Last week Pitzer hosted the Black Maria Film Festival, a touring festival that promotes experimental filmmaking. It was cool, although after a while I got sick of the apparently common idea now that quickly flickering images equal edginess.
For that reason, and many others, I loved “The Drift,” by Kelly Sears–she has taken the opposite route, and slooowed down. “The Drift” is about a space-mission-gone-wrong in the 60s, and the images are photographs taken from old National Geographics she found at garage sales. She then animates the pictures–I have no idea how, but apparently frame by frame–so figures drift or disappear or move so slightly that you’re not sure they’re really moving, and the pictures take on a lot of depth. The piece occupies this weird place between documentary and (science) fiction, and still and moving images, and is almost haunting.
Kelly is actually the director of the production center at Pitzer, and was at the screening. She said one of her favorite comments about this piece was when, after a screening, a friend came up to her and said, “That didn’t really happen, did it?”
Watch an excerpt of the 8-minute piece here!