List of filmmakers organised by last name from C to D
Combining live audio “micro-improvisations” (refined by musician Ivan Palacky) with live video manipulations (by video and VJ-artist Filip Cenek aka VJ Vera Lukasova), Carpets Curtains express an engaging and nuanced interplay of audio and visual material. With live visuals being mostly based on self-made video sequences in which emphasis is placed on ambiguous "narration" whilst VJ software-mistakes are used to reach new amoebic image qualities, the result is a principle or method of remaining fixed to moving images while vacating the essential aspects for building concrete meaning. Such visual approaches find parallel in Palacky’s delicate musicalities, in which found objects and minimal electronics are fused to create elegantly small sound mixtures.
A series of documentary portraits of contemporary experimental filmmakers including films by the artists.
Pip CHODOROV. Born April 13, 1965 in New York. Filmmaking and music composition since 1972. Studied cognitive science at the University of Rochester, NY and film semiotics at the University of Paris, France. Work in film distribution - previously Orion Classics, NYC; UGC, Paris; Light Cone, Paris; and, currently, Re:Voir Video, Paris, which he founded in 1994 (www.re-voir.com) and The Film Gallery, the first art gallery devoted excusively to experimental film (www.re-voir.com/gallery). He is also co-founder of L'Abominable, a cooperative do-it-yourself film lab in Paris, and the moderator of the internet-based forum on experimental film, FrameWorks
René Clair (11 November 1898 – 15 March 1981) born René-Lucien Chomette, was a French filmmaker and writer. He first established his reputation in the 1920s as a director of silent films in which comedy was often mingled with fantasy. He went on to make some of the most innovative early sound films in France, before going abroad to work in the UK and USA for more than a decade. Returning to France after World War II, he continued to make films that were characterised by their elegance and wit, often presenting a nostalgic view of French life in earlier years. He was elected to the Académie française in 1960. Clair's best known films include The Italian Straw Heat (1928), Under the Roofs of Paris (1930), Le Million (1931), À Nous La Liberté (1931), I Married a Witch (1942), and And Then There Were None (1945).
Bastian Clevé, born 1 January 1950 in Munich, is a German filmmaker and producer. He is Professor and Head of the Film Production-Department at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Tony Conrad (born Anthony S. Conrad in 1940) is an American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician/composer, sound artist, teacher and writer.
Support for Conrad's work has come from the National Edowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the State University of New York, The Rockefeller Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Dada was an artistic and literary movement that began in 1916 in Zurich, Switzerland. It arose as a reaction to World War I, and the nationalism, and rationalism, which many thought had brought war about.
Film-maker Jim Davis (1901-74) was raised in West Virginia and attended college at Princeton University; save for some years of study in France, and a period in the 1930s during the Depression, when he taught in West Virginia, he spent most of his life at Princeton. He was a painter as well as a member of the art department at the University. His interest in experimentation led him, in the 1930s, to paint on glass and on plastic instead of canvas.
Originating from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Paul De Nooijer started to work with his son in 1989 as a filmmaker and performer. Their work is located at the crossroads of photography, animation and theatre.
Dirk de Bruyn has made numerous experimental, documentary and animation films and videos over the last 30 years. He has received funding to produce a number of films, but has continued to maintain a no-budget, independent, self-funded focus for much of his work.
He was a founding member and past president of MIMA (Experimenta), been involved with Fringe Network and been a member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group. He has written about and curated various programs of film and video art internationally and written extensively about this area of arts practice. During the late '90s he was involved in an independent weekly screening program of film and video art at the Café Bohemio.
In the early '90s de Bruyn lived in Canada. Understanding Science, Rote Movie and Doubt were largely produced while teaching Animation at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver.
He is currently teaching Animation and Digital Culture at Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria. (Burwood Campus).
Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer.
French screenwriter, director and director of photography whose work includes documentaries and short films.
Patrick Deval made his first short in 1966 followed by another short, Héraclite l’obscur. He shot one more film under Boissonnas’ patronage, Acéphale bis. The widely travelled Deval’s subsequent returns to filmmaking have all been documentaries.
He went to high school in Paris; his teacher of French and Latin was Henri Agel, a cinema critic who had set up a cine club in the Lycée from Cicero to F. W. Murnau, from Racine to Fritz Lang, from Molière to Kenji Mizoguchi; he became cinéphile, haunted the Cinemathèque, met Henri Langlois and Jean Douchet. He did Zoe Bonne in 1966 (he was then 22), it was more out of respect for Jean Renoir and under the influence of comedy à la française. It’s a strangely classical first film.
He was interested in documentary since he saw Nuit et brouillard [Alain Resnais, 1956] when he was 16. But the real trigger came after ’68, while he discovered the South, from where he could see the ignorance of the North, and "naïvely thought could document to alleviate it".
Frédérique Devaux is a French-Berber experimental filmmaker. Since the early 1980s she has been one of the most internationally well-known representatives of Lettrist cinema. She has devoted several works to the Lettrist movement, the cinema and monographs. Together with Michel Amarger, she is the co-author of a series of film called ‘Expérimentaux’.
Kriszta Doczy, formerly Krisztina Bodonyi (born 9 October 1949), is a Hungarian born Australian film producer and founder of Contemporary Arts Media, a distributor of art films.
Vivienne Dick (born 1950) is an Irish feminist experimental and documentary filmmaker. Her 2014 fllm, The Irreducible Difference of the Other]', acknowledges her longstanding interest in Luce Irigaray. Her early films helped define the No Wave scene. According to The Irish Times, "one of the most important film-makers Ireland has produced".
Dick was born in Donegal and grew up in Ireland during the 1950s, attending University College there in the 1960s. She emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Upon her arrival in the U.S., Dick became an integral figure in No Wave film culture and produced a series of seminal Super8 short films. Living in New York, which was undergoing a recession and an inexpensive place to live, many of her films were staged around well-known sites such as Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the World Trade Center. The films featured punk performers such as Lydia Lunch, Pat Place (of the band Bush Tetras) and Adele Bertei (of The Contortions). Film critic and author J. Hoberman has called Dick the "quintessential No Wave filmmaker".
Dick currently teaches filmmaking at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
In 1982 Dick moved to Ireland, and then to London where she continued making films. Today she lives in Galway.
Her work is examined in the 2010 documentary Blank City, which discusses the No Wave movement. She is referenced by the feminist dance-punk group, Le Tigre, in their song "Hot Topic."
Stanislav Dorochenkov is an actor and filmmaker who lives and works in France.
Germaine Dulac (maiden name: Germaine Saisset-Schneider) is a French filmmaker born on 17 November 1882 in Amiens, France and died on 20 July 1942 in Paris, France.
Jean Dubuffet was born in Le Havre 31 July 1901 and died in Paris May 12, 1985, is a painter, sculptor and French artist.
Stephen Dwoskin was born in New York in 1939 and began making independent shorts there in 1961. In 1964 he followed his research work to London where he settled and participated in the founding of the London Filmmaker’s Co-op. His experimental films, for which he himself does the camera work, play with ideas of desire, sexual and mental solitude and the passage of time. In his films he also explores representation in cinema, performances, personal impressions and his own physical handicap which has been a source of inspiration for him throughout his career.
Dwoskin died on 28th June 2012 in London. His sensitive and emancipating works have been the subject of various international presentations.
A short-film collection by Paul and Menno de Nooijer.
Two films by Patrick Deval
DVD with three film works by Vivienne Dick from LUX's AFTERIMAGES DVD series.
A film by Stanislav Dorochenkov
A film by Stephen Dwoskin 2012, France/UK, DVD-5, Interzone,Color, Mono, 4:3, 75 min
This film is dedicated to Albie Thomas, a much loved and respected figure in Australian culture and film history.
4 DVD boxset of over 50 classic experimental films from 1900-1998
DVD from redavocadofilms with 7 films by Bastian Clevé and a bonus interview with the filmmaker