In Search of Christopher Maclaine: Man, Artist, Legend

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

The four films San Francisco Beat poet Maclaine made in the 1950s have had an incalculable impact on the language of cinema. Entwining the ecstatic with the absurd, these works never fail to provoke audience excitement with their apocalyptic, hallucinatory visions. Continuing our celebration of the book Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, Andersch discusses Maclaine's work with Bentley and Jordan, two of the artist's key collaborators. (Brecht Andersch and Steve Polta)

Check out Andersch's multipart series on Maclaine's landmark film The End on our blog, Open Space, at


Wilder Bentley II, actor
Lawrence Jordan, filmmaker
Curated and presented by Brecht Andersch

Additional Info

The End, Christopher Maclaine, 1953, 35 min., 16mm
The Man Who Invented Gold, Christopher Maclaine, 1957, 14 min., 16mm
Beat, Christopher Maclaine, 1958, 6 min., 16mm
Scotch Hop, Christopher Maclaine, 1959, 5.5 min., 16mm
Sausalito, Frank Stauffacher, 1949, 10 min., 16mm
Trumpit, Lawrence Jordan, 1956, 6 min., 16mm
Moods in Motion, Ettilie Wallace, 1954, 5 min., 16mm

Image: Christopher Maclaine, The End (still), 1953

Presented by San Francisco Cinematheque.