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“Sankofa Film/Video Collective and Black Audio Film Collective are the most celebrated and controversial Black media groups to emerge from the British workshop movement of the 1980s. Their work focuses on the representation of the Black subject in mainstream and alternative media, also touching on such issues as institutionalized racism, sexual politics and national identity in postcolonial Britain. Challenging stylistic conventions of both documentary and fiction film, their work provides a basis for critical reflection on the history of Black film culture, Third Cinema, and their future directions.” (back cover)
Featuring essays “A Black Avant-Garde?” by Coco Fusco (originally published as “Black Filmmaking in Britain’s Workshop Sector” appearing in a 1988 issue of Afterimage Vol 14, No 7); “An Interview with Martina Attille and Isaac Julien of Sankofa Film/Video Collective,” and “An Interview with Black Audio Film Collective: John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson and Reece Auguiste,” both interviews by Coco Fusco.
A publication designed to accompany a touring film exhibition of the same title curated by Coco Fusco and produced by Ada Gay Griffin.
Publisher Hallwalls, Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 1988
ISBN 0936739150, 9780936739151
Filed under booklet | Tags: · documentary film, film, film criticism
“Chimeras have existed since the advent of film, a form that has always simultaneously offered to record and represent, to capture and simulate life. But as filmmaker Jim McBride says, “Something was in the air” in the mid-to-late 1960s, particularly in New York City, where the likes of McBride, William Greaves, D.A. Pennebaker, as well as transients Peter Whitehead and Jean-Luc Godard, were making gloriously uncategorizable works of cinematic art. It was a moment when everything and everyone seemed to be riding, or even embracing, the edge of things, when films and politics and morality suddenly seemed undefined, up for grabs, subject to reinvention. With the Civil Rights era giving way to Black Power, Kennedy idealism ceding to Johnson’s military morass, Beat Dadaism transforming into hippie agitation, and mod Godard morphing into Mao Godard, it was as if utopia and dystopia were both within reach—if not one and the same.” (from the Introduction)
Publisher True False & Ragtag Cinema, 2013
Filed under book | Tags: · cinema, documentary film, experimental film, film, film criticism, video art
This tribute book to Chris Marker is “divided into three chapters, each one of them dedicated to a different cutting edge point that can be found throughout his life and works: the first is about the committed militant and includes articles by Trevor Stark, Carolina Amaral De Aguiar and Chris Marker himself; the second deals with the explorer who ventures into unknown cultures, with unedited works by María Paz Peirano, Maria Luisa Ortega and Gonzalo De Lucas; the third and last is about his innovative use of the audiovisual language and includes edited essays by Raymond Bellour, Eduardo Russo and Wolfgang Bongers. Furthermore, an introductory piece by the editors and a letter by Patricio Guzmán, besides illustrations and video frames is included. This is a book not just for the fan, but for anyone who wants to delve into the vague fringes of his lasting legacy.”
“El 29 de julio de 2012, día en que cumplía 91 años, Chris Marker muere en Francia por causas desconocidas. Fuera de ambas fechas, nacimiento y muerte, poco puede decirse de él con seguridad; sin ir más lejos, ni siquiera su nombre. Nacido como Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve, en Youtube era Kosinski, en Flickr era Sandor Krasna y en sus películas firmó como Jacopo Berenzi, Fritz Markassin y Hayao Yamaneko. Su obra también rehuyó la etiqueta facíl, combinando ficción, documental, experimental, video arte e incluso ciencia ficción, y ensayando con cine, fotografía, caricaturas, instalaciones, animaciones y realidad virtual. Con todas ellas hizo mezclas inesperadas, camuflando y transmutando elementos hasta que sólo quedaran rastros y ruinas.
A través de once ensayos inéditos provenientes de diversas latitudes, el presente libro aborda la compleja y prolífica figura de Marker en sus multiples variantes. Una mirada critica a una obra tan inasible como las sombras del siglo que exploró.”
Publisher FIDOCS, Santiago de Chile, 2013