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Stan Brakhage is Dead...

"Stan Brakhage is Dead..." is filmmaker Carson Wang's eulogy for the avant-garde. It belongs in the tradition of structural film, a movement which includes many avant-garde classics. It made the physical apparatus of cinema its subject, but the apparatus structural films dealt with is obsolete; most people today have no knowledge of optical printers, splicers, or flatbed editors. If a cinematic form defines itself by reference to its apparatus, can the form remain relevant if the apparatus is disappearing? What will happen to our memory of the avant-garde artists of previous generations? "Stan Brakhage is Dead..." explores these questions by applying the concerns of structural film to the digital apparatus. A small, handheld digital camera was placed in a nighttime location, referencing how digital cameras work well in low light. A single take comprises the entire film, never using zooms or pans, although the filmmaker was free to use other in-camera effects like racking focus and changing the exposure. A non-linear editor was used to reorganize the film into sections with matching visual forms and patterns akin to abstract art; only with the technology of a non-linear editor could such a drastic destruction/reconstruction be so clean and precise. The audio was digitally altered; no audio was added. "Stan Brakhage is Dead..." traverses the strange gap between a linearly-structured narrative and completely non-narrative abstraction.

  • Carson Wang
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Avant-garde
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 47 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Illinifest Student Film Festival
    United States
    April 27, 2019
Director Biography - Carson Wang

Carson Wang attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is president and founder of For Art's Sake, a registered student organization offering free, weekly screenings and lectures on cinema art. Before college, he held positions as Student Producer at Carbondale Community Arts, where he directed a cinéma vérité documentary, and Intern at the Library of Congress's Moving Image Research Center/Motion Picture Reading Room.

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