About Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

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Documentary, Experimental

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film provides a welcome introduction to experimental cinema. Taking its name from Len Lye’s Free Radicals (1958), the film includes segments on Hans Richter; Robert Breer, who died last year; Stan Brakhage, eloquent soon before his 2003 death; Jonas Mekas, the artistic director of Anthology Film Archives; and Ken Jacobs, who self-mockingly recalls his youthful ambition to “capsize” America. Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka explains the rhythmic precision of his editing, and Stan Vanderbeek’s animation shows the avant-garde as technologically ahead of its time. This is an accessible film, full of joie de cinema. (HD Cam presentation)

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