Millennium Film Journal

Articles from No. 41, Fall

A Remembrance for Stan Brakhage
Impossible. It is... impossible. The headline in the local paper read: Stan Brakhage Dead at 70-but the mind simply cannot comprehend this combination and sequence of words. So perhaps they got it wrong, as they always do. Stan, I think I know the headline...
A Thought about Leni Riefenstahl, Maya Deren, and Gay and Lesbian Film
I was recently working on a syllabus for a course at the City University of New York Graduate Center on Gay and Lesbian Experimental Film from Edison to Haynes. After making my selections, I decided to watch them all in chronological order to see what...
Bad Asians, the Sequel: Continuing Trends in Queer API Film and Video
In a recent article entitled "Bad Asians: New Film and Video by Queer Asian American Artists," I positioned new work by emerging queer Asian American artists within a larger genealogy of Asian American media, queer film and video, and film and video...
Brakhage Reminiscences
I was always amazed by the two distinctly different, even opposite sides of Brakhage, the man. One side was the public figure: an endlessly talkative, challenging and galvanizing proponent of art and the life of the artist-both embattled pursuits in...
Brakhage, Spoken in Memory, 17 March 2003
What is important I think is not to make a story of him or about him or with him in it playing some role. All his work life he kept shoving himself and us away from story, which was not a denial of the appeal of story or the lure of narrative, but pushing...
Bruce Elder
It might seem odd in a personal statement about a filmmaker that I would want to reflect on the reasons for his interest in a poet long dead. But poetry meant a great deal to Stan Brakhage-one wouldn't be exaggerating to say that poetry was the place...
...Continue in This Unknowable
8 JUNE 2003To tell the root the fibrous root or now bones stunned, absence of you... Formations, origins once-only the three of us. Miraculous in the welter of worlds unknown unknowing that I would find my soulmate collaborator lover friend adventurer,...
David James
Along with William Blake and Karl Marx, Stan Brakhage forms the troika that drew me to whatever intellectual work it has been given me to do. My debt to him is categorical. I can't imagine how I would have even been meaningfully employed had it not been...
Dominic Angerame (Executive Director, Canyon Cinema), April 2003
I first encountered the films of Stan Brakhage in the late '60s. I was a student studying American history at the State University of New York at Buffalo-before Hollis Frampton, Paul Sharits, and other experimental filmmakers began teaching there. I...
Flowers for Brakhage
I first met Stan Brakhage in 1984 when he screened a retrospective of his work at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At that time, I was an assistant to Douglas Edwards, who curated programs at the Academy Foundation (the educational branch...
Howard Guttenplan, September 2003
The first time I saw Stan Brakhage was at a Filmmakers' Cinematheque screening at the Astor Place Theater on Lafayette Street in lower Manhattan. I was a kid living in Brooklyn, coming in regularly to see "underground films" that I was reading about...
Introduction: A Short, Personal History of Lesbian and Gay Experimental Cinema
PRE-HISTORYIn 1974, when I was first deciding that I actually could become a filmmaker, experimental filmmakers provided the only role models available for being an openly gay filmmaker. In fact, it seemed that gay filmmakers formed the very foundation...
It Takes Two, Baby. ...Me and You
Maker and viewer-you can't have one without the other. My films won't live if you don't see them, and you wouldn't see them if I didn't make them, and round and round it goes. And the first viewers? That fluctuating group of generous friends who have...
Jonas Mekas
In December of 1959 a screening took place at the Living Theater, corner of 14th Street and Sixth Avenue, New York. A program of five or six films was projected. One of the films was Stan Brakhage's Window Water Baby Moving in its New York premiere....
Letter to Phil Solomon
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2003Dear Phil,NY weather bad as Seattle's. 5 minutes from departing home for airport we cancelled. Flo frightened, Nisi frightened, Ken frightened. Didn't want to add to annals of irony. No response Marilyn phone. Phoned Oxford and...
My Travels with Stan
We were friends and hung out together in high school (Denver, Colorado). Those were days of high-jinks and intense endeavors. We pushed a drama teacher who preferred teatime comedies into doing Romeo and Juliet. Poor woman-retired the following year.Our...
Notes from the Homo, Underground
Old Stone to new building, old timber to new fires,Old fires to ashes, and ashes to the earthWhich is already flesh, fur, and faeces,Bone of man and beast, cornstalk and leaf.-East Coker, T. S. EliotTwenty five years ago in the pages of the Millennium...
Paul Arthur
On the night I first spoke with Tony Pipolo about putting together this section, I had the following dream: I was visiting Phil Solomon in a distant city, having heard to my surprise that he had become a single dad. He lived in a bland cinderblock building,...
Riding with Stan
The first time was in the fall of 1992, when I drove Brakhage from Manhattan to Princeton University where I had invited him to speak and show his work. As we drove, we spoke of mutual acquaintances, his films, a recent illness, and his feelings about...
Size Matters: Microcinemas and Alternative Exhibition Spaces
How many independent or experimental queer films did you see this year? Where did you view them? Is there currently greater availability of such projects than in the past? Are the current modes of exhibition allowing independent queer film and videomakers...
Stan Brakhage: A "Quiller" Man
I first encountered Stan Brakhage and his films in a public lecture at a summer session of the New England University Film Study Center in the early 1970s. The Center's curriculum covered film and video production and the history of cinema. An especially...
The Resistant Corpus: Queer Experimental Film and Video and the Aids Pandemic
The body of queer experimental films and videos that have addressed the AIDS pandemic over its two decade history resists any desire we may have for delineating well-defined aesthetic categories or clearcut historical trajectories. In fact, this body...
Young Soul Rebels: Negro/queer Experimental Filmmakers
As someone who (barely) makes a living writing about popular culture, I find myself drawn more and more these days to those artists (filmmakers, musicians, writers) who voluntarily/or not, happily/or not, find themselves creating from the fringes of...