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Experimental Cinema is reporting the sad news that structural film pioneer Owen Land died last month on June 8. The cause of death isn’t being reported, but he was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1944, Land was born as George Landow. Land described his initial approach to filmmaking as applying a “painterly way of thinking” to film production in an interview with P. Adams Sitney in a 1969 issue of the magazine Film Culture. However, that style soon also incorporated Land’s spiritual and philosophical interests.

His most popular early works are 1963′s Fleming Faloon, in which Land attempted to create the illusion of depth on the movie screen’s flat surface; 1967′s Bardo Follies, a meditative film in which Land created the illusion of a burning movie screen; 1968′s The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter, in which an animator »

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