The impact of significant loss has exerted a powerful influence on several American avant-garde filmmakers. The Melancholy Lens offers a detailed look at biographical and psychological factors discernible in the art of Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Beavers, and Ernie Gehr with an aim toward a greater understanding of their work.
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Imprints is a collection of essays, interviews, ephemera, and personal reflections that chart Louise Bourque’s life and work. Since 1989, Bourque has made a significant mark on Canadian experimental cinema. Her works often involve the physical manipulation of emulsion, with the content of the work stemming from a different type of imprint, namely, that of memory and trauma, and her aesthetics are imprinted on the work of contemporary filmmakers dealing with memorial processes and abstract imagery.
Ken Jacobs is one of the most wildly creative and influential film artists and teachers in the history of the medium, and Kino Classics is proud to present this two-disc selection from his vast body of work (additional titles will be available digitally via Kino Now). Jacobs, born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933, studied Abstract Expressionism with Hans Hofmann before turning to filmmaking – where he became a prolific member of the underground scene, along with contemporaries Jonas Mekas, Jack Smith, and Stan Brakhage.
In this expanded edition of Cinéma Radical, first published in French in 2008, the artist Christian Lebrat reflects on a cinema that “follows its own rules and questions the very definition of the medium.”
2nd edition. English translation by Anna Doyle. To be published in May 2021
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"I like working with film's materiality - the object becomes a material that I transform with non-filmic tools. Like an explorer, I have a go at the surfaces of film prints that I find or that are given to me: films of all genres, formats and origins. I transform their textures, colors and images by subjecting them to chemical reactions caused by various household products, creating new hybrid film objects through collage and recomposition, following motifs inspired by the original sources."
As a publishing act, Migrant Thoughts argues that the image is inevitably nomadic and inexorably migrant and, as Henri Bergson reminds us, is everywhere. Everything is image. We are images among images, and in this respect film is no more than one of the media through which images move. Images become a gesture of resistance, as by being just an image and not a just image, as Jean-Luc Godard said, they are worthy and can never be subdued by power, despotism or an all-too human will corrupted by the idea of ownership.
Limited edition Blu-ray release of Sarah Pucill’s acclaimed artists’ feature film Confessions to the Mirror in which she extends the study she began in her previous film Magic Mirror (2013) responding to Surrealist artist Claude Cahun’s writing and photographs through tableaux vivants that re-stage her images and words.
Comment « rendre compte » des expérimentations sans récit et comment « expérimenter » depuis les récits du cinéma narratif ? Dans les textes écrits par Prosper Hillairet, des passages s’opèrent, circulent dans les films, entre les films, les styles, les cinéastes, les époques. L’ ensemble, tour à tour consacré à l’avant-garde des années 20, comme aux cinéastes expérimentaux français des années 70 et 80, avec quelques incursions tardives dans le cinéma narratif, tisse une réflexion à partir du cinéma comme « forme visuelle ».
There's something extraordinarily personal about all of this. Extreme ambition, monstrous collages, an unusual and highly disconcerting obsession that doesn't let up for one minute, due in part to its diabolically relentless repetitions. It's what you might get if Eisenstein directed a Franco-Chinese re-make of Wild Strawberries in the suburbs of Paris.
-Louis Skorecki, Libération on Le Jardin des âges
Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) is internationally recognized as one of the most important painters of the 20th and 21st centuries. The leitmotif of her painting, the act of rendering her body awareness visible, found additional expression in the films she made in New York in the early 1970s. And what films they are! Influenced by painting, but also by U.S. experimental film, the feminist movement, animation, and her new hometown of New York, Lassnig created a remarkable body of radically independent short films in just a few years.
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