Bruce Bickford in LA

This Sunday night the 24th, and on Tuesday the 26th, The Cinefamily is hosting amazing screenings of the work Seattle based animator Bruce Bickford. Plus, Bickford will be in attendance both nights. These films are hard to find, and totally worth checking out. There's nothing like them, the work of a real singular vision. Here are the full press releases, go, you will not be disappointed:
August 24 @ 7:30 & 9:30pm
The title is not an exaggeration. Bruce Bickford's art -- a hallucinatory stop-motion amalgamation of Peter Pan, Ray Harryhausen, and The Wild Bunch -- is nothing short of amazing. Frank Zappa first used the incredible talents of self-taught claymation wizard Bickford as visual companions to his music in the film Baby Snakes, and continued this collaboration in The Amazing Mr. Bickford. On the film's original VHS cover, Zappa exclaimed, "Bruce Bickford is a genius!...Few other home video products can compare with the years of effort and attention to detail contained in less than an hour of The Amazing Mr. Bickford. It is a show that will be watched again and again, freeze-framed, and gasped at for years to come." Bruce Bickford will be in attendance for a Q&A after this incredibly rare screening.
August 26 @ 8pm
While the greater mass of animator Bruce Bickford's work seen by the public consists of the films he made while working for Frank Zappa, he never stopped working, either before or after his employ. We will screen some of Bruce's early Super-8 experiments as a teenager, as well as his unfinished 45-minute opus Cas'l, the inspired result of years of solitary work, featuring a dark, tripppy live score by L.A. DJ The Gaslamp Killer. Also, Bickford will perform on of his "blues raps", with musical accompaniment by Gerry Fialka.
click here for tickets.
check out these clips to get some idea of whats in store or just browse around this youtube page:

posted by sammy at 4:51 AM

Blogger D{ said...

Have loved Bickford for years, nice to see some dvd releases finally. I'm sure this event was awesome, anything exciting to report?

9:57 AM  

Blogger dylan sparkplug said...

I saw him in Portland and can't believe how mindblowing the experience was. Cilla and I are still trying to figure out what went down.

2:47 PM  

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