Visual Music in 16mm & 35mm Direct Animation Screening

2 Big Experimental Animation Shows!

Final screenings for “Visual Music in 16mm & 35mm Direct Animation”
TESC summer intensive halftime course

Tuesday, August 25 at 4pm at TESC COM408 Design Lab, Evergreen Campus
Featuring handcrafted cameraless 16mm filmworks, projection performances, installations, open studio of our film camp clubhouse with hands-on displays of various antiquated cinematic viewing contraptions.

Thursday, August 27 at 4pm at the historic Capitol Theater / Olympia Film Society, 206 East 5th Ave in downtown Olympia – Thank you OFS!
Featuring handcrafted cameraless 35mm film loops, professionally presented on state-of-the-art projectors in dazzling brightness and clarity upon the humongous silver screen.

Both screenings absolutely free and open to the public

Northern Flickers- Botanicollage with Caryn Cline

Northern Flickers- Botanicollage with Caryn Cline (Evergreen Visiting Faculty)

Northern, The Olympia All Ages Project

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00pm

Northern Flickers presents live and in-person for one night only
Caryn Cline
plus three by Mel
a showing of short experimental films
Thursday, March 13th @ 7pm

Film Still from “In the Conservatory”

The program includes:

“In the Conservatory” (2010, 16mm film, 5 minutes)
Starring euphorbia splendens (“crown of thorns”), variegated ivy, zygocactus (“Christmas cactus”), coleus, clerodendrum (“glory bower”), orchid, euphorbia fulgens, adiantum raddianum (“maidenhair fern”), and acalypha wilkesiana (“copper leaf”) collected and reanimated from a gray winter day in Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Film still from “Botanicollage”

“Botanicollage” (2011, .mov, 3 minutes)
Workshop film made by Evergreen students.

Students in the “Botany: Plants and People” class at The Evergreen State College produced handmade frames on 16mm film that were combined, digitized, extended and edited by their workshop teacher, filmmaker Caryn Cline. Caryn also created the soundtrack, working with a jazz song by Chuck Metcalf combined with the sounds of people at play, recorded in Riverside Park, New York City.

Film Still from “Equinox”

“Equinox,” (2011, .mov, 5 minutes)
A botanicollage film in which 16mm, hole-punched black frames, their inner circles filled with plants gleaned in Seattle, animated and optically printed by filmmaker Caryn Cline, interact with the complex rhythms of Barcelona-born, New York-trained composer and jazz bassist Alexis Cuadrado’s group, Noneto Ibérico.

Film still from “Left Side, Riverside”

“Left Side, Riverside” (2011, .mov, 8 minutes)
An experimental document of the filmmaker’s experience of Riverside Park, on the left side of Manhattan. The film combines “live action” footage and in-camera double exposures. This footage is then further layered by superimposing and bi-packing the camera footage with handmade and hand-painted film frames created by the filmmaker from plants and flowers she gleaned in Riverside Park. The ambient sounds come from both Riverside Park and the filmmaker’s childhood home in northeastern Missouri.

Film still from “Compost Confidential”

“Compost Confidential” (2012, .mov, 4 minutes)

A recycled film that addresses our culture of waste. According to a Cornell University research report, eleven thousand tons of trash a day are discarded in New York City, and 15 to 40% is food scraps that could and should be composted. In “Compost Confidential,” handmade botanicollage film frames, saved from unrealized projects, were put in a compost bin, left for several weeks, then retrieved and optically-printed. In the printing process, the sprocket holes themselves, usually outside of the frame, were intentionally revealed as an element inside the frame. The soundtrack, recycled from an audio project, features interviews with urban composters at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City.

Film still from “Perchance”

“Perchance” (2008, .mov, 3.5 minutes)
A young boy in an regimented world dreams of a different, freer self. Using found footage from two educational films, the filmmaker chose, combined, optically-printed and edited scenes to create a new story. Original score by Melissa Grey.

Plus some serendipitous CC surprises . . .

3 Films by
Melissa Friedling

Garden Roll Bounce Parking Lot 4.5 min
Urine My Bed 3.5 min
The Slouch 3 min

Northern Flickers Series – Winter 2014

Once again, Northern, the Olympia All Ages Project, will be providing Northern Flickers events.

Support and celebrate the art of filmmaking!

Three evenings of screenings, three weeks in a row all at 7pm:

Thursdays: 1/29, 2/6, and 2/13

Each show runs about an hour

All free all ages all donations to the artists
All power to the people

See all three featurettes in the Ima Plume Trilogy by Nancy Andrews of Bar Harbor, Maine plus every durn episode of Variable Area Television Network by Lori Felker of Chicago, Illinois

Thurs. 1/30/14 @ 7pm
Monkeys & Lumps by Nancy Andrews
It Doesn’t Matter by Lori Felker

Thurs. 2/6/14 @ 7pm
The Dreamless Sleep by Nancy
Working with Nature w/ Adrienne by Lori

Thurs. 2/13/14 @ 7pm
The Haunted Camera by Nancy
Take Me There: Let’s See It! by Lori

plus! at random moments sprinkled amidst the serializings:
Hedwig Page, Seaside Librarian by Nancy
Business Leisure News Information by Lori

about the artists:

Lori Felker chose Filmmaking as her official second language in 2003-ish, bumping German into third place. Eventual fluency is important to her, so she employs many forms/formats, practices frequently with others, and tries hard not to shy away from expressing her thoughts on human behavior, participation, frustration, failure, in-eloquence and political irritants. Lori has many lives to live simultaneously. They currently live, make films/videos, teach, project, program, and compulsively collaborate in Chicago.

The work of Lori has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival; NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde; VideoEx, Zurich; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival, Portugal; Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago; LA Filmforum; Echo Park Film Center, LA; BAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn; Wexner Center for the Arts; MassArt Film Society; MuHKA_media, Belgium; Boston Underground Film Festival; Video Fest, Dallas; Florida Experimental Film Festival; Space Gallery, Pittsburgh.

She is/was an Illinois Arts Council Artists Grant recipient, a Wexner Center Artist in Residence, an Experimental Sound Studio Artist in Residence and a Fulbright Fellow.

Nancy Evelyn Andrews lives on the coast of Maine, where she makes films, drawings, props and objects. She works in hybrid forms combining storytelling, documentary, animation, puppetry, and research. Her characters and narratives are synthesized from various sources, including history, movies, popular educational materials and autobiography.
She has been the recipient of grants and fellowships including: the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, LEF New England Moving Image Fund, Illinois State Arts Council, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (supported by the Jerome Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts), and National Endowment for the Arts.

Her work has been presented by the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Jerusalem Film Festival, Flaherty Seminar, Nova Cinema Bioscoop, Brussels, Belgium, and Taiwan International Animation Festival, among others.

Six of her films are in the film collection of the Museum of Modern Art and one is in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Film Collection.

She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts in 1995, and her undergraduate studies were at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, 1983. Nancy is currently on faculty at the College of the Atlantic where she teaches video making, animation, time-based arts and film studies.

Nancy Andrews
Lori Felker- Variable Area Television Network


What’s the Rub? Gallery Show and Screening Party

Olympia StampsGallery at Northern: Olympia All Ages Project

414 1/2 Legion Way

Downtown Olympia

Open Daily during regular coffee cart hours ~ Bar Francis hours

For the entire month of July, witness a motley assortment of:

  • handmade, camera-free movie film loops (and related graphalia)
  • homages and maps to Olympia’s historic “Marker Trees”
  • The Hard Rubber Washi Company (of Ol, Washi-ton)
  • and More! – some available for purchase even!

Sunday, July 14th from 6-8 pm

  • come early to meet Devon’s Mom!
  • movies shall be shown for anybody who’s there when it gets dark
  • there may be songs sung and words read aloud
  • Washi Shall Be Sold
  • surely some kinds of refreshments, please join us

Performance / Show / Party:
Wednesday, July 24th at 7 pm

Presenting a spectacle of student and faculty work in dazzling handmade motion graphics

A grand celebration marking the last day of The Fine Art of Handmade Animated Film, an historic intensive five-week immersion adventure in direct animation taught by Ruth Hayes and Devon Damonte at the mighty Evergreen State College this summer

Strange Creatures: Contemporary Independent Animation from Seattle

Seattle Experimental Animation Team Presents:

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 – at the Northwest Film Forum

The Pacific Northwest has more than its share of curious creatures.

Strange Creatures Poster

This series of animated films, curated by Tess Martin, showcases the relationship between humans and the natural world in the wet and wild city of Seattle. Whales, owls, bumblebees, frogs, cats, dogs and the hairy forest-dwelling giant known as Bigfoot inhabit these flights of fancy created by award-winning members of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team, themselves a rare breed: truly independent creators who push the boundaries of animation.

Visiting Artist, Jodie Mack @ Northern All Ages



Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:00pmSun Beam

 Jodie Mack is an independent moving-image practitioner, curator, and historian-in-training who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, Los Angeles Filmforum, Onion City Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Summer Class: The Fine Art of Handmade Animated Film

Direct Animation Film StripLooking for a fun hands-on class this summer?

In direct animation, a century-old camera-less form, artists use painting, scratching and myriad techniques not recommended by manufacturers to animate on motion picture film. It is an analog art that offers experiential escape from increasingly digital visual cultures. In this intensive hands-on class students will practice numerous methods of direct animation, have opportunities to invent their own techniques and create lots of footage in a short time, while studying genre masters like Len Lye, Norman McLaren, and Barbel Neubauer. For final presentations students will explore analog and digital methods for presenting their work in a grand, celebratory projection performance extravaganza.

Click here for the official catalog listing.

29th Annual Olympia Film Festival & Consuming Spirits

The 29th Annual Olympia Film Festival 

November 9th – 18th

Student Pass: $30 (With I.D.) Includes pass photo. Entitles bearer to all events excluding Special Events*.

Not to be missed, featured animated film at this year’s festival:

Consuming Spirits

Directed by: Chris Sullivan

  • November 15th
  • Capitol Theater
  • 6:00 pm
  • 136 minutes
  • General Admission – $10 – Student/Member – $7

Northern Flickers Localoops Film Show

Northern Flickers invite you to come see:

LocaLoops & Persian Pickles

A night of experimental animation in glorious 16mm film from near and far Thursday, October 18 at 7pm, at Northern, Downtown Olympia

(note *new! entrance on 5th St. side)

Free for all, and donations welcomed too.

Featuring a live five-projector performance of new handmade sixteen-millimeter loops by local Oly luminaries Linda Busta, Devon Damonte, Jason Gutz, Ruth Hayes, Jim Hill, Kevin Jacobs, Meesh Rheault Miller, and Eric Sarai, with sound by Sarai and Peter Randlette.

Plus new produce “Persian Pickles” from Jodie Mack and a correspondence film “Imperceptihole” by Robert Todd and Lori Felker. Keen-eyed NFlix viewers may recall that Jodie & Rob and Lori are all veterans of the first ever Northern Flickers show (2 years ago this month!), so this is kind of like our ‘comeback special’ in the fab new space. And still more – the world premiere of “Exquisitive Corpuscle” so far! Hope you can join us.