New Releases

New Releases consists of the latest acquisitions to the VDB collections, be they contemporary works by artists, titles that are newly-preserved or edited that are now being made available to audiences, or recently released DVD Box Sets or compilations.
Shelly Silver "A Strange New Beauty"
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In an upmarket house surrounded by an idyllic garden, there is no trace of human presence, even though a family obviously lives there. Voices, sounds and superimposed text create a feeling of disquiet whose origin continually escapes us. “A...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: architecture, memory, mental landscape

Ephraim Asili "Many Thousands Gone"
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Filmed on location in Salvador, Brazil (the last city in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw slavery) and Harlem, NY ( an international stronghold of the African Diaspora), Many Thousands Gone draws parallels between a summer afternoon on...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, experimental film, memory, migration, music, post-colonialism, race

Ephraim Asili "Points on a Space Age"
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“A documentary about the Arkestra, but it's one whose presentation reflects the multilevel approach Sun Ra had to music and life in general. Jump cuts and split screens dot the visual stream with home movie footage from the Arkestra in Egypt...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, future, magic, music, poetry, politics, post-colonialism, race, religion/spirituality, science

Ephraim Asili "American Hunger"
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Oscillating between a street festival in Philadelphia, the slave forts and capitol city of Ghana, and the New Jersey shore, American Hunger explores the relationship between personal experience and collective histories. American...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, experimental film, memory, migration, post-colonialism, race, time

Ephraim Asili "Fluid Frontiers"
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Fluid Frontiers is the fifth and final film in an ongoing series of films exploring Asili’s personal relationship to the African Diaspora. Shot along the Detroit River, Fluid Frontiers explores the...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, experimental film, history, language, memory, poetry, post-colonialism, race

2011 | 15:00
Ephraim Asili "Forged Ways"
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Filmed on location in Harlem (NY) and Ethiopia, Forged Ways oscillates between the first person account of a filmmaker, a man navigating the streets of Harlem, and the day to day life in the cities and villages of Ethiopia.

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, city, expedition/travel, experimental film

2016 | 12:00
Ephraim Asili "Kindah"
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Kindah was shot in Hudson, NY and Accompong, Jamaica. Accompong was founded in 1739 after rebel slaves and their descendants fought a protracted war with the British leading to the establishment of a treaty between the two sides. The...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: african-american, experimental film, history, memory, post-colonialism, race, war

Steve Reinke + 5 others
2017 | 1:14:55
RE:THE_OPERATION, Paul Chan
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VDB TV: Decades, The 2000s

An original program for VDB TV: Decades curated by Aily Nash.

 

Collection: Curated Compilations, New Releases, Compilations

Tags: media analysis, memory, politics, state, the, surveillance, technology, television, time, war

Lanesville TV: January 26th, 1973
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On January 26, 1973, the Videofreex’s installment of Lanesville TV (Channel 3) consists of an interview with a follower of the Divine Light Mission, a semi-religious organization lead at the time by then-17-year-old Guru Maharaj Ji.

 

Collection: New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: interview, television