiences" become ours; reinterpreted, reconstructed, and restructured, finally becoming our personal myths, and the source of our poetry and dreams. The sources for this film include night dreams, the idea of holocaust, the exoticness of the Mid-East, the sensuality of animals, the explorations of Scott in Antarctica, and a film I once saw, entitled The Son of Amir Is Dead.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Chick Strand

Fake Fruit (1986) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

Intimate documentary about young women who make papier mache fruit and vegetables in a small factory in Mexico. They have a gringo boss, but the factory is owned by his Mexican wife. The focus of the film is on the color, music and movement involved, and the gossip which goes on constantly, revealing what the young women think about men.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Anita Thacher

Loose Corner (1986) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Phil Weisman

Ethna's Suite, So Long (1986) 16mm, color & b/w, 14.25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

This film portrait of Ethna Duffy (and myself by implication) summarizes several years between us. It consists of images collected between 1974 and 1980 edited in relation to a soundtrack which consists of an audio landscape of telephonic interruptions as they are interwoven with Ethna's extemporaneous observations recorded on a telephone answering machine between 1977 and 1978. This film, I think, reflects our mutual love and "lunacy" which was often deflected and by inference indirectly located. A partial transcript of the soundtrack from this film has been published in the magazine Motion Picture, Vol. 1, Number 3, Winter/Spring 1987.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Phil Weisman

t. and the small picture frame (1986) 16mm, black and white, 11.25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Family

This film is similar to a slide "home movie picture show," it being more in the tradition of amateur portrait presentation than anything else. It is, of course, a loving portrait of my family, however tinged beneath a veil of youthful ambivalence.

Rental: $44.00
16mm Rental: $44.00

Dawn Wiedemann

Tintinnabula (1986) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

"Fairy tales. We improvised them one summer in a woods on the shore of Lake Michigan around an overgrown ruin--a place where mystery seemed to lurk. The original was shot on Super 8 and subsequently altered by means of optical printing. The tales were then woven into one another, sound and image twined together, a dense underbrush filled with little treasures: from sunlit dreams to sullen demons. The effect lies somewhere between kaleidoscope and labyrinth. Twisting and turning through it all are the dozen 'stories' that make up the film, stories whose glinting threads both form the larger pattern of the piece and lead to its conclusion."--D.W.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Charlie Woodman

Coyote Tracks (1986) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

"...came out of my interest in pictographic language and is an attempt to make a film that conbveys information by the same mechanisms which pictographs employ. Each pictographic sign or element conveys two types of meaning simultaneously, a literal meaning and as associative meaning. For example, the sign that literally depicts a horse, within this code represents or symbolizes the concept of a journey. This second associative meaning is not contained within the sign but is a series of concrete and specific images which also function as cliches or archetypes. While there are elements of narrative present, do not look for the kinds of character identification and plot development we have come to expect from movies. The narrative is to be found not within the literal images themselves, but in the sequences of associations which those images evoke. Just let it unreel and wash over you." C.W.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Charles Wright

Cable Car Melody (1986) 16mm, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

You will look down Hyde Street and see San Francisco Bay in the background. In the foreground a cable car will move across the surface of the screen, while almost everything else will change, from shot to shot, to create a melody.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Peter Von Ziegesar

Concern For The City (1986) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

"Made at the same time as Koyaanisqatsi, Concern for the City is a very different film. I feel that the sense of place which emerges from the film, sometimes evoking the island as the early Dutch explorers must have envountered its material presence within an envelope of mist and light, is different from the generalization of citiness which Koyaanisqatsi evokes" Patrick Clancy

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Phil Cummins

Fire (1986) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature

An attempt to capture beauty too volatile, too fleeting and too dangerous; a thing with a life of its own.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Phil Cummins

Moondance (1986) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Spiritual / Mystical

There are small creatures within all of us. We lurk alone in the mossy cool of the day, peering out to the warm light through the hidden foliage to the lush, dark mystery of daydream. At nightfall we emerge and stir about with the spinning of the moon. This scintillation and eclipse, the invocation of night and nature, is for me the rediscovery of magic.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Chuck Workman

Three Motion Picture Montages: Precious Images (1986), Words (1987), Pieces of Silver (1987) (1986-1987) DVD NTSC, Color & Black and White, 26 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A selection of three of Chuck Workman's most well-known movie montages. Precious Images montages 450 American films in a tribute to directors and the iconic images they helped create. It has played continuously in museums, schools, theaters, film festivals and media arts centers and is considered the most widely shown theatrical short in history. Words was made as a tribute to the Hollywood writer and montages the memorable (and forgotten) lines of numerous Hollywood films and television shows. Pieces of Silver was made for Eastman Kodak on the anniversary of the invention of motion picture film. It montages images from foreign and American narrative films, newsreels, documentaries, experimental films, commercials, animation, and television since 1889. The film played at commercial theaters, screened at Anthology Film Archives and other important non- profit theaters, and at several festivals. From critic Scott MacDonald: "In the best of his compilation pieces, Workman reveals his mastery of editing. His strategy is not just to provide a succession of moments of nostalgia, but to create distinctive films, providing energy, humor, and insight." All producer's rental proceeds go to the Directors Guild and Writers Guild Foundations.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Linda Dement

Heaven (1986) DVD NTSC, Color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Philosophical, Queer, Bi, Trans

Punk surreal darkness from the streets of early 1980's Sydney; artist Jasmine Hirst eats diamonds, a dead pig's eye is gouged out, a girl aims her rifle & shoots while a voice reads from Bataille's "The Story of the Eye"

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Warren Sonbert

The Cup and the Lip (1986) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

"Sonbert's most recent film refines the premises of his work over the past 15-odd years. His bravura-acrobatic camera and editing style of the '70s pale next to the seemingly effortless spectacle he produces today. ... The film is so dense it's impossible to apprehend it at a single viewing .... It is Sonbert's darkest work." - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Roberta Cantow

Iluminada (1986) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: enviorment & nature

A song of the soul. Visual impressions of Mexico. Various dimensions of reality.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lynne Sachs

Lynne Sachs: 10 Short Films Vol.3 (1986-2007) DVD NTSC, color, 62 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: family

"XY Chromosome Project"- 12 min (2007) "The Small Ones"- 3 min (2006) "Noa, Noa"- (2006) "Atalanta 32 Years Later"- 5 min (2006) "Tornado"- 4 min (2002) "Photograph of Wind"- 4 min (2006) "Window Work"- 9 min (2000) "Following the Object to Its Logical Beginning"- 9 min (1987)"Still Life With Woman and Four Ojects"- 4 min (1986) "Drawn and Quarted"- 4 min (1987) "Lynne Sachs is best known for her spirited and lyrical essay films- films defined by a unwavering woman's inflection and a commitment to pry the cracks in official history. However, throughout Sach's career, we've been treated to a succession of short experimental works that tease out the details of the everyday with the same clarity of vision and instinct for the hand-nurtured image as her much-lauded lengthier works. These films and videotapes, whether they be mystified glimpses of childhood, reinventions of the films past, or formal excursions into the poetic, surrender the wonder of a world seen by an artist with a soulful eye and a conscientious hear."- Steve Seid, Film-Video Curator, Pacific Film Archive

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $225.00

Carl Michael George

LOST 40 DAYS, THE (1986) DVD_NTSC, color, 13 min. min

Genre: Experimental

A series of vignettes inspired by the ancient Celtic alphabet, the song of Almergin. The sections of this film come together to form a diverse collection of images including "The Queen Of Every Hive" (Kembra Pfahler), The City of Gold, The Six Armed Shiva, A Night of Horrifying Dreams, etc. They are linked together by an eclectic score of exotic and soulful music.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Carl Michael George

Lost 40 Days (1986) 16mm, 50.00, color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

Lost 40 Days is a lightly structured evocation of a desert fantasy formed as a series of vignettes inspired by the ancient Celtic calendar alphabet, The Song of Amergin. The sections of this film come together to form a diverse collection of images inkling “The Queen of Every Hive, The City of Gold, The Six Armed Shiva, A Night of Horrifying Dreams”, etc. They are linked together by an eclectic score of exotic and soulful music. CAST: Kembra Pfahler, Samoa, Valery Carris, Philli PRODUCTION: George, Carl Michael/ Lowe, Leslie/ Pfahler, Kembra/ Schmidlapp, David/ Waters, Jack / Eros, Bradley / Kurtti, Gordon Stokes

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Vera Neubauer

Mid Air (1986) DVD_PAL, Color , 16 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Music , Political/social activism

Why would women in Europe today want to be witches and practice witchcraft? The opera 'Mid Air' sets out to answer this question.

DVD PAL Rental: $30

Mitch Corber

APARTHEID ASIDE (1986) DVD NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: music, polititcal / social activism

Political rock-song driven APARTHEID ASIDE : 'No matter how far you run, you can't run away from yourself.' Both a colorized and black-white delight. A cinematic kaleidoscope offering the viewer a psychedelic and reverberating quick-cut technique.

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

Terese Svoboda

Komodo (1986) DVD, color, 28 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature, family , found footage , personal / diary / journal , political & social activism

The husband is eaten by a Komodo dragon.

Rental: $85

DVD NTSC Sale: $260

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