Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films® Collection, in collaboration with Filmmakers Showcase, are proud to present 37 films, restored to high-definition, from some of the foremost experimental filmmakers of the 20th century.

Commencing in 1920 with Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s creative collaboration on MANHATTA, successive generations of experimental filmmakers and artists have worked in collaboration or alone to create a cinema capable of expressing dynamic unspoken concepts in totally abstract visual terms.

2-BD / 2-DVD Box NTSC Region 0 - 418 Minutes of Films.

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Complete list of all the films is here.

Included on this premiere collection of 37 films are the most acclaimed names of American avant-garde experimental filmmaking, including Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, Rrose Sélavy (Marcel Duchamp), Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich, Ralph Steiner, Jay Leyda, James Sibley Watson, Jr., Melville Webber, Emlen Etting, Oskar Fischinger, Joseph Cornell, Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth, Rudy Burckhardt, Francis Lee, Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied, Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, James Agee, James Broughton, Kenneth Anger, Ian Hugo, Anaïs Nin, Len Lye, Jim Davs, Hy Hirsh, Marie Menken, Francis Thompson, Hillary Harris, Bruce Baillie, George Landow, Lawrence Jordan, Jonas Mekas, Tom Palazzolo, Lawrence Janiak, Amy Greenfield, Phil Solomon, and Stan Brakhage.

To watch these films is to see the world anew through cinematic interventions: fast cutting, expressive camerawork, abstract animation, surrealistic collage, distorted and superimposed imagery, and many more extraordinary techniques. Essentially the filmmakers ask us to open our eyes and see, to permit the reception of pure sensations uninhibited by any complex web of predetermined associations dominant in mainstream Hollywood cinema.

Collected from archives around the world, and beautifully restored in high definition, the majority of vintage silent films feature new musical scores from innovative composers Donald Sosin, George Antheil, Louis Siegel, William O. Smith, Gene Forell, Arthur Kleiner, Louis & Bebe Barron, Eric Beheim, Rodney Sauer, Gustavo Matamoros, Henry Wolfe and Phil Carluzzo.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Seasons... (2002, dir. Phil Solomon, Stan Brakhage)
  • 2k restoration of Manhatta (1920-21, dir. Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand) with with 2008 Slovak Sinfonietta orchestral score by Donald Sosin and 2013 music score by Henry Wolfe and Phil Carluzzo. Honored in 2010 with a “Film Heritage Award” by the National Society of Film Critics.
  • 2K restoration of Ballet mécanique (1924, dir. Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy) with additional footage and George Antheil’s 1925 percussive score for 16 player pianos and mechanical noises.
  • Previously unavailable, unique versions of Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, dir. Maya Deren, Alexandre Hackenschmeid), In the Street (1948, 1952, dir. Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, James Agee, N.Y., N.Y. (1958, dir. Francis Thompson), Castro Street (1966, dir. Bruce Baillie0, and Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter (1968, dir. Owen Land formerly George Landow)
  • 28-page booklet featuring an essay and extensive notes on restorations by curator, filmmaker, and film historian Bruce Posner.

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