Isamu Hirabayashi – Soliton (2014)

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A man walks, step by step, through the grass, first in black-and-white, later in pale colour. We see nothing of his face, just his boots and legs, clad in camouflage trousers and filmed from above. In the background we can hear machine guns rattling, a squawking walkie-talkie, the drone of an airplane attacking, a long beep and a chord played on the piano. The boots continue to stomp over grass, sand, rock, rusty metal and loose planks. Sometimes they come to a halt before walking on through clear, shallow water. More planks, metal, broken household items, rubble, a blanket, a bicycle, an air duct and a doll. Suddenly, the man’s boots are standing in front of the naked feet of a girl holding a cuddly toy in her hand. An atmospheric, experimental piece, from a country ravaged by catastrophes. Continue reading

Mark Rappaport – The Vanity Tables of Douglas Sirk (2015)

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A video essay exploring the frequency and meaning of that particular prop in a wide variety of Sirk movies. Is it a device that traps and keeps women in an artificial world with a limited point of view? Or is it a gateway to the past and the future, and a distorted but nevertheless real vision of the roles that woman are forced to play in society? It’s an exploration of the texts and subtexts of commercial films and the subterranean and complicated ways that they affect us and can be read. Continue reading

Fred L’Epee – Bipolar (2015)

Bipolar (2014)
Film by Fred L’Epee
In collaboration with Kenneth Gentry and Ed Alvarado.

“The theme of bipolarity is seen through various means: the natural and the man-made; production and destruction; energy and adynamia; peace and apocalypse; equilibrium and disequilibrium — from the beginning to the end. This emerging view of a complex “bipolar climate machinery” urgently calls for a major research effort in order to decipher and quantify the interplay of atmospheric and social processes. When the world is in no accordance with all the cyclic combinations, a more or less bipolar world cannot be inevitable” Continue reading

Fred L’Epee & Kenneth Gentry – The White Widow (2015)

“The White Widow” is a psychotropic visual arts film representing the themes of mythology, mysticism, and the existential struggle. The realm is that of the subconscious, the alterations of perception, in the other-worldly than the worldly. Once upon a time the white widow at the edge of a path. Continue reading

Various – Screening the Poor 1888-1914 [compilation] (1888-1914)

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Around 1900, the issues of poverty and poor relief were the source of heated controversy. This DVD illustrates in seven chapters how examinations of the ‘Social Question’ were presented in magic lantern slide sets and early films. On the screens of auditoriums, Sunday schools, music-halls, cinemas and churches, visitors could witness orphans freezing to death in the snow, drunkards plunging their families into misery and helpless old people begging for a scrap of bread. Audiences experienced poignant moving pictures in performances with music, singing and recitations. The photographic and film industries delivered glass slide sets and films in very large runs on a variety of themes relating to poverty. Continue reading

Stanley Kubrick – Day of the Fight (1951)

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Based on Kubrick’s pictorial for Look Magazine (January 18, 1949) entitled “Prizefighter,” “Day Of The Fight” tells of a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier, particularly the day of his bout with black middleweight Bobby James. This 16-minute short opens with a short (about 4 minutes) study of boxing’s history, narrated by veteran newscaster Douglas Edwards in a no-nonsense, noir tone of voice. After this, we follow Walter (and his twin brother Vincent) through his day as he prepares for his 10:00 P.M. bout. After eating breakfast, going to early mass and eating lunch, he starts arranging his things for the fight at 4:00 P.M. By 8:00, he is waiting in his dressing room, where he undergoes a mental transformation, turning into the fighting machine the crowd clamors for. At 10:00, he faces James, and soon, he comes out victorious in a short match which was filmed live on April 17th, 1950. Continue reading