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.
In 1983, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with Media Study/Buffalo, created a touring retrospective of avant-garde films, primarily feature-length ones and a few shorts, which they called “The American New Wave 1958-1967.”
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.”
Nov. 9: The Echo Park Film Center will be screening six short films by the legendary Stan Brakhage, all made in 1976 and on Super 8.
Monday, April 28, 1958: Len Lye wins $5,000 for 2nd prize at the international experimental film competition in Brussels, Belgium.
Experiments in Cinema v.8.53 rocking Albuquerque, New Mexico with another lineup of fantastic experimental short films. The entire festival runs April 15-21.
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 […]