Chicago Hosts Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation showcases abstract animation and unconventional character animation that is innovative, challenging and inspiring. Festival programs feature outstanding experimental animation of all sorts: classic films, new works, and rare masterpieces.

The Eyeworks programs showcase a range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, computer animation, camera-less films, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods. The content of the films is even more varied, and includes cosmic collages, psychedelic characters, surrealistic narratives, and pioneering work with computer animation.

The 2011 festival will feature animator Lori Damiano in person, who will present a program of her films, including a preview screening of Lord I: The Records Keeper. Other festival highlights include Joie de Vivre, an art nouveau fantasy ballet from 1936, and Cibernetik 5.3, an extremely rare psychedelic computer animation from the early 1960′s by John Stehura

Eyeworks celebrates animated moving images that express unusual vision, unusual approaches, and unusual style.

Festival directors: Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart

Program One

Saturday, November 5, 3:00 pm

80 minutes

Robert Breer – LMNO 9:30, 1978

Zeitguised – Peripetics 3:20, 2009

Max Hattler – AANAATT 4:45, 2010

Bill Porter – On Time Off 4:21, 2008

Thorsten Fleisch – Kosmos 5:30, 2004

Mike Maryniuk – Tattoo Step 1:11, 2008

Barry Spinello – Soundtrack 10:00, 1969

James Otis – Jacob’s Ladder 4:00, 1981

Ed Ackerman – Primiti Too Taa 3:00, 1986

Atsushi Wada – In A Pig’s Eye 10:00, 2010

Lei Lei – Magic Cube and Ping-Pong 4:04, 2009

Niki Lindroth von Bahr – Tord and Tord 10:44, 2010

Peter Larsson – Seven Days in the Woods 6:00, 2010

Anthony Gross and Hector Hoppin – Joie de Vivre 9:00, 1936

Program Two: Festival Guest Lori Damiano

Saturday, November 5, 6:00 pm

Portland animator Lori Damiano will present a program of her work, including a special preview screening of her hand-drawn animation “Lord I: The Records Keeper.” Lori D’s highly energetic animations and illustrations have a distinctive graphic style and charm, and she has done work for a wide range of clients, including Yo Gabba Gabba, Girl Skateboard Co., and Bonnie Prince Billy. She earned an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and is the Animation Department Chair at the California State Summer School for the Arts. She writes a monthly column in The Skateboard Mag called “The Learnings of,” and works with the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland.

www.lori-d.com

Program Three

Sunday, November 6, 1:00 pm

65 minutes

Len Lye – Tusalava 10:00, 1929

Takashi Ito – Thunder 5:00, 1985

Eric Patrick – Ablution 13:00, 2001

Gary Beydler – Glass Face 3:00, 1975

Jesse McManus – Macavity 3:00, 2011

Bendik Kaltenborn – The End 10:00, 2008

Eric Dyer – The Bellows March 5:30, 2009

John Stehura – Cibernetik 5.3 8:00, 1961-65

Paul Bush – While Darwin Sleeps 5:00, 2004

Johan Rijpma – Tape Generations 2:30, 2011

Program Four

Sunday, November 6, 3:30 pm

70 minutes

Paul Rayment – Piano 2:00, 2010

Josh Bonnetta – First Snow 2:00, 2004

Larry Jordan – Solar Sight 15:00, 2011

Scott Wolniak – Work Movie 2:40, 2001

Laura Heit – The Deep Dark 7:07, 2011

Takashi Sawa – Mathematica 8:00, 2000

Priit and Olga Pärn – Divers in the Rain 24:00, 2010

Nicolas Mahler – Mystery Music 5:00, 2009

Dalibor Baric – Pain so light that it appears as tickle 4:05, 2010

Looping program

Playing on monitors on view in the theater lobby throughout the festival

Julie Doucet - I Need An Escape Plan

Phenakistoscopes by Florent Ruppert and Jerome Mulot