LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM “ALTERNATIVE PROJECTIONS” ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: This interview, conducted in 2010 by Adam Hyman, was part of an oral history project documenting the history of experimental film in Los Angeles. The project was sponsored by the Getty Research Institute as part of the 2012 initiative “Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980”.
The interview covers Halpern’s early life and schooling in New York, her work in the Lynda Gudde Dance Company, her time at Binghamton University and the UCLA Film School, her involvement in the founding and operation of The Collective for Living Cinema in New York and the Independent Film Oasis in Los Angeles, and her experience working on feature film sets in Hollywood as a lighting technician. The making of the early films THREE PREPARATIONS, PEACH LANDSCAPE, FILAMENT (THE HANDS) and SELF-PORTRAIT AS A CITY is discussed.
DISCUSSION WITH COLLEAGUES: This extended discussion was conducted with Amy Halpern by Kate Brown, Randolph Pitts and Arwa Sara Ibrahim after the group had watched many of Amy’s films together. The conversation includes discussion of ROLL 1 FOR NANCY, THREE PREPARATIONS, PEACH LANDSCAPE, FILAMENT, FALLING LESSONS, THREE-MINUTE HELLS, ELIXIR, ACCESS TO THE VIEW, INJURY ON A THEME and BY HALVES.
SLOW FIREWORKS: THE FILMS OF AMY HALPERN: This article, published in Senses of Cinema in January 2023, is based on conversations between Arindam Sen and Amy Halpern in Spain and Greece during June 2022, a few weeks before her death. They discuss the films PEACH LANDSCAPE, FILAMENT (THE HANDS), SELF-PORTRAIT AS A CITY, CIGARETTE BURN, NEWT PAUSES, I TREMBLE, FALLING LESSONS, SLOW FIREWORKS, THREE-MINUTE HELLS, JANE LOOKING, and MA SEWING. Arindam Sen is an independent curator and writer.
AMY HALPERN 1953 – 2022: A COMPLETE BRIGHT OBJECT IN THE DARK: A memorial remembrance by Mark Toscano, published in Millennium Film Journal.