My Favourite Experimental/Avant-Garde Short Films

5. WVLNT (Wavelength For Those Who Don't Have the Time) (2003) - Michael Snow

9. Search Engine (2007), 7. Out Demons Out (2007)

10 . Paul B. Davis - umbrella zombie mistake (2007)

10. Ronald McDonald Insanity

Must Watch:

Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie.

Missing from IMDb:

RED-DANCE - Chris Lake - http://vimeo.com/136630873

Memories of Paintings - Thomas Blanchard - http://vimeo.com/160978792

There is Nothing - david earle

agamemnon counterpart - http://youtu.be/ZqzESY7SIqU

HAND THING - Eric Fournier - http://youtu.be/NtSgWZbL_kE

Commercial Break (2011) - Marilyn Minter - http://www.ubu.com/film/minter_gcp.html

Cheryl Donegan - Head (1993)

Chris Burden - TV Commercials

Yoann Hervo

Morgan Beringer - Abstraction 49





Matt Caron - Datamoshed Wrecking Ball Parody (2012)
http://vimeo.com/87545616

George Barber - Absence of Satan (1985)

Mark Leckey - Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999), Cinema in the Round (2007), and Pearl Vision (2012).
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1.
Outer Space (1999 Short Film)
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A premonition of a horror film, lurking danger: A house - at night, slightly tilted in the camera's view... (10 mins.)
 
2.
Ménilmontant (1926 Short Film)
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A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways. (38 mins.)
 
3.
Berlin Horse (1970 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
 
4.
Lapis (1966 Short Film)
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Mathematically precise early computer-aided animated piece based around the meditative-like inward and outward flow of images of the mandala. (10 mins.)
Director: James Whitney
 
5.
Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969 Short Film)
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Experimental short, featuring strobe-like erotic imagery with several shots of the Rolling Stones in performance and an original synthesizer score by Mick Jagger. (12 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Anger
 
6.
Thanatopsis (1962 Short Film)
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Introducing some innovative film techniques, Emshwiller won a Special Award at the Brussels Experimental... (5 mins.)
Director: Ed Emshwiller
 
7.
Dimensions of Dialogue (1983 Short Film)
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A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. 'Factual Discussion' depicts three heads (made up of fruit... (12 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
8.
Glass Jaw (1991 Video)
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(20 mins.)
 
9.
The Petrified Dog (1948 Short Film)
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A number of scenes are cut and assembled together to explore the meaning and interpretation of art. (18 mins.)
Director: Sidney Peterson
 
10.
The Starfish (1928 Short Film)
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Two people stand on a road, out of focus. Seen distorted through a glass, they retire upstairs to a bedroom where she undresses... (21 mins.)
Director: Man Ray
 
11.
Locomotion (1975 Short Film)
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(15 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Jones
 
12.
The Chickening (2015 Short Film)
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A spoof of the The Stanley Kubrick movie the Shining (5 mins.)
 
13.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
14.
The Cut Ups (1966 Short Film)
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(19 mins.)
Director: Antony Balch
 
15.
Manufraktur (1985 Short Film)
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A tangled network woven with tiny particles of movements broken out of found footage and compiled anew: the elements of the "to the left... (3 mins.)
 
16.
Metachaos (2010 Video)
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(8 mins.)
 
17.
Punch and Judy (1966 Short Film)
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Two puppets, Punch and Joey, do battle to the death over the custody of a live guinea pig. (10 mins.)
Director: Jan Svankmajer
 
18.
Offon (1967 Short Film)
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The human eye, the human form, the human face: these are the three central images of this avant-garde... (9 mins.)
Director: Scott Bartlett
 
19.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
20.
A Movie (1958 Short Film)
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Clips of atomic explosions, pornography, and B-movies are spliced together to evoke certain emotions. (12 mins.)
Director: Bruce Conner
 
21.
Neighbours (1952 Short Film)
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A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower. (8 mins.)
Director: Norman McLaren
 
22.
Pull My Daisy (1959 Short Film)
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Milo is a railroad brakeman, his wife a painter. They have some poet friends who spend a good bit of time hanging out at their apartment... (30 mins.)
 
23.
Der Lauf der Dinge (1987 Documentary)
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Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items... (30 mins.)
 
24.
The Girl Chewing Gum (1976 Short Film)
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A short film in which a director's voice appears to be directing all the action on a busy London street. (12 mins.)
Director: John Smith
 
25.
T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1969 Short Film)
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A subversive experimental short film in which the word "Destroy" is uttered constantly while images on an individual are show with changes colors and the letters T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G displayed. (12 mins.)
Director: Paul Sharits
 
26.
Sock 5: Three Skins Without Men (2012 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: David Firth
 
27.
Copy Shop (2001 Short Film)
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Wordless story about a man who awakes in his bed wearing his clothes (including a check vest). He rises... (12 mins.)
Director: Virgil Widrich
 
28.
Black and White Trypps Number Three (2007 Short Film)
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The transformation of a rock audience's collective freak-out into a trance ritual of the highest spiritual order. (11 mins.)
Director: Ben Russell
 
29.
In the Street (1948 Documentary)
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Images of street life in New York's Spanish Harlem during the 1940s. (16 mins.)
 
30.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943 Short Film)
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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen. (14 mins.)
 
31.
Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966 Short Film)
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A independent director is faced with artistic difficulty when he asks his actresses to show nudity. (17 mins.)
Director: George Kuchar
 
32.
Duo Concertantes (1964 Short Film)
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An experimental film which overlays images of a woman looking out a doorway with footage of a sea coast and cliffs. (9 mins.)
Director: Larry Jordan
 
33.
Tootsies in Autumn (1963 Short Film)
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An experimental short by Mike Kuchar in which aging actors and actresses practice their craft. (12 mins.)
Director: Mike Kuchar
 
34.
Death in the Forenoon (1966 Short Film)
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An experimental short by Jerome Hill in which footage of a bullfight is painted on the film. (2 mins.)
Director: Jerome Hill
 
35.
Schwechater (1958 Short Film)
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A short film originally intended to be a commercial for Schwechater Beer, but along the way it morphed into something completely different. (1 mins.)
Director: Peter Kubelka
 
36.
A Colour Box (1935 Short Film)
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Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film. (3 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
 
37.
The Reflecting Pool (1979 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
Director: Bill Viola
 
38.
The Big Shave (1968 Short Film)
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In the process of shaving, a young man cuts himself. A lot. (6 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
39.
The Black Tower (1987 Short Film)
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(23 mins.)
Director: John Smith
 
40.
The Grandmother (1970 Short Film)
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A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother. (34 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
41.
Camera (2000 Short Film)
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While a veteran actor laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it. (6 mins.)
 
42.
Dog of Man (2008 Short Film)
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A man has no friends while his houseplant is full of buds (friends.) He does get a dog, who thinks if the man can grow something... (4 mins.)
Director: David Firth
 
43.
Crooked Rot (2008 Short Film)
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(4 mins.)
Director: David Firth
 
44.
Take This Pill (Health Reminder: Lesson 2) (2011 Short Film)
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A black comedy about how the medical system disregard people's pain, over-prescribe drugs that aren't fully tested, and blame the patients for not getting better.
Director: David Firth
 
45.
Health Reminder (2007 Short Film)
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A black sarcastic look at drugs, the prescription kind, and their over-presence in medical practice The 1st installment of the Health Reminder series.
Director: David Firth
 
46.
A Black and White Cartoon About Berries (2005 Short Film)
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Director: David Firth
 
47.
The Child That Smelt Funny (2005 Short Film)
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Director: David Firth
 
48.
Studie II: Hallucinationer (1952 Short Film)
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A short film comprised of twelve scenes derived from group of drawings. (5 mins.)
Director: Peter Weiss
 
49.
Holding the Viewer (1993 Short Film)
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(1 mins.)
Director: Tony Hill
 
50.
The Nest (2013 Short Film)
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An interview between a doctor and a patient who is convinced that a nest of bugs is growing in her breast. (9 mins.)
 
51.
Marvo Movie (1967 Short Film)
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(5 mins.)
Director: Jeff Keen
 
52.
Collision (2005 Short Film)
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Islamic patterns and American quilts and the colors and geometry of flags as an abstract field of reflection. (2 mins.)
Director: Max Hattler
 
53.
Color Cry (1952 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
 
54.
Recreation (1956 Short Film)
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An experimental short film from Robert Breer utilizing various colors and light. (2 mins.)
Director: Robert Breer