Sarah Jane Lapp

Bedtime Story (2008) 35mm , color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

Keywords: biography & autobiography, body, children / youth, comedy, family, personal / diary / journal

scored by Mark Dresser

Commission for Northwest Film Forum Short Run Series. An animation based on a screen test I conducted with Shael Polakow-Suransky for a related film, "Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist."

Rental: $50

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Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes One & Two (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode One: Politricks - This segment focuses on effects of world events outside of the garden gates - whether locally, nationally or internationally. Episode Two: Early Years - This segment is a collage featuring LPVs early years: the formation of the garden and its programs.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Three & Four (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Three: Rock - This episode features Cinesonic with DJ Econ and multiple screens by Stephen Kent Jussick. Highlights include Threat (Jules A and Nelson Rockwell). Episode Four: Art Exhibitions - A focus on art exhibitions that have stimulated the garden space.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Five & Six (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Five: Performance - Highlights the performances of a few of the outrageous & the sublime gracing Petit Versailles' stage & garden! Episode Six: Film 1 - Highlights & focuses on film, video & digital makers that seduce, delight and educate our audiences at Petit Versailles garden!

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Seven & Eight (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Seven: Readings 1 - Wonderful readings from The SuperFictoBioGrrrls of 2002! - Laurie Weeks, Jen Blauvelt, & Judy Silverman. Episode Eight: Pop to Folk - This week we feature various events from 2003 including Joe Tullgren and his "loosepaper collection" concert.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Nine & Ten (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 60 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Nine: Performance - This week PERFORMANCE AND DANCE with Brandon Wolcott - "the greatest actor in the world" amuses with his fumblings & ramblings! Episode Ten: Art Two - This week we're back visiting ART! Exhibitions include a multitude of mediums for "Weathering the Storm"(2002) from Larry Shea's "Well Wishing" to On Akiyoshi "Massing TARA Bodhisattva in Clouds".

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Jack Waters

Le Petit Versailles - LPVTV Season One: Episodes Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 90 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: art_artists, environment_nature

Episode Eleven: Film 2 - We begin with a look at friends & collaborators Stephen Kent Jusick and DJ Econ presenting CINESONIC - their montage of sound and image. Episode Twelve: Readings 2 - Extraordinary writers perform at LPV including Eileen Myles, Dee Finley, Henry Flesh, Mary Gaitskill and Carlo Quispe reads an essay by David Wojnarowicz. Episode Thirteen: Polysexual Polyglots - High Fashion at LPV with "The Emperor's Premiere" extravaganza by it/EQ, performance by Kalup Linzy, GenderFluxxxors - Unplugged with Tobaron Waxman.

DVD NTSC Rental: $$40.00

Ken Jacobs

Razzle Dazzle the Lost World (2008) DVD NTSC, color and black & white, 90 min

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. RAZZLE DAZZLE The Lost World is an early Edison shot cut off at its head and tail and along its four sides from the continuity of events like any camera-shot from a bygone day; no, like any camera-shot, immediately producing an abstraction. This abstraction pictures a great spinning maypole-like device lined with young passengers dipping and lifting as it circles through space. They look out - from their place at the start of the 20th century - with a remarkable variety of expressions, giddy to pensive. We observe them but of course they see nothing of this, our America, hopelessly gone to rot, its mountaintops leveled for extraction of coal, rivers and air polluted, crisscrossed everywhere with property-lines; they don't see its prisons or the corporations leaning in from their off-shore tax-bases to see what more they can take. Early stereopticon images also appear, digitally manipulated to reveal their depths. A digital shadow falls upon the scene and yet, grim as things get, as our crimes and failures then and now commingle, the movie proceeds with a cubist/abstract-expressionist zest. Impulse is like that, it’s fun to make movies. -K.J.

DVD NTSC Rental: $186.00
DigiBeta NTSC Rental: $279.00 DVCAM

Marie Losier

Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist (2008) DVD NTSC, DVD PAL, color, 26 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, biography

This is a dream portrait of Tony Conrad playing in his studio with costumes and wigs, jumping on beds with Joe Gibbons, playing violin in his home town Buffalo, cooking pickled films, performing at Tonic in NYC, recalling his first hand puppet performances with his mother, his first meeting with Jack Smith and his involvement with Flaming Creatures. Two years of footage and stories and laughter to share. DVD PAL version includes Tony Conrad's 'The Flicker' (1966).

Rental: $50.00
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DVD PAL Sale: $32.00 Individual Home-Use Only

Bruce Baillie

Bruce Baillie Vol. IV (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 2 hours min

DVD Compilation Disc One: 1. Introduction to the Holy Scrolls (1998); The P-38 Pilot (1990); Popeye (1934); Salute (2000) Note: Salute is Part I to final work in progress, "Les Memoires d'un Ange" in three parts. Disc Two: Commute (1995)

Rental: $100.00
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Jimmy Kinder

Grandfather (2008) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, min

Keywords: biography, cameraless, Found Footage

A tribute to my grandfather using a combination of direct animation and found footage of a WWII newsreel of the American bombing of Japanese strongholds in Micronesia. Winner of the Helen Hill Award at the 2008 NYU Orphan Film Symposium.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Ryan O'Toole

Keep the Home Fires Burning (2008) 16mm, color and black & white, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Biography & Autobiography, Personal / Diary / Journal

This stunningly emotional film is about duty, heroism, pride and loss as seen in the home movies of a military family. The piece takes you on a journey inward, towards family and identity. Although it might seem preoccupied with loss, in its pensive music it is actually a song of hope - a wish for the future.

Rental: $50.00
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Penny Lane

Sittin' On a Million (2008) DVD NTSC, color, min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Erotic

Mame Faye ran a world famous house of prostitution in Troy, New York for almost forty years (c. 1906 to 1941). Everyone past the age of retirement has a story - funny, sordid, unbelievable - about Troy's most famous madam. Sittin' on a Million presents these stories in all their contradictory glory, alongside vintage erotica, reenactments, and street performances. The documentary asks us to consider the role of memory and imagination in creating history, and reminds us about all those ordinary, extraordinary people erased from the official record.

DVD NTSC Sale: $20.00

Taylor Dunne

Obar (2008) DVD_NTSC, digiBeta_NTSC, miniDV_NTSC, color, 12 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: environment, multicultural, family, history, landscape, diary, mystical

Obar is a super-8 portrait of a New Mexico ghost town. Disembodied oral histories of water dowsing and train hoping provide insight into the towns possibilities and failures, while time lapse images of the desolate landscape paint an eerie portrait of life on the wild frontier.

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DigiBeta NTSC Rental: $50.00
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DVD NTSC Sale: $175.00

Ryan Marino

All That Remains (2008) DVD NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, History, Landscape & Architecture, Structural

A study in the light, textures and ghosts that make up the abandoned.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Joel Schlemowitz

Camera Roll for Taylor (2008) 16mm, 35mm, Black and White, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

A camera roll city cine-poem, filmed in Brooklyn in the vicinity of the Gowanus Canal.

16mm Rental: $20.00
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Larry Jordan

The Miracle of Don Cristobal (2008) DVD NTSC, Color, 11 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

For a long time I have wanted to construct a melodrama (animated) from the funky engravings of the 19th century which illustrated "young peoples" adventure stories. Eventually, through a great deal of selection, such a film fell into place. I have attempted to present the high emotional overlay of very mundane events in this "alchemical melodrama." To that end, Puccini combines with blatent sound of police sirens and old door buzzers on the sound track, while "real" and nightmare images compete for screen time.

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

M. M. Serra

Chop Off (2008) DVD NTSC, , 6 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

"Chop Off exposes the dark, fearful recesses of the human psyche by filming the body modification of performance artist R.K. Literally risking "life and limb," R.K.'S body is his medium and amputation is his art. The very act of filming him often stimulates a cascading range of emotions, from disgust to fear to dread." - Tribeca Film Festival 2009 "Please please show this film! It's unique, it's real, it's not like any other film. What one sees in it, can not be seen anywhere else. It will shock some, but the fact is that there are shocking things in this world and we should know it and see it, nothing human should be hidden from knowledge. You made a very REAL film about REAL people. One of the most difficult things to do in cinema. I congratulate you." - Jonas Mekas

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Jasmine Hirst

Sexual Homicide Detective (2008) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 3:45 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Biography, Psychology & Mental Health

The life of a retired New York Sexual Homicide Detective, who has witnessed the worst side of humanity, and has old autopsy photos mixed up with photographs of his grandchildren.

Rental: $45.00
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Jasmine Hirst

Dark Rainbow (2008) DVD NTSC, Color and Black & White, 4:43 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Music

During a devastating relationship break-up, rather than kill myself, I wrote this song, and directed and edited the music video. Although I am not a musician, for 15 months I observed my ex-lover writing music, and thought:...I can do that.

Rental: $45.00
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Katrina Del Mar

I Got What I Came For (2008) DVD NTSC, , 4 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Music

GSX "I Got What I Came For" music video.

Rental: $45.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $45.00

Josh Solondz

Misc. 2006-2008 (2008) DVD_NTSC, , 30 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: body, ethnic_multicultural, personal

Compilation of videos from 2006-2008 including: "Graphic" "Videos With Mom (single channel version)" "Deviations From The Wheel" "Orbison" "Narrative One"

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Martha Colburn

Cosmetic Emergency (2008) 35mm, DVD_NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Body, Found Footage, Political Social Activism

"Cosmetic Emergency" explores the idea of beauty through a collage of live action and lyrical animations. A free-form take on the current trend of cosmetic obsession and the immortal quality of painting, the film searches for "what's on the inside". Topical news stories (such as the US military offering free cosmetic surgery)and musical film sequences are created with paint-on-glass animation, found footage and documentary techniques. The music was commissioned for the film. Selected musicians, including New Zealand's Hip-Hop artist, "Coco Solid" and "Half Japanese" found Jad Fair, wrote and recorded humorously cynical songs about the cosmetic craze. Also included is a rare appearance by the Dutch Ambassador of Cosmetic Surgery, Marijke Helwegen.

Rental: $50.00
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Mercy for Animals

Fowl Play (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 25 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: enviorment & nature, political & social activism

A battle is brewing over the ethics of our food choices. Gone are the days of open pasture and idyllic barnyard scenes instilled in our mind from childhood. Today, the over 9 billion animals reared for food production lead short lives chronicled with deprivation, confinement, mutilation, and merciless slaughter. The fallout is a growing movement of compassionate consumers who are rejecting factory-style farming and the exploitation of animals used for food. They are organizing, documenting the living nightmare that animals face, and speaking out against animal-based agriculture. Fowl Play takes viewers on an unforgettable journey behind the closed doors of some of the country's largest egg production facilities and graphically illustrates the heartbreaking plight of laying hens - condemned to lives crowded inside file-drawer-sized cages. Through touching interviews with animal rescuers, undercover investigators, veterinarians, and animal behaviorists, we hear powerful stories motivated by kindness and courage from the dedicated individuals who are fighting to save the modern day hen - perhaps the most abused and exploited animal on earth. Connecting the dots between consumer demand for meat, dairy and eggs and the perpetuation of animal abuse, Fowl Play leaves viewers with a groundbreaking message of personal responsibility and the potential each of us holds to change the world - one meal at a time.

Rental: $30.00
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Sabrina Gschwandtner

no idle hands (2008) DVD_NTSC, color & b/w, 9.40 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

Super 8 film to video transfer. Part travelogue, part Surrealist narrative, the three-part film takes us on a symbolic tour through the history of knitting.

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Marie Losier

Papal Broken Dance (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 6 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: dance, music

Music video Papal Breakdance by PTV3- Genesis P-Orridge with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and many friends. A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ring...all the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.

Rental: $50.00
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Moira Tierney

Habibi (2008) DVD_NTSC, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic and multicultural

Filmed in New York in the summer of 2006: a march across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of the Lebanese population. Habibi means Beloved in Arabic.

Rental: $50.00
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Caryn Cline

Seattle Solstice (2008) 16mm, color, 2:40 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: enviorment / nature, landscape / architecture

Mapping a Seattle landscape as the year turns, this film is an optical print of original hand-made frames. Featuring hydrangea, geranium, nandina, camillia, oregano, vinca, snapdragon, cyclamen, violet, linden, clematis, linaria, birch bark and daphne. Music by Bay Area composer, arranger, and jass bassist Chuck Metcalf used with permission.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Jerry Tartaglia

Is What Was (2008) DVD NTSC, , 23 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

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

Is What Was is an experimental documentary film essay that began as a visual diary of a visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp near Berlin, where gay men were tortured and murdered by the Nazis. My friend Wilhelm Hein brought me to that place in 2007 where I first saw a Pink Triangle that was worn by one of my ancestors-in-spirit. Around the same time I had begun to find vernacular photographs (snapshots) of Nazi soldiers that had been taken by their compatriots during the time of the Holocaust. These photographs were found in disassembled album at flea markets and in private collections in America and Europe. The contradiction between the Nazi persecution of gay men and the visual evidence in the photographs prompted an inquiry into the context in which sexual identity is formulated. This inquiry led directly to the pioneering work of Karl Heinrich Ulruchs (1825-1895). Although Ulrich's ideas of same gender sexuality are steeped in 19th Century imagery, he was nonetheless the first to name it, describe it, and promote it in positive, constructive terms that included not only the sexual aspects of Queer life, but sought to find the whole person in the andere sexualitaet (the other sexuality). Through the understanding of pride and power the contradiction in the photographs can be deciphered, and Ulrichs' "Raethsel" (riddle) can be resolved: Queer Identity encompasses more than sexuality, and therein lays the threat to the power structures of oppression. The film intercuts present day images of Sachsenhausen and Berlin created by photographer Sean Michael Kirk, with the vernacular photographs and moving images to create this experimental visual essay. Credits and Cast: Jerry Tartaglia Writer, Director, Editor Sean M. Kirk Imaging and Photography Tyler Arcaro Art Direction and Technical Assistant Special Appearances by: Vaginal Davis Jackie Raynal Jim Hubbard Oscar Villegas Marc Siegel Susanna Sachsse Joshua Schneider Wilhelm Hein Annette Frick John Price

Rental: $95.00
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David Baker

The Optic Melon (2008) DVD NTSC, black & white, 7:50 min

Genre: Experimental

Strobic intermittency and dilation as seen through the eye of a spinning watermelon. A derivation from Ken Jacob's Star Spangled to Death.

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Terry Ellis

Shting Shtang Shting (2008/10) DVD_NTSC, color, 2:38 min

Genre: Experimental

A folly tries and fails to dematerialise.

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Lynne Sachs

Georgic for a Forgotten Planet (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 8:00 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment_nature, landscape_architecture, personal_diary_journal

I began reading Virgil's Georgics, a 1st Century epic agricultural poem, and knew immediately that I needed to create a visual equivalent about my own relationship to the place where I live, New York City. The film is culled from material I collected at Coney Island, the Lower East Side, Socrates Sculpture Garden in Queens, a Brooklyn community garden and a place on Staten Island that is so dark you can see the three moons of Jupiter. It is a homage to a place many people affectionately and mysteriously call the big apple.

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Martha Colburn

TRIUMPH OF THE WILD (2008) 35mm, DVD_NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: history, political

This is a chronological film of American history beginning with the American Revolution...

"I filmed TRIUMPH OF THE WILD and made the artwork in my studio in Queens, NY. I shot it on 16mm and transferred it to a digital scan, and then printed to 35mm. This was much easier than with COSMETIC EMERGENCY, which is a film that I made in 2005 by hand printing every frame to 35mm on an 'experimental printing' configuration, which consisted of a camera and a lens and some tissue paper, projecting from the floor up underneath this table onto the tissue paper, and advancing the film frame by frame to re-photograph it. The advantage of scanning to digital first is that color correcting and cropping is possible. TRIUMPH OF THE WILD is an animation, so the focus should not be on the 'printing effect'. Cosmetic Emergency is so roughly printed that projectionists think their machine is breaking while it is projecting.

"At the time I made TRIUMPH OF THE WILD, 16mm was beginning to be phased out, so printing to 16mm was not an option. TRIUMPH OF THE WILD was created by animating artwork that was painted and assembled within a six month period and researched for a year prior. Blending themes of war, history and rebirth, there is a 'non-stop-breathless' quality to the film that is highly detailed. It is created to portray a complete pictorial universe that is then broken down, through violence and PTSD. This is why I chose to print to 35mm, as a way to retain this detail in the final projected image.

"I have shown TRIUMPH OF THE WILD several times with the soundtrack being performed live with the accompaniment of composer and pianist Thollem McDonas. Those are my most memorable screenings and we have done this in SF MOMA, the FotoFocus Biennial 2014, Site Sante Fe, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy and many other venues and countries." -M.C.

Rental: $75.00
35mm Rental: $75.00
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Bill Brand

Masstransiscope (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Documentary, Installation

Bill Brand's Masstransiscopewas installed in the abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York in September 1980. It has been seen by millions of commuters for over twenty-five years. The 228 hand-painted panels are viewed through a series of vertical slits set into a specially constructed housing. The piece works on the principle of the Zoetrope, a 19th century optical toy.

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DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00 institutional, $30.00 home

Ken Jacobs

Return to the Scene of the Crime (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 93 min

Genre: Experimental

Warning: throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. Ken Jacobs writes, "In 1969, Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son seized me, with a new film (as I said then) almost incidentally a result. Placing the 1905 Mutoscope original in the computer allows for an unbounded freedom of study and playfulness. Now I seize the film, introducing a quasi-3D and strange time-dimension, the Eternalism. Far more is revealed (the stealing of the pig!) and, joined to sound, the old movie even tells a new story. This is how the film begins, duck-on-a-leash to Little Bo Peep to the revealing of the too-busy full stage-set. Each gets their close-up and the many choreographed incidents happening together, and impossible to sort out, are given time out of the welter of events to shine. While it seems a mistake to break apart the wonderful muchness of the original, it's fun to see one action centered while others we've become familiar with repeat around it in the grand clockwork mechanism that is cinema. Actions made familiar take off into abstract permutations, veering in and out of recognition. God appears, centering the commotion, but splits when the crowd deserts his act to go after Tom."

DVD NTSC Rental: $250.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $600.00

Ken Jacobs

ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) (2008) DVD NTSC, anaglyph 3-D color, 109 min

Genre: Experimental

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. The real subject of ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) is depth-perception itself. Our beloved performers from the 1905 Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son again encapsulate human absurdity for our amusement but this time in illusionary (and berserk) 3-D. Clowns and harlots and slumming gentry freely step forward and back through the screen surface, often misplacing heads and limbs as they change location. They step from—and back into—the screen surface. This is cosmic play with all strings pulled.

DVD NTSC Rental: $250.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $600.00

Ken Jacobs

The Scenic Route (2008) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. "One of the nice things about movies was you could keep them at a distance. Movies knew their place. We were dimensional, they were flat, so it was easy to know which was which. But THE SCENIC ROUTE seemingly spills from the screen, threatening demarcation lines everywhere."

DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Jim Jennings

Public Domain (2008) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

"As a critic, there aren't that many films I feel confident recommending sight-unseen. In the case of this year’s Wavelengths series, where not everything was available for preview, there are three films I do feel utterly confident in directing any reader toward, simply because they're made by three of the finest avant-garde filmmakers currently working anywhere in the world : Ernie Gehr, David Gatten, and Jim Jennings. A few years ago, Jennings' film Close Quarters was featured in Wavelengths, and while I was already a Jennings fan, that film did more than just blow me away. It reduced me to tears, and by the time all was said and done, I realized that Close Quarters was a flat-out masterpiece. (For those who care, I typically employ a 1-10 rating scale, and have awarded only around twelve 10s since I began. Quarters was one.) Last year, Jennings returned to TIFF with another fantastic film, Public Domain, a fast-and-dirty NYC city symphony that effortlessly encapsulated a hundred-plus years' worth of cinematic ways of looking at a metropolis. Jennings is, by my lights, a modern master, almost always composing his films at the editing table like some visual equivalent to musique concrete, his films' silence leaping off the screen like sculptural Free Jazz. Neither meditative nor overbearing, Jennings' films dart across the screen as a sort of bike messenger of the senses, giving your brains a run for their money. His new film is Greenpoint, and I am counting the days until I get to see it." -Michael Sicinski, MUBI "Public Domain, made in response to an ill-conceived and since-rescinded edict involving heavy taxes for filming in New York City, is both a classic on-the-fly, man-in-the-crowd city film, and an implicit hurrah in favor of the unauthorized camera-stylo liberty that has defined the avant-garde. Jennings' edits turn people, buildings, windows and shadows into tectonic ballerinas in a volumetric dance, and the results are electrifying and joyous. This is one film you’ll regret being able to see only once." –Michael Sicinski According to program notes, Jennings made Public Domain in response to Michael Bloomberg's (failed) initiative to levy prohibitive costs on those seeking to film in New York City. In a sense, Jennings' film is an ideal demonstration both of what would be lost if NYC imagery were restricted, and, perhaps more importantly, of how any such law would be meaningless, since a world of fleeting fugitive images exists beneath the radar, well below the ken of even the most intrepid "independent" filmmakers whose aspirations chain them to 35mm film crews. Jennings, as a one-man band and total mobile unit, can move undetected through the bustle of the streets and collect fragments of life that the Woody Allens and Spike Lees of the world wouldn’t notice. Now, having laid out what I take to be the thematic justification for the shape and form of Public Domain, let me say that no precis can express the sheer exhilaration, the formal precision and nonstop observational inventiveness of the film itself (I’m not sure if such a concept - observational inventiveness - isn't an oxymoron. But Jennings attunes himself to what’s around him, and achieves such varied results in the process, that I sense he continually finds new ways to observe the spaces he moves through, a sort of active passivity.) Jennings has been one of the un(der)sung heroes of experimental cinema for decades now; his body of work clearly shows him to be equal in stature to acknowledged masters such as Ernie Gehr, Ken Jacobs, Nathaniel Dorsky, and Warren Sonbert. There are highly compact formal micro-dramas that characterize Public Domain's overall montage logic, in which brief quotidian gestures are glanced, then shown either on their side or right side up, so as to emphasize both the pure movement and rhythm within the frame and its human/geographical content. That is, when we see the distortion of buildings as reflected in the side of a moving bus, Jennings presents it twice or in some cases three times, with different orientations, so that we can quickly apprehend the formal information while the subject matter retains its denotative connection to the life of the city. What's more, within this overall bustle (less city symphony than string quartet, a set of sharply articulated scherzo maneuvers) Jennings even seems to expand on the theme of the "public domain" of the unrestricted cinematic image, with moments that recall other great avant-garde films and filmmakers, an entire tradition that didn’t wait around for permits. We see Dorsky's floating bag, the wobbly buildings of Manhatta and N.Y.,N.Y., the upended pedestrians of Gehr and the urban grunge of Jacobs and Jack Smith. Jagged moments in the editing, shuttling us from the pavement to the sky, strike me as Warren Sonbert moments. And yet, in terms of color, lighting, tone, and pacing, everything is of a piece, and unmistakably organized by Jennings' unique sensibility, one which eschews detachment in favor of complete beatitude in the face of urban chaos. Public Domain, like all of Jennings' New York films, are records of the pleasure in being bumped into when you stop to think. Far from marking the cessation of thinking, that jolt simply occasions another, newer thought. -Michael Sicinski, "The Academic Hack" "...Jim Jennings' Public Domain is done in startling, plastic color, as the filmmaker grabs snatches of imagery from below mid-town in Manhattan. Not having seen any work by the filmmaker before, it was difficult, in the montage flurry, to grasp at what I was supposed to be seeing beyond the rhythm and the color. But soon, falling into the film's incredibly brisk movement, I began to be thrilled by Jennings capturing the barest minimum of gestures and signs. Not a series of gestures, mind you, but seemingly the movements, the meaning, the text grasped at a split second in the dead center of its being, the beginning and end of each 'thing' neatly, economically cut off, leaving at once a suggestion and something pure, centered, and instantaneous: the most whole of things caught for the briefest of moments, both so small and so fast it is nearly impossible to say what they were." –Daniel Kasman

16mm Rental: $30.00

Terry Ellis

Yes, No, Maybe (Maybe Not) (2008-2012) DVD NTSC, , 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless

Rental: $35.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $35.00

Georges Salameh

Maesmak (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 20 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, found footage, history, personal, diary, journal, political & social activism, science & medicine

www.georgessalameh.wordpress.com/maesmak

Rental: $40.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $40.00

Gregg Biermann

Utopia Variations (2008) DVD NTSC, B/W, 5 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

In this piece the over the rainbow sequence from The Wizard of Oz moves forward from the beginning and backwards from the end in half second intercuts. This gradually builds from one screen to a "25-voice" split-screen canon in which each voice is slightly out of sync. The resulting matrix is mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic.

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 DVD or Digital File (Institutional)

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 DVD (Individual) or $60 (Institutional)

Gregg Biermann

Utopia Variations (2008) DVD NTSC, B/W, 5 min

Genre: Experimental, Installation

Keywords: Films About Film, Found Footage, Music

In this piece the over the rainbow sequence from The Wizard of Oz moves forward from the beginning and backwards from the end in half second intercuts. This gradually builds from one screen to a "25-voice" split-screen canon in which each voice is slightly out of sync. The resulting matrix is mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic.

DVD NTSC Rental: $40 DVD or Digital File (Institutional)

DVD NTSC Sale: $30 DVD (Individual) or $60 (Institutional)

Vera Neubauer

The Last Circus (2008) DVD_PAL, color, 17 min

Genre: Narrative, Animation

Keywords: arts & artists, biography, psychology & mental health , spiritual/mystical

The last circus interweaves the dreams and memories of Godiva, a dying woman. We are privy to her life as it flashes before her eyes. The knitted characters come alive on the stage, drawing influences from theater of the absurd, reality, TV and the circus.

DVD PAL Rental: $70

Robert Harris

Suite of Summer Evenings (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Ethnic/Multicultural, landscape and architecture

In lyric, observational from, Suite of Summer Evenings conjures a landscape of languid yet energized evenings, carnival night with the coughing cars of dirt track auto racing in rural upstate New York. Crafted as a suite of four distinct movements, the piece is redolent of tones and moods. Immersed in ambient landscape, sound and image are symbiotic, each sense massaged with timber and textures, evoking a place that is simultaneously mythic and quotidian; a renowned composer Earl Howard, using natural crowd and track recordings, caress and drive the images. Suite of Summer Evenings has screened in VideoEx, Zurich; The Strange Beauty Film Festival; Experiments in Cinema V4.2; The Iowa International Documentary Film Festival; and at Mass. Art Film Society.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $60.00

Terry Ellis

Tilt (2008/2015) DVD NTSC, color, 4:10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, films about film, structural

Made originally in 2008 in black and white and with a different soundtrack. The title refers to tilting the camera up to bring the horizon line down or down to bring it up and the film was prompted by seeing a documentary about John Ford which mentioned that in his framing, particularly in his westerns (e.g., 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon') he would often alternate between a high and a low horizon, something which apparently he took from the paintings of Frederick Remington. The image could not be simpler: basically the 'frame' is divided in half horizontally. The film was 'scored' very precisely and in constructing it this 'score' was followed to the letter. In 2015 I revisited the film and added color. While working on it I changed upon a song by Kevin Coyne ('Porcupine People') that seemed oddly appropriate and took the liberty of 'lifting'2 or 3 lines from the song to construct a new soundtrack.

Rental: $35

DVD NTSC Sale: $100(institution); $50 (individual)

Cynthia Madansky

MINOT NORTH DAKOTA (2008) DVD, color, 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: landscape & architecture, political & social activism

The town Minot is home to a U.S. Air Force base that guards 150 nuclear missiles buried in northern North Dakota. The weapons of mass destruction placed there 50 years ago are still targeted at Russia. Minot, North Dakota portrays an American landscape where people live with nuclear bombs in their backyard. Co- directed by Angelika Brudniak

Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $100.00

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