Cinema: In the Year of Our Ford

No one has heard much about movies like Breath-Death, Cosmic Ray, and Stone Sonata, but now the Ford Foundation has begun pouring tuns of gold on the happy heads of the people who made them. The foundation has decided to encourage the art of film as practiced by lone stylists whose pictures are usually brief, almost always 16-mm., and sometimes comprehensible only to themselves.

Accordingly, Ford sought a list of 177 candidates, invited them to send sample films, then picked twelve winners. Most got $10,000. The total grant was $118,500.

Presumably, the foundation screened...

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