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Eraserhead
Part of the Series: Criterion Cult Classics Collection
In David Lynch's "dream of dark and troubling things," Henry is left alone in his apartment to care for his deformed baby and has a series of strange encounters with the beautiful girl across the hall and the woman living…
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm
Part of the Series: Criterion American Documentaries Collection
In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York's Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they're making. A couple enacts a break-up…
Intolerance
D.W. Griffith's epic intercuts between four separate stories about man's inhumanity to man. In Babylon, pacifist Prince Belshazzar is brought down by warring religious factions. In Judea, the last days of Christ (Howard Gaye) are depicted in the style of…
2 videos
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1940s
Clip #1: "Tarantella" - Clip #2: "The Pursuit of Happiness" - Clip #3: "1941" - Clip #4: "Meshes of the Afternoon" - Clip #5: "Meditation on Violence" - Clip #6: "In the Street" -
6 videos
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1920s
Clip #1: "Manhatta" - Clip #2: "Ballet Mechanique" - Clip #3: "Anemic cinema" - Clip #4: "The Life and Death of 9413-A Hollywood Extra" - Clip #5: "Skyscraper Symphony" -
5 videos
The Smell of Burning Ants
The Smell of Burning Ants is a haunting documentary on the pains of growing up male. It explores the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. The film provokes the viewer to reflect on how our society can…
Mixed Messages - Gender Stereotyping in Popular Culture
An experimental video collage that incorporates found footage, performance, interviews with young girls, documentary, animation, images from advertising and television, and a dream narrative in a work that examines gender-stereotyping in popular culture, concluding with a post-modern version of the…
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1970s
Clip #1: "DL2 (Disintegration Line #2)" - Clip #2: "Love It/Leave It" - Clip #3: "Transport" -
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The Darkness of Day
The Darkness of Day is a haunting meditation on suicide. It is comprised entirely of found 16mm footage that had been discarded. The sadness, the isolation, and the desire to escape are recorded on film in various contexts. Voice-over readings…
Curtis Harrington Short Film Collection
Curtis Harrington, widely regarded as one of the important avant-garde directors of the 1940s as well as an early influential figure in what would come to be known as "New Queer Cinema," was born in Los Angeles in 1926. He…
3 videos
End of the Art World
With Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Michael Snow. "With ferocious wit, Ms. Krasilovsky sends up New York's art scene in End of the Art World. In essence, Ms. Krasilovsky uses the sounds and images of the…
Abigail Child's Foreign Films
A series of films exploring relations of text and found image: how text turns the image, spins it, to acknowledge the alphabet as power, accompaniment and meaning. Originating from Child's explorations as a published poet and her friendships in the…
4 videos
Four Films by Robert Ascher
This collection contains four animated films by writer, educator and anthropologist, Robert Ascher. These films were created using a technique called "direct animation" -- drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. Films in this compilation have been included…
4 videos
Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film - The 1960s
Clip #1: "9 Variations on a Dance Theme" - Clip #2: "Castro Street" - Clip #3: "Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter" - Clip #4: "Excerpt from Walden: Diaries, Notes and Sketches" - Clip #5: "Our Lady…
5 videos
I Used to be a Filmmaker
A film about fatherhood and the bond between a father and his infant daughter. The filmmaker documents the first eighteen months of the child's life, showing the progression from newborn to infant to toddler.
Films by Constance Beeson - Volume 2
Collection of works by Constance Beeson. Clip #1: "Grow Old Alone With Me" - Clip #2: "Firefly" - Clip #3: "Holding" - Clip #4: "Lotus" - Clip #5: "The Now" -
5 videos
Stations of the Elevated
STATIONS OF THE ELEVATED is a forty-five minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffiti-covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape…
Films by Constance Beeson - Volume 1
Collection of works by Constance Beeson. Clip #1: "Women" - Clip #2: "Freedom on the Inside" - Clip #3: "The Letter" - Clip #4: "Circle the Earth" -
4 videos
Period Piece
Period Piece is a documentary about menarche -- a girl's first menstrual period -- which is a fundamental experience in every woman's life, yet one that is rarely celebrated. Women of different ages (8-84) and multi-cultural backgrounds tell their menarchal…
City Symphony Volume 1
Includes two films: Continuum and Deconstruction Sight . "This is history without narrative, an abstract summation of what happens when human beings move stuff around and make something of it, grow tired of what they've made and demolish it using…