THE ANIMATION OF ALEXEÏEFF
Directed by Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker, 1933-1980
This unique DVD collection showcases the
one-of-a-kind animation of internationally
acclaimed artist Alexandre Alexeïeff and his wife
and collaborator, Claire Parker. In addition to
Alexeïeff and Parker's most important films, such
as their classic interpretation of Mussorgsky's A
Night on Bald Mountain
, this DVD includes rare
and important documentaries about their work.
Six contemporary film artists take us into surreal worlds of delirium and paranoia. Included are Lewis Klahr, Janie Geiser, Jim Trainor, Eric Henry, Rodney Ascher and Syd Garon.
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BEST OF THE FEST
Best of the Fest
features a dynamic collection of the ten best short films from the Chicago
International Children's Film Festival. This unique collection of recent, culturally diverse, and non-violent
films are fun to watch and will inspire lively discussions, especially with children ages 5 to 9 (K-3).
THE BILLY NAYER SHOW: THE EARLY YEARS
Directed by Cory McAbee, 2003
The Billy Nayer Show, the outrageous and original team behind The American Astronaut
, celebrate over a decade of independence in both music and film in this DVD collection. Ranging from stream of consciousness musicals to animated obsessions, these short films recall David Lynch, Guy Maddin and the Quay Bros.
Directed by René Laloux, 1973
tells the story of "Oms", a human-like species, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called "Draags". The story takes place on the Draags' planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms - and begins to organise an Om revolt. The imagination invested in the surreal creatures, music and sound design, and eerie landscapes, is immense and unforgettable. This release includes the early LaLoux short "The Snails" In French with English subtitles.
THE LAWRENCE JORDAN ALBUM
A master of cut-out animation, Jordan
meticulously combines 19th-century engravings,
modern imagery, and common symbols to
construct dream-like narratives that spark the
imagination. These animated collages enthrall us
with their fragile whimsy as objects and images
transform and mutate right before our eyes. In
addition, his influential live-action shorts explore
the riddles of life and mysteries of the mind.
KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS
Directed by Michel Ocelot, 1998
This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou, a clever, courageous little boy born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked. Featuring a soundtrack by Youssou N' Dour. In English.
THE NAOYUKI TSUJI ANIMATION COLLECTION
With a few simple, hand-drawn lines in his trademark charcoal and pastel, acclaimed animator Naoyuki Tsuji creates a distinctive universe that is at once tender and horrible. Tsuji's films captivate us because they are vague recollections of beguiling childhood dreams and memories-the wonder of the puppet show, the mystery of clouds, or the attraction of monsters.