Re: [Frameworks] experimental documentary

From: James Kreul (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jul 17 2010 - 18:07:01 PDT

Not to start arguments within the thread, but...

I agree with David T's general point about ideology and the camera, but I'm
not sure if I agree that Naomi Uman's films should be avoided. But it has
been a while since I've seen them and perhaps I should hear more reactions
to them. Perhaps her more recent Ukrainian films would be interesting to
look at in relation to some of the objections to her earlier poetic/portrait
docs (since part of the idea for the project was to explore the land of her
own ancestry).

I think Shirley Clarke's The Connection probably pushes the definition of
doc too far (a staged adaptation of a play filmed in a studio set), but
Clarke's Portrait of Jason might make a good substitution for it.

Other suggestions probably already thought of or mentioned:

Warhol's screen tests, and Bufferin (and many others)
George Kuchar's Weather Diaries (and many many many others)
Peggy Awhesh's Martina's Playhouse
Jean Vigo, A propos de Nice
Santiago Alvarez

I just watched Lionel Rogosin's "Good Times, Wonderful Times" which might
not strictly fit the definition here, and I had mixed feelings about it, but
it might be useful in such a class.

James Kreul
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