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.
Some Chance Operations
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Shot in Naples, Vienna, and New York, Some Chance Operations explores the notion of an archival form, in this instance film, as an unstable memory receptacle that can vanish. History and how it is made is meditated upon as one of many chance...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: art history, artist portraits, city, european film/video, expedition/travel, experimental film, memory, mental landscape, travel

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Partially Buried explores a web of genealogical traces. In this work the artist probes the notion of sites of memory as well as site-specific work by focusing on the location of Kent, Ohio. Partially Buried references the year 1970 during which the...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: activism, art history, conceptual art, history, memory, religion/spirituality, time, war

Partially Buried Continued
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Partially Buried Continued is a meditation on ways in which one’s associations to history, location, and genealogy become tangled in a subjective web which makes it complicated to separate history from fiction.

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: expedition/travel, language, photography

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Little Radek, the step-dancing Bolshevik; Machera, the Andean Robin Hood, and Maria Spiridonova, the Russian socialist assassin are your guides for Past Leftist Life Regression therapy. In this third Inner Trotsky Child video, narrator Lois Severin...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: activism, labor, philosophy, politics, state, the

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In the film Mad Ladders, the prophetic ramblings of an unseen narrator recount fantastical dreams of the coming Rapture, as crystalline imagery of rolling clouds gives way to heavily-processed video of moving stage sets from The American Music...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: media analysis, mental landscape, music, myth, nature, television

2015 | 1:16:00
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The sale of a plot of land marks the kick off of an unlikely road trip in this strange American odyssey. When eteam buys an acre of the Southwestern desert on eBay, the deed fails to arrive and the pair attempt to track down the phantom seller....

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: family, feature length, landscape, technology, travel

Black Code Code Noir
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Black Code / Code Noir unites temporally and geographically disparate elements into a critical reflection on two recent events: the murder of Michael Brown and that of Kajieme Powell by American police officers in 2014. Archaeologically, the film...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: crime or violence, race

Dani Leventhal + 1 other
2015 | 29:23
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“A soldier’s trip to Syria is complicated when he accidentally impregnates a friend. Meanwhile, a horse breeder from Ohio is driven away from home by her own desire to become pregnant. In Hard as Opal the lines between truth and fiction, fact and...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: animals, family, nature, portrait, sexuality

Cooper Battersby + 1 other
2015 | 27:08
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“Fouteen-year-old bone collector Maxine Rose is looking for validation from her heroes, amongst them the primatologist Jane Goodall, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the New Zealand teen pop star Lorde. Offering them a gift of language, Maxine Rose...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: feminism, language, love, youth/childhood