Picture Start Films
Works
Selected Filmography/Videography
  • MY NAME IS RAINER THOMPSON AND I'VE LOST IT COMPLETELY, 2014, HD Video, color/sound, 82:00, with Richard Foreman.
  • TWO SOLOS, 2013, Choreographed and performed by HOLLEY FARMER, HD Video, color/sound, 14:00
  • THE MAKING OF ONCE EVERY DAY, 2013, 18-part documentary featuring Richard Foreman, HD VIDEO, color/sound, 1043:00
  • ONCE EVERY DAY, written & directed by Richard Foreman, 2012, SD Video, color/sound, 67:00, Producer, Line Producer & Production Director.
  • WTC 9/11, composer Steve Reich, with Kronos Quartet — Elliot Caplan/voice
  • CONVERGENCE PROJECT Part III, 2011, HD VIDEO, 24P, color/sound, 16:00
  • CONVERGENCE PROJECT Parts I & II, 2010, HD VIDEO, 24P, color/sound, 32:00
  • 15 Days Of Dance: The Making of Ghost Light/ Abridged Version, 2010, DV/HD, color, sound, 110:00, with American Ballet Theatre
  • 15 Days of Dance, The Making of "Ghost Light," 2010, DV/HD, color/sound, 22.5 hours comprised of 20 DVD discs, Choreographed by Brian Reeder, Music by Aaron Copland, with American Ballet Theatre, 1354:00
  • Gary Lichtenstein: 35 Years of Screenprinting, 2010, HD Video 24P, color/sound, 16:00
  • Shamayim, 2009, DVD, released by Albany Records, 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Shamayim, 2008, 24P & DV Video, color/sound, 36:00, with music by David Felder
  • UTango, 2002, DV, color/sound, 9:00, the dance form applied to the screen as an abstract painterly image
  • Steel Work, 2002, DV, color/b&w/sound, multi-screen theatrical performance with orchestra & ballet; music: Heroes Symphony by Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno; 16:30 & 48:00
  • Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind is Dead!, 2007, 24P Digital Video, color/sound, 65:00. Documentation of play by Richard Foreman.
  • Windows & Lenses, 2007, DV, color/b&w/sound, 18:00. Portrait of the artist Rebecca DiDomenico.
  • Chashmal, 2006, DV, color/sound, 11:11, with composer David Felder
  • Zomboid!, 2006, DV, color/sound, 65:00. Documentation of play by Richard Foreman.
  • Merce Cunningham Collection, Vol. 1
    Merce Cunningham Collection: Volume 1, Three Films by Merce Cunningham & Elliot Caplan. Total Film Home Entertainment, The Netherlands, DVD, 2005
  • July 4, 2005 NYC, 2005, DV, color/sound, 4:44, with Open Music Ensemble
  • Bialystoker Synagogue, 2004, HD/DVD, color/sound, 18:00
  • King Cowboy Rufus Rules The Universe, 2004, DV, color/sound, 72:00. Documentation of play by Richard Foreman.
  • Five Lives/Five Stories, 2003, DV, BetaSP, color/b&w/sound, 8:00. Produced for the Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, honoring New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
  • Panic, 2003, DV, color/sound, 82:00. Documentation of play by Richard Foreman.
  • Steel Work, 2002, DV, film, color/b&w/sound, 48:00. Experimental film with music by Philip Glass, David Bowie, and Brian Eno.
  • UTANGO, 2002, DV, color/sound, 9:30. Dance film shot in Argentina.
  • To Be In America, 2001, DV, color/b&w/silent, 46:00. Multi-screen theatrical performance with orchestra & ballet. Earlier performance version of Steel Work.
  • Caplan's film, Cage/Cunningham
    Beach Birds, 1999, video installation v. 2, 35mm, 16mm, color/b&w/sound, 2-channel multi-monitor installation with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 26:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham/Music, John Cage.
  • MR. IMAGE, 1999, DV, b&w/silent, Multi-monitor installation with performance artist Bill Irwin, 5:00
  • Reading Room Restored, 1999, DV Video, color/sound, 5:30. Made for PBS.
  • Jackson Pollock @ MoMA, 1998, DV Video, color/sound, 7:00. Made for PBS.
  • Maya Lin: Pure Landscape, 1998, DV Video, color/sound, 7:00. Made for PBS.
  • Four Points Of Radiance, 1998, DV Video, color/sound, 48:00
  • INSTALLATIONS, 1996-8, 16mm, multi-monitor installation 3-channel stage performance with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, b&w/sound, 30:00
  • Beach Birds, 1995, video installation v. 1, 35mm, 16mm, color/b&w/sound, multi-monitor installation with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 26:00
  • WEATHER, 1996-8, 16mm, 8mm, BetaSP, 26-screen, 3-channel stage performance in collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, color/b&w/sound, 75:00
  • Carmen Backstage/Metropolitan Opera, 1996, DV, BetaCam, color/sound, 7:00. Made for PBS. Produced at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
  • Grand Dairy, 1996, BetaCam, color/sound, 4-channel multi-monitor video/music installation in collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, 22:00
  • Allee Der Kosmonauten, 1996, color/sound,digital video, 3-channel multi-monitor stage performance with Sasha Waltz & Guests, 60:00
  • CRWDSPCR, 1996, 16mm, color/sound with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 56:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham; Music, John King.
  • Close-Up On Berlin, 1996, BetaCam, color/sound, 28:00. Commission for Deutsche Tanzfilm.
  • Caplan's film, Points In Space
    Merce, 1996, 16mm, BetaSP, color/sound, 7:00. Made for PBS.
  • Cyberart, HI-8mm, BetaSP, color/sound, 7:00. Made for PBS.
  • What Price Freedom, 1995, HI-8mm, BetaSP, color/sound, 7:00. Made for PBS.
  • Music/Video Event #1, 1995, 16mm, 8mm, BetaCam, color/b&w/sound, 22:00
  • Industry, 1993, S-VHS, color/sound in collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, 11:00
  • Beach Birds For Camera, 1992, 35mm, b&w/color/sound with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 28:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham; Music, John Cage. View film.
  • Cage/Cunningham, 1991, 16mm, BetaCam, 8mm, S-VHS, color / b&w / sound, 95:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham; Music, John Cage.
  • Van Gogh Video Opera, 1991, S-VHS, 8mm, color/sound with composer Michael Gordon, 60:00
  • Changing Steps, 1989, BetaCam, color/sound with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 35:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham; Music, John Cage.
  • Cunningham Dance Technique: Intermediate Level, 1987, BetaCam, color/sound, 57:00
  • Points In Space, 1986, 1", color/sound with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, 30:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham; Music, John Cage.
  • Deli Commedia, 1985, 3/4", color/sound, 18:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham; Music, Pat Richter.
  • Cunningham Dance Technique: Elementary Level, 1985, 3/4", color/sound, 30:00. Choreography, Merce Cunningham.
  • Robert S. Zakanitch, 1982, 16mm, color/sound, 20:00. Produced on the Retrospective Exhibition of one of America’s finest painters.
Theatrical Stage Design
  • Chashmal, single-channel video with composer David Felder, September 2006
  • To Be In America, multi-screen single-channel video with Bruckner Orchestra and Ballet Linz, Landestheater, Linz, Austria, 2001
  • Mr. Image, with performer Bill Irwin, The Roundabout Theatre, New York, June 1999.
  • Installations, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, October 1997 and in Paris Opera Garnier, January 1998.
  • Weather, with composer Michael Gordon and orchestra ENSEMBLE RESONANZ, sponsored by the Siemens Foundation Kultur Program and Oper Bonn, 1996. Re-staged for new music festival Bochum, Germany 2001.
  • Van Gogh Video Opera, with composer Michael Gordon featured at Bang On A Can Festival and Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Vienna, 1991.
  • Alle der Kosmonauten sixteen-screen monitor installation for live performance with German dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, 1996 - present.
Work In Progress
  • SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET,"Live From Lincoln Center", for PBS. National Broadcast schedule for December 2014. CONVERGENCE PROJECT, with Susan Sgorbati and dancers
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