From: Beverly O'Neill (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jul 18 2010 - 18:17:34 PDT
Dear Matt Helme, Has he become conventional yet? While he defined the Pittsburgh trilogy as documentaries I've always viewed the majority of his work in that light, although not exclusively.
Several titles to suggest: MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES by Jennifer Bainal who filmed the still photographer Edwin Burtynsky as he traveled throughout industrial China capturing contemporary industrial life in ways we've never experienced; MY WINNIPEG, Guy Maddin's very successful autobiographic portrait of his childhood.
By way of ancedote, Pat O'Neill won 1st prize for a documentary in 1989 at Sundance with a piece called WATER AND POWER. Peter Wollen served as a juror that year and decided to challenge the festival's standards and definitions about what constituted a documentary. Pat received 1 phone call after he returned home with the award from an L.A. film critic wanting to review the work. She tore the film to shreds. That prize never attracted anyone else's attention to the piece, though it achieved a splendid viewing history in another context.. He has the Sundance crystal with an etched citation as evidence that it wasn't a hallucination.
Maybe the idea of documentaries flew out the window with the persistence of vision.
> How many film's did Brakhage make? Was he considered conventional in 2000?
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