Always have thought the bit about turning the corner early and walking back in Zorn's Lemma was a bit of a knee slapper.

On May 23, 2012, at 10:08 PM, Dan Anderson <> wrote:

Scott Coleman Miller's "Uso Justo"(2005) was a riot when it first came out. It's a self-ironic restructuring of an old Mexican b/w film, in which the actors find themselves auditioning for an experimental film.

Matt McCormick's "Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal" (2002) also swept through the festival world and was really hilarious. It's a tongue-n-check, avant-doc about municipal graffiti removal in Portland, OR.

Both of these films might seem a little "cliche" or not quite as funny if they were made today, but 7-10 years ago they were pretty fresh and could put a crowd in tears.

Oh.. Animal Charm is also pretty great, particularly "Mark Roth," and also films by Portland's Larry Johnson, "Three Possible Scenes" (2001) and "The Mustache" (2002).

More in the realm of absurdism than experimental film, works by Matthew Silver (New Jersey), Mike Etoll (Minneapolis), James W. Harris (georgia) and Phil Chambliss (arkansas) are my all-time favs... Amy Lockhart (Vancouver) and Skizz Cyzyk (Baltimore) get pretty far-out too.

Dan Anderson, filmmaker/curator


On Wed, May 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM, <> wrote:
His early film Associations is a very funny rebus word and image work. The last word rhymes with "bucket"!


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Subject: Re: [Frameworks] humorous experimental films

jason already mentioned hotel diaries by John Smith; i'd add most of John Smith's work to that list. Girl Chewing Gum, Gargantuan, and I laughed out loud (which is uncommon for me) at Om.



On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM, David Tetzlaff <> wrote: I'm all for droll humor, but I wouldn't call Wavelength a laugh riot. It's a long wait before Hollis shows up. I think there's a lot of humor in Frampton, especially Hapax Legomena 1-3 [(nostalgia), Critical Mass, Poetic Justice) but it's subtle, and tickles the back of your brain more than boinking your funnybone.

Experimental films are rarely 'just' funny. Where you find humor it's often mixed in a very unstable balance with darkness. "How can I shave when I can't think of s reason for living?" Cracks me up every time. Cause I've already been through the angst straight, you know.

For American films, some that come to mind:
The Geography of the Body, (Willard Maas) which is the rare straightforward comedy. The End, (Christopher Maclaine) which is intermittently hilarious and apocalyptic. Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith) (it helps if you know it's a comedy going in) Hold Me While I'm Naked, Sins of the Fleshapoids and other early George and Mike Kuchar stuff.
Oh Dem Watermelons (Robert Nelson)
Blonde Cobra (Ken Jacobs) again funny parts amidst a darker vision overall
Recreation (Robert Breer)
New Improved Institutional Quality (George Landow aka Owen Land)

other Breer, Nelson and Landow works also have their share of humor

Then there are some experimental films that are more 'fun' than funny, such as Cosmic Ray by Bruce Conner, Roger Beebe's TB/TX Dance, Peace Mandala by Paul Sharits.

good luck, (or good yuck) "Let there be rejoicing!"


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