GME Announces 3 New Releases of Avant-Garde Films Now Available on DVD for Institutional Sales

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Gartenberg Media Announces
3 New Releases

Avant-Garde Films

Now Available on DVD for Institutional Sales


Gartenberg Media Enterprises (GME) is pleased to announce the release of three new DVD publications spanning a century of avant-garde filmmaking practice (1921-2012).  These DVD publications -- HANS RICHTER: EARLY WORKS, DREAMINIMALIST: TONY CONRAD AND MARIE LOSIER, and NORBERT PFAFFENBICHLER: NOTES ON NOTES ON FILM -- are now available for institutional sales in North America.  






During the period in the 1920's that Gerhard Lamprecht was directing narrative films based on working class life in postwar Berlin (see DIE VERRUFENEN (DER FÜNFTE STAND) & DIE UNEHELICHEN and MENSCHEN UNTEREINANDER & UNTER DER LATERNE), also available from GME), his German compatriot Hans Richter was creating movies in the abstract and Dadaist vein, while also increasingly turning to social critique in his later films.  Here, for the first time, we offer HANS RICHTER: EARLY WORKS (1921-1929), published by Re:Voir Vidéo.


About his filmmaking practice, Richter himself wrote in 1924 that "By film I mean visual rhythm... to see movement, organized movement, wakes us up, wakes up resistance, wakes up the reflexes, and perhaps wakes up our sense of enjoyment as well."


Richter emigrated to the United States in 1940 and taught in the Institute of Film Techniques at City College in New York City; his teachings would influence many of the "New American Cinema" filmmakers.


Hans Richter   Germany

Rhythmus 21 (1921)
Rhythmus 23 (1923)
Filmstudie (1926)
Ghosts Before Breakfast (Vormittagsspuk) (1927-28)
Race Symphony (1928-29)
Two Pence Magic (Zweigroschenzauber) (1928-29)
Inflation (1927)
Everything Turns Everything Revolves (1929) 


DVD-PAL   Region 0
No Regional Code


Institutional Sale Price: $ 200.00 plus shipping & handling.



The Re:Voir DVD publication, DREAMINIMALIST couples Tony Conrad's film The Flicker (1966) with Marie Losier's contemporary cinematic portrait of the artist,  entitled Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist (2008).


Tony Conrad was born in 1940, the year that Hans Richter emigrated to the United States.  His groundbreaking minimalist and structural film, The Flicker (1966), comprising alternating black and white frames, can be seen, on one level, as an outgrowth of Richter's Rhythmus films, and, from another perspective, as distinctly different from that filmmaker's approach.


"in The Flicker, Tony Conrad uses cinematographic devices to develop relationships between impossible harmonic frequencies using an ordinary stroboscope. At the root of this film are a musical, a visual and a psychological interest."                                                           - Victor Gresard


Marie Losier has, over the course of her career, made cinematic portraits of noteworthy underground figures, including Richard Foreman, the Kuchar Brothers, Guy Maddin, Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye.  In Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist, she turns her gaze on Tony Conrad, and foregrounds a contemporary, performative representation of his creative universe.

Tony Conrad & Marie Losier    USA

The Flicker (1966) Tony Conrad
DreaMinimalist (2008) Tony Conrad & Marie Losier
DVD-PAL   Region 0
No Regional Code


Institutional Sale Price: $ 200.00 plus shipping & handling. 





Also in the vein of contemporary experimental cinema, GME is proud to present the DVD publication (published by Sixpack Films/Index DVD) entitled NORBERT PFAFFENBICHLER: NOTES ON NOTES ON FILM.  Comprising recent work produced by the artist between 2002 and 2012, his found footage films manipulate images ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Lon Chaney, and from Fräulein Else to Adolph Hitler.


As film historian Chrisoph Huber has written in the booklet accompanying this DVD publication, "Pfaffenbichler's unique sensibility finds expression in a growing emphasis upon the comic and the uncanny, whereby his avant-garde and often structuralist approach is coupled with an ever-increasing pleasure in playful experimentation. The source material is simultaneously de- and re-constructed, ... It is impossible to come away from a Pfaffenbichler film without an altered and enriched sense of cinema, its history and possibilities." 


Norbert Pfaffenbichler   Austria

Notes On Film 01 Else (2002)
Conference (Notes On Film 05) (2011)
Intermezzo (Notes On Film 04) (2012)
A Messenger From The Shadows (Notes On Film 06A/Monologue 01) (2012)
36 (2001) Norbert Pfaffenbichler & Lotte Schreiber 
DVD-PAL   Region 0
No Regional Code


Institutional Sale Price: $ 200.00 plus shipping & handling. 





Additional Abstract, Dada & Surrealist, Structural, and Found Footage Films

of Related Interest from GME

Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling, Man Ray, René Clair & Francis Picabia, 
Fernand Léger & Dudley Murphy    Germany & France (1921-1927)

Gustav Deutsch    Austria (2004)

George Maciunas, John Cale, Yoko Ono, Nam June PaikPaul Sharits, 
Benjamin Vautier, 
Robert Watts, and
 more    USA (1962-1970)

Paul Sharit   USA (1966-1968)

Germaine Dulac    France (1927)


Peter Tscherkassky    Austria (1982-2010)



Peter Tscherkassky   Austria (1983-2002)

For a complete list of DVD and Blu-ray publications from our entire library of distribution titles, as a printable PDF, click here.

These DVDs are currently being made available to universities, libraries, museums, and other educational organizations in North America (US and Canada), and include public performance rights. Public performance rights extend to use in classrooms and in other non-commercial settings where no admission is charged.


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