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LITTLE SISTER
$29.95

Winner of five major awards, including the Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival and the Rembrandt award for Best Film, Little Sister is an audacious film that solidified Robert Jan Westdijk as a major talent. Westdijk masterfully uses a home video aesthetic to create a quietly terrifying, yet often funny, depiction of a brother-sister relationship troubled by a deep, buried secret. On her 20th birthday, brother Martijn (Romijn Conen) suddenly reunites with his sister, Daantje (Kim van Kooten). With video camera in hand, he tapes her every move, subsequently sabotaging her relationship with her close friends. Little Sister is a perfect example of intimate cinema, where the filmmaking style and the content of the story work together to give us an emotionally real and visually satisfying experience. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Robert Jan Westdijk---Netherlands---1996---91 mins.


WATER IS WET
$29.95

Water Is Wet is an astonishing film experiment which visually evokes water to connect children to their feelings, awaken their imaginations and spark their creativity. It was the first of four short films directed by documentary pioneer Gordon Weisenborn. The films were produced by the Erikson Institute for Early Childhood Education and today remain a landmark of instinctual filmmaking for young audiences. Now rediscovered, three of the four films are presented in new high-definition restorations: Sit Down, Where Does My Street Go? and Water Is Wet, together with the fourth, unrestored film, If I Were an Animal. Shot all around Chicago and using a mixture of folk songs, classroom activities, and staged vignettes, these films by Gordon Weisenborn capture a spirit of optimism that strives for a world where all children have equal opportunity. To help children see and experience new things in their immediate surroundings, the four episodes in the series were designed to stimulate imagination, curiosity, and active play.

Gordon Weisenborn---USA---1969-1970---80 mins.
APPEARANCE, THE
$29.95

In his work, German filmmaker and media theorist Harun Farocki rigorously explores how contemporary society interacts with audio-visual technology. The Appearance brilliantly combines two prominent themes from Farocki's earlier work, corporate culture (Indoctrination & The Interview) and advertising (Still Life). The Appearance gives the viewer a behind closed doors portrait of how brand identity is created. This unconventional documentary chronicles a high-profile marketing pitch from a Berlin advertising agency to a Danish optical company. The campaign, centered on the logo EYEDENTITY, is discussed in minute detail, from market research strategies to design principles and semantics. In The Appearance, Farocki skillfully probes the methods and tools used by large companies to sell products, ideas, and even a sense of self, and successfully adds another layer to the "clever" pun, EYEDENTITY. In German with English subtitles.

Harun Farocki---Germany---1996---40 mins.