Three new films available from Lawrence Jordan

Posted May 7th, 2018 in New Acquisitions, New DVDs, New Films, News / Events

Three new works from indomitable animator and former Canyon president Lawrence Jordan are now available in our catalog.

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Night Light (2016 | 1o minutes | COLOR/B&W | SOUND)

This is a classic Jordan animation, primarily in B/W, with touches of color. Actually, the engraved art work was film on color negative, so that subtle variations in tone are recorded.

The mood–enhanced by John Davis’ original music–is dream-like. It is both lyric and crackling, producing a kind of anticipatory tension.

The scenes, in the usual Jordan manner, follow the surreal principle of placing objects and people where the ought not to be, and making movements that in the waking world are impossible.

Each scene is a kind of drama from another world.

Time Travel (2017 | 10 minutes | COLOR | SOUND)

The film, an animation, unfolds in three acts: Act I, “Cyrano”, wherein Cyrano makes all manner of boasts and compares his lady-love to the marvels of the universe; Act II, ” Prometheus”, in which pagan forces are compared with the supposed genteel nature of the 19th century; Act III, “Time Travel”, wherein there is a hop-scotch of Time Travel! In which the viewer moves among various ‘times’, partially drawn entirely from imagination, partially from allusion to specific visual historic and pre-historic periods. It is not a straight-line progression, rather a flipping back and forth through glimpses of various ages, carried along by the surreal antics of its objects and characters.

Entr’acte III (2017 | 1.5 minutes | COLOR | SOUND)

An exquisite animation which lifts off and proceeds with the delicacy of a soap bubble. Conceived as a tiny interlude between longer films: a chance to catch one’s breath after and before more aggressive works, a ‘time out’ period for the mind to float effortlessly and free of gravity.

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