Now available: three films by Colin Barton

Posted November 15th, 2018 in New Acquisitions, New Films, News / Events

Hot off his visit in May for a Salon in San Francisco, experimental animator Colin V. Barton has added three films to the catalog.


People In Pain (2009 | 10 minutes | COLOR | SOUND)

A passage of pain resonates the cries for help only answered by death, explored through stages of suffering and release. Give a hand to the people in pain. -cvb

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Friend Film (2008 | 5 minutes | COLOR | OPT)

This is a eulogy to lost friends, either by death or disassociation. River Phoenix appears as the archetypal figure of my generation. This film lives in a space of a junkie’s death walk, and their final exit from the earth.

Hand-painted 35mm original with optical printing are at the source of this work; with a little help from an electric toothbrush and washing machine. (CVB)

Sound by Crank Sturgeon

Bird Shit Studie #3 (2003/2009 | 12 minutes | COLOR | SILENT)

Originally generated from 2002-2004 in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, this film was made with the assistance of several birds. At the time I had a nice large aviary in my back yard which needed regular attention. Happening to be right outside my film studio, I created a system by which the bird droppings would run off the edge of aviary into a bucket of found footage. Working with three specific stocks, B&W reversal, B&W negative, and Kodachrome they were systematically treated over a two-year period. All of what you see is how it landed, some came off in early projections, though the feathers that did remain I reinforced with tape. Much restoration was needed including persuading Fotokem, a Hollywood lab, to run this shit through their nice machines. “Studie #3” differs from the previous two as it’s the culmination of the most non-recognizable footage structured in two parts-b&w and the color-segmented by a brief cameo by the artists that worked tireless on this film for two years. No other films are the works that have to do with feces, this piece grew out of amy composting/live food eating lifestyle. -cvb