july 14- august 26, 2017
*special extended gallery hours: open 2-9pm daily during MIFF
Now in its fifth year, MIFF On Edge again features a series of audiovisual works that challenge how we look at, listen to, and think about film. We pay tribute to the earliest films of Harry Smith, filmmaker, painter, ethnomusicologist, collector, and alchemist. Smith, perhaps best known for his Grammy-winning Anthology of American Folk Music, is represented by his earliest direct animation (drawn and painted directly on a strip of film) and some of his early collage films. You can try your hand at direct animation by participating in the Community Cameraless Film Project at Common Street Arts. Resonating with the careful attention to color and movement in Harry Smith’s films, Jodie Mack’s animations enliven everyday objects and encourage us to see the world around us in new ways. Two mesmerizing video works by Aaron Valdez reanimate a collection of old educational films and mix a newsreel about Robert Kennedy with the Hollywood classic High Noon. Finally, San Francisco-based film and video artist Kerry Laitala will join us for a multi-projector, multi-screen, live performance of some of her work.