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Martha Colburn Filmmaker and artist Martha Colburn will offer a focus on animation in this year’s program through two carte blanche programs (including some of her own films) and a workshop open to the audience. Animation is an especially ripe site for “Cracking Up,” known historically and today for taking up a myriad of the term’s meanings all at once, often in only a few short minutes. SIFF is very happy to have one of today’s leading experimental animation filmmakers with us this year.

“The world only exists in your eyes – your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to. And you’re trying to be a little puny individual. By God, if I ever cracked, I’d try to make the world crack with me.” This is a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald in his book The Crack-Up, and I use it as an introduction to this program because it addresses the idea of our conception of reality and the idea of bringing others with us as we ‘Crack Up.’ From WWII veterans to pioneers of Post Modernism, to toxic media avengers, these film artists and animators use their craft to express their inner madness and wreak havoc on or re-order the ‘outer chaos.’ Drifting spirits of the dead meet worlds made up of lines and rhythm; invented techniques from Jeff Scher’s Psychadelichrome to the self-built Hellitron tone generators of Ian Helliwell; obsessive and illogical creations... These are a few of the elements employed by artists in these programs to express the necessity of art. Art is necessary to maintain their balance with the World around and within them. Sometimes this demands invention, appropriation, burning toys – as in the case of Jeff Keen’s 1960’s filmic melt-down of popular culture – drawing and erasing, painting, collaging images by the thousands (2,000, 5,000, 14

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Syros International Film Festival (SIFF) catalog 2017  

Cracking Up: Syros Int’l Film Festival 2017 Catalogue. Including original texts by Cassandra Celestin, Nathaniel Draper, Aaron Khandros, Jac...

Syros International Film Festival (SIFF) catalog 2017  

Cracking Up: Syros Int’l Film Festival 2017 Catalogue. Including original texts by Cassandra Celestin, Nathaniel Draper, Aaron Khandros, Jac...

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