Myths, Legends, and Lies | Chicago Reader

Myths, Legends, and Lies

Filmmaker Jim Trainor curated this program of ten works, and though he's excluded his own films, the selection reflects his quirky, slightly creepy vision of the strangeness of physical existence. In the opener, Zack Stiglicz's Aristophanes on Broadway (1991), a voice-over recounts the famous myth from Plato's Symposium—that men and women were split off from androgynous spheres and need each other to become whole again—while footage of a gay pride parade appears in an otherworldly color negative that makes the bare skin more sensuous. In the anonymous 1920s porno cartoon Everready the erect protagonist is so eager that he sticks it into a girl who's under a mound of sand, only to discover that he's buggered an old man who'd been screwing her in secret; the context of the program makes the crude drawing and the protagonist's absurd overendowment seem even weirder. Chris Sullivan describes his animated Landscape With the Fall of Icarus (1991) as “an urban allegory, about an aging priest and his dwindling congregation,” and his destabilizing switches between line drawing and supple 3-D effects are compelling. Also showing: works by Ben Russell, Martha Colburn, Lewis Klahr, Anne Severson, and Ryan Larkin. 94 min.

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