I had no idea a short movie of a cat bearing and then caring for kittens could be this good. It's something everyone with a cat (who hasn't been neutered)...
Meshes of the AfternoonOne of the most important films in the history of American avant-garde cinema, Maya Deren’s MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON is captivating and dream-like, filled with tinges of psychodrama, murder mystery, and film noir. In a seemingly ordinary Los Angeles home, the film’s...Subscribe to to watch now
At LandAT LAND begins at sea. In the film’s stunning opening sequence, a woman (played by filmmaker Maya Deren) emerges on shore, climbs up a pile of driftwood... and finds herself in the middle of a formal banquet. She then moves from lush, verdant jungles to seaweed-strewn beaches, stealing chess...Subscribe to to watch now
The Private Life of a CatToward the end of their marriage, filmmakers Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid collaborated on the remarkable short THE PRIVATE LIVE OF A CAT. As the film’s furry protagonists, identified only as “She” and “He,” gave birth to a litter of kittens (a process recorded in the film...Subscribe to to watch now
Ritual in Transfigured TimeElusive and enigmatic, RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME begins with its director, the avant-garde pioneer filmmaker Maya Deren, winding a seemingly endless skein of yarn. She is joined by a young woman (the Trinidadian dancer Rita Christiani, one of Deren’s closest friends) who is...Subscribe to to watch now
A Study in Choreography for Camera“If I did not live in a time when film was accessible to me as a medium, I would have been a dancer, perhaps, or a singer,” the filmmaker Maya Deren once said. “But this is a much more marvelous dance. In film, I can make the world dance!” After college, Deren landed her first...Subscribe to to watch now
Meditation on ViolenceHaunting Chinese flute and Haitian drums accompany a graceful, elegant dance performance by Chao-Li Chi in Maya Deren’s MEDITATION ON VIOLENCE. The film was released following the publication of her book, “An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film” (1947), and her winning the...Subscribe to to watch now
The Very Eye of NightA troupe of dancers is superimposed in negative over a starry night sky in Maya Deren’s last completed film, THE VERY EYE OF NIGHT. For this ambitious project, which she described as a danced version of “a voyage into the self” and yet another “choreography for camera,” Deren...Subscribe to to watch now
Divine HorsemenIn 1946, Maya Deren was the first filmmaker ever awarded an artistic Guggenheim grant. With the $3,000 prize money, she traveled to Haiti, a country she would visit four times and where she would spend a total of nearly two years. Deren was the first known white woman to became a high priestess...Subscribe to to watch now
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A master filmmaker delights us in a domestic scene of felines: love, birth, grooming, feeding, cleaning, walking, playing, drinking, relaxing.....ah.....
very stark and original, I think some unusual sound track might add to the dream quality even water lapping with some sparse percussion ?
This wonderful 1944 doc treats its subjects with such empathy and bonhomie that viewers can't help but share the filmmaker's affection for She and He as they nuzzle, lick, and...