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Underground Resources: Index

Below is a list of books written about the history of underground film. Titles are linked to their Amazon page if you wish to purchase a copy, but please note that many of these books are out of print — and so noted — and are only available from used book dealers. Bibliography formatting courtesy of EasyBib. This list is currently still a work-in-progress and many more books will be added.

  1. Womens Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks
    Blaetz, Robin. Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks. Durham: Duke UP, 2007.
  2. Essential Brakhage
    Brakhage, Stan, and Bruce R. McPherson. Essential Brakhage: Selected Writings on Filmmaking. Kingston, N.Y.: Documentext, 2001.
  3. Film at Wits End
    Brakhage, Stan. Film at Wit’s End: Eight Avant-garde Filmmakers. Kingston, N.Y.: Documentext, 1989.
  4. Metaphors on Vision
    Brakhage, Stan. Metaphors on Vision. S.l.: S.n., 1976.
  5. Experimental Cinema
    Curtis, David. Experimental Cinema. New York: Dell Pub., 1978.
    (Originally published: New York: Universe, 1971.)
  6. Essential Deren
    Deren, Maya, and Bruce R. McPherson. Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film. Kingston, N.Y.: Documentext, 2005.
  7. Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader
    Dixon, Wheeler Winston, and Gwendolyn Audrey. Foster. Experimental Cinema: the Film Reader. London: Routledge, 2002.
  8. The Exploding Eye
    Dixon, Wheeler W. The Exploding Eye: a Re-visionary History of 1960s American Experimental Cinema. Albany: State University of New York, 1997.
  9. On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters
    Frampton, Hollis. On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters: the Writings of Hollis Frampton. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2009.
  10. The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies
    Hall, Phil. The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies: Films from the Fringes of Cinema. Studio City: M. Wiese Productions, 2004.
  11. Midnight Movies
    Hoberman, J., and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Midnight Movies. New York: Da Capo, 1991.
    (Originally published: New York: Harper & Row, 1983.)

  12. Horak, Jan-Christopher. Lovers of Cinema: the First American Film Avant-garde, 1919-1945. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin, 1995.
  13. The Most Typical Avant Garde
    James, David E. The Most Typical Avant-garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California, 2005.
  14. Stan Brakhage Filmmaker
    James, David E. Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2005.
  15. To Free the Cinema
    James, David E. To Free the Cinema: Jonas Mekas & the New York Underground. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton UP, 1992.
  16. Anger: The Unauthorized Biography of Kenneth Anger
    Landis, Bill. Anger: the Unauthorized Biography of Kenneth Anger. New York: Harper Collins, 1995. (out of print)
  17. Avant Garde Film Motion Studies
    MacDonald, Scott. Avant-Garde Film: Motion Studies. New York, N.Y.: Cambridge UP, 1992.
  18. Canyon Cinema
    MacDonald, Scott. Canyon Cinema: the Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor. Berkeley: University of California, 2008.
  19. Cinema 16
    MacDonald, Scott. Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society. Philadelphia, PA: Temple UP, 2002.
    (Originally published Athens, OH: Ohio University School of Film, 1997.)
  20. The Garden in the Machine
    MacDonald, Scott. The Garden in the Machine: a Field Guide to Independent Films about Place. Berkeley: University of California, 2001.
  21. Screen Writings
    MacDonald, Scott. Screen Writings: Scripts and Texts by Independent Filmmakers. Berkeley: University of California, 1995.
  22. Movie Journal
    Mekas, Jonas. Movie Journal; the Rise of the New American Cinema, 1959-1971. New York: Collier, 1972. (out of print)
  23. Captured
    Patterson, Clayton. Captured: a Film/video History of the Lower East Side. New York: Seven Stories, 2005.
  24. Subversion
    Reekie, Duncan. Subversion: the Definitive History of Underground Cinema. London: Wallflower, 2007.
  25. A History of Experimental Film and Video
    Rees, A. L. A History of Experimental Film and Video. London: BFI, 1999.
  26. An Introduction to the American Underground Film
    Renan, Sheldon. An Introduction to the American Underground Film. New York: Dutton, 1967. (out of print)
  27. Experimental Animation
    Russett, Robert, and Cecile Starr. Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art. New York, NY: Da Capo, 1988.
    (Originally published: Da Capo, 1976.)
  28. Deathtripping
    Sargeant, Jack. Deathtripping: the Extreme Underground. Brooklyn: Soft Skull, 2008.
    (Originally published: London: Creation, 1995.)
  29. Naked Lens Beat Cinema
    Sargeant, Jack. Naked Lens Beat Cinema. Berkeley, CA: Soft Skull, 2008.
    (Originally published: London: Creation, 2001.)
  30. The Avant Garde Film
    Sitney, P. Adams. The Avant-garde Film: a Reader of Theory and Criticism. New York: New York UP, 1978.
  31. Essential Cinema
    Sitney, P. Adams. The Essential Cinema. Essays on Films in the Collection of Anthology Film Archives. New York: Anthology Film Archives, 1975.
  32. Eyes Upside Down
    Sitney, P. Adams. Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.
  33. Film Culture Reader
    Sitney, P. Adams. Film Culture Reader. New York, NY: Cooper Square, 2000.
    (Originally published: New York: Praeger, 1970.)
  34. Visionary Film
    Sitney, P. Adams.
    Small, Edward S.
    Direct Theory. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1994.
  35. Bike Boys, Drag Queens, and Superstars
    Suárez, Juan Antonio. Bike Boys, Drag Queens & Superstars: Avant-garde, Mass Culture, and Gay Identities in the 1960s Underground Cinema. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1996.
  36. Underground Film: A Critical History
    Tyler, Parker. Underground Film: a Critical History. New York: Da Capo, 1995.
    (Originally published: New York: Grove, 1970.)
  37. Film as a Subversive Art
    Vogel, Amos. Film as a Subversive Art. London: CT Editions, 2005.
  38. Shock Value
    Waters, John. Shock Value: a Tasteful Book About Bad Taste. Philadelphia: Running, 2005.
    (Originally published: Dell Pub. Co., 1981)
  39. Trash Trio
    Waters, John. Trash Trio: Three Screenplays. New York: Thunder’s Mouth, 1996.
    (Originally published: Random House, 1988)

Underground Resources: Index