Stan Brakhage

In 1996, when I was in Boulder, Colorado, working on my film on Allen Ginsberg, I got to meet the avant-garde film-maker Stan Brakhage, whose work I’d known & admired for many years. We struck up something of a friendship, & Stan, who was being treated for bladder cancer, agreed to let me film a series of daily interviews in which he discussed in some detail his life, working procedures & aesthetics. This project, which was continued in March 1997 & amounted to more than ten hours of footage, was planned to be the core of a documentary which, sadly, was never completed, though excerpts from it were used as director’s commentary on the boxed DVD set By Brakhage, released by the Criterion Collection.