Peter Tscherkassky NEW DVD Attractions, Instructions and Other Romances


I am pleased to announce the release of my second Index-DVD:

Peter Tscherkassky
Attractions, Instructions and Other Romances

containing the following films:

Coming Attractions (2010)
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (2005)
Nachtstück [Nocturne] (2006)
Happy-End (1996)
Parallel Space: Inter-View (1992)
Shot – Countershot (1987)
Erotique (1982)
Bonus-Track: Ballett 16 (1984)

Index DVD 040 - Pal / no regional code

(A link leading to two excerpts from Coming Attractions can be found at the bottom of this e-mail.)

Once again available:

Peter Tscherkassky
Films from a Dark Room

has also been recently released, in its third Index-DVD edition.

Index DVD 008 - Pal / no regional code

Both DVDs are available at Index as well as specialized retail venues.

I take this opportunity to draw renewed attention to the following publications:

Peter Tscherkassky (ed.),
Film Unframed. A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema

Vienna: FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen/sixpackfilm, 2012.

This book presents the first comprehensive history of Austrian avant-garde film in English. *

World distribution: Columbia University Press – Wallflower
Available in bookstores, via Amazon
the Austrian Film Museum
and at Columbia University Press

Maximiliano Cruz, Sandra Gómez, Moisés Cosío (eds.),
Desde el cuarto oscuro. El cine manufracturado de Peter Tscherkassky /
From a Dark Room. The Manufractured Cinema of Peter Tscherkassky
Mexico City: Interior 13, Alumnos 47, 2012.

A bilingual, Spanish/English book, that includes a previously unpublished essay by Tom Gunning.

Other recent publications include:

Manuel Zahn,
Ästhetische Film-Bildung. Studien zur Materialität und Medialität filmischer Bildungsprozesse [German] Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2012.

The chapter entitled “Spurenlese der Materialität, Performativität und Zeitlichkeit des Films” is dedicated to an analysis of several of my dark room films (pp. 115–169).

Available in bookstores and via Amazon

An exquisite study by Patrick Dorner in German:

Patrick Dorner,
Charakteristika des Avantgarde- und Experimentalfilms in Österreich: Die Arbeit des Filmemachers und Filmwissenschaftlers Peter Tscherkassky Munich: Grien Verlag, 2011.

Available in bookstores and via Amazon

Massimiliano Fierro,
Tra le immagini. Per una teoria dell’intervallo [Italian]
Alessandria: Edizioni Falsopiano, 2012. ISBN 978-88-89782-82-8.
Rough translation: Between the Images. Toward a Theory of the Interval. The last third of this book is dedicated to an analysis of my films Outer Space, Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine, and Coming Attractions.
Excerpts can be found at where the book is also available for purchase.

And now, the BONUSTRACK OF THE DAY, especially presented for your mixing and drinking pleasure, plus two chapters from Coming Attractions, as a sample taste of the new DVD – check it out:

* As the esteemed David Bordwell

“It is a country, culturally speaking, that respects its avant-garde filmmakers, present, past, and future,” writes Adrian Martin. He’s describing Austria, from which comes the magnificent volume Film Unframed: A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema. Peter Tscherkassky, a major filmmaker himself, has created a collection that manages to be at once sweeping and in-depth. Many of us (but not enough) know work of the “old” masters Peter Kubelka and Kurt Kren, but this anthology skips back to the early 1950s. There we find artists like Kurt Steinwendner, whose Der Rabe (The Raven, 1951) looks to be a stark exercise in neo-Expressionism, done to electronic music.

As the chapters move toward the present, some names and films were familiar to me, most were not, but all emerged as intriguing and provocative. The diverse directions of experimentation are traced by some of our best writers (Maureen Turim, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Steve Anker, Andréa Picard, and Christoph Huber, among others). The hefty volume is filled out with color photographs and many pages of -graphies: bio-, filmo-, and biblio-.

Martin’s foreword, from which my initial quotation comes, sets the stage for a comprehensive reappraisal of this major tradition. We have to thank the film collective sixpackfilm and the Austrian Film Museum, which has become a leader in publishing books and DVD editions that mightily expand our horizons. Thanks also to the government subsidies that allow the book to be available at a very decent price. Next up, one hopes: A big fat DVD compilation.”

And finally a list of prizes awarded to the films included in the new DVD Attractions, Instructions and Other Romances:

Parallel Space: Inter-View
First Prize, Cat. Exp. Film, at the Miami Film Festival 1995 (USA)
Award of the Catholic Film Commission at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 1996 (Germany)

Isabella Liddell Art Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival 1997 (USA)

Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine
Gran Premio Experimental of the Festival Vila do Conde 2005 (Portugal)
Main Award of the Festival at the International Film Festival 25fps Zagreb 2005 (Croatia)
Gecko Jury Award at CinemaTexas 2005 (USA)
Honorable Mention at Media City Festival of Experimental Film and Video Art 2006, Windsor (Canada)
Director’s Choice Award at Black Maria Film and Video Festival 2006 (USA)
Mention spéciale du jury at Festival International du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand 2006 (France)
Second Prize, Cat. Long Films, at Florida Film & Video Festival FLEX 2006, Gainesville (USA)
Grand Prize of the International Holland Animation Film Festival 2006 (Netherlands)

Coming Attractions
Premio Orizzonti for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival – 67th Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica di Venezia 2010 (Italy)
Best Short Film of the 48th Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón 2010 (Spain)
Honorable Mention at Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival 2010 (Brazil)
Best Austrian Film of Vienna Independent Shorts Festival VIS 2011 (Austria)