Archive for July 10th, 2008

Film 101

July 10, 2008

We’ve often been asked by our members to put together some kind of film discussion/lecture series for people who didn’t take Intro to Cinema in college but still want to learn the basics of film history. We have been playing with some ideas for our workshops, but since nothing is final, I saw this offering at Seattle Central yesterday and thought some people might be interested. At $90 for 8 sessions, at least it’s a good deal

Exploration of the history of film in America. from the earliest flickering images to the biggest computer generated blockbusters of today. We will showcase some of the most fascinating American films ever produced. Through film clips and discussions, we will explore how American Film has changed through the decades. From the process of creation through the art of distribution and you will learn to critically dissect many facets of film. Each decade, from the 1910’s to the present, will be represented. For those with a powerful passion for the cinema.
Item: 6551 Matthew N. Terry
7:00PM – 9:30PM Broadway Edison Bldg.
8 Thursdays Room 4175
10/2/2008 – 11/20/2008 Fee: $90

Bruce Conner 1933 – 2008

July 10, 2008

Bruce Conner, found footage film pioneer passed away in his San Franciso home this past Monday. Conner hit the North Beach Beat scene in the early 1950s with his provocative assemblages and sculptures. By the late 1950s he was channeling his creative energies into filmmaking. A MOVIE, his 1958 breakthrough film, opened up the cinematic world to the possibilities of found footage. Its beautiful and haunting juxtaposition of images have guaranteed it a place in the pantheon of avant garde filmmaking. Throughout the 60s and well into the 80s he refined his technique and ideas, in essence creating the grammar of found footage film practice. His influence has been huge on contemporary film, from the avant garde to MTV and commercial endeavors. Filmmakers like Craig Baldwin, whose film MOCK UP ON MU will be screened at NWFF on August 15 and 16, is indebted to Conner’s work.  Baldwin is also hosting workshop at NWFF on August 16, Flix Remix: A Found Footage Workshop – a fitting tribute to one of the greatest filmmakers of the late 20th century.

Thank you for your thoughts about Bruce. We have lost an amazing artist… Bruce was firmly opposed to display of his films on-line, and on his behalf as an attorney I made numerous requests for removal. Now that Bruce has died, all copyrights are now held by Jean Conner (Bruce’s wife), and she has explicitly directed that I request and otherwise take action to have all on-line postings of Bruce Conner movies removed immediately.(Out of respect for Bruce Conner and his survivors I have removed the YouTube link to his film, America Is Waiting – NV)

Other Links

Movie City Indie Reflection on Bruce Conner

Caveh Zahedi’s Blog – an older posting on Conner – with a short clip of Conner speaking.

New York Times Obituary