Director: Lawrence Jordan

Wednesday Mar 22nd

  • 16mm
  • San Francisco, USA
  • 2013
  • 3min

A buoyant collage of vaudeville cutouts that spin, swirls, flicker, and collide against a static landscape. Set to a pensive score by Wm. Moraldo, antique animations move freely referencing a surrealist tradition for which Jordan is so well known. “Meant to demonstrate the ephemerality of all things,” Jordan toys with their existence across disparate planes and even bridges these realities if only for a moment.

 Jordan’s multifaceted library of work offers a plethora of styles and techniques. With and enduring career spanning over six decades and yielding over eighty films, he is galvanized as one of the most inspiring avant-garde filmmakers since his work began in the early 1950s, and during the early 1960s. Lured to filmmaking by the groundbreaking works of Sergei Eisenstein and the school of Soviet Montage, he began experimenting and moved west to experience the more artistically inclined community of the Bay Area. Heavily influenced by the Novels of Max Ernst and fellow artists Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, and Joseph Cornell, Jordan began making collage animated films incorporating Victorian Style cutouts playing out his own explorations into mythology, philosophy, and mysticism on surreal dreamscapes representing simultaneous and colliding realities. 

Jordan continues an incredibly fruitful career with indelible contributions like the Camera Obscura Film Society that he co-founded, The Movie film theatre, Canyon Cinema, and the film department of the San Francisco Art institute. 

- Felicia Glatz