The first of this spring's experimental offerings provides a great introduction to the genre. Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film was made by Pip Chodorov, an ideal candidate to take on the topic due to his early immersion in these films via his father, television presenter, Stephan Chodorov, who showcased the work of some of the genre's most important figures. Through conversations with Hans Richter, Robert Breer, Michael Snow, Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs, Peter Kubelka and Stan Brakhage (in his final recorded interview), Pip, a filmmaker himself, explores the trials and tribulations of creating non-mainstream art alongside an industry that thrives on commercialism and profit. The film is filled with many examples and will be preceded by a short made by one of today's most accomplished experimental makers, Jennifer Reeves. Her 16mm film Landfill 16 (2011, 9 min), was made from recycled 16mm outtakes from a previous film, which were buried in the ground and then repainted.
Michael Robinson holds a BFA from Ithaca College and a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since the year 2000, he has created a body of film, video and photography work exploring the poetics of loss and the dangers of mediated experience. His work has screened in both solo and group shows at a variety of festivals, cinematheques and galleries around the world. He was listed as one of the top ten avant-garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment magazine. Robinson's Circle in the Sand, a selection of Views from the Avant-Garde at the 2012 New York Film Festival, will be shown with two of his shorts that were included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Added after our Spring 2013 Flicksheet went to press is American Falls presented by filmmaker Phil Solomon. Commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as a multimedia installation for the museum's grand Rotunda, American Falls will be shown at Cornell Cinema in a single channel version. The film is inspired by Frederic Edwin Church's 1857 masterpiece Niagara, one of the best-known paintings in the Corcoran's collection, and by Washington's monumental war memorials. Solomon’s work has been included in New York’s prestigious Whitney Biennial of American Art on two occasions. His films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the New York Film Festival; the Sundance Film Festival; and at many other prestigious national and international festivals and venues. He was a longtime colleague of (and collaborator with) legendary filmmaker Stan Brakhage.
Strange Lines and Distances, a two-channel audio-visual installation focusing on Guglielmo Marconi's first transatlantic radio broadcast, has been postponed to Fall 2013, due to changes in filmmaker Joshua Bonnetta’s schedule. That show will include live sound performance.