Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One is an experimental film about the most chaotic creative process known to man – filmmaking. The director tries to control the actors while fending off conspiracies and visits by uninvited guests on the set, including police and bums. Another film crew records these trials – an effort documented by yet another film crew.
If a documentary film is a mirror intended to reflect reality, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm is a mirror set in front of another mirror resulting in an endless series of reflections, a thicket of images that reveals a glimpse of truth about the creative process.
William Greaves, a pioneering African-American filmmaker, was born in 1926 in New York. He graduated from a prestigious high school, studied engineering, then acting at the legendary Actors Studio, and then transferred to the National Film Board of Canada. He later worked in television as a documentary filmmaker. The cinéma vérité Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One remains his best-known film.
1968 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: ujęcie pierwsze / Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
1968 Still a Brother (doc.)
1990 That’s Black Entertainment (doc.)
2001 Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (doc.)
2005 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2