Critical Mass

Edinburgh Cinema

An oral history of avant-garde film, the new American cinema and beyond.

The project aimed to assemble a new history of the development of the avant-garde film movement as told through the first testimonies of those that were directly involved.

The project focused on the dynamic period from the 1950s to the 1970s when this art form took shape and artist-led organisations, such as the Filmmakers' Cooperative, Canyon Cinema and Anthology Film Archives were established.

Over 100 hours of interview material generated by the project was to be drawn upon in the preparation of a book by Mark Webber, and deposited in archives in London and New York, where they will be available for consultation by other scholars.