A History of Collage Animation III

Length: 74′

Earmarked for Collision is the most extensive retrospective of collage animation presented to date. The multi-part program features the pioneers (Robert Breer, Harry Smith, Stan Vanderbeek, Sandor Reisenbuchler, Terry Gilliam, Larry Jordan), the modern masters (Lewis Klahr, Osbert Parker, Janie Geiser, Martha Colburn, Winston Hacking) along with an assortment of ‘one hit wonders’ by George Griffin, Theodore Ushev and others.

Duo Concertantes

Directed by: Larry Jordan
Short synopsis:

Jordan’s imagery is exquisite and eloquent, concentrating on simple, repeated use of particularly poetic symbols and figures, a conglomerative effect of old Gustave Dore drawings, 19th century whatnot memorabilia, all fused to a totally aware perception.

Doba barbarov / Barbárok ideje / The Age of Barbarians

Directed by: Sándor Reisenbüchler
Short synopsis:

A gaudy vision of our modern age’s gruesome grimness, done as a funky picture-collage animation. As per Reisenbüchler, the film deals with man’s preoccupation with progress, technology, and pollution. A masterpiece of sadly lasting relevance.

Storytime

Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Short synopsis:

The first story-time segment is about a cheerful cockroach named Don, who does unspeakable things in the darkness of the cupboard, before being splatted by somebody’s foot. The second segment is about an ordinary man named Albert Einstein (“the only Albert Einstein not to have discovered the Theory of Relativity”) whose hands have a life of their own. The third segment – hasn’t much story to it at all, and instead concerns the inhabitants of the moving pictures on an over-sized Christmas card, who interact with each other in all sorts of bizarre ways.

Motion Picture (La sortie des Ouvrier de l´Usine Lumiére á Lyon)

Directed by: Peter Tscherkassky
Short synopsis:

Stripping the Lumières’ famous first film of its figurative elements, Peter Tscherkassky’s experimental short playfully reinterprets the birth of cinema. The painstaking manipulation of film strips and the exposure process reimagine the medium in its purest form: a dance between light and darkness.

Frank Film

Directed by: Frank and Caroline Mouris
Short synopsis:

The Academy Award-winning animated short, features two soundtracks – in one, Mouris narrates an autobiography, in the other, he reads off a list of words beginning with the letter F. Tying the two soundtracks together and influencing their subject matter is the animated collage of photos collected from magazines – all arranged by theme and each theme merging into the next.

To je posneto sporočilo / Ceci est un message enregistré / This is a Recorded Message

Directed by: Jean-Thomas Bédard
Short synopsis:

This experimental animated short takes a critical look at consumerism in a material world. Thousands of cut-out ads are presented in increasingly fragmented, rapid succession. The film's disorienting and hectic pace seeks to interrogate the extent to which seductive advertising is a shockingly strong force in shaping our desires, needs, and lives in contemporary capitalism.

Koko

Directed by: George Griffin
Short synopsis:

A collage-animation film that explores the visual equivalent to the aural improvisations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Shreds of consumer culture flash before us, swayed and absorbed by the tempo and power of Parker’s horn.

Džuboks / Jukebox

Directed by: Run Wrake
Short synopsis:

In this uptempo party piece, xerox, paint and found-sound montage in with Curtis Mayfield, moving on up into fragmented experience. ‘Two years in five minutes… How old are you?’ Employing a montage of xeroxed images, paintings and sound, Jukebox is a personal journey through fragmented experience.

Tvoj vdani / Yours Truly

Directed by: Osbert Parker
Short synopsis:

Film icons burst through lost layers of yesterday's emulsion. Re-assembled into a surreal city, the conflicting story of Frank and Charlie is told as they sacrifice their morals to find love as their two worlds of animation and live action collide.

A History of Collage Animation III

Length: 74′

Earmarked for Collision is the most extensive retrospective of collage animation presented to date. The multi-part program features the pioneers (Robert Breer, Harry Smith, Stan Vanderbeek, Sandor Reisenbuchler, Terry Gilliam, Larry Jordan), the modern masters (Lewis Klahr, Osbert Parker, Janie Geiser, Martha Colburn, Winston Hacking) along with an assortment of ‘one hit wonders’ by George Griffin, Theodore Ushev and others.

Duo Concertantes

Directed by: Larry Jordan
Short synopsis:

Jordan’s imagery is exquisite and eloquent, concentrating on simple, repeated use of particularly poetic symbols and figures, a conglomerative effect of old Gustave Dore drawings, 19th century whatnot memorabilia, all fused to a totally aware perception.

Short synopsis:

A gaudy vision of our modern age’s gruesome grimness, done as a funky picture-collage animation. As per Reisenbüchler, the film deals with man’s preoccupation with progress, technology, and pollution. A masterpiece of sadly lasting relevance.

Storytime

Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Short synopsis:

The first story-time segment is about a cheerful cockroach named Don, who does unspeakable things in the darkness of the cupboard, before being splatted by somebody’s foot. The second segment is about an ordinary man named Albert Einstein (“the only Albert Einstein not to have discovered the Theory of Relativity”) whose hands have a life of their own. The third segment – hasn’t much story to it at all, and instead concerns the inhabitants of the moving pictures on an over-sized Christmas card, who interact with each other in all sorts of bizarre ways.

Short synopsis:

Stripping the Lumières’ famous first film of its figurative elements, Peter Tscherkassky’s experimental short playfully reinterprets the birth of cinema. The painstaking manipulation of film strips and the exposure process reimagine the medium in its purest form: a dance between light and darkness.

Frank Film

Directed by: Frank and Caroline Mouris
Short synopsis:

The Academy Award-winning animated short, features two soundtracks – in one, Mouris narrates an autobiography, in the other, he reads off a list of words beginning with the letter F. Tying the two soundtracks together and influencing their subject matter is the animated collage of photos collected from magazines – all arranged by theme and each theme merging into the next.

Short synopsis:

This experimental animated short takes a critical look at consumerism in a material world. Thousands of cut-out ads are presented in increasingly fragmented, rapid succession. The film's disorienting and hectic pace seeks to interrogate the extent to which seductive advertising is a shockingly strong force in shaping our desires, needs, and lives in contemporary capitalism.

Koko

Directed by: George Griffin
Short synopsis:

A collage-animation film that explores the visual equivalent to the aural improvisations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Shreds of consumer culture flash before us, swayed and absorbed by the tempo and power of Parker’s horn.

Džuboks / Jukebox

Directed by: Run Wrake
Short synopsis:

In this uptempo party piece, xerox, paint and found-sound montage in with Curtis Mayfield, moving on up into fragmented experience. ‘Two years in five minutes… How old are you?’ Employing a montage of xeroxed images, paintings and sound, Jukebox is a personal journey through fragmented experience.

Tvoj vdani / Yours Truly

Directed by: Osbert Parker
Short synopsis:

Film icons burst through lost layers of yesterday's emulsion. Re-assembled into a surreal city, the conflicting story of Frank and Charlie is told as they sacrifice their morals to find love as their two worlds of animation and live action collide.