A cinematic essay set against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, The Royal Road offers up intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo alongside a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War. Featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner.
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Taking photos and making films are two ways of touching people. People have become the main subject of my collections. Collecting is much like an act of faith. It is a creative act, a chance to discover oneself, while at the same time participating in other's passions.
My photographs -and my films- seek out human contact, and they find it.
Colour Box: 19 Films by Len Lye is the largest and most complete collection of work by the New Zealand-born master of ‘direct’ animation and as Time magazine put it, “England’s answer to Walt Disney”.
This DVD is an essential resource for cinephiles and fans of Lye’s work, presenting masterpieces across Lye’s pioneering career in film, made between 1929 to 1979. It includes his first film Tusalava (1929) through to the masterpiece ‘scratch’ films Free Radicals (1958) and Particles in Space (1979).
1448, by Emmanuelle Nègre
35 mm Found Footage Digitized
Sound: Paul Blackburn & Emmanuelle Nègre
This film is a short animation made from 1448 found photograms.
Over the past half-century, two tendencies have dominated independent, artisanal filmmaking. One of these is the fascination with the material artifacts of cinema´s history: it is often called »found-footage filmmaking« and sometimes »recycled cinema«. Filmmakers working in this vein are often archeologists of cinema, aesthetically and/or ideologically engaging with the work of earlier generations of filmmakers of all kinds.
VARIATIONS includes twelve Canadian moving image and sound artists interpreting Poem (1957) by Michael Snow. The artists selected for this project approached the work from a number of different angles, perspectives and emotions.
Snow's poem provided an anchor for the contributing artists’ work to be fastened to, while giving them the freedom to allow their subjectivity to influence the result.
The DVD brings together 11 films by Peter Gidal made between 1967 to 2013. It is accompanied by a unique 40 page booklet of texts about the filmmaker’s work by Patricia L. Boyd, Stephen Heath and Chris Kennedy. The booklet is composed of transparent pages and was designed by Diana Vidrascu at RE:VOIR.
These 5 DVDs and the accompanying book are one of the two pillars on which this project is based (the web www.apologiantologia.net is the other), the first retrospective that brings together 50 years of audiovisual creation in the Spanish context. Impulsed by Hamaca, the project was based on its original catalogue and has been adding materials and unpublished pieces that have been recovered for this edition.
4 films by Marcel Hanoun. DVD Boxset contains a 100-page book with texts by: Jean-Louis Bory, Dominique Noguez, Emeric de Lastens, André Cornand & Abraham Segal, Paola Melis.
L’ÉTÉ (35 mm, b&w, 64 min, 1968) With: Graziella Buci, Pierre-Henri Deleau
L’HIVER (35 mm, b&w and color, 78 min, 1969) With: Tiziana Siffi, Michael Lonsdale, Christian Barbier, Frédéric Latin, Maurice Poullenot