Caroline Avery

Cross Road (1988) 16mm, color, 1.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Spiritual / Mystical

After having fallen down on my knees. A painted salutation to Hermes.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Caroline Avery

Dancer For The Coronation (1988) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

The Twined Shadow of the Dance. One dancer folding back upon herself.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Power Boothe

Moon (1988) 16mm, black and white, 6.00 min

Genre: Experimental

An abstract dance film that meditates on the nature of the moon, eggs, circular saws, and love. All make sense as a kind of revolving surrealist wheel of fortune. "It was a strange, compelling collection of familiar images seen in new ways and impossible images seen in familiar ways." -- Juliana Lewis, Dance Magazine, 1989 Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and Art Matters, Inc.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $32.00

Stan Brakhage

Faust 3: Candida Albacore (1988) 16mm, color, 25.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Just as the word Idyll of Faust's Part 2 is rooted in the Greek idein/to see, so is "candida" in candidatus, as used in the white robed army of martyrs' of the Te Deum, as well as Albicare/to be white or Albicore out of the Portuguese (or Arabic origin) designating a kind of tunny (or white man): thus, Faust's 3 is white/white as well as (from sugar's white) candy, and fish: it is the modern Walpurgisnacht to Faust, but the day-dream of his Emily: it exists that a woman has, finally, something of her ritual included in the myth of Faust..... and that muthos/mouth become a vision.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Stan Brakhage

Faust's Other: An Idyll (1988) 16mm, color, 40.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Faust Part 2 reveals the modern Faust in a romantic interlude, an idyll (from Greek idein, to see); also, a journey of the id. A sense of story is inferred through the complex interweaving of human gesture, expression, and bodily movement within vibrantly shifting colors and rhythmic development, creating multiple levels of metaphorical meaning. A collaborative work with paintings of Emily Ripley and soundtrack by Joel Haertling.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Stan Brakhage

I... Dreaming (1988) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a setting-to-film of a collage of Stephen Foster phrases by compose Joel Haertling. The recurring musical themes and melancholia of Foster refer to loss of love in the popular torch song mode; but the film envisions a re-awakening of such senses-of-love as children know, and it posits (along a line of words scratched over picture) the psychology of waiting.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stan Brakhage

Marilyn's Window (1988) 16mm, color, 7.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This stream-of-visual-consciousness could be nothing less than pathway of the soul, as images of Marilyn's window are remembered from inside-out, its view interwoven with all of other windowing and Elements of the known world.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Matins (1988) 16mm, color, 2.75 min

Genre: Experimental

This is one of those little films which is pure cine poem in the sense that it is picture, but also given over to what we call abstract-- which is to say it arises as mind's light and exists, as such, as filmic prayer. (Made on occasions of, and inspired by, Jim and Lauren Tenney's marriage.)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Betzy Bromberg

Body Politic (god melts bad meat) (1988) 16mm, color, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Political / Social Activism, Science & Medicine, Spiritual / Mystical

Examines the relationship between high-technology medicine, religion, politics and the American family. ... travels through a realm of modern moral dilemma, as it examines the relationship between high-technology medicine, religion, politics, and the American family. "The body, culture and nature are also at stake in BODY POLITIC, a film that goes to a hospital operating room, research laboratories and a family picnic to outline the issues raised by genetic experimentation. With her typical serious humor, Bromberg explores both the claims of science (we can improve human life) and the claims of religion (God made perfect beings) and implicitly asks the question, 'How do we know when we've gone too far?' ... There's no voice-over and the argument is made by an athletic juxtaposition and testimony." - Helen Knode, LA Weekly Selective Exhibition: London Film Festival, 1989; Rotterdam Film Festival, 1990; Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1990.

16mm Rental: $160.00

James Broughton

Scattered Remains (1988) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

This is a cinematic performance piece enlivened by its experiments in poetic speech and poetic vision. Joel Singer creates a multi-faceted portrait of poet James Broughton acting out his verses in unlikely situations and surprising camera inventions. In the course of this divertissement the poet probes the puzzlements of mortality, destiny and the magic of language. "A true wonderpiece and remarkable portrait." -- Michael McClure

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Mystic Grange or Our Favorite Flower (1988) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Silvestre Byrón

Proyecto Experimental: 90 Minutos de Underground Argentino (1988) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 90 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

Anthology of the most exemplary Filmoteca's experimental and documentary filma. Filmoteca archive footage: Campos Banados de Azul / Donde estara Vampirella? / Las chicas de Flores / Point Blank / 29 segundos de cine absoluto / Una telarana en las pupilas / En el mundo de la luz / Experimental Country: Argentina, Language: Spanish format: video

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Sugar Cain

Rama (1988) DVD NTSC, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Landscape & Architecture

16 minutes of beautiful sound.. color.. dance.. ocean.. forest.. wild life. .. a video you will view time after time. The poetry and 'space music' will haunt you and memorable images take you to another plane of imagination. Rama video is a beautiful sensual cine poem about a mythological sea goddess, born to spend just one day on earth. She learns to use every sense.. to see.. to hear.. to touch.. to smell.. and to taste.. and to enjoy each to its fullest. She begins to experience emotion.. friendships with her companions in nature.. the sea creatures.. wood creatures.. flowers and birds. Her experiences introduce her to life, love, fear, and death. These experiences are complimented by eight original poems by Sugar Cain. The poems.. "Eternal".. "Sun God".. "The Whale and the Ostrich".. "Light".. "Night Bird".. "Twins".. "Hermit".. and "To Rama with Love". The 'space music' uses harp, bassoon, oboe, and electronics.. described by the press as "a tasteful cinematic tone poem". Ted Nemeth, world renowned camera man created a new color photography technique of filters to get the poetic pastel water-color softness needed to tell the classic story of "RAMA". Mr. Nemeth was nominated for academy awards.. won first prizes at Brussells.. Oberhausen.. and Venice Film Festivals.. worked for years on special effects for Radio City Music Hall in New York City awarded and recognized by museums throughout the world. His black and white "Finnegans Wake" was acclaimed a masterpiece. "The ideas for 'RAMA' emanated from a philosophy of life that had to be communicated" explains Sugar Cain. .. "First came the mood or essence.. then the story". She wished to carry the viewer into the remembered simplicity of being alive.. as.. is a child when he if first observing life around him. The super sensuality of one in tune with nature is brought to the audience from all sides. The celestial music.. the rhythmic iambic poetry.. the patterns of movement and color.. the new technique of color 'mood' photography.. all are deliberately designed to transport the mind into a sea of universal thought. The sea nymph lives with every breath in total dedication of every cell.. one day on earth to experience all. The movement is dance-pantomime choreographed as 'stylized naturalism'. The nymph moves, touches, even listens as if a creature both mortal and divine. We are reminded of the goddess Psyche. While 'RAMA' is not based on any mythological tale, because of approach and subject matter, we feel as if we are watching a Greek or Roman Classic. review by Tayler

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Abigail Child

Both Is This What You Were Born For? (Part 2) (1988) 16mm, color, 2 min

Keywords: Body, Erotic

"Child's camera creates a small masterpiece ... a richly textured film that is simultaneously revealing and mysterious as a study of the nude in light and movement." - Cecilia Dougherty, 1989 Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Tony Cokes

Black Celebration (1988) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History, Political / Social Activism

A Rebellion Against the Commodity, this engaged reading of the urban black riots of the 1960s references the 1966 Situationist text, 'The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy.' Along with additional commentary adapted from Barbara Kruger, and musicians Morrissey and Skinny Puppy, the text posits rioting as a refusal to participate in the logic of capital, and an attempt to de-fetishize the commodity through theft and gift. Cokes asks, "How do people make history under conditions pre-established to dissuade them from intervening in it?"

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Sandra Davis

Architecture of Desire, An (1988) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Philosophical

My own films usually begin with a question, and frequently lead into unexpected territory. MATERNAL FILIGREE began as an exploration of life in the female body, and led me astray. The film finally led me back to the original question. I thought MATTER OF CLARITY would be a nice, sensual journey through that attraction-of-opposites energy. However, it quickly ran out of control, and I had to struggle to rein it in. In AN ARCHITECTURE OF DESIRE, the manifestations of desire, and the opportunities for a clarity of observation, presented themselves during the filming in unforeseen ways. Like all rhythmic structures, the film is meant to be understood through the body and senses, as well as through the conceptual mind. "Davis's earlier explorations of the body and sensuality come to fruition in this, her latest film. Through rigorous cross-cutting and use of extreme close-ups, manmade and natural manifestations of architecture merge with the physical body into palpable delineations of form and function." -- San Francisco Cinematheque program notes

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Vivienne Dick

Compillation tape (1988) DVD NTSC, , min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural

"Image Ireland" (1988) Ireland, video, 14 min., "Like Dawn to Dust" (1983) USA, 6 min., "Staten Island" (1978) USA, 5 min.

Frank V. Gaide

Men's Room, The (1988) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children & Youth

"... THE MEN'S ROOM, Frank V. Gaide's amusing little tale of a very young man's first trip to the men's room and all the exciting and foreign things he encounters there-among the best: a prophylactic dispenser and a stolen Celtics hat. At a running time of tweleve minutes, Gaide's film was just right, nicely cut and adequately acted and the men's room itself was not merely filmed on location at an actual lavoratory but a carefully constructed set was erected (no bathroom humor intended) so that the camera could freely move among the makeshift urinals and stalls. Clever. It brought back memories, too."-- Mark Griffin

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Carl Michael George

Boy is Gone (1988) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - Master raconteur and poet Edgar Oliver collaborates with George to create a film of a young boy's unqualified devotion to his mother and her negligent response and abandonment. An odd tale weaving images of emptiness, confrontation and the subsequent void. A profound statement of loss.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Michael Gitlin

Duplicating the Copy from Memory (1988) 16mm, black and white, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

Duplicating the Copy from Memory is an eviscerated narrative. It has two characters and a story that advances by fits and starts. Along the way there are anecdotes and asides that convey information by hiding it, the way and envelope contains a letter.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Vincent Grenier

I. D. (1988) 16mm, black and white, 55 min

Genre: Experimental

Human subjects and their verbal discourse, dealing with fleeting and shifting identity.

Rental: $95.00
16mm Rental: $95.00

Cyndi Haas

Home (1988) 16mm, black and white, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Disturbing and funny; funny and disturbing. Cyndi Haas' film leaves the conclusions for the audience to find on their own." --Joel Schlemowitz

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Barbara Hammer

Endangered (1988) 16mm, color & b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Score by Helen Thorington. "It is against the background of these debates (the demise of avant-garde film) that Barbara Hammer made ENDANGERED, a reflection on the threatened tradition of filmmaking and the independent filmmaker. Hammer's formal invention and manipulation of film through post-production effects created by optical printing become the means for developing new filmic metaphors. ENDANGERED is a compelling expression of the unique power of celluloid and the filmmaking process. Hammer does not hide behind the process of filmmaking -- in ENDANGERED we see her making the film. In her hands, the transformation of film into a poetic and avant-garde art form comes about through the direct manipulation of celluloid." -- John Hanhardt, 1989 Whitney Museum Exhibition Catalogue Awards: First Prize, Bucks County Film Festival; "Homage to Magellan" Award, Humboldt Film Festival; Cash Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival; Gold Prize, Onion City Film Festival; Second Prize, Athens Int'l Film Festival; Black Maria Film and Video Festival; Santa Fe Film Expo; Third Int'l Women's Film Festival, Seattle; Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Michelle Handelman

Safer Sexual Techniques in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1988) 16mm, 3/4" NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

Working from the premise that there is no such thing as safe sex, this film is designed as an arcane storybook with each sexual act being contained within a 100 ft.-roll of film. A structural film with content, each roll contains layers of sexual illusion amid subliminal messages created by in-camera effects. The soundtrack starts from a single cat's purr and is manipulated with each sexual act, creating a climatic fever sounding like a buzzing chainsaw.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $40.00
3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $40.00

Henry Hills

George (1988) 16mm, color & b/w, 2 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists

When I recently moved, I found the "lost" original of this optically printed portrait of George Kuchar smoking (with Melinda McDowell and Virginia Giritlian): four or more scenes progressing simultaneously through frame alternation.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Henry Hills

SSS (1988) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, music

A dance film, starring Pooh Kaye, Sally Silvers, Lee Katz, Harry Sheppard, Kumiko Kimoto, David Zambrano, Ginger Gillesbie, Mark Dendy and others, with music improvised by Tom Cora, Christian Marclay and Zeena Parkins. Filmed on the streets of the East Village and edited over three years.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Philip Hoffman

passing through/torn formations (1988) 16mm, color, 43 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

"Philip Hoffman's PASSING THROUGH/TORN FORMATIONS is a wide open ramble through the labyrinth of memory, considered primarily as a family affair. The film deals with the life and history of Hoffman's Czech-born mother and her family, presented as a kind of polyphonic recitation - of words, of images and of sounds." -- Robert Everett-Green "PASSING THROUGH/TORN FORMATIONS extends from Eastern Europe and back again -- an unravelling tapestry of family relations that speaks of migration and translation." -- Marian McMahon "PASSING THROUGH/TORN FORMATIONS accomplishes a multi-faceted experience for the viewer - it is a poetic document of Family, for instance - but Philip Hoffman's editing throughout is true to thought process, tracks visual theme as the mind tracks shape, makes melody of noise and words as the mind recalls sound." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90

Nancy Holt

Art in the Public Eye the Making of Dark Star Park (1988) DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

A record by the artist of the many interrelationships and processes involved in reclaiming a blighted urban area through the construction of functional public sculpture. Interviews with some of the people responsible for bringing DARK STAR PARK into existence -- the artist, the administrator, the developer, the landscape architect, the gunite contractor, the foreman, the maintenance man, and lastly the art historian/critic, John Beardsley, are interspersed with shots of the construction -- guniting, steel fabrication, masonry work, and landscaping. "Designed by environmental artist Nancy Holt, DARK STAR PARK is both a park and a work of art. Holt's site specific sculptures are an intriguing response to a contemporary urban context. They speak to the growing business district of Rosslyn (in Arlington, VA) that borders Washington, D. C.; the site and its relationship to earth and sky; and one's perception of place. Because it is both park and work of art, the spatial experience of the park is also the sculptural experience of the work... giant concrete spheres perch precariously on the earth. They cast shadows like planetary bodies and eclipse each other as you drive or walk by... At one end of the site, an irregular mound of earth embedded with concrete pipes looks an ancient landform encroached upon by modern civilization. Holt's vision did not stop at the site's boundaries. During the planning process she successfully integrated the park with the adjacent office building and extended it onto a nearby traffic island." -- Terry Ryan LeVeque, Landscape Architecture, July/August 1985

Rental: $300.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $300.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Marjorie Keller

Ancient Parts/Foreign Parts/Private Parts (1988) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Includes: ANCIENT PARTS, FOREIGN PARTS and PRIVATE PARTS ANCIENT PARTS, FOREIGN PARTS: See film descriptions above. PRIVATE PARTS: Third in a series of in-camera edited films. A portrait of Blake. Sitney on some summer days.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Marjorie Keller

Private Parts (1988) 16mm, color, 12.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Ken Kobland

Communists Are Comfortable and 3 Other Stories, The (1988) 16mm, color & b/w, 64.75 min

Genre: Experimental

I am trying to articulate, through the use of landscape and monologue, a sense of human "fatality," a sense of the inevitable failure of idealism; inevitable because its fate is in people, and their foibles. The films' imagery is drawn from personal memory, urban housing project landscapes, social history, dreams, HUAC testimony, apartment interiors, a "woods." The "Other Stories" (the monologues) are formed out of the male-gender rhetoric of success and defeat, of dealing and "getting-by." "The sadness of lost ideals and forgotten hope ... through a stream of images and sounds that relate to one another in allusive, ambiguous, even mysterious ways. Its power lies in its resonant visual design, its subtle moods, and the precision of its gentle, almost musical passage across the screen." -- David Sterritt

Rental: $195.00
16mm Rental: $195.00

Pam Kray

Ghost Sonata, The (1988) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

A LOOSE adaption of August Strinberg's play, set in a house in Washington DC. House madness: living with the ghosts of everyone else's mess.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Pam Kray

Ghost Sonata / The Million Heirs (1988) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Pam Kray

Million Heirs, The (1988) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

A tale of legacy and inheritance, one inherits a job, one the ability to be in two places at once. Everyone leaves something behind. Idea came from anecdote about an American Indian elder surveying the landscape with a youth: "One day, my son, none of this will be yours."

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Saul Levine

Submission (1988) super-8, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Political / Social Activism

Made with Mark LaPore. A confrontational rant addressed to the judges of the films entered in a super-8 competition at No Exit. Both Mark and I were surprised when not only was it shown at the festival but it generated much laughter and angry conversation.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jeanne Liotta

Soma Sema (1988) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Co-maker: Bradley Eros Fire, water, sex, resurrection.. A classic work of anthropomorphic alchemy. The mummy signals from the threshold of the living and the dead. Secrets seep through the skin, and tattooed oracles reveal the body is a sign divine. This film is an inscription of the mysteries in action. "... Their imagery evokes the erotic on a mythic, cosmic-consciousness level, encompassing tribal and sacred elements." -- Tom Chomont, The Independent Eye

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Babette Mangolte

Cold Eye, The (My Darling, Be Careful) (1988) 16mm, black and white, 90.25 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A "narrative" film centered around young artists living in New York City in 1979. The film is about a certain stage in the development of a young artist confronting the real world in terms of her own idealistic notions of what art is supposed to do. You never see her. She is the camera's eye and when someone says to the camera "My darling be careful," it could be addressing her or you spectator. The subjective camera set-up, and challanges your position as an impartial observer. --B. M.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Heather McAdams

Meet... Bradley Harrison Picklesimer (1988) 16mm, color, 32.25 min

Genre: Experimental

"It's even better than C-SPAN." -- Sean Collins "If you see this, you'll have something to talk about tomorrow." -- Lynda Barry This is an experimental documentary about a Kentucky drag queen by the name of Bradley Harrison Picklesimer who ran his own bar on Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1982, when I first moved to Lexington to teach at the University there, the first thing I remember hearing was "you have to meet Bradley Picklesimer!" Little did I know that I would devote the next three years of my life to making a movie about this Bradley Picklesimer. My original intention was to introduce my audience to this colorful personality who I found to be both entertaining and deep. It made me angry that many people would stereotype Bradley because he was a cross dresser, or completely dismiss him altogether as someone who they didn't want to get to know. I felt that Bradley's observations about the world were really not that much different than my own, even though our backgrounds and lifestyles were miles apart. I witnessed firsthand people laughing at him and it got me thinking that we haven't really progressed very far as a society in some very basic ways.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Meredith Monk

Book of Days (1988) color & b/w, 74.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

"A rich and haunting reinvention of medieval life that never loses its contemporary perspective." -- The New York Times Monk has said that BOOK OF DAYS is a film about time... about the sadness and joy of human nature.

Rental: $200.00

Vivian Ostrovsky

Eat (1988) 16mm, color & b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Originally super-8 blown up to 16mm Produced and directed by Vivian Ostrovsky. Mix by Patrick Genet. 16mm edit by Francois Sculier. An observation of humans' and animals' table manners as they gulp down breakfasts, lunches, cocktails and dinners in a variety of situations.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Luther Price

Mr. Wonderful (1988) Super 8, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Childhood programming is a recurring Price theme. His 10-minute Mr. Wonderful (1988) matches a single, scratched close-up of an LP portrait of goofy Fred Rogers to selections from the record. The effect is less ironic than defamiliarizing. At one point, Mr. Rogers sings a song suggesting that childish clowning is a way of warding off fear-an insight that provides the context for Clown (1992),

Rental: $25.00
Super8 Rental: $25.00

Johannes Rosenberger

Subcutan (1988) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History

A portrait of Vienna in the "year of remembrance," 1988. A cinematographic approach to the history and obsessions of this town. A glance under the skin of everyday life, searching for the open sores in the soul of this would-be metropolis. The objects found: The old lady listening through the wall. A peep show for Catholics. A couple giving life to child they long for. A song for Kurt Waldheim. Fish from the Danube, crashing against a kitchen wall. The torture of zither playing, etc. A personal statement on my hometown, work close to the traditions of Austrian experimental film. A coughing up and spitting out. -- J.R.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Sharon Sandusky

C'mon, Babe (Danke Schoen) (1988) 16mm, color, 11.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"An inventive, humorous, and sometimes biting recombination of the staples of the 'nature documentary,' including pompous music and voice-over and ground's-eye-view photography." -- Dr. Barry Sherman, U. of GA.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Michael Snow

Seated Figures (1988) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

"In SEATED FIGURES ... Michael Snow again explores the ground zero of motion pictures -- this time literally. Most simply described, the film ... is a 40-minute consideration of a landscape from the perspective of an exhaust pipe. The artist appears to have bolted his camera, lens down, to a metal arm extending off the back of a truck ... then driven over asphalt and dirt roads, out to the beach, along a riverbed, and through a field of daisies. Although hypnotic, the movement is not continuous. The vehicle stops, reverses direction, then accelerates to produce a diagonally striated forcefield. "For all his conceptual sophistication, Snow subscribes to a casual, all-encompassing Cage aesthetic. He's deceptively artless, a master of the visual deadpan. While trafficking in geological abstraction, he arrests the film's frantic motion, freezing some blurry onrush or a frame of flowing water. A soundtrack of coughs, yawns, and humming projector creates a further displacement. The images are distanced - accompanied by the muffled noises of an audience watching a movie. Hence the mysteriously inert title. SEATED FIGURES is about its audience. Not only are we sent flying face down over the earth, but Snow reverses the oldest concept in image-making -- he juxtaposes our seated, static figures against a constantly moving ground." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Alan Sondheim

Radiation (1988) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Alan Sondheim

Sleazy and the Year 2000 (1988) 16mm, , min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Alan Sondheim

Nina Hagan (1988) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Alan Sondheim

Offensive Sexuality (1988) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Leslie Thornton

Peggy And Fred In Hell (Prologue) (1988) 16mm, black and white, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

PEGGY AND FRED IN HELL (PROLOGUE) is part of an on-going series of films about two small children making their way through a post-apocalyptic landscape. In the prologue, Peggy explores her own voice while Fred decorates the house. They find a flock of dead ducks and decide to move on. PEGGY AND FRED IN HELL will go as far as it can into unfurling the familiar. It is an arbitraty world they live in, not a sensible world, a horrible world, limiting, blind, stupid, arrogant, like any culture. -- L.T. "Fred's performance is a partially intelligible song in which limericks, folksongs, and the Old Testament merge in a final deathblow to culture ... Peggy sings a Michael Jackson song, but rather than performing it she seems to inhabit its legend in a vacant, removed awareness ... The epic ... as a bottomless pit ..." -- Linda Peckham, Unsound, vol. 2, #1.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Lynne Toland

Dot-to-Dot/Vacant Lot (1988) Super 8, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

"Dot-to-Dot"--A rotoscoped, line drawing animation isolating fragments of images and gestures of a one year old girl exploring and learning to recognize things. It is done in a style to imitate numbered connect the dot games for children. "Vacant Lot"--Brief images separated by bleached clear leader to create after images, about a sense of impermanence and transparency vague threat, things slipping away from the physical world and implanting themselves in the memory.

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Leslie Trumbull

Inefficient, Unbusinesslike and Unprofessional (1988) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Michael Wallin

Decodings (1988) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

"Michael Wallin's DECODINGS is a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory, in this case, found footage from the '40s and '50s. ... The search for self ends in aching poignancy with stills of a boy and his mother at the kitchen table, catching the moment that marks the dawning of anguish and loss; desire becomes imprinted on that which was long ago." -- Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice "DECODINGS is a magical, seamless work that manages to beguile even as it probes areas tender to the touch. Its tale is beautifully told ...." -- Patrick Hoctel, SF Weekly "Explodes with Bunuel's sensuousness and a Hitchcockian narrative irony ...." -- Doug Sadownick, LA Weekly "Wallin's achievement in DECODINGS is to create a powerfully inventive work that conveys with dramatic intensity strong feelings of remembrance and loss from images that have been extracted from the culture. ... Wallin has succeeded in creating from various film sources a work that emphasizes the fragility and ultimate vulnerability of human expression and relationships." -- John G. Hanhardt, Whitney Biennial catalogue, 1989

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Nick Zedd

Whoregasm (1988) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: erotic, queer_bi_trans

For side-by-side dual-projection, with 1/3 of both projected images overlapping in the middle. Sound on audio cassette. Cast: Nick Zedd, Susan Manson and the homeless people of New York.

Requiring two projectors, Whoregasm comes with instructions for simultaneous screenings. Seized by Montreal Customs in 1988. Initially banned by the Ontario Film Review Board and shown a year later at the Toronto Festival of Festivals where it made "Today's Best Bets" list in the Toronto Star, Whoregasm mixes images of hard-core, mechanical sex with subliminal messages and shots of ugly policemen. "Powerful and provocative, it neatly packages Zedd's vision of a cinema of transgression into a taboo-smashing explosion." -- Festival of Festivals, Toronto.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Clayton Patterson

Tompkins Square Park Police Riot (1988) DVD NTSC, color, 213 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

This tape provided the evidence that the police had in fact rioted. Clayton Patterson was arrested, was allowed back on the street after a 10 day hunger strike, and won the right in the trial, as an artist, to keep the original tape. Clayton has had more video tapes used in court against rogue police officers than anyone in American history. A basic document in the recent history of urban civil strife in the U.S. "This was a military action on the streets of NYC and you can see that" Sharon Broussard, NY Daily News.

Rental: $200.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

Phil Cummins

Angels (1988) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Spiritual / Mystical

Fears, laments, and remembrances told in romantic images on the classic Kodachrome eight millimeter. A film shot as though its images had somehow mythically emerged from the nineteenth century.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Warren Sonbert

Honor and Obey (1988) 16mm, color, 21 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political & Social Activism

"...what was clear was Sonbert's absolute mastery of form." -Elliot Stein, Film Comment "In Warren Sonbert's HONOR AND OBEY soldiers march in formation, a tiger stalks through the snow, religious processions wind through the streets, and palm trees wave in a tropical breeze. As brightly colored images of authority figures blend into scenes of cocktail parties, this 21-minutes silent film flows along with the grace of a musical score built on complex tensions hidden among notes. 'Whose authority will you obey?' the film seems to ask, as it deftly avoids simple minded juxtapositions. Instead, we see a melange of images so full of geography (Notre Dame Cathedral, The Sydney Opera House, Fifth Avenue) , that the work mocks the idea of any specific setting. Sooner or later, social and natural laws meet and probably clash, Mr. Sonbert suggests, but in this scenario of discrete images, all is apparent harmony. HONOR AND OBEY is by far the most accomplished and rewarding piece in 'Avant-Garde Voices,' the title covering five works by independent filmmakers shown at the New York Film Festival ..." Caryn James, The New York Times

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Caroline Koebel

Stephanie Stairs (1988) 16mm, color, 6 min

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Carl Michael George

BOY IS GONE, THE (1988) VHS_NTSC, Color, 14 min. min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: youth, family

Master raconteur and poet Edgar Oliver collaborates with George to create a film of a young boy's unqualified devotion to his mother and her negligent response and abandonment. An odd tale weaving images of emptiness, confrontation and the subsequent void. A profound statement of loss.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Vera Neubauer

Passing-On (1988) DVD_PAL, color , 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic_Multicultural , Political/social activism, Spiritual/mystical

'Passing on' is a poetic observation of different attitudes towards aging, dying, death and the beyond by different races and cultures.

DVD PAL Rental: $120

Barbara Rosenthal

I Have a New York Accent (1988-2009) DVD, , 1.5 min

A Barbara Rosenthal short performance video. Another example of Rosenthal's zany investigations into self, other selves, humanity, and urban identity. Voice-overs by random passersby reading Rosenthal's script during a lunch hour in Madison Square Park, NYC.

DVD NTSC Sale: $250 (limited edition DVD)

Barbara Rosenthal

Quotation from Paul Gauguin (1988-2010) DVD, color, 1.5 min

For our contemplation of multiple meanings, Rosenthal's hands unroll a roll of paper on which is printed, one word at a time, this interesting quotation from the master. Premiered at The Kitchen, NYC, April, 1988.

DVD NTSC Sale: $50 (limited edition DVD)

Abraham Ravett

Two Films (1988 - 1998) , 77 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Compilation DVD.

The Balcony (1988) 48 min, black & white, SILENT, 16mm.
The lives of people are observed within the confines of one, twenty-two story high rise apartment complex and its adjacent courtyard. Shot over a period of fifteen months and from one vantage point, THE BALCONY speculates on the evanescence of all our lives.

The Boardwalk (1998) 29 min, black & white, SILENT, 16mm.
The Brighton Beach-Coney Island boardwalk is a long, winding, ocean front walkway adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Photographed over a three year period, the landscape rendered reflects the seasonal changes, daily activities, and the filmmaker's projected future.

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

Emily Hubley

Blake Ball (1988) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, history, literature & theater, spiritual & mystical

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Faith Hubley

Yes We Can (1988) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

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

Gaia, our living Earth, joyously balances life and death until human beings begin to plunder her resources. Gaia retreats in despair. When women and men reach out to one another and remember their primal love, Gaia returns. The words of Black Elk close the film: "I saw beneath the tree, villages of people and everything with roots or wings or legs was mingling with the people like relatives and all were happy." Music by Don Christensen Voices of Jamie Smith Jackson and Michael Ontkean

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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