Ron Rice (1935, New York City – 1964, Mexico) was an American experimental filmmaker, whose freeform style influenced experimental filmmakers in New York and California during the early 1960s.
The Flower Thief
Rice twice collaborated with future Warhol star Taylor Mead, including Rice’s first and best-known film, The Flower Thief (1960). Created in 1959 for less than $1,000, it used World War II aerial gunnery 16mm film cartridges donated to Rice by Hollywood producer Sam Katzman. In 1962, it was seen by a large New York audience as a selection of Amos Vogel’s Cinema 16.
Rice commented on his inventive approach:
In the old Hollywood movie days, studios would keep a man on the set who, when all other sources of ideas failed (writers, directors), was called upon to ‘cook up’ something for filming. He was called the Wild Man. The Flower Thief has been put together in memory of all the dead wild men who died unnoticed in the field of stunt.
In 2005, after… read more