Critical Writing Index

Introduction: Experiments in Documentary

by Lucas Hilderbrand

Millennium Film Journal, 2009, no. 51, p. 10

This work opens with discussion on how documentary is inherently contradictory and explores the documentary/experimental film hybrid. The author looks at forms of video art that challenge the widely accepted medium of documentary. With an extensive list of artists working in the genre, contemporary and historical, the author explores and catalogues the potentiality within the genre of experimental documentary; urging that it functions as a medium that can offer historical revisions and holds space for representation. Hilderbrand claims that: "experimental documentaries allow for-maybe even necessitate- critical subjectivness, humanist connections, recognition of historical wrong doings, and speculation towards more progressive ways of being and representing."

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Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

John Grierson

Jonathan Kahana

Maya Deren

Stan Brakhage

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)Dziga Vertov

Night and Fog (1955)Alain Resnais

Sans Soleil (1983)Chris Marker

Reassemblage (1983)Trinh T. Minh- ha

Tongues Untied (1990)Marlon Rigg

History and Memory (1991)Rea Tajiri

diaries (1989-93).Sadie Benning

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take One, (1968)William Greaves

Far from Poland (1984)Jill Godmilow

The Thin BlueLine (1988)Errol Morris

L'hippocampe (1934)Jean Painlevé

AceraJean Painlevé

The Witches' Dance (1972)Jean Painlevé

RE: The_Operation (2003)Paul Chan

Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel (2000)Steven Matheson

How to Fix the World (2004)Jacqueline Goss

Isle of Flowers (1990)Jorge Furtado

Blue (1993)Derek Jarman

Lost Book Found (1996)Jem Cohen

My Life in Five Minutes (2000)Allyson Mitchell

The Third Memory (2000)Pierre Huyghe

Sad Disco Fantasia(2001)Steve Reinke

Black and White Trypps Number Three (2007)Ben Russell

An Injury to One (2002)Travis Wilkerson

The Casting (2007)Omer Fast

Walid Ra'ad

The Atlas

Daughter Rite(1979)Group

The Inextinguishable Fire (1969)Michelle Citron

Harun Farocki

Peggy Ahwesh

Caroline Koebel

Chie Yamayoshi

Liza Johnson

Julia Meltzer

RocketKitKongoKit (1986)David Thorne

Craig Baldwin

Là-bas (2006)Greg Youmans

Chantal Akerman

Walid Raad