The Animals and Their Limitations
Films by Jim Trainor
Co-Presented with Experimental Film Festival Portland
810 SE Belmont St
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About This Screening
Since the harmony of nature is actually based on an unhappy system of things destroying other things, I am continually struck and amused by nature documentaries' almost compulsive tendency to try to comfort us instead of leaving us stranded in existential horror, where we belong. —Jim Trainor
As part of the first-ever Experimental Film Festival Portland, Grand Detour and Cinema Project are pleased to present Chicago filmmaker Jim Trainor. Trainor's strange animation takes the traditional set-up of science and anthropological films and turns it on its head, giving the power of narration to the animals and the headhunters themselves. "I killed my identical twin sister, " a hyena confesses in Harmony. "I killed my sister. But then since I am only an animal, I kept looking for her everywhere." In Magic Kingdom, live-action shots of animals in the zoo are interspersed with the ever-present animated dots that act as tender representations of the pulse of living beings. Working almost exclusively on 16mm, Trainor often starts out simply with Sharpie and white paper. Perfection is not the point, instead the films purposefully quiver, underlining the subject matter's dark humor.
Jim Trainor workshop:
THE PULSE OF LIVING BEINGS: AN EVENING WITH JIM TRAINOR
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 For complete details, visit http://www.nwfilm.org/school/classes/term/206/
The Presentation Theme2008, 16mm, b&w, sound, 14min.
The Bats1998, 16mm, color, sound, 8 min.
The Moschops pt. I2000, 16mm, b&w, sound, 6 min.
The Moschops pt. II2000, 16mm, b&w, sound, 6 min.
The Skulls and the Skulls and the Bones and the Bones2003, video, color, sound, 13 min.
Harmony2005, 16mm, color, sound, 13 min.
The Magic Kingdom2002, 16mm, color, sound, 7 min.
Screenings This Season
In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails Feb. 28 + 29
Is It My Body: Conversions, Transgressions, and Representations Mar. 12 + 13
Inner Space & Outer Space: 16mm Experimental Films from Los Angeles Apr. 17 + 18
Rock & Religion: The Medium of Worship May. 15 + 16
Show and Tell: The Work of Dani Leventhal May. 24
The Animals and Their Limitations Jun. 8