Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Chris Houkal brings us Jakrawal Nilthamrong’s short film Zero Gravity (2012). A meditation on trauma and history, this masterpiece from Thailand defies easy interpretation.
Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Chris Houkal brings us Bruce Conner’s short film COSMIC RAY (1961). An exciting, devastating homage to sex and war put to a Ray Charles song, COSMIC RAY just might be the world’s first music video… but don’t let him catch you saying that.
Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Gina Marie Ezzone brings us Kerry Laitala’s psychedelic film, The Color Red Bleeds Blue.
Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Chris Houkal brings us Guy Debord’s film essay The Society of the Spectacle (1973). Debord employs ironic (or détourned) film clips, image choices and quotations in a modern day analysis of alienated society’s dependence on spectacle.
Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Chris Houkal brings us the documentary The Atomic Café (1982) directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, and Pierce Rafferty. Using original newsreel footage, government films, cartoons, and other materials from the 1950s, the directors cut together a critical assessment of Cold War America.
Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Chris Houkal brings us one of Chantal Akerman’s earliest short films, La Chambre, in which she meditates on a room, some furniture, a few apples, and a bedridden woman.
Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Chris Houkal brings us Frank and Caroline Mouris’s Frank Film, an experimental short film comprised of continuously morphing image collages and dual narrations.
Mixing classic Hollywood horror and German expressionism, Tim Burton starts his career off on the right foot with his first short film, Vincent.
Description: “ ‘Koodal’ is a Tamil word which means a meeting point, the union, an assembly of images.” Typed on a gray title card, these words set the stage for Tyeb Mehta’s 1970 short film Koodal. The 16minute 16 second piece is Mehta’s only short film. He is most known for his bold modernist paintings […]
Description Famed country singer Mickey Newbury probably didn’t have the odd feedback loop created by science fiction speculation when he wrote “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be” back in the 1970s.* His ballad does, however, give us a wonderful bit of insight into the disruption of time and space caused by what I’d […]