Abstract for a Film Practice


The article discusses the author’s transition in their film practice from a feature-length documentary on dementia to creating experimental films on memory due to the pandemic’s limitations. The concept of experimental film and its definition by film scholars A.L. Rees and P. Adams Sitney are explored, with both emphasizing its challenging of mainstream narrative conventions and exploration of film as a medium. The article also touches on the avant-garde and art movements that influence experimental film and how it is presented at film festivals and museums. Finally, Sitney’s quote about the camera, circle, and film speaks to the idea that film has no inherent meaning until a narrative is attributed to it, particularly in the case of experimental films that often lack a traditional script.