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Rina Sherman, a classical musician by training, turned to performance art and filmmaking in 1983, a year before she was exiled from South Africa and settled in France. She was a founding member of the performance art group, Possession Arts, in Johannesburg in 1983. Her early films show a strong…
Mozart In Love
Mark Rappaport's second feature film (amongst a remarkable string of off-beat, experimental narratives that runs from CASUAL RELATIONS to CHAIN LETTERS) takes off from the deliberate anachronism of using modern props, performance styles and attitudes to evoke the romantic entanglements of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Rich La Bonte) with…
Mur 19
Mark Rappaport's first film commences with Gerald Mur "studying the cinema" in the form of a blow-up glamor shot of Garbo. Then "the cinema" studies Gerald (from numerous angles) followed by a standoff as filmmaker and subject circle one another, dueling with cameras to determine who's watcher and who's watched.…
Glass Lips
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It Takes From Within
Inspired by arthouse films of the 1960s, IT TAKES FROM WITHIN presents a menacing world of dread, isolation, and unease. An ominous, bleak atmosphere permeates a desolate town where an unnamed man and woman make preparations to attend a burial. The tension builds as the two experience increasingly disturbing incidents…
Mecanix
In this fairytale with characters as scary as the worst nightmare, we enter an unknown world. Mecanix tells the story of another world, where the last human beings are forced to be the slave of strange creatures that rule the world. But those beasts fear the embryo of the universe…
We Can't Go Home Again
The most complete, newly restored version of Nicholas Ray's experimental masterpiece embodies the director's practice of filmmaking as a "communal way of life." Ray plays himself in the film, serving as mentor, friend, and artistic inspiration to his students. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. "[A] great, nearly lost…
Wittgenstein
A humorous portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential philosophers. This self-tortured eccentric, who preferred detective fiction and the musicals of Carmen Miranda to Aristotle, is a fitting subject for Derek Jarman's irreverent imagination. A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining work about modern philosophy and the dark genius…
Optical Sound Films Part 1
Optical Sound Films collects the ongoing work and research of Guy Sherwin, one of the pre-eminent British film artists of the last 40 years in a unique artist's films. Guy Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the 1960s before becoming closely associated with the British avant garde…
Guy Sherwin's Short Films Part 1
Guy Sherwin's acclaimed Short Film Series is a unique collection of interconnected 16mm 3 minute films started in 1975. The series is held together by certain formal considerations: each film is three minutes long, i.e. the length of a roll of 16mm film, all films are b/w and silent, and…
Optical Sound Films Part 2
Optical Sound Films collects the ongoing work and research of Guy Sherwin, one of the pre-eminent British film artists of the last 40 years in a unique artist's films. Guy Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the 1960s before becoming closely associated with the British avant garde…
Optical Sound Films Part 3
Optical Sound Films collects the ongoing work and research of Guy Sherwin, one of the pre-eminent British film artists of the last 40 years in a unique artist's films. Guy Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the 1960s before becoming closely associated with the British avant garde…