Peggy Ahwesh

Color of Love, The (1994) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage, Hand Processed

"The last word in ready-mades, Peggy Ahwesh's THE COLOR OF LOVE ... is a slightly slo-mo, optical reprint of an obviously ill-treated '70s porn movie in which the chemical rot that's already eaten away the edges of the image threaten to censor it entirely. ... An ur-text for Ahwesh's work, THE COLOR OF LOVE is an almost Rose Hobart for the '90s." -- Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Rental: $40.00
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Shawn Atkins

Anastasia and the Queen of Hearts (1994) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Queer / Bi / Trans

Shawn Atkins' work in animation spans from making personal narrative films to teaching workshops to at-risk youth and curating programs of experimental animation. An animated love story.

Rental: $30.00
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Colin Barton

Broken Footnotes (1994) 16mm, color, 7.30 min

Genre: Documentary

BROKEN FOOTNOTES, like the footnotes at the end of a book, gives further information to the ideas in and out-takes from IMAGES OF BROKEN FACE.

Rental: $30.00
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Yann Beauvais

New York Long Distance (1994) 16mm, color, 9.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Images culled from the director's experiences with New York are presented in an abstract fragmented kaleidoscope. In French without subtitles. Translation available.

Rental: $30.00
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Coby Boyd

Demolition of a Typewriter (1994) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Part tribute and part formal exercise, I have sought to exploit some of the charecteristics of filmic language in order to dramatically display the cinema's power of communication over the age-old printed word.

Rental: $30.00
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Will Bragger

One Way Luck Available (1994) 16mm, color, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture, Science & Medicine, Technology

The idea of science and technology causing the extinction of humankind is conveyed through the metaphors of Las Vegas and the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.

Rental: $40.00
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Stan Brakhage

Black Ice (1994) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

I lost sight due a blow on the head from slipping on black ice (leading to eye surgery, eventually); and now (because of artificially thinned blood) most steps I take outdoors all winter are made in frightful awareness of black ice. These "meditations" have finally produced this hand-painted, step-printed film.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Cannot Exist (1994) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

The hand-painting of this film is interrupted by, and interspersed with, a geometrically structured Mask of Death (one of those frightening human idea-shapes of dying) immediately caught-up in threads of streaming, polarized crystals of Light (elaborately step-printed, with simultaneous frame-to-frame dissolves and printer "pull-backs" creating an effect as if the room in which the film is being viewed was inhaling viscous strands of Life's chemical material). The blurred photo-image of a person appears briefly superimposed on these "streamings": then there is a short visual "exhale" of this "crystallized" light, as the screen appears to re-absorb its imagery and resolve itself into a pale violet scattering of dust, is it? ... a nebulae, perhaps -- i. e., some semblance both earthly and cosmic and (as such) as enigmatic as "the face of God." Collaboration with Sam Bush.

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

Cannot Not Exist (1994) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

In this non-orange negative of a hand-painted film, a series of luminously pastel shapes -- often patches of color against a stark white background -- are interspersed with nearly black intermittent smudges punctuating white. These visual themes develop gradually into a series of multi-colored vertical lines which weave contrapunctally in relation to the flickering (single-frame) paint shapes. Twice, a solid (as if photographed) shape is seen receding from the amalgam of paint. Masses of tiny dots and "curlicue" shapes sometimes interrupt the thematic progression from irregular paint-shape flickerings to fluidity of vertical lines: this theme eventually resolves itself through the intervention of globular shapes (most notably, brilliant orange-yellow "globs") which spread themselves over several frames and prompt the eventual amalgamation of all themes.

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Stan Brakhage

Chartres Series (1994) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

A year and a half ago the filmmaker Nick Dorsky, hearing I was going to France, insisted I must see the Chartres Cathedral. I, who had studied picture books of its great stained-glass windows, sculpture and architecture for years, having also read Henry Adams' great book three times, willingly complied and had an experience of several hours (in the discreet company of French filmmaker Jean-Michele Bouhours) which surely transformed my aesthetics more than any other single experience. Then Marilyn's sister died; and I, who could not attend the funeral, sat down alone and began painting on film one day, this death in mind ... Chartres in mind. Eight months later the painting was completed on four little films which comprise a suite in homage to Chartres and dedicated to Wendy Jull. (My thanks to Sam Bush, of Western Cine, who collaborated with me on this, much as if I were a composer who handed him a painted score, so to speak, and a few instructions -- a medieval manuscript, one might say -- and he were the musician who played it.)

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Stan Brakhage

First Hymn to the Night -- Novalis (1994) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

This a hand-painted film whose emotionally referential shapes and colors are interwoven with words (in English) from the first Hymn to the Night by the late 18th century mystic poet Friedrich Philipp von Hardenberg, whose pen name was Novalis. The pieces of text which I've used are as follows: "the universally gladdening light ... As inmost soul ... it is breathed by stars ... by stone ... by suckling plant ... multiform beast ... and by (you). I turn aside to Holy Night ... I seek to blend with ashes. Night opens in us ... infinite eyes ... blessed love."

Rental: $30.00
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Stan Brakhage

I Take These Truths (1994) 16mm, color, 35 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is entirely hand-painted and is composed of such an evolution of variably colored shapes that their inter-action with each other should constitute a purely visual "self-evident" (as prompted by the title): everything beyond the title is as far removed from language as I could possibly make it; and thus it is, to me, practically impossible to describe. Each frame is printed twice, so that its effective speed (at 24 fps) is 12 frames per second. A variety of organic and crystalline painted shapes (painted on clear leader, thus as if brilliantly back-lit in a blazing space of light) are interspersed with very dark (black leader) passages as if etched with scratches of light and stained radiances: the juxtaposition of these two contrasting qualities of painted and scraped film are "interwoven," sometimes with vine, or vein-like irregular lines in black or alternatively, scratch-etched white. There are also some straight, multi-colored, bars which move, diagonally from one side of the film frame to the other. All these "themes" finally give way to clear thick gelatinous effects which resolve themselves in a long passage of beseemingly-struggling hieroglyphic white shapes in a black field, ending on a brief spate of variable coloration.

Rental: $115.00
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Stan Brakhage

Mammals of Victoria, The (1994) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

The film begins with a series of horizontally running ocean tide waves, sometimes with mountains in the background, hand-painted patterns, sometimes step-printed hand-painting, abstractions composed of distorted (jammed) TV shapes in shades of blue with occasional red, refractions of light within the camera lens, sometimes mixed with reflections of water -- this "weave" of imagery occasionally revealing recognizable shapes of birds and humans, humans as fleeting figures in the water, as distant shapes in a rowboat, as human shadows, so forth. Increasingly closer images of water, and of light reflected off water, as well as of bursts of fire, intersperse the long shots, the seascapes and all the other interwoven imagery. Eventually a distant volleyball arcs across the sky filled with cumulus clouds: this is closely followed by, and interspersed with, silhouettes of a young man and woman in the sea, which leads to some extremely out-of-focus images from a front car window, an opening between soft-focus trees, a clearing. Carved wooden teeth suddenly sweep across the frame. Then the film ends on some soft-focus horizon lines, foregrounded by ocean, slowly rising and falling and rising again in the frame. This film is a companion piece to A CHILD'S GARDEN and THE SERIOUS SEA.

Rental: $90.00
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Stan Brakhage

Naughts (1994) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A series of five hand-painted, step-printed films, each of which is a textured, thus tangible, "nothing." A series of "nots," then, in pun, or knots of otherwise invisible energies. 1) The first begins with a semblance of fog clouds rising vertically, an upward lifting waterfall likeness which screens an ephemera of painted shapes that come, at end, to a rhythmic and formal hardness. 2) A progression of blue surreal shapes vanishing in forward movements. 3) A gathering of crystalline forms in primary colors emitting upward-moving flares of multicolored lights, all gradually suggesting an outward momentum. 4) An orange rock-beseeming wall of lights and upward flares suddenly frozen and fading. 5) A mixture of crystal and cellular shapes interacting like layers of a fire of decomposition, fogged, and finally like a palimpsest of melding illuminations.

Rental: $34.00
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Stan Brakhage

We Hold These (1994) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

The "Truths" of this film, which the title prompts, are slightly recognizable patterns of fish and animal biology, plant and flower shapes, and human anatomy which are interwoven with pastel cubes and other geometries -- pastels as if "hung" in a white light interwoven with straight and diagonally bent black lines, eventually clear architectural forms. The recognizable patterns are literally etched on black leader (primarily) and interspersed with very organic painted forms on white. There is often an intended sense of hair and mucous membrane amidst these forms and interwoven with the electric "x-ray" sense of bones. The interplay between black-and-white sections and multi-colored sections increases until there is some sense of merging the two toward the end.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Sarah Jane Lapp

Mimo (1994-5) 16mm, b&w / color, 14 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, ethnic / multicultural , history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, spiritual / mystical

An expanded interview with a fellow ex-pat, my Romanian-born neightbor in Prague, Gusta Sibova.

Sarah Jane Lapp's "Mimo" establishes a heady connection between memory, art-making, the Torah, and marbles. (Rob Nelson/Minneapolis City Pages)

Rental: $100

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Raj (1994-95) 16mm, b&w / color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, polititcal / social activism , psychology & mental health

My first 16mm print ever made... in honor of Czech journalist Natasa Dudinska.

"... a poignant meditation on faith and spirituality expressed through the story of another survivor..." (Caroline Palmer/ Minneapolis City Pages

Rental: $75

Jacob Burckhardt

Miss Moossey Smells a Rat (1994) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Miss Moossey comes home with a new friend, smells a rat... and the super throws it out! starring Miss Joan Marie Moossey

16mm Rental: $30.00

Silvestre Byrón

Rambla 368 (1994) VHS NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

Descriptive vision of a house on the River Plate at the West Uruguay (South America). Country: Argentina Language: Spanish format: video

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Donna Cameron

Autumn Leaves (1994) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

The splendor and pleasures of Autumn are the focus of this richly textured and brilliantly colored paper emulsion film. The sound is a recording of the filmmaker ripping, rustling and tearing various kinds of paper. These sounds have been synthesized and musically arranged to echo the imaging of the synthesis paper. A reel of paper and fallen leaves unwinds amid calls of birds and the laughter of delighted children. "Donna Cameron's work crosses the boundaries of film and painting. Her paper emulsion films are made via a process closer to assemblage than photography and draw attention to the sensuous properties of the celluloid medium." -- Richard Herskowitz, Newsletter of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY "Donna Cameron is a diehard New Yorker whose art mirrors that city's pulse." -- Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times "Brooklyn native Donna Cameron's films are warm, humorous and well crafted. ... The remarkable thing about her [work] is her sensitivity to the rapid flow of textures. ... Cameron's technique has evolved into a highly sculptural motion picture painting." -- Helen Knode, LA Weekly

Rental: $30.00
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Anja Czioska

Roof -- Shower -- Underwater 3 B&W Hand Developed Film Prints (1994) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

This is a self-portrait film with 3 different times and technical ways of doing handhold camera: fast tempo, tripot and filming in single frame and the body in slow motion, backwards and slow motion. Together it gives a symbioses of my filmwork playing with camera, technic and the view of the audience.

Rental: $35.00
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Vivienne Dick

Skinny Little Man Attacked Daddy, A (1994) VHS NTSC, , 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family, Landscape & Architecture, Personal / Diary / Journal

"A personal version of 'the family system' from the inside" -- Rod Stoneman, British Film and Video Directory This film marks a return for Vivienne to the to the Donegal landscape of family origin and contrasts it with life in the 'big city' in this gentle, almost ethnographic film that merges home movies and social documentary aesthetics.

Rental: $100.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $100.00

Susana Donovan

Boy Frankenstein (1994) DVD NTSC, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

It is said that Hitler could not have had his reign of power had the German nuclear family not been structured as it was. Boy Frenkenstein reveals the machinations of such a power structure, and the maintenance roles played by the institutions of education and psychiatry. These institutions foist their lunacy and the responsibility of keeping its secrets upon the child. Gendre identity is addressed as well: Family comments ("You have your mother's eyes", etc.) play on the sewn together body parts of Frankenstein. Boy Frankendstein isn't a boy or a girl (her body parts come from both male and female family members) and her vitality is quickly "shaped" by the toe shoes - a modern day straight jacket for girls. The Family's perception is limited to accepting creation and destruction as polar opposites, and perceives life in a person as something to be conquered. As a result, Boy Frankenstein has pinhole vision as a child, expanding only to porthole vision/memory as an adult. --S. D.

Rental: $50.00 sale price video: 50.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Sixth Sense, The (1994) 16mm, , 3 min

Keywords: Children & Youth, Films about Film, Media

An industrial terrain surrounded by fences. Behind a fence a fiercely barking dog appears, froth foams from its jaws. A young girl winds up an old fashioned camera, and starts filming the dog. The dog gets scared and runs off.

Rental: $250.00

Janie Geiser

Red Book, The (1994) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

THE RED BOOK is an elliptical, pictographic animated film that uses flat, painted figures and collage elements in both two and three dimensional settings to explore the realms of memory, language and identity from the point of view of a woman amnesiac. THE RED BOOK suggests the ways in which language defines us, and reaches back into dismemberment myths about the creation of different tongues through the breaking apart of bodies (in this case, the woman's body). As the film progresses, the submerged images of her stored memory appear and collide with the present world in circular rhythms, and there is a sense of irretrievable loss. "Images appear as in a graceful collage: glimpses of words are written in white vanishing ink; a woman is drawn in outline, as if she were a paper doll made of red construction paper. Everything is red, white, black, or gray in this smashing little film, which has graphic flair and a surrealistic edge." -- Caryn James, The New York Times

Rental: $35.00
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Vincent Grenier

Talking Portraits (1994) VHS NTSC, color, 57 min

Genre: Experimental

Contains the following three films: YOU (1990); OUT IN THE GARDEN (1991); and FEET (1994). See descriptions for individual titles. Video rental price: 50.00 (individuals); 100.00 (institutions)

Rental: $50.00
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Vincent Grenier

Feet (1994) DVD NTSC, black and white, 29 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, children / youth, family, personal / diary / journal

A video portrait of my friend, Susan Weisser and of her rapport with 13 year old son Billy and seventeen year old daughter Amanda. The video, divided in two sections used as a premise the reconstruction of her daily rituals with first the son and then the daughter. Enactments, accounts, confidences and spirited arguments freely crisscross each other within the dynamic that my presence and that of the camera create. Great opportunities ensued for live tensions in the framing of sounds and visuals; a sort of enchanted construction from the fanciful revelations of the everyday. Award: Second prize, 1996 Black Maria Film & Video Festival Screening: Symposium on Independent Film & Video at the University of Colorado, Boulder, June 1996. WNET REEL NEW YORK, Summer 1998. Purchased by: Collection of New York University

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Henry Hills

Little Lieutenant (1994) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

LITTLE LIEUTENANT is a look back at the late Weimar era with its struggles and celebrations leading up to world war, a period piece. Scored to John Zorn's arrangement of the Kurt Weill song, "Little Lieutenant of the Loving God," and drawing its imagery both from the original song and its somewhat idiosyncratic rearrangement, the film presents an internal reading of Silvers' solo scored to the same musical piece, "Along the Skid Mark of Recorded History." Closely following the Zorn arrangement, the film was storyboarded in 30 scenes (the arrangement changes approximately every four measures) and principally shot in a small studio employing rear projection, with foreground movement choreographed to interact with the projected imagery which reflects themes apparent in the song and its arrangement (Weimar cabaret scenes, labor footage, empty industrial landscapes, water, slides of moody photographs by James Casebere, a kinescope of Silvers' performance of the solo at the Joyce Theatre, battle newsreels, Walther Ruttmann's film Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, and a restructured animation, The Youth Machine). Silvers and Cydney Wilkes portray dual aspects of the Salvation Army Lieutenant who sang the song in the Brecht/Weill play Happy End, with Kumiko Kimoto, Leonard Cruz, Pilar Alamo and Toby Vann.

Rental: $40.00
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Tessa Hughes-Freeland

Nymphomania (1994) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

"NYMPHOMANIA deptics the archetypal personification of female sexuality via the motif if a beautiful, graceful, dancing Nymph. Against the nymph, Hughes-Freeland & Adams present a massively phallicised Pan who is aroused by the nymph's neauty and watches her. The film is a parody of myths of an 'ancient/pagan' essential plentitude and is thus a blackly Comedic critique of attitudes toward the dialectic of male/female sexuality. It locates a sexual mythology specific to Western Culture and deconstructs it via a depiction of its inherent power relationships and by pursuing this trajectory to its logical conclusion." --Jack Sargeant, "Death Tripping", 1995

Rental: $40.00
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Takahiko Iimura

A I U E O N N Six Features (1994) DVD NTSC, b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Produced by Takahiko Iimura. Utilizes "System G," Real Time Three-Dimensional Texture Mapping developed by Sony. Combining the comical and the absurd, I created six funny faces to animate the images of Japanese vowels in the difference of "Image," "Letter" and "Voice." "Iimura deconstructs our coherence as he shifts between the English Roman alphabet and Japanese characters, injects spoken Japanese and manipulates the computer images of his features. The images often take on geometrical shapes, others recall the classical images from Japanese woodcuts of a Samurai warrior grimace." -- Robert West, Curator, Mint Museum of Art Awards and Exhibition: One Minute World Festival, São Paulo; many other festivals. Video sale prices: 70.00 individual / 140.00 institutional

Rental: $70.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $70.00

Takahiko Iimura

Talking in New York (1994) , 18 min

A sentence from Jacqus Derrida: "I hear myself at the same time that I speak" ("Speech and Phenomena", translated by David B. Allison, Northwestern University Press, 1973, Japanese translation by Takahiko Iimura), which he calls "phenomenological essence", was quoted, uttered in English and Japanese or monologued (without uttering) in syncronized or desynchronized voices with the picture at various locations in New York. The film is intended to simulate or dissimulate the sentence uttering it in the environment. The quoted sentence was also altered to "I speak to myself at the same time that I hear" and was connected to the original, then it becomes a palindrome combining the dialogue and the monologue within myself.

Rental: $40.00

Lewis Klahr

Altair (1994) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

ALTAIR offers a cutout animation version of color noir. The images were culled from six late '40s issues of Cosmopolitan magazine and set to an almost four-minute section of Stravinsky's "Firebird" (looped twice) to create a sinister, perfumed world. As in my 1988 visit to this genre, In the Month of Crickets, the narrative is highly smudged leaving legible only the larger signposts of the female protagonist's story. The viewer is encouraged to speculate on the nature and details of the woman's battle with large, malevolent societal forces and her descent into an alcoholic swoon. However I feel it is important to add that what interested me in making this film was very little of what is described above but instead a fascination with the color blue and some intangible association it has for me with the late 1940s.

Rental: $30.00
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Lewis Klahr

Downs Are Feminine (1994) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

"Lewis Klahr's DOWNS ARE FEMININE unveils a kind of rainy day, indoor, peaceable kingdom of desultory and idyllic debauchery, masturbatory reveries and hermaphroditic transformations. Klahr's oneric collages graft '70s porn of pallid stubbly flesh flagrantly onto Good Housekeeping/Architectural Digest decor (varicolored crab-orchard stone foyers, modacrylic sunbursts, jalousie windows and orientalist metal scrollwork), interior states where characters despoil themselves in Quaalude interludes of dreamy couplings. In this out-of-touch realm, touching is intelligence gathering for a carnal knowledge that will never attain its platonic ideal. The whole atmosphere is pervaded with euphoria, a hopelessness without despair, a contentment beyond longing. If Klahr's Yesterday's Glue presented an after-hours club world of pining narcissists where the mandatory sex, drugs and rock and roll was glacial if not sinister, DOWNS ARE FEMININE presents a world that edges past despondency to become an amoral libertine glade that is at its core abeyant but benevolent." -- Mark McElhatten

Rental: $30.00
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Nicholas Mayer

Dirty Singing (1994) 16mm, color, 18.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
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Laura Parnes

Blue Movie Visitor (1994) , 4 min

Keywords: Erotic

Images of male consumers entering and leaving pornography shops are combined with a female voice describing her fantasies of who these men are, and what their desires are. The video is distorted to create a security camera effect. This effect also causes the men to resemble each other; to hold many identities simultaneously.

Rental: $30.00

Dana Plays

Love Stories my Grandmother Tells (1994) 16mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Personal / Diary / Journal

A portrait of Dana Plays' 90 year old paternal grandmother, Peggy Regler, reminiscing about her love affairs and significant relationships. Regler tells about her failed first marriage, the agreement she had to stay until the children were grown (but to see other lovers) which resulted in the true love she found with her second husband and renowned writer Gustav Regler, who later died a tragic death in India. The love affairs are historically rooted in the political and technological developments 20th century, and are narratively based in a complex sound/image structure. Interludes (silent optically printed film passages narrated with inter-titles excerpted from her diaries, and early childhood memories) formalistically refer to early cinema. The footage in these passages is re-contextualized and interwoven metaphorically throughout the text.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Luther Price

Jellyfish Sandwich (1994) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Why are you so stupid ... and what are you trying to say I had a horrible dream that a big big elephant walked on a piece of cake and fell through it like quicksand and disappeared all that was left was a big floppy gray earlobe Someone with a small head and tiny body stuck a note in it then it sank into the cake too. I remember running upside down snagging my entire body against a screen of thread. I could hear silver songs of red white and blue and some guy walked by with a nice chunk of butt wearing flesh-colored bikini underwear I pulled them down and his ass was purple. Half the street I was standing on blew up. The birds in the sky made sounds like upset stomach and feathers fell hard on the top of my head. I squint my eyes for a second but nothing changed. Too many people had party on same day ...

Rental: $35.00
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Luther Price

run (1994) 16mm, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Woke up walking alone from a dream toward a translucent sky a run day ... The edge electric against infinity revealed everything it was the moment before I was born the moment before I died I was pressed between glass I could see myself walking past I could see my eye looking at my eye I was standing someplace far away looking at myself pressed between glass I looked like I was moving but it was more like the way a worm pushes into itself to get to wherever it goes I could slip through those spaces and rest for awhile then distribute everything I am and all that I was but I panicked I continued to push my body into itself I woke pressed between glass I thought I was walking I saw myself walking I could see my eye looking at my eye and the place where I died when I was born

Rental: $35.00
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Bradley A. Rappa

Utopia (1994) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Literature & Theater

Utopia is an experimental animation that utilizes layers of traditionally painted cells, rotoscoping, xerox copies and double exposed footage. Here, Narcissus is represented as a female artist who possesses the power to create and inhabit her own realm of existence.

Rental: $20.00
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Abraham Ravett

Forgotten Tenor (1994) 16mm, color, 136 min

Genre: Experimental

On VHS. $75 for rental and $150 for (organization/college) purchases. "Demonstrating the process of oral history, avant-documentarian, Abraham Ravett constructs the life of a largely unknown bebop saxophonist out of a few film traces, some fading memories, and a handful of soaring records. All that's missing from this self-interrogating, experimental bio pic is the story of Ravett's own fascination with the material -- but then that's the movie itself." -- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Jennifer Reeves

Configuration 20 (1994) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Primordial sounds and organic creatures evoke the moment when life began.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Garden of Regrets (1994) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Animated. A rotoscoped animated montage -- collage -- collision film. A pre-apocalyptic subliminal narrative composed of over ten thousand paintings in a densely woven film about love, lust, life and regrets. Awards and Exhibition (selected): Second Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Festival Tour; First Prize, Marin County Film Exposition; Honorable Mention, Columbus Film Festival; Second Prize, Humboldt Film Festival; Second Prize, Big Muddy Film Festival; Silver Award, The New York Art Director's Club; Phila-film; Second Prize, Bucks County Film Festival; Golden Gate Award, SF Int'l Film Festival; Toronto, Ottawa, ASIFA and others. Telecast on Alive-TV (PBS), Canal Plus, ZDF. Exhibited (in short loops) on the Internet by Wired (On-line) Gallery. Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Madeline Schwartzman

Begat, The (1994) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine's peacock garden and the roof of the dome are the setting for this contemporary look at the story of Adam, Eve and Lilith, Adam's alleged first wife. The world's first women rewrite biblical history through a twisted temptation of Adam while a Balkan brass band plays at a fevered pitch.

Rental: $40.00
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M. M. Serra

Lot of Fun for the Evil One, A (1994) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Erotic

Featuring Maria Beatty. Sound design by John Zorn. "A worthwhile and well-executed foray into the notoriously dangerous territory where art meets porn; the result is exciting and entrancing, making no grand statements with its sometimes sweeping gestures but still providing an incredibly satisfying voyage into the psychosexual netherworld. Even the film's soundtrack is high-quality, entertaining listening and could stand on its own as purely audio material. An intense aural tapestry courtesy of John Zorn." -- Eric Danville

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Mark Street

Excursions (1994) 16mm, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

In <i>Excursions</i> a cast of characters sift through their experiences as travelers in Mexico and Guatemala. A woman's relationship sours in the face of paradise. Two men beg a Mexican woman to sing for their tape recorder. A filmmaker wrestles with self-conciousness. A character from Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano fights off delirium tremens. Their voices mingle to inform film footage shot in the area, and reworked on an optical printer. "Real" journal entries mix with faux diaries, sound recorded by travelers on location, and excerpts from a novel to explore the boundary between travel and imperialism.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Mark Street

Blue Movie (1994) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Found Footage

A smattering of repeated performances culled from old porno films and hand-painted. A man bends over a body, but what we really notice is the wall behind him. A woman stares back at the viewer with annoyance. On the soundtrack Ana&iuml;s Nin declares: "but while I'm doing this I feel I'm not living."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Mary Ann Toman

Female Offender, The (1994) 16mm, black and white, 32 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: history, political_social activism

An exploration of the space where femininity and criminality collide. The film collages archival footage clips culled from silent films, original footage and computer-generated imagery with a series of narratives drawn from true crime confessions, early criminological texts, and the filmmaker's own reflections. The result is a cool and piercing meditation on the way the categories of "woman" and "criminal" have been constructed.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Laura Waddington

Room, The (1994) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A russian man lives a solitary existence in a New York hotel, watched over by a mysterious maid. His only pastime, the obsessive filming of the empty streets he passes through and the constant rewatching of what he has recorded. (Sequel to the Visitor 1992) Exhibition: The Off Broadway cinema, Cologne Rental copy: 16mm film. Also available Beta SP (please contact director)

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Lynne Sachs

Which Way Is East (1994) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Social Activism

"A frog that sits at the bottom of a well thinks that the whole sky is only as big as the lid of a pot." When two American sisters travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends reveal to them the flip side of a shared history. Lynne and Dana Sachs' travel diary of their trip to Vietnam is a collection of tourism, city life, culture clash, and historic inquiry that's put together with the warmth of a quilt. "Which Way Is East" starts as a road trip and flowers into a political discourse. It combines Vietnamese parables, history and memories of the people the sisters met, as well as their own childhood memories of the war on TV. (excerpted from article in The Independent by Susan Gerhard) "The sound track is layered with the cacophony of bustling city streets, the chirps of cicadas and gentle rustles of trees in the countryside, and the visuals, devoid of travelogue cliches, are a collage of pictorial snippets taken from unusual vantage points.... What comes through is such a strong sense of the place you can almost smell it." Ted Shen, The Chicago Reader

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Saul Levine

As Is Was (1994) 16mm, super8mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Films about Film, Media

This film was shot the same weekend as Z(ZEE NOT ZED), when Stan Brakhage was visiting University of Rhode Island, where Marjorie Keller was teaching at the time. They get some coffee, then go for a walk on a beach in an old whaling harbor. --S.L.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00
Super8 Rental: $36.00

Chuck Workman

That Good Night (1994) DVD NTSC, Color, min

Genre: Narrative

The last minutes in the life of a jogger who accidentally trips, falls on a rock in a stream, and spends his final moments alone and paralyzed looking at the sharp natural details around him and the softer fleeting images of his life. Based on the short story, "El Muerto" by Horacio Quiroga. With Robert Foxworth. Part of a series of shorts by Chuck Workman called "The Glory and the Dream."

Rental: $25.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $40.00

Roberta Cantow

Mosaics (1994) VHS_NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: ethnic & multicultrual, political & social activism

The U.S. faces many complex issues regarding its migrant population, one is affordable housing. Here viewers see the human face behind this issue, and a call for a positive solution to the problem.

Rental: $45.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $45.00

Rose Lowder

BOUQUETS 1-10 (1994-1995) 16mm, Color, 12min min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment_nature

These first BOUQUETS are part of a series of films of one minute each, on various subjects. Every Bunch can also be rented individually. Structured in the camera during "filming", according to modalities worked out progressively in my previous films, these researches develop to compose a film bunch of pictures picked every time in the same site, at various times. These bunches of pictures chosen and weaved in alternated order also include some accidental photogrammes which, such of the herbs "poor", can be harmful or useful, depending on circumstances.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Dietmar Brehm

MIX-1 (32 Films 1989-1994) (1994) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

The matrix of the Mix series is conceived with the express intention of facilitating the collection of various short films, whatever their nature. Between 1989 and 1994, besides producing short films and paintings, 32 very short films came into being. The individual films are quasi-documentary, structural constructs, found-footage material, self-filming sequences, home movie details, accidental, and short staged scenes. Many of the films were shorter than the introductory frames of a normal film, and there were 32 titles... The first version had the films cut together using a linear order with a black interframe structure and were numbered; but I saw that it wasn't right like that. I reduced the individual scenes to skeletons and made the mix. Mix-1 is permeated by numerous optical and acoustic axes in order to bind the 32 films together. I had to do more cutting and editing than ever before and the result is a psychedelicmix. The pictures have been removed from the speed range associated with normal perception, the sound is distorted. The latter proved, however, to be almost unnoticeable. (Dietmar Brehm)

16mm Rental: $128.00

Takahiko Iimura

videopoem: Sky and Ground (1994) DVD NTSC, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Sky and ground which was cut off momentarily / A camera wanders seeking its own shadow / The images which explore the limit / of solitude in New York / A mythological verbal space in which / snakes and birds are intermingled / A unique world where these images / and words meet. (TI)

Rental: $60.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

Jack Waters

Flower Market, The (1994) DVD NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, erotic, queer_bi_trans

New York's floral district, like Amsterdam's is a scene that is most vibrant at the crack of dawn when flowers are shipped in to wholesalers. Very convenient timing if you've spent all night at the disco! If you want it fresh, you have to be there early. Not only are the better florists there to get the freshest flowers, but also the latest, freshest, and hottest dish. The scenario of this video is inspired by the central core of the design world: innuendo, rumors and gossip. Hearsay based on the cruising practices of one of New York's top gay floral designers. A vignette in a pastoral country setting--full of sunflowers and wild flowers--shows what the honey bee is really attracted to. Two lusty youths get it on atop a bed of exotic varieties.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Richard Sylvarnes

Selected Shorts by Richard Sylvarnes (1994-2006) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 80 min

Genre: Experimental

APOLLO LUNAIRE (2003) 11:30 min. Apollo Lunaire is comprised of seventeen "auto portraits" of the moon signifying each mission. First conceived in 1998, lunar landscapes were constructed then photographed and finally brought to fruition as a video piece. Apollo Lunaire depicts the loneliness, the ultimate emptiness of such a foreboding landscape, using a silent film aesthetic to portray the moon as a relic of the distant past - as closer to Melies than Kennedy. Music by Sylvarluxe. LANDSCAPE AFTER THE BATTLE (2004) 4:00 min. Commissioned by Matador Records for the band Interpol. Landscape After The Battle is a diptych that contrasts two forms of human design; one which promotes unrest and violence and another which encourages calm and resolve underscoring the duality that lies within human nature. Music by Interpol. EMPIRE (2004) 2:00 min. The Empire State Building stands monumental as an ominous storm gathers. This minimalist short piece was the first that utilized the photo animation technique that was later used in Landscape After The Battle and the feature H.C.E.. I suppose this is also an homage to Andy Warhol's own film of the Empire State Building which lasts, well, forever and if you blink you could miss the lights turning on. Music by Guiseppe Verdi. Vocals by Patricia Sullivan. Arranged and performed by Sylvarluxe. ABANDONED CITIES (2003) 8:21 min. Images of decaying architecture and sculpture that Sylvarnes made in his studio with miniatures and a camera pose as documentary photographs of a past that seems to be slipping away. Slowly pulsating digital manipulation of color, combined with an entrancing soundtrack that incorporates and splices into an eternal return the vocals of the famed tenor of the '40's and '50's, Jussi Bjoerling, create a beautiful meditation on the past, present, and future. "I Drommen Du Ar Mig Nara" Emil Sjogren. Vocals by Jussi Bjorling. Music by Sylvarluxe. DISNEY'S DREAM DEBASED (2010) 9:41 min. This is a playful manipulation of time and the changing light shot during a residency at Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oaks in Florida. Music by Giselle A DOLL'S HOUSE (2002) 13:23 min. A Doll's House chronicles the last days of the life of Francis K, a puppet, who makes a Faustian deal that seals his fate but not without his final dream of dancing with Greta Garbo. All this is witnessed by his faithfull dog. Voice of Franz by DJ Mendel. Vocals by John Torreano. Music by Sylvarluxe. THE RED COUCH (2001) 4:50 min. An ambient portrait of Miho Nikaido on a rainy Thursday afternoon. SIBERIA (2004) 9:40 min. An erotically charged film commissioned by fashion designer Miho Miho. A northern Siren finds a bomb that has washed ashore along an icy beach. The shimmering qulaity of the video creates a dream-like quality to the foreboding landscape as a fighter pilot arrives half-alive on the shore for a climactic encounter with the woman. It was shot on the south shore of Long Island on what must have been the coldest day on the planet. A policeman asked about the bomb but assured us that stranger things have washed ashore. Siren -- Jacqueline Mirrane. Fighter Pilot -- James Stanley. Wardrobe -- Miho Miho. Music by Sylvarluxe. DANCING MAN (2004) 6:10 min. Made in conjunction with the artist John Torreano this piece has a joyful tone and celebrates exuberantly life's rich pageant as the Dancing Man tries to sustain a number of dancing styles. Music by Interpol. CHAOS GIRLS (2007) 4:25 min. A found footage music video for the band Sylvarluxe. Premiered at Museek in St. Petersburg, Russia. THE IMPERIAL ANIMAL (2007) 6:09 min. The Imperial Animal brings Sylvarnes and choreographer Neumann back together again. This time in a Buster Keaton type space which speaks of politics and human relations in the most simple and severe places. This duo would later receive a Creative Capital grant to work together on a larger project. VOX POPULI (2004) 17:51 min. "...because we will not be silenced." A dance piece made with award winning choreographer David Neumann and utilizing sounds from a violent demonstration in NYC against the war in Iraq. The movement begins restricted as the dancer tries to navigate within a constrained outfit made exclusively by designer Miho Miho. The music and protest unleashes as the dancer wildly frees himself in the hypnotic climax. Field Recordings taken from the peace demonstration against the war in Iraq 2002. Music by Sylvarluxe.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Melissa Friedling

Head in the Pickle Jar (1994) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, psychology/mental health

A film about a woman who preserves fruits and vegetables all day, every day, trying to keep them from rotting. When she worries that she, too, may be rotting, she decides to pickle herself.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

Melissa Friedling

Slouch, The (1994) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: body, children & youth, comedy

A film about a girl who walks around with her eyes towards the ground. One day, not looking where she's going, she gets hit by a car and lands flat on her back. For the first time she sees the sky and wishes she looked up long ago.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

James Dowell and John Kolomvakis

Sleep in a Nest of Flames (1994-2000) DVD NTSC, color, 118 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography and Autobiography , History , Literature & Theater, Personal, Diary, Journal , Queer, Bi, Trans

A poet of the poet, filmmaker, editor, and avant-gardism Charles Henri Ford.

"[This] glimpse of a close-knit, trans-Atlantic salon elite morphing over several decades is absorbing for the links revealed between each modernist epoch. Wealth of archived materials on tap (not least Ford's own portrait photography) makes near-mythic cultural figures and events seem teasingly immediate. Especially intriguing is an extended section about the elaborate 'Paper Ball' Tschelitchew devised for a Hartford, Conn., museum in 1936, as it suggests multimedia 'happenings' were hardly a 1960s invention." -Variety

"A superb film, filled with witty glimpses of the illustrious..." -LA Times

Rental: $100

DVD NTSC Sale: $20

Faith Hubley

Seers and Clowns (1994) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Animation

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

Bridging the insights of visionaries with the antics of fools, "Seers and Clowns" weaves a delightful tapestry of cross-cultural vignettes. A Siberian shaman scales the Tree of Life and attains enlightenment. The Contrary Clowns descend to an underworld of improbably hilarity. A Chinese oracle foresees the collapse of an unbalanced civilization. A Zen frog smiles. Zen clowns act out absurdity in the maze. Cybele, the Anatolian goddess of wildlife, sees a wasteland of loneliness and oppression. In the distance, a familiar song is heard. Winter ends with the coming of spring. Her longed-for partner returns. Accompanied by drums, cymbals and pipes, the worlds of Chief Seattle, Lzo-Tze and Kabir illuminate the way. Love and boundless creativity are celebrated by seers, clowns, and all their friends. Voices: Michael Ontkean & Jamie Smith. Music: Don Christensen.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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