Seven experimental films under seven minutes long

Joseph Cornell's background as a sculptor is evident in his film work; he helped innovate the use of collage in film, as can be seen in Jack's Dream, a film marked with a recurring fairytale motif and one of the few Cornell films with a soundtrack. The soundtrack was done by Lawrence Jordan, another experimental filmmaker who favored the collage style and was recently featured in a "From the Archives" post for an artifact that paid homage to Sergei Eisenstein.

Here is Cornell's Jack's Dream:

Sergei Eisenstein was a Soviet Russian film artist; he made his films under the aegis of the Soviet regime. Eisenstein's use of montage-style film brought him renown; he is sometimes called the "Father of Montage," and his work has become iconic. The film below is his only short film, entitled Glumov's Diary; it is a playful clown comedy that nods to Eisenstein's background in theatre.

Ensemble for Somnambulists:

Stan Brakhage was a well-known Beat era avant-garde filmmaker who enjoyed little success early on; it wasn't until the late 1960s that the Boulder-based filmmaker began to earn credit for his work, which was characterized by rapid intercutting and handheld cameras, and was most often silent and in color. The following film is Cat's Cradle, which was made in 1959:

Larry Jordan spent time as an assistant to Joseph Cornell, and cited him (along with Maya Deren) as a major influence on his own work, which also used collage and employed stop-motion technique. He was good friends with Brakhage; the two attended high school together right here in Denver, at South High School. Carabosse is one of Jordan's short films; it is named for the "wicked fairy godmother" or "Maleficent" figure in fairy tales, underlining an interest in mythology that marks the experimental film genre.

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Sie FilmCenter

2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Film

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