The Seattle Experimental Animation Team was happy to take part in the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival on Halloween in Seattle. We set up a tent, showed films inside and had a great time. Special thanks to James Webber for spearheading this year’s endeavor. Until next year!
Comics and animation go together like peanut butter & jelly, am I right or am I right. Which is why SEAT has always had an animation tent at the SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival. We are going to have a mixture of animations from SEAT members, SHORT RUN exhibitors and an excerpt from Bruce Bickford’s Cas’l, plus Jim Woodring’s 3D slides, about 80 minutes of visual delights! We also have a late additional to the program, a collection of visual poetries called WRIT LARGE curated by FICTILIS, that runs about 30 minutes. Did I mention the festival is free!
11 AM : SEAT Members’ Shorts
NOON : Exhibitors’ Shorts
12:30 : WRIT LARGE
1:00 : Bruce Bickford’s CAS’L’ (6 min. excerpt)
1:30 : Jim Woodring’s 3D Slides
2:00 : SEAT Members’ Shorts
3:00 : Exhibitors’ Shorts
3:30 : WRIT LARGE
4:00 : Bruce Bickford’s CAS’L’ (6 min. excerpt)
4:30 : Jim Woodring’s 3D Slides
5:00 : SEAT Members’ Shorts
5:30 : Coldbrew Collective’s Horror Film Video-Mix
We will see you there.
Boundary Crossings is a two-week intensive animation course that happens every summer at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. It’s aimed at working professionals and graduate and under-graduate students interested in a hands-on exploration of animated installation as a medium and a site for investigation of moving image interdisciplinary practice.
This year’s closing exhibition will be on August 7th, one night only!
Identity and Space: No Road Map
PNCA Mediatheque 511 NW Broadway
Friday August 7, 2015 6:30pm
“Space and time are at the heart of animation. With the proliferation of digital technologies animation expands from the notion of 2-D screen and increasingly impacts public spaces and events – malls, bars, galleries, architecture and live performance. Space can be, as this workshop proposes, a starting point, inspiring a reflection on issues of private and public from the sphere of the personal ideas of place and community.
Boundary Crossings 2015 concludes on Friday August 7th with a showcase of animated installations created over the two week institute.”
Member Mari Ichimasu and the team from her current stop motion animation project “Sanpomichi” are hosting an event called “Stop-motion animation Clinic” in Olympia on Mother’s day. Bring your mom!
5 / 10 (sunday) 3pm Free @ Voyeur Cafe, Olympia WA
They will be showing the teaser trailer for Sanpomichi, give “how to” and “how we do” presentations. Sets, props and puppets will all be on display for hands on learning.
The NW Film Forum on Capitol Hill has always had interesting programming, but more so recently with all the animation stuff they’ve been bringing in! Here are some cool looking things you might want to check out:
First and foremost is the grandmaster of indie animation himself, Bill Plympton will be visiting and giving a workshop on April 15th called Being An Indie Artist. He will also be screening his newest independently produced feature film Cheatin’ April 15-21. Not to be missed!
The cinema is also showing The King and the Mocking Bird, a recently re-released French animated feature from 1979. This film has a crazy history akin to Roger Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler, what with it being started originally in 1947, but not finished for three more decades. This is screening March 19-23. That’s next week!
Kelly Sears is a Denver, CO based filmmaker who specializes in collage animation and plays with documentary, recycled cinema and critical fiction. She is giving a workshop on April 19th called Get Up and Stop Down, where participants will help make animated segments that will eventually be combined with the clips made by the workshop in Portland that Kelly is leading on this same trip, resulting in a collaborative film. Sounds cool! A retrospective of her work is also screening that day at 4:30PM.
Also at the Film Forum that might be of interest is the ByDesign program April 10-14, which always has cool films that explore the intersection of design and moving image. Filmmaker Roger Beebe is visiting and giving a Distressed Film Workshop on March 29th which sounds awesome, as well as screening a selection of his Multi-Projector Experiments (on 16MM) on March 28th that sound pretty unique. If you want more 16MM, there is actually a program called Sweet 16 (Millimeter) on April 18th where they are screening rare 16mm films by Seattle filmmakers including our very own Webster Crowell.
And finally the Henry Art Gallery is throwing a party called the Arty Party on April 19th that will include a screening of the Best of the Fest of the Children’s Film Festival, which ran at the NW Film Forum in January. This selection includes a number of cool international shorts for kids from Germany, France, Russia, Norway, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Japan!
A very cool selection, and that’s only for March and April!
The Seattle Experimental Animation Team has been working really hard that last few days on our new gallery show at the Archer Gallery in Clark College in Vancouver, WA, outside Portland, OR. The show is called Sequestered Together: The Dangerous and Lonely World of Animation and the opening is tomorrow, February 17th!
The show is an elaborate collection of short films, music videos, giant spinnable zoetropes and making-of detritus (still frames from drawn animations, puppets, sketches, etc.) from Seattle animators. Represented animators are: Clyde Petersen, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Webster Crowell, Neely Goniodsky, Ian Obermuller, Devin Ensz, Komari Ichimasu, Joe Garber, Salise Hughes, Sarah Jane Lapp, Chris Looney and Tess Martin.
The opening is Tuesday, February 17th, 5PM-8PM and at 5:30PM a guided walk by some of the animators will take place. The show is up until March 14th! Here is the Facebook event. What a great opportunity for the Portland area animators to mingle with the Seattle animators!
And check out this post from the Phoenix, the Clark College Literary & Art Journal, about the show.
Back in April 2013 we premiered our second collective film at Zeitgeist Coffee in Pioneer Square – this one was based on the 1960 Little Shop of Horrors! It’s finally made its way online. Enjoy this animated re-interpretation by, in order: Eric Ostrowski, Tess Martin, Charlie Daugherty, Timothy Firth, Tim Miller, Stefan Gruber & Aaron Wendel, Clyde Petersen and Salise Hughes.
SEAT animator Britta Johnson has work up in “In the Absence Of…,’ a group show at Greg Kucera gallery in Seattle. The show goes through February 14th; this Saturday there’s a performance/art talk which will include music by Nat Evans and John Teske and discussion with other artists (including Britta) in the show. More info below:
Back in 2012 SEAT made its first collective film, a ‘Re-Animated’ Exquisite Corpse experiment which premiered at Zeitgeist Coffee at a Pioneer Square Art Walk event. This eight minute film was animated by Otto Bulut, Tess Martin, Eric Ostrowski, Stefan Gruber, Salise Hughes, Clyde Petersen and Webster Crowell. We’re so excited that it will screen in San Francisco at the Artists’ Television Access on Friday, January 31st. It will precede another Exquisite Corpse film led by experimental filmmaker Salise Hughes, who enlisted the talents of 12 other filmmakers from across the country. This one is called EXquisite Corpse Cinema: EX#3. Congratulations, Salise!
You can see the full 8 minute SEAT Re-Animation Exquisite Corpse on vimeo.
It’s been more than a year since the premiere of Strange Creatures: Contemporary Independent Animation from Seattle in August 2013.
Since that fateful day the program, comprised of 10 animated shorts from Drew Christie, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Clyde Petersen, Webster Crowell, Tess Martin and Bruce Bickford, has screened in Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Amsterdam (twice!), Brussels, Oldenburg and Ljubljana. Programmer Tess Martin has been able to present the program at every screening so far, and in some cases she has curated a short Act 2 of local films to complement the film. This has ensured that lots of local animators and fans have attended the screenings and been introduced to the Seattle scene. Here is a full list of the screenings so far:
Ljubljana, Slovenia: ANIMATEKA International Animated Film Festival, Dec 8-14, 2014
Oldenburg, Germany: zwergWERKchen, Nov 30, 2014
Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Fay’s Film Festival, Free Fringe Festival, Sept 7, 2014
Brussels, Belgium: Cinema Nova, April 18th, 2014
Amsterdam, the Netherlands: OT301, presented by the A/V Club, April 13th, 2014
Prague, Czech Republic: Kavarna Liberal, March 11, 2014
Budapest, Hunagary: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, March 5, 2014
Vienna, Austria: Under the Radar Animation Symposium, TopKino, March 1, 2014
Seattle, USA: NW Film Forum, August 3, 2013
Below is a selection of documentation of the European screenings. To keep up to date with Strange Creatures news, check here or with the portion of Tess’ website devoted to it. Email Tess at tess[@]tessmartinart.com to bring this program to your venue!
In this interview for the Animateka festival Tess Martin talks about the differences in animation scenes between the US and the Netherlands, SEAT, the Strange Creatures program, and specifically Bruce Bickford!