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Film, Video, & Streaming Media Collections: Experimental Films

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Experimental Films in our Collection

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Experimental Collection Highlights

Serene Velocity, Ernie Gehr, 1970

"Serene Velocity is a 1970 American experimental short film directed by Ernie Gehr. Gehr filmed it in the basement hallway of a Binghamton University academic building, using a static camera position and changing only the focal length of the camera." (“Serene Velocity.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 10 May 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serene_Velocity.)


Mothlight, Stan Brakhage​, 1963

Made without a camera, "Mothlight" was constructed by sandwiching moth wings, flowers and other organic matter between two strips of clear Mylar editing tape. This collage was then printed on 16mm film. The image, which rapidly flashes by, is regarded by the filmmaker to be, "as a moth might see from birth to death if black were white."