Documentary and Avant-Garde
Location: Redstone Theater
With introduction by curator David Schwartz
Total Running Time: Approx. 75 mins.
Dirs. Colin Low, Roman Kroitor. 1961, 26 mins. 16mm. This National Film Board of Canada black-and-white short visualizes a journey through space with stunning animation. Kubrick studied the film closely, and for 2001, hired its effects artist Wally Gentleman to build models and its narrator, Douglas Rain, to provide the voice of HAL.
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Dir. Arthur Lipsett. 1961, 7 mins. 16mm. Kubrick wrote to Canadian avant-gardist Arthur Lipsett that his collage film is “one of the most imaginative and brilliant uses of the movie screen and soundtrack that I have ever seen.”
Catalog Dir. John Whitney Sr. 1961, 7 mins. 16mm. Made with a pioneering combination of analog and digital techniques, Catalog is a mesmerizing study in color and fluid abstract geometric shapes. Kubrick and Douglas Trumbull were both inspired by Whitney’s films as they created the Star Gate sequence in 2001.
Jordan Belson. 1961, 8 mins. 16mm. Belson, whose geometric and abstract films have long been seen as an inspiration for 2001’s Star Gate sequence, described his film Allures as “probably the space-iest film that had been done until then. It creates a feeling of moving into the void.”
Jordan Belson. 1968, 6 mins. 16mm. “Momentum is Belson’s most serene and gentle film since Allures. This treatment of the sun as an almost dreamlike hallucinatory experience is both surprising and curiously realistic.” (Gene Youngblood)
Excerpt from To the Moon and Beyond
Con Pederson (Douglas Trumbull). 1964, [excerpt, approx 6 mins.]. Digital projection. Made for the 1964 World’s Fair, the panoramic and immersive short film To the Moon and Beyond led directly to Kubrick’s hiring of two of its key creators: Con Pederson and Douglas Trumbull, who left the Los Angeles company Graphic Films to work with Kubrick in England.
Scott Bartlett. 1968, 9 mins. 16mm. Psychedelic imagery made from a pioneering mix of film and video technology, closeups of an eye, and a soundtrack mixing organic and electronic sounds, are all seen in Scott Bartlett’s avant-garde short, a film with eerie similarities to the Star Gate sequence in 2001.
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