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AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2
$24.95

A gritty but essential documentary charting social turbulence in late 1960's Chicago. American Revolution 2 includes footage of the 1968 Democratic Convention protest and riot, a critique of the events by working class African-Americans in Chicago, and attempts by the Black Panther Party to organize poor, southern white youths on the city's north side. Using direct sound, a handheld camera, no script, black-and-white film stock, and natural lighting, the directors' no-frills approach appropriately reflects the raw energy of this upheaval. "A powerful documentary...see this film" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).

Mike Gray/Howard Alk---USA---1969---76 mins.
ANIMAL CHARM: GOLDEN DIGEST
$24.95

Masterfully remixed by comic cut-ups Jim Fetterley and Rich Bott, these wildly inventive montages are jam-packed with uncanny juxtapositions, startling dislocations, and ingenious visual rhymes. By re-editing elements assembled from the banal detritus of infomercials, corporate videos, and late-night TV, Fetterley and Bott scramble media codes and create a kind of tic-ridden, convulsive collage that re-invests conventional forms with subversive meanings.

Jim Fetterley/Rich Bott---USA---1996-2005---86 mins.
ANIMATION OF ALEXEIEFF, THE
$39.95

This collection showcases the experimental animations of Russian-born artist/filmmaker Alexander Alexeieff and his American wife and collaborator, Claire Parker. In addition to their most important films, such as the renowned illustration of Modest Moussorgsky's tone poem, Night on Bald Mountain (1933, 8 mins.), this release also includes essential documentaries about their work and the pinscreen (l'ecran de'epingles) technique they invented. Over 30 films are featured, including short animations, stop-motion animated advertisements made for French cinemas, and photographs of Alexeieff's still artwork. In French and English. Includes a Facets Cine-Notes booklet; The Pinscreen, a documentary by Norman McLaren; Mindscape, a film by Jacques Droulin; Alexeieff and Parker Making Three Moods, a documentary; and a gallery of photos and prints.

Alexander Alexeieff/Claire Parker---France---1933-1980---137 mins.
ANNA AKHMATOVA FILE
$29.95

A moving portrait of the extraordinary Soviet poet, Anna Akhmatova. Although her work was banned and went unpublished for 17 years, her poem "Requiem" became the underground anthem for the millions who suffered under Stalin. This unique film, which uses Akhmatova's diaries for text, also includes portraits of Akhmatova's friends and contemporaries--Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Mikhail Sostchenko. An Official Selection at Sundance and the Seattle International Film Festival. In Russian with English subtitles.

Semyon Aranovich---USSR---1989---65 mins.
AUTOMATONS
$24.95

"Automatons is what happens when Eraserhead and Tetsuo the Iron Man bong themselves into oblivion and collaborate on a minimalist avant-garde sci-fi cheapie shot in a toolshed" (Nathan Lee, Village Voice). In a post-apocalyptic future, a lone girl (Christine Spencer) tends to a decaying band of robot soldiers fighting in a generations-old war sparked by humans over conflicting ideologies. As the Enemy Leader (Brenda Cooney) beams destructive video signals into her compound, the Girl tries to discern the origins of the war by watching a video diary left by the Scientist, played by Angus Scrimm (Phantasm). By filming in "Robo-Monstervision"--a black-and-white, 8-millimeter ode to '60s sci-fi--this ingenious allegory about the War on Terror becomes strangely familiar.

James Felix McKenney---USA---2006---83 mins.
BAB EL-OUED CITY
$29.95

In a working class district of Algiers, shortly after the riots of 1988, a young bakery worker rips out a loudspeaker broadcasting the propaganda of an Islamic fundamentalist group. This act of frustration is taken as a provocation by the local extremist organization, which happens to be led by the brother of the bakery worker's lover. "The most lucid depiction on film of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Algeria" (Deborah Young, Variety). Winner of the FIPRESCI international film critics' prize at Cannes.

Merzak Allouache---Algeria/France/Germany/Switzerland---1994---93 mins.
BOLEK & LOLEK GOING CAMPING
$14.95

Bolek and Lolek are young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. A hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, this charming children's cartoon boasts a capricious animation style and whimsical sound effects, enchanting viewers without the need for dialogue. This universal approach helped make Bolek i Lolek a hit with kids everywhere, like when it was picked up by Nickelodeon's Pinwheel in America. Bolek & Lolek Are Going Camping comprises seven cartoons about wild times in the great outdoors.
BOLEK & LOLEK IN THE WILD WEST
$14.95

Bolek and Lolek are young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. A hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, this charming children's cartoon boasts a capricious animation style and whimsical sound effects, enchanting viewers without the need for dialogue. This universal approach helped make Bolek i Lolek a hit with kids everywhere, like when it was picked up by Nickelodeon's Pinwheel in America. Bolek & Lolek in the Wild West comprises seven cartoons about cowboy adventures.
BOLEK & LOLEK ON VACATION
$14.95

Bolek and Lolek are young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. A hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, this charming children's cartoon boasts a capricious animation style and whimsical sound effects, enchanting viewers without the need for dialogue. This universal approach helped make Bolek i Lolek a hit with kids everywhere, like when it was picked up by Nickelodeon's Pinwheel in America. Bolek & Lolek On Vacation comprises seven cartoons about enjoying fun trips, new friends, and new places.

Poland---1964-1986---64 mins.
BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
$19.95

Directed by Oscar nominee Chuck Braverman (Curtain Call), Bottom of the Ninth is a real-life Bull Durham story. This documentary chronicles a season with the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team in a race for the championship. Interviews with players and coaches reveal that the heart and soul of America's national pastime is not with the overpaid, scandal-ridden major leagues, but in the farm clubs and minor leagues where team members play out of a true passion for the game. A Directors Guild nominee for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.

Charles Braverman---USA---2002---50 mins.
BRUCE NAUMAN: MAKE ME THINK
$29.95

A documentary on contemporary American artist Bruce Nauman, known for his challenging, yet playful approach to conceptual art. This is observed in his public art installation Vices and Virtues, consisting of huge neon signs that flash the seven deadly sins. Through a diversity of media, including sculpture, video, printmaking, and performance, Nauman uses art to examine communication and the human experience. Make Me Think features 60 of his pieces, including early film projections and video installations like Clown Torture and Anthro/Socio, and chronicles the development of a "video sculpture" titled Violent Incident. Wrote Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic of The New York Times, Nauman "inspires reverence, or loathing...It's hard to feel indifferent to work like his." In English.

Heinz Peter Schwerfel---Germany---1997---70 mins.
CAMILA
$29.95

A young Catholic socialite from Buenos Aires falls in love and runs away with a young Jesuit priest. The two find temporary happiness in a small provincial village, but eventually they are recognized and face the wrath of their families, church and government officials of the De Rosas dictatorship of 19th century Argentina. An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. "A bare outline fails to do justice to this powerful indictment of repression..." (Faber Companion to Foreign Films). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Maria Luisa Bemberg---Argentina/Spain---1984---105 mins.
CHICO
$29.95

An ideological adventure movie, from the director of Bolshe Vita. Chico is half Hungarian and half Spanish, half Catholic and half Jewish. As a child he was steeped in the myths of Che Guevara and Salvador Allende. But when he finds himself in the middle of Hungarian communism, he reevaluates his beliefs. Later, he takes sides in the war in Croatia. Chico earned Ibolya Fekete Best Director honors at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In Spanish, Hungarian, Croatian, and other languages, with English subtitles.

Ibolya Fekete---Germany/Hungary/Croatia/Chile---2001---112 mins.
CHRISTMAS FAMILY TRAGEDY, A
$24.95

On Christmas Day, 1929, respected tobacco farmer Charlie Lawson shot his wife and six of his children, then turned the gun on himself in one of the most brutal murder-suicides in Southern history. Though Charlie took his motives to the grave, his crime sparked endless rumors, ghost stories, folk ballads, and even family feuds. Using historical photos, authentic bluegrass music, exclusive interviews with family and friends, and chilling re-creations, A Christmas Family Tragedy brings this North Carolina legend to the screen for the first time. "A wonderful treasure trove of Southern oral history" (Mountain Times).

Matt Hodges---USA---2007---75 mins.
CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS IN HIS OWN WORDS
$39.95

This French television documentary recounts the extraordinary career of the father of structural anthropology, Claude Levi-Strauss, whose theories not only impacted that field, but linguistics, mythology, and pop culture studies. Author of Tristes Tropiques and The Savage Mind, Levi-Strauss is a profound intellectual, a confirmed ecologist, a fierce defender of the diversity of peoples and cultures, and all with the temperament of an artist or poet. Consisting of selected interviews from the 1960s through the present, Claude Levi-Strauss Par Lui-Meme presents the anthropologist's story in his own words. In French or English. Letterboxed.

Pierre-Andre Boutang---France---2008---93 mins.
DESIGN 2
$39.95

The Bookworm, Concorde, Conica coffeemaker, Leica camera, Eames lounge chair, and Vespa scooter not only reflect the era that produced them but also anticipated the future. Design 2 explores the conception and development of each of these innovative products while examining their larger social context. Combining archival images and film excerpts with music and other pieces of popular culture, this lively, fascinating documentary outlines the social, political, and cultural climate in which each item was born. In French with optional English subtitles.

Danielle Schirman/Anna-Celia Kendall/Heinz Peter Schwerfel---France---2006---160 mins.
DON'T DIE WITHOUT TELLING ME WHERE YOU'RE GOING
$29.95

Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You Are Going is a magical, time-shifting romance about the power of love and the movies from Argentine director Eliseo Subiela (Dark Side of the Heart). Dario Grandinetti (Talk to Her) stars as Leopoldo, a lonely film projectionist who invents a machine that can record his dreams. The machine reveals Leopoldo to be the reincarnation of one of the inventors of cinema, and it also records the image of a woman from the past with whom he falls deeply in love. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Eliseo Subiela---Argentina---1995---130 mins.
ENOUGH!
$24.95

In this Algerian-French co-production set during the Algerian civil war in the 1990s, we meet two women, a progressive whose husband has gone missing, and an older woman who has experienced decades of strife in her country. Together, they search for the missing man in a landscape of lawlessness and uncertainty. "A testament to female camaraderie, resourcefulness and courage in the face of daunting odds" (All Movie Guide). In Arabic with English subtitles.

Djamila Sahraoui---France/Algeria---2006---94 mins.
EUROPEAN MUSLIMS AND EASTERN CHRISTIANS: THE BROKEN MIRRORS
$29.95

From Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina to Christians in Lebanon, director Jacques Debs shows us two groups long forgotten or overlooked. For centuries, Muslims in Europe and Christians in the Middle East have lived side by side in the old Ottoman Empire, despite experiencing periodic setbacks, failures, and in the worst cases, genocide. Debs uses his personal story as a Christian from Lebanon as a starting point, then illuminates the complexities of the modern Mediterranean area, making the film at once personal and universal. "...a thrilling journey..." (Le Monde). In English, French, or German with English subtitles.

Jacques Debs---France---2006---133 mins.
EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR
$24.95

A collection of independent, avant-garde shorts from the early 1960s up to the present that test the boundaries of horror and terror. Includes the award-winning Austrian film, Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky, 1999, 10 mins.), a cinemascope wonder that lifts scenes from Sidney J. Furie's 1981 horror flick The Entity and turns them into a visually arresting, abstract mediation on dissolution and rupture; Tuning the Sleeping Machine (David Sherman, 1996, 13 mins.), which uses images and figures from classic horror films to examine early cinema's fascination with the subconscious; Ursula (Lloyd M. Williams, 1961, 13 mins.), a lurid tale filmed in 16mm about a young girl's torment at the hands of her cruel mother.  Winner of the Gold Medallion at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival for Best Scripted Film and Best Special Effects for Sustained Horror; Dawn of the Evil Millennium (Damon Packard, 1986, 21 mins.), a gory lampoon of Hollywood horror films shot on Super 8mm; Journey Into the Unknown (Kerry Laitala, 2002, 5 mins.), a colorful, abstract meditation on a murder and revenge; The Virgin Sacrifice (J.X. Williams, 1974, 9 mins.), a 16mm acid-trip back to the late '60s about the Queen of the Black Witches and her voluptuous virgins who invade Satan's realm.