Media Arts Program

Friday, January 16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Curated by Sarah Klein

STOP AND GO: Stop Motion Films and Videos


San Francisco based artist Sarah Klein has curated a collection of works by established filmmakers and visual artists who use this animation technique to "tell stories, examine visual phenomena, and make political statements in this collection of short videos. The animators breathe life into magazine cutouts, homemade drawings, everyday objects, and even the body itself. The result is a selection of videos that are humorous, poignant, and marvelous."

CAMOKNIT (2008, 18:00 min) by Claudia Tennyson
This darkly humorous view of knitting unravels the obsessive qualities and enormous popularity of the craft, which seems to coincide with the climate of fear generated by the 'war on terror.'

Film Program:

FOR THE BIRDS (2004, 5:50 min) by Lilli Carrè.
A high-wire act of sleepy time bears, black birds, and senior folk.

TUMBLEWEED TOWN (1999. 16mm, 8:00 min) by Samara Halperin. Music by Corner Tour.
Find true love with Todd the Tonka cowboy on his hitchhiking adventures through the Texas desert.

MAMMOTH CAVE (2005, 2:28 min) by Stephanie Hutin.
A fantasy of toys, glitter, paper pieces and natural objects illustrate the music of Holopaw.

SQUEAK, CHIRP, HONK (2006, 0:56 min) by Saelee Oh & Lana Kim.
A friendly look at one of life's little troubles from a mouse's perspective.

PAPERMATION (2007, 1:08 min) by Jen Stark. Sound by Eddie Alonso.
A stop-motion piece of regurgitating rainbows and mysterious organic structures using intricate paper-cutouts.

THE COURTSHIP OF THE BIRDMAN (2006, 1:34 min) by Pete Davies.
Sound by Andrew Lynn & Angie Moore.
A timeless tale of love and loss re-told in a saga of epic proportion.

SEWING FOR JESUS (2005, 2:20 min) by Sherri Wood & Ignacio Alcantara.
The construction of a quilt honoring the missing American and Iraqi citizens who died in the Iraq War.

HOWDY HATS (1968, 0:30 min) by Judith Selby.
A meet and greet of chapeau on the green.

PICTURE PERFECT (2006, 7:46 min) by Meredith Holch.
Old postcards and Vermont Life magazines are used to examine the rapidly changing character of life and landscape in rural Northern Vermont.

POOP OR FLEUR (2003, 1:28 min) by Melinda Stone.
A series of still photographs shot in order and contact printed onto 35 mm film become a guessing game of sorts. Audience participation is requested to help identify what is what.

DOG JUDO - NOISE BOX (2007, 1:15 min) by Andrew Kelleher.
Rexley and Roy, two everyday dogs, both live for judo but have very different ideas on what it is.

BLACK CAT (2006, 2:28 min) by SAF Cakovec Studio.
A darkly funny animation of some characters and their mishaps.

AMERICAN BANDITS (2004, 2:25 min) by Philippe Vendrolini.
A wild ride where altered and animated police risk life-and-limb in pursuit of manic deer.

PULLING DOWN THE SKY TO GIVE YOU THE SUN (2005, 1:45 min) by Tommy Becker.
A celestial piece that combines raw performance, music, and costume.

THE MAKING OF THE KOZIK ACTION FIGURE (2006, 1:28 min) by Mike Leavitt.
Another action figure in Mike's ever-expanding Art Army.

ALARM CLOCK (2004, 2:15 min) by Sean Horchy.
Time makes it's own music.

UNTITLED #90 (2002, 1:27 min) by Aeneas Wilder.
Using only red tape and four architectural posts, Aeneas Wilder creates an inspired series of configurations based on addition and subtraction.

ARITHMETIC (2006, 4:47 min) by Laurie O'Brien. Sound by Michael McHam.
An adaptation of In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan with puppetry, paper cutout animation, found sound, and homemade instruments.

WANDERLUST (2008, 5:10 min) by Sarah Klein.
Daily routine motivates the modern day woman to take a trip around the world.

IMMIGRANT SONG (2008, 2:25 min) by Mel Prest.
This sequence chronicles the creation of a painting from spelled-out lyrics.

ICH BIN EIN MANIPULATOR (2003, 4:30 min) by Clare Rojas & Andrew Jeffrey Wright.
Altered, collaged and manipulated images from fashion magazines create an entirely different story.

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January, 2009 - 2009