Ben Van Meter: Pioneer of psychedelic film making

by Peter D. Marshall

by Marc Campbell.

Ben Van Meter’s experimental movies of the 1960s are informed by psychedelic drugs, music , and light’s magic act on 8mm film stock. They reflect (literally) the mind-altering effects of psychedelia as they helped create it. Van Meter uses home movie footage of hippies and rock concerts as a launching pad for stroboscopic collages that replicate the liquid lightshows of the era. I imagine that Van Meter’s films were part of those shows.

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