John O'Keefe's Adaptation of Walt Whitman's SONG OF MYSELF (2008)
Shadow & Light: The Life & Art of Elaine Badgley Arnoux (2009)
In the twilight of her years, Elaine Badgley Arnoux, eighty-two, works relentlessly creating both intimate portraits, and huge canvases documenting the political upheaval of our time. She uses her creativity to forge a greater understanding of herself and to inspire others to see their imperfections as a gift.
HD, color/sound, 28 minutes.
Internationally acclaimed playwright, director, and solo performer, John O'Keefe has adapted "Song of Myself" into a dramatic tour de force poised between a straight recitation and an imaginative interpretation. Walt Whitman celebrated the moment, the special grandeur of everyday life - of breathing, of being, of ordinary things. O'Keefe's performance captures the spirit and music of Whitman's words so that every image and nuance is viscerally immediate and easily accessible to the modern ear.
Digital Beta, color/sound, 50 minutes. Arianna’s Journey : a pilgrimage of faith (2007)
Arianna’s Journey: a pilgrimage of faith (2007) is the story of a woman who has the gift of healing, and her travels in pursuit of her spiritual destiny. Arianna lives outside Milan in the small town of Novara, where she was born. Her husband Carlo runs his father’s grocery store.
Since she was 14, Arianna has emanated heat from her hands. Her mother reports that, “sometimes she could even burn you if you touched her”. Not accepting any payment for her healing, Arianna works on people from near and far by laying her hands on them: “I interact with the soul, not with the body. The body is suffering when the soul is suffering.” In the most extreme form of this kind of healing, Arianna performs an exorcism on a local woman who is suffering from severe psychological problems. She explains that “Satan is not the rival of God, but he is helping on this earth to highlight human sins […] though he frightened me at first, I’m not afraid of him now, because I know that evil always brings good”.
Since the age of 6 Arianna has believed that she will give birth to the next Christ-consciousness. She says that she has no free will, and acts only upon an inner compass, through which God directs her journey.
These inner directives take her to ancient sacred caves in the Pyrenees; peyote fields in the high Mexican desert; and holy shrines in Israel and Palestine. The film is a meditation on the sublime and the mundane aspects of a modern day pilgrimage of faith..
Digital Beta, color/sound, 30 minutes.
Darryl Henriques Is In Show Business (2006)
People in the entertainment industry recognize Darryl Henriques as an immensely talented comedian. One who creates a unique and biting commentary on modern life. Yet, up until now he's been unable to break through and make a living as a performer. This is mostly because Darryl is driven to speak the truth, as he sees it, even when it conflicts with his ambitions.
All his life, Darryl has been caught between his desire for success and his need to challenge authority - both on and off stage. At times, Darryl deliberately alienates his audience with his improvised routines and then tries to win them back. Such theatrics give pause to the people who could help Darryl to become more of a commercial success.
This film is a portrait of an artist struggling to come to terms with his eccentricities as he attempts to gain access to a larger audience without compromising his spontaneity or the integrity of his humor.
with Peter Coyote, Ed Begley Jr., Paul Krassner, and Jeremy Larner. Producer/ Director William Farley
color, sound, 28 minutes.
The Stories (2005)
Like a Sufi tale The Stories conjures a profound situation and then undercuts it with an understand efficiency that jolts us into a moment of altered awareness. Urgently desiring an intimate connection with his dying parent, the son begs his father to talk, and in his desire to have an intimate moment with him, persists and enters into an exchange that results in an ironic encounter with reality.
35mm, color, sound, 5 minutes.
broke-REDUX (1995/ remastered 2004)
A short but timeless journey into the heart of the most complex obstacle standing in the way of ending homelessness: society's growing numbness to the problem of urban poverty. This film is anchored in the assumption that people have an innate ability to empathize with the struggles and hardships with the less fortunate, and that emotional understanding is the first step toward addressing homelessness and finding a solution. Music by Todd Boekelheide, performed by The Kronos Quartet.
16mm & 35mm, color, sound, 10 minutes.
The Old Spaghetti Factory (1999-2000)
Mal and Sandra Sharpe found a painting in an upscale Berkeley junk shop. They bought the colorful mural which was painted in 1963 and had once been on the wall of North Beach's Old Spaghetti Factory. The Sharpe's puzzled over the forty faces in the painting. With filmmaker William Farley they discovered that these people were writers, artists, poets, and performers at the heart of San Francisco's rich bohemian scene. This documentary is a record of what they found and captures the spirit of the Beat generation and the life of this unique night spot. A collaboration between William Farley, Sandra and Mal Sharpe.
Video/Beta SP, color, sound, 28 minutes.
Of Men and Angels (1989)
This film centers on one week in the lives of three strong willed individuals. Mike (Jack Byrne) is a taxi driver and unrequited Irish-American writer in the post-beat tradition. Mike lives with Maria (Theresa Saldana) a beautiful cultured Salvadorian who is carrying his child and expects him to live up to his responsibilities of fatherhood. When Irish literary maverick Padric Reilly (John Molloy) falls into their lives, the three are confronted with the struggle for control of their own dreams- and each other. Screenplay by Deborah Rogin, William Farley and Marjorie Berger.
35mm, color, sound, 88 minutes.
An affirmative view of life and death. The images are almost without exception from the nineteen fifties; a ship launching, a woman dancing, a tree falling, a train passing- impersonal subjects which none the less are icons and metaphors for our most personal thoughts. Image after image emerge from darkness and hurl us toward remembrances of the purity and conflict that are part of our collective experiences of being alive. Music by David Byrne.
16mm, black and white, sound, 7 minutes.
In Between The Notes (1985-86)
Pandit Pran Nath is the last Raga singer in a long line of North Indian vocal masters in the Kirana style of Indian classical music. This documentary follows Pran Nath back to India and traces his journey. Accompanied by his disciple the American avant-garde composer Terry Riley, the film celebrates the Indian musician's life and work. Produced by Jim Newman.
Video/Beta SP, color, sound, 28 minutes.
Become An Artist (1982)
A satire on television pitches, and how society sees the self-importance of artists. Featuring Father Guido Sarducci, from Saturday Night Live. A collaboration between Don Novello, George Manupelli and William Farley.
16mm, color, sound, 1 minute.
Citizen : I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away (1981-82)
This film follows a group of anonymous young people on an apparently random journey through a disjointed San Francisco cityscape. Along their travels they encounter a succession of madmen and eccentrics, portrayed by various West Coast performance artists, whose impassioned monologues and improvisations satirize the institutions of contemporary American society. Featuring: Stoney Burke, Bob Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg (in her first screen appearance), Darryl Henriques, Murray Korngold, Pons Maar, John O'Keefe and Michael Peppe.
16mm, color, sound, 75 minutes.
Made For Television (1981)
A dense assemblage of excerpts from television commercials juxtaposed to a soundtrack of extraordinary facts about human beings, the results of which presents a humorous and critical view of TV advertising manipulation.
16mm, color, sound, 5 minutes.
Marathain (1977-79/ remastered 2002)
Marathain is the Irish word for the act of surviving. I wandered around Ireland for two months searching for answers to my Irish heritage. The film weaves together found footage, interviews, and wildly unpredictable monologues into an impressionistic portrait of the Irish psyche.
16mm, color, sound, 30 minutes.
The Bell Rang To An Empty Sky (1976-77)
This film has taken one of the many tragedies buried in American history which befell the American Indian and through the voice of Dennis Banks, creates a tight and perceptive visual and aural telling and interpretation of the events. The selection of images, their iconography and meaning, effectively explored through juxtaposition, creates a powerful work. (John Hanhardt, Curator of Film and Video, Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.)
16mm, color, sound, 6 minutes.
A man sits drinking beer in front of his TV. The program that he occasionally glances at is a montage of popular culture images: old movies, commercials, and news clips. Accompanying the fleeting images is a loosely synchronous narrative on the evolution of man's belief systems. The man's behavior watching television becomes a commentary on contemporary culture; the relationship between public information and private consciousness, and the nature of reality.
16mm, color, sound, 10 minutes.
Sea Space (1972/remastered 1997)
This film documents a conversation I had with a fellow crew member aboard a cargo ship in the South China Sea. The story revolves around the actual confession from this seaman of his involvement in the accidental death of a group of Korean fisherman and his compliance in not trying to rescue them. The film is edited in a manner which allows the story to unfold without revealing the identity of the storyteller. Produced by Rick Schmidt and William Farley
16mm & 35mm, black and white, sound, 8 minutes.
35th New York Film Festival, New York, New York
46th International Mannheim Film Festival, Mannheim, Germany
Golden Knight Film Festival, Moscow, Russia
Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
International Film Forum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
Pacific Film Archives, University of California, Berkeley, California
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois
25th Festival of Nations, Linz, Austria
Film Arts Festival, San Francisco, California
International Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde, Portugal
Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, California
26th International Tampere Short Film Festival, Tampere, Finland
Black Maria Film/Video Festival, Jersey City, New Jersey
Accbank Dublin Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Cinematheque, San Francisco, California
Arteleku, San Sebastian, Spain
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, Ohio
Centro Gallego de Artes de Imagen, La Coruna, Spain
Conference on Visual Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kijkuis World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag, Spain
Bellevue Film Festival, Bellevue, Washington
Valencia Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain
Atlanta Independent Film and Video Festival, Atlanta, Georgia
Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, West Germany
Athens International Film Festival, Athens, Ohio
Cinegate Theater, London, England
Kenyon Film Festival, Kenyon, Ohio
Project Theater, Dublin, Ireland
Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Vanderbuild University, Nashville, Tennessee
West German Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, West Germany
Filmex, Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Hollywood, California
Habitat, United Nations Conference, Vancouver, Canada
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
5th Festival International Cinema in 16mm, Montreal, Canada
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
12th Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, Brooklyn, New York
International Leipzig Documentary and Short Film Festival, Leipzig, West Germany
San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, California
Amiens Film Festival, Amiens, France
Northwest Film Study Center, Portland, Oregon
Cork Film Festival, Cork, Ireland
Aspen Film Festival, Aspen, Colorado
International Festival of Documentary and short films of Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan
International Festival of Flanders/Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Onion City Film Festival, Evanston, Illinois
Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Australia
Media Study/Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
Pasadena Film Forum, Pasadena, California
Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, Washington
Wellington/Auckland Film Festival, Wellington/Auckland, New Zealand
Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, Illinois
I.A.C. International Film and Video Competition, London, England
Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland, Ohio
30th International Bonn Festival of Short Films, Bonn, West Germany
Denver International Film Festival, Denver, Colorado
International Film and Video Festival, Lucerne (VIPER) Lucerne, Switzerland
New Directors/New Films, Lincoln Center, New York, New York
International Film Festival van Antwepen, Antwepen, Belgium
Santa Fe Film Exposition, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Amsterdam Institute of Film & Television, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Houston International Film Festival, Houston, Texas
Cannes International Film Festival Market, Cannes, France
Boston Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts
Seventh International Biennial of Humour and Satire, Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Film in the Cities, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Neighborhood Film Project, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Deaville Festival of American Cinema, Deaville, France
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Florence, Italy
Florence International Festival of Independent Cinema, Florence, Italy
Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, New York, New York
Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York
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