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  (in credits order)
Pip Chodorov ... Himself - Narrator
Ken Jacobs ... Himself - Filmmaker
Hans Richter ... Himself - Filmmaker (archive footage)
Stan Brakhage ... Himself - Filmmaker
Robert Breer ... Himself - Filmmaker
Peter Kubelka ... Himself - Filmmaker
Jonas Mekas ... Himself - Filmmaker
Stephan Chodorov ... Himself - Writer & Producer
Len Lye ... Himself - Filmmaker (archive footage)
Maurice Lemaître ... Himself - Filmmaker
M.M. Serra ... Herself - New York Filmmakers' Cooperative
Michael Snow ... Himself - Artist & Filmmaker
Nam June Paik ... Himself - Artist (archive footage)
Stan Vanderbeek ... Himself - Filmmaker (archive footage)
John Mhiripiri ... Himself - Anthology Film Archives

Andy Warhol ... Himself - Artist & Filmmaker (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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interesting off and on, 5 April 2014
Author: Charles Herold (cherold) from United States

I'm not sure why director Chodorov spends the first part of this movie talking mainly about himself. First he lets you know he's an experimental filmmaker, and when he mentions other, more famous, filmmakers, he talks about them in the context of what they meant to his own works. Perhaps he felt it was necessary to explain why he wanted to make the movie, or to give some context as to why these filmmakers were significant, but it's like telling someone about the time you met Hemingway and then spending the first 15 minutes talking about the book you're working on.

Just as I was about to give up hope there would be any sort of documentary at all, Chodorov got down to the business of talking about other people. While he briefly discusses works throughout the history of film, he is mainly focused on a few New York experimental filmmakers.

The movie is a mix of interviews and clips along with some general context. I'm not big on underground cinema (although I did like the namesake clip, Free Radicals and the works the guy who did the Gilliam- style - before Gilliam - cutout animation), but if you are, clips tend to be generously long, letting audiences fully appreciate the works. The interviews are generally interesting.

There isn't much shape to this movie, as the director feels letting you hear the filmmakers and see their works is all you need. The closest thing to a them is that experimental film making is the least lucrative art of the avant-garde.

If you're really interesting in the subject, or you don't realize that you would be fascinated by experimental film if you just saw some, you'll probably really enjoy this. But while some documentary makers can bring any subject to life for any audience, that's not the case here. How much you like this will depend a lot on how much you want to like it.

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