« Film Comment Selects 2010 Partial Schedule | Main | A New Chapter »

June 21, 2010

Film Comment's Best of the Decade Avant Garde Poll/21st Century Limited Program

I was asked to participate in Film Comment's recently published A Decade in the Dark: Avant-Garde Film and Video 2000-2009 poll, and I'm happy to see that in addition to the poll, the FSLC is also curating a series of avant-garde programs based on the results of the poll over the course of three Sundays in July, which includes several films that were on my submitted list. Here are the programs on tap. My list is appended at the end:

July 11

Program 1: Pictures of Quiet Light
Song and Solitude (Nathaniel Dorsky)
The Great Art of Knowing (David Gatten)
Pitcher of Colored Light (Robert Beavers)

Program 2: Breaking the Waves
Observando el Cielo (Jeanne Liotta)
At Sea (Peter Hutton)
The God of Day Had Gone Down Upon Him (Stan Brakhage)

July 18

Program 3: I'll Keep It With Mine
She Puppet (Peggy Ahwesh)
Nest of Tens (Miranda July)
Poetry and Truth (Peter Kubelka)
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (Peter Tscherkassky)
The General Returns from One Place to Another (Michael Robinson)
Rehearsals for Retirement (Phil Solomon)

Program 4: Some Velvet Morning
Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (Daishi Saito)
Easter Morning (Bruce Conner)
False Aging (Lewis Klahr)
Black and White Trypps Number Three (Ben Russell)
Light Work (Jennifer Reeves)
Lumphini 2552 (Tomonari Nishikawa)
Horizontal Boundaries (Pat O'Neill)

July 25

Program 5: Liberty or Death
Ah Liberty! (Ben Rivers)
Star Spangled to Death (Ken Jacobs)
Footnotes to a House of Love (Laida Lertxundi)
The Fourth Watch (Janie Geiser)
An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson)

Program 6: Confidential
A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (Apichatpong Werasethakul)
Tabula Rasa (Vincent Grenier)
Dwarfs the Sea (Stephanie Barber)
Let Me Count the Ways 10...9...8...7...6... (Leslie Thornton)
Great Man and Cinema (Jim Finn)
Second and Lee (Kevin Everson)
Something Else (Kevin Everson)
Memory of It - Three Related Documents (The Speculative Archive)


Best of the Decade Avant-Garde Poll Submittal

Eniaios IV "Nefeli Photos" reel 2 Gregory Markopoulous – Robert Beavers, Greece, 2004
Respite – Harun Farocki, Germany/South Korea, 2007
13 Lakes – James Benning, U.S., 2005
A Trip to the Louvre (Une Visite au Louvre x 2) - Jean-Marie Straub & Daniele Huillet, France, 2004
When It Was Blue– Jennifer Reeves, U.S., 2008
At Sea – Peter Hutton, U.S., 2007
War at a Distance – Harun Farocki, Germany, 2003
Song and Solitude – Nathaniel Dorsky, U.S., 2006
Kolkata – Mark LaPore, U.S./India 2005
Michelangelo Eye to Eye – Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 2004
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine – Peter Tscherkassky, Austria, 2005
Poetry and Truth – Peter Kubelka, Austria, 2003
Star Spangled To Death – Ken Jacobs, U.S., 2003
Sense of Architecture – Heinz Emigholz, Austria, 2005-2009
Hide – Matthius Müller and Christoph Girardet, U.S., 2007
Letter to Uncle Boonmee – Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK/Germany, 2009
RR – James Benning, U.S., 2008
Schindler’s Houses (Photography and Beyond Part 12) – Heinz Emigholz, Austria, 2007
Let Me Count the Ways Minus 10, 9, 8, 7… – Leslie Thornton, U.S., 2004
Capitalism: Slavery – Ken Jacobs, U.S., 2006

Posted by acquarello on Jun 21, 2010 | | Filed under 2010


hi........very recently i watched 'Letter to Uncle Boonmee ' and 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his past lives'. I think both of the aforesaid movies does not befit much appreciatin and they are overrated. Best movie of these decade should be "The Bow" and "Fish Tank."

Posted by: Ethan Gowda on Apr 26, 2011 2:58 PM | Permalink

These films were submitted for an avant-garde poll though, and neither The Bow nor Fish Tank fit that category. I liked Fish Tank a lot, but strongly disliked The Bow so I guess we disagree there too.

Posted by: acquarello on Apr 26, 2011 4:42 PM | Permalink

Post a comment:

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)