The Films That Sang and Cried: Recent Bay Area Experimental Animation
Jeffrey Skoller is a filmmaker, writer, and associate professor of film and media at UC Berkeley, as well as cocurator of Alternative Visions.
This brief survey of recent experimental animation features films by both new and established local film artists who continue the long Bay Area tradition of bold experimentation and cinematic risk-taking as they continue to redefine how we think of moving-image animation. These filmmakers defy medium and genre boundaries—whether using the artisanal hand markings of a paintbrush or high-tech computer-generated imagery. The program zigs and zags from pixelated, live-action documentary to abstract hallucinations. Other films use found objects and images, and even hand-built bamboo huts. All explore multiple geographies past, present, and future—ranging from sixteenth-century poets in Rajasthan, India, to present-day Mission District underground filmmakers. Music and sound composition are as important as image, with the creation of original soundscapes, songs, and performances. Each film is a unique and colorful song of transformation and metamorphosis, reflecting the excitement of a world in constant motion.
— Jeffrey Skoller
Films in this Screening
You’re Not Listening
Jeremy Rourke, United States, 2020
Kathleen Quillian, United States, 2018
Underlying Persistent Volumes, Part 2
Scott Stark, United States, 2022
Lydia Greer, United States, 2018
Meghana Bisineer, India, United Kingdom, 2020
Raining through my bones
Meghana Bisineer, India, United Kingdom, United States, 2022
Stitching the Future with Clues
Allison Leigh Holt, United States, 2021