At the heart of animator, filmmaker, and puppeteer Laura Heit’s creative universe is a yearning to connect to human emotions. Not just through stories, but through images that resonate on a deeper plane. Laura presents a program of ten films from 1997 to present that exemplify her ability to engage with the audience through visual and abstract interpretations of sentiment. Parachute (1997), a 16mm 2-D cut-out puppet animation, juxtaposes the process of a young sea turtle’s journey into the ocean with a girl’s transition to a crowded, all-consuming big city. Collapse (2002), a 2-D computer animation, is a meditative response to 9/11 that depicts families, and others, silently slipping away. The Deep Dark (2011) is a journey into the psyche, as a woman rushes through a forest pursued by projected shadows and ethereal vocal incantations. Two Ways Down (2015) loops fluttering, hand drawn images that could have escaped from a Hieronymus Bosh painting. In Snow Lee Leopard (2018), sculptures based on artist Lee Kelly come to life. Finally, A Universe (2018) depicts school children’s chalk drawings, beckoning the viewer into their imaginative realm. Along with her shorts, Heit presents the installation Hypothetical Stars, featuring images from the Apollo 12 mission projected onto tabletop dioramas to throw ever-changing shadows of stars, moons, and suns around the room. Hypothetical Stars will be set up in the Andreé Stevens room, alongside a pre-screening reception with the director.
*Reception at 6pm