Notfilm

Ross LipmanUSA127 minutes2015PGEnglish

This feature-length "kino-essay" ruminates on the fraught production and philosophical implications of Samuel Beckett's legendary short work Film, utilizing outtakes, never-before-heard audio recordings of production meetings, and other rare archival elements.

In 1964, Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: an embattled collaboration with silent-era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film, along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman. The resulting short — eventually titled Film — has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the film itself is just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself. Directed by noted filmmaker and archivist Ross Lipman, Notfilm is a feature-length "kino-essay" on Film's fraught production and philosophical implications, utilizing outtakes, never-before-heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.

This feature-length "kino-essay" ruminates on the fraught production and philosophical implications of Samuel Beckett's legendary short work Film, utilizing outtakes, never-before-heard audio recordings of production meetings, and other rare archival elements.