David Brooks Short Films

Screening on Film
  • Jerry

    Directed by David Brooks.
    US, 1963, 16mm, black & white, silent, 3 min.
    Print source: Anthology Film Archives

Part I: music as image… Part II: movement of the film-maker [Jerry Jofen]. – David Brooks

  • Nightspring Daystar

    Directed by David Brooks.
    US, 1964, 16mm, color, 18 min.
    Print source: Anthology Film Archives

Dark to light, sadness to happiness, night to day; the film springs from the night through the dawn to the daystar, following the adventures of the mind on the way. – DB

  • [Roland Kirk]

    Directed by David Brooks.
    US, 1964, 16mm, black & white, silent, 4 min.
    Print source: Anthology Film Archives

Footage of the legendary jazz musician shot and edited by Brooks but never printed until preserved by Anthology Film Archives in 2009.

  • Winter ’64-‘66

    Directed by David Brooks.
    US, 1964-66, 16mm, color, 17 min.
    Print source: Anthology Film Archives

Door golden night room trees fire drip rain blue horse river 
snow birds green mountain forest dark room mist car tress 
window ducks are flying….

Overtones: Raga Palas Kafi, Grant’s, Slug’s, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Raga Rageshri, the wind, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, Piatnitsky Chorus.
Locales: Nantucket, Kazakhstan, Grant’s, Nepal, Colorado,
Mt. Kearsarge, Iowa, 7th Street. – DB

  • Letter to D.H. in Paris

    Directed by David Brooks.
    US, 1967, 16mm, color, 4 min.
    Print source: Anthology Film Archives

Stoned friends/music more music/fields/movement/play/spontaneous/very beautiful. – Carolyn Brooks

  • Eel Creek

    Directed by David Brooks.
    US, 1968, 16mm, color, 4 min.
    Print source: Anthology Film Archives

Fishing/boys and father/pure/simple/straight forward – Carolyn Brooks


All films in program preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, except Winter ’64–’66 and Nightspring Daystar preserved by Anthology Film Archives through the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant program and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

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