Ray Rice Films

Special Collections and Archives
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Ray Rice Films

Collection number: MS 180

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
Special Collections and Archives
Date Completed:
Winter 2006
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ray Rice films
Bulk Dates: 1965-1979
Collection number: MS 180
Creator: Rice, Ray
Collection Size: 36 films
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection consists of short animated films created and produced by Ray Rice from 1965-1979.
Physical location: Archival copies stored offsite at NRLF.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research. Public copies have been cataloged separately and are available at the Film and Music Center. Please see the Library's online catalog for call numbers.
The Archival DVDs stored at NRLF are RESTRICTED.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Ray Rice films. MS 180. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Rice Family.

Biography

Born April 24, 1916 in Elkhart, Indiana. Studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Art Students League of New York, Claremont Graduate School, New School for Social Research.
Ray Rice spent over fifty years on the modern American art scene as painter, mosaicist and animator of experimental films. Rice moved early from Chicago to New York during the WPA period and then to California. In 1961 he helped found the Art Center in Mendocino.
Between 1965 and 1983, Ray Rice explored the projection of painting and drawing with sound and poetry in film. working as an individual, he produced over thirty animated films from three to twenty minutes in length. His films first emerged into the underground scene of the 1960s and have since been shown at universities, major art institutions, theaters and on television throughout the country.
"I have been a working artist all of my adult life, interrupted only by service as an officer of black troops during World War II. After the war I worked with architects on a large scale making mosaic murals and sculpture. During the 1960’s my attention shifted to working independently and on a small scale making pictures that move. My records show approximately 45 16mm films with optical sound, usually in color and using acetate ink on acetate. The films range in length from 2-14 minutes. There was a continuous market for my experimental films on a national circuit of after-hours venues, and I lectured and showed in the United States and Canada through the 1970s. Even though there were still commercial opportunities, I decided not to go that way when the market change affected outlets and my equipment needed refurbishing. My work has now gone to pen and ink drawings and painting, for some reason, on hanging wood strips. Over the years I have also written articles, published poetry under several names, and illustrated a number of fine press books. I am no longer doing film, but there are good pictures there. In 1996 the town of Mendocino kindly celebrated my 80th birthday with a birthday party, one-man show for six weeks and two film showings. These activities ignited interest among young adults in these experimental art films from the sixties and seventies."
"Some of these little films may be likened to an extension of visual free association; others have had some sort of concept laid out in advance. Both depend greatly on the element of spontaneity and all steps in the making are left open for improvisation." - Ray Rice

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of 36 short animated films created and produced by Ray Rice from 1965-1979.
Public copies have been created and cataloged separately. These are available at the Film and Music Center. Please see the Library's online catalog for call numbers.
The Archival DVDs are RESTRICTED.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Rice, Ray--Archives
Animated films
Experimental films
Cinematography, Abstract
Short films
Rice, Ray


Container List

box 1:1

4 Short Scenes with titles 1975

Scope and Content Note

4 min. - B/W, optical sound
box 1:2

7 for a Magician 1983

Scope and Content Note

11 min. - Color, optical sound
Based on the poem of that name by William Pitt Root. Here magic seems to result from artifice, industry and fantasy. Mr. Root reads the poem.
AWARD: San Francisco Poetry Film Festival 1967-68
box 1:3

After the Old Mill at Caspar 1973

Scope and Content Note

11 min. - Color (colored ink on acetate and outdoor photography), optical sound.
Memories of a Lincoln Brigade veteran, his life and death, are somehow found at an old mill site on an October afternoon.
box 1:4

Bayeaux Tapestry Undated

Scope and Content Note

3 min. - B/W, optical print
Condensed account of the Norman Invasion in 1066 taken from the Bayeaux Tapestry.
box 1:5

Can & Country 1972

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - Color, silent
box 1:6

The Coast [and] The Woods 1972

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - Color, optical sound
box 1:7

Faces 1972

Scope and Content Note

3 min. - Color, optical sound
Impressions of a variety of human faces
box 1:8

Hello 1969

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - B/W, optical sound
All beings and things say "hello" except a black woman who just looks down. Pencil and ink on acetate.
box 1:9

Help 1976

Scope and Content Note

5 min. - Color, optical sound
A 'pre-film' outlining some means and methods in preparation for a longer film about the Bayeaux Tapestry.
box 1:10

In a Box 1971

Scope and Content Note

5 min. - Color, optical sound
If evolution and feeling seem to put a man 'in a box', the cessation of activity puts him there surely.
box 1:11

Lead Kindly Light 1968

Scope and Content Note

8 min. - Color, optical sound
This ironic film explores the unfulfilled promises of religion and society.
box 1:12

Little White Waiting 1976

Scope and Content Note

8 min. - Color, optical sound
The young await the passage of the previous generation.
box 1:13

Loose/Open 1968

Scope and Content Note

5 min. - Color, optical sound
The film-maker poses questions about life, age, and death in an unusual interior monologue.
box 1:14

Mendocino & Canmore 1974

Scope and Content Note

7 min. - Color, optical sound
Fifteen hundred miles separate the locales for this film, which seems to say that insects are very durable creatures.
box 1:15

Paper Birds 1971

Scope and Content Note

8 min. - Color, optical sound
Words interjected with images suggest the futility of ideas to explain experience.
box 1:16

Recognition 1974

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - Color, silent
box 1:17

Ribs 1969

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - B/W, silent
Problems of sexual identity are examined in an abstract manner through a series of drawings and paintings superimposed on x-ray film.
box 1:18

Rough/Sleep 1975

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - B/W, optical sound
box 1:19

Silently 1973

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - Color, optical sound
Pictures of a tidal river on a gray day are accompanied by titles providing tension between scientific certainty and the random qualities of nature.
box 1:20

Sleep 1975

Scope and Content Note

3 min. - Color - Uncompleted film - silent
box 1:21

Song of the Woman and Butterfly Man 1975

Scope and Content Note

12 min. - Color, optical sound
Based on the poem of that name by William Pitt Root. The poem and film enlarge a Maidu Indian story about a woman's pursuit of her destiny.
AWARD: 1st prize San Francisco Poetry Film Festival, 1967-1968
box 1:22

Stars 1969

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - Color, optical sound
The stars come to life in this exploration of ways of prediction and knowledge: astrology, divination and rationality among them.
box 1:23

Stations of the Cross 1974

Scope and Content Note

11 min. - Color, optical sound
Metal sculptures by Fran Mayer are the theme of this film about the crucifixion of Christ. Sound by the Mendocino Troubadours.
box 1:24-25

Still Life [1968]

Scope and Content Note

7 min. - #1C & 1D, Color, optical sound
Arrangements of natural materials along with animation show the results of man's activity on earth. At the end, there is 'still life'.
box 1:26

Stop 1967

Scope and Content Note

10 min. - Color, optical sound
Deals with the theme of origin.
box 1:27

Strangers 1977

Scope and Content Note

4 min. - Color, optical sound
box 1:28

This, That 1972

Scope and Content Note

9 min. - Color, optical sound
Four pieces of response to rural growth: Waiting, Paving, Hiding, and Facing. Drawn in color and again in black and white.
box 1:29

Today I Saw 1978

Scope and Content Note

12 min. - Color, optical sound
Ranging the summer countryside one sees flowers, trees, road signs, and the county dump among a profusion of images. Sound by local musicians. Early 1970s.
box 1:30

War & Tigers 1965

Scope and Content Note

8 min. - Color, optical sound
A roll of continuous images. One brother's awareness of his perfidy in regard to another.
box 1:31

Waves 1972

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - Color, optical sound
A study of motion.
box 1:32

What? 1967

Scope and Content Note

3 min. - B/W, optical sound
box 1:33

Why Me? 1966

Scope and Content Note

7 min. - B/W, optical sound
Ruminations on technology.
box 1:34

Y 1968

Scope and Content Note

6 min. - Color, optical sound
Snakes, faces and various abstract forms evolve, vanish and reappear in this film based on the medieval symbol for man's ability to choose.
box 1:35

Yes, Yes! 1966

Scope and Content Note

9 min. - #11C, B/W, optical sound
Version 2 - Film of acceptance as symbolized by a small animal nodding in approval.
box 1:36

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes! 1966-67

Scope and Content Note

10 min. - #11D, B/W, optical sound
Version 1 - Film of acceptance as symbolized by a small animal nodding in approval.