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  • Meet Marlon Brando

    Episode 1

    Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin • 1966 • United States
    Starring Marlon Brando, Rex Morgan, Mary Frann

    MEET MARLON BRANDO is a delightful, unusually candid portrait of the legendary actor during a tongue-in-cheek confrontation with the press. While television journ...

  • Tongues Untied

    Episode 2

    Directed by Marlon Riggs • 1989 • United States

    Marlon Riggs’s landmark documentary uses poetry, personal testimony, rap, and performance (featuring poet Essex Hemphill and others) to describe the homophobia and racism faced by Black gay men. The stories are often devastating: the man refused en...

  • I Called Him Morgan

    Episode 3

    Directed by Kasper Collin • 2016 • Sweden, United States
    Starring Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter

    On a snowy night in 1972, celebrated jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot to death by his common-law wife, Helen, at a club in New York City. The memory of the event still haunts those who rem...

  • Greetings from Washington, D.C.

    Episode 4

    Directed by Lucy Winer • 1981 • United States
    Starring Rob Epstein, Jan Oxenberg, Terry Lawler

    On October 14, 1979, LGBTQ+ history was made when tens of thousands of people converged on America’s capital for the first ever National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. This empowering ...

  • Shinjuku Boys

    Episode 5

    Directed by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams • 1995 • United Kingdom
    Starring Gaish, Tatsu, Kazuki

    This remarkable documentary offers rich insight into gender and sexuality in Japan via a candid portrait of Kazuki, Tatsu, and Gaish, three trans masc hosts working at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo...

  • ocularis

    Episode 6

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 1997 • United States

    This video highlights several narratives concerning video surveillance—not to reiterate the conventional privacy argument but rather to engage the desire to watch surveillance materials and society’s insatiable voyeurism. A variety of subjects...

  • alexia

    Episode 7

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 2000 • United States

    ALEXIA is an experimental video about word-blindness and metaphor. Word-blindness is a condition that usually afflicts people who have suffered a stroke, causing them to lose the visual recognition of individual letters but perceive the entire...

  • ekleipsis

    Episode 8

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 1998 • United States

    In 1992, Tran T. Kim-Trang came across a New York Times article about a group of hysterically blind Cambodian women in Long Beach, California, known as the largest group of such people in the world. Hysterical blindness is sight loss brought a...

  • kore
    16:08
    Episode 9

    kore

    Episode 9

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 1994 • United States

    By focusing on the blindfold, KORE explores the eye as purveyor of desire, sexual fear, and the fantasy of blindness. An alternative sexuality is founded in touch-based (feminine?) pleasure as opposed to a vision-based (masculine?) pleasure. A...

  • The Rabbit Hunt

    Episode 10

    Directed by Patrick Bresnan • 2017 • United States

    In the Florida Everglades, rabbit hunting is considered a rite of passage for young men. THE RABBIT HUNT follows seventeen-year-old Chris and his family as they hunt in the fields of the largest industrial sugar farms in the U.S. The film record...

  • aletheia

    Episode 11

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 1992 • United States

    The introductory title to The Blindness Series, ALETHEIA presents an indexing of categories investigating different aspects of blindness as metaphor. Stylistic preference for the techniques and conventions of MTV, and American television in ge...

  • Epilogue: The Palpable Invisibility of Life

    Episode 12

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 2006 • United States

    EPILOGUE: THE PALPABLE INVISIBILITY OF LIFE is the final chapter in the Blindness Series, a body of eight videos on blindness and its metaphors that was begun in 1992. The inspiration for the series came from a 1990 exhibition Jacques Derrida ...

  • operculum

    Episode 13

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 1993 • United States

    The artist visits with seven cosmetic surgeons specializing in blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid creasing surgery) in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area for initial consultation sessions. The doctors demonstrate different reshaping options an...

  • amaurosis

    Episode 14

    Directed by Tran T. Kim-Trang • 2002 • United States

    AMAUROSIS is an experimental documentary about Dat Nguyen, a blind guitarist living in Little Saigon in Orange County, California. Dat Nguyen was a “triple outcast”: blind, Amerasian, and an impoverished orphan. The video unfolds through layer...

  • So We Live

    Episode 15

    Directed by Rand Abou Fakher • 2021 • Belgium
    Starring Rahaf Alobeid, Amina Al Haj, Luna Al Obeid

    In this claustrophobic study of life during wartime, a family in a conflict-ravaged country spends what seems to be a normal evening together. Their conversations shift between casual matters of dai...

  • LYNCH2
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    Episode 16

    LYNCH2

    Episode 16

    Directed by blackANDwhite • 2007 • United States
    Starring David Lynch

    This 2007 short film by blackANDwhite, the makers of DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE, features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of INLAND EMPIRE.

  • Heron 1954–2002

    Episode 17

    Directed by Alexis McCrimmon • 2022 • United States

    HERON 1954–2002 is a visual eulogy that taps into the phenomena of makeshift memorials and small gestures of mourning. Honoring the life of a loved one who died due to an accidental opioid overdose, the film materializes the process of overdue ...

  • Maman Brigitte

    Episode 18

    Directed by Ayanna Dozier • 2022 • United States

    MAMAN BRIGITTE stitches together the intimacy of a private ritual involving the Voudou loa Maman Brigitte (who governst the barrier between the living and the dead) with the sounds of the body (spitting, running, vomiting, etc.). These “interior” ...

  • Declarations of Love

    Episode 19

    Directed by Tiff Rekem • 2022 • United States

    A fragmentary rumination on an aging father figure and his nearness to the gender-reveal-party fire that scorched the San Bernardino foothills in 2020.

  • Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

    Episode 20

    Directed by Toby Keeler • 1997 • United States
    Starring David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti, Jack Nance

    This eighty-minute documentary was made by Toby Keeler in 1997. In addition to footage from the set of LOST HIGHWAY, it includes interviews with David Lynch, Patricia Arquette, Angelo Badalamenti,...

  • Oliver Sees Indigo

    Episode 21

    Directed by Ryan Clancy • 2022 • United States

    This film enacts an attempt to regain attachment following a period of heroin addiction, near-death experiences, and oxytocin deficiency. The camera shifts between moments of fragile devotion as it searches for a higher power in threads of shared su...

  • Madness Remixed

    Episode 22

    Directed by Rhea Storr • 2021 • United Kingdom

    MADNESS REMIXED examines the fetishization of Josephine Baker’s body through data-moshing analogue film. What unfolds is a questioning of which images of Black bodies should be reproduced and on what terms.

  • Home When You Return

    Episode 23

    Directed by Carl Elsaesser • 2021 • United States

    “Stretching and blurring the boundaries of video essay, experimental film, and home movie, traces of a 1950s homemade melodrama by amateur filmmaker Joan Thurber Baldwin intermingle with a mournful homage to the author’s grandmother and her vacat...

  • Strangers

    Episode 24

    Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe • 2022 • Sri Lanka, United States

    “This footage was shot shortly after the civil war in Sri Lanka on the occasion of my mother’s long-delayed reunion with Kamala, the aunt she lived with as a child. Kamala was living a life of solitude at this point and has now sin...