Re: [Frameworks] found footage structural films

From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 12 2010 - 14:22:53 PDT

Quoting albert alcoz <email suppressed>:

> Is it right to talk about them as "found footage structural films"?

In my opinion, no.

Most or all of the filmmakers originally named by Sitney in his
"Structural Film" article decried the use of the term. Ernie Gehr
certainly objected to such labels in general as impeding viewers'
authentic experience of the works. It's also not clear to me, in terms
of Sitney's original definition, how well something like "Eureka"
would fit.

Certainly there are categories in filmmaking. There are films that fit
Sitney's original description well. Most were made after his article,
by filmmakes who were quite happy with using the term to describe
their work. I would reserve it for their work.

If you want to concentrate on a particular subset of found footage
avant-garde films, ask yourself what the films that interest you have
in common, and try to find a new name for them.

Fred Camper

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