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New for Sale: Film Independents 1964

Posted July 24th, 2014 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New DVDs, News / Events

Now available to purchase from Canyon Cinema…

Film Independents 1964 (1964 | 57 minutes)

This historic DVD is a collection of short films made by members of the group Film Independents, whose activities in the 1960s constitute an important foundation of the Japanese avant0garde. The group’s first event took place in 1964, when its members screened a collection of subversive two-minute films that took the television advertisement as their model. The program’s title, A Commercial for Myself, comes from Norman Mailer’s essay collection of the same name.

This is the first time in the history of Japanese experimental film such a collection has ever been assembled. Film Independents was an eclectic group, that included filmmakers (Takahiko Imura, Nobuhiko Obayashi), visual and performance artists (Ryu Koike, Yoshiyuki Oka, and Genpei Akasegawa), a musician (Yasunao Tone of Group Ongaku), and a critic (Donald Richie).

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