Screening Room: Stan Brakhage
Las legendarias dos apariciones de Stan Brakhage en el programa Screening Room, creado y conducido por el también cineasta Robert Gardner. En los mismos Brakhage presentó varias de sus obras, de las cuales un par nunca fueron editadas oficialmente en formato digital.
Stan Brakhage (1933-2003) is widely regarded as the most important American avant-garde filmmaker. He referred to his films as "visual music," and in them he pushed the boundaries of experimental cinema, from observational films with fresh approaches to seeing the world, to innovative use of such techniques as scratching and painting directly onto the film stock. Brakhage regarded life as an "adventure of perception," and this attitude is at the heart of all his unpredictable and visually stunning work. He was the first filmmaker to receive the prestigious MacDowell Medal in the creative arts, and he was the recipient of many other awards and retrospectives throughout the world. He was always an articulate writer and spokesman for independent cinema, taught for many years at the University of Colorado, and inspired and aided many younger artists.
Stan Brakhage first appeared on Screening Room in May, 1973 to screen and discuss the films Eye Myth, Desist Film, Wonder Ring, Window Water Baby Moving, Moth Light, Blue Moses, Machine of Eden and The Wold Shadow. He returned to the program in the fall of 1980, where he showed Window, two excerpts from Short Films: 1975, Roman Numeral Series I and Creation.
“[Brakhage's] great desire was to make cinema equal to the other arts by using that which was uniquely cinematic - by organizing light in the time and space of the projected image - in a way that would be worthy, structurally and aesthetically, of the poetry, painting, and music that most inspired him.” — Fred Camper, film writer/lecturer
About the Screening Room series
In the early 1970s a group of idealistic artists, lawyers, doctors and teachers saw an opportunity to change commercial television in Boston and the surrounding area. It would require years of litigation up to and including the Supreme Court, but the case was won and the Channel 5 license was given to WCVB-TV. Screening Room was one of several programs offered in an effort to provide alternative television viewing. The idea behind Screening Room was to give independent filmmakers an opportunity to discuss their work and show it to a large urban audience. Nearly 100 ninety-minute programs were produced and aired between 1973 and 1980.
Screening Room was developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner, who at the time, was Director of Harvard's Visual Arts Center and Chairman of its Visual and Environmental Studies Department. His own films include Dead Birds (1964), and Forest of Bliss (1986).