Alien Encounters | Chicago Reader

Alien Encounters

Short 16-millimeter films. In Lisa Barcy and Jim Trainor's whimsical clay animation The Ordovicians, critters from the Paleozoic era wriggle and gurgle in amorphous ecstasy. Daichi Saito's black-and-white Chiasmus (2003) shows various body parts in extreme close-up; their angular, geometric quality is disrupted when Saito pulls back, revealing the curve of a breast or buttock. Tony Gault edits together found footage for Not Too Much Remember (2003), which looks at the CIA's LSD experiments on human guinea pigs. And Marie Losier's playfully disorienting Electrocute Your Stars features the stream-of-consciousness musings of experimental filmmaker George Kuchar. Five more shorts complete the program, which totals 69 minutes.

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