Avant-Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema

Avant-Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema

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MacDonald explores the cinematic territory between the traditional categories of qdocumentaryq and qavant-gardeq film, through candid, in-depth conversations with filmmakers whose work has challenged these categories. Arranged in an imaginative chronology and written to be accessible to any film-interested reader, the interviews in Avant-Doc chart half a century of thinking by inventive filmmakers such as Robert Gardner, Ed Pincus, Alfred Guzzetti, Ross McElwee, Leonard Retel Helmrich, Michael Glawogger, Susana de Sousa Dias, Jonathan Caouette, Pawel Wojtasik, and Todd Haynes. Recent breakthroughs by Amie Siegel, Jane Gillooly, Jennifer Proctor, Betzy Bromberg, and Godfrey Reggio are discussed; and considerable attention is paid to Harvard's innovative Sensory Ethnography Lab, producer of Sweetgrass, Leviathan, and Manakamana. A rare interview with pioneering scholar Annette Michelson begins Avant-Doc's meta-conversation.Actually, when I watch the film (and I dona#39;t look at it often, except for the a€œFreeze Taga€ section with the kids), I get so upset with ... I cana#39;t remember now what I was thinking abouta€”it might have been about Bob, this man I love, who I wish had appeared in the film ... I didna#39;t know how to be married well or how to be a mother.

Title:Avant-Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema
Author:Scott MacDonald
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2014-10-01


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