Maureen Selwood, Odalisque, USA 1980

Image: Maureen Selwood, Odalisque, USA 1980

“Independent Frames: American Experimental Animation in the 1970s and 1980s”, with Herb Shellenberger. The last edition of this series of FILM CLUB, "Independent Frames" examines the work of American artists who approached film through independently-produced, frame-by-frame animations in the 1970s and 1980s.

Made primarily by artists with no formal animation training, the films in this selection demonstrate the wide variety of psychedelic, formalist, autobiographical and counter-cultural work produced during this period, and the individualised techniques they inherited and refined from older generations of experimental animators. The films show a diversity of practice but demonstrate each artist’s concentration on the construction of these works on a frame-by-frame basis. Each film is a potent concentration of images, sounds, movement and ideas.

Ayoka Chenzira’s Hair Piece explores the filmmaker's identity through a hilarious examination of beauty standards for black women and men, whereas Lisa Crafts’ Glass Gardens captures a more poetic, introspective scene of a woman in a gritty urban dystopia. Fred Mogubgub’s rock’n’roll-filled The Pop Show is a pre-1970s anticipation of the energetic and inventive experiments new artists brought to animation during the following decades. Sally Cruikshank’s films, shown here in new 35mm restorations held at the BFI National Archive, filter classic cartoons through a countercultural lens, resulting in a fantasy-filled mixture of the 1930s, 1970s and the distant future.

The screening will be followed by an ‘in conversation’ and Q&A with event curator Herb Shellenberger and Peter Taylor, Director, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.

Where: Tyneside Cinema (Roxy, 3rd floor), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

When: Wednesday 22 March, 8.30 – c.10.30pm

To register please click here. Registration closes at 2pm on the day of the event. Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge to attend, but places are strictly limited and offered first come first served. You may register for up to two places but must specify the name and details of each guest individually for the registration to be valid. 

Herb Shellenberger will also be conducting a limited number of advisory project development one-to-one meetings. These will be held on Tuesday 21 March in central Newcastle (12-5pm, venue tbc). Attendance is by application. Read more here.