40 Super 8 films from one of avant guarde cinemas overlooked masters, Joseph Bernard. Shot in Detroit + Provincetown 1975 to 85, these films have had no prior release, finally existing as a 2K scanned Blu-Ray edition of 6 hours. A full color 24 page booklet with critical assessments, past show announcements and historic context included. Bernard, a student of Stan Brakhage, worked and taught film in Detroit before returning to painting in 1986. A Beneath Detroit Project and release of Geodesic Disques - geodesic.tv
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Each of Michael Snow's works, spanning across painting, sculpture, video, film, photography, holography, drawing, publishing and music, invites us to experience, question and contemplate the representation, its process and material. Rameau's Nephew by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen illustrates his research both in the visual arts and in sound: "For me, it is an authentic 'talking picture,' built from the true units of the syllable and the frame. All the possible image/sound relationships centering around people and speech generate the movie-audience relationships: a wide range of emotional possibilities; the experience of seeing/hearing this film. 'Speech,' 'Language,' 'Culture' - their sources, their nature... recorded, imaged, prove (?) that in this case a word is worth 1000 pictures.
Editions Light Cone is pleased to announce the publication of its first ebook: Jean-Michel Bouhours on Paolo Gioli. Benefitting from the new power of ebooks to integrate video with text, the first title in this new series from Editions Light Cone has been conceived as a dialogue between two important voices in contemporary moving image art.
Collected in a single volume, and illustrated by extracts from Paolo Gioli's films, are essays and notes written over a twenty year period by Jean-Michel Bouhours, currently a curator of Modern Collections at the Musée national d’art moderne - Centre Pompidou in Paris. For many years, Bouhours directed the museum’s film programme and has long been an active member of Light Cone.
"Caldini emphasizes the idea of cinema as an activity of absolutely direct vision—an idea that, far from reclaimed by certain realist agendas, has always been, consciously or not, at the heart of the avant-garde."
"Anyone who has seen Caldini in action can confirm that his work environment privileges calm over agitation and reflection over continuous action. His body of work, based on anti-despair, appears eternal, dematerialized, and transcendent in the sense that its virtues and its beauty seem to reach far and beyond, and it seems to have existed since the beginning of time."
Like the still-shining light from a dead star, the films Jorge Honik meticulously constructed during the 1960s and 70s continue to strike the present of his imagination with all the force of forty years ago. -Pablo Marín
There are 50 numbered silkscreen copies of this limited edition, completely bilingual (English–Spanish) production, which includes seven of Honik's Super 8 films. Printed and produced in New York City in 2014.
The Lettrist movement is unique in the history of avant-garde formations. Founded by Isidore Isou in Paris immediately after World War II, it remains active to this day, having lost none of its radicalism, either aesthetic or ethical. In this book, Nicole Brenez presents the key figures and the basic concepts of Lettrist cinema, the art form within which their formal innovations proved the most far-reaching, prefiguring the breakthroughs of the nouvelle vague and the experiments of expanded cinema.
8-DVD compilation celebrating Experiments in Cinema festival's 10th anniversary.
Rito de Passagem (Rite of Passage) by Juliette Yu-Ming, 11 minutes, Brazil/Japan/China, 2014
Nude Photography by Jeff Hudson, 2.75 minutes, USA, 2013
Outer Darkness: The Rite by Hannah Piper Burns, 4.25 minutes, USA, 2014
The Empty Chair Dialogues by Karoline Soete, 5.75 minutes, Belgium, 2014
Thirteen rare films featuring pre-computer abstraction, using a variety of techniques including early oscilloscope experiments, color organs, hand-drawn sound, animation drawn directly on film, painted scrolls, and optical printing. Films from the archive of Center for Visual Music.
Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films® Collection, in collaboration with Filmmakers Showcase, are proud to present Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970 in a 4-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition. This breathtaking collection includes 30 films, restored to pristine high-definition, from some of the foremost experimental filmmakers of the 20th century.
Commencing in 1920 with Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s creative collaboration on Manhatta, successive generations of experimental filmmakers and artists have worked in collaboration or alone to create a cinema capable of expressing dynamic unspoken concepts in totally abstract visual terms.
Veteran animator and filmmaker, Steven Woloshen introduces a variety of simple artistic strategies to create decay and to re-assemble damaged film prints into new experimental visions. This book includes a special DVD with nine short films created especially for this do-it-yourself “hands on” manual.