In this week’s installment of our ongoing weekly series in which we profile the most interesting independent animation filmmakers working today, we profile Canadian multimedia artist Emily Pelstring and her visually striking and playful work which often uses 16mm film and vintage analog video tools.
In a sentence: A time-tripping academic punk who fuses analog and digital tools to create mystical dreamscapes akin to watching early 1980s television on a broken down portable tv set while ingesting a small dose of mescaline.
Where to start: Head Cleaner (2015). Have you ever wondered what it might be like inside a VCR? Sure you have. Pelstring’s utterly imaginative short uses digital and analog tools to to exorcise ghosts of the 1980s from a broken VCR. It’s trippy, smart, haunting, and mesmerizing, and unlike anything else on the animation circuit.