Local Sightings 2020 – Karl Krogstad Showcase (Shorts Program)
Sep. 20 & 27 at 4pm PDT
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• • SCREENING HERE AND ON FACEBOOK • •
** Hosted by Seattle experimental filmmaker Janice Findley! Janice will introduce the film program, and the screening will feature a live text chat-along with Janice for anyone who would like to ask questions or share memories of Karl Krogstad. The chat will take place on our Facebook Videos page at showtime and will last the full length of the program **
Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.
** 5 viewers, selected at random from Brown Paper Tickets, will receive a set of 6 of Karl Krogstad's film flyers! **
…including promotional material announcing the premiere of Idiot Savant, the film whose postering campaign made Karl into City Attorney Doug Jewett’s public enemy #1! Mailed by MIPoPS via USPS (fingers crossed) at the end of the festival. Watch for an email from us to the address you registered with on BPT.
This materially psychedelic time-warp launches viewers through a chaotic recounting of “how the West was won,” warts and all. Overwhelmingly inventive, Eggnog’s rapidfire recombination of claymation, live action, dolls, action figures, and miniature sets is nauseatingly effective at conveying the existential and physical carnage of American history.
According to Krogstad Studios, the film is famous for hosting one of the most bloody animation sequences of violence ever recorded; consider that a disclaimer.
Temple on a Stick/Fork on a Filling (1994)
Typical of his working mode, Krogstad had neither Temple on a Stick nor Fork on a Filling ready until shortly before they premiered at Seattle Art Museum. The former tells the story of a filmmaker making a film, while the latter is the film that she makes. While the filmmaker depicted is female, Krogstad still describes this diptych as autobiographical. In his words, “It’s a story about good and evil and about God sort of laughing.“
Palm Sunday (1981)
As a group of scientists, blown off course, crash land their plane, world leaders begin to spontaneously combust. Coincidence? You be the judge. This film is cited by Krogstad’s Geocities site as his most surreal, but considering his filmography, there is no way that nomination could be easily made.
Around 1989, the City of Seattle was prosecuting Karl for postering on telephone poles and deserted buildings. Facing a decade of prison time, he countered that the sentence was unconstitutional, violating his first amendment rights, and won. Janice Findley has provided clips from local TV news outlets that covered the story.
* Film descriptions adapted by MIPoPS staff from Krogstad Studios’ websites, WorldCat, and IMDb.
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Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival [Online] virtually showcases creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2020 program, which runs from September 18-27, features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.
Local Sightings 2020 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. This year’s festival also celebrates NWFF’s 25th Anniversary as an organization.
Vote for your favorite films by 12pm PDT on Closing Day, Sep. 27; BEST FEATURE and BEST SHORT winners receive a future screening opportunity at NWFF!
About Janice Findley:
Janice Findley produces and directs experimental animation, experimental narrative film and live theater.
Findley’s film credits include Beyond Kabuki, I Am the Night, Triple-Time, A Nermish Gothic, and Faux Paw. She has been honored with a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, where her work is part of the permanent collection, as well as screenings at the Guggenheim and Asia Society in NYC and the National Archives in Washington, D.C., among many others. Grant support for her films has come from the American Film Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, Art Matters, Artist Trust, and local arts commissions.
Her live stage productions —bringing the incisive focus of the film experience to a theater space—include: Carol Churchill’s The Skriker—a dance / theater spectacle choreographed by Pat Graney at the Erickson Theater, Pinter’s Landscape, three productions of works by Samuel Beckett: Rockaby, Footfalls, and Eh Joe at New City Theater. All productions received Seattle Footlight Awards and The Skriker was nominated for two of Theatre of Puget Sound’s Gregory Awards.
Findley currently teaches Film History and Film Music History at Seattle Film Institute. She recently curated a film series at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA: Beauty, Brains and Know-How: Screwball Comedy in the Glamour Age and regularly introduces and provides context for the Paramount Theater’s Silent Movie Mondays.
About Interbay Cinema Society:
- Lightpress Grants providing artists with the means to digitize their film work,
- Engauge Experimental Film Festival, showcasing sprocket-driven, artist-made work on screen, and
- ICS Educational Initiative, hosting workshops and screenings to practice and understand experimental filmmaking techniques.
We support emerging and established filmmakers through the grant and our festival, and we encourage new filmmakers with our educational initiative. Our ultimate goal is to foster more work on celluloid and to help offset the enormous costs of making film work available in high quality digital formats.
MIPoPS is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist archives, libraries, and other organizations with the conversion of analog video recordings to digital formats according to archival best practices.
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