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General Works on Modernist and Avant-garde Arts

After Modernism: The Dilemma of Influence
The purposeful dismantling of the modernist myth has been the central issue of contemporary art making and art criticism. Since the 1960s, other disciplines, cultures and artists previously excluded from modernism's privileged canons have become absorbed into an ever expanding field of activity and influence. Younger artsts are a new breed of cultural scavengers -- anything is fair game for appropriation or reinterpretation. Here various modernists discuss their art works. 1992. 59 min. Video/C 9102

American Visions Written and narrated by Robert Hughes.

A Wave From the Atlantic. Waves of immigrants in the early 20th century bring both their old culture and a thirst for the new. The tenements are documented by photographer Jacob Riis and the socially conscious Ashcan School. Then, after the historic 1913 Armory show, artists like Joseph Stella, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, forge a modernism that is uniquely American. Also presents the work of Robert Henri, George Bellows, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mabel Dodge Luhand, Marsden Hartley and Frank Lloyd Wright. Video/C 4779

Streamlines and Breadlines. Examines the mythic images of the 1920's and 30's as skyscrapers rise in New York and the rural heartland is idealized by Regionalists like Thomas Hart. Artists of the WPA celebrate the worker as hero, while Jacob Lawrence tells stories of black America, and ambitious New Deal projects like Hoover Dam project self-confidence in hard times. Also examines the work of Raymond Hood, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, and Grant Wood. Video/C 4780

The Empire of Signs. After the post-war era, Hughes traces the development of abstract expressionism and the life of Jackson Pollock, and explores how artists as different as James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, David Smith, Willem De Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Romare Bearden, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns reacted to the new consumer culture. Video/C 4781

The Age of Anxiety. This final segment explores how American art has reflected the upheavals of the last 25 years. Hughes traces the evolution of abstract art and minimalism and considers the spiritual richness of earth works, in which nature is the artist's medium. He ends the series by profiling a wide range of contemporary artists including Edward Kienholz, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Walter De Maria, Robert Smithson, Bruce Nauman, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Susan Rothenberg, Eric Fischl, Louise Bourgeois and James Turrell. Video/C 4782

Art in an Age of Mass Culture
An exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art titled "High and low", traces the historic relationship between modernist art and low or mass culture. Examples of early 20th century avant-garde works are seen with later examples accompanied by commentary of artists James Rosenquist, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray and others. Centered around a walk-through of the show with its curators Kirk Varnedoe and Adam Gopnik, the film explores the question of the fate of avant-garde art in mass cuture.c1991. 31 min. Video/C 9104

Artists of the Boston Cyberarts Festival
Compilation of new media artworks from the 2003 Boston Cyberarts Festival. The artists featured represent sound, performance, video, kinetics and digital art. Contents: Attainment / Christy Georg (3:49) -- 3speed 2000 (12:14) / Ravi Jain -- The memory of your touch / Henry Kaufman (2:19) -- Irrigation / Peter Tucker (7:19) -- Language extension #4 / David Webber (3:29). 60 min. DVD 2835

Documents contemporary U.S. socio-cultural trends-- specifically in the San Francisco Bay region-- influenced by punk culture and computer and other advanced technologies. Features an interview with William Gibson, science fiction writer whose concepts have become a part of real life in the technology and culture of recent years. Topics covered include: virtual reality, hacking & piracy, art & fashion, industrial music, and mind machines & cyborgs. 60 min. Video/C 2907

Factory Days: Paul Morrissey Remembers the Sixties
An interview with the independent filmmaker Paul Morrissey. Well-focused, the commentary is voiced over an array of rare still photos and archival documentary footage of himself, Warhol, the Factory and its many players. "We learn a number of interesting things about the milieu of the Factory, the making of the films, and the way in which Andy approached life as one continuous photo opportunity." 2005. 74 min. DVD 6384

Film as a Subversive Art (Amos Vogel and Cinema 16)
Filmed profile of Amos Vogel, 82-year old New York resident and Austrian emigre, founder of the New York Film Festival and America's most important film society, Cinema 16. The audiences of Cinema 16 were presented with a wide range of film forms including works of the avant-garde, documentaries of all kinds, experimental animation, and foreign or independent features and shorts not in distribution in the United States. Produced and directed by Paul Cronin. 2003. 57 min. DVD 6297

Futurist Life Redux
The first Futurist film ever made, "Vita Futurista" was created in 1916 by Arnaldo Ginna and other artists. The only known copy of this film is lost. Now, an extraordinary group of contemporary film and video artists create a brand new version for the twenty-first century. Featuring the work of: Trisha Baga, chameckilerner, Martha Colburn, Ben Coonley, George Kuchar, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shana Moulton, Shannon Plumb, Aida Ruilova, Matthew Silver and Shoval Zohar (The Future), Michael Smith. Produced by Performa ; curated by Lana Wilson and Andrew Lampert. 2011. 46 min. DVD X7164

This program looks at postmodernism as reflected in architecture and art. Using numerous examples drawn from the United States and Britain, this documentary seeks to define the movement through commentary by authors, architects and art critics. Looks at the contributions and influence of 20th century visionaries such as Robert Venturi, Andy Warhol, Jacques Derrida, and Kazuo Ishiguro to the development of Postmodernism. c2000. 29 min. DVD 3944; also vhs 8399

Resistance[s]: Experimental Films from the Middle East and North Africa
Dansons / Zoulikha Bouabdellah (Algeria/France, 2003, 5 min.) -- Transit / Taysir Batniji (Palestine/France, 2004, 8 min.) -- Dieu me pardonne / Mounir Fatmi (Morocco/France, 2001-2004, 8 min.) -- Wet tiles / Lamya Gargash (UAE, 2003, 8 min.) -- Allahu Akbar / Usama Alshaibi (Iraq/USA, 2003, 5 min.) -- Untitled part 3b (as if) beauty never ends / Jayce Salloum (Lebanon/Canada, 2003, 11 min.) -- K3 (Les femmes) / Frederique Devaux (Algeria/France, 2003, 4 min.) -- Ca sera beau : From Beyrouth with love / Wael Noureddine (Lebanon/France, 2005, 30 min.) DVD authors, Marc Horchler, Thomas Lambert ; text, Silke Schmicki, Christine Sehnaoui. Includes eight, short, experimental films and videos from Middle Eastern and North African artists and interviews with those filmmakers. Using images to lead the narrative, each artist, no matter their style or medium succeeds in raising fundamental questions relating to humanity, politics and aesthetics. Double-sided DVD; PAL format on one side, NTSC format on the other side. In English, French and Arabic with optional subtitles in French, English, Arabic, and German. 107 min. DVD 6777

Russian Avant Garde: A Romance with the Revolution
This program documents the achievements of the Russian avant-garde movement and the impact of the Russian Revolution, which at first nurtured modern art as an emblem of communist culture and then banned it in favor of socialist realism. Set within the context of the Lenin/Stalin years it focuses on the contributions of the art critic Nikolai Punin and the work of major Soviet artists Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, and Pavel Filonov. 2000. 55 min. Video/C 7893

Shock of Futurism
Documentary examines the least known and most extreme of all the 20th century Avant-Gardes, the Futurists, who developed many concepts and artistic principles. By replacing the fixed point of view of traditional art with motion and speed Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carra, and Gino Severini, the leaders of Futurism, emerged to the forefront of the international art scene from the stale and conservative cultural atmosphere of Italy before World War I. 23 min. Video/C 6010

Shock of the New.
BBC's sequel to Civilisation, picks up at the threshold of the 20th century. Written and presented by Robert Hughes. 52 min. ea.

Vol. 1: The Mechanical Paradise:: Explores Western art during the period 1870-1914 and shows how the artists of this period reflected the fragmentation and mechanization of urban life. Vol. 2: The Powers That Be: Examines the art of the post-World War I period, including Dada and German expressionism, and discusses how art reflected the intellectual and political mood of the period. DVD 2845 ; also on vhs 217 (Vol. 1); Video/C 218 (Vol. 2)

Vol. 3: The Landscape of Pleasure: The South of France and the Mediterranean became a generator of color-filled images of well-being that permeated the work of Monet, Cezanne and other Impressionists. Vol. 4: Trouble in Utopia: The glass palaces of German architects gave way to the functionalists. Looks at the concern for social programs, which became reflected in art, exemplified in the town plans of le Corbusier, the speculations of Buckminster Fuller and the strange wasteland of Brasilia. DVD 2846; also on vhs 219 (Vol. 3); Video/C 220 (Vol. 4)

Vol 5:The Threshold of Liberty: Surrealism was the last revolutionary art movement of the Twentieth Century. Dali, Mire, and Magritte were striving to liberate the unconscious mind through fantasy/reality. Vol. 6: The View from the Edge: Figurative Expressionism was ruined by the realities of the Nazi death camps whose horrors surpassed distortions of the human body no artist could imagine. DVD 2847; Video/C 221

Vol 7: Culture as Nature: In the mid-20th century, symbols of modern culture reflecting the power of mass media, advertising, radio and television, became subjects for artists. Pop art exploded onto the scene. Vol 8: The Future That Was: The new age of Modernism that began with this century is now the establishment, as are its consequences. Looks at the current nature of modern art, which is evolving away from an organized system of dealers and museums into such expressions as conceptual art, earthworks and body art. DVD 2848; also on vhs 223 (Vol. 7); Video/C 224 (Vol. 8)


Hampton, Howard. "The Devil's Envoy: Guy Debord and the Cinema of Annihilation." Film Comment. May/Jun 2006. Vol. 42, Iss. 3; p. 60 (5 pages) UC users only
Levin, Thomas Y."Dismantling the Spectacle: The Cinema of Guy Debord." In: Guy Debord and the situationist international : texts and documents / edited by Tom McDonough. pp: 321-453. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2002. (Main Stack HN49.R33.G89 2002; Grad Svcs HN49.R33.G89 2002 Non-circulating; may be used only in Graduate Services)

Situationist International Archives
Bureau of Public Secrets website

La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? (Can Dialectics Break Bricks?)
Virtually the only available example of a situationist use of cinema, this martial arts film presents a teacher and students of a Korean martial arts school pitted against Japanese invaders. Originally produced in Hong Kong, it was rewritten in French as a situationist political philosophical allegorical struggle between village proletarians and bureaucrats.

Originally produced as a motion picture by Yangtze Productions in Hong Kong in 1972 as Tang shou tai chuan tao (Crush), directed by Tu Kuang-chi (Doo Kwang Gee). French language version originally produced in 1973. 84 min. DVD 9563 [preservation copy]; vhs 8452

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Guy Debord, son art et son temps
This film combines a blankly ironic exploration of the spectacle of French television with some personal notes on Debord's life and his friends. 1994. 60 min DVD 9146

Hurlements en faveur de Sade
Additional features: Sur le passage de quelques personnes à travers une assez courte unite de temps / Dansk-Fransk Experimentalfilm Kompagni ; realisateur, Guy Debord (1959, 19 min.) ; Critique de la separation / Dansk-Fransk Experimentalfilm Kompagni (1961, 17 min.) Guy Debord's films attempt to account for the spiritually debilitating alienation of both the private and public spheres of everyday life by the forces of market capitalism in Europe after World War II. Hurlements en faveur de Sade is an experimental film consisting mainly of a black or white screen with occasional voice over. Sur le passage de quelques personnes à travers une assez courte unite de temps and Critique de la separation are short films. 1952. 70 min DVD 9144

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
Guy Debord's films attempt to account for the spiritually debilitating alienation of both the private and public spheres of everyday life by the forces of market capitalism in Europe after World War II. In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni is a critique of consumerism. 1978. 100 min. DVD 9146

Refutation de tous les judements
Director, Guy Debord; editor, Martine Barraque. In this documentary Debord presents a concise answer in film to the negative comments from "narrow-minded critics" of his earlier film "Societe du spectacle.". 1975. 24 min. DVD 9537; DVD 9145; Video/C 8454

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La Societe du Spectacle
Director, Guy Debord; editor, Martine Barraque; music, Michel Corrette; project coordinator, Peggy Ahwesh. This essayistic film is both an adaptation of Debord's book and a provocative example of a favored situationist tactic, detournement, which is a reuse of existing artistic elements in a new ensemble. Neither an ivory tower "philosophical" discourse nor a helplessly impulsive "protest," this is a ruthlessly lucid examination of the most fundamental tendencies and contradictions of the society we live in. 1973. 88 min. DVD 9145; Video/C 8453

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Noys, Benjamin. "Destroy Cinema!/Destroy Capital!: Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle (1973)." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 24 Issue 5 2007 UC users only

Surrealism, a reaction against the rationalism that plunged Europe into the First World War, sought to reunite the conscious and subconscious minds in order to create a new view of reality. Incorporating archival clips, this film analyzes the history of the movement through the works of Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Louis Bunuel and Herbert Read. Also includes footage of modern surrealists Conroy Maddox and Jake Chapman. c2001. 29 min. Video/C 8419

Examines the art movement that flourished in Europe between the two world wars. The video traces the history of surrealism, including archival footage and photographs, interviews with scholars, historians and biographers, as well as dramatic reenactments of key moments in the development of surrealism and excerpts from the work of contemporary surrealist filmmakers. 1993. 60 min. Video/C 5108

Surrealist Film: The Stuff of Dreams.
Surrealist cinema sought to break with the conventional linear narrative style in favor of chance events and a world of the subconscious. This program analyzes the origin, evolution and legacy of this cinematic movement whose stylistic artifacts can still be found in today's mass culture. Key figures of Dadaism and Surrealism are highlighted including Germaine Dulac, Luis Bunuel and Man Ray with excerpts from their works and other films of the genre. 2005. 39 min. DVD 4145

Synthetic Pleasures.
Performer: Timothy Leary, R.U. Sirius, Jaron Lanier, Scott Bukatman, John Perry Barlow, Orlan, Edward Regis, Howard Rheingold, Michio Kaku, Max More, Scott Frazier, Robert Ettinger.

An around the world exploration of the social impact of the cutting edge technologies of virtual reality, cyber sex, nootropics, artificial recreations and amusements, cryonics, cybernetics, and plastic beauty. Analyzes these "hyperreal" environments and questions society's desire for artificial transformation and its influence on our culture as we approach the 21st century. 83 min. Video/C 4784

Video Art
Combining film clips and interviews with artists John Wood and Paul Harrison, explores the relationship between video art and popular culture; making the distinction that video art is more than performance documented on video. Host Dave Beech argues that if video art spurns convention it is not because it settles for less but because it asks for more. 2005. 30 min. DVD 3747

When Video Came
A fascinating look at the history of video art from the critical perspective of seminal media artists in the U.S. Visually stimulating, this documentary portraits the development of the technological image and its influence in our culture as well as the complex relationship that exists between the independent producer and the established mass-media. c2003. 40 min. DVD 4933
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Books and articles on dada and surrealist film in the UCB library

The Amateur as Auteur: Discovering Paradise in Pictures
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 6: "These home-made films incorporate avant-garde strategies and techniques to achieve a true sense of cinematic intimacy." Contents: Case sound tests (c. 1924-25) / Theodore Case & Earl Sponable -- Windy Ledge Farm (c. 1929-34) / Elizabeth Woodman Wright -- A day in Santa Fe (1931) / Lynn Riggs & James Hughes -- Stewart Family home movies (c. 1935-39) / Archie Stewart -- Children's party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- Cotillion (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- The Midnight party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- Haiti (1938) / Rudy Burckhardt -- Tree trunk to head (1938) / Lewis Jacobs -- Bicycle polo at San Mateo (1940-42) / Frank Stauffacher -- 1126 Dewey Avenue, Apt. 207 (1939) / John C. Hecker. DVD 4671

Anthology of Surreal Cinema. Vol. 1
Contents: Entracte -- La coquille et le clergyman = (Seashell and the clergyman) -- Ballet mecanique -- Anemic cinema. [also on DVD 4191]; Entracte (1924) : directed by Rene Clair ; written by Francie Picabia. La Coquille et le clergyman (1928) : directed by Germain Dulac ; Written by Antonin Artaud Ballet mecanique (1924) : directed and written by Fernand Leger. Anemic cinema (1926) : directed by Marchel Duchamp Entracte: Jean Borlin, Eric Satie, Francis Picabia, Marcel Dutchamp, Man Ray. La coquille et le clergyman: Alex Allin, Genica Athanasiou, Lucien Bataille. Ballet mecanique: Kiki Montparnasse.

Entracte: After a man is killed, his coffin takes on a life of it's own. After a long surrealistic chase, he climbs out of his coffin and makes everyone that was chasing his coffin disappear! La coquille et le clergyman: Obsessed with a general's wife, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, while struggling against his own eroticism. Ballet mecanique: An experimental film short from Cubist painter Fernand Leger containing a montage of images and rhythms that create a hallucinatory effect. Features the original soundtrack. Anemic cinema: An abstract and maybe nihilistic film short containing spiral forms merging into a rotating disc that's labeled with different messages. DVD 4095

Avant Garde. #2.
Symphonie Diagonale / by Viking Eggeling (1924) -- L'Etoile de Mer / by Man Ray (1928) -- Entr'acte / by Rene Clair (1924). Three experimental films produced in the 1920's. Silent films with French titles and music scores. 42 min. DVD 4191; vhs 999:289; Symphonie Diagonale also on DVD 4697

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Avant Garde and Experimental Films.
Un chien andalou / by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali --Regen (Rain) / by Joris Ivens and Mannus Franken --Uberfall / by Erno Marzner -- The hearts of age /directed by and starring Orson Welles -- Ballet Mechanique / by Fernard Leger. 74 min. vhs 999:108 [these films also on DVD 4191; Chien Andalou also on DVD X2181]

Avant Garde and Experimental Films of the 1920s and '30s: Films from the Raymond Rohauer Collection. Vol 1.
In the latter half of the 20th century Raymond Rohauer was one of the nation's foremost proponents of experimental cinema, laboring to preserve and promote the genre. Presented here are twenty-four short films selected from the Rohauer collection representative of the avant garde movement of the 1920's and 1930's.

Disc 1. Retour a la raison / Man Ray (1923, 2 min.) -- Emak-Bakia / Man Ray (1926, 16 min.) -- L'etoile de mer / Man Ray (1928, 15 min.) -- Mysteres du chateau du De / Man Ray (1929, 20 min.) -- Life and death of 9413, a Hollywood extra / Slavko Vorkapich, Robert Florey (1928, 13 min.) -- Menilmontant / Dimitri Kirsanoff (1926, 37 min.) -- Brumes d'automne = Autumn fire / Herman G. Weinberg (1931, 12 min.) -- Lot in Sodom / James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber (1933, 27 min.) -- Rhythmus 21 / Hans Richter (1921, 3 min.) -- Vormittagsspuk = Ghosts before breakfast / Hans Richter (1928, 9 min.) -- Anemic cinema / Marcel Duchamp (1926, 6 min.) -- Ballet mecanique / Fernand Leger (1924, 11 min.) -- Symphonie diagonale / Viking Eggeling (1924, 7 min.) -- Vampire / Jean Painlevé (1939, 8 min.) -- Hearts of age / Orson Welles, William Vance (1934, 8 min.) Disc 2. Uberfall / Erno Metzner (1928, 22 min.) -- Glace a trois faces / Jean Epstein (1927, 33 min.) -- Tempestaire / Jean Epstein (1947, 22 min.) -- Romance sentimentale / Sergei Eisenstein, Grigori V. Alexandrov (1930, 20 min) -- Manhatta / Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler (1921, 10 min.) -- Coquille et le clergyman / Germaine Dulac (1926, 31 min.) -- Regen = Rain / Joris Ivens (1929, 14 min.) --H2O / Ralph Steiner (1929, 12 min) -- Even, as you and I / Roger Barlow, Harry Hay, LeRoy Robbins (1937, 12 min.) 387 min. total. DVD 4191

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Avant Garde and Experimental Films of the 1920s and '30s: Films from the Raymond Rohauer Collection. Vol. 2
Disc 1: Geography of the body (1943, United States) / Willard Maas. The mechanics of love (1955, United States) / Willard Maas and Ben Moore. Visual variations on Noguchi (1945, United States) / Marie Menken. The potted psalm (1946, United States) / Sidney Peterson and James Broughton. The cage (1947, United States) / Sidney Peterson. House of cards (1947, United States) / Joseph Vogel. Christmas, U.S.A. (1949, United States) / Gregory J. Markopoulos. Adventures of Jimmy (1950, United States) / James Broughton. Interim (1952, United States) / Stan Brakhage. Unglassed windows cast a terrible reflection (1953, United States) / Stan Brakhage. The way to shadow garden (1954, United States) / Stan Brakhage. The extraordinary child (1954, United States) / Stan Brakhage. Disc 2: Rebus-film no. 1 (1928, United States) / Paul Leni. The fall of the house of Usher (1928, United States) / James Watson and Melville Webber. Pacific 231 (1949, France) / Jean Mitry. Arriere saison (1950, France) / Dimitri Kirsanoff. Traite de bave et d'eternite (1951, France) / Jean Isidore Isou. Special features: Film notes by film critic/historian Elliott Stein, theatrical trailer of Traite de bave et d'eternite, dual-layer RSDL edition for optimal image quality. 341 min. total. DVD 8114

Avant Garde and Experimental Films of the 1920s and '30s: Films from the Raymond Rohauer Collection. Vol. 3
Disc one: Danse macabre / Visual Symphony Productions, Inc. presents ; conception, Adolph Bolm ; director, Dudley Murphy (1922, U.S., 6 min.) -- Rien que les heures = Nothing but time / [Alberto Cavalcanti] (1926, France, 46 min.) -- The Telltale heart / adapted and directed by Charles F. Klein (1928, U.S., 20 min.) -- Tomatoes another day / [director, James Sibley Watson] (1930, U.S., 7 min.) -- Tarantella / Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth (1940, U.S., 4 min.) -- The Uncomfortable man / a film by Kent Munson and Theodore Huff (1948, U.S., 23 min.) -- The Petrified dog / Workshop 20 ; California School of Fine Arts ; directed by Sidney Peterson (1948, U.S., 18 min.) -- The Lead shoes / a Workshop 20 production ; California California School of Fine Arts ; directed by Sidney Peterson (1949, U.S., 16 min.) -- Four in the afternoon / a Farallone Films production ; a film suite by James Broughton ; based on poems in his book "Musical Chairs" (1951, U.S., 14 min.). Disc two: Plague summer / adapted from "The Journal of Albion Moonlight" by Kenneth Patchen ; [director, Chester Kessler] (1951, U.S., 16 min.) -- La Mort du cerf = The Death of a stag / réalisé par Dimitri Kirsanoff (1951, France, 13 min.) -- Image in the snow / a film poem by Willard Maas (1952, U.S., 26 min.) -- Celery stalks at midnight / director, John Whitney (1952, U.S., 3 min.) -- The Voices / Raymond Rohauer presents ; directed by John E. Schmitz (1953, U.S., 14 min.) -- Closed vision = Close vision / dialogue and screen treatment by Jean Cocteau ; directed by Marc'O. (1955, Franco-American, 65 min.). Bonus features: Episodes in the life of a gin bottle / [Bela von Block] (1925, U.S., 12 min.) -- Schichlegruber doing the Lambeth Walk / Official films presents ; produced by Leslie Winik (1941, U.K., 2 min.) -- Dementia (excerpt) / [John J. Parker] (1953, U.S., 7 min.) -- Falling pink / produced and directed by Robert H. Spring (1956-59, U.S., 10 min.). Long before home video there flourished an alternative cinema culture on college campuses and around art theaters, where foreign film fare was often accompanied by a short subject. As reliable 16mm film equipment became available to non-professionals, artists independent of film centers began experimenting with cinema. Serious film societies sprang up in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, holding semi-private screenings of non-commercial artistic films. This collection is of mainly American pictures, principally one-man artistic endeavors made from little more than an artist's desire to express feelings with a camera. 289 min. DVD X2382

British Avant-garde in the Twenties
Focuses on the burgeoning British avant-garde scene of the 1920s - an era of great formal experimentation influenced by the 'art' cinema of USSR and Germany. This compilation of rare, short films, some of which have not been seen for decades, features early work by Len Lye, Hans Richter and the entertaining Bluebottles - an H.G Wells scripted comedy starring husband and wife team Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester (best known for The Bride of Frankenstein). The varied films on this compilation represent the many distinct avant-garde styles of the period.".

Contents: Tusalava / Len Lye (1929) -- Crossing the Great Sagrada / Adrian Brunel (1924) -- Bluebottles / Ivor Montagu (1928) -- C.O.D-a mellow drama / Desmond Dickensen (1929) -- Everyday / Hans Richter (1929) -- Equation: X+X=0 / Robert Fairthorne/Brian Salt (1936). Video/C MM438

Smith, Emma. "British avant-garde: the twenties." Art Monthly no. 244 (March 2001) p. 49-50 UCB users only

British Avant-garde in the Thirties
Coming from a decade which saw the founding of British realism as well as a flourishing surrealist movement, the thirteen films in this collection reveal a diversity of aesthetics and politics. Different styles and genres jostle each other from Len Lye's magical advertisement of Shell Oil, The birth of the robot, to Norman McLaren's anti-war classic Hell Unltd, while Elton and Anstey's Housing problems points to the future format of the television documentary.

Contents: Song of Ceylon / director, Basil Wright; producer, John Grierson (1934, 38 min.) -- Bread / Kino Production Group (1934, 11 min.) -- Tell me if it hurts / director/producer, Richard Massingham (1934, 19 min.) -- Beyond this open road / director, B. Vivian Braun (1934, 10 min.) -- Coal face / director, Alberto Cavalcanti; producer, John Grierson (1935, 11 min.) -- Housing problems / director/producer, Arthur Elton (1935, 15 min.) -- The birth of the robot / director/producer, Len Lye (1935, 6 min.) -- A colour box / director, Len Lye; producer, John Grierson (1935, 3 min.) (also on DVD X365) -- Camera makes whoopee / director/animator, Norman McLaren (1935, 18 min.) -- Hell unltd / directors/producers, Norman McLaren, Helen Biggar -- Love on the wing / director, Norman McLaren; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti (1938, 5 min.) -- N or NW / director, Len Lye (1938, 8 min.) -- Spare time / director, Humphrey Jennings; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti (1939, 14 min.). Video/C 9417

The Experimental Avant Garde Series, 12.
The Life and Death of 9413 Hollywood Extra / Robert Florey -- Seashell and the Clergyman (1928) / Germaine Dulac -- La Jetee (1962) / Chris Marker. The Life and Death of 9413 Hollywood Extra is a satirical fantasy about Mr. Jones who wants to become a Hollywood movie star. Seashell and the Clergyman presents a clergyman who regrets his vow of celibacy and is tormented by dreams -- La Jetee is a metaphysical science fiction love story which occurs after a WWIII nuclear explosion. Mostly silent with music. 70 min. vhs 999:778

The Experimental Avant Garde Series, 14.
Retour a la Raison (1923)(also on DVD 4191) -- Emak Bakia (1927) (also on DVD 4191)--Mysteries du Chateau du De (1929). Three experimental short films by Man Ray. Retour a la raison was made by sprinkling various items on raw stock and exposing them to light. In Emak bakia all the principles of surrealism are followed as Man Ray uses light patterns from rotating objects to exhibit his early Dadaistic affiliations. In Les mysteres du Chateau du De, a modern villa is the scene of an unsolved mystery. 50 min. vhs 999:878

Persistence of Vision.
The first of a series of videodiscs that present examples of some of the best recent video art including parodies, political analysis, computer animation, unusual narrative forms and other elements that exploit the power of video. This first volume presents nine video works that portray broadcast television as a tool of commerce and state power. Contents: Why I got into TV / Irene Segalove -- Television delivers people / Richard Serra, Carlota Fay Schoolman -- Three transitions / Peter Campus --The President's world / Gorilla Tapes -- Excerpts and euphoria / Edward Mowbray -- The pastrami sandwich / Irene Segalove -- Dragnet kiss / Irene Segalove -- Composite news composite / Nancy Burson -- The eternal frame / Ant Farm, T. R. Uthco. DVD 7461 [preservation copy]; Video/D 113

Rare Dutch and Belgian Experimental Program.
Contents: The mystic lamb by Van Eyck / directed by Andre Cauvin ([1939?]) (ca. 9 min.) -- Rain / by Joris Ivens and Mannus Franken (1929) (ca. 12 min.) -- New earth / directed by Joris Ivens ([1941?]) (ca. 23 min.) -- The bridge / directed and photographed by Joris Ivens (1927-1928) (ca. 12 min.) -- De parapluie = The umbrella / productie en regie, Kees Brusse ([1961?]) (ca. 31 min.) Video/C 7811

Unseen Cinema 1: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: The Mechanized Eye: Experiments in Technique and Form.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 1: "The dynamic qualities of motion pictures are explored by cameramen and filmmakers through novel experiments in technique and form." Contents: 5 Paris Exposition films (1900) / James White: Eiffel Tower from Trocadero Palace (1900) -- Palace of Electricity (1900) -- Champs de Mars (1900) -- Panorama of Eiffel Tower (1900) -- Scene from elevator ascending Eiffel Tower (1900) -- Captain Nissen going through Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls (1901 : creators unknown) -- Down the Hudson (1903) / Frederick Armitage & A.E. Weed -- The ghost train (1903 : creators unknown) -- Westinghouse Works, panorama view Street Car Motor Room (1904) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- In youth, beside the lonely sea (c. 1924-25 : creators unknown) -- Melody on parade (c. 1936 : creators unknown) -- La cartomancienne (The Fortune Teller) (1932) / Jerome Hill -- Pie in the sky (1934-35) / Nykino: Elia Kazan, Ralph Steiner & Irving Lerner -- Travel notes (1932) / Walker Evans -- Oil: a symphony in motion (1930-33) / Artkino: M.G. MacPherson & Jean Michelson -- Poem 8 (1932-33) / Emlen Etting -- Storm (1941-43) / Paul Burnford -- Portrait of a young man (1925-31) / Henwar Rodakiewicz -- Movement one -- Movement two -- Movement three. DVD 4666

Unseen Cinema 2: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: The Devil's Plaything: American Surrealism.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 2: "Early filmmakers used bizarre sets, fantastic costumes, and magic lantern tricks to illuminate their fantasy films." Contents: Jack and the Beanstalk (1902) / Edwin S. Porter -- Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906) / Edwin S. Porter -- The Thieving Hand (1907 : creators unknown) -- Impossible Convicts (1905) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- When the Clouds Roll By (1919) / Douglas Fairbanks & Victor Fleming -- Beggar on Horseback (1925) / James Cruze -- The Fall of the House of Usher (1926-27) / J.S. Watson, Jr. & Melville Webber -- The Life and Death of 9413 : A Hollywood Extra (1927) / Robert Florey & Slavko Vorkapich -- The Love of Zero (1928) / Robert Florey & William Cameron Menzies -- The Telltale Heart (1928) / Charles Klein -- Tomatos Another Day (1930/1933 / J.S. Watson, Jr. & Alec Wilder -- The Hearts of Age (1934) / William Vance & Orson Welles -- The enigmatic world of Joseph Cornell -- Unreal news reels, nos. 1 & 2 (c. 1926 : creators unknown) -- The Children's Jury (c. 1938 : creators unknown) -- Thimble Theater (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan -- Carousel: Animal Opera (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan -- Jack's Dream (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan. DVD 4667

Unseen Cinema 3: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: Light Rhythms: Music and Abstraction.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 3: "The rhythmic elements of cinema are explored by artists and filmmakers fascinated by the abstract qualities of light." Contents: Le Retour a la raison (1923) / Man Ray -- Ballet mecanique (1923-24) / Fernand Leger & Dudley Murphy -- Anemic cinema (1924-26) / Rrose Selavy (Marcel Duchamp) -- Looney Lens: Anamorphic People (1927) / Al Brick -- Out of the Melting Pot (1927 : creators unknown) -- H20 (1929) / Ralph Steiner -- Surf and Seaweed (1929-30) / Ralph Steiner -- Vorkapich Montage Sequences (1928-37) / Slavko Vorkapich: The Furies (1934) -- Legacy of a Hollywood extra -- Skyline Dance (1928) -- Money Machine (1929) -- Prohibition (1929) -- The Firefly (Vorkapich edit) (1937) -- The Firefly (MGM release version) (1937) -- Maytime (1937) -- Light and abstraction -- So This Is Paris (1926) / Ernst Lubitsch (excerpt) -- Light Rhythms (1930) / Francis Bruguiere -- Une nuit sur le Mont Chauve (Night on Bald Mountain) (1934) / Alexandre Alexeieff & Claire Parker -- Rhythm in Light (1934) / Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth & Melville Webber -- Synchromy No. 2 (1936) / Mary Ellen Bute & Ted Nemeth -- Parabola (1937) / Rutherford Boyd, Mary Ellen Bute & Ted Nemeth -- Footlight Parade "By a Waterfall" (1933) / Busby Berkeley -- Glens Falls Sequence (1937-46) / Douglass Crockwell -- Simple Destiny Abstractions (1937-40) / Douglass. Crockwell -- Abstract Movies (1937-47) / George L.K. Morris -- Scherzo (1939) / Norman McLaren -- Composition no. 1: Themis (1940) / Dwinell Grant -- Composition no. 2: Contrathemis (1941) / Dwinell Grant -- 1941 (1941) / Francis Lee -- Moods of the Sea (1941) / Slavko Vorkapich & John Hoffman. DVD 4668

Unseen Cinema 4: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: Inverted Narratives: New Directions in Storytelling.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 4: "Early directors D.W. Griffith and Lois Weber develop the radical language of cinema narrative through audience-friendly melodramas made for nickelodeon theaters." he house with closed shutters (1910) / D.W. Griffith & G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- Suspense (1913) / Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley -- Moonland (c. 1926) / Neil McGuire & William A. O'Connor -- Lullaby (1929) / Boris Deutsch -- The bridge (1929-30) / Charles Vidor -- Little geezer (1932) / Theodore Huff -- Black dawn (1933) / Josef Berne & Seymour Stern -- "Titles" -- "Plowing" -- "End of day" -- Native land (1937-41) / Leo Hurwitz & Paul Strand -- "Bought and paid for" -- "On the march" -- "Millions of little people" -- "Murder One man" -- The world today : Black legion (1936-37) / Nykino -- Even as you and I (1937) / Roger Barlow, Harry Hay & Le Roy Robbins -- Object lesson (1941) / Christopher Young -- "Sredni Vashtar" by Saki (1940-43) / David Bradley. DVD 4669

Unseen Cinema 5: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: Picturing a Metropolis: New York City Unveiled.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 5: "Depicts dynamic images of New York City and scenes of New Yorkers among the skyscrapers, streets, and night life of America's greatest city during a half century of progress, while at the same time showing changes in film style and the history of cinema experiments." Contents: Early views" -- The Blizzard (1899) / creators unknown -- Lower Broadway (1902) / Robert K. Bonine -- Beginning of a skyscraper (1902) / Robert K. Bonine -- Panorama from Times Building, New York (1905) / Wallace McCutcheon -- Skyscrapers of NYC from North River (1903) / J.B. Smith -- Panorama from Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1903) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- "Tricks of the trade" -- Demolishing and building up the Star Theatre (1902) / Frederick S. Armitage -- Coney Island at night (1905) / Edwin S. Porter -- Interior New York Subway 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- Seeing New York by yacht (1902) / Frederick Armitage & A.E. Weed -- Looney Lens: Split skyscrapers (1924) / Al Brick -- Looney Lens: Tenth Avenue, NYC (1924) / Al Brick -- Scenes from Ford Educational Weekly (1916-24) / creators unknown -- 8th Avenue elevated train at 112th Street -- The trellis : work of sunshine and shade -- View of Herald Square Station -- Aerial view of Sixth Ave. train at 28th, 26th, 24th -- Manhatta (1921) / Charles Sheeler & Paul Strand -- Twenty four Dollar Island (c. 1926) / Robert Flaherty -- Skyscraper symphony (1929) / Robert Florey -- Manhattan medley (1931) / Bonney Powell -- A Bronx morning (1931) / Jay Leyda -- Footnote to fact (1933) / Lewis Jacobs -- "Seeing the world," part one: a visit to New York, N.Y. (1937) / Rudy Burckhardt -- The Pursuit of happiness (1940) / Rudy Burckhardt -- Gold Diggers of 1935 : "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935) / Busby Berkeley -- Autumn fire (1930-33) / Herman Weinberg. DVD 4670

Unseen Cinema 6: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: The Amateur as Auteur: Discovering Paradise in Pictures.
Disc 6: "These home-made films incorporate avant-garde strategies and techniques to achieve a true sense of cinematic intimacy.". Contents: 7 Case sound tests (c. 1924-25) / Theodore Case & Earl Sponable -- Windy Ledge Farm (c. 1929-34) / Elizabeth Woodman Wright -- A day in Santa Fe (1931) / Lynn Riggs & James Hughes -- 4 Stewart Family home movies (c. 1935-39) / Archie Stewart -- Children's party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- Cotillion (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- The Midnight party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- Haiti (1938) / Rudy Burckhardt -- Tree trunk to head (1938) / Lewis Jacobs -- Bicycle polo at San Mateo (1940-42) / Frank Stauffacher -- 1126 Dewey Avenue, Apt. 207 (1939) / John C. Hecker. DVD 4671

Unseen Cinema 7: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: Viva la Dance: The Beginnings of Cine-dance.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 7: "Dance and film have shared the aspiration to creatively sculpt motion and time.". Contents: 7 Annabelle dances and dances (1894-1897) / W.K.L. Dickson, William Heise & James White -- "Early superimpositions" / Frederick S. Armitage -- Davy Jones' locker (1900) / Frederick Armitage -- Neptune's daughters (1900) / Frederick Armitage -- A nymph of the waves (1900) / Frederick Armitage -- Diana the huntress (1916) / Charles Allen & Francis Trevelyan Miller (excerpt) -- The soul of the cypress (1920) / Dudley Murphy -- Looney lens: Pas de deux (1924) / Al Brick -- Hande : Das Leben und die Liebe eines Zartlichen Geschlechts (Hands: the life and loves of the gentler sex) (1928) / Stella Simon & Miklos Bandy -- Mechanical principles (1930) / Ralph Steiner -- Tilly Losch in her dance of the hands (c. 1930-33) / Norman Bel Geddes -- 2 Sergei Eisenstein's Mexican footage (1931) / Sergei Eisenstein (excerpts) -- Oramunde (1933) / Emlen Etting -- Hands (1934) / Ralph Steiner & Willard Van Dyke -- Joie de vivre / Anthony Gross & Hector Hoppin -- Wonder bar: "Don't say goodnight" (1934) / Busby Berkeley (excerpt) -- Dada (1936) / Mary Ellen Bute & Ted Nemeth -- Escape (1938) / Mary Ellen Bute & Ted Nemeth -- An Optical poem (1938) / Oskar Fischinger -- Abstract experiment in Kodachrome (c. 1940s) / Slavko. Vorpapich -- NBC valentine greeting (1939-40) / Norman McLaren -- Stars and Stripes (1940) / Norman McLaren -- Tarantella (1940) / Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth & Norman McLaren -- Spook sport (1940) / Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth & Norman McLaren -- Danse macabre (1922) / Dudley Murphy & Francis Brugiere -- Peer Gynt (1941) / David Bradley, starring Charlton Heston (excerpt) -- Opening titles -- Pagan dance -- Introspection (1941/46) / Sara Kathryn Arledge. DVD 4671

Early Modernist Filmmakers

Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dali

MRC Movies By Director videography for other films by Buñuel
UCB Student writing on Buñuel(Film 51)

Books/articles about Buñuel in the Berkeley Library

L'Âge d'Or (France, 1930)
Using a melange of strange and unrelated images, this is a statement by Bunuel on the nature of the bourgeoisie, the church and the police. Special features (DVD): Audio commentary by Robert Short, author of The age of gold: surrealist cinema ; stills gallery ; Luis Bunuel: a complete filmography. 62 min. DVD 3140; also vhs 999:102
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Un Chien Andalou.(France, 1929)
A surrealistic movie was written over the course of a three day exchange of fantasies and dreams. 16 min. DVD 3341; DVD X2181; also vhs 999:108; vhs 999:173; 999:2252
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Rene Clair

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Books/articles about Clair in the UCB Library

Crazy Ray (Paris qui dort) (France, 1925)
This first film by Rene Clair (notable for its comic and trick effects), was mostly shot on the Eiffel Tower. One man, the night watchman on the Eiffel tower, finds himself the only one awake in Paris. Everyone else has been frozen in time by a mysterious ray invented by a mad scientist. He is shortly joined by a group who were flying in an airplane at the time of the catastrophe. Together they try to convince the scientist to awaken the people. 62 min. DVD 1368; vhs 999:3235
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Entr'acte. (France, 1923)
"Two men approach a canon and fire it. Rifle-range dummies sway in the wind. A dancing ballerina turns into a strange bearded man. Two men on a roof-top terrace play a game of chess. A funeral procession, moving in slow motion, follows a coffin pulled by a camel. What can it all mean...? This extraordinary early film from director René Clair was originally made to fill an interval between two acts of Francis Picabia's new ballet, Relâche, at the Theatre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris in 1924. Picabia famously wrote a synopsis for the film on one sheet of note paper, headed Maxim's (the famous Parisian restaurant), which he sent to René Clair. This formed the basis for what ultimately appeared on screen, with some additional improvisations. Music for the film was composed by the famous avant-garde composer Erik Satie, who appears in the film, along side its originator, Francis Picabia. The surrealist photographer Man Ray also puts in an appearance, in a film which curiously resembles his own experimental films of this era. Entr'acte is a surrealistic concoction of unrelated images, reflecting Clair's interest in Dada, a fashionable radical approach to visual art which relied on experimentation and surreal expressionism. Clair's imagery is both captivating and disturbing, giving life to inanimate objects (most notably the rifle range dummies), whilst attacking conventions, even the sobriety of a funeral march. When the first performance of Relâche was cancelled because of the ill-health of one of is stars, the public were outraged. There was a belief that Picabia had staged the ultimate Dada stunt - the title of the show means "respite" in French. The controversy was laid to rest when the show opened, a few days later than planned. For its part, Clair's Entr'acte won widespread praise, although the response from the paying public was divided. As to what the film actually means, well that's anyone's guess. Like all good surrealist art there are an infinite number of possible interpretations, and one's appreciation and understanding of this film is very much a subjective experience. Themes which appear to dominate the work are death, mortality and the hastening pace of technology. Hence, one possible interpretation is that the film is mocking mankind's attempts to cope with the brevity of his existence. As progress is made, man has to run faster and faster to cram more and more into a fixed duration, his limited lifespan. Could the Entr'acte of the film's title represent that short period of what we call "life", that too brief an interval between two acts of an eternal duration?" [Jim Travers. From FilmsdeFrance.com) DVD 4095; also included as supplement on disc for A Nous la Liberte, DVD 1274; also on VHS vhs 999:289

The Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (France / Germany, 1928)
Cast: Albert Prejean, Marise Maia, Vital Geymond, Olga Tschekowa, Jim Gerald, Yvonneck, Paul Ollivier, Alice Tissot. Set in Paris, 1895, the plot concerns a frantic search for a duplicate of a Leghorn straw hat eaten by a horse. The hat is needed to allay a jealous husband's suspicion that his wife has been unfaithful. 114 min. DVD X3605; vhs 999:641
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Jean Cocteau

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Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la bête)(France, 1946)
Performers: Jean Marais, Josette Day. Dramatized adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast. 90 min. DVD 216; also vhs 999:113
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Blood of a Poet (Le Sang d'un Poete)(France, 1930.)
A surrealistic allegorical myth about the life of a poet who sacrifices himself to his art. Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. 54 min. DVD 210; vhs 999:117
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Eternal Return (L'Éternel retour) (France, 1943)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. A young man and his uncle have a deep friendship that is threatened when the young man falls in love with the uncle's wife. 100 min. vhs 999:231
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Orphée (Orpheus) (France, 1949)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Cocteau's modern version of the Orpheus legend, based on his own play. 86 min. DVD 209; also tape Video/C 999:211
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Testament of Orpheus (Testament d'Orphee)(France, 1959)
In his last film, Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. 80 min. DVD 210
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Maya Deren

Maya Deren, Priestess (University of Texas, American Studies Dept.)

Books/articles about Deren in the Berkeley Library

Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti. (1985)
Maya Deren's film chronicles a journey into the world of the Voudoun religion of Haiti. A film by Maya Deren. Filmed in Haiti 1947-1951. The narration was adapted from the book by Maya Deren, Divine horsemen : the living gods of Haiti." 52 min. DVD 6393; vhs 1924 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Maya Deren bibliography

In the Mirror of Maya Deren
A documentary which combines excerpts from Maya Deren's films Meshes of the afternoon, At land, and Ritual in transfigured time with archival footage and observances from acolytes and contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Katherine Dunn and Judith Malina. c2001. 101 min. Video/C 9818

Maya Deren bibliography

Invocation: Maya Deren.
Profile of the life and work of Maya Deren, a pioneer producer of avant-garde films. Includes film clips of examples of her work. 53 min. Video/C 3350

Maya Deren: (Collected) Experimental Films.
Contents: Meshes of the afternoon (1943) -- At land (1944) -- A Study in choreography for camera (1945) -- Ritual in transfigured time (1945) -- Meditation on violence (1948) -- The very eye of night (1952-59). Examples of Maya Deren's work evoke and exemplify the American avant-garde film movement of the 40's and 50's. 76 min. DVD 1431; vhs 999:437

Maya Deren. Volume 1: Dances for the Camera.
Contents: Study in choreography for the camera (1945) / Maya Deren and Talley Beatty -- Ritual in transfigured time (1946) / Maya Deren, Frank Westbrook -- Meditation on violence (1948) / Maya Deren, performed by Chao Li Chi -- Very eye of night (1955) / Maya Deren, performed by the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, with choreography by Anthony Tudor. 50 min. Video/C 5294

Marcel Duchamp

Anémic Cinéma(France, 1926)
In this major Dada ditty, hypnotic spirals accompany nonsense phrases and poetry. DVD 4095; also on DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:3104

Rotoreliefs and Nude Descending A Staircase
Part of the Dada anthology Dreams That Money Can't Buy (see Hans Richter) With music by John Cage. DVD 6111; vhs 999:2166

Duchamp is also featured in:
8 x 8: A Chess-sonata in 8 Movements (dir. Hans Richter)vhs 999:2269
Dadascope (dir. Hans Richter)Video/C vhs 999:2268

Germaine Dulac

Books/articles about Dulac in the Berkeley Library

Celles qui s'en font (France, 1928)
"This short film by Germaine Dulac is a mystery: generally the date given is 1928, but many historians simply forget to even mention the film at all... Now the mystery can be lifted, since it was released as part of a French DVD(Retour de flamme, by Serge Bromberg's Lobster films) compiling restored shorts and cartoons, and transferred complete with the authentic original musical accompaniment, revealing that the film was in fact intended as an illustration of a song(The title of the film), which was in fact 3 minutes long, and which was recorded in 1930, which is obviously the accurate date for the film as well. It is, as usual with Mrs Dulac, highly impressionistic, whatever that means. Consider it as an early clip, in a gloomy, Frenchly poetic style." [IMDB] 6 min. DVD 9633

Invitation au voyage(France, 1937)
Leaving her husband and child one evening a woman meets a marine officer in a cabaret, but he leaves her when he discovers that she is married. Her dreams dashed, she returns home. Based on the poem by Charles Baudelaire. 26 min. DVD X5062
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Seashell and the Clergyman (La Coquille et le clergyman)(France, 1928)
31 min. DVD 4095; DVD 4191; also on VHS vhs 999:778; vhs 999:838
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The Smiling Madame Beudet (Souriante Madame Beudet) (France, 1928)
Directed by Germaine Dulac. "One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. One day, while the husband is away, she puts bullets in the revolver. However, she is stricken with remorse and tries to retrieve the bullets the next morning. Her husband gets to the revolver first only this time he points the revolver at her." [Internet Movie Database]. Based on the play by Denys Amiel. Silent with music and French intertitles. 26 min. DVD X5062; vhs 999:838
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Viking Eggeling

Symphonie Diagonale (Germany, 1924)
DVD 4191; DVD 4697; vhs 999:289

Watch Symphonie Diagonale online (via the Europa Film Treasures)

O'Leary, Brian. "New Critical Methods and the Films of the First Avant-garde: 'Symphonie Diagonale and Entr'acte.'" Film Criticism v22, n3 (Spring, 1998):22 (16 pages).

Oskar Fischinger

Moritz, William. Optical poetry : the life and work of Oskar Fischinger. Eastleigh: John Libbey, 2004. MAIN: PN1998.3.F57 M64 2004; PFA : PN1998.3.F53 M67 2004 rbr

Films of Oskar Fischinger. Volume 1
Contents: Muratti gets in the act, 1934 -- Spiritual constructions, 1927 -- Study no. 7 (Studie 7), 1931 -- Study no. 8 (Studie 8), 1932 -- Kreise, 1933 -- Allegretto, 1936 -- Motion painting no. 1, 1947.

A collection of short, abstract animated films by the early pioneer of this genre, Oskar Fischinger. Working in the 1930's using shapes such as circles, diamonds, triangles and paintbrush dabs, short and long lines in various free-form abstract compositions set to music, he impacted the fields of animated film, music and painting through his visionary imagery. Video/C 999:2168

Films of Oskar Fischinger. Volume 2
Muratti privat (1935) -- Wax experiments (1923) -- Walking from Munich to Berlin (1927) -- Study no. 5 (1930) -- Study no. 9 (1931) -- Study no. 12 (1932) -- Composition in blue (1935) -- American march (1941) -- Organic fragment (1941) -- Mutoscope reels (c.1945) -- Muntz TV (1952). 42 min. Video/C 999:2737

Optical Poem(1938)
Included on DVD 4671

Oskar Fischinger: Ten Films
A collection of abstract animated films by Oskar Fischinger, master of "absolute" or non-objective filmmaking. Using geometric patterns and shapes choreographed tightly to classical music and jazz, he created what are called visual music films. Also includes Fischinger home movies, photographs, drawings, notes and more. A videodisc compilation of short abstract films originally produced between 1921 and 1947. Spirals (c. 1926) -- Studie nr. 6 (1930) -- Studie nr. 7 (1931) -- Kreise (Circles, 1933) -- Allegretto (late version, 1936-43) -- Radio dynamics (1942) -- Motion painting no. 1 (1947) -- Wax experiments (1921-26) -- Spiritual constructions (c. 1927) -- Walking from Munich to Berlin (1927). 50 min. DVD 5821

Joris Ivens

Documentary Classics videography for other Ivens works

Books and articles about Ivens in the UCB Library

The Bridge (De Brug)(Netherlands, 1927-8)
DVD X1697; vhs Video/C 7811

Rain (Regen)(Netherlands, 1929)
Co-directed with Mannus Franken) DVD 4191; also on Video/C 7811 and vhs 999:108

Fernand Leger

Books/articles about Léger in the Berkeley Library

Ballet Méchanique.(France, 1924)
A classic reference point for abstract cinema, co-made by cubist painet Léger and Dudley Murphy. Stephen Dwoskin, in his book Film Is, describes the film as follows: The film takes what often seem to be chance elements of objective images and juxtaposes them in rhythmic movements. The editing is the essence, involving as it does an infatuation and exploration of the time/movement possibilities of the film. Here is an early example of physical potential being used, the structure being built up from the image content. The repetition of a woman climbing stairs, or the spinning of wheels as a close-up, gives a sense of freedom to the visual motion inherent in the subjects. [Michael J. Sicinski, UCB Film Studies Program]. DVD 4095; DVD 4191; vhs 999:108
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Paul Leni

Rebus Film I(Germany, 1926)
Directed by Paul Leni. "This is a filmed crossword puzzle - 3 vertical and 3 horizontal so 6 riddles in all. Visual clues are given and it's up to the audience to solve the puzzle. Except for one of the words, it's pretty easy to solve - though kids might find it challenging. The film is about 15 minutes long and is quite snazzy - lots of camera movement, overlays, animation, all combined together - Leni pulls out all the stops and haves fun in the process." [IMDB] Included on DVD 1381

Len Lye

Books/articles about Lye in the Berkeley Library

The Birth of the Robot(UK, 1935)
Director/producer, Len Lye. 6 min. Video/C 9417
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A Colour Box (UK, 1935)
A Colour box is an experimental film in which abstract images dance across the screen to lively latin music. ca. 4 min. DVD X365; also on Video/C 9417; vhs 999:925, Video/C 9417, and Video/C 999:3780
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Flip & Two Twisters
A documentary about Len Lye, the great filmmaker and kinetic sculptor. This dynamic artist spent his life developing a highly original "art of motion." The film includes some examples of Lye's film making and some of his sculptures in motion including the wild rhythms of "Flip & Two Twisters" and chronicles recent attempts to realise Lye's plans for giant versions of his sculpture. 1995. 80 min. Video 6583

Free Radicals
Contents: Free radicals (4 min, b&w, 1958, revised 1979) -- Swinging the Lambeth Walk (4 min., col., 1939) -- Color cry (3 min., col., 1952) -- Tal Farlow (2 min, b&w, 1980) -- Colour flight (4 min., Gasparcolor, (cont'd) 1938) -- Rhythm (1 min., b&w, 1957) -- Particles in space (4 min., b&w, 1979) -- Tusalava (10 min., b&w, 1929). Video/C 4908

Len Lye
Len Lye, a New Zealand filmmaker was one of the first artists to paint and draw directly on film. His interest in the relationship between light and rhythm led to experiments with moving sculptures he called "tangible motion sculptures." In this program Lye speaks of his work and ideas, demonstrates some "tangibles" and shows clips from his films. 27 min. Video/c 5962

N or NW
Director, Len Lye. 1938, 8 min. Video/C 9417

Rainbow Dance(UK, 1936)
Producer, Basil Wright; director, Len Lye. 4 min. DVD 4697; Video/C 999:3780

Trade Tattoo (UK, 1937)
Experimental abstract film made for the British General Post Office. Included in biographical documentary on Lye Video/c 5962; also included on vhs 999:3780

Tusalava(UK, 1929)
Included in compilation British avant-garde in the Twenties. Video/C MM438 (also included on Video/C 4908)
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Norman Mclaren

Animation videography
A History of the Avant-garde: Britain in the Thirties Video/C 9417
Unseen Cinema Video/C 9417

Begone Dull Care(Canada, 1949)
DVD 6460; also on DVD 1911; vhs Video/C 999:1427
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Love on the Wing(UK / Canada, 1939)
4 min. DVD 6460; vhs Video/C 999:3780
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Masters of Animation. Volume 1, USA, Canada.
Film Excepts: Steamboat Willy, Walt Disney; Rooty Toot Toot, John Hubley; Opens Wednesday, Barrie Nelson; Soldier's tale, Bob Blechman; Great Cognito, Will Vinton; Legeld of John Henry, Sam Weiss; 2000 year old man, Leo Salkin; Voices, Joanna Priestley; Hen Hop, Norman McLaren; Blinkity Blank, Norman McLaren; Chairy tale, Norman McLaren; Pas de deux, Norman McLaren; Street, Caroline Leaf; Every child, Eugene Fedorenko, Derek Lamb; Hot stuff, Zlatko Grgic, Don Arioli; Sandcastle, Co Hoedman; Great toy robbery, Geoffrey Hale, Derek Lamb; Paradise, Ishu Patel; Everything for nothing, Frederic Back; Illusion, Frederic Back; Crac, Frederic Back; 1, 2, 3, Graeme Ross; Hiboux (Owl symbol), Andre Theroux; George and the star, Gerry Potterton; History of the world in 3 minutes flat, Mike Mills; Horray for sandbox land, Marv Newland; Slow dance world, Ellen Besen; A hard day at the office, Al Sens; Tony De Peltrie, Pierre Lachapelle [et al.]. 85 min. Video/C 3250

Norman McLaren
Disc 1, Selected Films (Films choisis) [1940-1983], showcases 14 of Norman McLaren's best films, reflecting the incredible diversity of his work. Contents: Neighbours; Begone dull care; Pas de deux; Boogie-doodle; Synchromy; Mosaic; A phantasy; Blinkity blank; Le merle; Lines-horizontal; A chairy tale; Animated motion, part 5; New York lightboard record; Narcissus. 114 min.
Disc 2, Creative Process (Le Genie createur), 1991, presents a documentary exploring the creative process and techniques of McLaren, artist, cinematographer and animator. Includes excerpts from McLaren's film vaults and interviews. 117 min. DVD 1911

Collins, Maynard. Norman McLaren. Ottawa : Canadian Film Institute, 1976. (MAIN: PN1998 .A3M3123)
Matthews, Peter "Minimalism for the masses." Sight and Sound August 2003 v13 i8 p4(2)
Moritz, William. "Norman McLaren and Jules Engel: Post-Modernists." In: A Reader in Animation Studies/ edited by Jayne Pilling. London : J. Libbey, c1997. (Main Stack TR897.5.R43 1997)
Richard, Valliere T. Norman McLaren, manipulator of movement : the National Film Board years, 1947-1967. (MAIN: NC1766.C32 .M357 1982; Storage Info: $B 360 886)
Werner, Louis. "Spontaneous frames of movement." Americas (English Edition) Sept-Oct 1993 v45 n5 p42(7)UC users only

Norman McLaren: the Master's Edition (Norman McLaren, l'intaegrale)
Series that brings together the complete works of Norman McLaren, from his initial experiments in Scotland in 1933 to his final National Film Board production in 1983. Features complete films, tests, unfinished films and support material (photographs, audio clips and more), along with original

Disc 1: documentaries contextualizing McLaren's work and his creative process. In all, the series includes more than 130 video and audio documents, divided by theme. Beginnings. 7 till 5 (1933) (12:39) ; Camera makes whoopee (1935) (24:31) ; Book bargain (1937) (8:10) ; Mony a pickle (1938) (4:06) ; News for the navy (1937-1938) (10:37) ; The obedient flame (1939) (9:56) ; Love on the wing ( 1938) (4:27) -- McLaren and space. Blinkity blank (1955) (5:15) ; C'est l'aviron (1944) (3:17) ; Window on Canada no. 29: excerpt 1 (1954) (3:42) ; Spheres (1969) (7:20) ; The corridor (1950s) (1:11) ; Barrell zoom (circa 1943) (1:15) ; Love on the wing (1938) (4:27) -- Painting with light. La poulette grise (1947) (5:32) ; La poulette grise: test (1947) (3:44) ; Laa-haut sur ces montagnes (1945) (3:10) ; Laa-haut sur ces montagnes: test (1944) (0.57) ; Window on Canada no. 29: excerpt 2 (1954) (2:59) ; McLaren at play (1940s) (5:19) ; Out-of-focus cloudscape (late 1940s) (1:53) ; Spheres (1969) (7:20) ; A phantasy (1952) (7:15) ; A little phantasy on a nineteenth century painting (1946) (3:35) ; Blurr test (1956-1957) (11:05) ; Blinkity blank (1955) (5:15) ; The flicker film (1961) (3:32) ; The seasons (1966) (4:45) ; Little negro (1940s) (2:01) ; C'est l'aviron (1944) (3:17) -- Thematic documentaries. Beginnings (5:17) ; McLaren and space (3:41) ; Painting with light (5:16). DVD 6460

Disc 2: The art of motion. Begone dull care (1949) (7:47) ; Blinkity blank (1955) (5:15) ; Lines horizontal (1962) (5:55) ; Lines vertical (1960) (5:49) ; Mosaic (1965) (5:28) ; The making of mosaic (2004) (0:59) ; Boogie-doodle (1940) (3:18) ; Short and suite (1959) (4:50) ; Serenal (1959) (3:04) ; Doors (late 1950s) (1:42) ; Hen hop (1942) (3:39) ; Fiddle-de-dee (1947) (3:22) ; Dots (1940) (2:21) ; Hoppity pop (1946) (1:47) ; Loops (1940) (2:39) ; Mail early (1941) (1:44) ; Mail early for Christmas (1959) (0:40) ; Chaplin test (1940s) (0:19) ; NBC Valentine greeting (1939) (1:52) ; New York lightboard (1961) (8:59) ; New York lightboard record (1961) (7:38) ; Stars and stripes (1940) (2:07) ; Birdlings (1967) (3:48) -- Evelyn Lambart. Begone dull care (1949) (7:47) ; Le Merle (1958) (4:40) ; Lines horizontal (1962) (5:55) ; Lines vertical (1960) (5:49) ; Mosaic (1965) (5:28) -- Surrealism. The head test (1944) (2:55) ; A little phantasy on a nineteenth century painting (1946) (3:35) ; A phantasy (1952) (7:15) ; Tanguy landscape test (1944) (1:22) ; Surrealistic hand drawing (1939-1945) (1:17) ; Pen drawings (1940s) (1:41) ; Blinkity blank (1955) (5:15) ; Serenal (1959) (3:04) ; The hypnosis film (1960s) (0.37) ; Begone dull care (1949) (7:47) ; Mail early (1941) (1:44) ; Hen hop (1942) (3:39) ; Boogie-doodle (1940) (3:18) ; Fiddle-de-dee (1947) (3:22) ; Dots (1940) (2:21) ; Hoppity pop (1946) (1:47) ; Loops (1940) (2:39) ; Stars and stripes (1940) (2:07) ; NBC Valentine greeting (1939) (1:52) ; Short and suite (1959) (4:50) -- Maurice Blackburn. A phantasy (1952) (7:15) ; Blinkity blank (1955) (5:15) ; Lines vertical (1960) (5:49) ; La poulette grise (1947) (5:32) -- Thematic documentaries. The art of motion (2005) (3:24) ; Evelyn Lambart (2005) (5:37) ; Surrealism (2005) (3:46) ; Maurice Blackburn (2005) (4:19). DVD 6461

Disc 3: Dance. Spook sport (1940) (7:52) ; July 4th 1941 (1941) (2:30) ; On the farm (1951) (6:50) ; Neighbours (1952) (8:06) ; Two bagatelles (1952) (2:22) ; A chairy tale (1957) (9:52) ; Bounce film (circa 1960) (0.41) ; Six and seven-eighths (1961) (9:21) ; Norman McLaren's opening speech (1961) (6:53) ; Canon (1964) (9:13) ; Canon: test (circa 1964) (4:50) ; Christmas cracker (1963) (9:13) ; Polychrome fantasy (1935) (2:52) ; Pas de deux (1968) (13:21) ; Pas de deux: test (1965-1967) (16:14) ; Ballet adagio (1972) (9:58) ; Narcissus (1983) (21:49) ; Narcissus: test (1973-1975) (2:15) -- Vincent Warren. Pas de deux (1968) (13:21) ; Narcissus (1983) (21.49) ; Narcissus: test (1973-1975) (2:15) ; Pas de deux: test (1965-1967) (16:14) -- Grant Munro. Neighbours (1952) (8:06) ; Two bagatelles (1952) (2:22) ; On the farm (1951) (6:50) ; Six and seven-eighths (1961) (9:21) ; Canon (1964) (9:13) ; Canon: test (circa 1964) (4:50) ; Christmas cracker (1963) (9:13) ; Christmas cracker: McLaren's contribution (1963) (3:42) ; Thematic documentaries. Dance (5:02) ; Vincent Warren (5:17) ; Grant Munro (4:47). DVD 6462

Disc 4: War and peace: Has anybody here seen Canada? A history of Canadian Movies 1939-1953: outtakes (20:28) -- Hell unlimited (19:14) -- Snakes (1:08) -- The Wook (1:11) -- Keep your mouth shut (2:21) -- V for victory (2:04) -- 5 for 4 (2:52) -- Dollar dance (4:05) -- Neighbours (8:06) -- Chairy tale (9:52) -- A Chairy tale: Alternate ending (:34) -- A Chairy tale: Tests and outtakes (4:10) -- Window on Canada no.29: Excerpt 3 (2:44) -- Thematic documentary: War and peace (4:58). DVD 6463

Disc 5: The animator as musician. Synchromy (1971) (7:26) ; Test A for synchromy (1960s) (1:29) ; Test B for synchromy (late 1960s) (2:46) ; Workshop experiments in animated sound (1957) (5:11) ; Loops (1940) (2:39) ; Neighbours (1952) (8:06) ; Blinkity blank (1955) ( (5:15) ; Le merle rehearses (late 1950s) (2:30) ; Scherzo (1939) (1:25) ; Canon (1964) (9:13) ; Pen point percussion ((1951) (5:57) ; Animated sound test (late 1940s or early 1950s) (2:43) ; Korean alphabet (1967) (7:15) ; Synthetic music experiments (1950s) (audio only) (4:59) -- Thematic documentary. The animator as musician (5:23) ; Animated motion. Part 1 (1976) (9:10) ; Part 2 (1976) (8:31) ; Part 3 (1977) (9:54) ; Part 4 (1977) (7:01) ; Part 5 (1978) (7:06). DVD 6464

Disc 6: Paper cut-outs. Le merle (1958) (4:40) ; Le merle: test and outtakes (1948) (2:37) ; Dans un petit bois (circa 1943) (2:19) ; Rythmetic (1956) (8:41) ; 1-2-3 (1955) (4:15) ; Alouette (1944) (2:22) ; La perdriole(mid 1940s) (0.46) ; Spheres (1969) (7:20) -- Renae Jodoin. Alouette (1944) (2:22) ; Spheres (1969) (7:20) ; A summer day in Ottawa in 1949... (1949) (4:38) ; Thematic documentaries. Paper cut-outs (4:00) ; Renae Jodoin (5:06) -- About McLaren. Experimental film: excerpt (2:27) ; McLaren on McLaren (7:56) ; The eye hears, the ear sees (58:46). DVD 6465

Disc 6: About McLaren. Cinema de notre temps (1967) (55:06) ; McLaren par Jutra: Cinema canadien, SRC 1961 (2:06) ; Pinscreen (1973) (38:43) ; Pinscreen tests (1961) (1:17) -- Thematic documentary. The digital restoration process (5:15). DVD 6466

Erno Marzner

Uberfall (1929) DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:108

Man Ray

Books/articles about Ray in the Berkeley Library

Cinepoeme (1926)
13 min. vhs 999:2001

Arena Ruth Roses and Revolvers(1947)
Part of the surrealist anthology film Dreams that Money Can Buy, Music by Darius Milhaud. DVD 6111; vhs 999:2166

Emak Bakia (France, 1927).
In Emak bakia all the principles of surrealism are followed as Man Ray uses light patterns from rotating objects to exhibit his early Dadaistic affiliations. DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:2001 and vhs 999:878
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L'Étoile de Mer (Star Fish) (France, 1928)
DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:2001 and Video/C 999:289
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Man Ray Films
Contents: Retour a la raison (1923, 2 min.) -- Emak Bakia (1926, 20 min.) -- L'etoile de mer (1928, 15 min.) -- Mysteres du chateau du De (1929, 25 min.) -- 10 home movies (b&w, silent): Rue Campagne-Premiere (1923-1929); Corrida (1929); Autoportrait ou Ce qui manque a nous tous (1930); Poison (1933-1935); L'Atelier du Val-de-Grace (1935); Course landaise (1937); La Garoupe (1937); Ady (1938); Dance (1938); Juliet (1940). Musical reconstructions from Man Ray's personal record collection by Jacques Guillot; video editing, Didier Coudray. Born in Philadelphia in 1890, Man Ray settled in Paris in 1921 to join the Dada movement. Gifted with great experimenting qualities and artistic genius, Man Ray turned cinema into a privileged creative area for his creation in which he crystallized a very personal artistic synthesis of his many esthetic concerns. This is a collection of his works including 10 short home movies never before released. 112 min. DVD 8417; vhs 999:2267

Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-garde
Man Ray is the quintessential modernist figure: photographer, painter, object maker and collagist, filmmaker and printmaker, poet, essayist and philosopher. Born Emanuel Radnitsky in 1890, he went on to become the leader of the "American avant-garde" and the most enigmatic of the Dada-Surrealists who transformed the Paris art world during the ferment of the 1920's and beyond. This profile follows the creative genius from his youth in Brooklyn to his glory days in Paris and, finally, to his impact on future generations of artists in a variety of fields. Also includes a never-before-seen interview with Man Ray in which he reminisces about his life and work. Based on the book: Man Ray: American artist / Neil Baldwin (Art/Classics N6537.R3.B31 1988 Room 308G; Main Stack N6537.R3.B3 1988)Originally presented as a segment on the PBS television program American masters in 1997. 56 min. DVD 689

Les Mystères du château de Dé (France, 1929)
In Les Mysteres du Chateau du De, a modern villa is the scene of an unsolved mystery. DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:2001 and vhs 999:878
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Retour à la Raison (France, 1923)
Retour a la Raison was made by sprinkling various items on raw stock and exposing them to light. DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:878 and Video/C 999:2267
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Jean Painlevé

Jean Painlevé. Compilation no. 1
Special features: "Yo la Tengo : The sea horse" from The Sounds of the Sounds of Science; "Hommage `a Loie Fuller" by Michelle Nadal and "Jeax d'enfants" (Children's play) by Jean Painlevé (1948), and filmography and biography by Jean Painlevé. Les amours de la pieuvre = The love life of the octopus (1965) -- Oursins = Sea urchins (1954) = Comment naissent des meduses = How some jellyfish are born (1960) -- Hyas et stenorinques = Hyas and stenorhynchus (1929) -- L'hippocampe = The sea horse (1934) -- Cristaux liquides = Liquid crystals (1978) -- Acera ou le bal des sorci`eres = Acera or the witches' dance (1972) -- Histoires de crevettes = Shrimp stories (1963). DVD 5137

Jean Painlevé Science & Fiction
Presents a collection of films by Jean Painlevé, the author of more than 200 films of scientific research in the avant-garde spirit. He devoted his life to filming the infinitely small with state of the art equipment. Mathusalem / musique, Maxime Jacob (1927, si, b&w, 10 min.) -- Hyas et stenorinques / musique, Chopin (1929, si., b&w, 10 min.) -- L'hippocampe / musique, Darius Milhaud (1934, sd, b&w, 14 min.) -- Barbe bleue / musique, Maurice Jaubert (1938, col., 13 min.) -- Le Vampire / musique, Duke Ellington (1939-45, b&w, 9 min.) (also on DVD 4191)-- Oursins (1954, col. 10 min.) -- Histoires de crevettes / musique, Pierre Conte (1964, col. 10 min.) -- Les amours de la pieuvre / musique, Pierre Henry (1965, col., 13 min.) -- Acera ou le bal des sorci`eres / musique, Pierre Jansen (1972, col., 13 min.) -- Cristaux liquides / musique, François de Roubaix (1978, col., 7 min.) Video/C MM497

Science is Fiction: 23 Films
Focusing on the work of early poetic pioneer of science films French filmmaker Jean Painlev�, this collection features twenty-three Painlev� nature films; a 2005 performance of the ninety-minute score, The sounds of science, written in 2001 by members of the rock group Yo La Tengo to accompany eight of Painlev�'s films; an interview with Yo La Tengo; and the eight-part 1988 French television series, Jean Painlevé au fil de ses films, which explores Painlev�'s life and work through interviews with the filmmaker.

Disc 1. Hyas and stenorhynchus = Hyas et stenorinques (1927, 10 min.) ; Sea urchins = Oursins (1954, 11 min.) ; How some jellyfish are born = Comment naissent des méduses (1960, 14 min.) ; Liquid crystals = Cristaux liquides (1978, 6 min.) ; Sea horse = Hippocampe (1933, 14 min.) ; Love life of the octopus = Amours de la pieuvre (1967, 14 min.) ; Shrimp stories = Histoires de crevettes (1964, 10 min.) ; Acera, or, The witches dance = Acera, ou, Le bal des sorci�res (1972, 13 min.) ; Vampire (1945, 9 min.) (also on DVD 4191) ; Freshwater assassins = Assassins d'eau douce (1947, 24 min.) ; Sea ballerinas = Danseuses de la mer (1956, 13 min.) ; Diatoms = Diatom�es (1968, 17 min.) ; Pigeons in the square = Pigeons du square (1928, 27 min.) ; Sounds of science / (Yo La Tengo) ; Interview with Yo La Tengo -- Disc 2. Octopus = Pieuvre (1927, 13 min.) ; Sea urchins = Oursins (1928, 10 min.) ; Daphnia (1928, 9 min.) ; Stickleback's egg = Oeuf d'�pinoche (1925, 26 min.) ; Experimental treatment of the hemorrhage in a dog = Traitement exp�rimental d'une h�morragie chez le chien (1930, 4 min.) ; Fourth dimension = Quatrième dimension (1936, 10 min.) ; Struggle for survival = Images mathématiques de la lutte pour la vie (1937, 14 min.) ; Voyage to the sky = Voyage dans le ciel (1937, 11 min.) ; Similarities between length and speed = Similitudes des longueurs et des vitesses (1937, 10 min.) ; Bluebeard = Barbe-Bleue (1938, 13 min.) -- Disc 3. Jean Painlev� through his films = Jean Painlev� au fil de ses films (1988).

Lotte Reiniger

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed: ein Silhouetten Film
Premiered in Germany in 1926 and based on the stories from "The Arabian nights," this movie has been hailed as the first full-length animated film. Tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse intending to send the rider off on a flight to his death.Originally produced as a motion picture in 1926. Neither the original negatives nor a complete copy of the original German version exists. The following reconstruction is based on an existing tinted and toned nitrate copy which was held at the National Film and Television Archive, London. Bonus material: 1921 animated advertising trailer, The secret of the marquise ; Lotte Reiniger; Homage to the inventor of the silhouette film, a film by Katja Raganelli (1999, 64 min.); stills galery. DVD 5007; also on vhs 999:2110

Aschenbrodel: Die schonsten Marchenfilme (In German, 1954)
Six films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, presenting animations of well-known fables and fairy tales. Lotte Reiniger developed the art of using silhouettes in film during the 1920s. These current films were developed in Great Britain where she had immigrated prior to World War II. Contents: Aschenbrodel (Cinderella) / Brothers Grimm -- Daumelinchen (Thumbelina) / H. C. Andersen -- Hansel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) / Brothers Grimm -- Der Heuschreck und die Ameise (Grasshopper and the ant) nach "Grille und die Ameise" / Jean de Lafontaine -- Die drei Wunsche (Three wishes) / Brothers Grimm -- Das tapfere Schneiderlein (Brave little tailor) / Brothers Grimm. PAL format; in German. 60 min. Video/C 8416

The HPO-heavenly Post Office
A silhouette film by Lotte Reiniger; music, Brian Easdale. 1938. 4 min. Video/C 999:3780

Papageno (Die schonsten Musikfilme von Lotte Reiniger)
Presents three animated films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, plus one short documentary film showing her at work cutting and wiring her intricately detailed paper figures for her shadow theater and film productions. Carmen / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, George Bizet (1933, silent with music, b&w, 9 min) -- Papageno / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Die Zauberflote) (1935, silent with music, b&w, 11 min.) -- Ein Scherenschnittfilm entsteht / Regie, Louis Hagen (1970/71, in German, col., 16 min.) -- 10 Minuten Mozart (Zehn Minuten Mozart) / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger ; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Cosi fan tutte, Eine kleine Nachtmusik) (1930, silent with music, b&w, 10 min.) Video/C 8370

The Tocher
Themes arranged by Benjamin Britten. 1938. 5 min. Video/C 999:3780

Hans Richter

Books/articles about Richter in the Berkeley Library

Alles Drecht Sich, Alles Bewegt Sich (Germany, 1926-29)
9 min. vhs 999:1593 (also on 999:1593)
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Dadascope (USA, 1961)
Dada artists: Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Hausmann, Richard Huelsenbeck, Marcel Janco, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Walter Mehring, Kurt Schwitters, Tristan Tzara, Wladimir Vogel.

Poems written and performed by well-known Dada artists, recited against a backdrop of "sound and visual clash, word puns, chess, dice and other games of chance." According to Richter, "To these poems I made a film collage. To these Anti-poems, I have made an Anti-film. There is no story, no psychological implication except such as the onlooker puts into the imagery." 41 min. Video/C 999:2268

Dreams that Money Can Buy (USA, 1926-29)
Contents: Max Ernst's La Semaine de la Bonte / music by Paul Bowles -- Man Ray's Ruth roses and revolvers / music by Darius Milhaud -- Hans Richter's Narcissus / played by Jack Bittner -- Alexander Calder's mobiles and wire sculptures in motion / music by Edgar Varese -- The girl with the prefabricated heart / with Fernand Leger's mannequins -- [New version] Marcel Duchamp's Rotsoreliefs and Nude descending a staircase / music by John Cage. DVD 6111; vhs 999:2166
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Probably the first feature length avant-garde film produced in America, this classic surrealistic film is an omnibus work consisting of seven parts. Each dream episode, offered for sale by Joe, a poor young poet, is shaped by one of the contributing visual artists. 1947. 80 min. DVD 6111; vhs 999:2166

8 x 8: A Chess-sonata in 8 Movements (1956-57)
Performer: Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp, Jacqueline Matisse, Yves Tanguy, Julien Levy, Richard Huelsenbeck, Alexander Calder, Ceal Bryson, Eugene Pellegrini, Williem de Vogel, W. Sandberg, Dorothea Ernst, Max Ernst, Jean Cocteau, Paul Bowles, Achmed ben el Yaccoubi.

Eight artistic, experimental variations and interpretations on the game of chess, which use Dadaist poets, painters, artists and filmmakers who not only direct their sequences but also star in them. 70 min. vhs 999:2269

Video/C MM438

Film Study (Filmstudie) (Germany, 1926)
11 min. vhs 999:1593
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Ghosts Before Breakfast (Vormittagsspuk) (Germany, 1927-28)
A lively absurdist piece, featuring juxtapositions of everyday objects taking on new roles in most unusual settings. DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:964; vhs 999:1593)
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Give Chance a Chance(1927-28)
Documentary and interview with artist-sculptor-filmmaker-surrealist Hans Richter. 27 min. Video/C 5964

Hans Richter: Early Avant-Garde Films
"Richter on Film" (1972, 14 mins.) is an interview with Hans Richter at age 83 in his Connecticut home, talking about his early experimental films and their relationship to this paintings, scrolls and collages. The pioneer work "Rhythm 21" ("Rhythmus 21" 1921-4)[also on DVD 4191]orchestrates the squares and rectangles of the film screen, while "Rhythm 23" ("Rhythmus 23", 1923, 3 mins., silent) features criss-cross patterns, negative reversals, intercut stringed forms, and further variations of the rectangle and square. "Film Study (Filmstudie)" (1926, 4 mins.), integrates abstract images with their recognizable counterparts. "Ghosts Before Breakfast" ("Vormittagespuk", 1927-8, 7 mins.)[also on DVD 4191] is Richter's witty, cinegenic mini-classic on the universal theme of the object's revolt and an excellent introduction to avant-garde film for all audiences. "Inflation" ("Inflation", 1926-9) and "Everything Turns, Everything Revolves" ("Alles Dreht Sich, Alles Bewegt Sich", 1926-9, 9 mins.) are two cinema essays reflecting life in pre-Nazi Germany, using inventive documentary and avant-garde techniques. "Race Symphony" ("Rennsymphonie", 1928-9) is an excerpt from Richter's study of a day at the races in pre-Nazi Germany. "Two-Penny Magic" (1928-9, 10 mins.) is an essay in rhyming images, made to advertise a picture magazine. 42 min. vhs 999:1593

Hans Richter: Maler und Filmpionier
Hans Richter was involved with film production all his life. He experimented with abstract forms on film starting with his 1921 work Rythm 21. The Nazis counted him among the degenerate artists and in 1941 he emigrated to the United States and became an American citizen several years later. 198? 47 min. Video/C 8111

I Live in the Present: Investigation into the Work of Filmmaker Hans Richter. (Ich lebe in der gegenwart: versuch uber Hans Richter).
A documentary examining the life and work of artist and filmmaker Hans Richter in which he talks about his style in painting, drawing, collage annd filmmaking. Includes many film clips and examples of his work. Excerpts from: Jean Arp, Poupoupoup -- Rhythm 21 (1921) -- Filmstudie (1926) -- Inflation (1928) -- Ghosts before breakfast -- Dreams that money can buy (1947) -- La Chanson Dada / Tristan Tzara. c1985. 46 min. Video/C 6792

Rhythmus 21.(Germany, 1921)
Pioneer work by an artist who was among the first to make the transition from abstract painting to abstract film (along with Walter Ruttmann and Viking Eggeling). DVD 4191; also on vhs 999:964 and vhs 999:1593
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Rhythmus 23.(Germany, 1923)
Criss-Cross patterns, negative reversals, intercut stringed forms, and further variations of rectangle and square. vhs 999:964 (also on 999:1593)
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Two-Penny Magic (Zweigroschenzauber).(Germay, 1928-29)
10 min vhs 999:1593 (also on 999:1593)
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Walther Ruttmann

Books/articles about Ruttmann in the Berkeley Library

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großtadt (Berlin: Symphonie of a Great City) (Germany, 1927)
Directed by Walter (Walther) Ruttmann. A cross section of life in Berlin from dawn to midnight on a late spring day. Uses montage, cutting, and editing to capture the pulse and tempo of this city. An early example of 'impressionistic' documentaries created in 1927. "With Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großtadt, Walther Ruttmann directed the landmark film of the 1920s symphonic cityscapes. [Special feature] Melodie der Welt is the first German sound feature. DVD X759: This 2-disc set presents both these classics in newly restored versions and adds all the surviving short films he directed between 1921 and 1931. Ruttmann's innovative experimentations in movement, color and sound confirm his status as a pioneer of modern media art. Notes from DVD X6467 edition: Walther Ruttmann is a pioneer of modern multimaedia art. This DVD combines for the first time all surviving works by Ruttmann from 1920-1931 in newly restored and reconstructed versions, often with original scores. His first short films are unique experiments with forms, colors, and rhythm, his innovative commercials connected abstract animation art with concrete messages. The symphonic documentary Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grosstadt is one of the most famous silent cassics, the travelogue Melodie der Welt became the first German sound feature film. With the radio play Weekend Ruttmann created the first "sound film without images" while his short In der Nacht transforms music to images and is a prototype of modern music videos. DVD X6467: Disc 1: Berlin - die Sinfonie der Großtadt (si., 1927, 65 min.) -- Lichtspiel Opus 1 (1921) -- Opus 2 (1922) -- Opus 3 (1924) -- Opus 4 (1925) -- Der Sieger (1922) -- Das Wunder (1922) -- Das Wiedergefundene Paradies (1925) -- Der Aufstieg (1926) -- Spiel der Wellen (1926) -- Dort wo der Rhein / paintings and drawings by Walther Ruttmann 1911-1920 (1927). Disc 2: Melodie der Welt (sd., 1929, 49 min.) -- Weekend (1930, 12 min.) -- In der Nacht (1931) -- Radio feature Walther Ruttmann, der Visionär bewegter Rhythmen (1987, 86 min.) -- Unrestored version of Lichtspiel Opus 1 (1927) -- Different digital transfers of Dort wo der Rhein... (1927) -- Side-by-side comparison of the existing prints of Melodie der Welt (1929) -- Photos from the Congress of the Independent Film in La Sarraz / texts by and about Walther Ruttmann (1929). DVD X6467 (Edition Filmmuseum); DVD 64; DVD X759; vhs 999:307, vhs 999:2581
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Books and articles about Ruttmann in the UCB Library

In der Nacht(1931)
7 min. DVD X759; DVD X759

Lichtspeil Opus I-IV(1921-1925)
25 min. DVD X6467; DVD X759

Melodie der Welt(1929)
49 min. DVD X6467; DVD X759

Opus I (1922)
An abstract experimental animation film, made in the minimal style which Ruttmann developed at the Bauhaus. A rare example of German avant-garde cinema.10 min. DVD X6467; DVD 64; also on vhs 999:2581
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

12 min. DVD X6467; DVD X759

Paul Strand

Manhatta(USA, 1921)
Directed and photographed by Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler. A silent avant-garde short film about New York seen in terms of its geometric architecture and the movement patterns of ships and people. Based on a poem by Walt Whitman. 10 min. Included on DVD 2840; DVD 4670; DVD 4191

Jean Vigo

Books/articles about Vigo in the Berkeley Library

The Complete Jean Vigo (France, 1930-34)
Although Jean Vigo died at the age of 29 having made just four films -- of which two are undisputed masterpieces -- he is unquestionably one of the great masters of French cinema. This compilation of his works includes all four films plus an additional disc of commentary and documentary films on his works.

Disc 1. `A propos de Nice (1933) -- Taris, champion de natation (1930) -- Zero de conduite (1933) -- L'Atalante (1934). -- Disc 2. Filmmakers of our time: Jean Vigo (Documentary, 1964 by Jacquew Rozier) -- The voyages of "L'Atalante" [various versions of the film released over the yeas]. -- Sound regained [on restoration of the film sound tracks]. -- Otar Iosselian interview. -- Vigo biography. -- Stills & poster gallery. Credits: (`A propos de Nice) Realisation de Jean Vigo et Boris Kaufman; (Taris, champion de natation) Realise par Jean Vigo; (Zero de conduite) Scenario et realisation: Jean Vigo; prises de vues de Boris Kaufman; musique de Maurice Jaubert; (L'Atalante) Realisation de Jean Vigo, d'apr`es un scenario de Jean Guinee; adaptation et dialogues de Vigo et Riera; musique de Maurice Jaubert. Cast: (Zero de conduite) Jean Daste, Robert le Flon, du Verron, Delphin ... ; (L'Atalante) Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Daste, Gilles Margaritis. DVD 3482

A Propos de Nice.(1929)
Impressions of Nice, France, featuring the Mardi Gras celebration. Employs some Surrealist or Dada techniques. DVD 3482; vhs 999:1151

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Post World War II Avant Garde and Experimental Film and Video: Compilations and Anthologies

Another Tomorrow: Young Video Art From the Collection of the Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum
Contents: Gehfilmen 6 = Walkfilming 6 / Thomas Baumann, Josef Dabernig, Martin Kaltner (1994, 18 min.) -- Swapping places / Ruth Broz?ek (2008, 3 min.) -- Sans boussole I = Without compass / Barbara Caspar (2004, 3 min.) -- Die S�ngerknaben = Vienna Boys' Choir / Katharina Copony (1994-1995, 2 min.) -- Start / Markus Gansberger, Jakob Pock (2000, 4 min.) -- Another tomorrow / Markus Gansberger, Armin Purkrabek (2004, 5 min.) -- 150 rpm with M.G. after M.D. / Michael Gumhold (2003, 6 min.) -- Liebeserkl�rung = Declarartion of love (2001, 5 min. (part)) ; An Druck auf die Eier = Pressure on the balls (1999, 6 min. (part)) ; Was den Menschen nicht umbringt, macht ihn st�rker = What doesn't kill men makes them tougher (1999, 5 min.) / Franz Kapfer -- Ventil von Graz = Valve of Graz (2006, 7 min. (part)) / Leopold Kessler -- Vegas / Annja Krautgasser (2007, 2 min. (part)) -- Heim = Home / Claudia Larcher (2008, 12 min.) -- int.5_27/G.S.I.L.XXX / Lia (2004, 1 min. (part)) -- Verbeugen & Applaus Nr. 6 = Taking a bow & applause no. 6 / Anja Manfredi (2006, 7 min.) -- Instructions for use: Y.P.B.G./FNSYSTEMS�_ / Flora Neuwirth (1997, 10 min. (part)) -- A1B2C3 / Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Lotte Schreiber (2006, 1 min. (part)) -- Jewel Osco Rap = Grandmasta Jo meets talkin' cat / Katrin Plavcak, Johanna Kirsch (2003, 5 min.) -- FLEXT_rai / reMI (2004, 1 min. (part)) -- Corners (1/20 + AP) / Derek Roberts (2008, 11 min.) -- A memory of the players in a mirror at midnight / Constanze Ruhm (2001, 13 min. (parts)) -- The schudas reloaded, I pull down the beds / Susanne Schuda (2007-2008, 24 min.) -- Veranda / Klaus Schuster (1999, 3 min.(part)) -- Krumlovsommer = Summer in Krumlov / Norbert Trummer (2003-2004, 5 min.) -- Interview, Christalle Dorléac / Christina Tsilidis (2004, 6 min.) -- Do you know where you are, do you know what you've done? / Anita Witek (1998, 6 min. (part)) -- Memory / Erwin Wurm (1994-2000, 11 min.). DVD X2335

Cinéma Différent (Different Cinema)
Ten short films, each of which has been presented at one of several Different Cinema Festivals of Paris. They represent a panoramic view of contemporary experimental creations, where visuals take precedence over narration and guide the direction of the films. Themes include: games, desire, encounters, the search for an identity, representation and society. I Motion (7 min., 1995) / written & directed, Rozenn Nobilet -- Sentimental journey (10 min., 2003) / written & directed, Tony Wu & Georges Hsin -- Tandem: faux raccords (6 min., 2001) / written & directed, Colas Ricard & Martin Gracineau -- Geminga (9 min., (2003) / written & directed, Hugo Verlinde -- Ganeden (17 min., 2003) / written & directed, Maurice Lemaitre -- Introspection (5 min., 2002) / written & directed, Richard Beaune -- Jardin prive (12 min., 2000) / written & directed, Stephane Marti -- Our former glory (8 min., 2002) / written & directed, Robert Todd -- I'm (not) seen (5 min., 2003) / written & directed, Takahiko Iimura -- Unfolding (4 min., 2002) / written & directed, Egbert Mittelstadt. Originally produced as motion pictures from 1995 to 2003. Dist: Lowave 93 min. DVD 4425

Cinéma Différent (Different Cinema) Vol. 2
Eight films and videos by artists presented during the Sixth Different Cinema Festival of Paris. This compilation tackes the subjects of femininity, investigation, and the search for identity, created by artists whose inspiration stems from the tradition of cinema as well as cutting-edge contemporary art. Contents: Artémis / Valérie Morignat (2001, 13 min.) -- Flamenc'o / Olivier Fouchard (2002-2003, 7 min.) -- Lily in the glass / Shiho Kano (2003, 6 min.) -- Da qui, sopra il mare / Mauro Santini (2003, 10 min.) -- Deperdition lointaine / Dominik Lange (1999-2004, 11 min.) -- Perhaps/We / Solomon Nagler (2003, 11 min.) -- K (Désert) / Frédérique Devaux (2004, 5 min.) -- F.I.R.T. 119 / Ruben Guzman (2002, 10 min.) Dist: Lowave 93 min. DVD X1135

Cinéma Différent (Different Cinema) Vol. 3
Nine short films, each of which has been presented during the 10th anniversary Different Cinema Festivals of Paris. They represent a panoramic view of contemporary experimental creations, where visuals take precedence over narration and guide the direction of the films. Contents: Césarée / Marguerite Duras (1979, 11 min.) -- Idéal / Isabelle Blanche 2000, 4 min.) -- Empreinte / Xavier Baert 2004, 12 min.) -- L'oel lourd du voyage mécanique / Augustin Gimel (2004, 3 min.) -- Untitled no 1/ Masha Godovannaya (2005, 4 min.)-- Reste-là ! / Frédéric Tachou (2006, 12 min.) -- Le bombardement. Le port des perles / Richard Kerr (2004, 8 min.) -- Desde la memoria / Christina von Greve (2003, 8 min.) -- Cabinet / Robert Todd (2007, 12 min.) Dist: Lowave 93 min. DVD X1136

Ten short films by artists from 9 different countries, all working on urban subjects. The films offer a new way of appreciating the aesthetics of our global cities as they are perceived by cutting-edge video artists and experimental filmakers. Crossings / Marina Chernikova (5 min.) -- Nil / Nose Chan (11 min.) -- Worst case scenario / John Smith (19 min.) -- Sarajevo vertical / Toby Cornish (11 min) -- From 7 PM to 7 PM / Alli Savolainen (5 min.) -- Exchangeable cities / Kentaro Taki (9 min.) -- Street crossing / Pablo Altés (6 min.) -- Es geht auch schneller / Ulrich Fischer (9 min.) -- Hors chants / Dudouet & Kaplan (7 min.) -- Je n'ai pas du tout l'intention de sombrer / Augustin Gimel (5 min.). 80 min. DVD X1130

Impaled / Larry Clark -- House call / Richard Prince (12 min.) -- Hoist / Matthew Barney (15 min.) -- Balkan erotic epic / Marina Abramov (13 min.) -- Sync / Marco Brambilla (2 min.) -- Death Valley / Sam Taylor-Wood (8 min.) -- We F*ck alone / Gaspar Noe (23 min.) A collection of shorts linked by a common theme. Two of them are directed by acclaimed film directors and the other five are made by heavyweights from the world of contemporary art. All were invited to make films on their views of sex and pornography. DVD 6385

Experiments in Terror
Curated by Noel Lawrence. Contents: Outer space / Peter Tscherkassky (1999, 10 min.) -- Ursula / Lloyd M. Williams (1961, 13 min.) -- Journey into the unknown / Kerry Laitala (2002, 5 min.) -- The virgin sacrifice / J.X. Williams (1969, 9 min. (excerpt)) -- Tuning the sleep machine / David Sherman (1996, 13 min.) -- Dawn of an evil millennium / Damon Packard (1988, 21 min.). A compilation of the work of experimental filmmakers working within and in dialogue with the genre of the horror film, profoundly expanding the cinematic language of fear. Visionary cinematography and masterful montage of rare film artifacts probe every dark corner of the human psyche, with morbid curiosity and in lurid detail!

Special features: Excerpts from Jenni Olson's "Trailer camp" and "Bride of trailer camp" (1950s-1970s, 14 min.); Psychorama subliminal messaging (1959, 5 min.); "The haunted mouth", with Cesar Romero (1973, 13 min.); upcoming releases from Other Cinema. 106 min. DVD 3743

It's Not My Memory of It: Three Recollected Documents
A documentary about secrecy, memory, and documents. Mobilizing specific historical records as memories which flash up in moments of danger, the tape addresses the expansion and intensification of secrecy practices in the current climate of heightened security. A former CIA source recounts his disappearance through shredded classified documents that were painstakingly reassembled by radical fundamentalist students in Iran in 1979. A CIA film called "Burial at Sea"--Recorded in 1974 but unacknowledged until 1992 - documents the burial at sea of six Soviet sailors, in a ceremony which collapses Cold War antagonisms in a moment of death and honor. Images pertaining to a publicly acknowledged but top secret U.S. missile strike in Yemen in 2002 are the source of a concluding reflection on the role of documents in the constitution of the dynamic of knowing and not knowing. "Interviews conducted in July 2000 with Ed Cohen (Office of Information Management, CIA), Steven Garfinkel (Information Security Oversight Office), and Lee Strickland (Information Review Group, CIA)." Disclosure without ceremony -- Ceremony with footage -- Footage without incident. A project of the Speculative Archive ; produced by Julia Meltzer. Texts: David Thorne. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 25 min. Video/C MM529

Treasures IV. American Avant-garde Film, 1947-1986

Program 1: Film no. 3 : interwoven / Harry Smith (1947-49, 3 min.) -- Notes on the circus / Jonas Mekas (1966, 12 min.) -- Here I am / Bruce Baille (1962, 10 min.) -- Fake fruit factory / Chick Strand (1986, 22 min.) -- Odds & ends / Jane Conger Belson Shimane (1959, 4 min.) -- Eyewash / Robert Breer (1959, 3 min.) -- Peyote queen / Storm De Hirsch (1965, 9 min.) -- 7362 / Pat O'Neill (1967, 10 min.) -- Aleph / Wallace Berman (1956-66?, 8 min.) -- Note to Pati / Saul Levine (1969, 7 min.) -- By night with torch and spear / Joseph Cornell (1940s?, 8 min.) -- The riddle of lumen / Stan Brakhage (1972, 13 min.) -- The end / Christopher Maclaine (1953, 34 min.). DVD X1452

Program 2: Bridges-go-round / Shirley Clarke (1958, 4 min.) -- Go! go! go! / Marie Menken (1962-64, 11 min.) -- Little stabs at happiness / Ken Jacobs (1959-63, 15 min.) -- Chumlum / Ron Rice (1964, 23 min.) -- Mario banana (no. 1) / Andy Warhol (1964, 4 min.) -- I, an actress / George Kuchar (1977, 9 min.) -- The off-handed jape-- & how to pull it off / Robert Nelson & William T. Wiley (1967, 8 min.) -- New improved institutional quality : in the environment of liquids and nasals a parasitic vowel sometimes develops / Owen Land ( 1976, 10 min.) -- Hamfat Asar / Lawrence Jordan (1965, 13 min.) -- Necrology / Standish Lawder (1969-70, 11 min.) -- Fog line / Larry Gottheim (1970, 11 min.) -- (nostalgia) / Hollis Frampton (1971, 36 min.) -- Bad burns / Paul Sharits (1982, 6 min.). DVD X1453

Urban Visions
11 short films from London, Paris, New York, Helsinki, Milan and elsewhere, presenting different visions of urban life as art, fiction, and social commentary. These films will take you, beyond borders, to discover urban subcultures under a new light. Urban Visons includes both the extraordinary as well as the perfectly ordinary. It's about everyday life, real and unreal, as seen through the eyes of independent and cutting-edge film-makers with a dedication to form, rhythm, and color. These works are witness to a new wave of film as art without limits of creativity and style and free of technical and financial constraints. Urban Visions proves that now just like the big city, anything is possible. Push / Gorka Aguado (4:29) -- One last thing / Hilton Earl (5:15) -- Fausse solitude / Pierre-Yves Cruaud (5:45) -- Der letzte Flug / Lombardi-Clan (11:24) -- Pako / Nosfe (1:27) -- Hi-fi / Sean Baker (5:34) -- Novanta / GG Tarantola (12:10) -- When the floor became the ceiling / Rudolf Buitendach (6:03) -- Raus aus seinen Kleidern / Corinna Schnitt (7:18) -- Promenaux / Stefano Canapa (11:19) -- The strip mall trilogy / Roger Beebe (9:06). Dist: Lowave DVD 6393

Nomads and No-zones: Western Essays
Films by Greta Snider and Vanessa Renwick. Special features: Great Snider's flash animation (Story of my tatto, Drinking and biking, Black blocker); upcoming releases from Other Cinema. The yodeling lesson / Vanessa Renwick -- Hardcore home movie / Greta Snider -- Crowdog / Vanessa Renwick -- Portland / Greta Snider -- Richart / Vanessa Renwick -- Urine man / Greta Snider -- Westward Ho! / Vanessa Renwick -- No-zone / Greta Snider -- 9 is a secret / Vanessa Renwick.

From two of the West's bravest filmmakers comes some short films that are gritty, romantic, frank, and poetic. The short films criss-cross genres from documentary to experimental to personal narrative often in the same movie. 2005. 91 min. DVD 3753

Peripheral Produce All Time Greatest Hits
Contents: Getting stronger every day / Miranda July -- Wustenspringmaus / Jim Finn -- The subconscious art of graffiti removal / Matt McCormick -- Stuffing / Animal Charm -- Removed / Naomi Uman -- Election collectibles / Bryan Boyce -- N Judah 5:30 / Sam Green -- Oona's veil / Brian Frye -- Crowdog / Vanessa Renwick -- Buffalo common / Bill Brown. A collection of experimental, abstract and short videos representing some of the best contemporary underground cinema produced in the 1990s. 90 min. DVD 2801

Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image.
A series presenting a point of entry for contemporary artists working in video, film and digital imagery who represent different generations and cultural perspectives. Produced by Bick Productions, Ilene Kurtz-Kretzschmar and Caroline Bourgeois and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, February 27-May 2, 2004.

Francis Alys. Contents: Video: El gringo / (4 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In El Gringo, created by the Belgian artist Francis Alys, viewers experience the discomfort of being an outsider when the camera is confronted by a pack of snarling dogs. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2419

David Claerbout. Contents: Video: Le moment / David Claerbout (3 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In Le moment, created by the Belgian artist David Claerbout, cinematic techniques are used to create a suspenseful journey through a dimly lit forest that reaches an unexpected conclusion. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2420

Douglas Gordon. Contents: Video: Over my shoulder / Douglas Gordon (14 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In Over my shoulder, created by the Scottish artist Douglas Gordon, the artist uses hand gesticulations against a white sheet to communicate violent and sensual emotions. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2421

Gary Hill. Contents: Video: Blind spot / Gary Hill (13 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In Blind spot, created by the American artist Gary Hill, a brief encounter in the street with a man in a southern French city that has a large North African population is slowed down, forcing the viewer into an intimate relationship with the subject and the shifting emotions in his face. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with video artist. DVD 2422

Pierre Huyghe. Contents: Video: I Jedi / Pierre Huyghe (5 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In I Jedi, created by the French artist Pierre Huyghe, the film references Andy Warhol's Empire State and pays homage to Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters by incorporating the Devil's Tower monument made famous in the film. Huyghe splits the screen in half, creating a mood of suspense, as the viewer waits for a correction that never takes place. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2423

Joan Jonas. Contents: Video: Waltz / Joan Jonas (7 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In Waltz, a filmed performance piece created by the American artist Joan Jonas, she pays homage to 18th century French outdoor theater, incorporating mythology into the narrative alongside spontaneously occurring events. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2424

Isaac Julien. Contents: Video: Encore (Paradise Omeros: redux) / Isaac Julien (5 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. Encore (Paradise Omeros: redux) created by the English artist Isaac Julien, presents stunning, color-saturated images that refer to the African Diaspora and the quest to find roots in a New World. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2425

William Kentridge. Contents: Video: Automatic writing / William Kentridge (3 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In Automatic writing, created by the South African artist William Kentridge, the artist's beautiful series of animated black and white drawings brings viewers into the artist's unconscious, using surrealist techniques to explore the point where writing and drawing intersect. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2426

Paul McCarthy. Contents: Video: WWG (Wild gone girls) / Paul McCarthy (6 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. WWW (Wild gone girls), a filmed performance piece created by the American artist Paul McCarthy, depicts a sailing party gone wrong. McCarthy questions the effects that violence and mutilation, both real and simulated, have on the viewer in contemporary culture. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2427

Pipilotti Rist. Contents: Video: I want to see you / Pipilotti Rist (5 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. I want to see you, created by the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, explores the macrocosm of humanity in a video, art and music collaboration. A lyrical tale of a witch's coven is played over images of a person where each body part symbolically represents an area of the world. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2428

Anri Sala. Contents: Video: Time after time / Anri Sala (5 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In Time after time, created by the Albanian artist Anri Sala, oblique and barely moving frames stimulate the viewers' visual and auditory capacity by forcing them to concentrate on a single puzzling image until its essence is revealed in an unexpected flash of light. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2429

Processing the Signal
Participants: Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, Kit Fitzgerald, Paul Garrin, John Sanborn, Mary Perillo, Zbigniew Rybczynski, Peer Bode, John Hanhardt, Ira Schneider, Reynold Weidenaar, Dean Winkler. Filmed in America in 1988 and 1989 this documentary brings together some of the most innovative artists of video art to discuss their ideas and opinions. Also covers video installations, satellite art, video performance and the penetration of video art into conventional television. 38 min. Video/C 6595

Recycling Film History: Found Footage Filme
A collection of avant-garde shorts originally produced in Austrian between 1992-2005. Definitely Sanctus / Sabine Hiebler & Gerhardt Ertl (1992, 4 min.) -- Welt Spiegel Kino - Episode 1 / Gustav Deutsch (2005, 30 min.) -- Passagen / Lisl Ponger (1996, 12 min.) -- Mirror mechanics / Siegfried A. Fruhauf (2005, 7 min.) -- S.O.S. Estraterrestria / Mara Mattuschka (1993, 10 min.)-- To the happy few / Thomas Draschan & Stella Friedrichs (2003, 4 min.) -- Verdrehte Augen / Dietmar Brehm (2002, 12 min.) -- Blah blah blah / Dietmar Brehm (2006, 12 min.) -- Happy end / Peter Tscherkassky (1999, 10 min.) -- Outer space / Peter Tscherkassky (1999, 10 min.) -- Passage `a l'acte / Martin Arnold (1993, 12 min.) DVD 7736

Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database
Videodisc version of an art installation of three films created with the use of image databases, in which the contents of each film are drawn from a unique database programmed to display a different sequence of video clips and screen layouts at each viewing. Mission to earth (ca. 23 min.) -- Absences (ca. 8 min.) -- Texas (ca. 13 min.) Special features: Interview with Lev Manovich ; database visualization ; documentation of Soft Cinema installations ; architectural designs for Soft Cinema. DVD 4429

Soft Science
Presents a collection of video-curiosities created by artists and scientists... includes digital movies by biologists alongside contemporary video art. Curated by Rachel Mayeri. It did it (2000) / by Peter Alexander Brinson (17:00 min.) -- Soft science, cinema of attractions. [Part I]. Steering, haltere motion, high speed saccade, fly eye (2004) / electronic and musical compositions, Joe Milutis ; concept and commission by Rachel Mayeri (ca 2:00 min.) -- Bug girl (2003) / written and directed by Su Rynard ; a Crunch Velour Production (5:45 min.) -- Re-animation #3 (245 flies). Re-animation # 4 (142 ants). Re-animation #2 (71 beetles) (2003) / Kaipo Newhouse (1:30 min.) -- Ameising 1 (2003) / Sean Dockray (2:00 min.) -- Stories from the genome : an animated history of reproduction (2003) / by Rachel Mayeri (15:00 min.) -- Soft science, cinema of attractions. [Part II]. Repressilator + noise multispore variants (2004) / electronic and musical compositions, Joe Milutis ; concept and commission by Rachel Mayeri (ca 1:00 min.) -- I am today's lesson plan (2004) / Darrin Martin, Torsten Zenas Burns (10:30 min.) -- Soft science, cinema of attractions. [Part III]. Spread the aliquot over the agar plate surface. Non-linear shape statistics in tracking. Carbon nanotube gears (2004) / electronic and musical compositions, Joe Milutis ; concept and commission by Rachel Mayeri (ca 1:00 min.) -- The Bats (1998) / by Jim Trainor (8:00 min.). Dist.: Video Data Bank. DVD 6233

Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S.
A program presenting the first decade of a comprehensive history of experimental and independent video. Produced by Video Data Bank in collaboration with Electronic Arts Intermix and Bay Area Video Coalition

Program 1, Explorations of Presence, Performance and Audience.
The artists included here moved into video from performance, sculpture, photography, writing and dance. They used the video camera as a mirror, a tool to investigate perception, presenting performative strategies within the paradocically intimate and distanced theater of the video monitor. In most pieces the performer constructs an active relationship with the audience, and the viewer's awareness is specifically acknowledged.

Contents: Performer/audience/mirror / Dan Graham (1975, 23 min.) -- Selected works [Two dogs and a ball, used car salesman, dog biscuit in glass jar / William Wegman (1972, 8 min.) -- Baldessari sings Lewitt / John Baldessari (1972, 4 min.) -- Undertone / Vito Acconci (1972, 10 min.) -- Vertical roll / Joan Jonas (1972, 20 min.) -- My father / Shigeko Kubota (1975, 15 min.) -- Exchange / Robert Morris, Lynda Benglis (1973, 36 min.) DVD X180; Video/C 9403

Program 2, Investigations of the Phenomenal World -- Space, Sound, and Light.
In this anthology, the body of the artist functions as one kind of instrument in the presence of, or complicated by, the video and audio recording instruments. Issues of attention such as boredom and exhaustion of both the artist and the audience, are embraced as part of the potential dynamic range of the work. Some of the video projects also propose structural relationships between natural or biological and electronic systems.

Contents: The black and white tapes / Paul McCarthy (1970-1975, 7 min.) -- Stamping in the studio / Bruce Nauman (1968, 5 min.) -- Double vision / Peter Campus (1971, 15 min.) -- Boomerang / Richard Serra, Nancy Holt (1974, 11 min.) -- Island Song / Charlemagne Palestine (1976, 16 min.) -- Cycles of 3s and 7s / Tony Conrad (1976, 3 min.) -- The children's tapes / Terry Fox (1974, 30 min.) -- Soundings / Gary Hill (1979, 18 min.) -- Lightning / Paul & Marlene Kos (1976, 2 min.) -- Sweet light / Bill Viola (1977, 10 min.). DVD X181; Video/C 9404

Program 3, Approaching Narrative --"There are problems to be solved."
The works here establish inventive formal staging for epic story-telling. These projects have no interest in seducing an audience into accepting a seamless narrative illusion of reality. Instead, problems are constructed around an audience's understanding of the real and construction of their attention. Audiences have to work to derive meaning from presentations that seek to rupture expectations and also challenge public storytelling and seek to decentralize cultural mythmaking by inventing new forms of theatrical space.

Contents: The red tapes, Tape 2 / Vito Acconci (1976, 58 min.) -- Out of body travel / Richard Foreman (1976, 24 min.) -- The continuing story of Carel and Ferd / Arthur Ginsberg and Video Free America (1972-75, 33 min.). DVD X182; Video/C 9405

Program 4, Gendered Confrontations.
These feminist video works challenge the reigning but waning modernist and materials-based discourse of the '70s, as well as psychoanalytic theory and the construction of the subject. Video is used to examine one's own life and the experiences of female friends and family, and to question one's own relationship to "her"/history. As histories of women in the arts and in society are explored, critical attention is also focused onto speculation about the existence of an essential female aesthetic, and the position of women as objects of the (male) gaze.

Contents: Art herstory / Hermine Freed (1974, 15 min.) -- Female sensibility / Lynda Benglis (1973, 14 min.) -- Always love your man / Cara DeVito (1975, 19 min.) -- The mom tapes / Ilene Segalove (1974-78, 4 min.) -- Primal scenes / Linda Montano (1980, 11 min.) -- Nun and deviant / Nancy Angelo and Candace Compton (1976, 13 min.) -- Vital statistics of a citizen, simply obtained / Martha Rosler (1977, 38 min.) DVD X183; Video/C 9406

Program 5, Performance of Video Imaging Tools
In these video pieces artists explore video as an electronic material, and they are interested in the process of translating energy and time into waveforms, frequencies, voltages, and finally into video and audio images. The pieces presented here are documents of dialogues with tools or real-time performances of tools where a video signal is routed through an interface of modifiable electronic instruments.

Contents: Calligrams / Woody and Steina Vasulka (1970, 4 min.) -- Illuminatin' Sweeney / Skip Sweeney (1975, 5 min.) -- Video weavings / Stephen Beck (1976, 4 min.) -- 5 minute romp through the IP / Dan Sandin (1973, 7 min.) -- Triangle in front of square in front of circle in front of triangle / Dan Sandin (1973, 2 min.) -- Video-taping / Ernest Gusella (1974, 3 min.) -- Exquisite corpse / Ernest Gusella (1978, 8 min.) -- Einstine / Eric Siegel (1968, 5 min.) -- General Motors / Phil Morton (1976, 10 min.) -- Merce by Merce by Paik / Nam June Paik (1978, 28 min.) -- Crossings and meetings / Ed Emshwiller (1974, 4 min.) -- Complex wave forms / Ralph Hocking (1977, 4 min.) -- Pictures of the lost / Barbara Buckner (1978, 8 min.) -- Video locomotion / Peer Bode (1978, 5 min.) -- Music on triggering surfaces / Peer Bode (1978, 3 min.) -- C-trend / Woody Vasulka (1974, 7 min.) -- Switch! Monitor! Drift! / Steina Vasulka (1976, 4 min.). DVD X184; Video/C 9407

Program 6, Decentralized Communications Projects.
Generated by artists, public access cable producers, and video collectives, this video anthology marks the efforts of cultural activists to redefine the asymmetrical relationship between transmission and reception, the production and consumption of American television. The introduction of the portapak in the politically-charged late '60s inspired proposals for a radically decentralized information system. By the mid-70's there existed a burgeoning alternative media network of public access cable channels, media art centers, public television stations and a range of independent venues that included pirate TV, media laboratories, and library video programs.

Contents: Mayday realtime / David Cort and Curtis Ratcliffe (1971, 10 min.) -- Selected tapes: Women's liberation march NYC ; Gay pride march NYC ; Young Lords occupy Manhattan Church ; Native American action at Plymouth Rock / People's Video Theater (1971-72, 28 min.) -- Participation / Woody and Steina Vasulka (1972, 6 min.) -- First transmission of ACTV / ACTV and George Stoney (1972, 4 min.) -- Jonesboro storytelling festival: Kathryn Windham telling ghost stories (The jumbo light) / Broadside TV (1974, 6 min.) -- The politics of intimacy / Julie Gustafson (1974, 10 min.) -- Attica interviews / Portable Channel (1971, 8 min.) -- Queen Mother Moore speech at Greenhaven Prison / People's Communication Network (1973, 17 min.) -- The laughing alligator / Juan Downey (1979, 27 min.) DVD X185; Video/C 9408

Program 7, Critiques of Art and Media as Commodity and Spectacle.
Through projects that are oppositional to both the economic and attentional structures of broadcast TV, artists target the nature of its spectacle, spellout critical manifestoes, undermine the selection of newsworthy events and public storytelling, and challenge consumers' investment in televisions' cast of heroes and occasional heroines. In these seven films artists re-present television and film images in an effort to reframe them and reconstruct the ideological context that constructs meaning for television viewers.

Contents: Eternal frame / Ant Farm & T.R. Uthco (1976, 23 min.) -- Television delivers people / Richard Serra and Carlotta Fay Schoolman (1973, 6 min.) -- The business of local news / University Community Video (1974, 15 min.) -- Proto media primer / Paul Ryan and Raindance (1970, 16 min.) -- About media / Tony Ramos (1977, 17 min.) -- Fifty wonderful years / Optic nerve (1973, 28 min.) -- Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman / Dara Birnbaum (1978-17, 7 min.). DVD X186; Video/C 9409

Program 8, Independents Address Television.
This final segment illustrates how early documentary producers in the 1970's worked to establish relationships with broadcast television that would deliver their independently conceived and produced television to large broadcast audiences. Some saw their challenging projects co-opted by broadcasters, who appropriated independent eye-witnessing as stylistic inventions for television news and dramatic programs. Presented here are 3 samples of early independently produced TV documentaries.

Contents: Healthcare: your money or your life / Downtown Community television (1978, 60 min.) -- The ruling classroom / Peter Bull and Alex Gibney (1979-1980, 58 min.) -- Four more years / Top Value Television (TVTV) (1972, 60 min.). DVD X187; Video/C 9410

TV as a Creative Medium
In May of 1969, the Howard Wise Gallery in New York presented TV as a Creative Medium, the first exhibition in the United States devoted entirely to video as a form of art. Schneider recorded this historical document of the landmark exhibition. Soon after the exhibition Howard Wise closed his gallery and in 1971 founded Electronic Arts Intermix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of video as a means of creative expression. Nam June Paik's Participation TV -- Paul Ryan's Everyman's Mobius Strip -- Thomas Tadlock's Archetron -- Eric Siegel's Psychedelevision in Color -- Charlotte Moorman's first performance of Paik's TV Bra For Living Sculpture -- Ira Schneider's collaboration with Frank Gillette on the installation Wipe Cycle. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. DVD 7687

Underground Zero
A collaborative film project comprised of a collection of short films by a variety of experimental and documentary filmmakers in response to the events of September 11, 2001.

Contents: Main program : The End of summer (3 min.) / Frazer Bradshaw -- Voice of the prophet (7 min.) / Robert Edwards -- China diary (911) (12 min.) / Eva Brzeski -- Isaiah's rap (3 min.) / Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman -- Brief encounter with Tibetan monks (5 min.) / Paul Harrill -- Scene from an endless war (2 min.) / Norman Cowie -- The World is a classroom (14 min.) / Caveh Zahedi -- A Strange mourning (5 min.) / David Driver -- 21 (3 min.) / Laura Plotkin -- Carefully taught (4 min.) / Valerie Soe -- World as we know it (4 min.) / John Haptas & Kristine Samuelson -- Prayer (3 min.) / Jay Rosenblatt -- Untitled (6 min.) / Ira Sachs. Program two: New York (6 min.) / Chel White -- Brooklyn promenade (3 min.) / Mark Street -- Both towers have fallen (2 min.) / Cathy Cook -- No news (4 min.) / Bushra Azzouz -- Parthenogenesis (2 min.) / Marina Zurkow -- Language lessons (9 min.) / Jeanne C. Finley & John Muse -- End of an era (6 min.) / Lucas Sabean -- Meal (4 min.) -- Cathy Crane & Sarah Lewison -- Collateral damage (3 min.) / Marcia Jarmel -- Drink from the river (3 min.) / Thad Povery & The Scratch Film Junkies -- Fear itself (3 min.) / Dan Weir -- Wake (4 min.) / Abigail Severance & Julia Inez Gandelsonas -- Awake (1 min.) / Greg Watkins -- 9/10 (8 min.) / Thomas Logoreci. 128 min. DVD 2154

Video Artists Video Art.

Gary Hill: I Believe It is an Image. Contents: Featured works: Wall piece -- Crossbow -- Liminal objects -- Reflex chamber -- Conundrum -- Remarks on color -- Suspension of disbelief -- I believe it is an image in light of the other -- Why do things get in a muddle? (Come on Petunia) -- CRUX -- Primarily speaking -- Mediations. In this program video artist Gary Hill uses a number of his pieces to investigate otherness and ambiguity, dislocation of the senses, the boundary between words and comprehension, the physicality of text, and figurative interactivity. 2004. 54 min. DVD 2802

Paul McCarthy: Destruction of the Body.Featured works: Pinocchio -- Heidi -- Ma Bell -- Painting face down: white line -- Glass -- Meat cake -- Tubbing -- Family tyranny -- Fresh acconci -- Saloon. Drawing on the idiom and imagery of the consumer culture he grew up in, video artist Paul McCarthy distorts and mutates the familiar into the disturbing and grotesque as fairy tale narratives and foods are transformed into tableaus of abuse and violation. 2001. 44 min. DVD 2805

Shirin Neshat: The Woman Moves. Contents: Featured works: Shadow under the web -- Turbulent -- Soliloquy -- Rapture -- Fervor -- The women of Allah. An acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, Iranian-born Shirin Neshat addresses the complex forces shaping the identity of Muslim women throughout the world and explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of women's experiences. 2000. 42 min. DVD 2803

The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle. With the five-part Cremaster Cycle of films, multi-award-winning artist Matthew Barney invented a densely layered and interconnected sculptural world that surreally combines sports, biology, sexuality, history, and mythology as it organically evolves. In this program, Barney, Guggenheim curator Nancy Spector, and others deconstruct the Cycle's filming and subsequent translation into sculptural installations. 2003. 53 min. DVD 2804

Video as Art
Since the 1950's artists have increasingly turned to video and television as major vehicles of communication to make art. Seen on this program is the first major retrospective exhibition by Nam June Paik, widely considered the father of video art and video pieces by Ernest Gusella and David Byrne, with interviews with the artists, plus a brief interview with Barbara London, curator of video at the Museum of Modern Art. Interviews: Nam June Paik, Ernest Gusella, David Byrne, Barbara London. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 6667

Women of Vision : 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video
Profiles a variety of women active in independent-feminist film and video, including production, distribution and education, whose work expresses a variety of political and esthetic viewpoints. The three part video begins by profiling 6 women whose careers began in the Fifties and Sixties, then six women whose work coincided with the emergence of the women's movement in the Seventies; and six women whose careers began in the Eighties and Nineties. Contents: Pt. 1. Creating an infrastructure: Carolee Schneemann, Pearl Bowser, Julia Reichert, Margaret Caples, Kate Horsfield, Constance Penley -- pt. 2. Lovers, mothers and mentors: Barbara Hammer, Michelle Citron, Susan Mogul, Juanita Mohammed, Vanalyne Green, Victoria Vesna -- pt. 3. Reassembly required: Carol Leigh, Frances Negron, Yvonne Welbon, Megan Cunningham, Eve Oishi, Valerie Soe. 1998. 83 min. Video/C 6994

Post World War II Avant Garde and Experimental Film and Video:

Vito Acconci

Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S.
Two Moon July

Vito Acconci in Conversation at the Acconci Studio, New York, December 9, 2007
A conversation between the artist and architect Vito Acconci and undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania. Also includes an audio CD with selections of Acconci's audio works. Includes "For your ears only," a companion CD featuring a selection of audio works by Vito Acconci. DVD [presented] in conjunction with the 2008 Slought Foundation exhibition: Power Fields: Explorations in the Work of Vito Acconci ; curated by Christine Poggi and Meredith Malone. 78 min. DVD 9956

Willoughby Sharp Videoviews Vito Acconci
Willoughby Sharp conducts an informal interview with video artist and performer, Vito Acconci. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 1973 62 min. Video/C 5240

14 Americans: Directions of the 1970s
Featuring: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Alice Aycock, Scott Burton, Peter Campus, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves, Joseph Kosuth, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mary Miss, Elizabeth Murray, Dennis Oppenheim, Dorothea Rockburne, Joel Shapiro.

Examines a diverse group of New York-based artists in order to record many of the most provocative works and ideas of the past decade. These artists created performances, sculptures, earthworks, tableaux, furniture, shaped canvases and more using unusual materials. In this "idea art," their focus is often as much social and psychological as artistic. c2000. 91 min. Video/C 9105

A video performance by Acconci, which illustrates his unique engagement of conceptual art, performance and Body Art. In this piece a woman kisses Acconci's body, covering him in red lipstick traces. Acconci then rubs his body against another man (Dennis Oppenheim), transferring the stains onto him. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 1970. 20 min. Video/C 5158

Association Area.
As a document of early performance art, this tape details the process of orientating the body and self in space, providing a physical metaphor for the process of adjusting oneself in society. Blindfolded, with ears plugged, two men try to sense each other's movements to assume the same motion and bearing. An off-screen voice, heard only by the audience, gives directions that would help them attain their goal. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 1971. 61 min. Video/C 5207

The film was made by Acconci's using the video monitor as a mirror. As we look at the artist sighting along his outstretched arm and forefinger toward the center of the screen what we see is a sustained tautology: a line of sight that begins at Acconci's plane of vision and ends at the eyes of his projected double. The result turns the activity around: a pointing away from the filmaker at an outside viewer. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) DVD 5362; also vhs 5206

Command Performance.
In this performance piece Acconci attempts to replace himself with the viewer. The artist lies on the floor and philosophizes, having the camera focus on his mouth throughout the performance, while the viewer is encouraged to take his place on an empty stool in a spotlight. Originally produced in 1974. 57 min. DVD 5364

A performance videotape by Acconci who is known for his use of gesture, ritualized action and the human body as performance object. In this 3 part film Acconci, in a dark room burns the hair off of his chest with a candle, then plays with the illusion of having female breasts. In Parts II and III, Acconci continues to play with gender illusions via manipulations of his own body parts. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 1971. 66 min. Video/C 5152

This film is an ironic collusion of private and public, of exposure and masking, a tense ritual wherein Acconci divulges and then censors his self-revelations. He turns on an audiotape of his own voice addressing himself and the viewer, recounting intimate details about his life. Whenever the material becomes too personal however, he tries to drown out his voice and prevent the viewer from hearing yelling "No, no, no, don't tell this!" He becomes increasingly agitated as the tape proceedes. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 32 min. Video/C 5243

Fresh Acconci.
Artists Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley re-stage classic 1970s performance pieces by Vito Acconci, with a decidedly ironic Southern California sensibility. Based on videotapes by Vito Acconci: "Claim excerpts" (1971), "Contacts" (1971), "Focal point" (1971), "Pryings" (1971), and "Theme song" (1973). Originally produced in 1995. 45 min. DVD 5365

This documentation of a live performance at New York University, is a graphic exploration of the physical and psychological dynamics of male/female interaction, a study in control, violation and resistance. The camera focuses tightly on Kathy Dillon's face, as Acconci tries to pry open her closed eyes. Her body is a vehicle for a literal enactment of the desire for and resistance against intimate contact. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art). 17 min. Video/C 5154

The Red Tapes.
tape 1. Common knowledge -- tape 2. Local color -- tape 3. Time lag. Camera, Ed Bowes ; sound, Tome Bowes ; music, Charles Ives. Ericka Beckman, Ilona Granet, Richie O'Halloran, Kathy Rusch, David Salle, Michael Zwack. Considered to be Acconci's master work, this three-part epic is one of the major achievements in the video medium. Designed originally for video projection, the work is structured to merge video space--the close-up--with filmic space--the landscape. Acconci maps a topography of the self within a cultural and social context, locating personal identity through history, cultural artifacts, language and representation. Originally released in 1976. 142 min. DVD 5361

A silent record of Acconci's performance art piece where he lay hidden underneath a gallery-wide ramp installed at the Sonnabend Gallery, masturbating while talking about his fantasies about the visitors walking above him on the ramp. Originally released in 1972. 10 min. DVD 5363

One of Acconci's most compelling and controversial works, Undertone is a confrontational and coercive attempt to engage the viewer in an intimate, ultimately perverse relation with the artist as he expounds a masturbatory fantasy with the viewer as voyeur. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art). 1973. 37 min. Video/C 5210

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Cinematic Works
Eija-liisa Ahtila's films and cinematic installations experiment with storytelling creating extraordinary tales out of ordinary human experiences. These five films deal with separations, teenage girls' sexuality, relationships among family members, mental disintegration, and death. They investigate the processes of perception and the attribution of meaning, while the installations break down the story and divide it across the exhibition space. The stories are based on interviews and research, the results being transformed into material for the imagination during the scriptwriting process. Seemlessly incorporated into realistic settings using special cinematic techniques, these events give Ahtila's films their distinctive style. Contents: Me/We, okay, Gray (3x 90 sec., 1993) -- Jos 6 olis 9 = If 6 was 9 (10 min., 1995) -- Tanaan = Today (10 min., 1996) -- Lohdutusseremonia = Consolation service (24 min., 1999) -- Rakkaus on aarre = Love is a treasure (55 min., 2002) Directors of photography, Arto Kaivanto and Jussi Eerola ; sound design, Kauko Lindfors and Peter Nordstrom ; editors, Jorma Hori, Kirsti Eskelinen and Tuuli Kuittinen. DVD 8484

Peggy Ahwesh

Books/articles about Ahwesh in the Berkeley Library

Peggy Ahwesh Web site (via FLICKER)

Peggy Ahwesh Compilation.
From Romance to Ritual (21 min.) -- I Ride a Pony Named Flame (5 min.) -- Martina's Playhouse (20 min.). Three films by Ahwesh, considerably different in style. In From Ritual to Romance, seemingly straightforward vacation movies soon reveal strained interpersonal relationships. In I Ride a Pony Named Flame, performer Margie Strosser assumes a number of disconcerting feminine guises, each branded with a pejorative label which may be ironic. Martina's Playhouse confronts the mostly male-coded tradition of avant-garde home moviemaking. In this psychologically challenging work, mother and young daughter trade places in a fraught dialectic of power and dependency. In between, adult women discuss their sexual desires, their discourse bolstered or thwarted (depending on your outlook) by recitations from Lacan. [Michael J. Sicinski, UCB Film Studies Program] vhs 999:662

Pistolary!: Films and Videos by Peggy Ahwesh DVD 6555

Disc I: Scary movie / with Martina Torr, Sonja Mereu (1993, 9 min.) -- She puppet (2001, 17 min.) -- Martina's playhouse / with Martina Torr, Jennifer Montgomery (1989, 20 min.) -- Star eaters / with Jackie Smith, Alex Auder, Ricardo Dominguez (2003, 24 min.) Scary movie: Two girls personalize the horror genre with a plot and shot-by-shot structure of their own design, reveling in their ability to reproduce the tropes of horror while, at the same time, taking control of its meaning. She puppet: Lara Croft, the virtual girl-doll of the late 20th century, is recast as a triad of her personas: the alien, the orphan, and the clone in this work based on appropriated footage from the game Tomb Raider. Martina's playhouse: The little girl of the title oscillates from narrator to reader to performer and from the role of baby to that of mother. Star eaters: In this treatise on women and gambling, the allure of risk-taking, the contradictions of excessive behavior, and a penchant for failure combine in a fairy-tale set in the abandoned decay that once was Atlantic City.

Disc II: Deadman / Peggy Ahwesh in collaboraion with Keith Sanborn (1990, 37 min.) -- Nocturne / Peggy Ahwesh (1998, 30 min.) Deadman: "Charting the adventures of a near-naked heroine who sets in motion a scabrous free-form orgy before returning to the house to die, this film combines elegance, raunchy defilement and barbaric splendor." Nocturne: "The woman has perhaps murdered her lover and is living in an unstable world when he returns to her at night, in her dreams and into her arms, as witness to the subversive violence of nature, corporeality and desire."

Disc III: Strange weather / Peggy Ahwesh in collaboraion with Margie Strosser (1993, 50 min.) -- 73 suspect words & Heaven's gate / Peggy Ahwesh (2001-02, 8 min.) -- Vision machine / Strange weather: A quartet of crack addicts, absorbed by their life of pure sensation, are holed up inside while the world outside is about to explode. Shot in pixelvision, Peggy Ahwesh's tainted soap opera is by visual definition a small world in which minute details are rendered large, with the character's surroundings having prominence but no meaning. 73 suspect words & Heaven's gate: Two text videos from a series that distills to a poetic and symbolic core, a variety of texts, source code, search results, and/or coded messages from the unruly databases that glut the Net. Vision machine: The spinning disks of Duchamp and the sex jokes of Bu~nuel collide in this essay about the feminine speaking subject, her wit, and its relation to her unconscious.

Scary Movie(1993)
A "collaboration with Martina Torr, who by the time the film was shot, was some years older than she was in Martina's Playhouse. Shot in wonderfully high contrast black and white with very low key lighting, the film is one of Ahwesh's most beautiful and most light-hearted; it is also the most reflexive of her many nods towards the horror genre. The film features Martina and co-star/playmate Sonja Mereu. While Martina is costumed in cheap girls' dress up clothes, Sonja has a fake moustache, black gloves and prosthetic monster fingers. The first shot is a repetitive and jerky hand-held pan of a hand drawn music score while the sounds of Psycho-like violins play on the soundtrack. So begins what might be called an anatomising re-reading of the horror genre. The entire soundtrack is a pastiche of music and sounds native to the horror film � screams, strings, squeaking doors, footsteps, etc � although with a few corny phrases and sound effects that sound as though they've been lifted from a Warner Brothers cartoon. At various points a prosthetic rubber hand (obviously manipulated by a human extending from offscreen space) reaches mock-eerily to caress Martina who pretends to be asleep. Sonja probes/assaults Martina with kitchen tongs and later stabs her repeatedly with a tin-foil knife, and in turn is stabbed by the rubber hand wielding a similar weapon. In the middle of the film's duration, Sonja holds up a poster announcing the credits (she is credited as the 'Doctor/Killer', Martina as the 'Patient/Hand Lover'). Then we see the girls screaming, then dancing. They seem to have escaped their outing into the horror genre. The film ends." [Senses of Cinema] 7 min. Included on DVD X1628

The Vision Machine.
"Here Ahwesh's heterogeneous textual approach comes to the fore, as she juxtaposes narrative, faux documentary, comedic and 'serious' footage, and merges film, video, and Pixelvision. Suggestions and meanings accumulate: austere, theoretical text is interrupted by shots of women relating bawdy (sexist) jokes; classic R&B music plays while women stomp on records and pour alcohol on the floor. The vision machine is a fragmented inquiry into issues of gender, language and representation." Originally produced in 1996. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 21 min. Video/C MM1063

Chantal Akerman

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Kenneth Anger

Books/articles about Anger in the Berkeley Library

Kenneth Anger site

The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome.
A convocation of magicians assume the identify of gods and goddess in a Dionysian revel. Lord Shiva, the magician, awakes. The Scarlet Woman, whore of heaven, smokes a joint; Astarte of the moon brings the wings of snow ; Pan bestows the grapes of Bacchus ; Hecate offers the sacred mushroon, yage, wormwood brew. The vintage of Hecate is poured. Pan's cup is poisoned by Lord Shiva. The orgy ensues - a magick masquerade at which Pan is the prize. Performers: Samson DeBrier, Cameron, Katy Kadell, Renata Loome, Anais Nin, Paul Mathison, Curtis Harrington, Kenneth Anger, Peter Loome. 38 min. vhs 999:1180

[Anger, Kenneth] Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. I
Directed by Kenneth Anger. Contents: Fireworks (1947, 15 min.) -- Puce moment (1949, 6 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins) (1950, 16 min.) / Puck Film Productions -- Eaux d'artifice (1953, 13 min.) -- Inauguration of the pleasure dome (1954, 38 min.). Music: Fireworks / Respighi ; Puce moment / Jonathan Halper ; Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins) / the Flamingos ...[et al] ; Eaux d'artifice / Vivaldi ; Inauguration of the pleasure dome / Janacek. Fireworks: Kenneth Anger, Bill Selzer, Gordon Grey ; Puce moment: Yvonne Marquis ; Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins): Andre Souberyan, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence ; Eaux d'artifice: Carmillo Salvatorelli ; Inauguration of the pleasure dome: Samson De Brier, Cameron, Kathryn Kadell, Renata Loome, Anais Nin, Kenneth Anger, Peter Loome, Paul Mathison, Curtis Harrington, Joan Whitney. In Fireworks a dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a light and is drawn through the needle's eye to return less empty than before. Puce Moment reflects Anger's concerns with the myths and decline of Hollywood. Rabbit's moon, a fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combines elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Eaux d'artifice portrays hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustrades, grottoes and fountains. In Inauguration of the pleasure dome, members of a cult masquerade as gods and goddesses. Special features: Screen specific audio commentaries for all films by Kenneth Anger; Rabbit's moon outtakes; 48 page full color book featuring: an introduction by Martin Scorsese; Kenneth Anger's hand drawn sketches for the unrealized Puce Women project; excerpts from Anais Nin's diaries about making of Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome; rare behind the scenes stills and more.

In Fireworks a dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a light and is drawn through the needle's eye to return less empty than before. Puce Moment reflects Anger's concerns with the myths and decline of Hollywood. Rabbitt's Moon is a fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combining elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Eaux d'Artifice portrays hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustraces, grottoes and fountains. Kustom Kar Kommandos is a voyeuristic look at a tight-jeaned man polishing his car. Anger's short films represent a vision of "repressed homosexual desires, twarted in real life and painfully exorcized onscreen. Anger, a highschool student who had grown up on Hollywood's sanitized images, filled Fireworks with his hidden fantasies, complete with the bald sexuality inherent in the images of cowboys, test pilots and, in this case, sailors, images that dominated the dreams of millions." (Russo. The Celluloid Closet, p. 597-98) DVD 6870; vhs 999:1179

Cagle, Robert L. "Auto-Eroticism: Narcissism, Fetishism, and Consumer Culture." (Kustom Kar Kommandos) Cinema Journal, vol. 33 no. 4. 1994 Summer. pp: 23-33.
Cagle, Chris. "Rough Trade: Sexual Taxonomy in Postwar America." In: Representing Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire / edited by Donald E. Hall and Maria Pramaggiore. pp: 234-52. New York: New York University Press, c1996. (Main Stack HQ74.R46 1996)
Meir, Chris. "Fireworks." Senses of Cinema

[Anger, Kenneth] Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2
Scorpio rising (1964, 28 min.) -- Kustom kar kommandos (1965, 3 min.) -- Invocation of my demon brother (1969, 12 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (1979 version, 7 min.) -- Lucifer rising (1981, 29 min.) Scorpio rising: Bruce Byron, Johnny Sapienza, Frank Carifi, John Palone, Ernie Allo, Barry Rubin, Steve Crandell ; Kustom kar kommandos: Sandy Trent ; Invocation of my demon brother: Lenore Kandel and William, Kenneth Anger, Van Leuven, Harvey Bialy and Timotha, Anton Szandor LaVey, Bobby BeauSoleil ; Rabbit's moon: Andre Soubeyran, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence ; Lucifer rising: Miriam Gabril, Donald Cammell, Haydn Couts, Kenneth Anger, Sir Francis Rose, Marianne Faithfull, Leslie Huggins. Scorpio rising: Brando, bikes and black leather. A high view of the myth of the American motorcyclist and the machine as totem from toy to terror. Kustom kar kommandos: A young man strokes his customized car with a powder puff. "Pygmalion and his machine mistress." Invocation of my demon brother: The Shadowing forth of Lord Lucifer, as the Powers gather at a midnight mass. Rabbit's moon: A fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combines elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Lucifer rising: A film about the "love" generation, in which ceremonies are performed to make Lucifer rise. Lucifer is depicted as the bringer of light, God's beautiful but rebellious favorite, rather than the personification of evil. (In Special features) The man we want to hang: Kenneth Anger's film on the art of Aleister Crowley. Special features: Screen specific audio commentaries for all films by Kenneth Anger; 48 page full color book with written appreciations by renowned filmmakers Martin Scoresese, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin and others; extensive notes for each film, rare photos, and more. "The Man We Want To Hang" (2002, 12 min.), restored stereo soundtrack for Lucifer rising, alternate audio to Invocation of my demon brother, restoration demonstrations and more. DVD 8527

Cagle, Robert L. "Auto-Eroticism: Narcissism, Fetishism, and Consumer Culture." (Kustom Kar Kommandos) Cinema Journal, vol. 33 no. 4. 1994 Summer. pp: 23-33.
Cagle, Chris. "Rough Trade: Sexual Taxonomy in Postwar America." In: Representing Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire / edited by Donald E. Hall and Maria Pramaggiore. pp: 234-52. New York: New York University Press, c1996. (Main Stack HQ74.R46 1996)
Meir, Chris. "Fireworks." Senses of Cinema

Scorpio Rising (1963)
Scorpio Rising: Brando, bikes and black leather. A high view of the myth of the American motorcyclist. The machine as totem from toy to terror. (tape also includes Kustom Kar Kommandos and Puce Moment) 28 min. DVD 8527; vhs 999:25

Dominic Angerame

City Symphony
A collection of five distinct films centering around the city environment in a constant state of change, focusing on images of construction and destruction of modern structures in the urban environment.

Continuum Continuum centers on the people who perform hard manual labor, such as tarring roofs, digging up streets, etc. 1987. 15 min. DVD 7418

Deconstruction Sight Shows how in the modern methods of construction activities men and women have become insignificant behind mammoth tools of destruction. The machines have taken over. 1955. 13 min. DVD 7417

In the Course of Human Events In the course of human events centers its visuals on the demolition of the Embarcadero Freeway which was structurally damaged during the 1989 earthquake. 1997. 25 min. DVD 7416

The Line of Fire In The Line of fire the filmmaker returns the next day to his apartment building that had burned the previous day to film the aftermath. 1997. 9 min. DVD 7415

Premonition In Premonition the concrete world of the American infra-structure and its demise are made strangely poetic in this expressionist documentary which shows the vacant San Francisco Embarcadero Freeway after it has outlived its usefulness, but before its destruction. 1995. 11 min. DVD 7414

Ant Farm

Watch Media Burn online (via the Internet Moving Image Archive)

Ant Farm Video
In 1975, two artists barreled a car full speed into a pyramid of televisions for a spectacular performance art put on by the Ant Farm, a group of radical architects, video and performance artists and visionaries. Includes six additional Ant Farm features. Contents: Cadillac Ranch 1974/1994 -- Media burn -- Ant Farm's dirty dishes -- Inflatables illustrated -- World's longest bridge -- Ant Special features: Artists' commentary on Media Burn ; interactive menus with hidden bonus films. Films originally produced between 1970-2003. 127 min. DVD 2774

Cadillac Ranch Show & Media Burn
Cadillac Ranch show documents the creation of the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, where ten Cadillacs were buried in a wheat field on Route 66 as a monument to the rise and fall of the Cadillac tail fin. Media Burn documents a spectacular performance piece in which a customized Cadillac Eldorado, guided by a video camera in its tail fin, smashes through a wall of burning TV sets in celebration of America's addiction to TV. Video/C 3303

The Eternal Frame
In order to isolate concepts of image, personality, and event, the artists re-enact and videotape the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the reaction of the people watching the re-enactment. 23 min. DVD X186; also Issued as a segment on the videodisc "Playback: preserving analog video." DVD 7257; also contained on DVD 7461 [preservation copy]

Martin Arnold

Books/articles about Arnold in the Berkeley Library

Contents: Piece touchee (1989, b&w, 15 min.) -- Passage a l'acte (1993, sd., b&w, 12 min.)-- Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998, b&w, 15 min.). Experimental short films by Martin Arnold in which Hollywood footage is edited and deconstructed in an attempt to understand "the dreams, hopes, and taboos of the epoch and society that created it." Accompanied by booklet: Cinemnesis : Martin Arnold's memory machine = Cinemnese : la machine memoire de Martin Arnold / Akira Lippit (Rev. ed., 1999). 42 min total. Video/C MM25

Martin Arnold: Piece Touchee & Passage a l'Acte
Pièce Touchée (1989, si., b&w, 17 min.) -- Passage à l'Acte (1993, sd., b&w, 12 min.). These short films by Austria's Martin Arnold take brief passages from classic Hollywood cinema (respectively, the films recycle scenes from The Human Jungle and To Kill a Mockingbird), subjecting them to an optical printing process which infuses these banal excerpts with an incessant "stutter." Both image and sync sound skip back and forth, creating a staccato rhythm which Arnold himself likens to turntable scratching in hip-hop. By prolonging filmic moments which ordinarily pass in a few seconds, Arnold's films reveal both the abstract choreography and, even more interestingly, the gender coding and politics which lay hidden within the most subtle, least unremarkable gestures. [Michael J. Sicinski, UCB Film Studies Program] Video/C 4840

Daniel Herbert. "To Mock A Killingbird: Martin Arnold's Passage � L'acte And The Dissymmetries Of Cultural Exchange." Millennium Film Journal. Fall 2006. p. 93 (9 pages) UC users only

Bruce Baillie

Bruce Baillie
Bruce Baillie was one of the founders of the San Francisco avant-garde film movement. Born in South Dakota and educated at the University of Minnesota, the University of California at Berkeley, and the London School of Film Technique, he began making film in 1961 with On Sundays and The Gymnasts. With Chick Strand he founded Canyon Cinema, the important West Coast film distribution and exhibition collective. Baillie's innovative films, including Mass for the Dakota Sioux and Castro Street, are renowned for their beauty and visual richness, their acute lyrical sensibility, and their invocation of myth in dealing with the commonplace world. Originally broadcast on the television program Screening room in April, 1973. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 72 min. DVD 8434

Films by Bruce Baillie (Volume #1)
Tung (5 min.; b&w; silent; 1966) -- Mass for the Dakota Sioux (20 min.; b&w; sound; 1963-4) -- Valentin de las sierras (10 min.; color; sound) -- Castro Street (10 min.; b&w & color; sound; 1966) -- All my life (3 min.; color; sound; 1966). A collection of experimental films by Bruce Baillie. Tung: Portrait of a friend named Tung. Mass for the Dakota Sioux: The mass is traditionally a celebration of life; thus the contradiction between the form of the Mass and the theme of death." Valentin de las Sierras: Old song of Mexican hero, Valentin. Castro Street: A film in the form of a street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California. All my life: Early summer in Mendocino. vhs 999:2167

Here I Am
1962, 10 min. DVD X1452

Antony Balch

Directed by Antony Balch. Cast: Richard Shulman, Janet Spearman, Dorothy Grumbar, Anthony Rowlands, Valentine Dyall. "A brainy sex flick with a sense of humor, the film begins with a narrator/mummy who guides us through a number of vignettes promising to show what some of us go through in the pursuit of sexual pleasure. There's a fabulous ten minute opening, where the half naked go go dancers have vegetables thrown at them. One of the tales features a female photographer who tortures a male model. Another has a female burglar (Cathy Howard) caught by the house owner. The craziest involves a nerd hiring a blond call girl (Sue Bond) in pursuit of a menage-a-trois with his pet lizard; and there's a endearing misadventure with secret agent Lindy Leigh (Maria Frost) who does topless safecracking." [IMBD] Contains the world famous short films featuring William S. Burroughs "The cut ups" and "Towers open fire." Special features: Digitally re-mastered uncut version never before seen in the U.S. ; audio commentary with executive producer Richard Gordon and film historian and author, Tom Weaver ; video interview with Bizarre writer, Elliott Stein ; chapter selections ; theatrical trailer ; liner notes. 92 min. DVD X3573
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Towers Open Fire and other Films.
Contents: Towers open fire -- The cut-ups -- Bill & Tony -- William Buys a Parrot. Performers: William S. Burroughs, Ian Sommerville, Brion Gysin, Antony Balch. William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin met Ian Sommerville and Antony Balch during their Beat Hotel days in Paris in 1958-59 when Burroughs' Naked lunch was published. These films convey the consciousness of that period in the visual language of four of the artists that defined it. Balch attempts to reinterpret Burrough's writing as cinema. 35 min. Video/C 2991

W.S. Burroughs, The Cut-up Films
Directed by Antony Balch; screenplay by William S. Burroughs. Contents: William buys a parrot (1963, 2 min.) -- Towers open fire (1963, 10 min.) -- The cut-ups (1966, 19 min.) -- Bill & Tony (1972, 5 min.) -- Ghost at No.9 (Paris) (1963-1972, 45 min.) -- Cut-up extra. A series of short films of W.S. Burroughs, the result of his work with Brion Gysin, an experimental painter and novelist. They used the cut-up method for several artistic formations, including those in the cinematographic field. Cast: William S. Burroughs, Antony Balch, David Jacobs, Bachoo Sen, Alexander Trocchi, Brion Gysin. DVD X1746

Craig Baldwin

Craig Baldwin Web site (via FLICKER)

Baldwin Compilation: Three Films.
Contents: Tribulation 99: Alien anomalies under America (48 min.)--Rocketkitkongokit (30 min.)--Wild gunman (20 min.) Three experimental films in which the filmaker pulls togetherseemingly unrelated and highly diverse scenes to create a discernable theme for each film. vhs 999:629

O No Coronado!
Unusual account of the Spanish expedition to the New World headed by Francisco Vazquez de Coronado. Program uses a combination of voiceover narration with stock film footage, primarily from Hollywood movies, to tell Coronado's tale. 40 min. DVD 7792 [preservation copy]; vhs 4400

A kaleidoscopic collage-essay tracing an alternative history of post-colonial Congo, the CIA, and military adventurism. DVD 6618

Sonic Outlaws.
A documentary film about the musical group Negativland and its members' adventures with record companies, the musical group U2, and the United States legal system as a copyright infringement case against them wends its way through time and the courts. "An energized discourse on copyright infringement, "fair use," and culture jamming. A montage of interview, music, and stock footage, the film stems from the infamous Negativeland-U2 case. Phone pranking, billboard alteration, media hoaxing, and the digitization of intellectual property are seen in the light of the law during a period of rapid artistic and technological change." [from distributor's catalog] 80 min. DVD 3787; also vhs 4399

Chang, Chris "Sonic Outlaws." (movie reviews). Film Comment Sept-Oct 1995 v31 n5 p85(1)
Klawans, Stuart. "Sonic Outlaws." (movie reviews). The Nation March 4, 1996 v262 n9 p36(1) UC users only

Spectres of the Spectrum
Cast: Sean Kilcoyne, Caroline Koebel, Beth Lisick (voice). Set in a blighted Nevada outpost in 2007, a telepathic father and daughter lead a group of media outlaws in resistance against a corporate/governmental "New Electronic Order" that threatens to use the earth's magnetosphere to "bulk erase" the brains of every human on the planet. The only way to save humanity is to uncover a secret lodged in an old episode of the 1950s series Science in Action. A montage of fact and fiction, the film combines live-action with segments from early TV shows, industrial and educational films, Hollywood movies, advertisements and cartoons. 91 min. DVD 2233
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Tribulation 99: Alien anomalies Under America(1991)
In this pseudo documentary, every disaster, man-made or natural, every assassination, and every period of political turmoil, past, present and future, is attributed to the work of aliens (the Quetzals) living beneath the earth's crust. Disturbed by 1950s American atomic testing, the aliens strike back at the USA in such varied schemes as the replicant Castro, the psychic vampire regime in Grenada and the Allende plot to alter the Earth's axis. Only covert action by the CIA can stop the dreaded Quetzals. DVD 6618
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Zryd, Michael. "Found Footage Film as Discursive Metahistory: Craig Baldwin's Tribulation 99." The Moving Image Volume 3, Number 2, Fall 2003 UC users only

Wild Gunman
A dense montage of cowboy iconography, advertising campaigns and pop-culture imagery within an interactive penny-arcade game. DVD 6618

Rebecca Baron

The Idea of North
Based on photographs taken in 1897 by polar explorers Nils Strindberg and Salomon Andree who were marooned on an ice floe, the film explores the limitations of images and other forms of record as a means of knowing the past. 1995. 14 min. DVD 5454

Michael Bell-Smith

Battle Ship Potemkin Dance Edit (120 BPM)
Bell-Smith refers to his re-edit of Eisenstein's iconic 1925 film The Battleship Potemkin as a "sort of Cliff Notes condensation of the original narrative." Writes the artist, "I've separated the film into its constituent shots and time stretched them one by one to the exact same length, one half of a second. I then replaced the soundtrack with a one-second dance loop synced to the cuts." Through his reconfiguration, Bell-Smith replaces the editing structure of the original film (seminal in its use of montage) with the "dumb, visceral, metric montage favored by dance visuals and music videos" offering up a new context for the film's stark imagery and revolutionary narrative. 2007. 13 min. DVD X4562

Lynda Benglis

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Sadie Benning

Books/articles about Benning in the Berkeley Library

Sadie Benning Videoworks. Volume 2
Contents: A place called lovely -- It wasn't love -- Girl power. Contains three videos by Sadie Benning who uses an inexpensive camera and toys, drawings, and scrawled diary entries to record the thoughts, feelings and images that reveal her emerging lesbian sexuality. Originally released in 1992. 49 min. DVD 8057

The Videos of Sadie Benning
Eighteen-years-old Sadie Benning recorded thoughts and images of her nascent lesbianism with the help of a Fisher Price Pixelvision camera. 1989-1992. Contents: [v.1] A new year.-- Living inside. -- Me and Rubyfruit. -- If every girl had a diary. -- Jollies. [v.2] A place called Lovely. -- It wasn't love. -- Girl power. 86 min. DVD X2105; vhs 2749:1-2

Dara Birnbaum

Crack In the Tube
Two Moon July

Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman.
Utilizing segments from the original television program, Wonder Woman, this art video piece is a stutter-step progression of "extended moments" which unmask the technological "miracle" of Wonder Woman's transformation from a secretary into a "wonder" woman. Birnbaum considers this tape an "altered state" that "renders the viewer capable of re-examining the fodder that is our average television diet." (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 1978. 7 min. Video/C 5209

Stan Brakhage

Books/articles about Brakhage in the Berkeley Library

Anticipation of the Night.
One of Brakhage's longest early films, it combines heavily abstracted imagery with an apparent "narrative" premise. At the beginning and end of the film, a male figure seen only in shadow, with whom the camera is identified, hangs himself. In the thirty minutes these scenes enframe, we see what in a more traditional feature might be understood as "life flashing before the eyes." In this case, however, we more properly witness light flashing before our eyes. Portions of clear imagery emerge -- runs through the woods, low angle views of car trips, nights at the fair -- but the overall impression is one of childhood memory and its prelapsarian state of "untutored vision" . [Michael J. Sicinski, UCB Film Studies Program.] vhs 999:1957

Stan Brakhage, possibly the most important filmmaker of the avant-garde, has consistantly redefined the shape of film art. Using excerpts from Brakhage's films, interviews with Brakhage, his friends, family, colleagues and critics, and archival footage of Brakhage spanning the past thirty-five years, this film explores the depth and breadth of the filmmaker's genuis and the influence his work has had on generations of other creators. A film by Jim Shedden. 75 min. Video/C 6124

Zeitgeist Films catalog description

Avant Garde and Experimental Films of the 1920s and '30s: Films from the Raymond Rohauer Collection. Vol. 2
Included: Interim (1952, United States) / Stan Brakhage. Unglassed windows cast a terrible reflection (1953, United States) / Stan Brakhage. The way to shadow garden (1954, United States) / Stan Brakhage. The extraordinary child (1954, United States) / Stan Brakhage. DVD 8114

By Brakhage: An Anthology
Presents twenty-six masterworks by Stan Brakhage for the first time on DVD. Working completely outside the mainstream over the past half-century, Stan Brakhage challenged all taboos in his filmmaking. His visionary style has influenced everything from cartoons and television commercials to MTV music videos and major motion pictures. Contents (on 2 discs): Disc 1. Desistfilm 1954 (monaural) ; Wedlock House : An Intercourse 1959 ; Dog Star Man 1961-1964 ; The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes 1971 -- Disc 2. Cat's Cradle 1959 ; Window Water Baby Moving 1959 ; Mothlight 1963 ; Eye Myth 1972 ; The Wold Shadow 1972 ; The Garden of Earthly Delights 1981 (monaural) ; The Stars Are Beautiful 1974 ; Kindering 1987 (monaural) ; I...Dreaming (monaural) 1988 ; The Dante Quartet 1987 ; Nightmusic 1986 ; Rage Net 1988 ; Glaze of Cathexis 1990 ; Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse 1991 ; Untitled (For Marilyn) 1992 ; Black Ice 1994 ; Study in Color and Black and White 1993 ; Stellar 1993; Crack Glass Eulogy 1996 ; The Dark Tower 1999 ; Commingled Containers 1997 ; Love Song 2001. 243 min. DVD 1699

Dinner with Brakhage & Gamow
"The 'Brakhage' of the title refers to celebrated avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933-2003), the 'Gamow' to world-renowned physicist Igor Gamow..., inventor of the Gamow Bag and the Shallow Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Though the men worked in entirely different fields, they met early on and struck the deepest and most profound of friendships. This film documents a dinner meeting between the men in which they reflect protractedly on art, science, and life. 2009. 63 min. DVD X3606
Dog Star Man.
This major work by Stan Brakhage is an experimental narrative revolving around the complex story of the fictional Dog Star Man, which utilizes a vast array of innovative cinematic and non-photographic techniques to include images of a snowbound woodsman, sexual daydreams, living cells, flowing blood, vessels, stars and suns. 75 min. vhs 999:892

The Extraordinary Child
1954. DVD 8114

Hand-painted Films
Contents: Night music (1986, 1 min.) -- Autumnal (1993, 5 min.) -- Study in color and black on white (1998, 3 min.) -- Three homerics (1993, 6 min.) -- Ephemeral solidity (1993, 5 min.) -- Harrowing & tryst haunt (1993, 5 min.) -- Stellar (1993, 3 min.) -- Black ice (1994, 2 min.) -- Chartres series (1994, 9 min.) -- Naughts (1994, 6 min.). Originally interested in abstract expressionist painting, Stan Brakhage steadily completed over 200 films in forty years. His project of recreating "closed eye vision" in the camera led him to these entirely hand-painted films which are so well-knit and ultimately so rich that there is no need for sound. vhs 999:1934

The Riddle of Lumen
1972, 13 min. DVD X1452

Selected Films. Volume 2
Cat's cradle (si., 5 min., 1959) -- Window water baby moving (si., 12 min., 1959) -- Sirius remembered (si., 12 min., 1959) -- The dead (si., 11 min., 1960) -- Thigh line lyre triangular (si., 5 min., 1961) -- Mothlight (si., 4 min., 1963). A compilation of experimental films by Stan Brakhage. Cat's cradle: Sexual witchcraft involving two couples and a medium cat. Window water baby moving: Brakhage's treatment of the birth of his daughter. Sirius remembered: Coming to terms with the decay of death and the decay of the memories of a loved one who has died. Dead: A very sombre and intense visual poem, a black lyric exercise on time and eternity. Thigh line lyre triangular: Patterns that move out from the inside of the mind through the optic nerves--"spots before my eyes; an intensive, disturbing, but joyful experience." Mothlight: Brakhage made this film without a camera. He just pasted mothwings and flowers on a clear strip of film and ran it through the printing machine. 1959-62. 52 min. vhs 999:2270

Songs #1-14.
These highly gestural films were shot in Regular 8mm, later transferred to 16mm. Brakhage, in the Canyon Cinema Catalog 7, describes the films as follows: "Portrait of a lady; fire and a mind's movement in remembering; three girls playing with a ball (hand painted); a childbirth song; the painted veil via moth-death; San Francisco; sea creatures; wedding source and substance; sitting around fires, windows, an insect, a lyre of rain scratches; verticals and shadows caught in glass traps; a travel song of scenes and horizontals; molds, paints and crystals." [Michael J. Sicinski, UCB Film Studies Program] vhs 999:1956

23rd Psalm Branch
Contents: Part I (1966/1978. col., si., 44 min.) -- Part II (1966/1978, col, si., 41 min.). The furthest that Brakhage came in extending the language of 8mm cinema was his editing of the 23rd Psalm Branch. The phenomenal and painstaking craftsmanship of this film reflects the intensity of the obsession with which its theme grasped his mind. In 1966, out of confusion about the Vietnam War and the American reaction to it, Brakhage began to meditate on the nature of war ... This fruit of his thoughts was the longest and most important of the Songs, an apocalypse of the imagination. 96 min. vhs 999:2271

Unglassed Windows Cast a Terrible Reflection
1953. Included on anthology DVD 8114

The Way to Shadow Garden
1954. Included on anthology DVD 8114

Robert Breer

Books/articles about Breer in the Berkeley Library

1959, 3 min. DVD X1452

Robert Breer
Interview of Robert Breer, an American avant-garde animator whose films explore shape, color, perspective and motion with wit and humor. During the interview six of Breer's films are screened and discussed including Recreation; A man and his dog out for air; 69, Gulls and buoys; Fuji; Rubber cement. Broadcast on the television program Screening room on Nov. 29, 1976 with an original running time of 90 minutes. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 75 min. DVD 4492

Robert Breer
Contents: Recreation (1956) -- A Man and his Dog Out for Air (1957) -- '69 (1968) -- Fuji (1974) -- LMNO (1978) -- TZ (1978) -- Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons (1980) -- Trial Balloons (1982). Robert Breer has been called the "king of avant-garde animation," and this delightful collection of eight works goes a long way towards proving that accolade. Breer uses magic marker, paint, photographs, and printing, collaging these into exuberant explorations. In A Man and His Dog Out for Air and TZ, he incorporates snippets of actual filmed footage to create an interplay between live and animated imagery. Breer's brightly colored, wildly inventive animation consistently reinvigorates the genre. 47 min. Video/C 5229

Robert Breer: Recreation
Form phases IV (1954) -- Recreation (1956-57) -- A Man and his dog out for air (1957) -- Jamestown baloos (1957) -- Blazes (1961) -- '69 (1968) -- Fuji (1974) -- LMNO (1978) -- Swiss army knife with rats and pigeons (1980) -- Bang! (1986) -- Time flies (1997.

A selection of films by Robert Breer who has been called the "king of avant-garde animation." He uses magic marker, paint, photographs, and printing, collaging these into exuberant explorations. In A Man and His Dog Out for Air he incorporates snippets of actual filmed footage to create an interplay between live and animated imagery. 62 min. Video/C 9277

James Broughton

Books and Articles about Broughton in the Berkeley Library

Autobiographical Mysteries.
Contents: Testament (1974) (20 min.) -- Devotions (1983) (22 min.) -- Scattered remains (1988) (14 min.) Credits: Written and directed by James Broughton ; Devotions and Scattered remains co-directed by Joel Singer. Performers: Narrator, James Broughton. Three short films by avante-garde filmmaker, James Broughton. Testament is a self-portrait in which Broughton views his lifework in personal imagery, songs, parades and dreams. 57 min. total. vhs 999:1077

Erotic Celebrations.
Contents: The Bed (1968) (20 min.) -- Erogeny (1976) (6 min.) -- Hermes bird (1979) (11 min.) -- Song of the Godbody (1977) (10 min.). 47 min. total. vhs 999:1076

The Films of James Broughton. Disc 1, The Early Years
Part 1 of a 3-disc set that organizes 17 of Broughton's films into three distinct eras to capture the breadth and evolution of his themes and subject matter. A master of the American avant-garde, Broughton used cinema as poetry. Love, sex, the human body, and dreams were rendered with a playful, whimsical and erotic touch. Disc one presents the films of his early years. Contents: Mother's day (1948, 22 min.) -- Loony Tom (1951, 11 min.) -- Four in the afternoon (1951, 15 min. -- The pleasure garden (1953, 38 min.) DVD 6531

The Films of James Broughton. Disc 2, A Middle Period
Part 2 of a 3-disc set that organizes 17 of Broughton's films into three distinct eras to capture the breadth and evolution of his themes and subject matter. A master of the American avant-garde, Broughton used cinema as poetry. Love, sex, the human body, and dreams were rendered with a playful, whimsical and erotic touch. Disc two presents works created during his middle years. Contents: The bed (1968, 20 min.) -- The golden positions (1970, 32 min.) -- This is it (1971, 10 min.) -- Dreamwood (1972, 45 min.) -- Hugh kukus (1973, 3 min.) -- Testament (1974, 20 min.) -- The water circle (1975, 3 min) -- Erogeny (1976, 6 min.) DVD 6531

The Films of James Broughton. Disc Disc 3, Finale: The Films with Joel Singer
Part 3 of a 3-disc set that organizes 17 of Broughton's films into three distinct eras to capture the breadth and evolution of his themes and subject matter. A master of the American avant-garde, Broughton used cinema as poetry. Love, sex, the human body, and dreams were rendered with a playful, whimsical and erotic touch. Disc three highlights works created in the last years of his life. Contents: Song of the godbody (1977, 10 min.) -- Hermes bird (1979, 11 min.) -- The gardener of Eden (1981, 8 min.) -- Devotions (1983, 22 min.) -- Scattered remains (1988, 14 min.) DVD 6531

1952. Included on anthology DVD 8114

Erik Bullot

Experimental and documentary films and videos made by French director Erik Bullot. The 1st film examines language and communication, and looks at "imaginary languages." The 2nd-4th films are silent, and diarize Felix Bullot, the filmmaker's young son, and their travels. Contents: Glossalalie -- Le calcul du sujet : journal filme 1 -- Oh oh oh! : journal filme 2 -- La belle etoile : journal filme 3. Photography, editing, production, Erik Bullo In French; 1st film includes sequences in Slovak, Arabic, and unidentified Chinese dialect, with French subtitles, plus some brief sequences in Esperanto and sign langauge. 65 min. DVD 8814

William Burroughs

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Sophie Calle and Greg Shephard

"In her premiere video project, French conceptual artist Sophie Calle joins with Gregory Shephard to create a voyeuristic tour de force. Armed with camcorders, Calle and her collaborator/partner Shephard head West in his Cadillac convertible to produce and document a real-life narrative of their journey and their relationship. With America as the backdrop for this unconventional coast-to-coast road movie, Calle and Shephard each narrates and records a personal diary, presenting strikingly different versions of the narrative/relationship. Aiming their dueling camcorders, the protagonists chronicle the elusive landscapes of human relations, wrestling to reconcile self, sexuality, and desire. The viewer is challenged to reconsider the subjective and cultural roles imposed by gender, sexuality, power, and tradition. Throughout, Calle seeks to redefine through personal investigation the terms and parameters of subject/object, public/private, truth, fiction, and role-playing. The quasi-documentary style evokes the films of Chris Marker, to whom Double-Blind is dedicated." [Electronic Arts Intermix catalog] 76 min. 2002. Video/C MM462

Sophie Calle

In this experimental film the artist explores issues of money and value, the artistic process, and failure in a 15-year project that centers around images taken from surveillance cameras at automatic teller machines. Dist: Electronic Arts Intermix. 2003. 31 min. Video/C MM1166

Peter Campus

Double vision(Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S.)
1971, 15 min. Video/C 9404

Three Transitions
In three short exercises, Campus uses basic techniques of video technology and his own image to create succinct, almost philosophical metaphors for the psychology of the self. In the first "transition," he appears to stab himself in the back, climb through the rupture in his body, and emerge whole on the other side. In the second execise, Campus wipes his face with his hand and "erases" its surface--only to reveal another image of his face underneath. Finally in conclusion, he appears to burn the living image of his face (as if it were a photograph), leaving only blackness. 5 min. Video/C 5153

Stanley Cavell

Standish Lawder & Stanley Cavell
A professor of art history and film, a photographer and an inventor, Standish Lawder made truly experimental films by seeing what a predetermined idea about content, structure, or technique will produce when carried out in shooting or printing. Stanley Cavell, philosopher and professor at Harvard, had just published The World Viewed, his first book on film. In this January 1973 episode of Screening Room, Lawder demonstrates the intricacies of his home-made optical printer and shows examples of what can be achieved with rephotographing film. Gardner, Lawder, and Cavell also discuss the intellectual and psychological implications of his manipulations. Their frank commentary carries on over Lawder's test print of Intolerance, which he had just received from the lab and had not yet viewed it himself. Lawder also screens Necrology, Color Film, and Corridor. 1973. 74 min. DVD 5880

Abigail Child

Kotz, Liz. "An Unrequited Desire for the Sublime: Looking at Lesbian Representation across the Works of Abigail Child, Cecilia Dougherty, and Su Friedrich." In: Queer looks : perspectives on lesbian and gay film and video / editors Martha Gever, Pratibha Parmar New York : Routledge, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995.9.H55 Q4 1993)
Morris, Gary. "Private Eye: Abigail Child in Brief." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 32, pp. (no pagination), Apr 2001
Turim, Maureen. "Sounds, Intervals, and Startling Images in the Films of Abigail Child." In: B>Women's experimental cinema : critical frameworks Robin Blaetz, editor. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN; PFA: PN1995.9.E96 W68 2007)
Wees, William C. "Carrying On: Leslie Thornton, Su Friedrich, Abigail Child and American Avant-Garde Film of the Eighties." In: Women and experimental filmmaking / edited by Jean Petrolle and Virginia Wright Wexman. Urbana : University of Illinois, c2005. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E96.W66 2005; PFA PN1995.9.E96.W66 2005)
Wees, William C. "Abigail Child." In: Recycled images : the art and politics of found footage films New York City : Anthology Film Archives, 1993. (PFA PN1995.9.E96.W45 1993; Bancroft pPN1995.9.E96.W45 1993)

Is This What You Were Born For?
Three short films without story lines, which show scenes of violence, sex, speeded-up images, and run-together voices utilized to create kinetic dramas with heavy doses of cultural nay-saying. Contents: Perils. 1985-86 (b&w, 4 min.) -- Mayhem. 1987 (b&w, 16 min.) -- Mercy. 1989 (col., 10 min.) Director, camera, editor: Abigail Child. Perils: Featuring Diane Torr, Sally Silvers, Elion Sacker. Mayhem: Featuring Ela Troyano, Diane Torr, Elion Sacker, Rex West, Plauto, Penelope Wehrli, Stasia Micula. Mercy: With Linda Austin, Sally Chew, Margaret Dewys. Video/C 5340

Prefaces. Mutiny. Covert Action
Three short films without story lines, which show scenes of violence, sex, speeded-up images, and run-together voices utilized to create kinetic dramas with heavy doses of cultural nay-saying. Contents: Prefaces. 1981 (col., 10 min.) -- Mutiny. 1983 (col., 9 min.) -- Covert action. 1984 (b&w, 8 min.) Director, camera, editor: Abigail Child. Video/C 5341

Tom Chomont

Jabbok; The Heavens; Razor Head; The Bath.
In Jabbok, Jacob wrestles all night by the waters of Jabbok. In this interpretation, Jacob and the angel are two aspects of one person. The Heavens is a portrait with metaphysical elements of a friend who is a painter. Razor Head is a film of shaving edited into the fantasy of getting a haircut. In The Bath a single shot from This Sporting Life is stop-framed and recomposed to consider male nudes in the light of French neo-classic female nudes. 15 min. Video/C 2692

Rituals of Play.
Contents: Mother's day (1948, 22 min.) -- Four in the afternoon (1951, 15 min.) -- Loony Tom (1951, 11 min.). Three short films by avante-garde filmmaker, James Broughton. Mother's day: An ironic recollection of the pranks, fetishes and rituals of a childhood dominated by a narcissistic mother obsessed with proper behavior. Four in the afternoon: Presents four poetic variations on the search for love from the farcical to the elegiac. Loony Tom: A slapstick testimony to the liberating spirit of Pan, following an amorous tramp as he capers across the countryside making love to every woman he meets. vhs 999:3653

Shirley Clarke

Books/articles about Clarke in the Berkeley Library

The Beats: An Existential Comedy.(199?)
Director, Philomene Long. Performers: Aya, Shirley Clarke, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Hirschman, Stuart Z. Perkoff, Frank T. Rios, Viva, Andy Warhol. A film that captures the magic of the Beat generation and their continuing legacy expands into a larger discussion of what it meant to be a poet in America when the ignoble spirit of McCarthyism was loose in the land. From Venice to North Beach to Greenwich Village, the Beats found answers in Buddhism, friendship, and the power of their words. Using an emotional tone which is exactly right and a lovely style of filmic poetry, the beats are immortalized here with heart and soul. 40 min. Video/C 4674

1958. 4 min. DVD X1453

The Connection.(1961)
Filmed version of a play with the same title by Jack Gelber. Based on the Living Theatre production created in 1961, as directed by Judith Malina and designed by Julian Beck. Film version of the play The Connection, by Jack Gelber. The play is about drug addicts waiting for a heroin dealer to bring the drug necessary for them to make their "connection." To help pass the time, four jazz musicians among the addicts start to play. The film was shot in a drug addict's apartment in New York City. 105 min. DVD X6189 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:893

The Cool World.(1963)
Realistic docu-dramatization of ghetto and gang life in 1960's Harlem with a focus on the fictional teenage gang leader, Duke. 104 min. vhs 999:1702

Lions Love(1969)
Writer/director, Agnes Varda. Performers: Viva, Gerome Ragni, James Rado, Shirley Clarke. Ragni, Rado and Viva play themselves, waiting for their big Hollywood break and casually drifting into a menage a trois. Varda captures the quirky, laid back lifestyle of 1960's Los Angeles as her characters revel in a cool, hang-loose existence. 115 min. vhs 999:1123

Portrait of Jason.(1967)
Interview with Jason Holliday aka Aaron Payne, a self proclaimed hustler giving one man's gin-soaked pill-popped, view of what it was like to be coloured and gay in 1960's. The film itself was shot over a twelve-hour period as Jason recounts tales from his life that define his identity; work he held in the past as a houseboy to wealthy people; his homosexuality and the gay subculture in San Francisco and New York; visits to a psychiatrist; his love for alcohol; his aspiration to be a nightclub entertainer. Special features: Introduction to the film by Wendy Clarke (daughter of Shirley Clarke) and Wendy Clarke's video project Love Tapes. 105 min. DVD X3926; Video/C 2526

A collaboration of Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin. Credits: Producers, Joseph Chaikin, Sam Shepard ; videotape, Shirley Clarke ; editors, Shirley Clarke, Steven E. Browne, Randy Cohen ; camera, Walter Edel, Michel Auder, Bob Garucci ; music, Sam Shepard, Skip LaPlante, Harry Mann. Performers: Joseph Chaikin (actor), Sam Shepard and Harry Mann (music performers). Video/C 4681

Bruce Conner

Books/articles about Conner in the Berkeley Library

America is Waiting See Two Moon July

Bruce Conner Films.
Contents: [Part] I. Ten second film (10 sec.) -- Permian strata (4 min.) -- Mongoloid (4 min.) -- America is waiting (4 min.) -- A movie (12 min.) -- [Part] II. Breakaway (5 min.) -- Vivian (3 min.) -- The white rose (7 min.) -- Marilyn times five (13 min.). [Part I] Ten Second Film is composed like a poster of a series of ten strips of film of count-down leader -- Permian Strata depicts a biblical tyrant who is confronted with the truth but finds that he cannot handle it -- Mongoloid explores the way in which a determined young man overcomes a basic mental defect -- America Is Waiting investigates ideas of loyalty, power and paranoia -- A Movie features sequences of humourous and exaggerated irony reminding us that we are in fact seeing a movie created from other movies -- [Part II]. Breakaway is a dance film viewed twice, once forward and once backward -- Vivian features Vivian Kurtz, entombed in a glass display case -- The White Rose depicts a huge painting being removed from an artist's studio -- Marilyn Times Five features the eternal mirror image of Marilyn Monroe. 53 min. vhs 999:625 Pt. 1-2

Marcus, Greil. "Ritual In Transfigured Time." Film Comment. Jan/Feb 2005. Vol. 41, Iss. 1; pg. 62, 5 pgs UC users only

2 Films by Bruce Conner: Crossroads; Looking for Mushrooms.
Crossroads (1976, 37 min.) -- Looking for mushrooms (1959-1965, 1996, 15 min.) -- Looking for mushrooms (1965, silent version, loop) Music, Patrick Gleeson, Terry Riley.

Crossroads: Conner presents the first underwater Atomic Bomb test at Bikini Atoll on July 25, 1946 as both fact and symbol of our age. The atomic detonation in the center of 90 Japanese and U.S. warships is seen as an event in itself, as theater, as sculpture. Looking for mushrooms: A dream of searching for magic mushrooms filmed in San Pedro Tenancingo, Mexico and San Francisco. Thousands of single-frame shots are combined with multiple exposures to create an array of semi-abstract images. An experimental tour-de-force edited in camera. DVD 3995

Joseph Cornell

The Amateur as Auteur: Discovering Paradise in Pictures
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 6: "These home-made films incorporate avant-garde strategies and techniques to achieve a true sense of cinematic intimacy." Contents: Case sound tests (c. 1924-25) / Theodore Case & Earl Sponable -- Windy Ledge Farm (c. 1929-34) / Elizabeth Woodman Wright -- A day in Santa Fe (1931) / Lynn Riggs & James Hughes -- Stewart Family home movies (c. 1935-39) / Archie Stewart -- Children's party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- Cotillion (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- The Midnight party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- Haiti (1938) / Rudy Burckhardt -- Tree trunk to head (1938) / Lewis Jacobs -- Bicycle polo at San Mateo (1940-42) / Frank Stauffacher -- 1126 Dewey Avenue, Apt. 207 (1939) / John C. Hecker. DVD 4671

By Night with Torch and Spear
1940s? 8 min. DVD X1452

Unseen Cinema 2
Includes The Enigmatic World of Joseph Cornell -- Unreal news reels, nos. 1 & 2 (c. 1926 : creators unknown) -- The Children's Jury (c. 1938 : creators unknown) -- Thimble Theater (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan -- Carousel: Animal Opera (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan -- Jack's Dream (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell & Lawrence Jordan. DVD 4667

Unseen Cinema 6
Includes Children's party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- Cotillion (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell -- The Midnight party (c. 1938) / Joseph Cornell. DVD 4671

Chris Cunningham

Rubber Johnny
An experimental film chronicling a 16-year-old, inbred mutant's solitary existence, locked in a pitch-black basement by his ashamed parents. This abstract short film features music by legendary electronic composer, Aphex Twin. c2005. 7 min. DVD 4424

The Work of Director Chris Cunningham
A collection of music videos, short films, video installations, and commercials. Includes the director's music videos for the bands Autechre, Aphex Twin, Portishead, Madonna, Leftfield (featuring Afrika Bambaataa), Squarepusher, and Bjork; commercials for Sony Playstation, Levis, and Nissan; video installations; and the documentary, "The Making of All is Full of Love," featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews with Bjork and Chris Cunningham. DVD 2219

Robert Dacey

Illinois Central Transposed
A short compilation of Schneemann's anti-Vietnam War group performances, this work merges film projection, sound and slide systems, light beams, audience and performer action in a sensory collage linking the exposed Illinois landscape to the devastation in Vietnam. A film exhibited at The Ark, Boston, March 1969. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 5 min. Video/C MM1226

Julian Dahl

Utopia One: Eu Topos Experimental Shorts!
Collection of shorts celebrating the talents of avant-garde Australian filmmaker Julian Dahl. Contents: Falling (2001, 3 min.) -- Puppy love (1991, 8 min.) -- Stream (2004, 8 min.) -- Insect (2000, 30 min.) -- End of beast (1989, 17 min.). Special features: Interview with the director; promotional trailer; 'Alien baby' trailer; 'Camjackers' trailer; slideshow; bonus film. DVD X3993

Bryant Dameron

Hand Made: 15mm Experimental Films
Five films by experimental filmmaker Brynt Dameron, who utilizes such techniques as scratching, painting, stamping and washing of 16mm films. Contents: Green river (2008, 1:38 min.) -- ID (2008, 5:20 min.) -- Manifest (2008, 5:55 min.) -- Manifest process, DV (2008, 10:13 min.) -- 4X (2008, 9:49 min.) DVD X3997

Gustave Deutsch

Gustav Deutsch: Film ist. (1-12)
Twelve short experimental art films by Gustav Deutsch. Contents: Bewegung und zeit / Movement and time -- Licht und Dunkelheit / Light and darkness -- Ein instrument / An instrument -- Material / Material -- Ein Augenblick / A blink of an eye -- Ein Spiegel / A mirror -- Komisch / Comic -- Magie / magic -- Eroberung / Conquest -- Schrift und Sprache / Writing and language -- Gefuhl und Leidenschaft / Emotions and passion -- Erinnerung und Dokument / Memory and document -- Uber. Gustav Deutsch / On. Gustav Deutsch -- Film ist. (1-2), DVD installation. Directors, Gustav Deutsch, Christa Auderlitzky ; producer, Manfred Neuwirth. Some of the films have just sounds and music, and some have German dialogue with English subtitles. 92 min. DVD 4576

Brian Eno

14 Video Paintings
Brings together Brian Eno's 'ambient videos,' Mistaken memories of mediaeval Manhattan and Thursday afternoon, which were originally exhibited in art galleries. These videos demonstrate the use of video as an art medium, accompanied by music also by Brian Eno. Mistaken memories of mediaeval Manhattan (48 min.) was filmed in New York in 1980-81. Thursday afternoon : seven video paintings of Christine Alicino (82 min.) was filmed in San Francisco in April 1984. 130 min. DVD 6408

Music for Airports
Contents: Music for airports: 1/1 (17 min.) / arranged by Michael Gordon ; 1/2 (9 min.) / arranged by David Lang ; 2/1 (12 min.) / arranged by Julia Wolfe ; 2/2 (12 min.) / arranged by Evan Ziporyn -- In the ocean (52 min.). Music for airports: Ambient music performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars with electronic media, piano, and voices accompanied by slow-motion images of people and objects in an airport. In the ocean: A documentary on the contemporary music scene, featuring Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, the founders of the Bang On a Can musical festival, exploring how American and European composers have influenced each other during the last 30 years. DVD X2777

Valie Export

German language films for other works by Export

Adjunct Dislocations II.
The performance was held at pro music nova, Theater im Packhaus, Bremen, 1978. Adjunct Dislocations II documents a technically inventive performance. Valie Export moves along a track with two closed-circuit cameras that are facing different directions and are focused upon patterned screens. Her action creates changing linear shapes on monitor banks within the space. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 17 min. DVD 7806

Asemie or the Inability of Expressing Oneself Through Facial Expressions
This work documents a ritualistic performance concerned with "Ansemia," or the inability to either express or understand gesture. Using symbolic materials -- hot wax, a knife, a dead bird -- as well as text, Export investigates human expression, and how communication can fail. "I had used my mouth to take the knife from the podium - holding it in my mouth, (the knife is language, the naming of things, its separates the subject from the object) using it to cut." Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 6 min. 1973 Video/C MM1180

Body Tape.
In a series of witty, minimalist exercises that are introduced by inter-titles (Touching, Boxing, Feeling, Hearing, Tasting, and Walking), Valie Export explores the relationship between word and action. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1970. 4 min. DVD 7680

Cuts: Elements of Observation
Cuts: Elements of Observation is a collection of stationary camera shots of lines, numbers, rooms and buildings. The work forms part of Valie Export's ongoing investigation into the materiality of filmmaking. The shot, the image, the cut, and the soundtrack appear simultaneously discrete and synthesized. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. Originally produced in 1971-1974. 17 min. DVD 7805

Facing a Family
In Facing a family, a family is observed watching television. The viewer becomes the object of the family's gaze, as much as the family is the object of the viewer's gaze. Original broadcast on Austrian network television, February 2, 1971. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 5 min. Video/C MM1179

A series of performance-based works in which Wilke faces the camera in extreme close-up and performs repetitive or durational physical actions. At times she kneads and pulls her skin as if it were sculptural material. Often her gestures -- rubbing her hands over her face, smiling so hard that she appears to be grimacing, sticking out her tongue -- take on a loaded significance when seen in the context of gender performance. 1974. 36 min. Video/C MM1178

Valie Export: 3 Experimental Short Films.
A brochure (18 p.) in German with English translation is enclosed. Includes an essay by Brigitte Huck, descriptions of the films and a biography of Valie Export. Mann & Frau & Animal = Man & woman & animal (b&w and col., 9 min.) -- ...Remote...remote... (col., 10 min.) -- Syntagma (col., 17 min.) A compilation of three of Valie Export's experimental films. 36 min. DVD 6229

Sehtext: Fingergedicht.
Valie Export communicates with her fingers. Sign language as an elision of word and gesture, is investigated in this performance-to-camera work. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1968/73. 2 min. DVD 7681

Touch Cinema.
Touch cinema is a documentary of Valie Export's famous street performance, in which the public was invited to touch her inside a curtained box attached to the artist's upper torso. The work is a witty and confrontational comment on the objectification of women's bodies. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1968. 1 min. DVD 7679

Harun Farocki

Books/articles about Farocki in the Berkeley Library

Before Your Eyes--Vietnam
One of two fictional films by Farocki. A love story, that proves to be primarily an overtly political film, set against the turbulent conflit of the Vietnam War. In the film, not only does Farocki expore the issues of terrorism and domestic resistance but he also directly examines the media (or image) of politics and war. The manifestation of subsumed radicalism is especially evident in the film. 1982. 117 min. DVD 9985

Between Two Wars (Zwischen zwei kriegen)
"A film about the time of the blast furnaces - 1917-1933 - about the development of an industry, about a perfect machinery which had to run itself to the point of its own destruction. The image of the blast furnace gas [emissions] is real and metaphoric. Guided through a system of pipes, the pressure increases. Hence, a valve is needed. That valve is the production of war material." Dist: Video Data Bank. 1978. 83 min. DVD 6043

Die Bewerbung (The Interview)
Documentary filmed in Germany of training classes for job interviewing. The director notes, "In the summer of 1996, we filmed application training courses in which one learns how to apply for a job. School-leavers, university graduates, people who have been retrained, the long-term unemployed, recovered drug addicts, and mid-level managers -- all of them are supposed to learn how to market and sell themselves, a skill to which the term 'self-management' is applied. The self is perhaps nothing more than a metaphysical hook from which to hang a social identity." 2006. 60 min. DVD 6575

Ein Bild (An Image)
Shot in four days in 1983 at Playboy's photography studio in Munich, the film begins with the building of the set and follows through to the dismantling of the set at the end of the job. Farocki includes all phases of the photo shoot and shows the participation of the many people involved in making one photo. Though the Playboy photographer instructs the model to "give us your usual saucy look", Farocki strips the glamour and allure from the subject by focusing on the labor and orchestration behind it. 25 min. DVD 6010

Eye/machine I, II & III
Disc 1. Eye/machine I (2001, 25 min.) -- Eye/machine II (2002, 15 min.)-- Disc 2. Eye/machine III (2003, 16 min.) Three film essays exploring the nature of military images and imaging technology and how this has come into civilian life since the first Gulf War. Eye/machine I: Video essay exploring the question of how military image technologies find their way into civilian life. Eye/machine II: Explores the distinction between "man" and "machine" and questions if the distinction can still be made given today's technology? Eye/machine III: Examination of the concept of the "operational image". 56 min. DVD 9973

Harun Farocki Filme 1967-2005. Disc 1, 1967-1986
Contents: Die Worte des Vorsitzenden [1967; 3 min.] -- Nicht löschbares Feuer [1969; 25 min.] -- Zwischen zwei Kriegen [1978; 83 min.] -- Ein Bild [1983; 25 min.] -- Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet bei der Arbeit an einem Film nach Franz Kafkas Romanfragment 'Amerika' [1983; 26 min.] -- Schlagworte, Schlagbilder [1986; 13 min.] Worte des Vorsitzenden: This satirical short film interprets some statements from Lin Piao about Mao Tse Tung. Nicht lö schbares Feuer: A parable about the development and manufacture of napalm. Zwischen zwei Kriegen: A story of Germany between the two World Wars--the time of the blast furnaces. Explores the conflict between two forms of reason--technology and economics. Ein Bild: Documentation of a photography session to create a centerfold image for the German edition of Playboy. Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet bei der Arbeit an einem Film nach Franz Kafkas Romanfragment 'Amerika: At once a self-portrait and an homage to Jean-Marie Straub, Farocki's role model and former teacher ... The film shows Farocki, under Straub's direction, rehearsing for his role as Delamarche in the film Klassenverh\'8altnisse. Schlagworte, Schlagbilder: Interview by Farocki with communication and medium philosopher Vilém Flusser. In German. Some films partially in English with German subtitles. One film (Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet ...) with English subtitles. DVD X4923

How to Live in the FRG (Leben BRD)
A film by Harun Farocki. Farocki's amazing dissection of modern life in Germany-- in a country he calls "a training camp in which techniques for living are practiced by the professionally living." Composed entirely of 32 short scenes taken from instructional and training classes, these films, sometimes hilarious, and at times ominous, show rehearsals of real life situations acted out in practice sessions for dealing with life in modern day Germany. 1990. 83 min. Video/C 6635

I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts
An inquiry into means of surveillance and control at Corcoran State Prison, California. We see how the camera suddenly zooms in on a fight between two prisoners. The guard warns the prisoners through speakers, and then fires rubber bullets. When the fight continues they fire live ammunition. By placing the camera next to the rifleman Farocki emphasises the social relationship between the one who fires and the one who films; between the one with force and the one who takes shots. Because of this the images present a very oppressive and critical character. 2000. 25 min. DVD X222

Images of the World and the Inscription of War (Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges)
An experimental film in which a high compression collage of photos taken at Auschwitz by the SS and aerial shots of the camp taken by Allied bombers build inexorably into an unforgettable poem of anxiety. 75 min. DVD 9971; vhs 999:1146

Industrie + fotografie i presents photos of the industrial world, as he reflects on the photography industry. The beginnings of his filmic reflections upon image and representation. in this film he insists on pursuing photography's separation of reference and discourse, by proving this to be a separation of the subject as well as a separation within the subject itself. The modern notion of representation, at least that which we owe to cinema, is based on iconicity, similarity and probability. 1979. 44 min. DVD 9986

Inextinguishable Fire (Nicht loschbares Feuer)
Made during the height of the Vietnam War, this film attempts to make "visible" the physical properties of Napalm B, developed by Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan for use in the Vietnam War. By questioning civilian responsibliity for the production of this horrific chemical weapon, Farocki offers a parody that questions our values. 1967. 25 min. DVD 9979

Nothing Ventured (Nicht ohne Risiko)
An examination of venture capital, this film documents two days of tough negotiations between entrepreneurs and bankers, and reveals some of the pressures the production companies are facing when it comes to innovations. 2004. 52 min. DVD 9980

Indoctrination (Die Schulung)
Farocki records a five-day seminar designed to teach management executives in Germany how to better present themselves using basic rules of dialectics and rhetoric. Throughout the seminar, young professionals learn verbal skills so they can "sell themselves" better; then they are trained in body language, posture, and facial expression. 2006. 44 min. DVD 6576

Interface (Schnittstelle)
Reflecting on his own documentary work, Farocki examines the question of what it means to work with existing images rather than producing one's own, new images. The title refers both to Farocki's workplace, the editing table, as well as the "human-machine interface", where a person operates a computer using a keyboard and a mouse. 2008. 25 min. DVD 9988

Prison images (Gefangnisbilder)
A film composed of images from prisons with quotes from fiction films and documentaries as well as footage from surveillance cameras. A look at the new control technologies, at personal identification devices, electronic ankle bracelets, and electronic tracking devices. ... These images are unedited and monotonous; as neither time nor space is compressed, they are particularly well-suited to conveying the state of inactivity into which prisoners are placed as a punitive measure. The surveillance cameras show the norm and reckon with deviations from it. 1993. 60 min. DVD 9981

Archival footage shot at the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands for Jews waiting for transportation to "the East" during WWII. The film documents how well they were treated, but these positive images are constantly interrogated by the use of titles. The vision of camp inmates peacefully boarding trains is intercut with titles asking: "Do they know where they are going? Are they optimistic because, if they are being filmed, they can't be going anywhere bad?" None knew what Auschwitz was. 2007. 40 min. DVD 9987

Still Life (Stilleben; Nature Morte)
A commentary on the influence of Dutch still life paintings in modern advertising photography. Behind-the-scenes glimpses of modern advertising offices in which employees toil at creating a Dutch still life effect in their arrangements of products for photo shoots, presents a vision of reality in which objects bear witness to their producers--in these objects is a new image of man. 1997. 56 min. DVD 9974; vhs 6519

Videograms of a Revolution (Videograms einer Revolution)
An analysis of the revolution in Romania in 1989, covering events in the first five days, from December 21 when Ceausescu made his last speech to December 26, the day the dictator was executed. Material from Romanian television broadcasts and footage taken by amateur videographers provide multiple perspectives of events. 1992. 107 min. DVD 6009; Video/C 6518

War at a Distance (Erkennen und Verlagen)
With the aid of new and also unique archive material, Farocki sketches a picture of the relationship between military strategy and industrial production and shows how war technology finds its way into everyday use. Exploring the connections between machine-vision, violence, and capitalist production practices in the context of the Gulf War and the global economy, Farocki demonstrates that our naive anthropocentric notions of vision are obsolete in today's world. Dist: Video Data Bank. 2003. 83 min. DVD 6042

What Farocki Taught (Nicht Loschbares Feuer [Inextinguishable Fire])
A film by Jill Godmilow. A remake of Harun Farock's 1969 German film about the use of napalm in the Vietnam War and napalm's development by Dow Chemical. Filmmaker Godmilow reopens Walter Benjamin's discussion of art in the age of mechanical reproduction in her remake and in the epilog where she prods contemporary filmmakers in a challenge to the cinema verite documentary's representation of information, history, politics and "real" human experience. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 5820

Wie man sieht
An attempt to present technological history in a political way. The artist speaks into images, and he reads out of them. The subjects are road crossings, building of roads, machine guns, slaughterhouses, mechanization of labor, and images of reality and the reality of images. 1986. 72 min. DVD 9982

The Words of the Chairman (Die Worte des Vorbetenden)
This satirical short film interprets some statements from Lin Piao about Mao Tse Tung. Writers, Harun Farocki, Piao Lin. 1969. 3 min. DVD 9972

Workers Leaving the Factory (Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik)
Analyzes the relationship between the Lumière brothers 45 second film 'Workers leaving the factory', and workers leaving the factory throughout the history of cinema. Originally released as a motion picture in 1995. Director, Harun Farocki; editor, Max Reimann. Dubbed in English; with some sections subtitled in German. Dist.: Video Data Bank. DVD 9978; vhs MM1039

Péter Forgács;

Bartos Family: The Father and His Three Sons
Having carefully collected home movies, from the early 20th century through the thirties and forties, Forgacs renders a lyrical portrait of the Bartos family in Budapest, Hungary. The small rituals and events of this bourgeois family provide a view of the bridging of an age and culture, creating a mirror that reflects the face of private and official history. The Hungarian Quisling government looted the rich family and WWII and later Communism eventually completely destroyed their wealth. 1988 60 min. DVD 3201

A Bibo Reader
Presents a found footage essay featuring home movies and photographs of the philosopher Istvan Bibo, who served time in prison for supplying Jews with fake documents during the Holocaust and was one of the leaders of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The sensitive rendering of Bibo's social and historical analysis, the meditative texts and images pace the piece from one contemplative state to the next. 2001. 69 min. DVD 3210

The Bishop's Garden
Presents a found footage essay on the Calvinist church bishop Laszlo Ravasz. As the first Bishop of the Calvinist Church in Hungary he was a member of the Upper House of Parliament from 1927, and later of the Royal Gubernatorial Council, but the great orator has lived for many years in exile, since 1950 when Communist dictator Rakosi silenced him. Between 1921 and 1948 as one of Hungary's most influential clergymen, his archconservative personality and controversial ambivalence toward Jews left its mark on the history of the Hungarian Holocaust. Now he walks in his garden amongst the strands of his memories.... 2002. 57 min. DVD 3211

Bourgeois Dictionary
Having carefully collected home movies filmed in Hungary, particularly from the thirties and forties, Forgacs explores the historical and the cultural via the private. In Bourgeois dictionary he examines the tragic fate of those who lie at the silent heart of books and films produced in the post-communist moment. "I wanted neither to be sentimental, nor to construct worlds only of those under repression and segregation. I don't know how I would behave in such circumstances .. the account is there, you have to face it ... I wanted the audience to be hurt, too." 1992. 49 min. DVD 3204

Class Lot
Filmed from 1946-1971, continues the history of the Hungarian Jewish family of businessman and musician Gyorgy Pet~o introduced in the film "Free fall." After World War II Gyorgy returns from captivity in Russia and his daughter is born. He continues to manage the family bank until 1949, date of the first nationalizations, and then finds employment in a national orchestra. His daughter, now grown discovers the existence of a little brother who died in a concentration camp as the film progesses in its discovery of the secrecies of the family, and investigates issues of Jewish identity. Their personal history is interlaced with music including musical propaganda, featuring songs of Communist youths. 1997. 52 min. DVD 3208

The Danube Exodus: Two Danube Stories Filmed by Captain Andrasovits
Found footage pioneer Peter Forgacs combines music, newsreel images and narration from private diaries with extraordinary footage taken by the captain of a Danube cruise ship between 1938 and 1945. An intimate gripping journey into the world of refugees displace by war, Captain Andrasovits filmed Slovakian Jews desperate to escape the coming conflagration, travelling by way of the Danube River to the Black Sea and beyond, to Palestine. As the war continues he begins to ferry other refugees: Bessarabian Germans expelled by the Russians in 1940. Their evacuation and resettlement in Poland as WWII progresses is a haunting counterpoint to the fate of the Jewish refugees. 1998. 60 min. DVD 3213

Dusi and Jen~o
Originally shot between 1936 and 1966 by Jen~o, a banker living in Budapest, the film shootings are of he and his wife and dog but it also presents the City of Budapest itself, in snow, fog and rain, with photography of sensual accuracy. In the midst of this peaceful landscape, Nazi troops, bombardments, flechees Crosses, and Jewish work camps cross the images of Jen~o. This film is a poem, which sets up a breathtaking memorial to the vanishing representatives of the Hungarian middle class. 1989. 45 min. DVD 3202

Either - Or
Having carefully collected home movies, particularly from the thirties and forties, Forgacs renders lyrical portraits of bourgeois families, mostly from Budapest. The families find protection from the terrors of socialism in the private sphere and the ancient human dramas, while in civil life everything goes on even if they do not see what they look at. 1989 43 min. DVD 3203

Free Fall
Beginning in 1938 through home movies taken by musician and businessman Gyorgy Pet~o, shows how this Hungarian Jewish family from the city of Szeged, suppressed the fearful signs of threatening evidences of forthcoming massacre. As the illusions of this Jewish Hungarian family are eroded step-by-step, their happy, banal moments are framed against a recitation of anti-Jewish laws in Hungary during the Nazi era and descriptions of the deportation of Hungarian Jews. 1996. 75 min. DVD 3207

Kadar's Kiss
Gleaned from found footage and home movies and assembled by Peter Forgacs, this film presents an exploration of the terrain of "everyday erotics" during the post-WWII Communist regime in Hungary. Intercut with radio addresses by First Secretary Janos Kadar, speaking against individualsm and preaching the birth of a New Man and the advent of the socialist egalitarian era, its double speak and shameless ideological political perversion contradicts the everyday life behind the doors of private homes as Forgacs ironically explores this chapter of official and private histories. 1998. 45 min. DVD 3209

The Land of Nothing
An amateur film journal sometimes contradicts the "official," so called "public history" from a private history view. During WWII, Ensign Laszlo Ratz of the Second Hungarian Army infantry, shot family films from 1938. His war film story begins with entrainment in June 1942, and follows through the long Ukrainian march of the Second Hungarian Army. On the roadside Ukraine people stare into the camera. Later it covers the devastating final clash with the Soviets at the Bloody Voronhez front. Ratz filmed until the eve of the catastrophe of the Hungarian Army at the river Don. 1996. 62 min. DVD 3206

The Maelstrom: A Family Chronicle
Makes artful use of home movies shot in the Netherlands before and during WWII dealing with the extended Peereboom family. Information is conveyed through English subtitles and period sound, usually from radio broadcasts and a disturbing jazz score by Tibor Szemz~o. What we see is a Jewish family first living unknowingly in the shadow of the Holocaust and then trying to cope with it still unaware of what it will finally mean. Shots of the family cheerfully sewing and doing preparations for a trip to a "work camp," when their destination is in reality Auschwitz, adds a devastating dimension to the understanding of Hitler's "final solution." 1997. 60 min. DVD 3215

Meanwhile Somewhere
Consists entirely of archival footage of family home movies and celebrations filmed in Europe during WWII juxtaposed with the grimmer realities of the war, offering visible evidence of the private aspects of WWII. The increasing persecution of the Jews and footage of concentration camps are included. A recurring event is the public racist punishment of two young lovers, an 18-yr. old German boy and a Polish girl, who are bound and humiliated, their hair shaved off and burnt as a National Socialist performance lesson to the children of a German-Polish village. 1994. 52 min. DVD 3212

Miss Universe 1929: Lisl Goldarbeiter, A Queen in Wien
Amateur filmmaker Marci Tanzer began to photograph and film his beautiful cousin Lisl when he moved to Vienna from Szeged in the late 1920s. In 1929 she won the title of Miss Austria and later was voted the first Miss Universe. Her privileged life as a beauty queen and later a rich wife ended with the Nazi takeover of Austria, but the two of them eventually married.

"Lisl Goldarbeiter and Marci Tenczer -born in 1908- were cousins and knew each other since early childhood. The Goldarbeiters lived in Vienna and belonged to the Austrian wing of a large Austro-Hungarian Jewish family. The Tenczer's lived in Szeged, and formed the Hungarian wing. The family ties between Vienna and Szeged never ceased. Marci moved to Vienna in 1926, to study. The first anti-Semitic law in Europe, the Hungarian Numerous Clauses of 1922, made it impossible for Jews to enter a University in Hungary. Marci lived in the house of the Goldarbeiters and studied at the Technical University from 1926-1936. Marci secretly loved his cousin Lisl. He started to make films of her, her family and Vienna shortly after his arrival. He was very poor but succeeded in saving cash for his film hobby by walking the city, instead of taking the tram. In 1929, without telling anybody, Marci caused Lisl's entry into the world of beauty; and she became world famous." [IMDB] 2006. 70 min. DVD 9806

The Notebook of a Lady
Having carefully collected found footage and home movies, particularly from the thirties and forties, Forgacs renders lyrical portraits of Hungarian families. Here the viewer travels with Baroness Jeszenszky, and her 8mm film diary from her Buda villa to the Castle in Tolna County. The reanimated images of a Hungarian aristocrat's past enchant and reveal a world of high society that sank when their lands were burned in World War II and later the Communists nationalized what was left. 1994. 49 min. DVD 3205

Tractatus (Kozjatek)
Presents seven short video essays that refer to Wittgenstein's Tractatus logico-philosophicus with each essay relating to one of Wittgenstein's philosophical propositions. Home movies from early 20th century Europe are accompanied by voiceovers and written texts from Tracatus, and a somber, lyrical score. Scenes of bourgeois life are haunted by foreboding of the future. Drawing up the disjuntion between language and image, Hungarian filmmaker Peter Forgacs created a symbolic illustration of Wittgenstein's theories of logic, language, reality and representation. 1992. 35 min. DVD 3214

Terry Fox

Children's Tapes
In this classic early video work, Fox constructs phenomenological dramas from the science of the everyday using fruit, a balanced spoon, a candle and other common items. Fox builds dramatic tension with an extreme economy of means while demonstrating basic physical phenomena. Focusing the camera close to his still-life objects, he constructs a series of elementary experiments that illustrate fundamental principles of physical science. The intimate scale, magnified view, and suspenseful unfolding of minute events in real time all serve to intensify the viewer's perceptions in these engaging mini-narratives. 1974. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 30 min. Video/C 5245

Hollis Frampton

Hollis Frampton
A major figure in the American experimental film movement of the 1960s and '70s and a widely published theorist, Hollis Frampton made such acclaimed and influential films as Zorns Lemma, the Hapax Legomena series and the unfinished Magellan. Retrospectives of his work have been shown at the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and the entire body of his film work is preserved in the Royal Film Archive of Belgium. Originally broadcast in 1977. 74 min. DVD 5878

1971. 36 min. DVD X1453

Robert Frank

Books/articles about Frank in the Berkeley Library

About Me: A Musical
Featuring: Benares Temple Musicians, Tompkins Square Musicians, Jacques Monory (painter), Rosa & Hermann Frank (the director's parents), Frances Bull (chanteuse), Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky (poets), Hope Freaks (of Alloy, New Mexico), Inmates (of the State Prison in Ellis, Texas), actors, Lynn Reyner, Robert Schlee, Bill Hart, Jaime deCarlo Lotts, [Sheila] Pavlo, Vera Cochran, Sidney Kaplan. About me, a musical: An autobiographical film by filmmaker Robert Frank that poses questions concerning artistic expression and the function of memory. Includes: S-8 Stones footage from Exile on Main St.: Short film of minimally-edited footage of British rock band the Rolling Stones, recorded during the making of their 1972 double-album "Exile on Main Street". 1971. 30 min. DVD 9966

[The Rolling Stones Present] Cocksucker Blues
"Shootin' up and gettin' down with the Rolling Stones." Presents the rare long suppressed tour movie directed by Robert Franks featuring the Rolling Stones with assorted dealers, scalpers and groupies. Originally produced as motion picture in 1972. 88 min. DVD 2445

Conversations in Vermont
Filmmaker Robert Frank tells a story to his two teenage children, with the aid of still photographs from a variety of sources. 1969. 27 min. DVD 9965

Energy and How to Get It
14 min. Video/C 4346

Fire in the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank
Commentary: Emile de Antonio, Allen Ginsberg, Walter Gutman, June Leaf, Jonas Mekas, Duane Michals, John Szarkowski, Rudy Wurlitzer. Presents an intimate view of four decades of the Swiss-born artist Robert Frank who has had an extraordinary influence on contemporary photography and filmmaking. This documentary which examines his life through his films and photographs, includes interviews with many of his collaborators and contemporaries. 1986. 28 min. Video/C 6937

Keep Busy
Photographed by Robert Frank ; sound by Charles Dean ; narrator, John Dan MacPherson ; violin, Donald A. MacEachern. David Warrilow, William Raymond, Joanne Akalaitis, Helen Tworkov, Aline Mayer, Joan Jonas, Roberta Neiman, Richard Serra, Alec Gillis, June Leaf, Toby Rafelson. An interweaving of documentary and fiction to create a film about a group of people living on an isolated island off the coast of Nova Scotia. 1975. 44 min. DVD 9966

Liferaft Earth
A documentary film about the "Hunger Show", a week-long hunger strike designed to bring attention to the dangers of overpopulation. Filmed from Oct. 11-18, 1969 in Hayward, Calif. 1969. 37 min. DVD 9965

Me and My Brother
Script, Robert Frank, Sam Shepard ; editing, Helen Silverstein, Bob Easton ; poetry, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky ; screenplay, Robert Frank, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky. Featuring Peter Orlovsky, Julius Orlovsky, Joseph Chaikin, John Coe, Allen Ginsberg, Seth Allen, Virginia Kiser, Nancy Fish, Cynthia McAdams, Roscoe Lee Browne, Maria Tucci, Christopher Walken. Robert Frank's first feature length film describes the inner and outer world of a Julius Orlovsky, a man who is catatonic schizophrenic. After spending years in a New York mental hospital, Julius emerges catatonic and must rely on his brother Peter, who lives with poet Allen Ginsberg. When Julius wanders off in the middle of filming, Frank hires and actor (Joseph Chaikin) to play the character and begins a fictional version of his psychological portrait. Then, as suddenly as he vanished, Julius turns up in an institution where he and Peter must face their relationship. 1965-1968. 85 min. DVD 9964; vhs 999:2156

OK End Here
Camera, Gert Berliner ; editor, Aram Avakian ; story, Marion Magid. Martin La Salle, Sue Ungaro, Sudie Bond, Joseph Bird, Nick Solovioff, Anita Ellis. A short fictional film about a crumbling romantic relationship. The characters are often only partially visible or physically separated by walls, doors, reflections, or furniture, and the camera relays the story with little rhyme nor reason. 1963. 32 min. DVD 9965

Pull My Daisy
Edited by Leon Prochnik, Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie ; music composed and conducted by David Amram ; adapted, and photographed by Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie. Cast: Mooney Peebles, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Larry Rivers, Beltiane, David Amram, Alice Neal, Sally Gross, Denise Parker, Pablo Frank. Presents Jack Kerouac's adapted play; this version is widely acknowledged as a classic moment in American independent cinema, marked by Robert Frank's filmmaking debut. The film describes the moods and feelings of a group of poets and musicians meeting in a loft apartment on a Friday morning. Jack Kerouac speaks for all the characters and comments on their actions. 1959. 28 min. DVD 9964; also DVD X1747 vhs 4336

Kerouac, Jack. Pull my daisy, text ad-libbed by Jack Kerouac for the film by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie New York, Grove Press [1961] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3521.E735 P8 1961a)

Blain, Allan. "The Making (and Unmaking) of Pull My Daisy." Film History 1988 2(3): 185-205 21p. UC users only
Diggory, Terence. "What abstract art means in Pull my daisy." In: Reconstructing the Beats / edited by Jennie Skerl. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS228.B6 R43 2004; available online - UCB users only)
Hanhardt, John G. "Movement toward the real: "Pull My Daisy" and the American independent film, 1950-65." In: Beat culture and the New America, 1950-1965 / Lisa Phillips, with contributions by Maurice Berger ... [et al.] New York ; Paris : Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Flammarion, c1995 (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX180.S6 P53 1995)
Sargeant, Jack. Naked lens : an illustrated history of beat cinema London : Creation Books, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 S37 2001; earlier edition at PFA)
Sterritt, David. Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1998. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA: PS228.B6 S755 1998)
Villa, Sara. "Pull My Daisy. A Bebop Revolution." Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts. [Online, np, nd) UC users only

The Sin of Jesus
Cast: Julie Bovasso, Roberts Blossom, John Coe, Philip Sterling. A short fictional film in which a young woman struggles to overcome the monotony of her failing marriage and dead-end job at a chicken farm. Based on the story by Isaac Babel. Screenplay, Howard Shulman ; produced by Jerry Michaels ; directed by Robert Frank. 1961. 38 min. DVD 9964

Jonas Mekas Lost, Lost, Lost,which features Frank and other Mekas NY artist pals

Su Friedrich

Books/articles about Friedrich in the Berkeley Library

Su Friedrich Web site via FLICKER

Damned If You Do
A vivid drama of a young nun fighting a loosing battle with her sexual desires. Full of intrigue and suspense, the film explores lesbianism among nuns combining experimental elements, among them the trial of a 17th century nun accused of lesbian relations and the deconstruction of the classic nun film "Black Narcissus." c1987. 42 min. DVD 4706; also VHS 999:3343

First Comes Love
Wedding preparations and ceremonies of three heterosexual couples, interspersed with written statements on which countries do not allow homosexual marriage, and also the statement that in 1990 Denmark was the first country to legalize homosexual marriage. Uses no spoken words, but instead the words and songs of Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and others. A film by by Su Friedrich. 1991. 22 min. Video/C 9084

Women Make Movies catalog description

Hide and Seek
Mixes documentary and fiction to create a portrait of lesbian adolescence in 1960's America. The fictional narrative tells the story of 12-year-old Lou, coming to terms with her sexuality. Her story is woven between interviews with twenty adult lesbians who recount moments from their own childhoods. Also includes more than 100 photographs of lesbians when they were young girls and archival footage from educational films and home movies. A film by Su Friedrich. c1996. 64 min. DVD 4701; also vhs 9134

Women Make Movies catalog description

Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too
A documentation of the activities of the Lesbian Avengers, a lesbian activist group based in the New York City area. In it is shown how lesbians are demonstrating, by means of marches, rallies and other methods, for equal rights for lesbians, and for getting across the message that lesbians are just ordinary human beings like everybody else. 2005. 55 min. DVD 4703

The Odds of Recovery.
The filmmaker documents her personal journey through illnesses, surgeries and problems she encounters with the medical establishment. She strongly feels that these problems also affected the sexual relationship with her lesbian companion. Alternative treatments to solve her medical problems included tai chi and acupuncture, gardening and embroidery. A film by Su Friedrich. 2005. 65 min. DVD 4700

Seeing Red.
Using three elements, monologue, montage and music, Friedrich takes a look back at her evolution both as a woman and as an artist. The film oscillates between these personal reflections and footage of the color red in its many shades and forms. These elements are united through Bach's The Goldberg Variations, a calming piano piece that punctuates the movement of life. Though at times dark and cynical, Friedrich often brings us to laughter in discussing her existential dilemmas, making us realize that they are also our own. 27 min. DVD 6292

Sink or Swim.
A compelling account of the immutable, highly charged relationship between a father and daughter. A young girl narrates twenty-six short stories which recount memories of a father she both fears and admires. 48 min. DVD 4702; also vhs 4905

The Ties That Bind.
An experimental film which relates the experiences of the filmmaker's mother who lived as a child and young woman in Nazi Germany. 55 min. DVD 4703; also vhs 4388

Kip Fulbeck

Banana Split: 25 Stories.
In this film Kip Fulbeck focuses on biracial ethnicity exploration and Asian self-identity. He examines the relationship between his father who is Caucasian and his mother who is Asian and also explores ethnic patterns and media stereotypes of Asian American men. 37 min. Video/C 2522

Game of Death
Contents: Game of death (8 min.) -- Some questions for 28 kisses (7 min.) -- Asian studs nightmare (6 min.) Game of death: Presenting footage from Bruce Lee's last unfinished film, Game of death, Kip Fulbeck examines the various roles he posthumously came to represent as an Asian American male icon, examining issues of male stereotyping and marketing of Asian culture in the U.S. Some questions for 28 kisses: Confronts the viewer with images of Asian female/non-Asian male pairings in American movies and mass media. Examines topics such as interracial dating, ethnic fetishes, and race identity. Asian studs nightmare: A hilarious spoof on the racial politics operating behind a hit television dating show. c1994. 21 min. Video/C 8319; Some Questions for 28 Kisses also on Video/C 4178

Nine Fish
Fulbeck uses his artistic abilities with the camera to express his personal reflection of the impact on his family of his Cantonese grandmother's continuing physical decline. 1996. 25 min. Video/C 8320

Sex, Love, & Kung Fu
A comical look at two crazed kung fu fanatics who argue over Asian American masculinity and the nature of martial arts films. Includes clips from the films Showdown in little Tokyo, Kung fu, and Enter the dragon. c2000. 7 min. Video/C 8318

Sweet or Spicy?
In the context of a telephone dating service, this film examines dating relationships for men of mixed Asian/white descent and probes Asian American male sexuality in popular culture. c2000. 7 min. Video/C 8321

Harry Jr. Gamboa

Harry Gamboa Jr.: Early Video Art.
Imperfecto (1983, 34 min.) -- Insultan (1983, 24 min.) -- Vaporz (1984, 8 min.) -- Blanx (1984, 8 min.) -- Baby Kake (1984, 6 min.) -- Agent X (1984, 5 min.) -- No supper (1987, 28 min.).

As co-founder of the Chicano art group ASCO, Gamboa developed such multi-media forms as the "no-movie" and the "fotonovela," which drew attention to the workings of mass culture. In the mid-1980s, working through cable access, Gamboa produced a series of "conceptual dramas" that explored both stereotypical and traditional notions about the Latino family. In these works, collected here for the first time, Gamboa combined the political influences of the Chicano Movement with the narrative excess of film noir, B-movies, and Mexican telenovelas. 113 min. DVD 2786

Jean-Luc Godard

Electronic Arts Intermix web site (for further description of Godard TV works)

France Tour Detour Deux Enfants.
In this intimately scaled study of the effect of television on a French family, Godard and Mievilleinterview two children in contemporary France. Interviews, collages of television, cinema andadvertising images are intercult with commentary by two adult television journalists. As they expose how a child's world is "programmed" by the institutions of family, school and television, Godard and Mieville posit the mass media as the pervasive cultural influence in the home, with television as the 20th century primer. Loosely inspired by G. Bruno's work: Le tour de la France par deux enfants. Originally produced in 1978. 54 min. each movement

Mouvement 1-2 In movements 1 and 2 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of darkness, light, chemistry and physics. Video/C 6540

Mouvement 3-4. In movements 3 and 4 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of the familiar, geography, the unknown and techniques. Video/C 6541

Mouvement 5-6. In movements 5 and 6 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of impressions, dictation, pressures and the French culture. Video/C 6542

Mouvement 7-8. In movements 7 and 8 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of violence, grammar, disorder, and calculation. Video/C 6543

Mouvement 9-10. In movements 9 and 10 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of power, music, life story, and the economy. 54 min. Video/C 6544

Mouvement 11-12. In movements 9 and 10 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of reality, logic, dreaming, and morals. Video/C 6545

6 Fois 2: Emissions Television Cinema.
In this radically unconventional television series Godard and Mieville analyze the politics of personal and media communications in relation to society, family, and the individual. Each program is composed of two complementary parts: a visual essay on the production and consumption of images are paired with related interviews.

Part 1A and 1B
Part 1A shows an employer interviewing prospective employees. In Part 1B a French dairy farmer gives his views on agriculture and food production in the world. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6534

Part 2A and 2B
Part 2A studies the production and reception of cultural representations. Part 2B is an interview with Godard concerning his social analyses of media and other issues. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6535

6 Fois 2: Emissions Television Cinema. Part 3A and 3B
Part 3A is a deconstructive critique of the manipulatory power of photojournalism, news and advertising images. Part 3B is an interview with Marcel, an amateur filmmaker. Shows him filming and editing his work interspersed with his commentary. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6536

Part 4A and 4B
Part 4A is an interview with a screenwriter about the conceptualization and writing of a story. Part 4B is a series of interviews with French women of all ages, concerning their personal experiences and relationships. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6537

Part 5A and 5B
Part 5A is a collage in constant motion of the faces of a man and woman as they write a letter to eachother about their relationship. Part 5B is an interview with the mathematician Rene Thom. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6538

Part 6A and 6B
Part 6A is a commentary on the making of this television series and the challenges faced in its production as the traditional television conventions were rejected by Godord and Mieville as they strove to "do television differently." Part 6B is an interview with a French man and woman about their personal perceptions and experiences. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6539

Jill Godmilow

Harun Farocki
Jack Smith

Far from Poland
"When denied visas to shoot in Poland, a filmmaker, steeped in the documentary traditions of the left, decides to construct her film in New York City. Over the barest bones of documentary footage she drapes dramatic reenactments of Solidarity texts, formal vignettes and swatches of soap opera to engage the audience in her personal definition of the Polish struggle. A deft dismemberment of documentary truth, from the director of WAITING FOR THE MOON. Made in collaboration with Susan Delson, Mark Magill and Andrzej Tymowski." [Women Make Movies catalog] 1987. 106 min. DVD 8901; vhs 4626

Godmilow, Jill; Ann-Louise Shapiro. "How Real is the Reality in Documentary Film?" History and Theory, Vol. 36, No. 4, (Dec., 1997), pp. 80-101. UC Berkeley users only
Holden, S. "Far from Poland." New York Times, March 28, 2007

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith
Director, Jill Godmilow ; producers, Ted Hope & James Schmaus, and Marianne Weems ; director of original theatrical production, Gregory Mehrten ; "Roy Cohn" written by Gary Indiana ; "What's underground about marshmallows?" written by Jack Smith. Cast: Ron Vawter, Coco McPherson. Ron Vawter performs two linked monologues: the first, a portrayal of a classic Roy Cohn after-dinner speech for the Society for the Protection of the American Family; the second, is Vawter's remounting of Smith's own "performance-of-the self," entitled "What's underground about marshmallows?" and originally performed by Smith in 1981. Filmed on location at the "The Kitchen", New York City, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 1993. 90 min. DVD X3479; Video/C 7682

Miller, Lynn C. "[Un]documenting History: An Interview with Filmmaker Jill Godmilow." Text & Performance Quarterly; Jul97, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p273, 15pUCB users only

What Farocki Taught
A film by Jill Godmilow. A remake of Harun Farock's 1969 German film (Nicht loschbares Feuer; Inextinguishable Fire) about the use of napalm in the Vietnam War and napalm's development by Dow Chemical. Filmmaker Godmilow reopens Walter Benjamin's discussion of art in the age of mechanical reproduction in her remake and in the epilog where she prods contemporary filmmakers in a challenge to the cinema verite documentary's representation of information, history, politics and "real" human experience. 1998. 30 min. Video/C 5820

Horne, Jennifer; Kahana, Jonathon. "A perfect replica: An interview with Harun Farocki and Jill Godmilow." Afterimage. Nov/Dec 1998. Vol. 26, Iss. 3; p. 12 (3 pages)UC users only

What's Underground About Marshmallows?: Ron Vawter Performs Jack Smith
A videotape by Jill Godmilow. Performers: Ron Vawter, Coco McPherson. Recorded at The Kitchen in New York City on Oct.31 and Nov. 1, 1993. Constitutes the second half of Vawter's performance piece "Roy Cohn/Jack Smith". Presented here is Vawter's complete and uninterrupted "re-performance" of Jack Smith's own performance-of-the self, "What's underground about marshmallows?", originally performed by Smith in 1981. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1996 by Good Machine, The Laboratory for Icon & Idiom and the Pomodori Foundation. Video/C 7819

Dan Graham

Recorded at Video Free America in San Francisco, this video art work is a phenomenological inquiry into the audience/performer relationbship and the notion of subjectivity/objectivity. Graham stands in front of a mirrored wall facing a seated audience; he describes the audience's movements and what they signify. He then turns and describes himself and the audience in the mirror. First, a person in the audience sees himself 'subjectively', next he hears himself described 'objectively' in terms of the performer's perception. 1975. 23 min. Video/C 5239

Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer Web site via FLICKER

Books/articles about Hammer in the Berkeley Library

Films of Barbara Hammer: Lesbian Humor.
A collection of six films spanning the career of this filmmaker. "Hammer's satiric use of technology corresponds well with the Eighties repression of sexual expression." Video/C 2740

Films of Barbara Hammer: Lesbian Sexuality.
A collection of four films, including the landmark Dyketactics, the first lesbian lovemaking film to be made by a lesbian. Video/C 2741

Films of Barbara Hammer, 4: Optical Nerves.
Five experimental short films. Parisian Blinds (1984) and Tourist (1984-85): Two films investigating the nature of spectator perception in an unfamiliar environment, questioning the perceptual experience of mass tourism. Optic Nerve (1985): A powerful personal reflection on family and aging in a meditation created on her visit to her grandmother in a nursing home. Place Mattes (1987, 8 min.): Explores the space between reaching and touching. Animation and optical printing are used to create travelling mattes for places, confounding the difference between external and internal. Endangered (1988, 22 min.): An exquisite film etched with acid presenting the fragility of birds and animals from the Galapagos Islands. 44 min. Video/C 8476

History Lessons
From an extraordinary body of archival footage -- some dating back to the 19th century -- of sports films, military films, vintage stag reels and lesbian angst dramas this film explores lesbian images from 1896 until 1969. Focusing on pervading images prior to Stonewall, the film exposes popular representations of lesbian culture. 2000. 66 min. Video/C 8220

Nitrate Kisses. (1992)
Explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture. The first feature by Barbara Hammer, weaves striking images of the sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples with footage that unearths the forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people. 67 min. Video/C 6225

Out in South Africa
A look at the social and political conditions for gay and lesbian people in present-day South Africa. Features interviews and historical background on the country's transformation into an open society for gay people.Directed, and edited by Barbara Hammer. c1994. 51 min. Video/C 9133

Women Make Movies catalog description

Perceptual Landscapes (1981-83)
Contents: Pools (6:30) -- Pond and waterfall (15:00) -- Stone circles (10:00) -- Bent time (22:00). Four works by Barbara Hammer that explore personallandscapes. Pools: An exploration above and underwater of two swimming pools at the Hearst Castle inSan Simeon. Pond and waterfall: An exploration ofverdant pond growth as well as the dynamic of light and water reflections. Stone circles: Acelebration of ancient mounts and circles, includingStonehenge and Avesbury. Bent time: An attempt torender visually the scientific theory that time, likelight rays, curves at the outer edges of the universe.Visits such locations as the sun calendar in ChacoCanyon, New Mexico, the site of Ohio Valley Moundcultures and the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridges. Video/C 8503

Kazuo Hara

Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974
In this startingly intimate documentary, filmmaker Kazuo Hara offers a portrait of a complex, strong-willed woman named Takeda Miyuki - his former lover. A feminist and bisexual in 1970s Japan, Miyuki was a maverick in a rigid society driven by convention and tradition. This documentary with its intimate subject matter, grainy black and white scenes and out-of-sync sound, pushed the bounds of the personal documentary to become a landmark in Japanese documentary filmmaking. 98 min. DVD 7251

Hillary Harris

The Films of Hilary Harris
Contains four short films by the documentary filmmaker Hilary Harris, one of the pioneers of time-lapse photography, as well as information about him. Includes the film "Organism," an epic vision of New York City shot over 17 years (1959-74), during which time Harris pioneered and contemporized time-lapse film making techniques to achieve a unique experiential view of the world. Contents: Organism (col. and b&w, 20 min., 1975) -- 9 Variations [9 variations on a dance theme] (b&w, 13 min., 1966) -- Highway (b&w, 5 min., 1958) -- Longhorn (b&w, 4 min., 1951) -- About the filmmaker: Television interview with Hilary Harris by Amos Vogel (b&w, 27 min., 1964). 70 min. DVD 9954

Lynn Hershman Leeson

See Lynn Hershman Leeson

Gary Hill

See also:
Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S.

Plate, S. Brent. "Between Cinema and a Hard Place: Gary Hill's Video Art between Words and Images." Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 109-27, Winter 2003
Quasha, George; Stein, Charles. "Liminal Performance." PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, vol. 20, no. 1 [58], pp. 1-25, Winter 1998

Around & About
A speech-driven video art piece that self-consciously addresses the nature of a shared reality with the viewer. Around & About is an eloquently concrete conjunction of interiors and closed openings which provides a percussive backdrop for Hill's struggle to break through to the viewer, functioning both on the level of intimate dialogue and universal plea. 1980. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 5 min. Video/C 5236

Gary Hill: I Believe It is an Image
Contents: Featured works: Wall piece -- Crossbow -- Liminal objects -- Reflex chamber -- Conundrum -- Remarks on color -- Suspension of disbelief -- I believe it is an image in light of the other -- Why do things get in a muddle? (Come on Petunia) -- CRUX -- Primarily speaking -- Mediations. In this program video artist Gary Hill uses a number of his pieces to investigate otherness and ambiguity, dislocation of the senses, the boundary between words and comprehension, the physicality of text, and figurative interactivity. 2004. 54 min. DVD 2802

Incidence of Catastrophe
While extending the dialogue between semantics andconsciousness that Hill has advanced since the late1970s, this video reaches beyond these parametersdepicting the synesthesia of reading and the dreamworkof the text. It inspires hopes of vital newrelationships between artistic and critical practicesin literature and video. Videocassette release a film originally produced from 1987-1988. 43 min., 51 sec. Video/C MM136

It's Clean, It Just Looks Dirty
Includes "Energy and how to get it" by Robert Frank ; Rudy Wurlitzer ; Gary Hill (14:20) Robert Frank; Rudy Wurlitzer; Gary Hill (14:20) Video/C 4346

Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image: Gary Hill
Contents: Video: Blind spot / Gary Hill (13 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. In Blind spot, created by the American artist Gary Hill, a brief encounter in the street with a man in a southern French city that has a large North African population is slowed down, forcing the viewer into an intimate relationship with the subject and the shifting emotions in his face. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with video artist. DVD 2422 Produced by Bick Productions, Ilene Kurtz-Kretzschmar and Caroline Bourgeois and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, February 27-May 2, 2004. DVD 2422

Primarily Speaking
Video art piece which compares human language and symbolism by juxtaposing words and their rhythm with images, edited to the rhythm of the language. 1983. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 20 min. Video/C 5235

Selected Works, I
Contents: Objects with destinations (1979, 3 min.) -- Windows(1978, 8 min.) -- Bathing (1977, 5 min.) -- Bits(1977, 3 min.) -- Mirror Road (1975-76, 7 min.). Early formalist works which explore the manipulation ofelectronic color and image density through the camera obscura and image processing devices. In Objects WithDestinations, ordinary objects move in staccato rhythm across the screen, washed with subtle hues. In Windows, the image of windows in a darkened room isdigitized, densely layered, and otherwise abstracted in a series of graphic compositions. In Bathing, Hill transforms the traditional image of a bathing figure by subtly integrating color video and digitized, re-scanned stills. Bits is an abbreviated study of minutiae, textures and patterns, in which Hill explores editing techniques and rhythm. In Mirror Road, Hill creates an increasingly abstracted harmony of landscapes in layered compositions of movement. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 1989? 27 min. Video/C 5237

Selected Works, II
Contents: Electronic linguistic (1977, 4 min.) -- Sums & differences (1978, 9 min.) -- Black/white/text (1980, 8 min.). In these early works, Hill explores the structural and organic relation of linguistics to electronic phenomena. In Electronic Linguistic, small electronic shapes on the screen move in a gradually accelerating rhythm. In Sums & Differences, images of musical instruments and their corresponding sounds are sequentially switched at an increasingly rapid rate. Black/White/Text is a linguistic deconstruction that represents the syllabic structure of words as text on the screen. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 20 min. 21 min. Video/C 5238

Selected Works, III
Contents: Full circle (formerly: Ring modulation) (1978, 4 min.) -- Mouthpiece (1978, 1 min.) -- Elements (1978, 2 min.) -- Primary (1978, 1 min.) -- Picture story (1979, 7 min) -- Equal time (1979, 5 min.).

In these works from the late 1970s, Hill continues to construct a dialogue of sound and image, devising analogies between linguistics and electronic phenomena. Video/C 6190

Helen Hill

The House of Sweet Magic: Films by Helen Hill
A compilation of Helen Hill's low-budget and do-it-yourself approaches to filmmaking, including super 8, handprocessing and drawing-on-film. "It is a good idea behind a film, and not fancy technology or a big budget, that makes a great film." Contents: Tunnel of love (1996, 4:00) -- Rain dance (1990, 3:45) -- Madame Winger makes a film (2001, 9:29) -- Scratch and Crow (1995, 4:23) -- Your new pig is down the road (1999, 5:00) -- The world's smallest fair (1995, 4:26) -- Vessel (1992, 6:15) -- Film for Rosie (2001, 3:13) -- Mouseholes (1999, 7:40) -- Bohemian town (2004, 2:42) DVD X1978

Hutton Peter

Peter Hutton
Drawing on traditions of 19th-century landscape painting and still photography, Hutton's contemplative, meticulously composed films unfold as a series of tableaux separated by black leader. His work, primarily minimalist, silent portraits of cities and landscapes, has been shown at important festivals and in major museums across Europe and the United States. He has taught at Hampshire College, Harvard University, SUNY Purchase, and has been a Professor of Film at Bard College since 1984. Peter Hutton appeared on Screening Room in March 1977 to screen and discuss excerpts from the films July '71 in San Francisco, Images of Asian Music, Florence, New York Near Sleep for Saskia, and footage from New York Portrait: Chapter One. Originally broadcast in 1977. 72 min. DVD 5879

Mako Idemitsu

Kiyoko's Situation
Kiyoko's situation articulates the deeply embedded cultural roles of Japanese women through the parallel stories of two female artists, Kiyoko and Tani. In Idemitsu's narrative-within-a-narrative, "Kiyoko's situation" is played out on a television monitor within Tani's drama. Tani is paralyzed in her attempts to paint by her feeling that, as a single woman, she has failed in society's eyes. Kiyoko, a young mother viciously criticized by her husband and family for her fierce determination to paint, eventually compromises her art for "maternal duty." As Kiyoko complies with the family, Tani, isolated and despairing, is driven to suicide. Idemitsu's chillingly omniscient television monitor, which acts as the psychological "other," metaphorically and literally condemns Tani to death. In the final cruel irony, she hangs herself, using the television monitor as a jumping-off point. Performers: Rieko Suzuki, Sumi Ozawa, Michie Ikeda, Rokurou Abe, Masahiko Uchizawa, Koji Takahashi, Momoko Mimura. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1989. 25 min. Video/C MM1220

Takahiko Iimura

See also: Cinema Different DVD 4425

The Collected Films of Takahiko Iimura. No. 1
Contents: Onan (1963, 7 min.) -- White calligraphy (1967, 11 min.) -- Aiueonn, six features (1993, 7 min.) -- Face / featuring Mario Montez, Donna Kerness (1969, 17 min.) -- Filmmakers / featuring Stan Brakhage, Stan Vanderbeek, Jack Smith, Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol, Takahiko Iiimura (1969, 28 min.) A collection of experimental films by Takahiko Iimura, considered one of the most influential and important experimental filmmakers of our time. In an era of the explosion of Underground Film in the States, Iimura, almost alone in Tokyo, began making experimental film just reading the news from abroad without actually seeing them. His work explores a wide range of experiments from poetic cinema with Dadaist and Surrealist influence and Absurdist filmic play in the 1960's through more formal and conceptual investigations in the 1970's and the later. DVD X292

Joris Ivens

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Ken Jacobs

Little Stabs at Happiness
1959-63. 15 min. DVD X1453

Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince: Leeds Bridge 1888
Writes Ken Jacobs: ""Louis-Aim�-Augustin Le Prince was the first person to create, in 1885, a single recording apparatus that photographed images in quick succession on George Eastman's new paper roll film. Le Prince applied for patents but the fix was in, leaving Edison and the Lumière Brothers to profit from his invention. He vanished under mysterious circumstances in 1890. Well, that's business, but I'm sure personal malice was not involved. In 1888 he made a number of short recordings. Here we see Leeds Bridge on a day like any other, its foot and carriage traffic as portentous or as casual as the crisscrossings of the stars. Looped, we Tom Tom some of its infinity of captured gesture." [Electronic Arts Intermix] DVD 7682

New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 Nervous System 3D
A film by Ken Jacobs. Based on a 1903 recording of a fishmarket in New York's lower east side, by Thomas Edison. From an overhead angle, the camera shows a fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are passing along the stands and making their purchases of fish. 132 min. DVD 7746

Tom, Tom The Piper's Son
This video release of the 1969 silent experimental film by Ken Jacobs, begins by presenting the entire eight-shot, 10-minute 1905 short film Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, and then rephotographs it in detail. Segments of the original are run in slow motion, rerun in detail, and enlarged into close-ups and freeze frames. Jacobs photographs the screen, the projector the film is playing on, and at one point includes 10 minutes of blur as images slip off the sprocket holes. The entire film is an act of imaginative rediscovery of "the vivacious doings of persons long dead," as Jacobs once put it, as well as being an exploration of the nature of cinematic storytelling. A Tom Tom Chaser (2002, 11 min.), Jacobs' never before seen creative riff on the transformtion of his film from chemical to electronic form during the telecine process. 120 min. PAL format. Video/C MM112

Johan van der Keuken

Johan van der Keuken: The Complete Collection.

Vol. 1, Disc 1 [I]. Contents: I [love] $ (1986, 140 min.) -- [2]. Beauty = Det schoonheid (1970, 21 min.) -- [3] Even stilte = A moment's silence = Un moment de silence (1960-63, 10 min.) Music by Willem Breuker and others. I [love] money: New York, Geneva, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are major hubs of the world's economy. Great amounts of money circulate there, and whereas poverty is ubiquitous in the streets of New York, Geneva carefully protects its wealth behind impeccable facades. No one is unaffected by the myth of the all-powerful Dollar: the under-privileged struggle to survive talking about their unattainable dream, while businessmen, from the safe distance of their offices, lay down the tenets of the financial philosophy. Beauty: The dream world of a fascist spy named Beauty who destroys himself by attempting to impose a rigid working order on the world. The recurring themes of van der Keuken's work -- time, violence, the perception of reality -- are explored here with exceptional intensity. A moment's silence: One of John van der Keuken's first independent projects produced on an extremely modest budget. The coming and going of street traffic in Amsterdam slows and finally the city is immobilized. In the silence, short live sequences introduce simple poetic observations of a peaceful urban landscape. DVD 6638

Vol. 1, Disc 2 Contents: Het oog boven de put = The eye above the well = L'oeil au-dessus du puits (1988, 90 min.) -- Lucebert, tijd en afscheid = Lucebert, time and farewell = Lucebert, temps et adieux (1962, 1966, 1994, 51 min.) -- The unanswered question = La question sans reponse (1986, 17 min.) -- On animal locomotion (1994, 15 min.) Music by Willem Breuker and others. Eye above the well: Explores India's spiritual and economic condition, moving from the city to the countryside in the region of Kerala, as it focuses on the essence of that civilization. Captured without commentary by a gliding camera are a cacophony of distinctly nonwestern sights and sounds: the bustling city streets, the serene landscapes of the surrounding countryside, a family preparing for dinner, an elderly actor performing his mythological drama, a modest country moneylender traveling from village to village, young girls at their singing lessons. Lucebert, time and farewell: One of the greatest Dutch poets of the twentieth century, Lucebert was also a major painter who participated in the Cobra movement. This is van der Keuken's acclaimed triptych of three short films on Lucerbert produced in 1962, 1966, and 1994. Unanswered question: A didactic verse on the mechanic (or rather, organic) function of memory and therefore, also on cinema. On animal locomotion: An illustration of the human body in motion with music from the Dutch composer Willem Breuker. DVD 6639

Vol. 1, Disc 3 Contents: Face value (1991, 120 min.) -- Masque = The mask = Het masker (1989, 53 min.). Music by Willem Breuker and others. Face value: Rejecting linear narrative storytelling, the director offers an epic of humanity and cultural diversity through a cartography of faces, the reflection of an imaginary Europe, made up of London, Marseilles, Prague, and the Netherlands. Mask: During the celebrations of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, Johan van der Keuken made a film about the revolutionary ideas of equality, liberty, and fraternity. Rather than focusing on the festivities, he lingers on the crowds in the metro and on the platform. Among them is a homeless member of the poor class who is ignored by his more affluent countrymen. A cutting perspective on the contraditions that permeate French society. DVD 6640

Vol. 2, Disc 1 Contents: Brass unbound (1993, 106 min.) -- Sarajevo film festival film (1993, 14 min.) -- Time / Work (1999, 11 min.) -- Johan van der Keuken: A documentary (1999, 52 min.) Brass unbound: A study of how colonized peoples have transformed the music of the colonialists into their own music of celebration and ritual. Filmed in Nepal, Surinam, Minahassa (Indonesia) and Ghana, the film is based on the musicological research of Rob Boonzajer Flaes. Sarajevo Film Festival Film: In the twentieth month of the siege, Sarajevo organizes a film festival, despite the critical situation admist winter and war. Van der Keuken presents Face Value and Brass Unbound and exploring with his camera, interviews the festival organizer. Time/Work: This montage of excerpts from van der Keuken's films shows the repetitive motions of various rural, craft, and industrial labors from around the world. Johan van der Keuken: a documentary: Van der Keuken retraces his steps from Amsterdam to Paris, recalling 40 years of cinema in the process, in this revealing documentary by Thierry Nouel. DVD X388

Vol. 2, Disc 2: Amsterdam Global Village A fond depiction of filmmaker Johan van der Keuken's home town of Amsterdam and it's people. The film revolves around Khalid, a moped courier who guides the viewer along as he races around town with his cargo of films and photographs. The camera serenely glides through the city's canals, down its streets and across its squares to encounter old and new Amsterdammers who represent a variety of characters from all corners of the globe. DVD X389

Vol. 2, Disc 3 Contents: To Sang Fotostudio (1997, 33 min.) -- Living with your eyes / a documentary by Ramón Gieling (1997, 55 min.) -- Amsterdam afterbeat (1996, 16 min.) -- Interview / a documentary by Thierry Nouel (2001, 35 min.). To Sang Fotostudio: Shop owners of various ethnic backgrounds situated on the Amsterdam street where Chinese photographer Mr. To Sang has his photo studio want to have their portraits taken. Van der Keuken captures their many cultural exchanges on film. Livining with your eyes: Documentary about the making of To Sang Fotostudio, capturing the filmmaker's creative process. Includes interviews with critics and scholars who comment on van der Keuken's work. Amersterdam afterbeat: Outtakes from Amsterdam Global Village. Interview/documentary by Thierry Nouel: In this conversation the filmmaker reveals his ideas, assesses his life of creativity and reflects on his travels and work. DVD X390

Vol. 3, Disc 1 Contents: The new ice age (1974, 80 min.) -- Four walls (1965, 22 min.) -- Velocity 40-70 (1970, 25 min.) -- The wall (1973, 9 min.) -- Springtime : three portraits (1976, 42 min.). Four walls: As Amsterdam is going through a serious housing crisis the filmmaker reflects on the relationship between home and mental space. Velocity 40-70: While interviewing a survivor of Auschwitz, van der Keuken reconsiders the war by images of the present and presents a lucid observation of the realities of today. The film is preceded by an interview with the filmmaker. The wall: One misty October morning a community in Amsterdam comes together to paint an enormous fresco on one of the walls of a norrow street in the neighborhood. Springtime : three portraits: "Snapshots" taken in Western Europe of people who each in their own way, are living examples of the economic tensions of the mid 1970s. DVD X402

Vol. 3, Disc 2 Contents: Diary (1972, 78 min.) -- The white castle (1973, 78 min.) -- Bert Schierbeek/ The door (1973, 11 min.) -- Vietnam Opera (1973, 11 min.). Summary Diary: Filmed in Cameroon, Morocco, and Holland, this first part of a triptych is dedicated to defining the relationship between poor countries (the developing Southern hemisphere) and rich countries (the industrialized North). White castle: The principal theme of this second part of the North-South triptych is the destruction that marks our existence, and the isolation and despair that are the bitter fruits of "the system." The film weaves itself through three locations: a Spanish island frequented by tourists, a community center in a ghetto of Columbus, Ohio and two factories in the Netherlands. Bert Schierbeek/ The door: An anthology of the work of Dutch poet Bert Schierbeek, inspired by the disappearance of his wife. Vietnam opera: In 1973, a group of Vietnamese actors has come to Amsterdam in the framework of a major demonstration in support of the liberation movement. Here, van der Keuken juxtaposes this naive spectacle with images of overfed Dutchmen filmed in a market street in Amsterdam. DVD X403

Vol. 3, Disc 3 Contents: Paris a l'aube (1960, 10 min.) -- Blind child (1964, 24 min.) -- Beppie (1965, 38 ,min.) -- Herman Slobbe/ Blind child 2 (1966, 29 min.) -- Big Ben/ Ben Webster in Europe (1967, 31 min.) -- The spirit of the time (1968, 42 min.) -- The cat (1968, 5 min.) Paris a l'aube: A lyrical ode to Paris filmed at dawn, made in collaboration with James Blue and set to music by Derry Hall. Blind child: What is a blind child's perspective on reality? Van de Keuken spent two months in a Dutch school for the blind investigating this question. Beppie: Recounts the adventures of a ten-year-old Amsterdam girl as the filmmaker follows her through her daily life in the city. Herman Slobbe/ Blind child 2: Filmed two years after Blind Child, this second film on blind children focuses more specifically on one young boy approaching puberty who must struggle to find his own way. Big Ben/ Ben Webster in Europe: A look at the personality and talent of Ben Webster, the American jazz and blues saxophonist based in Amsterdam. Spirit of the time: The filmmaker's camera captures the spirit of the sixties in this examination of the hippy movement and protests against the war in Vietnam. The cat: A series of "cosmic" observations of the filmmakers cat, accompanied by a text on the necessity of innovation in expression and communication in cinema. DVD X404

Vol. 4, Disc 1 Contents: De platte jungle = Flat jungle (1978, 90 min.) / een film van Johan van der Keuken ; deze film werd gamaakt voor de Landelijke Vereniging Tot Behoud Van de Waddenzee ; camera/interviews, Johan van der Keuken ; editors, Jan Dop, Johan Van Der Keuken ; music, Willem Breuker. De meester en de reus : een muzikale komedie (1980, 70 min.) / een film van Johan van der Keuken ; in samenweking met Claude Ménard ; scenario en draaiboek, Johan van der Keuken en Claude M�nard ; produktie, Chris Brouwer en Willum Thijssen voor The Movies Filmproductions ; regie, Johan van der Keuken = The master and the giant : a musical comedy / a film by Johan van der Keuken, in collaboration with Claude M�nard = Le ma�tre et le g�ant / en collaboration avec Claude M�nard ; cinematography, Johan van der Keuken ; editor, Jan Dop ; music, Willem Breuker, H�di Guella. The reading-lesson (1973, 10 min.) / a film by Johan van der Keuken. DVD X1311

Vol. 4, Disc 2 Contents: De weg naar het zuiden = The way south (1981, 143 min.) / Johan van der Keuken. De weg naar het zuiden (The way south): Like the pages of a travel diary, explore the way all of us project ourselves onto the different worlds we discover. The filmmaker's holiday: Watch as the filmmaker constructs his film like a collection of separate images that, when reunited, compose his mental universe. DVD X1312

Vol. 4, Disc 3 Contents: De beeldenstorm = Iconoclasm : a storm of images (1982, 85 min.) / produktie, Frans Rasker ; een film van Johan van der Keuken, met medewerking van Steve Fox ... [et al.]. De tijd = Time (1984, 45 min.) / een film van Johan van der Keuken ; tekst, Bert Schierbeek ; produktie, Frans Rasker ; I.S.M. NOS-Televisie ; camera, Johan VDK (i.e. Johan van der Keuken) ; editors, Jan Dop, Johan van der Keuken ; music: De tijd" van Louis Andriessen. De Palestijnen = The Palestinians (1975, 45 min) / Filmmuseum ; produktie, Chris Brouwer ; een film van Johan van der Keuken ; cinematography, Johan van der Keuken ; editors, Fred van Dijk, Johan van der Keuken ; music, Willem Breuker. De beeldenstorm (Iconoclasm : a storm of images): A portrait of a generation of the cosmopolitan youth for whom the future is uncertain. De tijd (Time): A collection of images set to the soundtrack of Louis Andrissen. De Palestijnen (The Palestinians): Explores the complex and delicate questions about the conflicts that permeate the Middle East. DVD X1313

Lynn Kirby

Sharon and the Birds on the Way to the Wedding.
Experimental film which uses disconnected images to depict a woman preparing for marriage. The unpredictable nature of the images just barely suggests a story. vhs 999:631

Michael Klier

Der Riese.
The filmmaker uses material drawn from surveillance cameras scattered throughout Germany to create a 1980s version of the "city film." Parades, subway platforms, and traffic in the rain flit through its mechanical consciousness. 1983. 80 min. Video/C MM963

George and Mike Kuchar

Kuchar, George. Reflections From a Cinematic Cesspool / George Kuchar and Mike Kuchar; introduction by John Waters. Berkeley, Calif.: Zanja Press, 1997. UCB Bancroft pf PN1998.3.K833 A3 1997

Color me Lurid: The Weird World of George Kuchar.
Twenty years before Blue velvet George Kuchar was obsessed with pop culture and kitsch. Part of the New York 'underground,' George and brother Mike were unusual in wanting to make lavish melodramas. Handpainted titles, lurid colour and sound, tabloid-type tales, startling hair-dos and vivid costumes blend and sometimes clash inimitably in these four startling, funny and bittersweet films.

Contents: Hold me while I'm naked (1966, col., 15 min. With Donna Kerness, Hope Morris, Steve Packard, Andrea Lunin, George Kuchar) -- The mongreloid (1978, col., 9 min. With George Kuchar, Curt McDowell) -- Forever and always (1978, col., 21 min. With Olive M. Ayhens, Beau Brinkwater, Jan Ericson, Dona Frost) -- A reason to live (1976, b&w, 27 min. Marion Smith collaborated with Kuchar on direction. With Curt McDowell, Maxine Duff-Davis, Marion Eaton, Robbie Tucker). 70 min. PAL format. vhs 999:3693

George Kuchar: The Comedy of the Underground
A documentary portrait of filmmaker George Kuchar, one of underground filmmaking's most offbeat, eccentric, and fiercely independent directors. Includes clips from Kuchar classic films, interviews with family and associates and Kuchar conducting a tour of his apartment where he displays memorabilia and toys which were used for props. Directed by Gustavo Vasquez O. and David Hallinger. 66 min. DVD 8666

Hold Me While I'm Naked.
Sad but funny look at sexual frustration and loneliness. A blending of Hollywood glamour and drama with all too real life. It goes beyond the erotic into the world of the hyper-neurotic. 15 min. vhs 999:627

I, An Actress
1977. 9 min. DVD X1453

It Came From Kuchar
Long before YouTube, there were the brilliantly insane, no-budget movies of underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. Creating stars out of their friends and family with just consumer-grade cameras, the teenage Kuchar brothers went from the 1960s New York City underground film scene of Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger to become the twin maestros of B-movie glamour and sleaze. Contents: The fury of George Kuchar -- The underground film scene -- George and Mike -- Starring: The Leibowitzes -- Growing up Kuchar -- The school of commercial art -- The Mozarts of 8MM cinema -- A family enterprise -- Sins of the fleshapoids -- Hold me while I'm naked -- Religious overtones -- Pushing the boundaries -- San Francisco -- Artistry -- Curt McDowell -- Thundercrack -- The devil's cleavage -- Curt's death -- The influence of weather -- Ahead of the curve -- Linda Martinez -- Introspective journeys -- It came from Kuchar -- The fury of Frau Frankenstein. Special features: Contains over 45 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage with interviews, video clips and secrets of the fascinating and bizarre world of the Kuchar Brothers. A film by Jennifer M. Kroot. 2010. 86 min. DVD X4058

Sins of the Fleshapoids
Contents: Sins of the fleshapoids (1965, 40 min.) --- The secret of Wendel Samson (1966) -- The craven sluck (1967). Sins of the fleshapoids: Set a million years in the future, after "The Great War" has scourged the planet, mankind has forsaken science for self-indulgence. Work is left to enslaved androids. One male robot tires of pampering his lazy masters, and joins the humans in sin. Secret of Wendel Samson stars pop artist Red Grooms in a dark, surreal psychodrama of sexual desire and the entanglements of intimacy. Craven sluck tells a torrid tale of adultery and fying saucers. DVD 4739

Wild Night in El Reno.
From the window of a motel room Kuchar films a violent electrical storm from first stirrings of the wind through thunder and lightening and torrential rains to the closing rainbow after the storm. vhs 999:628

The World of George Kuchar
A compilation of 26 short and experimental films by American film director George Kuchar. Also includes an interview with Kuchar who is known for his "low-fi" aesthetic, playful use of no-talent actors, plotless plots, and themeless themes. Disc 1. Video album 5: the Thursday people (1987, 59 min.) ; We, the normal (1987, 11 min.) ; Cult of the cubicles (1987, 46 min.) -- Disc 2. Creeping Crimson (1987, 13 min.) ; Rainy season (1987, 28 min.) ; Weather diary 3 (1988, 24 min.) ; 500 millibars to ectasy (1989, 16 min.) ; Passage to wetness (1990, 15 min.) ; Scarlet droppings (1991, 10 min.) -- Disc. 3. Weather diary 6 (1990, 28 min.) ; Point 'n' shoot (1989, 5 min.) ; Rocky interlude (1990, 7 min.) ; Snap 'n' snatch (1990, 6 min.) ; Award (1992, 20 min.) ; Route 666 (1994, 8 min.) ; Uncle evil (1996, 7 min.) ; Season of sorrow (1996, 12 min.) ; The inmate (1997, 16 min.) -- Disc 4. Metropolitan monologues (2000, 44 min.) ; Cyclone Alley ceramics (2000, 12 min.) ; The kingdom by the sea (2002, 19 min.) ; Burnout (2003, 20 min.) ; Supercell (2004, 9 min.) ; Song of the whoopee wind (2005, 12 min.) -- Disc 5. George Kuchar: an interview (2005, 46 min.) ; Evangelust (1988, 35 min.) ; Kaponga Island (2004, 27 min.). Dist.: Video Data Bank. DVD 8101

David Lamelas

Films 1969-1972
Nine films produced between 1969 and 1972 by David Lamelas, a pioneer of the 70's conceptual cinama. A study of the relationships between inner and outer space (20 min.), 1969 -- Time as activity (13 min.), 1969 -- Reading of an extract from 'Labyrinths' by J.L. Borges (4 min.), 1970 -- Reading film from 'Knots' by R.D. Laing (12 min.), 1970 -- Interview with Marguerite Duras (5 min.), 1970 (Installation) -- Gente di Milano (3 min.), 1970 (Installation) -- Cumulative script (11 min.), 1971 (Installation)-- To pour milk into a glass (8 min.), 1972 (Installation) -- Film 18 Paris (10 min.), 1970. Films in French with booklet in French, Spanish, and English. 86 min. DVD 9510

Standish Lawder

Standish Lawder & Stanley Cavell
A professor of art history and film, a photographer and an inventor, Standish Lawder made truly experimental films by seeing what a predetermined idea about content, structure, or technique will produce when carried out in shooting or printing. Stanley Cavell, philosopher and professor at Harvard, had just published The World Viewed, his first book on film. In this January 1973 episode of Screening Room, Lawder demonstrates the intricacies of his home-made optical printer and shows examples of what can be achieved with rephotographing film. Gardner, Lawder, and Cavell also discuss the intellectual and psychological implications of his manipulations. Their frank commentary carries on over Lawder's test print of Intolerance, which he had just received from the lab and had not yet viewed it himself. Lawder also screens Necrology, Color Film, and Corridor. 1973. 74 min. DVD 5880

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Dent, T. "First-Person Plural, The Work Of Lynn Hershman." Arts Magazine, V65; N3; 1990; 87-89

Cut Piece: A Video Homage to Yoko Ono.
Cut piece is a performance piece originally written and performed by Yoko Ono in 1964. In this video recreation three female performers dressed in fine party dress kneel in center stage and place a pair a scissors in front of themselves. Members of the audience come up on stage and begin to cut pieces of the performer's clothing. This continues until a performer says stop or until there isn't any more cloth to cut. 16 min. Video/C 2735

The Electronic Diary: Confessions of a Chameleon.
Examining such issues as child battering, eating disorders and a failed marriage, this video confessional records the struggles of the filmmaker as her personal story unfolds before the camera. 63 min. Video/C 2736

The Electronic Diary, part 4, Shadow's Song.
A black male dog trainer and an affluent white feminist share the experience of progressive illness culminating with the death of the man. 33 min. Video/C 2737

Electronic Subversions: Art of a New Reality
Co-sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. A lecture delivered on December 3, 1993. Video/C 5470

Strange Culture
Based on true events, this docu-drama tells the story of one man's personal tragedy that turns into persecution by a paranoid government. Steve Kurtz's nightmare began on May 11, 2004, when he awoke to find his wife dead of heart failure. Police responding to his distressed 911 call became suspicious of biological equipment in his house and contacted the FBI. Only hours after his wife's tragic death, he found himself detained as a suspected "bioterrorist," as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suites scoured his home, seizing his art materials, computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife's body. 2007. 75 min. DVD 9843

Virtual Love.
When Valery falls in love with one of two identical twin scientists, she finds she can have a more intimate relationship through the computer. A love story for the 90's, this is a story about virtual reality, reality and identity in an electronic world. Includes commentary by ten media and virtual reality experts. 73 min. Video/C 2734

Maurice Lemaitre / Letterist Films

Books/articles about Lemaitre in the Berkeley Library

Lettrist International website
Another Lettrist International website

Le Film est déjà commencé? (1951)
Directed by Maurice Lemaitre. With "Film Annonce" - 8 min. (1993)This major work of lettrist cinema had as much direct or hidden influence on the New Wave as it does on today's Avant-Garde. Its first screenings in Paris in 1951 became major events. The critics despised it, but this work is and will remain a landmark in film history. 59 min. vhs 999:1962

Letterist Films: Woman, Women (1978-1995)
Various directors. Le temoin ou la timide esperance (The witness or timid expectations), Christiane Guymer (1984, 9 min.); Guimauve et baisers bleus (Blue kisses and marshmellows), Helene Richol (1983, 10 min.); All women are Joan of Arcs, Suzanne Lemaitre, Maurice Lemaitre (1984, 20 min.); La femme n'est plus ce qu'elle e'tait! (Woman is not what she used to be), Helene Richol (1978, 10 min.); End memory, Pip Chodorov (1995, 6 min.); Une histoire d'amour (Love, Maurice Lemaitre (1978, 9 min.).
"If the woman is not what she used to be, she will soon become, through ongoing struggle, not the future of mankind, but her own future, as demonstrated in these letterist films. Proof that she must perhaps also find companionship with men in this creative combat is offered here as the focus on the woman or on women, can signify neither myth nor exclusion." 64 min. vhs 999:1963

Nos Stars; Le Petit Dieu
Nos stars = Our stars / realise par Maurice Lemaitre (2002, 23 min.) -- Le petit dieu = the little god / realise par Maurice Lemaitre (2002, 21 min.) Nos stars: "A chronicle of the fantasies and dream of women in avant-garde contemporary cinema. The faces and bodies of new women haunt the paths and alleyways of avant-garde cinema." Le petit dieu: "A philosophical lesson aimed at children with an invitation to travel, one of the main themes of Lemaitre, and a genuine manifestation of film Lettrism." Double-sided DVD; PAL format on one side, NTSC format on the other side. In French with English subtitles. Special features: Biography, filmography, interview: "Maurice Lemaitre: Tarzan et Mao" with Frederic Acquaviva. DVD 6772

Alfred Leslie

Alfred Leslie: Cool Man in a Golden Age: Selected Films
Contents: Pull my daisy: G-String Enterprises ; adapted, photographed and directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie ; written by Jack Kerouac. The last clean shirt: Czé Zléyiuz Edu Filméei presents ; [produced, photographed, written and directed by Alfred Leslie] ; subtitle texts by Frank O'Hara. Birth of a nation: film by Alfred Leslie ; [text by Frank O'Hara]. USA: poetry, Frank O'Hara: Thirteen/WNET ; [directed by Richard O. Moore]. A stranger calls at midnight: Edu Filmii and Klopstokia Worldwide. Cast: Pull my daisy: Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Mooney Peebles, Peter Orlofsky, Larry Rivers ; narrated by Jack Kerouac. The last clean shirt: Ruth Cazalet, Richard White. Birth of a nation: John Ahearn, Miles Forest, Dorothea Rockburne, Charlotte Bellamy, Karen Peters, Willem de Kooning. USA: poetry, Frank O'Hara: Frank O'Hara, Alfred Leslie. A stranger calls at midnight: Alfred Leslie. Pull my daisy: Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop, they naturally would like their friends to be on their best behavior. But poets will be poets. The last clean shirt: A couple drives around Manhattan in a convertible. Birth of a nation: Originally filmed in 1965, this film was largely destroyed in a fire. Leslie recovered 14 minutes of footage and some sound elements in this 2007 restoration. The film is a wild counterculture opera which included inter-racial marriage, a claustrophobic ménage a trois, lesbian parents, masturbation, suicide, a number of musical interludes and apparently lots of telephones ringing. DVD X1747

Pull My Daisy
Produced and directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie; written and narrated by Jack Kerouac; edited by Leon Prochnik, Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie; music composed and conducted by David Amram ; adapted, and photographed by Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie. Narrated by Jack Kerouac. Cast: Mooney Peebles, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Larry Rivers, Beltiane, David Amram, Alice Neal, Sally Gross, Denise Parker, Pablo Frank. Presents Jack Kerouac's adapted play; this version is widely acknowledged as a classic moment in American independent cinema, marked by Robert Frank's filmmaking debut. The film describes the moods and feelings of a group of poets and musicians meeting in a loft apartment on a Friday morning. Jack Kerouac speaks for all the characters and comments on their actions. 1959. 28 min. DVD 9964; also on DVD X1747; vhs Video/C 4336

Kerouac, Jack. Pull my daisy, text ad-libbed by Jack Kerouac for the film by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie New York, Grove Press [1961] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3521.E735 P8 1961a)

Blain, Allan. "The Making (and Unmaking) of Pull My Daisy." Film History 1988 2(3): 185-205 21p. UC users only
Diggory, Terence. "What abstract art means in Pull my daisy." In: Reconstructing the Beats / edited by Jennie Skerl. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS228.B6 R43 2004; available online - UCB users only)
Hanhardt, John G. "Movement toward the real: "Pull My Daisy" and the American independent film, 1950-65." In: Beat culture and the New America, 1950-1965 / Lisa Phillips, with contributions by Maurice Berger ... [et al.] New York ; Paris : Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Flammarion, c1995 (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX180.S6 P53 1995)
Sargeant, Jack. Naked lens : an illustrated history of beat cinema London : Creation Books, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 S37 2001; earlier edition at PFA)
Sterritt, David. Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1998. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA: PS228.B6 S755 1998)
Villa, Sara. "Pull My Daisy. A Bebop Revolution." Forum: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts. [Online, np, nd) UC users only

Alfred Leslie

Alfred Leslie: Cool Man in a Golden Age: Selected Films
Contents: Pull my daisy (1959, 29 min.) -- The last clean shirt (1964, 41 min.) -- Birth of a nation 1965 (1965/1998, 39 min.) -- USA: poetry, Frank O'Hara (1966, 15 min.) -- A stranger calls at midnight: a self interview of sorts (2007, 32 min.) Cast: Pull my daisy: Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Mooney Peebles, Peter Orlofsky, Larry Rivers ; narrated by Jack Kerouac. The last clean shirt: Ruth Cazalet, Richard White. Birth of a nation: John Ahearn, Miles Forest, Dorothea Rockburne, Charlotte Bellamy, Karen Peters, Willem de Kooning. USA: poetry, Frank O'Hara: Frank O'Hara, Alfred Leslie. A stranger calls at midnight: Alfred Leslie. Pull my daisy: Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment. When Milo and his wife are visited by their bishop, they naturally would like their friends to be on their best behavior. But poets will be poets. The last clean shirt: A couple drives around Manhattan in a convertible. Birth of a nation: Originally filmed in 1965, this film was largely destroyed in a fire. Leslie recovered 14 minutes of footage and some sound elements in this 2007 restoration. The film is a wild counterculture opera which included inter-racial marriage, a claustrophobic m�nage a trois, lesbian parents, masturbation, suicide, a number of musical interludes and apparently lots of telephones ringing. USA: poetry, Frank O'Hara: Frank O'Hara reads poetry and discusses filmmaking with Alfred Leslie. A stranger calls at midnight: Alfred Leslie discusses his life and works. DVD X1747

Saul Levine

The Big Stick, 1967-1972; New Left Note, 1968-1976
Big Stick: Intercuts two Charlie Chaplin shorts centering on policemen with newsreel footage of police crowd control and street fighting. Levine questions the social implications of media by presenting this discomforting ragout as a political gesture. New left note: Incisively distills the domestic protest, social revolution, and increasing public disillusionment over a protracted Vietnam War that defined the atmosphere of late 60s American culture. With rapid intercutting, disorienting quick pans and looping, Levine approaches filmmaking as a tool for social change -- a visceral chronicle of creative expression and cultural consciousness. Silent films. The Big Stick, 1967-1972 (13 min.) -- New left note, 1968-1976 (32 min.) Video/C MM1182

Mary Lucier

Mary Lucier Video Installation.
Mary Lucier, a pioneer in video art, talks about her evocative, lyrical imagery and sculptural installations. This program looks at her "Wilderness" video installation and also includes segments of "Ohio at Giverny," an earlier installation piece. Includes an interview with photography critic for the New York Times, Andy Grunberg, who explains video art. Wilderness video installation was at the Greenberg-Wilson Gallery, October 19 through November 25, 1989. c1990. 28 min. Video/C 6752

Christopher Maclaine

Full-text article on beat generation film by Ray Carney
Brakhage, Stan. Film at Wit's End: Eight Avant-Garde Filmmakers. 1st ed. Kingston, N.Y.: Documentext, c1989. UCB Main PN1995.9.E96 B741 1989; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.E96 B74 1989

The End
An experimental film which intercuts color and black and white sequences, as well as sound-with-no-picture in showing five different people on the last day of their lives. This is a poetic, philosophical examination of life and its unexpected end. 35 min. DVD X1452; vhs 999:108

Chris Marker

Books/articles about Marker in the Berkeley Library

Chris Marker Web site

L'ambassade (The Embassy)(1973)
One of Chris Marker's few fiction films, The Embassy shows political dissidents seeking refuge in a foreign embassy after a military coup d'etat in an unidentified country. Over the next few days, more and more people fleeing the military assault -- teachers, students, intellectuals, artists, and politicians -- arrive at the embassy. An anonymous cameraman records the tense situation with his Super-8 camera, and provides a voice-over commentary. 21 min. DVD 8639

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A bientôt, j'espère (Be Seeing You)
A film by Chris Marker. From 1967 to 1976 Chris Marker was a member of SLON (the "Company for the Launching of New Works"), which was based on the idea that cinema should not be thought of solely in terms of commerce. 1967 was also the year an important strike broke out at Rhodiaceta, a textile plant in Besancon, France. Chris Marker and members of SLON visited the city to document the strike and the lives and attitudes of the workers. The film's most important moments are composed of conversations with workers and their wives who believe the working class is at the mercy of a system that would like them to remain powerless. And so it was that their local demands grew to questions about the larger political system. Originally produced in 1968. 39 min. Video/C 9871

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Chats perches (The Case of the Grinning Cat)
In November 2001, Chris Marker became intrigued by the sudden appearance of grinning yellow cat paintings on Paris buildings and began to document them, as well as other incidents and protests in the city of Paris while he filmed. The creator is eventually revealed to be an art collective known as Mr. Chat. Special features on DVD 8627: Bonus films: "A bestiary" (five short films on animation) Cat listening to music (3 min.), An owl is an owl is an owl (3 min.), Zoo piece (3 min.), Bullfight in Okinawa (4 min.), Slon Tango (4 min.) ; Three cheers for the whale / co-directed with Mario Ruspoli (1972, 17 min.) ; Leila attacks (1 min.) 2004. 58 min. DVD 8627; DVD 6574

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Cuba si
A controversial chronicle of the evolution of the Cuban Revolution, including two interviews with Fidel Castro. Divided into two parts, the first segment shows the filmmaker Chris Marker as a tourist-like figure who is traveling through Cuba experiencing everyday life; the second part presents an unedited look at Cuban president Fidel Castro, providing him with an opportunity to present an unbiased depiction of himself to the Western World. In a post-script Marker celebrates the defeat of the U.S.-backed invaders by Cuban forces at the Bay of Pigs. A film by Chris Marker. 1961. 52 min. DVD X269

Le Fond de l'Air est Rouge (A Grin Without a Cat)
Chris Marker's epic film essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60's and 70's: Vietnam, Bolivia, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left. This sweeping, global contemplation of a defining decade's political history is divided into two parts, each part woven together to describe what Marker has called "scenes of the Third World War." Contents: Pt. 1. Fragile hands = Les mains fragiles: From Vietnam to Che's death ; May 1968 and all that. -- Pt. 2. Severed hands = Les mains coupees: From the Prague Spring to the Common Program of Government in France; From Chile to -- to what? 1978 (restored and re-actualized by Marker in 1993). 180 min. Video/C 8313

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Presents postcards of artistic photography by poet, photographer and filmmaker, Chris Marker. COMPU/D 537

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The Last Bolshevik (Le tombeau d'Alexandre)
Part 1. Kingdom of shadows -- Part 2. Shadows of a kingdom Examines the life and work of Russian film director, Alexander Medvedkin, while also giving a broad picture of life in the Soviet Union. Discusses the relation between art and politics in the Soviet Union. Special feature: Deleted scene: Medvedkin and Dziga Vertov, by Nikolai Izvolov. A film by Chris Marker. 1993. 120 mins. DVD 9426

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La Jetée
A metaphysical science fiction love story which occurs after a WWIII nuclear explosion. DVD 1917, and DVD 6:1:2; VHS 999:1437, and 999:778

Le Joli mai (1963)
Commentary spoken by Yves Montand (French version), Simone Signoret (English version). A series of interviews with ordinary people in the streets of France speaking about their lives and feelings while living in France in May of 1962, the year the Algerian War came to an end. 119 min. DVD X5801 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:2111

Level Five(1996)
The French computer programmer Laura inherits the task of making a computer game of the Battle of Okinawa in Japan during WWII. She searches the Internet for information and interviews Japanese experts and witnesses. The extraordinary circumstances of the Battle lead her to reflect deeply on her own life and humanity in general, particularly the influence of history and memories. SECAM format. In French. 105 min. vhs 999:3156

One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich(1999)
Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, this is a homage to post-War Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky by his friend and colleague renowned French filmmaker Chris Marker. Marker draws parallels between Tarkovsky's life and films, offering an original insight into the usually reclusive director. Incorporating extensive film clips, journal entries, personal musings, and behind-the-scenes footage of Tarkovsky obsessively commanding his entire crew and of candid moments with his friends and family, this is a personal and loving portrait of the monumental filmmaker. 55 min. Video/C 7646

Prime time in the Camps
A group of Bosnian refugee journalists in a refugee camp in Slovenia produce a TV program to report news of the war and conditions in Bosnia and the rest of the former Yugoslavia to other refugees from the former Yugoslavia. A film by Chris Marker ; with the video workshop of Camp Roska. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1993. 28 min. Video/C MM1186

Sans Soleil.
An unknown woman reads and comments on the letters she receives from a friend, a freelance cameraman who travels around the world and ruminates about the meaning of his work and about the role of the memory he helps create. Photographed in the high-tech world of Tokyo and the low-tech regions of West Africa this is an estute meditation on the quality of life on earth and its ever-changing characteristics. 100 min. DVD 1917; vhs 999:1149

La sixièeme face du Pentagone (The Sixth Side of the Pentagon)(1967)
Directed by Chris Marker and Francois Reichenbach. On October 21, 1967, over 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam. It was the largest protest gathering yet, and it brought together a wide cross-section of liberals, radicals, hippies, and Yippies. Che Guevara had been killed in Bolivia only two weeks previously, and, for many, it was the transition from simply marching against the war, to taking direct action to try to stop the 'American war machine.' From young men burning their draft cards, to the Yippies chanting "Out, demons, out!," to thousands of protestors rushing the steps of the Pentagon itself and some actually getting into the building, this is a remarkable time capsule and reminder of events from forty years ago, 1967-the turning point of opposition to a long and unpopular war. 26 min. DVD 8639

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Le souvenir d'un avenir (Remembrance of Things to Come)
This last "cine-essay" by Chris Marker presents a portrait of photographer Denise Bellon. Focusing on the two decades between 1935 and 1955, the film leaps and backtracks, Marker-style, from subject to subject, from a family portrait of Bellon and her two daughters, to a wide-ranging history of surrealism, of the city of Paris, of French cinema and the birth of cinematheque, of Europe, the National Front, the Second World War and Spanish Civil War, and postwar politics and culture. 2001. 42 min. DVD 8633; Video/C 9770

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Marc Masciandaro

Happy Ending
An experimental film that tells the tale of two lovers, Otto and Anna, and the forces that both bring them together and tear them apart. A visual and verbal palindrome, consisting of the same footage played twice, once forward, then in reverse -- to tell two opposing stories. c2005. 16 min. DVD X3998

Jim McBride

David Holzman's Diary.(1967)
A young filmmaker attempts to understand his life by recording it on film, only to have his experiment turn into an alienating voyeuristic obsession. 74 min. DVD X1226; vhs 999:1439

Paul McCarthy

See also:
Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S.

Paul McCarthy: Destruction of the Body.
Featured works: Pinocchio -- Heidi -- Ma Bell -- Painting face down: white line -- Glass -- Meat cake -- Tubbing -- Family tyranny -- Fresh acconci -- Saloon. Drawing on the idiom and imagery of the consumer culture he grew up in, video artist Paul McCarthy distorts and mutates the familiar into the disturbing and grotesque as fairy tale narratives and foods are transformed into tableaus of abuse and violation. 2001. 44 min. DVD 2805

Family Tyranny: Modeling & Molding (1987)
Two performances about the abuse of a son by his father presented through the "blending of youth, culturization, [and] the making of soup." Produced as part of Open Channels, a program of the Long Beach Museum of Art." Two films originally produced in 1987 by Choice Television. 15 min. Video/C 8470

Paul McCarthy.
Contents: Video: WWG (Wild gone girls) / Paul McCarthy (6 min., 2003) -- Interview (2003) -- Image gallery -- biography. WWW (Wild gone girls), a filmed performance piece created by the American artist Paul McCarthy, depicts a sailing party gone wrong. McCarthy questions the effects that violence and mutilation, both real and simulated, have on the viewer in contemporary culture. Film is followed by an in-depth interview with the video artist. DVD 2427

Taylor Mead

Full-text article on beat generation film by Ray Carney
Theater and Performance Works
Ron Rice

Jonas Mekas

Full-text article on beat generation film by Ray Carney
Information about Mekas (via Mystic Fire web site)
Mekas homepage (via The Picture Palace)

Books/articles about Mekas in the Berkeley Library

Cup/Saucer/Two Dancers/Radio
Performer: Dancers: Kenneth King, Phoebe Neville. A postmodern dance in the Pop Art style in which all the elements listed in the title have equal emphasis. Rock and roll songs comment ironically on the action of the dancers while a taped voice explains the dance's structure. Filmed by Jonas Mekas, September 29, 1965 with the assistance of David Brooks. 23 min. Video/C 4631

He Stands in a Desert.
A film diary consisting of brief informal sketches of "everyday, unimportant" activities and events in the life of the experimental filmaker, Jonas Mekas, taken between 1969 and 1984. Includes brief portraits of people he spent time with, places, seasons of the year, weather and many of his filmaker friends including Hans Richter, Roberto Rossellini, Marcel Hanoun, Henri Langlois, Alberto Cavalcanti, Peter Kubelka, Kenneth Anger, Robert Breer, Willard Van Dyke and Hollis Frampton, or just friends including John Lennon, the J.F. Kennedy clan, Andy Warhol, Richard Foreman, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg and George Maciunas. 124 min. Video/C 3978

Camper, Fred "He Stands in a Desert Counting The Seconds of His Life." Senses of Cinema.

Notes on the Circus
1966. 12 min. DVD X1452

Interview and Reading, Jonas Mekas: with Segments From the Films of Mekas
In interviews intercut with segments of his films, filmmaker and poet Jonas Mekas discusses his work in film and also the founding of Anthology Film Archives; he reads (and sings) from his poetry in English and Lithuanian and plays the concertina a little. Interview originally broadcast on Radio Thin Air on cable TV, 1991. 50 min. Video/C 6580

Lost, Lost, Lost.
Filmed between 1949 and 1963, these 6 reels of film diary by experimental filmaker, Jonas Mekas, begin with his arrival in New York from Lithuania and move on to deal with his life as a young poet and displaced person in Brooklyn. It shows the Lithuanian immigrant community and their attempts to adapt to a new land. Reel 3 and 4 deal with his first contacts with New York poetry and filmmaking communities including friendships with Robert Frank, LeRoi Jones, Allen Ginsberg, and Frank O'Hara. Reels 5 and 6 include a series of haikus filmed in Vermont, scenes at the Film-Maker's Cooperative, scenes of New York City, a trip to Flaherty Seminar, and countryside scenes. 178 min. Video/C 3979

Cuevas, Efrén. "The Immigrant Experience In Jonas Mekas's Diary Films: A Chronotopic Analysis Of Lost, Lost, Lost." Biography. Winter 2006. Vol. 29, Iss. 1; p. 54 (21 pages) UC users only
Macdonald S. "Lost Lost Lost Over 'Lost Lost Lost'." Cinema Journal, V25; N2; 1986; 20-34 UC users only
Renov, Micahel."'Lost Lost Lost': Mekas as Essayist." In: Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader / Timothy Corrigan. pp: 318-339. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, c1999. (UCB Moffitt PN1995.3 .C68 1999)

Notes for Jerome.
During the summer of 1966, J. Mekas spent 2 months in Cassis as a guest of Jerome Hill. He visited him briefly again in 1967 with P. Adams Sitney and later after Jerome died, made a last visit in 1974. This film is a candid diary of the everyday life of Jerome Hill, painter and filmaker. Included are brief portraits of guests to his home including Taylor Mead, Bernadette Lafont, Charles Rydell, Jean Jacques Lebel, Michel Fontayne, and Alec Wilder. 45 min. Video/C 3980

Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections.
In this 1990 film Jonas Mekas chronicles not only the great pop artist, Andy Warhol, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat. This is a candid, relaxed film diary including his friends Barbara Rubin, Tuli Kupferberg, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Olovksy, Ed Sanders, Gerard Malanga, Storm De Hirsch and George Maciunas. 38 min. Video/C 3981

James, Caryn. "Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol." (movie review) The New York Times Sept 30, 1990 v140 s1 p25(N) col 1 (18 col in)

Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches /
Poet and hero of the American counter-culture, Jonas Mekas, born in Lithuania in 1922, invented the diary form of film-making. Walden, his first completed diary film, an epic portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s, is also a groundbreaking work of personal cinema. Contains materials from the years 1965-69, strung together in chronological order. [Disc 1]. Walden 1.2.3 (79 min.) -- [Disc 2.] Walden 4.5.6 (88 min.) -- The Walden Book (2nd English ed.) / edited by Pip Chodorov and Christian Lebrat = Le livre de Walden (3rd ed.) �ditions Paris Expérimental, 2009 -- Program index (folded sheet) Featuring: Jonas Mekas, P.Adams Sitney, Tony Conrad, Stan Brakhage, Carl Th. Dreyer, Timothy Leary, Baba Ram Dass, Gregory Markopoulos, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Jerome Hill, Barbet Schroeder, Jack Smith, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Velvet Underground, Ken Jacobs, Hans Richter, Standish D. Lawder, Adolfas Mekas, Shirley Clarke, Jud Yalkut, Peter Kuelka, Michael Snow, Richard Foreman, John Lennon, Yoko Ono. 2 videodiscs (167 min.) DVD X2182

Visions of Warhol
Award presentation to Andy Warhol, 1963 / Jonas Mekas -- Andy Warhol's silver flotations, 1964 / Willard Maas -- Anthropological sketches : friendships and intersections : scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, 1963-90 / Jonas Mekas -- Andy Warhol, 1965 / Marie Menken -- Andy Warhol's exploding plastic inevitable, 1967 / Ronald Nameth. Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by four pioneer avant-garde film-makers and close friends of the Pop-artist. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 82 min. Video/C MM1062

Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas.
A film diary of George Maciunas taken between 1952 and 1978. Includes footage of his parents, footage of various Fluxus events and scenes from Maciunas' private life and friends. Soundtrack is the madrigal Zefiro torna by Monteverdi. 35 min. Video/C 3982

Ana Mendieta

Selected Filmworks: 1972-81.
A collection of experimental films by the early Cuban artist, Ana Mendieta. Contents: Untitled (Chicken piece, shot #2), 1972 -- Body tracks (Blood sign #2), 1974 -- Laberinth Silueta, Silueta series (Labyrinth blood imprint), Mexico, 1974 -- Untitled (Grass breathing), 1975 -- Burial of the Nanigo (Woman candle silueta #2, New York show), 1976 -- Candle Ixchell, Black Ixchell series (Black Ixchell Candle Ixchell), 1977 -- Volcan de Arena, Silueta series (Filmworks: Rocas y humo, San Felipe), Mexico, 1980 -- Isla, Iowa, 1981 -- Untitled (Figura que parece Egypta), Cuba, 1981 -- Untitled (Figura, Gunpowder en los cracks), Iowa, 1981. (Purchased with Stuart and Gail Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art) 33 min. Video/C 5156

Marie Menken

Blaetz, Robin. "Rescuing the Fragmentary Evidence of Women's Experimental Film."
"Marie Menken, Carolee Schneemann, Marjorie Keller, Anne Charlotte Robertson and Rose Lowder." In: Women and experimental filmmaking
Edited by Jean Petrolle and Virginia Wright Wexman. Urbana : University of Illinois, c2005. (MAIN: PN1995.9.E96 W66 2005' PFA : PN1995.9.E96 W66 2005)

Andy Warhol(1965)
Video/C MM1062

Notes on Marie Menken
Notes on Marie Menken tells the forgotten story of the legendary artist Marie Menken (1909-1970), who became one of New York's outstanding underground experimental filmmakers of the 1940s through 1960s, inspiring artists such as Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger, and Gerard Malanga. A film by Martina Kudlacek. 2006. 97 min. DVD 9054

Description from First Run Icarus catalog

Visual Variations on Noguchi(1945)
DVD 8114

Nina Menkes

See Women Directors videography

Helen Mirra

Videoworks. Vol. 1
In the four videos on this compilation, Helen Mirra utilizes performance, repetition, and the recitation of song to evoke the natural world, the sea, and landscape. Social conventions are questioned, along with our closest relationships and the development of the self. Contents: Ballad of Myra Furrow (5 min, 1994) --Excerpts from songs (6 min., 1998). -- I, Bear (6 min., 1995) -- Schlafbau (15 min., 1995). Dist.: Video Data Bank. DVD 8102

Tracey Moffatt

Bibliography of articles/books about Tracey Moffatt

A fast-paced journey through Hollywood's depiction of the artist. Using a wealth of clips from classic cinema bio pics and popular television sitcoms, the voyage spans centuries of art and art-making to reveal how five decades of mainstream media have perceived the creative process and creators themselves. A video collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg. Dist.: Women Make Movies. 1999. 10 min. Video/C MM978

1. Mr. Chuck -- 2. Choo choo choo choo -- 3. Lovin' the spin I'm in. Three short films from Australia concerning spirits, ghosts and unexplained happenings. Mr. Chuck concerns an island community that still feels the malevolent presence of an American GI who died in the swamps nearby. Choo choo choo choo tells the story of a family who is haunted by invisible trains which run on the tracks next to their home. The final story "Lovin' the spin I'm in" tells of a woman's sense of loss when her son and his lover leave their community to escape opposition to their marriage. The couple dies, but as a young boy discovers, their spirits will never find peace. Women Make Movies. 1993. 90 min. Video/C 999:3752

Baron, Cynthia. "Films by Tracy Moffatt: Reclaiming First Australians' rights, celebrating women's rites." Women's Studies Quarterly. New York: Spring 2002. Vol. 30, Iss. 1/2; p. 151 (27 pages)
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Mimura, Glen Masato. "Black memories: Allegorizing the colonial encounter in Tracey Moffatt's beDevil (1993)." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Apr-Jun 2003. Vol. 20, Iss. 2; p. 111
Senzani, Alessadra. "Dreaming Back: Tracey Moffatt's Bedeviling Films." Post Script, Fall2007, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p50-71, 22p, UC users only
Summerhayes, Catherine. "Haunting Secrets: Tracey Moffatt's "beDevil"." Film Quarterly, No. 4, Summer, 2004, pp. 1-72 UC users only
Turcotte, Gerry. "Spectrality in Indigenous Women's Cinema: Tracey Moffatt and Beck Cole." Journal of Commonwealth Literature. St. Giles: 2008. Vol. 43, Iss. 1; pg. 7

It is Hollywood's favorite role for black women: the maid. Sassy or sweet, snickeringly attentive or flippantly dismissive, the performers who play them steal every scene they are in, and this entertaining video collage reveals the narrow margin Hollywood has allowed black actresses to shine in. But shine they do. Giving lip is proven an art form in these scenes from 1930's cinema to present-day movies featuring a remarkable roster of undervalued actresses and their more celebrated white costars. A video collaboration between Tracey Moffat and Gary Hillberg. Dist.: Women Make Movies. 1997. 11 min. DVD 4791

As it turns out, Bette Davis and the Bond girls have a lot in common. A wealth of film clips, from chaste black-and-white Hollywood classics to more robust fare from the '60s and '70s, show women's love, lust, longing and revenge. Without commentary or condescension, the film remakes the age-old story of a boy and girl in love with exhilaration and irony. Dist.: Women Make Movies. 2003. 21 min. Video/C MM977

Nice Coloured Girls
In this film excerpts from 16th century sailor's journals concerning sexual exploitation of native Australian women are transposed over current day scenes of prostitution trade among aboriginal native women. Women Make Movies. 1987. 26 min. Video/C 2956

Night Cries, A Rural Tragedy.
Cast: Martha Langton, Agnes Hardwick, Jimmy Little, Alkira Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Gentle. An older daughter resents the responsibility of caring for her aged mother. ist.: Women Make Movies. 19 min. c1989. Video/C 2957

Bill Morrison

Experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison created this non-narrative feature, which derives a large portion of its visual beauty from the physical nature of the film itself which has been set to an original symphonic score. Decasia is primarily compiled from a wealth of old and damaged footage, in which the scratches, scraped emulsion, bubbles, streaks, and decaying nitrate add an extra dimension of texture to this multimedia environmental performance piece. Special features: Audio interview with Bill Morrison and Michael Gordon on PRI's Studio 36 with Kurt Anderson. Jointly commissioned ... by the Basel Sinfonietta and the Europaischer Musikmonat 2001 ... Decasia was conceived as an environmental symphony with projections. Originally released theatrically in 2002. 67 min. DVD 3595

Böser, Ursula. "Inscriptions of Light and the 'Calligraphy of Decay': Volatile Representation in Bill Morrison's Decasia." In: Avant-garde film / edited by Alexander Graf and Dietrich Scheunemann. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 A89 2007)

Amir Muhammad

Amir Muhammad's 6horts
Lost (9.5 min.) -- Friday (8 min.) -- Mona (6.5 min.) -- Checkpoint (7 min.) -- Kamunting (15 min.) -- Pangyau (12.5 min.). Still photography, Danny Lim (4th work) ; cameramen, Jon Yap (5th work), Naeim Ghalili (6th work) ; editors, James Lee (1st & 2nd works), Hann (4th & 5th works), Zulkarnaen Kassim (5th & 6th works) ; music, Jerome Kugan (5th & 6th works). Voiceovers: Farah Ashikin (3rd work), Fahmi Fadzil (3rd & 6th works), Nam Ron (5th work). Filmed on location in Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur (6th work). Originally produced in 2003. Presents six short films by Amir Muhammad, a young film director from Malaysia. Here he presents short documentaries and experimental films on routine activities. Often imbued with a comic twist, his work cannot be categorised or defined as one particular genre. Lost: is the story of just one of thousands of Malaysian identity cards that were reported missing. Friday: An afternoon spent at the National Mosque encourages thoughts both sacred and profane. Mona: A film about a notorious murderess who gets the radio-serial treatment. Checkpoint: A look at the complications of traveling in the post-Osama world, especially if you insist on traveling cheap. Kamuning: A visit to a prisoner of the Malaysian Internal Security Act in Kamunting jail. Paguau: A meditation on Cantonese lessons that reminds the author of his friend. DVD 6473

Matthias Muller

Matthias Muller: Selected Films
Contents: Aus der ferne (The memo book) (1989, 27 min.) -- The flamethrowers / a collective film by Owen O'Toole and the groups Alte Kinder and Schmetzdahin) (1990, 9 min.) -- Home stories (1990, 6 min.) -- Sleepy haven (1993, 15 min.) -- Sternenschauer (Scattering stars)(1994, 2 min.) -- Alpsee (1994, 14 min.) Muller's experimental image-rich films deal with the intersection of the private and public spheres. His seamless, collages of personal imagery and appropriated materials weave a kinetic spell of motion and vitality, ranging from tender, magical and melancholy love poems to sarcastic comments on gender entrapment in classic-era Hollywood. vhs 999:1964

Laura Mulvey

Riddles of the Sphinx
A landmark fusion of feminism and formal experimentation that seeks to create a non-sexist film language. Invoking and challenging traditional interpretations of the Oedipus story as a movement from matriarchal culture to patriarchal order, the film also probes representation in film itself. Filmed in seven numbered chapters, the longest being the fourth section. Filmed in seven numbered chapters, the longest being the fourth section: Opening pages-- Laura talking -- Stones -- Louise's story told in 13 shots -- Acrobats -- Laura listening -- Puzzle ending. Cinematographer, Diane Tammes ; editors, Carola Klein, Larry Sider ; music, Mike Ratledge. Dinah Stabb, Merdelle Jordine, Rhiannon Tise, Clive Merrison. 1977. 92 min. DVD 9935

Kaplan, E. Ann. "Avant-garde Feminist Cinema: Mulvey and Wollen's Riddles of the Sphinx." Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Spring1979, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p135-144, 10p


Our Favorite Things
This suggestively dark collection of collage and classic cut-up entertainment was created with a crew of 18 experimental filmmakers from all over the USA (and one a capella group from Detroit). Our Favorite Things is a collaborative project that takes a striking visual leap into the same legally gray area that Negativland has been exploring with sound since 1980. What emerges is a cracked look at 21st century America, juxtaposing paranoia, torture, control, power, guns .... with the lighter side of dopey advertising, cartoon characters, cleaning products and religion. Contents: Learning to communicate -- No business -- Gimme the mermaid -- U2: I still haven't found what i'm looking for -- Time zones -- Freedom's waiting -- Bottom line -- Yellow black and rectangular -- Guns -- Over the hiccups -- Mashin' of the Christ (Christianity is stupid) -- Truth in advertising -- One world advertising -- Why is this commercial? -- Greatest taste around -- Taste in mind -- Humanitarian effort -- Drink it up -- Aluminum or glass -- Favorite things -- Visit Howland Island -- At home with the weatherman -- Anomalies of the unconscious -- Gimme Miranda -- Monster of Frankenstein -- Buttcrack -- Negativland bio. Negativland. 172 min. DVD 9063

Ulrike Ottinger

Ester: Ein Purimspiel in Berlin (2002)
Told by György Konrád and specified of immigrants from the countries of Central and South-East Europe, a documentary about the courage it takes to immigrate and adjust to another country. 31 min. DVD X7328
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Die koreanische Hochzeitstruhe (2009)
A documentary about Korean wedding traditions. The carefully packed, filled, and tied-up wooden wedding chest is assembled according to the rules of an honored tradition, and so offers a remarkable insight into and overview of modern Korean society. 82 min. DVD X7324
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The Specimen(2002)
Directed by Ulrike Ottinger. Cast: Hanns Zischler, Raymond Wolff, Thorsten Heidel, Heidi von Plato, Eva Ebner, Boris Raev, Sissi Tax. And in this cabinet" the head of the museum says, "you will find something very unique; in fact unique and one-of-its-kind in all of the USSR: the specimen of a philistine from the year nineteen-o-five." A tsarist civil servant of high status , the philistine, before the revolution, ... falls in a deep, lethargic sleep. When, 20 years later, he wakes up and finds himself in a post-revolutionary still young Soviet Union, he is stunned and shocked. But a philistine always finds his way..." 10 min. DVD X7330
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Still Moving(2002)
"In a place far away and close by things live on by virtue of memory and the meanings bestowed upon them by human beings. My archive of objects is equal to the no less real archive of my memory. They animate each other and bring forth ever new and unexpected images and ideas. It is as if one were watching, as it takes shape, the play of thinking with its infinite interconnections." -- Director's Web site. 29 min. DVD X7329
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Südostpassage (Southeast Passage: Journey to the New Blank Areas on the European Map)(2002)
A journey through eastern Europe structured in three parts, the film records cultural encounters: a journey from Berlin through Eastern Europe, and two urban expeditions, one to Odessa and one to Istanbul. With an impressive eye for detail and respect for the individuals she meets, Ulrike Ottinger presents a portrait of the people on the edge of Europe who have failed to benefit from the end of the Cold War. 6 videodiscs (363 min.) DVD X7325
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Superbia: der Stolz (2002)
Cast Delphine Seyrig, Irm Hermann, Else Nabu, Renate Schlesier, Ting-i Li, Hisao Saito, Margie Ellgaard, Gabriele Heidecker, Wolfgang Petrick. "Superbia : Pride is the first of the seven deadly sins. The introduction is made through early allegorical forms and figures (triumphal procession, dance of death, Baroque tragedy etc.) The triumphal procession of the giant haystack as a symbol of human vanities becomes a military parade of abrupt, functional and arrogant gestures. The most diverse musical fragments and rhythms intone the montage of details in the staged triumphal procession, juxtaposed with documentary images, including marches, ticker-tape parades and military review." -- Director's Web site. 15 min. DVD X7327

Taiga (1992)
A journey to the yak and reindeer nomads in the northern land of the Mongols. The documentary focuses specifically on the life and rituals of the Darkhad nomads and the Sojon Urinjanghai. Contents: [1], Der Oul-Pass mit Obo-Heiligtum. Wchter zum Darkhad-Tal. -- [2], Bei Jura. Die Hochzeit. -- [3], Juras Nachbarn. Der Sänger und Schmied Dawadschi. -- [4], Ringer und Lobpreissnger. -- [5], Der Jger Tscholoo. -- [6], Grosses Tsaatan-Treffen am Tingis. -- [7], Aufbruch ins 5 Tagereisen entfernte Herbstlager. -- [8], Zurück bei Jura. Vorbereitungen fürs Winterlager. -- [9], Erster Schultag in Hadhal. 5 videodiscs (501 min.) DVD X7323
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Usinimage (1987)
Images of the industrial architecture and city landscape of Berlin interspersed with feature scenes from Ulrike Ottinger's Berlintrilogie. 11 min. DVD X7326
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Nam June Paik

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Marguerite Paris

Pentagon Peace March, October 1967
An impressionistic study of the major anti-war demonstration held in Washington, D.C. in 1967. Filmmaker utilized optical printing method to modify the movements and colors of the original images. The sound of helicopters which patrolled the event are heard on the soundtrack. 10 min. Video/C 3259

Danny Plotnick

Warts & All: The Films of Danny Plotnick
Independent filmmaker Danny Plotnick roared into the underground film world in the 1980s. Fueled by his love of punk and alternative culture, he started making films that were pegged as bawdy, bad-mouthed and beautiful, straddling the line between high-brow and low-brow art. The films on this disc include Swingers� Serenade, a titillating tale of suburban sexual malaise; I, Socky, a rogue sock monkey hits the town on a big day out; Steel Belted Romeos, a turbo-charged tale of California road rage; Skate Witches, a glimpse into the world of a 1980s female skateboard gang; Flip About Flip, a tribute to comic genius Flip Wilson. Contents: Tour tips. Lesson #14, Beware the day off in New Orleans (2001, 2 min.) -- I, Socky (1998, 7 min.) -- Swingers' serenade (1999, 24 min.) -- Death Sled II. Steel belted Romeos (1990, 10 min.) -- Dumbass from Dundas (1988, 7 min.) -- Flip about Flip (1990, 4 min.) -- Skate witches (1986, 2 min.) -- Pipsqueak pfollies (1994, 24 min.) -- Sugarbutts (1987, 3 min.) -- Pillow talk (1991, 18 min.) DVD X2416

Walid Ra'ad

The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs: A Three Part Project
[1] Missing Lebanese wars (in three parts) -- [2] Secrets in the open sea -- [3] Miraculous beginnings (in two parts). Investigates the possibilities and limits of writing a history of the Lebanese wars (1975-1991), documenting not what happened but what can be imagined, what can be said, what can be taken for granted, what can appear as rational, sayable, and thinkable about the wars. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 1999. 18 min. DVD 6376

Hostage: the Bachar Tapes
An experimental documentary about the 'Western hostage crisis.' The crisis refers to the abduction and detention in Lebanon in the 80s and early 90s of western men like Terry Anderson and Terry Waite ... The 'Western hostage crisis' is examined through the testimony of Souheil Bachar ... [who] was held hostage in Lebanon between 1982 and 1993 ... Bachar addresses cultural, textual, and sexual aspects of his detention with the Americans." Dist.: Video Data Bank. 17 min. 2001. DVD 6245

Yvonne Rainer

Books/articles about Rainer in the Berkeley Library

Film About A Woman Who-- (1974)
Rainer's landmark film is a meditation on ambivalence in which she focuses on the re-invention of the narrative in film from a feminist point-of view. A Film About a Woman Who...plays with cliche and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger. DVD 4232; vhs 999:1775

Journeys from Berlin, 1971
In her first color film, Rainer explores the ramifications of terrorism, a subject which dominated Berlin in the early 1970s. Rainer employs an extended therapy session--in which an American woman speaks to a series of psychiatrists who each have their back to the camera--to evoke the daily experiences of powerand repression. 125 min. DVD 4236; vhs 999:1773

Lives of Performers: A Melodrama. (1972)
A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, this dilemma of a man who can't choose between two women and makes them both suffer was originally part of a dance performance that Rainerchoreographed for the Judson Dance Theatre. 90 min. 198? vhs 999:1779

Kristina Talking Pictures (1976)
In this, her third feature film, Rainer continues her preoccupation with the contradictions between the public and private persona as it afflicts the woman artist. At the film's center is Kristina (played by Rainer and several other actresses), a lion tamer from Budapest who comes to New York to become achoreographer, and Raoul, her seaman lover. 90 min. DVD 4233; vhs 999:1795

The Man Who Envied Women (1985)
Around a familiar theme--the breakup of a marriage--Rainer constructs an honest, graceful and wickedly funny account of a self-satisfied womanizer,Jack Deller, the man "who almost knows too much about women." 125 min. DVD 4237; Video/C 999:1783

Murder and Murder (1996)
Film begins with a 63-year-old woman, who, after being married, having a daughter and now a granddaughter,then living alone for 15 years (and seeming to like enters into a lesbian relationship with another woman. Other lesbian relationships are portrayed as well, some of which, as the title implies,deteriorate into murder. 113 min. DVD 4235; Video/C 999:1978
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Privilege (1990)
Interweaving the real and fictional, the personal and political, the filmmaker delves into concepts such as sexual identity and unequal economies of race, gender, and class while making a film on menopause. 100 min. DVD 4238; vhs 999:1772

Yvonne Rainer
Relentless exploration of the nature of performance, the construction of meaning, and the relations of the sexes has guided Yvonne Rainer's long career, first in avant-garde choreography and dance and then in filmmaking. Here she is interviewed, accompanied by film scholar and author Deac Rossell, as they discuss excerpts from her film Kristina Talking Pictures. 91 min. Originally broadcast on the television program Screening room in March, 1977. Interviewer: Robert Gardner. 74 min. DVD 4494

A Woman Who --: Selected Works of Yvonne Rainer.
This collection features five early films, a historically important dance and a recent work by media artist and choreographer Yvonne Rainer, and a documentary portrait of Rainer by Charles Atlas. Disc 1. After many a summer dies the swan: Hybrid (31 min., 2002) ; Rainer variations (42 min., 2002) -- Disc 2. Trio A (11 min., 1978) ; Hand movie (5 min., 1966); Volleyball (Foot film) (10 min., 1967); Rhode Island red (10 min. ; 1968); Trio film (13 min., 1968); Line (10 min., 1969). Dist.: Video Data Bank. DVD 6041


The Best of Resfest. Volume 1
Rodney Ascher --Michael Overbeck --Dean Mermell --Zach Schlappi --Mike Mills --Bob Sabiston --Max Kisman --Jose Javier Martinez --Thomas Trail --Koji Yamamoto --Herman Weeb --James Kenney --Adam Gravois --Stephen X. Arthur --AWOL --Stefan Nadelman.Alfred /Tongues and taxis /Modern life /Pasta for war /Deformer /Snack and drink /11:11 /Luz /Portrait of Harry /Syokyoan /Cirkus /Ground /Golden shoes /Vision point /Max /Latin alive / A collection of 16 short films from the archives of Resfest, an event that travels the world and showcases works from digital media artists. 81 min. DVD 4400

The Best of Resfest. Volume 2
David Birdsell --Tom Schroeder --Virgil Widrich --Brett Simon --Daniel Loflin --Suzie Templeton --Alessandro Bavari --Ari Gold --Mark Osborne --Elyse Couvillion --Simon Ellis --David Kartch.Bad animals /Bike ride /Copy shop /Counterfeit film /Delusions in modern primitivism /Dog /Headcleaner /Helicopter /More /Sweet /Telling lies /Zen and the art of landscaping / A collection of 12 short films from the archives of Resfest, an event that travels the world and showcases works from digital media artists. 104 min. DVD 4401

The Best of Resfest. Volume 3
Geoff Adams --Celia Galan Julve --Robert Bradbrook --Junji Kojima --Tim Hope --Richard Kenworthy --Steve Katz --Brian Garnell --Cath le Couteur --Matt McCormick --Stefan Nadelman.Birdbeat /Historia del desierto /Home road movies /Japanese tradition (Sushi) /Jubilee line /Littlest robo /Protest /Rail rode /Starched /Subconscious art of graffiti removal /Terminal bar / A collection of 11 short films from the archives of Resfest, an event that travels the world and showcases works from digital media artists. 105 min. DVD 4402

Zbig Rybczynski

I. Media
A collection of ten short films and videos by Polish-American director Zbigniew Rybczynski, originally produced between 1972 and 1990. Contents: Kwadrat = Square (music, Kazimierz Serocki) (3:36) -- Plamuz (music, Zbigniew Namyslowski (9:38) -- Nowa ksiazka = New book (music, Janusz Hajdun) (10:25) -- Zupa = soup (music, Eugeniusz Rudnik) (8:22) -- Oj! Nie moge sie zatrzymac! = Oh! I can't stop! (music, Janusz Hajdun) (10:07) -- Swieto = Holiday (music, Janusz Hajdun) (10:27) -- Weg zum Nachbarn = The way to your neighbour (music, Janusz Hajdun) (2:30) -- Mein Fenster = My window (music, Janus Hajdun) (2:26) -- Media (music, Janusz Hajdun) (1:35) -- Tango (music, Janusz Hajdun) (8:10). 68 min. total. DVD 2242

Presents two films by the Polish-American director Zbigniew Rybczynski. In Steps (1987), a group of Americans "invade" the famous stair sequence of the Eisenstein film Battleship Potemkin. Music by Michael Urbaniak; cast, Lev Shekhtman. 25:07 min. The Fourth Dimension (1988) is a visual essay on space and depth. Music by Michael Urbaniak; cast, Mark Beard, Jacqueline Ramel. 27:03 min. (68 min. total) DVD 2243

The Orchestra
resents a series of visually stunning vignettes by Polish-American filmmaker Zbig Rybcznski of classical music compositions by Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Albinoni, Rossini, and Mozart presented as music videos. 57 min. DVD 2244

Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian

Dal polo all' equatore (From the Pole to the Equator)
Gianikian and Ricci Lucchi photographed more than 500,000 frames from documentary Italian film pioneer Luca Comerio's archival material which he shot between 1874 and 1940. Using this material they crafted a documentary of film footage shot literally from the pole to the equator. 1986. 99 min. Video/C MM434

Ron Rice

Full-text article on beat generation film by Ray Carney
Dixon, Wheeler Winston. "Performativity in 1960s American Experimental Cinema: The Body as Site of Ritual and Display." Film Criticism v23, n1 (Fall, 1998):48.

The Queen of Sheba Meets the Atom Man (1963; 1979-82)
Performer: Taylor Mead, Winifred Bryan, Julian Beck, Jonas Mekas, Danny Dumbrowski, Jay Hoppe. This experimental film by the avante garde filmaker, Ron Rice, is a violent but sincere protest against the industrial world. Film began by Ron Rice in 1963. After his death Taylor Mead completed the film between 1979 and 1982. 109 min. vhs 999:1597

Martha Rosler

Born to be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby M.
Martha Rosler discusses the social and economic implications of surrogate motherhood, using excerpts and quotations from media reports and court records of the Mary Beth Whitehead/Baby M case. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. c1988. 35 min. Video/C 3082

Losing: A Conversation with the Parents
This distanced narrative, which approximates a soap opera or a TV interview of bereaved relatives of a victim, confronts two means by which food is used as a weapon: the internalized oppression of self-starvation (anorexia nervosa), and starvation because of poverty and economic domination. Rosler exposes underlying social realities from starvation in Third World countries to the phenomenon of dieting and starvation to create an ideal female self in contemporay American culture. A film by Martha Rosler. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 1977. 20 min. Video/C 5151

Martha Rosler Reads Vogue
As Rosler leafs through the Vogue Magazine, the ads and the feature articles become indistinguishable. Her axaggerated parody of television commercials for elegant products gradually shifts to direct criticism. Dist.: Paper Tiger TV. 1982. 28 min. Video/C 2193

Prototype: God bless America!
Martha Rosler presents a short but incisive statement. A mechanical toy figure dressed as an American soldier plays "God Bless America" on a trumpet. The camera pans down, revealing that the toy's camouflage-clad trouser leg has been rolled up to uncover a mechanism that looks uncannily like a prosthetic limb. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. DVD 8303

Semiotics of the Kitchen
In this visual art piece the filmmaker names a series of alphabetically ordered kitchen utensils while demonstrating their use. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 1975. 6 min. Video/C 5147; also on Video/C 3181

Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained
This chilling tape probes the objectification of women in a technological society. At its core is a long, continuous shot that reveals the part-by-part measurement and evaluation of a woman by a white-coated male examiner and a chorus of three women assistants. The filmmaker asks: How do we come to see ourselves as objects? How do fragmentation and comparison assist in social control? The final sequences of this film which explores the socially dictated feminine self-image, presents re-framed government photos of women being measured, accompanied by a voiceover litany of "crimes against women." Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 40 min. Video/C 5155; also on Video/C 9406

When Video Came
A fascinating look at the history of video art from the critical perspective of seminal media artists in the U.S. Visually stimulating, this documentary portraits the development of the technological image and its influence in our culture as well as the complex relationship that exists between the independent producer and the established mass-media. Directed by Andres Tapia-Urzua and Ralph Vituccio. Featuring: Martha Rosler, Dara Birnbaum, Chip Lord, Bill Viola, Mary Lucier, William Wegman, Antonio Muntadas, Gene Youngblood, Doug Hall, Margot Lovejoy, John Sturgeon, John Sanborn, Woody Vasulka, Pier Marton, Lynn Hershman, Coco Fusco, Steina Vasulka, Skip Sweeney, Jeanne Finley, Paul Glabicki, Bill Judson, Joan Logue, George Kuchar. 40 min. DVD 4933

Lynne Sachs

A Collection of Films Exploring Women, Culture, Science & Myth.
Biography of Lilith (1997, 35 min.) -- House of science: a museum of false facts (1991, 30 min.) Cinematography, Ben Speth ; sound recording, Bill Webb ; poetry and songs, Lynne Sachs (1st film). Cherie Wallace (as Lilith) ; Geula Jeffet-Attar, voice-over narration (1st film) Biography of Lilith: In a lively mix of off-beat narrative, collage and memoir, the film updates the creation myth by telling the story of the creation of the first woman and the first feminist. House of science: Sachs uses visual and aural collage techniques to combine the theoretical issues of feminism with memories of discovering her body as a young girl. By looking at home movies and found footage, the filmmaker explores science and art's representation of women. Special features (ca. 60 min.): Interviews with scholars on Lilith and Jewish mysticism ; collages and poetry ; two short films ; filmmaker biography. DVD 4428

The House of Science: A Museum of False Facts.
A surrealistic film in which a woman comments upon her personal attitudes and feelings towards her own physical body. 30 min. DVD 4428; also on vhs 999:626

Fabe, Marilyn. "Feminist Polemics Through Film Poety: Lynn Sach's House of Science: A Museum of False Facts." Wide Angle . 14.3-4, 1992, pp 140-144.

Lynne Sachs, 10 Short Films
Still life with woman and four objects (4 min., sd., b&w, 1986) -- Following the object to its logical beginning (9 min., sd., col., 1987) -- Drawn and quartered (4 min., si., col., 1987) -- Window work (9 min., sd., col., 2000) -- Photograph of wind (4 min., si., col., 2001) -- Tornado (4 min., sd., col., 2002) -- Atalanta thirty-two years later (5 min., sd., col., 2006) -- Noa, Noa / created with Noa Street-Sachs (8 min., sd., col., 2006) -- XY chromosome project #1 / created with Mark Street as an ongoing collaborative installation (12 min., sd., col., 2006) -- The small ones (3 min., sd., col., 2007). 62 min. DVD 9955

Which Way is East.
The film documents travels from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi by filmmaker, Lynne Sachs and her sister, Dana, a journalist living in Vietnam. They specifically search for evidence of war's impact on landscape and lives. Parables, history and memories of Vietnamese people are combined with the filmmaker's own childhood memories of The Vietnam Conflict and television coverage of the conflict. Filmed and recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Tay Ninh, Nha Trang, Da Nang, My Lai, Hue, and Ha Noi. 194 . 33 min. DVD 6402

Jayce Salloum

Untitled Part l: Everything and Nothing
An intimate dialogue with Soha Bechara, ex-Labanese National Resistance fighter, who was imprisoned for ten years in the infamous Israeli El-Khaim detention center in South Lebanon. Shot in close-up in her Paris dorm room, the young Bechara speaks of home, of the ordinary and extraordinary and what is left behind after a decade of incarceration. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 41 min. c2001. Video/C 8951

Untitled Part 3b (As If) Beauty Never Ends
2003, 11 min. DVD 6777

Irene Segalove

Dragnet see Persistence of Vision, 1

Pastrami Sandwhich see Persistence of Vision, 1

Joel Schlemowitz

Joel Schlemowitz: Short Experimental Films.
A collection of Joel Schlemowitz's short experimental films. Each piece is a unique gem -- quirky, provocative, playful, often handmade, and always daring -- celebrating Joel's astonishing mastery of the tools of filmmaking, and his poetic grasp on the art of cinema. Joel creates cinema-poems that crack open the infinite. Tracing the jeweled veins of Gustave Moreau, J.K. Huysmans, and Gerard de Nerval, his work eludes the dark shadows of night & illuminates the evening with cascading colors and flickering dreamscapes. Contents" Disc 1 : Short experimental films 1 through 20. 1734 (2:00) -- 40/4000 (3:00) -- Abrasions (3:30) -- Angelbubble (3:00) -- Bacchanale (4:30) -- Bagatelle biologique (4:00) -- Bagatelle in neon (3:00) -- Birds of prey (5:00) -- Birth of Eros (3:30) -- Channeled energies (3:00) -- Dame Darcy, a film portrait (3:00) -- Doris' garden (3:00) -- Extemporized (4:30) -- Eye music (2:30) -- Film poem (2:00) -- Filmpoem for Wanda Phipps (3:30) -- Fogg (3:00) -- For Joe (4:00) -- The Glowing woman (4:00) -- In the orbit of Marie Menken (3:00). Disc 2 : Short experimental films 21 through 40. Invitation to a voyage (4:00) -- Little nothings (3:00) -- Morning poem #38 (1:30) -- Morning poem #40 (1:30) -- Morning poem #43 (1:00) -- Morris Engel time sculpture (3:00) -- Pillowbook (4:00) -- Poem for the past (4:30) -- Purple candle poem (3:30) -- Reverie (7:30) -- Rip (2:00) -- Silo (3:00) -- Tombeau for Arnold Eagle (3:30) -- Typeoclavecin film : Variations on the blues for JoJo #10 (1:30) -- �bel (6:00) -- Unmeasured prelude for Kerry Laitala (3:30) -- We came-- we filmed-- we left (1:00) -- Weeping film (1:30) -- Weimar (8:00) -- When he leaves (1:00). Disc 3 : Collaborations and experimental documentaries. All Saints Day (6:00) -- Boulder-Brooklyn (3:00) -- Moving images : the Film-Makers' Cooperative relocates (13:30) -- Loudmouth Collective : Ugly Duckling Presse (20:00) -- Teslamania (7:00) -- The Film-Makers Coop's move / by Brian Frye (8:30) -- Grand magic lantern exhibition! documentation by Jeanne Liotta (4:00). DVD X2779

Richard Sera

Persistence of Vision I

Prisoner's Dilemma.
Serra here relies on "game theory" to generate a play-acting situation that criticizes the (television) medium while remaining within it. He directs and "art-star" studded cast in a morality play, a mock game of catch-22. The situation is one of forced, mutual betrayal; it is impossible to win without betraying your comrade or without betraying your own best interest. Performer: Spalding Gray, Jeffrey Lew, Joel Shapiro. 1974. 40 min. Video/C 5204

Richard Serra Videoworks. Volume One
Contents: Boomerang (1974, 10 min., col.) -- Television delivers people / by Richard Serra and Carlota Fay Schoolman (1973, 7 min., b&w) -- Surprise attack (1973, 3 min., b&w) -- Anxious automation (1971, 6 min., b&w).Bommerang: Delves into the psychological aspects of video reproduction. Artist Nancy Holt's words are fed back to her over headphones with a slight delay built into the feedback, causing a dislocation between the action and the sound of speaking: a disjunction that makes her cripplingly aware of her expression. TV Delivers People: While canned Muzak plays, a continuous scrolling text denounces the corporate masquerade of commercial television to reveal the structure of profit that greases the wheels of the media industry. In Surprise Attack, a metal bar is tossed back and forth in Serra's hands while his voice, functioning as a paranoid metaphor, speculates on the nature and limits of self-defense. Anxious Automation involves time-space confusion. Two cameras zoom back and forth, both focused on Joan Jonas who is moving her arms over her head, resulting in a literal space jump and apparent time warp. Videocassette release of four films originally produced between 1971 and 1974. Video/C 5203

Jeffrey Skoller

The Malady of Death(1994)
An adaptation of Marguerite Duras's story of the same name that explores males sexuality. Her text comprises voice-over by an unspecified narrator who names and describes 'the malady' and of a man and woman's sexual encounters. The male is multiplied, depicted by many men, each photographed nude, variously fragmented and abstracted, studied and distanced. The 'she' is literally absent from the image but present metaphorically, 'possessed' but not known. Cinematography by Nancy Schiesari and Jeffrey Skoller. Text Performed by J. D. Trow. 43 min. DVD 6717

Harry Smith

Chapman, David. "Chance Encounters: Serendipity and the Use of Music in the Films of Jean Cocteau and Harry Smith." Soundtrack, 2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p5-18, 14p UC users only
Harry Smith: the avant-garde in the American vernacular / edited by Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh. Los Angeles, CA : Getty Research Institute, c2010. (Music NX512.S65 H37 2010)
Hill, Mary. "Harry Smith Interviewed." Film Culture, Jun92, Issue 76, p1, 5p UC users only
Switzer, Judith A. "The Animated Abstractions of Harry Smith." Millennium Film Journal, Spring80, Issue 6, p73-81, 9p

Film No. 3: Interwoven
1947-49. 3 min. DVD X1452

Heaven and Earth Magic(USA, 1964)
Using surrealist and animation techniques, Smith's film no. 12 is a graphic description of initiation, redemption and spiritual transformation couched in the language of Qabalah, alchemy and experimental psychology. Applying cut up techniques to animate collages of familiar images, the first part depicts the heroine's toothache, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. The second part depicts the return to earth from being eaten by Max Muller on the day Edward the Seventh dedicated the great sewer of London. 66 min. Video/C 9226
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Carroll, Noel. "Mind, medium and metaphor in Harry Smith's Heaven and earth magic" Film Quarterly, v. 31 no2 (Winter 1977-1978) p. 37-44. UC users only

Late Superimpositions (aka no. 14)(USA, 1964)
An abstract film combining animation and live action created by Harry Smith, an innovative filmmaker who hand-painted onto film, frame by frame and used collage to animate his films. He describes this work as: "superimposed to photography of Mr. Fleischman's butcher shop in New York, and the Kiowa aroko, Oklahoma, with cognate materia. The strip is dark at the beginning and the end ... I honor it the most of my films." Video/C 9399
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Jack Smith

Books/articles about Smith in the Berkeley Library

Flaming Creatures.
Sensual underground classic film which pushed the limits of its day while surviving attempts to censor its content, including a series of police raids, arrests, and court battles. "It may seem tame by today's standards, but it stretched the limits of its day. Campy and lavishly designed in its experimentalism, [Smith's] best know film, includes characters which cavort in a setting reminiscent of the court of Ali Baba, with a mood suggestive of the paintings of Heironymous Bosch. The film is a quasi-documentary of Androgynes and Transvestites in which flaccid penises and bouncing breasts are so ambiguously equated as to disarm any distinction between male and female. In Flaming Creatures, Smith manages to combine the ornate imagination of his youth with the realities of his adult fantasy." (from distributor's catalog) Video/C 3258

Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
A collection of interviews and clips by and about the revolutionary American artist Jack Smith. Filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema, he is generally acclaimed as a founding father of American Performance Art, and has been critically recognized as a master photographer. The film also delves into Smith's tenuous relationship with Andy Warhol -- who adopted Smith's ideas in his own work. Pays homage to New York's ultimate anti-hero and the original King of the Underground. Commentary: Nayland Blake, Ira Cohen, Tony Conrad, Richard Foreman, Helen Gee, Robet Heide, Gary Indiana, Ken Jacobs, Mike Kelley, George Kuchar, Sylvere Lotringer, Agosto Machado, Judith Malina, Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Mario Montez, Billy Name, Lawrence Rinder, Andrew Sarris, Jerry Tartaglia, Ronald Tavel, John Waters, Holly Woodlawn, Mary Woronov, Nick Zedd, John Zorn. Special features: Glitter ; Agosto Machado with Mario Montez on Jack the master ; Lawrence Rinder on Jack's photography ; Ken Jacobs on Jack's life as theater ; Jack's loft ; Mario Montez on being Mario Montez ; Nayland Blake on the art world ; Holly Woodlawn on Jack and Andy ; George Kuchar on Jack and the creatures ; Colette and Vivienne Dick on Jack at the Cologne Art Fair ; Ronald Tavel on modeling for Jack ; Judith Malina on art and capitalism ; Sylvere Lotringer on Jack vs. capitalism. 2008. 95 min. DVD X32

Arthur, Paul. "Portrait of the Artist." Film Comment, May/Jun2007, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p11-12, 2p UCB users only
Verevis, Constantine. "'Moldy Art': The exotic world of Jack Smith." Studies in Documentary Film; 2010, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p173-186, 14p UCB users only

Normal Love.
This feature length experimental underground film is something of a sequel to the first film produced by Jack Smith, Flaming creatures. Characters included are various 1930s horror monsters, a mermaid, a lecher, and various "cuties". Originally produced as motion picture in 1963. 112 min. Video/C 5513

What's Underground About Marshmallows? (1981)
"The complete, extraordinary "reperformance" by Ron Vawter of Jack Smith's 1981 performance piece, What's Underground About Marshmallows?, in which Jack, strongly against the commodification of art and fearful that people were making illegal copies of his films, accuses Jonas Mekas, the champion of avant-garde film in the early '60s, of this diabolical infringement. In Marshmallows, Jack tells a funny, pathetic tale "on" himself--a nightmare of failing to catch Mekas--called variously "Uncle Artcrust," "Uncle Fishhook" and sometimes "Old Uncle Oldie"--in the act of duplication." Also includes Ron Vawter's performs portrayal of a classic Roy Cohn after-dinner speech for the Society for the Protection of the American Family. 90 min. Video/C 7682

What's Underground About Marshmallows?: Ron Vawter performs Jack Smith (1993)
Constitutes the second half of Vawter's performance piece "Roy Cohn/Jack Smith". Presented here is Vawter's complete and uninterrupted "re-performance" of Jack Smith's own performance-of-the self, "What's underground about marshmallows?", originally performed by Smith in 1981. Recorded at The Kitchen in New York City on Oct.31 and Nov. 1, 1993. 60 min. Video/C 7819

Michael Snow

Michael Snow's film Wavelength has been acclaimed as a classic of avant-garde filmmaking since its appearance in 1967. In February 2003 Snow made WVLNT, a "remix" which created a new work consisting of simultaneities rather than the sequential progressions of the original work. WVLNT is composed of 3 unaltered superimpositions of sound and picture. Dist: Electronic Arts Intermix. 15 min. DVD 9476

Scott Stark

In this meticulous reduction of found video porn to raw motion study, pornographic videos are mined for the unerotic moments between moments. A piercing musical score loops endlessly throughout, and the repetitive and curious iterations of movement become furtive searches for meaning within their own blandness. 1998. 11 min. DVD 2983

Chick Strand

Chick Strand site (via American Film Institute)

Chick Strand bibliography

Anselmo and the Women.
A Mexican husband and wife express their attitudes and expectations concerning their spouses. Primarily a reflection of Mexican male attitudes towards Mexican women. 35 min. Video/C 999:633

Artificial Paradise.
Two short surrealistic films which use moving lights and vague figures to elicit a variety of moods in the viewer. 23 min. vhs 999:635

Fake Fruit.
Follows a day in the life of Mexican women who work creating artificial fruit for sale in American markets. 22 min. DVD X1452; vhs 999:634

Soft Fiction.
Performers: Amy Halpren, Beverle Houston, Karen Amend, Melissa Lou Beal, Simone Gad, Johanna Demetrakis, Snoopy, Cathy Freeman, Hedy Sontag, Victoria Mudd, Cynthia McAdams. Presents stories by women in which each relates a powerful personal experience directly to the camera. The title evokes the soft line between truth and fiction, the artist's approach to documentary. 60 min. vhs 999:632

Waterfall, Anselmo, Guacomole, Mujer de Milfuegos
Contents: Waterfall (3 min., 1967) -- Anselmo (3 min., 1967) -- Guacamole (10 min., 1969-1975) -- Mujer de Milfuegos (Woman of a thousand fires) (15 min., 1974). Produced and directed by Chick Strand. Waterfall: A flowing, floating and gliding ode to water. The soundtrack is Japanese koto music. Anselmo: Shows a band of Mexican strolling players in the desert. Guacamole: A film about the loss of innocence and the search for the essence of the human spirit. The approach is experimental in relationship of image and sound. Mujer de Milfuegos: An expressionistic, surrealistic portrait of a Latin American woman; focusing not so much on the subject's personal characteristics than on an evocation of the consciousness of rural women in such countries as Spain, Greece and Mexico. Video/C MM1208

Deborah Stratman

Something Like Flying: Three Films by Deborah Stratman
Films by experimental documentary filmmaker Deborah Stratman whose films blur the line between abstract and documentary filmmaking. In order not to be here: Looks at the ways privacy, safety, convenience and surveillance determine our environment. Kings of the sky: Film follows Adil Hoxur, a famous tightrope artist, as he and his troupe travel among the Uighurs, an indigenous Turkic-speaking Muslim people who live in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. From Hetty to Nancy: Letters from Hetty as she and her friends travel Iceland and experience the power of nature in that area. Contents: In order not to be here / Deborah Stratman ; Pythagoras (33 min., 2002) -- Kings of the sky / Deborah Stratman ; Pythagoras (68 min., 2004) -- From Hetty to Nancy / texts by J�n �orl�ksson, Eggert �lafsson, Bijarni P�lsson, William Jackson Hooker, Louis MacNiece ; produced by Grete Dalum and Deborah Stratman ; film by Deborah Stratman ; Pythagoras Productions (44 min., 1997). DVD X1980

Elisabeth Subrin

The Fancy
A speculative, experimental work based on the life of Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) as evoked in the published catalogues of and about her photographs. Traditionally read as formalist subversions and percursors of eighties feminist photography-based work,Woodman's photographs, as recreated here also suggest a seemingly suppressed history of a troubled young woman. 2000. 36 min. Video/C 8611

This account of two white suburban girls, interspersed with seventies archival media clips, examines the possibility that depression and anorexia are language disorders. The wrongly naming of things, and the subsequent loss of meaning, is one of several devices skillfully and humorously applied to call into question modes of representation. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 8609

A re-presentation of a 1967 documentary on the author of the groundbreaking feminist text The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for the Feminist Revolution, Shulamith Firestone. The filmmaker questions the boundaries of fiction and documentary. She explores the conditions of a woman's representation and comments on the impact of feminism today. 1997. 37 min. Video/C 8610

Janice Tanaka

Memories from the Department of Amnesia.
In this experimental video about the process of grieving, Tanaka passionately evokes the loss of her mother by visually recreating the ominous and disempowering feeling of isolation and grief. The metaphorical image is that of a dazed and frenzied bicyclist pedaling frantically inside a restaurant with no apparent place to go. The tape then suddenly emerges, out of a state of this denial into one of acceptance, to remember her mother's life. 13 min. Video/C 3821

Jerry Tartaglia

Jerry Tartaglia Web site (via FLICKER)

A.I.D.S.C.R.E.A.M.; Ecce Homo; Final Solutions.
Three films dealing with the disease of AIDS. The first film, A.I.D.S.C.R.E.A.M. (1988), investigates AIDS as an excuse to desexualized gay men and destroy gay liberation. Ecce Homo (1989) interweaves images from Jean Genet's film "Un chant de'amour" with images from gay male sex films. In Final Solutions (1990) the filmmaker examines the consumerist culture and the teleculture's treatment of AIDS disease as a consumer image. 18 min. Video/C 2694

Three Films.
Contents: Holy Mary (1992, 6 min.) -- Remembrance (1990, 5 min.) -- Vocation (1981, 7 min.) Credits: Producer/director, Jerry Tartaglia. Holy Mary is a collage which intercuts images of fashion experts, a sex change medical expert and Pope John Paul II. Remembrance is a brief study of an obsession by the filmaker when growing up gay with strong female characters in Italian opera and Hollywood movies. Vocation is a hymn to the horned god Pan filmed at the Short Mountain Collective in Tennessee. Video/C 3249

Leslie Thornton

Doane, Mary Ann
"In the ruins of the image: the works of Leslie Thornton." In: Women's experimental cinema : critical frameworks Robin Blaetz, editor. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.E96 W68 2007)
Milutis, Joe. "The Girls Without the Camera in Their Heads: An Interview with Leslie Thornton." Afterimage, Jan/Feb2000, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p13, 2p
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Russell, Catherine. "Independents and Independence: Culture as Fiction: The Ethnographic Impulse in the Films of Peggy Ahwesh, Su Friedrich, and Leslie Thornton." In: The new American cinema / edited by Jon Lewis. Durham : Duke University Press, 1998. p353-378, 26p (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 N47 1998)
Wees, William C. "Carrying On: Leslie Thornton, Su Friedrich, Abigail Child and American Avant-Garde Film of the Eighties." In: Women and experimental filmmaking / edited by Jean Petrolle and Virginia Wright Wexman. Urbana : University of Illinois, c2005. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E96.W66 2005; PFA PN1995.9.E96.W66 2005)

Peggy and Fred in Hell.
Experimental film presenting two children at play in an environmentally fragile world. 83 min. DVD X2531 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:661

There was an Unseen Cloud Moving.
A surrelistic film which utilizes still photos, re-created scenes, and newsreel footage of the Sahara and the moonwalk to tell the life story of Isabelle Eberhardt, a late victorian writer and poet. 60 min. vhs 999:684

Holmlund, Chris. "From Rupture to Rapture through Experimental Bio-Pics: Leslie Thornton's There Was an Unseen Cloud Moving." Diane Waldman and Janet Walker, editors. In: Feminism and documentary Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1999. (MAIN: PN1995.9.W6 F447 1999; MOFF: PN1995.9.W6 F447 1999)

Tran T. Kim-Trang

Blindness Series.
Videos by Tran T. Kim-Trang. Accompany book includes contextualizing essays by Lucas Hilderbrand, Laura U. Marks, and Holly Willis, along with title descriptions, an artist biography and bibliography. Dist.: Video Data Bank DVD X2789

Disc 1 Contents: Aletheia (1992, 16 min.) -- Operculum (1993, 14 min.) -- Kor� (1994, 16 min.) -- Ocularis : eye surrogates (1997, 21 min.)(Occularis is also on DVD 2806) Aletheia: The introductory tape to The Blindness Series, aletheia presents an indexing of categories investigating different aspects of blindness as metaphor. Operculum: The artist visits with seven cosmetic surgeons specializing in blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid creasing surgery) for initial consultation sessions. The doctors demonstrate different reshaping options and comment upon the prevalence and success rates for different Asian nationalities. Koré: By focusing on the blindfold, kore explores the eye as purveyor of desire, sexual fear, and the fantasy of blindness. Ocularis : eye surrogates: This video highlights several narratives concerning video surveillance -- not to reiterate the conventional privacy argument but rather to engage the desire to watch surveillance materials and society's insatiable voyeurism. A variety of subjects recount their interactions with surveillance. 2009. 68 min.

Disc 1 Contents: Ekleipsis (1998, 22 min.) -- Alexia (2000, 9 min.) -- Amaurosis (2002, 28 min.) -- Epilogue: the palpable invisibility of life (2006, 13 min.) Ekleipsis: Inspired by a New York Times article about a group of hysterically blind Cambodian women in Long Beach, California, known as the largest group of such people in the world. Hysterical blindness is sight loss brought about by traumatic stress. The video delves into two histories: the history of hysteria and the Cambodian civil war, and speaks about the somatization of pain and loss. Alexia: An experimental video about word-blindness and metaphor, with accounts of Giambattista Vico's theory on the origin of language and Ludwig Wittgenstein's theory on aspect-blindness. Word-blindness is a condition that usually afflicts people who have suffered a stroke, causing them to lose the visual recognition of individual letters but perceive the entire word, or vice versa. Amaurosis: A documentary about Dat Nguyen, a blind guitarist living in Little Saigon, Orange County, California. Dat Nguyen was a "triple outcast": blind, Amerasian, and an impoverished orphan. The tape strives to present the life of one member from this unique community and promote his rich contributions. Epilogue: the palpable invisibility of life: Visualizes the unseen threads between mother and child, revealing how the ties that bind four generations of women become manifest when a great-grandmother's imploring words tp persevere, passed from granddaughter to great granddaugheter, compel a woman to continue her maternal line by ancient means. 2009. 72 min.

Trinh T. Min-ha

Books/articles about Min-ha in the Berkeley Library

The Fourth Dimension
A film by Trinh T. Minh-Ha. "An in-depth, incisive and insightful examination of Japan through its art, culture, and social rituals. With its lush imagery, Minh-ha's Japan is viewed through mobile frames, with doors and windows sliding shut, revealing new vistas as it blocks out the old light." 2001. 87 min. DVD X6713; Video/C 9223

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Naked Spaces: Living is Round
Exquisitely photographed, rich in detail and texture this film explores the daily rhythms and ritual life countries. This sensuous and philosophical journey explicitly challenges documentary and ethnographic film language, throwing into question prevailing formulas for visual ethnographic studies. 1985. 135 min. Video/C 6235

Women Make Movies catalog description

Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen
Experimental documentary film centered upon the daily activities of Senegalese village women. 1982. 40 min. DVD 8992; vhs 3092

Women Make Movies catalog description

Shoot for the Contents
Ponders questions of power and change, politics and culture, as refracted by Tienanmen Square events and offers at the same time an inquiry into the creative process of filmmaking, intricately layering Chinese popular songs and classical music, the sayings of Mao and Confucius, women's voices and the words of artists, philosophers and the cultural workers. 1991. 102 min. Video/C 6218

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Surname Viet, Given Name Nam: Film.
Trinh T. Minh-ha's film looks at the many faces of culture, "the multiplicity of identity," in this case of Vietnamese women as seen in staged interviews, dance-footage, and manipulated archival images. Also involved is a questioning of the strategies inherent to the politics of interview and the problems of translation in filmmaking. 108 min. DVD 8991; vhs 2322

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A Tale of Love
A film loosely inspired by the Tale of Kieu, an early 19th century Vietnamese poem in which a martyred woman sacrifies herself for the good of her family. This film, set in America, portrays the Vietnamese immigrant experience through Kieu, a writer who sends money to her family in Vietnam by working for a woman's magazine. As she works on an article about the legacy of the Tale of Kieu, she comes to understand how the poem resonates in her own life. In the end, overcoming the sorrows of love and exile is, for Kieu, to reinvent both herself and the 200-year-old poem. Director, producer, writer, editor, Trinh T. Minh-ha ; co-director, co-producer, Jean-Paul Bourdier 1995. 108 min. DVD X6712; Video/C 6236

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Adland: Where Commercials Come From
Documents the process of making commercials for television. Visits the locations of several commercials and interviews George Lois, Jerry Della Femina and Mason Reese. 1974. 60 min. Video/C 2042

Four More Years.
Affords unusual coverage of the Thirtieth Republican National Convention which re-nominated Richard Nixon for President. Includes a wheelchair parade of disabled veterans protesting the war in Vietnam, shots of grotesque costumes worn by the protestors and views of some of the delegates on these subjects. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1972. 60 min. Video/C MM1171

Gerald Ford's America
Scrutinizes the "first one hundred days" of the Ford presidency. In Part 1 WIN (the title refers to the slogan "Whip Inflation Now"), the TVTV crew follows Ford on a goodwill tour of his old constituency in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Having promised to end the "national nightmare" of Vietnam and Watergate, Ford took office only to face inflation and a looming recession. Ironically contrasting political rhetoric with the reality of working and middle-class America, TVTV juxtaposes a main point of Ford's platform -- that Americans should curb their spending habits -- with a GOP fundraiser in which wealthy patrons bid extravagantly for a football once held by Ford. In Part 2 Chick to sheik, the filmmakers examine the assertion that political deal-making occurs at the social level, they take careful note of the high cost of entertaining: $10,000 for one diplomatic function. As an ironic footnote to history, the tape culminates in a party for the Shah of Iran at the Iranian Embassy, complete with birthday toasts to the soon-to-be-ousted ruler. [Part 1] Win (28 min.), 1975 -- [Part 2] Chic to sheik (28 min.), 1975. Produced by TVTV and the TV Lab at WNET/Thirteen; producer, David Loxton. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. Video/C MM1167

The Good Times are Killing Me
Filmed on location in Southwestern Louisiana in 1975, this documentary presents a portrait of Cajun culture. Focusing on the Cajuns' strong cultural identity, the filmmakers document the integral role that music plays in passing traditions from generation to generation. Looking at the events leading up to Mardi Gras, the tape visits women at a beauty parlor, the drag preparations of the "barber's son," and, finally, the pageantry of the celebration itself. At the heart of the tape is accordionist Nathan Abshire, whose jaunty stage manner belies a difficult and harsh life. Abshire is seen as representative of the Cajun culture, which has survived two hundred years of persecution and misunderstanding with its humor and idiosyncracies intact. Filmed by Hudson Marquez and Allen Rucker. Produced by TVTV and WNET Television Laboratory. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 58 min. Video/C MM1176

Lord of the Universe
The first independent video documentary made for national broadcast on public television, The Lord of the Universe is an expose of the Guru Maharaj Ji and his Millenium '73 gathering at the Houston Astrodome. With a scathing economy, TVTV lays bare the corruption and hypocrisy of the Maharaj Ji and his entourage, showing the guru as he dispenses pseudo-mystical knowledge to his true believers, led by former antiwar activist Rennie Davis. TVTV's use of portable video equipment afforded them access to the guru's entourage and the duped devotees of the new religion, faded flower children whose yearning for order and meaning seem emblematic of the nation's disaffection and uncertainty in the Watergate and Vietnam era. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 60 min. Video/C MM1173

Superbowl, 1976
The inside story of the 1976 Super Bowl; the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, based on interviews with the players, their wives and some fans, plus the media coverage of the game. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1976. 50 min. Video/C MM1175

Top Value Television(Surveying the first decade : video art and alternative media in the U.S. ; 8)
1972. 60 min. Video/C 9410

A documentary about TVTV shot by one of its own members, this first segment of WNET/Thirteen's VTR series was produced while the collective was in Washington working on Gerald Ford's America. Videotaped by Andy Mann, the film includes equipment demonstrations by Alan Rucker, Megan Williams and Skip Blumberg, among others; TVTV members elaborating on the collective's working methods and philosophy; and excerpts from Four More Years, The Lord of the Universe, and Gerald Ford's America. The result is a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at the energy, humor and intelligence that informed TVTV's unique video journalism. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. c1975. 29 min. Video/C MM1169

TVTV Looks at the Oscars
Shows what goes on behind the scenes as to who gets nominated for, and who actually wins, the Oscars (Academy Awards) that are given each year for best movie, best director, best actor, etc. Included is some drama with Lily Tomlin as a fictional Middle-American woman watching the televised Oscar ceremony at home. Tomlin, nominated for best supporting actress in Robert Altman's Nashville in 1975, is also seen as she attends the actual awards ceremony. With Tomlin serving as a fulcrum between insiders and outsiders, TVTV records the lead up to and letdown after the ceremony, revealing the vagaries of fame and stardom. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 1976. 60 min. Video/C MM1174

The World's Largest TV Studio
In 1972, TVTV brought their low-budget, free-form journalistic techniques to the floor of the Democratic Presidential Convention in Miami. Using lightweight, 1/2-inch Portapak equipment, which allowed them greater mobility and spontaneity than the networks, the crew moved around the Convention floor with ease and speed. They came away with shrewd, sardonic portraits of the politicians, delegates and voters, providing an irreverent picture of the behind-the-scenes political maneuvering. TVTV's close coverage of the California delegation, as well as the successful battle to unseat Chicago mayor Richard Daley and his delegates, exemplifies the collective's verite methods. Presented without commentary, TVTV's candid, close-up coverage offers a revealing look at one of the foundations of the American political process. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 59 min. Video/C MM1172

Naomi Uman

Milking & Scratching: Hand-made Films
A collection of five short films featuring Naomi Uman's aesthetic of scratched, dyed and hand-processed imagery. Leche: An experimental, anecdotal documentary hand processed in buckets and hung to dry on the clothesline. It examines details of the lives of one family living on an isolated ranch in Central Mexico. Mala leche: this sequel to Leche follows the same family now in California's Central Valley. Removed: nail polish has been applied to surface of a 1970's pornographic film so that the woman remains only as an animated void. Hand eye coordination: images of hands at work are mixed with non-synchronous sounds. Private movie: in studies of light, movement and darkness, this film follow's a woman's physical and emotional journey. Contents: Leche (1998, 30 min.) -- Mala leche (2003, 47 min.) -- Removed (1999, 6 min.) -- Hand eye coordination (2002, 10 min.) -- Private movie (2000, 6 min.). DVD X1979

Stan Vanderbeek

Stan Vanderbeekiana
A documentary on the pioneering film experimenter, Stan Vanderbeek at home as he reflects on "film as an experience, not an artifact." Here he discusses his work, jokes, found images, toys, inventions, the importance of his family and friends, and tours his moviedrome' for seeing films against a hemisphere. 1968. 27 min. Video/C 9224

Contents: Science friction (1959, 10 min.) -- A la mode (1959, 7 min.) -- Breathdeath (1963, 15 min.) -- Poemfield no2 (1966, 6 min.) -- Achoo Mr. Kerrooschev (1960, 2 min.) -- See saw seams (1965, 9 min.) -- Panels for the walls of the world (1967, 8 min.) -- Oh (1968, 10 min.) -- Symmetricks (1972, 6 min.) -- Excerpts from Stan Vanderbeekiana (1968) / [directed and produced by] Nick Havinga ; written by Stephen Chodorov -- [Excerpts from] The computer generation (1972) / [directed and produced by] John Musilli ; written by Stephen Chodorov.

Films by Stan Vanderbeek using animated collage and other pioneering film techniques. "From early collage animation created in the spirit of the surreal and Dadaist work, but with wild, rough informality more akin to the expressionism of the Beat Generation, to utopian experiments in expanded cinema, Vanderbeek was a visionary well before his time." Video/C MM416

Agnes Varda

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Bill Viola

Books/articles about Viola in the Berkeley Library

Biographical sketch of Bill Viola
Viola site (via LA ArtScene)

Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart
In this documentary, "Viola talks passionately about his life and the events and artistic influences that have driven his work: from his childhood memory of near-drowning, to the artistic exploration and political activism of his youth, and on to the death of his mother. The film explores as well the connection between Viola's work and the mystical traditions of East and West." 2003. 59 min. DVD 4639

Bill Viola: Selected Videotapes, 1976-1989.
Four works by one of the foremost video artists working today: Migration (1976, color, mono, 7:00); The Reflecting Pool (1977-79, color, mono, 7:00); Ancient of Days (1979-81, color, stereo, 12:21); and Chott-El-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat) (1979, color, mono, 28:00). "Compounded of many resonances, each level of meaning interwoven with myriad others, these exquisite 'visual songs' give us the elegant music of the poet's voice" (G. Youngblood). Video/C 9339

Bill Viola: Selected Works
Migration (1976) (7 min.) -- The Reflecting Pool (1977-79) (7 min.) -- Ancient of Days (1979-81) (12 min.) -- Chott el-Djerid: A Portrait in Light and Heat (1979) (28 min.). This collection of video art represents Bill Viola's four most acclaimed videorecordings. Each is structured around a solitary movement, moment or phenomenon through which Viola explores the nature of video, the categories of perception, the cognitive and spiritual inner life of the witness. DVD X473; vhs/D 126

Four Songs
Junkyard levitation -- Songs of innocence -- The space between the teeth -- Truth through mass individuation. In referring to his tapes as "songs", Viola emphasizes the relationship of musical structures and the poetics of Romanticism to his work. Junkyard Levitation is a visual pun on the concept of "mind over matter," as a man attempts to levitate while lying prone in a junkyard. In Songs of innocence, shifting light is charted through the passage of a day while images of children singing dissolve and reappear. Space between the teeth is based on the structure of acoustic phenomena and the dynamics of a man screaming at the end of a long dark corridor. Truth through mass individuation references Carl Jung. An Isolated figure is seen performing successively more aggressive actions. Dist. Electronic Arts Intermix. 1976. 33 min. Video/C MM1057

Hatsu-yume = First Dream
The Japanese consider the first dream (hatsu yume) of the new year, to be especially portentous. Bill Viola is a video artist concerned with the mystical aspects of physics and optical transformations. Here he plays with perspective and time, making connections between the flow of light and the flow of water. He shows us the cycle of a day that begins in light and ends in light illuminating the darkness, a cycle that metaphorically symbolizes the cycle of time and creation. 1981. 56 min. DVD 6361; vhs 5160 (also on tape Video/C 3399)

I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like
Contents: Il corpo scuro = The dark body -- The language of the birds -- The night of sense -- Stunned by the drum -- The living flame. An epic journey in five chapters, this film is a personal investigation into man's inner states and connections to animal consciousness. Images of striking clarity, depth and beauty, woven within a subtle fabric of natural sound, evoke a timeless view of the natural world and our place in it. 1986. 89 min. DVD 6360; vhs 5159

The Space Between the Teeth see Persistence of Vision, 2

The Passing
A restless sleeper dreams of death, drowning, his family, and various primal experiences. Considered one of Viola's most accessible and important works, the film is a landmark of twentieth-century visual narrative as well as an expression of spirituality that is both deeply personal and universally understood. Recorded at Anza Borrego Desert, Calif., Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, Colorado Lagoon, Calif., Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, Death Valley National Monument, Calif., Joshua Tree National Monument, Calif., Rhyolite, Nev., Salton Sea, Calif. and Tumacacori National Monument, Ariz. 1991. 54 min. DVD 6359; Video/C 9338

Red Tape--Collected Works
Contents: Playing soul music to my freckles so they won't get lonely -- A non-dairy creamer -- The semi-circular canal -- A million other things (2) -- Return. Red Tape is a collection of short pieces that function thematically as a larger meta-work. In each of these performative, structuralist exercises, a specific function of perception or representation --as articulated through video technology-- becomes a metaphor for a perspective of the self. Here, Viola establishes themes that recur throughout his work, including cycles of light and dark and the metaphorical restructuring of the passing of time. Writes Viola, "A single figure appears in all the works as either the instigator or recipient of various actions performed on or initiated by nature, culminating in a ritualized cycle of death and renewal." A videocassette release of a 1975 production. Dist. Electronic Arts Intermix. 30 min. Video/C MM1055

The Reflecting Pool: Collected Work, 1977-1980
Visual poems which comprise a single body of work representing the stages of a personal journey from birth to death to rebirth. The reflecting pool -- Moonblood -- Silent life (recorded at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY) -- Ancient of days -- Vegetable memory (recorded at Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan). Originally produced by Television Laboratory at WNET/Thirteen, New York, N.Y. in association with TV Workshop, WXXI-TV, Rochester, N.Y. in 1980. Dist. Electronic Arts Intermix. 62 min. Video/C MM1056

Jane Wagner

Tom's Flesh
An experimental documentary film informed by the intersection of the gay male body aesthetic and childhood abuse circa 1960s. Incorporating dark, distant memories, and recent invasive procedures, the film draws on the personal experience of one of its makers: growing up fat, loosing huge amounts of weight, being bulimic and anorexic, having plastic surgery, these all reflect the outward signs of Tom's relationship to his flesh, his internal self-perception and external self imaging. 9 min. Video/C 4922

Michael Wallin

Decodings: A Film
A film collage, including still shots, which illustrates a narrative in praise of spontaneity. 15 min. vhs 999:1469

Contents: Black sheep boy (1995, 37 min.) / producer and director, Michael Wallin; writer, Stephen Beachy; narrator, Andy Moore. -- Decodings (1988, 17 min.) / producer and director, Michael Wallin; writer, Michael Blumlein; narrator, William Graves.

Black sheep boy: A voyeuristic self-reflective short centering on the pleasures and pitfalls of being attracted to much younger men. Fortyish Wallin films a series of young men (many of whom were enticed by Wallin from the streets) in erotic poses -- an alluring portrait of the fantasizer and the fantasized.Decodings: Presents an "allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory, in this case, found footage from the '40s and '50s." Video/C 9882

Andy Warhol

Books/articles about Warhol in the Berkeley Library

Art History & Practice videography

Visions of Warhol (1965)
Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by four pioneer avant-garde film-makers and close friends of the Pop-artist. Contents Award presentation to Andy Warhol, 1963 / Jonas Mekas -- Andy Warhol's silver flotations, 1964 / Willard Maas -- Anthropological sketches : friendships and intersections : scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, 1963-90 / Jonas Mekas -- Andy Warhol, 1965 / Marie Menken -- Andy Warhol's exploding plastic inevitable, 1967 / Ronald Nameth. Video/C MM1062

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
Andy Warhol and his entourage redefined painting, sculpture, film, music and celebrity at his Factory workspace-playroom. Through on-camera interviews and still and motion picture footage this extensive documentary expores the entire length of Andy Warhol's career in art from the 1940's until his death in 1987. Directed by Ric Burns. Dist.: PBS. 2006. 240 min. DVD 6510
Ebony, David. "From "Raggedy Andy" to "Drella"--Warhol for TV.(FRONT PAGE)(Television program review)." Art in America 94.10 (Nov 2006): 41(2). UC users only
Williams, Gilda. "Andy Warhol." Art Monthly no. 302 (December 2006/January 2007) p. 47UC users only

Andy Warhol's "Factory People": Inside the 60s Silver Factory
A documentary look inside Andy Warhol's Silver Factory in New York during the 1960s, concentrating on the personalities involved at the time and at some of Warhol's artwork created there. Includes interviews with many of the regulars, including extensive segments with Ultra Violet, Taylor Mead, Mary Woronov, Billy Name, Gerard Malanga, and others. A film by Catherine O'Sullivan Shorr. 2008. 100 min. DVD X1690

The Factory People: Interview Archive
The Factory People Interview Archive is 24+ hours of raw, unedited, uncensored interview material and related filmed content collected for the three-part series: Andy Warhol's Factory People. The interviews took place in New York, Paris, London and Los Angeles from 2006-2009. The material presents an oral-visual recollection by the subjects of the times they passed with Warhol in the Silver Factory Era, from its inception in 1964 to its final demise in 1968 with the Valerie Solanis shooting of Warhol, and its aftermath.

Contents 1. Billy Name interview (1:48:50) -- 2. Gerard Malanga interview (1:05:40), Gerard Malanga poetry reading (15:13), Danny Fields interview (17:01) -- 3. Billy Name hotel interview (1:09:39), Billy "Photo Movie" (24:11), selected original music from the series -- 4. Victor Bockris interview (1:01:12), Vincent Fremont interview (44:25), 'Andy, Superartist' (20:21) -- 5. Ultra Violet interview (45:43), Bibbe Hansen interview (49:30), Ivy Nicholson interview (23:25) -- 6. Mary Woronov interview (1:29:40), Geraldine Smith interview (29:56) -- 7. Taylor Mead interview (30:34), Taylor Mead Show (25:26) -- 8. Louis Waldon interview (1:29:38), 'Andy makes a movie' (22:19) -- 9. Alan Midgette interview (1:20:30), David Croland interview (39:37) -- 10. Nat Finkelstein interview (1:01:09), Lee Black Childers interview (51:29) -- 11. Robert Heide interview (1:57:39) -- 12. Jonas Mekas interview (57:18), Jonas Mekas Archive (10:11), Anton Perich interview (39:58), 'Max's Kansas City' (09:36). 2011. 1440 min. DVD X6558

Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, 1963-1966
Directed by Andy Warhol; co-director, Ronald Tavel. An omnipresent feature of Andy Warhol's Factory from about 1963 to 1966 was a stationary 16-mm camera mounted on a tripod, before which anyone who entered the studio and exhibited a certain star potential was asked to sit for a screen test. The isolated sitters who had been instructed to stay as still as possible and not to blink, were shot in strong raking light, to reveal unwaveringly their psychological reactions to the intense scrutiny of being filmed. DVD 4736

Angell, Callie. Andy Warhol screen tests : the films of Andy Warhol : catalogue raisonné / Callie Angell. New York : H.N. Abrams : Whitney Museum of American Art, 2006- (Main (Gardner) Stacks Call No. PN1998.3.W366 A54 2006)

The Assumption of Lupe Velez (1966)
Writer/editor, Rita Gonzalez; camera, Rita Gonzalez, Jesse Lerner, Adele Horne. Assumption is an experimental look at the quasi-glamorous life of Mexican siren Lupe Velez, who died many years ago. Opening with Andy Warhol's film "Lupe," loosely based on the last night of her life, this film presents accounts and renditions of Velez's last night in Hollywood to examine her portrays in the mainstream entertainment press (accounts by Hedda Hopper) as well as her transformation into an underground cult icon (by Kenneth Anger, Andy Warhol and Puerto Rican filmmaker Jose Soltero) 22 min. Video/C 9211

Bad (1977)
Directed by Jed Johnson. Cast: Carroll Baker, Perry King, Susan Tyrrell, Charles McGregor, Brigid Polk. A cult classic comedy about a suburban housewife who runs a business on the side, providing hit women for clients who want some very nasty jobs done. An Andy Warhol/Jeff Tornberg Production. 105 min. DVD 8671
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Bike Boy (1967)
Featuring: Ed Hood ; Brigid Polk (Berlin) ; Joe Spencer ; Ingrid Superstar ; Viva ; Anne Wehrer. "Sexploitation" feature film by American painter, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol. Joe, a member of a motorcycle gang, encounters Andy Warhol's "superstars," who crack jokes at his expense in an attempt to deflate his machismo. In response he becomes more obscene and boasting, but ultimately, he cannot compete with the putdowns of the Warhol regulars. 96 min. DVD 4716
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Blue Movie (1968 )
Featuring: Viva, Louis Waldon. In this "sexploitation" feature film by American painter, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol, a couple spend an idyllic afternoon together in an apartment in New York City. Besides the sex, the film can also be viewed as a look into life in the sixties as they tell each other stories, talk about the war in Vietnam, cook and fool around in the shower. 90 min. DVD 4717
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The Chelsea Girls (1966)
Produced, directed and photography by Andy Warhol; music, the Velvet Underground ; production assistant, Paul Morrissey ; Hanoi Hanna and other unspecified segments written by Ronald Tavel. Ondine, Nico, Gerard Malanga, Brigid Polk, Edie Segwick, Mary Woronov. One of the first "underground" films of the 1960's to achieve a degree of mainstream acceptance, the film offers a long, unblinking look into the lives of Andy Warhol's retinue of "superstars" as they showed off for the camera in their various rooms in the notorious Chelsea Hotel, long a favored New York hangout for writers, artists and bohemians. 197 min. DVD 2647 (PAL)
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Dracula [Blood for Dracula] (1974)
Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey; starring Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry, Roman Polanski. Camp/cult star Udo Kier portrays a young demented Count Dracula with an obsession for virgin blood that could mean the difference between life and death. He leaves Transylvania for Italy, presuming his lecherous quest can be satisfied there. Upon arrival, he is befriended by an allegedly wealthy family comprised of four delightfully delicious and promiscuous daughters as well as their deceitful gambler of a father. A bizarre and wickedly comic plot unfolds as we find the count and the father consumed by a passion for what they mistakenly perceive as each other's riches. 91 min. DVD 6405; vhs 999:1923
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Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey; starring Joe Dallesandro, Geraldine Smith, Patti D'Arbinville. Joe, a bisexual prostitute, takes to the streets and meets an artist with elaborate and hilarious theories of body worship, a couple of transvestites, a dumb ex-girlfriend, and a friend whose armpits have been burned by a flame thrower. 90 min. DVD 8867; also DVD 6384
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[Andy Warhol] 4 Silent Movies (1974)
Kiss (1963-64, si., b&w, 34 min.) -- Blow job (1963-64, si., b&w, 26 min.) -- Empire (1964, si., b&w, 60 min.) -- Mario banana I and II (1964, si., col., 8 min.)

Kiss: Features a series of couples kissing in close-up. Includes American sculptor, Marisol, art critic Pierre Restany, and poet Ed Sanders, as well as regulars from Warhol's studio, The Factory. Blow job: Focuses in close-up on the face of a young man in progressive stages of sexual arousal. Action takes place off camera and is specified only by the title. Empire: A sustained long shot of the Empire State Building, held without interruption throughout the late-night hours and into the dawn. Mario banana I & II: Shows a transvestite, Mario, eating a banana. 101 min. DVD 2956 (PAL format)

[Andy Warhol's] Frankenstein (aka Flesh for Frankenstein] (1974)
Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey; starring Joe Dallesandro, Monique Van Vooren, Udo Kier. Camp/cult star Udo Kier portrays a young demented Count Dracula with an obsession for virgin blood that could mean the difference between life and death. He leaves Transylvania for Italy, presuming his lecherous quest can be satisfied there. Upon arrival, he is befriended by an allegedly wealthy family comprised of four delightfully delicious and promiscuous daughters as well as their deceitful gambler of a father. A bizarre and wickedly comic plot unfolds as we find the count and the father consumed by a passion for what they mistakenly perceive as each other's riches. 96 min. DVD 4380
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Heat (1972)
Director, writer, photographer, Paul Morrissey ;producer, Andy Warhol; music, John Cale ; editors,Lana Jokel, Jed Johnson. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Sylvia Miles, Andrea Feldman, PatAst, Ray Vestal, P. J. Lester. Sylvia, a fading, practically unknown star who lovesgame shows and TV movies becomes involved with Joe, aone-time child actor who lives in a sunbaked motel in this high comedy/low tragedy film. 100 min. DVD 6404; vhs 999:3352
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I, a Man (1967)
Directed by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey. Featuring: Tom Baker; Bettina Coffin; Stephanie Graves; Cynthia May; Ivy Nicholson; Nico; Valerie Solanas; Ingrid Superstar; Ultra Violet. "Sexploitation" film by American painter, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol starring Tom Baker as a super stud who sees six different women in one day. Features a performance by Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist who shot Warhol in 1968. 100 min. DVD 4715
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The Life of Juanita Castro(1965)
Cast: Marie Menken ; Ronald Tavel ; Ultra Violet ; Electrah ; Harvey Tavel ; Mercedes Ospina ; Marina Ospina ; Waldo Diaz Balart ; Amanda Cheryl ; Bonnie Gerr ; Isadora Rose ; Elizabeth Sow ; Carol LoBrodicco. Experimental film by painter, printmaker, and filmmaker Andy Warhol that is a camp drama about Fidel Castro. Juanita Castro, (played by filmmaker Marie Mencken) criticizes her brother and denounces the infiltration of homosexuality into his regime. 70 min. DVD 4713
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Lonesome Cowboys (1968)
Written and produced by Paul Morrissey; directed by Andy Warhol. Cast: Viva, Taylor Mead, Joe Dallesandro, Louis Waldon, Eric Emerson, Tom Hompertz, Julian Burroughs, Francis Francine, Alan Midgette. Experimental film by painter, printmaker, and filmmaker Andy Warhol that satirizes the Hollywood western. Actors, clothed and unclothed, improvise a parody of standard cowboy behavior around the set of an "old west" town. 105 min. DVD X1745
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Madame Wang's(1981)
Director, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Virginia Bruce, Patrick Schoene, William Edgar, Christina Indri. A masochistic East German arrives in Los Angeles, hoping Jane Fonda will help lead the revolution. He jumps ship and moves in with a group of people living in old abandoned buildings, selling junk and their bodies to make a living. With no money, he auditions for Madame Wang, owner of a venue for punk bands. 96 min. DVD 8850
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My Hustler(1965)
Director, producer and cameraperson, Andy Warhol. Paul America, Ed Hood, John MacDermott, Joseph Campbell, Genevieve Charbon, Dorothy Dean. Experimental film by American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker Andy Warhol, in which an aging "queen" on Fire Island has rented a weekend companion from "Dial-A-Hustler", only to compete with his male and female neighbors for the young man's attention. 100 min. DVD 4214
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The Nude Restaurant(1968)
Featuring: Viva ; Taylor Mead ; Louise Waldon ; Ingrid Superstar ; Alan Midgette ; Julian Burroughs. Experimental film by American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker Andy Warhol that satirizes pornography in film and American culture. A group of Warhol's regular "Superstars," wearing only G-strings, improvise monologues and dialogues in a restaurant. 110 min. DVD 4735

Outer and Inner Space(1965)
Consisting of two simultanously projected side-by-side reels, each image features a "live" Edie Sedgwick, her head posed next to a video monitor on which appears a "video Edie." That is to say four Eddie heads in total with a sound track that suffles back and forth between left and right projections. The film has been pondered for years as a meditation on media-tion, doubled identity, or, as one critic put it, "wounded narcissism." DVD 4735
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Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections.
In this 1990 film Jonas Mekas chronicles not only the great pop artist, Andy Warhol, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat. This is a candid, relaxed film diary including his friends Barbara Rubin, Tuli Kupferberg, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Olovksy, Ed Sanders, Gerard Malanga, Storm De Hirsch and George Maciunas. 38 min. Video/C 3981

James, Caryn. "Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol." (movie review) The New York Times Sept 30, 1990 v140 s1 p25(N) col 1 (18 col in)

Short Films
Disc 1. Sleep (1963) -- Kiss (1963) -- Eat (1964). -- Disc 2: Blow job (1964) -- Mario Banana 1 (1964) -- Mario banana 2 (1964) -- Couch (July 1964) -- Bufferin (1966) John Giorno, Rufus Collins, Marisol, Pierre Restany, Ed Sanders, Robert Indiana, Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Taylor Mead, Gerard Malanga. Presents short films by Andy Warhol. "Sleep" shows a man sleeping. "Kiss" is a series of silent films of various people kissing. In "Eat" a guy sits on a couch eating mushrooms. "Blow job" focuses in close-up on the face of a man in stages of sexual arousal. "Mario banana I & II" shows a transvestite, Mario, eating a banana. In "Couch" visitors to Andy Warhol's factory were invited to "perform" on camera, seated on the old couch. Includes such figures as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac and Taylor Mead. In "Bufferin" Gerard Malanga reads some of his poems and excerpts from his diaries. DVD 4714

13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests
Warhol's Screen Tests, which number approximately 500, are beautiful and revealing portraits of hundreds of different individuals, shot between 1964 and 1966 .... Many were included in shifting compilations such as the flatteringly-titled 13 Most Beautiful Women, 13 Most Beautiful Boys, and 50 Fantastics and 50 Personalities, which were projected in different versions each time they were screened. Contents: Feature (60 min.): Paul America -- Susan Bottomly -- Ann Buchanan -- Freddy Herko -- Jane Holzer -- Dennis Hopper -- Billy Name -- Nico -- Lou Reed -- Richard Rheem -- Edie Sedgwick -- Ingrid Superstar -- Mary Woronov. Bonus footage (12 min.): behind-the-scenes video about the new soundtrack. 60 min. DVD X1605

Trash (1970)
Producer, Andy Warhol; director, writer, photographer, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Geri Miller, Bruce Pecheur, Michael Sklar.The story of Joe and his lover-protector, Holly, who try to make a go of things in their lower East Side basement, from which Holly goes forth from time to time to cruise the Fillmore East and to scavenge garbage cans, while Joe's journeys are in search of real junk. 110 min. DVD 5911
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Davies, Jon. Trash: a queer film classic / Jon Davies. Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: )

The Velvet Underground and Nico(1966)
Lou Reed, John Cale, Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, Stephen Shore, Andy Warhol. Features a rehearsal of the band at The Factory. Nico, a German singer, is seated playing a tambourine while her son plays at her feet. Camera work features psychedelic scenes, wild dancing and strobe lighting. A policeman enters to investigate the noise coming from The Factory. He turns off the amplifier, and interrupts the rehearsal. Andy Warhol is seen talking to the policeman, while the Velvet Underground and guests wait around. DVD 4737

Featuring Tosh Carillo, Gerard Malanga, J.D. McDermott, Robert Olivo, Edie Sedgwick. Vinyl is loosely based on Anthony Burgess' Clockwork orange. It features seven characters and props including a pole set to one side of the scene. A young man is tied to the pole and is being tortured by Malanga and Olivo. Cigarettes, substances to sniff, paper cups with drinks, belts, masks and other sadomasochist props are visible, as well as drugs in pill form. A cop enters the scene and orders Malanga to sit so that he can be re-educated by the doctor who directs the torture of the boy, whose torture by Potin increases when a vinyl mask is placed on him. The doctor finally frees the boy, embraces and dances with him, while also humiliating him. The boy enjoys the game and the participants all dance while the doctor gives out drugs to sniff. DVD 4738

Visions of Warhol
Award presentation to Andy Warhol, 1963 / Jonas Mekas -- Andy Warhol's silver flotations, 1964 / Willard Maas -- Anthropological sketches : friendships and intersections : scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, 1963-90 / Jonas Mekas -- Andy Warhol, 1965 / Marie Menken -- Andy Warhol's exploding plastic inevitable, 1967 / Ronald Nameth. Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by four pioneer avant-garde film-makers and close friends of the Pop-artist. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 82 min. Video MM1062

A Walk into the Sea
Esther Robinson's portrait of her uncle Danny Williams -- Warhol's onetime lover, collaborator and filmmaker in his own right -- offers a exploration of the Factory era, an homage to Williams's talent, a journey of family discovery and a compelling inquiry into Williams's mysterious disappearance at age 27. Includes astonishing footage from Williams' recently discovered films. 2007. 92 min. DVD X843

Women In Revolt (1971)
Directed by Paul Morrissey. Produced by Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol. Cast: Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn, Michael Sklar. Trans-gendered actresses play a trio of women who launch a revolutionary feminist group called PIGS (Politically Involved Girls). The three very different women (a slut, a housewife and a socialite) attempt to free themselves from their respective ruts, only to end up either exploited, derelict or abandoned. 97 min. DVD 3115
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Apichatpong Weerasthakul

Mysterious Object at Noon (Dokfa nai meuman)
Drawing on the Surrealist technique known as Exquisite Corpse, the filmmaker interviews people throughout Thailand, asking them to contribute to the film?s evolving story without their knowing what has come before. The film in black & white blends the interviews with the fictional story that the interviewees are telling. Apichatpong Weerasekathul is one of the most acclaimed young directors that have emerged from Thailand?s dynamic film scene in recent years. 2000. 85 min. DVD 1880
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William Wegman

The Best of William Wegman.
A collection of short, funny vignettes created between 1970 and 1978 that demonstrate why Wegman has been called the "Buster Keaton of video." Often utilizing the talents of his assistant (and sometimes pet), the dog Man Ray, Wegman reveals a cunning and unusual sense of humor. 20 min. Video 3473

Selected Works, 1970-1978. Dog Baseball.
Selected video works 1970-18: Milk/floor - Stomach song -- Randy's sick -- Pocketbook man -- Talking fish -- Out and in -- Rage and depression -- Massage chair -- Crooked fingerrooked stick -- Deodorant -- Growl -- Spelling lesson -- Drinking milk -- Dog duet -- Starter -- Bad movies -- House for sale -- Horseshoes.

A collection of short, funny vignettes that demonstrate why Wegman has been called the "Buster Keaton of video." Often utilizing the talents of his assistant (and sometimes pet), the dog Man Ray, Wegman reveals a cunning and unusual sense of humor. 22 min. Video 5247

Two dogs and a ball, used car salesman, dog biscuit in glass jar
Included in the anthology Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S. 1972, 8 min. Video 9403

Video Works, 1970-1999
Compiled by the artist himself in collaboration with Artpix, this collection of 130 films features previously unavailable and newly restored works, many of which Wegman executed in the context of the just-burgeoning medium of video art. Memorable sequences included are "Dog duet", "Milk/floor", "Massage chair" and "Stomach song". Booklet in DVD case includes reprint of 1982 essay, " Wegman's video: funny instead of formal" by Kim Levin and definitive chronology of the complete videos. 236 min. DVD 5384

John Whitney

Patterson, Zabet. "From the Gun Controller to the Mandala: The Cybernetic Cinema of John and James Whitney." Grey Room, Summer2009, Issue 36, p36-57, 22p UC users only

Celery Stalks at Midnight
Director, John Whitney. 1952. 3 min. DVD X2382

The Film Art of John Whitney, Sr.
This documentary explains and demonstrates Whitney's work as one of the early pioneers in films made by computer-driven cameras. Shot on location at Whitney's home in California, this documentary includes excerpts from his films "Matrix 3," "Catalog," Permutations," and "Lapis." 1975. 27 min. Video 6474

John Whitney Sr.
Robert Gardner interviews John Whitney and fellow animator Eric Martin on the inaugural episode of Screening room in 1972. Abstract computer animator, inventor and digital pioneer John Whitney Sr. (1917-1995) is widely considered the 'father of computer graphics.' Whitney's films reveal his deep interest in technology as a means to art, as well as in the links he saw between music and visual forms. ... Whitney experimented with early computer graphic systems and worked alongside IBM programmers to expand the computer's graphic capabilities. Originally broadcast on the television program Screening room in November, 1972. 68 min. DVD X1095

Richard Woolley

Feature films by Richard Woolley

Drinnen und Draussen (Inside and Outside)(West Germany, 1974)
A film set in the front room of a Berlin commune with a large shop window leading to the street outside. The film uses an actor and an actress, a pianist (visible playing the film's incidental music in the room next door) and occasional people on the street. DVD X6265

Illusive crime(UK, 1976)
Probably the most controversial of Woolley's films, because of an audio rape sequence with flashes of nudity that split critics and viewers (especially feminists) right down the middle--some saying it was exploitative, others saying it was essential to get the formalist message (that we are all voyeurs in the cinema, often viewing at the expense of women) across. ..." Cast: James Woolley, Amanda Reiss, Andrew McCulloch, and Colin Proctor. DVD X6265

Kniephofstrasse(West Germany, 1973)
This is Woolley's "most austerely structuralist and painterly" film. "Based around a fixed camera single wide shot of a West Berlin townscape filmed at different times of day and night, at different speeds and in different weathers" DVD X6265

Nick Zed

Generation Z
Along with other New York fringe filmmakers, Nick Zedd helped define the "cinema of transgression" or underground moviemaking in the 1980s and '90s. This collection presents eight experimental films by Zedd created between 1984-1999. Tom Thumb in the land of giants -- Ecstasy in entropy -- Why do you exist? -- Whoregasm -- Police state -- Thrust in me -- Go to Hell -- Kiss me goodbye.Performers: Annie Sprinkle, Rockets Redglare, Kembra Pfahler, Brenda Bergman. 87 min. Video 9225

Frans Zwartjes

Frans Zwartjes: The Great Cinema Magician
A selection of 13 experimental films highlighting the work of Frans Zwartjes, the influential Dutch filmmaker, musician, painter and sculptor. Contents: Disc 1: Seats two (1970, b&w, 9 min.) -- Behind your walls (1970, b&w, 12 min.) -- Living (1971, col., 15 min.) -- Audition (1973, b&w, 40 min.) -- Bedsitters (1974, b&w, 18 min.) -- Pentimento ( (1979, col., 72 min.) . -- Disc 2. Sorbet 3 (1968, b&w, 6 min.) -- Birds (1968, b&w, 5 min.) -- Spectator (1970, b&w, 11 min.) -- Fan (1968, b&w, 6 min.) -- Visual training (1969, b&w, 8 min.) -- Anamnesis (1969, b&w, 16 min.) -- Spare bedroom (1970, b&w, 15 min.) DVD X2082

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