Owen Land

Owen Land

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1944-01-01 · Deathday: 2011-06-08 (67 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

17 Movies

Also Known As: George Landow · Apollo Jize · Orphan Morphan

Biography

George Landow (1944 – June 8, 2011), also known as Owen Land, was a painter, writer, photographer and experimental filmmaker. He also worked under the pen names Orphan Morphan and Apollo Jize.According to the film historian Mark Webber, Land made some of his first films as a teenager and his later films, made mostly during the 1960s and 1970s, are some of the first examples of the "structural film" movement. Land's films usually involve word play and have been described by Webber as having humor and wit that separates his films from the "boring" world of avant-garde cinema.His work is also known to parody the experimental and "structural film" movement, as featured in his 1975 film Wide Angle Saxon. His style of filmmaking is also inspired by Bertolt Brecht, educational films, advertising and television, and employs devices used by such in his films to destroy any sense of "reality", as exhibited in What's Wrong With this Picture 1 and Remedial Reading Comprehension.Shortly after the release of his film On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud... (1977), Landow rearranged his name to Owen Land. It is an anagram of "Landow N.E.". Land was the model for Robert Heinlein's character Jubal Harshaw, unbeknownst to Heinlein.The book Two Films By Owen Land (Lux, London) has the complete scripts of Landow/Land's films Wide Angle Saxon and On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?, as well as footnotes written by Land interpreting the many references and elements of these two films and a filmography by Mark Webber. Released in May 2011, the book Dialogues - a film by Owen Land (Paraguay Press, Paris) has the complete script of his last film, as well as two interviews with the artist and essays written by Philippe Pirotte, Julia Strebelow and Chris Sharp.

Movies & TV shows

2009.

1 Movie
Dialogues

Dialogues

2009
Dialogues is a feature-length self-reflexive experimental film by Apollo Jize (aka Owen Land) with music by the American Buddhist composer Meredith Monk, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers,...

1999.

1 Movie

1984.

1 Movie
The Box Theory (Ireko Riron)

The Box Theory (Ireko Riron)

1984
In The Box Theory, Owen Land, the American structuralist, king of the absurd and a religious addiction, recreates the image of the Indian girl, holding the butter box with the image of herself, to pro...

1983.

1 Movie
Noli me tangere

Noli me tangere

1983
“The idea behind it is: Feminists claim that men objectify women’s bodies. So this was a revenge or a punishment for men who did that during their lifetimes, by being subjected to objectification by w...

1978.

1 Movie
Grand Opera: An Historical Romance

Grand Opera: An Historical Romance

1978
Grand Opera marks a stock-taking of Benning's work and his life, presenting a personal and artistic autobiography woven together with a series of events dealing with the historical development of the ...

1977.

1 Movie

1976.

1 Movie
New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops

New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops

1976
A reworking of an earlier film, Institutional Quality, in which the same test was given. In the earlier film, the person taking the test was not seen, and the film viewer in effect became the test tak...

1975.

1 Movie
Wide Angle Saxon

Wide Angle Saxon

1975
An interpretation of The Confessions of Saint Augustine featuring an ordinary middle-aged man who undergoes a conversion experience whilst watching an experimental film. - Harvard Film Archive

1974.

1 Movie
A Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley, California

A Film of Their 1973 Spring Tour Commissioned by Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley, California

1974
A radical Christian group's lecture tour of US colleges was filmed in the cinema verité tradition, with hand held camera, sync and wild sound. To avoid making a conventional documentary, the filmmaker...

1973.

1 Movie
Thank You Jesus for the Eternal Present

Thank You Jesus for the Eternal Present

1973
A rapturous audio-visual mix that “deliberately seeks a hidden order in randomness.” The film combines the face of a woman in ecstatic, contemplative prayer with shots of an animal rights activist, an...

1971.

2 Movies
Fluxfilm Anthology 1962-1970

Fluxfilm Anthology 1962-1970

1971
A feature-length program presenting 37 out of 41 original fluxfilms produced and directed in the 1960s by Fluxus artists, including George Maciunas, Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, Robert Watts, Paul Sharits...
What's Wrong with This Picture? 1

What's Wrong with This Picture? 1

1971
A found, utilitarian object, the overtly moralizing educational film “How to be a Good Citizen,” is elevated to the status of ‘art’. First presented unaltered and then in Landow’s color facsimile, the...

1970.

1 Movie
Remedial Reading Comprehension

Remedial Reading Comprehension

1970
An experimental short film by Owen Land, produced in 1970.

1969.

1 Movie
Institutional Quality

Institutional Quality

6
1969
Constructed around a found soundtrack in which a strict female voice delivers a test of perception and comprehension, Institutional Quality’s sound and image relationship become detached as the filmma...

1968.

1 Movie
The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter

The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter

1968
The ‘imperfections’ of filmmaking, normally suppressed, are at the core of a work that uses a brief loop made from a Kodak color test. “The dirtiest film ever made” is one of the earliest examples of ...

1967.

1 Movie
Bardo Follies

Bardo Follies

1967
A shot of a Southern Belle waving to a group of tourists on a pleasure boat ride is looped, multiplied and then melted, creating psychedelic abstract images. “A paraphrasing of certain sections of the...

1966.

1 Movie
Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc.

Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc.

1966
An experimental short in which the degradation of film is shown over time.
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