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Chicago Animation All Stars: A Collection of Animated Shorts

Presented by Jodie Mack

Chi(a)nimation all stars: frame-by-frame explorations from Chicago
Jodie Mack lives and animates in Chicago--where the diverse community of animators constantly inspires her.  On Saturday June 13th, she will share a collection of animated shorts made in Chicago during her time in the Windy City (2005-present). From hand-drawn character animations, to lush abstractions, to puppet or paint-on glass animation, to glitch video processing--this program illustrates a multitude of midwestern motion experiments!

Scheduled Films:

Errata  Alexander Stewart     (2005, 16mm, color/sound, 7m)
photocopier animation
Errata is an experimental animation created using a photocopier to copy copies of copies.

Flesh Gun Lale Westvind (2009, DV, color/sound, 5m50s)
hand-drawn, digitally colored.
Moustachiod perverts in a spaceship fire upon a deformed, nude woman daily.

Strategies of Trust Gonzalo Escobar
(2007, 16mm→DV, color/sound, 3m33s)
stop motion, photoshop
This piece aims to illustrate dynamics of trust based on presumptions, assumptions, and the (contemporary) obvious.  Reliance on doubt is allowed.  There are also dolls and toys.


Mermaid Lisa Barcy (2007,16mm→DV, color/sound, 16m45s)
sand, cut-outs
The tragi-comic tale of Carl and Doris, and the squid that comes between them.

EAGPOSTMUCNG  Jon Satrom (2009, DV, color/sound, 25s)

Land Escape Basia Goszcynska (2007, DV, color/sound, 5m)
puppet animation
Land Escape is a short animated film set in a world that undergoes irreversible changes. The film, currently in production, follows a couple of inhabitants on a quest for survival.


The realTime and Life of John James Audubon Emily Kuehn
  (2008, color/sound, DV 6min); digital animation
Bit rot, the idea that hard coded data is subject to physical decay and economic support through storage mediums, illustrates that information is not a solid state. Fact is a constant state of Flux.  The realTime and Life of John James Audobon looks at historical legacy and the social perception of science through the lens of information decay.

Leafy Leafy Jungle (2007, 16mm, color, silent, 2m45s)
2D stop motion
Inspired by log ants

Zwischen Lori Felker (2006, 16mm, b/w+hand-scratched sound, 2m)
Zwischen exists on the thin line between opposing forces. There is no
grey between black and white, as Zwischen jumps from earth to space,
mixes matter with air, and materializes inspiration at the insistence
of the hand.  Dirt moves over light to a hand-drawn soundtrack of noise
and space.

MEHOH 01A Jon Satrom (2009, DV, color/sound, 2m)
glitch processing

Doppelgänger Clara Kim (2007, DV, color/sound, 1m45s)
2D cut-out stop motion
A story about a special friendship.

Abnliumearteidon Jared Larson (2008, DV, color/sound, 5m)
photoshop craziness
Let's see where we go when we go and go until it goes and goes and is gone.



Oh, My Captain! Ernest Kim (2009, DV, color/sound 6m)
traditional ink & paint animation, digital compositing
An old hobbyist who specializes in ships-in-a-bottle decides one day to build himself a ship to test nearby waters.

a-part from The Story Carolina Gonzalez Valencia (2009, 16 mm→ DV color/sound, 10m40s); stop motion, cutouts, puppets

wondering how full is full
changing to sameness
finding the place of displacement
being lost inside or outside
is this reality?
I am lost, so wait, wait, wait
it hasn't changed much

Also shown on a continuous loop before and after the show:
Boxcartoon Matt Marsden (2006 DV, b/w, sound, 10m30s)
a collaborative animated unearthly train ride. I organized animators with a similar interest in the fantastic and grotesque as well as similar drawing styles to work exquisite corpse. Each animator began and ended with the empty box and was required to use the same pen width and work in a 2 field (teeny drawings -two postage stamps). Then I created animated sequences between each as well as the title and credits and the whole thing was united with Wheat’s amazing soundtrack.

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