A Companion to Experimental Cinema is a collection of original essays organized around both theoretical and historical issues of concern to film scholars, programmers, filmmakers, and viewers. Newly-commissioned essays written by specialists in the field, along with dialogues conducted with a diverse range of practitioners, focus on core subjects to present an international array of overlapping and contrasting perspectives. This unique text not only provides detailed accounts of particular films and filmmakers, but also discusses new approaches of understanding, characterizing, and shaping experimental cinema.
The Companion offers readers an accessible point of entry to the material while seeking to contribute to scholarly debates. Essays explore a wide range of topics within the realm of experimental film, including the shift from traditional biography to broader contexts, the increased attention afforded to local and transnational circuits of exchange, and the deepening of theoretical considerations regarding cultural identity and cinematic aesthetics. Key themes and concepts are inter-woven throughout the text, offering fresh perspectives on experimental cinema’s dialogues with other modes and practices of film and video, its interactions with the non-cinematic arts, its responses to changing technological landscapes, and more. An essential addition to the field, the Companion:
- Balances introductory summaries and scholarly dialogue with existing literature
- Explores how the study of experimental cinema can benefit from scholarship in other disciplines
- Includes numerous analyses of films that are readily available to view via digital media
- Discusses both canonical and obscure or neglected works
- Examines the effects of the growing diversification of experimental film scholarship
A Companion to Experimental Cinema is a valuable resource for scholars of film studies and art history, curators and programmers, critics and bloggers, filmmakers and artists, and anyone interested in exploring experimental or avant-garde cinema.
About the Author
Federico Windhausen is a film historian and curator, specializing in experimental cinema. He is editor of Speaking Directly: Oral Histories of the Moving Image (SFCBooks, 2013) and author of articles on experimental film and video in October, Hitchcock Annual, Grey Room, The Moving Image, MIRAJ, Millennium Film Journal, Senses of Cinema, and various anthologies. Recipient of a 2014 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Guest curator at l’Age d’Or Film Festival (Brussels), London Film Festival, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), San Francisco Cinematheque, and Ambulante (Mexico). Creator of the first Oberhausen Seminar at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2014 and curator of the Theme program titled El Pueblo: Searching for Contemporary Latin America in the same festival in 2016.