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Jodie Mack // colours and crafts
by Aaron Zeghers // Posted to Cineflyer // Nov 29, 2011
Cineflyer is proud to present a film screening of collected works from one of our favourite independent animators, Jodie Mack.
Currently an assistant professor of film and media studies at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Jodie Mack is a paper cut-out, stop-motion, and direct animation pro. Mack has made narratives, musicals, and experimental films, all within the bounds of her beautiful and painstaking hand-manipulated animation.
Mack has an unbridled passion for colours that punch, and patterns that boggle the mind. An appreciation for musicals is shown through many of her hands-on musical stylings, as is her penchant for narratives that are fun, thoughtful and - dare we say - adorable.
Among the films to be screened on 16mm and digitally will be Mack’s longest and perhaps most intricate film to date, Yard Work is Hard Work. This experimental musical is what Mack describes as “an animated musical featurette made with thousands of cut-outs from discarded printed materials. The piece follows a pair of newlyweds as they learn the perils of home ownership and life in general.”
Mack’s Unsubscribe Series is also on the bill, including a 16mm print of Special Offer Inside and Glitch Envy, a paper animated ode to glitch films. Also screening will be a variety of Mack’s early hand-painted, hand-manipulated, and camera-less animations.
Mack’s films have played at prestigious festivals and venues around the world, including the Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Black Maria Film Festival. Yet, to my knowledge, none of Mack’s films have screened in Winnipeg. So make sure to make it out for this one-night-only screening on Dec. 5th, at 7PM in the Video Pool Studio (300-100 Arthur St.)!