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Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation Lands at REDCAT Nov. 19-20

Chicago duo Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré bring experimental animation showcase featuring two programs of short films combining classic and contemporary work to their new home in Los Angeles.

In its first iteration since relocating from Chicago to Los Angeles, the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation will present its 2016 festival at REDCAT this November. Blending an appreciation of classical animation with the sensibilities of avant-garde cinema and the visual culture of alternative comics, the Eyeworks programs showcase abstract animation and unconventional character animation.

Two programs of short films combine classic and contemporary work, and highlights include films from avant-garde animation legends Robert Breer, Suzan Pitt, and Paul Glabicki, and from contemporary animators Barry Doupé, Peter Burr, and Martin Sulzer. Films will be screened on 35mm, 16mm and video.

​The festival includes a program with special guest avant-garde Austrian filmmaker Martin Arnold, who will screen his classic films Passage à L’acte (1993), Pièce Touchée (1989), and Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998), and discuss his contemporary work with cartoons.

Screening on Sunday will be the 1979 Hungarian feature Habfürdő by director Kovásznay György. This formally adventurous film combines stylized cartoon animation and experimental visual effects to tell a story of romance and anxiety in late 70s Budapest.

Eyeworks is a curated annual festival that exhibits classic and contemporary experimental animation. Eyeworks focuses on animated films that express singular creative vision, personal dedication, and imaginative technical approaches. Founded in Chicago in 2010 by filmmakers Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré, Eyeworks has presented screenings in Stockholm, Helsinki, Zagreb, and Bologna; as part of the Animation Block Party, the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, and the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo; and at CalArts, Dartmouth College and VCU.

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Curated by Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré
Sat Nov. 19 - Sun Nov. 20
$11 [members $8]


Saturday, Nov. 19

Shorts Program 1
5:00 PM -- 75 mins -- 16mm and video

  • Robert Breer, Trial Balloons (1982)
  • Barry Doupé, A Boy on a Dock Blowing His Nose (2005)
  • Paul Glabicki, Under the Sea (1989)
  • Suzan Pitt, Crokus (1971)
  • Sabrina Ratté, Portals (2014)
  • Karl Sims, Evolved Virtual Creatures (1994)
  • Martin Sulzer, King James Version Genesis Chapter Nineteen (2015)
  • Hoji Tsuchiya, Visit from Hotoke at the Cape (2015)
  • Diana Wilson, Log Hill Story / Log Hill Story: A Film for Log Dogs

Festival Guest: Martin Arnold
8:00 PM -- 120 mins -- 16mm

New digital works using cartoons (2010-2015) will be screened, accompanied by a discussion with the filmmaker. Martin Arnold’s screening is sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Experimental Animation Visiting Artist Series at CalArts, and a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

  • Pièce Touchée (1989)
  • Passage à l’acte (1993)
  • Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998)

Sunday, Nov. 20

Feature screening: Habfürdő (1979)
5:00 PM -- 75 mins, 35mm on DCP

Shorts Program 2
8:00 PM -- 75 mins -- 16mm, 35mm, and video

  • Karen Aqua, Yours for the Taking (1984)
  • Anibal Bley, Siniestro del Jefe (2015)
  • Peter Burr, The Mess (2016)
  • Sky David, Ace of Light (1984)
  • Robert Frerck, Nebula II (1969)
  • Eri Kawaguchi, Wild Wild Ham (2013)
  • Ryo Orikasa, Datum Point (2016)
  • Mila Severtseva, Warmth of Your Body Can Save Me (2016)
  • Brian Smee, Lazy Daze (2015)
  • Jim Trainor, The Moschops (2000)
  • Ryoya Usuha, Open a Manhole Cover While Walking (2015)
  • Jacques Verbeek & Karin Wiertz, The Case of the Spiral Staircase (1980)

The Jack H. Skirball Series is curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud and supported in part by the Ostrovsky Family Foundation.

Source: REDCAT

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