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We are thrilled to be entering the Winter season with some exciting new releases! The following titles are now available for rental and purchase through VDB.org.
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Basma Alsharif
Deep Sleep

2014, 00:12:45, United States / Greece / Malta / Palestine, Arabic, Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

A hypnosis-inducing pan-geographic shuttle built on brainwave generating binaural beats, Deep Sleep takes us on a journey through the sound waves of Gaza to travel between different sights of modern ruin. 

"A transfixing performance film in which artist Basma Alsharif shoots footage in Athens, Malta and the "post-civilization" of the Gaza Strip while under self-hypnosis."
—Andrea Picard, Toronto International Film Festival, Wavelengths 2014

Premiere: Media City Film Festival, Windsor, ON
Awards: 
Videoex Zurich, International Competition, 2014
Subject Focus: Poetry, Experimental Film, Landscape, Sound, War

Basma Alsharif
O, Persecuted

2014, 00:11:37, Palestine / United Kingdom, Arabic, B&W and Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

O, Persecuted turns the act of restoring Kassem Hawal’s 1974 Palestinian Militant film, Our Small Houses, into a performance possible only through film. One that involves speed, bodies, and the movement of the past into a future that collides ideology with escapism.

Premiere: New York Film Festival, Projections, 2014
Subject Focus: Experimental Film, Middle East, History, Performance, War

Jim Finn
Zinoviev's Tube: Tape 2 of the Inner Trotsky Child series

2014, 00:22:18, United States, English/German, Color, Sound, 4:3, HD video

In this video—the second in the Inner Trotsky Child video series— Lois Severin, a former Trotskyite turned suburban housewife, offers advice for post­ Berlin Wall leftists dealing with life under Corporate Capitalism.

"Instead of a silver cord, you will use Zinoviev's Tube to astrally project your mind to a zombie cesspool with Ronald Reagan and hear Muammar Qaddafi’s advice on returning from space travel." 

Premiere: New York Film Festival, Projections, 2014
Subject Focus: Humor, Marxism, Philosophy, Television

Louis Henderson
Lettres Du Voyant

2013, 00:40:00, France, English, Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

Lettres du Voyant is a documentary-fiction about spiritism and technology in contemporary Ghana, which attempts to uncover some truths about a mysterious practice called "Sakawa"—internet scams mixed with voodoo magic. Tracing back the scammers’ stories to the times of Ghanaian independence, the film proposes Sakawa as a form of anti-neocolonial resistance. 

Premiere: CPH:DOX, New Visions Competition, Copenhagen, 2013
Awards: 
Kassel DokFest,Golden Key Award Nominee, 2013
Essay: Simone Bertuzzi, Louis Henderson's Delicate Journey, Africa's Country 
Subject Focus: Technology, Religion, Myth, Post-colonialism, Africa

Louis Henderson
Logical Revolts

2012, 00:44:34, France, English, B&W and Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

A film in search of the traces of Egyptian civilian resistance against colonial and military oppression, from 1952 - 2012, filmed on location in Cairo, Port Said and the Sinai desert. A script is discovered in a museum archive for a controversial film made by the United Nations about the Suez crisis of 1956. The filmmaker travels to Egypt to uncover some truths about this document, and in the process reflects on the 2011 revolution and the historical events that led up to it.

Premiere: CPH:DOX, New Visions Competition, 2012 
Watch: Official Trailer 
Subject Focus: History, Egypt, Post-colonialsm

Louis Henderson
All That Is Solid

2014, 00:15:43, France, English/French, B&W and Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

A technographic study of e-recycling and neo-colonial mining filmed in the Agbogbloshie electronic waste ground in Accra and the illegal gold mines of Ghana. The video constructs a mise-en-abyme as critique in order to dispel the capitalist myth of the immateriality of new technology—thus revealing the mineral weight with which the Cloud is grounded to its earthly origins.

Premiere: Kinemastik International Short Film Festival, Valletta, 2014
Subject Focus: Technology, Communication, Africa, Post-colonialism

New Works by Mike Kuchar
The prolific master of camp and cult cinema has produced a number of new titles this season exploring poetry and it's alluring muses.

Blue Vibrations

2014, 09:01, United States, English, Color, Sound, 16:9, video

Dreamsville

2014, 12:11, United States, English, Color, Sound, 16:9, video

Frédéric Moffet
Adresse Permanente

2014, 00:06:41, Canada/United States, French, Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

A son discreetly records fleeting moments in his parents’ suburban home. An intimate portrait of a stable life lived according to the rules of society.

Subject Focus: Self Portrait, Home, Personal History, Family

Marielle Nitoslawska
Breaking the Frame

2012, 01:40:00, Canada, English, B&W and Color, Sound, 16:9, film

Breaking the Frame is a feature–length documentary portrait of the New York artist Carolee Schneemann by Canadian filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska. A pioneer of performance and body art as well as avant-garde cinema, Schneemann has been breaking the frames of the art world for five decades, challenging assumptions of feminism, gender, sexuality, and identity.

Premiere: Telluride Film Festival, 2012
Essay: Aaron Cultler, Marielle Nitoslawska, Artforum
Essay: Anna Tatarska, Carolee Schneeman, 'Pantheist', Fandor
Subject Focus: Performance, Documentary, Art History, Feminism

Edward Rankus
Thorns vs. Roses
2014, 00:13:34, United States, English, Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

A collage piece. Oppositions of agony and ecstasy are explored. Morticia trims yet another rose stem, while Bugs Bunny takes up Zen. Guilt-wracked, a nun tries furtively to cleanse herself of imagined sin. Or attain spiritual release. Various divas flail to no avail. Lips, lipstick, frozen lips. Shakuhachi music by Chris Moran sets the mood, when there isn’t a thunderstorm raging.

Awards: UFVA Conference Festival, Experimental, Honorable Mention, 2014
Subject Focus: Assemblage, Religion/Spirituality, Found Footage, Surrealism
Steve Reinke
The Natural Look

2014, 00:36:32, Netherlands/United States, English, Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

"I have no concern with any species extending itself through time.You think you have given birth to a baby, when really you have given birth to a bus driver, or tax collector. Instead I'm interested in the placenta, the real mother of us all, forgotten discarded....The Natural Look is a video dedicated to all things placental."
—Steve Reinke

Premiere: Impakt Artist's Residency, Utrecht, 2014 
Subject Focus: Found Footage, Body, Sexuality, Satire

FOUR NEW WORKS BY DEBORAH STRATMAN

Deborah Stratman
The Name is not the Thing named

2012, 00:10:30, United States, English, B&W and Color, Sound, 4:3, DV video

In support of experiences that are essentially common, but to which language does not easily adhere, the video passes through places that are both themselves, and stand-ins for others. The title is taken from Aleister Crowley’s 1918 translation of the Tao Te Ching.

Premiere: Locarno Film Festival, 2012
Awards: Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Honorable Mention, 2012
Essay: Jesse Malmed, Review, Cinefile
Subject Focus: Philosophy, Semiotics, Video Production

Deborah Stratman
Musical Insects

2013, 00:06:30, United States, English, B&W and Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

Film time takes on book time. An homage to a Bette J. Davis’ illustrated text, itself an homage to the small music makers of the insect world.

Premiere: Centre Georges Pompidou, Book Machine exhibition, 2013
Subject Focus: Environment, Music, Literature

Deborah Stratman
Immortal, Suspended

2013, 00:05:50, United States, English, Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

The idea of suspension is evoked on shifting registers – as levitation, cessation, preservation, and suspense – and located in sites whose identities slip as we track through a space within a space.

Premiere: New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant Garde, 2013
Subject Focus: Art History, Asian Art, Museum Studies, Landscape

Deborah Stratman
Hacked Circuit

2014, 00:15:08, United States, English, Color, Sound, 16:9, HD video

A single-shot, choreographed portrait of the Foley process, revealing multiple layers of fabrication and imposition. The circular camera path moves inside and back out of a Foley stage in Burbank, CA. While portraying sound artists at work, typically invisible support mechanisms of filmmaking are exposed, as are, by extension and quotation, governmental violations of individual privacy. 

Premiere: Sundance Film Festival, 2014
Awards: International Film Festival Rotterdam,Tiger Short Competition Nominee, 2014
Vila do Condo Short Film Festival, Best Experimental, 2014 
Subject Focus: Filmmaking, Sound Design, Cinema Studies
Essay: VDB Asks...Deborah Stratman

NEWLY AVAILABLE IN HIGH DEFINITION: HARUN FAROCKI
VDB is proud to partner with the Harun Farocki's studio to release two of the artist's historic works in high definition for the first time. Newly transferred video masters, created by the artist from his original prints in early 2014, have allowed VDB to author HD Blu-ray discs and HD digital screening files of existing titles in the collection. These re-issued versions, now available for purchase and rental, boast sharper images and increased contrast, offering a new perspective on two of Harun Farocki's seminal contributions to media art.
 

An Image

1983, 25:21, Germany, German, English subtitles, Color, Sound, 4:3, 16mm film transferred to HD video

 

Inextinguishable Fire

1969, 21:57, Germany, German, English subtitles, B&W, Sound, 4:3, 16mm film transferred to HD video

VDB is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its ongoing interview series. The following newly edited titles mark the most recent additions to the historic collection.

Peggy Ahwesh:
An Interview (2007)

Jem Cohen:
An Interview (2006)

Andries Botha
An Interview (1998)

Valerie Mynard:
An Interview (1996)

Eddie Chambers:
An Interview (2000)

Martha Wilson: An Interview (2010)

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