Pip Chodorov

filmmaking, distribution, programming, education

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey1968Stanley Kubrick
Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
Diaries, Notes & Sketches: Walden1969Jonas Mekas
La Jetée1962Chris Marker
Window Water Baby Moving1959Stan Brakhage
Duck Amuck1951Chuck Jones
Wavelength1967Michael Snow
Dog Star Man1964Stan Brakhage
Free Radicals1958Len Lye
Recreation I and II1957Robert Breer


2001: A Space Odyssey

1968 USA, United Kingdom

A film about how film can go beyond story and raise the consciousness of its viewers. This film, like the monolith it describes, caused an evolution for motion picture art and for humanity as a species.

Meshes of the Afternoon

1943 USA

A mind-altering, life-altering, world-altering film by a first-time filmmaker as she embarks on a pioneering adventure to steer independent filmmaking into the realm of the personal, the poetic and the symbolic.

Diaries, Notes & Sketches: Walden

1969 USA

The first full-length diary film, opening the art of cinema to the world of the first person poet.

La Jetée

1962 France

Film is the art of motion picture, though in this film nothing is moving, yet it describes a chilling loop in time. Film is a loop in time, literally. I lied, there is one moving image: our eyes opening.

Window Water Baby Moving

1959 USA

A most beautiful childbirth film, disturbing and wondrous, an adventure into how personal filmmaking can be.

Duck Amuck

1951 USA

Entertaining comedy that also completely blows apart film form and the viewer's expectations and self-awareness. For once, an educational cartoon.


1967 Canada

A stunning example of conceptual filmmaking that is also funny and philosophical.

Dog Star Man


An epic lyric poem four years in the making, using every possible technique known to the filmmaker.

Free Radicals


Images are not images but scratches in black leader, a truly pioneering exploration of the film material. Light and shadow do not represent another reality but are their own reality.

Recreation I and II

1957 USA

Every frame is different, the first purely radical film experiment in animation