This 2-DVD box set, entitled American Film Treasures IV: Avant-Garde, 1947-1986, was released by the National Film Preservation Foundation in early 2009. The set presents a truly eclectic collection of 26 experimental film titles by filmmakers as different from one another as Stan Brackhage, Bruce Baille, Jonas Mekas or Andy Warhol. It is the first time that these titles have been made available on video, and for this reason alone the collection is truly remarkable. Highlights include Wallace Berman’s Aleph, Harry smith’s Film #3: Interwoven, Jonas Mekas’ Notes on the Circus, and Stan Brackhage’s The Riddle of Lumen, a thought-provoking exploration of light in cinema.
For a fuller description of this collection, see the Slant Magazine online review.