Peter Gidal

Coda I and Coda II (2013) 16mm Film on Digital File, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

"Peter Gidal's starting point for his 16mm film is a soundtrack that consists of three lines from a 1,000 word story written by Gidal in 1971, read by William Burroughs. Gidal describes the film's 'so-called imagery' as 'a complex of barely visible cuts in space and time, the opposite of erasure, but nothing so much as visible'." Frieze, London, 2013

Both films are codas for another film, not far at all, colour, sound, 15 minutes, which was shown at the BFI (strange name for what used to be properly called the NFT), London, in March 2014, and at Tate (London) in February 2014. not far at all's soundtrack, just for the record, is concrete/abstract without language.

Rental: $75

DVD NTSC Sale: $1,000 (BluRay only -- both titles -- edition of 5)

Terra Renee

AAWIC African American Women in Cinema (2013) Color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Film About Film, History

An experimental documentary that talks about how the organization, African American Women in Cinema got started.

DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $50.00

Ephraim Asili

American Hunger (2013) color & bw, 19 min

Genre: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: ethnic/multicultural , history , landscape & architecture , personal/diary/journal , political/social activism, spiritual/mystical

Oscillating between a street festival in Philadelphia, the slave forts and capitol city of Ghana, and the New Jersey shore, American Hunger, explores the relationship between personal experience and collective histories. American fantasies confront African realities. African realities confront American fantasies. African fantasies confront American realities. American realities confront African fantasies... Available on DVD/Blu Ray

Rental: $75
DVD NTSC Rental: $75. Blu Ray $150

Linda Fenstermaker

Inversion (2013) 16mm, color_bw, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: body, landscape, structural

Inversion is a reflection upon the body without memory and without time. In a unique blending of perspectives in, behind and around the camera, it creates an open space to expand female consciousness, as an embodiment of the film itself. Shot, edited and finished in 16mm, this film showcases the intricacies and beauty of the film medium, in creating a new dialog between filmmaker, camera and subject. There is a yearning to discover a space for the female self, a space where this self can discover her body and break away from the external gazes of both camera and viewer. Through this exploration of (her)self and the space around, the viewer is invited to reflect upon their own bodies and gazes. With visual exchanges between the female performer, the camera and the landscape, Inversion constantly questions the conventions of filmmaking and roles of women within this cinematic space. There is an inherent tension that is present within these interactions, a dialog between pain and pleasure, visible and invisible, self and other that asks the viewer to become a participant within the cinematic experience. It pulls the viewer into the nothingness that lies beyond the boundaries of the camera itself. Inversion exposes this space of uncertainty, trying to control the uncontrollable within.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Oona Mekas

The Sleepy Man (2013) DVD NTSC, Color, 25 min

Genre: Narrative

Keywords: Comedy, Literary

Judith (Oona Mekas) comes home to find a man (John Hawkes) sleeping on her porch-one of the sleepy people. She brings him inside. Over the next 5 days the mystery of the sleepy man grows as Judith becomes entangled with a gang of roving youth and the ragtag militia who are dedicated to eradicating them. Based on the short story Sleepy People, by Jonathan Lethem. A magical realist love story.

DVD NTSC Rental: $50 DVD NTSC

Josh Lewis

Doubt #2 (2013) 16mm, color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, hand-processed, personal/diary/journal, spiritual/mystical, structural

An ongoing series of investigations that attempt to penetrate film's enigmatic materiality in tandem with the vagaries of my own emotional and psychological states. Each installment consists of a single 100' roll of 16mm black and white film stock exposed with simple vertical lines that follow the natural trajectory of the film strip. Working under red light, the emulsion is then treated by hand with various chemical applications, giving the strip it its color, texture, and sense of movement. Although an idea of progress from roll to roll is not necessarily an objective, I do have sense that working and struggling with the material in this way will symbiotically further my understanding of what film is made of, and what I am made of. -JL

16mm Rental: $35.00

16mm Sale: $500.00

Josephine Ahnelt

Water from Grain (2013) DVD NTSC, b&w, 13 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children & youth, hand processed

The poetry of Water from Grain grows out of an apparent contradiction stemming from its seeming timelessness while it plays out on the clearly recognizable outskirts of Vienna in the years of 2011 and 2012. Josephine Ahnelt accompanies two youths, a boy and a girl, with her Super-8 camera. Her main interest is focused upon the woman, her subtle beauty and her shapely form. Black and white and silent, the film focuses upon the visual impact of fleeting moments employing lighting, facial expression and gesture rather than dialogue to conjure its atmosphere. The footage was hand processed and is hence blemished, the resulting impurities obscuring and transcending certain scenes.

The first chapter unfolds at an airport. There where the longing for far away places and the other provides the stuff of fantasy the protagonists lean against the railing of a parking garage and gaze downwards, they pursue each other in a game of catch and the young woman poses in the shadow play of the concrete desert. She seems older than the young man, more thoughtful and closer to adulthood. Both seem to use this anonymous place of transit as a location for their freedom and curiosity, as a space for unsupervised movement. In the meantime, three other young people take happy and affectionate leave of a fourth person. They are older and have reason to be at the airport. The third chapter of the film also takes place in a public space, a small park that serves as a good meeting place for the two youths and their friends. Their physical enactment of tussling and necking are expressions of boredom as well as a youthful discovery of sensuality.

Where does the trip of life lead? As viewers we know nothing about the protagonists, everything is a matter of projection and guessing: But it is precisely in this indirect, lyrical, documentary-like form that a voyeuristic enthusiasm for stories beyond pure representation finds nourishment. -Brigitta Burger-Utzer

Rental: $60
DVD NTSC Rental: $60

Margaret Rorison

DER SPAZIERGANG (2013) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: landscape_architecture, personal_diary_journal, structural

A documentation of long walks throughout Berlin, Germany during the cold days of April, 2013. The footage is composed of single frames along with longer moments of glance. The title comes from a short story by Robert Walser.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

16mm Sale: $150.00

Amanda L. Katz

I Still Live Here (A Self-Portrait) (2013) DVD NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography and autobiography, personal, diary, journal

Street cinematography and moving portraits of close friends combine to create a reflection of the filmmaker herself. -ALK

Rental: $60
DVD NTSC Rental: $60

Lynne Sachs

Your Day is My Night (2013) DVD, HD Cam, Blu-Ray, color, 65 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: dance, ethnic/multicultural, hand processed, history, landscape and architecture, theatre, music

In Chinese, English & Spanish with English Subtitles. Music by Stephen Vitiello. Camera by Sean Hanley and Ethan Mass. Featuring: Yi Chun Cao, Linda Y.H. Chan, Chung Qing Che, Ellen Ho, Yun Xiu Huang, Sheut Hing Lee, Kam Yin Tsui, & Veraalba Santa.

Synopsis: Blending autobiographical monologues, intimate conversations, and staged performances, Lynne Sachs' Your Day Is My Night documents the lives of Chinese immigrants sharing a 'shift-bed' apartment in the heart of New York City's Chinatown, offering a deeply felt portrait of the Asian-American immigrant experience. Initially documented in Jacob Riis' late 19th century photographs, a shift-bed is a bed that is shared or rented by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship. Since the advent of tenement housing in the Lower East Side, working class people have shared beds, making such spaces a definable and fundamental part of immigrant life. Over a century later, the shift-bed remains a necessity for many, triggered by socio-economic barriers embedded within the urban experience. In this captivating hybrid documentary, seven characters ranging in age from 58 to 78 play themselves and recount real experiences from their lives. Retired seamstresses Ellen Ho and Sheut Hing Lee recall growing up in China during the turmoil of the 1950s when their families faced violence and separation under Chairman Maoʼs revolutionary yet authoritarian regime. Yun Xiu Huang, a nightclub owner from Fujian province, reveals his journey to the United States through the "snakehead" system, a complex underground economy of human smuggling. As the bed transforms into a stage, the film reveals a collective history of Chinese immigrants in the United States. Through it all, Your Day is My Night addresses issues around privacy, intimacy, otherness, belonging and the urban experience via the basic human need of a place to sleep.

PRESS "A strikingly handsome, meditative work: a mixture of reportage, dreams, memories and playacting, which immerses you in an entire world that you might unknowingly pass on the corner of Hester Street, unable to guess what's behind the fifth-floor windows." -The Nation
"Beautifully blending anecdotes, evocative audio textures, and an ensemble of elderly immigrant performers/participants, Your Day is My Night is sumptuous and exploratory, bringing us a Chinatown we have never seen before in film." -San Diego Asian Film Festival
"Using beds as a metaphor for privacy, intimacy and power, the film explores intercultural and trans-historical dialogue." -The Washington Post
"Director Lynne Sachs' Your Day is My Night shines a light on a little documented sub-culture in New York's Chinatown, chronicling immigrants who live communally in buildings where there's a shift-bed system. One person returns from a stint of overnight work to sleep in a bed just vacated by another person off to their day job. The form of this documentary is as compelling as its content. It is a beautiful collage of different media and music intricately edited together with the often emotional testimony of the immigrants." -BBC
"New York's Chinatown, a place as much spectral as real, flickers and flares into life in this singular hybrid of documentary, performance piece and cine-monologue. Seven working-class, immigrant residents of a shift-bed apartment play versions of themselves, recalling violent upheavals, long journeys and endless yearnings." -Sight and Sound "Moving and Profound." -Michael Moore

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS * Winner, Best Feature Documentary, San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Feature Film, Workers Unite! Film Festival, 2013 * Winner, Best Experimental Film, Traverse City Film Festival, 2013 * 2nd Prize, Documentary Feature, Athens Film Festival, 2013 * Official Selection, Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art, 2013 * Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2013 * Vancouver International Film Festival, 2013 * Images Film Festival, Toronto, 2013 * Festival del Encuentros del Otro Cine, Quito, Ecuador, 2014.

Rental: $150
DVD NTSC Rental: $150 (DVD, BluRay, HD Cam)

DVD NTSC Sale: $50 (Individual Use Only -- Institutional Sales through cinemaguild.com)

Barbara Rosenthal

"I'm Growing Up" Media-Morph Performance at Grace Exhibition Space, Bklyn, NY, April 16, 2013 Documentation Footage (2013) DVD, color, 11 min

This video is single-take, unbroken 10-minute documentary footage recorded by the artist's stationary iPod during her live performance. She is seen among the audience, then in projection, costume, and mask, as the portraits of herself a different ages morph to create different selves, accompanied by harmonica audio track on the morph projection by Mike Markham. An eerie and elegant use of technology, plus a rare glimpse into an actual underground performance art space.
Other notable performances by Barbara Rosenthal have been in front of White Box Gallery and Guggenheim Museum, NY, 2005; Wooloo New Life Festival, Berlin, 2008; SET Gallery, Brooklyn, 2009; Stonehendge, UK, 2010; Grand' Place, Brussels, 2010; Tribes Gallery, NY, 2012; and Espace Trocadero, Paris, Feb 2013.

DVD NTSC Sale: $195 (limited edition DVD)

Beth B

EXPOSED (2013) DVD_NTSC, color, 78 min

Keywords: art & artists, biography & autobiography, body, comedy, dance, erotic, philosophical, political/social activism, psycology & mental heath, queer, bi, trans

Beth B takes us into the 21st century underground and reveals a secret world where cutting-edge performers are taking hold of a taboo art form, Burlesque, and driving it to extremes that most people have never seen. Operating on the far edge of performance art, these extraordinary artist combine politics, their own nakedness, and physical comedy to challenge our notions of gender, disability and sexuality. EXPOSED takes us on a touching journey into the professional and private lives of these individuals as they question the very concept of "normal." Through them, we get to examine our own inhibition. The performances include the infamous Rose Wood, Julie Atlas Muz, Dirty Martini, Mat Fraser, World Famous *BOB*, Bambi the Mermaid, Bunny Love, James Habacker and Tigger! EXPOSED had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2013, showed at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and has screened in over 30 cities world wide.

DVD NTSC Rental: $250 Educational / $450 Museum

DVD NTSC Sale: $750 Institutional

Sarah Sitzler

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (2013) video , color, min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography and autobiography, ethnic / multicultural , literature & theater, personal / diary / journal

An American woman calls her Italian lover and leaves a message reciting his poetry. Poem is "L’Anguilla” by Euqenio Montale. Imagined of the real relationship between Montale and Ima Brandeis. Montale wrote of a figure called “Clizia” who was inspired by Brandeis.

Rental: $20

Qi You

Tang Er Duo (2013) DVD, color, min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, family

More Description from youqi.us click video/ film. View: PDF doc.

Rental: $30

Jim Jennings

Lost Our Lease (2013) b&w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: personal

Lost our Lease was filmed during working hours going from here to there in and out of a work van playing hooky and the title was given to me. It was shot and edited around 10 years ago and the title was given to me from the street. -J.J. "Lost our Lease" was filmed during working hours going from here to there in and out of a work van playing hooky. It was shot and edited around 10 years ago and the title was given to me from the street." -Jim Jennings, catalogue of New York Film Festival’s "Views from the Avant Garde" "When this film was screened at the New York Film Festival, Jennings expressed the desire to continue to shoot films in New York City "until the last of the sweatshops is turned into a luxury apartment." This film captures the "sign" of our times, the "Lost Our Lease" sign in the window of a humble storefront. We become aware of the beauty of the vulnerable, remaining patches of gritty New York. Nevertheless, the film is not "about" gentrification or materialism or any such matters. It exceeds the limits of social commentary and ventures into a realm timeless and exquisite. -Karen Treanor

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Terry Ellis

Tracking Marlowe (3 Strikes and You're Out) (2013/14) DVD Pal, b&w, 8.09 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

Keywords: films about films , structural

A 12 panel 16th/17th century lacquered Chinese screen - Spring Morning in the Han Palace - that I saw in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in May 2013 provided both the inspiration and structure for this film, but when editing it I had in mind George Montgomery's film 'Lady in the Lake' in which the action is seen almost entirely through Marlowe's eyes. The line of dialogue that repeats 3 times is taken from Edward Dmytryk's 'Murder, My Sweet', in which Marlowe is played by Dick Powell.

Rental: $35

DVD PAL Sale: $150

Terry Ellis

Sleight of Hand (2013) DVD PAL , b&w, 2.56 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films about films, structural

One of a planned series of short works illustrating well known phrases, saying and proverbs.

Rental: $35

DVD PAL Sale: $75

Abigail Child

ELSA merdelamerdelamer + VIS A VIS (2013) b&w, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

ELSA merdelamerdelamer Digital. B&W. 4 min. 2013. A smokey, punky and sexy chapter in the collectively made Feminist bio-drama, MamaDada about the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loring-hove, avant-garde performance artist, sculptress and poet. This brief excursion is inspired by an event that was lost in development where Man Ray and Duchamp made a film of the Baroness shaving her public hair.

VIS A VIS Digital. B&W. 25 min. 2013. Inspired by Vertov's Lullaby from the 1930s, as well as by Warhol's Screen Test portraits and Frampton's Manual of Arms from the 1960s, vis a vis constructs black and white portraits into a set of Romances, a notebook of sexualities: s/m, lesbian, gay, straight, solo. The piece celebrates friends and divergent (d)alliances. Out of the past comes a vision of the future as a set of erotic possibilities.

Rental: $120

DVD NTSC Sale: $175

Rosalind Schneider

Alaska: A Fusion of Realities (2013) DVD, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment & nature

Alaska: A Fusion of Realities reinvents land, ice and water to create an expanded vision of the environment. Images were gathered from a small plane, a boat and by hiking on the surface of a glacier. They include mountain ice vistas, floating icebergs and a calving glacier that speaks to the impact of global warming. The images are structured as multiple layered interpretations of reality that reach into abstraction.

Rental: $75

DVD NTSC Sale: $150

Walter Ungerer

ICI (2013) DVD NTSC, color, 7:32 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature, landscape & architecture, philosophical, spiritual/mystical, structural

Time lapse video clips from the basis of this work. The film begins as an evolution of abstract images continuously changing in color, shape and texture. As the film plays, it slowly reveals the source and identity of the original subject-matter. The sound track adds its own abstract utterances; only revealing recognizable tones in cadence with the visuals. At its conclusion, one is aware the purpose of the film is not only to titillate the senses, but to expose the void that goes beyond apparent reality.

Rental: $30.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $30.00

Cynthia Madansky

1+8 Installation (2013) DVD, color, Dynamic min

Genre: Documentary, Installation

Keywords: landscape & architecture, music, political & social activism

1+8 is a dynamic eight-screen video installation about Turkey and her eight neighbors based on the feature film of the same name directed by Cynthia Madansky and Angelika Brudniak. Each screen features life on both sides of the border, from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Nakchivan [Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan] to Syria. Co-directed by Angelika Brudniak

Rental: $5000.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $10000.00

David Baker

Antistrange (2013) DVD, color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Strongly interacting particles with corresponding decay, collide like cannonballs, Apogee and Nadir, intermittent points in an orbit blossom, careen, unfold in subatomic slapstick. "The world of the quark has everything to do with a jaguar circling in the night." - Arthur Sze, quoted by Murray Gell-Mann.

Rental: $50.00

David Baker

Mise En Abyme (2013) DVD, color, 11 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: found footage

Direct objects (circles and squares) traces a tripartite chromatic arc in oscillations both microscopic and macroscopic, almost like an antique exploding picture box with transparent parts. Tantric, hypnotic, motion generating the imperatives of verbs with supernatural sway... hortative modalities.

Rental: $50.00

Luján Montes

Historia clínica / Medical history (2013) digital file, super 8, color / b&w, 13-14 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment & nature , found footage, landscape & architecture, literature & theater, philosophical , political & social activism, queer/bi/trans, structural

Medical History is an audiovisual essay inspired by the poem "H.C 13.176" by Marisa Wagner, former patient at several mental institutions. Images of a physical and mental wandering around streets, journeys, nightmares, asylums, burials, tree fellings, and the ocean: all pieces of a life that trascends any medical record.

Rental: $35

Sean Hanley

Working From Home (2013) 16mm, b&w, 3 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Landscape_Architecture, personal/diary/journal, structural

On the last day of August - one of those sweltering dog days - I aimed my camera out my third story window seeking some respite from my work.

Rental: $40.00

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