Volume of critical theory on "New American Cinema," edited, with an introduction by Gregory Battcock." Includes contributions by: Jonas Mekas, Ken Kelman, David Ehrenstein, Fred Wellington, Taylor Mead, Andrew Sarris, Rudolf Arnheim, Parker Tyler, Henry Geldzahler, Annette Michelson, Charles Boultenhouse, Ronald Tavel, Kenneth King, Amos Vogel, John Bernard Myers, Toby Mussman (on Marcel Duchamp), P. Adams Sitney (on Harry Smith), Stan Vanderbeek, James Stoller, Carl Linder, Gregory Markopoulos, Brian O'Doherty (on Bruce Conner), Dwight Macdonald, Susan Sontag (on Jack Smith), John Bragin (on Bruce Baille), and Battcock (on Andy Warhol). "Gregory Battcock, who is noted for his stimulating anthology called 'The New Art' (Dutton, 1966), has collected in this volume a series of twenty-nine fascinating essays by both critics and filmmakers on what is known as the New American Cinema, or 'Underground Films.' The lively discussion -- both pro and con -- set up by these essays goes far toward conveying to the reader the vitality, imagination, and dedication of the many artists who are contributing fresh insights to the value and meaning of the independent film as an important art form today." -- from book's back cover.