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Perpetual Motion Machine: A Bruce Bickford Retrospective

  • Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)

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:

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

Earlier Event: September 16
Ottawa International Film Festival