• A Tone Halfway Between Lightness and Darkness
  • Applied Pressure
  • Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise
  • Pattern for Survival

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Afterimage: Collage Animations by Kelly Sears

In Conversation

  • Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer, filmmaker, and professor at UC Santa Cruz.

Kelly Sears creates her moody, eerie animations by cutting up and collaging materials ranging from first aid handbooks and high school yearbooks to military newsreels and exercise tapes. Turning the original content on edge through juxtaposition and written texts, voiceovers, and soundscapes, Sears’s animations plumb the dark, anxious underside of our times, drawing on the logic of conspiracy theories, fever dreams, and poetry, drifting between fiction and history. Sears says, “I like working with things that are outdated or cast off as a way of reinvigorating the material and making it resonate in today’s cultural climate.” The result is, in Craig Baldwin’s words, “witty, savvy, ironic, poetic, exhilarating, even cosmic.”

Films in this Screening

A Tone Halfway Between Lightness and Darkness

Kelly Sears, United States, 2015

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  • 8 mins
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In the Vicinity

Kelly Sears, United States, 2016

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  • Digital
  • 7 mins
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The Drift

Kelly Sears, United States, 2007

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  • Digital
  • 9 mins
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Tropical Depression

Kelly Sears, United States, 2012

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  • Digital
  • 3 mins
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Voice on the Line

Kelly Sears, United States, 2009

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  • 7 mins
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Applied Pressure

Kelly Sears, United States, 2018

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  • Tinted
  • Digital
  • 6 mins
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The Rancher

Kelly Sears, United States, 2012

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  • Digital
  • 7 mins
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The Body Besieged

Kelly Sears, United States, 2009

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  • 5 mins
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Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise

Kelly Sears, United States, 2011

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  • 8 mins
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Pattern for Survival

Kelly Sears, United States, 2015

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  • 7 mins
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