4/29/17 // Whose Line Is It Anyway? with Jodie Mack

Saturday, April 29th, 2017
2:00pm
Kanbar Forum, Exploratorium – Pier 15, San Francisco
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An artist of unmatched, playful meticulousness, filmmaking-tour-de-force Jodie Mack joins us to present a screening highlighting the fun side of language, the essence of human understanding. Jodie’s films are handcrafted gems of abstract animation remarkable for their balance of bombast and delicacy. Her films often employ recycled materials and examine patterns, craftwork, and human-made design. In this screening, she’ll pair her work with those from the inspiring Canyon Cinema collection of artist made 16mm films. Viewed together, these works showcase playful and wildly creative techniques that often underpin the exploration of language in experimental films.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

All films presented in 16mm.

Future is Bright by Jodie Mack (5min, 2011)
Unsubscribe # 3: Glitch Envy by Jodie Mack (6 min, 2010)
Rad Plaid by Jodie Mack (6min, 2010)
Point de gaze by Jodie Mack (5 min, 2012)
Kitsch in Synch by Adam Beckett (4 min, 1975)
Associations by John Smith (6 min, 1975)
Object Conversation by Peter Glabicki (10 min, 1985)
Reflections by Jodie Mack (2017)

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.

Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, The New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2014 “25 New Faces to Watch” and one of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ YBCA 100 in 2015, she currently works as an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College.

Presented in conjunction with Exploratorium Cinema Arts, this event is part of a yearlong series of programming in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Canyon Cinema’s incorporation as a distributor of independent artist-made film.

Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.