Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker

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Temple University Press, 2011 M01 19 - 248 pages
Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker is a collection of essays, photographs, personal statements, and reminiscences about the celebrated avant-garde filmmaker who died in 2003. The director of nearly four hundred short films, including Dog Star Man, Parts I-IV, and the Roman Numeral Series, Brakhage is widely recognized as one of the great artists of the medium. His shorts eschewed traditional narrative structure, and his innovations in fast cutting, hand-held camerawork, and multiple superimpositions created an unprecedentedly rich texture of images that provided the vocabulary for the explosion of independent filmmaking in the 1960s. Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker chronicles both the director's personal and formal development. The essays in this book—by historians, filmmakers, and other artists—assess Brakhage's contributions to the aesthetic and political history of filmmaking, from his emergence on the film scene and the establishment of his reputation, to the early-1980s. The result is a remarkable tribute to this lyrical, visionary artist.
 

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Contents

Stan Brakhage The Activity of His Nature David E James
1
Stan Brakhage Parker Tyler
20
Brakhage Breer Menken The Pure Poets of Cinema Jonas Mekas
27
Brakhage and Rilke Jerome Hill
29
On The Art of Vision Robert Kelly
32
The First Time I Heard the Word Brakhage Edward Dorn
34
Camera LucidaCamera Obscura Annette Michelson
36
Brakhage Memoir James Tenney
57
Stan Bruce Baillie
129
Stan Brakhage Agrimoniac Craig Dworkin
132
Brakhage Package Chick Strand
150
Brakhages Faustian Psychodrama P Adams Sitney
153
American Visionary Willie Varela
169
Figure Subjectivity and AvantGarde Politics Tyrus Miller
174
Notes on Sincerity and Irony Abigail Child
196
The Vancouver Island Films Paul Arthur
207

Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol in Los Angeles David E James
61
It Is Painting Carolee Schneemann
78
Poesis R Bruce Elder
88
Recollections of Stan Brakhage Jonas Mekas
107
The Roman Numeral Series Nicky Hamlyn
113
As I Am Writing This Today Phil Solomon
226
Contributors
229
Index
233
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David E. James is Professor in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. He is the editor of The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in Los Angeles (Temple) and author of The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles.

Contributors: Paul Arthur, Montclair State University; Bruce Baillie; Abigail Child; Edward Dorn; Craig Dworkin; R. Bruce Elder; Nicky Hamlyn, Kent Institute of Art and Design; Jonas Mekas; Tyrus Miller, University of California, Santa Cruz; Carolee Schneemann; P. Adams Sitney, Princeton University; Phil Solomon, University of Colorado, Boulder; Chick Strand; James Tenney, California Institute of the Arts; Willie Varela, University of Texas at El Paso; and the editor.

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