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In memoriam WERNER NEKES (1944–2017),

long-time doyen of German experimental film, we re-publish the first-ever documentation about Werner Nekes and his work, free to download here. Originally published by Studienkreis Film of Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 1974, it contains descriptions, published articles, and information about structures up to single-frame analyses of all of Nekes’ films from Tom Doyle and Eva Hesse (1965) to DIWAN (1973). The documentation also contains a couple of original contributions (Klaus Wyborny, Jean-Marie Straub, Paul Sharits) and essays about experimental film and art, political implications of cinematographic aesthetics, and assumptions about speeding up of information.

Spoiler: almost everything is in German…

Due to the contemporary low-quality reproduction of film stills, we hope to be able to offer new stills transfers here within the next couple of days. So stay tuned to your friendly Red Avocado Film…

Jordan Belson: 5 Essential Films

jbcover1DVD (NTSC) / Region Code 0 / Color, Sound / 24.90 €

The commendable compilation as issued by the Centre for Visual Music, Los Angeles

Jordan Belson is the last of the great masters of the California Visual Music artists, which included Oskar Fischinger, Harry Smith and James Whitney… More …

AV05 Christoph Janetzko: Lowlands

AV05 / Region Code 0 / SlimCase / € 15.00

Produced with generous assistance of Nordmedia Hannover

Total DVD running time: 123 mins

av05-dvd470Christoph Janetzko is one of the most important German filmmakers of the post-iconic era. This collection is the first-ever reproduction of his films on DVD.

35 years of filmmaking. Of struggling, of not succumbing. Of resisting, of fighting, of succeeding. In short: a working life of highest artistic integrity. A working life of films not about art but films as art “Experimental films are narrative as well. They tell stories about time and space.” (Janetzko). More …

Phillip Noyce – Backroads to Hollywood (by Ingo Petzke)

Hard cover / 402 p, 28 photographs, CD-ROM / Sydney 2004, ISBN 1-4050-3595-1

Originally A$45.00 – Amazon offers for US$83.00 – our price €25.00 incl VAT + postage!

Outside our “normal” line of products we offer this authorised biography of Australian-born Hollywood director Phillip Noyce – his only biography so far. The book was never published outside Australia – we offer while our limited stocks – brand new – last. More …

AV03 Kurt Schwerdtfeger (Bauhaus Weimar): Reflektorische Farblichtspiele

AV03 / Region Code 0 / SlimCase / € 15.00

German with English subtitles. Produced with generous assistance of Nordmedia Hannover

av03-dvd-150Though the Bauhaus wasn’t directly involved in all art forms, it definitely exerted interesting impulses nevertheless. A particular point in case is Kurt Schwerdtfeger’s 1922 Reflektorische Farblichtspiele [Reflecting Colour-Light-Play]. Originally conceived as a play for one of the famous Bauhaus Lantern Festivals, it premiered at the Kandinsky home and kind of revolutionised the spatial aspect of 20th century sculpture. At the same time it equals the German abstract films of the early 1920s and is a predecessor of performance art, light shows and expanded cinema. Consequently, the Play was re-discovered and re-staged in the 1960s and has been in demand ever since. More …

The Art of Personal Filmmaking

In addition to the release of the Bastian Clevé-DVD Journeys, we are glad to present the interview from the bonus documentary in plain text form. More …

AV02 Bastian Clevé: Journeys

For private home use only! For other uses, please, get in contact.

AV02 / Region Code 0 / SlimCase / € 15.00
also available: Streaming as VOD

“What lies beyond  reality? Are there ways to take different approaches? Can I visualize things which do not exist in the material world? Can I create visual music and compose with light, imagery, color and shapes which are not animated but are to be found in reality? Can I create imagery the way musical composers create symphonies? Those were the questions I asked myself once I had seen enough “Hollywood”-type movies.

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Stop Press: Bastian Clevé – Journeys

We stopped the press indeed as we just re-discovered a doco from 1983 which we simply HAVE to include as bonus on the DVD. More …

AV01 Paul Winkler: Australian Icons

For private home use only! For other uses, please, get in contact.

AV01 / Region Code 0 / SlimCase / 15.00 €
also available: Streaming as VOD

“Filmmaking has always been a journey into the unknown for me. Each new film demands its own trajectory. I might start with a particuliar idea and than after the first 100 feet of exposed film comes back, the imagines tell me which way to go or not to go.

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Welcome to Red Avocado Film

Films as rare as red avocados
– no matter if you call them Experimental or Avant-garde

We are producing and distributing experimental films on DVD – worldwide and at reasonable prices.

We aim to provide DVD editions of exceptional films not to be found anywhere else – films literally as rare as red avocados. We release DVDs by a wide range of internationally acknowledged filmmakers and spanning decades of inspired work.

First releases will be:

AV01 Paul Winkler (Australia): Australian Icons (1977-1998)
AV02 Bastian Clevé (Germany/USA): Journeys (1976-1980)
AV03 Ingo Petzke (Germany): Northern Lights (1975-1984)
AV04 Christoph Janetzko (Germany/USA): Early Masters (1979-1986)

All prices quoted are for private home use only! For other uses , please, get in contact.

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