Window is a 9 minute film from 1964 by Ken Jacobs.  This film was different because of the way the images were portrayed.  There was no characterization of any sort and the frantic camera movements made it increasingly difficult to get a clear point to the making of this film.

Film In Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc is a 6 minute film from 1966 by George Landow.  The thing that really stuck out to me about this film was the audio.  Its crazy to me how the audio in a  film can completely change the mood of the film.  Often times i watch the short films with differnt music of all genres to see how it changes the mood. 

15/67: TV is a 4 minute film from 1967 by Kurt Kren.  This film was short and was basically of one shot.  with the people in the fram constantly changing.  The first of one person standing behind what seems to be another persons shadow and a window.  It feels like 1st person and makes the viewer feel as though they are literally standing in the place of whomever is watching the people through the window. 

Intervals is a 6 minute film from 1969 by Peter Greenway.  This film was unique to me because it showed various shots of people in inner city life.  Children and elderly alike.  I did not understand the meaning behind reciting the alphabet.  To me it sounded like the reciting of a speech lesson of some kind.  But in combination with the repeated shots i feel like the film has a truer meaning.  Maybe if I was bilingual i would understand better. 

Berlin Horse is a 6 minute film from 1970 by Malcolm Le Grice.  This film was cool to see and a nice change of pace.  Although i feel the music was way to repetative, it went well with the displayed images of the horse running in a circle. The colors used in the film were really cool to see.  I also like the added images of people and carrages toward the end.  Perhaps the film could be about the life of a captive horse, or animals in captivity in general. 

Scar Tissue is a 6 minute film from 1979 by Sue Friedrich.  Its really cool to see the evolution of avant garde film.  As the films get newer, i can still see the same techniques from the 20’s being used.  This film was cool to see because they made sure to never show a persons full profile but always side shots or shots of bodies and feet.  I liked the clothes and distinct differences between men and women in the film. 

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Anticipation of the Night is a 41 minute film from 1958 by Stan Brakhage.  This film was a total loss for me.  I really didnt understand the point nor did i understand why it was so long or the shots.  But I did like the ferris wheel shot and the lights on the wheel as well as the children at the carnival.  

Reflections On Black is a 10 minute film from 1955 by Breakhage.  To me this film felt as though it depicted the fear some people go through in an abusive relationship.  I liked a lot the shots and facial expressions the actors made really helped depict the fear. 

Mothlight is a 3 minute film from 1963 also by breakhage.  This film was really crazy to watch.  I’m curious as to how it was made and what material was used to make the effect shown.  at first i thought it was a film about the perpective of a moth but as the film progressed i began to think it was shots of moth wings. 

Black Ice is a 2 minute from from 1994 also by Breakhage.  This film was fun to watch.  The varous colors and blues used in the film were very cool.  it created a sense of motion in which the viewer felt as if he was moving forward further into this new world. 

A man and his dog out for air is a 2 minute film from 1957 by Robert Bree.  This film was light and slightly refreshing.  Although the man and dog don’t make their appearence until the end of the film, the lines and shapes used to build up to the man and dog were very fun to watch. 

White Lite is a 3 minute film from 1968 by Jeff Keen.  This film was very interesting and unique to watch for me.  I really like the negative effect used on all the people.  the best way for me to describe is if your sitting below a flat screen and your viewpoint of the screen makes everything look computer animated.  the quick images and overlapping was done well too. 


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  • Meshes Of The Afternoon is a 13 minute film from 1943 by Maya Darren.  This film was unique.  The large robed character in the film with the mirror face reminded me of a character from an animated film by hayo miazaki.  I’ll post a picture of the charter on my blog.  The way in which both of these charters held themselves was similar too.  The most interesting part of the comparison is that the animated film, Spirited Away, is a Japanese film and made in 2006. 
  • A Study In Choreography For Camera is a 2 minute film from 1945.  Although it was very short i liked the dancing.  I don’t feel like the shorter films are as appreciated as much as the longer ones solely because of length.  but i’m really into music videos so i know how much work probably went into creating the dance for the film and getting every step perfect for filming especially in 1945.  
  • Fireworks is a 14 minute film from 1947 by Kenneth Anger. This film was strange to me and i know held a lot of personal symbolism to Anger.  I feel as though he has a form of repressed anger against America and feels as though they turned their back on him.  I didn’t understand a lot of the sexual symbolism though, maybe he has is expressing a form of sexual confusion and misjudgement. 
  • Eaux d’ Artifice is a 12 minute short film from 1953.  The blue filter that was used really gave this film its own character.  I also took notice to the dress of the person in the film.  She wore a large hat that looked like a feather as she ran through what seemed to be a garden.  The shots of the water were very cool as well.  i really liked the design of the fountains.  I wonder how some of it was filmed without getting the camera wet.  
  • Lights is a 6 minute film from 1965 by marie menkin.  I’ve always had a weird obsession with lights so this film was really fun for me to watch.  I liked how the camera moved throughout the lights almost creating new images with the camera.  the lights in the film almost told a story with the ways in which the lights were shown.  first very close then over head city shots.  I think next time i perform and have a projection behind me i may use this film. 
  • Geography of a body is a 7 minute film from 1943 by Willard Maas.  This film was interesting to me because of the way the narrator interpreted the human body as if it was a landscape its self.  I also liked how it tastefully depicted the differences of males and females.  the camera use was very well done as well. 
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  • The Granton Fishing Trawler is a 10 minute film from 1934 by John Grierson.  When i first read the title of this film i didn’t know what a trawler was, so after a short web search i found it is a specific fishing vessel.  After watching the film the title of this is pretty self explanatory.  I really liked the use of close up shots showing a side of the fishing vessel that we really don’t get a chance to see or rather take notice to.  
  • Manhatta is a 10 minute film from 1921 by Charles Sheer and Paula Strand.  This film was interesting to me because i really like new york city.  Its interesting to me to see the viewpoint of a new yorker from the early 20’s apposed to how we view new york today.  I also liked the shots of all the people.  I wonder if she had the consent of all the people in the film to use them.
  • Man with a movie camera is an hour and eight minute film from 1929 by Dziga Vertov.  This film while interesting at parts really felt very long.  I’m not sure if it was vertov’s intention for it to feel so long.  I think because the film was just shots of peoples lives throughout a day he wanted it to actually feel like a day.  I was curious as to why he used slow motion at parts.  Perhaps to make it feel like the slower parts of our day.  
  • Weekend is a 11 minute film from 1930 by Walter Ruttman.  This film was fun for me to watch because of the sounds.  As a musician i’m always looking for new experimental ways to use music and sound this film is a goldmine of samples! I especially liked the various nature sounds. 
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In addition to Post 3 i’ve also seen a series of short films all from differnt decades in the early to mid 20th century.  

  • Tusalava is a 9 minute film from 1929 by Len Lye.  This film is very abstract.  The film begins with a long bacteria-like image making its way across the screen throughout the film it changes into various shapes taking on differnt forms leaving its original shape completly.  The black and white kept this film ominus and dark.  
  • A color Box is a 3 minute film from 1938.  This film had many differnt shapes and colors thoughout the film making it refreshing for me to watch.  Although i could not decifer a clear meaning for this film.  
  • Trade Tattoo is a 5 minute film from 1938.  I feel like this film is about the varius ways that information is passed.  There are images of all methods of transport as well as people and envelopes.  
  • Free Radicals is a 4 minute film from 1958.  In this film the focus is on the various shapes and colors used throughout the film 
  • Synchromy No. 4:Escape is a 4 minute film from 1938 by Mary Ellen Bute, I really didn’t understand the meaning of this film.  The use of very distinct colors and shapes throughout pointed toward a higher meaning but i was thrown off by the triangle and what its meaning could be.  
  • Spooke Sport is an 8 minute film from 1940 by Mary Ellen Bute and Norman Mclaren.  This film was slightly refreshing to me because of the use of charactors.  It was easier for me to follow as well as entertaining to watch.  
  • Boogie Doodle is a 4 minute film from 1940 by Norman Mclaren.  This film was cool to watch.  The film had a way about the movement of the visuals throughout.  
  • Synchornomy is a 7 minute film from 1971.  Being from ‘71 it was cool to see how technology has grown with the art or avant garde.  All of the shots were integrated together very well.   
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To further my avant garde cinema exploration, through my class i have seen a handful more films.  These films ranged in length.  I’ve found myself liking avant garde films more and more because of the uniqueness(for lack of better term).  

  • Film is Rhythm: Rhythm 21 is a 3 minute short film by Hans Ritcher.  This film was very interesting to me because of the way the sound and images intertwined.  The use of shapes was very basic yet complex and throughout i felt as though the film had a greater meaning. 
  • Ghosts Before Breakfast is a 9 minute film from 1928. To me this film felt as though it was about the use of the camera and affects more than say plot or structure.  I did not really understand the opening scene, but overall it was interesting to watch. 
  • Lightplay Opus I is an 11 minute film from 1921 by Ruttman.  I really liked this film! I’ve found Rutmann to be one of my favorite directors of these films.  The use of colors and circles was refreshing to see apposed to the usual black and white films.  
  • Diagonal Symphony is a 7 minute film from 1924.  This film was interesting to me at first.  The images that were put forth looked both foreign and unique but as the film went on it became a bit repetative.  
  • Light Play: Black- White-Gray is a 6 minute film from 1930 by Lazlo Maholy-Nagy.  This film was named very appropriately.  In this film the viewer recieved a very intimate look into Lazlo’s workspace.  The use of lighting and shadows throughout the film almost created new images in addition to the pre buit pieces by Lazlo.  
  • Optical Poem is a 7 minute film from 1938 by Oscar Fischnger.  It was interesting for me to see how avant garde cinema progressed throughout the years with most of the films i’ve seen are from the 20’s.  With that said this film was interesting for me to watch because i enjoyed seeing the way the scenes and camera angles changed.  Also i personally enjoyed the backround music although i can understand how some would think it could take away from the film.   
  • Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor is a 9 minute film from 1940.  Once again this film being one of the most recently made films i’ve seen it was cool for me to see how the use of music in avant garde film grew.  I watched this film once without music  and again with it and the experience was differnt both times. 
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To further my avant garde exploration, this week i watched Germaine Dulac’s 1928 work The seashell and the clergyman.  This film was honestly my favorite that i watched.  Although the sound in the film was a part of it, i feel as though the work was meant to be silent.  My favorite part of the film was the differnt charators and the costumes that they wore.  As well as the differnt camera angles used throughout the film.  But the film ran for over 30 mins and felt as such.

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