Re: Brakhage leaves the shade

From: Carlos Kase (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Apr 25 2008 - 11:05:00 PDT


I have been trying to find this letter myself. A year or two ago I looked through the Brakhage files at Anthology and did not find it there (though I did find the correspondence that was republished in the BRAKHAGE SCRAPBOOK). I would love to hear more about it if you are able to track down this particular letter in its entirety. It seems that a trip to Colorado may be in order.

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  From: Z O
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  Subject: Brakhage leaves the shade

  I am new to the list. I have a question that could maybe turn into a topic. It involves a letter Brakhage wrote to Mekas in 64. It seems that it is a fairly famous letter, but I haven't been able to track it down. It is about his withdrawing his films from the Film Maker's Co-Op. It says, I have been able to find fragments of the letter, this "I cannot in good conscience continue to accept the help of institutions which have come to propagate advertisements for forces which I recognize as among the most destructive in the world today: "dope", self-centred Love, unqualified Hatred, Nihilism, violence to self and society."

  I guess it was in regard to Andy Warhol having won the independent film maker's award. Can any one tell me where I can find this letter? I found a letter to Mekas in the 'Brakhage Scrapbook' from 82, but it was only referencing his actions of removing his films from Anthology and Film Maker's Co-Op... Does any one know where I can find the original, ground shaking, as it were, letter?



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