Chuck Workman (best known for his montages at the Academy Awards ceremonies) delivers a crash course in experimental and underground film, ideal for anyone who’s been curious and/or wary about walking on the wilder side of cinema. Mekas, a Lithuanian survivor of Nazi labor camps, arrived in the U.S. in 1949 and gravitated from the documentary tradition to experimental work that was personal and sometimes transgressive; he also championed the avant-garde in the pages of Film Culture and the Village Voice and founded Anthology Film Archives in New York. Interspersed with his story are old and new interviews with other prominent figures in the movement, including Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Peter Kubelka, David Lynch, and Andy Warhol, as well as film critics Fred Camper and Amy Taubin. A superlative editor, Workman distills a heady brew of clips that covers decades of groundbreaking work.
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