Re: [Frameworks] found footage structural films

From: Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Sep 17 2010 - 15:42:18 PDT

Hi Albert,


I realize that I am responding to your post quite late but since nobody has mentioned Kelly Egan’s film I thought that I should bring it to your attention. In 2005 Kelly Egan completed a 35mm short film and a film quilt titled c: won eyed jail. It is composed of 35mm colour photographic negatives that were donated to her by her friends and acquaintances, and of 16mm found footage of various educational films. Egan used one of the traditional quilting patterns for the overall shape of the film. Using this pattern she cut the 35mm and 16mm film strips and sewed them together into a queen-sized 35mm film quilt. The film exists as both a film quilt, an object which can be hung on a wall and its overall shape experienced in space, and as a 35mm film that runs through a projector and provides the temporal experience of the same shape but in its fragmented form. The sound is a stereo direct animation on the optical track of a text, but I don’t remember which one at this point. I think that Kelly Egan’s film is a terrific example of a found footage structural film, among other things. CFMDC (Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre) distributes this film but Kelly Egan is also on Frameworks, in case you have any questions.


Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

Toronto, Canada

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: albert alcoz
  To: Experimental Film Discussion List
  Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2010 5:09 PM
  Subject: [Frameworks] found footage structural films


  I'm writing a dissertation about experimental cinema
  and I have been doing a research about structural films that uses
  found footage.

  Some of the films i have found are:

  Eureka by Ernie Gehr, Tom Tom the Piper's Son by Ken Jacobs and
  Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper by David Rimer.

  Can someone add some other films?

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

  Does it make any sense?


  Albert Alcoz


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