James Stanley Brakhage, better known as Stan Brakhage, was an American non-narrative filmmaker and is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-century experimental film. A prolific filmmaker, he made nearly 350 films in his 52-year-long career that include psychodramas, autobiographical films, Freudian trance films, song cycles, birth films, meditations on light, and hand-painted films. They range in duration from nine seconds to over four hours and cover every technical format from Super 8mm to 70mm IMAX. A Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at CU Boulder, Brakhage and his legacy is promoted by CU Boulder through the Brakhage Center and the Stan Brakhage papers.
The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Archives on June 6, 2018. This is story #16 in our series: 100 Stories for 100 Years from the Archives!