Look Out New York, Here Comes The Emerald City

Once again I’m bringing a collection of Seattle short films to New York City. This year’s program will screen at the seminal venue Anthology Film Archives. Its also one of two programs from Seattle new Yorkers can catch at the venue founded by Jonas Mekas, animator Tess Martin brings her SEAT program, recently screened at Northwest Film Forum later in the month. Here’s details on both programs, for those in NYC we hope to see you there!

JULY 3 at 7:30PM

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.)
New York, NY


Even today, the Northwest remains an outpost of lumberjacks, fishermen, and pioneers. This shorts program delivers the region’s pioneering spirit with nine short films, curated by Northwest Film Forum’s program director Adam Sekuler, that offer a glimpse into the experimental practices of filmmakers from the Emerald City of Seattle, WA. Carving out new territory in the timberland of cinema these films explore juxtapositions of p…lace and space, past and present, personal and impersonal, literal and figurative, and, as with all great cinema, the intentional and unintentional.

All works in this program are on digital video.
Program introduced by Northwest Film Forum Program Director Adam Sekuler

C.W. Winter TIME LAPSE MOTION PICTURE NO. 4 (SEATTLE) (2011, 6 minutes)
A subtle shift of pixels in a hotel room is the ultimate in subtle examination of space and time. Commissioned by Northwest Film Forum.

Britta Johnson CRASHING WAVES (2010, 7 minutes)
Castaways perform strange tasks on a deserted shore. Are they gods, or have they been driven mad by their predicament?

Luke Sieczek SPACE, THE AIR, THE RIVER, THE LEAF (2009, 12 minutes)
Using a mixture of interpretive strategies – from documentary observation, expressionistic abstraction, improvisational music, and dance – this film explores the passage of water as it undergoes a series of natural filtering processes.

Karn Junkinsmith & Adam Sekuler INTERPRETIVE SITE: HANFORD REACH (2011, 7 minutes)
Two nuclear scientists clean the earth and decontaminate fall out victims with movement that explores Washington’s Hanford Reach.

Gretchen Burger UNWRAPPING (2010, 9 minutes)
Drawing on nine years of boxing training, UNWRAPPING is an exploration of how memory and emotion manifest to shape the body’s alignment and movement.

Alexandra Roxo THE HEART IS WHAT REMAINS (2009, 13 minutes)
Two lovers meet and experience the birth, life, and death of love.

Curtis Taylor CHURCH WEATHER (2009, 10 minutes)
Exploring contemplation and perception, CHURCH WEATHER follows a woman on her way home, who hears the radio broadcast of a sacred choir, triggering her repressed awareness of the connected, hidden mechanics of all things.

Drew Christie THE MAN WHO SHOT THE MAN WHO SHOT LINCOLN (2010, 5 minutes)
An animated interpretation of the strange life of Boston Corbett.


And here’s Tess’ program which is also screening at 92Y

Monday, July 18, 2011 8:00PM 92Y Tribeca 200 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013 Tickets at www.92y.org ($12)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:00PM NewFilmmakers @ the Anthology FIlm Archives 32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 www.NewFilmmakers.com – Tickets at venue starting at 5:30PM ($6)

Animator Tess Martin presents a collection of short animations that explore inter-actions – action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Made individually by twelve members of SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) these thought-provoking films reflect on love, insanity, faith and murder.

ABOUT SEAT: Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) is a collective of animator/filmmakers who use a wide range of techniques to make films frame by frame. SEAT uses nearly every technique from classical hand-drawn to computer animation. SEAT’s members make films independently, but group endeavors involve non-traditional screenings and interactive events. Our growing collective of award-winning animators includes Webster Crowell, Stefan Gruber, Sarah Jane Lapp, Salise Hughes and Tess Martin. Bruce Bickford appears in this program as an honorary member of SEAT. The SEAT website is www.experimentalanimation.org.


1. Britta Johnson, Two Dots, 4:39 (2009)
Marbles illustrate the subtle math of a relationship in this video made for Lusine’s song ‘Two Dots.’ Marbles, dental floss and wax animated frame by frame.

2. Drew Christie, The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln, 5:15 (2010)
TMWSTMWSL is an animated interpretation of the strange and bizarre life of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth. Animated on the pages of 12 books with charcoal, pastel and crayon. Contains one instance of nudity and violence not suitable for a young audience.

3. Aaron Wendel, Dwellings, 3:53 (2010)
Over time, two houses slowly destroy each other. Hand drawn on paper.

4. Tess Martin, Plain Face, 10:42 (2011)
In a fantastical land, a stranger arrives and is the subject of prejudice, violence and love. We follow her journey through memory as she decides whether to give up her heart. Paper and plastic cut-outs animated on a light-box. Contains one scary moment that may not be suitable for a young audience. www.filmandscissors.com

5. Amanda Moore, Bridging Wounds, 5:00 (2009)
A whimsical exploration of the lives of strangers told through silhouette puppet animation.

6. Davis Limbach, Loopforms, 5:03 (2010)
Loopforms is a dance of energy or spirit expressed in ‘maximized loops’. A traditional narrative is omitted in favor of a sensual, emotionally affecting experience. Ink and pencil on paper.

7. Sarah Jane Lapp, Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist, 6:30 (from 26min film, 2009)
A eulogist in training interviews his mentor on the eve of war. India ink, wax and gouache on paper.

8. Clyde Petersen, The Dirty Street, 4:44, (2010)
A found footage film, recut, projected and rephotographed using the “Hipstamatic” app for IPhone one frame at a time. Music by Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death. Footage: “Jealousy” – a Prelinger Archives film from the Series, Marriage for Moderns. (1954)

9. Webster Crowell, Parasol, 8:30 (2008)
Parasol is a short, quick revenge film about bicycles, dancing and speed; animated with pastels across the surface of a few thousand paper parasols.

10. Stefan Gruber, Both Worlds, 10:17 (2011)
In an Eden like garden, cartoon deities sit upon mountaintops ready to trade gardening tips about their mountainside utopias. Hand-animated in Flash. For this screening Stefan Gruber will be performing live narration and music.

11. Salise Hughes, Somewhere, 4:00 (2010)
Somewhere between a 1950s sock hop and the Wild West, a Technicolor and Black and White pair of lovers meet to belt out a tune from “West Side Story.” Found footage manipulated frame by frame.

12. Bruce Bickford, The Comic That Frenches Your Mind, 5:28 (2008)
Bruce Bickford’s latest complete pencil animation is a trip – this is your mind on eggs. Contains nudity and drug use.

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