6/17/17 // The Handmade Cinema of Jeremy Rourke

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
2:00pm
Kanbar Forum — Exploratorium
Pier 15, San Francisco
Included with museum admission.
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“after an exploration of selections of experimental animation from the canyon cinema film collection, a viewing of oskar fischinger’s walking from munich to berlin sort of instantly inspired a project: i would walk and document a journey from brisbane to the to the exploratorium along the san francisco bay coast. walkabouts in the bay area are always welcome and the open doors of canyon cinema just so happen to serendipitously greet the traveler at the halfway point of this proposed journey; and those fine folks took me and my camera in for another viewing of oscar’s film from 1927 as i undertook the route. and then hours and miles and many photographs later the fine folks at the exploratorium took me in as the sun was descending and offered me rest and rejuvenation. what a town! what people! i documented points along my progress with single frame bursts of my digital camera that were then strung together as the stills making up a moving picture. fischinger condensed his 380 mile journey into a three minute film and my 13 mile journey comes in at just about the same. i look forward to sharing both of these works (along with some other gems from the canyon cinema archive) with the audience at the exploratorium. these works will act as a jumping off point into an expanded cinema program of my stop animation films that i will be scoring live with guitar, harp, singing bowls, bells and my voice.” -Jeremy Rourke

Enter the inventive worlds of animator and troubadour Jeremy Rourke during this family friendly program that fuses animation with live musical performance and surprising off-the-screen interactions. Rourke’s animations are handcrafted masterpieces that fuse found materials, photos, timelapse video, text, painting, and cut-paper collage into works of tender depth and joyful detail. Filled with antique imagery and fleeting words, many were meticulously created to accompany his original music. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Canyon Cinema, Rourke will take inspiration from and incorporate Canyon’s collection of artist films to craft new works.

Jeremy Rourke creates music and stop-motion films made from vintage photographs and other ephemera. A self-taught animator eschewing digital effects for hands-on techniques, he was named “Best New Animator/Musician” by SF Weekly in 2011 and was recently an artist-in-residence at Recology SF. Rourke’s films have screened in Atlanta, Chicago, and Portland, Oregon, and internationally at the Budapest Short International Film Festival and the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival in England.

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.