Oscilloscope Laboratories and Milestone Films will be teaming on Nov. 15 for the release of DVD and Blu-ray collections of Project Shirley: The Magic Box – The Films of Shirley Clarke, 1929-1987.
The “project” was eight years in the making and was accomplished with the untiring assistance from the Wisconsin Center for Film & Television, The Museum of Modern Art Film Department, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Academy Film Archive and more, many, many more … all of whom collaborated to bring this unique collection together.
Shirley Clarke (née, Brimberg) was an avid dancer and a would-be choreographer, but when she failed to achieve the success in that field that she so coveted, she turned her creative talents to filmmaking in the early 1950s. By 1959 she had earned an Academy Award nomination (Skyscraper, 1959 - Best Short Subject, Live Action), and was a member of the Independent Filmmakers of America.
Assembled in this three-disc collection, which is the fourth and final in series, are Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel With The World, her 1963 documentary featuring Robert Frost and John F. Kennedy, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary (awarded to the producer, Robert Hughes), the aforementioned Skyscraper, her two companion short films, Tongues and Savage/Love.
Additionally, this collection contains a series of short and experimental films, plus the remarkable “Four Journeys into Mystic Time” series … four short films that focus on the choreography of Marion Scott.
Other DVD and Blu-ray releases included in the Project Shirley series are: The Connection, Portrait of Jason and Ornette: Made in America.