Available for the first time on DVD, Guy Sherwin's acclaimed Short Film Series, a unique collection of interconnected 16mm 3 minute films started in 1975. The series is held together by certain formal considerations: each film is three minutes long, i.e. the length of a roll of 16mm film, all films are b/w and silent, and the order in which they are shown is flexible. Apart from this there is a range of imagery from portraiture to still life to travel. The films operate on the border between movement and stillness, revealing their inner logic through an active engagement in looking.
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Adolpho Arrietta was a major figure in the new cinemas that appeared in the sixties and seventies in various countries. Thus he became one of the fundamental film directors in the history of Spanish cinema. As with Buñuel, a long exile seems to have been the condition that allowed his work to keep up with the most important trends in the cinema of his era. Throughout the seventies he produced a series of "punk à la française" films, as Severo Sarduy called them, which for their originality and influence are among the most important in French cinema of that decade.
Febrile, spinny and shrill, sometimes registering objectively, quietly funny or meditative: The present selection of German-language short films of women from the past 50 years is versatile - just like their makers themselves. Often there were production-technical reasons that prompted them to abandon large budgets and teams and to transform and perfect the alleged "lack" into imaginative film styles. These short films from East and West Germany are both artistic works and important testimonies of film history.
Each year Experiments in Cinema produces a fundraising DVD collection with select works from the festival that artists have generously donated to help keep the festival alive (a 100% volunteer-run festival!). The latest DVD collection is now available on EiC's website.
This seven volume Fundraising DVD Collection includes the following titles:
51st Ann Arbor Film Festival - 2013
Includes films by Mark Toscano, Matt Wolf, Karen Yasinsky, Alexandra Cuesta, Anna Marziano, Shambhavi Kaul, Joshua Gen Solondz, James Lowne and Naoko Tasaka.
Selections from the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival - 2012
Includes films by Hope Tucker, Ben Russell, Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva, Stephen Irwin, Hayoun Kwon, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Minna Parkinnen, Jonathan Schwartz, Suzan Pitt, James Sansing, Laura Heit and Jennifer Reeves.
The recently restored Korean Trilogy by Robert Darroll are now made available for personal ownership for the first time. Restoration created by Mark Toscano and the Academy Film Archive. This DVD also includes five more films by Darroll and a rare installation project.
"The first words that come to mind about Robert Darroll’s films are density and complexity -- of imagery, technique and style. He assimilates, transforms and transcends almost every technique in the history of animation. This is the apotheosis of motion graphics – simultaneously photographic, videographic and computer graphic. Darroll creates a hypnotic and visionary universe through virtuosic use of rotoscoping, compositing, layering, filtering and complex segmentations of the frame." - Gene Youngblood
Aberration of Light: Dark Chamber Disclosure is a site-specific live projection performance that was a highlight of this year’s festival (36th Toronto International Film Festival). In the projection booth, Brooklyn-based artists Sandra Gibson and Luís Recoder distilled a found 35mm commercial film print into rich, gorgeous beams of light that danced on the screen, the auditorium walls, and the faces of the rapt, dreamy spectators who filled the theater at the Ontario Gallery of Art. (The movie that was the basis for the work was never identified to the audience, and the artists have never watched it in its entirety.) The introductory movement of the piece is a marvel: tiny lines of white light that were movie credits in a past life shimmer onscreen like sunlight filtering through deep water. Occasionally a half-glimpsed face from the original film surfaces deep within the piece like a mirage in the desert; other moments resemble flashlights dancing through fog. The audio to the piece, created and mixed live in the theater by the Dallas-born contemporary composer Olivia Block, is at once organic and otherworldly. In addition to sounds produced digitally and musically, Block works with sounds she has collected from the world around her. Occasionally, these feel familiar: is that the sound of rushing water? Peeper frogs chirping on a summer night? The plaintive bleat of an alarm? The whir of an airplane about to take off? The pop of distant fireworks? Together, the visual and aural components of Aberration of Light are a symphony of lights and darks, quiets and louds, that are greater in concert then the sum of their parts.” (Livia Bloom, Filmmaker Magazine)
Instants encompasses a new film by the Swiss artist Hannes Schüpbach and a literary text by the French archeologist and writer Joël-Claude Meffre. The artistic project and the publication that was created for it, with an essay by Marco Baschera (“Thinking in Images”), are devoted to a central point of convergence of the arts: the INSTANT. In photography, film, or literature, the instant in its “entrance” or “descent” signifies a performative opening in the sequence of time that radically breaks through any concept of linearity.
This epic documentary subtly introduces the complex world view of iconic filmmaker and theoretician Peter Kubelka (born 1934, Vienna). While Kubelka's radical and pioneering body of films is a highly condensed work of about an hour focussing on the essence of cinema, his legendary lectures often unfold over many hours. These lectures on "what is cinema" and "cooking as an art form" are frequently illuminated by the presentation of archaeological objects from Kubelka's eclectic collection. He considers his ongoing collecting to be an expanded film practice which explores the evolution of humanity. Martina Kudlácek has carefully woven an open-ended portrait which goes beyond the biographical to reveal fresh insights into the phenomenon of film.