Stan Brakhage Curated Programs

1) Early Brakhage I (1952-1958):

98 minutes — $318.00

Interim, 1952, 25 minutes (sound)
Desistfilm, 1954, 7 minutes (sound)
Reflections On Black, 1955, 12 minutes (sound)
The Wonder Ring, 1955, 5.5 minutes
Nightcats, 1956, 9 minutes
Anticipation of the Night, 1958, 40 minutes

Brakhage’s first film, a romantic encounter inspired by Italian Neo-Realism; the “liberation of the camera from the tripod” (Sitney) in “Desistfilm”; a psycho-dramatic work from his early in days in NYC (“Reflections On Black”); followed by an early lyrical film, commissioned by Joseph Cornell (“TheWonder Ring”); on to LA and his self proclaimed crucial transitional film,”Nightcats”; and finally, back to Colorado and the completion of his ground-breaking poetic vision of innocence lost, with “Anticipation of the Night.” (Notes and discussion on “Anticipation of the Night” can also be found in Brakhage’s 1963 publication Metaphors on Vision, and re-published in essential brakhage).

2) Early Brakhage II [+ Creation] (1955-1979):

90 minutes — $294.00

The Way to Shadow Garden, 1954, 11 minutes (sound)
The Wonder Ring, 1955, 5.5 minutes
Anticipation of the Night, 1958, 40 minutes
Window Water Baby Moving, 1959, 13 minutes
Mothlight, 1963, 4 minutes
Creation, 1979, 16 minutes

An early black and while psycho-drama (“The Way to Shadow Garden”) is followed by Brakhage’s early lyricism in homage to NYC’s Third Avenue El (“The Wonder Ring”) and then his seminal work of elliptical montage, “Anticipation of the Night.” Next on the program is the poetic retelling — through memory, anticipation, and direct graphic depiction — of the birth of Stan and Jane Brakhage’s first child, in “Window Water Baby Moving”; the musical, death-dance collage of moth wings and plant life that is the laboriously hand-created “Mothlight”; and finally, the ecstatic, mythic montage of Alaskan landscapes in his 1979 film, “Creation.”

3) Family and Myth I (1961-1964):

88 minutes — $318.00

Thigh Line Lyre Triangular, 1961, 6 minutes
Films By Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie, 1961, 4 minutes
Dog Star Man (Prelude and Parts 1-4), 1961-1964, 78 minutes

The birth of Brakhage’s third child is layered with superimposed images and gestural painting in an early “thought process” film, or as Brakhage put it, with “patterns that move straight out from the inside of the mind through the optic nerves.” This is followed by a brief, early example of Brakhage’s “home-movie making” aesthetic, and then his most famous film, the award-winning “Dog Star Man” — a work of multiple layers of superimposed cinematography, painting, and various manipulations applied directly to the surface of the film, in which the filmmaker transforms old symbolic systems to create a rich tapestry and new creation myth for modern times. “The film breathes and is an organic and surging thing . . . ” (Michael McClure).

[The Art of Vision, 1965 – the extended version of the multiple layers of Dog Star Man – 4 ¼ hours, $650.00.]

4) Family and Myth II (1970):

80 minutes — $270.00

The Weir-Falcon Saga, 1970, 34 minutes
The Machine of Eden, 1970, 11 minutes
The Animals of Eden and After, 1970, 35 minutes

A child’s altered states of perception during illness lead to a renewed vision and consciousness of the world around him. “His readjustment to the normal world takes the form of a myth of creation (‘The Machine of Eden’) followed by a myth of evolution.” (P. Adams Sitney)

Seven programs following themes of autobiography and portraiture:

5) Autobiography and Portraiture I (1957-1974):

90 minutes — $294.00

Daybreak and Whiteye, 1957, 10 minutes (sound)
Wedlock House: An Intercourse, 1959, 11 minutes
Window Water Baby Moving, 1959, 13 minutes
Scenes From Under Childhood (Part One), 1967, 24 minutes (sound)
Fifteen Song Traits, 1965, 30 minutes
Hymn to Her, 1974, 3 minutes

“Frustrations in loving . . . first, with girl as object . . . then, with camera as subject”; “the first months of marriage, with moments of mutual awareness, frightening understandings, lovemaking”; “A visualization of the inner world of foetal beginnings, the infant, the baby, the child . . . “; portraits of family and friends; and a song of light, to Jane, “but also to Hera, goddess of women and marriage.”

6) Autobiography and Portraiture II: Complete Scenes From Under Childhood, Parts 1-4 (1967-1970):

2 hours, 20 minutes — $450.00

Scenes from Under Childhood Part 1, 1967, 25 minutes
Scenes from Under Childhood Part 2, 1969, 40 minutes
Scenes from Under Childhood Part 3, 1969, 25 minutes
Scenes from Under Childhood Part 4, 1970, 45 minutes

7) Autobiography and Portraiture III (1973-1980):

107 minutes — $354.00

Sincerity, 1973, 27 minutes
Duplicity III, 1980, 23 minutes
The Governor, 1977, 57 minutes

The first and final sections of the autobiographical Sincerity and Duplicity series; plus a “study of light and power,” as Brakhage tours the state of Colorado with Governor Richard D. Lamm.

[Complete Sincerities and Duplicities, 8 parts, 1973-1980, 4 hours, $650.00]

8.) Autobiography and Portraiture IV (1974-1986):

94 minutes — $306.00

Star Garden, 1974, 21 minutes
Soldiers and Other Cosmic Objects, 1977, 21 minutes
Short Films: 1976, 1976, 20 minutes
Nightmare Series, 1978, 20 minutes
Jane, 1986, 12 minutes

9) Autobiography and Portraiture V (1984):

94 minutes — $306.00

Tortured Dust, Parts 1-4, 1984, 94 minutes

10) Autobiography and Portraiture VI (1980-1989):

109 minutes — $360.00

Made Manifest, 1980, 11 minutes
The Loom, 1986, 43 minutes
Nightmusic, Rage Net, Glaze of Cathexis, 1986-1990, 5 minutes
Kindering, 1987, 4 minutes (sound)
I . . . Dreaming, 1988, 8 minutes (sound)
Faust IV, 1989, 38 minutes (sound)

11) Autobiography and Portraiture VII (1989-2003):
113 minutes — $360.00
Faust IV, 1989, 38 minutes (sound)
Visions in Meditation #4, 1990, 18 minutes
City Streaming, 1989, 19 minutes
(For Marilyn), 1992, 11 minutes
Boulder Blues and Pearls And, 1992, 22 minutes (sound)
Dark Night of the Soul, 2002, 3 minutes
Chinese Series, 2003, 2 minutes

Animal Life, Birth, Death – programs 12 & 13:

12) A trilogy on death; animal life:

68 minutes — $222.00

Sirius Remembered, 1959, 11 minutes
The Dead, 1960, 11 minutes
Burial Path, 1978, 8 minutes
Mothlight, 1964, 4 minutes
Pasht, 1965, 6 minutes
The Domain of the Moment, 1977, 14 minutes
The Cat of the Worm’s Green Realm, 1997, 14 minutes

13) Two brief and two grand meditations on animal life on earth:

89 minutes — $294.00

The Presence, 1972, 4 minutes
Tragoedia, 1976, 38 minutes
Bird, 1978, 4 minutes
The Loom, 1986, 43 minutes

Programs 14 to 23 – Landscape:

14) Landscape as History, Landscape as Light (1972, 1974):

83 minutes — $282.00

The Wold Shadow, 1972, 3 minutes
The Shores of Phos: A Fable, 1972, 10 minutes
The Text of Light, 1974, 70 minutes

15) Landscape II – “My Mountain,” and Gardens (1968-2001):

90 minutes — $294.00

My Mountain, Song 27, 1968, 20 minutes
Song 27, Part Two: Rivers, 1969, 26 minutes
Creation, 1979, 16 minutes
Made Manifest, 1980, 11 minutes
The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1981, 2.5 minutes
Spring Cycle, 1995, 11 minutes
MicroGarden, 2001, 3 minutes

16) Landscape III – Landscape, Cityscape, Stars (1979-1997):

96 minutes – $318.00

Creation, 1979, 16 minutes
Made Manifest, 1980, 11 minutes
Unconscious London Strata, 1982, 22 minutes
City Streaming, 1989, 19 minute
The Dante Quartet, 1987, 6 minutes
Stellar, 1993, 2 minutes
Commingled Containers, 1996, 3 minutes
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind, 17 minutes, 1997

(Programs 15 and 16 together — with reduction for second screening of Creation and Made Manifest = $570.00)

17) Landscape IV — Visions in Meditation (1989-1990):

67 minutes — $222.00

Visions in Meditation, 1989, 16 minutes
Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde, 1990, 16 minutes
Visions in Meditation #3: Plato’s Cave, 1990, 17 minutes (sound)
Visions in Meditation #4: DH Lawrence, 1990, 18 minutes

18) Landscape V — Landscape/Cityscape, Self and Other (1980-1992):

93 minutes — $318.00

Other, 1980, 3 minutes
Loud Visual Noises, 1988, 3 minutes [sound]
The Thatch of Night, 1990, 7 minutes
Crack Glass Eulogy, 1992, 6 minutes [sound]
A Child’s Garden and the Serious Sea, 1991, 74 minutes

19) Landscape VI – Landscape and the Child/Innocence Lost (1958; 1991):

113 minutes — $378.00

Anticipation of the Night, 1958, 40 minutes
A Child’s Garden and the Serious Sea, 1991, 73 minutes

20) Landscape VII – Parts 2 & 3 of the Vancouver Island Quartet (1994; 2000):

84 minutes — $282.00

The Mammals of Victoria, 1994, 35 minutes
The God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him, 2000, 49 minutes

21) Landscape VIII – Parts 3 & 4 of the Vancouver Island Quartet (2000; 2002):

79 minutes — $270.00

The God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him, 2000, 50 minutes
Panels for the Walls of Heaven, 2002, 35 minutes

22) Complete Vancouver Island Quartet (1991-2002):

188 minutes — $570.00

23) Landscape IX — Landscape and Spirituality (1991-2002):

96 minutes — $318.00

Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind, 1997, 17 minutes
Passage Through: A Ritual, 1990, 49 minutes
Panels For the Walls of Heaven, 2002, 30 minutes

Programs 24 and 25 – Sexual Meditations and Dance:

24) Sexual Meditations and Dance:

92 minutes — $300.00

Christ Mass Sex Dance, 1991, 5 minutes
FaustFilm: An Opera, 1987, 43 minutes
Loving, 1957, 4 minutes
Cat’s Cradle, 1959, 8 minutes
Sexual Meditation: Motel, 1972, 6 minutes
Sexual Meditation: Room With View, 1972, 4 minutes
Coupling, 1999, 5 minutes
Dance, 2000, 6 minutes
Lovesong, 2001, 11 minutes

25) Sexual Meditations Nos. 1-6 (1970-72):

30 minutes — $120.00

26) The Pittsburgh Documents, 1971 (police work, heart surgery, autopsy):

100 minutes — $330.00

Eyes, 1971, 35 minutes
Deus Ex, 1971, 33 minutes
The Act of Seeing with one’s own eyes, 1971, 32 minutes

27) Media Meditations I:

90 minutes — $300.00

Blue Moses, 1962, 11 minutes
Oh Life, A Woe Story, The A-Test News, 1963, 6 minutes
Aftermath, 1981, 9 minutes
23rd Psalm Branch, 1966, 64 minutes

28) Media Meditations and Collage:

66.5 minutes– $222.00

Mothlight, 1963, 4 minutes
The Horseman, The Woman and The Moth, 1968, 19 minutes
Eye Myth Educational, 1972, 2 minutes
Murder Psalm, 1981, 18 minutes
The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1981, 2.5 minutes
Aftermath, 1981, 9 minutes
Loud Visual Noises, 1988, 3 minutes
Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse, 1991, 9 minutes

Thirteen programs exploring thought process and “visual music”:

29) Thought Process and Visual Music I (1958-1986):

101 minutes — $342.00

Anticipation of the Night, 1958, 40 minutes
Absence, 1976, 7 minutes
Desert, 1976, 11 minutes
The Loom, 1986, 43 minutes

30) Thought Process and Visual Music II (1961-1981):

72 minutes — $240.00

Thigh Line Lyre Triangular, 1961, 6 minutes
The Process, 1972, 8 minutes
“He was born. He suffered. He died.” 1974, 7 minutes
Thot Fal’N, 1978, 14 minutes
Burial Path, 1978, 8 minutes
@, 1979, 6 minutes
Unconscious London Strata, 1982, 23 minutes

31) Thought Process and Visual Music III (1979-1990):

64 minutes — $210.00

Mothlight, 1963, 4 minutes
The Roman Numeral Series I-IX, 1979-1981, 45 minutes
Three Hand-Painted Films: Nightmusic, Rage Net and Glaze of Cathexis, 1986-1990, 5 minutes
Loud Visual Noises, 1988, 3 minutes
The Thatch of Night, 1990, 7 minutes

32) Thought Process and Visual Music IV – The Arabics (1980-1982):

140 minutes — $450.00

The Arabics, in 20 parts, 1980-1982, 140 minutes

33) Thought Process and Visual Music V (1986-1989):

87 minutes — $294.00

The Loom, 1986, 43 minutes
The Dante Quartet, 1987, 6 minutes
Faust IV, 1989, 38 minutes

34) Thought Process and Visual Music VI (1988-1994):

64 minutes — $210.00

I . . . Dreaming, 1988, 7 minutes (sound)
Marilyn’s Window, 1988, 8 minutes
Babylon Series, 1989, 6 minutes
Babylon #2, 1990, 3 minutes
Babylon #3, 1990, 6 minutes
Agnus Dei Kinder Synapse, 1991, 4 minutes
Naughts, 1994, 6 minutes
Boulder Blues and Pearls And, 1992, 23 minutes (sound)

35) Thought Process and Visual Music VII (1960-1992):

75 minutes — $252.00

The Dead, 1960, 11 minutes
Unconscious London Strata, 1982, 22 minutes
City Streaming, 1990, 19 minutes
Boulder Blues and Pearls And, 1992, 23 minutes

36) Thought Process and Visual Music VIII (1984-1994):

82 minutes — $282.00

The Dante Quartet, 1987, 7 minutes
The Egyptian Series, 1983, 18 minutes
I . . . Dreaming, 1988, 7 minutes (sound)
Stellar, 1993, 3 minutes
Ephemeral Solidity, 1993, 4 minutes
Chartres Series, 1994, 9 minutes
Elementary Phrases, 1994, 34 minutes

37) Thought Process and Visual Music IX (1989-1995):

79 minutes — $270.00

The Thatch of Night, 1990, 7 minutes
Christ Mass Sex Dance, 1991, 5 minutes (sound)
(For Marilyn), 1992, 11 minutes
Trilogy:
I Take These Truths, 1994, 18 minutes
We Hold These, 1994, 12 minutes
I . . ., 1995, 26 minutes

38) Thought Process and Visual Music X (1993-2000):

63 minutes — $210.00

Study in Color and Black and White, 1993, 3 minutes
Black Ice, 1994, 3 minutes
1st Hymn to the Night – Novalis, 1994, 4 minutes
Last Hymn to the Night – Novalis, 1997, 18 minutes
Commingled Containers, 1997, 4 minutes
Rounds, 2001, 14 minutes
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind, 1997, 17 minutes

39) Thought Process and Visual Music XI (1991-1997):

72 minutes — $240.00

Agnus Dei Kinder Synapse, 1991, 4 minutes
b series, 1995, 12 minutes
Self Song and Death Song, 1997, 4 minutes
Commingled Containers, 1997, 4 minutes
Preludes 1-24, 1996, 48 minutes

40) Thought Process and Visual Music XII (1998):

89 minutes — $294.00

Ellipses 1-5, 1998, 89 minutes

41) Thought Process and Visual Music XIII (1984-2003):

70 minutes, $234.00

Egyptian Series, 1983, 18 minutes
Persians 1-18, 1999-2001, 50 minutes
Chinese Series, 2003, 2 minutes

42) Religious Meditations, hand-painted (1987-2002):

87 minutes — $294.00

The Dante Quartet, 1987, 7 minutes
Yggdrasill: Whose Roots Are Stars in the Human Mind, 1997, 17 minutes
The Jesus Trilogy and Coda, 2001, 19 minutes
Ascension, 2002, 2 minutes
Resurrectus est, 2002, 9 minutes
Dark Night of the Soul, 2002, 3 minutes
Panels For the Walls of Heaven, 2002, 30 minutes

43) Late Hand-painted films — Elements/ Seasons (1993-2002):

57 minutes – $198.00

Autumnal, 1993, 5 minutes
Earthen Aerie, 1995, 3 minutes
Spring Cycle, 1995, 10 minutes
Shockingly Hot, 1996, 4 minutes
Cloud Chamber, 1999, 3 minutes
The Lion and the Zebra Make God’s Raw Jewels, 1999, 8 minutes
Stately Mansions Did Decree, 1999, 5 minutes
Seasons, 2002, 20 minutes [with Phil Solomon]

Sound films:

44) Early Sound Films by Brakhage (1952-1957):

95 minutes — $318.00

Interim, 1952, 25 minutes
Desistfilm, 1954, 7 minutes
The Way to Shadow Garden, 1954, 11 minutes
In Between, 1955, 10 minutes
Reflections On Black, 1955, 12 minutes
Flesh Of Morning, 1956, 20 minutes (newer soundtrack, 1987)
Daybreak and Whiteye, 1957, 10 minutes

45) Mid-career Sound Films By Brakhage (1962-1974):

60 minutes — $198.00

Blue Moses, 1962, 11 minutes
Fire of Waters, 1965, 7 minutes
Scenes From Under Childhood, Part One, 1967, 24 minutes
The Stars Are Beautiful, 1974, 18 minutes

46) Late Sound Films By Brakhage I (Faust, 1987-1989):

152 minutes — $474.00

FaustFilm: An Opera, 1987, 43 minutes
Faust’s Other: An Idyll, 1988, 44 minutes
Faust 3: Candida Albacore, 1988, 27 minutes
Faust 4, 1989, 38 minutes

47) Late Sound Films By Brakhage II (1989-90)

87 minutes — $ 300.00

Faust IV, 1989, 38 minutes
Passage Through: A Ritual, 1990, 49 minutes

48) Late Sound Films By Brakhage III (1987-1998):

57 minutes — $198.00

Loud Visual Noises, 1988, 3 minutes
Kindering, 1987, 4 minutes
I . . . Dreaming, 1988, 7 minutes
Christ Mass Sex Dance, 1991, 5 minutes
Crack Glass Eulogy, 1992, 7 minutes
Visions in Meditation #3 (Plato’s Cave), 1990, 17 minutes
Ellipsis #5, 1998, 14 minutes

[Add “Boulder Blues and Pearls And,” 1992, 23 minutes = 80 minute program: $270.00]

49) Language and Image (1988-2001):

111 minutes — $360.00

I . . . Dreaming, 1988, 8 minutes, (sound)
Untitled (For Marilyn), 1992, 11 minutes
First Hymn to the Night, Novalis, 1994, 4 minutes
Night Mulch and Very, 2001, 6 minutes
Faust’s Other: An Idyll, 1988, 44 minutes (sound)
Faust IV, 1989, 38 minutes (sound)

50) The Ghost Films (1956-1988): Programmed by Timoleon Wilkins

This program includes a few of those little films that Brakhage felt were easily “forgettable” by people’s conscious minds, but that he believed might have a lingering subconscious life.

61 minutes — $198.00

Nightcats, 1956, 9 minutes
Black Vision, 1962, 3 minutes
Oh Life, A Woe Story, The A-Test News, 1963, 6 minutes
Western History, 1971, 9 minutes
Sexual Meditation: Faun’s Room, Yale, 1971, 3 minutes
Short Films: 1976, 1976, 21 minutes
Purity, and After, 1978, 5 minutes
Nodes, 1981, 3 minutes
Matins, 1988, 2 minutes

Some possible combinations of three, four or six of the above programs:

Three Programs:

1) Early Brakhage I; 3) Family and Myth I; 15) Landscape II – My Mountain and Gardens: $900.00

2) Early Brakhage II; 4) Family and Myth II; 33) Thought Process and Visual Music V: $834.00

12) A Trilogy on Death, and Animal Life; 15) “My Mountain” and Gardens; and 48) Late Sound Films III: $762.00

3) Family and Myth I; 16) Landscape III; and 37) Thought Process and Visual Music IX: $876.00

14) Landscape I; 19) Landscape VI; and 36) Thought Process and Visual Music VIII: $912.00

Four Programs:

5) Autobiography and Portraiture I; 13) Two Brief and Two Grand Meditations on Animal Life on Earth; 14) Landscape I; and 34) Thought Process and Visual Music VI: $1050.00

16) Landscape III; 17) Landscape IV; 47) Late Sound Films II; and 21) Landscape VIII: $1080.00

30) Thought Process and Visual Music II; 31) Thought Process and Visual Music III; 33) Thought Process and Visual Music V; and 23) Landscape IX: $1020.00

14) Landscape I; 19) Landscape VI; 35) Thought Process and Visual Music VII; and 43) Late Hand-painted films: $1074.00

14) Landscape I; 18) Landscape V; 26) The Pittsburgh Documents; 42) Religious Meditations – Hand-painted: $1182.00

Six Programs:

2) Early Brakhage II; 4) Family and Myth II; 8.) Autobiography and Portraiture IV; 14) Landscape I; 10) Autobiography and Portraiture VI; and 23) Landscape IX: $1776.00

5) Autobiography and Portraiture I; 30) Thought Process and Visual Music II; 28.) Media Meditations and Collage; 13) Two Brief and Two Grand Meditations on Animal Life on Earth; 37) Thought Process and Visual Music IX; and 21) Landscape VIII: $1554.00

Please contact Canyon Cinema with questions, or for further programming assistance or suggestions.