DER Documentary

Screening Room Series: Documentary Collection

Part of the Screening Room series
by Robert Gardner
10 Episodes
color, 1972-1981

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Screening Room was a 1970s Boston television series that for almost ten years offered independent filmmakers a chance to show and discuss their work on a commercial (ABC-TV) affiliate station. The series was developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner (Dead Birds, Forest of Bliss), who was Chairman of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard for many years.

The Screening Room Documentary Collection includes the following episodes:

Les Blank (color, 75 min, 1975/2005) launch preview watch a preview
Known for his films about indigenous southern music and various other topics, award-winning filmmaker Les Blank, along with music writer Peter Guralnick, appeared on Screening Room in January 1973 to discuss his recent work and screen several films, including footage from a then work in progress.

Emile de Antonio (color, 79 min, 1973/2005) launch preview watch a preview
One of America's most influential political and avant-garde filmmakers Emile de Antonio, along with visual anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, appeared on Screening Room in June 1973 to screen and discuss excerpts from his films.

Robert Fulton (color, two DVDs, 83 min/72 min, 1973 & 1979/2005) launch preview watch a preview
Extraordinary non-fiction filmmaker and gifted aerial cinematographer Robert Fulton appeared on Screening Room in April 1973 and returned for a second visit in April 1979.

Hillary Harris (color, two DVDs, 75 min/76 min, 1973 & 1979/2007) launch preview watch a preview
In March 1973, Oscar-winning filmmaker Hilary Harris visited Screening Room to screen and discuss his pioneering films as well as footage from a work-in-progress about New York City. He visited again in January 1979 to screen his recent films, and to demonstrate his sound mixer and image generator designs.

Peter Hutton (color, 72 min, 1977/2005) launch preview watch a preview
Peter Hutton's contemplative, meticulously composed films, primarily minimalist, silent portraits of cities and landscapes, have been shown at important festivals and in major museums across Europe and the United States. He visited Screening Room in March 1977.

Ricky Leacock (color, 64 min, 1973/2005) launch preview watch a preview
One of the main figures of the "direct cinema" movement, Ricky Leacock visited the program on June 15, 1973, with Al Mecklenburg and Jon Rosenfeld, to demonstrate super-8 sync technology and screen excerpts from his films, as well as rare footage of Indira Ghandi.

Alan Lomax (color, 75 min, 1975/2005) launch preview watch a preview
Alan Lomax spent over six decades working as a musicologist, author, record producer, filmmaker, concert promoter, singer, photographer, and network radio host to promote knowledge and appreciation of the world's folk music. He appeared on Screening Room in August 1975 to discuss the theory of Choreometrics and show the film Dance and Human History.

Richard P. Rogers (color, 76 min, 1975/2007) launch preview watch a preview
Renowned producer and director of nonfiction films Richard P. Rogers (1944-2001) appeared on Screening Room in June 1975 to show and discuss his films and some excerpts.

Jean Rouch (color, 64 min, 1980) launch preview watch a preview
Considered one of the most influential documentary makers of the twentieth century, Jean Rouch appeared on Screening Room in July 1980 and screened Les Maitres Fous (Mad Masters) as well as several film excerpts.

Other collections in the Screening Room Series:
Animation Collection
Robert Breer
George Griffin
John & Faith Hubley
Derek Lamb
Caroline Leaf & Mary Beams
Jan Lenica
Suzan Pitt
John Whitney Sr.
Experimental Collection
Bruce Baillie
James Broughton
Ed Emshwiller
Hollis Frampton
Standish Lawder & Stanley Cavell
Jonas Mekas
Yvonne Rainer

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