Peggy Ahwesh

Nocturne (1998) 16mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Body, Literary & Theatre, Psychology & Mental Health

Forming a trilogy with the Deadman (1990) and The Color of Love (1994), Nocturne features Anne Kugler, Bradley Eros and Karen Sullivan in a minatory scenario in film and Pixilvision, combining plot elements culled from Mario Bava's The Whip and the Flesh (1963) with writings on sexuality and violence from Kathy Acker, the Marquis de Sade and Steven Shaviro. A psychological horror film based on fear and disquietude and the anticipation of violence. . . among the shadows of the night and the lurid dreams of imagination, with no clear division between fact and hallucination, between life and death, between dread and desire.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Martin Arnold

Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998) 16mm, black and white, 15 min

Keywords: Films about Film, Media, Found Footage, Music

In his new film Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy which together with piece touchee; and passage a l'acte, forms a sort of a trilogy of compulsive repetition, Arnold's campaign of deconstruction of Hollywood film codes finally turns to film music. The process links in with the other two films. The family scenes, which in the original last only seconds are not particularly notable, are surgically sectioned into single frames. Using repetition of these 'single cells' and a new rhythm -- a kind of cloning procedure -- Arnold then creates and inflated, monstrous doppleganger of the original cuts lasting many minutes. The hidden message of sex and violence is turned inside out to the point where it simply crackles. In Alone. ... the crossing of three harmless teenager films gives birth to an Oedipal drama in which not only mother love mutates to sheet lust. Since passage a l'acte, and contrary to other found-footage filmmakers who choose to remove their work into the realms of silent nostalgia, Arnold has re-worked the sound track along with the image. Because of this what one hears in Alone. ... is the eerie, rasping 'silence' of sound film, pregnant with suppressed tension. And exactly at the point where the illusion of full, living present is seemingly at its strongest -- in the screen presence of Judy Garland singing -- one senses the machine, and, implicitly, death, at work. -- Dirk Shaefer

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Colin Barton

Unbearable Being (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A combustible handpainted collage.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Female Mystique and Spare Leaves (for Gordon) (1998) 16mm, color, 5.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Here are a couple films from the mid-60s, given to Gordon Rosenberg at the time, which surfaced this year needing preservation. I don't know what to make of either of them except some insistent quality of poem each somehow is.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

Cat of the Worm's Green Realm, The (1998) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Flares of color break into streams of light, leaves, wood grain and prism-etched vegetation. A moon lifts out of this dark weave to be replaced by autumn leaves against a grainy sky, a fiery sky. The moon, again, caught in clouds. The movements, moonlit, of a cat. Vegetation and toned flares (a kind of "ghost light" midst microscopic photography of leaves and twigs). A gray cat licks itself, its name-tag reflected in lens refractions midst microscopic visions of ice and snow, autumn leaves, green leaves, a distant snow-laden green scene. A black cat sits quickly down on a green lawn. A night of shards of forms in darkness passes into a day again ... again an octagonal light shape "echoing" the cat's name-tag midst, now, colored leaves in extreme close-up and at some distance mixed with sun. Again a "night" of showering dark, a "dawn" of pinks and yellows of plant growth in close-up. A kind of gentle yellow "high noon" prevails into which the orange worm appears and reappears, twisting, arching, turning. A phosphorescent orange of leaves explodes midst greens and black holes appropriate to the image of the worm. Flares of suns, imprismed midst yellows and greens and vibrant sky blues ... always the forms of many varieties of leafage mix with a veritable rain or clash of overall tones, a fire of forms, a glowing color photo-negative of worm, and the final canopies of autumn tone and sky tone permeated by sun, sun streaks and octagonal prism shapes ad infinitum.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Stan Brakhage

. . . (ellipses) Part 1 (1998) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

This work is in five reels (numbered, but called "reels" so that they don't take on the connotations of "Parts" -- thus each simply a part of the "trail" of colored scratches. white scratches ((on black & white leader) which suggests, to me, a passage). The third "reel" combines these scratches with some motion picture film, mostly of the ocean. The fifth reel is the only one which has a sound track; but of course that makes the whole work a "SOUND film" because the audio track must be turned-on from the beginning. --S. B. "Brakhage's new series of scratch-and-stain films, known as (. . .) or ELLIPSES, are, among other things, a visual analogue to Abstract Expressionism. The onrushing imagery and the spatial conundrums it creates evoke not only Pollack but also the work of Franz Kline, William De Kooning, and even Mark Rothko -- that is Pollack at al, at 24 frames per second. Eschewing the camera, Brakhage scrapes away the film emulsion to create a thicket (or sometimes a spider's web) of white lines and rich, chemical colors. Some segments of the original footage appear to have been printed on negative stock or perhaps solarized -- so that the blue and pink lines are inscribed on a white field. In any case, (. . .) is a cosmos. Rich without being ingratiating, the effect is one of rhytmic conflagration." (by J. Hobarman -- Perfectly correct, S. B)

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Stan Brakhage

. . . (ellipses) Part 2 (1998) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

"A second 20-minute reel is more staccato -- mad chicken-scratch caligraphy fluttering out of a yellow void, sketchy lightning bolts or fireworks interrupted by a sudden field of turquoise." (by J. Hobarman -- Perfectly correct, S. B)

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Stan Brakhage

. . . (ellipses) Part 3 (1998) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

"The third and shortest section reintroduces camera-derived imagery and, minimal as it may be (sunlight shimmering on water, seagull wheeling in the sky), it's still a shock to see "something". Brakhage continues to play with surfaces, layering image with scratch bursts and soft-focus superimpositions, sentiment arrives with representation." (by J. Hobarman -- Perfectly correct, S. B)

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Stan Brakhage

. . . (ellipses) Part 4 (1998) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

Reel #4 of (. . .) is a recapitulation of the primary variations of scratched (on black leader) shapes and additive colors (i. e. those which are composed of toned light in the step printing process) as well as the solarizations (i. e. the combination of negative and positive images of the scratches) and the negative imagery itself (with its almost phosphorescent negative coloration): these visual themes (forms, textures and tones) eventually resolve themselves into an amalgam, as ti were -- something that seems "new", a "breakthrough", so to speak, but is actually combos of earlier variants. --S. B.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Stan Brakhage

. . . (ellipses) Part 5 (1998) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Reel #5 of (. . .) is composed of scratch-imagery edited to the music of Flocking by James Tenney. The music is allowed to play for about 2-1/2 minutes accompanied only by black leader: then there is a sudden flare of pure white which begins to flicker with negative-colored ephemeral shapes, until finally the music and a fulsome mass of scratched images are accompanying each other. At times a distinctly different quality of colored image appears and continues for awhile (non-orange negative photography of painted film as well as picture images, altogether unrecognizable, un-nameable). The audio-visual aesthetic is such that there are very few absolute synchronizations between image and sound, but rather music "echoing" visuals or cisuals cut into the rhythmic patterns of previous music, so that the two "go along" together interweaving without either dominating the other (which is the principal reason the music is allowed at beginning to establish its aesthetic in the mind of the listener before he or she is expected to follow the development of visual patterns): both audio and visual end at the same time, bringing some sense of closure to the event film.--S. B.

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Stan Brakhage

Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars In The Human Mind (1998) 16mm, color, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

This film, a combination of hand-painting and photography, is a fulsome exposition of the themes of DOG STAR MAN. In that early epic I had envisioned The World Tree as dead, fit only for firewood; and at end of DOG STAR MAN I had chopped it up amidst a flurry of stars (finally Cassiopia's Chair): now, these many years later, I am compelled to comprehend YGGDRASILL as rooted in the complex electrical synapses of thought process, to sense it being alive today as when nordic legendry hatched it. I share this compulsion with Andrei Tarkovsky, whose last film The Sacrifice struggles to revive The World Tree narratively, whereas I simply present (one might almost say "document") a moving graph approximate to my thought process, whereby The Tree roots itself as the stars we, reflectively, are.

Rental: $65.00
16mm Rental: $65.00

Silvestre Byrón

Siempre en tus ojos/El testamento artístico de Silvestre Byrón (1998) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 100 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater, Music

Twelve sequences based in the Richard Wagner music and literary texts about the West Uruguay. Country: Argentina Language: Spanish format: video

Rental: $150.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $150.00

Angela Christlieb

Eye To Eye (1998) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

Lift Off (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

An interstellar Sex Capade of Astro-Porno-O-Naughts strobing and sucking through the Outer Limits. Nasty NASA Nymphets float through the Galaxies ... insinuating rocket blow jobs and releasing their Planetary Pleasures, ending in the dispersion of a capsule/parachute. Originally a double-projection of 16mm color space footage and animated, hand-colored collage animation Super 8. With an incredibly Spaced-Out-Dementia-Dirty-Tech soundtrack by Jad Fair and Jason Willett. Man's desire to fornicate with the entire Universe is finally fully realized. "Her orgiastic collages of found footage and animation pirate the images from the unceasing onslaught of our mass media era and turn them inside out, revealing the perversity we all expect is there." -- The Austin Chronicle

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Martha Colburn

There's A Pervert In Our Pool! (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

"Watch OUT! Because the underwater Cops are too busy with a rear entry in the deep end to help you if you decide to jump into this pool. It's overflowing with notorious perverts throughout History ... dunking, diving and splashing with giraffes in bondage, penguins with breast implants and a pack of dildo-fetching dogs. "Life Guards are being scratched by someone else's fingernails!" "Help! My shadow is Jerking Off Under ME!" "Trunks are being Pulled!"... Just a few lines from the brilliantly written and crooningly delivered poem by Fred Collins (an auctioneer on PCP) which is the soundtrack for this film, with perverted pool sound effects by Martha Colburn and Jason Willett. There's no coming up for air once you're in this film of OFF-THE-DEEP-END Collage, puppet and painted animation. Originally super-8. Bursting Color! "Short-burst-spazz-junk super-8 animation guaranteed to aerate your brain for the free flow of visual play and perverse humor." -- Craig Baldwin, Other Cinema

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Cecilia Dougherty

Laurie (1998) VHS NTSC, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

This tape is a stylized, sentimentalized, romanticized portrait of East Village writer Laurie Weeks. Weeks's writing is a combination of fact, fiction and fear, and I have tried to capture those qualities on tape. A good deal of melodrama seems to capture the mood precisely. Sale: $75 individual, $100 institutional

Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00

Cecilia Dougherty

Leslie (1998) VHS NTSC, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography

Leslie is a fractured portrait of San Francisco Bay Area language poet Leslie Scalapino. In this tape, I re-enter and re-present Leslie's writing using only video language and pictorial structure. My idea is to put the writer inside the fiction or structure of her own writing, creating a story (fiction) about the writer herself. Visual fan letter. Sale: $75 individual, $100 institutional

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Todd Downing

Dirty Baby Does Fire Island (1998) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Erotic, Psychology & Mental Health

Mixing stop-motion animation with live action, "Dirty Baby Does Fire Island," tells the story of a naive baby doll named Dirty Baby who washes onto the shores of the Fire Island Pines. Dirty Baby experiences the decadent lifestyles of the community's inhabitants, learning all about sex, drugs and working out.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jeroen Eisinga

As It Was Revealed Unto Jeroen Eisinga (1998) 16mm, 35mm, , 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

A picturesque view of a country road gives way to an idyllic tableau of a whitewashed farmhouse, in front of which sits a buxom woman dressed in Dutch folk costume holding a chubby bare baby, whom she cheerfully chuckles. Russian sacred music. Mother and child gaze serenely smiling, straight at the camera. They ascend on high.

"The original footage of As it was Revealed Unto Jeroen Eisinga was 16mm negative film. For the filming, I hired an Aerial Platform to lift the woman and her child (my actors) up in front of their background. But because we were standing on muddy soil, the platform was very wobbly and the safety mechanism became activated, and the machine refused to go up. To get around this, we disconnected the safety button. The ride up was very bumpy and hazardous. The platform was shaking from left to right, and the machine was hard to control. It went like 'BANG BANG BANG STOP OK A BIT MORE UP,' and so on. We were up there filming with a naked baby and her mom, sitting at half a meter near the edge of the platform with the guard rail removed so that it wouldn't block the view. There were also two giant heaters blowing heat at the actors to prevent the baby from catching a cold (it was in November and near freezing), and there were three other crew members on the platform as well. I was honestly afraid the whole thing would capsize, and we were at 15 meters above the ground! The original footage we shot was shocking and didn't give the smooth image I had hoped for. So later I decided to slow the image down to make it all look smoother. In order to do that, I needed to make an inter-positive print and after that a new negative, but because of the amount of detail in the film (especially the checkered pattern in the woman's dress) I decided to have an inter-positive made on 35mm and a new negative on 35mm as well. I wanted to have as little loss of quality as possible. I tried a 16mm print from the 35mm negative, but the quality and the colors looked horrible. So I made a 35mm print for projection. I projected it only once in The Netherlands and the quality looked amazing. With some films the quality doesn't matter that much, but with this one I really wanted the audience to get into a religious state of mind or mood, and the beautiful quality and the size of the projection helps to achieve this feeling." -J.E.

16mm Rental: $30
35mm Rental: $100

Jeroen Eisinga

People are Foolish, They don't know how to fly. (1998) , 5 min

Keywords: Philosophical

A man who is covered with tattoos lies on his bed in his room, the walls of which are covered with fraffitis. A stream-of-consciousness monologue spoken in German with a slightly mocking tone, on the subject of flying. The man finally stands up and squashes an insect against the window pane.

Rental: $30.00

Bruce Elder

Surprised By Joy (1998) 16mm, color, 200 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Jennifer Fieber

Upper Hand, The (1998) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Michael Gitlin

Off And On (1998) 16mm, color, 7.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Off and On documents a double performance: the close-up activity of hands painting and the deadpan long-shot action of a figure entering a space, dressing and leaving the space. Like the painting which it unspools in reverse, Off and On addresses itself to issues of scale, figure and ground, surface and depth. Through its digital intervention in the two actions, it also investigates the emotional resonance of order, duration and repetition. Coming off or back, putting on or in, through a painted screen, an ambient dressing room: there, a scumbled surface of uncertain scale; a figure at inconstant speed; a typology of chairs; a game for the eye in a frame for the hand.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Vincent Grenier

Miracle Grow (1998) 16mm, , 12.25 min

Genre: Experimental

With Etienne Z. Grenier & Mary Zebell. MIRACLE GROW is a personal piece with elements of a home movie. Originally shot in Mini DV, edited and transferred to film without leaving the digital realm, the film is an inventory of a growing baby as he struggles to gain mastery of his limbs. As the father the filmmaker attempts to insert himself within this well worn and taboo subject and redefine it. As in his other works, the images are composed and structured to lead us within other realms of thoughts.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jim Hubbard

Don't Do It! (1998) Super 8, color, 3 min

Rental: $20.00
Super8 Rental: $20.00

Takahiko Iimura

Takahiko Iimura at the Lux film, video, cd-rom, installation (1998) , min

Book, 63 pages. Contents: Takahiko Iimura at the Lux by Helen de Witt / Takahiko Iimura - Getting the Measure of Time by Malcolm Le Grice / Identity in the Video of Takahiko Iimura by Takahiko Iimura / A Semiology of Video by Takahiko Iimura / Biography

Rental: $30.00

Jim Jennings

Intrigue (1998) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

"The film was shot and edited in the camera beneath the El at Brighton, Brooklyn a.k.a. 'Little Odessa.' The film is to be experienced for what it is and at the same time suggest a spectrum of incomprehensible inner emotions. The title suggests the motivation which culminates here."--Jim Jennings

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jim Jennings

Painting the Town (1998) 16mm, black and white, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

As a teenager, I started making films in the late 60's with a 16mm Keystone camera that my father's family had used to make home movies in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Since graduating from Bard College in 1973 as a Film Major, I have lived in NYC, making films on and off, while simultaneously being employed in unrelated fields. On more than one occasion I tried and failed to make a film in Times Square. A year ago while walking through there at night, I was inspired to try again. The filming was done on consecutive weekend nights. Between weekends I would have the 100-foot roll or two developed and project them once or twice. Propelled by "chords" and "melodies" that tantalized me, I would then go back for more in the editing room, after exhausting the shooting process, I freed my "Lullaby of Broadway". These two screenings of PAINTING THE TOWN are dedicated to Ken Jacobs, whose work and encouragement I am grateful for.--Jim Jennings

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Lewis Klahr

Pony Glass (1998) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

PONY GLASS is the story of comic book character Jimmy Olsen's secret life. In this 15-minute cutout animation Superman's pal embarks on his most adult adventure ever as he navigates the treacherous shoals of early '60s romance trying to resolve a sexual identity crisis of epic proportions. A three-act melodrama -- each act has its own song -- filmed in my signature collage style that "unmasks" our collective iconic inheritance as Americans while significantly expanding the notion of what a music video can do. "Klahr cruises the elysian backstreets of childhood comic books to make a set of 'musicals' ripened by blue-eyed melos and soul-searching psychodrama. Cub reporter Jimmy Olsen proves to be a pony of a different stripe and a man of steel as he ascends beyond good and evil in this bittersweet bildungsroman." -- Mark McElhatten, New York Film Festival "In a different vein is Lewis Klahr's PONY GLASS, a high point of Program 2, to be shown at 5 PM tomorrow. The central character of this cartoon collage whose visual focus is in the 1950s, is Jimmy Olsen the cub reporter from 'Superman', who is imagined in scenarios with musical accompaniment dealing with racial and sexual anxiety. The character is liberated from a repressed Milquetoast into a figure posed in various pornographic couplings. The synergy of intense pop music and cartoons makes for a disturbingly heady meditation on transgressive imagery and popular culture." -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times "Less fussy and far more transgressive than his previous work, Klahr's collage animation PONY GLASS makes comic-book hero Jimmy Olsen the locus of desperate anxieties about sexuality and race. The film is so charged with fear and desire that a simple iris down to black made the hair stand up on the back of my neck." -- Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

Rental: $80.00
16mm Rental: $80.00

Nicole Koschmann

Fishing For Brad (1998) 35mm, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Dance, Erotic, Psychology & Mental Health

16mm images of an exotic dancer and a man fishing are optically printed side by side onto 35mm film, in an attempt to juxtapose two completely different visions of desire.

Rental: $50.00
35mm Rental: $50.00

Kerry Laitala

Retrospectroscope (1998) 16mm, black and white, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"Kerry Laitala's love of the movie process gives rise to richly crafted and oddly unclassifiable imagery. Re-inventing an antique movie technology using a revolving glass disc, projected lighy and a sequence of early black and white images, and merging it with the later technology of 16mm film, RETROSPECTROSCOPE pulls the moving image backward into a sense of wonder that is both nostalgic and strangely new. --Scott Stark

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Kerry Laitala

Test (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

As 4000 questions flurry past the retinas of the viewer, one becomes aware of the futilty of trivial persuits. An I.Q examination for the manic on speed.....A readymade little gem found in an abandoned Movie Palace in Boston, MA

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Saul Levine

Double Trouble Echo #1 (1998) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: erotic

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Bob Liikala

Secure the Shadow (1998) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeanne Liotta

What Makes Day and Night (1998) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical

This 1940s artifact is coupled with music by Nino Rota to expose the existential skeleton in the closet: our perilous journey on the planet Earth. The quintessential travel film.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Dylan McNeil

NY: The Lost Civilization (1998) 16mm, black and white, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Comedy, Found Footage

A deliberate, comic misreading of everyday life in New York by imaginary anthropologists of the future, using an extravaganza of found footage and juxtaposition to create the story.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Julie Murray

If You Stand With Your Back to the Slowing of the Speed of Light in Water (1998) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

"The superb 'If You Stand With Your Back To The Slowing Of The Speed Of Light In Water' begins as a study of various kinds of motion. Images from an aerial tram leaving Manhattan are followed by images of a nearly static bird, of bugs fighting, and of light bending as it passes through glass. Near the film's end the tram lands in Manhattan, as if it had reversed direction; as in all of Murray's films, the images and the editing can pull several ways at once. There are no absolutes, and even the light by which we see is altered by the material it passes through." -- Fred Camper "(It) show(s) an extraordinary sensitivity to the sensual, rhythmic and connotative qualities of image and sound, whether purloined or created, and establishes her as a masterful editor and a visionary filmmaker." -- Chris Gehman The film aims to illuminate a vital sense innate to perception where inversion is counterbalance and focal myopia the articulation of space.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Laura Parnes

No Is Yes (1998) VHS NTSC, color, 40 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Music

A combination of experimental and narrative approaches which explore the commodification of rebellion as it is marketed to youth culture, through the eyes of two drug dealing, teenage girls from Brooklyn who "accidentally" kill and mutilate their favorite alternative rock star. Their obsession with murders and makeovers and their confusion between fashion and transgression lead these girls into a world where nihilism is bought and sold, and rebellion is impossible.

Rental: $75.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $75.00

Laura Parnes

Suburban Peace Coalition (1998) VHS NTSC, , 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Political / Social Activism

Suburban Peace Coalition explores "end of the millennium hysteria" and the suburban desire to see the centers of sin, the metropolises of the United States, punished. Using distorted and repetitious mages of New York's destruction as it is portrayed in numerous action movies including "Independence Day" and "Armageddon" combined with the saccharin-soaked pop song from the film "Xanadu"; "You Have To Believe We Are Magic', the video is both hypnotic and menacing. The militia-like "Suburban Peace Coalition" logo hovers between spirituality and a perverse desire for the ultimate end.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Laura Parnes

Wrong Place, Wrong Time (1998) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage, Political / Social Activism

"Wrong Place, Wrong Time" uses appropriated images from the "reality television" genre to examine the seductiveness of the spectacle of tragedy. This video exists in an area where the division between reality and image are simultaneous. the images are of real explosions, disasters, deaths and assaults, from the nightly news, "Cops", "Real TV", tabloid television and talk shows. At times the subjects appear illuminated through an overlapping of imagery, the distortion through low resolution creates a pixilated, almost ecstatic quality. Point of view shots draw the viewer in further into the endorphen rush. These mesmerizing images slowly reveal their tragic consequences while reminding the viewer of their own mortality.

Rental: $30.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $30.00

Kathryn Ramey

Story of Sarah (1998) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Originally on super-8 this film posits biblical narrative as personal history. It was optically reprinted on 16mm in 1998.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Mary Beth Reed

Jakob (1998) 16mm, black and white, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

A study of movement within the frame and its boundaries. Hand painted 16mm leader with cutout super-8 images glued onto the frames.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jennifer Reeves

We Are Going Home (1998) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"We are Going Home" is a 10 minute experimental film shot in June 97, at a Philip Hoffman's film retreat in rural Ontario. The film was made in the memory of Marian McMahon, an experimental Canadian filmmaker who died of cancer in the fall of 1996. "We are going Home", solarized, tinted, and optically printed, is a surreal portrait of desire, ghosts and pursuit.E Rhythmic color shifts in the emulsion brings life to the country landscape, which comes to embody the terrain of the subconscious. Three women act seek pleasure and past in parallel universes which cannot intersect. Consciousness is always singular. AWARDS/FUNDING 1998: Waggaman Film Completion Grant, UC San Diego. 1999: Black Maria Film Festival, Juror's Citation. Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Co-op Award.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Kelly Reichardt

ode (1998) VHS NTSC, color, 50 min

Genre: Experimental

Experimental narrative, shot originally on super-8. Theme song performed by Yo La Tanga. Based on the real life legend of Billy Joe McAllister.

Rental: $150.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $150.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Bang Bang (1998) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

An experimental in percussive Bi-Lateral symmetry in pursuit of color optical retinal effects. Best experimental: N. Y. Underground Film Festival.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Postcards From Warren (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Sid (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Turkish Traffic (1998) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Hand painted near east musical ecstasies or a celebration of modern Turkish Traffic. Perm. collection -- MoMA, Ann Arbor, Director's prize - Black Maria.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Joel Schlemowitz - Representative Works (1990-1998) (1998) 16mm, color & b/w, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Available at a special discounted price is the following packaged show, approximate running time 60 minutes. The packaged show includes the following films: Weimar / Eye Music / Übel / Weeping Film / Poem For the Past / When He Leaves / Doris' Garden / Morris Engel Time Sculpture / Angelbubble / Unmeasured Prelude for Kerry Laitala / Filmpoem for Wanda Phipps / Invitation to a Voyage / Purple Candle Poem / Abrasions / Pillowbook / Channeled Energies Also available for sale on VHS in both NTSC and PAL. VHS sale price: $70 individual, $150 institutional

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Joel Schlemowitz - Representative Works (1997-2002) (1998) 16mm, color & b/w, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Available at a special discounted price is the following packaged show, approximate running time 60 minutes. The packaged show includes the following films: Incantation Documentation / Reverie / Typoclavecin Film - Variations on the Blues for JoJo #10 / morning poem #40 / Bagatelle in Neon / Bagatelle Biologique / Fogg / Moving Images - the Film-Makers' Cooperative relocates / All Saints Day / Boulder-Brooklyn, a correspondence film Also available for sale on VHS in both NTSC and PAL. VHS sale price: $70 individual, $150 institutional

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Bacchanale (1998) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

A Bacchanalia, kindly provided by the Aesthesians, and set to the music of Saint-Saëns from an early recording of Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Cynthia Madansky

TREYF (1998) 16mm, DVD, color, 54 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

TREYF —"unkosher" in Yiddish— is an unorthodox documentary by and about two Jewish lesbians who met and fell in love at a Passover "seder". With personal narration, real and imagined educational films, and haunting imagery, filmmakers Alisa Lebow and Cynthia Madansky examine the Jewish identity of their upbringings and its impact on their lives. Incisive cultural critics, astute, poignant, and poetic—never cynical—they weave their way from New York to Jerusalem in pursuit of a progressive, secular Jewish identity that draws from their childhood reminiscences as much as from their contemporary queer lives. Co-directed by Alisa Lebow.

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

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

David Schmidlapp

Big Time Operator (1998) 16mm, color, 43.15 min

Genre: Experimental

In this film tale of time and chemistry, a delusional protagonist, the Big Time Operator, (played by the filmmaker's aging father) tries to dupe the children of the world into buying his magic elixir. A disjunctive narrative proceeds. The children sing their innocent songs (music by Walter Steding) as they chase their future and cry for the truth.

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Margie Schnibbe

No Budget Video Favorites (1998) VHS NTSC, color & b/w, 60 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

A compilation of 12 live action and animated shorts (1994-1998) from the filmmaker's (Margie Schnibbe) boho life on the Lower East Side and in Los Angeles, including HANS OBJECT OF DESIRE, MISTRESS SAMANTHA DIET DOCTOR, MEGUMI PORTRAIT OF A DOMINATRIX (starring Megumi Nakai), ART FARM (filmed at Kostabi World Soho), Margie's Easter Parade performance, and her installations at New York's Hotel 17 & Mars Bar, highlights of Margie's foot fetish show on Manhattan Public Access and more.

Rental: $25.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $25.00

M. M. Serra

Just For You Girls (1998) 16mm, color, 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Found Footage

A period-style advertisement recontextualized from a feminist perspective.

Rental: $20.00

Guy Sherwin

Flight (1998) 16mm, black and white, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Leslie Thornton

Or Lost (1998) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Walter Ungerer

Lunch With Clara (1998) DVD NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

An old woman, Clara Berberich recalls her life as death nears. Her son with a family of his own, probes for information about his mother's past. He knows with her death it will be lost. Clara and her parents immigrated to America at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her father was an alcoholic who gambled away his earnings at the horse races. Her mother attempted suicide, then was committed to a mental institution where she remained for the last forty years of her life. Clara's son tries to understand how these events affect him and his ability to be a father.

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Grahame Weinbren

Documentation of Interactive Works. 1. March II (1997) 2. Sonata (1991/3) 3. The Erl King [Made In Collaboration With Roberta Friedman] (1983-6) (1998) 16mm, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Documentation of interactive works, including voice over narration. This is no substitute for the installations themselves, but at least gives an idea of what the works are like.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Grahame Weinbren

V (Eros v. Thanatos) (1998) 16mm, color & b/w, 1 min

Genre: Experimental

Eros v. Thanatos. Love vs. Death. In response to a request by Mathew Sandager to make a one minute piece on the letter V for public access TV, this piece includes some Kinsey animal copulation (elephants, lesbian dogs) footage and chicken death in Queens from The Erl King.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Fred Worden

One (1998) 16mm, black and white, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Just like real life. One frame, no more, no less, an allotment. But energy infested and streaming; light and no-light areas in continuos interplay to slip right past the discursive mind and jigger directly the brain's electro-chemical neural flows, seedbed to every single thought or feeling. A cinema of pure energy climbing out along an axis of its own invention.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Jay Wright

FireStatic (1998) 16mm, color, 20 min

Genre: Experimental

A zen koan. A visual haiku. A film which incorporates inconoclast ideas of image destruction into self-reflexive 16mm formats.
Opening Short Film, Calcutta Film Festival. A Crackle 'Pick of the Week'. Best of Festival - Berkeley Film and Video Festival. Salerno Film Festival.

Jay Wright (born 1972) is a filmmaker, videomaker, photographer, and writer who has shown in European video spaces and independent film festivals. Works included at PS1 and NY MOMA, Biennial of Poetry and Video MUNAL, Cannes Short Film Corner, Best of Festival Berkeley Film and Video Festival, Opening Short Film Calcutta Film Festival. Jay Wright's work synergizes art, theoretical mathematics and science. His first feature film, 'Assembling the World', made when he was 20, follows cultures under the pressures of colonialism. His second feature, 'The Color of Fish', examines string theory and the relationships of 'theories of everything' to the deep coded needs of the human mind. 'Dreamtime' is an inner journey using 'throw away' digital technology to probe the environment and time. The film examines images' connection to meaning when the image is deprived of any corporeal existence and it exists only digitally.

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Jay Wright

Assembling The World (1998) 16mm, color, 45 min

Genre: Experimental

If you don't care where you are, you aren't lost. An interior travelogue through lands at war. A darkly comic out-of-body experience about bioethics, SETI, tourism and religion. DIY punk aesthetic of feedback, grungy images and attitude, the film examines reason, science and western thought in relation to the metaphysical.
Raindance Film Festival. First Grade Film Festival. Manchester Film Festival. Berkeley Film and Video Festival. Grand Festival Award, Berkeley Film and Video Festival.

Jay Wright (born 1972) is a filmmaker, videomaker, photographer, and writer who has shown in European video spaces and independent film festivals. Works included at PS1 and NY MOMA, Biennial of Poetry and Video MUNAL, Cannes Short Film Corner, Best of Festival Berkeley Film and Video Festival, Opening Short Film Calcutta Film Festival. Jay Wright's work synergizes art, theoretical mathematics and science. His first feature film, 'Assembling the World', made when he was 20, follows cultures under the pressures of colonialism. His second feature, 'The Color of Fish', examines string theory and the relationships of 'theories of everything' to the deep coded needs of the human mind. 'Dreamtime' is an inner journey using 'throw away' digital technology to probe the environment and time. The film examines images' connection to meaning when the image is deprived of any corporeal existence and it exists only digitally.

Rental: $85.00
16mm Rental: $85.00

Erika Yeomans

Hardhead Flair (1998) DVD NTSC, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"the fashion ad" based on the DOORIKA production of Walter Abish's IN SO MANY WORDS. Performed by DOORIKA members Casey Spooner, Jim Skish and Amy Galper

Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe

How Strong The Children (1998) 3/4" NTSC, DVD NTSC, VHS NTSC, Mini DV NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Family, Personal / Diary / Journal

A personal documentary video in which the relationship of a mother with her two young daughters is examined -- finding the terrain chaotic and hardly conforming to prior expectations. Weaving in and out through multi-linear and noisy layers, the mother interviews the daughters, one daughter interviews the mother, the daughters play together, the mother reprimands the daughters, they have breakfast and get ready for school and work together, the mother reads a poem, the daughters read a fairy story, nuclear reactors seem to be a part of it, Amelia Earhart makes appearances, texts refer to the musings of the mother. All these elements pile on top of one another in apparent chaos. But some ideas emerge, and one could leave without feeling uncomfortable about the chaos. The children, at least, are strong.

3quarterInch NTSC Rental: $100.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00
VHS NTSC Rental: $50.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $100.00

3quarterInch NTSC Sale: $500.00
DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00
VHS_NTSC Sale: $250.00
MiniDV NTSC Sale: $500.00

Karel Doing

Whirlwind (1998) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Performances utilising light, lenses, projections and bodily interventions were the source for this film. By means of stop-motion, long shutter speeds and opticals these performances are manipulated and intensified; resulting in a labyrinth of spaces, reassembling levels of consciousness. The essence of cinema, writing with light, is represented in a hallucinatory way.

16mm Rental: $30.00

Jim Jennings

Silvercup (1998) 16mm, black and white, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

A tender ode to the industrial neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens, strung together with Manhattan across the East River by the Queensborough Bridge and the elevated subway line. "The trains and webs of steel enslave and at the same time bring us together. The past haunts me, and at the same time its memories are precious. Much of the film was edited in the camera. About half of what I shot was discarded, and in the editing room I very slowly removed and arranged what remained after several screenings." -Jim Jennings

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Alice O'Malley

Last Call at the Chelsea (1998-2007) DVD NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Body, Psychology & Mental Health, Queer / Bi / Trans

Dr. Julia world-renowned mathematician and legendary hermaphrodite, makes one final call to her friend before her appointment with Dr. Ovorkian, the famous suicide doctor. Filmed on location at the Chelsea Hotel.

DVD NTSC Rental: $25.00

Sarah Pucill

Swollen Stigma / Cast (1998- 2000) DVD NTSC, color / b&w, 37 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: queer / bi / trans

SWOLLEN STIGMA (1998) 16mm col, sound, 20 min- Swollen Stigma nourishes the fantasy of its protagonist's inner life and proposes a lesbian imaginary which takes leap into risk and displacement. The film opens with an entranced seated woman working her finger through a single strand of hair and proceeds to explore her lived imaginary in which desire and fear interlace. She re-visions different moments in time which are haunted by an absent lover. Like a playful fairy princess, this lover appears upside down in an armchair, hanging legs-down from the ceiling, playing dead on the floor, or eating roses; her body continuously permeates the woman's reality. The film's shifting points of view jump between the protagonist, fantasy spaces and her lover, making an internal world leak into what is external with the fluidity of blood into water. CAST (2000) 16mm b&w, sound, 17min- Cast creates a claustrophobic and haunting space where people and things invade worlds in which they do not normally belong. Lifeless dolls are heaped inside drawers, dolled-up life size figures lie motionless on a windy beach at the water's edge; a chair rocks in an empty room, a mirror reflects and observes, and a chest of drawers is caressed by the sea. The film has a dramatic sensibility that sets up a false promise of narrative. It's structure, instead is akin to that of dreams where different scenic spaces collapse and the inanimate and animate interchange. Wide-angled perspectives, shifting point of view and juxtapositions of sound and silence force inner and outer realities to collide, creating a unsettling psychic world.

Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00

Dietmar Brehm

Organics (1998-1999) 16mm, b/w, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Since 1996, parallel to all the other paintings and film work I made hundreds of pictures each with the title "Organics", and each on the same size of paper - 61 x 43.5 cm. It is from this drawing phase that the film Organics (1998) developed. I already had the perfect found-footage lead whom I named "Hey Joe". Round "Hey Joe", who appears repeatedly as an observer, I constructed a matrix of body details which are broken up by a number of explosions. Organics begins with the observation of a Zorro mask and a distorted / veiled woman's face. A shot of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris develops into a women's foot scene which leads to a longer kiss scene punctuated by an explosion, falling leaves, a tank, touching hands, a hand in a plaster cast, bunches of grass and a dark cellar door. After observation of a skeleton detail, the found footage actors become involved in slowly feeling each others body. A man swings a necklace back and forth like a pendulum, a head being bandaged, attempts at face make-up, details of operations... in a flickering, pumping screen light until, in the end, "Hey Joe" centres the picture briefly with his penis. After the hand movements which follow, the veiled face of a woman appears again, longer this time, to be observed by "Hey Joe" until the film floodlight is turned off. The Organics sound track is pared down to a few slow note combinations.

16mm Rental: $72.00

Diane Kitchen

The Penfield Road (1998) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: landscape_architecture, political_social_activism

A fable concerning the landscape and the open road. Includes Starved Rock, Little America and the Silver Black Fox. "A playful structural exploration of the contradiction of representing and inhabiting landscape." --S. Matheson and J. Lion, Pacific Film Archive

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

La Sortie Des Ourvriers De L'Usine (1998) 16mm, b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films About Film, history, technology

The first film of cinematographic history shows workers leaving a factory. The title of this work which is 50 seconds long and bequeathed to us by the Lumiere brothers is La Sortie des Ouvriers de l'Usine. There are three known versions of the work. In the hardware and software of the cinematographic "machine" resides much of the specifically mechanical charm of the industrial age. In one sense it is a paradox that the Lumieres began film history with workers leaving the factory instead of giving a place of honor to them working on the production lines. Over a hundred years later, Siegfried A. Fruhauf has made a fourth version of La Sortie des Ouvriers de l'Usine. This remake gives short shrift to the unconscious irony of the Lumiere films. Fruhauf needs six minutes to run through the current fate of industry. Fourteen workers are present here--five on the (optically) vertical axis, the rest cross the horizontal axis in the background. Their movements form a cross--a symbol of death as a ballet mechanique. The initial image is transformed into almost abstract black and white surfaces, harnessed, Sisyphus-like, to a lunatic dance of repetition. Fruhauf increases the acceleration of the striding workers in discrete steps until they are tearing along--the capacity of the film tested to its outer limits--until it can't take any more. Maximum acceleration leads to stasis--after the acceleration throughout the film comes the logical consequence--the last frame--the freeze frame. Nothing more can happen. The model (literally) of progress collapses. And instead there is paralysis. A dead end. The workers are motionless, and with them the factory. Rien ne va plus.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Melissa Friedling

Fishlady (1998) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body

She swam like a fish, she drank like a fish. The more she swam, the more she drank. Fishlady.

Rental: $30
16mm Rental: $30

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