Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs's Blu-Ray Compilation #1 (2006-2011) Blu-Ray Disc, color and b/w, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

Blu-Ray Compilation of these Ken Jacobs titles: CAPITALISM: SLAVERY, THE SURGING SEA OF HUMANITY, CAPITALISM: CHILD LABOR, ANOTHER OCCUPATION. Search each individual title for more information.

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Lili Chin

Finnish Psyche (Excerpt 1) The Red Spectre (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Music

A documentation of a live performance by musicians from Finland at Anthology Film Archives.

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Lili Chin

Portrait Of Shanghai (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 5 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Music

A documentation of a live performance by musicians from Finland at Anthology Film Archives.

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Lili Chin

Untitled Space Series (2006) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Compilation of 4 Titles: Sunday Song Space Song Flight Portrait Of Shanghai

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Marie Losier

Flying Saucey! (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

A giant pot is descending from the sky. Twenty winsome damsels are landing on Planet Earth, coming out of the pot filled with 280 pounds of spaghetti. A battle for sauce and survival.

Ken Jacobs

Pushcarts Of Eternity Street (2006) DVD NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Hand-operated and horse-drawn street-carts fill the streets of New York's Lower East Side. The year is 1903. Peddlers distribute the produce of field and factory passersby on the move. Cops, all sticks and swagger, uphold the law. Tiny movements evolve in place, caught between 2 and 3-D

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Marjorie Keller

The Films Of Marjorie Keller, Volume 1: 1973-1980 (2006) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 70.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Marjorie Keller (1950-1994) wrote: "The current art of the film deranges its predecessors...[I]t is in the work of women filmmakers of the avant-garde that the old forms are seen as if through an anamorphic lens." Her films honor and challenge the traditions that she assumed when she learned filmmaking from Saul Levine, Sidney Peterson, and Stan Brakhage. Keller consistently explored the political implications of daily living and personal pleasures in her twenty films, ten of which are available in this new DVD collection. SHE/VA 1973, 16mm, color, silent, 3 minutes A young dancer re-choreographed through film editing. This film was originally made in standard 8mm, from a home movie. OBJECTION 1974, 16mm, color, sound, 18 1/4 minutes Begun as a document for insurance purposes, Objection catalogues the contents of a house with ever-increasing horror. The soundtrack carries the voices and sounds of the family unseen. MISCONCEPTION 1977, 16mm, color, sound, 43 minutes "Misconception is composed of six parts that together chronicle the experience of one woman and her husband during the course of her natural childbirth. The film...has less to do with traditional cinema-verite documentary or film journalism than with the packing and rhythm of poetry."--B. Ruby Rich ANCIENT PARTS/FOREIGN PARTS 1979, 16mm, color, silent, 6 minutes The first two in a series of in-camera edited films. Ancient Parts portrays the symbolic differentiation and mock conquest of a boy and his mother. DAUGHTERS OF CHAOS 1980, 16mm, color, sound 20 minutes "The film deals simultaneously with girls becoming women, woman looking back on her childhood. It is pervaded with voluptuousness, with longing: the woman, dissapointed in love, looking for lost innocence, the girl yearning for the power of her sex."--Anne Becker

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Marjorie Keller

The Films Of Marjorie Keller, Volume 2: 1983-1991 (2006) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 97 min

Genre: Experimental

Marjorie Keller (1950-1994) wrote: "The current art of the film deranges its predecessors...[I]t is in the work of women filmmakers of the avant-garde that the old forms are seen as if through an anamorphic lens." Her films honor and challenge the traditions that she assumed when she learned filmmaking from Saul Levine, Sidney Peterson, and Stan Brakhage. Keller consistently explored the political implications of daily living and personal pleasures in her twenty films, ten of which are available in this new DVD collection. THE FALLEN WORLD 1983, 16mm, color, sound 9 1/2 minutes An elegy for a Newfoundland dog named Melville and a portrait of his owner. THE ANSWERING FURROW 1985, 16mm, color, sound 27 minutes Owing to Virgil's Georgics. With assistance from Hollis Melton and Helene Kaplan. Music: Charles Ives, "Sonata for Violin and Piano #4 (Children's Day at the Camp Meeting(" and "Ambrosian Chant (Capella Musicale del Duomo di Milano.)" Filmed in Yorktown Heights, New York; St. Remy en Provence, France; Mantua, Rome and Brindisi, Italy; and in Arcadia and the island of Kea in Greece. PRIVATE PARTS 1988, 16mm, color, silent 12 3/4 minutes Private Parts is the third in a series of in-camera edited films. A portrait of Blake Sitney on some summer days. HEREIN 1911, 16mm, color, sound, 35 minutes "If you put it on tape, you can't erase it." Herein charts the movement from political activism to filmmaking through the metaphor of a dwelling. An FBI film obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Emma Goldman's autobiography, the making of films on the Lower East Side in New York, street prostitution and drug addiction, all inflect the sense of place, space and history. PART IV: GREEN HILL no date, 16mm, color, silent, 3 minutes This lyric records observations of the filmmaker's year in a rented house on a tidal inlet in Rhode Island while her own house was being built nearby.

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Anna Fahr

Khaneh Ma: These places we call home (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 90 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Ethnic / Multicultural, Family

Khaneh Ma: These Places We Call Home examines questions of cultural identity by prsenting three generations of Iranians divided on three continents, and reunited on one journey. The film begans with the director's return to Iran, her country of cultural origin, where she becomes reacquainted with family she has not seen in over ten years, and rediscovers a culture that has remained a quiet yet ever-present part of her life in Canada. As the journey unfolds, we uncover rarely seen aspects of Iranian culture, as experienced by the director, while witnessing firsthand the process of leaving an old culture behind and the journey into a new one.

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Paul Gabel

For Safekeeping (Scissions, Sutures and Naming) (2006) 16mm, color, 44 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: History

For Safekeeping (Scissions, Sutures and Naming) is an experimental documentary that chronicles the procedures behind an image archive to offer a perspective on how origin, history and authority are formed, ordered and sustained.

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Karel Doing

Antipodes (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 19.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Portrait of a globe-trotter in four corners of the world: Shanghai, Marrakech, Rotterdam, Kabelvag. In this place there was no time. Only progress. He missed time. Not that time had been particularly friendly to him, the only effect it had was death. Death was everywhere. He felt bleak, miserable, unremarkable, he was looking for life.. He was an outsider, but he loved it. The world was a show of miracles, he wouldn't like to miss. He didn't make it to the stage, he was watching, with pleasure, without really being part of it. He was an antipode. Here was his home. It was a place like everywhere else, did it matter where he lived? His body was just a vessel, no shore being in reach, but safe, comfortable. A friend for life A home, regardless where-ever it was. That night he dreamed he was in a burning building, he knew that it was going to explode soon. He laid down on a bed, and imagined that he was a fish, swimming in an ice-cold sea. The building exploded. He felt happy.

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Karel Doing

Trottadam (2006) DVD NTSC, black and white, 8.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Two women have a rendez-vous in Rotterdam, the city they chose for their wedding. Their personal approach towards the traditional ritual, undermines the established sterotypes. They evocate the atmosphere of the twenties, and simultaniously parody the topics of the hour. They enchant with their comical and lovely performance.

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Richard Sandler

A/K/A Martha's Vineyard (2006) DVD_NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: enviorment

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Richard Sandler

Everybody is Hurting (2006) DVD_NTSC, color, 52 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

a documentary about the day of 9/11, and the soul searching and muscular debate that raged in union square park in the weeks following

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Richard Sandler

Sway (2006) DVD_NTSC, color, 32 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

a free-form documentary edited from 14 years of shooting video in the New York subways

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Jennifer MacMillan

Garden Dissolves Into Air, The (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 6.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: nature

Super 8 to 16mm to mini-DV. A cinematic exploration through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, using a super-8 camera and the simple power of observation; a document of flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, and goldfish has been captured and analyzed through the optical printer and FinalCut Pro. A true film/video hybrid of science and imagination, this digitally manipulated 16mm film in some small way approaches the marsh flowers of Odilon Redon, where the marvels of nature become part of the dream world! - JM

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Saul Levine

Dreams and Apparitions of Mark Lapore (2006/2007) DVD NTSC, , 77 min

Genre: Experimental

w/ Polina Marshakova, Adam Savje, Kim Keown, Saul Levine, Joe Briganti, Alison Holt, Schiller Diny, Luther Price and Ericka Beckman. Each of these persons recount dreams or visions of Mark Lapore. It was made in response to his suicide on 9/11/2005. Shot with a Black & White Panasonic studio tube camera.

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Ken Jacobs

Capitalism: Slavery (2006) DVD NTSC, b&w, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political_social activism

An antique stereograph image of cotton-pickers, computer-animated to present the scene in an active depth even to single-eyed viewers. Silent, mournful, brief.

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Martha Colburn

Wrong Time Capsule (2006) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: found footage, political

Colburn uses her signature cutout-and-paste animation style. Pennsylvania-born, Amsterdam/New York based Colburn plays with images of money and liknesses of members of indie-rock band Deerhoof to bring this song to life.

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Anne Hanavan

Liar (2006) DVD NTSC, , 2 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: erotic

Fourth in a series of sexually explicit self portraits where the artist works through issues surrounding her past experiences with sex work, rape, and Catholicism.

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Colin Barton

Friend Film (2006-2008) 16mm, , min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Cameraless, Hand-processed

"This is a eulogy to lost friends, either by death or disassociation. River Phoenix appears as the archetypal figure of my generation. This film live in a space of a junkies death walk, and their final exit from the earth" Hand-painted 35mm original with optical printing are at the source of this work, with a little help from an electric toothbrush and washing machine." -CB

Sandra Davis

Ignorance Before Malice (2006) DVD NTSC, Color, 30 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

A true story - and the aesthetic sequelae of the filmmaker's recovery process following a 1993 auto accident. Parallel voices of narrativized testimony describing a woman's struggle to heal within the American medical system, and a personal rumination on the journey through a sudden rupture of health into disability. Feeling my brain in the act of consciousness in viewing the MRI cells, images from art history, personal history and fantasy exploded. As did the elements of the sound track. Filmed entirely on the animation stand.

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Jesse Hassinger

Everything Beautiful & Loft III (2006) DVD NTSC, Color & Black and White, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Psychology & Mental Health

This is the first filmed part of a proposed five-section cycle on the duality of (human)nature. This third part explores the beauty inherent in everything. Originally shot on 16mm and blown-up to 35mm for exhibition.

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Chuck Workman

Everything is Beautiful (2006) DVD NTSC, Color & Black and White, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Produced for the Nexus Institute Symposium of Western Culture in Amsterdam. A montaged study of the impact of images of international kitsch- cultural, religious, and political- concluding in similar images eventually more valuable and enduring.

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Larry Jordan

Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass (2006) DVD NTSC, Color, 15 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Ever dance the mambo with silent film stars and Jordan animation? That's what you get with "Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass". It's raucus. It's lush. It's delirium. Here are just a few stars in the film: Eric Von Stroheim Greta Garbo Gary Cooper Buster Keaton Lilian Gish Mary Pickford Lionel Barrymore Lon Chaney Joan Crawford Marie Dressler Charlie Chaplin What more can I say?

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Jasmine Hirst

Why Don't You Kill Yourself (2006) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 3:23 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography, Personal / Diary / Journal, Psychology & Mental Health, Queer / Bi / Trans

I watch people in the streets and wonder why they keep on living, I have lived my whole life with a God-awful pain. I don't understand what it means to enjoy a sunset. I don't understand how people keep on living. I ask people: "Why don't you kill yourself?"

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Jasmine Hirst

Center of the World (2006) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 2:29 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Music, Personal , Diary, Journal, Queer / Bi / Trans

All my life I wanted to come to New York and be an artist. My dream finally came true. I met the most amazing women...artists, musicians, filmmakers. I looked at them one day and thought: "Oh my God I'm at the center of the world!" And then my life went to hell......

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Jasmine Hirst

You Can Execute Her But You Can't Kill Her (2006) DVD NTSC, Color and black & white, 3:23 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Body, Queer / Bi / Trans

My ten year correspondence with serial killer Aileen Wuornos leads to an intimate and mesmerizing interview on Florida's death row. Also features Penny Arcade, Lydia Lunch and Nan Goldin. "I had the life as Aileen Wuornos. Why did I end up on the stages of the world, rather than on death row?" : Penny Arcade, ex-Andy Warhol superstar. Aileen was executed in October 2002 at Florida's State Prison.

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Katrina Del Mar

A Beautiful Death (2006) DVD NTSC, , 7 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Body, Erotic, Queer / Bi / Trans

Called "radical" and "groundbreaking" by Nan Goldin, this lesbian vampire film features an unusual feeding frenzy and vampires playing rock "n" roll and board games.

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Mark Street

A Year (2006) DVD NTSC, Color & Black & White, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Personal Diary & Journal

A tattered diary film. Middle age concerns swirl around me in Brooklyn and follow to North Carolina, and New Orleans (before the storm) and back home again. Video journal entries mix with 35mm abstract film images, sublime and inviting, suggesting an elegy for celluloid. As friends drift away I retreat into myself. Solipsism beckons, and I stave it off, barely. I contemplate my body falling apart, my kids growing up, changes and disappearances.

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John Thompson

Songbird (2006) DVD_NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: psychology & mental health

Songbird is a Gothic tale about Isabella, who finds herself trapped in an oppressive marriage with her drunken oaf of a husband, Walter. One night at the dinner table her songbird won't stop chirping, which sends Walter into a rage. Only when he threatens to take away the one thing she loves does Isabella find the strength to fight back with gruesome tenacity.

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Moira Tierney

Hope's Voice (2006) DVD_NTSC, b & w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, psychology & mental health

Hope's Voice is a Super-8mm portrait of the Hope's Voice campaign members during a photo shoot in Brooklyn and Harlem in the summer of 2006. The photo shoot doubled up as a fashion shoot to promote the organization's new campaign, Does HIV Look Like Me? which hit the road shortly afterwards.

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Lynne Sachs

States of UnBelonging (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 63 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic / multicultural, history, personal diary / journal, political/ social activism

The core of this haunting meditation on war, land, the Bible, and filmmaking is a portrait of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed her the West Bank. Director Lynne Sachs creates a film on the violence of the Middle East by exchanging letters with an Israeli friend. Together, they reveal Revital's story through her films, news reports, and interviews, culminating in heartbreaking footage of children discussing the violence they've witnessed. Without taking sides or casting blame, the film becomes a cine-essay on fear and filmmaking, tragedy and transformation, violence and the land of Israel/Palestine.

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Ken Jacobs

Capitalism: Child Labor (2006) DVD_NTSC, Blu-Ray, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, history, political / social activism

A stereograph celebrating factory production of thread. Many bobbins of thread coil in a great sky-lit factory space, the many machines manned by a handful of people. Manned? Some are children. I activate the double-photograph, composer Rick Reed suggest the machine din. Your heart bleeding for the kids? The children will surely be rescued and by their bosses! 'Boys', they will say, 'Have we got a war for you.'

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Bill Brand

Swan's Island (2006) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

SWAN'S ISLAND explores gesture in painting, and how that relates to the hand held camera. Katy Martin paints on her own body, and Bill Brand captures the painted figure and its trace. In its choreography, SWAN'S ISLAND is a duet. The person filming and the person filmed are moving as one, and yet they are separate, each an island. Seeing and being seen are inextricably bound with emotions of love and loss, longing, and a sense of place.

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Takahiko Iimura

DVD Art of Takahiko Iimura (2006) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

A collection of Takahiko Iimura's 12 experimental DVDs in 60 second excerpts, covering 40 years (1962-2002) of his film and video art. The DVDs excerpted are: "60s Experiments", "Cine Dance: The Butoh of Tatsumi Hijikata", "Experiments in New York", " Filmmakers", "Early Conceptual Videos", "John Cage Performs James Joyce", "New York Day and Night: A Journey Through Light and Darkness", "MA, A Japanese Concept", "Fluxus Replayed", "AIUEONN: Six Features", "Seeing/Hearing/Speaking". (TI)

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Jim Jennings

Silk Ties (2006) 16mm, b/w, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

"Jennings' latest is a dense chiaroscuro NYC citysong, although rhythmically Silk Ties finds the filmmaker mining new possibilities. Whereas Miracle on 34th Street and Painting the Town are true camera-stylo films, using the gestural qualities of handheld 16mm with utmost grace and fluidity, Silk Ties uses staccato (in-camera?) editing to lend his images a jaggedness that (as Lee Walker mentioned afterward) recalls abstract animation. Street scenes, thick and dark and shot with the f-stop way down low, alternate with shots of skyscrapers and the negative-space sky between them. The jumps in editing seem to make the buildings dance, and create little jumps in the life of the streets, strangely enough lending this activity a kind of stately poise rather than heightening its implicit kinetics. But in addition to the paradoxes of stillness and movement, Jennings constructs a kind of disjuncture between past and present. Certain aspects of Silk Ties, especially the architectural compositions, recall the classic city-symphonies of the 1920s and 30s, especially Manhattan. Furthermore, the exaggerated darkness of much of the film gives it a distant quality, like something excavated from another time and place. But Jennings' image selection forces the viewer's consciousness back into the present. A perfectly "timeless" New York scene is sent forward to the present by, say, a Taco Bell Express sign, or (more pointedly) the predominance of African-Americans in the film. The cultural makeup of New York is much different than it was 70 or 80 years ago, but Silk Ties' representational approach lends today's Manhattan the historical inevitability, and the grandeur, we associate with images of earlier times. In short, Jennings has made a film that can be regarded as a document of who and how we were, right now." -Michael Sicinski, "The Academic Hack" "...among the best shorts I saw in 2006. A city symphony in miniature, Silk Ties is never short of stunning to look at. Like so many great photographs, the stark black-and-white images here seem to have been stolen from some slightly more magical reality. (After seeing the Jennings film and Nathanial Dorsky's Song and Solitude on the same program, I walked away wishing I could recalibrate my view of the world around me, which, I guess, is one of the more noble functions of a-g cinema.)" -Darren Hughes, Long Pauses "Jennings mostly shot 'Silk Ties' in New York's Garment District from the vantage point of a work truck. Filmed while parked on the street and driving in traffic, Jennings captures the rhythms and sensation of this vibrant street life. Edited mostly in-camera, 'Silk Ties' reflects the working-class sensibility of its environment." -Catalogue of the 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival

16mm Rental: $30.00

Jim Jennings

Bruges (2006) 16mm, b/w, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

"Bruges" depicts life in a hotel room in a quaint, Belgian tourist town. Residents are also depicted walking and cycling to work on one of the city's many canal bridges, as wildlife experiences its own reality in the waters below. A fine example of Jennings' skillful editing. - Karen Treanor

16mm Rental: $25.00

Ken Jacobs

The Surging Sea of Humanity (2006) Blu-Ray Disc, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

NOTE: THIS TITLE IS INCLUDED IN THE KEN JACOBS BLU-RAY COMPILATION. WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. Ken Jacobs writes: "Stereograph of the crowd at the opening of the US Centennial Exposition of 1893. It turns into a movie. Into an enormous rugged and craggy 3-D landscape.... before the people return and the scene is righted again. Many laws were broken in the making of this movie, beginning with laws of gravity."

DVD NTSC Rental: $125.00 Blu-Ray

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Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs DVD Box Set: RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE LOST WORLD, RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, and ANAGLYPH TOM (TOM WITH PUFFY CHEEKS) (2006-2008) DVD NTSC, color and b/w and anaglyph 3-D, 303 min

Genre: Experimental

This DVD box set contains these Ken Jacobs titles: RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE LOST WORLD, RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, and ANAGLYPH TOM (TOM WITH PUFFY CHEEKS). Search the individual titles in our database for more information.

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00 individual, $500.00 institutional

Jim Jennings

Made in Chinatown (2006) 16mm, color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

MADE IN CHINATOWN was made in Chinatown. -- Jim Jennings "I met Jim with Henry (Hills) and Vincent (Grenier) and Ken (Jacobs) in 1980 when I returned to NYC from SF. Always intrigued with his work, remembering seeing an early 'minibike' film at Henry's place on 8th street, and another work of great beauty: silhouettes of bodies down on Wall Street. High modernism with an intimate feel. Later, in the early oughts, seeing work at the New York Film Festival when Mark McEllhatten was programming Jim regularly, made me sit up and take notice, once again. The film I remember was unusually for Jim, in color -of Chinatown in the snow. Beautiful, ephemeral light. I invited Jim up to school that fall as a guest artist at the SMFA, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where I taught. I knew the students would love this work: the Bolex, daylight - all the tools they were using and here, exquisitely handled. I learned then that Jim, instead of exposing for the shadows, as the Hollywood pros would, was exposing for the sunlight. Letting the blacks go deep and dark. Finding on the street the fugitive faces and moments that the rest of us might notice but had never captured in the quick darting tender embrace of Jim's celluloid. That he, as a plumber, sitting on the Avenues, waiting by his truck, lunch or a break, would find the time, the inclination, the poetry of the street, the Whitmanesque masses central to his project. Faces: anonymous but familiar, heroic in their dailiness and dignity. Kind of like Jim himself." -Nathaniel Dorsky, notes for "Jim Jennings + Friends", February 11, 2017, Anthology Film Archives.

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Jim Jennings

Prague Winter (2006) 16mm, b/w, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Jennings is best known for his portraits of New York City street life, and with good reason; his patient eye and deft camera-stylo approach represent one of the key contributions to the "city symphony" genre since its heyday in the 1940s. Jennings, along with Ernie Gehr and Ken Jacobs, is one of the preeminent urban film-poets. He does regularly stray beyond this mien, sometimes exploring the domestic interior (as in his 2004 masterpiece Close Quarters) but also packing up the Bolex and filming urban doings abroad….So part of what's so surprising about Prague Winter is that it feels so lived in, so thoroughly grounded. It's not so much that Jennings makes Prague look like Manhattan (although there are commonalities in terms of architecture and the gaps of light between it). But the film restricts itself to sights on and around the tram, which provides an uncharacteristic linearity to the film. What’s more, Jennings' status as a guest observer seems to bring out a humanism in his work, as he fixates on the elderly and, implicitly, the history to which they’ve been subjected. The post-Communist malaise hardens into grim acceptance, and this, along with the physical traces of Prague's history as manifested in the built environment, is what fascinates Jennings here. His camera is tender and unobtrusive, as you would expect from a filmmaker of his sensitivity. -Michael Sicinski, "The Academic Hack" "In this essential visualist's work, the comings and goings of the city, its street cars, and its people are seen through the lens of a noted filmmaker of the avant-garde. Unassuming yet haunting, black and white cinematography reveal a candid portrait of the Czech Republic’s Capital. Prague's checkered history seems to resonate as the filmmaker rides, among other conveyances, the rails of the tram system, which includes the Nostalgic Tram no. 91." "Jennings' 'Prague Winter' has its own formal dynamics but offers up a solemn and compassionate view of physiognomy and fate, exploring a city speckled with snowfall and populated with elderly hibernal figures moving along their well-worn paths." -Mark McElhatten, notes from The New York Film Festivals' "Views from the Avant Garde," 2007

16mm Rental: $30.00

Richard Sylvarnes

H.C.E.: A Dream of Western History (2006) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 87 min

Genre: Experimental

"We are prepared to go to the gates of hell...but no further." It is night. It is dark. Out from this night emerges the voice of a six-year-old girl who becomes our guide through the hours of darkness as we dream of western history. She leads us through the tumultuous centuries from Napoleon to Jesus, Socrates to Superman. As we descend deeper into the dream we bounce around wildly from images and stories of love, war, pain, joy, resistance, and quest. The film has the appearance of being conceived in the nineteenth century and born in the twenty-first, as if constructed by some modern digital zoetrope. "H.C.E." is a tragicomedy where mythology, history, literature, and comic books all collapse into dream logic as a testament to our human endeavor. "H.C.E." premiered in THE New York competition at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and is part of a larger exhibition that includes 80 photographic prints and a mutoscope under the title "Here Comes Everybody".

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Tom Jarmusch

documents, memory, for my friend Bill Rice (2006) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Soon after Bill's death in 2006. Bill Rice was New York York painter, underground film and theater actor, and writer. My video-film is portrait of Bill. I limited myself.to whatever material I personally had. I never explain who Bill is or what he did. _documents, memory . . . is an assemblage of super8 film, video of a reading of Beckett's _Endgame_ in Bill's East Third Street garden, audio cassettes of Bill speaking, photographs, and a few pieces of Bill's artwork, becoming this portrait of Bill Rice and a brief meditation on living, "_documents, memory . . . _ is an all-too-brief document of departed East Village icon, painter and actor Bill Rice." -- Andrew Lampert, archivist Anthology Film Archives. Notes: As an actor Bill Rice appeared in films by: Gary Goldberg, Beth and Scott B., Richard Kern, Jacob Burckhardt, Robert Frank, Jim Jarmusch, Andrew Horn, Amos Poe, Harris Smith, and plays by Jim Neu. Also appearing: Gary Indiana, Bette Bourne, Michael Cobarubias, and Jim Neu in some photographs.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00

Distruktur

Eternau (2006) DVD NTSC, color, 21 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Directed by Gustavo Jahn. Traveling by land and sea and through the space-time, searching for gold and beauty, the Mercenary Archaeologists have trespassed the limits of the Ancestral Garden, causing disorder between the sky and the sea. "Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius devoured the post-modern fantastic cinema and created a highly stylized movie in which they abandon the ship (and the holed boat) of boring cinema in search of a savage filmmaking and take all the risks of seaquakes and avalanches." -- Chico Serra

Rental: $65.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $65.00

LUX

Shoot Shoot Shoot (2006) DVD PAL, , 117 min

Genre: Experimental

Includes: AT THE ACADEMY Guy Sherwin / LITTLE DOG FOR ROGER Malcolm Le Grice / SHEPHERD'S BUSH Mike Leggett / HALL Peter Gidal / DIRTY Stephen Dwoskin / MARVO MOVIE Jeff Keen / BROADWALK William Raban / FFOREST BAY II Chris Welsby / SLIDES Annabel Nicolson / FILM NO. 1 David Crosswaite / DRESDEN DYNAMO Lis Rhodes / FOOTSTEPS Marilyn Halford / LEADING LIGHT John Smith The 1960s and 1970s were a defining period for artists# film and video. In England, much of the innovation took place at the London Film-Makers# Co-operative, an artist-led organization that incorporated a distribution agency, projection space and film workshop. Within this unique laboratory, filmmakers were able to control every aspect of the creative process.

DVD PAL Sale: $36.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Adolfas Mekas

Hallelujah the Villa (2006) DVD_NTSC, color, 28 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

David Avallone interviews legendary reclusive film director Adolfas Mekas, at his villa in Tuscany. Wackiness ensues.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Gregg Biermann

Happy Again (2006) DVD NTSC, Color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Dance, Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

The signature scene from the Hollywood musical Singin' in the Rain is split into seven layers. Each layer is moving at a different speed and is visible equally in superimposition. At the temporally central point all visual and audio elements coalesce in a single frame. The result uncovers a new cinema, music and dance that are buried within the familiar iconic sequence.

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 DVD Institutional

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 DVD Individual 60 DVD Institutional

Rachael Guma

POISON TREE, THE (2006) 16mm, BW, 3 min. min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Anger feeds the soul in this animated adaptation of William Blake's poem, "A Poison Tree". A favorite of my childhood, this poem has both haunted and intrigued me.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Terry Ellis

Newman's Shade (2006/13) DVD_PAL, b&w, 4.15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, structural

The breeze turns a window blind into an ever changing composition by Barnett Newman, circa 1958.

DVD PAL Rental: $35

DVD PAL Sale: $100

Jonathan Brainin

Abstract Mimesis: Zion (2006) DVD, color, 31 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, music, structural, technology

Abstract video created from one still image of a mountain wall at Zion National Park.

Rental: $30

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