Experimental Cinema

Maya Deren Experimental Films - Maya Deren's films evoke and exemplify the American avant-garde film movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Included is her classic work Meshes of the Afternoon. (DVD 2785)

Begotten - A nightmare classic in which a godlike thing dies giving birth to a quivering messiah thing; then the local villager things ravage & bury them, & the earth renews itself on their corpses. (DVD 1161)

The Chelsea Girls - One of the first "underground" films of the 1960's to achieve a degree of mainstream acceptance, the film offers a long, unblinking look into the lives of Andy Warhol's retinue of "superstars" as they showed off for the camera in their various rooms in the notorious Chelsea Hotel, long a favored New York hangout for writers, artists and bohemians. (DVD 3538)

The Magical Worlds of Joseph CornellAn avant-garde artist best known for his box constructions, Cornell was also a groundbreaking filmmaker. In his early films he collaged found footage and may have been the first to do so.  Later he collaborated with other filmmakers who, under his direction made works that capture his fascination with young women, children, and the evocative quality of birds in flight. Included in the collection are Rose Hobart and Nymphlight. (DVD 4404)

By Brakhage: An Anthology - A collection of films by the avant-garde maverick filmmaker, includes the works: The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, Black Ice, Cat's Cradle, Dog Star Man, Eye Myth, For Marilyn, Love Song, Mothlight, Window Water Baby Moving, The Wold Shadow; also includes a series of interview vignettes with the filmmaker. (DVD 2043)

Film - A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around Bishop Berkeley's principle 'esse est percipi' (to be is to be perceived), Keaton's very existence conspires against his efforts. Written for the screen by Samuel Beckett. (DVD 12094)

Resistance[s]: Experimental Films from the Middle East and North Africa - Includes eight, short, experimental films and videos from Middle Eastern and North African artists and interviews with those filmmakers.It's a panorama of contemporary experimental creativity from artists who raise fundamental questions relating to humanity, politics and aesthetics. (DVD 7798)

The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2 - Covering the second half of Anger's career, from his legendary Scorpio Rising to his breathtaking phantasmagoria Lucifer Rising and beyond. (DVD 9282)

Avant Garde: Experimetnal Cinema of the 1920s and '30s - Twenty-four short films selected from the avant garde movement of the 1920's and 1930's. Featured are works by Man Ray, Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, Joris Ivens, Paul Strand, Orson Welles and others. (DVD 4571)

Zero - A death-defying descent into the personal hell of an unnamed young man. We see him in his basement abode, in a gentle wilderness, and in spaces that seem to exist only in his mind. Meanwhile, a cyst growns on his arm. (DVD 2309)

Patriotism - The only film made by accalimed novelist Yukio Mishima depicts the ritual suicide of a naval officer.  For many years thought to be a lost film this classic has been rediscovered and remastered. (DVD 11571)

Hide and Seek - From filmmaker Su Fredrich, an exploration into lesbian adolescence in the 1960's as told through a dramatization, archival footage and interviews of adult lesbians. (DVD 6225)

The Blood of a Poet - An artist is driven mad by the sight of his own blood and a drawing of a mouth that seems to come to life. The combination sends him off on a series of bizarre adventures that strive to explain how artists become obsessed with their own works. Directed by Jean Cocteau. (DVD 352)

L'Age d'Or - Using a melange of strange and unrelated images, this surrealistic film about two lovers who mock convention is a statement by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali on the nature of the bourgeoisie, the Church and the police. Banned in France within two weeks of its release. (DVD 4275)

Treasures IV: American Avant Garde Film 1947-1986 - Presents 26 films by artists who helped to redefine cinema. Shows an array of film types and styles, from abstract animation to documentary and balances acknowledged classics with rediscoveries.  Featured are works by Hollis Frampton, Harry Smith, Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, Joseph Cornell, and others. (DVD 13410)

Eraserhead - From David Lynch a nightmarish collage of images which blends the grotesque and the absurd, the deeply disturbing and the darkly humorous. Henry is the nerdish central character who lives in a squalid apartment with a strange girl and their monstrous baby. The extraordinary special effects create an eerie, dream-like world with a logic all its own. (DVD 19276)

Two Films by Bruce Conner - In Crossroads Conner presents the first underwater Atomic Bomb test at Bikini Atoll on July 25, 1946 as both fact and symbol of our age. The atomic detonation in the center of 90 Japanese and U.S. warships is seen as an event in itself, as theater, as sculpture. Looking for Mushrooms is a dream film of searching for magic mushrooms filmed in San Pedro Tenancingo, Mexico and San Francisco. (DVD 12536)

Decasia: The State of Decay - Created by award winning avant-garde director Bill Morrison, the film is edited entirely from found film footage, left in archives, that had decayed over time.  The severe emulsion deterioration reveals the film stock in its basic chemical form and the images are stripped to their most primitive emotional state. (DVD 3451)

The Videos of Sadie Benning - Sadie Benning is a videomaker who began making videos when she was 15 years old using a Fisher-Price Pixelvision toy camera. Benning's early works were made in the privacy of her childhood bedroom, using scrawled and handwritten text from diary entries to record the thoughts and images that reveal the longings and complexities of a developing identity. (DVD 20330)

The Ossary and Other Tales - A collection of shorts from Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. In Darkness Light Darkness  the component parts of a human body go about reconstructing themselves into a whole. Other titles include The Garden, The Ossuary, The Otrants Castle, and Manly Games. (DVD 7275)