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The Linear Dreams of Richard R. Reeves

Saturday, October 29 / 7 pm
Introduced by Richard R. Reeves.

A wizard of scratch animation and the former production coordinator of the Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, Richard R. Reeves creates animated films by scratching sound and picture directly onto film. Independent, handmade, and abstract in nature, these dazzling colorful animated films resemble the best work of animation pioneer Norman McLaren. This program will include some of his best work.

While in Winnipeg, he will teach a day long workshop at the Winnipeg Film Group in camera-less animation. Open to all ages more information how you can sign up here.

Co-presented by Send + Receive, a Festival of Sound 


Garbanzo / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 1992, 2 min.  Abstract forms painted on 16mm film move to original jazz music.

Zig Zag / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 1993, 1 min. 
Zig zag pictures dance to zig zag handmade optical film sounds.

Linear Dreams / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 1997, 7 min.
Images from the minds eye, music from the minds ear. Cameraless animation with handmade optical sound track.

CFMDC Trailer / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 1997, 30 sec.
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre trailer. Cameraless animation with handmade optical sound track.

Sea Song / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 1997, 30 sec. 
An animated look into the sparkling ocean at night. Cameraless animation with handmade optical sound track.

OIAF Signal Film / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 1997, 30 sec.
Signal film for Ottawa International Animation Festival. Cameraless animation with handmade optical sound track.

1:1 (one to one) / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 2001, 2.5 min.
This piece explores the ‘one to one’ relationship between sound and picture.
Cameraless animation with handmade optical sound track.

Element of Light / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 2004, 4.5 min.
Elements of nature expressed within the context of light, colour, form and motion.
Cameraless animation with handmade optical sound track.

Yarwood Trail / Dir. Richard Reeves, Canada, 2004, 4 min.
Inspired by the paintings and sculptures of Walter Yarwood. Commission for the Toronto Animated Image Society “11 in Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation” commemorating the Painters 11. Cameraless animation with handmade optical sound track.

Reviews

Richard Reeves produces some of Canadian cinema’s most accomplished animated imagery and he does it all by hand. Painstakingly drawing, scratching and painting on the celluloid, he creates a hypnotic barrage of colours, shapes and rhythms. His is cameraless animation at its best. Think of some of Norman McLaren’s best moments, particularly from Begone Dull Care (made with Evelyn Lambart in 1949) or Blinkity Blank (1955), add an astonishing hand-drawn soundtrack, and you can start to imagine the experience of watching Reeves’s films.
-Barbara Goslawski, Take One Magazine.
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