Nicholas Macdonald, son of cultural critic Dwight Macdonald, recently published a study of Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion, but in the 70s he was known as a political filmmaker, crafting loopy, anarchist-inspired shorts that attacked the Vietnam war and the narrow parameters of American discourse. Screening from Macdonald’s own 16-millimeter prints, this program includes his dizzying Break Out! (1970), which begins as the guilty confession of an “armchair radical” but soon pivots to question whether street protest has run its course as a revolutionary tactic. The movie was shot in black and white with stop-motion animation of simple materials—newspaper photos, children’s toys, white plastic letters on a black-felt letter board—and Macdonald’s voice-over narration is accompanied on the soundtrack by his preschool kids whooping it up in the next room (now there’s some anarchy for you). The Liberal War (1972), which uses the same technique, is a tongue-in-cheek history lesson, delivered to some future generation in an anarchist utopia, that explains how Vietnam was all JFK’s fault. Three shorter and less penetrating pieces round out the program: No More Leadershit (1970), Acts of Revolution (1976), and Our Common Senses (1976).