Milestone Films

Notfilm by Ross Lipman

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ONE OF THE TEN BEST FILMS OF 2016!              – Dana Stevens, SLATE

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In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history:  his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film.  Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later.  Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonization. The film they made along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the eclectic participants are just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself.

NOTFILM is the feature-length movie on FILM’s production and its philosophical implications, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.

Bonus Features:

  1. Closed captioning in English, subtitles in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese
  2. The Street Scene: A Lost Scene Reconstruction from the Film Outtakes (6 mins)
  3. “What if E’s eyes were closed?” Audio Recordings of Beckett, Kaufman and Schneider (7 mins, with English captioning)
  4. Buster Keaton and Film: James Karen in Conversation (42 mins)
  5. Memories of Samuel Beckett: An Afternoon with James Knowlson (8 mins)
  6. Jean Schneider: Memories of Alan Schneider (11 mins)
  7. Jeannette Seaver: Beckett and “Godot” (4 mins)
  8. Photographing Film: Photographing Beckett: Steve Schapiro and I.C. Rapoport in conversation (7 mins) and Photo Gallery
  9. The Music of NOTFILM: Downloadable MP3 Recordings by Mihály Víg

PRODUCED BY DENNIS DOROS AND AMY HELLER. FEATURING: Kevin Brownlow, Judith Douw, S.E. Gontarski, James Karen, Buster Keaton, James Knowlson, Leonard Maltin, Mark Nixon, Barney Rosset, Steve Schapiro, Jean Schneider, Jeannette Seaver, Haskel Wexler, Billie Whitelaw and the voices of Samuel Beckett, Boris Kaufman and Alan Schneider. MUSIC BY Mihály Vig.

Listen to NPR Sunday Morning Edition with Howie Movshovitz's story on Notfilm!

“NOTFILM testifies to an almost inexhaustible fascination with the pleasures and paradoxes of cinema…. Notfilm finds a hitherto uncharted dimension of human and cinematic experience.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Completely fascinating! … A thoughtful, incisive meditation on its decades-old events, Notfilm is gossipy and philosophical by turn, joining microscopic analysis of the filmmakers' lofty intentions with juicy morsels of information about exactly what happened when theory met practice on the steamy summer streets of New York City where Film was shot…For moviegoers who care about film not just as a title, Notfilm can be unreservedly recommended.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Listen to Ross Lipman talk about NOTFILM on the WNYC Leonard Lopate Show

“(Notfilm) finds in Film genuine insights about Beckett’s work as a whole, and even about the nature of the movies.” – Siddhartha Mahanta, The New Yorker

VILLAGE VOICE CRITICS’ PICK! “Ross Lipman's studious, rigorous, and surprisingly tender documentary…gives us access to Beckett at work” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“Notfilm is enthralling!” – Scott Eyman, Film Comment

“…[A] fascinating investigation into Beckett’s thinking and dramatic practice.” - J. Hoberman, NYRB Calendar

 “Notfilm will have you thinking about film, perception, and memory long after you leave the theatre. It is Notjustafilm—it is much more. Tanya Goldman, Screen Slate 

“The credits for Notfilm list Lipman as writer, photographer, editor, and narrator, but not as director. Does this imply that a director is merely the sum of the other skills? Or is it an attempt at modesty? If the latter, it is belied by the ambition, scope, research, and exhilarating sweep of his project...” – Tony Pipolo, Artforum

 

Listen to NPR Fresh Air's Lloyd Schwartz on NOTFILM and FILM!

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