In December 1954, Jonas Mekas and his brother Adolfas published the first issue of Film Culture magazine. Initially hostile to American avant-garde filmmaking, the magazine eventually evolved into the avant-garde’s greatest champion in print.
P. Adams Sitney
After years of planning, the Anthology Film Archives first opened its doors in New York City towards the end of 1970. That opening came with great interest and fascination of how the world’s first “museum of film” was going to operate like no other theater before it.
1963 was a pivotal year in the history of avant-garde film in the United States. In Visionary Film, P. Adams Sitney calls it “the high point of the mythopoeic development within the American avant-garde.”
The Underground Film Journal has successfully added data from P. Adams Sitney’s landmark book, Visionary Film, to its ambitious Underground Film Timeline project.
Aleister Crowley’s two most famous filmmaking “disciples” are underground legends Kenneth Anger and Harry Smith, but don’t count out Raymond Salvatore Harmon.
Notable underground film events of 1975 were the formation of Berks Filmmakers, the debut of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Amos Poe making Night Lunch.
Notable underground film events of 1973 were P. Adams Sitney publishing Visionary Film, John Waters made Female Trouble and David Lynch directed The Amputee.
Underground film historian P. Adams Sitney, who wrote Visionary Film, is giving a lecture and showing films at Ed Halter’s Light Industry.
Avant-garde screening series kino21 is hosting a retrospective of the underground films made by Warren Sonbert.
Edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Experimental Cinema is a very academic film book with some very engaging bits.