Peggy Ahwesh

Scary Movie, The (1996) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Family, Films about Film, Media

With Martina Torr and Sonja Mereu. "... THE SCARY MOVIE, by Peggy Ahwesh, [is an] amazingly complex (and just plain amazing) film informed by a wide range of issues and concerns, including feminism, psychoanalytic theory (especially Jacques Lacan), home-movie aesthetics, film genre conventions, and the notion of self-reflexivity in film. ... [S]he plays with the Freudian concept (filtered through Lacan) of the female's 'lack' of a penis, turning this core issue of psychoanalytic thinking on its head. ... In [this] film it is the male who 'lacks,' men being conspicuously absent, even when the 'narrative' calls for male roles. ... Ahwesh's work ... is notable in the way that it combines subjects of seriousness and gravity with an unparalleled control of the film medium, a disarming wit, and a frankness that catches one by surprise." -- Patrick Friel, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Peggy Ahwesh

Trick Film (1996) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Activities at home with the Mistress and her naughty pet.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Rebecca M. Alvin

Voices (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 23.25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

An unusual character study of an aging Catholic woman dealing with the eminent loss of her husband and her rowing delusion-filled mental illness. The film examines the alienation and loneliness of aging and of mental illness, while also exploring religion as a coping mechanism. Voices combines elements of fantasy, psychological horror, and drama into a thoughtful character study. It has been shown in a number of venues in the United States, including the Utah Short Film & Video Festival.

Rental: $70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Alan Berliner

Nobody's Business (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 60.00 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography, Family, Found Footage, Personal & Diary, Philosophical

Alan Berliner takes on his reclusive father as the reluctant subject of this poignant and graceful study of family history and memory. What emerges is a uniquely cinematic biography that finds both humor and pathos in the swirl of conflicts and affections that bind father and son. Ultimately this complex portrait is a meeting of the minds - where the past meets the present, where generations collide, and where the boundaries of family life are pushed, pulled, stretched, torn and surprisingly at times, also healed. Particularly in this age of low format video proliferation, Nobody's Business is notable for its masterful editing, stunning craft and exquisite filmmaking. Filmmaker Alan Berliner achieves a rare feat of inter-generational sleuthing as he weaves together aesthetically and emotionally rich interviews with his father and other family members, an extraordinary array of archival material, and live action sequences to create an inventive and touching essay on memory and family. Mining the hitherto untapped resources of long-distance relatives, some of whom were unknown to him prior to the making of the film, Berliner touches upon universal themes relating to families, regardless of cultural background. -- Rockefeller Foundation Catalogue "Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES "A funny, poignant, and densely textured look at family and personality... a film of unusual charms and stylistic verve -- affecting and revealing." -- VARIETY "A storyteller of profound scope and an editor of eye-popping skill, Berliner ultimately coaxes a hugely entertaining story out of his relatives -- an Albert Brooks comedy with the gravity of personal history. " -- CITY PAGES The News and Arts Weekly of the Twin Cities A gift to the whole human family -- hilarious, tender, provocative, witty, touching, instructive and, as with all works of art, exhilarating." -- NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK "I know of no one working in personal films today who can do so well what Alan Berliner does: bring dramatically alive the intense agon and ambivalence and love within families. His dazzling technical mastery of the relation between sound and image is always kept in the service of deep psychological truths." -- Philip Lopate. FILM COMMENT "What leapfrogs Berliner's work to the head of the pack is a combination of passionate involvement, cool/detached intellect, thematic consistency that mirrors the universal in the personal... and a virtual inability to bore the viewer. A Berliner hour is like a New York minute -- a lot happens in a short amount of time, and it's over before you know it." -- Morrie Warshawski, CHICAGO JEWISH STAR

Rental: $180.00
16mm Rental: $180.00

Stan Brakhage

Beautiful Funerals (1996) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

BEAUTIFUL FUNERALS is a hand-painted double-step-printed film composed of 1) dense blackness variously punctuated by brilliantly colored jewel/flower-like shapes AND 2) interruptive white sections which are fuzzily dotted with blurred whites and criss-crossed by black "brushstrokes" and hard-edge straight black and white lines. Finally there is a brilliant pinkish flare veined with curled blue lines which engenders a resolution between these (above described) alternating modes -- colors in the straight-line sections, lines among the artifice of "flowers," a kind of dark lattice-form which knits the two modes, gray and colored "clouds" which correlate them. (Note: the credit to Sam Bush, Western Cine, is simply an homage to his creative craftsmanship. He is a paid employee of Western Cine, Denver, Colorado, who was hired for this job: he is in no sense a collaborator on this work.)

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

Blue Value (1996) 16mm, color, 2.5 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a hand-painted step-printed film which begins with slow dissolves of what appear to be decaying leaves, crumpled browns and golds and oranges which assume qualities of earth and rock shot-through with flashes of crystalline prism colors and jagged scratch marks amidst glows of multiple coloration with increasing blues, varieties of tones of blue, from turquoise to near-purple -- these variations of tone (and shape, as well) gradually convey, given the comparatively few appearances of blue, a formal domination over all other tones (and attendant shapes) of the spectrum of the film.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Commingled Containers (1996) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

The film begins with anamorphic lens vision of water, prismatically etched dark blue needles of watery turbulence shifting radically in sudden twists of the anamorphic lens. . . a sense of a violently roughened surface to a stream which cuts to a darkened quietude of gently evolving under-water bubbles, pulsing like living entities. The entire film juxtaposes its water surface tensions and its under-water pulsing forms of light, its blues of water surface reflecting sky, and whites of watery turbulence, and its sub surface world of quiet whites yellows and oranges, ending finally on a surface shot which resolves these tones.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Divertimento (1996) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

This, painted in the hospital while recovering from cancer surgery in 1996, is -- it seems to me -- very related to De Kooning's Alzheimer's paintings. The mind, here, is seeking a "blank" and/or holding fast to tendrils of meaning which are stripped so bare as to be purely reflective of flesh tissue and irregular strands of cells.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Fur of Home, The (1996) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

A hand-painted double-frame printed film which begins with textures reminiscent of a gray shag rug that is fretted by green and golden flashes-of-shape deepening into darker solid purples and even black solidities at brief intervals: this evolves into black hair-like lines which curl and trace circularities midst all earlier textures, forms and colors until, finally, tanned flesh and blood tones predominate. Suddenly a sweep of thin black verticals generate a recapitulation of the beginning which, then, ends on a glob of black.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Preludes (...) 1 - 6 (1996) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

PRELUDES 1-6 is comprised of six hand-painted and double-frame printed sections of 16mm film: 1) Turquoise and maroon-toned thin lines of paint are inter-spersed with variously toned circular "water-marks" of blotched paint giving-way to multi-colored brush strokes and finally fulsomely darkened and thickened brush-strokes which then thin to something akin to the beginning. 2) Interplay of toned rectangular shapes, vertical and horizontal and diagonal lines in juxtaposition with hardened darker shapes which gradually shift tone and lighten until ending on thin blues. 3) Many white interruptive frames and absolutely straight-edged multi-colored lines amidst "clouds" of color, finally thickened into blobs with lengthy white (clear leader) spacing between them. 4) Much depth of multi-colored thickened shapes which appear to be super-imposed upon each other, semi-transparent in their "weave" with each other which is increasingly interrupted by ragged-edged blobs and smears of color. 5) This section is very similar to #4 except that it is composed of extremely thin-lined colors and sharply delineated shapes which are constantly interrupted by "cloud"-like forms. 6) Interplay of mostly horizontal linears inter-woven with "watermark" forms in a wide variety of tones which gradually tend to dissolve into blues at end.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Stan Brakhage

Preludes (...) 7 - 12 (1996) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

This is a collection of six hand-painted sections interspersed by black leader ... which has been and will ONLY be shown in this form under this title. The first is what I call "plein-aire abstract" inasmuch as I am, while making the film, observing specific surroundings (primarily Vancouver Island, mostly in the city of Victoria) but am painting the reactions of my internal optic system affected by external scenes, only occasionally (and obliquely) identifiable. The ocean, the trees, the varieties of cityscape and landscape assert themselves as "pictures" (there is even a mirror image of a neon bar sign which persists for a few frames twice) but the images are essentially a wash and tangle of nervous feedback, sometimes influenced by, say, the colors of inlet waters, sometimes the wavemovements, but more ordinarily by the cellular shifts and shapes of the optic system receiving exterior imagery. The second is as removed as possible from any recognition of either exterior scene of interior feedback phenomena. It is, in its ineffability, as close to pure visual music as I can make it, more inspired by The Preludes of Bach or The Preludium of Buxtehude than anything of my surroundings when I was painting. The third, again, is "plein-aire abstraction" as defined above (painted in New York City) -- with, for example, even a correctly toned green impression of The Statue of Liberty -- and, then, impressions of Toronto with its architectural particularities appearing, midst hurrying people -- shapes (almost as if photographed at times). This segment is Double-Printed (i. e., two frames for every painted one). The fourth is also Double-Printed and, as such, is an extreme mixture of 1) darks shot thru with jewel-like bursts of color, and 2) very white bursts of light and fleeting colored forms. This is a purely interior vision and as unlike anything describable as I could possibly make it. Double-printing and plein-aire also is the fifth section: herein thick weaves of multicolored lines and dull-colored blobs play off against each other. The sixth, and last section is almost a bursting of mostly golden light forms as if heralding sunlight itself in their hurried (single-frame) display.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

Two Found Objects of Charles Boultenhouse (1996) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

A thin oval of green-tinged light in thick darkness persists, then gradually descends below the bottom of the frame and, after a pause, rises again to its original position. Out of the surrounding darkness a figure slowly emerges, a woman in a purple robe who moves with stately steps back and forth across the screen, finally fully apparent in the "line" (or circle) of light. She throws off her robe and appears in her white shift, lies prone upon the floor, then rises into a dance of rhythmed postures which subside to a kneeling and bound-down position from which she retrieves her robe, enrobes herself again, circles the "pool" of light and is obliterated by four yellow flashes of light (simultaneously, at the four corners of the frame). Out of the darkness there appears the close-up of the upper face and fixed eyes of a young man (Charles Boultenhouse) whose unblinking gaze is intercut with the figure of the torso, head and arms of a male dancer with whitened ringlets of hair superimposed with right-to-left leaps of his legs and by up-reaching fingers which surround the dancer, finally, and mimic his own hand gestures. This is interrupted by flashes of a golden face-mask which obliterates the dancer and is swiftly intercut with a purple circle surrounded by red which ends the film. (This material was found in boxes of unfinished film projects which Charles Boultenhouse [and presumably Parker Tyler] worked with in the 1950s-1960s. Anna Duncan, one of the "Isadorables" adopted [as well as trained in childhood] by Isadora Duncan was discovered working with Charles in Brentano's bookstore: he felt compelled to preserve this lineage of Duncan, perhaps the greatest dancer innovator of the 20th century --x certainly the most famous. While the film was never finished, certainly this section, as well as the following self-portraiture, speaks for itself.)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Monkey and The Engineer, The (1996) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

Once upon a time an engineer had a monkey who watched everything he did, wherever he went in his locomotive. One day the engineer went to get something to eat and left the monkey by himself. The monkey got tired of waiting so he pulled the throttle and down the road he went... From a song by Jesse Fuller, with Bill Rice and Hugh Burckhardt, sets by Tom Burckhardt, and music by Marc Ribot.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Abigail Child

B/Side (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Child's B/SIDE is a provocative exploration of the urban homeless, combining sensitive footage of their exterior situation and entering imaginatively into interior fantasies. Framed by footage of the encampment locally known as Dinkinsville on New York's Lower East Side, where some of the homeless of Tompkins Square Park settled after the riots of June 1991, the movie begins with the encampment's first night and ends with the fire and subsequent destruction of the lot in October of the same year. Applying rhythmic construction, poetic license and a generous eye to bodies in poverty, B/SIDE documents a gritty vision of late 20th century urban life. "[F]ew of the films, experimental of otherwise, display the visual confidence and sociopolitical torque of Abigail Child's meditation on homelessness, B/SIDE, which is as modest and resonant as most alternative film is jejune." -- Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice, March 1997 "[A] rich Impressionistic work incorporating a stunning use of sounds and fragments of music; B/SIDE is as lyrical as it is critical." -- Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times, October 1997 "Through both cinematic and emotional means, Child keeps her subjects and objects in a sustained and melodic forward motion, to achieve a tight web of dramatic tension." -- Jan Meisner, New York Talk "B/side shows the other side of Reagonomics, Director Abigail Child combines documentary with fiction and smart wit in a poetic montage to present a complicated and heartfelt portrait of colonialism at home. These events take place only a mile from Wall Street. The public is forced to look, even as the position of the camera changes. Sometimes the camera is the bystander, at other moments it is the perspective of the homeless themselves."--The Daily, Rotterdam Film Festival. "Abigail Child's latest film works like a finely crafted poison dart. Its initial hit is subtle; the effect is curare - hypnotic, over-powering, lethal. ... Through a stylish, yet edgy, mix of staged shots, documentary footage and soundscapes -- Child takes the viewer inside a homeless woman's world. ... [S]mart and fearless." -- Gordon Bowness, XTRA!, Toronto, April 1997 Awards: Official Selection, London and Rotterdam Int'l film festivals; Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1997; Oberhausen Film Festival Touring Package and Archive; Prize Winner, Ann Arbor Film Festival; OsnabrUck Media Arts Festival; Cineprobe, Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Angela Christlieb

Medusa Suicida (1996) 16mm, black and white, 14 min

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Martha Colburn

Cholesterol (1996) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

"Using collage and found footage, Colburn creates noisy portraits of our most simultaneously dreadful and beautiful desires (cholesterol-ridden food, alcohol, smoking, and a bit of sex too) to create a world where every image is in constant flux, shifting from glorious, colorful stability to scratchy, flickering cacophony all in a matter of micro-seconds". (program notes by Jeff Lambert 98)

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Peter Cramer

Introducing Mr. Diana (1996) VHS NTSC, color, 27 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Political / Social Activism

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - INTRODUCING MR. DIANA, a video short documenting the arrival of controversial comic book artist and illustrator Michael Diana--the hottest astral flame to scorch New York City's creative underbelly--to New York City. Facing obscenity charges in Florida, he has already done time there for his shocking and outrageously funny pictorial observations. His stellar popularity in the underground realm of ribald iconiclasm has made him a current target of authoritative 'zine'-o-phobia. In his art he exposes the hypocrisy of common atrocities committed in the name of Traditional Values: those of Family, Church, and Nation; Ideas that he gets straight from TV news. Mike's soft spoken, gentle character is in sharp contrast to the harsh images of bloody sexuality he creates. His persona combines the raw innocence of Melvile's Billy Budd with the lusty ingenuousness of Voltaire's Candide. The video features the "three faces of Mike": Artist, Political Scapegoat, and Object Of Desire. Explore the territory "Inside Michael Diana", as the film makers survey his surfer-buff physique. He stands poised amidst the jumble of severed limbs, human genitalia, and visceral secretions of his own creation. The video also features an appearance by Martha Wilson, whose sexually explicit exhibition and performance curatorial of the past twelve years made her alternative space Franklin Furnace a front-runner in challenging today's harshly vindictive climate of censorship in public art funding, production, and presentation.

Rental: $30.00 sale price 50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $50.00

Anja Czioska

Jonas Mekas, Friday 13th October, 1995 N. Y. C (1996) 16mm, black and white, 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Jonas, Birgit and Anja make a trip to the Brooklyn Bridge. Taxi driving, be buying, drinking, doing funny things and dancing. It was a nice afternoon.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Anja Czioska

Princess Marina (1996) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Marina eat a carrot. Marina is a Princess. Marina is naked.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lisa DiLillo

Engorge, Gobble & Gulp (1996) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Political / Social Activism

A humorous allegory told through a surprise narrator that critiques societal control over the female body both in the aesthetic realm and the sexual realm. The narrator encourages women to participate in self exploration and guilt-free indulgence.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Karisa Durr

Grade AA Butt (1996) VHS NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body

"Karisa Durr examines the female buttocks in all its grandeur in the film Grade AA Butt." -Frameline

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Gerndinand & Corline (1996) 16mm, , 9 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

A deaf couple walks along a fence communicating in sign language. They are followed by a blind girl holding a stick and rattling it against the fence. Later the words "The Future" roll over the girl and we see the same girl, at a younger age, observing the scene.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Janie Geiser

Secret Story, The (1996) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth

THE SECRET STORY arose as a response to several beautifully decayed toy figures from the 1930s that were given to me as a gift. These figures, and other toys, objects and illustrations that I found from the period between the world wars, suggested a kind of unearthed hidden narrative which I have attempted to re-piece together, as if these figures were the hieroglyphics of a just-forgotten tongue. THE SECRET STORY revolves around the central figure of the woman, and her girl-double, who look somewhat like versions of Snow White. She wanders through landscapes of rivers and floods, home and war, and memory and illness, culminating in an ecstatic walk in the forest, suggesting both the dark and cathartic trajectories of the richest fairy tales. In his review of the 1996 New York Film Festival in Film Comment, Paul Arthur writes: "Geiser's film ... creates a child's vision of domestic immersion and foreboding out of crudely articulated antique dolls, toy blocks, and paper cutouts. Against a photographic background of a floodbound house, figures of mother and daughter exchange symbiotic knowledge of household routines, tasks, or games .... Recurrent images of a doctor and a nun, along with shifting veils of color, evoke a condition merging physical illness with spiritual floating. Although the 'secret' is never spelled out, the degree of emotional affect generated by or around Geiser's expressionless objects is compelling." THE SECRET STORY was chosen by Film Comment's Gavin Smith as one of the Best Short Films of 1996.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Michael Gitlin

Berenice (1996) 16mm, color, 51 min

Genre: Experimental

Berenice is a meditation on a dream of lost plenitude, and its inversion into decay. The events depicted in the film concern the formation and dissolution of a utopian community in 1832, and the psychic and physical disintegration of two members of that community. In an allusion to the interiority of the main character, Berenice, whose flashbacks form the film's narrating consciousness, the oblique and inward-turning fictive structure gives itself over to delirious visual asides. The film is partially adapted from the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name. Additional primary sources used in constructing the film include texts by the 19th-century French utopian Charles Fourier and the collected letters from Brook Farm.

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Nicky Hamlyn

White Light (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Donald Hughes

Follower, The (1996) 16mm, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

16mm CinemaScope or flat print, DVD, VHS THE FOLLOWER blends a B-movie plot with the radical narrative shorthand of pure film. Two solitary people, a fashion model (Sandra Locke) and an art collector (C. B. Anderson) wreak havoc on each others' lives over possession of a valuable work of art. The story is set amidst the cultural iconography of the 1960s. The soundtrack, almost entirely without dialogue, combines source music and natural sound. A mysterious ending hints at who the survivor may be. Special opening night selection, 1999 CineVegas International Film Festival. "Excellent ... I was really held by it."-- Kathleen LaCamera, VISN Cable Network. film rental $75 (specify CinemaScope or flat letterboxed print) optional scope lens rental $10 DVD sale $45, VHS sale $35

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Cindy Kleine

Holy Matter (1996) , min

Rental: $50.00

Nicole Koschmann

Cinderella Lies (1996) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

A short narrative that explores patterns of communication in a heterosexual relationship that has lost its passion.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Barbara Meter

Departure On Arrival (1996) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

In this film I attempt to communicate the feeling of evaporation, of disappearing and slipping away of the fragile material which is called time. Barbara Meter's Departure on Arrival draws the viewer into a world which is both historically specific and powerfully emotive. The film gives a strong sense of a European life, possibly though not necessarily Jewish, lived in the middle and latter parts of the 20th century, with references further back: to Imperial Germany and to the succeeding inter-war period. The film beguiles the viewer with black and white images and fragments of sound from a wide variety of sources: footage from train stations and domestic interiors, old phtographs, whirling masses of grain, the imprint of what looks like fur on the surface of the film, and glimpses of text; an indistinguishable moment of conversation, the sound of footsteps, snatches from popular music of Eastern Europe and from works in the Western classical tradition.

Bill Morrison

Film of Her, The (1996) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, erotic, Found Footage

"...Morrison's THE FILM OF HER is based on the story of a Library on Congress clerk who saved a vaultful of paper reels, documenting the earliest days of cinema, from the incinerator. A gorgeous tribute to the art form's origins, this 12-minute short is anchored by the memory of this man, who has fixed in his mind since boyhood the image of a woman he saw in an early porn film. 'The Film of Her' is what drives the clerk to save the films, this collective memory, and it also serves as the focal point for Morrison's thoughts on personal experience and the happenstance of history. Drawing comparisons between the primordial ooze and the elemental flicker of a light projector, or between Lumiere babes, magic a la Melies, and the gears of industry, Morrison reminds us that even the most brilliant and brave creations begin as cherished ideas nurtured in dedicated imaginations and subjected to the whims of chance." - Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Laura Parnes

Real Life, Music, Television: A Trilogy (1996) VHS NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Music

Real Life Music Television is a trilogy of music videos which examine the hyper-self-consciousness of adolescents. The following is a description of the three distinct sections: The images from "Performance" are derived from found footage of an 8th grade talent show and are combined with a list of gender-specific transformative sexual memories from the age of 4-18. This awkward dance is that of adolescent girls whose sexual development is shaped by an awareness that they are the spectacle; a performer who exists as a reflection of the desire of others, while being consumed with desire themselves. "Ladies, There's a Space You Can't Go" is a deconstruction and a distortion of an episode of Sally Jesse Raphael titled "My Daughter Dresses Like A Hooker". Sampled audience statements and a driving dance beat merge with distorted talk show participants to form a self-mutilating music video. "Talent Show" is derived from the same found footage as "Performance". The young boys lip-synch to a bubble gum rock song as they attempt to publicly assert their new-found sexual power.

Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

Law of Desire (1996) VHS NTSC, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

This tape is part three of the white trash girl series (see above). This particular episode features Trelita, a Chicana sex worker with an abusive boss and a dead boyfriend (who she may or may not have murdered). This tape suggests that all attempts to deconstruct/overcome oppression must regard race, class and gender equally.

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jennifer Reeves

Chronic (1996) 16mm, color, 40.00 min

Genre: Experimental

"(Chronic) conveys a disturbed mind through a pastiche of visual styles, effectively and often movingly with a camera that seems both playful and emotionally subjective. The rapidly shifting tones and moods of this work both give it energy and suggest the "unquiet thoughts" of a mind that hasn't found a resting place". -- Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Peter Rose

Language Language (1996) 16mm, color, 44 min

Genre: Experimental

Casandra Stark Mele

Films vol.2 (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 60 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

"Death of an Arabian Woman" (1991) originally 16mm, color, 12 min. With music by Motherhead Bug. Harkening back to her use of Catholic imagery in "Dead on my Arm," this film positions Stark as a wanderer, able to create life and in the company of religious prophets. The film is shot in Napoli and New York. "The Anarchists" with music by Missing Foundation and Menace Dement "Parades of Crazy" originally super-8, color and b/w with music by The Trees. Incorporates several processions from both Italy and New York revealing them as cathartic and transformative experiences. VHS sale price: $40 individual, $100 institutional

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Edie Steiner

Roses Are Blue (1996) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Jack Waters

Introducing Mr. Diana (1996) VHS, color, 27 min

Genre: Experimental

FROM THE NAKED EYE CINEMA - INTRODUCING MR. DIANA, a video short documenting the arrival of controversial comic book artist and illustrator Michael Diana--the hottest astral flame to scorch New York City's creative underbelly--to New York City. Facing obscenity charges in Florida, he has already done time there for his shocking and outrageously funny pictorial observations. His stellar popularity in the underground realm of ribald iconiclasm has made him a current target of authoritative 'zine'-o-phobia. In his art he exposes the hypocrasy of common atrocities committed in the name of Traditional Values: those of Family, Church, and Nation; Ideas that he gets straight from TV news. Mike's soft spoken, gentle character is in sharp contrast to the harsh images of bloody sexuality he creates. His persona combines the raw innocence of Melvile's Billy Budd with the lusty ingenuousness of Voltaire's Candide. The video features the "three faces of Mike": Artist, Political Scapegoat, and Object Of Desire. Explore the territory "Inside Michael Diana", as the film makers survey his surfer-buff physique. He stands poised amidst the jumble of severed limbs, human genitalia, and visceral secretions of his own creation. The video also features an appearance by Martha Wilson, whose sexually explicit exhibition and performance curatorial of the past twelve years made her alternative space Franklin Furnace a front-runner in challenging today's harshly vindictive climate of censorship in public art funding, production, and presentation.

Rental: $30.00 sale price: 50.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

16mm Sale: $50.00

Lili White

House of the Gentle, The (1996) 16mm, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

"Lili White has the courage to carry her creative effort undaunted in a most captivating way."-- Professor Ben Hayeem, New York University Lili White presents her interpretation of the eight hexagrams of the I Ching which fall under its House of the Gentle. The pieces are poetic collages that combine performance, which is used as a symbolic action, along with footage of nature. The hexagrams are: #57, The Gentle; The Penetrating; #9, The Taming Power of the Small; #37, The Family; #42, Increase; #25, Innocence; #21, Biting Through; #27, Providing Nourishment/The Corners of the Mouth; and #18 Decay/Work on What Has Been Spoiled.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Saul Levine

Rolls and Stumbles With Cherries In The Middle (1996) VHS NTSC, Super 8, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Impersonations for the camera by Alison Tsoi, Nina Fonoroff,and Saul Levine. Additional camera by Silvia Gruner. Purchase Price: 40.00 Individual / 105.00 Institutional

Scot-Free

Strange Love (1996) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Erotic

Cinema of Transgression founder Nick Zedd stars in this sick little film as one half of a jaded Lower East Side couple that's become bored of straight sex. Wanting to spice things up a bit they imitate some rough sex action they see on TV with gory consequences. Official Selection: 7th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival Official Selection: 2nd Annual Boston Underground Film Festival

16mm Rental: $40.00

Frank Biesendorfer

No. 10 Supernarzisst (1996) 16mm, b&w, 6.00 min

A self portrait film about self-conscientiousness and posing in front of a PEZ machine

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Frank Biesendorfer

Pelikan (1996) 16mm, color, .1 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: diary_ journal

A film that deals with movement and transformation

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Helen Hill

House of Sweet Magic (1996-2004) DVD NTSC, color and black & white, 60 mins min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed

Helen Hill(1970-2007) was a filmmaker and activist raised in Columbia, South Carolina and settled in New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied Experimental Animation at Harvard and California Institute of the Arts. She taught film workshops wherever she went, and compiled "Recipes For Disaster: A Film Cookbooklet". Helen championed low-budget and do-it-yourself approaches to filmmaking, including super 8, handprocessing, and drawing-on-film, and insisted "that it is a good idea behind a film and not fancy technology or a big budget, that makes a great film." The House of Sweet Magic is a 10 film compilation. Tunnel of Love (1995);Rain Dance (19900; Scratch and Crow (1995) Your New Pig is Down the Road (1999); World's Smallest Fair (1995); Vessel (1992) and Film for Rosie (2001)

DVD NTSC Sale: $20.00 individual and 60.00 institutional

Larry Jordan

Postcard From San Miguel (1996) DVD NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

The mystery and the beauty of Mexico's high desert colonial town, its churches, its abandoned silver mine, its statues and colored streets. Lines from Garcia Lorca.

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

Oona Mekas

MEMORIES OF SOHO: PART ONE (1996) DVD_NTSC, color, 14 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: envirornment / nature, history, landscape / architecture, personal diary / journal

Short documentary. In 1976, the filmmaker's father, Jonas Mekas, made a film called Paradise Not Yet Lost. Many scenes in the film were street scenes of Soho, New York City from 1967-75. Twenty years later, the filmmaker creates a record of Soho from the 60s, 70s & 90s, revisiting the neighborhood with her video camera and juxtaposing images from Mr. Mekas' 1976 film.

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Bill Brand

Suite (1996-2003) DVD NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

This suite of videos addresses personal and family history, in part, dealing with the implications of being the only sibling of five not to have inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that generally leads to kidney failure in middle age. In these works, I explore the body as a site both of beauty and abjection. Suite includes: MY FATHER'S LEG--In this self-portrait I imagine the disease and pain which caused my father's death twenty-five years earlier. Now that I am older than he at his death, I find, in images of my own body complex feelings of love, guilt, grief and regret. INTERIOR OUTPOST -- Here, my body is explicitly a screen on which I project photographs from the family archive to articulate my position of difference within the family experience of illness and death. DOUBLE NEPHRECTOMY -- This double portrait cinematically projects my sister's wound onto my own body and psyche. Shortly after she received a living donor kidney from a friend, I filmed the scar that resulted from removing both her damaged organs. This video projects that image of her two-week-old scar onto my own body, visualizing my complex feelings of knowing I have been spared the gene that caused her disease. In the video, I find, on my own body, the imagined scars we share. MOXIBUSTION -- Also a double portrait, this video is an inside-out variation on DOUBLE NEPHRECTOMY. Here, the video uses projected light to penetrate my own body picturing my sister in her trade as an acupuncturist. While she treats me through burning herbs (moxibution) and acupuncture needling, the video imagines the body as landscape. The contradiction between her commitment to an ancient healing practice and her dependence for survival on high technology surgical and chemical medicine is an implicit subtext of the video. GAZELLE -- This is a portrait of my wife, the artist Katy Martin in her studio painting directly on her own body while imagining a wild animal. While not centered on the theme of family disease like the other three videos, this piece does also explore the body as a site of beauty and abjection.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $90.00 institutional, $30.00 home

Betzy Bromberg

Divinity Gratis (1996) 16mm, color & b/w, 59 min

'An opus to the evolution of civilisation.' - B.B. 'Ravishing' - Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times 'An hour long and seven years in the making, Divinity Gratis locates personal experience and subjective vision in a history of the human species, culminating the technological revolutions that dominate the last years of the millennium. References to the atomic bomb and the moon landing, often incongruous or ironic, form a grid on which movement up from primeval elements through the appearance of animals and buildings to the modern city and the worlds of contemporary science and religion, culminating in a more lyrical section in which a young woman Bromberg herself is introduced into a condensed recapitulation of the whole film. Unconstrainedly eclectic and ranging freely among biological close-ups, museum dioramas, Gothic cathedrals, workers in the Los Angeles sex industries, and the Trinity Site on the White Sands Missile Range, where the first atomic bomb was tested, the imagery is almost all made over into the filmmaker#s visual idiolect, where color, texture and camera movement provide for a sensual improvisatory montage#' - David James (2005) from The Most Typical Avant-Garde - History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles 'Divinity Gratis explores time and space, starting at the beginning of the world, with molten rock and water in sequences that are exquisite in their sensuousness. Bromberg#s ability to meld ideas and images is perhaps best exemplified in this work, which is truly breathtaking in its conceptual sweep. One line seems to unify the film # a voice repeats on the soundtrack, #A girl, blind from birth, saw the flash#. The flash references an atomic blast, and thus links the film#s beginning section, which is all about origins, and the film#s suggestion of apocalypse, death and the infinite sweep of time.' - Holly Willis, LA Weekly

16mm Rental: $235.00

Richard Myers

Monstershow (1996) DVD_NTSC, BW , 90 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Cast: Alan Benson, Paul Schuster, Marjory Myers
"We see a small traveling show performing in various outdoor Ohio locals; actors do scenes from frankenstein, Dracula, and Jekyll and Hyde. Myers intercuts clips from old movies, including versions of the same three stories; as well as footage from his own effort -a "Frankenstein" begun when he was 12. All of these elements are deftly combined to interpenetrate rather than collide; the banker's voice often continues when the old movies begin so that he seems to be narrating them as well. The result is that present and past, the personal and the public, Hollywood and amateur theater all seem to meld. Myer's sensuous, grainy black and white cinematography- is the key to the film's tone and meaning." -Fred Camper, Chicago Reader

DVD NTSC Sale: $35.00

Vera Neubauer

Wheel of Life (1996) DVD_PAL, color, 16 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Installation

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Spiritual/Mystical

Draws on Old Testament text, a mix of live action and animation to tell the tale of original sin and destinies controlled by the forces of nature and man. Images of creation and destruction, of pre-history and modernity, of love and hate and of life and death punctuate the narrative.

DVD PAL Rental: $65

Liz Roberts

A List of Things That Makes the Heart Beat Faster (1996) 16mm, color & bw, 11. 52 secs min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art & artists, body, erotic

Episodic experience seeking; looking for the edges. Based on writings by Lidia Yuknavitch

Rental: $45
16mm Rental: $45

Liz Roberts

Useless Seething (1996) Color and Black and White , min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Body , Literature , Queer_bi_trans

Push on the words until they turn into images

DVD NTSC Sale: $30

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