By Robin Blaetz
Women’s Experimental Cinema offers full of life introductions to the paintings of fifteen avant-garde girls filmmakers, a few of whom labored as early because the Nineteen Fifties and lots of of whom are nonetheless operating this day. In each one essay during this assortment, a number one movie student considers a unmarried filmmaker, offering biographical info, interpreting a number of impacts on her paintings, studying the improvement of her corpus, and examining an important variety of person movies. The essays rescue the paintings of seriously missed yet influential girls filmmakers for educating, extra examine, and, confidently, recovery and maintenance. simply as importantly, they increase the knowledge of feminism in cinema and extend the terrain of movie heritage, really the historical past of the yank avant-garde.
The participants study the paintings of Marie Menken, Joyce Wieland, Gunvor Nelson, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Barbara Rubin, Amy Greenfield, Barbara Hammer, Chick Strand, Marjorie Keller, Leslie Thornton, Abigail baby, Peggy Ahwesh, Su Friedrich, and Cheryl Dunye. The essays spotlight the range in those filmmakers’ kinds and techniques, masking themes corresponding to how Menken used movie to be able to reconsider the transition from summary expressionism to Pop paintings within the Fifties and Sixties, how Rubin either objectified the physique and investigated the filmic gear that enabled that objectification in her movie Christmas on the earth (1963), and the way Dunye makes use of movie to discover her personal id as a black lesbian artist. even as, the essays show commonalities, together with an inclination towards documentary instead of fiction and a dedication to nonhierarchical, collaborative creation practices. The volume’s ultimate essay focuses explicitly on educating women’s experimental motion pictures, addressing logistical issues (how to obtain the flicks and safe right viewing areas) and lengthening the variety of the e-book via suggesting substitute motion pictures for lecture room use.
Contributors. Paul Arthur, Robin Blaetz, Noël Carroll, Janet Cutler, Mary Ann Doane, Robert A. Haller, Chris Holmlund, Chuck Kleinhans, Scott MacDonald, Kathleen McHugh, Ara Osterweil, Maria Pramaggiore, Melissa Ragona, Kathryn Ramey, M. M. Serra, Maureen Turim, William C. Wees