home movies and experimental film

From: Andy Ditzler (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jul 19 2006 - 05:09:59 PDT

Dear Frameworkers,

I'm planning a four-part series of films to take place this October at
Eyedrum here in Atlanta. The series is based on the idea of home movies,
diary films, travel films, and their relation to experimental

The plan is to introduce to a largely general audience an aesthetic of
direct, "personal" cinema exemplified by such filmmakers as Marie
Menken, Jonas Mekas, and Warren Sonbert (and many others) and often
characterized by handheld camerawork, modest economic circumstances,
subjectivity, daily life, and some proximity to the history or aesthetic
of what we know as avant-garde or experimental filmmaking. I've found
many examples in the avant-garde 'canon' but am hoping to also include
more contemporary works (1980s to present).

If there are any filmmakers on the list whose work fits in with this
idea, or if anyone has suggestions of others' recent works, I'd love to
hear about it. My focus is more on filmmakers using their own footage
for films, as opposed to using found footage of home movies, but I am
open to this latter idea as well.

The series is being curated for a citywide photography festival and is a
follow-up to last year's series on the use of light in artists' films.
That series attracted several hundred spectators, so happily there seems
to be increasing interest in experimental film presentation here in

Thanks for reading and for any suggestions.

Yours in Film Love,

Andy Ditzler
Atlanta, GA

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