Friday, October 19, 2007

Mary Ellen Bute, John Whitney, Harry Smith: Abstract Films

Reading Albert Glinsky's book on inventor Leon Theremin, I saw mention of a filmmaker I'd never heard of, Mary Ellen Bute. I found a couple of her works posted on YouTube by AnimArchiv.

Rhythm In Light:

and Tarantella:

Looking around for Bute, I came across John Whitney's computer graphics work, Arabesque (courtesy postingoldtapes):

And some work of Harry Smith (courtesy donjuanauxenfers):

For those of you wondering: yep, it's the same Harry Smith who helped kickstart the folk music revival in the mid 20th century with his LP compilation of old 78s, Anthology of American Folk Music.

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