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American Independent: A Focus on Shirley Clarke


Our monthly Experimenta programme gives you a chance to explore this boundary-pushing, influential filmmaker.

Shirley Clarke

Shirley Clarke was a dynamic, bold independent filmmaker, inspired by dance and jazz. Key in the early days of the New American Cinema, she rejected the objective truth claims of documentary and aimed for a ‘duality of fantasy and reality’ – infusing her work with Beat spirit. The titles in this centenary exploration of Clarke’s work can be read as a series of proposals for a different type of cinema.

Aga Baranowska and William Fowler, BFI programmers


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