Surrealistic animations by Stacey Steers

In Person Stacey Steers Stacey Steers’s handmade, hypnotic collage animations draw on a wide range of materials, including nineteenth-century prints, Eadweard Muybridge’s 1887 motion studies, and silent cinema footage, particularly images of Lillian Gish and Janet Gaynor. The resulting narratives are dreamlike and mysterious, while exploring the subterranean depths of women’s inner experience. For the late filmmaker Phil Solomon, Steers’s most recent film, Edge of Alchemy, “is the epitome of [her] unique vision of collaged re-examination animations, an uncanny way to carry on in the great tradition of surrealist cinema.” Steers herself elaborates, “Like the Surrealists, my working process is intuitive and allows the unconscious and non-rational to play a role. I unite elements with no obvious shared context and try to create an atmosphere where their alignment feels somehow natural and poetically sound.”
Steers also screens her hand-drawn Totem and presents a 10-minute PowerPoint lecture on the creative process.
Films in this Screening Totem, Stacey Steers, United States, 2000 Phantom Canyon, Stacey Steers, United States, 2006 Night Hunter, Stacey Steers, United States, 2011 Edge of Alchemy Stacey Steers, United States, 2017
Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center Street Berkeley, California
9/11 7pm


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