From: gyoungblood (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jul 12 2008 - 09:47:34 PDT
It may interest Frameworkers to know that Stan invented the term "expanded cinema." See his article
"Culture: Intercom and Expanded Cinema: A Proposal and Manifesto," Film Culture, no. 40, Spring, 1966, p. 17.
He was a major influence on my thinking, and a close friend from 1967 to his death in 1984. In my memoirs there are numerous scenes that capture his extraordinary personality. One is a slapstick, almost Keatonesque account of an early steam screen tunnel in Cambridge. Another rather harrowing event takes place in the abandoned Hav-A-Tampa cigar factory where he wanted to build the ultimate MovieDrome. There's a poignant scene in a cabin on a lake near Walden, involving the greatly exaggerated news of his father's death. And there are his last words to me, spoken by a man who lived his life and his death as works of art.
I'm having a lot of fun writing these, and it's gratifying that Chrissie is showcasing his films at the same time as the Bucky Fuller exhibition, which is a whole other story.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pip Chodorov" <email suppressed>
To: <email suppressed>
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:42 AM
Subject: Re: Stan VanDerBeek films at the Whitney
> Our current video release (available since October 2000) contains his
> most popular films and a booklet with some of his writings. It is
> available in PAL from Re:Voir and in NTSC from Gartenberg Media. But
> we are working on a new release with twice as many films and two
> Camera Three documentaries featuring Stan, one on his MovieDrome and
> one on his early computer work.
> This will be a DVD release first, available in a couple of months.
> The quality will be less good than the VHS, but I imagine most people
> don't care about that anymore. Distribution has come to mean quantity
> over quality. I wonder what Stan V would have thought. In the
> computer show, filmed in 1971, he says to the camera "within 30 years
> our kids will be talking to each other over computer networks, and
> making art with computers." If he were around now, he would be
> telling us what our kids will be doing in 2038!
> -Pip Chodorov
> At 19:12 -0700 11/07/08, scott nyerges wrote:
>>Just got back from the Whitney. What a marvelous program. I had no
>>idea Vanderbeek was such a prolific filmmaker. Are there any good
>>sources where I can learn more about his life and work?
>>--- On Fri, 7/11/08, Pip Chodorov <email suppressed> wrote:
>>> From: Pip Chodorov <email suppressed>
>>> Subject: Re: Stan VanDerBeek films at the Whitney
>>> To: email suppressed
>>> Date: Friday, July 11, 2008, 3:38 PM
>>> Great news!
>>> I remember Stan's Whitney show, projecting into steam.
>>> He was a true visionary.
>>> -Pip Chodorov
>>> "There are more TV sets in America than bathtubs.
>>> There are more
>>> radios in America than people."
>>> - Stan Vanderbeek, March 22, 1969
>>> At 17:06 -0400 11/07/08, Chrissie Iles wrote:
>>> > Stan VanDerBeek's films will screen from today
>>> until Sunday July
>>> >20; schedule follows.
>>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
>>> <email suppressed>.
>>For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.