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Women’s Experimental Cinema offers vigorous introductions to the paintings of fifteen avant-garde girls filmmakers, a few of whom labored as early because the Fifties and lots of of whom are nonetheless operating this present day. In every one essay during this assortment, a number one movie pupil considers a unmarried filmmaker, providing biographical details, interpreting a variety of affects on her paintings, reading the advance of her corpus, and examining an important variety of person movies. The essays rescue the paintings of seriously missed yet influential ladies filmmakers for instructing, extra learn, and, expectantly, recovery and upkeep. simply as importantly, they improve the knowledge of feminism in cinema and extend the terrain of movie historical past, rather the background of the yank avant-garde.

The individuals research 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 strategies, overlaying issues comparable to how Menken used movie in an effort to reconsider the transition from summary expressionism to Pop artwork within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, how Rubin either objectified the physique and investigated the filmic equipment that enabled that objectification in her movie Christmas on Earth (1963), and the way Dunye makes use of movie to discover her personal id as a black lesbian artist. whilst, the essays exhibit 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 movies, addressing logistical issues (how to procure the movies and safe right viewing areas) and increasing the variety of the e-book by way of suggesting replacement motion pictures for school 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

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