What Is Cinema?

  • Thur Mar 6
What Is Cinema?
Chuck Workman
Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, David Lynch, Michael Moore, Robert Altman

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman’s documentary tackles the question of its title through over 100 clips and new interviews with Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, David Lynch, video artist Bill Viola, Robert Altman, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras, Ken Jacobs, Michael Moore, critic J. Hoberman, and others, and with archival interviews from Robert Bresson, Alfred Hitchcock, Chantal Akerman, Akira Kurosawa, Abbas Kiarostami, and more. The film also includes commissioned sequences from experimental artists Lewis Klahr and Phil Solomon. Shown with Workman’s Academy Award-winning short, Precious Images (1986, 8 mins), a cross-cut of nearly 100 years of American movies in which some of the most precious film sequences of all time, from films like Citizen Kane, Star Wars, Some Like It Hot and E.T., transport the audience into a cinematic nirvana.

Chuck Workman—A Brief Bio

Chuck Workman's theatrical short, Precious Images (1986) made for the Directors Guild of America, won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and has become the most widely shown short in film history. It was selected as a landmark film for preservation by the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2009.

Chuck's Work on the Oscars

  • Workman created short films and openings for 20 Academy Awards presentations and two Emmy Award shows, was nominated for an Emmy for Directorial Achievement for his work on the Oscar show, and has been nominated nine times for editing on the Oscar show.

Chuck's Selected Documentary Work

  • The Magician —a documentary on Orson Welles — in production
  • What is Cinema? (2013) Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival
  • Visionaries (2010) on experimental film Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • Jonas Mekas and the (Mostly) American Avant-Garde Cinema (2009)
  • A Tribute to Charlie Chaplin (2002) Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
  • The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999) Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
  • The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995) Premiered on HBO and received a Cable ACE Award
  • Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990) Premiered at the Berlin Film Festival

Chuck's Work on Film Trailers

  • Workman was also a leading maker of film trailers and promos. He created trailers for Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti, Paris, Texas and other major films.

Chuck on the Lecture Circuit

  • Workman has lectured at 30 universities and media arts centers and is currently a Distinguished Artist and Coordinator of the Film Program at Purchase College in New York.

website: cohenmedia.net

BluRay color
1 hour 23 minutes
release year/country
2013 USA