From: ben russell (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Oct 24 2006 - 20:54:49 PDT
there's much ado in animation in chicago this weekend
and since this didn't make the announcement list
here's the lowdown on a whole gamut of screenings...
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The Animation World’s Fair
Part art-cademic conference, part festival, this animation extravaganza
celebrates movies created one frame at a time: historical to
contemporary, traditional to experimental. Come prepared for great
movies and casual discussions!
Thursday through Sunday, October 26-29:
10.26 6p.m. Conversations at the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N.
State Street (State and Randolph)
Curator Jim Trainor in person!
THE ANIMATED FILMS OF ADAM K. BECKETT
(1925-75, Adam K. Beckett & various, USA, ca. 90 min.)
The young animator Adam K. Beckett created a handful of vivid,
astonishing films in the early 1970s, but died tragically at the age of
29 at the peak of his creative frenzy. Based on an innovation he
called the evolving cycle-whereby an animated image grows bizarrely
complex under the camera-the films combine trippy meditative rhythms
with the edgy sensibility of underground comics. SAIC film professor
Jim Trainor presents newly restored prints of five Beckett
films.-EVOLUTION OF THE RED STAR (1973, 7 min.); HEAVY-LIGHT (1973, 7
min.); FRESH FLOWS (1974, 7 min.); SAUSAGE CITY (1974, 6 min.); KITCH
IN SYNC (1975, 5 min.)-along with selected animations admired by the
artist: MOTION PAINTING, NO. 1 (Oskar Fischinger, 1947, 11 min.); 7233
(Pat O'Neil, 1965-67, 10 min.), MIRROR PEOPLE (Kathy Rose, 1974, 4
min.); and LUMA NOCTURNA (Dennis Pies, 1974, 4 min.), among others.
Beckett's films are courtesy Canyon Cinema and the iotaCenter, which is
sponsoring an extensive preservation project and monograph of Beckett's
work. For more information, visit iota's website:
10.27, 4:30 p.m., SAIC, 112 S. Michigan, 1307
Animation with an Identity Crisis, presented by Sam Olschan
This program focuses on animations that have emerged over the past few
years that combine traditional 2D animation (or its process) with
digital techniques including 3D computer animation, video and
photography. The animations selected for this program include both
independent and student work that draws inspiration from 2D art, or
combines these techniques in new ways. The process of blending
traditional art with computer-based animation prompts the viewers to
ask: is it 2D or 3D? Was it done on paper or a computer? What IS it?
How was it made? Or in some cases: what is real and what is not?
Ryan (Chris Landreth, 2004, 14m, DV)
City Paradise (Gaelle Denis, 2005, 6m, DV)
Fallen Art (Tomek Baginski, 2004, 6m, DV)
La Migration Bigoudenn (Castaing, Heboyan, Togora, 2005, 2m30s, DV.)
Le Building (Ngugen, Perifel, Ramonede, Staphylas, Zaarour, 2005,
The Fog (Emilio Ramos, 2006, 7m26s, DV)
The Regulator (Philippe Grammaticopolous, 2005, 15m30s, DV)
Cartopolis (Luis Nieto, 2006, 3m19s DV.)
Learn Self Defense (Chris Harding, 2005, 5m, DV)
10/27, 8:00 p.m., The Ice Factory, 526 N. Ashland (Grand/Ashland)
LOCAL MOTION: WORKS BY CHICAGO ANIMATORS
Believe it or not, Chicago boasts some of the most fun and interesting
animators around. Tonight, we show our appreciation for these local
heroes. AN ALL-LOCAL PROGRAM (with some extra-special premieres and
How She Slept at Night (Lilli Carre, 2006, 3m20s, DV)
Errata (Alexander Stewart, 2005, 7m, 16mm)
Maybe Baby (Katie Laufenburger, 7m30s, DV)
Woman Without a Past (Lisa Barcy, 5m, 2004, DV)
Dejected (Jason Hopkins, 4m, 2006, QT)
Boxcartoon (Matt Marsden, 10m, 2006, DV)
Penguin Delinquency (Jason Hopkins,2006 15m, QT)
*SPECIAL SURPRISES* by Lisa Barcy and Valerie Magarian
10/28, Noon, SAIC, 112 S. Michigan, 717
MULTI-PLANE WORKSHOP WITH CHRIS SULLIVAN
Ever wondered how to achieve pull-focus, depth, and perspectival tricks
for your animation needs? Learn these things now, as Chris Sullivan
lets the cat out of the bag.
10/28, 6p.m., 1307 Michigan
Visual Music Program
While it's not always a clean analogy, sometimes it's irresistible to
compare the inner workings of abstract film and music. Tonight, we sit
back and enjoy some experiments that have considered this stuff, as
well as presenting some experiments of our own.
Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921, 3m, 16mm)
Circles (Oskar Fischinger, 1933, 5m, 16mm)
Radio Dynamics (Oskar Fischinger, 1942, 5m, 16mm)
Momentum (Jordan Belson, 1969, 6m, 16mm)
Yantra (1957, 8m, 16mm)
*PLUS: Reading of Bruno Corra's "Abstract Cinema--Chromatic Music",
live re-creation of early Italian futurist color sonatinas, special
gems from the Phil Morton Archive, and an internet adventure (to a site
for a business that makes laser light shows for corporate parties!)
10/28, 8P.M., SAIC, 112 S. Michigan, 1307
CameraLESS Animation- (filmmakers Naomi Uman and Ben Russell in Person)
CameraLESS animation straddles animation and abstraction, often
confusing the two. Tracing camerALESS animations through pure
formalism, psychedelic décor, and--um--meaning, the program explores
the visual strategies for makin' movies without cameras.
32.37 (AKA "TB TX Dance) (Roger Beebe, 2006, 3m, 16mm)
Removed (Naomi Uman, 1999, 8m, 16mm)
Hand-Eye Coordination (Naomi Uman, 2002, 10m, 16mm)
The Garden of Earthly Delights (Stan Brakhage, 1981m 3m, 16mm)
Free Radicals (Len Lye, 1980, 4m, 16mm)
Leaf (Charlotte Taylor, 2004, 3m, 16mm)
Black and White Trypps Number Two (Ben Russell, 2006, 9m, 16mm)
10.28, 10P.M., BUSKER, 2159 W. 21st Place
COSTUMED FESTIVAL RECEPTION + LINE DESCRIBING A CONE!
What are your plans for Halloween? Seasonal festivities plus Anthony
McCall's, LINE DESCRIBING A CONE, a light-beam running through a
smoke-filled space. Running concurrently with the Flowershop's Haunted
Maze and costume ball.
10.29, Noon, SAIC 112 S. Michigan, 1307
IN THE LOOP WITH BETTY BOOP
FVNM professor Jim Trainor will discuss Betty Boop’s historical
significance and screen some movies, too (BIMBO'S INITIATION, DIZZY
DISHES, BE HUMAN, YOU'RE NOT BUILT THAT WAY, and MINNIE THE MOOCHER.)
10.29 2p.m., 1307 Michigan
DATAMATION - ANIMATIONS FROM THE VIDEO DATA BANK!
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Video Data Bank, while
also boasting a huge collection of canonical video art, distributes
animations ranging from stop-motion to computer-generated. Come and
explore what animation-video-art looks like.
Les LeVeque Encoded Facial Gesture #1 (1997, 2m, DV)
Heady (Jennet Thomas, 1994, 8m, DV)
I Like Men (Anne McGuire, 2000, 4m, DV)
PAS DE DEUX DE DEUX (Paul Bush, 2001, 5m30s, DV)
Soothsayer (Bobby Abate, 2004, 13m, DV)
There There Square (Jacqueline Goss, 2002, 14m, DV)
Matsushima Ondo (German Bobe, 1991, 4m, DV)
10.29, 4p.m., 1307 Michigan
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER? ROBERT AND EMILY BREER!
Nature, nurture, or nothing? Both experimenting with hand-drawn and
live-action footage, Emily and Robert Breer, as father and daughter,
may or may not employ similar strategies. Let's find out.
BY EMILY BREER:
Pool Boy (1997, 1m, DV)
Kafka's Bugaboo (1999, 5m, DV)
Fluke (1985, 7m, 16mm)
Spiral (1987, 12m, 16mm)
Superhero (1995, 10m, 16mm)
BY ROBERT BREER:
Two Films (1968, 5m, 16mm)
PBL (1968, 1m, 16mm)
Un Miracle (1954, 30s, 16mm)
Inner and Outer Space (1960, 4m, 16mm)
Gulls and Buoys (1972, 7m, 16mm)
Fuji (1973, 9m, 16mm)
10.29, 6p.m. 1307 Michigan
FVNM ANIMATION FACULTY SCREENING!
To finish off the weekend with a bang, we will present a program of
animations by FVNM faculty: Lisa Barcy, Sharon Couzin, Jason Hopkins,
Matt Marsden, Chris Sullivan, and Jim Trainor!!!!
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