Most widely held works by Sphinx Productions
Examined life ( Visual )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 518 libraries worldwide
Examined Life takes philosophy into the hustle and bustle of the everyday. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take "walks" through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. These places include crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park, and a garbage dump.
Comic book confidential ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 283 libraries worldwide
Combines historical footage, interviews, animation, and live action to trace the history of comic books from 1933 to 1988. Twenty-two significant comic artists and writers are discussed: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoso, Francoise Mouly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman.
Poetry in motion ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
A performance film of contemporary poets which celebrates poetry's ancient oral tradition. Here twenty-four leading North American poets sing, chant and read from their own works.
Brakhage ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
Stan Brakhage, possibly the most important filmmaker of the avant-garde, has consistantly redefined the shape of film art. Using excerpts from Brakhage's films, interviews with Brakhage, his friends, family, colleagues and critics, and archival footage of Brakhage spanning the past thirty-five years, this film explores the depth and breadth of the filmmaker's genius and the influence his work has had on generations of other creators.
Grass ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
"Utilizing hilarious footage from U.S. Government propaganda films and eye-popping animation from underground artist Paul Mavrides, Grass blows the lid off the war on marijuana. Find out how a nice person like yourself became a dangerous criminal"--Container.
Know your mushrooms ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 146 libraries worldwide
Follow myco visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans as they lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi. Combines material filmed at the Telluride Mushroom Festival with animation and archival footage.
Poetry in motion a film ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and held by 104 libraries worldwide
Feature documentary that explores the nature and vision of contemporary poetry. It introduces the work of 25 North American writers by showing them discussing and reading their work.
Tales of the rat fink the legend of the world's greatest kustom car builder, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 73 libraries worldwide
Examines the life of artist and automobile designer, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.
Twist ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 51 libraries worldwide
Documentary about the dance craze popularized by Chubby Checker features interviews with and performances by Checker, Hank Ballard, Smokey Robinson and the Isley Brothers.
Poetry in motion a film by Ron Mann ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
"Poetry in motion is an unprecedented anthology of poets who sing, chant, anything but 'read' their work"--Container.
Comic book confidential a film ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Combines historical footage, interviews, animation, and live action to trace the history of comic books from 1933 to 1988. 22 significant comic artists and writers are discussed: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernandez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoro, Francaise Mowly, Dan O'Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, Art Spiegelman.
Imagine the sound ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Interviews with four musicians influential in the evolution of free-form jazz in the late 50s and early 60s: Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, and Bill Dixon. Includes performances.
I miss the sun ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Depicts the life of a Jewish-Egyptian grandmother who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and preserves her culture's values in spite of being forced out of her country.
Go further ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Dream tower ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Rochdale College was one of the most controversial experiments ever to have taken place in Canada. Set up as a combined free university and student residence, the eighteen-storey building in downtown Toronto opened in the fall of 1968--at the height of the hippie boom. What was intended to be a radical educational institution rapidly became a meeting place for North America's burgeoning drug culture. With artists and educators jousting for position with motorcycle gangs and dealers in the same high-rise, Rochdale became a focal point for the best and worst dreams of the Canadian generation of baby boomers.
The new cinema ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
The process of making a film, from original conception to distribution, is explored in interviews with twenty of the world's most adventurous and prolific independent filmmakers. Examines the pain and practicalities of independent filmmaking, how these filmmakers view their work and their place in the world, and how their ideas and thematics give meaning to the term, new cinema. Includes excerpts from their films.
Painters painting ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Emile de Antonio was a close friend to many New York painters long before the art world thrust them into international prominence. At this exciting and pivotal moment, de Antonio filmed and interviewed the painters informally in their studios. Artists interviewed include Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Phillip Pavia, and Hans Hoffman.
Echoes wthout saying ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Echoes without saying is a half hour documentary on the Coach House Press, an innovative Toronto-based publishing and printing house that since 1965 has produced distinctive and experimental books of fiction, poetry and visual art.
Grass ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
A light-hearted documentary that employs news footage, official government reports, and clips from sensationalistic propaganda films like "Reefer Madness" to explore the ways in which marijuana has been portrayed to the American public.
Echoes without saying ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
A 1983 visit to a small Canadian publishing house, Coach House Press.
American poetry Barry, Lynda,--1956- Biographical films Biography Brakhage, Stan Burns, Charles,--1955- Cartoonists Coe, Sue,--1951- Comic books, strips, etc. Criticism, interpretation, etc. Crumb, R Documentary films Eisner, Will Experimental films Feldstein, Albert B Flenniken, Shary Folklore Fungi Gaines, William M Griffith, Bill,--1944- Guidebooks Hernandez, Jaime History Interviews Kirby, Jack Kurtzman, Harvey Lee, Stan,--1922- Life Marijuana--Law and legislation Marijuana--Therapeutic use Mavrides, Paul Miller, Frank Miller, Frank,--1957- Moscoso, Victor Motion picture producers and directors Mouly, Françoise Mushrooms Mushrooms--Mythology O'Neill, Dan,--1942- Pekar, Harvey Philosophers, Modern Philosophy, Modern Philosophy and civilization Poetry, Modern Poets, American Social structure--Philosophy Spain--(Cartoonist) Spiegelman, Art United States Video recordings--for the hearing impaired