The mid-1970s saw James Benning's first feature films attract the attention of critics, establishing him as a representative of the "New Narrative Movement." In films like 11x14 and One Way Boogie Woogie, he combines the structural analysis of image, sound and narrative with auto-biographical traces, as well as with an almost "classical" interest in composition, color, light and landscape. This 2-disc set features 11x14 (1977), one of the central U.S. avant-garde films of the 1970s, in a restored version.
- 29,90 EUR
Newly released DVD that features much of Harry Smith’s early film work, including Early Abstractions (Film # 1 – 5, 7 & 10), Mirror Animations (Film #11) and Late Superimpositions (Film #14), as well as Untitled Seminole Patchwork (Film #15). Special extras include Percy Heath (Modern Jazz Quartet), in conversation with Rani Singh, and the Percy Heath Trio performing live to Early Abstractions, both from 2001.
New High-Definition Digital Transfers
Classic and rare films by the "Father of Visual Music"
Including 3 films directed by Raphaël Bassan plus 2 bonus films directed by Michel Amarger & Frédérique Devaux and Viviane Vagh.
With a 43p. bilingual booklet in English & French.
- Le Départ d'Eurydice, 1969-2016 (new score: Jonathan Levine), mono, b&w, 11', 4:3
- Prétextes, 1971-2016 (new score: Jonathan Levine), mono, b&w, 13', 4:3
- Lucy en miroir, director's cut, 2003-2005, stereo, b&w color, 45', 16:9
DVD/Blu-Ray combo with the film 'Anticipation of the Night' by Stan Brakhage
“The great achievement of Anticipation of the Night is the distillation of an intense and complex interior crisis into an orchestration of sights and associa- tions which cohere in a new formal rhetoric of camera movement and montage.” -P. Adams Sitney
“Approaching the Exquisite Corpus” was an alternative title we considered for this DVD release. It would have indicated how the films introduced here from my early Super 8 phase already evidence an artistically consistent path leading to my most recent production to date, The Exquisite Corpus, and highlighted my endeavor since the 1980s to make the specific qualities of the analog film medium sensuously tangible in the form of “exquisite ecstasies”.
The artists included on these discs have donated their work to EIC. Experiments in Cinema is a volunteer-run festival so all proceeds from sales go directly into ensuring the continuation of EIC. Be the first on your block to collect the whole set of DVDs!
Dietmar Brehm's Praxis series is driven by a spirit of enterprise that is clearly palpable: Since 1974 Brehm has been sensuously modulating his private iconography in ever new variations, ceaselessly engaged with his ever growing image and sound archive, withdrawn into the interior of an infernal fantasy. There is no posturing behind his cool treatment of the disquieting signs in his work, but rather ennui, a loner life, solipsism. Dietmar Brehm orchestrates implosions and idling states. He could be seen as the representative of a telephone-game art movement: His work is post avant-garde, post-narrative, post-surreal, post-pornographic and post-psychoanalytic; it appears like an extra entry in the annals of a long since shelved cultural history, like a last ditch effort of art after the end of time. - (Stefan Grissemann)
Suzan Pitt’s work is like a dream. Things exist out of proportion, shapes shift, characters emerge and then disappear. But like any dream, they also exist with a backbone of reality, and in every way celebrate the things that make life such a mixed bag of joy and sorrow. They are amazing works of art, and for any fan of animation or unique cinematic experiences, they are not to be missed. -Steven Snyder - TimeOut
I am happy to announce the long awaited Blu-ray release of 6 of my short films. This is a limited addition of 300 numbered and signed discs. Brand new HD scans of all the films taken from the original film negatives. This is the first vol of films, future volumes will follow. - JB
Jon Behrens is a Seattle based filmmaker, film programmer, photographer, sound designer and teacher. His films have been screened through out the world and has been active in the Experimental and avant garde film movement since the early 1980’s.
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