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An analytical peek into the twisted world of Guy Maddin.


Analysis of Canadian filmmaker Phil Hoffman's poetic treatment of autobiography and aesthetics in Passing Through/Torn Formations.


Review of the recent Criterion DVD that spans Brakhage's lifework.


Part two of Hendriks' close textual analysis of Friedrich's personal odyssey.


Part one of Hendriks' close textual analysis of Friedrich's personal odyssey.


By Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak following the Stan Brakhage Benefit Concert featuring Sonic Youth, Anthology Film Archives, NYC April 12, 2003.


Professor Peter Rist reminisces on “Stan the Man”.


Stemming from his ongoing graduate work, first-time Offscreen writer Brett Kashmere delves headlong into the fascinating intersection of Brakhage and the cultural expression of the Post-World War II American avant-garde.


Anyone who has heard Stan Brakhage lecture will probably be familiar with his now famous artistic credo, his “400 year plan”. Offscreen editor Donato Totaro provides a brief glimpse into the mountain of a man that was Stan Brakhage.


Drawing on the wide-ranging theories of Michel Chion (Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen), William C. Wees (Light Moving in Time), Sergei Eisenstein (Nonindifferent Nature), Peter Kivy (Music Alone: Philosophical Reflections on the Purely Musical Experience), and Tom Gunning, Jordan explores how Brakhage's films and theory ask us to 're-learn' the fundamental principles of how we interect with the world around us.


Stan Brakhage at the Cinémathèque Québecoise, Montreal, January 27-28, 2001 Part 1: “Death is a Meaningless Word.”


Stan Brakhage at the Cinémathèque Québecoise, Montreal, January 27-28, 2001 Part 1: “Death is a Meaningless Word.”


While lamenting the FCMM's decision to eliminate live performances (at least for this year), Randolph Jordan points to the short film as the one area where the FCMM continues its cutting edge, innovative programming.


In a perfect world Peter Mettler would be a household name. Unfortunately it isn't. Stefik takes you on a journey with one of Canada's lesser known gems, filmmaker Peter Mettler


Stefik tries to define the particular and unique qualities that make up the Peter Mettler film experience. Although largely a review of Mettler's latest films, “Gambling, Gods and LSD”, Stefik also touches on some of Mettler's earlier works.


The films of Michael Snow require a certain intellectual disposition. To be fully understood and appreciated they should be placed within the context of art history, and more specifically modernism, where each medium’s intrinsic value is maintained. But aren’t such pretensions to a medium’s purity merely utopian, or in the least fragmentary or incomplet


The top of Michael Snow’s curriculum vitae reads, born: Toronto, Ontario, 10 December, 1929. Occupation: filmmaker, musician, visual artist, composer, writer, sculptor. As Canada’s best-known living artist, Snow is also one of the world’s two most highly acclaimed experimental filmmakers (the other being Stan Brakhage, US).


La Région Centrale (Quebec, 1971, 180 min., 16mm, color) is arguably the most spectacular experimental film made anywhere in the world, and for John W. Locke, writing in Artforum in 1973, it was “as fine and important a film as I have ever seen.” If ever the term “metaphor on vision” needed to be applied to a film it should be to this one. Following Wavelength, Michael Snow continued to explore ...


Thirty-five years after its inception, Wavelength (Ontario, 1967, 45 min.) remains one of the most vital and (still) groundbreaking films in the history of experimental cinema. It is, quite simply, the “Citizen Kane” of experimental cinema. Screenings of Wavelength in and out of academic situations have probably generated more mixed emotions-frustration, boredom, exhilaration and awe (sometimes in the same spectator)- than any other film.


If ever the term “Renaissance Man” applied, it would be to Michael Snow. Most artists would be pleased to have made inroads into one art, but Snow is a strange beast, extending his creative talons into music, painting, sculpting, photography, and film (are you dizzy yet?). So as ecstatic as we were to have one hour with Snow out of his extremely busy schedule, we realized given his prodigious achievements....

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