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Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Posted January 20th, 2011 in Events and Screenings, News / Events


Pip Chodorov’s Documentary ‘Free Radicals’ Comes to the Bay Area

“Filmmaker and film activist Pip Chodorov offers this affectionate overview of some of the leading figures of twentieth-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 Archives—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.”
—Doug Cummings, AFI Fest 2010

82 mins, In English and French with English subtitles, Color, Digibeta, From Sacrebleu Productions

Upcoming Screenings:

Feb 13 and 17th
Roxie Cinema
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January 26
Berkeley PFA
More information here

For more on Pip Chodorov and to rent his films from Canyon Cinema…