Thom Andersen (born 1943, Chicago) is a filmmaker, film critic, and teacher. He currently teaches film theory and history at the California Institute of the Arts, and has previously taught at the SUNY Buffalo and Ohio State University. In the early 60’s, he studied film at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has also been the programmer for LA Filmforum in Los Angeles during the late 90’s. His more recent work, including Los Angeles Plays Itself, has taken its cues from Formalism. Los Angeles Plays Itself won the National Film Board Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
Photograph by Suzanne Mejean
'Melting' by Thom Andersen: 'Directed by Thom Andersen "Melting is remarkable for its alluding to a forgotten history and its prescience of history to come. Thirty-odd years after Bataille announced the informe, and 32 years before Bois and Krauss brought the informe back from history, and before Bois characterized melting in this way, Thom made his film. What Thom calls the sundae's passage from edibility to waste, perfectly embodies the entropic. What once could have been eaten now cannot. Waste is something that nothing more can be made of; it has no further use." --Morgan Fisher (1964-65, 16mm, color, sound, 6 min.)'