From 1952 until his death in 2003, Stan Brakhage created almost 400 films. Working completely outside of the mainstream, he consistently redefined cinematic art with such celebrated pieces as Window Water Baby Moving (his first wife giving birth) and Mothlight (leaves and butterflies taped to celluloid), as well as a host of films hand-painted in shockingly brilliant color including Dante’s Quartet and Black Ice.
The film juxtapose archival footage spanning 35 years, as well as rare film excerpts and vintage and contemporary interviews with Brakhage, his friends, family, colleagues and critics. A stunning and bittersweet portrait explores the depth and breadth of Brakhage’s genius and the exquisite splendor of his films. –www.expcinema.com
One of the greatest and most unique artists to have not only remove celluloid out of solely the visual world, but in to more textural and beautiful experience that almost constantly remind you of the act of seeing. Too bad a genius like that has to have such a crummy documentary about his art!