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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 Allwood  co-writer (as Lucy Allowood)
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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"....only scratches the surface...", 5 April 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Free Radicals" consists of Chodorov briefly talking about himself and his own background with art films, interviews with many art film makers (some living some done before the artists died), clips, discussion of an art film museum and the difficulty marketing and making money from the films.

Pip Chodorov made this film about art/avant garde films. Because it's more of a homage, it's not a true history and isn't exhaustive. Fortunately, Chodorov acknowledges this and admits that the film does not talk about all the important art films or art film makers.

So who is the audience? After all, most folks hate art films and have very little appreciation for them. I like art films much more than the average person and I must admit that some of them I can't stand either! So, this is a hard-sell film--and I can see why Turner Classic Movies showed it very late at night! But, for the right person, this film is clearly a must-see.

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