Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Directed by Pip Chodorov
Year: 2010
Running Time: 82 minutes
Country: France
Language: English and French with English subtitles

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."

"Named after the experimental film classic by Len Lye, FREE RADICALS is an informative yet above all passionate film essay, as well as a fine introduction to the world of avant-garde film. Using a range of different film formats along the way, Chodorov sketches out the genealogy of avant-garde filmmaking in a playful, yet ultimately very accessible documentary that aims to transmit this legacy to a new audience ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


Cast
Jonas Mekas
Stephan Chodorov
Peter Kubelka
Robert Breer
John Mhiripiri
Michael Snow
Len Lye
Andy Warhol
Stan Brakhage
Ken Jacobs
Pip Chodorov

Crew
Directed by Pip Chodorov
Produced by Aurélia Prévieu and Ron Dyens
Composed by Slink Moss
Writers Pip Chodorov and Lucy Allwood