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Stan Brakhage in Memoriam

Thursday, 5 June, 20.00h, Cinema
Sunday, 8 June, 15.00h, Cinema

The recently deceased Stan Brakhage (January 14, 1933 – March 9, 2003) undoubtedly was one of the key figures in the development of experimental film after the Second World War. He made many hundreds of films varying in length from nine seconds to more than four hours. With his films Brakhage changed the perception of what film exactly is. Films can be made without actors and storyline, and even without a camera as shown by him with his many hand-painted films. Film is able to represent perception and visual stimuli in a very direct manner. Film is light, color and move- ment. Over the years, the IMPAKT Festival has shown many works of Stan Brakhage and with a small In Memoriam program IMPAKT wishes to commemorate Stan Brakhage and his work.

On Thursday 5 June Simon Field, artistic director of the Rotterdam Film Festival will introduce the screenings of the Stan Brakhage In Memoriam. Simon Field was a personal friend of Stan Brakhage and is well known with his work.

DOG STAR MAN: PRELUDE AND PART 1, 2, 3 AND 4.
16mm / 01:18:00 / USA / 1961-1964
“Dog Star Man” is generally considered as Stan Brakhage’s most important work and it is listed alongside “Citizen Kane”, “Star Wars” and the Zapruder footage of the John F. Kennedy assassination as among the most important films ever made, according to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. Dog Star Man is an epic drama of the creation of the universe. The film consists of 4 parts and a prelude, all made within a period of 4 years.


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