Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Avant-Garde Blog-A-Thon

I’d like to propose an Avant-Garde Film Blog-A-Thon on Wednesday, August 2. (The initial brief discussions of this idea can be found in the comments to this post; scroll way down.) The vast majority of movie writing on the web is on non-avant-garde cinema, and I think we might be able to make a modest but potentially valuable contribution to cinema resources on the web with this project, even if the size of the group ends up being smaller than our critical crusades for Showgirls, Abel Ferrara, etc.

If you’d like to join us, please e-mail me or leave a comment and I will make sure to link to your post in mine. So far, those who have signed up or have expressed interest in doing so include: Acquarello, Mubarak, Brian, and Peter. And I’m going to be bold enough to volunteer Darren since it was his comment that started the ball rolling. Plus, what’s a blog-a-thon without the guy who coined the word in the first place?

And now I’d like to ask for your help. If you can think of avant-garde/experimental films easily available on region 1 DVD, please feel free to post names of films or filmmakers in the comments. It would help us build a resource pool of titles for people to draw from when they are making their choices.

How does one define avant-garde/experimental cinema for this purpose? My own inclination would be to do so loosely and inclusively. Netflix has a really loose definition of experimental cinema, so use your judgment. (A quick peek at their Experimental section reveals Rocky Horror Picture Show, Heathers, Blood Simple, and—this is amusing—Showgirls.)

The mother lode of avant-garde/experimental cinema on DVD is without doubt the 7-disc Unseen Cinema set, containing 160 films, available at both Netflix and Greencine. For my own post, I’m leaning towards the films of Joseph Cornell. I just finished reading Deborah Solomon’s biography and admire his art, so this will give me a chance to delve into his films, of which I’ve seen just one, Rose Hobart.


Blogger girish said...

The blog-a-thons, they're a-spreadin'.
Walter at Quiet Bubble just announced Miyazaki for May 12-14.

April 25, 2006 5:40 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Michael on Akira.

April 25, 2006 5:52 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Andy Horbal on Caveh Zahedi and Anthony Lane.

April 25, 2006 5:53 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Mubarak on some recent viewings.

April 25, 2006 5:54 PM  
Blogger David Lowery said...

I'm on board! Now I can look forward to a sleepless August 1, as I pound those keys, trying to finish my entry on time....

April 25, 2006 6:23 PM  
Blogger HarryTuttle said...

You speak great words Girish! let's promote the support of the underexposed on the net ;)
I'm definitely interested, sign me in. Not an expert on analyzing AG though it's always fascinating to discover new universes. I don't know which one to pick yet, there is some time to think about until august... Hopefully I'll come across something new in the meantime or I'll write on an early Eisenstein, or the austrian Fruhauf.
There is also the Godard retrospective at the Paris MoMA starting now, so if anyone has helpful recommendation for a friendly introduction to his experimental vision (I need to be conciliated).
All Movie Guide's definition seems quite broad too.
There is a good selection at re-voir for inspiration.

April 25, 2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

I don't know if they're avant garde or not, but two, uh, fairly experimental films that blew my mind and that I think hold up well are Koyaanisqatsi and Man with a Movie Camera. One of which I've already written about, probably saying most of what I have to say about it (else I'd volunteer).

April 25, 2006 7:03 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Oh wow, those are both on Harry's list (as is Woman in the Dunes ... hm....)

April 25, 2006 7:05 PM  
Blogger girish said...

David: "Now I can look forward to a sleepless August 1, as I pound those keys, trying to finish my entry on time...."
A man after my own procrastinating heart!

Harry--Excellent allmovie link! I didn't know about that. And that ReVoir site is great. I'm sure you will have lots of opportunities to see great avant-garde cinema in Paris in the next three months.

Which is the main reason I thought it might be good to have some time before this blog-a-thon. To allow people to catch avant-garde screenings in their city in the interim.

Tuwa, those are unquestionably avant-garde films, IMO. In fact, as far as I know (someone can correct me if I'm wrong) I don't know of any meaningful distinctions between the terms "avant-garde" and "experimental" cinema...

Also, as Acquarello pointed out earlier, the New York Video Festival is in late July and has experimental content.

April 25, 2006 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

As far as avant-garde on DVD R1, there's Brakhage on Criterion, Maya Deren on Mystic Fire, Mathew Barney's Cremaster 3, and Mike Kuchar's Sins of the Fleshapoids just off the top of my head. Facets is a pretty good source. I'm thinking of writing about Brakhage's writings and lectures on film and filmmaking.

April 25, 2006 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

Count me in. You may have to remind me as my life is liable to become mildly complicated over the next few weeks, but this sounds like fun.

April 25, 2006 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Ooh! This sounds like fun. I'm in, I'll do a piece on Matt McCormick, an experimental filmmaker from Portland who I'm a big fan of.

April 26, 2006 12:49 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Ah, an excellent idea. Count me in as well. I like that it's not till August; that'll give me time to think about and search out some experimental films (and, as Girish notes, if anyone has films or directors to recommend, I'd appreciate any ideas).

April 26, 2006 2:20 AM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

August hopefully is enough time for me to get the short films of Raymond Red. Some of his works are arguably avante-garde; perhaps not all.

And I'll go check my pile of unseen Filipino indie flicks; could be something there.

My biggest problem would be trying to decide what's avante-garde and what's not.

April 26, 2006 3:29 AM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

Sorry, posted too soon.

I mean, I doubt if I can dig up a Filipino filmmaker who is aggressively abstract (then again, I just thought of one, featuring my former girlfriend's pubic hair). Many of these shorts have stories, some of them nonlinear. I suppose I can just pick those that don't have a conventional narrative...

April 26, 2006 3:31 AM  
Anonymous brad said...

Those of you with really, really good broadband might like to consider downloading something from UbuWeb.

April 26, 2006 5:39 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Peter, thanks for the titles.

Chuck, I'll make sure to remind you a few weeks in advance.

Ben, that sounds great--I've never heard of Matt McCormick.

Noel--Feel free to define "avant-garde" broadly.

Brad--Thanks for the great Ubuweb idea.
[Here's the link to the site.]

Everyone--This Allmovie link that Harry posted above has a lot of great ideas and defines avant-garde broadly.

April 26, 2006 7:37 AM  
Blogger Matt Zoller Seitz said...

Girish--Great idea. Put me down for either Stan Brakhage or El Paso filmmaker Willie Varela.

April 26, 2006 9:07 AM  
Anonymous ben said...

Sadie Benning is pretty important in the experimental film world if someone wants to write about her. Bruce Conner is also another big name that should be explored.

It would also be great if someone went to galleries or museums and wrote about video installations by people like Bill Viola or Nam June Paik.

Lastly, maybe a piece comparing the idea of experimental cinema in America with experimental cinema in Europe? I've found that in America, experimental films are often devoid of narrative or even solid images. Flickerfilms, Stan Brakagh, etc. Whereas in Europe a lot of the experimenting seems to be done within the confines of typical narrative cinema (i.e. Godard, Resnais, etc.). Maybe I'm wrong, I'm not expert on the subject, but this is always the impression that I've gotten.

April 26, 2006 10:30 AM  
Anonymous ben said...

Oh yeah, one more. Miranda July and her transition from performance artist and experimental filmmaker to making "Me and You and Everyone We know."

April 26, 2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Michael and Matt--Great that you will be joining in.

Ben--Nice ideas, thank you. I hadn't thought of the art gallery/video installations option, but that's a good one. And I noticed a Bill Viola DVD at Netflix.

April 26, 2006 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Walter said...

Girish, this sounds great. Count me in on either Stan Brakhage or the Brothers Quay (if they qualify).

April 26, 2006 12:49 PM  
Blogger girish said...

"...or the Brothers Quay (if they qualify)."
Walter, they most certainly would.

April 26, 2006 1:13 PM  
Anonymous cinetrix said...

"the films of Joseph Cornell... of which I’ve seen just one, Rose Hobart" Oh, Girish, you're in for a treat. I saw a bunch at the Harvard Film Archive years ago [with Invisible Cinema's Jennifer M., actually]. They still haunt my dreams.

April 26, 2006 4:56 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Count me in. I know exactly who I want to write about.

April 26, 2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I'm in. I'm sure I'll see an A-G film worth writing about between now and August. I'll let you know what it is when I see it.

April 26, 2006 7:54 PM  
Blogger That Little Round-Headed Boy said...

Girish, I'm intrigued by this idea. I looked on that AllMovie guide link and saw Greenaway's THE BELLY OF AN ARCHITECT. If that's really considered avant-garde, I'm in. How about music videos, such as Bjork's? Or the fabulous FINISTIERRE film made for the band Saint Etienne? I wouldn't mind tackling those, either, but I don't want to seem definition-deficient when it comes to what everybody really considers avant-garde.

April 26, 2006 8:50 PM  
Blogger girish said...

'Trix--That is music to my ears. Especially since I was a bit nervous about committing to Cornell's films (mostly) sight unseen.

Maya--Sounds good. And I notice you've been posting from SFIFF with your usual (how do you do it?) tirelessness.

Brian--I'm glad. And remember that we don't even need to disclose what we want to write about. It can be a surprise if you wish.

TLRHB--Please don't be concerned about it--we're not sure about the definitions either! The Greenaway or the music videos you mention sound perfectly good to me.

April 26, 2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Sounds fun. Can I join? I really like Craig Baldwin's work. His films are available on Other Cinema.

Some other avant-garde filmmakers in Region 1:Charles & Ray Eames, Derek Jarman. Surprisingly, I don't think Jack Smith or Kenneth Anger are availabe on Region 1, are they?

April 26, 2006 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Also available at Netflix is the source film for Rose Hobart, East of Borneo. Joseph Cornell vs. George Melford!

April 26, 2006 10:23 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

I think I'll focus on two San Francisco experimental film makers--Eric Theise and Brook Hinton--especially since they're the ones who got me to pay attention to experimental film. Eric paints on celluloid and Brook, well, I have to find the words....

Thanks for your kind words, Girish. I love reporting from the festivals. It's so much fun to have a press pass and have access to more films than usual, let alone the filmmakers. I don't know how tireless I am. Tomorrow I'm taking the day off before I melt.

April 27, 2006 2:45 AM  
Anonymous Jim Flannery said...

I suspect many of you live in cities (New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland ...) which have active organizations screening avant-garde film live on celluloid. Given that many a-g filmmakers don't consider a video reproduction to be the same work (ontologically speaking) it might be a nice idea to, you know, actually go see the real thing. One multi-venue event listing is at Flicker, updated weekly. I'm just sayin.

Many organizations shut down during the summer months, tho, so try and go soon.

Ben, there's been plenty of abstract/formalist work done in Europe, from Anthony McCall's Line Describing a Cone (about as non-narrative as you can get) to Peter Tscherkassky's recent found-footage contact printing excursions.

In answer to the DVD question, Ken Jacobs has just self-released the four-hour Star Spangled To Death (featuring Jack Smith), available here.

I expect I should be able to have some new post up on my semi-moribund blog by August.

April 27, 2006 5:02 AM  
Anonymous Jim Flannery said...

(Oops, sorry, that's four-disc, it's seven hours long.

April 27, 2006 5:06 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, all.

Joseph, I almost picked Craig Baldwin's Spectres Of The Spectrum before settling on Cornell. I hope you can join us.

Peter, had no idea. Netflixing East Of Borneo asap.

Maya, Good to know you'll take a breather and keep from melting!

Thank you, Jim, for the links. Didn't know about Flicker; great source.

April 27, 2006 7:35 AM  
Blogger Zach Campbell said...

Count me in.

Another good source for avant-garde figures would be Fred Camper's favorite filmmakers list, which is comprised mainly of avant-garde filmmakers and classical masters. I'd love to see people write on Joris Ivens' early work, Ron Rice, Warren Sonbert (Anthology retro coming soon, if I remember correctly), flicker films, or some of the more outré films by Sokurov ... maybe I'll try to tackle one of those myself.

April 27, 2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous David Hudson said...

Oooh, this is one I'm going to want to jump in on. A flurry of names rushes to mind... let me mull them over before I choose one, but wonderful idea, Girish. Please count me in.

April 27, 2006 12:33 PM  
Anonymous girish said...

Zach & David--Awesome.

April 27, 2006 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Some of my faves, worthy of revisiting:
• Conspirators of Pleasure (Jan Svankmajer)
• Decasia (Bill Morrison)
• Lyrical Nitrate, Forbidden Quest (Peter Delpeut)
• Institute Benjamenta (Bros. Quay)
• Eraserhead, Rabbits, collected short films (David Lynch)
• Tetsuo the Iron Man (Shinya Tsukamoto)
• Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
• Tales from the Gimli Hospital, The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin)
• The Walking Ink (Thomas Brandt)
• My Grandmother (Kote Miqaberidze)
• The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
• Gozu, The Happiness of the Katakuris (Takashi Miike)
• Hausu (Nobuhiko Obayashi)
• Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
• The Pillow Book (Peter Greenaway)
• The Sea That Thinks (Gert de Graaff)
• Fando and Lis (Alejandro Jodorowsky)
• The Five Obstructions (Jorgen Leth)
• Fishing with John (John Lurie) (Does this count?)

April 27, 2006 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Jim Flannery said...

As a follow-on to the Jem Cohen post, another recent DVD release (on the compilation Something Like Flying was Deborah Stratman's In Order Not to be Here, which makes very ominous use of those suburban commercial spaces ...

April 27, 2006 2:35 PM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Oh, that just reminded me of the experimental DVDs available at Customflix. I admire Hockenhull's work, so his compilation of short films would get my vote. His work has appeared at NYVF before as well (Mother, Father, Son).

April 27, 2006 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Filmbrain said...

First off, much thanks to Jim Flannery for the alert about Star Spangled to Death -- I can't wait to get my hands on that.

Girish -- another great suggestion. Count me in for sure. I'm thinking of doing the short films of Shuji Terayama, but don't hold me to that.

April 27, 2006 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Just a quick note to say thanks to all who have offered various suggestions for avant-garde films and filmmakers (earlier, I threw out a request for ideas, and greatly appreciate the responses). I had a couple of films in mind for the blog-a-thon, but wanted to see what else is out there, and all of the suggestions are helpful. I've made a list from much of what's been mentioned here.

April 27, 2006 6:02 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, all.

I've also been receiving emails, and we already number about 25. And to think I was a bit reluctant to do this post because I thought the topic might sound too esoteric and "un-popular." Goes to show.

Filmbrain, I hope you had a refreshing vacation in Vancouver. I really enjoyed your new post.

April 27, 2006 7:00 PM  
Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

Just confirming that I'm in. Not sure what I'll write on yet... maybe some Arthur Lipsett films? Plenty of other good suggestions here!

April 28, 2006 2:15 AM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

If we're including Miike and Svankmajer features and early Lynch, let me throw in Kurosawa Kyoshi's The Excitement of the Do Re Mi Fa Girls, and Barren Illusion.

Actually even his horror films are epxerimental in nature.

April 28, 2006 4:44 AM  
Anonymous Darren said...

Is anyone familiar with the (regretably named) filmmaker Phil Collins? I watched parts of his 6-hour work, they shoot horses, at the Tate Britain last week and was fascinated by it. I'll likely write about it in August.

April 28, 2006 10:06 AM  
Anonymous jmac said...

Right on, G! I'm in! You cannot have an avant-garde blog-a-thon without me! If I'm not too busy. :) Joseph Cornell is at the top of my list!

April 28, 2006 11:21 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Excellent, y'all.

J., I was fully hoping you'd join us. This is your turf we're poaching on. :-)
I'll send you a reminder a few weeks in advance so you won't be ambushed by it at the last minute.

April 28, 2006 4:30 PM  
Anonymous burritoboy said...

A good convenient list of avant-garde is at Canyon Cinema: http://www.canyoncinema.com/rentsale.html

though Canyon usually sells actual film - not DVD or VHS.

Here are some that are (most not on DVD) that others have not noted:

Peter Thompson's Two Portraits
Will Hindle's Watersmith
Bruce Baillie's All My Life
Michael Snow's Wavelength

April 30, 2006 3:35 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Alex, thanks for those.

May 01, 2006 6:18 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

All My Life is wonderful. If no screenings between now and August inspire me to write on them, I may just decide to choose that one.

May 01, 2006 6:46 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Brian on avant-garde cinema at the San Francisco Cinematheque.

May 01, 2006 8:03 AM  
Anonymous jmac said...


How does the blog-a-thon work? Are we all to agree to write about the same film? Most of the avant-garde I see is not distributed. And I would love to write about some of my friends. Let me know.

May 02, 2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger girish said...

J. ~ You can write about whatever and whoever you want. Undistributed sounds even better, because it will highlight less-known work. You can choose to do a "medley" of films and filmmakers too, if you like.
You have carte blanche!

To get an idea of previous blog-a-thons, you may want to click on the Abel Ferrara and Showgirls links in my post; it'll take you to all the various posts within.

So glad you'll join us.

May 02, 2006 6:32 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I could do something for this. I've got options. I've managed to dig up two of the four Kenneth Anger tapes released by Mystic Fire back in the '90s, so I could do that.

Or I could tackle the short films of Svankmajer, which I've been gradually working my way through this year.

I could move in a different direction and attempt to write about watching a foreign film minus subtitles (my copy of the Japanese weird-horror flick "House" is sans subtitles), which is almost like an accidental avant-garde experience.

Or I could just write a full-blown paeon to the greatness that is Peter Tscherkassky's Outer Space.

Like I said, I've got options... maybe you could help me choose, no? I'm a bit indecisive, meself... :-)

May 02, 2006 9:20 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Steve--your options sound excellent. In the face of those, I'd be indecisive myself! :-)
Seriously, any of those is guaranteed to score...

May 03, 2006 12:55 PM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Personally, I've never been able to get in tune with Kenneth Anger's pretty boy biker/gaudy excess/demonology iconography, so I wouldn't mind seeing an unpacking of that. :)

May 05, 2006 11:01 AM  
Blogger HarryTuttle said...

A discussion thread dealing with narrativity of AG films at a_film_by.
And a definition of AG/Experimental films by Fred Camper that was posted on this discussion.

May 07, 2006 6:25 AM  
Blogger seadot said...

Hmm... This has my gears turning! I'd love to write something. In fact, I've been looking at several films that I have always thought would be great art tools when it comes to introducing the concept of "abstract" (not that I'd be defining experimental film this way, but that is one aspect of it that I would love to explore). Cheers! :)

May 08, 2006 3:21 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Seadot, Abstract sounds great.
I hope you can join us.
Drop me a line or leave a comment when you post.

May 08, 2006 7:07 PM  
Blogger msic said...

Hey Girish, technically I'm not a blogger but I'd like to join in. Not sure exactly what I'll write on, but it'll be someone in the so-called "structural" camp -- possibly Larry Gottheim, since I saw a bunch of his films recently and would like to explore them in more depth.

May 09, 2006 3:17 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey Michael, big fan of your site and your writings and your stuff for Cinema Scope, Cineaste, etc. (Actually, I was just re-reading your TIFF reviews last night). That'd be great, to have you join us. Drop me a line when you post, and I'll make sure to link to it in my post.

May 09, 2006 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Moira Sullivan said...

Agree- we are horizontally inundated and need some vertical integration --Ok --August 2, will be there. Reminders?

May 18, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Moira, if you drop me an email, I can put you on my reminder e-mail list.

May 18, 2006 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Joanna said...

hi Girish -- I'd like to chime in with some asides on the AG-blog-a-thon if that's acceptable. Just watched Marker's latest release "The Case of the Grinning Cat." I think of it as a video letter from the maker. Marker's wit and obvious love for the streets and youth of Paris are hypnotic. I appreciate the connections he draws between the protests of 68 with those "today." Small actions mean the world, this essay included.

May 21, 2006 6:15 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hi Joanna, thanks for stopping by!
I just bought tickets to see the Marker in Toronto next weekend; I'm glad to hear you liked it.

May 21, 2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Ok, I will take Will Hindle's Watersmith (a great and neglected work). Everybody, back off on Watersmith! I know you all want to write about it and it's mine, all mine! /sarcasm :)

May 22, 2006 2:28 PM  
Blogger Albert Alcoz said...

Hi Girish. Jennifer has told me to check the the avant-garde-blog-a-thon topic.
I don't know what i'm going to choose, whatever it will come to my mind. Recently I saw some movies of James Broughton, Harry Smith, Craig Baldwin, so maybe i'll choose one of them or not.
The other day i wrote an article about The Flicker of Tony Conrad for a book of the Xcentric series in Barcelona. So we will see.

July 14, 2006 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Count me in! Thanks for the invite. I am deciding between A MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA on DVD or blogging the entire Emotional Glaciation trilogy of Michael Haneke, which I am seeing on film this weekend at the Anthology Film Archive (Which seems more in the spirit of things, if not avant garde enough?)

Thanks again, excited for my first blog-a-thon!

July 14, 2006 8:47 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Alex, Albert, Tom ~ I'm so glad you'll be able to join us.

July 16, 2006 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Ian W. Hill said...

Ah, my first blog-a-thon!

Well, in the interest of helping promote something that's out there on DVD, rather than go for Ernie Gehr's Serene Velocity, Michael Snow's Wavelength, or Peter Kubelka's Arnulf Reiner (all of which I highly recommend in any case if anyone sees a screening coming up), I call Peter Greenaway's "Tulse Luper" trilogy of A Walk Through H, Vertical Features Remakes, and The Falls.

Now I hope that a) I remember, and b) I actually have something to say about these wonderful films.

July 16, 2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Sounds good, Ian.

To those for whom this is the first blog-a-thon: Please drop me a line or leave a comment when you post and I'll make sure to link to your post in mine.

July 17, 2006 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Bibi said...

Hi girish, I want to join to the Avant-Garde Blog-A-Thon. I planned to post about Maya Deren's films and I think that it fits on the theme proposed, no? I'm also planning to post about the European avant-garde in cinema, specially the French and the soviet cinema, since I have some material about it, but in my Portuguese blog about cinema. Is it okay?

July 26, 2006 5:49 PM  
Blogger Squish said...

Wow, talk about coming in on the deadline. I've just heard about this 'Blog-a-thon' phenomenon and would be interested. I guess I just need to know who to link to. Up here in Canada, the equivalent of NetFlix is Zip.ca, and THEIR experimental corner is also ripe with oddly normal selections, like Buffalo '66, Time Code and Waking Life, but also includes The Short Films of David Lynch, Svjenkmeyer's works, And a plethora of collected shorts. This might be the most obvious suggestion, but I recently saw Bunuel / Dali's Un Chien Andalou. Check it out if you haven't it's core repertoire for the Experimental fan. Maybe I'll try to find some obscure animée or something

July 29, 2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger ed gonzalez said...

Hey, girish. I think I'm going to contribute a little something to the blog-a-than: a write-up on Jean Epstein, with a focus on The Fall of the House of Usher.

July 30, 2006 9:30 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey, Ed. Good to hear from you. That sounds great--I'll be sure to look for and link to your post.
I bought that Epstein DVD a while back but haven't actually gotten around to watching it--your post will give me just the right push to do that.

Squish--Glad you'll join us. When you post, just leave a comment on my blog and I'll make sure to link to your post in mine.

July 30, 2006 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Thom said...

Girish, I'd like to join the Avant-Garde Blog-A-Thon; what a fun idea. I've been reading about Windor McCay's surreal comics and I think I'll write about Edwin S. Porter's early attempt to translate one to film. That is, if the DVD arrives in time (I'm looking at *you,* Netflix).

July 31, 2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thom, welcome aboard...

July 31, 2006 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Is it too late to join in? I'd love to write a piece about Elisabeth Subrin's short film "The Fancy," an odd quasi-documentary/poetic appreciation of the short life of photographer Francesca Woodman.

I haven't actually written the piece yet, mind you, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually...

August 02, 2006 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Of course, I would mis-type my own url. *sigh*


August 02, 2006 1:20 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Oh no, Andrea, not too late at all.
Let me know when you post, and I can link to you.

August 02, 2006 5:16 PM  
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