Program for the New Cinema Festival I. Andy Warhol.

Program for the New Cinema Festival I

New York: Filmmakers' Cinematheque, 1965. 4to, three leaves mimeographed from typescript on rectos only, and stapled once at the upper left hand corner.

The festival was the watershed moment for the concept of Expanded Cinema and experimental film, and one of the most important art events of the 1960's, with groundshaking implications for concepts of the Happening, light shows, psychedelic theater, film, and music.

Two of the nights were devoted to split screen film events by Andy Warhol, and mark the opening of a vein of work that lead to his experiments with the Velvet Underground.

"Warhol's involvement with psychedelic light shows stemmed from his participation in an Expanded Cinema festival at the Film-Makers' Cinémathèque in November 1965. Jonas Mekas and his colleagues at the Cinémathèque had organized an ambitious series of programs that surveyed a broad spectrum of formal innovations involving projected images... . Warhol's two evenings, November 22 and 23, featured split-screen movie projections accompanied by a rock group and the early glimmers of a light show." - David Bourdon, p. 218.

The festival was also notable for including Angus Maclise's Rites of the Dreamweapon in several parts, noted as "A seven-part Manifestation of the Presence -- Coordinated by Angus Maclise. Movement * Light * Sound * Word * Darkness * Silence * Dance * Liturgy *Noise * Stillness. Rites of the Dreamweapon - revealed by the Lords of ther Dreamweapon - the Dreamweapon of life for the healing of all wounds."

Jack Smith was represented with screenings of his Rehearsal for the Destruction of Atlantis. John Vaccaro presented Rites of the Nadir. Members of the nascent light show movement were represented by USCO, Aldo Tambellini & Co., and Jackie Cassen. Some Fluxus artists were included - Monday, November 15 was devoted to a Dick Higgins program, and a Thanksgiving event included Al Hansen, as well as Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenburg,
Robert Whitman, David Bourdon, Stan Vanderbeerk, Larry Rivers, and Stan Brakhage. The Once Group fgrom Ann Arbor performed on the last weekend of November, including of course Robert Ashley and Mary Ashley.

The festival closed with a performance of Dream Music by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.

A near fine example, folded twice for mailing, with some light traces of soiling, and some ink marks to back cover. Item #29277

Price: $200.00

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