Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker

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Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker is a collection of essays, photographs, personal statements, and reminiscences about the celebrated avant-garde filmmaker who died in 2003. The director of nearly four hundred short films, including Dog Star Man, Parts I-IV, and the Roman Numeral Series, Brakhage is widely recognized as one of the great artists of the medium. His shorts eschewed traditional narrative structure, and his innovations in fast cutting, hand-held camerawork, and multiple superimpositions created an unprecedentedly rich texture of images that provided the vocabulary for the explosion of independent filmmaking in the 1960s.

Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker chronicles both the director's personal and formal development. The essays in this book-by historians, filmmakers, and other artists-assess Brakhage's contributions to the aesthetic and political history of filmmaking, from his emergence on the film scene and the establishment of his reputation, to the early-1980s. The result is a remarkable tribute to this lyrical, visionary artist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592132720
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Wide Angle Books Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Stan Brakhage: The Activity of His Nature—David E. James
2. Stan Brakhage—Parker Tyler
3. From "Notes on the New American Cinema"—Jonas Mekas
4. Brakhage and Rilke—Jerome Hill
5. On the Art of Vision—Robert Kelly
6. The First Time I Heard the Word "Brakhage"—Edward Dorn
7. Camera Lucida/Camera Obscura—Annette Michelson
8. Brakhage Memoir—James Tenney
9. Amateurs in the Industry Town: Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol in Los Angeles—David E. James
10. It Is Painting—Carolee Schneemann
11. Brakhage: Poesis—R. Bruce Elder
12. Recollections of Stan Brakhage—Jonas Mekas
13. The Roman Numeral Series—Nicky Hamlyn
14. Letter re. Stan—Bruce Baillie
15. Stan Brakhage, Agrimoniac—Craig Dworkin
16. Brakhage Package—Chick Strand
17. Brakhage's Faustian Psychodrama—P. Adams Sitney
18. Stan Brakhage: American Visionary—Willie Varela
19. Brakhage's Occasions: Figure, Subjectivity, and Avant-Garde Politics—Tyrus Miller
20. Notes on Sincerity and Irony—Abigail Child
21. Becoming Dark With Excess of Light: The Vancouver Island Films—Paul Arthur
22. As I Am Writing This Today—Phil Solomon
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