James Stanley Brakhage (January 14, 1933 – March 9, 2003), better known as Stan Brakhage, was an American non-narrative filmmaker. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-century experimental film.
Over the course of five decades, Brakhage created a large and diverse body of work, exploring a variety of formats, approaches and techniques that included handheld camerawork, painting directly onto celloloid, fast cuting, in-camera editing scratching on film, collage film and the use of multiple exposures. Interested in mythology and inspired by music, poetry, and visual phenomena, Brakhage sought to reveal the universal in the particular, exploring themes of birth, mortality, sexuality, and innocence.
Brakhage's films are often noted for their expressiveness and lyricism.
Book written by Christian Lebrat.
A documentary film by Pip Chodorov on the history of experimental film. Includes a 56 page book on the film.
A 4-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition that includes 37 films, restored to pristine high-definition, from some of the foremost experimental filmmakers of the 20th century.
Book written by Érik Bullot.
The Anthology DVD, Stan Brakhage on Gregory Markopoulos & Jim Davis, provides examples of Brakhage's talent as lecturer and polemicist.