Features nineteen of the subgenre's chief practitioners and participants
Constructs an oral history that provides the first insider's perspective on the avant-doc phenomenon
Addresses interrelations in the work of specific artists and film-makers regarding their approach to using, to re-performing, recorded actuality
Over the past fifty years, a unique hybrid genre of nonfiction cinema called the "avant-doc" has emerged in the world of independent film. Combining the unconventional techniques of avant-garde auteurs like Stan Brakhage with the verisimilitude of traditional documentaries, the avant-doc expands the way cinema captures and chronicles events. Drawing on firsthand interviews with nineteen of the form's chief practitioners and participants, Avant-Doc constructs an oral history that provides the first insider's perspective on the phenomenon.