Experimental work affects both the filmmaker and the viewer in ways that other forms of cinema or television cannot. It encourages critical thinking and dialogue, challenges the viewer consider ideas on deeper levels, and sometimes uses techniques designed to affect perception and has often been the “ancestor” of many filmic techniques that gradually moved into the world’s entertainment mainstream.
Wiki’s definition of “EXPERIMENTAL” films: self-financed with a one person crew; comprising elements that originated in visual arts and cinema; have no narratives or traditional characters; may seemed poetic or personal. The goal is to place the viewer in a more active and more thoughtful relationship to the film, which often has a high aesthetic form expressing the individual consciousness of the maker.
It is crucial for experimental artists to have their work seen in a public forum where serious viewing takes place— and for these viewings to continue to exist outside of the internet fare watched on home computers. Such screenings are integral in an open community that includes women, other filmmakers, and people of any age group who are interested in seeing an alternative to their daily media fare, one that they can comment freely upon, discuss and enjoy with others in shared space.
Experimental works screened in a public theater envelope the viewer and satisfies both the conscious and unconscious levels of the mind; as it presents an alternative to viewing moving pictures on YouTube or those shown in mainstream theaters.
Another Experiment by Women Film Festival promotes and screens moving images in any media, made by women, that encourage critical thinking and dialogue.
News & Screenings:
- Berger Nissen (Expanded Cinema Performance) June 13
- Olivia Ciummo & Tara Merenda Nelson in PSYCHIC PANIC
- underground film journal (dot) com
- Issue #2 NON/FICTIONS ISSUE of CANYON CINEMAGAZINE, featurCANYON CINEMAGAZINE’s article on AXW Panel Discussion by COURTNEY FELLON
- CLAUDIA SIEFEN’s film – BEEN WAITING FOR YOU SO LONG- at M°BA CENTRAAL from June 9 – July 21, 2013
- 12/7/12 – AMERICAN DREAMS / NIGHTMARES curated by Noe Kidder
- 12/ 8 /12- JOEY HUERTAS AKA JANE PUBLIC AND SUZANA STANKOVIC at Mono No Aware
- 12/13, 14,15 – Lynne Sachs’ “Your Day is My Night”