Gregory Markopoulos: Film as Film
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Xmas-USA-1949, 1950, 13 min
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Swain, 1950, 20 min
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Ming Green, 1967, 7 min
Gregory J. Markopoulos, Twice a Man, 1963, 46 min
Introduced by Mark Webber
Gregory J. Markopoulos is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of independent filmmaking. Born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1928, he became a key figure in the New York avant-garde film scene of the 1950s and 1960s before leaving for Europe and withdrawing his work from public screenings until after his death in 1992. Tied to the remarkable book Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos, this program of short films ranges from the precious early psychodramas that he made in Cleveland to his acclaimed 1964 film Twice a Man, starring Olympia Dukakis in a radical, modernist reworking of the Greek myth of Hippolytus.