Animation Breakdown's "Masters Of Cut-Out Animation"

Combining hand-drawn and stop-motion techniques, along with collage and a ton of imagination, creations born from the art of the cut-out animation rip from the page with distinctive texture: a living decoupage that gives birth to geometric ballets, kaleidoscopic head trips, satirical scrapbook follies and beyond. One of the oldest techniques in the medium, it’s been used to create everything from the delicate shadowplay of the very first animated feature (The Adventures of Prince Achmed), to the crushing foot of the Almighty that introduced a certain Flying Circus. Tonight we celebrate the art of the snip n’ slide with a selection of shorts that cover a broad expanse of styles and aesthetics, including the riotous paper perversions of Victor Faccinto, the surreal Victorian voyages of Lawrence Jordan, the cut-and-paste pop culture collisions of Stan Vanderbeek, Frank Mouris and Lewis Klahr, the dadaist goof-offs of Terry Gilliam, the moving photos of Jim Blashfield (whose co-opted style seemed to define a generation — remember those Bubble Tape commercials?) and much more. Join Animation Breakdown for what’s cut out to be an incredible evening!

- Frank Film Dir. Frank Mouris, 1973, 16mm, 9 min.
- E Dirs. Francine Desbiens & Břetislav Pojar, 1981, 16mm, 6 min.
- Le Merle Dir. Norman McLaren, 1959, 16mm, 4 min.
- Achoo Mr. Keroochev Dir. Stan Vanderbeek, 1960, 16mm, 2 min.
- Filet Of Soul Dir. Victor Faccinto, 1972, 16mm, 16 min.
- Altair Dir. Lewis Klahr, 1994, 16mm, 8 min.
- Carabosse Dir. Lawrence Jordan, 1980, 16mm, 5 min.
- Notes On A Triangle Dir. René Jodoin, 1966, 16mm, 5 min.

Watch Jim Blashfield’s iconic cut-out music video for Talking Heads’ “And She Was”!
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