Benjamin Meade recently published his third book, “EXPERIMENTAL FILM: THE MISSING FRAMES”, and anthology of writings on experimental films from some of the best academics around the world.
The book was created for three reasons. It was intended to revisit experimental film with particular studies of specific filmmakers, presenting detailed, unprejudiced, theoretical discussions of specific aesthetic and technological issues. Secondly, it was designed to create a new awareness of experimental film today and how the techniques are manifested in new forms and competing genres. Lastly, it was meant to raise awareness of experimental film, which has been largely ignored by the masses, even though it remains one of three major genres of film: narrative, documentary and experimental. Among the topics covered in the book:
The Avant-Garde: The General Post Office Film Unit, and British Documentary in the 1930s.
The Impulse Toward Narrative.
Film Island: The Music Pictures of Tibor Szemzö.
Women on the Front: Sexual Politics, Experimental Aesthetics and Female Authorship, and
Maya Deren and the Birth of the New American Cinema.
In addition to the text, each copy of the book includes a bonus DVD of an exclusive interview Meade conducted with experimental film pioneer Stan Brakhage, believed to be the final interview Brakhage gave before his death in 2003.