44rd edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Free Radicals - a History of Experimental CinemaRG-2011 

Named after the experimental film classic by Len Lye, Free Radicals is an informative yet above all passionate film essay, as well as a fine introduction to the world of avant-garde film.

Son of a filmmaker, and a long term promoter and producer of experimental film himself, Pip Chodorov delivers a very personal introduction to the legacy of Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Jonas Mekas, Ken Jacobs, Peter Kubelka and other ‘heavyweights’ of avant-garde cinema. The approach is very direct, with lively interviews, lots of archival footage, and a perspective that goes back to the earliest years of the movement.
Using a range of different film formats along the way, Chodorov sketches out the genealogy of avant-garde filmmaking in a playful, yet ultimately very accessible documentary that aims to transmit this legacy to a new audience. His respect for the masters is demonstrated by including entire films such as Robert Breer’s Recreation, Brakhage’s Existence is Song and the short film that gives the documentary its title: Len Lye’s Free Radicals.

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France 2010
DirectorPip Chodorov
ProducerRon Dyens
 Sacrebleu Productions
ScenarioPip Chodorov, Lucy Allwood
CastHans Richter
 Len Lye
 Robert Breer
 Jonas Mekas
 Ken Jacobs
 Peter Kubelka
 Stan Brakhage
 Stan Vanderbeek
 Maurice Lemaitre
 Michael Snow
 Stephan Chodorov
PhotographyNicolas Rideau, Pip Chodorov, Ville Piippo
EditorNicolas Sarkissian, Jackie Raynal
MusicSlink Moss, Pip Chodorov
Length82'
Film formatHDcam
Themes
2011 Signals: Regained



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