His name might not be as synonymous with the development of cinematic grammar as Alice Guy-Blaché, Orson Welles, or Jean-Luc Godard, but experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage’s ripples are still felt in contemporary cinema. From The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes and Mothlight to The Persian Series, Brakhage’s images continue to inspire, and they continue to impress.
Brakhage died in 2003. Ever since, CU-Boulder professor Suranjan Ganguly has been keeping the lights on for Stan. On the first Sunday of every month, Dr. Ganguly pays tribute to his colleague and friend with a screening of Brakhage films. I’ve written about these salons for Boulder Weekly here and here. And since today is the first Sunday of October, give Jim Shedden’s 75-minute documentary on the artist a stream; either on Fandor or Kanopy.