FILM Experimental Cinema Since 1975
Screenings: Ottaway Theater, Thursdays, 7-10pm
Lecture: Ottaway Theater, Fridays, 10:10am-1:10pm
Professor Ed Halter
Office: Avery 322
Office hours: Thursdays, 5-7pm, by appointment
Attendance at all lectures and screenings; an in-class midterm exam, and a final research paper. Please be aware that most of the works shown in this class are not available on video, or are only available in inferior copies, and seeing them in a cinematic context is crucial to understanding the work.
Midterm is essay format, and will be based on material found in the films, the lectures, and the weekly readings. You may use your notes from the lectures and screenings during the exam.
The final research paper will be on a topic of your choice and will run, 10-15 pages. For the paper, you must bring a topic for your paper to class on Friday, Nov 18 for discussion and approval. On Friday, Dec 2, you will hand in a one-paragraph summary and preliminary bibliography of at least four sources in class. The final paper will be due no later than 10:10am on Friday, Dec 16.
Grading will be determined by 50% midterm, 50% final essay. Your ability to meet all above deadlines for the final essay – including topic, summary, bibliography and the paper itself – will be factored into the grade for the essay as whole.
In order to be counted for attendance purposes, you will need to sign the attendance book at the beginning of each lecture and screening. Attendance is mandatory at all lectures and screenings, and attendance to both will count towards your grade. Three absences and your grade drops a full letter. More than three and your grade drops two. Should you experience any problems meeting these requirements at any point in the course, please contact me immediately.
The reading will be available on Reservesdirect, or
directly from this syllabus online. I am looking into ordering one
for later in the class…more information TK.
For research purposes and your general edification, please visit this short list of online resources about experimental cinema.
Thu Sep 1 / Fri Sep 2
Andy Warhol, Blow Job, 1964 , 16mm, 35 mins
Michael Snow, Wavelength, 1967, 16mm, 45 mins
Hollis Frampton, (nostalgia), 1971, 16mm, 38 mins
Thu Sep 8 / Fri Sep 9
Mike Leggat, Shepherd’s Bush, 1971, 16mm, 15.5 mins
Malcolm LeGrice, Berlin Horse, 1971, 16mm, 7 mins
John Smith, Girl Chewing Gum, 1976, 16mm, 12 mins
Guy Sherwin, At the Academy, 1974, 16mm, 5 mins
Chris Welsby, Seven Days, 1974, 16mm, 20 mins
Lis Rhodes, Light Music (Abridged), 1976, 16mm, 15 mins
Anthony McCall, Line Describing a Cone, 1973, 16mm, 30 mins
P. Adams Sitney, “Structural Film”
Peter Gidal, "Theory and Definition of Structural/Materialist Film"
Malcolm Le Grice “Material, Materiality, Materialism”
A.L. Rees, "English Structuralists"
Anthony McCall, “Two Statements”
Annette Michelson, “Toward Snow”
Thu Sep 15 / Fri Sep 15
Jonas Mekas, Lost, Lost, Lost, 1976, 16mm, 178mins
Jonas Mekas “The Diary Film” and “Autobiographical Notes”
Michael Renov, “Lost, Lost, Lost: Mekas as Essayist”
Jeffrey K. Ruoff, “Home Movies of the Avant-Garde: Jonas Mekas and the New York Art World”
Thu Sep 22 / Fri Sep 23
Tony Conrad, Film Feedback, 1974, 16mm, 14 mins
Paul Sharits, Bad Burns, 1982, 16mm, 6 mins
Paul Sharits, Epileptic Seizure Comparison, 1976, 16mm, 34 mins
Paul Sharits, Shutter Interface,
1975, 16mm (2 projectors) 24 mins
Tony Conrad interview by Jay Sanders
Screen/Sound 'Locational' Film Environments—Installations" by
Paul Sharits interview by Linda Cathcart
Film Structure: Paul Sharits's Shutter Interface" by Stuart
"The Material of Film and the Idea of Cinema: Contrasting Practices in Sixties and Seventies Avant-Garde Film" by Jonathan Walley
"Hearing:Seeing" by Paul Sharits
Review of Paul Sharits at Greene Naftali Gallery, 2009, by Kristen M. Jones
Thu Sep 29 / Fri Sep 30
Yvonne Rainer, Journeys From
Berlin/1971, 1980, 16mm, 125 mins
"The Films of Yvonne Rainer," B. Ruby Rich
"Looking Myself in the Mouth," Yvonne Rainer
"Beginning With Some Advertisements For
Of Myself, Or Drawing The Dog You May Want To Use To Bite Me With,
Then Going On To Other Matters," Yvonne Rainer
"Interview with a Woman Who...," Noel Carroll
Thu Oct 6 / Fri Oct 7
Take-home midterm given out in class today
James Benning, Landscape Suicide, 1986, 16mm, 95 mins
Fredric Jameson, "Video: Surrealism Without the Unconscious"
Noel Carroll, "Film in the Age of
Danni Zuvela, interview with James Benning
Thu Oct 13 / Fri Oct 14
Screening in class (Friday)
Martha Rosler, Martha
Rosler Reads Vogue, 1983, video, 26 mins
General Idea, Shut the Fuck Up, 1984, video, 14 mins
John Smith, Om, 1986, 16mm, 4 mins
John Smith, The Black Tower, 1985-87, 16mm, 24 mins
due at the beginning
of class today.
due at the beginning
of class today.
Thu Oct 20 / Fri Oct 21
Abigail Child, Perils, 1986, 16mm, 3.5 mins
Phil Solomon, The Secret Garden, 1988, 16mm, 20 mins
Mark Lapore, The Sleepers, 1989, 16mm, 16 mins
Peter Hutton, Study of a River, 1997, 16mm, 16 mins
Nathaniel Dorsky, Alaya, 1987,
16mm, 28 mins
Fred Camper, "The End of Avant-Garde Film"
Tom Gunning, "Towards a Minor Cinema"
Gilles Delueze & Félix Guattari, "What is Minor Literature?"
Thu Oct 27 / Fri Oct 28
Guest artist: Luther Price
Lia Gangitano, "Groupie"
Luther Price, "I Want to Keep Truth"
Thu Nov 3 / Fri Nov 4
Bruce Connor, Mongoloid, 1976, 16mm, 4 mins
Martin Arnold, Alone: Life Wastes Andy Hardy, 16mm, 15 mins
Craig Baldwin Tribulation 99:
Anomalies Under America, 1991, 16mm, 97 mins
William Wees, Recycled Images
Michael Zryd, "Found Footage Film as Discursive Metahistory: Craig Baldwin's Tribulation 99"
Thu Nov 10 / Fri Nov 11
M Henry Jones, Soul City, 1979, 16mm, 2 mins
Vivienne Dick, She Had Her Gun All Ready, 1978, Super-8, 27 mins
Tom Chomont, Razor Head, 1984, 16mm, 4 mins
David Wojnarowicz, A Fire in My
1986-87, Super-8, 20 mins
J. Hoberman, "Notes on Three Films by Vivienne Dick"
Jack Sargeant, Foreword & Chapter One from Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression
Matthew Yokobosky, "No Wave Cinema, 1978-87 -
Part of Any Wave: No Wave"
David Wojnarowicz, "Postcards from America: X Rays from Hell"
Thu Nov 17 / Fri Nov 18
Matthias Müller, Sleepy Haven, 1993, 16mm, 14 mins
Su Friedrich, Gently Down the Stream, 1981, 16mm, 13 mins
Leslie Thornton, Peggy
and Fred in Hell (Prologue), 1988, 16mm, 19 mins
Todd Haynes, Superstar: The Karen
Carpenter Story, 1987, 16mm/VHS, 43 mins
Lucas Hilderbrand, "Grainy Days and Mondays: Superstar and Bootleg Aesthetics"
William C. Wees, "Carrying On: Leslie Thornton, Su Friedrich, Abigail Child and American Avant-Garde Film of the Eighties"
Final paper topics due in class.
Thu Nov 24/ Fri Nov 25
Thanksgiving break, no class.
Thu Dec 1 / Fri Dec 2
Peggy Ahwesh, The Color of Love, 1994, 16mm, 10 mins
Jennifer Reeves, Fear of Blushing, 1995, 16mm, 5 mins
James Fotopoulos, Drowning, 2000, 16mm, 3 mins
Stom Sogo, Guided by Voices, 1999, video, 11 mins
Naomi Uman, Removed, 1999, 16mm, 7 mins
Takeshi Murata, Monster Movie,
2005, video, 4 mins
Paper topic summary and preliminary bibliography due in class.
Ed Halter, "Head Space"
Thu Dec 8 / Fri Dec 9
George Kuchar, Weather Diary 3, 1988, video, 28 mins
Brian Frye, Broken Camera Reels 1 & 2, 2000, 16mm, 5 mins
Seth Price, Rejected or Unused Clips, Arranged in Order of Importance, 2003, video, 11 mins
Miranda July, The Amateurist, 1998, video, 14 mins
Kevin Jerome Everson, 2009, Old
16mm, 11 mins
Thu Dec 15 / Fri Dec 16
No screening on Thu Dec 15. Final essays due by 10:10am Fri Dec 16.