BACK AGAINST THE WALL
Directed by James Fotopoulos, 2000
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. Unnerving and highly original!
THE BLOODY CHILD
Directed by Nina Menkes, 1996
A young U.S. marine, just back from the Gulf War, was arrested while digging a grave in the middle of the Mojave Desert for his murdered wife. Nina Menkes directed this hallucinatory film inspired by that story. Except for Menkes' sister and collaborator Tinka, all the cast members are Gulf War veterans.
Directed by Edward Radtke, 1991
Three generations of males from one family -- a grandfather, father, and son—are in emotional
turmoil after the tragic death of the young son's mother.
Stephen Sommers returns home to the family farm in southern Ohio six months after the accident
that killed his wife and sent him to a mental hospital. He notices that his elderly father and his young son
have bonded in his absence, creating a rift among them during a time when they should be healing.
THE FILMS OF JAMES BROUGHTON
A poet, author, and filmmaker, Broughton, who was christened the "great and wise master of the American avant-garde" by critic Amos Vogel, attempted to use cinema as kind of poetic statement. He took as his subject matter love, sex, the human body, and dream imagery, rendered with a playful, whimsical, and sometimes erotic touch.
JAMES FOTOPOULOS x 3
Three uncompromising features directed by James Fotopoulos, the boldly experimental filmmaker whom Ed Halter of The New York Press
hailed as "the most important new director I've seen in many years." Includes Back Against the Wall, Migrating Forms
, and Zero
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Directed by Philip Kaufman, 1964
The feature film debut of talented director Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Quills
), is an early example of American independent filmmaking from the early 1960s. A fable about an old man with an odd effect on those he encounters, the film is a funny, warm-hearted postcard from an important moment in American cinema.
IN MACARTHUR PARK
Directed by Bruce Schwartz, 1977
A moving portrayal of a Mojave Indian displaced in the skid row section of downtown Los Angeles, as he turns to a life of crime to in order to support his family. After inadvertently murdering someone, he has to face racist police and his own guilt before he can return to his reservation in Arizona.
Directed by Jim Finn, 2006
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. Interkosmos
also includes hip choreographed numbers, á la
Busby Berkeley, with retro 1970s music that makes it difficult to stop tapping your feet.
Directed by James Fotopoulos, 1999
A Best Feature award winner at the New York Underground Film Festival, Migrating Forms
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. "Fotopoulos is the most important new director I've seen in many years" (Ed Halter, New York Press
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Directed by Tom Galassi, Tom Snyder & Adam
tale in downstate Illinois, effectively capturing
the heart and flavor of the real Midwest in this
award-winning indie film.
WAITING FOR THE MOON
Directed by Jill Godmilow, 1986
Jill Godmilow directed this daring film about writer Gertrude Stein, her companion Alice B. Toklas, and their friends and colleagues in French Bohemian culture, including Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, between the two World Wars.
Directed by James Fotopoulos, 1997
James Fotopoulos' deeply disturbing experimental film paints a grim portrait of the psychological collapse of a young man drifting further and further into total isolation. A shocking debut feature, told entirely through one character. "Heartfelt and creepy as hell" (Shock Cinema
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