Tag: Wavelengths

  • Film

    Lincoln Center’s second tribute to animation’s bop-bopping history, “Cartoon Musicals II” (December 28 through January 4), showcases everything from Betty Boop’s first foray into color to South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. One of the unparalleled gems is a collection of films from the ’30s and ’40s by master animator Oskar Fischinger, presented in association […]

  • ‘Short Attention Span Cinema: An Evening With Jeff Scher’

    They just don’t make cartoons like they used to—literally. Last month, Disney closed its only remaining hand-drawn-animation studio, nixing its longtime support of cel-painting “ink monkeys” in favor of computer jockeys. A side effect of CGI’s supremacy, though, is that traditional techniques can now be better appreciated in all their labor-intensive glory. Such virtuoso delights […]

  • Film

    Video might’ve killed the radio star, but beginning in the 1960s, new media inspired musical avant-gardists to grab cameras and create complex 16mm collages (and later, VHS palimpsests). Results range from static to sublime, and renaissance man Jim O’Rourke and Anthology archivist Andrew Lampert have gathered key examples of such synchronization for the three-week series […]

  • Film

    Long an under-celebrated influence on American experimental cinema, Saul Levine now receives a rare retrospective of his own, in conjunction with an exhibit of his multi-chromatic image-encrusted light bulbs at Participant Inc. With a crafted aesthetic that blends avant-garde time composition, home-movie content, and overt politics, Levine’s small-gauge films reshape handmade memories into emotive visual […]

  • Film

    Tucked into the visual cacophony of the current show devoted to the fabulously garish Icelandic political pop artist known as Erró are a pair of 16mm movies unmentioned in any history of ’60s avant-garde filmmaking. The 20-minute Concerto Mécanique (1963) is a comic late addition to the Dada tradition. A young couple usually outfitted with […]