Francis LEE

(1913-1998)
Nationality: american

Francis Lee (18 Apr 1913 – 29 May 1998)

"Francis Lee began experimenting with abstract animation in 1939, completing 1941 before going to war. After World War II, he made several more pioneering films, including 'Le Bijou' (1946), before returning to painting. In the 1960s/70s he worked again as a cameraman and animator on 'The Black Fox' (1962) and experimental videos." —Jan-Christopher Horak

"Francis Lee, a combat cameraman who documented the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944 and was a member of an avant-garde film movement, died on May 29 at a nursing home in Manhattan. He was 85 and lived in Manhattan.

Mr. Lee was taken to New York from Sicily as a child and began to work in experimental film in 1939 with a movie camera and editing equipment he bought with a small inheritance. In World War II he joined the infantry and, assigned as a combat cameraman, shot some 500,000 feet of film. Thirty years later, he retrieved much of that film and fashioned it into a 20-minute documentary. After the war he worked as a commercial filmmaker and taught at New York University.” —obituary, The New York Times

Masterworks of American Avant-garde Film 1920-1970

Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1894-1941

2 MOVIES IN DISTRIBUTION

CH'AN
1983 / 35mm / b&w / sound / single screen / 6' 33 / 24 €
distribution: Digital file on server
  1941
1941 / 16mm / color / sound / single screen / 4' 20 / 27 €
distribution: DCP on server or Digital file on server