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ColorFest Chromatic Cinema Series: A Collision of Color!

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May 10, 2011

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ColorFest Chromatic Cinema Series: A Collision of Color!

ColorFest Chromatic Cinema Series: A Collision of Color!
Saturdays, July 9 through August 6, 2011, Noon, 2:30 and 4 pm
Saturday, August 13, 2011, 2 pm
McBean Theater

Experience the magic of color on the big screen at the Exploratorium’s Chromatic Cinema Series, with films screening at noon, 2:30 and 4 pm every Saturday between July 9 and August 6, and at 2 pm on Saturday, August 13. Part of the Exploratorium’s summer ColorFest program, this six-part film series includes hand-tinted archival films, contemporary offerings by local artists, and films created by artists hand-drawing and painting on the film surface itself. With animated, documentary and homemade works by Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren, Nina Paley, Stephanie Maxwell, Hy Hirsch, D.A. Pennebaker, and Jim Granato, the Chromatic Cinema Series promises to be a vivid exploration of the outer limits of the genre. For more information, visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/about/artists_scientists/cinema_arts/. The schedule (subject to change) is as follows.

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Re-inventing the Color Wheel
Noon, 2:30 & 4:00 pm

In Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair (1960, 6 min.), Charles and Ray Eames show off the many shades of their ubiquitous plastic chair. Through a combination of stop-motion animation and a kaleidoscopic lens, the colors, patterns and textures in their office come to life while the chairs seem to dance and chase along to the swing of the soundtrack.

Chromatastic (2010, 4 min.), by Kerry Laitala, is the latest experiment in her study of light, motion and the light-bending depth of Chromadepth vision. Laitala paints the screen with abstract color schemes and arouses the senses with a vibrant play of sound and light.

Fetch (4 min. 2001) is an early film by animator Nina Paley, depicting a man playing fetch with his dog in a world full of optical illusions. Original music composed and performed by Nik Phelps and the Sprocket Ensemble.

A Joy (2005 3 min.), by Jodie Mack, is a mesmerizing example of direct animation. Working only with celluloid, acetate, contact paper, and ink, Mack creates vibrant abstract animation that plays with overlaying colors and textures. With music by Four Tet.

Saturday, July 16, 2011
All and Nothing: Color in Black & White
Noon, 2:30 & 4:00 pm

Energie! (2007, 5 min.), by Thorsten Fleisch, is a stunning video made from photographic paper exposed to an uncontrolled high voltage discharge, then arranged in a sequence and projected as a short film.

M.T.X.S. (1990, 3 min., 16mm), by Rock Ross, is a dynamic black-and-white animated film that explodes with color when viewed though diffraction grating glasses.

Lake Orion (2001, 5 min., 16mm), by Michael Walsh, captures memories of summertime swimming and picnicking with family by a lake in striking black and white photography.

Light Is Calling (2003, 8 min.), by Bill Morrison, consists of material from a 1926 film in which the nitrate print has decomposed in such a way that any recognizable figures are all but lost behind hypnotic swirls of the broken-down emulsion.

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Traversing the Palette
Noon, 2:30 & 4:00 pm

Colour Separation (1974, 3 min., 16mm), by Chris Welsby, is based on the color separation process. When projected, the film resembles a moving impressionist painting in which time is seen to participate in the construction of the color image.

Please Don’t Stop (1988, 7 min., 16mm), by Stephanie Maxwell (SFAI), is a camera-less animated film, painted directly onto 35mm film stock and then  reduced to 16mm. This colorful and energetic film brings painterly movement to the screen, traversing through both representational and abstract landscapes.

Daybreak Express (1958, 5 min., 16mm), by D.A. Pennebaker, plays with tempo and reflection on a New York elevated train. Set to “Daybreak Express” by Duke Ellington.

N-Judah 5:30 (2004, 6 min., 16mm), by Sam Green, captures the melancholy commute of a San Francisco trolley ride filling the screen with small, rich moments.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Real and Imagined Worlds
Noon, 2:30 & 4:00 pm

Magnetic Movie (2007, 5 min.), by Semiconductor (artists Ruth Jarmon and Joe Gerhardt), animates the secret lives of invisible magnetic fields, which are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries. Filmed around NASA’s Space Sciences Laboratories at UC Berkeley, the film includes recordings of space scientists describing their discoveries as well as actual VLF audio recordings.

Autumn Spectrum (1957, 8 min., 16mm), by Hy Hirsch, uses jazz and superimpositions to paint a picture of Amsterdam through its reflection on the many canals. This visually lush and rhythmic ode allows the architecture of a city to float across the screen.

Pollenating (2007, 4 min.), by David Montgomery, focuses on the lushly textured animation of ephemeral landscapes by using plant life and other common objects. Complex rhythms emerge from the sets of leaves or blossoms that he collects, creating undulating artifacts that are both surreal and visceral.

Robo-Rainbow (2010, 3 min), by Adam Nilsson, documents street artist Akay with one of his “complicated technical solutions to aid in simple acts of vandalism.” With a few tools and a rainbow of spray paints, any wall can be brightened up with color.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Animated Across the Spectrum
Noon, 2:30 & 4:00 pm

Papermation (2007, 1 min.), by Jen Stark, is a stop-motion piece of regurgitating rainbows and mysterious organic structures using intricate paper-cutouts. Sound composed by Eddie Alonso.

Fiddle-De-Dee (1947, 5 min., 16mm), by animation pioneer Norman McLaren, is a lively animated tumble of forms. In brilliant colors, Fiddle-De-Dee reflects the gaiety of an old time fiddle, played by a Gatineau Valley fiddler.

Radio Dynamics (1943, 4 min., 16mm), by Oskar Fischinger, is a vivid visual composition of form and color. A pioneer in the field of animation, Fischinger was known for creating rhythmical fields of color.

Impasse (1978, 10 min., 16mm), by Frank and Caroline Mouris, is an eye-popping animation made entirely out of Avery brand stickers. A simple narrative of a little red arrow emerges as we see it try to escape the pushy dots and rectangles.

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Cinematic Color: Kodachrome Vibrations
With Filmmaker Jim Granato and Live Musical Accompaniment by GHIANT
2 pm

Join us for an afternoon of Exquisite Corpse captured in Super 8 Kodachrome. The San Francisco Exquisite Corpse group (SF X-Corpse) comprises a rotating group of artists from a variety of arts backgrounds: painting, photography, sculpture, performance art, and film. The impetus for the Exquisite Corpse Films follows from the original surrealist construct presented by Andre Breton in 1920. Each film, created from a three-minute cartridge of Kodachrome Super 8 film, presents six, thirty-second approaches to describing a topic assigned by the group.

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