For the past thirty years filmmaker/archivist Ross Lipman has cut a winding path between classic international cinema and the American avant-garde. In this riveting but completely unclassifiable work, he looks back at a life in the cinema and an indescribable divide at the heart of it.
Part biography, part clip essay, part abstract painting, "Between Two Cinemas" integrates 4K restorations of his old films inside a new documentary/essay linking them. It uncovers previously unseen archival material on Stan Brakhage and Andrei Tarkovsky, and adds new collaborations with artists including visionary experimentalist Bruce Baillie, Jeanne Dielman cinematographer Babette Mangolte, Bela Tarr composer Mihaly Vig, and synthesizer pioneer Patrick Gleeson.
"Between Two Cinemas" is an enthralling exploration of discord and resonance between two divergent cultures, and the worlds from which they emerge.