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ANDY SMETANKA: THE MISSOULA SORCERER

FRI, FEB 17 / 7 pm
Introduced by Andy Smetanka

Writer, musician, silhouette artist and stop motion animator Andy Smetanka started making Super 8 movies in 2002 after an inspiring trip to Winnipeg, and since 2004 has been working chiefly in animated silhouettes. His work can be seen in the music videos of The Decemberists, and in the 2007 Guy Maddin documentary feature My Winnipeg for which he was tasked with recreating episodes from that city’s history.

As a guest visiting artist he will introduce a program of his remarkable animated shorts.

Aurora, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2007, USA, 5:02 min.
The last lonely moments of the 1928 Soviet space program. Worries and thoughts of home. Soundtrack music performed by people whirling different-sized plastic tubes around.

Missoulaqatsi, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2010, USA, 6:19 min.
Like Koyaanisqatsi. Except it’s all Super 8 time-lapse footage shot in and around Missoula, Montana. So it’s Missoulaqatsi.

This Western Feeling, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2010, USA, 3:55 min.
An example of the personal “illuminated home movie” format Smetanka cleverly employs to record his life and environment, wow contemporary hipsters with vogue-ish music, and recycle the scraps from his cutting-room floor. All in one flashy package!

City in Shadows, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2011, USA, 5:53 min.
Inspired by the recreated skylines of Winnipeg, Smetanka set his sights a little closer to home for his second city-tribute en silhouette, which was created on public display at the Missoula Art Museum over a period of two months.

Sexy Astronaut, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2002, USA, 6:12 min.
The movie that started it all! Darn it all anyway, Smetanka thought after stalking his film idols all the way to Winnipeg, when I get home I’m going to show Guy and George that I can make a movie, too! As if on cue, Missoula pop cosmonauts Volumen smuggled this ultra-catchy souvenir back from the seventh dimension and said, “Here you go, man.”

Snakes, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2003, USA, 3:30 min.
The second installment of the seminal Volumen Trilogy, delving deeper into the strange world of Volumen with dioramas and skeleton costumes and also providing the first glimpses of Smetanka’s silhouette future.

Every Other Word, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2008, USA, 3:04 min.
Briefly tired of laboring in the shadow of silhouette genius Lotte Reiniger, Smetanka turns aside to wallow in the shell-hole sized footsteps of another early inspiration–Norman McLaren–in this gloriously scratchy scratch animation.

Le Wizard, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2006, USA, 5:34 min.
What’s a peaceful farming hamlet to do when a big bad sorcerer lays a withering curse on their “jazz tobacco?” Take up arms and settle his hash, that’s what! Features the blistering riffage of Salt Lake City metal duo Le Force.

The Bachelor and the Bride, dir. Andy Smetanka, 2004, USA, 6:34 min.
A lovely country lass can’t even scythe her barley or blow dandelion fuzz without attracting the unwanted attentions of a priapic old aristocrat from the nearby city. The first of two silhouette videos created for Portland, Oregon’s much-loved The Decemberists.

The Winnipeg Film Group gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Film Board in this master class series

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I Am Cuba (Restoration)

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The Changeling (Restoration)

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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

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The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

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