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.