The 9th annual Brakhage Center Symposium will be taking place this weekend at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where the legendary underground filmmaker Stan Brakhage taught for so many years.
The 19th annual Bradford International Film Festival is hosting a Stan Brakhage tribute, an Austrian experimental film retrospective featuring films by Peter Kubelka, plus movies by Robert Todd, Calvin Reeder and more.
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
The 49th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival has films by Vanessa Renwick, Marie Losier, Sam Green, Jodie Mack, Stan Brakhage and more.
Some really excellent documentaries have been made about underground filmmakers, both old and new. These 7 are easily caught on DVD.
Look at some fantastic underground film posters and newspaper ads scanned from Jonas Mekas’ seminal book Movie Journal.
June 6: To celebrate the release of Criterion’s Blu-ray release of Stan Brakhage films, Mark Toscano presents 6 films in their original 16mm format.
March 10: Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth will play an improvisational set to accompany the Stan Brakhage visual meditation Text of Light.
From 1986 to 1996, the American Film Institute gave out the Maya Deren award to underground film artists like Kenneth Anger and Shirley Clarke.