Adam Beckett at REDCAT, LA

From: Larry Cuba (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Sep 28 2006 - 17:57:30 PDT

Film at REDCAT
The iotaCenter
a program of newly-restored films by
animation and optical effects virtuoso
ADAM BECKETT (1950-1979)

"(re)Discovering the Work of Adam Beckett"
October 8, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

During his brief career, artist Adam Beckett left an indelible mark on the world of animation and experimental filmmaking.

A star among rising stars at Calarts' newly-formed Experimental Animation program, founded by Jules Engel,
Beckett had a great influence on his fellow students. He also contributed to the Hollywood special effects industry
most notably as head of the rotoscope and animation department for the first Star Wars movie.

Beckett's independent films consist of abstract, evolving geometric and organic shapes, created with his pioneering animation and optical-printer techniques. Among the composers of his soundtracks are the now highly-acclaimed pioneers of electro-acoustic and computer music, Barry Schrader and Carl Stone.

The five films in this program, created between 1973 and 1975, were recently restored by the iotaCenter in conjunction with The Academy Film Archive with support from the NFPF (National Film Preservation Foundation) and the family of Adam Beckett.

Evolution of the Red Star (1973), music by Carl Stone
Heavy-Light (1973), music by Barry Schrader
Sausage City (1974)
Flesh Flows (1974)
Kitsch In Synch (1975)

In addition, Beckett's biographer Pamela Turner will introduce the program and present stories, drawings and photographs, gleaned from over three years of research -- a rare opportunity to see material that has been in storage for decades.

More information on the iotaCenter's Adam Beckett project can be found at

This program is part of a series highlighting works from MoMA's tribute to Calarts, "Tomorrowland"

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(The Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angels, CA

Redcat is located at the corner of W. 2nd St. and S. Hope St.,
inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex.
Tickets are $8 for the general public,
$6 for students with valid ID.
Seating is general admission.
Tickets may be purchased at the REDCAT box office-
located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, or
by calling 213.237.2800, or
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