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Lawrence Jordan’s Road to Utopia

April 15, 2016

In pursuit of ecstasy, Lawrence Jordan created some of the greatest avant-garde films ever. What are they about? Wrong question. It’s about you watching, and falling into the dream.

Politics as Unusual: THE AFTER PARTY Aftermath

January 18, 2016

If you see something, say something: Michael I. Schiller on surveillance and THE AFTER PARTY.

Highest Wavelengths at #TIFF15

September 8, 2015

The boldness of vision found in Toronto’s experimental showcase often defies description.

Be Very Afraid: The Best Experimental (Non-Narrative) Features, Part II

August 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

Continuing the countdown of challenging films.

Be Very Afraid: The Best Experimental (Non-Narrative) Features, Part I

August 5, 2013 | One Comment
L'AGE D'OR

For an experimental filmmaker, films don’t ‘do,’ they ‘are.’

The Big Ones: FRAGMENTS OF KUBELKA

April 30, 2013 | One Comment

Martina Kudláček’s new film offers the bracing yet affable truth about Peter Kubelka.

Documentary Unbound: Actuality, Actually

April 2, 2013 | One Comment

Artists working on either side of the digital divide explore the lyrical allure of the ‘actuality’ film.

Rewind: Pat O’Neill

March 22, 2013
TRACING THE DECAY OF FICTION

On being an exile in Hollywood.

Video: Chicago Underground, Unleashed

March 4, 2013
CUFF

Festival director Bryan Wendorf speaks on native formats, archival classics and his embrace of digital.

Video: Women of the Avant-Garde

January 22, 2013 | 2 Comments
IMPERCEPTIHOLE

Indecipherable by design, works by women of the avant-garde continue to fascinate in an all-too-literal age.

The Year in Film 2012: Scenes and Performances

December 28, 2012
MEKONG HOTEL

Lists and notes on the best scenes and top performances of 2012.

Two Reasons for Watching THE CLOCK as It Keeps Ticking

December 14, 2012
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, THE CLOCK

Marking cinematic time with Christian Marclay’s infinitely fascinating THE CLOCK.