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Breathdeath By Stan Vanderbeek
Breathdeath by Stan Vanderbeek (1963). At the EXPRMNTL 3 film competition at Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium in 1963, Breathdeath tied for 2nd place with Gregory Markopoulos‘s Twice a Man. Both men took home $2,000 in prize money. In An Introduction to the American Underground Film, Sheldon Renan classifies Breathdeath as a “protest film,” which was a minority… Read More…
Andy Warhol — Marie Menken
Andy Warhol by Marie Menken. Competed 1965. Marie Menken made several films inspired by and starring artists she knew, such as Visual Variations on Noguchi (1945) and Arabesque for Kenneth Anger (1961). According to Warhol’s memoir Popism: The Warhol Sixties (written with Pat Hackett), in 1963 Warhol was brought by his friend Charles Henri Ford… Read More…
Jammin’ The Blues — Gjon Mili
Jammin’ the Blues by Gjon Mili. Completed in 1944. Gjon Mili is primarily known for his work as a photographer, particularly his portraits and experimental use of strobe lighting, much of which appeared in Life magazine. In the book Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, author Tad Hershorn goes into great detail in… Read More…
Slippery Jim — Ferdinand Zecca
Slippery Jim by Ferdinand Zecca. The completion/release year of Slippery Jim varies among sources. The catalog for the 1947 Art in Cinema program dates the film as circa 1906. However, Richard Abel, a silent movie historian, gives two dates for the film. First, in his The Ciné Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914 (published 1998),… Read More…
Quixote — Bruce Baillie
Quixote by Bruce Baillie. Finished most likely in 1965, but sources place year range 1964-1967. In Visionary Film, P. Adams Sitney says the film was “revised” in 1967; while in his “Movie Journal” column, Jonas Mekas wrote that the “final version” of Quixote was screened in New York City in 1968. The version of Quixote… Read More…
Sunday — Dan Drasin
Sunday by Dan Drasin. Shot and completed in 1961. According to the filmmaker, the film was shot entirely in 16mm B&W on April 9, 1961, capturing a protest made by folk singers in New York City’s Washington Square Park that was challenged by police officers. In 2008, the film was restored by the UCLA Film… Read More…
Scorpio Rising — Kenneth Anger
Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger. Completed in 1963. The film opens with a title card of Anger’s production company. It reads “Puck Film Productions”, along with the tagline “What fools these Mortals be!” The film’s title appears about a minute and a half into it, which is studded onto the back of a man’s motorcycle… Read More…
Classic Experimental Short Film: Lullaby
Video memories and nostalgia blur together in Jennifer Reeder’s classic installation piece, Lullaby, in which personal footage of ’80s cheerleading tryouts and ballet classes is set to a heavily slowed down and distorted version of Madonna’s early hit, Lucky Star.
Feature Film Online: The Observers
Let’s talk about the weather. Or, at least observe it. Two climate scientists go about their daily routines throughout the seasons in The Observers, a meditative rumination on observational study directed by Jacqueline Goss.