Filmforum concludes its 2016 season with a return visit from filmmaker Eric Leiser. Experimental animator Eric Leiser makes films that explore dreams, Christian imagery, surrealism, and magical realism while employing a variety of cinematic techniques, including stop-motion animation and holography. He returns to Filmforum to introduce and discuss his new feature, Apocalypsis, along with a new animated short film, Land Dream. Apocalypsis now seems more than prescient, as it tracks the interactions of an woman having visions while reading the Book of Revelations, and a conspiracy radio host finding himself tracked by agents of the security state. A low-budget mix of paranoia, premonition, thriller, and the pursuit of freedom, or transcendence.
Trailer for Apocalypsis: https://vimeo.com/162802737
- Land Dream (2016, digital, 3 min.)
An animation of land art in action, featuring leaves, snow, and light.
- Apocalypsis (2016, digital, 90 minutes) Los Angeles Premiere!
Written, directed and animated by Eric Leiser . Original score and sound design by Jeffrey Leiser
Set in a parallel universe entering a black hole, a woman reading the book of Revelation has visions of regeneration during the Anthropocene.
Eric Leiser is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, animator, puppeteer, writer and holographer working in New York and born in California. An alumni of CalArt’s Experimental Animation program, he creates animated and live action feature films and shorts as well as works integrating animation, puppetry, painting, holography, live performance and installation. Leiser is interested in how animation transforms perception when it is combined with live action space, creating a fantastical, spiritual and surrealistic quality. Leiser is included in the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, currently on view at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York.
His animated/live action films have been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art Antwerp, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Istanbul Modern Museum of Art, MoMA, New Museum, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Museum, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas Museum de Buenos Aires, MASS MoCA, The Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum, The Wexner Center, among others.
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