Mad Stork Cinema presents three very different short films that will all fit together just so.
Perfect Film by Ken Jacobs.
22 min / 16mm / sound / 1985
“I wish more stuff was available in its raw state, as primary source material for anyone to consider, and to leave for others in just that way, the evidence uncontaminated by compulsive proprietary misapplied artistry, “editing”, the purposeful “pointing things out” that cuts a road straight and narrow through the cine-jungle; we barrel through thinking we’re going somewhere and miss it all. Better to just be pointed to the territory, to put in time exploring, roughing it, on our own. For the straight scoop we need the whole scoop, or no less than the clues entire and without rearrangement. O, for a Museum of Found Footage, or cable channel, library, a shit-museum of telling discards accessible to all talented viewers/auditors. A wilderness haven salvaged from Entertainment.” – Ken Jacobs
What’s On by Martha Colburn
2 min / 16mm / sound / 1997
“This film is set to the chaos-poetry of New York poet “99 Hooker”. It is a hyper-speed rant on the evils and absurdities of American television. An over-the-top tumble in a TV mindscape in which there are attacking baboons, a mutating Michael Jackson, gameshows based on body parts and more. “What’s On?” is a flat puppet-collage-paint and hand colored-animated film.” – Martha Colburn
8 1/2 x 11 by James Benning
32 min / 16mm / sound / 1974
“Benning’s landscape works, with their meticulous, reverential compositions, have been located in the history of American realist painting and photography, and also belong to the tradition of American nature writing…The formal elegance of the compositions somehow becomes surreal over time, as we look into, instead of at, the place. This tendency locates Benning in the history of experimental filmmakers concerned with interrogating visual perception.” – Danni Zuvela