Re: Chick Strand Is at Peace

From: Robert Cargni Mitchell (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jul 13 2009 - 14:28:13 PDT

This is very distressing and sad news, though not unexpected.
At this year Flaherty Seminar at Colgate University, curator Irina Leimbacher, had included several works by Chick Strand within the Flaherty program.
Irina, started the seminar with Kristallnacht. What an incredible framing for the Seminar and now memory for us all to hold.
I also remember when the first images of Chick's film Soft Fiction hit the screen, there was a collective sigh of recognition and joy over the audience. Thanks Chick. You will be missed.
Robert E. Cargni
Film Program Curator
Ibrahim Theater @ International House
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
p) 1.215.895.6555| (f) 1.215.895.6562


From: Experimental Film Discussion List on behalf of Lawrence Daressa
Sent: Mon 7/13/2009 5:08 PM
To: email suppressed
Subject: Re: Chick Strand Is at Peace

Dear Gail,
I thought she might be in failing health (she was 78) because Jonathan suggested we had to have the Chick Strand program this season. I've written him to turn it into a tribute and post a self-congratulatory announcement of our rededication of the program in her memory. I've actually never seen any of her films and in fact I thought she was a he.
Best Wishes


From: Experimental Film Discussion List [mailto:email suppressed] On Behalf Of Gail Silva
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 1:52 PM
To: email suppressed
Subject: Re: Chick Strand Is at Peace

Had a lovely time with her some years back when Film Arts was administering the Phelan Art Awards in Film. She came up and spent a few days here and we did screenings and a party at the Art Institute. We also did an extensive interview for the then-Film Arts Magazine with her head filling the entire cover of the mag. I have a copy still in my basement.


On Jul 13, 2009, at 12:31 PM, Adam Hyman wrote:

        I just received word from her son that Chick Strand died on Saturday 11

        A marvelous and inspirational filmmaker and person, the artful person whom
        one was always delighted to see. May we all screen some of her films soon
        in tribute and in astonishment, to revel in their beauty and insight and
        grace, and to continue her legacy.

        Adam Hyman
        Los Angeles Filmforum

        From her son:

        To All

        (Sorry if you are someone who probably should not have received this but
        I just grabbed everyone from her address book)

        My mom Chick Strand (Mildred Muller) passed away Saturday afternoon due
        to her cancer. Her wish was to to do so at her adored home and garden,
        with me, and her beloved dog "Tigo". We have discussed this for years due
        to her enduring so many health issues over the last 10 years. I am
        glad I was able to give her that final request. As much has she was
        ready to go her inner strength kept her going much too long than anyone
        expected. On her request medicine for pain was only given towards the
        end, finally I felt it was necessary. She was one tough lady and is now
        a legend with the Hospice nurses and Home Care Givers.

        It is a great loss to us all. Not only was she my mom but my best
        friend. She was a great mom who would do anything to help me and did so
        on many occasions. My sister "Naja" and I were always her number one
        priority. She was my teacher, adviser, and safety net on so many levels.
        She taught me to be strong, independent, determined, righteous,
        adventurous, think things through, and be creative, all in an unassuming
        way; all the qualities she had. Through this process I have learned how
        much she was loved and admired by you all and that she impacted so many.
        I am sorry for your loss as well.

        Early on she wanted to break off contact with everybody and I am sorry
        for those of you who never had a chance to say goodbye. The last month
        or so she was pretty incoherent so I was unable to relay much of
        anything to her. This has been a very difficult journey for me so I must
        send this "To All" e-mail, I am feeling pretty raw right now and it is
        difficult for me to discuss on the phone and have many things to deal
        with. At some point I hope to talk to you all or exchange more personal
        e-mails individually. Please pass this on to anyone who should know.
        Also please respond to my e-mail below.

        There is no service planned per mom's request. She will be cremated
        and I will mix her and Marty's (the love of her life) ashes together in
        an infinity box, together again, at last.

        Eric Strand
        email suppressed

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