Donal Foreman's cut-to-the-bone report on the five-day Filmmaker Conference at last month's Independent Film Week pits Jon Jost against Ted Hope, weighs the effect of Michael Tully's "Take-Back Manifesto" and explains why Antonio Campos prompted another panelist to ask, "Are you saying we should all become communists?" A lively must-read for anyone interested in the current state of independent filmmaking.
Also in the October issue of the Brooklyn Rail: Tom McCormack remembers Robert Breer, who "pioneered a form of cinematic collage that used single-frame editing and omnium-gatherums of chaotic imagery to shape the quotidian into whirligig treatises on the nature of perception." Plus: Leo Goldsmith and Rachael Rakes on Harun Farocki's Images of War (at a Distance), on view at MoMA through January 2, and Emily Apter talks with Silvia Kolbowski about two of her works, A Few Howls Again? and After Hiroshima Mon Amour.
Los Angeles Filmforum launches its series Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 today with Dream States: The Avant-garde of the 1940s and 1950s: "The series will feature over 24 shows between now and May 2012. Alternative Projections is Filmforum's exploration of the community of filmmakers, artists, curators and programmers who contributed to the creation and presentation of experimental film and video in Southern California in the postwar era."