Presented by Rose Lowder
The creation of Afea (Archives du Film Expérimental d’Avignon) was above all a necessity. In mid-1970s France it was virtually impossible to see films that were conducting specifically cinematographic research in image and sound. With few exceptions, so-called “experimental films” were almost never programmed by cinemas, museums, cultural centers, universities or art schools. After several attempts to invite groups of emerging filmmakers to present their films, the necessity to work on a more comprehensive program began to be felt, in addition to the desire to give greater access to films that carried so much importance for cinema history.
In 1981, when, after numerous unsuccessful requests for institutional support we were ready to abandon the idea of organizing experimental film screenings, the arrival of a new government more inclined to finance cultural project allowed us to obtain our first grants. Knowing that such support is rarely long-lasting and is generally insufficient to cover film rentals, we chose to establish our own collection, in order to avoid the costs that would be incurred by renting from other sources. It is difficult to describe in a few words the countless sleepless nights and the hard work that followed for Afea come into existence.
When selecting films for this screening, I avoided choosing those that had been recently shown in Paris, as well as those (with one exception) distributed by Light Cone. Marc Adrian’s film was a gift. When we invited him to present his work in Avignon, he made a film which later arrived in the mail. Bouddi was one of the titles shown when we invited Arthur and Corinne Cantrill to present three screenings of their films. With Mass for the Dakota Sioux, Bruce Baillie brings his great poetic talent to the program. George Kuchar’s Wild Night in El Reno demonstrates how we can say many things without showing them. I have included Pluie de Roses as a tribute to Jakobois, who was also a great cinematographic poet with an abundant sense of humor. Finally, Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising closes the program with calm and determination.
To learn more about the Archives du film expérimental d’Avignon, we invite you to consult the book L’Image en mouvement – 25 ans d’activité pour la défense du cinéma comme art visuel (Afea, 2002) by Rose Lowder and Alain-Alcide Sudre, which will be available for sale during the screening.
by Marc ADRIAN
1992 / 16mm / color / sound / 10' 00
by Arthur CANTRILL & Corinne CANTRILL
1970 / 16mm / color / sound / 8' 00
MASS FOR THE DAKOTA SIOUX
by Bruce BAILLIE
1963-1964 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 20' 00
WILD NIGHT IN EL RENO
by George KUCHAR
1977 / 16mm / color / sound / 6' 00
PLUIE DE ROSES
1984 / 16mm / color / sound / 3' 20
by Kenneth ANGER
1963 / 16mm / color / sound / 31' 00
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