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THE OOBIELAND SERIES
KEEPING THINGS WHOLE
THE ANIMAL
THE HOUSE WITHOUT STEPS
THE WINTER THERE WAS VERY LITTLE SNOW
LEAVING THE HARBOR
UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 1
UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 2
UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 3
UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 4
AND ALL THIS MADNESS
DOWN THE ROAD
07-08-09 COLLECTED WORKS
ALL THE DAYS OF THE YEAR
WALTER UNGERER AT THE SAINT LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER

Films


THE OOBIELAND SERIES

Introduction To Oobieland [Oobieland Part 1](1969) - 10 min.
Ubi Est Terram Oobiae? [Oobieland Part 2](1969) - 5 min.
Solstice [Oobieland Part 3](1971) - 35 min.
The Terrible Mother [Oobieland Part 4](1972) - 25 min.
Epilogue To Oobieland [Oobieland Part 5](1972) - 10 min.

Oobieland is a strange and magical place. Part One introduces us to what kind of place Oobieland might be. Part Two takes us to a television studio in New York City where we meet the Princess of Oobieland. Part Three takes us to the natural landscape of Oobieland with its inhabitants. Part Four presents us with the ritual where Mother Earth (The Terrible Mother) relinquishes her power to the new Terrible Mother. Part Five ends it with the roar of a lion. In the end we are left with the thought, Has Oobieland eluded us?


Some venues and awards:
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • Athens Film Society, Greece
  • Filmmuseum, The Netherlands
  • Foothill College Film Festival
  • Lichtmess Kino, Germany
  • Kommunales Kino, Germany

KEEPING THINGS WHOLE

Keeping Things Whole (1971) - 66 min.

Unlike the world wars and Korea, not many films have come out of the murderous fatigue of Viet Nam. Perhaps that's because it's not easy to make a film about a difficult, complicated war. Walter Ungerer set out to make a film about the decision facing a conscientious American youth when he is drafted. Arthur, the hero (played by Columbia University student Arthur Albert) is drafted and unsure of what to do. Slowly we are introduced to three sets of characters whose decisions ultimately determine the course of Arthur's resolution to his dilemma, and thus his life. First comes a group of non-Americans. Then a second group consisting of actual friends, family and acquaintances of Arthur the actor. Finally, the third group, an intriguing cross-section of Americans: teenie boppers, suburbanites, Green Berets, an artist and a Spanish American War vet. The final solution is brought about by bringing the non-Americans together in an auditorium, showing them all the previously shot footage and asking them to vote on what they think Arthur should do.


Some venues and awards:
  • Flaherty Film Seminars

THE ANIMAL

The Animal (1976) - 75 min.

A woman waits for a man at a deserted railroad station somewhere in northern New England. It is the middle of winter. Snow is falling. The two drive to a remote farmhouse. Later two strange children appear at the window, and an old woman summons them away. Isolation, then alienation overcome the couple. The woman has a dream which comes true. She disappears. Nothing is explained. Only footprints remain in the snow that covers the supernatural landscape.


Some venues and awards:
  • Anthology Film Archives
  • Athens International Film Festival, Best Feature
  • Florence International Film Festival
  • MoMA Cineprobe
  • Tours International Film Festival

THE HOUSE WITHOUT STEPS

The House Without Steps (1979) - 90 min.

On the surface this is a narrative film that focuses on the issue of conflicting values among people. As more and more big city folks move to the small farming communities of New England, and establish their urban ways of living, those ways sometimes conflict with the local folks with no desire for the values being imposed upon them. Underneath the surface the film is about an attractive woman, the men she attracts, and the turmoil that results.


Some venues and awards:
  • Athens International Film festival
  • MoMA Cineprobbe
  • Montreal International Film Festival
  • Tours International Film festival

THE WINTER THERE WAS VERY LITTLE SNOW

The Winter There Was Very Little Snow (1982) - 75 min.

The Winter There Was Very Little Snow is a visual mood poem using the barest narrative form to convey the feeling and time of crisis for a man in middle age. His marriage has collapsed. He is without a job. His father afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease, has just died. There is no reality, only an indistinguishable mixture of images and moments drawn from some space in time that could be his past, his present or his future.


Some venues and awards:
  • Merit Award, Athens International Film Festival
  • Critics' Choice Award, Atlantic Film & Video Festival, Canada
  • Bronze Award, Houston International Film Festival
  • MoMA Cineprobe

LEAVING THE HARBOR

Leaving The Harbor (1991) - 77 min.

Shot in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Montreal; the film follows filmmaker Guido Gruczeck as he begins to piece together his newest project. A film within a film. Leaving The Harbor illustrates how art immitates life, how everyday occurrences and conversations in Ungerer's life become scenes and dialogue for Gruczeck's film.


Some venues and awards:
  • Athens International Film Festival
  • MoMA Cineprobbe
  • Juror's Award, Black Maria Film Festival
  • New England Film festival

UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 1

The Tasmanian Devil (1965) - 21 min.
Meet Me, Jesus (1966) - 14 min.
A Lion's Tale (1968) - 14 min.
The Man With The Umbrella (1973) - 30 min.
I Anna, I Three (1989) - 10 min.
Ein Sonnige Und Ruhige Lage (1991) - 9 min.

This is a collection of early experimental shorts shot on 16mm film except I Anna, I Three, which was shot on 3/4 inch Umatic SP, and Ein Sonnige Und Ruhige Lage shot on VHS. The Tasmanian Devil is a documentary about the auto drag racing team of George Snizek and Charlie Dodge from Oceanside, Long Island, New York.


Some venues and awards:
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • Gate Theater, NYC
  • Hawaiian International Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Simon's Rock Showcase

UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 2

Birds 2/93 (1993) - 2 min.
Anna's Amazing Moving Animals (1994) - 2 min.
A Warm Day Comes After A Cold Winter (1995) - 6 min.
Relatives In X, Y, & Z (1996) - 5 min.
The Window (1997) - 4 min.
Once A Year For Seven Days (1998) - 17 min.
Lunch With Clara (1998) - 28 min.
Kingsbury Beach (1999) - 6 min.
Don't Mind The Man With The Camera (2001) - 27 min.

This is a collection of more recent experimental shorts all shot on VHS, miniDV, or created in the computer; where they were edited and manipulated with various computer software programs.


Some venues and awards:
  • 911 Media Arts, Seattle
  • Antimatter Festival, Canada
  • Atlantic Film & Video Festival
  • Euroshorts/3, Poland
  • Galleria Communale' Arte, Italy
  • Public Television Vermont

UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 3

Untitled 2.1.2 (2002) - 10 min.
The Awakening (2002) - 10 min.
Lesley's Song (2003) - 12 min.
91 Le Grand (2005) - 19 min.

These are four films using vastly different styles. Untitled 2.1.2 uses abstract, hardly recognizeable shapes and colors to create a person's emotions as they experience tension and chaos. The Awakening is shot in a straightforward almost documentary style to convey a person's spiritual birth. Lesley's Song mixes direct recording with fractured, contorted computer altered imagery. 91 Le Grand is a time-lapse recording from dawn to evening over several months of a winter, as seen from the interior of Ungerer's home.


Some venues and awards:
  • Black Maria Film & Video Festival
  • Brattleboro Museum
  • Euroshorts/3, Poland
  • Farnsworth Museum
  • Kommunales Kino, Germany
  • Lichtmess Kino, Germany

UNGERER-A COLLECTION-Volume 4

Random Bits Of Unknown Significance (2007) - 53 min.
A Week In Northern Germany (2007) - 30 min.

These are two films shot with an inexpensive digital still camera capable of shooting short video bursts. The inobtrusiveness of the camera afforded Ungerer the opportunity to record unguarded moments in people's lives. while he was on a trip through England, Germany, and Switzerland in 2006. The result was Random Bits Of Unknown Significance. Using the same camera, A Week In Northern Germany was shot in November of the following year while Ungerer was touring northern Germany doing film presentations.


Some venues and awards:
  • Kommunales Kino, Kiel, Germany
  • Lichtmess Kino, Hamburg, Germany
  • Warmbad, Rostock, Germany
  • IKUMO, Greifswald, Germany
  • Tabulos, Neubrandenburg, Germany

AND ALL THIS MADNESS

and all this madness (2003) - 79 min.

This is a documentary about the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack in New York City. It begins with an interview with an options trader at the American Stock Exchange describing his experience at the location close to the site during the attack. The film goes on with footage shot at the New York City site ten days after the tragedy occurred. It continues with interviews with people from Vermont (Ungerer was living in Vermont at the time) expressing their views about the reason for the attack. Vermonters represented the vast majority of the nation in that they only knew what had happened from the media news reports.


Some venues and awards:
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Center For Maine Contemporary Art
  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • College Of The Atlantic
  • Norwich University
  • Savoy Theater
  • T. W. Wood Art Center
  • University Of Vermont

DOWN THE ROAD

down the road (2005) - 94 min.

It is at once an experimental film and a documentary. It illuminates three difficult years in filmmaker Walter Ungerer's life: the sudden and painful end to a seventeen year marriage. In search of answers for the cause of his circumstances, he embarks on a series of interviews with people themselves afflicted with pain and suffering. Though a film about filmmaker Walter Ungerer at a particularly difficult time in his life, down the road is a journey we all take. It is a road we all travel as we face our own mortality.


Some venues and awards:
  • Nominated Best Feature, Best Editing; Syracuse International Film & Video Festival
  • Athens International Film & Video Festival

07-08-09 COLLECTED WORKS

Such As It Is (2007) - 14 min.
Epitaph (2008) - 10 min.
The Bird Feeders (2008) - 14 min.
Inalienable (2008) - 8 min.
The Salt Shaker And The Moon (2008) - 15 min.
Blue Parrot (2009) - 12 min.

This is a collection of works created between 2007 and 2009 using a digital still camera producing mpeg2 files. Ungerer began using such a camera in 2005 to produce Randon Bits Of Unknown Significance.


Some venues and awards:
  • Filmforum, Los Angeles
  • Echo Park Film Center

ALL THE DAYS OF THE YEAR

All The Days Of The Year (2010) - 67 min.

One place, a rock on a hill overlooking the ocean, is the spot where fourteen different shots (video clips) are recorded. The camera points in a direction and records for 10 seconds. The camera pivots a few degrees counterclockwise and records for 10 seconds. This process is repeated twelve more times, each time rotating a few more degrees counterclockwise before recording. When the cycle is completed the camera will be back at its first position and 14 ten second clips will have been recorded describing a 360 degree view from the central position of the rock. This process is repeated each day of the year from the same spot, sometimes at sunrise, sometimes during the day, sometimes at sunset, and sometimes at night. This film is a daily record of one year at Mount Battie, Maine. It is a record of the seasons, the changing light from dawn to evening, sunrise and sunset; the changing weather from bright sun to overcast skies, fog, rain and snow; and the changing visitors that come by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, car, truck and camper to make a pilgrimage to the mountain vista that overlooks a small harbor on the coast of Maine, the North Atlantic coastal islands, and the expansive Atlantic Ocean. They come to Mount Battie in peaceful revelry and recognition of a very special place.


Some venues and awards:
  • New Zealand Natural History Museum
  • Syracuse International Film Festival

WALTER UNGERER AT THE SAINT LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER

Green Eye(2012) - 6 min.
Parva Sed Apta Mihi(2012) - 17 min.
Clouds(2012) - 6 min.
Monarda(2010) - 10 min.
Blue Parrot(2009) - 12 min.
The Bird Feeders(2008) - 14 min.
Kingsbury Beach(1999) - 6 min.

This collection of films was shown at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine on January 29, 2012. Two films included in the program, are not on this DVD. They are SUCH AS IT IS and EPITAPH, and can be found on other DVDs listed here.


Some venues and awards:
  • Antimatter Film Festival
  • Atlanta Film & Video Festival
  • 1st Experimental Film Festival (2012), Portland, OR
  • Factory Art, Berlin, Germany
  • Alchemy Film And Moving Image Festival (2012), Scotland, UK