Film Independents 1964: A Commercial For Myself

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A film by Takahiko Iimura.

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This is the very first and earliest Japanese pop art film collection since Bruce Conner's "A MOVIE"(1958)!



After the closing of the "Yomiuri Independent" art exhibition, held by a
 newspaper publisher in 1963, Takahiko Iimura, Koichiro Ishizaki, Nobuhiko Ohbayashi, Yoichi Takabayashi, Kenji Kanesaka, Jyu-shin Sato and Donald Richie started an independent film festival to showcase the differences between non-commercial or non-feature films and convential cinema.

With only the rule: 1 film reel =
 2 min long, it was an open call exhibition not only for film makers but for other kinds of artists, such as Genpei Akasegawa, Sho Kazakura,Yasunao Tone, Sakio Hirata.
This selection of 16 film works was dug out from a hidden avant-garde film collection after 50 years!

This DVD also includes Takahiko Iimura’s interviews, audio-commentary and chats with Ohbayashi. Also included are the “Film Independents Manifest” and other published references. The roots of 1960’s Japanese Underground Culture are all here!

Author(s) Takahiko Limura
Format DVD NTSC region-free
Year 2014
Subtitles English, Japanese
Runtime 57 min
Publisher Takahiko Iimura Media Arts Laboratory

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