Posts Tagged ‘REDCAT’

REDCAT International Children’s Festival

Published February 24, 2010 by Graham

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Here’s a problem: of the relatively tiny number of independent and foreign films that find distribution each year, an even tinier number of those are intended for children.

Here’s a partial solution: the annual REDCAT International Children’s Festival helps expose the work of filmmakers and animators who believe that kids deserve more than the standard cookie-cutter fare. There are artists in Iran, Sweden, Brazil, and Burkina Faso making rad entertainment for kids, and because of this festival, their films are available to you and the budding cinéaste in your life from the comfort of a theater in downtown Los Angeles.

If you live in the area and are lucky enough to know an imaginative kid, take a trip to REDCAT this week and blow that kid’s mind! The festival runs February 27 – March 7th.

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Cloud Eye Control: Under Polaris

Published October 14, 2009 by Graham

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Fusing palpably transcendent video art with live performances of jaw-dropping complexity, multimedia collective Cloud Eye Control’s seductive productions are a feast for the senses and a bold step forward in the possibilities of cinema. Any surface on their stage can unexpectedly become a screen to project upon, as dancers and invisible stagehands twirl about the stage, moving around props and becoming part of the film themselves. In the pulsating center of all this dazzling chaos, Olympia, Washington expatriate Anna Oxygen provides the earth-shaking voice of Cloud Eye Control, with songs that seem to merge the alien tones of an ancient opera with highly danceable electronic pop.

Their latest performance piece, Under Polaris is being presented by the REDCAT in Los Angeles this week, through Sunday the 18th:

In their latest mix of projected animation, live theater and electronic music, Cloud Eye Control charts an epic journey across a vast arctic expanse—a sublime icebound landscape illuminated under the ethereal lights of the Northern sky. At the center of Under Polaris is the quest to preserve, inside pristine shards of ice at the top of the world, a seed containing the wealth of all human history: a back-up system for our genetic imprint and the sum total of our personal memories. En route, the story’s protagonist shape-shifts into many a mythic creature to survive the elements and, in the process, learns about the inextricable interdependence of humans and nature.

Not that epic description nor the brief video below can even begin to grasp at the radness we’re dealing with here. If you miss the chance to see Cloud Eye Control in person, I promise you’ll regret it later.