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Stan Brakhage ... Himself
Robert Breer ... Himself
Pip Chodorov ... Himself
Stephan Chodorov ... Himself
Ken Jacobs ... Himself
Peter Kubelka ... Himself
Maurice Lemaître ... Himself
Len Lye ... Himself (archive footage)
Jonas Mekas ... Himself
John Mhiripiri ... Himself
Nam June Paik ... Himself (archive footage)
Hans Richter ... Himself (archive footage)
M.M. Serra ... Himself
Michael Snow ... Himself

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Pip Chodorov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucy Allowood  co-writer
Lucy Allwood 
Pip Chodorov  story
Pip Chodorov  writer
Pip Chodorov 

Produced by
Ron Dyens .... producer
Aurélia Prévieu .... producer
Original Music by
Black Lake 
Slink Moss 
Cinematography by
Pip Chodorov 
Nicolas Rideau 
Film Editing by
Jackie Raynal (addtional editing)
Nicolas Sarkissian 
Production Management
Guilaine Bergeret .... production manager
Shanshan Huo .... production trainee
Guénaelle Marquis .... production manager
Eric Michel .... production manager
Mathieu Staub .... production trainee
Carolina Suarez .... production trainee
Sound Department
Romain de Gueltzl .... sound
Gautier Isern .... sound
Allison Jackson .... sound
Eric Lesachet .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Marion Boutin .... first assistant camera
Tom Brener .... additional cinematography
Rachel Chodorov .... additional cinematography
Stephan Chodorov .... additional cinematography
Darcy Gentling .... additional cinematography
Alexander Hammid .... additional cinematography
Bob Hanson .... additional cinematography
Ken Jacobs .... additional cinematography
Reimar Kuntze .... additional cinematography
Charles I. Levine .... additional cinematography
Anne Maregiano .... additional cinematography
Rémi Mazet .... assistant camera (as Rémy Mazet)
Jonas Mekas .... additional cinematography
Ville Piippo .... additional cinematography
Mary Beth Reed .... additional cinematography
Nicolas Rey .... additional cinematography
James Smith .... assistant camera
Ralph Soll .... additional cinematography
Cecile Starr .... additional cinematography
Editorial Department
Boubkar Benzabat .... assistant editor
Camille de Chenay .... apprentice editor
Leili Gueranfar .... assistant editor
Yov Moor .... colorist
Ioana Sincu .... assistant editor
Music Department
Pip Chodorov .... original music
Martine Aboucaya .... thanks
Christophe Bichon .... thanks
Danièle Birge .... thanks
Marilyn Brakhage .... thanks
Sarah Darmon .... thanks
David Davidson .... thanks
Lara Davis .... thanks
Erik de Bourbon .... thanks
Nathaniel Dorsky .... thanks
Anita Draghici .... thanks
Catherine Goldstein .... thanks
Martha M. Green .... thanks
Leili Gueranfar .... thanks
Christiane Guymer .... thanks
Shirley Horrocks .... thanks
Flo Jacobs .... thanks
Cindy Keefer .... thanks
Luc Lagier .... thanks
Andrew Lampert .... thanks
Dominik Lange .... thanks
Emmanuel Lefrant .... thanks
Anne Maregiano .... thanks
Mary Beth Reed .... thanks
Nicolas Rey .... thanks
Caitlin Rhodes .... thanks
Pierre Rissient .... thanks
Jack Rizzo .... thanks
Sunah Kim Schultz .... thanks
P. Adams Sitney .... thanks
Emilija Skarnulyte .... thanks
Cecile Starr .... thanks
Kirk Stevens .... thanks
Julie Talen .... thanks
Anne-Claire Thiel .... thanks
Moira Tierney .... thanks
Muriel Tohmé .... thanks
Mark Toscano .... thanks
Johanna Vanderbeek .... thanks
Sara Vanderbeek .... thanks
Dennis Williams .... thanks

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good Documentary, 3 November 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Good documentary covering a brief history of the experimental films that gained popularity over the past four decades, although the avant-garde cinema has been around for as long as film has. If you're familiar with names like Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Maurice Lemaitre and Ken Jacobs then you're really going to enjoy this documentary because you get to hear from them as well as various other filmmakers who create these types of films. If you're unaware of these names then you're still going to have a good time watching this because you're going to get to see some great film clips and learn a little bit of history. The "A" in the title is a strong one to pay attention to because the film doesn't set out to the "the" history of experimental films but instead just a certain aspect of it. I think someone like Georges Meliels could have been included here and there are some other famous early avant-garde films that are not mentioned. Instead, the documentary really focuses on films that happened after WWII and this is where the before mentioned names come into play. There's also talk about some of the hard times that these filmmakers would face as there's certainly not much funding for these types of movies and there are even smaller crowds willing to watch them.

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