Challenging and creative films like 1969’s Up Is Down put director Millie Goldsholl at the vanguard of animation during a period of intense innovation in the form. This program surveys some of her influences and peers, showcasing styles that vary from Norman McLaren’s visionary experiments in direct-to-film animation and pixilation to Faith and John Hubley’s beautifully-crafted and humanistic narrative shorts. Award-winning animator (and Northwestern Professor) Eric Patrick will be present to share his insights into these bold, inventive films.
Begone Dull Care (Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, 1949, 16mm, 8 min.) Produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada
Neighbors (Norman McLaren, 1952, 35mm, 8 min.) Produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada
Trade Tattoo (Len Lye, 1937, 16mm, 5 min.)
Celery Stalks At Midnight (John Whitney 1951, 16mm, 3 min.) Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive
Form Phases IV (Robert Breer, 1954, 16mm, 3 min.)
The Hole (Faith & John Hubley, 1962, 35mm, 15 min.) Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive
Composition in Blue (Oskar Fischinger, 1935, 35mm, 4 min.)
Sand, or Peter and the Wolf (Caroline Leaf, 1969, 16mm, 10 min.)
Frank Film (Caroline and Frank Mouris, 1973, DCP, 9 min.) Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive
Envelope Jive (Goldsholl Design & Film Associates, ca 1963, 16mm, 10 min.)
Plus: additional films by Charles & Ray Eames and Saul Bass screening afterward
Part of the film series
Designers in Film: The Cinematic World of the Goldsholls
This film series complements and extends the Block’s exhibition Up Is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio with five programs of films produced by the Chicago-based Goldsholls, their collaborators, influences, and contemporaries. Presenting a wide spectrum of classic and rarely-seen experimental cinema, animation, and commissioned films, Designers in Film explores the playful and innovative atmosphere of 20th-century moving image-making in which Morton and Millie Goldsholl took a central place.
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