With the artists in person.
Artistic contemporaries and longtime friends, Suzan Pitt and Pat O’Neill have each created large and diverse bodies of work in a wide variety of mediums, though none perhaps more visibly than in film. The Academy is proud to host these two visionary artists in person with a program of their radical and visually stunning short films, newly preserved by the Academy Film Archive.
Working in very distinct modes, both Pitt and O’Neill have been vastly influential and acclaimed in the cinematic arts, each producing a body of work known for its visual complexity, richness, and unconventionality. Pitt’s characteristically vivid, laboriously ha ndmade animated films sweep the viewer into ecstatic and disturbing alternative worlds. Often working with elaborate optical printing and other compositing techniques, O’Neill is an unparalleled collagist, bringing together unrelated images, both found and original, in complex, multilayered compositions.
Joy Street and Trouble in the Image were preserved in 2015-16 from their respective 35mm original camera negatives. These projects are the latest in a series of several preservations the Archive has completed of the work of both Suzan Pitt and Pat O’Neill. Additional short films to be announced.
- Joy Street (Suzan Pitt, 1995, 24 minutes, 35mm, 1.37, color, sound.)
- Trouble in the Image (Pat O’Neill, 1996, 38 minutes, 35mm, 1.37, color, sound.)