Court Tree Films presents HISTORY and PRESENCE Cinema Séance #4 curated by Mark Street.

These films weave their way from optical journeys through the past to the doors of the church of what’s happening right now. All on 16mm. 1 hour TRT.


Fever , Paula Froehle, sound, 1998 6m

A child’s fever rips the world asunder .

Heterodyne Hollis Frampton ,silent, 1967, 7 m

“Geometric animation made entirely by sculptural methods: cutting, punching, welding colored leader.”

Information Hollis Frampton, silent, 1966, 4m

“Hypothetical ‘first film’ for a synthetic tradition constructed from scratch on reasonable principles, given: 1) camera; 2) rawstock; 3) a single bare lightbulb.”

Optic Nerve Barbara Hammer, sound, 1985 16.5 m

“The sense of sight becomes a constantly evolving process of reseeing images retrieved from the past and fused into the eternal present of the projected image.”

Farmer’s Almanac Mark Street, silent, 1999 2m

3 shots (starting with a snowstorm on Court Street) arranged in a helium haiku.

3part Remix:  composition in RGB #2 Amanda Christie, sound 2015, 6m

Images from an experimental dance film manipulated in real time improvisation with optics and prisms.

v=d/t Amanda Christie, sound, 2008, 7m.

A handmade film using contact and optical printing as well as chemical manipulations that explore the possibility of measuring distances between loved ones through time zones.

Fallen Flags ,Amanda Christie, sound, 2007, 8m.
Images of trains and underwater footage explore the realms of fear, death and transience.

Knowledge of Good and Evil, Amanda Christie, silent, 2005, 1m

An abstract exploration of the tension surrounding women and stereotypical representations of their knowledge.