FILMOGRAPHY

CHEN FILMS

Fred’s Park (possible , as yet unconfirmed)

Caterpillar (possible, as yet unconfirmed)

One for One (1963)

Hand Held High (1965)

The Hero (1965)

Swap Meet (1965)

Grave Echoes (1966)

Episiotomy (1966)

Electric Interactions (1967)

TRIMBIN FILMS

 

 

ONE FOR ONE (aka Labor Day 1963) is now an interesting look back on Fred’s folk music roots since it stars Terry Wadsworth, who was another underground folkie back in the day, and onetime member of the New Christy Minstrels. An interesting sidenote is that the film also stars Nancy Gray, and Nancy and Terry actually had a baby in 1963 named Summer…If you notice one of the early credit images has a picture of Nancy and the text “One for one – Summer – 63”

 

 

HAND HELD HIGH is an early unfinished project Fred worked on that uses Stanton Kaye as the subject. Roughly 45 minutes of footage was shot, but never edited or finished

 

 

THE HERO was clearly made while Fred and Stanton Kaye were still friends as the end of the titles negative contains some brief shots of Kaye sitting in a chair. As a film The Hero is a nice mixture of Fred’s trimbin style matched with some originally shot footage featuring a man played by Lawrence Brighton as he struggles with a conscionable action. The story is the closest to a straight forward narrative that we have found of Fred’s non-documentary films.

 

SWAP MEET shows early evidence of what was to come with Fred’s filmmaking in that it takes a fairly standard documentary subject and presents it in a poetic and experimental way. This one was inspired by Kaye’s dad who was a regular at the swap meets before they became a hip place to go.

 

EPISIOTOMY is probably one of Fred’s more well known films. It mixes in some of his trademark elements such as the use of the trimbin footage, negative images and non sync sound. This was clearly made while the friendship with Stanton Kaye was still in effect since he is seen throught the film rolling through film reels. Before Engelberg eventually made up some composite prints he preferred that the audio and picture for this film be started separately in order to create a unique viewing experience every time, so we are presenting it that way here.

 

 

ELECTRIC INTERACTIONS (1967)  This is truly one of the examples of Fred’s trimbin practices where he would make a project out of previously shot footage he scooped out of the bins of other production companies. A mixture of JFK, Gladiator, Navy and other sources make up this exercise in collision montage.

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