Heaven and Earth Magic

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USA | 1962 | 66 Minutes | Harry Everett Smith

March 18, 2014

With Live Score by Lori Goldston and Multi-Projector performance by Dennis Nyback

Experimental animator Harry Smith's expanded cinema masterpiece Heaven and Earth Magic–the story of a woman, a toothache, and a watermelon–returns to the screen in a unique multi-projector performance with live musical accompaniment.

One of the most powerful cinematic imaginations in American film history is on full display in this stop motion masterpiece made by artist, folk music archivist, and experimental animator Harry Smith. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Harry made this legendary feature alone in his New York apartment on an animation stand he used at night as a bed.

Oregon Cartoon Institute film historian Dennis Nyback researched Smith's innovative projection techniques and joins us in person for a multi-projector recreation of the film's original exhibition style, accompanied by live music from Seattle cellist Lori Goldston, vocalist Jessika Kenney, and sound artist Susie Kozawa. Don't miss this once in a lifetime presentation.

Special presentation
$13 | $8 Members | $12 Seniors & Youth
SIFF Passes and Vouchers are not valid for this program

  • Director: Harry Everett Smith
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1962
  • Running Time: 66 Minutes