• DVDs: Jeff Keen, Screen tests

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    Marvo Movie (Jeff Keen 1967)Two new DVDs for the upcoming months:

    - The British Film Institute releases the boxset GAZWRX: The Films Of Jeff Keen, both in DVD and Blu-ray formats (4 and 3 discs respectively). The set will include 45 restored and remastered films by the british filmmaker, along with many extra features: A new nterview with Jeff Keen, Art Flies Free (2000) – experimental documentary by Ian Helliwell; Jeff Keen Films (1983) – documentary with interview; a.96-page booklet featuring paintings, drawings and collages by Jeff Keen plus articles by Tony Rayns, Ray Durgnat and Jack Sargeant. Release date February 23, PAL, Region 2, 540 minutes, £34.25.

    - US publisher Plexifilm, has announcede the release of 13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, compiling 13 out of the 500 'screen tests' or film portraits that Andy Warhol shot in the sixties. The films selected for this compilation feature: Paul America, Susan Bottomly, Ann Buchanan, Freddy Herko, Jane Holzer (Toothbrush), Dennis Hopper, Billy Name, Nico, Richard Rheem, Lou Reed (Coke), Edie Sedgwick, Ingrid Superstar and Mary Woronov. DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes documentary on the live production of the performances, and a video interview with Dean & Britta about Andy Warhol and the music they have created for this DVD.Release date March 10, NTSC, Region free, 80 minutes, $34,99. There is also a special limited edition available.


  • Canyon Cinema publishes Bruce Baillie DVD

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    Castro Street (Bruce Baillie, 1966)Canyon Cinema has just released the first volume of a 5 DVD collection compiling the film works of Bruce Baillie. The DVD is only available in a limited signed & numbered edition of 100 copies for 50$ for home use or 300$ for institutions. The copy numbered #1 will be a special gold DVD contaning extra material that will be sold to the highest bidder and its proceeds will be destinated to a collaborative project.

    This first volume includes the films Tung (1966, 16mm, col + b&w, silent, 5 min), Mass for the Dakota Sioux (1964, 16mm, b&w, sound, 24 min), Valentin de las Sierras (1967, 16mm, col, sound, 10 min), Castro Street (1966, 16mm, col, sound, 10 min), and All My Life (1966, 16mm, col, sound, 3 min), all of them in newly restored versions.


  • Emily Richardson, 6 Films

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    Emily Richardson - Redshift (2001)Lux 's latest DVD release wll be dedicated to the film work of Emily Richardson . Richardson's work centers on the exploration of landscapes and environnents, both nature and human-created, such as her journey through a London tower bliock in the beautiful Block (2005) featured in this compilation.

    The DVD will be launched in a special event on December 9th at Cafe Oto, 18 - 22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL at 7pm. The event will include a special screening of her latest work Cobra Mist (2008) and a expanded cinema event with live sound performances by Cobra Mist sound recordist and composer Chris Watson and Benedict Drew .

    The compilation contains her 16mm film Redshift (2001), Nocturne (2002), Aspect (2004), Petrolia (2005), Block (2005) and Cobra Mist (2008), and a new essay by William Fowler, Curator of Artists’ Moving Image, BFI National Archive.. PAL, All Zones, 44 min., Colour, 20 GBP


  • Millennium Film Journal 50: Practices and Processes

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    The Fall 2008 issue of the MFJ magazine is now available. The new issue centers on 'practices and processes' and is guest-edited by filmmaker Mike Hoolboom.


    Mike Hoolboom Frequencies: An Interview with Jason Boughton
    Mike Hoolboom The Art of Looking: An Interview with Deborah Stratman
    Mike Hoolboom Long Live Experimental Everything: An Interview
    with Julie Murray

    Alex Mackenzie Hand Cranked: A Conversation with Filmmaker Lee Krist


    Andrea Picard Talking to the Periphery: Lonnie van Brummelen
    David Dinnell Light Waves and their Uses: Bruce McClure
    Steve Reinke Excrements of Time: George Kuchar’s Videos


    Jennifer Reeves Cinematheque Ontario, Fall 2004
    David Gatten Hallwalls, Buffalo, May 2005

    In Memoriam

    Tony Pipolo Remembering Paul Arthur
    Bruce Jenkins BC/2008 AD: An Artist Remembered


  • Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Collection Vol 1

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    Time Pieces

    Ten award-winning and favorite short films from the 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival , covering all dimensions of the frame: avant garde film art, experimental animation comedy,  lternative narrative, poetic and abstract explorations of nature, indie documentary. Time Pieces also includes rare bonus material with deleted scenes, director commentary, artist statements, video installations and audition outtakes.

    Included are Robert Todd's "Office Suite," Vanessa Renwick's "Portrait #2: Trojan," Leighton Pierce's "Number One," John Campbell's "Li: The Patterns of Nature," Thorsten Fleisch's "Energie!" and five other timeless short films. Bonus material includes experimental scenes, filmmaker commentary, installations and outtakes.

    All sales revenues of Time Pieces are shared with the filmmakers, furthering the Ann Arbor Film Festival's mission to help support talented artists working with film and video.

    You can also watch a preview trailer for "Time Pieces" here.


  • Tresaures IV: American Avant-Garde, 1947-1986

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    Hollis Frampton - (nostalgia)The fourth volume of the Treasures from American Film Archives series, called Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986 is finally scheduled to be relased March 3, 2009.

    The 2 DVD set will feature films by 27 different filmmakers, spanning nearly forty years from the post WWII period, and totalling more than 5 hours of content. Among the films included (many of them featured for the first time on DVD) are the works of artists such as Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, Marie Menken, Harry Smith or Robert Breer. The set includes a 70-page booklet with film notes prologued by Martin Scorsese and new music by avant-garde composer John Zorn.

    The films were selected from the preservation work of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the Pacific Film Archive and feature new pristine transfers. Net proceeds from the sale of this set will be split with the archives to support film preservation.


  • New DVDs from Index

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    menken.jpgThe austrian publisher Index DVD has released 3 new titles:

    - Obsession: Structuring Time and Space by croatian multimedia artist Ivan Ladislav Galeta
    (1947). The DVD focuses in Galeta's film works from the 70s and 80s and
    includes his first video work TV ping-pong. Includes the films TV Ping Pong (1976-78, video, 2 min.), Two Times in One Space (1976-84, 35mm, 12 min.), sfaira 1985-1895 (1984, 35mm, 10 min.), Water Pulu 1869-1896 (1987-88, 35mm, 9 min.), WAL(L)ZEN (1989, 35mm, 6 min.) and PiRâMïdas 1972-1984 (1984, 35mm, 12 min.). DVD PAL, Multizone, 51 min., 28,80€

    - Flaming Ears - a film by Angela Hans Scheirl, Ursula Pürrer and Dietmar Schipek.
    "Flaming Ears is a pop sci-fi lesbian fantasy feature set in the year
    2700 in the fictive burnt out city of Asche. It follows the tangled
    lives of three woman: Spy, comic book artist; Volly, a performance
    artist and sexed up pyromaniac; and Nun, an amoral alien with a
    predilection for reptiles. ". DVD PAL, Multizone, 84 min., 28,80€

    - Notes on Marie Menken, the documentary by Martina Kudlácek (In the mirror of Maya Deren) about one of american pioneers of exoerimental filmmaking. Music by John Zorn. Includes these films by Marie Menken as extras: Visual Variations on Noguchi (USA 1945, 16mm, B&W, 4 min.), Arabesque for Kenneth Anger (USA 1958-61, 16mm, color, 4 min), Glimpse of the Garden (USA 1957, 16mm, color, 5 min), Lights (USA 1964-66, 16mm, color, silent, 6:30 min). DVD PAL, Multizone, 117 min., 28,80€

    Apart from these releases, available now, two new DVDs have been announced to be published soon: The Seconds Strike Reality by Hans Scheugl and Optical Vacuum by Dariusz Kowalski.
    Furthermore, great news for those interested in this publisher's
    releases, Index has dropped the price of half of their back catalogue
    to 18 €.


  • Guy Sherwin's Optical Sound Films (1971/2007)

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    railings.jpgLux has just released a book and DVD on the work of british artist Guy Sherwin. Optical Sound Films (1971/2007) (the title comes from the way sound is printed in 16mm film) covers Sherwin's work on 'the synaesthesic relationship between sound and image manifest in the material of film sound' with 16 films plus several performances. The book covers Sherwin's research profusely,with drawings and diagrams that illustraite the inner workings of films and performances.

    The films included in this DVD are Phase Loop (1971), Sound Shapes (1972), Cycles 1(1972/1977), Newsprint (1972), At the Academy (1974), Soundtrack (1977), Musical Stairs (1977), Railings (1977), Night Train (1979), Interval (1974), Interval #2 (1974/2007), Notes (1979), Notes #2 (1979/2007), Optical Sound (2007), Spirals (1974) and Cross Section #2 (1997/2007), plus footage from several film performances.

    The short film Railings (1977) is currently showing at Lux's exhibition page. The official press release follows.


  • A couple of new DVD releases

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    Sur Place (Justine Triet, 2006)lowave , along with the Centre Pompidou, presents the second volume of Hors Pistes, selecting three works from the 2nd edition of the festival of the same name.

    - Company of mushrooms (Mo Gu Xiong Di Men) (Tan Chui Mui , Malaysia, 2006, Video, 30 min)
    - Forst (Ascan Breuer/Ursula Hansbauer/Wolfgang Konrad, Austria, 2005, Video, 50 min.)
    - Sur Place (Justine Triet, France, 2006, Video, 26 min.)

    PAL, Multizone, 110 min., 4:3, Stereo, English & French subtitles, 20 €.

    Abrasions (Joel Schlemowitz, 1990)Joel Schlemowitz presents a compilation of his experimental films in a 3 DVD edition. All the films have been newly trasnferred and remastered from 16 mmm copies. The first 2 discs cover his experimental short films while the third disc contains some collaborative works and extras sucha as an interview by Jennifer MacMillan ; Footage of the Film-Makers' Coop's move by Brian Frye and documentation footage of the "Grand Magic Lantern Exhibition!" installation by Jeanne Liotta.

    NTSC, Multizone, 210 min., 4:3, Stereo, 59.99 US$. This DVD is only available through Microcinema .


  • Stephen Dwoskin's Dyn Amo DVD now available

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    Dyn Amo



    LUX DVD RELEASE – DYN AMO a film by Stephen Dwoskin.
    Retail price £22, available from LUX and selected outlets now.



    Dwoskin's seminal 1972 film DYN AMO was borne out of the hangover that
    was left after 60's had fizzled out. The love-in was over and the
    knives were out and drawn ready to carve up the moral and psychological
    territory of the body politic, and the body in question was female.
    Based on a play by Chris Wilkinson, DYN AMO is set in a Soho
    strip-joint. The film is visually rich and emotionally intense,
    following the routines of four strippers as they divest themselves of
    their stage gear, the film pivots around a central scene that
    articulates the brutality of desire.
    film and its un-relenting, un-compromising 'gaze' positioned itself
    slap-bang in the middle of the controversy of the day. The film still
    challenges and shocks today; the audience, caught in the filmmakers'
    sights are unwittingly drawn into the contentious diagetic space of the
    film itself; '…there are not three looks, as described in Mulvey's
    article but four: the look at the viewer must be added.'[1]  At the
    core of the film itself is an age old human dilemma. In creating a
    dialogue with the ‘feminine’, we are confronted with our conflicting
    desire to merge with another and yet at the same time maintain our
    films have never shied from difficult issues. Having contracted polio
    as a child the subjects of disability, sexuality and mortality are
    prevalent in his work; his films expound existential themes. He says of
     himself,’ Film is my language and without my language I cease to be.’


    was born in New York in 1939. In 1964 he moved to London on a Fulbright
    Fellowship and in 1966 set up the London Film Makers Co-op with two
    other New Yorkers, Andy Meyer and Simon Hartog. In London, Dwoskin
    taught new generations of filmmakers at the Royal College of Art
    (1973-83) and at the London College of Printing (1983-87).


    filmmaking has spanned five decades and in Rotterdam 2006 he had a
    major retrospective when he was chosen as Filmmaker in Focus.


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