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  • Avant-Garde 'Treasures from American Film Archives' on the works

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    NFPFWe read in Masters of Cinema about this not-too-widely spread piece of news: the National Film Preservation Foundation announced last December that they were working on the fourth installment in their essential Treasures from American Film Archives series, this time completely devoted to american postwar avant-garde films. From the original notice:

     

    "Treasures IV: The American Avant-Garde Film, 1945-1985 will showcase films preserved by the nation's preeminent avant-garde film repositories—the Academy
    of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, the Museum of
    Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the Pacific Film Archive—and will
    illustrate the diverse currents in avant-garde filmmaking during the four
    decades following World War II."

    This production has grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Treasures IV will be a 2 DVD disc set and will be released in fall 2008. It looks that it will be a perfect complement to last year's Unseen Cinema.

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  • Jordan Belson: 5 essential films

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    Belson DVDThe Center for Visual Music has started taking pre-orders for Jordan Belson: 5 essential films, a DVD contaning the shorts Allures (1961), Samadhi (1967), Light (1973), Fountain of Dreams (1984), and Epilogue (2005). Jordan Belson is possibly the most infuiential abstract filmmaker in the last century. The Center for Visual Music previously released the DVD Oskar Fischinger: Ten films.

    This DVD is labelled as the "first in a series". Pre-orders are currently only available through fax or mail. DVD, NTSC, Region-free, Color, Sound, 4:3, 25$.

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  • DVD releases from Cult Epics

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    Un chant d'amourCult Epics, has announced its upcoming releases in DVD:

     - Un Chant d'amour: At last, Jean Genet's poetic masterpiece in a complete and restored version. This 2 DVD limited edition will feature the complete version, with a video introduction by Jonas Mekas and audio commentary by Kenneth Anger, The second DVD 
    includes GENET a Documentary (1981) by Antoine Bourseiller, JEAN GENET an Interview (1982) by Bertrand Poirot-Delpech. A must. February 28. 29,95 $.

    - Cinema of Death compiles recent films dealing with death and the extreme. The films included are:
    Adoration
    (Olivier Smolders, Belgium/1987) is the true story of a Japanese man's love
    crazed obsession for a woman, which ends in cannibalism; Dislandia (Brian M. Viveros,
    USA/2005), a disturbing observance of Lindsey - a child existing in an indistinguishable
    time and place, haunted by surrealist visions;  Pig (Nico B, USA/1999), a poetic film in
    which we see the subconscious of a killer transform into abstract forms and material, all
    deriving from his suffering and desperation; Hollywood Babylon (Nico B, USA/2000), an homage to Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon,
    shot at the Museum of Death, California;  Le Poem (Bogdan Borkowski, France/1986), an actual
    autopsy of a human body accompanied by the poem 'The Drunken Boat' by Arthur Rimbaud. March 27. 29,95$.

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  • New DVD releases 20/11

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    Lux has published two new DVDs of british experimental cinema:


    Novaczek DVD- Ruth Novaczek Selected Film and Video 1990-2005  is a 2 disc set with the major films by filmmaker and painter Ruth Novaczek. The first disc centers on her earlier works, dealing 'primarily with notions of identity, often with an ironic or comic angle'; the second disc, containing her later works, 'experiments with abstraction and poetic subjects, employing catchphrase and metaphor, music and rhythm'. The films included in this compilation are Rootless Cosmopolitans (1990), Cheap Philosophy (1992), Cactus Babylon (1996), Talk Israel (1992-2002), 50 50 (1998), Drive She Said (1998), Easy Listening (2002), Trilogy (2001), Series One and Two (1999), Episode (2003) and Sense (2004). DVD PAL, 2 discs, region free, £25.

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  • Bill Viola soon on DVD

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    Bill ViolaThe three most important video works by Bill Viola are finally seeing their release on DVD. Microcinema International has announced the edition of the following titles for November 28th:

    - Hatsu Yume (First Dream) (1981). NTSC, region free,  56 min., 39.95$.

    - I don't know what it is I am like (1986). NTSC, region free, 89 min., 39.95$.

    - The passing (1991). NTSC, region free, 54 min., 39.95$. 

    These videos were only available until now in VHS tape from Facets Video in the USA or A-Film in Europe. 

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  • Lux DVDs for public purchase

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    LUXLux, the english non-for-profit organization devoted to the promotion and support of the "moving image" is finally releasing its editions to the public. Up to now, all the releases from Lux have been exclusively for institutional purchase.

    The new releases, that can be acquired at their shop, are:

    - Margaret Tait, Selected Films 1952 - 1976. PAL, region free, 38 min., 19.99 £. A selection of works by the great scottish film-poet . The best release of this batch of three in the humble opinion of this editor. This DVD includes the films Portrait of Ga (1952), Aerial (1974), Hugh MacDiarmid: A Portrait (1964), Where I am is Here (1964), Place of Work (1976), Tailpiece (1976) and John Macfadyen (1970). 

     - Paul Bush – Working Directly. PAL, region free, 19.99 £. A compilation of films by this British animator where he works directky scratching the surface of the film. Includes the shorts His Comedy (1994), Still Life with Small Cup (1995), The Albatross (1998) and Secret Love (2002).

     - Paul Bush – Pixilated. PAL, region free, 19.99 £. In this DVD, Paul Bush makes use of the pixilation technique, developed by McLaren, the stop frame animation of people. Includes the films Furniture Poetry (1999), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2001), Pas de Deux de Deux (2001) and While Darwin Sleeps (2004).

    Both Paul Bush DVDs can be acquired together for 35 £.

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  • Novedades de lowave y Facets en DVD

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     Lowave
    añade dos nuevos títulos a su catálogo

    - Maurice
    Lemaître: Our stars & The little God
    . Una buena oportunidad para
    conocer la obra de este artista multidisciplinar, y principal representante del
    Letrismo. 60 min. PAL/NTSC. Multizona. 25 €.

    - Different
    Cinema vol.2
    . Recopliación de cortos presentados en el Festival des Cinémas Différents de Paris.
    60 min. PAL/NTSC. Multizona. 25
    €. Incluye los cortos:

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  • Anunciado The films of Kenneth Anger: Vol 1

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    The films of Kenneth Anger: Vol.1La distribuidora Fantoma, acaba de anunciar la fecha de publicación de "The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume  One", para el próximo 28 de Noviembre. Este primer volumen cubre la primera mitad de la obra de Anger y contiene los cortos Fireworks (1947), Puce Moment (1949), Rabbit's moon (1950) (la versión de 16 minutos), Eaux d'artifice (1953) e Inauguration of the pleasure dome (1954).

     

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  • Facets Video editará las obras de Broughton en DVD

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    James BroughtonFacets Video ha anunciado la edición de las obras de James Broughton en DVD, hasta ahora disponibles sólo en una prohibitiva edición en VHS. La edición constará de 3 DVDs con 17 de sus filmes más un libreto con el poemario de Broughton "Scattered remains" y comentarios sobre sus obras.

    Los filmes incluídos son Mother's Day (1948), Loony Tom (1951), Four in the
    Afternoon
    (1951), The Pleasure Garden (1953), The Bed (1968),
    The Golden Positions (1970), This Is It (1971), Dreamwood
    (1972), High Kukus (1973), Testament (1974), The Water
    Circle
    (1975), Erogeny, Songs of the Godboy (1977), Hermes
    Bird
    (1979), The Gardener of Eden (1981), Devotions (1983), y Scattered Remains. El pack tiene como fecha de salida el próximo 31 de Octubre.

     
    Para la misma fecha está anunciada también la edición del documental Bewerbungen (1996) de Harun Farocki.

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  • 'Dreams that money can buy' released by the BFI

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    The British Film Institute continues its "A History of the Avant-Garde" series with the release of  Hans Richter's Dreams that money can buy. This edition includes three shorts by Richter (Rhythmus 21, Ghosts Before Breakfast 
    and Everyday) plus an alternative new soundtrack composed byt british band The Real Tuesday Weld.  You may find addtional details here.

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