Communication and Culture | Topics in Media History (Topic: History of the American Avant-garde)
C420 | 26560 | Hawkins, J.

TuTh, 4:00 PM-5:15 PM, Location: TBA
Required Film Screenings: W, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM

Fulfills COLL S&H Requirement
Carries COLL Intensive Writing Credit

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Office: Mottier Hall 113
Phone: 855-1548

Since the birth of cinema, filmmakers have been working outside the
studio system to create films they consider to be art.  Experimental
in plot structure, format and form, these films frequently push the
envelope—telling provocative stories or sometimes telling
no “stories” at all. In this class, we’ll be looking at some of the
most historically important films of the American Avant-garde.
Films by Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, Jill
Godmillow, Ken Jacobs, Sadie Benning,  Nathaniel Dorsky, William S,
Burroughs and  Robert Frank (the Beat Filmmakers) filmmakers from
the New York Downtown movement (the Punk Filmmakers), Survival
Research Labs, Jonas Mekas and selections for the 2007 Onion City
Experimental Film Festival and the 2007 Chicago Underground Film

Course work to include a short paper (3-5 pages), a midterm, a final
project, and a comprehensive final exam.

Nathaniel Dorsky, Devotional Cinema, second edition (Tuumba Press)
Jeffrey Skoller, Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History in
American Avant-garde Film (U of Minnesota Press; 0-8160-4232-x)

Juan Suarez, Bike Boys, Drag Queens and Superstars: Avant-garde mass
culture and gay identities in the 1960s underground cinema (Indiana.
University Press  0-253-21033-x)

Laura Rabinowitz, Points of Resistance (University of Illinois

essays by Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jill Godmillow, B. Ruby Rich
and others