List of filmmakers organised by last name from A to B
Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer; February 3, 1927) is an American underground experimental filmmaker, actor and author. Working exclusively in short films, he has produced almost forty works since 1937, nine of which have been grouped together as the "Magick Lantern Cycle", and form the basis of Anger's reputation as one of the most influential independent filmmakers in cinema history. His films variously merge surrealism with homoeroticism and the occult, and have been described as containing "elements of erotica, documentary, psychodrama, and spectacle".
Alexandre Alexandrovitch Alexeieff was a Russian Empire-born artist, filmmaker and illustrator who lived and worked mainly in Paris. He and his second wife Claire Parker (1906–1981) are credited with inventing the pinscreen as well as the animation technique totalization. In all Alexeieff produced 6 films on the pinscreen, 41 advertising films and illustrated 41 books.
Michel Amarger was born in 1957 in Montpellier in France. He directes documentary and research films. In addition, Amarger has made over 40 experimental films. He is also a journalist for Radio France Internationale.
The Australian sound poetry / film-maker / artist group ARF ARF consists of Marisa Stirpe, Frank Lovece, Michael Buckley and Marcus Bergner. They produced and mounted hundreds of live performances in Australia and Europe between 1985 and 2000. Their film 'Thread of Voice' (featuring Bob Cobbing / Konkrete Canticle) has been shown widely including at The Serpentine Gallery (London), The Pompidou Centre (Paris), Arsenal Kino (Berlin), Millennium (New York) and at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Sydney. Presently the group is completing an anecdotal/collaborative/performative novella based on their previous performances.
At the end of the nineteen twenties, two future film-makers discover their medium. Charles Dekeukeleire and Henri Storck will become famous documentary film-makers, but their debuts consist of experiments and the search of a 'pure cinema'. With the occasional surrealists Henri d'Ursel and Ernst Moerman, they make up the first avant-garde generation in Belgian cinema.
Martin Arnold (born 1959 in Vienna, Austria) is an experimental filmmaker known for his obsessive reworkings of found footage. He is also a founding member of the Austrian film distributor Sixpack film. His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in the United States and by Sixpack Film in Austria.
Adolfo Arrieta was born on August 28, 1942 in Madrid, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for Le jouet criminel (1969), Flammes (1978) and Le château de Pointilly (1972).
Gideon Bachmann, filmmaker, journalist, and radio commentator was born in 1927 near Stuttgart, Germany and emigrated with his family in 1936 to what was then Palestine. He lived briefly in Prague before immigrating to the US in 1948. In New York in 1952 he enrolled in a class taught by Hans Richter at the City College of New York.
Bachmann’s tenacity at producing a weekly radio programme called “The Film Art” was rewarded by wide syndication on public radio in the US and he was subsequently to enjoy a long career as president of the American Federation of Film Societies, founding editor and publisher of 'Cinemages' magazine, and host at major international film festivals.
Bachmann eventually settled in Rome where he played small roles in Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Juliet of the Spirits and, in 1971, while Fellini was making Satyricon, he directed a widely acclaimed television documentary portrait of the director at work, Ciao Federico.
But while it did not attract as much attention as Ciao Federico, Bachmann had actually made his first documentary for television four years earlier. In 1967. ZDF, the German public television group, had commissioned him to reveal the inside story of the scandalous “New York underground.” In doing so, he reconnected with some of his former classmates from City College.
Bachmann has throughout the years continued his writing on cinema and currently lives in Germany.
Gordon Ball is an award winning filmmaker. He has made fourteen independent films which have shown at institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, Anthology Film Archives and the Guggenheim Museum.
Serge Bard is a director and actor, known for Destroy Yourselves (1969), Fun and Games for Everyone (1968) and Ici et maintenant (1968).
Jordan Belson (June 6, 1926 – September 6, 2011) was an American artist and filmmaker who created nonobjective, often spiritually oriented, abstract films spanning six decades.
Raphaël Bassan (born 1948) is a French film critic and journalist, who has specialized in experimental film and the history of cinema. He has also made three short movies.
James Benning, born in 1942, is an independent filmmaker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the course of his 40-year career Benning has made over twenty-five feature-length films that have shown in many different venues across the world.
Claude Bossion is a French filmmaker who creates multimedia installations and experimental films in a very artisanal manner. He is the co-founder of Circuit-Court and founder of cinememoire.net.
Rosemarie Blank, born in Germany, attended the "Hochschule der Künste" (Academy of Art) in Berlin and worked for some time as an artist. She started to make films in 1980 as a member of the Amsterdam Stadsjournaal, published articles about films, works as scriptwriter, director, camerawoman, editor and producer for her own production company Casa-Film.
Patrick Bokanowksi, born in 1943, is a French filmmaker who makes experimental and animation films. His work lies on the edge between optical and plastic art, in a gap of constant reinvention.
Michael Brynntrup (born 1959) is a German experimental filmmaker and media artist living in Berlin. Besides experimental films and video installations, his better-known works also include electrography, digital art and internet art projects. Since 2006 he has been Professor for Film/Video at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig.
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.
Robert Carlton Breer (September 30, 1926 – August 11, 2011) was an American experimental filmmaker, painter and sculptor.
"A founding member of the American avant-garde", Breer was best known for his films, which combine abstract and representational painting, hand-drawn rotoscoping, original 16mm and 8mm film footage, photographs, and other materials. His aesthetic philosophy and technique were influenced by an earlier generation of abstract filmmakers that included Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling, Walter Ruttmann and Fernand Léger, whose work he discovered while living in Europe. Breer was also influenced by the concept of Neo-plasticism as described by Piet Mondrian and Vasarely.
Carl E. Brown is a canadian filmmaker, photographer and writer. After two years at the University of Toronto where he studied philosophy and psychology, he decided to study filmmaking, completed in 1982 at Sheridan College. He has completed nearly twenty films which have been screened in many festivals in America, Europe and Asia, and were part of the retrospective "Experience chromatiques le cinema contemporain" at the Louvre in 1995.
Erik Bullot, born in 1963, is a French filmmaker. In addition to being a filmmaker, he does theoretical work and publishes articles and essays in film magazines. He taught in various art schools and universities.
Hungarian duo of artists/filmmakers Kornél Szilágyi and Nándor Hevesi. This is a description of their work from their website :
"It has been more than 19 years that we have been working together, under the pseudonym of Igor and Ivan Buharov. We have been producing and directing several films.(experimentals, features, shorts, documentaries, animations)
We have also been involved in the creation of several music projects and film music. Our works always dancing on the edge of fine art and cinematic art. In 1995, together with Vasile Croat and István Nyolczas, we have formed the 40 Labor “Multiartist” Group which made performances, events, actions, exhibitions, concerts, multimedia works. We held surrealistic audiovisual performances where the image, the music and the words became an organic whole after chaos."
A DVD with 30 films by Alexandre Alexeïeff
Documentary by Claude Boisson and Agnès O'Martin
Two films by James Benning
An anthology of films by the Australian collective ARF ARF.
This documentary film combines expressionistic uses of cinematography and sound to examine Wieland's work in all media.
Ten films by Charles Dekeukeleire, Henri Storck, Henri d'Ursel et Ernst Moerman.
4 DVD boxset of over 50 classic experimental films from 1900-1998
A documentary on the work of Bernice Abbott by KAY WEAVER and MARTHA WHEELOCK