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Martha Colburn: Upcoming Screenings + Video

By Mike Everleth ⋅ March 29, 2008

Since I saw that animator Martha Colburn has two films in the last New York Underground Film Festival this coming April 2-8 (Destiny Manifesto and What’s On?), I decided to check out what else she has coming up on her official site since she always seems so busy. Of course, she has a ton of stuff for me to list; some of which are “one night only” events while others play in rotation for a few days/weeks. I also found a video I hadn’t seen before, so I’m embedding that below, too.

The first screening is going on right now and playing through June 22. Three of Martha’s animations — Cosmetic Emergency, Destiny Manifesto and Don’t Kill the Weatherman — are in rotation at the Jersey City Museum, NJ. Finally, a reason to go to Jersey City!

March 29: Martha will be performing live A/V cutups set to the sounds of live band Perspects at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI.

Cartune Xprez is a travelling roadshow of animated shorts and Martha’s Meet Me in Wichita is part of the program. The show is hoofin’ it around the East Coast. Upcoming screenings include:
March 31 & April 1: MonkeyTown in Brooklyn
April 3: Wham City in Baltimore
April 5: Pittsburgh Filmmakers

April 25: Not sure what this event will be, but it will take place at the Berkeley Art Museum and the band Deerhoof, who Martha did a great video for, will play.

Finally, this isn’t a new video, but I just watched it. It’s a music video for the song “Lie, Lie, Lie” by Serj Tankian. Little story:

Last fall, as I was driving by the wonderful Vista Theater in L.A. one night — actually the best movie theater in L.A. — there was a huge crowd of teenagers outside and on the marquee it said: SERJ TANKIAN! “Who the hell is Serj Tankian and why does he have such a huge crowd with TV cameras around and everything?” I wondered.

So I went home, Googled him and found out he’s the lead singer for System of a Down, whom I’ve heard of, but I don’t think I’ve heard any songs by them since I don’t know a whole hell of a lot about modern popular music. And I guess the event at the Vista was to promote a solo album. But the reason he had such a big crowd — in addition to being in a popular band, I guess — is that the Vista is right next to Little Armenia in L.A. and Serj is Armenian. Anyway…

Whoever Serj is, he’s got great taste if he has Martha making videos for him. This one for “Lie, Lie, Lie” plays like an old gothic romance silent movie, but in color and done with animated cut-outs. It’s also got an Alice in Wonderland vibe with an innocent girl falling through nothingness and landing in a flowery seaside garden where she’s bedeviled by Serj. Then they go to Hell or something: