These films are presented for educational and non-commercial use only. All copyrights belong to the artists.
UbuWeb Film & Video is pleased to present hundreds of avant-garde films & videos for your viewing pleasure. However, it is important to us that you realize that what you will see is in no way comparable to the experience of seeing these gems as they were intended to be seen: in a dark room, on a large screen, with a good sound system and, most importantly, with a roomful of warm, like-minded bodies.
However, we realize that the real thing isn’t very easy to get to. Most of us don’t live anywhere near theatres that show this kind of fare and very few of us can afford the hefty rental fees, not to mention the cumbersome equipment, to show these films. Thankfully, there is the internet which allows you to get a whiff of these films regardless of your geographical location.
We also realize that the films we are presenting are of poor quality. It’s not a bad thing; in fact, the best thing that can happen is that seeing a crummy shockwave file will make you want to make a trip to New York to the Anthology Film Archives or the Lux Cinema in London (or other places around the world showing similar fare). Next best case scenario will be that you will be enticed to purchase a high quality DVD from the noble folks trying to get these works out into the world. Believe me, they’re not doing it for the money.
Please support these filmmakers and their distributors by purchasing their films. Please support the presenters of these works by going to see them in theatres whenever you can. We’ve complied a list of places where you can see them and buy them:
Founded in 1962 and located in New York City, The Film-Maker’s Cooperative distributes more than 5,000 films in all gauges as well as videos:
Begun in 1961 as a screening series and established as a distributor in 1967, Canyon Cinema has more than 3500 films available for rent:
The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) has been Canada’s foremost non-commercial distributor of independent film since 1967:
The Lux Centre in London is the largest distributor of artist film in England and their site offers information about renting and buying films, as well as preservation tips for artists:
Founded in 1982 and located in Paris, Light Cone offers more than 2,300 films:
Chicago’s Video Data Bank has represented one of the major collections of video art in North America since 1976:
Established in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) represents 175 artists and offers for rent or for sale more than 3,000 works:
The following is a very short list of venues. For a more complete list , please consult:
Millennium Film Workshop (New York City)
San Francisco Cinematheque
Pacific Film Archive at the Berkeley Art Museum
Artists’ Television Access
Los Angeles Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum (Seattle)
Aurora Picture Show (Houston)
The Pleasure Dome (Toronto)
Image Forum (Tokyo)
Nova Cinema (Brussels, Belgium)
Other Film Festival (Australia)
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- Now in the spotlight: the Lightbox (theglobeandmail.com)
- Haifa Film Festival 2010: Press Conference with Barney’s Version’s Lead Paul Giamatti and Producer Robert Lantos (anyclip.com)
- stan vanderbeek at gwangju art biennale 2010 (designboom.com)
- Madison Public Library Foundation (mplfoundation.org)
- LATAURO DOES MIFF #3: Political Strife, Sex Dolls, And Godard’s Decline! (aintitcool.com)
- How to Cite Media (lib.berkeley.edu)
- New Wave Pioneer Aids an Accused Downloader (nytimes.com)
- Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Film Noir, Documentaries & More | Open Culture (openculture.com)
- You Can’t Disappear Anymore (rikrawling.wordpress.com)
- Jean Baudrillard and Le Système des objets (litteramedia.wordpress.com)