From: Steve Polta (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jun 17 2009 - 13:40:16 PDT
Hi Dan. I would highly recommend GARDEN PATH (2001) which either a Brakhage collaboration with Mary Beth Reed or a film properly credited to Reed alone. The film is a portrait of Brakhage working——scratching/painting and sitting at an optical printer——intercut with Brakhage's film work, so it's like you see him working and then it flashes to show what he is working on; the flashes also suggest thought bursts or flashes of insight. Silent film. Gives a very good sense of what is going on in Brakhage's film——i.e. how they are made——to those unaware of his process. While it's not either artists' greatest film it works well on a Brakhage program presented to general audiences and says more than hearing him talk about it.
I could have sworn Canyon had the print at some point but I can't seem to find it on their website. So I don't know about that.
And you can watch it online here:
LOS CAUDALES (2004–2005) by Timoleon Wilkins (which *is* available from Canyon) is a nice film which features a few shots of Brakhage and is a partial homage to him. To my knowledge this film has screened very little.
And, if you feel like going far back in time, the films TRUMPIT and THE ONE ROMANTIC ADVENTURE OF EDWARD (1955 and 1956 respectively), both by SB's high school pal Lawrence Jordan star Brakhage as a Deren-esque meanderer.
Surely there are more but these are four that come to mind.
--- On Wed, 6/17/09, Dan Anderson <email suppressed> wrote:
> From: Dan Anderson <email suppressed>
> Subject: avant-docs featuring Brakhage? Kuchar?
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 11:10 AM
> I'm looking for films by experimental artists that
> feature the late Stan Brakhage. Any ideas? Does anyone know
> what George Kuchar film is featured in the Jim Shedden
> documentary? Is it "Greetings from Boulder," or
> possibly another film?
> I'm programing a Brakhage film event, and would like to
> include a piece showing him working, talking about his work,
> or just hanging out. Would prefer anything that is not
> available on the Internet.
> thanks, kids--
> Dan Anderson
> Arkansas Underground Film Festival
> Hot Springs Natl Park, AR
> July 17-19. 2009
> Bearded Child Film Festival
> Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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