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Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 3 August 2012 (USA)
What is experimental film, and why is it called that? Artists and poet working in celluloid since before WWI have always found themselves in a no man's land. Excluded both from the art ... See full summary »

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Pip Chodorov ... Himself - Narrator
Ken Jacobs ... Himself - Filmmaker
... Himself - Filmmaker (archive footage)
... Himself - Filmmaker
Robert Breer ... Himself - Filmmaker
Peter Kubelka ... Himself - Filmmaker
... 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
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What is experimental film, and why is it called that? Artists and poet working in celluloid since before WWI have always found themselves in a no man's land. Excluded both from the art world and from the film industry, they bodly created a grassroots network for making and showing their films. They also created a profound body of work that continues to influence our culture. I wanted to share a few of the films I love and introduce you some of the free, radicals artists who made them. Written by Anonymous

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"....only scratches the surface..."
5 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

"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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