Intro to Experimental Cinema (Theory & History)
Experimental cinema can be daunting to approach as a beginner, but this theory-based workshop will provide a welcoming and accessible environment in which to gain a basic knowledge of avant-garde or experimental cinema. Existing outside of conventional filmmaking practices, experimental cinema provides an alternative to traditional film narratives, structures, and ideologies. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a basic history of key films/filmmakers/movements, and develop and articulate critical responses to unconventional cinematic manipulations of image/sound/time. Given the broad range of films that are considered experimental, this 1-day course is intended for introductory learners, with the goal to establish critical and informed film viewership.
Supplemental bibliography and filmography will be provided.
WARNING: Some films shown during this workshop may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
This course is offered in partnership with Intro to Experimental Cinema Part II, a production-based workshop that will explore the techniques and practices discussed in Part I.
Katie Wackett is the Programming and Communications Director at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, as well as the Festival Director of the Artifact Small-Format Film Festival. She holds a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Calgary.