Re: experimental film and genre films

From: Sam Wells (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2006 - 05:27:25 PDT

> If the experimental artists look to the past not to mine medium/
> period specific strategies and techniques but to simply find
> inspiration in the spirit of exploration and experimentation that
> can be found there, then genre seems a less appropriate label. I
> believe there is also some evidence to support this view. Steve
> Anker and Phil Weisman's essay that appeared in the Black Maria
> Film Festival catalogue this year said something along the lines
> that significant experimental works have been created in each year
> through the 1980's and to the present. And I agree -- there is
> plenty of good work that identifies as experimental or avant-garde
> but I think also that despite this our "mode of film practice" has
> not yet moved out of the shadow of the 1960's and 1970's. I
> believe this is both possible and desirable.
> Gregg

I'm very aware of this lately, and I suppose working in such a low
grade format as High Definition post ;-) albeit 16mm origination is
certainly a kind of break with 60s 70s not even (for me) so much
graphically as structurally; but - as it comes to structure one finds
the strengths in previous models in unexpected ways: I've been
astonished to find paths carved by Gehr etc to have relevance to me
in work that *is* concerned with quasi-narrative forms, even "mise-en-

-Sam Wells

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