Kelly Sears is an animator and filmmaker living in Galveston, Texas, where she is a current resident at the Galveston Artist Residency. Her collage films are created from discarded periodicals, books, archives, and orphan films. They harness images of the past to reflect on the present. Her films draw on experimental, documentary and narrative practices, and feature both analog and digital animation techniques. Sears’ portfolio of work has been shown at a tremendous number of venues, including the Ann Arbor, Sundance, American Film Institute, and SXSW Film Festivals, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
As part of the 2012 Artist in Residence program, Kelly will visit Chelsea on Saturday, 10/6 for a day of film appreciation and experience. She will present a morning screening as well as a hands-on collaborative workshop.
Film Screening: Little Histories – with Special Guest Kelly Sears | Saturday, October 6 | 10:30-12:30pm | River Gallery |120 S. Main St.
Kelly Sears will show a decade’s worth of experimental animations in Little Histories. Using photos from encyclopedias, archival films, and aging magazines, she collages these images into science fiction tales, horror movie narratives, and unlikely documentaries. The films are made from a combination of analogue and digital animation techniques. The shorts are possible and impossible at the same time.
Collaborative Workshop: Cut-ups and Found Sound, Stop-Motion Basics with Special Guest Kelly Sears | Saturday, October 6 | 1-4 pm | River Gallery | 120 S. Main St.
In this workshop with Kelly Sears, participants will make a collaborative collage, stop-motion animation using images from magazines, books, and advertisements. The animation will be paired with an appropriated sound track. Drawing on the technique of the exquisite corpse, we will create new meaning through mixing experimental animation with the provided soundtrack. At the end of the workshop, we will have jointly made an experimental short film. Click to register.
For more about Kelly, check out this series she wrote for the Huffington Post about her work and her involvement with the Sundance Film Festival. Here’s a quote about her filmmaking process:
All my short films come out of scavenging. I love going to thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. I have a thing for something that can find a new life after it’s been cast off. I’m not sure how much of a redemption narrative all of this is, but I can say that this is where all the goods for making a film come from.