Free Radicals - A History of Experimental Cinema

  • 82'
  • France
  • 2010
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.
Director
Pip Chodorov
Country of production
France
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
82'
Medium
HDcam
Languages
English, French
Producer
Ron Dyens
Production Company
Sacrebleu Productions
Sales
Celluloid Dreams
Screenplay
Lucy Allwood, Pip Chodorov
Cinematography
Ville Piippo, Pip Chodorov, Nicolas Rideau
Editor
Nicolas Sarkissian, Jackie Raynal
Music
Pip Chodorov, Slink Moss
Cast
Stan Vanderbeek, Peter Kubelka, Robert Breer, Ken Jacobs, Maurice Lemaitre, Len Lye, Michael Snow, Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, Hans Richter