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 […]
Description: The Wormwood Star (1956) is a short documentary film about Marjorie Cameron, an artist, occultist, and actress. The film is not a “documentary” in the traditional sense, but is more in line with the early avant-garde practice of pure cinema. Curtis Harrington, the film’s director, describes Wormwood as “a poetic tribute to Cameron.” The subject […]
Description: This is a catalog of short films. To be exact: thirteen experimental animations from “the god of comics,” Tezuka Osamu. They are presented on the Singapore based video-streaming site, Viki, which is a cross between Wikipedia and other streaming sites like Hulu and Netflix. The neat, Wiki-esque function of Viki is that the subtitles […]
Description: From the opening shot, the viewer already knows something is not right. Well, actually, they probably know well before the first shot, probably even before the opening titles – films produced by Roger Corman have a reputation that precedes them: low-budget, exploitative, and without taste. Which does not mean they are without merit. Take […]
Description: Terror is a found footage short film by Ben Rivers. It is an odd entry into his catalog, which is mostly made up of ethnographic film studies like Sordal (2008), Two Years at Sea (2011), or his most recent collaboration with Ben Russell, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013). The footage for […]