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Two films by David Brooks

Utilizing the poetic, diaristic structure commonly associated with filmmakers such as Jonas Mekas and Warren Sonbert, David Brooks created dazzling portraits of the world around him before his tragic death at the age of 24. These two films, newly restored by the Filmmakers Co-op, are considered Brooks’ most important works.

The Wind is Driving Him Towards the Open Sea

Dir. David Brooks, US, 1968, 16mm, 52 min.

“Unseen for decades, David Brooks' sprawling, lyrical 1968 attempt to come to terms with the world's small beauties and large disappointments is at once exhilarating and melancholy. Shifting between the city (New York) and the countryside (New England), he shows people making out in the grass or talking philosophy during an overly red sunset, his camera shaking, panning, and zooming as if possessed by too much energy for its desperate quest to end. Dialogue about an alcoholic artist injects a note of failure, making the sights we see seem more precious and fleeting. Brooks died in a one-car crash when he was 24, the year after this film was made.” – Fred Camper

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Dir. David Brooks, US, 1968, 16mm, 16 min.

Shot in Nantucket, Kazakhstan, Colorado and other locales, Brooks’ experimental short film vivid landscapes with color-saturated mood and emotion.