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Screening Room with John Whitney Sr.
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Abstract computer animator, inventor and digital pioneer John Whitney, Sr. (1917-1995) is widely considered the "father of Computer Graphics." Whitney's films reveal his deep interest in technology as a means to art, as well as in the links he saw between music and visual forms. A resident at MIT's Center…
Screening Room with Michael Snow
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In March 1977 Michael Snow appeared on Screening Room. He discussed and screened excerpts from his film Rameau's Nephew by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen (10:48/18:57/7:29/0:55). Canadian Michael Snow has worked in painting, sculpture, and music as well as film, where he has proved one of the…
Screening Room with Peter Hutton
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Drawing on traditions of 19th-century landscape painting and still photography, Hutton's contemplative, meticulously composed films unfold as a series of tableaux separated by black leader. His work, primarily minimalist, silent portraits of cities and landscapes, has been shown at important festivals and in major museums across Europe and the United…
Screening Room with Richard P. Rogers
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Richard P. Rogers (1944-2001) was a renowned producer and director of nonfiction films, and a gifted teacher and mentor who taught filmmaking and photography for many years at S.U.N.Y., Purchase, and at Harvard University, where he was director of the Film Study Center. His films range from political to experimental…
Screening Room with George Griffin
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Independent animator George Griffin has dedicated himself to the pursuit of animation as an art form. Originally from Tennessee, he became a pivotal figure of New York's experimental film scene in the 1970s with his self-reflexive, irreverent and personal films that challenge traditional notions and methods of animation. He has…
Screening Room with Jan Lenica
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In addition to being a celebrated experimental animator, Jan Lenica (1928-2001) was a multi-talented artist known for his poetic and surreal graphic art in many forms. Whether working with film, posters, book illustrations, or designs for theater costumes or postage stamps, Lenica expressed very forcefully his satirical ideas, dark humour,…
Screening Room with Robert Breer
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Since the 1950s, American animator Robert Breer has been well-known for his films exploring shape, color, perspective and motion. His work exhibits innovative graphic and dramatic interpretation as well as great wit and humour, and has inspired generations of other filmmakers. Robert Breer's prolific career as painter, sculptor, animator, and…
Screening Room with Les Blank
Beginning with The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins in 1969, Les Blank has become known for his films about indigenous southern music and various other topics. He has received numerous major awards including the British Academy Award for Burden of Dreams, about Werner Herzog and the making of Fitzcarraldo, top…
Screening Room with Jonas Mekas
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Jonas Mekas - filmmaker, film critic, archivist, poet, lecturer and curator - is one of the leading figures of American avant-garde film and video. Born in Lithuania, he immigrated to New York in 1949 after spending time in Nazi forced labor camps and displaced persons camps. In addition to his…
Screening Room with Caroline Leaf and Mary Beams
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Caroline Leaf's animated work springs from her expert storytelling and pioneering animation techniques. One significant contribution to filmmaking is her technique of manipulating sand on a light-box, which she began as a student at Harvard. She later worked as an animator and director at the National Film Board of Canada.…
Screening Room with Hillary Harris
In March 1973, Hilary Harris visited Screening Room to screen and discuss his films:
  • Longhorns (full film, 4:32)
  • Highway (full film, 4:56)
  • Seawards the Great Ships (full film, 14:12)
  • long lens test and demo (footage with commentary, 3:18)
  • New York,…
Screening Room with Bruce Baillie
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Bruce Baillie appeared on Screening Room in April 1973 to screen and discuss the films:
  • On Sundays (excerpt, 11:40)
  • The Gymnasts (excerpt, 6:45)
  • To Parsifal (full film, 15:12)
  • Tung (full film, 4:32)
  • Castro Street (full film, 9:54)