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Helen Hill's Animated Wonderland

An evening of animated short films

The DIY Spirit Continues: a fundraiser for Helen Hill's "The Florestine Collection"

Join The Studio@620 as we welcome the return of indie film maker Jodie Mack, who presented a lively evening of animated shorts in 2009.   This gathering will serve as a fundraiser to continue the work of filmmaker and activist Helen Hill and will feature a collection of 10 animated shorts.  Admission is by donation, pay what you can at the door.  Because it is a fundraising event, member tickets will not be accepted for admission.   Doors open at 6:30 PM, films begin at 7:00 PM.

Helen Hill (1970-2007) was a filmmaker and activist raised in Columbia, South Carolina and settled in New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied Experimental Animation at Harvard and California Institute of the Arts. She taught film workshops wherever she went, and compiled “Recipes For Disaster: A Film Cookbooklet.” Helen Championed low-budget and do-it-yourself approaches to filmmaking, including super 8, hand-processing, and drawing on film, and insisted that “you don’t need to keep up with the latest technology to make a good film, you just need a good idea.”

In January, 2007, a random act of violence in New Orleans cut short the life of an incredibly talented and original artist. Among other things, Helen left behind an unfinished film--The Florestine Collection, for which she received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. The film documents the finding and rejuvenation of 100 handmade dresses left behind by an elderly woman in Helen's neighborhood. Since Helen's death, her late husband has continued to work on the film and now seeks funding to complete the work. Support this cause by coming to watch ten of Helen’s films. They include cel animation, cut-out and 3-D puppet animation, hand-processing, and live action filmmaking. Be prepared to enjoy tea parties, a cotton candyland, romance activism, a potbelly pig family tree, chicken angels, and much more.

Program includes:
Tunnel of Love (1996)
Madame Winger Makes a Film (2001)
Scratch and Crow (1995)
Your New Pig is Down the Road (1999)
The World’s Smallest Fair (1995)
Vessel (1992)
Film for Rosie (2001)
Mouseholes (1999)
Bohemian Town (2004)

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