Robert Beavers

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Robert Beavers (born 1949) is an American experimental filmmaker. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he attended Deerfield Academy which he left before graduating to move to New York in 1965 to pursue filmmaking [1]. He lived in New York until 1967 when he and his partner, Gregory Markopoulos, left the United States for Europe, where they continued to live and make films until Markopoulos' death in 1992.

Both filmmakers restricted the screenings of their films after leaving America, and instead held yearly screenings of Markopoulos' and Beavers' work from 1980-1986 at the Temenos, a site near Lyssaraia in Arcadia, Greece. After Markopoulos' death, Beavers founded Temenos, Inc., a non-profit devoted to the preservation of Markopoulos' and Beavers' work. Beavers has worked extensively on re-editing his films to create the larger film cycle "My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure."

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Spiracle (1966)
16mm, color, sound; 12 minutes
  • ~Early Monthly Segments (1968?70/2002)~
35mm, color, silent; 33 minutes
  • ~Winged Dialogue (1967/2000) and
  • ~Plan of Brussels (1968/2000)
35mm, color, sound; 21 minutes
The final edit combines both films on one reel
  • ~The Count of Days (1969/2001)
35 mm, color, sound; 21 minutes
The final edit includes part of "Early Monthly Segments" on the same reel
  • ~Palinode (1970/2001)
35mm, color, sound; 21 minutes
The final edit includes part of "Early Monthly Segments" on the same reel
  • ~Diminished Frame (1970/2001)
35mm, black and white, and color, sound; 24 minutes
The final edit includes part of "Early Monthly Segments" on the same reel
  • ~Still Light (1970/2001)
35mm, black and white, and color, sound; 25 minutes
  • ~From the Notebook of (1971/1998)
35mm, color, sound 48 minutes
  • ~The Painting (1972/1999)
35mm, color, sound; 22 minutes
  • ~Work Done (1972/1999)
35mm, color, sound; 22 minutes
  • ~Ruskin (1975/1997)
35mm, black and white, and color, sound; 45 minutes
  • ~Sotiros (1976-78/1996)
35mm, color, sound; 25 minutes
The final edit comprises three earlier films; "Sotiros Responds" (1976), "Sotiros (Alone)" (1977), and "Sotiros in the Elements" (1978)
  • ~AMOR (1980)
35mm, color, sound; 15 minutes
  • ~Efpsychi (1983/1996)
35mm, color, sound; 20 minutes
  • ~Wingseed (1985)
35mm, color, sound; 15 minutes
  • ~The Hedge Theater (1986?90/2002)
35mm, color, sound; 19 minutes
Includes footage from "Borromini" (1986) and "San Martino/Il Sassetta" (1987-90)
  • ~The Stoas (1991–97)
35mm, color, sound; 22 minutes
  • ~The Ground (1993?2001)
35mm, color, sound; 20 minutes
  • Pitcher of Colored Light (2007)
35mm, color, sound; 24 minutes

~Part of the cycle "My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure" (1967-2002)

Bibliography[edit]

Selected articles:

  • Beavers, Robert. Writings Millennium Film Journal no. 32/33 Fall 1988.
  • Beavers, Robert. The Searching Measure. University of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2004.
  • Pipolo, Toni. "An Interview with Robert Beavers" Millennium Film Journal no. 32/33 Fall 1988.
  • Iles, Chrissie. "Frames of Mind" Artforum September, 2005.

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