Artists’ Moving Image Publications of the Year 2015

Binghamton Babylon, Voices from the Cinema Department, 1967-1977, Scott MacDonald.

Book published by SUNY Press. Another brilliantly researched book by the prolific scholar, Scott MacDonald unearthing more untold histories of the American avant garde history, this time focusing on the influential cinema department at Binghamton University  between 1967 – 1977.

Downtown Film and TV Culture 1975-2001, Edited by Joan Hawkins.

Book published by Intellect Books. Great multigenerational reader on the New York downtown film scene(s) of the past forty years.

Polish Cine Art. The Cinematographic Turn in Polish Contemporary Art, Edited by Jakub Majmurek and Łukasz Ronduda.

ebook published by Political Critique Publishing House. FREE ebook on recent trends and the pre-history of Polish artists’ engagement with the feature film form focusing in detail on a number of recent film projects by some of the leading Polish artist filmmakers

Masterworks of American Avant-garde Experimental Film 1920-1970.

4-disc Blu-ray/DVD boxset published by Flicker Alley in USA. Eclectic grab-bag of restored American avant-garde films spanning five decades selected by fillmaker, curator and archivist Bruce Posner.

Installation and the Moving Image, Catherine Elwes.

Book published by Wallflower Press in the UK. Critic, curator, artist and historian of the moving image Catherine Elwes reflects on the history of international moving image in installation from a UK perspective.

Anthony McCall, Notebooks and Conversations, Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone.

Book published by Lund Humphries. Lovingly produced book exploring the development of Anthony McCall’s installation works through a close reading of his notebooks.

Deimantas Narkevičius, Da capo. Fifteen Films, Edited by Marco Scotini.

Book published by Archive Books. inspired by Chris Marker’s Commentaires a comprehensive survery of the work of major Lithuanian artist filmmaker Deimantas Narkevičius.

“We Support Everything since the Dawn of Time That Has Struggled and Still Struggles” Introduction to Lettrist Cinema, Nicole Brenez.

Book published by Sternberg Press. Essential if very brief introduction to the French Lettrist film movement.

Between Artists: Thom Andersen / Willian E.Jones.

Book published by A.R.T. Press. Smart free-ranging dialogue between two of Los Angeles’ most important artist filmmakers.

Marc Karlin – Look Again, edited by Holly Aylett.

Book published by Liverpool University Press. Overdue reader on British independent filmmaker and advocate Marc Karlin.

The Films of Jack Chambers 1965 – 70.

DVD/ Blu Ray boxset published in Canada by CFMDC. Essential publication gathering the complete film works of Canadian filmmaker Jack Chambers including the seminal Hart of London, one of the key works of Canadian experimental filmmaking.

The Experience Machine. Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome and Expanded Cinema, Gloria Sutton.

Book published in USA by MIT Press. Major study of the expanded media work of US experimental filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek.

Motion(less) PicturesThe Cinema of Stasis, Justin Remes.

Book published in USA by Columbia University Press. Interesting book considering the experimental film tradition of ‘films that do not move’ such as Warhol’s (in)famous Empire.

Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Edited by David E. James and Adam Hyman.

Book published in USA by Indiana University Press. Diverse collection of essays, historical documents and ephemera exploring the history of experimental film in post-war Los Angeles.

Call to Mind, Films by Gunvor Nelson.

Blu Ray published by Filmform in Sweden. Beautifully produced collection of the essential early works of important Swedish filmmaker Guvor Nelson.

FREE RADICALS: A history of experimental film, Pip Chodorov.

DVD released in France by Re:Voir. Finally available on DVD Pip Chodorov’s personal and affectionate history of experimental film.

Maya Deren Incomplete Control, Sarah Keller.

Book published in USA by Columbia University Press. Comprehensive reappraisal of Maya Deren’s work drawing on new primary research to consider Deren’s film and writing in terms of incompletion, contingency, and openness.


DVD published by LUX. William Raban’s incisive documentary on the early years of artists’ run gallery and studio organisation, ACME which makes a timely case for the need and value of space for experimentation in London.


Blu-Ray boxset published by BFI. Comprehensive collection of the work of US filmmaker Bill Morrison.

Jonas Mekas: Scrapbook of the Sixties: Writings 1954 – 2010.

Book published by Spector Books. Late entry in the year and we haven’t actually seen this yet but this is a new collection of published and unpublished texts by Jonas Mekas.

Hart of London, Jack Chambers (1970) from The Films of Jack Chambers 1965 - 70 published by CFMDC



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