Invocation Maya Deren

Film, Documentaries
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Maya Deren is one of the most important figures in the history of American experimental cinema. Her '40s films established her as a flamboyant, original film poet whose work not only inspired other avant-garde movie-makers but gave rise to America's Creative Film Foundation and the progressive distribution company Cinema 16. This informative documentary may use a familiar format - clips (including unfinished work), talking heads (Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, et al), footage of Deren herself - but its tone, at once celebratory and objectively distanced, is beguiling. The film paints a portrait of a fascinating woman: extrovert, strong-willed, eccentric, deeply competitive, and immensely energetic. Recommended to anyone interested in dance, alternative cinema, forceful women, and ecstatic imagery.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 53 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jo Ann Kaplan
Cast: Hella Hammid
Sasha Hammid
Amos Vogel
Marcia Vogel
Stan Brakhage
Jonas Mekas