Ralph Ackerman

Zoo Liquid Prototype (1997) 16mm, color & b/w, 30 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

A film out of NYC's Downtown World of artists and poets, inhabited by living poets and driven by their words. I used what author/filmmaker Carl Linder calls organic filmic selection, the process where the visual image is allowed to "grow out of itself." I also used B&W single frame takes and short bursts of 12 frames per second (half the normal rate of 24 frames per second) to get a feel for the texture of Downtown. Zoo. . . is a film that doesnt let you forget you are watching a film. Zoo is the modern "urban city" -- in this case New York City, with side trips to San Francisco. Liquid is the "nature" of its dwellers. Prototype, a "model" of our direction to a future that fosters contentions with a rise to conflicts and contradictions that will not offer resolutions but only a rubbing together of persons. The films main character, Gun, is a performance artist of the Downtown NYC scene. In her performance piece, she plays the poet, Emily Dickinson, taking her stage name, Gun, from Emilys poem, I stood a Loaded Gun. Her performance, Mystery upon Mystery, reveals her path to becoming a performance artist and it is where she acts out a timeless artist manifesto taken from Emilys life and work. She acts as narrator between the fragments of conflict with simple straight forward acts of physical contact to the final question of death-dealing violence: "Should I kill Jeff or that Gun bitch" Zoo demands several viewings and a close reading of the subtexts. It comes with a CD-ROM.

Rental: $300.00
16mm Rental: $300.00

Peggy Ahwesh

vision machine, the (1997) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Philosophical

"The girls-only party scenes in THE VISION MACHINE have both the ruddy look of overexposed home movies and the richly burnished texture of Renaissance paintings cracking under their veneer. A riff on Duchamp's Anemic Cinema (Ahwesh, with Keith Sanborn's collaboration, inscribes the lyrics of 'Wild Thing' on a warped video version of a roto-relief) and on Bunuel's Viridiana (here the lowlifes invading the manor are women artists), THE VISION MACHINE is an inspired depiction of girls dressing up and acting out, pleased as punch to have taken over the screen." -- Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Dominic Angerame

In the Course of Human Events (1997) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

After the 1989 quake the city of San Francisco decided to tear down the Embarcadero Freeway once and for all. The climate of dread evoked by PREMONITION is followed by a primitive yet seductive "tableau" of twisted metal. The bulldozers are prehistoric monsters that tear bits of metal and stone from the vulnerable concrete. Angerame films the spectacle in extremely precise shots that surgically unveil our obsession with destruction and technological decline. "[A]n exquisite black and white surrealist depiction of the Embarcadero Freeway demolition, in which dinosaurlike tractors gnash at an organic tangle of steel reinforcements. ... Inanimate objects and heavy machinery become living metaphors for generation through the director's signature use for high-contrast, time-lapse and double exposure cinematography. Like a moving gallery installation, the 23-minute piece is composed of individual shots so precise and emotionally evocative that each could stand on its own as testimony to Angerame's astounding talent." -- Silke Tudor, SF Weekly "... a metaphorical approach to architecture could be found in quite a few works and this is why the organizers put them together in a separate section. In this section, the most remarkable film was IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS by Dominic Angerame, a film that combines shorts of the tearing down of the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco with industrial music -- a proposal of an ambivalent interpretation of human break up and break down." -- Andreas Denk, Kunstforum, July-September 1998

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

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

Dominic Angerame

Line of Fire (1997) 16mm, VHS NTSC, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Philosophical, Science & Medicine

In November of 1993 I was diagnosed as having coronary arterial disease. A subsequent angiogram revealed that open heart surgery was necessary - it was almost immediately performed. This angiogram was filmed originally on 35mm motion picture film. In March of 1995 my apartment burned down in the early morning hours and my girlfriend and I escaped with our neighbor down the rear fire escape as lethal smoke was enveloping us. I was able to return to the scene the next day in order to film the aftermath. This film is a blend of footage from these two episodes and explores the temporal nature of the lives we live.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

VHS_NTSC Sale: $$60 home use; $150 others

Yann Beauvais

Still Life (1997) 16mm, color, 12.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Science & Medicine

This film considers the subject of HIV and AIDS from a variety of different view points. On the one hand using textual material in both English and French which appears on screen at different speeds and rhythms, and on the other, articulated by the appearance of human voice on the sound track. Both the observations and experiences concerning AIDS overlap with one another and emerge in fragmentary form, whereby the policies persued regarding this subject are represented through the application of specific visual modalities. AIDS hasn't disappear as a new result of tritherapy : AIDS is being trivialized to make it easier to conceal. By employing constant confrontation as a technique, this films manages to build bridges regarding our attitudes toward HIV and AIDS. It is a story of a person confronted with a civilization which promotes deaths as a way of life: and its attempts to confirm that something else exist beyond this wonderful antiseptic-homogenous society in which we live.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Genevieve Boutet de Monvel

Exhibit V (1997) VHS NTSC, color, 3.10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Environment & Nature

A naturalistic portrayal of the female body, blended with images from nature.

Rental: $20.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $20.00

Stan Brakhage

Self Song / Death Song (1997) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

SELF SONG documents a body besieged by cancer. The amber glow of narrowly focused, minuscule, layers of flesh and skin suggests both victory and submission to death. The warm colors of the flesh and textures of the skin seemingly suggests a body which is very much alive. Yet, there is always an impending darkness. Blackness surrounds the image and, occasionally, takes it over altogether. Furthermore, the complex grooves and patterns of the flesh struggle to maintain their focus, suggesting the obscuring and dissolving effects of cancer. In DEATH SONG the response to death is certainly more positive. The film begins with a smooth palate of blue hues. The blue returns toward the end of the film as a rigid and structurally organized screen, which suggests the permanent aspect of death. But initially it serves to contrast a blinding sequence of overexposed yellow frames. Within these images are drowning microscopic organisms. Their structure and energy is laid bare for us. However, these images are constantly being 'washed out' by a 'grubby' whiteness, which seeks to dissolve the image entirely. In this respect, we might view the purity of whiteness as being 'soiled' and encompassing. The all-encompassing nature of death is modified or tainted by cancer -- organs and living systems are in a frantic trauma, trying not to be 'washed out'. By the end of the film, the image has shifted to the blue screen. The gentle layers of blues and greens suggests a comfortable and smooth, despite rigid, aspect of death. It is a space in which the dirty whiteness should not pierce. Yet, this vision is too idyllic in Brakhage's mind, and thus he allows the blueness to bleed from the side of the frame, opening the 'blinds' to the cancerous light. -- Andre Munoz, 1997

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lawrence Brose

De Profundis (1997) DVD NTSC, color, 65 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: literary, personal diary

De Profundis is a three part, hand/alternative-processed experimental film based on Oscar Wilde's prison letter De Profundis. Incorporating home movies from the 1920's and early gay male erotica along with images from Radical Faerie gatherings, queer pagan rituals, drag performances and images of confinement, this 65 minute film sets up a haunting investigation of queerness, masculinity, history and sexuality. These images are buttressed against a soundtrack composed of Wilde's aphorisms, a voice and piano setting of Wilde's prison letter, and multi-tracked interviews with a diverse group of contemporary gay men. "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." - Oscar Wilde If film no longer existed, De Profundis gives the impression that Lawrence Brose is certainly capable of reinventing it. Oddly enough, Brose would do so by stripping film down to visual components that are reassembled only as they are knitted to each other at their breaking points. Redacted. But one must resist the impulse to talk only of how Brose - with controlled image manipulation and extremely experimental hand-processing techniques - has produced in De Profundis a film united by stress and diaphanous. De Profundis is more than an unconventional approach to filmmaking, though it would be a visual tour-de-force if it were only that. Taking its cue from Oscar Wilde, De Profundis holds up a mirror to gay sexuality and plumbs the tensions reflected there. Meshing images culled from home movies, drag performances, Radical Faerie gatherings, and vintage gay erotica with a piano soundtrack scored from Wilde's prison letter and a voice composition fashioned from the poet's aphorisms, Brose makes film itself into the protagonist of his exploration. With images and sounds constantly decaying and shifting and contaminating each other, film becomes a metaphor of the transforming self that Wilde prized for corrupting a sense of sexual normalcy. De Profundis embraces Wildesque deviance and cautions that the desire for normalization prevalent among contemporary gays threatens to contain it. Serenity in sophistication is a triumph - like the deviance of De Profundis, which, achieved in an age too terrified to be deviant, lies in the film's unflinching honesty and terrifying beauty. - John Palattella Music by Frederic Rzewski with additional sound compositions by Douglas Cohen.

Rental: $90.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $90.00

Jacob Burckhardt

Viper, The (1997) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Two of the oldest gags in the book. Told by two of the newest actors on the block. What's a viper any way? Is it dangerous? Who's calling? They liked it in Germany and France!

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Evil of Dracula (1997) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism, Spiritual / Mystical

A Hypno-Physycho-Vampiric spazzm of fanged advertisements with money-hungry, blood-thirsty grins. This animated film in FANGTASTIC color is enough to cause a line-up at your local Blood Bank. Made with home-spun special effects of funnel-vision and hand-colored film. With a Blood Draining soundtrack by the legendary Lyrical Monster Song Master Jad Fair and musical madman Jason Willett. Originally super-8. "Like a punk-rock offspring from a glue-sniffing union of Carol Burnett and Bruce Conner, Colburn shows us, through found-footage and a camera that won't sit still the reality of our sick, seventies heritage ... filtering it through layers of color and grime to reveal the uneasiness that accompanies the freewheeling attitudes that make up our current cultural consciousness." -- Jeff Lambert

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

I Can't Keep Up (1997) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Found Footage

Come-hither pinup girls are sodomized by jittery lemurs in her 1997 film I Can't Keep Up; in What's On?, made the same year, a fist the size of Oprah Winfrey's head punches one side of the talk-show queen's noggin ("Any delight I can get out of fucking with the media, I'm happy about," Colburn deadpans); a detached foot's toes are mowed off by a lawn mower in 1998's A Toetally Solefull Feeture Pedsintation, which Colburn made with foot-fetish magazines she procured on The Block.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Persecution In Paradise (1997) 16mm, , 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Music

PERSECUTION IN PARADISE (6:17m): A grotesque and celebratory flat puppet animation escapade. In this treacherous two-dimensional trouble tale, crazed crabs, ferocious female wrestlers and snake pits are but a few of the obstacles faced by two wacky musicians. Just when they reach their paradise inhabited by two bomb-shell jungle babes tempting them with exotic dancing they are ... well ... Persecuted in Paradise. An explosion of color and fun antics, with some bucking broncos, decapitation, and fingernail scratching thrown in for good measure.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

What's On? (1997) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

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

A Hyper-Fire Telespazzumentary rendered in orgiastic collage animation, Media Mush and freaky live chunks. Brats, Boobs, Snot-Based Game Shows, First Lady Baboon attacks, cross-dressing amputees, stress, estrogen and more spew and mutate. With star appearances by Michael Jackson, Ronald McDonald, Princess Di, Cher, Oprah (with a black eye) and a cavalcade of your favorite Game Show hosts (warning: public Urination). With a Tele-Smashing Chaos Poetry soundtrack by 99 Hooker and Video game samples by Naval Cassidy. Blasting you into HELL-A-VISION! "Her visual spew of punk rock poetry and corrupt collage, rendered in scabrous animation that's a perfect marriage of Monty Python and Hieronymous Bosch is proof that nobody mixes playfulness and dangerous vision better than a low-tech and virulent underground." -- Patrick Macias, The San Francisco Bay Guardian

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Anja Czioska

Ion Dance (1997) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Dance

Ion Garnica is a dancer of the Frankfurt Forsythe Ballet. It's a naked dance improvising performance only for the camera.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Cecilia Dougherty

Dream and The Waking, The (1997) VHS NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Personal / Diary / Journal

"In The dream and the waking, tongue, speech, have disappeared almost entirely. Instead, language scrolls across the screen as we travel by bus through a grim and crumbling cityscape. Language reveals itself as material, image. The film takes place from behind the eyes of the filmmaker, enduring a weekly round-trip from New York to her job in Boston, and exhausting and demoralizing routing. But editing opens a line of escape, induces proprioceptive states that counter the landscape's narcoleptic effect. Filters and stop-motion, layering, sweep us away. The freeway, conveyor belt to hell, populated by zombies, metamorphoses into a lush poetics of shifting geometries. The landscape tilts, skids away in slow-motion-a carnival ride where the distancing of interpretive thought is subsumed in a molasses careen of sensation-a strange suturing occurs between mind and body, viewer and viewed. The video ends, the pleasurable estrangement lingers." -- Leah Gilliam and Elisabeth Subrin Sale: $75 individual, $100 institutional

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Jeroen Eisinga

Poor Sheep (1997) , 5 min

Keywords: Environment & Nature

Low angle. A sheep lies on its back in a field. Its legs stick up into the air helplessly. We hear the sound of the animals desperate breathing. A lapwing calls. The ground trembles as a train passes by in the background.

Rental: $25.00

Brian Frye

Ladies Day (1997) black and white, 13 min

Rental: $20.00

Brian Frye

Meeting with Khruschev (1997) black and white, 35 min

How vitally will it affect the life of a modern Westerner when he learns, for example, that though the Indian peninsula was invaded and occupied by Alexander the Great and though his conquest had a capital influence on its history, India has not even remembered the great conqueror's name. -- Mircea Eliade, Myth and Reality

Rental: $50.00

Brian Frye

Untitled 1997 (1997) black and white, 3 min

Rental: $20.00

Janie Geiser

Immer Zu (1997) 16mm, black and white, 8 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

IMMER ZU is an elliptical, experimental animated film which evokes a mysterious undercover world of secret messages, cryptic language and indecipherable codes. Shot in luminous black and white, IMMER ZU uses miniature two and three dimensional figures and sets, as well as shadow puppetry, to suggest the urgency of a nocturnal mission, a mission of life and death importance. In this dark and richly atmospheric film, with a soundtrack collaged from several film noirs, meaning is constantly covered and uncovered in a shadowed journey toward eclipse. "The dark-meshed moires of the memory book in its pulp fiction edition forms obsidian riddles that cut time to ribbons. Life puts us in the critical condition of having to espionage with our own stolen recollection of events preserving them in code often difficult to retrieve as it sinks into the limited access of the mental underworld." -- Mark McElhatten, from the program for the 1998 New York Film Festival's Avant-Garde Visions

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Henry Hills

Mechanics of the Brain (1997) 16mm, color, 20 min

Keywords: Dance

The film stars dancers Sean Curran, Kate Gyllenhaal, Phillip Karg, Alejandra Martorell, Sally Silvers, and Laura Staton, with narration by Fiona Templeton (reading selected sentences from The Oxford Companion to the Mind). The original music score by John Zorn is available on CD as Filmworks VI 1996 (Tzadek 7308). "Interesting to see how Henry's accommodation in terms of longer duration of shots meshed with the fragmentation of [Sally's] phrases to produce an analog for neuron firing and assorted inexplicable meta-techno-behaviourist follies while sending up the smug labors of the laboratory. I thought it was beautifully realized, very funny and scary, a sort of souped-up pataphysical exercise for the millennium crossed with Hollywood horror genre. Pavlov's dog was heart-rending and the soundtrack was fabulous." -- Yvonne Rainer On one level I conceived of our film as a "remake" of the Pudovkin's 1926 documentary (of the same name) on Pavlov's experiments -- in the postmodern Hollywood sense (like the remakes of famous noirs and TV shows where a knowledge of the original is presumed and thus the "story" is just a vehicle for making a statement on the current state of movie perception). Our MECHANICS is a dance film in the guise of science documentary, an exploration of relationships between film and video, a shadowplay giving a literal presentation of the "mechanics" of the brain, an advanced rhythmic structure extending the art of film into future possibilities through an organic development of new methods of information management. Science films made with the most serious attempt to explain complex processes to a general audience at a point in time tend to look ridiculous when viewed several decades later; with our MECHANICS OF THE BRAIN, we speed this process up.

Rental: $100.00
16mm Rental: $100.00

Ken Jacobs

New York Street Trolley (1997) DVD NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A nervous system demonstration.

Rental: $150.00

Jim Jennings

School of Athens (1997) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Kerry Laitala

Secure the Shadow (1997) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

"Secure the Shadow" is a meditation on disintegration and morality. The film utilizes antique Medical stereoscopic images from the Victorian era, which are simultaneously disturbing and beautiful. The filmmaker's intention is to reveal universal truths about the overwhelming quality of disease to render us ultimately mute, immobilized within a corporeal shell that has succumbed to imminent forces beyond our control. The filmmaker's also wants the film to address the myth that dignity is automatically restored upon the visage when facing death. In analyzing the original function of the stereoscopes, the filmmaker intends to expose their classificatory nature. These anonymous subjects were reduced to paradigms of pathology, embalmed in time within their exterior presence. By re-photographing them on the optical printer and placing them in a mythical home, the filmmaker endeavors to reanimate these visages to ensnare them, or allow them to roam free on the surface of celluloid. Absence transforms to presence as the latent image reveals the manifest content, the slippery territories in between unraveling like the threads joining the crazy quilt that joins images together. An anachronistic Victorian sensibility places the images in a chimerical, historical context that embodies the film with a mind that is paradoxical and alien to our Twentieth century perspective. The title "Secure the Shadow...'Ere the Substance Fade,let nature imitate what nature has made", comes from a Nineteenth century post mortem photographer who advertised his services. This reference speaks about the function of photography as a democratizing medium that assists in the process of mourning and serves as a physical reminder of loss.

Rental: $40
16mm Rental: $40

Kerry Laitala

Secure The Shadow, Retrospectroscope & Test (1997) 16mm, , min

Genre: Experimental

SECURE THE SHADOW is a meditation on disintegration and mortality. The film utilizes antique Medical stereoscopic images, which are simultaneously disturbing and beautiful. My intention was to attempt to reveal universal truths about the overwhelming quality of catastrophic disease to render us ultimately mute, immobilized within a corporal shell that has succumbed to imminent forces beyond our control. I also wanted the film to address the myth that dignity is automatically restored upon the face of death. --K. L.

Saul Levine

August Moon An See (1997) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

N.B. Project at 18 fps. A portrait of Nancy Golden, a summer evening and Nancy photographing rocks at Singing Beach.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

David Liban

Friction (1997) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Psychology & Mental Health

Friction is about an artist dealing with the death of a sister and the break-up of a relationship. ĘThis artist uses his art to help cope and come to terms with these losses. The film explores both "loss" and the "creative process."

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Lana Lin

Almost the Cocktail Hour (1997) 16mm, color, 56 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

A hybrid experimental narrative/biography that interprets Jane Bowles as a woman paralyzed by conflict -- an expatriate, lesbian, alcoholic, and wife of the more celebrated writer Paul Bowles. "A thoughtful and unique consideration of writer Jane Bowles as well as a sympathetic sketch of the desire to claim her, to connect with her, generations later." -- Carl Bogner, the Milwaukee Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Rental: $130.00
16mm Rental: $130.00

Jeanne Liotta

Ceci N'est Pas (1997) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Hand-processed, Personal / Diary / Journal

Hand-developed and unedited, this roll lived in my camera from March to May 1995: A trip to New Orleans, a train ride, the death of a dear friend and artist. This film is the author of itself; its trace function leaves me behind. "The cadaverous presence establishes a relation between here and nowhere." -- Maurice Blanchot. "The Phantome disturbs by its just out of reach presence." -- Bruce Witsiepe

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Bradley A. Rappa

Through Revolving Doors (1997) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

Through the disintegration of the photographic image, this experimental narrative explores the deceptive construction of memory caused by psychological trauma.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Kathrin Resetarits

Egypt (1997) 16mm, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Subtitled print.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Ann Arbor Festival Trailer 97 (1997) 16mm, color, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Trigger Happy (1997) 16mm, black and white, 7 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Animated. Dancing in the street with thousands of objects picked up from the street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Filmed in delirious Black and White Hi-Con. Exhibition: Ann Arbor Film Festival; Knitting Factory, NY; Mill Valley Film Festival; Northampton Film Festival; Sinking Creek Film Festival.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Yours (1997) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Live Action/Animation. A sentimental love song is revisited in psychedelichrome. "Take whatever you got before seeing this one, kids, and you'll thank us!" -- New York Underground Film Festival program Exhibition: Premiere, Getty Museum, LA; Three Rivers Film Festival; Honolulu Underground Film Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; SF Int'l Film Festival; NY Underground Film Festival; Black Maria Film and Video Festival; Zagreb. Collections: Academy Film Archives; Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Joel Schlemowitz

1734 (1997) 35mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A short film of Emily Dickinson's poem number 1734, which begins with: "Oh, honey of an hour". The words of the poem appear handpainted onto the film frames. Please note: 35mm print

Rental: $40.00
35mm Rental: $40.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Bagatelle In Neon (1997) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Three friendly little minutes of lights at night on Avenue A, shot on black and white and extensively and laboriously hand-colored.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Invitation to a Voyage (1997) 16mm, color & b/w, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

After Henri Duparc's setting of the poem by Baudelaire, which is heard in faint echo on the soundtrack. Rococo adhesive transparencies over hand-colored film alternate with Jenn Reeves seen in black and white negative. Screenings include: Synesthesia in Film & Video, University of Rhode Island, 2000

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Erika Yeomans

In Search of Bas Jan's Miraculous (1997) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

A humorous conceptual documentary about the real life misadventures of 1970's Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader. The short is part PBS send-up, part Technicolor Biopic (with stolen bits of films from Holywood films such as Lust for Life and Sound of Music, among many others). The project was featured on NPR's THIS AMERICAN LIFE Voiceovers by Ira Glass, Lizzy Yoder of FischerSpooner, Ford Wright, Jim Strahs, Judy Elkan and Kevin Hurley.

James Fotopoulos

Zero (1997) 16mm, color, 142 min

Genre: Experimental

James Fotopoulos' deeply disturbing experimental film paints a grim portrait of the psychological collapse of a young man drifting further and further into total isolation. In his solitude, primal fantasies of sex and violence transform into frightening visions and insanity, while a cyst growing on his arm suggests a physical manifestation of his mental breakdown. A shocking debut feature. "Grisly, abrasive and one of the few truly underground features we've seen in a good while, ZERO plays like a Brakhage/Morrisey directorial collaboration on a screenplay by Pasolini. A profoundly disturbing study in abjection and squalor, ZERO offers its own version of redemption. It's not to be missed" -- Robert Beck Memorial Cinema

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

If Spring, Then Hope, And Also Winter (1997) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 9.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Psychology & Mental Health, Spiritual / Mystical

A meditation on the death of a young life, this video focuses on an image of a young girl, unconscious on a hospital bed, apparently dying. Alternate responses to her death (one, matter-of-fact, speaking of "giving thanks in all things", the other distraught) are sung in liturgical style by two adult voices (male and female). This refrain is repeated over and over in successive re-recordings of itself -- the words losing clarity with each round and eventually merging with the ambient sound of the space. The image of the young girl on the hospital bed -- and, later, family album snapshots of the girl with her sister and cousins at the beach (where, apparently, a fatal shark attack occurred) -- is recognizably altered by the sound. Both sound and image develop an increasingly distant, abstract quality. I made this piece both to recreate something of the sense of the dispersal of a person's spirit in death. I also wanted to express both beauty and coldness in relation to death (of a young child in particular) and to address the conflicts that come up accepting youthful death.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $250.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $250.00

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

Everyone Must Tighten Their Belts (1997) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, color, 4.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Economics, Political / Social Activism

A whimsical video in which a late-night television interviewer attempts to get an unusually wordy guest (a labor relations expert of sorts) to explain the relationship between unemployment and inflation. The language is repetitive to the point of becoming almost abstract in its rhythms -- setting up an interplay between the ideas and the aural pleasures of the text.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $40.00

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

Karel Doing

Maas Observation (1997) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Landscape & Architecture

"In MAAS OBSERVATION Doing and Pope demonstrate their fascination in the bizarre landscape of the port of Rotterdam, a stretch of 'neo-nature' with little place for humans, where huge machines seem to move around according to a logic of their own. The film begins with images of windmills on the edge of the Maas plain in a montage sequence based on the steady rhythm of the rotating sails. The focus gradually shifts towards activities on the river further upstream. The montage tempo slows down as the mechanical motion gives way to the play of reflections in the water."

16mm Rental: $33.00

Frank Biesendorfer

Sweet Sweet (1997) 16mm, color, 3 min

A love story, with dreamy images focusing on his partner, the family, and travel in Florida; tactfully placed details both naive and dutiful, all the while Hank Williams sings "I'm so lonely I could cry", as the soundtrack.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

David Gatten

What the Water Said, Nos. 1-3 (1997) 16mm, black and white, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: enviorment nature

The result of a series of camera-less collaborations between the filmmaker, the Atlantic Ocean, and a crab trap. For three days in January and three days in October of 1997, and again, for a day, in August of 1998, lengths of unexposed, undeveloped film were soaked in a crab cage on a South Carolina beach. Both the sound and image are the result of the ensuing oceanic inscriptions written directly into the emulsion of the film as it was buffeted by the salt water, sand, rocks and shells.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Caroline Koebel

Inflorescentia (1997) 16mm, color, 13 min

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jonas Mekas

Birth of a Nation (1997) DVD NTSC, Color, 85 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Films about Film, Media, Personal , Diary, Journal

Music by Wagner and Hermann Nitsch. Voice by Jean Houston. One hundred and sixty portraits or rather appearances, sketches and glimpses of avant-garde, independent filmmakers and film activists between 1955 and 1996. Why BIRTH OF A NATION? Because the film independents IS a nation in itself. We are surrounded by commercial cinema Nation same way as the indigenous people of the United States or of any other country are surrounded by Ruling Powers. We are the invisible, but essential nation of cinema. We are the cinema. List of filmmakers and related friends and film activists who appear in the film in order of appearance: P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, Ken Kelman, Hollis Melton, Ken Jacobs, Larry Jordan, Florence Jacobs, Harry Smith, Henri Langlois, Annette Michelson, Gerald O' Grady, Hollis Frampton, Sidney Peterson, James Broughton, Joel Singer, Stephen Dwoskin, Dore O., Wener Nekes, Kenneth Anger, Andrew Noren, Jacques Ledoux, Ed Emshwiller, Saul Levine, Larry Gottheim, Pascale Dauman, Ray Wisniewski, Taykir Mead, Michael Snow, Ricky Leacock, Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage, Barry Gerson, Willard Van Dyke, John Whitney, Pola Chapelle, Morris Engel, Stan Vanderbeek, Amy Greenfield, Bruce Baillie, Chantal Akerman, Sally Dixon, Will Hindle, Michael Studart, Robert Creeley, Friede Bartlett, Scott Bartlett, Jud Yalkut, Adolfas Mekas, Callie Angell, Charles Levine, Bhob Stewart, Nelly Kaplan, Claudia Weil, Annabel Nicholson, Birgit Hein, Piero Heliczer, Peter Gidal, Kurt Kren, Wilhelm Hein, Malcolm Le Grice, Carmen Vigil, Bill Brand, Regina Cornwell, Akiko Iimura, Taka Iimura, David Crosswaite, Gill Eatherley, Amy Taubin, Tom Chomont, Peter Weibel, Carla Liss, Robert Huot, Guy Fihman, Claudine Eizykman, David Curtis, Barbara Rubin, Kenji Kanesaka, Anna Karina, Leo Dratfield, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Beavers, Robert Kramer, Pamela Badyk, Cecille Starr, Jerome Hill, Ernie Gehr, Richard Foreman, Robert Polidori, Leni Riefenstahl, Amalie Rothschild, Lillian Kiesler, Shigeko Kubota, Jerry Tartaglia, Dan Talkbot, Louis Marcorelles, Michel Auder, Dwight MacDonald, Viva, Leslie Trumbull, Kit Carson, Paul Shrader, Shirley Clarke, Bosley Crowther, Dimitri Devyatkin, Ulrich Gregor, Sheldon Rochlin, La Monte Young, Robert Gardner, Vlada Petric, John du Cane, William Raban, Tony Conrad, George Macinunas, Alberto Cavalcanti, Jim McBride, Peter Bogdanovich, Gideon Bachmann, Christiane Rochefort, Jerry Jofen, Rosa von Praunheim, Hans Richter, Roberto Rossellini, Lionel Rogosin, Robert Haller, Storm De Hirsch, Marcel Hanoun, Jerry Hiler, Bruce Conner, Myrel Glick, Paul Sharits, Barbara Schwartz, Lewis Jacobs, Ian Barna, Carolee Schneemann, Anthony McCall, Diego Cortez, Leslie Trumbell, Adolfo Arieta, Louis Brigante, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Stewart Sherman, Charles Chaplin, Len Lye, Tati, Allen Ginsberg, Valie Export, Hermann Nitsch, Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Analena Wibon, Robert Breer and Raimund Abraham.

DVD NTSC Rental: $125.00

Peter Gidal

No Night No Day (1997) 16mm, Color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Structural

What darkness the film will have in No Night No Day will not be connected to nature's night, equally light will be unconnected to 'day' as a lived concept and reality. A distension from any nature, including the nature of film, or the viewer's natural 'seeing', is probably closest to what my concerns with this film are. Attempting to grasp, attempting to know, the usual problems. - P.G. 1998.

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Louise Bourque

Imprint (1997) 16mm, Color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

"Family portraits are frozen memories, saturated with melancholy and nostalgia. Bourque portrays her family in a very ambiguous way in her authentic 8mm home movies. By bleaching, scratching and perforating the films she creates a rawness which greatly contrasts with the actual content of the films themselves- children playing gently and the warmth associated with 'home'. The abstracted memories slowly blur into a concrete reality in the film, but the strong desire for love and tenderness still lurks apparent behind this facade of distorted images."- Annemick Engbers, Impakt Festival catalogue, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1998

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16mm Rental: $50.00

Dietmar Brehm

MIX-2 (21 Scenes 1997) (1997) 16mm, color, 38 min

Genre: Experimental

21 scenes which at short intervals came into existence as if from their own accord in the spring of 1997 during various 16mm matrix investigations. In summer I formed them into the Mix-2 reel and added the sound in autumn. (Dietmar Brehm)

16mm Rental: $204.00

Dietmar Brehm

Korridor (1997) 16mm, b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

At the end of 1996 in an old shop in Vienna specialising in film materials I found a tin with indeterminable pieces of 16mm film showing much wear and tear. They dated from the late 60s. After a cursory glance I thought 'yes'. The found footage material was ideal for the horror series. I prepared the film for compilation using mirror projection and filmed myself in detailed structures through the light axis. For the introductory sequence I chose the top of a poplar tree and a neo-gothic house. The lighting of the body scenes as filmed is very harsh, whereas I shot the poplar top and the neo-gothic house both over and under-exposed. Then I mixed associative tones throughout the corridor. The first version cut showed the bodies in a state which was too excited and then I began to structure the film with black frame sequences of varying lengths. The man who is lying in bed with the woman who appears dead was perfect for the start of the body scenes. I concentrated the lens on a very narrow view and allowed the horde of found-footage actors to react with each others. I wanted to construct a insidious / traumatic phenomenon in which the head and body glide through the picture again and again and are extinguished in the black frames. At the end a man whips a man and an actress is tied up. The top of the poplar tree appears under-to-over exposed while a hand glides through the picture twice.

16mm Rental: $72.00

Jim Jennings

Poems of Rome (Part 1) (1997) 16mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

16mm Rental: $30.00

Barbara Rosenthal

Bird Rescue (1997-2010) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: personal_diary_journal, philosophical

"BIRD RESCUE" is a stationary camera recording made during 10 minutes of one day in 1997, when, while talking in their loft at 727 Avenue of the Americas, NY, artists Barbara Rosenthal and Bill Creston reallize that a bird, possibly an escaped domesticated parakeet, has gotten trapped between the chicken-wire enforced privacy-glassed panes of their fire-escape windows, and they try to rescue it. This video is PART ONE, in which they free the bird from between the panes, only to have it fly into the loft itself. Coming soon: PART TWO, in which Bill gently catches the creature, it plays dead, and then happily surprises them by flying out the window. Never shown when it was made, nor for over a decade thereafter, this video was premiered as an installation-loop during Rosenthal's show of Flying Art at Morgenvogel, Berlin in 2010.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00

Vera Neubauer

The Dragon and the Fly (1997) DVD_PAL, b&w, min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature, lanscape & architecture, political/social activism

The Dragon is the sulphur drenched Port Talbot in South Wales. The steel works come to life by night, when the refinery gushes out its fiery tongue. This breath-taking spectacle is watched by a fly slowly dying on a windowsill.

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DVD PAL Rental: $30

Caspar Stracke

Locked Groove (1997) Betacam or DV, color and b&w, 7:47 min

Genre: Experimental

Locked Groove is based on daily life choreography, an investigation of movements in public space - life rhythms within the context of urbanity. It features close-up shots of the most often executed movements of people with the most common jobs in the city of Hull, UK, where the video was produced. The result if a dense collage of these different motions fragments (sometimes less than a second long). Extracted as mere gestures, they reveal messages on its own and allow possible links to other movement fragments. After those were put in sequence, they seem to amplify themselves - a trajectory resembling the theory of the butterfly effect. "Locked Groove" was "Cycling through images of repetitive manual labor, the artist digitally compresses each shot temporally and accelerates the sequence, until all the workers' hands morph into one grotesque movement. Stracke creates a parallel between the fragmentation of labor and the fragmentation of the image, suggesting that labor has been "digital" since the invention of the assembly line." Laura U. Marks, Ottawa, Canada (OUT OF TIME program notes Oberhausem '01)

Produced by EMARE and Hull Time Based Arts, UK 1997.

Rental: $30

Robert Harris

COYOTE (1997) DVD NTSC, color, 17:07 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic/Multicultural

COYOTE is an invocation of the many shady, shifting forms of Coyote, wide dog, Trickster, and smuggler, told in a style that mimics his multifarious shape. COYOTE abandons unified visual style. The narrative is fractured, a blend of documentary and fiction, contradictory voices, myths, and lies. Through a discontinuity between images, between image and text, between textual voices; through a clash of human and non-human voices, fixed meaning is undermined. Contradiction, displacement and disruption force the viewer's participation. Text and image drift in and out of moments of relative, subjective synchronicity. A reading ascribed to a given image will dissolve with the change of accompanying text. As meaning becomes contingent on viewer and context, authorship shifts from video-maker to collective process. COYOTE is an accumulated cacophony of evidence fragments where meanings coagulate in the resonant harmonics of the various voices.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

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