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032_ The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker + Free Radicals

Screening 03: Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm

The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker (2009) Kelly Gallagher

Followed by:

Free Radicals (2010) Pip Chodorov

Set to a raucous Riot Grrrl soundtrack, Kelly Gallagher’s animated documentary shares the *herstory* of some of motion picture’s greatest (and often overlooked) contributors. The feature length documentary, Free Radicals, provides an introduction to one of the most important realms of filmmaking: avant-garde cinema. Free Radicals includes rare interviews with some of the most important filmmakers in the avant-garde tradition (including Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Stan Brakhage, and Hans Richter), and also includes several films in their entirety. The director, Pip Chodorov explains: “I wanted to share a few of the films I love and introduce you to some of the free, radical artists who made them.” C. Jacqueline Wood will also present a short talk titled: “What the hell is experimental film?”

TRT: 110 minutes


Kelly Gallagher is an experimental animator and filmmaker interested in exploring ways that handmade animations make labor visible. Her theoretical work investigates the radical possibilities of experimental animation, and the ways animation can visualize stories of resistance. Her films have screened worldwide at venues including: Ann Arbor Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, London ICA Artists’ Biennial, Other Cinema, Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, and Anthology Film Archives. She is recipient of the Helen Hill Award from Indie Grits and the Audience Award from Fronteira Film Festival. Kelly resides in Ohio where she’s an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Antioch College. 

Pip Chodorov was born April 13, 1965 in New York. Filmmaking and music composition since 1972. Studied cognitive science at the University of Rochester, NY and film semiotics at the University of Paris, France. Work in film distribution previously Orion Classics, NYC; UGC, Paris; Light Cone, Paris; and, currently, Re:Voir Video, Paris, which he founded in 1994 ( and The Film Gallery, the first art gallery devoted excusively to experimental film ( He is also co-founder of L'Abominable (, a cooperative do-it-yourself film lab in Paris, and the moderator of the internet-based forum on experimental film, FrameWorks.

Earlier Event: March 17
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Later Event: March 24
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