Virtual Moving History X – Karl Krogstad [Online]
Scarecrow Video received a 4Culture Collections Care grant in 2019 to digitize a few selections from their enormous videotape library in partnership with Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS). Among these were stop-motion shorts created by the late Seattle filmmaker Karl Krogstad (July 25, 1948 – October 27, 2019). This week’s Virtual Moving History will feature three experimental short films, a mix of live-action, stop motion, and animation. The summaries below were written by Krogstad.
Drive in Sin (2003)
A mix of stills and superimposed commentary, including clips from Krogstad films and other sources. Featuring narration performed by MIPoPS Executive Director Rachel Price.
Wynken & Blynken & Nod (1968)
A jazzy time capsule filled with nostalgic simplicity exposing all the universe in a single drop of whimsy. This animated short features nautical and aeronautical scenes, fiery special effects, eggshells, and crawling crabs. The film Karl Krogstad claims to be his first, actually his third.
Frescade does not demonstrate, it displays a credible set of individual parts that tolerate and even justify each other. It is the Nachkland, the ghost resonance. The film’s hope is to convey a feeling for composition unique to indoor objects. Includes images of Seattle landmarks, people and paintings, flashes of light and color, and a jazz fusion psychedelic soundtrack.
“No image manipulation is too extreme to escape the jazzy whirlwind of this psychedelic precursor to music videos. Half-manic, half-pastorale, with an architectonic interlude preceding the humanistic soda.” – Mark Lorge
Palm Sunday (1980)
Krogstad’s controversial use of repurposed stock footage helps tell the story of scientist survivors of a plane crash and the masks they wear at a banquet…or do they?! Featuring MIPoPS board member Hannah Palin’s husband Steve Olson.
Karl Krogstad (July 25, 1948 – October 27, 2019) was a prolific, local independent filmmaker and painter who had a strong following in Seattle and beyond. Krogstad made more than 60 films, a mix of short works and features, during a half-century of nonstop creative activity.
Early in his career, Mr. Krogstad was primarily known as a maverick animator equally at ease with clay animation (the anarchic Eggnog) and dolls (The Black and Decker Hedge Trimmer Murders). One controversial technique was his assemblage of discarded stock footage into found art (Palm Sunday).
Mr. Krogstad had many decades-long fans and avid supporters in Seattle. His films were screened to packed houses in such high-profile settings as the Seattle Art Museum and One Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot. But he was sometimes snubbed and dismissed, both here and elsewhere.
The American Film Institute (AFI) perennially turned down his grant applications. On one notorious occasion, Mr. Krogstad was even thrown out of the AFI’s building in Los Angeles for taking his time staring at portraits in the lobby, according to a 1976 Seattle Times article. He could hit back. His Gazebo by the Sea, a mystical adaptation of a T.S. Eliot poem, ends with a dedication to the AFI for “its lack of concern for the American filmmaker.” The common denominator in everything Mr. Krogstad did was his expansive, colorful spirit.
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About [Virtual] Moving History
Sundays, 4:30–5:30pm PDT
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.
In order to adhere to social distancing best practices, MIPoPS is proud to partner with the Northwest Film Forum to bring you a weekly series of archival videotape documenting a diverse history in Seattle. Featuring a variety of material and topics, this series will curate a set of clips each Sunday to provide comic relief, historically relevant medical and public health documentation, performance recordings, and much more.
MIPoPS hopes this series will educate and entertain viewers during this time of uncertainty and isolation.