A Place to Be: The Experiential Cinema of Paul Fillinger
Paul Fillinger, attracted by early underground films made in the Bay Area in the 1950s and 1960s, left advertising to make experimental films, then educational films and corporate documentaries, ending up as manager of Sunset Magazine’s film and video department until it was sold to Time-Life Corporation in 1990.
Adrianne Finelli, an artist and curator based in Berkeley, is currently project manager for the Prelinger Archives’s mass digitization project in collaboration with Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web and Internet Archive.
Jon Shibata is BAMPFA’s film archivist.
Paul Fillinger left a steady career to follow the creative energy of 1960s San Francisco. He and his wife, Glenda, enrolled in a film course taught by Lawrence Jordan and found artistic community with the spiritual likes of filmmaker Jordan Belson. Fillinger’s children were collaborators in his experiential films about the curiosity that shapes us and our connection to nature. Little voices take in the sweet mystery of life and let it out through songs (arranged by local composer Elinor Armer). They remind us to get outside and immerse our senses in our surroundings—look up at the sky, look down to the ground—and deeper, to a place inside our soul.
— Adrianne Finelli
Films in this Screening
Jordan Belson, United States, 1952
Run Jane Run
Paul Fillinger, United States, 1969
Growing, growing . . .
Paul Fillinger, United States, 1972
Jordan Belson, United States, 1972
My World . . . Earth
Paul Fillinger, United States, 1975
Jordan Belson, United States, 1969
1, 2, 3, Infinity
Paul Fillinger, United States, 1968
Celebration of Life: Trees
Paul Fillinger, United States, 1973
Audio clips of Paul Fillinger in conversation with Jordan Belson