Director’s Cut: Films Created by Direct-Filmmaking

Len Lye, Steve Cossman, and the other filmmakers in Director’s Cuts: Films Created by Direct-Filmmaking Methods scratched, bleached, drew on and painted film to create images for the films screening today. “Direct-filmmaking has kinda flown under the radar and continues to fly under the radar somehow,” says Cossman, who curated the evening. “But it truly has its own set of qualities. There’s a certain magic there.”

The lineup for the program includes a rare print of Lye’s groundbreaking four-minute short Free Radicals; he scratched directly on the black-and-white film stock to create white lines dancing across the screen. Released in 1979, Free Radicals became an instant hit with avant-garde and direct-filmmaking fans.

The audience will also see Tusslemuscle by Cossman. He took some 7,000 individual film cells showing flowers from found footage and hand-spliced them together to form a visual montage based on a paradidal, a type of musical rhythm. It took him three years to complete the project. “It’s essentially a collage,” he says. “The same way that someone composes music, I was able to compose motion.”

8 p.m. Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett. For information, call 713-868-2101 or visit
Sat., June 16, 8 p.m., 2012


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