Seeing the City: Avant-Garde Visions of New York from the Film-Makers' Cooperative Collection and Beyond

A 10-program series of films about NYC in collaboration with Film at Lincoln Center
29 films
Film at Lincoln Center and The Film-Makers’ Cooperative present "Seeing the City: Avant-Garde Visions of New York from The Film-Makers’ Cooperative Collection and Beyond," to be presented at FLC from May 3rd–7th, 2024. The series will feature a selection of films from the Film-Makers’ Cooperative catalog, and elsewhere, that paint a unique portrait of the city, with many presented on 16mm.

Films

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    The Wonder Ring
    Experimental

    The Wonder Ring
    Stan Brakhage

    16mm, color, silent, 4 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Bridges-Go-Round
    Experimental

    Bridges-Go-Round
    Shirley Clarke

    16mm, color, sound, 7.5 min
    Rental formats: 16mm, Digital file
    • Philosophical
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Arts / Artists
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    Crowds
    Experimental

    Crowds
    David Devensky

    digital, color and b/w, silent, 38 min
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    Taxi, Taxi
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Taxi, Taxi
    Bill Creston

    color, sound
    Rental format: Digital file
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Arts / Artists
    • Biography / Autobiography
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    Derail
    Experimental

    Derail
    Catalina Santamaria

    Digital File, color and b/w, sound, 7.23 min
    Rental format: Digital file
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    New York Gradual
    Experimental
    Installation

    New York Gradual
    Gregg Biermann

    Digital File, color, sound, 14.24 min
    Rental format: Digital file
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Music
    • Cameraless / Handmade
    • Spiritual / Mystical
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    Eastside Summer
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Eastside Summer
    Rudolph Burckhardt

    16mm, color, sound, 11.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Music
    • Environment / Nature
    • Ethnographic
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    Go Go Go
    Experimental

    Go Go Go
    Marie Menken

    16mm, color, silent, 11.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Ethnographic
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    The Burning of New York
    Experimental

    The Burning of New York
    Michael Jacobson

    16mm, color, silent, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Hand-Processed
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    No York City
    Experimental

    No York City
    Rick Liss

    color, sound, 6 min
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
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    Concern For The City
    Experimental

    Concern For The City
    Peter Von Ziegesar

    16mm, color, sound, 30 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Environment / Nature
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    Dream City

    Dream City
    Steve Siegel

    16mm, color, sound, 27 min
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    From The Ladies
    Experimental

    From The Ladies
    Holly Fisher

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Greed: Pay To Play
    Experimental

    Greed: Pay To Play
    Bette Gordon

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Scotch Tape
    Experimental

    Scotch Tape
    Jack Smith

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • LGBT / Queer
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    Dwellings
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Dwellings
    Rudolph Burckhardt

    16mm, color, sound, 12.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Environment / Nature
    • Ethnographic
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    Film Club
    Documentary

    Film Club
    Jaime Barrios

    16mm, black and white, sound, 26 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Films About Film
    • Ethnographic
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    Grandma's House Original Version
    Experimental

    Grandma's House Original Version
    Bob Fleischner

    16mm, black and white, sound, 24.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Coney Island
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Coney Island
    Peter Cramer

    super8, color, sound, 12 min
    Rental format: DVD NTSC
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Political / Social Activism
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    Sodom By the Sea
    Documentary
    Experimental

    Sodom By the Sea
    Harriet Hirshorn

    16mm, color, sound, 17 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Environment / Nature
    • Ethnographic
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    Ricki Ticki
    Documentary
    Experimental
    Installation

    Ricki Ticki
    Sarah Friedland

    color, sound, 6 min
    Rental format: Digital file
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Biography / Autobiography
    • Family
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    The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society’s Dream Films
    Documentary
    Experimental
    Narrative
    Installation

    The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society’s Dream Films
    Zoe Beloff

    Digital File, color and b/w, silent and sound, 40 min
    Rental format: Digital file
    • History
    • Psychology / Mental Health
    • Erotic
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
    • Found Footage
    • LGBT / Queer
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    Excursion
    Experimental

    Excursion
    Marie Menken

    16mm, color, silent, 5.13 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Snapshots of the City
    Experimental

    Snapshots of the City
    Stan Vanderbeek

    16mm, black and white, sound, 5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
    • Arts / Artists
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    Store Days I and II
    Experimental

    Store Days I and II
    Raymond Saroff

    16mm, black and white, silent, 14.15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • History
    • Arts / Artists
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    Doomshow
    Experimental

    Doomshow
    Ray Wisniewski

    16mm, black and white, sound, 10 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Body
    • Arts / Artists
    • Literarature / Theater
    • Children / Youth
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    Fugs
    Experimental

    Fugs
    Edward English

    16mm, color, sound, 12.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Environment / Nature
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    This is Not a Demonstration
    Documentary

    This is Not a Demonstration
    Jaime Barrios

    16mm, color, sound, 8 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
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    Places
    Experimental

    Places
    Marjorie Heins

    16mm, black and white, sound, 7.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm

Description

Film at Lincoln Center and The Film-Makers’ Cooperative present "Seeing the City: Avant-Garde Visions of New York from The Film-Makers’ Cooperative Collection and Beyond," to be presented at FLC from May 3rd–7th, 2024. The series will feature a selection of films from the Film-Makers’ Cooperative catalog, and elsewhere, that paint a unique portrait of the city, with many presented on 16mm.

An iconic, oftentimes cliched, cinematic setting for hundreds of films, New York has regularly played a starring role in the history of cinema. Narrative films set in New York City are almost a subgenre unto themselves and have received copious attention. Less well explored are visions of the city anchored in exploration, experimentation, and subversive political commitment. This set of programs offers a diverse and engaging introduction to some of the scores of films in The Film-Makers' Cooperative’s collection (and beyond) that explore the city. From the lyrical evocations of the anonymity of the crowd and mass transit, and a clutch of visionary works examining the built environment, to sets of films exploring housing, the lurking shadow of ever-encroaching gentrification, and works on specific areas of the city, this selection gives an alternative vision of one of the most filmed and photographed metropolises on earth.

Organized by Tom Day and Dan Sullivan. Tom Day would like to thank the entire Film-Makers’ Cooperative team, especially interns Hayley Aaskow, Chris Stoddard, and Lucy Talbot Allen.

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This series also included the films:

  1. WeeGee’s New York, Arthur ‘Weegee’ Felig, 1948, 16mm, 21 minutes
  2. Daybreak Express, D.A. Pennebaker, 1953, 5 minutes
  3. Jazz of Lights, Ian Hugo, 1954, 16 minutes
  4. N.Y, N.Y., Francis Thompson, 1957, 15 minutes
  5. Skyscraper, Shirley Clarke, 1959, 21 minutes
  6. What Is the City but the People?, John Peer Nugent, Gordon Hyatt, 1969, 50 minutes
  7. Break and Enter a.k.a Squatters / Rompiendo Puertas, Newsreel, 1971, 40 minutes
  8. Garbage, Newsreel, 1968, 10 minutes
  9. Where Can I Live — A Story of Gentrification, Erik Lewis, 1983, 33 minutes
  10. The Heart of Loisaida, Beni Matías, Marci Reaven, 1979, 26 minutes
  11. Housing Court, Beni Matías, William Sarokin, 1985, 30 minutes
  12. Simpson Street, William Sarokin, 1979, 23 minutes
  13. Here at the Water’s Edge, Leo Hurwitz, Charles Pratt, 1962, 60 minutes
  14. City Wildlife: Mice, Rats, Roaches, Christy Rupp, 1980, 16 minutes