MDST 3559 (Class schedule # 18568)
University of Virginia
Spring 2010
MW 3:30-4:45pm :: 132 New Cabell
Mr. David Golumbia
Office: 449 New Cabell Hall
Spring 2010 Office Hours: MW 2-3:15pm


A survey of the self-described "experimental" filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s, and their associates, with some reference to forebears and followers and some reading of associated texts. We will view multiple films by Stan Brakhage, Paul Sharits, and Hollis Frampton, in particular, as well as works by Michael Snow, Ernie Gehr, and Su Friedrich, as well as a selection of experimentalist media in other genres, especially recent video and digital media. Discussion with short papers and a longer final paper or project.

Essays in Collab

Films on reserve at Robertson Media Center
Many films are on reserve at Robertson Media Center; others are available online only. Where there might be any question as to where to locate the film, I've included an abbreviation keyed to the day on which each film is showing in the week-by-week syllabus.

Individual Filmmakers


Films on web

Assignments and Evaluation

Evaluation will be based on written exercises and course participation as follows:


Week-by-Week Syllabus

Week 1. Introduction

Week 2. Overview 1

Week 3. Overview 2: Snow and Gehr

Week 4. Frampton 1

Week 5. Paul Sharits

Week 6. Frampton 2: Zorns Lemma

Week 7. Brakhage 1

Week 8. Spring Break (no classes)

Week 9. Su Friedrich

Week 10. Brakhage 2

Week 11. Warhol

Week 12. Bill Viola

Week 13. Snow 2

Week 14. Mark Napier (

Week 15. Jodi

Week 16. Final Class

Final papers/projects due in my English Dept mailbox (Faculty Lounge, 2nd floor, Bryan Hall) or via email for online projects by 5pm, Tues, May 11, 2010. There is no final exam for the course.

Last updated April 18, 2010.