Alternative Imaging: Low-Tech and Handmade Films

The term special effects has come to mean high-tech digital glitz, but many experimental filmmakers produce visual poetry using relatively simple techniques that utilize the physical properties of celluloid. To create Tablecloth (2002), Sandra Gibson applied portions of a plastic tablecloth directly to a film strip, yielding a lyrical layering of semitransparent colors. Constructed out of etchings made from impressions of corn husks, Eric Theise's Hojas de Maiz (2002) is a subtle succession of finely mottled patterns. Mary Beth Reed's visually lush Moon Streams (2000) combines paint applied to the film strip with photographed imagery to turn a waterfall into a startling apparition. Seven other shorts complete the program. 66 min.

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