Stan Brakhage


Edited by David E. James
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248 pages
6 x 9
20 halftones

The art and legacy of a towering figure in the independent film movement

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author(s)

David E. James is Professor in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. He is the editor of The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in Los Angeles (Temple) and author of The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles.


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