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1.

Das Blumenwunder

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Consists mainly of time-lapse photography showing the growth of flowering plants accompanied with dance performances.
DVD
2015; 1926
Clemons (Stacks)
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Privilege

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Middle-age documentary filmmaker Yvonne Washington is becoming a "woman of a certain age", so she invites long-time friend Jenny to assist in filming a candid and open dialogue on menopause. This becomes a commentary on the implicit interrelation between vanity and subjugation, as women already relegated to secondary status in society face further trivialization and exclusion, reduced to a caricatured, iconic pop culture image: the crone. The film is also a scathing exposition of ageism, sexism, economic elitism, and racism--the isms that artificially define and characterize empowerment in contemporary society--and the marginalization, disenfranchisement, and social segregation that pervade everyday existence, informing the myth of privilege.
DVD
2005; 1990
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

The Videos of Sadie Benning: Vol. 2

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"Sadie Benning is a lesbian 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. Evoking in turn playful seduction and painful honesty, Benning's floating, close-up camera functions as a witness to her intimate diaristic revelations and as an accomplice in defining her evocative experimental form. Her work emerges from a place half-innocent and half-adult, with all the honesty, humor, and real desperation of a personality trapped and uncomfortable, just coming to self-awareness. Her more recent work moves [...]
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
4.

Disruptive Film Vol. 1: Everyday Resistance to Power

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With this collection, curators Ernest Larson and Sherry Millner have successfully established a new history of film as political resistance. Vol. 1 is made up of four distinct programs with 26 short-form experimental non-fiction films. These radical global narratives span from 1914 up to the early 21st century and truly represent the diversity in approaches to documentary filmmaking. The collection has been put together for both political and educational purposes, to offer film and media makers and scholars a chance to review unaccountably under-appreciated works of film, video, animation--from France to Chiapas, from Serbia to China, to Nigeria--works that propose various strategies of resistance to power.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
5.

Tihrān Anār Nadārad =: Tehran Has No More Pomegranates

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Made over the span of five years, Tehran has no more pomegranates blends satire with history to paint a portrait of the metropolis and its transformation into a megapolis of increasing urbanmess, pollution, inadequate housing, class gaps and the fatal destiny of its once delicious pomegranates. Aided by never before seen archival footage from the past 100 years and mock interviews with city officials, the film explains the complex life of Tehran's inhabitants as they live side by side the past, begging the question of whether anything has changed all? director Massous Bakhshi and crew serve as protagonists in a narrative about the impossibilty of finishing a film about the city they live in. Made with an eclectic, post-modern style, Bakhshi breaks new group in Iranian documentary fil [...]
DVD
2009; 2005
Clemons (Stacks)
6.

Cameraperson

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A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film, a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
7.

Here Come the Videofreex

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In the 1960s and 70s, a group of renegade journalists known as the Videofreex democratized the future of the media as they deployed the first handheld video cameras to report and observe the world around them. In HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX, directors Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin tap into a treasure chest of restored tapes shot by the Freex, including interviews with icons like murdered Black Panther Fred Hampton and legendary activist Abbie Hoffman, charting the path of this underground video collective from their assignment on the counterculture beat for CBS News to their rupture with the network and creation of a radical pirate television station in upstate New York. An official selection at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and BAMcinemaFest, the documentary captur [...]
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
8.

Lupe

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"Rodriguez-Soltero takes some liberties with the facts and produces a color-saturated, gorgeous dime-store baroque that tells of Lupe Velez's rise from whoredom to stardom, her fall into fractured romance and suicide, and her ascension into the spirit world." -- Container.
DVD
2016; 1966
Clemons (Stacks)
9.

Film

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A man goes to considerable lengths to avoid being seen. Beckett's first venture into the film medium is a one-character production without dialogue, based on Berkeley's theory Esse est percipi, or "to be is to be perceived."
DVD
2015; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Jordan Belson: 5 Essential Films

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Experiemental mood or meditation shorts, these films comprise abstract light patterns and music without plot, characters, or dialogue of any kind.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Hearts Are Trump Again

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"By way of lush formal and associative shifts, Hearts Are Trump Again evokes the ever-present tension between seemingly polarized states of experience. Desire and repulsion; freedom and constraint; pain and pleasure all find articulation in images of ferocious dogs and mock conversations about childbearing. Tonally complex and viscerally rich, Hearts Are Trump Again is a lyrical exploration of emotional weather." -- Video Data Bank Website.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Hard as Opal

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"A soldier's trip to Syria is complicated when he accidentally impregnates a friend. Meanwhile, a horse breeder from Ohio is driven away from home by her own desire to become pregnant. In Hard as Opal the lines between truth and fiction, fact and fantasy, are reined in and treated not as fixed, divisive markers but as malleable threads of narrative potential. Buckhiester and Leventhal perform alongside other non-actors who are filmed in their own varying domestic and professional environments. The result is a rich accumulation of narratives held together by questions concerning the nature of objectification, loneliness, and dissociative fantasy." -- VideoDataBank Website.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

Goodbye to Language

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A couple's relationship breaks down along with the images, which in its second half takes a dog's-eye view of the world. It is a meditation on history and illusion, figures merging and weaving across the screen along with the film's ideas about romantic love and being-in-the-world.
DVD
2015; 2014
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

To You, the Birdie!: (Phèdre)

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"Based on Paul Schmidt's translation of Racine's Phèdre, The Group's latest theater piece is a soap opera of windows and reflections, confessions and confrontations set in a modernist landscape of aluminum tracks, sliding plexiglass panels, omnipresent monitors and hidden cameras that thrust private moments into the public spotlight. The show fuses elements of the 17th century French Catholic court and Greek mythology with movement based on the sport of badminton and the dance vocabularies of Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham." -- Wooster Group website.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Broad Daylight and Other Times: Selected Works of Kevin Jerome Everson

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"What do we see in the films of Kevin Jerome Everston? We see what cinema rarely, if ever, show us. We see the ordinary gestures of America's Black population, the gestures of work and sport, of the taxi driver, the trucker, the policeman, of the amateur and the champion. We see men and women talking into the film maker's microphone or that of a TV station, going and coming with the rhythm of works and days, but also with a rhythm of images that originate as waves: flux and reflex, broad days and lights out, visibility and invisibility, etc."--Accompanying booklet.
DVD
2011
Clemons (By Request)
16.

King Lear: Fear and Loathing : A Study : An Approach : A Clearing : No Thing

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An experimental adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear: set at an exotic European resort, Godard assembles a vast array of characters whose bizarre personalities and troubled lives bear an eerie resemblance to the delirium of Shakespeare's classic.
DVD
2009; 1987
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Numéro Deux

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Godard's exploration of the modern family unit and how it suffers in the computerized, capitalistic world.
DVD
2012; 1975
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Leviathan

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"A thrilling, immersive documentary that takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail"--Container.
DVD
2013; 2012
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Film About a Woman Who

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In this film narrative is re-invented with a feminist point-of-view. The storyline concerns a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger, while the film combines words and images with postmodern lightness, economy, and visual panache. Both Minimalist and Conceptualist, the emotional temperature approximates that of performance art, containing a running commentary on and interrogation of sex, sexuality, sexism, objectification, and the male gaze. The narration--non-diegetic sentence fragments dispassionately, deliberately articulated by a female speaker--represents the cultural suppression of the female voice.
DVD
2005; 1974
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

By Brakhage: An Anthology Volume Two

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In this second installment, we are proud to present thirty more of Brakhage's innovative creations, from his 1950s films to his final work from 2003. Highlights of this collection include the antiwar film 23rd psalm branch; hand-painted films from the Persian series; The wonder ring, made for a commission by Joseph Cornell; the autobiographical Scenes from under childhood, section one; his only found-footage film, Murder psalm; and much more.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)