Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Radical (And Jewish?) Filmmaking

Film looks at the history of experimental cinema.
Special to the Jewish Week

For Pip Chodorov, the link between being an experimental filmmaker and a Jew is surprisingly straightforward. He finds his position as the former — caught between an unresponsive art world and a disdainful film industry — comparable to that of the Jew in the diaspora.

Chodorov, whose delightful film “Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film” opens on Aug. 3, harkens back to period before Emancipation, a time of both oppression and, yet, a certain freedom for the Jews of Europe.

Major experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs being interviewed in “Free Radicals.” Courtesy of Pip Chodorov
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