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Alternate Histories w/ Experimental Filmmaker Kelly Sears

Willard Straight Theatre
Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM (ET)

Kelly Sears uses experimental animation techniques to create hybrid
works that draw on narrative and documentary elements. She transforms an
extensive trove of source materials, such as first aid handbooks,
chronicles of space exploration, presidential and military newsreels, 35
millimeter photography manuals, aerobic and yoga guides, archival
films, high school yearbooks, and disaster survival guidebooks, into new
instructional and advisory texts that may lead the viewer astray and
disoriented. Through these animations, we glean bits of history that are
recognizable but unsteady.

Sears recasts and reframes American archetypes and institutions to
reimagine our own social and political legacy. She views animation as a
critical practice; cutting out and collaging as a way to intervene and
expand the context of appropriated source materials. Through combining
animated photographic and film documents with speculative storytelling,
each of her films contains recognizable cultural narratives that take
fictional twists, becoming uncanny or fantastic as history merges with

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