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Experimental Film

Experimental Film


By Sandy Ding

Sandy Ding is an experimental filmmaker who lives and works in Beijing, China. He graduated from CalArts Film School USA in 2007 and started teaching in China Central Academy of Fine Arts since 2008. He produced several psycho-active films with the idea of combining ritual process in projection and sound. His work is energy patterns, telling mysteries with abstractions or powerful symbolic elements. He is equally interested in live performance of theater projections, untypical gallery projections, installations and live noise music to extend the idea of experimental film.
Mancoon 10 min, 16mm, silent, color, 2007
Water Spell 42min, 16mm, color, 2006-2007
Prisms 20 min, 16mm, color, 2012
Dream Enclosure 18 min, 16mm/Digital, b/w, 2011-2014
The Radio Wave Beneath the Dirt Ice and Flowers 10 min, 35mm, silent, b/w, 2006

River in the Castle 4 min, 16mm, silent, b/w, 2016
Original noise music: "Peacock and Ocean Erosion" by Liquid Palace 28 min, 2016.

DVD / 2016 / 132 minutes

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a collection of 12 films from the Dutch film cooperative Studio Een

In 1990, as a student, Karel Doing decided to create Studio een. Many artistic, avant-garde, underground movements and counterculture movements seemed to be over. The rise of video and its academic use began to compete with Super8. To work against the decline of the Super 8 format and techniques, Karel Doing and two of his friends (Saskia Fransen and Djana Mileta) from the art school in Arnham, started to think about creating a new space and promoting the invention of DIY techniques for filming and processing Super8 films.

In this particular context, Studio een was launched. Conceived as a actual workspace, Karel Doing, Djana Mileta and Saskia Fransen, began by establishing it within a large network of festivals, galleries and other workspaces. They bought optical printers from a professional laboratory that was set to shut down and started to learn by themselves, out of necessity, how to process film. It wasn't long before Studio een became well-known in DIY film circles and began to host various artists who come to meet each other, not only to exchange ideas and work together on the use of Super8 or 16mm, but also to experiment with diverse narrative and sound forms. Some members, Joost Rekveld for example, chose to pursue a career as a musician as well as a filmmaker.

After 7 years in Arnhem, Studio een moved to Rotterdam where it continued to thrive. It became a model for many artists in creating their own laboratories, research centers and studios dedicated to experimental cinema.

Studio een no longer exists, but the laboratory itself continues in Rotterdam under the name of Filmwerkplaats by being involved in new experimentations in filmic creation while promoting the works of members and invited artists.

This DVD edition includes works of various Dutch artists who had a main role in the early years of Studio een, from 1992 to 1996.

DVD / 2016 / 114 minutes

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By Boris Lehman

My Seven places' starts at the moment I was evicted from several places which are dear to me. They served me well as homes, both as place for living and working. This was the start of my urban wandering, which would take me ten years - a journey of 300.000 kilometers - before returning just about to my starting point. The adventure was both physical and metaphysical. Fragments of documentary films, a personal diary, bedside-table notes, piece of fiction, 'My Seven places' is an essay about passing time, embellished by a jumble of reflections both light and serious; finally, it is an attempt to simply exist. The fourth episode of my autobiographical fiction, which started in 1983

2 DVDs (French, With English Subtitles) / 2015 / 323 minutes

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The film talks about movies, naturally, but mostly explores how the cinema of Boris Lehman builds and unfolds before our eyes. It is a raw and spontaneous work, seemingly a kind of first draft, because nothing is prepared, but rather, presents chance encounters and opportunities to film. Therefore, there are many hesitations, repetitions, moments that may appear boring, but which I did not wish to remove or "clean up", as they say in the jargon of cinema, because such moments are part of the work. The film is, as Patrick Leboutte once said, a thought in the middle of being formed.

Ultimately, this film is about the art of being together. It is a gallery of portraits interwoven with the watermark of the self-portrait.

My Conversations on Film are composed of three chapters. The first, from 1995, includes fifteen interviews and is accompanied with six movie clips. The second is composed of seventeen interviews conducted between 1995 and 1998 (+ seven extracts). The third covers from 1998 to 2010 and contains thirteen interviews (+ five extracts).

3 DVDs (French, English, With French, English, German Subtitles) / 2014 / 404 minutes

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By Stephen Dwoskin

AGE IS... is a new feature meditating on the subjective experience and cultural concepts of ageing. The film is an ode to the texture, the beauty, the singularity of aging faces and silhouettes, a hypnotic poem in the Dwoskinian meaning of the term which is long observations of very tiny details. A gesture, a pause, a look, a moment. Throughout his films intimacy has always played the leading role and this is also true for Age is... , all the faces being those of close friends, of their relatives and sometimes even of Stephen himself. - House on Fire

DVD (No dialogue) / 2012 / 75 minutes

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A documentary on the Lebanese experimental filmmaker Christophe Karabache by Frederique Devaux and Michel Armager.

Christophe Karabache is an independent French-Lebanese filmmaker born in Beirut in 1979. In 2000, he began exploring various film formats at l'Etna, an alternative workshop in Paris. He shifts between documentary and fiction formats, bringing to mind the wounds of Lebanese society, displaced beings, the fragmentation of identity. Pulsating scenes and jolting cuts demonstrate his desire to destroy cliches. The shock of the imagery in his feature-length films, made after 2010, bears witness to a penetrating critical eye on Lebanon's cultural shifts and the rupture of meaning.

DVD (French, With English, French Subtitles) / 2012 / 74 minutes

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By Richard Foreman

"Once every day" takes you into another world that is consistently energizing, largely pleasurable, occasionally baffing and altogether unexpected. With most movies, you may not know where you will end up. Convention dictates, as does the marketplace, that there are only so many things that can happen after boy meets girl, or even boy meets boy, as a lifetime of movies teaches you. Mr. Foreman, by contrast, doesn't play with established forms; he invents his own. I suspect that he would agree with the principle behind one of Bertold Brecht's script ideas: "Boy meets girl, so what". (Manohla Dargis - The New York Times)

DVD (With English, French Subtitles) / 2012 / 81 minutes

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By Anne Maregiano.

This documentary takes the form of an intimate confession backed up by historical archives.

DVD (With French Subtitles) / 2011 / 175 minutes

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A documentary film by Pip Chodorov on the history of experimental film.

Here is a film that shines with its cast: Hans Richter, Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Maurice Lemaitre and other "star" experimental filmmakers (mostly americans, up through the '70s) parade in majesty. They do so with no false modesty (their candidness and confidence are rather surprising, sometimes humorous), and with a clear pleasure at having their turn in front of the camera, to be projected and listened to. - LES CAHIERS DU CINeMA

Touching and personal, this documentary will serve as a guide for all those who are touched by the desire to plunge into this era, taking them for a journey. The "free radicals" of the title are artists that, beginning in the 1920's and through the 1970's, have pushed cinema toward experimental visual poetry. [...] The film pays worthy homage to this fringe of cin- ema, too often reduced to a hermetic citadel rather than a space open to the winds, where chance, a do-it-yourself ethic, and humor have often played a large role. - LE MONDE

DVD (English, French, With French, English, Spanish, Serbian, Czech, Lithuanian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean Subtitles) / 2011 / 83 minutes

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By Jonas Mekas

This film originated from my readings of the One Thousand and One Nights. But unlike the Arabian tales, my stories are all from real life, though at times they too wander into somewhere else, beyond the everyday routine reality.

There are some twenty-five different stories in my movie. Their protagonists are all my good friends and I myself am an inseparable part of the stories. The storyteller of the Arabian Nights was also part of his or her tales.

Some of the people in the movie you'll recognize, some not. The fact that some of them you'll recognize has no bearing on the stories: after all, we all recognize John Wayne or Annette Bening, but in their stories they are no longer the people we know.

The subjects of the stories cover a wide range of emotions, geographies, personal anxieties, anecdotes. These are not very big stories, not for the Big Screen: these are all personal big stories... And yes, you'll also find some provocations... But that's me, one 'me' of many. The very question "What is a story?" is a provocative question.

DVD (With French, German, Lithuanian Subtitles) / 2011

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By Boris Lehman.

"Story of my Hair is a journey, both in space and in time"

The story of my hair can be told in two lines. My hair was long and black. It has turned white. It hasn't been cut since 1982, almost thirty years ago. Story of my Hair is a journey, both in space and in time. Anyone looking for truths, whether geographical, scientific or historical, will be disappointed. After looking at real events and real places the film very soon distances itself from them, preferring poetry and fiction. In his own fashion the auteur has combined the story of Samson and Delilah, the journey of those condemned to the death camps, the science of hair and a few thoughts about the meaning and fragility of life.

DVD (French, Russian, With English, German Subtitles) / 2011 / 91 minutes

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4 films on Andy Warhol by Jonas Mekas, Willard Maas & Marie Menken

Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by three pioneer avant-garde filmmakers and close friends of the Pop artist.

Jonas Mekas, the irrepressible force behind the promotion and preservation of experimental film, is also known for his rapid-fire diary films. Award Presentation to Andy Warhol documents Mekas giving Warhol the Film Culture Independent Film Award. His Scenes from the Life chronicles not only Andy Warhol, but also the social and cultural excitement that swirled around him, throbbing to a hypnotic Velvet Underground beat.

Willard Maas was husband of filmmaker, painter and actress Marie Menken. Together, they were, for Warhol, "the last of the great Bohemians." Their films have in common a lyric lightness and a love for jolting visual rhythms.

DVD / 2008 / 68 minutes

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By Jonas Mekas

"As I Was Moving Ahead... is a record of subtle feelings, emotions, daily joys of people as recorded in the voices, faces and small everyday activities of people I have met, or lived with, or observed -- something that I have been recording for many years. This, as opposed to the spectacular, entertaining, sensational, dramatic activities which dominate much of contemporary filmmaking.

The film is not conceived as a documentary film, however. It follows a tradition established by modern film poets. I am interested in intensifying the fleeting moments of reality by a personal way of filming and structuring my material. A lot of importance is being given to color, movement, rhythm and structure -- all very essential to the subject matter I am pursuing." - Jonas Mekas

"As I Was Moving Ahead... serves not just as a meditation on the nature of cinema, beauty, and time, but also as a monument to the bonds of family and friends. Mekas' diaries have always quivered with the tensions between past and present. This one, created by an artist soon to enter his eighth decade, finds a secret paradise in the rich harvests of a lifetime's memories." - Village Voice

2 DVDs (Color, With English, French, Lithuanian Subtitles) / 288 minutes

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Documentary about films and experimental practices in the world.

This journal was compiled between 2005 and 2009 on four continents. This is a subjective journey through the approaches and experimental procedures to show the magnitude of this research and to honor filmmakers who participate in the history of cinema: Jonas Mekas (USA), Peter Kubelka (Austria), Boris Lehman (Belgium), Joseph Morder (France), Peter Tscherkassky (Austria), Guy Sherwin (UK) among others. These byways lead us to the places of production and distribution networks created specifically for experimental films.

2 DVDs (French, English, With French, English Subtitles) / 182 minutes

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Rhythmus 21, Hans Richter
Symphonie Diagonale, Viking Eggeling
Le Retour a la Raison, Man Ray
Entr'acte, Rene Clair & Francis Picabia
Le Ballet Mecanique, Fernand Leger
Filmstudie, Hans Richter
Emak Bakia, Man Ray
Vormittagsspuk, Hans Richter

"The cinematographic universe of Dada is a crossroads of iconographic subversion and abstraction, formal geometry and corporal eroticism, bathed in a general indifference to "making sense" - unless it is making sense of its own deconstruction." - Philippe-Alain Michaud


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By David Perlov

"May 1973, I buy a camera. I want to start filming, by myself and for myself. Profesionnal cinema does no longer attract me. To look for something else. I want to approach the everyday. Above all in anonymity. It takes time to learn how to do it." With these words, David Perlov starts his epic film Diary. Shot over a period of three decades, first on 16mm and later on video (Updated Diary, 1990-1999), it is considered today the most striking work in Israeli documentary filmmaking. - Ariel Schweitzer, Cahiers du Cinema

7 DVDs (English, Hebrew, With English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Hebrew Subtitles) / 312 minutes

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Meshes of the Afternoon 1943 16mm 15min
At Land 1944 16mm 16min
Ritual in Transfigured Time 1945-1946 16mm 16min

DVD / 47 minutes

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By Serge Bard

"Fun and Games (for Everyone): a pitch black and milky white film shot during one of Olivier Mosset's exhibition openings. A psychedelic game of impro- visation joins the Zanzibar group with Salvador Dali, Barbet Schroeder and Jean Mascolo... the solarized image reminiscent of thick strokes of a paintbrush." - PHILIPPE AZOURY

"Bard, in this second film, again leaves the field open to an incessant coming and going of Parisians at- tending the opening of the minimalist painter Olivier Mosset and whose exhibition consisted of 10 paint- ings, all alike: white with black circles painted in their center. It's the revolution criticizing art and painting... and Serge criticizing cinema!" - JACKY RAYNAL

"(On Fun and Games) Light can become volumeless graphic expression and dehumanize the actors until their faces are ?absorbed? erasing all detail and creating an attractive environment." - HENRI ALEKAN

"I had nothing to do with the film, it just was filmed at my exhibition." - OLIVIER MOSSET

DVD / 56 minutes

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Interview with Hans Richter, artist-sculptor-cineast-surrealist.

The cinematographic universe of Dada is a crossroads of iconographic subversion and abstraction, formal geometry and corporal eroticism, bathed in a general indifference to "making sense" - unless it is making sense of its own deconstruction. - Philippe-Alain Michaud

DVD (French, English, With French, English Subtitles) / 28 minutes

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By Marcel Hanoun

A rigorous and mathematic film, L'Authentique Proces, in the black and white shadows of the filmstrip, rejects all spectacular effects. Hanoun evokes however, through an austere deconstruction of film language, the Nazi horror with uncommon power. Imagination and words replace pictorial references. The death camps take form in our memory, reactivated, while the torturer - outlined with an entomologist's precision - leaves behind the context of Hitler in order to reveal the monster hidden in each of us.


The traditional codes of dramatisation, the "intrigues" of fiction never become tangled in dramaturgy. Here, the symphony of abjection takes form, visually, from the soundtrack... Shifting the outlines of reality, the director carries out a synthesis of the organic and of the sensitive, of the audio-visual and of the "theoretical" in an approach giving full expression to the term political.


L'Authentique Proces de Carl-Emmanuel Jung is a physical work. The spectator not only feels it but can almost touch it.


Hanoun is the cinematic repercussion of Flaubert and Mallarme.


DVD (French, With English Subtitles) / 62 minutes

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4 films by Gunvor Nelson

The Swedish-American artist Gunvor Nelson figures among the most important experimental filmmakers of her generation. Her work considerably influenced the New American Cinema at the end of the 1960s, as much by its themes (women, the body, memory, dreams) as by its formal investigations (animation, collage, found footage).

The films and the essay contained in this box set reflect a half-century of evolution in media and technique. From her first experimental films made in California to her more recent Swedish films and video, material fictions joyously exalt in a fireworks of sensations.

DVD (With French Subtitles) / 110 minutes

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A film from Marcel Hanoun's Saisons tetralogy

"L'Automne transforms filmmaking, usually an art form based on movement, into an art of immobility; an anti-cinema, for those who expect punch-ups, car chases or western stampedes; an alternative cinema, for those who realize that the apparent immobility of L'Automne is not immobility at all. The intensity of those two pairs of eyes, watching - those eyes most definitely know how to see. We can see them. We can tell, from the look in those eyes, that we are witnessing the most absorbing stage in the creation of a film - the point at which everything is still to be defined and all questions can still be asked." - Jean Louis Bory, Le Nouvel Observateur

DVD (French, With English Subtitles) / 75 minutes

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"I was a bourgeois painter, then a progressive painter, and then no longer a painter, but just a worker in the pictures." - Paul Yederbeck (1965-2001)

ALIAS YEDERBECK Virtual Panorama Installation 63'

DVD (German, With English Subtitles) / 105 minutes

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A collection of short films by Rose Lowder

For many years Rose Lowder has been developing an exceptional technique of weaving together images gathered frame- by-frame to form meticulous patterns of light. By oscillating the focal plane of photographs shot in the same place over time, her layered tapestries produce a new relationship between filmed reality and filmic image. From the movement of a waterwheel's rotations, mirroring the camera mechanism, to a bouquet of flowers becoming a bouquet of images, her work demonstrates a unique means of expression unparalleled in the world of cinema.

Roulement, rouerie, aubage 1978 14min10
Sunflowers 1982 2min41
Impromptu 1989 7min4
Quiproquo 1992 12min27
Bouquets 1-10 1994-1995 10min43

DVD / 52 minutes

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By Isidore Isou

Isidore Isou arrived in Paris from Romania in 1945 where he founded the Lettriste movement and published many books. Letterism attempted to break down poetry into letters and syllables, and then all arts into their constituent parts, to build up new languages for each art form. LE TRAITE DE BAVE ET D'ETERNITE (On Venom and Eternity) was the first Lettrist film manifesto. Isou brought it uninvited to the Cannes Film Festival (1951) where it won the audience prize for the avant-garde. Jean Cocteau's poster promoted the 1952 release on the Champs-Elysees. The film is Isou's "revolt against cinema": the sound and the picture are purposefully unrelated, and the images are destroyed by bleach and scratched. The film is a landmark work that prefigured the letterist and situationist cinema to come and influenced many experimental filmmakers.

DVD (French, With English, German, Italian, Spanish Subtitles) / 123 minutes

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