Well, I have finally sufficiently swallowed my pride enough to put the one lousy copy of Boc Ging up on YouTube. Compared to the quality of digital videography today, the 1968 film I made with Ben Van Meter in Bolinas, CA looks pretty clumsy and very dated.
It is 11 minutes long despite the 36 minutes listed on the YouTube page. I think the extra 25 minutes of nothing were created by the technician who prepared the DVD for me. Being a fan of nothing, I actually kind of like what happened.
I think that the film does capture the spirit of those times and I hope you find it interesting. The script is based on a book I made titled: The Book I Always Reach for But Never Find, by Boc Ging. I thought of it as a spiritual autobiography.
At the age of eleven, I was convinced I could not possibly be Robert William Comings. It sounded so plain. So I scrambled the letters of my full name and somehow came up with Boc Ging. I have no idea where that second G came from.
I am the sole actor in the film. I produced all the sounds via my handmade acoustic instruments, my voice, and my collection of homemade quarter-inch tape loops. Ben did a lot of in-camera edits and both of us co-edited the master print. The film was shot on the mesa in Bolinas, CA. It was distributed by Canyon Cinema in Berkeley, CA.
All the 2D and 3D works you see in the film were what I was making at the time and most were exhibited at Joyce and Arnold Bernhard’s Unicorn Gallery in San Francisco in two solo shows I had there in 1968 and in 1970. This film was shown at the 1970 Unicorn exhibit. [Art history note: The Unicorn Gallery occupied the same flat on Fillmore St. in which Jay de Feo painted her monumental piece The Rose. It was so big and heavy, a crane had to be used to get it out of the flat.]
There is one long section of the film that Ben and I painted by hand with strips of the film hanging in the wind in the backyard of his downtown Bolinas backyard.
While I am a bit embarrassed by the quality of the film, it is fun to tell people that the only two remaining 16mm color prints are in the Avant Garde section of the Archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood.
This copy of the film was made by the film restoration technician at the Academy as a trade to get me to donate my print of the film to their Archives.
For more info and images from the 1960s I recommend visiting Ben’s superlong webpage: http://www.benvanmeter.net/#Unfit
There you can purchase a DVD that includes all his other films.