Re: looking for good intro text

From: Jonathan Walley (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Dec 04 2009 - 09:58:43 PST

Brett is absolutely right about Renan's book. I didn't mention it
because it ends at 1967 (obviously). A somewhat "journalistic"
account, but an easy and entertaining read. Renan's enthusiasm for
the subject, unadorned by a lot of theoretical jargon, is refreshing.


Jonathan Walley
Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema
Denison University
Granville, Ohio 43203

On Dec 4, 2009, at 12:10 PM, Brett Kashmere wrote:

> It's not perfect, and it's probably no longer in print, but I've
> always been partial to Sheldon Renan's "An Introduction to the
> American Underground Film" (1967). It's written in a straight-
> forward manner and covers a pretty wide range of filmmakers and
> trends, including some consideration of expanded cinema, intermedia
> performance, computer films, etc, towards the end.
> I don't remember exactly, but I believe there is also some
> attention given to developments in the distribution and exhibition
> of avant-garde films, and to publications like Film Culture.
> Brett Kashmere
> Pittsburgh
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> Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 19:25:44 -0800
> From: Bernard Roddy <email suppressed>
> Subject: looking for good intro text
> Greetings, frameworkers:
> Can anyone think of an introductory text that combines a history of
> experimental film and video IN THE U.S. with a strong discussion of
> the history of artists' organizing, writing, and distribution IN
> For Great Britain there's David Curtis' A History of Artists' Film
> and Video in Britain. This has the distinct advantage of combining
> film and video art criticism with strong (and introductory) writing
> about the social history behind production, distribution, and
> critical reception. It includes discussion of "little magazines,"
> the "schooling" of film artists, institutional support for artists'
> work in film such as the Experimental Film Fund and the Arts
> Council, as well as issues motivating and confronting artists'
> organizations like the London Filmmakers' Co-op.
> I'd love to find something like this for the U.S. It would include
> a history of things like Canyon Cinema and the Film-Makers' Co-op,
> Cinema 16 and Anthology Film Archives, in addition to offering a
> critical context for student work.
> Thanks in advance.
> Bernie
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