Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

  • Thur Jan 31
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film
Pip Chodorov
Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Jonas Mekas

“I’d like you to meet some of my friends and see their films.” So Pip Chodorov introduces us to the world of avant-garde filmmaking. Through conversations with Hans Richter, Robert Breer, Michael Snow, Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs, Peter Kubelka and Stan Brakhage (in his final recorded interview), he explores the trials and tribulations of creating non-mainstream art alongside an industry that thrives on commercialism and profit. Chodorov is an ideal candidate to take on the topic due to his early immersion in these films via his father, television presenter, Stephan Chodorov, and his enthusiasm for the work is infectious. Those well versed in the subjects will find anecdotal joys, while those new to them will face an enchanting window into a whole new visual world, as the film is filled with a bevy of examples. “With the loss of several admired avant-garde filmmakers in the past few years, Free Radicals arrives as a welcome paean to the unfettered, resourceful creativity of its subject.” (NY Times) Shown with Jennifer Reeves’ 16mm film Landfill 16 (2011, 9 min). Recycled 16mm outtakes from a previous film are buried in the ground and then repainted—“a meditation on nature’s losing battle to decompose relics of our abandoned technologies.” (Jennifer Reeves)


Digital Projection color
1 hour 22 minutes
release year/country
2012 France