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Screening Room with Emile de Antonio

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From the Screening Room series
by Robert Gardner
color, 79 min, 1973/2005



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This DVD is also available as part of the Screening Room series Documentary Collection.

Emile de Antonio (1919-1989), one of America's most influential political and avant-garde filmmakers, started making documentary films in the mid-1960s, and all his work had wide success in theatrical release. His often-controversial work focuses on the United States during the Cold War and sharply criticizes American institutions and government officials. Films on Joseph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and the conduct of the Vietnam War led to de Antonio's becoming the object of FBI surveillance. De Antonio was also involved with the New York art world of the 1960s, which he documented in Painters Painting.

Along with visual anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, Emile de Antonio appeared on Screening Room in June 1973 to screen and discuss excerpts from his films Point of Order, Rush to Judgement, In the Year of the Pig and Millhouse: A White Comedy.

“Frankly, I've worked with three directors I consider important: Terrence Malick, Francis Coppola, and Emile de Antonio.” — Martin Sheen
“(de Antonio) is arguably the most provocative film essayist/documentarian of the last sixty years in American life.” — Bill Nichols, author of Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary

About the Screening Room series
In the early 1970s a group of idealistic artists, lawyers, doctors and teachers saw an opportunity to change commercial television in Boston and the surrounding area. It would require years of litigation up to and including the Supreme Court, but the case was won and the Channel 5 license was given to WCVB-TV. Screening Room was one of several programs offered in an effort to provide alternative television viewing. The idea behind Screening Room was to give independent filmmakers an opportunity to discuss their work and show it to a large urban audience. Nearly 100 ninety-minute programs were produced and aired between 1973 and 1980.

Screening Room was developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner, who at the time, was Director of Harvard's Visual Arts Center and Chairman of its Visual and Environmental Studies Department. His own films include Dead Birds (1964), and Forest of Bliss (1986).

Other films from the Screening Room series
Bruce Baillie
Les Blank
Robert Breer
James Broughton
Ed Emshwiller
Hollis Frampton
Robert Fulton
George Griffin
Hillary Harris
John & Faith Hubley
Peter Hutton
Derek Lamb
Standish Lawder & Stanley Cavell
Ricky Leacock
Caroline Leaf & Mary Beams
Jan Lenica
Alan Lomax
Jonas Mekas
Suzan Pitt
Yvonne Rainer
Richard P. Rogers
Jean Rouch
Michael Snow
John Whitney Sr.



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