|FIBA (Number One 1969)|
In 1968 and 1969 THE ZERO PRESS launched from London the film magazine called FIBA (FILMBANK) under the imprint Film Bank Publications. THIS issue of FIBA was produced courtesy of The Beatles' firm Apple. The feature story was devoted to the first experimental films co-created by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The films, Two Virgins and Smiles, were honored as Best Films of the Year by FIBA .
THE Editorial spanned the latest news from Film Festivals from Cracow to Chicago. Other features in this issue were "Who Cares About Turkish Cinema" by the Turkish director Halit Refig; "Experiment/Edinburgh" by Edinburgh Festival Director J. R. L. Reyner; "Cinema E Lido Di Venezia" by the Italian architect Fausto Bettella; "The Untold Story of Greek Cinema" by the Greek film director Apostolos Kryonas; John Murtagh's dissection of UK film censorship ("Incorporated Censors"); and the latest stills from American James Broughton's film The Bed.
POETRY in this issue of FIBA came from the American sage and philosopher Lionel Ziprin and the New York editor of the yearly Umbra Anthology, David Henderson. The issue also presented a long discourse by Stephen K. Oberbeck on Stanley Kubrick's 2001; an inquiry into the death of American film actor John Garfield; a terse review of Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet; Dick Alder's review of Ishmael Reed's hilarious book The Free-Lance Pallbearers; and other items of interest to film-makers worldwide.