Dominic Angerame

Deconstruction Sight (1995) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History, Landscape & Architecture, Technology

"A somber, gong-like tone opens DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT: the first image is a small light in darkness, a delicate flicker that grows to become a welder's torch. We are led into the film by a suggestive imagistic shorthand: 'the rise of man' is attended by the building of structures, and cities, a montage of the emblems of civilization. The end of the film brings a series of unnerving images - one reminiscent of an eerie jack-o-lantern from childhood memory: a skyscraper looming in the night, a bank of windows lit up like its gaping mouth. As fog and clouds rush in fast frame across the sky for a dizzying, synesthetic effect, Kevin Barnard's soundtrack pounds an urgent wail to the rhythm of climax spending itself in question, in philosophical ambiguity, not release. An almost palpable centrifugal force seems to move the final moments of the film into a spinout. "This is history without narrative, an abstract summation of what happens when human beings move stuff around and make something of it, grow tired of what they've made and demolish it using other things they've made, and then start all over again. What we build, what we destroy, what we find useful to do both, how we let our interaction with them describe what we call human -- these are some of the ideas Angerame's DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT suggests." -- from an essay by Barbara Jaspersen Voorhees, 1990

16mm Rental: $50.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $200 others

Dominic Angerame

Premonition (1995) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"There's an exquisite despair and a dooming ambiguity suspended in the cool morning clarity of Dominic Angerame's new film, PREMONITION. It's short and bittersweet, like a prelude by Debussy, and promises a broad integration of the aesthetic elements of his work. ... But ... there's also a painful consciousness of the vanity of all things human and their transience .... "PREMONITION, despite its sadness, does not judge modernity and its Gargantuan feats of engineering, but, on the contrary, admires them, in the fullest aesthetic sense of the word, like a traveler turning a bend in the road whereby an enormity of landscape is revealed, overwhelming his ego, freeing him up toward a larger question while simultaneously diminishing his particularity in the very grandeur of it all. ... "Modernity, what happened to your highway? You tower over us, then you disappear. The arch and ribs of the guardrails seem so real to us. ... The casually defiant smoked cigarettes upon you. The sincerely healthy played tennis in your shadows. You were close to our places of work downtown. The seagulls' cries echoed in your ribcage. Gone. "[T]he film hides its meaning, comes in like the tide but still disappears. ... A fragment of a circle, abstracted. Near the bridge. The highway snakes along. Adolescents tagged it. A jogger like a flea on its back. And emptied of cars it's its own worst indictment: now that we're not busy with it, what can it mean? "PREMONITION is not about a defunct highway to have done with, it's the painful inventory of a desired and questionable relationship gone down." -- Ronald F.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $200 others

Bruce Baillie

Commute (1995) VHS NTSC, color, 57 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy

"Dr. Bish drives through the rain. A letter to friends, a Radio Show, a Home TV -- relaxing, entertaining, unpretentious, easy, humorous all the time -- a perfect hour to spend on a July Sunday afternoon, chatting with a pleasant friend, like sitting in a bar and having a drink. Wonderful, simply wonderful." -- Jonas Mekas, Anthology Film Archives

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Zoe Beloff

Trip to the Land of Knowledge, A (1995) 16mm, color, 65.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

A young girl escapes from her drab black and white reality into Kodachrome fantasy only to find herself face to face with her worst fears. Juxtaposing documentary footage of my old high school in Scotland with found home movies and staged melodrama, the film describes what if feels like to be a trapped adolescent girl. Pressured by parents and teachers, she refuses to fulfil their expectations experiencing the scary awakening of sexuality as her body grows out of control.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Will Bragger

X3 (1995) 16mm, color, 3 min

Keywords: Structural

Mathematical film using multiples of three in exposure, black frames, and magnifications.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

B Series, The (1995) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is a series of five little hand-painted and elaborately step-printed sections which are individually titled but so inter-related I've decided they should always be shown in this order together, but each such a distinction of the essentially un-nameable subject matter they variously facet that they should retain the character of individual pieces within their shared context ... a context I've attempted to represent by a small "b" for my name "Brakhage." The film begins with Old Testament, a two-and-a-half minute historical section titled RETROSPECT: THE PASSOVER and its evolution of forms is meant to suggest the Biblical story from which the Jewish religious rituals evolve - an essentially blue-green phosphoressence of forms finally in flight through, yes, parted seas of paint and "armies of the night," as one might put it. BLUE BLACK: INTROSPECTION is, then, the painted meditation upon the previous section - its forms rhythmically interspersed with some stately pauses of solid thoughtful darkness, like jewels of idea embedded in black velvet. It is about two minutes in length. It begins with suggestions of "landscape." The three-and-a-half minute BLOOD DRAMA section pulses with red, involves glyphic stitches of red amidst its phosphors of blue-greens, all forms tending to take thought-forms of the previous section through to recognition of internal body, the bloody meat of being human. The fourth section I AM AFRAID: AND THIS IS MY FEAR is a direct reaction to the third section. The "spark" of a "sky-scape" leads to the subsequent evolution of the same forms in "mental flight," as it were. It is approximately three minutes. The fifth section is dedicated to Gregory Markopoulos. The fifth, and final section is the culmination of all previous visuals, the (by now) very recognizable forms of the original story, of inward speculation on narrative, of the disruption in a sense of a spill, or spell, of blood, the non-narrative thought-flight from all this, now (in Finale) becomes an almost unbearable complexity of forms taking on a beseeming "weight" or thickening of those inter-woven shapes. It is an appropriately titled three minute section called SORROWING. This work was complexly printed off strips of film which were primarily painted in order to achieve negative color.

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00

Stan Brakhage

Child's Garden and the Serious Sea, A (1995) 16mm, color, 80 min

Genre: Experimental

In poet Ronald Johnson's great epic Ark, in the first book Foundations, the poem "Beam 29" has this passage: "The seed is disseminated at the gated mosaic a hundred feet / below, above / long windrows of motion / connecting dilated arches undergoing transamplification: / 'seen in the water so clear as christiall' / (prairie tremblante)" which breaks into musical notation that, "presto," becomes a design of spatial tilts: This is where the film began; and I carried a xerox of the still unpublished ARC 50 through 66 all that trip with Marilyn and Anton around Vancouver Island. As I wrote him, "The pun 'out on a limn' kept ringing through my mind as I caught the hairs of side-light off ephemera of objects tangent to Marilyn's childhood: She grew up in Victoria; and there I was in her childhood backyard ...": and then there was The Sea -- not as counter-balance but as hidden generator of it all, of the The World to be discovered by the/any child ... as poet Charles Olson has it: "Vast earth rejoices, / deep-swirling Okeanos steers all things through all things, / everything issues from the one, the soul is led from drunkenness / to dryness, the sleeper lights up from the dead, / the man awake lights up from the sleeping." (Maximus, from "Dogtown - I")

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Stan Brakhage

Earthen Aerie (1995) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This hand-painted, step-printed film begins with several seconds of blank white (interrupted by red and brief electric yellow) and then proceeds to multiply flecked earth and rock shapes and root-like forms which seem to suck horizontally inward and upward midst phosphorescent greens and blues increasingly flecked with light-yellows giving way to tree-top branch likenesses taking oblique shape against a phosphor sky.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

I... (1995) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

"Whilst part of what we perceive comes through our senses from the object before us, another part (and it may be the larger part) always comes out of our own mind." - William James, The Principles of Psychology This is a hand-painted double-step-printed film (i.e., each frame repeated once) which begins with some ephemeral forms and pale tones reminiscent of the "blues" of frothing ocean breakers, the dun "yellows" of the beach, and a complexity of fleeting inter-mixed various other colors and lines suggestive of a variety of vegetable and animal life such as might appear within a sea scape. The black lines gradually become hieroglyphic and then thicken (whenever they appear) across the length of the film - becoming more and more globular in their vertical inter-weave with increasingly brilliant and then darkened colors. Sometimes there is a beseeming thicket of multiply colored shapes, sometimes a complexity more akin to animal cellular internal systems, and then, again, pale washes of tone remindful of the film's beginning. Finally the vertically moving globs and coils of glyph begin to thin, break up into broken lines interspersed with pointillistic imagery and horizontal washes of tone, punctuated by beseeming rock-hard (usually centered) shapes like brilliantly colored, but battered, flecks of form. Then the "washes" are interrupted by spaces of pure white which come, finally, to a whitened end.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Stan Brakhage

In Consideration of Pompeii (1995) 16mm, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Since the age of 17/18, I've been haunted by the catastrophe of Pompeii -- beginning with photographs (sold as pornography in high school) of the mummified lovers caught in coitus and preserved by the volcanic ash, revivified by many ghostly photographic books, but especially illuminated by Donald Sutherland's accounts and images from first hand experience of the ruins. Finally my homage in three parts: "The Flowers of Pompeii," "Ashen Snow," and "Angelus."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Lost Films, The (1995) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

They are travelogues in photographic fact and in the mind. Unable to afford printing them, I had stuck them in a drawer. The first was made in 1991, the second through sixth in 1992, seven and eight in '93, and the ninth in '92. 1) A travelogue "nocturne" on the city of London as illuminated by "glaze" finally off the surfaces of Turner's paintings. 2) A travelogue to the north of Finland shepherded by the midnight sun. 3) A hand-painted work, a "midsummer's night dream," still reflective of the experience of the previous summer in Finland. 4) A multiply pastel toned balloon of optical fog triumphing over the barest hints of photographic representation in the lower right hand corner. 5) A mountain meditation primarily in blue "mountains" of the mind shaped by amorphous dull yellows and faded violets. 6) A hand-painted film -- some of the same colors of the previous films moving through the sandbars and oceans of thoughtful recollection. 7) This is the eternally ephemeral process of attempts to remember imagery "giving way"/being-displaced-by the contemporaneously practical sighting of what confronts any given viewer at every shift of open eyes (or, as in the film, at every shift of camera, optical focus and montage of edit) -- the skeins of The Atlantic, the particularities of Boston night lights, and illuminated points West ending on a garbage truck in a parking lot by the deserts of New Mexico. 8) A dark "sea chante" of absolute photography. 9) The color negative of "truth" -- that is to say it is the whole truth (insofar as hand-painted film might aspire to achieve it) and a counterbalance epiphany to any such "truth" as might be put in quotes.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Stan Brakhage

Paranoia Corridor (1995) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

This film is an elaborately hand-painted step-printed work composed primarily of luminescent greens and blues in constantly shifting symmetrical shapes which suggest, rather than delineate, passage through a corridor. An increasingly menacing evolution of patterns is finally interrupted by a series of static shapes which almost appear to be symbols of resolution, ending on an almost-thigh-bone image.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Small b Series, The (1995) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

This consists of five titled "sections" (Brakhage's word) mounted on one reel: Retrospect: The Passover; Blue Black: Introspection; Blood Drama; I Am Afraid: And This Is My Fear; Sorrowing.-Fred Camper

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Emily Breer

Superhero (1995) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: Literature & Theater

Live-action, hand-drawn and computer graphic animation drive this high-speed fractured narrative about a Dionysian-like superhero who sometimes has to punch out Batman for being to goody-goody. SUPERHERO is an updated personalized humorous response to our traditional cartoon hero story.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Rudolph Burckhardt

Tree Streets (1995) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture, Philosophical

New York streets -- Maine woods -- New York With poems by Vincent Katz, Dances by Douglas Dunn, Dana Reitz, Grazia Della Terza. Rated M. B. S. T. B. A. (must be seen to be appreciated).

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Donna Cameron

Canvas (1995) VHS NTSC, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

CANVAS is an enclosure, as is any body of painting. It engages the act of painting: movement, gesture, pigment, orientation, space and the act of filming. The frames are the accruence of pigment, oils, dyes, gesso, applied with brushes, knives and hands to the surface. The surface, or emulsion, is either my own paper emulsion or commercial Kodak emulsion and has been treated to represent open-weave linen. To my sensibility, the screen, either film or video, or the canvas, are synonymous - they are the medium through which the image passes.

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

John Campbell

Form and Void (1995) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

(comes in hand-crafted box) A retinal-impact film composed of a succession of animated inkblot patterns that evolve from structures resembling strands of DNA to more complex, nearly subliminal images of plants, animals, demons and mandalas. This film was inspired by Zen Scholar, Alan Watts' interpretation of the Yin/Yang principle.

Rental: $40.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $50.00

Pip Chodorov

End Memory (Impromptu) (1995) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Keywords: Hand-processed

About ends and memory, the end of an era. I film to remember: the end of a summer, of a family, a last trip to Vermont before a separation, grandparents getting older.... I film impromptu, dissolving and fading in the camera. At night I develop the film in a beaker. It sticks together and stains, leaving traces and holes that only add to the nostalgia. I leave the film as is, adding only some improvised music, which by its minor harmonies and discordances goes well with the faded, stained pictures.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Asthma (1995) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Hand-processed, Political / Social Activism

A pro-smoking film for non-smokers made from an old smoking film and other footage. Hand-colored/cut-up SUPER smoking set to the complaints of a Juvenile about his parental controls, which he delivers in song form.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Anja Czioska

Bolero (1995) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance

Timo is Sybille. They get married. Romantic film performance-dance in a gravel-pit.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Cecilia Dougherty

My Failure to Assimilate (1995) VHS NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

"In My Failure to Assimilate, conversation, experience and descriptive memory are collaged together to create a range of intimate, disjunctive portraits-contrasted with a contemplative voyeurism. Simple street scenes and exteriors take on mythic proportions [and] the formal elements are resolutely video-graphic-lush, saturated and strobed." -- Leah Gilliam and Elisabeth Subrin Sale: $75 individual, $100 institutional

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Most Important Moment in my Life, The (1995) , 5 min

Rental: $30.00

Brian Frye

11/95: The Most Important Moment In My Life (Infinite Set) (1995) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

3/95 Untitled (1995) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

6/95: Striptease (1995) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Anna Geyer

Oolite (1995) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family

OOLITE is a story of birth and the creative process. Birth is a facet of life often overlooked or impersonally addressed solely through medical terminology in Western culture. OOLITE is the story of the birth of my sister told personally from multiple perspectives. It is told by my grandmother (Louise Kimball), my mother (Bethanne Kimball-Parker), my sister herself (Bettina Geyer), and through the visual images of my remembrances of that time. A primary concern of this piece lies in the function of memory; how we remember what we remember and why. What triggers memory? Why do different people remember the same event differently? What makes a remembered instant different from the perpetual procession of forgotten moments which constitute our lives? I employed a method of projecting film on various surfaces, reframing, reshooting and thus recontextualizing my work in order to convey variations in perspective and a distance from the original image (event). The often visual immediacy of dreams versus the third person retelling of that dream, in comparison to the remembered thought or details provided by a relative of your own childhood experiences, are other elements I address, for film is a medium of experiential immediacy sharing qualities of both dreams and memories. OOLITE creates an environment, a rhythm of movement through time, which is neither dream nor memory but exists filmically and blurs the boundaries of both.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Joe Gibbons

Barbie's Audition (1995) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

Pixelvision. "BARBIE'S AUDITION is a hilarious bit of throwaway sleaze: Gibbons tries to get the meat-puppet substitute to spend some time on the casting couch." -- Amy Taubin, The Village Voice Video rental price: 25.00 (individuals); 200.00 (institutions)

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Leah Gilliam

Sapphire and The Slave Girl (1995) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

"A sort of scratch-mix riff tape somewhat based on the 1959 feature film Sapphire which is a fictional story about the murder of a black woman who had been passing for white. Referencing everything from Marlowe to Shaft, this tape situates itself in the persona of the hard-boiled detective story." -- Tammy Rae Carland, of Mr. Lady Records and Tapes Racial politics are positioned at the core of the intrigue, the theme around which the mystery spins. And the city, Chicago, provides the premises from which a theorem is proved. Action passes for fiction; architecture and streets pass for avenues of control. Things are not always what they seem, and yet?

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Silvianna Goldsmith

Hearts, Chains And Flowers (1995) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage

Filmed from a choreographed eternal B and D triangle, old found erotic footage, optically printed and rear screen rephotograhped with a Matte Box, and hand painted. According to Stekel, in all of us is the will to power and the will to power and the will to submission; every pleasure is close to pain, and in all love there is some hate. To be able to stretch our boundaries and explore our shadow side, here with a bit of black humor, this is part of our new freedoms.--S. G.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Vincent Grenier

Surface Tension #2 (1995) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

This film was partly shot in Kinemacolor. A process which was used in 1915 to obtain fairly illusionistic colors from black & white films by filming and projecting them through synchronized, red and green filters.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Sharon Greytak

Love Lesson, The (1995) VHS NTSC, color, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

I've always admired people who have the strength, determination and clarity to do things their own way. The way the two women make their own rules-and the idea of a young person with AIDS, someone doesn't perceive a support structure... what if someone who is just carving out their sexual identity, at that age when it's natural to be fearless, is faced with this? There's the tendency to put a light, positive spin on things in order to go on with life. But in reality, when you have to deal with the difficulties of daily life, that wears thin pretty fast. --S. G. (Shot on 16mm)

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Birgit Hein

Baby I Will Make You Sweat (1995) 16mm, color, 63 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

In this highly personal and intimate travel diary, Birgit Hein has filmed with great candor her problems with aging, her need for tenderness, the frustration of beeing alone and her experience in Jamaica.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Henry Hills

Heretic (1995) 16mm, color, 15 min

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

HERETIC, or The Genius Preview, is composed from outtakes from the 1992 Joe Gibbons/Emily Breer feature THE GENIUS, and stars Gibbons, Karen Finley, Adolphus Mekas, Henry Hills, Mark McElhatten, Tony Oursler, Keith Sanborn, and Jennifer Montgomery, with original music by Naked City ("HERETIC, the original movie soundtrack," available on AVANT Records, disk UNION R-250225), original titles, some rephotography off the original videos, and original narration performed by Frank Snider. A study of editing and its relation to the mechanics of the brain, HERETIC initially poses as a preview to the Gibbons film which it then deconstructs and reforms into a satire on psychotherapy.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

R. Hoeplinger

Unko (1995) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Body functions: eating, drinking, shiting -- pfuit -- pfuit ! Represented by mice, worms, rabbits, people -- unkh, oahh, oink -- oink.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Jim Hubbard

Memento Mori (1995) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Memento Mori MEMENTO MORI tells about death .... It surpasses the formal inventory of feature film cinema to develop its own narrative structure as a filmic poem. ... [He] chooses ... Cinemascope - not as a visual gag, but as a necessary means to communicate his visual motives. ... [W]hen Hubbard shows a skull, or his friend in front of a still life, or a woman cleaning a room, he does not ... juggle with metaphors and symbols, but shows ... what lies behind the symbolic connotations of the images on screen: What is it like when a body doesn't move anymore? How does it feel -- the ashes of the dead or the soil which covers a corpse? ... Most paradoxical however [in] MEMENTO MORI ... cinematic images do not erase life with stereotypes but let life live on, somewhere else, outside the screen. ... In this context, the final image of MEMENTO MORI is one of the most haunting and beautiful we experienced." -- Stefan Hayn Award: Winner, Jury Ursula Award, Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Short Film, 1995 Note: Anamorphic Lens available upon request.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Ken Jacobs

Disorient Express (1995) 35mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

This is not formalist cinema; order interests me only to the extent that it can provide experience. Watch the flat screen give way to some kind of 3-D thrust, look for impossible depth inversions, for jeweled splendor, for CATscans of the brain. I'm banking on this film reviving a yen for expanded consciousness. -K. J.

Rental: $125.00
35mm Rental: $125.00

Heiko Kalmbach

Man is Lying in a Bathtub and His Nose is Starting to Bleed, A (1995) DVD NTSC, color, 17 min

Collaboration with Las Theuerkauff

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Heiko Kalmbach

Final Curtain (1995) DVD NTSC, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

A man reacts to applause

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00A

John Knecht

301 Nails... No Air Loss!! (1995) 16mm, color, 6.5 min

Genre: Experimental

301 Nails... is a continuation of a series of work which considers destiny. Set in a gambling casino near a boxing ring next to the big church behind the race track. The protagonist and "Spider" duck and weave their way through the day's events tempting fate with their own prophesies. They finally end up skipping town and head to the big game in Mermerosa only to come to a screeching halt.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Caroline Koebel

Puss! The Booted Cat (1995) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Erotic

PUSS! THE BOOTED CAT is an erotic short that laps up the various incarnations of the classic fairytale Puss-In-Boots. The tale, popularized in 17th century France by author Charles Perrault, is here transformed into a contemporary adventure of unrequited love, lands-titles-and-goods-to-be-conquered, identities-to-be-claimed, and feminine feline power. The heroine, who is both the woman Mademoiselle Puss and Puss the car, battles loss and misfortune with irrepressible rebellious energies. At last she is able to relax in her throne of the Bubastic Queendom, enjoying music, dance, and a most unusual mushroom--it had once been the ogre whose vengeance is the catalyst of this particular episode in one of her nine lives. The film's black-and-white images, intertitles, nonsynchronous sound, low tech "tricks", and theatricalized acting-style borrow from early film even as its modern-day references, fast paced editing, and feminist sensibility place it paws down in the present. --C. K.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Alexis Krasilovsky

Epicenter U (1995) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment_nature

A first-hand account about healing from natural disaster, EPICENTER U. is also a multi-cultural portrait of a university which suffered $350 million in damages. "From gripping testimonials to comic relief, the new film EPICENTER U. chronicles the impact of the Northridge Earthquake on the people of California State University, Northridge." - Daily News "I have never been in a earthquake. While watching the film I really felt, for the first time, the costs to both the individual and the community of such a disaster. ... Drawing on her own original filmmaking style developed over years of notable filmmaking, she uses a collage of techniques (cinema verité, direct camera address interviews, slow motion, essayist documentary, poetry) to explore the film's complex and elusive subject matter. More importantly, perhaps, is her collaboration with her students. She gives them a real voice." -- Dr. Michelle Citron, Radio-TV-Film Dept., Northwestern University

Rental: $55.00
16mm Rental: $55.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $65.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $195.00

Lana Lin

Stranger Baby (1995) 16mm, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

Micro-narratives moving between fiction, non-fiction, and science fiction elaborate multiple meanings of the term "alien." "Substituting sly metaphor for political rhetoric on immigration, Lin examines our world of ethical and racial complexities." -- LA Asian Pacific Film Festival catalogue

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Cari Machet

Fretless Forgiveness (1995) VHS NTSC, , 5 min

Genre: Experimental

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

An ancestral piece that engages only the paternal parts of my family. This is a portrait of a facet of the makes in my family, these physical aspects are of a metaphor that mostly speaks of the spaces between the male and female in my family. This is also a self portrait of my relationship to the male figures and to life structures that represent maleness. --C. M.

Cari Machet

Winter Soul (1995) color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

This work is a portrait of a friend a memorial piece upon his death in January of 95 - his life movement and essence is hopefully engaged. --C. M.

Julie Murray

Anathema (1995) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Doubt as a shadow cast upon the doctor and his assistants who, through ritualized posturing, admit themselves to the arena of abject violence and inherit the disease they believe to be death. Camera original and 'found footage' home spun reveal some points in this ceremony where through feeble act and over-wrought desire contamination mortifies catharsis.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Kenji Onishi

Burning Star, A (1995) 16mm, color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Family

"A Burning Star depicts the physicality of destruction and disappearance through images of the Japanese filmmaker's father who dies and is cremated. Maintaining a solid rhythm and perspective, this film highlights the meaning and importance of "viewing" and "filming" in documentary." (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Asian Currents Programme)

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Abraham Ravett

Horse/Kappa/House (1995) 16mm, color, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan is the setting for The Legends of Tono (Tono monogatari), a unique collection of regional folktales, gathered in the early 20th century by Yanagita Kunio. The tales manifest and explain invisible forces and malevolent events which shape the psycho-cultural dimensions of Japanese indigenous beliefs and folk faith. Inspired by The Legends of Tono, HORSE/KAPPA/HOUSE records the surrounding landscape in a number of small villages throughout Iwate Prefecture in order to create a cinematic space which echoes, by implication and association, the external and unseen world in the environment. Exhibition: Ann Arbor Film Festival; Semana de Cinema Experimental, Madrid; Humboldt Film Festival; Athens Film/Video Festival; Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival; Sydney Film Festival; Melbourne Int'l Film Festival; Victoria Int'l Film Festival.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jennifer Reeves

Girl's Nervy, The (1995) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless

A nostalgic and exuberant study of the single frame and eye popping rhythms. Constructed by cutting, pasting, and painting both clear film and filmed images.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Andres Sanz

Emily, Greensboro 1995 (1995) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Nerve Tonic (1995) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Animated. A study in screen depth and bi-pack shooting. Rayograms in explosive shimmering colors. Awards and Exhibition (selected): Screened as an installation piece, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia; Knitting Factory, NY; Black Maria Film and Video Festival; Director's Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Warren (1995) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"Jeff Scher turns the table on his former teacher and mentor, creating an intimate dialogue between friends as well as a battle of directorial wills." -- Jon Gartenberg, SF Int'l Film Festival A portrait of Warren Sonbert. Exhibition: NY Film Festival; SF Int'l Film Festival; Millennium, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY. Collection: Museum of Modern Art, NY; Pacific Film Archive; Academy Film Archives.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Cynthia Madansky

We At Her (1995) Digital File, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: personal/diary/journal, queer/bi/trans

A story about a woman descending into mental illness.

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Cynthia Madansky

Internal Combusion (1995) DVD, Digital File, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, personal/diary/journal, political & social activism, queer/bi/trans

Internal Combustion breaks the many silences surrounding lesbians and AIDS. Interweaving the voices of two friends, Internal Combustion reflects on the often unspoken tensions within this epidemic of survival and power and mourning and loss. Co- directed by Alisa Lebow

16mm Rental: $250.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

16mm Sale: $1000
DVD NTSC Sale: $30.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Filmpoem for Wanda Phipps (1995) 16mm, color, 3.3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

I came across Wanda's poem in a journal called The World, and it just struck me, so to speak. Before even meeting her I shot a roll of street scenes, and the rest is history.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Madeline Schwartzman

Campus Trilogy, The (1995) 16mm, color, 41 min

Genre: Experimental

Soma-sema (1993) The Begat (1994) Dial P For Pagan (1995)

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Madeline Schwartzman

Dial P For Pagan (1995) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

A secret cult of male professors gathers together to perform a strange spell which will increase their flagging popularity on campus. But the spell misfires and summons a powerful ancient goddess, the Great Mother, who performs a spell of her own.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

M. M. Serra

Soi Meme (1995) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Erotic

Sound composition by Zeena Parkins. Erotic dance performance by Goddess Rosemary.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Tsutomo Stom Sogo

3 Films for Untitled (1995) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

1. Sun Sets in My Room 2. Short Time With My Grandmom 3. Three Moods in a View

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Caspar Stracke

Afterbirth (1995) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Tracing, re-constructing and reviving a filmscript of a passed away film-maker friend, that developed itself into a diary of the last three years of his life. AFTERBIRTH is the "outcome" of AFTER VANYUSHA (1995 | 16mm | 40 min. ) a previously released longer essayistic verion of the same subject. "Stracke uses the given possibilities of the medium film to continue a dialogue with a friend that passed away. The result is an impressing film that underlines Mr. Stracke's position as one of the most interesting experimental film makers in Germany." Johanes Tritschler, journal film # 28 with Gershom v. Schalfenberg, Markus M. Schilling

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Laura Waddington

Zone (1995) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A woman tells the story of a sea journey she made and take us on a eerie voyage inside her imagination. ZONE was shot with a spy camera on the cruiseship the QE2. "Stylized surveillance footage constructs a dreamlike narrative of desire and loss" -- The New York Video Festival 1996, Film Society of Lincoln Center Selected Screenings: The New York Video Festival 1996, Film Society of Lincoln Center; The 25th Montreal International Festival of New Film and Video, VIPER International Film, Video and Multimedia Festival, Lucerne; The 8th European Media Art Festival, Osnabruk; The 12th Hamburg Short film festival; The Knitting factory Video lounge, New York; Laura Waddington 'In person,' Austrian Film museum, Vienna, organized by Sixpack Film (upcoming) Rental copy: Beta SP NTSC

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Erika Yeomans

Bunny Boy (1995) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

"Music video" adapted from the stage version of Doorika's Japanese trilogy, Akogare No Pari (Paris of Our Dreams) inspired by the Takarazuka Revue and featuring Casey Spooner of FischerSpooner. Music RED RED MEAT, Pravda Records

Ken Jacobs

Make Light On Film (with Pulfrich filters) (1995) DVD NTSC, , 15 min

Genre: Experimental

...with use of a single dark (Pulfrich) filter. Berlin documented by the US after WW2, recorded again in 1986 by Flo and Ken feigning innocence when passing by elevated train between Capitalist showroom and Communist austerity. One roll of film is blank, evidence of East Berlin guards commanding the film be unloaded onto the station platform. KJ narrates.

DVD NTSC Rental: $65.00

Jonas Mekas

Imperfect 3-Image Films (1995) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal / Diary / Journal

"A series 'imperfect' three image films from my new film diaries" -- J.M.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Saul Levine

Light Hit (1995) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Textures of some Polaroid pictures found buried under snow. Leather jacket as pool for them to be hit (by light).

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

Queen of the Mist (1995) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, Beta SP NTSC, color, 29 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, History, Political / Social Activism

Tells, in narrative poetry, the story of Annie Edson Taylor -- the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and a forgotten American heroine. A 63 year-old teacher facing unemployment and poverty in 1901, Taylor decided to take up the challenge P.T. Barnum had issued and send herself over the Falls as her one hope to reverse her fortunes. Had Taylor been a man or a young beauty, she might have found the fame and fortune she hoped for. Instead, she was ignored and derided, robbed and abandoned by her managers, impersonated by an actress, and eclipsed by Bobby Leach -- who was the first man to go over Niagara Falls (ten years after her feat). She died in poverty at the age of 83. QUEEN OF THE MIST presents the events of Annie's life through impressionistic re-enactments, layered with archival materials. It imaginatively portrays Annie Taylor's daring feat and the ordeals she suffered in the years that followed it. It brings to light a courageous early 20th century woman whose story has been lost to history. QUEEN OF THE MIST was made at the invitation of and in collaboration with the poet, Joan Murray -- and is based on her narrative poems from the book of the same name. Excerpts from these poems, which creatively dramatize Taylor's life, are read by Ms. Murray. Mary Foskett plays Annie Edson Taylor, supported by a cast of 40 actors and extras. Sound design is by Jonathan Duckett.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $100.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00
BetaSP NTSC Rental: $100.00

3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $500.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $400.00
BetaSP NTSC Sale: $500.00

Bruce Baillie

P-38 Pilot (1995) VHS NTSC, , min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Craig Baldwin

Sonic Outlaws (1995) color & b/w, 87 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Music

Within days after the release of Negativland's clever parody of U2 and Casey Kasem, recording industry giant Island Records descended upon the band with a battery of lawyers intent on erasing the piece from the history of rock music. Craig "Tribulation 99" Baldwin follows this and other intellectual property controversies across the contemporary arts scene. Playful and ironic, his cut-and-paste collage-essay surveys the prospects for an "electronic folk culture" in the midst of an increasingly commodified corporate media landscape.

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Chuck Workman

The First 100 Years (1995) DVD NTSC, Color & Black and White, 89 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Subtitled "a celebration of American movies" this compilation documentary was produced for HBO with the association of the American Film Institute as part of the worldwide salute to the 100th anniversary of motion pictures. The film uses extensive historical and new interviews, from D.W. Griffith and Lillian Gish to important actors and directors of today, and hundreds of clips from well-known films to effectively tell the story of the American film. An entertaining primer on commercial American movie history and an exercise in stimulating and dynamic filmmaking. All producer's rental proceeds go to the American Film Institute.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Jerry Tartaglia

See For Yourself (1995) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography, body, personal /diary / journal, queer / bi / trans

The 17 minute film is an intimate document of a person as he dying from an infection associated with HIV. It has been edited to create the illusion that the viewer is looking at camera "rushes" or unedited "dailies" of a movie. This editorial choice affords the viewers an unencumbered emotional response to what they are seeing on the screen. See For Yourself is a silent film, shot largely in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Autumn of 1993. This film's subject is the filmmaker's friend, David Kline, who requested that this film be made in order for "people to see for themselves what A.I.D.S. look like." David Kline died in September 1993. Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection, 1996.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Dietmar Brehm

Party (1995) 16mm, b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Sometimes I film so that the actors seem to belong to the undead. The construction of the Found-Footage-Party shows Russian, Japanese, American and my own material which is hallucinated into a matrix in which functioning and non-functioning body parts appear as optical lubricant shadow labyrinth whilst simultaneously we hear someone shaving. (Dietmar Brehm)

16mm Rental: $72.00

Dietmar Brehm

Macumba (1995) 16mm, b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Sometimes the camera films of its own volition. Macumba shows an optical tangle in 13 scenes. As a start signal one hears a double hammer blow arising from a black screen, a sound like the nailing shut of a coffin. Macumba develops slowly out of the black. A black porno couple on the telephone in London. Then they meet on a snake in a park and are, together with Kalahari Bushmen mixed to a film matrix which is as incomprehensible as real life. Throughout Macumba the sound of rain can be heard. (Dietmar Brehm)

16mm Rental: $72.00

Boris Lehman

Life Lesson (Lecon de Vie) (1995) DVD PAL, Color, 105 min

Genre: Experimental

To attain knowledge, man and woman had to be willing to give up their innocence," says Boris Lehman. Life Lesson is a poetic and philosophic reflection on the theme of paradise lost. Some fifty persons illustrate the planet's convulsions and the world's vacillations. Trying to communicate, to commune with the invisible, they cry out, sing out, give out messages, each in their own way, in their own state of solitude. These are like multiple echoes that resemble waves in the water or stars in the sky. Behind these images and sounds that have been stifled by today's society, Lehman hunts for noises, cries, songs, messages that go astray. He says that if we look at the invisible we may hear the words. He invites us to look beyond the appearances of social life and to vibrate in tune with life's polyphony that is all around us." - Philippe Simon

DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Jonas Mekas

Happy Birthday to John (1995) 16mm, color, 24 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art and artists, personal diary/journal

"On October 9th, 1972, half of the music world gathered in Syracuse, N.Y., to celebrate the opening of John Lennon/Yoko Ono Fluxus show, designed by George Maciunas. Same day, a smaller group gathered in a local hotel room to celebrate John's birthday." - Jonas Mekas

Rental: $96
16mm Rental: $96

Vera Neubauer

The Lady of the Lake (1995) DVD_PAL, b&w, 20 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: family, literature

An ink on paper animation mixed with live action. It is based on a legend in which a mermaid falls in love with a young man and is allowed to share her life on land with him as long he doesn't strike her more than three times.

Rental: $80
DVD PAL Rental: $80

Liz Roberts

Collection - Three 16mm Films (1995-96) 16mm , Color and Black and White , min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Body, philosophical

- A List of Things that Makes the Heart Beat Faster - Cicatrix - Useless Seething

DVD NTSC Rental: $50

Liz Roberts

Cicatrix (1995 ) 16mm , Black and White , min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Biography and Autobiography , Body , Family

A cicatrix is a scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.

16mm Rental: $30
DVD NTSC Rental: $30

Tobe Carey

Woodstock Summer of '94 - Not the Music, Just the Scene (1995) DVD, color, 56 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: music

An independent view of the happenings surrounding the Woodstock Festival of 1994. Included are buying and selling of more T-shirts than you knew existed... action on the Woodstock Town Green, the site during and after the event... Mudstock and mud-people... in the tents with the people... gate crashers... pay per view hippies... the site clean up... and more...

Rental: $70.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $70 - institutional / $30 - individual

Faith Hubley

Rainbows of Hawai'i (1995) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation

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

Calling upon Hawai'ian legends and the art of the South Pacific, "Rainbows of Hawai'i" dramatizes the battle of Hi'iaka and the Dragon God, the tale of the little green shark who becomes the favorite of the village, the fables feats of Maui the prankster, and natural childbirth as taught by Haumea the singing tree. The sacredness of all children is celebrated by the dance of life and death. Co-produced by Emily Hubley, with music by Don Christensen.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

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