Thom Andersen’s “Los Angeles Plays Itself’ seems to meet your criteria. It’s a 
social history that deals with a specific topic.

From: Chuck Kleinhans 
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:39 PM
To: Experimental Film Discussion List 
Subject: Re: [Frameworks] historically informed experimental films

Jeffrey Skoller's book, Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History in 
Avant=garde film Minneapolis: U of MN Press, 2005) is a great book (full 
disclosure, I'm his friend).  He covers lots of figures including Dan 
Eisenberg, Ernie Gehr, Godard, Patricio Guzman, Elenor Antin, Abigail Child, 
Charles Burnett, Craig Baldwin, and more.

And (not to be too modest) you can catch my star turn in Laura Kipnis' 
experimental video, Marx: The Video.

Chuck Kleinhans

  Hello Frameworkers,

  After reading Manohla Dargis' piece this morning in the NY Times about the 
recent crop of historically informed features coming out of Hollywood (link 
below), it got me thinking about historically informed experimental works.  
Works by Travis Wilkerson, Lynn Sacks, Craig Baldwin and Harun Farocki 
immediately jumped to mind, but of course there are many, many others.  This is 
an interesting slice of the experimental filmmaking sphere- not simply 
non-fiction works, but films directly dealing with or referencing a specific 
historic event or topic that is at some level in the common record (therefore I 
am not including personal/diary type films in this query).  Essentially, films 
that could be 'fact checked' and held up to some level of scrutiny, but 
simultaneously still clearly artistic/experimental works. 

  If anyone is aware of any articles or texts of the subject, as well as other 
films/filmmakers to suggest, I'd love to hear people's thoughts.



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