Alice Anne Parker’s students in the first year Humanities class at the San Francisco Art Institute step before the camera and introduce themselves one by one.
Although Alice Anne Parker (aka Anne Severson) only made six films between 1969 and 1974, her small collection of works left their mark on feminism, discussions about gender and how people react to the nude body, and 20th-century experimental film history.
A short, hilarious film of a woman and a man in various stages of undress – in their own and each other's clothing. You in your clothes. Me in my clothes. You in my clothes. Me in your underpants. You in nothing. Me in your clothes. You in my underwear. Me in nothing. You in your underpants. Me in my underwear. You in nothing. Me in nothing. You in your clothes. Me in my clothes.
In Myself When Fourteen that was made in collaboration with the Cantrills’ autistic painter son Ivor, the colours begin to dance to Chris Knowles’ music. The filmmaker reminisces about being 14 and describes the rotoscoping process.
Water Motor depicts the eponymous choreography by American dancer Trisha Brown performing this work twice, with one take at regular speed and the other in slow motion.
An essay film made entirely out of 8mm home movies of Iranian people, Subtotals is a meditation on the uncertainties of a life that doesn’t hand you any bills.
A filmic fragment shot during a women’s sex party in the punk and squatter scene of the 80’s, Sexparty works both as testament to the struggle for sexual liberation, as well as testimony of the precariousness of queer culture.
In this video and audio collage, compiled where Heller was living during lockdown, snatches of English and German share the space with remembered or re-discovered Swahili. A poetic reminder that a mother tongue is the one where the individual feels most at home in.