Thursday, December 29, 2011
In February my film Erasable Cities will have it's Canadian premiere at Cinesonika 2 in Vancouver B.C. Cinesonika is an international film and video festival focusing on innovative sound design. Jason Staczek who composed the score entered the festival, so this time I'm tagging along with him. Jason also composed the score for the new Guy Maddin film Keyhole, and the festival will screen a short film about the making of the score called F-Hole. They haven't given us an a date for the screenings yet, but will be either the 18th or 19th.
And on December 2nd my film Shiny Things was included in The Stranger's Short Film Fridays, along with a nice writeup by Charles Mudede.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I have three more screenings to end the year. November 25th How to Draw Clouds will screen in Valencia, Spain- included in the last screening of Cut + Run Touring Festival. The screening will take place at Espacio La Mutante. December 8th & 10th The Swimmer will screen in Paris at Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris hosted by Collectif Jeune Cinema. And December 17th Other Cinema in San Francisco will have the world premiere of my newest film- Erasable Cities, included in a program of new works titled N.E.W. Erasable Cities is my loose interpretation of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
My film The Swimmer will be included in more festivals. In Portland on Friday- 11/11/11, opening night for Northwest Film & Video Festival, and Paris, December 8th & 10th, part of Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris. The Swimmer is my four minute reinterpretation of the 1968 film starring Burt Landcaster, based on the short story by John Cheever.
Monday, September 19, 2011
My film The Swimmer will have two screenings next month- Northwest Film Forum's Local Sightings, October 4th at 9 pm, and also locally, but in another country Antimatter Film Festival in Victoria B.C. Antimatter hasn't made their schedule yet, but the festival is October 14-22.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Inter-Action: Shorts by SEAT program heads to Europe this fall. Starting October 8th at London's Horse Hospital, the show then travels to Newcastle, Amsterdam, Groningen, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, and ends in Paris on October 28th. The program is curated by animator Tess Martin.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Finally, the collection of my short experimental films- Recycled Visions is complete and will have it's premiere at Northwest Film Forum on August 21st. A shorter version of the program screened at NWFF in October 2009 and ran as a month long installation at Walker Art Center's galleries in 2010. And earlier this year an almost completed version screened at Portland's Hollywood Theater via Grand Detour. Funding for the extended program came from a generous grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and funding for the entire program came from grants from 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Artist Trust. This is a collection of my films from 2005-2011.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Myself and members of SEAT were invited to make artworks/ animations for Susan Robb's project The Long Walk- a group of 50 walkers trekked for 4 days, and 3 nights from Puget Sound to Snoqualmie Falls. The event took place July 28-31 along the King County Regional Trail System. I was exited to make my first visual art project in years (the above photos). My idea was to make 50 small drawings of a walker (taken from one of my films). The process of drawing from life (or photos) is all about observation. It's about the slowing down of time that allows you see and experience things in ways you never have before. This was also the purpose of The Long Walk. The installation was only up for a few hours till the Long Walkers passed by, then I took it down and photographed the drawings for a short looped animation. Two other SEAT members (Britta Johnson & Tess Martin) also made trail installations that were made into looped animations. The following day we made a kite installation in a barn further up the trail near Carnation under the guidance of SEAT member Webster Crowell, and that evening our animations were projected on the kites during a Long Walk social event (photos of the kite installation can be see here). I feel very honored to have been involved with this event, and hope next year to maybe experience it as a walker.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I decided to put one of my music films online. The song is of course Neil Young's Heart of Gold. The arrangement and original score is by the excellent Jason Staczek, and vocals by the ethereal Alicia Dara.
One of the reasons I uploaded this is because I would like to take a stab at music videos.... so all you musicians out there who'd like something out of the ordinary in music videos, let me know.
Friday, July 15, 2011
I am a visual artist who in 2005 started experimenting with film. I mostly work with found footage, either old educational films, vintage Hollywood, or film that has been donated to me. I then tear apart the structure of the original film and convert it into something different. These films have traveled to film festivals, nonprofit cinemas and art museums around the globe…. International Film Festival Rotterdam, L’Alternativa- Barcelona, Seattle International Film Festival, Walker Art Center- Minneapolis, Other Cinema- San Francisco. And I have won some awards…. Technical Innovation at the 2006 Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Grand Prix of the Press at the 2010 Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Film. I am currently finishing up a program of my short films- Recycled Visions. Smaller versions of my program have screened at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Grand Detour in Portland and a month long continuous run at Walker Art Center. If you’re interested in booking a screening or have any other projects I might be interested in you can contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
My film Somewhere will be included the touring program Inter-Action: Shorts by SEAT. The tour had it's premiere in Seattle at Northwest Film Forum on June 16th and now travels to New York for two screenings this month. The first is at 92YTribeca, July 18th at 8:00pm, then Anthology Film Archives, July 20th at 6:00pm. SEAT - Seattle Experimental Animation Team, is a collection of animators living in the Seattle area who live at the cross roads of film, animation and visual art.
My film Nothing to Fear but Nothing Itself will screen at Festival Images Contre Nature in Marseille, France on July 13th & 16. This will be the fourth year in a roll my films have been included in this very interesting festival. If you click on the following link, then scroll to my film and click "more" you will see a small clip from the film.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Starting Thursday evening, June 9th at dusk there will be a month long kite/ film installation by members of SEAT/ Seattle Experimental Animation Team at Arabica Lounge in Seattle. This will be the first in a series of cinema on kites ventures. It is the dream of Webster Crowell to make self projecting kites that will show animations on windy nights. My film The Tourist will be included in the current line up. Other animators include Webster Crowell, Davis Limbach, Stefan Gruber, Sarah Jane Lapp and more...
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
My film How to Draw Clouds will be included in the 2011 Cut + Run film festival tour. The schedule is now posted on their website- http://www.cutandruntour.com/#!
The tour will start in Paris this Sunday the 12th. Other cities include Berlin- June 18th, London- June 24th, and then on to the US west coast- San Francisco (ATA) July 8th, Portland (Grand Detour) July 9th, and LA (Echo Park Film Center) August 19th. I hope to be at the Portland screening.
I am very happy to be involved with this organization and looking forward to meeting up with them in Portland.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Welcome to my world folks. This will be a place I will post up coming screening events, rumors and longings for future events, and other related topics.
Currently I am working on one last film for my short film program, Recycled Visions. The film is called Erasable Cities, and includes text and is inspired by the novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.
My animator friends, and myself (Seattle Experimental Animation Team- SEAT) are planning a series of kite/ film screening installations around the city starting in June. More info to come.
My film How to Draw Clouds will be on tour in Europe and a few spots in the US this summer, part of the festival Cut & Run. No dates yet, but I'll give more details as they come. And my film Somewhere will also be on tour along with other SEAT animators in a program called Inter-Actions. The premiere will be at Northwest Film Forum June 16th. This tour is also headed to Europe in the fall.
And I recently had two west coast screenings last week. My film The Swimmer had its premiere at Seattle International Film Festival on May 26th, part of their experimental programing- ALT Shorts. It was a very good program and the audience was enthusiastic. Then on the 28th my film Celluloid Heroes Never Really Die screened at Other Cinema in San Francisco, part of Craig Baldwin's biannual new experimental works programing. I only wish I could of been there as well.