Chinese Firedrill (1968) by Will Hindle

Sunday, October 4, 1987, 8:00 pm

Aesthetics Meets Engineering

A Tribute to Will Hindle


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

A consummate artist-technician, Will Hindle emerged from the Bay Area personal filmmaking scene of the mid-60s (along with Bruce Baillie and others) with a background in art, literature, and professional television filmmaking. Wedding technology to his art, he created a body of work that is highly idiosyncratic, ambiguous and disturbing, and stunning in its technical proficiency. Hindle spent most of the last twenty years of his life in rural Alabama—where he died this past spring—a loner by nature. His films often probe the psyches (including his own) of the alienated and disaffected. While his images can generate enormous emotional impact by virtue of their dazzling cinematic technique, the depth of his feeling and humanity is never lost. Program assistance and notes by Michael Wallin.

Films: 29: MERCI MERCI (1966); FFTCM (1967); CHINESE FIREDRILL (1968); BILLABONG (1969); PASTEUR3 (1976).