1. Landfill 16 (excerpt)

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    from Jennifer Reeves / Added

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    2:40 excerpt from the 9 minute, 2011, 16mm film Exhumed film from my very own landfill in Elkhart, Indiana constitute the canvas of my hand-painted LANDFILL 16. After finishing my double-projection WHEN IT WAS BLUE I was horrified by the bulk of outtakes that would normally go to a landfill. So I temporarily buried then painted the film to transform it. Within this colorful, pulsating, abstract “moving painting” I attempt to express my dread of man-made waste that endangers land and wildlife. This “recycling” is a meditation on the demise of the beautiful 16mm medium and nature’s losing battle to decompose relics of our abandoned technologies. For the soundtrack, I combined recognizable sounds, from bulldozers to nature audio, with more abstracted textural and rhythmic sounds I created using audio from consumer-goods-creating factories, old 16mm equipment, the cries of a dying bird stuck in my wall, and other oddities.

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    • Phil Hoffman's ?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) (23 min., 1986)

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      ?O,Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film) (23 min., 1986) Music by Tucker Zimmerman "The success of ?O, Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film), the film that brought Philip Hoffman to international attention, marked the shift in Canadian experimental film in the eighties away from structuralism toward a more personal cinema. Begun as a documentary on the making of Peter Greenaway’s A Zed and Two Noughts (1985), Hoffman’s treatise on reality as a construct turns conventional documentary film practice on its head. Familiar codes give way to family memories that, in turn, merge with personal reflections until the whole notion of a collective truth collapses. The result, in which the facts are suspect and fiction seems to be the only thing we can count on, is a brilliant statement on the fictions spun throughout our lives. In ?O, Zoo! Hoffman grapples with the Griersonian legacy of Canadian documentary cinema. Largely shot around the production of Peter Greenaway’s A Zed and Two Noughts, the film constructs a labyrinthean fiction out of “documentary” materials, and places the story of a death at its unseen centre. Witty, contrary, and exquisitely photographed, ?O, Zoo! was nominated for a Genie Award in 1987 for Best Documentary and won the Grand Prize (Experimental Film) at the Athens International Film Festival.” (Canadian Film Encyclopedia, Chris Gehman) "Philip Hoffman's ?O,ZOO! (The Making of a Fiction Film) uses a diary format to skirt along the edge of someone else's filmed narrative (Peter Greenaway's A Zed & Two Noughts), and to trace the anatomy of pure image-making. 'Pure' is both the right and the wrong word: Hoffman is a man addicted to the hermetic thisness of filmed images, and plagued by the suspicion that these images, far from being pure, are really scabs torn away from the sores of the world. Found footage shot by his grandfather (a newsreel cameraman) is the starting point for Hoffman's meditations on the illusion of visual purity, and on the distance between the 'neutral' image and the value-laden narrative that it can be made to serve. It is a moral distance, one that this filmmaker surveys with a wary fascination." (Robert Everett-Green) The films of Philip Hoffman are available from: Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 245 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 3A8 TEL (416) 588-0725 FAX (416) 588-7956 director@cfmdc.org email: bookings@cfmdc.org web: www.cfmdc.org Canyon Cinema 2325 Third Street, Suite #338, San Francisco, CA, USA 94107 telephone: 415-626-2255, email: films@canyoncinema.com web: www.canyoncinema.com http://lux.org.uk/collection/artists/philip-hoffman Lightcone 12 rue des Vignoles Paris, France 75020 telephone: 331 46590153 email: lightcone@lightcone.org web: www.lightcone.org Info on Hoffman's films: www.philiphoffman.ca and ?,Zoo!: http://www.philiphoffman.ca/film/filmography/ozoofilm.htm Hoffman contact: chimeraimaging@gmail.com

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      • The Time We Killed (excerpt)

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        3:40 excerpt from the 94 minute, 2004, 16mm film poem in this excerpt written by Lisa Jarnot, starring Lisa Jarnot DESCRIPTION “An agoraphobic writer retreats into the presumed safety of her New York City apartment, to be confronted with psychic travails triggered by overheard conversations about suicide in a neighboring apartment, televised images of the American invasion of Iraq, memories of September 11, and thoughts and dreams of childhood experiences, travel adventures, and former lovers. […] Present-moment scenes are interlaced throughout the film with more lyrical passages, which represent the flights of fancy of the protagonist's internal world. Such moments are visually expressed by the filmmaker in more abstract fashion, through the use of dazzling images photographed on 16mm black-and-white film. The panoply of landmark experimental techniques, such as grainy and overexposed shots (photographed and optically manipulated by Reeves' own hands), imbue this film with a rich and varied texture. A brilliant feature debut, The Time We Killed garnered a FIPRESCI Prize at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival.” –Jon Gartenberg, Tribeca Film Festival

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        • the girl's nervy (excerpt)

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          1.5 minute excerpt from the 5 minute, 1995, 16mm film SYNOPSIS Exuberant rhythms are created for the eyes in this nostalgic study of the single film frame, through cutting, pasting, and painting clear and photographed film images. Fleeting shapes in lush, spattered color flicker and dance to big band beats.

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          • Light Work I (excerpt)

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            3 min excerpt from the 8 minute, 2006, HDCAM/16mm video Music by Anthony Burr SYNOPSIS Symbols of 20th century science, industry, medicine and madness are mixed in rhythmic molecular forms, morphing frequencies and colorful visual textures. Educational films (depicting factory assembly lines, X-rays, scientific experiments, etc.) are sewn together with melted down pharmaceuticals affixed directly to the film, forming a concentrated fusion with pulsating electronic sounds, bass clarinet and organ. Century-old physical direct-on-film work converges with the latest HD format "destined to render film obsolete". Formats compete for dominance and resolve to coexist, perhaps in a fantasy world. LIGHT WORK I sprung out of an immersive Expanded Cinema Performance created by collaborators Jennifer Reeves and musician Anthony Burr in 2006 for the Kill Your Timid Notion Festival (the original four-projector 16mm, four-channel music LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER). LIGHT WORK I uses uncompressed High Definition Video to record the process of making this longer direct-on-16mm-film work, and composites HD images of this physical process with the 16mm motion picture. The soundtrack is a layered mix of multi-tonal bass clarinet, organ, electronics and digital frequencies, creating a musical composition out of “real world” instruments and the invisible digital realm. Light Work I is a Sparky Pictures, Inc. film Produced with VOOM HD LAB Executive Producer Ali Hossaini Producer Lili Chin

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            • chronic (excerpt)

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              A 5.5 min excerpt from the 38 minute, 16mm film (1996) Director, Writer, DP, Sound, Editor Jennifer Reeves SYNOPSIS Chronic is an experimental narrative about a young woman who began mutilating herself as a girl to cope with her bitter mid-western life. The lush optically-printed scenes take Gretchen’s point of view from her punk youth, a stay in a mental hospital, and her release into the big city. Scripted scenes are inter-spliced with documentary and found footage, illustrating the culture Gretchen lives in, her inner world and relationships from her birth to her final day. AWARDS Jerome Foundation Production Grant. Oberhausen International Short Film Festival: Main Prize of the International Competition and First Prize from the Jury of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI). Ann Arbor Film Festival: The Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker Award. Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto: Marion McMahon Memorial Award. Black Maria Film Festival: Juror’s Choice.

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              • Clip from the film : Undercurrents (1994)

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                from Jon Behrens / Added

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                This is a clip from my awarding winning 1994 experimental film. about the film: UNDERCURRENTS This film was the third and final installment of my Urban Landscape Series and is my personal favorite of the three. In this film I utilized all the techniques that I had learned over the years and put them all into this film. I finally felt that my mission was complete regarding structures and that I could move forward and try other ideas. RUBATO provided the films sound track. 1994, 16mm, bw/tint, sound, 10min 16mm prints of this film are available for rental from www.canyoncinema.com

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                • Black Biscuit - Official Trailer

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                  Feature film debut from Fabrizio Federico. 'Life is a playground just do what you want' Pink8 Manifesto / Gutter Cinema http://blackbiscuit101.moonfruit.com/

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                  • Prayer

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                    At the dawn of time, a man and a woman, the result of God's creation, face the challenge of the genesis of our history. At sunset prayer at the end of time, a man and a woman, the result of the weight of this history of misconduct and neglect of its own origin, face the challenge of transcending. Out of every area of contention, their coping strategies are associated with current anti-values, steal, lie and kill, to avoid boredom and survive in a world that offers no future. Find an alternative that promises vain for a change, religious dogma. The conflict is where the personalities of both characters try to accept or challenge the new ruling that might offer a path to happiness. In a symbolic language that can be said Fidio and Lilbe are Adam and Eve of post-modernity, is the opposition between dogma and reason, creation and destruction, ingenuity and intelligence, foreign and consciousness. Fernando Arrabal, the author of the play, is one of the founders of the Theater of Panic in Spain; movement that emerged in the 60s Cold War Europe. The allusion to panic in this movement means to mention a whole human being, therefore Arrabal is interested in showing the contradictory aspects of humanity. Among his most famous works can be mentioned; Cemetery Cars & Picnic on the Battlefield.

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                    • Ghost Town Sound "Otahku" demo version

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                      This is the true story of "Otahku", a unique & mysterious sound only known to its place. It's the first song & video from Ghost Town Sound, www.ghosttownsound.com Lyrics/vocals by Doug Wendt. Music by Daniel Orlick & Ghost Town Band.Video edited by Steven Powell. "Otahku was a booming mystical vibration & it went on & on for centuries..." Black & white scenes taken from my 16mm film of Montana ghost towns, "Ghost Towns & Duppies" (1969). You can read about my award-winning films in the Canyon Cinema catalog. My short bio is at www.midnightdread.com/doug.html

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