It’s out, despite what the release date said when I ordered it.  I was actually 
reading my copy last night.  It plugs perfectly into my current grad seminar 
(Strategies of the Real), so I’m trying to find a slot to plug it in before the 
semester’s end!


On Nov 10, 2014, at 7:49 AM, Brecht Debackere 
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Hey Scott,

Looks interesting. Any news on the release date?


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On 07 Nov 2014, at 17:19, Luiz Garcia 
<<>> wrote:

Thank you M. MacDonald!

Will surely contribute greatly to my research and others.


Luiz Garcia

2014-11-07 17:05 GMT+01:00 Scott MacDonald 
PS Oops, I meant to say Oxford University Press.


On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 8:01 AM, Scott MacDonald 
<<>> wrote:
Dear Frameworkers,

Here is the Press's description of my new book, AVANT-DOC: Intersections of 
Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema. The book may be of interest for some of you:

Avant-Doc: 23 in-depth interviews exploring the intersections between 
documentary and avant-garde filmmaking. Scott MacDonald reviews early overlaps 
between what have seemed two distinct traditions, then talks with seminal 
figures in the evolution of ethnographic film (Robert Gardner and Lucien 
Castaing-Taylor,  founder of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, avant-doc’s 
most productive studio) and personal documentary (Ed Pincus, Alfred Guzzetti, 
Ross McElwee, Nina Davenport, Jonathan Caouette) and with crucial contributors 
to the modern European “avant-doc”: Dutch-Indonesian Leonard Retel Helmrich, 
Austrian Michael Glawogger, and Portuguese Susana de Sousa Dias. Paweł Wojtasik 
discusses how a mystical experience freed him from depression so that he could 
realize a cinematic form of perceptual transcendence; and Todd Haynes discusses 
his early faux documentary, Superstar: the Karen Carpenter Story and how his 
early experiences with avant-garde filmmakers and experimental documentaries 
paved the way for the commercial anti-biopic I’m Not There.
            MacDonald’s interviews with filmmakers who have been working for 
decades create a context for a panorama of discussions about recent 
breakthroughs, including Jane Gillooly’s Suitcase of Love and Shame, Amie 
Siegel’s DDR/DDR, Alexander Olch’s The Windmill Movie, Betzy Bromberg’s 
Voluptuous Sleep, Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors, Castaing-Taylor and Véréna 
Paravel’s Leviathan, Jennifer Proctor’s A Movie by Jen Proctor, and Stephanie 
Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana. The 22 filmmaker interviews are preceded by 
a conversation with Annette Michelson about what led to her early championing 
of documentary pioneer Dziga Vertov and avant-garde filmmakers Stan Brakhage, 
Yvonne Rainer, and Hollis Frampton in Artforum. An extended discussion of the 
thinking behind Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab concludes the volume.

Scott MacDonald

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