Animated Art: A Joan Gratz Retrospective
Saturday, March 25@3pm
For those of you who missed “Animated Art: An Afternoon with Joan Gratz,” we have added an encore screening of the entire program without Joan in attendance. This is your last chance to see the work one of America’s greatest animators.
Academy Award-winning director and animator Joan Gratz pioneered the art of “Claypainting” and has continued to be a favorite at ﬁlm festivals world-wide. The 60 minute presentation will include eight of her most loved animated short films, selected from over the past 30 years and including the World Premiere of her just completed film “The Battle for Swan Lake” (with cats!).
Her films range in content through painterly expressions of poetry, improvised abstraction and animated social documentary, with her clever wit and humor always close at hand. Working directly before the camera, she applies bits of clay, blends colors and etches fine lines to create a seamless ﬂow of images, that are, in turns, both lyrical and surprising.
Please join us for a World Premiere of her newest film and retrospective of her remarkable work.
Tickets are $15 available on Eventbrite or by calling (831) 624-7491.
Films in Order of Presentation
Mona Lisa Descending the Staircase: An animated history of 20th century painting. Academy Award
for best animated short film. 1992 – 7 min.
Kubla Khan: An animated painting based on Samuel Taylor Coleridges’ poem. 2011 – 3 min. 42 sec.
Lost and Found: Life’s passages are evoked in metamorphosing clay images. 2012 – 3 min. 35 sec.
Pro and Con: An animated documentary about life in prison from the point of view of a corrections
officer and an inmate.1992 – 8 min.
Second Coming: An animated film based on a poem by William Butler Yeats. 2017 – 2 min 20 sec.
One Minute Memoir: A Gratzfilm compilation of 10 very short films by contemporary animators including
Bill Plympton and Chris Hinton 2019 – 16 min 30 sec.
No Leaders Please: An animated film based on a poem by Charles Bukowski. 2021 – 2 min 19sec.
The Battle for Swan Lake: A World Premiere! 2023 – 3 min.