Experimental animator Jodie Mack presents work from a final few years.
Admitting in her introduction to this Big Ears Festival assembly that a initial thing she dictated to offer was “a 12-minute wordless film about paper,” Dartmouth College-based animator Jodie Mack was as contented as an artist can be while vagrant viewers not to travel out of her screening. “The good news is a films usually get easier to watch,” she insisted mid by a program.
She was right about a difficulty. After a aforementioned wordless film, New Fancy Foils, that in fast glow alternated images of selected decorative-paper swatches, Mack showed something roughly as assaultive to a eyes as a offerings of some of a weekend’s louder bands were to a ears. Undertone Overture, done of images of tie-dyed fabric, contained such prolonged stretches of high-frequency edits that it was formidable to watch a shade but permitting one’s eyes to shine over with fatigue.
The thing is, though, Undertone Overture is beautiful — like a midcentury tone margin portrayal come to life, pulsing with clear hues that exclude to settle down for a consequence of viewers’ comfort. Having survived it, assembly members competence shortly find themselves wanting another look.
Instead, they got Dusty Stacks of Mom, a 41-minute epic whose soundtrack mimicked Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of a Moon from commencement to end. A goofy, lustful acknowledgment for a indiscriminate print business her family ran for years, a film found Mack singing about a kind of inexpensive taste used to cover dorm walls while causing Mom’s register to dance about with stop-motion photography. Not scarcely as talented as it competence have been, a cutesy featurette seemed to display a filmmaker’s core sensibility, in that even a challengingly paced work will expected be assembled of shine or flattering colors.
That was positively a box in a dual brief beauties rounding out a program, Glistening Thrills and Let Your Light Shine. For a latter, Mack upheld out prism eyeglasses so viewers would see a white-on-black animation onscreen double into a underbrush of dancing rainbows. More beguiling than many of a 3D effects entrance out of Hollywood these days, it was a feel-good chaser to some of a some-more stern abstractions being offering during Big Ears, both on screens and on stages.
Venue: Big Ears Festival
Director-producer-editor: Jodie Mack
Not rated, 75 minutes