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Experimental Film Reading List

by Jacob W.
Experimental Film Reading List by Jacob W.
The following is a list that I previously compiled, I figure I might as well try and post it here in hopes that in can be of some assistance for those looking to do a little exploring. This list is by no means comprehensive, so if you know of releases not included here please let me know… Note: For some of the more difficult to find and/or expensive books I have linked to the Worldcat Library System, which may be specified to my location but can easily be changed to your own. I would highly recommend taking advantage of the inter-library loan service run through the Worldcat, as it is an invaluable resource. Also, the films at the bottom… Read more

The following is a list that I previously compiled, I figure I might as well try and post it here in hopes that in can be of some assistance for those looking to do a little exploring. This list is by no means comprehensive, so if you know of releases not included here please let me know…

Note: For some of the more difficult to find and/or expensive books I have linked to the Worldcat Library System, which may be specified to my location but can easily be changed to your own. I would highly recommend taking advantage of the inter-library loan service run through the Worldcat, as it is an invaluable resource. Also, the films at the bottom don’t have any specific relevance in regards to the list, I just randomly entered them in as the site simply requires that I include some..


[Listed Alphabetically by Author]

Alcoz, Albert


Visionary Film

Arthur, Paul


A Line of Sight: American Avant-Garde Film Since 1965

Barnett, Daniel


Movement as Meaning: In Experimental Film

Barber, Stephen


The Art of Destruction: The Films of the Vienna Action Group

Battock, Gregory


The New American Cinema; a Critical Anthology

Blaetz, Robin


Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks

Barrett, Gerald & Babner, Wendy


Stan Brakhage, A Guide to References and Resources

Brakhage, Stan


Brakhage Scrapbook: Collected Writings, 1964-1980


Essential Brakhage


Film at Wit’s End: Eight Avant-Garde Filmmakers


Film Biographies


I—Sleeping: Being a Dream Journal and Parenthetical Explication


Metaphors on Vision


A Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book


Telling Time: Essays of a Visionary Filmmaker

Brodsky, Robert P. & Treadway, Antoinette


Super 8 In the Video Age

Broughton, James Richard


Making Light of It

Camper, Fred


Writings on Avant-Garde Film

Child, Abigail


This Is Called Moving: A Critical Poetics of Film

Christie, Ian


The Last Machine: Early Cinema and the Birth of the Modern World

Curtis, David


Experimental Cinema. A Fifty Year Evolution

Deleuze, Gilles


Cinema I: The Movement-Image


Cinema II

Deren, Maya


Essential Deren: Collected Writings on Film

Dixon, Wheeler


Experimental Cinema, The Film Reader

Dorsky, Nathaniel


Devotional Cinema

Dwoskin, Steven


Film Is

Elder, R. Bruce


The Body in Film


A Body of Vision: Representations of the Body in Recent Films and Poetry

The Cinema We Need (included in Presence and Absence: The Films of Michael Snow, see below)


The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Charles Olson


Harmony and Dissent: Film and Avant-garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century


Image and Identity: Reflections of Canadian Film and Culture

Everleth, Mike


Bad Lit

Frampton, Hollis


Circles of Confusion: film, photography, video: texts, 1968-1980


On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters: The Writings of Hollis Frampton

Friedrich, Su


Various Writings

Gidal, Peter


Materialist Film


Structural Film Anthology

Grey Daisies


Avant-Garde Film


Film As a Subversive Art


No-Wave Cinema

Hall, Phil


The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies: Films from the Fringes of Cinema

Haller, Robert A. (Editor)


First Light

Halter, Ed


Various Writings

Hatfield, Jackie


Experimental Film and Video: An Anthology

Hill, Helen


Recipes for Disaster: A Handcrafted Film Cookbooklet

Hoolbloom, Mike


Various Writings

Horak, Jan-Christopher


Lovers of Cinema: The First American Film Avant-Garde, 1919-1945

Hunter, Jack


Moonchild: The Films of Kenneth Anger

Igliori, Paola


American Magus Harry Smith: A Modern Alchemist>

Invisible Birds


The Art of Memory {blog}

James, David E.


The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles


Stan Brakhage: Filmmaker


To Free the Cinema

Joseph, Branden W.


Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage

Kashmere, Brett (Editor)


INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media and Radical Aesthetics

Kilchesty, Albert


Big As Life: An American History of 8mm Films

Kuchar, George & Mike


Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool

Land, Owen


Two Films by Owen Land

Legge, Elizabeth


Michael Snow: Wavelength

Le Grice, Malcolm


Abstract Film and Beyond


Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age

Lipton, Lenny


The Super 8 Book

MacDonald, Scott


Adventures in Perception: Cinema as Exploration


Art in Cinema: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society


Avant-Garde Film: Motion Studies


Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor


Cinema 16: Documents Towards the History of a Film Society


The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place


A Critical Cinema: Vol. 1-5

MacMillan, Jennifer


Invisible Cinema {blog}

Mekas, Jonas


Jonas Mekas


Jonas Mekas: Just Like A Shadow


Jonas Mekas: To Petrarca


Movie Journal-The Rise of the New American Cinema, 1959-1971

Meranda, Yoel


Ways of Seeing

Moore, Rachel


Hollis Frampton: (nostalgia)

Morris, Gary


Bright Lights Film Journal

Murch, Walter


In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing

Nesthus, Marie


A Crucible of Document: The Sequence Films of Stan Brakhage, 1968-1984

O’Pray, Michael


Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions

Ortega, Marcos


Experimental Cinema


Nitrato Lirico

Patterson, Clay


Captured: A Film & Video History of the Lower East Side

Petrolle, Jean


Women and Experimental Filmmaking

Redding, Judith M.


Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors

Reeves, Jennifer


Not Dead Yet {I Love 16mm} {blog}

Renan, Sheldon


Introduction to the American Underground Film

Rees, A.L.


A History of Experimental Film and Video

Russett, Robert


Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art

Sicinski, Michael


The Academic Hack

Sitney, P. Adams


The Avant-Garde Film


The Essential Cinema


Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson


Film Culture Reader


Modernist Montage: The Obscurity of Vision in Cinema and Literature


Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, 1943-2000

*There are several smaller Sitney articles on various filmmakers that are available on the internet or for download through Amazon.com

Skoller, Jeffrey


Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film

Small, Edward S.


Direct Theory: Experimental Film/Video as Major Genre

Snow, Michael


The Collected Writings of Michael Snow


Presence and Absence: The Films of Michael Snow

Solomon, Phil


Musings {Blog}

Stark, Scott


Flicker

Stevenson, Jack


Desperate Visions: Camp America The Films of John Waters & George & Mike Kuchar

Tyler, Parker


Three Faces of the Film: The Art, The Dream, The Cult


Underground Film

Vogel, Amos


Films As a Subversive Art

W., Jacob


MAKING LIGHT OF IT {blog}

Wees, William C.


Light Moving in Time: Studies in the Visual Aesthetics of Avant-Garde Film


Recycled Images: The Art and Politics


Vorticism and the English Avant-garde

Weinbren, Grahame (Editor)


Millennium Film Journal

Young, Paul


Art Cinema

Youngblood, Gene


Expanded Cinema


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