If This Ain't Heaven

16mm, color, sound, 27.25 min
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"Mr. G is a 50 year old black man who speaks to and for his cat, Africa. 'Speak darling, speak,' his voice implores as images of dark exotic jungles swirl by. Roberta Cantow's camera work shimmers between ...
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"Mr. G is a 50 year old black man who speaks to and for his cat, Africa. 'Speak darling, speak,' his voice implores as images of dark exotic jungles swirl by. Roberta Cantow's camera work shimmers between shadows and light, hard edges and softly blurring imagery. 'I'll speak for you,' he says in his gravely seductive voice, a voice that trails off into choppy hesitating grunts as he begins to talk about life... Anthropomorphism is a tender form of ventriloquism. With the invention of a voice and a language emerges a complete character from the imagination of the pet owner in much the same way that a ventriloquist invents a character... Cantow has made an oddly beautiful and powerful film, a discourse on extreme solitude that is frightening because nobody wants to be lonely and estranged, endearing because Mr. G is a kind and lovable man." – Lee Sokol: "Art Papers."

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    Autostop
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    Narrative

    Autostop
    Roberta Cantow

    16mm, black and white, sound, 17 min
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    • Literarature / Theater
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    Rites of Passage
    Experimental
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    Roberta Cantow

    16mm, color, sound, 17 min
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    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Clotheslines
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    Experimental

    Clotheslines
    Roberta Cantow

    16mm, color, sound, 32.25 min
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    • Ethnographic
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    Iluminada
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    Roberta Cantow

    color, sound, 10 min
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    • Environment / Nature
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    The Book of Laughs
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    Experimental

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    Roberta Cantow

    color, sound, 45 min
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    • Family
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    Doctor Clown
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    Doctor Clown
    Roberta Cantow

    color, sound, 30 min
    Rental format: VHS NTSC
    • Body
    • Children / Youth
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
    • Science / Medicine
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    Mosaics
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    Mosaics
    Roberta Cantow

    color, sound, 15 min
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    • Ethnographic
    • Political / Social Activism
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    Roberta Cantow

    Digital File, color, sound, 120 min
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    • Body
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    • Spiritual / Mystical
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    Not a Still Life
    Documentary

    Not a Still Life
    Roberta Cantow

    Digital File, color, sound, 59 min
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    • Psychology / Mental Health
    • Biography / Autobiography
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    • LGBT / Queer
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    Accordions Rising
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    Accordions Rising
    Roberta Cantow

    Digital File, color, sound, 73.43 min
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    • Music
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    • Ethnographic