APPEARANCES


WILDBUNCH FEST 2016
Aug
20
9:00 pm21:00

WILDBUNCH FEST 2016

  • WILDBUNCH FEST 2016

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media Presents Bakuon Festival featuring Tavito Nanao and Bruce Bickford. This will take place on August 20th at WILD BUNCH FEST. in Yamaguchi Kirara-haku Kinen Park featuring Inversion Layer, The Comic That Frenches Your Mind and Upper Valley (all films live scored by Tavito Nanao). More information can be found at http://www.bakuon-bb.net/2016/wildbunchfest/index.html

Belfast Film Festival
Apr
21
9:00 pm21:00

Belfast Film Festival

  • Belfast Film Festival

You might think you’ve seen it all but you’ve never seen anything like this.

Bruce Bickford is a sixty-four-year-old animator who achieved cult status during his collaboration with Frank Zappa during the 1970s and has labored in virtual obscurity ever since. His two dimensional “line animation” is remarkable. His clay animation has made him legendary.

It is nearly impossible to provide a satisfying synopsis of a Bickford film to the uninitiated. On the surface, it appears to be a stream of consciousness, only one which took place over months or even years in the mind of the animator as he created and photographed each frame.

‘Prometheus Garden’ defies description and simply must be experienced. Film scholar Michael Frierson writes: “Bickford offers us a visionary landscape, a hallucinogenic retreat into magical settings where figure and ground may transform into the other at any moment, enchanted settings in which modern technocrats are easy villains and nature is under siege”. Bickford is an underground artist who has mystified animation critics and inspired generations of animators, while somehow eluding fame.

Belfast Film Festival
Apr
16
9:00 am09:00

Belfast Film Festival

  • Belfast Film Festival

You might think you’ve seen it all but you’ve never seen anything like this.

Bruce Bickford is a sixty-four-year-old animator who achieved cult status during his collaboration with Frank Zappa during the 1970s and has labored in virtual obscurity ever since. His two dimensional “line animation” is remarkable. His clay animation has made him legendary.

It is nearly impossible to provide a satisfying synopsis of a Bickford film to the uninitiated. On the surface, it appears to be a stream of consciousness, only one which took place over months or even years in the mind of the animator as he created and photographed each frame.

‘Prometheus Garden’ defies description and simply must be experienced. Film scholar Michael Frierson writes: “Bickford offers us a visionary landscape, a hallucinogenic retreat into magical settings where figure and ground may transform into the other at any moment, enchanted settings in which modern technocrats are easy villains and nature is under siege”. Bickford is an underground artist who has mystified animation critics and inspired generations of animators, while somehow eluding fame.

Mar
26
12:00 am00:00
Art

Sacred&Profane Closing Event

  • Flatcolor Gallery

Bruce Bickford Solo Exhibition Closing Event
"Sacred and Profane"

Join Bruce Bickford for this closing event of his solo exhibition "Sacred and Profane" Saturday, March 26th 12-6PM at Flatcolor Gallery.

Mr. Bickford will be in attendance creating artwork and we will be screening his animations.

Refreshments will be served.

Sacred & Profane
Mar
3
Mar 26

Sacred & Profane

  • Flatcolor Gallery

"Sacred & Profane" an exploration of plasticine parables. Creation, destruction and transformation. Clay, line, cardboard and film innovations by animator Bruce Bickford.

Please join Bruce and Flatcolor for the opening of this exhibition March 3, 2016 5:00-9:00pm.

This Exhibition will run through March 26th.

GEORAMA 2016
Feb
4
Feb 26

GEORAMA 2016

  • Tokyo Japan

Exhibition featured in animation festival GEORAMA2016 http://newdeer.net/georama

February 4th-  Shibuya WWW (Channeling with Mister Bickford  http://smash-jpn.com/live/?id=2419http://www-shibuya.jp/index.html
-Film Screening
-Performance with Japanese Musicians
-Performance with Bruce Bickford

Febuary 6th-7th Vacant Gallery https://www.vacant.vc/
Daytime Exhibition (Bruce Bickford's Garage)
Nightime film screening with Q&A

February 9th - Liquidroom http://www.liquidroom.net/
-Live Performance
(Channeling with Mister Bickford)

February 11th-26th Yamamoto Gendai Gallery http://www.yamamotogendai.org/
-Art Exhibition

Zappa Week
Dec
9
Dec 11

Zappa Week

  • Tower District Records

Thursday December 10th 2015 5:00pm

-Art showing with clay animation filmmaker Bruce Bickford in attendance.

Friday December 11th 2015 4:00pm

-Art showing/DVD Signing and Q&A with Bruce BIckford

Friday December 11th 2015 7:30pm

-CAS'L' screening/Q&A with Bruce Bickford in attendance.
For more information please visit towerdistrictrecords.com & zappaweek.com

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5th Annual Short Run Comix & Arts Festival
Oct
31
Nov 1

5th Annual Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

  • Fisher Pavillion

This Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, Short Run Comix & Arts Festival presents their fifth annual showcase of indie comix, zines, art books, small press lit, poetry, animation, and more.

The spacious Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will overflow with 200 artists from across the country, with comics trick-or-treating for the kids, innovative animation by Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), mask making, an epic bake sale, and swag bags overflowing with comics.

Jaimee Garbacik will launch The Ghosts of Seattle Past-a collaborative atlas of memories and interactive art installation. The audience will create hybrid texts combining elements of illustration and poetry with Kundiman poets Jane Wong, EJ Koh and Michelle Peñaloza. Fictilis will conduct a creative census and Most Ancient will present a Virtual Reality art and sound experience.

Special guests this year include indie comics couple Charles Forsman and Melissa Mendes, from Massachusetts. Forsman has released two graphic novels with Fantagraphics, 2013’s Celebrated Summer and 2014’s The End of the Fucking World, and is currently self-publishing his ode to action comics, Revenger. Mendes, a Xeric Grant-recipient and member of the global feminist artists collective Ladydrawers, will present her latest work The Weight, an epic family saga inspired by her late grandfather’s life in rural New York state, spanning from the 1930s onward.

Celebrated Northwest visionary Jim Woodring will unveil his latest creation, Frank in the 3rd Dimension, out this fall from Fantagraphics Books, Inc. For the first time ever, you can enter Woodring’s hypnotic drawings through 32 pages of full-volume 3D visual vignettes. Short Run will bring Woodring’s world to Seattle Center with a 3D screening of the book. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to meet the mostly-reclusive local animator and outsider artist Bruce Bickford, most-known for his late ’70s collaborations with experimental musician Frank Zappa. His near-hallucinogenic claymation films have inspired generations of animators. Get an exciting first-look at pages from his now colossal graphic novel tome Vampire Picnic, or sneak a peek at his newest film Cas’l in our animation tent.

These special guests will feature their work alongside 200 fellow mid-career and emerging talents including traveling first-timers Box Brown, A.T. Pratt, Robyn Chapman, Hellen Jo, Calvin Wong, Georgia Webber, and locals Max Clotfelter, Jesse Lortz, Darin Shuler, Wave Books, Chin Music Press, Raychelle Duazo, Josh Simmons, E.T. Russian, and Pat Moriarity.

Charles Forsman's appearance is made possible with help from Fantagraphics Books Inc.

In order to create a fun and safer space for People of Color, anyone who is wearing a racist or culturally appropriative costume will be asked to leave. This includes dressing like a specific race other than your own, like ancestors other than your own, or like a specific person of another race in a way that caricatures that race.

Much more info: www.shortrun.org

Perpetual Motion Machine: A Bruce Bickford Retrospective
Oct
2
7:30 pm19:30

Perpetual Motion Machine: A Bruce Bickford Retrospective

  • Northwest Film Forum

Bruce Bickford is Seattle’s own born and raised animation genius. Most well-known for his claymation work with Frank Zappa in the 1970s, he still animates or draws basically all day every day, and has an impressive accumulation of independent work. He is inspired by history, mythology and classic hero stories, and yet his films are unlike anything you’ve seen elsewhere. Bruce’s films are unconcerned with our desire for clarity, and yet they are rewarding when committed to. We are proud to screen the NW’s first comprehensive compilation of his oeuvre, including CAS’L, Bruce’s latest long clay film that he was animating from about 1988 to 1997. It has only recently been mastered and completed with a soundtrack and has rarely been seen in its entirety. Along with Prometheus’ Garden, Bruce’s clay masterpiece finished in 2008, we are proud to show some of Bruce’s intricate pencil animations that are almost more mesmerizing than the clay for which he is known. Bruce is scheduled to be in attendance for the screening. Part of the Local Sightings Film Festival.

Full film descriptions: http://localsightings.nwfilmforum.org/?page_id=1746

Line up:

1. Prometheus' Garden
Bruce Bickford – Seattle, WA – 2008 – 28 min

2. The Comic That Frenches Your Mind
Bruce Bickford – Seattle, WA – 2008 - 5 min

3. Excerpt from Dream of a Beatnick Poet aka Pachuco Cross
Bruce Bickford – Seattle, WA– 2011 – 5 min

4. Inversion Layer
Bruce Bickford – Seattle, WA – 2003 - 14 min

5. CAS'L
Bruce Bickford – Seattle, WA – 2015 – 46 min

TOTAL: 98 minutes

Ottawa International Film Festival
Sep
16
Sep 20

Ottawa International Film Festival

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival

Bruce Bickford will be screening his latest film CAS'L' at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. There will be three screenings including a special Master Class with Bruce sharing animation techniques and tricks. Look forward to a special Webcast with the Festival's Director Chris Robinson.

Thursday, September 17, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmNational Gallery - Auditorium

Friday, September 18, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmNational Gallery - Auditorium

Saturday, September 19, 9:15 pm - 10:45 pmNational Gallery - Auditorium

"Strange Waves" A Psychedelic Group Exhibition
Sep
3
5:00 pm17:00

"Strange Waves" A Psychedelic Group Exhibition

  • Flatcolor Gallery

I invite you to come visit Flatcolor Gallery in Seattle, Washington Thursday September 3rd 2015. The show starts at 5:00pm and goes until 9:00pm. I will have a nice collection of work available to explore and prints for sale too. My latest feature clay film, CAS'L' will be available for purchase as well. See you there!