by Douglas CROCKWELL
1937-1940 / 16mm / color / silent / 1S / 1' 50

Co-maker: David Smith

A number of silent fragments restored 2001 by Bruce Posner

Douglass Crockwell, who earned his living as a noted realist illustrator, was a cinema abstractionist and inventor of animation processes. This footage includes unreleased experiments in abstract wax cinematography as well as a surreal claymation made in collaboration with sculptor David Smith, Crockwell's neighbor. --Bruce Posner

Credit text:

Simple Destiny: An Abstract Phantasmagoria (1937-1948) by Douglass Crockwell with David Smith, compiled 2001 by Bruce Posner, 16mm, color, silent, 1:50 mins. Courtesy Light Cone via permission of Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941, a collaborative film preservation and restoration project of Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt-am Main, with generous support by Cineric, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Filmmakers Showcase and Film Preservation Associates. Special thanks Johanna Crockwell.


distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound silent
rental fee 20,00 €