TABLE OF CONTENTS

PRINT January 1973

Brakhage Filmography

This filmography was compiled by Joyce Rheuban in consultation with Stan Brakhage, who has suggested that film titles appear in upper case with several exceptions which appear in the text as Brakhage has requested. Running times listed for 8mm films are approximate since speed of projection varies. Quotation marks around the title of a film indicate the film was not completed as such.

1952: INTERIM 16mm 25 min B&W music by James Tenney

1953: UNGLASSED WINDOWS CAST A TERRIBLE REFLECTION 16mm 35 min silent B&W

1953: THE BOY AND THE SEA 16mm 2 min silent B&W lost; portrait of son of Brakhage’s employer, Mr. Bogner; first film photographed by Brakhage

1954: DESISTFILM 16mm 7 min B&W sound by Stan Brakhage

1954: THE EXTRAORDINARY CHILD 16mm 10 min silent B&W

1954: THE WAY TO SHADOW GARDEN 16mm 10 min B&W sound by Stan Brakhage

1955: Untitled film of Geoffrey Holder’s wedding 16mm color
wedding gift from Maya Deren to Geoffrey Holder; Stan Brakhage and Larry Jordan made film of wedding at Maya Deren’s invitation, told to be “as free as possible”

1955: IN BETWEEN 16mm 10 min color music by John Cage

1955: REFLECTIONS ON BLACK 16mm 12 min B&W sound by Stan Brakhage

1955: THE WONDER RING 16mm 4 min silent color
theme suggested by Joseph Cornell, film photographed by Brakhage also became Cornell’s Gnir Rednow

1955: “TOWER HOUSE” 16mm 10 min silent color
film photographed by Brakhage for Joseph Cornell became Cornell’s Centuries of June

1956: ZONE MOMENT 16mm 3 min silent color lost

1956: FLESH OF MORNING 16mm 25 min sound B&W

1956: NIGHTCATS 16mm 8 min silent color

1957: DAYBREAK and WHITEYE 16mm 8 min sound B&W

1957: LOVING 16mm 6 min silent color

1958: ANTICIPATION OF THE NIGHT 16mm 42 min silent color

1959: WEDLOCK HOUSE: AN INTERCOURSE 16mm 11 min silent B&W

1959: WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING 16mm 12 min silent color

1959: CAT’S CRADLE 16mm 5 min silent color

1959: SIRIUS REMEMBERED 16mm 12 min silent color

1960: THE DEAD 16mm 11 min silent color

1961: THIGH LINE LYRE TRIANGULAR 16mm 5 min silent color

1961: FILMS BY STAN BRAKHAGE: AN AVANTGARDE HOME MOVIE 16mm 5 min silent color

1962: BLUE MOSES 16mm 11 min sound B&W

1962: SILENT SOUND SENSE STARS SUBOTNICK AND SENDER 16mm 2 min B&W lost; attempt to create sound with silent film

1963: OH LIFE—A WOE STORY—THE A TEST NEWS 16mm 5 min silent B&W

1963: “MEAT JEWEL” 16mm color silent film incorporated into DOG STAR MAN: PART II

1963: MOTHLIGHT 16mm 4 min silent color

1961–64: DOG STAR MAN

1961: PRELUDE: DOG STAR MAN 16mm 25 min silent color

1962: DOG STAR MAN: PART I 16mm 35 min silent color

1963: DOG STAR MAN: PART II 16mm 7 min silent color

1964: DOG STAR MAN: PART Ill 16mm 11 min silent color

1964: DOG STAR MAN: PART IV 16mm 5 min silent color

1961–65: THE ART OF VISION 16mm 270 min silent color
incorporates DOG STAR MAN

1965: THREE FILMS includes BLUE WHITE, BLOOD’S TONE, VEIN 16mm 10 min silent color

1965: FIRE OF WATERS 16mm 10 min sound B&W

1965: PASHT 16mm 5 min silent color

1965: TWO: CREELEY/McCLURE 16mm 5 min silent color
also incorporated in 15 SONG TRAITS

1965: BLACK VISION 16mm 3 min silent B&W

1968: THE HORSEMAN, THE WOMAN, AND THE MOTH 16mm 19 min silent color

1968: LOVEMAKING 16mm 36 min silent color

1964–69 SONGS

1964: SONG 1 8mm 4 min silent color

1964: SONGS 2 and 3 8mm 7 min silent color

1964: SONG 4 8mm 5 min silent color

1964: SONG 5 8mm 6 min silent color

1964: SONGS 6 and 7 8mm 6 min silent color

1964: SONG 8 8mm 5 min silent color

1965: SONGS 9 and 10 8mm 9 min silent color

1965: SONG 11 8mm 5 min silent color

1965: SONG 12 8mm 5 min silent B&W

1965: SONG 13 8mm 5 min silent color

1965: SONG 14 8mm 5 min silent color

1965: 15 SONG TRAITS 8mm 47 min silent color

1965: SONG 16 8mm 7 min silent color

1965: SONGS 17 and 18 8mm 8 min silent color

1965 SONGS

19 and 20 8mm 14 min silent color

1965: SONGS 21 and 22 8mm 10 min silent color

1966–67: 23rd PSALM BRANCH 8mm 100 min silent color
1966: Part I
1967: Part II and Coda

1967: SONGS 24 and 25 8mm 10 min silent color 81

1968: SONG 26 8mm 8 min silent color

1968: MY MOUNTAIN SONG 27 8mm 26 min silent color

1969: SONG 27 (Part II) RIVERS 8mm 36 min silent color

1969: SONG 28 8mm 4 min silent color

1969: SONG 29 8mm 4 min silent color

1969: AMERICAN 30’s SONG 8mm 30 min silent color

1969: WINDOW SUITE OF CHILDREN’S SONGS 8mm 24 mm silent color

1969: NUPTIAE 16mm 14 min color
collaboration with James Broughton; music by Lou Harrison

1967–70: SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD
1967: SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD: SECTION NO. 1 16mm 30 min sound color
1969: SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD: SECTION NO. 2 16mm 40 min silent color
1969: SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD: SECTION NO. 3 16mm 27ó min silent color
1970: SCENES FROM UNDER CHILDHOOD: SECTION NO. 4 16mm 46 min silent color

1970: THE WEIR-FALCON SAGA 16mm 29 min silent color

1970: THE MACHINE OF EDEN 16mm 11 min silent color

1970: THE ANIMALS OF EDEN AND AFTER 16mm 35 min silent color

1970: SEXUAL MEDITATION NO. 1: MOTEL 8mm 6 min silent color

1971: eyes 16mm 35ó min silent color

1971: DEUS EX 16mm 33. min silent color

1971: The Act of Seeing with one’s own eyes 16mm 32 min silent color

1971: FOX FIRE CHILD WATCH 16mm 3 min silent color

1971: ANGELS’ 16mm 2 min silent color

1971: DOOR 16mm 1. min silent color

1971: WESTERN HISTORY 16mm 8. min silent color

1971: THE TRIP TO DOOR 16mm 12. min silent color

1971: SEXUAL MEDITATION: ROOM WITH VIEW 16mm 3 min silent color

1971: THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM 16mm 7. min silent color

1972: EYE MYTH 16mm 190 frames silent color begun in 1968 as sketch for THE HORSEMAN, THE WOMAN, AND THE MOTH

1972: SEXUAL MEDITATION: FAUN’S ROOM YALE 16mm 2 min silent color

1972: SEXUAL MEDITATION: OFFICE SUITE 16mm 3 min silent color

1972: THE PROCESS 16mm 8 min silent color

1972: THE RIDDLE OF LUMEN 16mm 13 1/2 min silent color

1972: The Shores of Phos: a fable 16mm 10 min silent color

1972: SEXUAL MEDITATION: HOTEL 16mm 5 min silent color

1972: THE PRESENCE 16mm 2 1/2 min silent color

1972: THE WOLD-SHADOW 16mm 2 1/2 min silent color

Commercial work

“I never made any aesthetic discoveries in commercial work. I made technical discoveries. Commercials were my technical school.”

1957: Martin Missil Quarterly Reports (Hughes Sound Films)

1958: “Opening” for G.E. Television Theatre (On Film Co., Princeton, New Jersey) 30 sec

1959: Untitled film on Pittsburgh (On Film Co.) 35mm 45 min with Len Lye, Gene Smith, Stan Vanderbeek, Weegee; Brakhage under pseudonym James Stanley

1961: The Colorado Legend and The Ballad of the Colorado Ute 16mm color for the State of Colorado

1962: Mr. Tomkins Inside Himself 16mm color collaboration with George Gamow; scientific educational film; provided material for physiological film in DOG STAR MAN equipment, microscopes, technical assistance

1963–65: Film on Mt. Rushmore, Part II Film on Korczak Ziolkowski B&W
Film on Chief Sitting Bull B&W
(Naumon’s Films)
Series of short television spots for Rural Electric of Dakota

Other commercial projects not listed are numerous television commercials. Included among these are ads for Scott Toilet Tissue which “involved light in a primary way,” and ads in which Brakhage first employed the use of extreme slow motion on fabric to suggest softness.

Brakhage classifies all commercial work as “ways of making a living and attempts to do something as art . . . mish-mashes . . . which were worse than straight commercials.”

1954: Brakhage appears as actor in Larry Jordan’s Trumpet.

1958: Brakhage appears as actor in Larry Jordan’s One Romantic Venture of Edward

Most 16mm films in FILMOGRAPHY are available for rental from:

Film-Makers’ Cooperative
175 Lexington Avenue New York, New York 10016
and
Canyon Cinema Cooperative
Room 220
Industrial Center Building
Sausalito, California 94965

The SONGS and several other Brakhage films are available for sale in 8mm from:
Stan Brakhage
Box No. 6
Rollinsville, Colorado 80474