Millennium Film Journal

Articles from No. 53, Fall/Winter

Abigail Child's Mirror World: Feminist Reflections
THE MIRACLE-MAKING OF DIGITAL FROM PETER GREENAWA/ TO ABIGAILmir«a«cle (n) \ 'mir-i-kaU (1) in theology, an event or effect that apparently contradicts known scientific laws and is hence thought to be due to supernatural causes, especially to an act...
A Physicalist Approach to Images: Alexandre Estrela's Journey to the Center
I believe in the World as in a daisyBecause I see it. But I don't think about itBecause thinking is not understanding. . .The World was not made for us to think about(To think is to be eye-sick)But for us to look at and be in tune with. . .- Fernando...
Here and There: An Interview with Vincent Grenier for an Exhibition in China
The films and videos of Vincent Grenier have been at the forefront of the American avant-garde for over three decades. His main focus is on color and light, which he uses to create a rich and nuanced visual poetry of the everyday. In the following interview,...
I'm Trying to Speak with Light: An Interview with Peter Rose
Ì first came across the work of Peter Rose some years ago at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. I don't remember the title or theme of the screening, nor any of the other films that were shown, but towards the end of the program, appeared a film that mesmerized...
Mounir Fatmi's Abstracting Winds
Moroccan-French artist Mounir Fatmi came to video from a culture in which images are few. In the artist's interview on Hard Head (2008), the compilation DVD issued by the French distributor Lowave, he tells how when he was a child die only "images" in...
Regarding Mekas: Avant-Garde Film and Audience Subjectivity
I have tried. I have done everything to be just like everybody else. I have tried to be down to earth. Digging my hands deep into the sand pile on Sixth Avenue. Touching the ground in Central Park with my bare feet.But I remain a stranger here. There...
Report on the 13th Annual Views from the Avant-Garde
When The New York Film Festival celebrates its 48th anniversary this Fall, Views from the Avant-Garde (hereafter "Views") will mark its 14th year as an essential sidebar to the Festival. Conceived and hosted by Mark McElhatten and Gavin Smith, these...
Takeshi Murata's Automated Animations
Storytelling depends on distinction: an event must give way to another in time, and figures must be distinguished from background. In other words, edges and ends are fundamental to narrative. Takeshi Murata's animations from 2006 and 2007 take narrative...
Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film 1947 - 1986
It is hard to find enough superlatives to praise the latest installment from the National Film Preservation Foundation in its ongoing DVD series "Treasures from American Film Archives." Showcasing preserved films from 18 archives, the first release in...