This film program brings together two very prominent people within the American and Canadian alternative art and film communities. Eminent film critic, underground actress and performance artist Amy Taubin made a few forays into the world of filmmaking, and her most well known work is In the Bag, from 1981. In the words of film scholar and theorist Noël Carroll: «Roughly twenty minutes long, the film records a search through a tattered, patchwork-quilt shoulder bag for something – we know not what.
This program brings together a selection of early to mid-career 16mm works by American filmmaker Fred Worden. Occupied with optical cinematic investigations and the machinic constituents of cinema, Worden's work has been described as being developed "out of his interest in intermittent projection as the source of cinema’s primordial powers. How a stream of still pictures passing through a projector at a speed meant to overwhelm the eyes might be harnessed to purposes other than representation or naturalism."
Peter Gidal was born in 1946 and grew up in Switzerland. After studying psychology and German literature at Brandeis University and Munich University, he started at the Royal College of Art in London. It was also here that he seriously started his film career. In the 1960s his films appeared on the New Arts Lab in Drury Lane and the London Film Maker Co-op, which he also helped establish.