Experiments in Animation
Co-Presented with Experimental Film Festival Portland
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About This Screening
“A weird animation about weird people who make weird sounds,” writes archivist Mark Toscano about Kathy Rose’s 1974 Mirror People. And weird might just as well describe about all of the films in this program of animated shorts. Mostly hand-drawn, painted, and inked, these strikingly colorful off-beat films, all presented on 16mm, show surreal cartoon worlds in motion. From Sally Cruikshank’s Quasi at the Quakadero whose main character Anita has been described as “Betty Boop with a New Wave wardrobe,” to Amy Lockhart’s Walk for Walk with its bubbling nursery of tear drops and googly-eyed hamburgers. Influenced by and sometimes working with other underground cartoonists and comic book artists—Kim Deitch did some inking for Cruikshank, Lockhart is a comic book artist herself and featured on the video label Cartune Xprez—these animations also show wild and youthful imaginings entwined with darker adult recollections, as in Diana Wilson’s Eclipse Predictions. Cinema Project is excited to present Weird Worlds as part of the 2nd annual Experimental Film Festival Portland. For more information about EFF, please visit effportland.com.
Mirror People1974, 16mm, color, sound, 4 min.
by Kathy Rose
Walk for Walk2005, 16mm, color, sound, 10 min.
by Amy Lockhart
Super Hero1995, 16mm, color, sound, 10 min.
by Emily Breer
Eclipse Predictions1982, 16mm, color, sound, 4 min.
by Diana Wilson
Quasi at the Quakadero1976, 16mm, color, sound, 10 min.
by Sally Cruikshank
Make Me Psychic1978, 16mm, color, sound, 8 min.
by Sally Cruikshank
Screenings This Season
Feb. 17 + Feb. 20
Two Years at Sea Mar. 7
"Circle in The Sand" and Other Recent Work by Michael Robinson Mar. 30
Thom Andersen & Morgan Fisher Apr. 8 + 9
Spiritual Visions in Modern Dance: Sybil Shearer Apr. 22 + 23
We Are Winning, Don't Forget: Short Works by Jean-Gabriel Périot May. 7 + 8
Picture in Picture May. 23
Weird Worlds Jun. 1
"Wavemakers" by Caroline Martel