Author Spotlight

Michael Chaiken

Michael Chaiken is an archivist, film programmer, and Curator of the Bob Dylan Archive at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His archival work includes the collections of Nicholas Ray, Pennebaker-Hegedus Films, and Renata Adler. As a film programmer, he has organized touring retrospectives of the work of Norman Mailer, Luc Moullet, Dick Fontaine, Albert and David Maysles, and Pierre Clémenti. With Criterion he has coproduced D. A. Pennebaker’s Dont Look Back and Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer.

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Pop: Ancient and Modern
Pop: Ancient and Modern

With D. A. Pennebaker’s groundbreaking concert film, rock music solidified its status as a universal language.


By Michael Chaiken

On Film / Essays
Dec 21, 2017
Archive Fever Dreams: Inside the Bob Dylan Archive
Archive Fever Dreams: Inside the Bob Dylan Archive

In the inaugural installment of his new column, archivist Michael Chaiken examines the Nobel Prize–winning icon’s unique artistic process through a collection of ephemera.

By Michael Chaiken

On Film / Features
Feb 6, 2017
Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer
Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer

In the 1960s, Mailer, already a literary legend, was inspired by the avant-garde film movement to take a stab at his own, anti-Warholian underground cinema.

By Michael Chaiken

On Film / Essays
Aug 30, 2012