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Experimental film, experimental cinema or Avant-Garde Cinema is not so much a genre of film as mode of filmmaking that rigorously re-evaluates cinematic conventions and explores alternatives to traditional narratives or methods of working. [1]

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A Movie

A Movie is a 1958 experimental collage film in which Bruce Conner put together snippets of found footage, taken from B-movies, newsreels, soft-core pornography, novelty short films, and other sources, to a musical score featuring Respighi's Pines of Rome.

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A. L. Rees

Alan Leonard Rees (18 May 1949 – 28 November 2014) was a British writer and teacher about film, who advised the Arts Council, the British Film Institute, the Tate Gallery and the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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Abel Gance

Abel Gance (25 October 188910 November 1981) was a French film director and producer, writer and actor.

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Alberto Cavalcanti

Alberto de Almeida Cavalcanti (February 6, 1897 – August 23, 1982) was a Brazilian-born film director and producer.

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Alexander Dovzhenko

Alexander Petrovich Dovzhenko or Oleksandr Petrovych Dovzhenko (Олександр Петрович Довженко, Oleksandr Petrovych Dovzhenko; Алекса́ндр Петро́вич Довже́нко, Aleksandr Petrovich Dovzhenko; November 25, 1956), was a Soviet screenwriter, film producer and director of Ukrainian origin.

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Alexandr Hackenschmied

Alexander Hammid born Alexandr Hackenschmied (17 December 1907, Linz – 26 July 2004, New York City) was a leading photographer, film director, cinematographer and editor in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars.

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.

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Anemic Cinema

Anemic Cinema or Anémic Cinéma (1926) is a Dadaist, surrealist, or experimental film made by Marcel Duchamp.

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Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Ann Arbor in the U.S. state of Michigan.

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Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.

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Art in America

Art in America is an illustrated monthly, international magazine concentrating on the contemporary art world in the United States, including profiles of artists and genres, updates about art movements, show reviews and event schedules. It is designed for collectors, artists, art dealers, art professionals and other readers are interested in the art world. It has a companion web site, ArtinAmericaMagazine.com.

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Art museum

An art museum or art gallery is a building or space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art.

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Arthur Penn

Arthur Hiller Penn (September 27, 1922 – September 28, 2010) was an American director and producer of film, television and theater.

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The avant-garde (from French, "advance guard" or "vanguard", literally "fore-guard") are people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics.

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Avant-Garde (DVD collection)

Avant-Garde is a DVD-series with experimental films released by Kino International.

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Ballet Mécanique

Ballet Mécanique (1923–24) is a Dadaist post-Cubist art film conceived, written, and co-directed by the artist Fernand Léger in collaboration with the filmmaker Dudley Murphy (with cinematographic input from Man Ray).

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Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer (born May 15, 1939) is an American filmmaker in the genre of experimental films and a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee.

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Bard College

Bard College, founded in 1860 as St.

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Belgium (België; Belgique; Belgien), officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe.

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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is associated with the University of California, Berkeley.

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Berkeley, California

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California, United States.

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Berlin is the capital of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany.

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Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis

Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt) is a 1927 German film directed by Walter Ruttmann, co-written by Carl Mayer and Karl Freund.

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Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College, a school founded in 1933 in Black Mountain, North Carolina (near Asheville, North Carolina), was a new kind of college in the United States in which the study of art was seen to be central to a liberal arts education, and in which John Dewey's principles of education played a major role.

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British Film Institute

The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to.

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Bruce Conner

Bruce Conner (November 18, 1933 – July 7, 2008) was an American artist renowned for his work in assemblage, film, drawing, sculpture, painting, collage, and photography, among other disciplines.

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California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts, colloquially called CalArts, is a private university located in Valencia, in Los Angeles County, California.

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Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge.

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Camp (style)

Camp is a social, cultural, and aesthetic style and sensibility based on deliberate and.

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Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Festival (French: Festival de Cannes), named until 2002 as the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world.

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Canyon Cinema

Canyon Cinema Foundation in San Francisco is a nonprofit founded in 2013 and dedicated to educating the public about independent, non-commercial, experimental, avant-garde and artist-made moving images.

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Cecelia Condit

Cecelia Condit (born 1947, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American artist working in video.

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Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou (commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou; also known as the Pompidou Centre in English) is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil and the Marais.

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Chantal Akerman

Chantal Anne Akerman (born 6 June 1950) is a Belgian film director, artist, and professor of film at the City College of New York.

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Charles Sheeler

Charles Sheeler (July 16, 1883 – May 7, 1965) was an American painter and commercial photographer.

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Charlie Chaplin

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era.

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Chicago Underground Film Festival

Chicago Underground Film Festival, (CUFF) founded in 1994, occurs each spring at various venues in Chicago, Illinois, US.

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Cinéma pur

Cinéma Pur (French for Pure Cinema) was an avant-garde film movement begun by filmmakers, like René Clair, who "wanted to return the medium to its elemental origins" of "vision and movement."Frank Eugene Beaver.

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Cinema 16

Cinema 16 was a New York City-based film society founded by Amos Vogel.

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Cinematography (from κίνημα, kinema "movements" and γράφειν, graphein "to record") is the science or art of motion picture photography by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as film stock.

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Classical Hollywood cinema

Classical Hollywood cinema, or the classical Hollywood narrative, are terms used in film history which designate both a visual and sound style for making motion pictures and a mode of production used in the American film industry between 1927 and 1963.

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Collective for Living Cinema

The Collective for Living Cinema was an outpost of avant-garde cinema located on White Street in Lower Manhattan in the United States of America.

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Conceptual art

Conceptual art, sometimes simply called Conceptualism, is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns.

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Cosmic Ray (film)

Cosmic Ray (1962) is an experimental film directed by Bruce Conner featuring black-and-white footage of a nude woman with a pearl necklace, cartoons, and newsreel footage of atomic bomb explosions, all set to Ray Charles's "What'd I Say".

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Cubism is an early-20th-century avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music, literature and architecture.

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Curtis Harrington

Gene Curtis Harrington (September 17, 1926 – May 6, 2007) was an American film and television director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic television.

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Dada or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century.

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Dance film

A dance film is a film in which dance is a central theme of the story.

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David Bordwell

David Bordwell (born July 23, 1947) is an American film theorist and film historian.

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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author.

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David Shepard (film preservationist)

David Shepard (b. 1940, New York City) is a film preservationist whose company, Film Preservation Associates, is responsible for many high quality video versions of silent films.

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Derek Jarman

Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author.

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Diegesis is a style of fiction storytelling that presents an interior view of a world in which.

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Dimitri Kirsanoff

Dimitri Kirsanoff (Дими́трий Кирса́нов) (6 March 1899 – 11 February 1957) was an early filmmaker, considered part of the French Impressionist movement in film.

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Documentary film

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record.

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Dog Star Man

Dog Star Man is a series of short experimental films, all directed by Stan Brakhage.

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Dominique Noguez

Dominique Noguez, born 12 September 1942, is a French writer.

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Douglass Crockwell

Douglass Crockwell (April 29, 1904, Columbus, Ohio – November 30, 1968, Glens Falls, New York), born Spencer Douglass Crockwell, was an American commercial artist and experimental filmmaker.

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Dudley Murphy

Dudley Murphy (July 10, 1897 – February 22, 1968) was an American film director.

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Dziga Vertov

David Abelevich Kaufman (Дави́д А́белевич Ка́уфман.) (2 January 1896 – 12 February 1954) — also known as Denis Kaufman or his pseudonym Dziga Vertov or Vertof (Дзи́га Ве́ртов, "spinning top") — was a Soviet pioneer documentary film, newsreel director and cinema theorist.

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Earle M. Pilgrim

Earle Montrose Pilgrim (1923–1976) was an American artist whose work is within the stylistic milieu of Abstract Expressionism and Figurative Expressionism.

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Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible and film media used to convey information.

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Edward Weston

Charis Wilson | partner.

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Emlen Etting

Emlen Etting (August 24, 1905 – July 20, 1993) was a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and member of Philadelphia’s elite Main Line Society.

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Entr'acte (film)

Entr'acte is a 1924 French short film directed by René Clair, which premiered as an entr'acte for the Ballets Suédois production Relâche at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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Erik Satie

Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 18661 July 1925) – he signed his name Erik Satie after 1884 – was a French composer and pianist.

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Ernie Gehr

Ernie Gehr (born 1941)Manohla Dargis,, The New York Times, November 11, 2011.

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Experimental film in the Netherlands

Experimental filmmakers ask whether things could not be done differently.

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Felix Mendelssohn

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 4 November 1847), born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

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Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women.

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Fernand Léger

Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (February 4, 1881 – August 17, 1955) was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker.

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Film Culture

Film Culture was an American film magazine started by Adolfas Mekas and his brother Jonas Mekas in 1954.

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Film festival

A film festival is an organized, extended presentation of films in one or more cinemas or screening venues, usually in a single city or region.

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Film genre

In film theory, genre refers to the method based on similarities in the narrative elements from which films are constructed.

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Film society

A film society is a membership club where people can watch screenings of films which would otherwise not be shown in mainstream cinemas.

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Film title design

Film title design is a term describing the craft and design of motion picture title sequences.

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Filmmaking (or in an academic context, film production) is the process of making a film.

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Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics.

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Formalist film theory

Formalist film theory is a theory of film study that is focused on the formal, or technical, elements of a film: i.e., the lighting, scoring, sound and set design, use of color, shot composition, and editing.

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Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia (born Francis-Marie Martinez de Picabia, 22 January 1879 – 30 November 1953) was a French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist.

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Frank Stauffacher

Frank Stauffacher (1917 - 24 July 1955, San Francisco, California) was an experimental filmmaker best known for directing the cinema series "Art in Cinema" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1946 to 1954.

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French impressionist cinema

French impressionist cinema, also referred to as the first avant-garde or narrative avant-garde, is a term applied to a group of French films and filmmakers of the 1920s.

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Futurism (Futurismo) was an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century.

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G. B. Jones


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Gene Youngblood

Gene Youngblood (born 30 May 1942), is a theorist of media arts and politics, and a respected scholar in the history and theory of alternative cinemas.

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General Post Office

The General Post Office (GPO) was officially established in England in 1660 by Charles II and it eventually grew to combine the functions of state postal system and telecommunications carrier.

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Germaine Dulac

Germaine Dulac (born Charlotte Elisabeth Germaine Saisset-Schneider; 17 November 1882 – 20 July 1942)Flitterman-Lewis 1996 was a French filmmaker, film theorist, journalist and critic.

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Glens Falls, New York

Glens Falls is a city in Warren County, New York, United States and is the central city of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Gregory Markopoulos

Gregory J. Markopoulos (March 12, 1928 - November 12, 1992) was an American experimental filmmaker.

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Grove Press

Grove Press is an American publishing imprint that was founded in 1951.

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Gus Van Sant

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) is an American film director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician and author who has earned acclaim as both an independent and more mainstream filmmaker.

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Guy Debord

Guy Louis Debord (December 28, 1931 – November 30, 1994) was a French Marxist theorist, writer, filmmaker, member of the Letterist International, founder of a Letterist faction, and founding member of the Situationist International (SI).

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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is a prolific American film scholarYork College of Pennsylvania, Literature/Film Association Annual Conference, October 2012, Humanities and Social Sciences Online,, Accessed Oct.

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Hans Richter (artist)

Hans Richter (April 6, 1888 – February 1, 1976) was a German painter, graphic artist, avant-gardist, film-experimenter and producer.

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Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973)"." Retrieved on 2009-10-26.

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Harry Everett Smith

Harry Everett Smith (May 29, 1923, Portland, Oregon – November 27, 1991, New York City) was a visual artist, experimental filmmaker, record collector, bohemian, mystic, and largely self-taught student of anthropology.

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Hollis Frampton

Hollis Frampton (March 11, 1936, Wooster, Ohio – March 30, 1984, Buffalo, NY) was an American avant-garde filmmaker, photographer, writer/theoretician, and pioneer of digital art.

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Hypergraphy, also called hypergraphics and metagraphics, is a method, central to the Lettrist movement of the 1950s, which encompasses a synthesis of writing and other modalities.

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Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s.

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Indiana University Press

Indiana University Press, also known as IU Press, is an academic publisher at Indiana University that specializes in the humanities and social sciences.

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International Film Festival Rotterdam

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is an annual film festival held in various cinemas in Rotterdam, Netherlands held at the end of January.

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Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien (born 21 February 1960)Annette Kuhn,, BFI Screen Online.

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Isidore Isou

Isidore Isou (January 29, 1925 – July 28, 2007), born Isidor Goldstein, was a Romanian-born French poet, film critic and visual artist.

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Jack Sargeant

Jack Sargeant (born 1968) is a writer specialising in cult film, underground film, and independent film, as well as subcultures, true crime, and other aspects of the unusual.

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Jack Smith (film director)

Jack Smith (November 14, 1932 – September 25, 1989) was an American filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema.

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Jackie Hatfield

Jackie Hatfield (July 5, 1962 – November 2, 2007) was an artist, writer, and academic.

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James Sibley Watson

James Sibley Watson, Jr. (August 10, 1894 – March 31, 1982) was an American medical doctor, philanthropist, publisher, editor, photographer, and early experimenter in motion pictures.

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Jørgen Leth

Jørgen Leth (born 14 June 1937) is a Danish poet and film director who is considered a leading figure in experimental documentary film making.

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Jean Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker.

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Jean Epstein

Jean Epstein (March 25, 1897 – April 2, 1953) was a French filmmaker, film theorist, literary critic, and novelist.

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John Hoffman (filmmaker)

John Hoffman (29 August 1904, Hungary – 6 January 1980, Altadena, California), was a masterful editor of montage sequences for several Hollywood studio features.

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Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas (born December 24, 1922) is a Lithuanian-American filmmaker, poet and artist who has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema." His work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide.

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Joseph Cornell

Joseph Cornell (December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and sculptor, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage.

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Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American director, producer and writer.

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Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs is an American experimental filmmaker.

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Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; born February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author.

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Kiev or Kyiv (Київ; Киев) is the capital and largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River.

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King Vidor

King Wallis Vidor (February 8, 1894 – November 1, 1982) was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter whose career spanned nearly seven decades.

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Knokke-Heist is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders.

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LA Freewaves

Freewaves is a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization that advocates for and exhibits uncensored independent new media from around the world.

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Land art

Land art, earthworks (coined by Robert Smithson), or Earth art is an art movement in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked.

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Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter.

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Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey (born 15 August 1941) is a British feminist film theorist.

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Len Lye

Leonard Charles Huia "Len" Lye (5 July 1901 – 15 May 1980), was a Christchurch, New Zealand-born artist known primarily for his experimental films and kinetic sculpture.

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Lettrism is a French avant-garde movement, established in Paris in the mid-1940s by Romanian immigrant Isidore Isou.

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Lev Kuleshov

Lev Vladimirovich Kuleshov (Лев Влади́мирович Кулешо́в; – 29 March 1970) was a Soviet filmmaker and film theorist who taught at and helped establish the world's first film school, the Moscow Film School.

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Lewis Jacobs

Lewis Jacobs (1904 – February 11, 1997) was an American author, director and publisher.

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Limelight (1952 film)

Limelight is a 1952 comedy-drama film written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, co-starring Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton.

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Lionel Rogosin

Lionel Rogosin (January 22, 1924, New York – December 8, 2000, Los Angeles) was a maverick independent American filmmaker who pioneered political cinema, non-fiction partisan filmmaking and docufiction, influenced by Italian neorealism and Robert Flaherty.

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List of film formats

This list of film formats catalogues formats developed for shooting or viewing motion pictures, ranging from the Chronophotographe format from 1888, to mid-20th century formats such as the 1953 CinemaScope format, to more recent formats such as the 1992 IMAX HD format.

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London Film-Makers' Co-op

The London Film-makers' Co-op, or LFMC, was a British film-making workshop founded in 1966.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States, the most populous city in the U.S. state of California, and the county seat of Los Angeles County.

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Lot in Sodom

Lot in Sodom (1933) is a short silent experimental film, based on the Biblical tale of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel Portolés (22 February 1900 – 29 July 1983) was a Spanish filmmaker who worked in Spain, Mexico and France.

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Malcolm Le Grice

Malcolm Le Grice (born May 1940, Plymouth, United Kingdom) is a British artist known for his avant-garde film work.

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Man Ray

Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky, August 27, 1890November 18, 1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in France.

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Man with a Movie Camera

Man with a Movie Camera (Человек с киноаппаратом (Chelovek s kinoapparatom), Людина з кіноапаратом (Liudyna z Kinoaparatom) —sometimes called A Man with a Movie Camera, The Man with the Movie Camera, The Man with a Camera, The Man with the Kinocamera, or Living Russia) is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors, by Soviet director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova.

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Manhatta (1921) is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand.

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Marcel Duchamp

Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer whose work is associated with Cubism, conceptual art and Dada, although he was careful about his use of the term Dada and was not directly associated with Dada groups.

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Marcel L'Herbier

Marcel L'Herbier, Légion d'honneur (23 April 1888 – 26 November 1979), was a French filmmaker who achieved prominence as an avant-garde theorist and imaginative practitioner with a series of silent films in the 1920s.

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Marie Menken

Marie Menken (born Marie Menkevicius, May 25, 1909 – December 29, 1970), was an American experimental filmmaker, painter, and socialite.

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Martha Rosler

Martha Rosler (born July 29, 1943) is an American artist.

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Mary Ellen Bute

Mary Ellen Bute (November 21, 1906—October 17, 1983) was a pioneer American film animator significant as one of the first female experimental filmmakers.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (also known as MassArt) is a publicly funded college of visual and applied art, founded in 1873.

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Maya Deren

Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleanora Derenkowskaia (Элеоно́ра Деренко́вская), was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) is a short experimental film directed by wife-and-husband team, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid.

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Michael Snow

Michael Snow, CC (born December 10, 1929) is a Canadian artist working in painting, sculpture, video, films, photography, holography, drawing, books and music.

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The term Microcinema can have two meanings.

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MIT Press

The MIT Press is a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States).

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MIX NYC is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City and dedicated to queer experimental film.

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Moods of the Sea

Moods of the Sea (1941) is a non-narrative experimental film by Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman, set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn known as the Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) Overture.

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A museum (/mjuˈziːəm/; ''myoo-'''zee'''-um'') is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary.

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Music video

A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes.

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National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada (or simply National Film Board or NFB) (French: Office national du film du Canada, or ONF) is Canada's twelve-time Academy Award-winning public film and digital media producer and distributor.

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New media art

New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, and art as biotechnology.

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New York City

New York – often called New York City or the City of New York to distinguish it from the State of New York, of which it is a part – is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.

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New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival has been a major film festival since it began in 1963 in New York.

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New York Underground Film Festival

Founded in 1994 by filmmakers Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) and Andrew Gurland, the New York Underground Film Festival was an annual event that occurred each March at Anthology Film Archives in New York City from 1994 through 2008.

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Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray (August 7, 1911 – June 16, 1979) was an American film director best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Ray is also appreciated by a smaller audience of cinephiles for a large number of narrative features produced between 1947 and 1963 including Bigger Than Life, Johnny Guitar, They Live by Night, and In a Lonely Place, as well as an experimental work produced throughout the 1970s titled We Can't Go Home Again, which was unfinished at the time of Ray's death from lung cancer.

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Nikos Nikolaidis

Nikos Georgiou Nikolaidis (Νίκος Γεωργίου Νικολαΐδης) (25 October 1939, Athens, Greece – 5 September 2007, Athens, Greece) was a Greek film director, screenwriter, film producer, writer, theatre director, assistant director, record producer, television director, and commercial director.

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Non-narrative film

Non-narrative film is an aesthetic of film that does not narrate, or relate "an event, whether real or imaginary".

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Oskar Fischinger

Oskar Wilhelm Fischinger (22 June 1900 – 31 January 1967) was a German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter, notable for creating abstract musical animation many decades before the appearance of computer graphics and music videos.

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Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second-oldest, after Cambridge University Press.

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P. Adams Sitney


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Paris (UK:; US:; French) is the capital and most-populous city of France.

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Parker Tyler

Harrison Parker Tyler, better known as Parker Tyler (6 March 1904, New Orleans – June 1974, New York City), was an American author, poet, and film critic.

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Patrick Bokanowski

Patrick Bokanowski (born 23 June 1943 in Algiers, French Algeria) is a French filmmalker who makes experimental and animated films.

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Paul Strand

Paul Strand (October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976) was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century.

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Peggy Ahwesh

Margaret "Peggy" Ahwesh (born 1954 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental filmmaker and video artist.

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Performance art

Performance art is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary.

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Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway, CBE (born 5 April 1942) is a British film director.

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Queercore (or homocore) is a cultural and social movement that began in the mid-1980s as an offshoot of punk.

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Remodernist film

Remodernist film developed in the United States and the United Kingdom in the early 21st century with ideas related to those of the international art movement Stuckism and its manifesto, Remodernism.

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René Clair

René Clair (11 November 1898 – 15 March 1981) born René-Lucien Chomette, was a French filmmaker and writer.

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Rien que les heures

Rien que les heures (English: Nothing But Time or Nothing But the Hours) is a 1926 experimental silent film by Brazilian director Alberto Cavalcanti showing the life of Paris through one day in 45 minutes.

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Robert Florey

Robert Florey (14 September 1900, Paris - 16 May 1979, Santa Monica, California) was a French-American director, screenwriter, film journalist and occasional actor.

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Robert Smithson

Robert Smithson (January 2, 1938 – July 20, 1973) was an American artist famous for his use of photography in relation to sculpture and land art.

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Rochester, New York

Rochester is a city and the county seat of Monroe County, south of Lake Ontario in the state of New York, in the United States.

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Sadie Benning

Sadie Benning (born April 11, 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US) is an American film and video artist.

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Sally Potter

Charlotte Sally Potter, OBE (born 19 September 1949) is an English film director and screenwriter.

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Salvador Dalí

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (11 May 190423 January 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain.

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San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is a school of higher education in contemporary art with the main campus in the Russian Hill district of San Francisco, California.

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San Francisco Cinematheque

San Francisco Cinematheque is a film society founded in 1961 by a group of filmmakers, including Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand.

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum located in San Francisco, California.

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Scorpio Rising (film)

Scorpio Rising is a 1963 experimental short film by Kenneth Anger, starring Bruce Byron (whom Anger asserts was "half-crazy") as Scorpio.

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Scott Treleaven

Scott Treleaven is a Canadian artist whose work employs a variety of media including collage, film, video, drawing, photography and installation.

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Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (p; 22 January 1898 – 11 February 1948) was a Soviet Russian film director and film theorist, a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage.

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Shaun Wilson

Shaun Wilson (born Melbourne, 1972) is an Australian artist, film maker, academic and curator working with themes of memory, place and scale through painting, miniatures and video art.

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Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke (October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997) was an American experimental and independent filmmaker.

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Sidney Peterson

Sidney Peterson (November 15, 1905, Oakland, California – April 24, 2000, New York City) was an American author, artist, and avant-garde filmmaker.

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Slavko Vorkapić

Slavoljub "Slavko" Vorkapić (Славољуб "Славко" Воркапић; March 17, 1894 – October 20, 1976), known in English as Slavko Vorkapich.

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Soviet montage theory

Confined to the project of Soviet expansion, film theorists of the USSR cared little for questions of meaning.

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Stan Brakhage

James Stanley Brakhage (January 14, 1933 – March 9, 2003), better known as Stan Brakhage, was an American non-narrative filmmaker.

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State University of New York

The State University of New York (SUNY) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States.

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Su Friedrich

Su Friedrich (born December 12, 1954) is an American avant-garde filmmaker.

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Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings.

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Television advertisement

A television advertisement (variously called a television commercial, commercial or ad in American English, and known in British English as an advert) is a span of television programming produced and paid for by an organization, which conveys a message, typically to market a product or service.

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The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 American film)

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) is a short silent horror film adaptation of the short story, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe.

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The Film-Makers' Cooperative

The Film-Makers' Cooperative aka The New American Cinema Group is an artist-run, non-profit organization founded in 1962 in New York City by Jonas Mekas, Shirley Clarke, Stan Brakhage, Gregory Markopoulos, Lloyd Michael Williams and other filmmakers to distribute avant-garde films.

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The Hebrides (overture)

The concert overture The Hebrides (Die Hebriden), Op. 26, also known as Fingal's Cave (Die Fingalshöhle), was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1830.

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The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra

The Life and Death of 9413: a Hollywood Extra (1928) is an American short silent experimental film.

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The Saturday Evening Post

The Saturday Evening Post is a bimonthly American magazine.

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Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt (born 12 November 1960) is an Australian artist who primarily uses photography and video.

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Two Concert Études (Liszt)

Two Concert Études (Zwei Konzertetüden), S.145, is a set of two piano works composed in Rome around 1862-63 by Franz Liszt and dedicated to Dionys Pruckner, but intended for Sigmund Lebert and Ludwig Stark’s Klavierschule.Lebert's notoriety is mainly due to his piano method Grosse theoretisch-praktische Klavierschule, that he published in collaboration with Ludwig Stark in 1858.

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The Ultra-Lettrist movement was an art form developed by Jean-Louis Brau, Gil J Wolman, and François Dufrêne, in the 1950s, when they split from Isidore Isou's Lettrism.

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Un Chien Andalou

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Underground film

An underground film is a film that is out of the mainstream either in its style, genre, or financing.

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University of California Press

University of California Press, otherwise known as UC Press, is a publishing house associated with the University of California that engages in academic publishing.

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University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (UCB, also commonly referred to as CU-Boulder, CU, Boulder, or Colorado) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado, United States.

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Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894–1941

Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film 1894–1941 is a 7-disc and 19-hour DVD retrospective released by Image Entertainment in October 2005, and which includes some of the earliest American experimental film.

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Video art

Video art is a type of art which relies on moving pictures and comprises video and/or audio data.

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Viking Eggeling

Viking Eggeling (21 October 1880, Lund – 19 May 1925, Berlin) was a Swedish avant-garde artist and filmmaker connected to dadaism, Constructivism and abstract art and was one of the pioneers in absolute film and visual music.

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Visual effects

In filmmaking, visual effects (abbreviated VFX) are the processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a live action shot.

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Vsevolod Pudovkin

Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin (Все́волод Илларио́нович Пудо́вкин) (16 February 1893 – 30 June 1953) was a Russian and Soviet film director, screenwriter and actor who developed influential theories of montage.

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Walter Ruttmann

Walter Ruttmann (28 December 1887 – 15 July 1941) was a German film director and along with Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling and Oskar Fischinger was an early German practitioner of experimental film.

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Wayne State University Press

Wayne State University Press (or WSU Press) is a university press that is part of Wayne State University.

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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Wheeler Winston Dixon (born March 12, 1950) is an American filmmaker and scholar.

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Willard Maas

Willard Maas (June 24, 1906 – January 2, 1971) was an American experimental filmmaker and poet.

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World War II

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier.

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Yoko Ono

is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer and peace activist who is also known for her work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking.

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16 mm film

16 mm film is a popular, economical gauge of film.

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