Earmarked for Collision – A History of Collage Animation, Feature Film

Prevarant / The Pettifogger

Directed by: Lewis Klahr
Short synopsis:

The first feature-length work by Lewis Klahr takes a unique approach to a familiar genre. Ostensibly a thriller that traces events in the life of an American gambler and con-man, circa 1963, The Pettifogger is described by the filmmaker as an abstract crime film and, like many other crime films involving larceny, a sensorial exploration of the virulence of unfettered capitalism. Characters lifted from comic books move through an impressionistic landscape of textures, photographs and drawings, populating a story whose narrative is suggested but not strongly defined.Employing a range of iconography and appropriated audio to expand his signature style of collage animation, Klahr recycles symbols of popular culture to address themes of the loss of innocence and the irresistible allure of wealth.

Pri Sofiji / Sophie’s Place

Directed by: Larry Jordan
Short synopsis:

A culmination of five years' work. Full hand-painted cut-out animation. Totally unplanned, unrehearsed development of scenes under the camera, yet with more "continuity" than any of my previous animations, while meditating on some phase of my life. I call it an "alchemical autobiography." The film begins in a paradisiacal garden. It then proceeds to the interior of the Mosque of St. Sophia. More and more the film develops into episodes centering around one form or another of Sophia, an early Greek and Gnostic embodiment of spiritual wisdom. She is seen emanating light waves and symbolic objects. (But I must emphasize that I do not know the exact significance of any of the symbols in the film any more than I know the meaning of my dreams, nor do I know the meaning of the episodes. I hope that they - the symbols and the episodes - set off poetic associations in the viewer. I mean them to be entirely open to the viewer's own interpretation.)

Modra vrtnica pozabe / The Blue Rose of Forgetfullness

Directed by: Lewis Klahr
Short synopsis:

“The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness (2021, 63:30) is my latest feature length series of collage films, is a compilation of 6 films created between 2015 and 2020. At once focused and diffuse, porous and dense, it is a cinema of shifting moods and engagements centered upon thematics of love that offers a tactile exploration of elliptical narrative. Like a waking dream, what can be clearly described in words is less significant than what can be felt.”
– Lewis Klahr, August 2022

Earmarked for Collision – A History of Collage Animation, Feature Film

Prevarant / The Pettifogger

Directed by: Lewis Klahr
Short synopsis:

The first feature-length work by Lewis Klahr takes a unique approach to a familiar genre. Ostensibly a thriller that traces events in the life of an American gambler and con-man, circa 1963, The Pettifogger is described by the filmmaker as an abstract crime film and, like many other crime films involving larceny, a sensorial exploration of the virulence of unfettered capitalism. Characters lifted from comic books move through an impressionistic landscape of textures, photographs and drawings, populating a story whose narrative is suggested but not strongly defined.Employing a range of iconography and appropriated audio to expand his signature style of collage animation, Klahr recycles symbols of popular culture to address themes of the loss of innocence and the irresistible allure of wealth.

Pri Sofiji / Sophie’s Place

Directed by: Larry Jordan
Short synopsis:

A culmination of five years' work. Full hand-painted cut-out animation. Totally unplanned, unrehearsed development of scenes under the camera, yet with more "continuity" than any of my previous animations, while meditating on some phase of my life. I call it an "alchemical autobiography." The film begins in a paradisiacal garden. It then proceeds to the interior of the Mosque of St. Sophia. More and more the film develops into episodes centering around one form or another of Sophia, an early Greek and Gnostic embodiment of spiritual wisdom. She is seen emanating light waves and symbolic objects. (But I must emphasize that I do not know the exact significance of any of the symbols in the film any more than I know the meaning of my dreams, nor do I know the meaning of the episodes. I hope that they - the symbols and the episodes - set off poetic associations in the viewer. I mean them to be entirely open to the viewer's own interpretation.)

Short synopsis:

“The Blue Rose of Forgetfulness (2021, 63:30) is my latest feature length series of collage films, is a compilation of 6 films created between 2015 and 2020. At once focused and diffuse, porous and dense, it is a cinema of shifting moods and engagements centered upon thematics of love that offers a tactile exploration of elliptical narrative. Like a waking dream, what can be clearly described in words is less significant than what can be felt.”
– Lewis Klahr, August 2022