Part One of this series is about the origin of the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema (RBMC). Part Two covers all the screenings in 1998. Continuing into 1999 at the Collective Unconscious theater space in NYC, the RBMC — co-programmed by Brian L. Frye and Bradley Eros — went on hiatus for the first week of
In a letter dated June 1, 1962, the newly formed Film-Makers’ Cooperative offered their first list of films that were available to rent. Fourteen filmmakers were represented. The need to form a cooperative distribution center for what were then called “independent filmmakers” was made in a series of meetings in the autumn of 1960. The
In 1976, a crudely published fanzine devoted to the experimental film scene made its debut. It was called Idiolects and the first issue offered a definition of its name: “An idiolect is the language of an individual at a particular time.” That definition certainly could be applied to both the filmmakers covered in the zine
This is Part Two in a series about Chicago’s Experimental Film Coalition; and covers their screening series. Formed in 1983, the Experimental Film Coalition started holding regular monthly screenings starting in 1984. The screenings brought to Chicago the work of independent, experimental filmmakers across the country, as well as screening local work.
The National Film Preservation Foundation has awarded their annual Avant-Garde Masters Grants, to films by Tommy Turner, Julie Murray and more to be preserved.
The 24th annual Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival is screening Lewis Klahr’s The Pettifogger, plus films by Jesse McLean, Clint Enns, Ken Jacobs and more.
The 3rd annual Crossroads in San Francisco will honor Chick Strand, show the complete work of Laida Lerxtundi, plus Ken Jacob’s latest film and much more.
March 30 — April 1 Various Times Museum of the Moving Image 35 Avenue at 37 Street Astoria, NY 11106 Hosted by: Museum of the Moving Image Ken Jacobs is one of the few filmmakers from the ’60s underground film movement who has actively and enthusiastically embraced filmmaking in the modern digital age. Over the
The 2012 Brakhage Center Symposium has been programmed by curator Kathy Geritz and will examine the concept of experimental narrative over three days of screenings and lectures on March 16-18.
An Introduction to the American Underground Film, the seminal book on avant-garde and experimental film history written by Sheldon Renan in 1967, is now available for free download at Archive.org. Anybody who is even slightly interested in underground film history needs to download this important book. Renan’s book has been long out of print and