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1.

Memory Tracks

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Avant-garde film incorporating music, poetry and visuals to explore aspects of Black women.
DVD
2009; 1996
Clemons (Stacks)
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7 Steps to Sticky Heaven

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Explores the phenomenon of "sticky rice" (slang for Asian men who are attracted to other Asian men) through head interviews, rice washing, cooking and eating with ten young Asian men in San Francisco.
DVD
2014; 1996
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)
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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)
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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)
6.

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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 (Stacks)
12.

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)
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The Collected Films of Takahiko Iimura: No. 1

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A collection of experimental films by Takahiko Iimura, considered one of the most influential and important experimental filmmakers of our time. In an era of the explosion of Underground Film in the States, Iimura, almost alone in Tokyo, began making experimental film just reading the news from abroad without actually seeing them. His work explores wide range of experiments from poetic cinema with Dadaist and Surrealist influence and Absurdist filmic play in the 1960's through more formal and conceptual investigations in the 1970's and the later.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Un Chien Andalou

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Filmed in the subjective language of the unconscious, this early avant-grade film appears as fresh today as when it first appeared.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation

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This film calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, Powaqqatsi masterfully portrays the human cost of progress.
DVD
2002; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ten Minutes Older: The Cello

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"With complete creative freedom, eight internationally renowned directors bring their own unique interpretation of 'time' to the screen ... [This programme] takes in all human experience: birth, death, love, sex, the drama of the moment, history and ancient myth; and a great variety of locations from the jungles of South America to the streets of New York. Combined together in a feature film, their individual work gains new meanings and presents an intriguing and exciting experience for all film-lovers"--Container.; (Histoire d'eaux) As a means of coping with the present, an Indian migrant laborer in Italy has hopeful daydreams about the future and wistful reminiscences about the past.; (About time 2) The filmmaker, the writer, and the actors use three of the four split screens. In [...]
DVD
2004; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Chappaqua

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"The bizarre hallucinations of a heroin addict in withdrawal provide the basis for this unstructured, [semi-]autobiographical film by director Conrad Rooks. It begins as [protagonist Russel Harwick] arrives strung-out in Paris for a sleep-cure. As the strange visions begin, the story jumps haphazardly between 'reality' and [Harwick's] dream-world memories of growing up in Chappaqua, New York. The score was composed and played by sitarist Ravi Shankar"--Http://www.allmovie.com.
DVD
1999; 1966
Clemons (Stacks)
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Qué Viva México!: DA Zdravstvuet Meksika! = Viva Mexico!

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Que viva Mexico: A film document of the history of Mexico, presented in four novellas: Sandunga, an exposition of Tehuantepec jungles and the peaceful lifestyles of their inhabitants; Manguei, a love story about a poor peon and his bride; Fiesta, devoted to bullfighting and romantic love; and Soldadera, a portrayal of the 1910 revolution in Mexico as depicted in the frescoes of Siqueiros, Rivera, and Orosco.; Romance sentimentale: Eisenstein's first sound film, this experimental 1930 short is a dazzling symphony of images and sounds, made in collaboration with Alexandrov and Tisse.; Misery and fortune of woman: A 20 minute excerpt from an ultra-rare 1929 film by Eisenstein, Alexandrov and Tisse intended to encourage legal and sanitary birth/abortion clinics in Europe. A dramatization [...]
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
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Reassemblage

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A complex visual study of the women of rural Senegal. Shows documentary filmmaking and the ethnographic representation of cultures.
DVD
1982
Clemons (Stacks)