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Jodie Mack, Unsubscribe #1: Special Offer Inside, 2010

Experimental Eye
Curator Kelly Sears in Attendance
Saturday, August 18, 8PM
Location: Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett 

Aurora Picture Show presents a night of experimental short film animations curated by Houston filmmaker Kelly Sears on Saturday, August 18 at 8PM. This tour de force screening of experimental animations presents a range of works from pioneers of the craft to current practitioners who are inventing new visual languages. Each film offers a uniquely brilliant engagement with the frame-by-frame medium. The work in this screening celebrates playful and defiant visions that privilege visual risks over traditional story telling.

Most of the works from this screening will be projected on 16mm film. The program begins with the 1974 Academy Awarding winning animation by Frank Mouris and concludes with legendary animator Lillian Schwartz's film that must be viewed through Chroma Depth 3-D glasses.

Eyes will be delighted and dazzled by this remarkable range of film works, including:  

Frank and Caroline Mouris, Frank Film, 1973, 9:00
A life's story in nine minutes, told through collages and multiple soundtracks.

Michael Langan, Doxology, 2007, 6:00
An experimental comedy about tennis balls, dancing cars and God.

Lewis Klahr, Wednesday Morning Two A.M., 2009, 6:00
A story of lost love, told through collage and song.

Vanessa Godden,Traveling Fatherhood, 2010, 2:00
Objects brought home from business trips come to life in a ritual
dance that seek out a relationship with an estranged father.

Lillie Carré, Like a Lantern, 2012, 5:00
Like A Lantern is a poetic narrative centered on the state of extreme
ambivalence and a constant curiosity about a more exotic life. The
film was created using methods of cut-out replacement animation and
pressure printing on a Vandercook letterpress.

Scott Fitzpatrick,Wingdings Love Letter, 2011, 2:00
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An ode to a misunderstood font is rendered by laser printing directly
onto 16mm film, made in MS Paint.

Jodie Mack,Unsubscribe#1: Special Offer Inside, 2010, 4:20
A flurry of security envelopes casts spells on the screen.

Lawrence Jordan, Orb, 1973, 5:00
A celestial orb follows two cut out lovers.

Robert Breer, 70, 1970, 4:30
Abstract painting put into motion.

Jo Dery, The Last, The Rest, 2000, 4:00
A tale of the tragic and flightless, lost between the mountains and the sea.

Len Lye,Color Cry, 1952, 3:00
A rayogram film made with shadows.

Adam Beckett, Heavy Light, 1973 7:00
Colored light moving through a three dimensional space

Lillian Schwartz, UFO's, 1971, 3:00
A pioneering working in computer animation and adventure in color perception.


Kelly Sears is an animator and filmmaker living in Galveston, TX. She is a 2011-2012 artist in resident at the Galveston Artist Residency. Her work has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Anthology Film Archives, RedCat Theater, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and in galleries and film festivals internationally. She has curated
events through the Aurora Picture Show, Galveston Artist Residency, and Machine Project.  

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