FILMS and VIDEOS:
Street Tree Films Project (1997-2002):
STILLS (1998) 60 min. video
STILLS2 (2000) 80 min. video
From 1979 until 1997 I took a rather extended vacation from personal filmmaking, working mostly in sound and electronic music. When I became interested in making motion pictures again in 1997 I found that I was not at all wanting to make films that would be shown in competitive "festivals" or very rarely on late-night PBS independent-film ghettos. I had been spoiled by working in radio--I liked the idea of addressing each audience member one at a time in their own space, with the work becoming part of their lives rather than a pretend-theatrical scheduled event. Thus the Street Tree Films project began, making videos that use a video camera more the way a still photographer would work than a filmmaker, and making videos that make a monitor (or TV) simply a display device for a collection of images--related, but not necessarily sequential. The TV is a picture frame, the content of which--usually an image in which camera does not move but contains some motion, however slight--changes from minute to minute, as though one had a painting that could change itself or a window in which the view shifted from moment to moment. The imagery is mostly fairly mundane--what I find in the course of my life, and these pictures alternate with completely abstract studio-created images that use light in a primary way. There are 2 completed videos in the series: STILLS (1998, 60 min.) and STILLS2 (2000, 80 min.). A third video for the series was begun and abandoned in 2002.
(These videos are not currently in distribution.)
Films from the 1970’s:
I was very taken up with the making of short "experimental" films and videos between 1971 and 1979. During this period I made 5 fairly complex works using various experimental film animation techniques in 16mm, and innumerable smaller 8mm works in a wide variety of styles. The 16mm works (along with a longer diary-style film called "TIME PASSES") are available from Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. Canyon has an online catalog.
A WINDOW (1975)
PATCHWORK (Palo Alto Film Festival 1977)
WORKS ON PAPER (1978)
TIME PASSES (1979)
GILA (Bellvue Film Festival 1979)
(included in the American Federation of Arts "Synthetic Movements" touring show, 1979-84)
145 Ninth Street, Suite 260
San Francisco, California 94103
WINTER DANCE (1973)
RAIN * (Northwest Film Festival 1974)
MOON * (1974)
METRONOMIE * (1974)
CARZ * (1975)
A RIVER * (Ann Arbor 8mm Film Festival 1976)
(* = made with Scott Fraser)
(not currently available)
Videos from the 1970’s:
(Projects made on 1/2” Sony-format EIAJ open reel black and white video.)
--A DIFFERENT TOMORROW (with Pat Link) 1977
A verite-documentary portrait of a lonely and depressed elderly lady lost in her memories, performed and narrated by Pat Link.
--3 ELEMENTS (v.1-3) (with Tripp Mikich) 1976
Highly experimental live video mixes with video, film, audio, sculpture and live performance components.
(also not currently available)