Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Australian Avant-Garde: An Historical Overview

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

curated by Sally Golding, Joel Stern & Danni Zuvela of OtherFilm
[members: $6 / non-members: $10]

Australian avant-garde film history is characterized by formal investigation into themes of landscape, alienation and perception. While their works are in conversation with contemporaneous European and American filmmakers, experimental filmmakers in Australia have worked largely in isolation to produce highly developed experiments with split screens and mattes, optical sound, collage animation and optical techniques (such as colour separation processes). Using the landscape as motivation or a formal premise as a starting point, the films in this program reflect the iconic aesthetics and innovative approaches that shape Australian avant-garde film history from the early-1960s through the 1990s. The rare 16mm prints in this program are provided either directly from the filmmakers themselves or from the National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra, Australia. (OTHERFILM)

Dusan Marek: Adam & Eve (1962), 10 min.
David Perry: Halftone (1966), 1 min.
Albie Thoms: Man & His World (1966), 1 min.
Paul Winkler: Bondi (1979), 15 min.
George Gittoes: Rainbow Way (1977), 11 min.
Dirk De Bruyn: 223 (1985), 6 min.
Gregory Godhard: Mind’s Eye (1998), 5 min.
Arthur Cantrill & Corinne Cantrill: Waterfall (1984), 18 min.
» : 4000 Frames: An Eye Opener Film (1970), 3 min.

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