Conversations with Experimental Filmmakers

This is a legacy resource guide for a past course. Please email Sara Smith with questions about these resources or research in this subject area.

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-481  |  English, as ENGL-481  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-481
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This guide lists databases, journals, and web sites where you can find film reviews, scholarly articles, and other resources for experimental film. Pay close attention to the dates that the resources cover, and use date limits where appropriate in your searches.


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1. Use Footnotes and bibliographies from course readings to find other resources.

2. Search for films and books in our collection and in the Five Colleges. Request books and DVDs from the other four colleges if needed, or take a field trip.

3. Search in WorldCat for books and DVDs held by other libraries (non-5C) and then request them through InterLibrary Loan.

4. You can narrow your search in the library catalog for books using a topic keyword plus these subject keywords and others:

  • Experimental films
  • Experimental documentary films
  • Motion pictures
  • Film criticism
  • Feminism and motion pictures
  • Motion pictures--Philosophy
  • Motion pictures--Political aspects
  • Motion pictures--Psychological aspects
  • Motion pictures--Reviews
  • Motion pictures--Semiotics
  • Motion pictures--Social aspects

5. An Advanced Search in the library catalog allows you to limit results to DVDs and films in the "format" drop-down field (see below).