Oct 7th 2010

Enchanted gardens, epic battles, and creatures that morph out of roiling landscapes of clay are but a few of the visions that make up legendary animator Bruce Bickford’s world—one of metamorphosis, destruction, and regeneration. Best known for his work with Frank Zappa—Baby Snakes (1979) and The Amazing Mr. Bickford (1987)—Bickford’s stunning and surreal animations have influenced generations of artists, filmmakers, and musicians. This evening’s program features a rare theatrical screening of his 1988 tour-de-force, Prometheus’ Garden; recent pencil-line animations, including the hypnotic Inversion Layer (1994) and The Comic That Frenches Your Mind (2007); and a collection of rarely-seen animated sequences and fragments spanning Bickford’s prodigious career, featuring a not-to-be-missed live soundtrack by musicians Jeff Parker (Tortoise, The Relatives) and Frank Rosaly (Viscous). Special thanks to Peter Burr for his generous assistance with this program.

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