Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis records, 1975-1981

A Finding Aid to the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Records, 1976-1981, in the Archives of American Art, by Jayna Hanson

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Historical Information

The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis was founded by a group of independent filmmakers, critics, and theorists in March 1976. The mission of the non-profit organization was to provide a southern California venue for mostly experimental and avant-garde film.

The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis operated as a member group, and in addition to showing film, offered the opportunity for new and established filmmakers to interact and exchange ideas, and to promote cinematography as a fine art. The Oasis held film screenings about twice monthly in the gallery of the Los Angeles Institute for Contemporary Art. Although most of the films were experimental or avant-garde, the members also showed some feature films and documentaries considered to be particularly important. The Oasis served as the only regular screening venue in Los Angeles at which new and unknown filmmakers could show their works. The Oasis was dissolved in 1981.

Members and founders of the Oasis included Paul Arthur, Roberta Friedman, Leslie Gehry, Lynn Gerry, Amy Halpern, Tom Lesser, Sandy Matthews, Beverly O'Neill, Pat O'Neill, Magdalena Rangel, Tim Shepard, Grahame Weinbren, Susan Rosenblum, Brent Wilcox, Diana Wilson, David Wilson and Arlene Zeichner.

The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis showed films by Kenneth Anger, Bruce Baillie, John Baldessari, Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt, Bruce Conner, John Cornell, Maya Deren, Jules Engel, Morgan Fisher, Oskar Fischinger, Hollis Frampton, Robert Huot, Larry Jordan, Fernand Leger, William Moritz, Susan Pitt, Hans Richter, Michael Snow, Chick Strand, John Whitney, and Emerson Woelffer, among others.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The scattered records of the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis date from 1976 to 1981 and measure 1.1 linear feet. The records consist of scattered business and administrative records, one folder of correspondence, various notes, printed materials, and a large number of files on filmmakers and cinematographers.

Scattered business and administrative records include the constitution and by-laws of the organization, founding information, contracts, member information, film rental documents, and film screening schedules. Resumes are found for Oasis members Morgan Fisher, Roberta Friedman, Leslie Gehry, Lyn Gerry, Amy Halpern, Beverly and Pat O'Neill, and William Moritz.

There is one folder of scattered correspondence dating from circa 1977-1981, financial notes, meeting notes, and program notes. Printed materials include announcements and posters, printed articles written by members, clippings, press releases, and film programs.

The largest series consists of compiled files on filmmakers and cinematographers, most of whom showed at the Oasis. Files contain a variety of materials, such as clippings, reviews, programs, biographies, and notes.

Arrangement and Series Description

The records are arranged into five series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Fisher, Morgan
  • Friedman, Roberta
  • Gehry, Leslie
  • Gerry, Lyn
  • Halpern, Amy
  • Möritz, William
  • O'Neill, Beverly
  • O'Neill, Pat, 1939-

Subjects-Topical:

  • Cinematographers
  • Filmmakers -- California -- Los Angeles
  • Experimental films

Provenance

Amy Halpern, one of the founders of the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis donated the records in 1994.

How the Collection was Processed

The records were processed by Jayna Hanson in 2008.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis records, 1976-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Scattered Business Records, 1976-1981
(Box 1; 13 folders)

Scattered business records include contracts, grant proposals, film rental agreements, the constitution and by-laws, a check ledger, written histories of the organization, schedules of film screenings, tax information, a job description, forms, and publicity contacts. Also found are resumes of Oasis members Morgan Fisher, Roberta Friedman, Leslie Gehry, Lyn Gerry, Amy Halpern, Beverly and Pat O'Neill, and William Moritz.

See Index for List of Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Screenings from Series 1.

Box Folder
1 1 Check Ledger, 1979-1981
1 2 Constitution and By-Laws, circa 1976
1 3 Contracts, 1981
1 4 Film Rentals, 1981
1 5 Grant Proposals, 1980
1 6 Historical Information, circa 1970s
1 7 Job Description, 1981
1 8 Member Information, circa 1970s
1 9 Memoranda, 1980
1 10 Publicity Contacts, circa 1979
1 11 Schedules of Film Screenings, 1976-1981
1 12 Tax Information,
1977, 1979
1 13 Work Schedules, circa 1980

Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1977-1981
(Box 1; 1 folder)

There is one folder of scattered correspondence.

Box Folder
1 14 General Correspondence, circa 1977-1981

Series 3: Notes, circa 1979-1980
(Box 1; 4 folders)

This series consists of scattered notes relating to meetings, finances, and programs.

Box Folder
1 15 Notes, 1970s
1 16 Financial Notes, 1970s
1 17 Meeting Notes, 1970s
1 18 Program Notes, 1979-1980

Series 4: Printed Material, circa 1976-1981
(Box 1, OV 2; 0.25 linear feet)

This series consists of announcements, posters, printed articles by and about Oasis, clippings, newsletters from the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), film programs, business cards, Oasis letterhead, and press releases.

Box Folder
1 19 Announcements and Posters, 1976-1981
(Oversized Items housed in OV2)
1 20 Articles Written by Oasis Members, 1976-1979
1 21 Business Cards, circa 1970s
1 22 Clippings, circa 1970s-1980s
1 23 LAICA Newsletters, 1979-1980
1 24 Membership Forms, undated
1 25 Program Drafts, 1976-1980
1 26 Oasis Letterhead, circa 1970s
1 27 Press Releases, 1976-1981
1 28-29 Oasis Programs, 1976-1981
(2 folders)
Box
2 (OV) Oversized Announcements and Posters, 1976-1981
(From Box 1, F19)

Series 5: Filmmaker and Artists Files, 1976-1981
(Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Found here are files about filmmakers, cinematographers, and other film artists that showed at the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis. There are also a few files relating to specific film programs held at the Oasis. Files may include a variety of scattered clippings, reviews, programs, biographies and notes. See the Index for Series 1 for a list of all film screenings held by Oasis.

Box Folder
1 30 Anderson, Thom, 1976-1977
1 31 Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1979
1 32 Artifacts from the Machine Age, 1978
1 33 Baillie, Bruce, 1980
1 34 Baldessari, John, 1980
1 35 Beckman, Ericka, 1979
1 36 Berry, David, 1978
1 37 Berwick Street Film Collective of London, 1977
1 38 Beydler, Gary, 1977
1 39 Birnbaum, Dara, 1980
1 40 Blanchard, Rick, 1980
1 41 Brand, Bill, 1979
1 42 Breer, Robert, 1977
1 43 Bresson, Robert, 1977, 1979
1 44 British Avant-Garde Film, 1976
1 45 Broomfield, Nicholas and Churchill, Joan, 1977
1 46 Broughton, James, 1978
1 47 Burckhardt, Rudy, 1976
1 48 Churchill, Joan, 1977
(See Box 1, F45)
1 49 Conner, Bruce, 1977
1 50 Cornell, Joseph, 1978
1 51 Danielson, Rob, 1980
1 52 DeLanda, Manuel, 1980
1 53 Demetrakas, Johanna, 1979
1 54 Deren, Maya, 1977, 1979
1 55 The Eastern Influence, 1976
1 56 Ethnographic Films, 1980
1 57 Eye Music, 1977
1 58 Faccinto, Victor, 1978
1 59 Films by Women, 1976-1977
1 60 Firestone, Cinda, 1976
1 61 Fischinger, Oskar,
1 62 Frampton, Hollis, 1977-1978
1 63 Frank, Robert, 1980
1 64 Friedman, Roberta,
1 65 Funny Business, 1976
1 66 Gehr, Ernie, 1979
1 67 Goldstein, Jack, 1977
1 68 Gordon, Bette, 1980
1 69 Gottheim, Larry, 1979
1 70 Graham, Dan, 1978
1 71 Grauer, Victor, 1977
1 72 Haslanger, Martha, 1980
1 73 Hock, Louis, 1978
1 74 Hocquenghem, Guy, 1980
(See Box 1, F113)
1 75 House Blend, 1976
1 76 Huot, Robert, 1980
1 77 Iimura, Taka, 1979-1980
1 78 Jordan, Larry, 1980
1 79 Jost, Jon, 1978
1 80 Kalatazof, Mikhail, 1980
1 81 Keller, Marjorie, 1980
1 82 Kleckner, Susan, 1981
1 83 Lamelas, David, 1976
1 84 Land, Owen (formerly George Landow), 1980
1 85 Landscapes, 1976
1 86 Lyons, Danny, 1978
1 87 Lipton, Lenny, 1978
1 88 McBride, James, 1977
1 89 Mangotte, Babette, 1979
1 90 Mekas, James, 1976, 1980
1 91 Mizoguchi, Kenji, 1978
1 92 Moritz, William, 1977
1 93 Murphy, J.J., 1980
1 94 The Naked and the Nude, 1977
1 95 Nelson, Robert, 1978
1 96 New Animated Shorts, 1979
1 97 New Westerns, 1976
1 98 O'Neill, Pat, 1976
1 99 Oblowitz, Michael, 1979-1980
1 100 Pies, Dennis, 1979
1 101 Pitt, Suzan, 1979
1 102 Poe, Amos, 1978
1 103 The Present Remembered, 1978
1 104 Raban, William, 1976
1 105 Rainer, Yvonne, 1977, 1980
1 106 Regan, Chris, 1976
1 107 Richter, Hans, 1978
1 108 Rosenfeld, Susan, 1977
1 109 Schroeter, Werner, 1976
1 110 Serke, Udo, 1976
1 111 Sharits, Paul, 1977
1 112 Snow, Michael, 1977
1 113 Sonbert, Warren, 1978
1 114 Soukas, Lionel and Hocquenghem, Guy, 1980
1 115 Strand, Chick, 1976, 1979
1 116 Straub, Jean-Marie, 1978
1 117 Vigil, Carmen, 1978
1 118 von Praunheim, Rosa, 1977
1 119 Whitney, John, 1978

Index: List of Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis Screenings from Series 1

Below is a list of all known film screenings held at the Los Angeles Independent Film Oasis as documented within the records.

    Date
    Film Screening
    1976 March 7
    Norman Zammitt
    1976 April 8
    New Westerns
    1976 April 22
    Films by Women Independent Filmmakers
    1976 May 2
    Landscapes: An Exploration of Open Spaces
    1976 May 16
    Chick Strand
    1976 May 30
    Funny Business
    1976 June 6
    Werner Schroeter
    1976 June 6
    Udo Serke
    1976 June 13
    Eastern Influences
    1976 July 25
    House Blend
    1976 August 22
    Thom Anderson
    1976 August 22
    David Lamelas
    1976 August 22
    Robert Nelson
    1976 August 29
    An Evening of Deranged Funnies
    1976 October 3
    Pat O'Neill
    1976 October 17
    Rudy Burckhardt
    1976 October 31
    William Raban
    1976 November 21
    New British Avant-Garde, Part 1
    1976 November 28
    New British Avant-Garde, Part 2
    1976 December 12
    L.A. Today
    1977 January 9
    Trollstenen
    1977 January 23
    Night Cleaners
    1977 February 6
    L.A. Today
    1977 February 27
    Jack Goldstein
    1977 April 10
    Robert Breer
    1977 April 24
    Hollis Frampton
    1977 May 8
    James McBride
    1977 May 8
    Kenneth Anger
    1977 May 8
    George Kuchar
    1977 May 15
    Robert Bresson
    1977 May 29
    Films with Few Images
    1977 June 12
    Michael Snow
    1977 June 26
    The Naked and the Nude
    1977 July 10
    Eye Music, San Francisco
    1977 July 24
    Films by Jean-Marie Straub and Thom Anderson
    1977 September 18
    Michael Snow
    1977 September 18
    Robert Nelson
    1977 October 2
    The Films of Gary Beydler
    1977 October 16
    Maya Deren
    1977 October 16
    Andrew Noren
    1977 October 16
    Dore O
    1977 November 5
    Paul Sharits
    1977 November 6
    Hollis Frampton
    1977 November 6
    David Wilson
    1977 November 6
    Victor Grauer
    1977 November 6
    Bruce Conner
    1977 November 20
    Films by Women
    1977 December 4
    Juvenile Liason
    1977 December 18
    Rosa von Praunheim
    1978 January 15
    Artifacts from the Machine Age
    1978 January 29
    Kenji Mizoguchi
    1978 February 12
    The Present Remembered
    1978 February 26
    Films by Jean-Marie Straub
    1978 March 12
    Oasis Potluck
    1978 March 19
    Warren Sonbert
    1978 April 2
    Dan Graham
    1978 April 16
    James Broughton
    1978 April 30
    Jon Jost
    1978 May 21
    John Whitney
    1978 May 28
    Hans Richter
    1978 June 11
    Hollis Frampton
    1978 July 2
    White, Scorsese, Gutman
    1978 July 16
    Gottheim, Benning
    1978 July 23
    Robert Nelson
    1978 July 30
    Lenny Lipton
    1978 August 13
    Some Interesting New Films
    1978 August 27
    Super 8 Films
    1978 September 17
    Kenji Mizoguchi
    1978 September 24
    Bruce Conner
    1978 September 24
    Bruce Baillie
    1978 September 24
    Danny Lyons
    1978 October 1
    Victor Faccinto
    1978 October 15
    Jon Rubin
    1978 October 29
    Lewis Hock
    1978 November 19
    Films of Ernie Gehr and Vincent Grenier
    1978 November 26
    Richard Meyers
    1978 December 3
    Yvonne Rainer
    1978 December 10
    Joseph Cornell
    1979 January 14
    Martha Haslanger
    1979 January 28
    William Moritz
    1979 February 18
    Roy Barge
    1979 February 24-25
    Ondine with Chelsea Girls
    1979 March 11
    James Benning
    1979 April 1
    Suzan Pitt
    1979 April 8
    Ericka Beckman
    1979 April 22
    Animation
    1979 May 27
    Ernie Gehr
    1979 June 3
    Babette Mangolte
    1979 June 10
    Robert Bresson
    1979 June 17
    Maya Deren
    1979 June 24
    Andrew Noren
    1979 September 23
    Stan Brakhage
    1979 September 30
    Emerson Woelffer
    1979 October 7
    Roberta Friedman
    1979 October 7
    Grahame Weinbren
    1979 October 14
    Larry Gottheim
    1979 October 28
    James Whitney
    1979 November 4
    Guvnor Nelson
    1979 November 4
    Dorothy Wiley
    1979 November 11
    George Griffin
    1979 November 18
    Bill Brand
    1979 November 25
    Chick Strand
    1979 December 2
    Malcolm Le Grice
    1979 December 9
    Suzan Pitt
    1979 December 9
    Tim Shepard
    1979 December 9
    Anita Thatcher
    1979 December 16
    New Animated Shorts
    1980 January 1
    Oskar Fischinger
    1980 January 28
    Roberta Friedman
    1980 January 28
    Grahame Weinbren
    1980 February 10
    Danny Lyons
    1980 February 10
    Chick Strand
    1980 February 10
    Bruce Conner
    1980 February 17
    Dennis Pies
    1980 February 24
    Amos Poe
    1980 March 2
    Pat's Selection
    1980 March 9
    Vincent Grenier
    1980 March 16
    Henry Hills
    1980 March 23
    New Bay Area Films
    1980 March 30
    Manuel De Landa
    1980 April 6
    Robert Huot
    1980 April 13
    Oblowitz, McCall, Gordon
    1980 April 20
    Lionel Soukaz
    1980 April 20
    Guy Hocquenhem
    1980 April 27
    J.J. Murphy
    1980 May 11
    Owen Land
    1980 May 18
    Rick Blanchard
    1980 May 25
    Yvonne Blanchard
    1980 June 1
    Larry Jordan
    1980 June 15
    Robert Frank
    1980 June 22
    Oasis Group Show
    1980 June 29
    The Italian Olfactory Cinema of Gianikian and Ricci Lucchi
    1980 September 21
    Salt for Svanetia
    1980 September 28
    John Baldessari
    1980 October 5
    Ann Arbor Film Festival
    1980 October 12
    Bruce Baillie
    1980 October 19
    Birnbaum, Haslanger, Keller
    1980 October 26
    Ethnographic Films
    1980 November 2
    Rob Danielson
    1980 November 9
    Smithson, Serra, Oldenburg, Mangolte and Childs
    1980 November 16
    Jonas Mekas
    1980 November 23
    Saint Carmin's Choice
    1980 December 7
    Jean Pierre Gorin
    1980 December 14
    Pat O'Neill
    1981 March 15
    Susan Kleckner
    1981 June 21
    Michael Snow
    1981 June 28
    Polish Avant-Garde
    1981 July 5
    Alex Cox
    1981 July 5
    Amy Halpern
    1981 July 12
    Chicago Filmmakers; Edited by Harvey Nosowitz
    1981 July 19
    The Oasis Police Show
    1981 July 26
    Stan Brakhage
    1981 August 2
    Political Newsreels
    1981 August 23
    Pat O'Neill