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Fleisch_EnergieThe world of experimental or avant-garde (vanguard) cinema has a history just as rich as narrative film (it could be said that the two run on parallel tracks). While usually associated with European filmmakers, America has its own rich tradition of avant-garde and experimental filmmakers. Very loosely defined as any film that doesn’t use narrative cinematic technique to achieve its goals, the avant-garde is worthy of study for any filmmaker or student of film. The Dissolve recently featured two experimental avant-garde shorts — one by the filmmaker who made the amazing credits for Enter The VoidClick below to learn more about the history of the wonderfully strange world of avant-garde and experimental cinema, and watch some of its classics. More »

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alejandro_jodorowsky_holy_mountain_black_alchemist_fusionOne of the richest veins in indie cinema is, of course, surrealism. Most surrealist films don’t reach a wide audience, but I can remember watching Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain for the first time when I was 17 or so and being knocked out, though I couldn’t quite figure out why (if you haven’t seen it, you really should.) The Seventh Art has a 1987 BBC documentary on surrealist film, and it’s hosted by cinema’s great modern surrealist/mainstream director, David Lynch. Click below to watch the documentary and have your mind blown (as well as educated). More »

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David LynchDavid Lynch has done so much for cinema. He is not only the director with the best hair, but he’s also the director that made surrealism more mainstream on the silver screen. Another one of Lynch’s contributions has been to independent film, specifically.  In a 20-minute documentary entitled Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker, Lynch covers every phase of filmmaking, sharing his wisdom every step of the way: Why ideas are king, how digital is changing the industry, and why filmmakers should “enjoy the doing.” Hit the jump to check out the film: More »

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Wherever he is, you can bet David Lynch is busy. Lynch is an American director that needs no introduction, nor does his work — which is an incredible thing to be able to say about an artist anyone considers a ‘surrealist’, if you stop to think about that. The Short Films of David Lynch does not contain the complete short films of David Lynch, but it does contain several commissioned pieces and very experimental works Lynch created as a student. If you’re a fan, a completist film-follower, or someone just plain interested in some of the most… well, interesting short material you may ever see, check below. More »

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If you’ve noticed off-hand that the world — and particularly that of cinema — has been missing a little bit of a beloved strangeness recently, there’s a possibility that’s because David Lynch hasn’t made a feature film since 2006′s MiniDV-shot Inland Empire. He’s been active (and acting, in several cases) in media of other kinds, and directed a 2010 promotional short for Dior, but I for one have found myself wondering what exactly has been stopping him from a return to the big screen. Thanks to a recent interview with Lynch by the Hollywood Reporter, we now know his opinion on the internet and the digital future of film, plus answers to the question my title poses both in the spiritual and literal sense. More »