In Film Culture’s 46th issue in 1967, the film WAVELENGTH by Michael Snow was honored with the Independent Film Award for its outstanding contribution to cinema. “With his film ‘Wavelength,’ Michael Snow revolutionized the international avant-garde film scene like no other production. Viewed from its basic concept, this is a purely ‘formal’ film: it consists of a single, 45-minute-long tracking shot through the length of a room, accompanied by slowly-increasing sine tones.” (Ulrich Gregor). Additionally, the program coupled Snow’s film with two others that address the fundamental relationship of film and text: EXCHANGES by Bette Gordon (1979) and SAILBOAT by Joyce Wieland (1968).
Introduction: Uli Ziemons (Berlin)
EXCHANGES Bette Gordon USA 1979 15 min
SAILBOAT Joyce Wieland Canada 1968 3 min
WAVELENGTH Michael Snow USA 1967 45 min