1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

EARLY FILMS

by Animator Lewis Klahr

PICTURE BOOKS FOR ADULTS & THE PHARAOH’S BELT

Introduced by University of Chicago Professor Tom Gunning
Presented by WHITE LIGHT CINEMA
December 17, 2008

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PICTURE BOOKS FOR ADULTS (1983-85), an eight film series, is Lewis Klahr‘s earliest work available for screening. In a very rare presentation, it will be shown it its original Super-8mm format-the first time anywhere in almost a decade.

Still one of Klahr’s major works, THE PHARAOH’S BELT (1994) was a breakthrough film, both in its length (43 minutes) and in establishing Klahr’s signature cutout animation style.

Over the past thirty years, Los Angeles-based filmmaker has created a stunning body of work that easily places him at the forefront of avant-garde artists. Moving from the intimacy of his early Super-8 films to his current digital works (with a long sojourn in 16mm), Klahr has always taken advantage of the particular characteristics of his various media. This appreciation of the textures and looks of each format is not surprising, though-Klahr’s meticulously constructed films (his early found footage collage works and his more well known cut-out animation films) all benefit from his careful attention to small details. From the constant lookout for source material (old magazines, comic books, diverse other printed matter, photographs, and even occasional three-dimensional objects), the selection of those materials for a particular project, and the combinations and juxtapositions of those materials within a film, Klahr exhibits an unerring eye for the telling, resonant, and evocative.

Klahr’s films are works of mystery and wonder. More than any other filmmaker working today they are psychic excavations of our shared mid and late-twentieth century cultural memory.

Program Details:
PICTURE BOOKS FOR ADULTS (1983-85, 37 min, Super 8mm)

Including:
Deep Fishtank Birding (1983, 3 min, b/w, sound)
Enchantment (1983, 2.5 min, color, sound)
Pulls (1985, 5 min, color, sound)
What’s Going on Here, Joe? (1985, 5 min, color, sound)
The River Sieve (1984, 5 min, color, sound)
Candy’s 16! (1984, 2.5 min, color, sound)
Deep Fishtank Too (1985, 5.5 min, b/w, sound)
1966 (1984, 8 min, color, sound)

THE PHARAOH’S BELT (1993, 43 min, 16mm)

We will also show uncut footage from our recent Friendsgiving trailer shoot immediately before the program.

Extra Special Thanks to James Bond for the new wall damper.



Filed under: Super 8mm

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