"Here is a film that shines with its cast: Hans Richter, Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Maurice Lemaitre and other 'star' experimental filmmakers (mostly americans, up through the '70s) parade in majesty. They do so with no false modesty (their candidness and confidence are rather surprising, sometimes humorous), and with a clear pleasure at having their turn in front of the camera, to be projected and listened to." - Cahiers du Cinéma
"Touching and personal, this documentary will serve as a guide for all those who are touched by the desire to plunge into this era, taking them for a journey. The 'free radicals' of the title are artists that, beginning in the 1920s and through the 1970s, have pushed cinema toward experimental visual poetry. [...] The film pays worthy homage to this fringe of cinema, too often reduced to a hermetic citadel rather than a space open to the winds, where chance, a do-it-yourself ethic, and humor have often played a large role." - Le Monde
"A personal window into the history of experimental cinema. Free Radicals is a beautiful essay from a film community insider: a love letter to experimental cinema and its makers." - Sam Prime
Pip Chodorov (1965, USA) is co-founder of filmlab/collective L’Abominable, founder of Re:voir Video, moderator of the experimental film forum Frameworks and creator of a series of experimental filmartists portraits for Arte.
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56 page bilingual French/English booklet.
Hans Richter, Filmstudie
Hans Richter, Ghosts Before Breakfast
Maya Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon
Jonas Mekas, Cassis
Jonas Mekas, Hare Krishna
Len Lye, A Coulour Box
Len Lye, Particles in Space
Stan Vanderbeek, Symmetrics
Stan Vanderbeek, Science Fiction
2011 (DVD 2014)
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