The Circulating Film Library has long included and fostered the work of women filmmakers. Among these creators, those who produced animated works represent a special group, whether they tell a traditional tales with realistic drawings or focus on a minute of sunshine through collages of several mediums. Several of the works in this program are MoMA preservations.
Galathea. 1935. Switzerland. By Lotte Reiniger. 16mm. 11 min. A retelling of the Greek legend in which the sculptor Pygmalion brings a statue to life.
Abstronic. 1952. USA. Directed by Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth. 16mm. 7 min. Inspired to make the film while listening to music, Mary Elen Bute created oscilloscope patterns over drawn backgrounds.
Of Stars and Men. 1961. USA. Directed by Faith Hubley, John Hubley. 35mm. 53 min. This documentary-style allegory tells of humankind’s quest to find its place in the universe, tackling themes and conceopts such as outer space, physical matter, the meaning of life, and the periodic table.
Blake Ball. 1988. USA. Directed by Emily Hubley, with Will Rosenthal. 16mm. 16 min. Continuing the family tradition of making animated films, Emily Hubley explored the work of William Blake, using baseball as a metaphor.
She-Bop. 1989. USA. Directed by Joanna Priestly. Written by Carolyn Meyers. Voice and Music by Rhiannon. 16mm. 7 min. Women, power, and spirit.
The Rubber Stamp Film. 1983. USA. Directed by Joanna Priestley. 16mm. 7 min. All the images here are made from new and old rubber stamps, which meet in many ways to tell many little stories.
Whale Songs. 1979. USA. Directed by Mary Beams. 16mm. 8 min. Mary Beams uses source material from a scientific whaling expedition to create a lyrical interpretation of whales in the sea.
Homage to Magritte. 1975. USA. Directed by Anita Thacher. 16mm. 10 min. This film begins with the sense of juxtaposition and the absurd that are the basis of René Magritte’s paintings, then successfully makes its own contributions to the Surrealist tradition through manipulation of the filmed image.
Remains to Be Seen. 1983. USA. Directed by Jane Aaron. 16mm. 7 min. Animated drawings are superimposed over real landscapes.
Traveling Light. 1985. Directed by Jane Aaron. 16mm. 2 min. The film follows the play of sunlight as it dances through interior space. In the end the light is revealed to be tiny bits of confetti.
Cerridwen’s Gift. 1987. USA. Directed by Rose Bond. 16mm. 9 min. A dramatic rendering of an ancient Celtic myth, recounting the tale of how the Welsh people received the gift of poetry and prophecy.