Item #5921 Experimental Cinema: Psychedelic Series

Experimental Cinema: Psychedelic Series

Boulder: Experimental Cinema Group, [1966]. Mimeograph. 8 1⁄2 x 11 in. Very good; faint horizontal lines from folding into thirds, and a small chip (approximately 1/16 in.), not obstructing image or text, to bottom right edge. Item #5921

Handbill promoting a program of psychedelic experimental films including Timothy Leary, Jonas Mekas, and Fluxus, organized by the Experimental Cinema Group at the University of Colorado from September to December 1966.
The series screened Timothy Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience, James Whitney’s Lapis and Yantra, Jack Smith’s Blonde Cobra, Harry Smith’s Color Abstraction, a large number of Bruce Connor films, a package of Fluxfilm, Jonas Mekas’ Report from Millbrook on the bust of Leary’s compound in upstate New York, and much more.

The Experimental Cinema Group, now known as the First Person Cinema Group, was started in 1955 by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley who were soon joined by Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage. The group is now carried forward by Don Yannacito, who has helped with programming for the group since the 1960s. The Experimental Cinema Group hosted many of the first screenings of Brakhage’s early works and works from many more titans of underground cinema. During this period, Boulder and the Experimental Cinema Group was one of the few places one could see these movies outside of New York.

A rare flyer for an early screening of psychedelic cinema, featuring many well-known contributors to the field.