Experimentation, the Avant Garde, and the Independent Film World.

Experimentation provides lifeblood to any art form. What is the nature of experimentation in the film world, and the independent film arena in particular? Where is experimentation being practiced, and where does it come from? In the fifties and sixties, independent film was synonymous with the flourishing avant garde. What is the state of the avant garde today? Is the independent realm a place for it? How can independent filmmakers benefit from taking risks? The panel will be moderated by Michael Friend, archive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and features Bill Horrigan, curator of media arts of the Wexner Center at Ohio State University, along with a number of Sundance filmmakers.


Michael Friend
Bill Horrigan
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