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THE HOUSE OF SWEET MAGIC: THE ANIMATED FILMS OF HELEN HILL (1970-2007)

SAT, DEC 5 / 7 pm
Introduced By Animator Leslie Supnet

Introduced by Winnipeg animator Leslie Supnet: Leslie Supnet is a visual artist and animator from Winnipeg, MB whose whimsical reproductions of everyday experience enter into the key of the surreal, that aims to give an outlet to our trials and struggles. (www.sundaestories.com)

In an essay for the Atlantic Filmmaker’s Co-operative, Amanda Dawn Christie cites several filmmakers who made a significant impact on the Halifax film community. The name that stands out strongest is the late animator Helen Hill. Nobody who worked with or encountered Hill in Halifax has ever forgotten her.

Christie says Hill “disrupted the flow of linear filmmaking” through her projects and filmmaking. Though Hill died tragically at a relatively young age in New Orleans in January of 2007 in the aftermath of Hurricaine Katrina, it was clear that she left a significant mark on on the aesthetic of Nova Scotia filmmaking.

A force of nature, Hill moved to Halifax in 1995 from the United States and immediately started to shake things up. She helped organize the Reel Vision Festival for Women Filmmakers and taught many workshops on experimental animation at the Atlantic Filmmaker’s Co-operative, helping to influence a new generation of filmmakers. These included Halifax animators Heather Harkins and Lisa Morse, both of whom went on to create award winning films of their own.

Hill won the Linda Joy Award twice and in 1996 she was voted Nova Scotia’s Best Director in Halifax’s weekly The Coast. In 1999 and 2000, she attended Phil Hoffman’s Independent Imaging Retreat, to develop her hand-processing technical skills. She utilized these hand made techniques in her filmmaking, including Mouseholes (1999) and Madame Winger Makes a Film (2001). She worked with many different styles including cell, hand drawn and stop motion animation. From her experiences she also created a reference book of hand-crafted film techniques (Recipes for Disaster: a Handcrafted Film Cookbooklet 2001) for independent animators.

Her 1999 animated film Mouseholes won Hill acclaim across Canada and the U.S., winning awards in North Carolina and Calgary, and touring across Canada, Norway and Vietnam in Chris Robinson’s State of Canadian Animation.

In 2007, the Harvard Film Archive established the Helen Hill Collection, a repository of films, drawings, photographs, art works, writings, music, and ephemera. Hill’s work was noted for its free spirit and strong sense of invention. Her spirit, egalitarianism and teachings were important in influencing a new generation of east coast animators.

– Dave Barber

FILM PROGRAM:
Rain Dance | 1990 | 3:45 min.
Vessel | 1992 | 6:15 min.
The World’s Smallest Fair | 1995 | 4:26 min.
Scratch and Crow | 1995 | 4:23 min.
Tunnel of Love | 1996 | 4:00 min.
Your New Pig Is Down the Road | 1999 | 5:00 min.
Film for Rosie | 2000 | 3:13 min.
Mouseholes | 1999 | 7:40 min.
Madame Winger Makes A Film: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century | 2001 | 9:29 min.
Bohemian Town | 2004 | 2:42 min

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