Free Radicals

Free Radicals

A History of Experimental Film

Downloadable Video - 2010
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This feature-length documentary provides a vivid, eye-opening, and appropriately personal introduction to one of the most important, yet perpetually marginalized, realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema.Achieving the near-impossible task of doing justice in a mere 82 minutes to this incredibly rich, varied, and expansive domain, FREE RADICALS is as expertly constructed an introduction to the topic as one could hope for, thanks in large part to the film's privileging of rare interviews with some of the most important filmmakers in the avant-garde tradition (including Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, and Hans Richter), and its inclusion of several films in their entirety. The film's sincere admiration for its subject is best reflected by Chodorov's own description: "I wanted to share a few of the films I love and introduce you to some of the free, radical artists who made them."


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Jan 26, 2015

Great documentary on filmmakers and the "experimental films" that they produced. Some very cool visual effects choreographed to an African tribal drum session.

There are a few images that contain very brief frontal nudity. So you might want to put the kids to bed first.

flownasus Apr 15, 2014

Though this film has its limitations, it is a must-see for anyone interested in experimental films. There are some great interviews with Robert Breer, Hans Richter and Jonas Mekas. I only wish that more filmmakers were included especially Tony Conrad.

aaa5756 Jul 28, 2013

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse, seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.


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aaa5756 Jul 28, 2013

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo


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