Free Radicals: a history of experimental cinema

With filmmaker Pip Chodorov

And special performance by Black Lake

Saturday, April 9th.  4PM.  Goldsmith Family Cinema.

Presented by the Wesleyan Film Series and the Cinema Sorcery Front.

Featuring an introduction of short experimental films, a projection of Free Radicals, and a followed by a performance by art/music duo Black Lake.

A preeminent artist and historian of the experimental cinema of the American Underground through the present, filmmaker and film activist Pip Chodorov offers an experiential introduction to a unique world of art and film in the form of the experimental cinema.   Named after the Len Lye’s landmark experimental film of dancing lines and marks scratched into the emulsion, “Free Radicals” gives an informative and accessible introduction into the world of avant-garde cinema, immersing the viewer in its unique visual worlds and perspectives.

“Paris-based filmmaker and film activist Pip Chodorov offers this affectionate overview of some of the leading figures of 20th century experimental film. Narrating in a personal and plainspoken manner (“I’d like you to meet some of my friends and see their films”), Chodorov combines clips and even films in their entirety with conversations with such luminaries as Hans Richter, Robert Breer, Michael Snow, Peter Kubelka and Stan Brakhage in his final recorded interview. The film, which takes its title from Len Lye’s direct animation classic, shows how avant-garde filmmakers were often left in a no man’s land between the art world and the commercial film industry. It was up to visionaries like Jonas Mekas and the organizations he founded – Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Anthology Film Archive – to help struggling filmmakers out. (At one point, Ken Jacobs describes dumpster diving for food.) Warm and inspiring, Chodorov’s film is part essay and part loving tribute.” – AFI Film Festival

“The artists and poets of cinema since before WWI have always been free radicals, crazy about filmmaking and pushing the artform in radical new directions. Trapped in a no man’s land, excluded both from the art world and the film industry, they boldly created a grassroots network for making and showing their films in a spirit of friendship and solidarity. They also created a profound body of work that continues to influence our culture. In this film, I want to share a few of the films I love and introduce you to some of the free, radical artists who made them.” – Pip Chodorov

Date: Saturday, April 9th

Time: 4pm

Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema

Cost: Free