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L.A. Filmforum: Triumph of the Wild: New Experimental Animation

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 19, 2011

Exterior of the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California

May 22
7:30 p.m.
Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hosted by: L.A. Filmforum

For “Triumph of the Wild: New Experimental Animation,” filmmaker Eric Leiser has curated a selection of 10 short animated films from around the world, including his own film, Forest. At the screening, Leiser and filmmakers Alice Cohen and Gina Marie Napolitan will be in attendance.

Included in the lineup are films from the U.S., Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. Cohen will be screening her 13-minute film Mirror Moves for Private Eyes, which “explores the idea of The Mirror as a psychic receptor; a magical portal to visionary and ecstatic states, through self-reflection and visualization. Napolitan will screen her 5-minute film Demons and Cathedrals, which features “amnesia and childhood, spooky synthesizers, pod people.”

Also in the lineup are Martha Colburn‘s Triumph of the Wild, an ecstatic, animated examination of the U.S.’ history of war; and Michael Robinson‘s These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us, in which “Isis escorts her favorite son on their final curtain call down the Nile.”

The full lineup is below:

These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us, dir. Michael Robinson (2010, USA, 13 mins, DV, color, sound)
The External World, dir. David O’Reilly (2011, Ireland, 17 mins, HD, color, sound)
Triumph of the Wild, dir. Martha Colburn (2009, USA, 10 mins, 35mm, color, sound)
Battery Cage, dir. Studio Smack (2009, Netherlands, 4 mins, HD, color, sound)
Mirror Moves for Private Eyes, dir. Alice Cohen (2010, USA, 13 mins, DV, color, sound)
Mastering Bambi, dir. Persijn Broerson and Margit Luckas (2011, USA/Netherlands, 13 mins, HD, color, sound)
Remisequenz, dir. Xenia Lesniewski (2010, Germany, 3 mins, Digibeta)
City of Progress, dir. Justine Bennet (2008, Netherlands, 11 mins, HD, black and white, sound)
Forest, dir. Eric Leiser (2008, USA, 3 mins, HD, color, sound)
Demons and Cathedrals, dir. Gina Marie Napolitan (2010, USA, 5m. 16mm, color, sound)

Still from Michael Robinson’s These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us:

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra