Explore the mad world of offbeat and strange hand drawn animations from the 70s & 80s. We’ll bring the VHS player, you bring the acid wash jeans. (Or maybe just the acid).

Featured films: Make me Psychic (Sally Cruikshank), Skeletons & Autosong (Al Jarnow), The Doodlers (Kathy Rose), Tempting Fate (Susan Young), Asparagus (Suzan Pitt), Sunbeam (Paul Vester).

Carl Spencer

Carl Spencer is an artist and teacher whose past works have explored systems theory and Process Art through the use of video, sound, and projection, with a focus on the modification of electronic devices.


Make me Psychic, Dir. Sally Cruikshank. (8:00) – Anita the duck buys a psychic device at a novelty store in an alternate universe and creates mayhem at a crazy party.



Skeletons, Dir Al Jarnow (1:00) – The 1979 classic Sesame Street short.


Autosong, Dir.Al Jarnow (9:00) – “Autosong’s remarkable spatial dimensional uses cartoon freedom to abolish the laws of physics inventing long, impossible tracking shots, Jarnow creates an inexorable forward movement sweeping over, around, into the window and out the rear-view mirror of a driverless Volkswagon as it careens down an empty-world autobahn.” -J. Hoberman, Village Voice


The Doodlers, Dir. Kathy Rose (5:00) – Director Kathy Rose’s animated characters seem to create their own art in various media.

Tempting Fate, Dir. Susan Young (7:00) – A cut-out film exploring feelings of shame, guilt, and impending doom.


Asparagus, Dir. Suzan Pitt (18:00) – This candy coloured nightmare rocked audiences upon its release and catapulted maker Suzan Pitt to the front ranks of indie animation. Stunning cel animation propels its blank-faced protagonist into the world of the phallus, rendered here as a field of asparagus, which she deep throats, excretes and flushes away…The film’s stunning set piece occurs before a claymation audience who gape as the artist opens her Medusa’s box to release rare wonders. A moving meditation on art and the cost of reproduction, Asparagus remains, twenty-five years after its release, a benchmark of single frame intensity.

Sunbeam, Dir. Paul Vester (5:00) – A short film set to the song, “What’s at the Top of a Sunbeam” (1941), based on sketches, photographs and ideas formulated during a period living in Venice, California  in 1974. What’s at the top, really? Is there a top?

Animovies is part of Emmedia Production Society’s Homegrown Curator Series.




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January 30, 2015