Focus Group: 16mm Direct Animation Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:00am5:00pm

Visual Arts Center

Free and Open to the Public

Focus Group welcomes filmmakers Rachel Stuckey and Lee Webster, who will lead a workshop that explores cameraless animation. This form of animation, also known as direct animation, involves the application of materials directly onto 16mm filmstrips, which results in gorgeous, abstract animations. Preceded by a short screening and a brief lecture on the history of the medium, the all-day workshop will demonstrate how to draw, paint, etch, and collage directly onto 16mm film to create beautiful and rhythmic moving pictures. A screening at the end of the workshop will premiere the participants’ animations and also feature a curated selection of seminal and contemporary filmmakers working in the medium. The screening is open to the public, so participants are encouraged to invite friends and family!

All materials will be provided. Capacity is limited to 20 participants, so please contact Xochi Solis at by March 1 to reserve your spot.

About the Artist

Rachel Stuckey is a moving-image artist and native Austinite, who works primarily in video, film, and across media in live-action and animation to make exploratory non-narrative films. She holds a BFA in Experimental Filmmaking from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently a graduate student in Transmedia at The University of Texas at Austin.

Lee Webster is an Austin-based working artist, teacher, and founding member of the video-art collective, Austin Video Bee. Webster received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006. Her practice incorporates film, video, installation, and public projects, which have been shown at the Texas Biennial, Fusebox Festival, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Sofa Gallery, Domy Books, and Co-lab in Austin; Sarah Lawrence College in New York; Danger Danger Gallery in Philadelphia; and Box 13 in Houston.

About the Program

Focus Group is an experimental film screening series introducing visitors to seminal filmmakers and their contemporary counterparts. Accompanied by presentations from film aficionados, the screenings stimulate conversation about experimental film and its various formats.

Film Program

Mothlight by Stan Brakhage
4min / 16mm / silent / 1963

Arapadaptor (I feel so) by Anna Geyer
5m / 16mm / sound / 2003

The Girl's Nervy by Jennifer Reeves
5m / 16mm / sound / 1995

Black and White Trypps #1 by Ben Russell
6.5m / 16mm / silent / 2005

Matters of Bioluminescence by Robbie Land
8m / 16mm / silent / 2013

Early Abstractions by Harry Smith
23m / 16mm to digital / sound / 1946-57

Color Cry by Len Lye
3m / 16mm to digital / sound / 1953

Focus Group is presented in collaboration with Experimental Response Cinema, an Austin-based collective of avant-garde film and video artists devoted to bringing local, national, and international experimental films to Austin screens.

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