Handmade: The Films of Stacey Steers | Underground Film Series

  • IU Cinema
  • February 25, 2023
  • IU Cinema
  • 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 7:00 PM
  • Free but ticketed

Stacey Steers is known for her process-driven, labor-intensive animated films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Using images appropriated from early cinematic sources, she constructs original, experimental narratives that investigate the nature of longing and how it provokes and mediates experience. Her award-winning films have screened at some of cinema’s most prestigious venues and events, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the National Gallery of Art, and MoMA, among others. This series showcases three such films.
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Edge of Alchemy (2017): Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor, seamlessly appropriated from their early silent films, are cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and a contemporary undercurrent of hive collapse. The story is assembled from appropriated images inserted into newly imagined collage environments, built by hand from fragments of 19th-century engravings and illustrations. [19 min; experimental; English]
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Night Hunter (2011): In this film composed of more than four thousand collages, the actress Lillian Gish is taken from silent-era cinema and plunged into a new and haunting role. Night Hunter evokes a disquieting dreamscape, drawn from allegory, myth, and archetype. [16 min; experimental; English]
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Watunna (1989): Watunna ("the memory of our beginning") retells the creation myths of the Yekuana Indians who reside in Venezuela's rain forest, stories of night, evil, sexuality, animals, fire, and food. For the filmmaker, this is a reckoning with years spent living remotely in Latin America. Narrated by Stan Brakhage. [24 min; experimental, animation; English]

Handmade: The Films of Stacey Steers | Underground Film Series