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tells the horrific true story of a sadomasochistic cannibal and serial killer, who lured children to their deaths in Depression-era New York City. Elderly but still deadly, Fish distorted biblical tales by taking the stories of pain, punishment, atonement, and suffering literally as he preyed on victims. From John Borowski, director of
H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer
, comes the first docudrama and definitive chronicle of the life and times of this murderous figure. "Brilliantly absorbing" (
). Narrated by Tony Jay. John Borowski---USA---2007---86 mins.
BACK AGAINST THE WALL
In this "Lynch-like vision of the rotting underbelly of Middle America" (Stephen Holden,
The New York Times
), the downfall of a lingerie model is portrayed against the depressing, menacing milieus of the men she caters to, including an angry, jealous, middle-aged failure and his strange, no-necked friend. James Fotopoulos presents this dark, sinister story as a three-part feature in the unnerving, highly original style that has made him a major figure of the underground cinema. James Fotopoulos---USA---2000---94 mins.
Hailed as "blunt and uncompromising" (
Los Angeles Times
) and "deeply moving" (
), this is the story of three generations of men in crisis. Stephen Saunders returns home to the family farm and must overcome the doubt and lost love of his son, who has since bonded with his elderly grandfather. A powerful, emotionally-stirring debut feature.
Edward Radtke---USA---1992---75 mins.
FAR FROM POLAND
A brilliant film. Denied a visa to shoot in Poland, director Godmilow constructs a film over the bare bones of documentary footage while in New York, resulting in a deft dismemberment of the myth of "documentary truth." The film portrays the birth of the Solidarity movement at the Gdansk shipyards through moving personal testimony and a chilling look at the psychology of a censor. "...like the best of Godard, it is film criticism and social criticism at the same time" (
In These Times
). A Grand Jury Prize nominee at Jill Godmilow---USA---1984---106 mins.
In his first feature, maverick indie director Jim Finn delivers a modern-day cult classic way outside the realm of traditional Hollywood fare. With his trademark ironic humor, Finn uses propaganda, news footage, models, historic images, and guinea pigs to fashion a film with distinct visuals and a unique point of view.
also includes hip choreographed numbers a la Busby Berkeley set to retro 1970s music. Called one of the best undistributed films of 2006 by
magazine and the "Best Shoestring Sci-Fi of Jim Finn---USA---2006---71 mins.
JAMES FOTOPOULOS (3PK DVD)
Three uncompromising features by James Fotopoulos, the boldly experimental filmmaker who Ed Halter of
The New York Press
hailed as "the most important new director I've seen in many years."
(1997, 142 mins.) is a shocking portrait of the psychological collapse of a young man drifting further and further into total isolation.
(1999, 80 mins.) is a masterful, minimalist exploration of empty sexuality and its psychic and physical consequences. It won Best Feature honors at the New Yor k Underground Film Festival. In
Back Against the Wall
(2000, 94 mins.), the downfall of a lingerie model is portrayed against the depressing, menacing James Fotopoulos---USA---1997-2000---316 mins.
A Best Feature award winner at the New York Underground Film Festival,
is a masterful, minimalist exploration of empty sexuality and its psychic and physical consequences. In a stark, nearly empty room, a man and a woman meet for passionless sex. A growth on the woman's back infects the man, but the implications of the infection, like the characters themselves, remain elusive. "Fotopoulos is the most important new director I've seen in many years, creating distinctive visions seething with ontological unease" (Ed Halter,
New York Press
). James Fotopoulos---USA---1999---80 mins.
NOMADS AND NO-ZONES
An album of radical diaries and personal documentaries from two of the West's bravest filmmakers: Greta Snider and Vanessa Renwick. Drawn from the raw materials of their drifts and detours, offering gritty glimpses of edgy experience in marginalized cultures, their authentic film stories afford rare access and insight into the lived poetry of a dozen-plus autonomous zones. Greta Snider/Vanessa Renwick---USA---1989-2003---91 mins.
ROY COHN/JACK SMITH
An intense cinematic translation of a theatre piece in which actor Ron Vawter interprets the dual roles of Roy Cohn--the racist, reactionary prosecutor of the Joe McCarthy era and beyond who battled civil rights for homosexuals though he was homosexual himself--and Jack Smith, the open, avant-garde filmmaker/performance artist of
. "These two men, who had nothing in common except their death from AIDS in the late '80s, are resurrected by Vawter and Godmilow in a contrast of stance, from which is born, little by little, a sensation of undoing, of sadness, of finitude" (
Jill Godmilow---USA---1995---88 mins.
1,000 years ago, an alien race called the Quetzals came to earth and inhabited its hollow center until fallout from A-bombs mutated their genitals to the point that they were forced to mate with snakes for survival. This experimental montage uses phony tabloid headlines and a frenetic juxtaposition of clips from the press and B-movies to criticize U.S. policy in Latin America since World War II. Seriously cerebral fun daring to emerge out of our conservative times. "One of the most exhilarating underground movies in recent years...A relentlessly lurid agitprop for the cyberpunk generation" (J. Craig Baldwin---USA---1991---96 mins.
is an award-winning indie comedy set in downstate Illinois. It tells the coming-of-age story of an unemployed drummer who leaves the big city after a painful breakup and retreats to his father's farm. There, he must navigate a new field of possibilities and disappointments, meeting new friends and renewing bonds with old ones. The film tracks his quest to quiet his anxieties and find his place in this world, while effectively capturing the heart and tone of the Midwest. Tom Galassi/Adam Galassi/Tom Snyder---USA---2007---107 mins.
WAITING FOR THE MOON (DVD-R)
That filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui has survived being censored by both the Shah of Iran and the Islamic fundamentalists and continues to make films is a testament to his talent, fortitude and influence on younger filmmakers.
WHAT'S UNDERGROUND ABOUT MARSHMALLOWS?
The complete, extraordinary "reperformance" by Ron Vawter of Jack Smith's 1981 performance piece,
What's Underground About Marshmallows
, in which Jack, strongly against the commodification of art and fearful that people were making illegal copies of his films, accuses Jonas Mekas, the champion of avant-garde film in the early '60s, of this diabolical infringement. In
, Jack tells a funny, pathetic tale "on" himself--a nightmare of failing to catch Mekas--called variously "Uncle Artcrust," "Uncle Fishhook" and sometimes "Old Uncle Oldie"--in the act of duplication.
Jill Godmilow---USA---1996---60 mins.
WITH JERZY GROTOWSKI, NIENADOWKA 1980
Jerzy Grotowski, a leading figure in the avant-garde theatre, invited a film crew to travel with him to the small village of Nienadowka, Poland in 1980. It was there that he, his mother, and his brother were hidden by a peasant family during the Nazi occupation. Returning for the first time, Grotowski hopes to rediscover the people, places, images, and sounds of his intensely lived childhood--memories that are indelibly linked to his art. Afterwards, in his aunt's apartment in the city of Rzeszow, he speaks directly to the camera about the foundations of his work. With an introduction by Peter Brook.
Jill Godmilow---USA---1980---60 mins.
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