Triumph of the Wild: New Experimental Animation from Around the World

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These Hammers Don't Hurt Us (still)
Triumph of the Wild: New Experimental Animation from Around the World
Curated by: Eric Leiser

6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
May 22nd, 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

experimental film, animation
Tickets: General $10, Students/seniors $6; free for Filmforum members Advance ticket purchase available through Brown Paper Tickets.


Eric Leiser, Alice Cohen, and Gina Marie Napolitan in person! Los Angeles premieres!

Curated by Eric Leiser

An amazing selection from around the world of recent animation made for thinking adults, exploring techniques, landscapes, histories, physiology, and the animal kingdom in any number of insightful, beautiful, and amusing ways.  With three of the filmmakers, one who curated the show, present to discuss their work.  A great way to catch up with the possibilities of animation today!

"These Hammers Don't Hurt Us”, by Michael Robinson (2010, USA, 13m. DV, color, sound)
Tired of underworld and overworld alike, Isis escorts her favorite son on their final curtain call down the Nile, leaving a neon wake of shattered tombs and sparkling sarcophagi.

"The External World" by David O’Reilly (2011, Ireland, 17m. HD, color, sound)
A boy leans to play the piano

"Triumph of the Wild" by Martha Colburn (2009, USA, 10m. 35mm, color, sound)
America beginning with the American Revolution, and WW1 & 2.. (the film following covering Vietnam and the Middle East).
'The hunting impulse as a primary force, the impotence of man in the face of nature, the senseless dominance of weapons, and destructive violence – all with an imagined ideal state of affairs in mind – represent major motifs'. - Birgid Uccia- Galerie Bob Van Orsouw

"Battery Cage" by Studio Smack (2009, Netherlands, 4m. HD, color, sound)
Chickens interact in incredibly defined manners and form complicated social structures. Contrary to popular believe, scientific research at the University of Sidney pointed out that chickens living in a battery cage are happier. Their free range sisters suffer from more stress, constantly living in fear of predators.

"Mirror Moves for Private Eyes" by Alice Cohen (2010, USA, 13m. DV, color, sound)
"Mirror Moves for Private Eyes" explores the idea of The Mirror as a psychic receptor; a magical portal to visionary and ecstatic states, through self-reflection and visualization. The ritual use of beauty tools such as make-up, hair brushes, perfume, and other transformative implements, infuses these objects with a symbolic charge. Spaces such as movie theaters with lit-up marquees, and boudoirs with mysterious dressing tables, act as portals as well - power sites where time is fluid, and past and future co-exist. Auras of glamour, artifice and fantasy are used in a hypnotic, meditative way, creating pathways towards transcendence and personal gnosis.

"Mastering Bambi" by Persijn Broerson and Margit Luckas (2011, USA/Netherlands, 13m. HD, color, sound)
Walt Disney's 1942 classic animation film 'Bambi' is well known for its distinct main characters – a variety of cute, anthropomorphic animals – and for its explicitly environmental theme. However, an important but often overlooked protagonist in the movie is nature itself: the pristine wilderness as the main grid on which Disney structured his 'Bambi'.  Broersen and Lukács recreate the model of Disney's pristine vision, but they strip the forest of its harmonious inhabitants, the animals. What remains is another reality, a constructed and living wilderness, where nature becomes a mirror for reflecting upon ourselves.  The soundtrack is made by Berend Dubbe and Gwendolyn Thomas.

"Remisequenz" by Xenia Lesniewski (2010, Germany, 3m. Digibeta)
Remisequenz guides the audience through a seemingly recognizable world, which repeatedly slips into obscurity. The viewers determine what they see or want to see, and the experience is reinforced by the slightly disturbing soundtrack.

"City of Progress" by Justine Bennet (2008, Netherlands, 11m. HD, black and white, sound)
“A city could start like this drawing:
first there’s an empty space
and then an event: a dot on the paper.”
The animated film ’City of Progress’ traces the growth of an imaginary city as it expands  from a single dot into a proliferation of lines and geometric forms, representing the  physical development of a city. As Bennett points out in the accompanying voice-over  commentary, organic urban growth is soon curbed by laws and regulations, reshaped  by project developers or armed conflicts. The creative act of drawing, as well as that of founding a city, is put under the magnifying glass - resulting in a reflection on the in- exorable expansion of our urban areas. ’City of Progress’ embodies our quest for utopia, while attesting to the difficulty of attaining it.

"Forest" by Eric Leiser (2008, USA, 3m. HD, color, sound)
Nature is an eternal source of motives, shapes and laws. Reinventing or recomposing it is a tempting exercise, maybe unavoidable in the animate world. In some cases, the natural is mysterious and primitive. Forces and rare creatures inhabit this hypnotic and disturbing forest.   

"Demons and Cathedrals" by Gina Marie Napolitan  (2010, USA, 5m. 16mm, color, sound)
Amnesia and childhood, spooky synthesizers, pod people. A strange old almanac and a rose garden in the ruins of the world.


Parking is now easiest at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Bring your ticket for validation. Parking is $2 for 4 hours with validation. Enter that complex on Highland or Hollywood. The theater is 1.5 blocks east.

This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque.

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