A KINO-ESSAY BY ROSS LIPMAN.
PRODUCED BY DENNIS DOROS AND AMY HELLER.
FEATURING: KEVIN BROWNLOW, JAMES KAREN, BUSTER KEATON, JAMES KNOWLSON, LEONARD MALTIN, MARK NIXON, BARNEY ROSSET, JEANNETTE SEAVER, JEAN SCHNEIDER, HASKELL WEXLER, BILLIE WHITELAW
AND THE VOICES OF: SAMUEL BECKETT, BORIS KAUFMAN, AND ALAN SCHNEIDER.
ORIGINAL SCORE BY MIHÁLY VIG.
TRAILER MUSIC BY RICHARD EINHORN. .
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 a feature-length experimental essay 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.
The first-ever Milestone Film production, directed by well-known filmmaker/archivist Ross Lipman.