Sep 122011

London: The Horse Hospital, Sat Oct 8, 2011
Newcastle: Star & Shadow Cinema, Wed Oct 12, 2011
Amsterdam: De Nieuwe Anita, Sun Oct 16, 2011 (special program)
Groningen: VERA Zienema, Mon Oct 17, 2011

Amsterdam: EYE Film Institute, Tues Oct 18, 2011
Berlin: Lichtblick Kino, Sun Oct 23, 2011
Vienna: MuseumsQuartier (presented by ASIFA Austria), Mon Oct 24, 2011
Paris: La Peniche Cinema (part of La Fete du Cinema d’Animation), Fri, Oct 28, 2011

Animator and curator Tess Martin brings Seattle animations to Europe by accompanying this program of shorts by SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team. ‘Inter-Action’ premiered at the NWFF on June 16, 2011 and has screened in New York City at 92YTribeca on July 18, 2011 and the Anthology Film Archives (NewFilmmakers series) on July 20, 2011. This European tour marks the first time most of these films have been seen overseas. All dates will be screening all or part of the Inter-Action program, except for the De Nieuwe Anita event on October 16th, where a special program of alternate films be be shown. Click here for more information on this program.

Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) is a collective of animator/filmmakers who use a wide range of techniques to make films frame by frame. SEAT uses nearly every technique from classical hand-drawn to computer animation. SEAT’s members make films independently, but group endeavors involve non-traditional screenings and interactive events such the Long Walk installation in Tolt-MacDonald Park in July 2011 and the ongoing WALLRUS installation/performance for Sound Transit in Cal Anderson Park. Our growing collective of award-winning animators includes Webster Crowell, Stefan Gruber, Sarah Jane Lapp, Salise Hughes and Tess Martin. Bruce Bickford appears in this program as an honorary member of SEAT. The SEAT website is

Tess Martin is an animator who has been making her own short films since 2004. Her specialty is back-lit paper cut-outs. She has received an Artist Trust GAP Grant, a CityArtist Grant, a Puffin Foundation grant and a 4Culture grant for work on her most recent film, Plain Face, which premiered at SIFF on May 28th. Her last film (A Moment’s Reverie, a 10 min. stop frame animation) was on display at e4c, 4Culture’s media gallery in Seattle for a year, and has shown at multiple venues around the world. She is currently working on a short film, part of which will be animated on the Sound Transit wall in Cal Anderson Park on Oct1&2, 2011 as part of Local Sightings Film Festival. She is a member of SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team, and has helped organize animation events, screenings, and public works. Tess’ website is

Animator Tess Martin presents a collection of short animations that explore inter-actions – action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Made individually by twelve members of SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team) these thought-provoking films reflect on love, insanity, faith and murder.

1. Britta Johnson, Two Dots, 4:39 (2009)
Marbles illustrate the subtle math of a relationship in this video made for Lusine’s song ‘Two Dots.’ Marbles, dental floss and wax animated frame by frame.
2. Drew Christie, The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln, 5:15 (2010)
TMWSTMWSL is an animated interpretation of the strange and bizarre life of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth. Animated on the pages of 12 books with charcoal, pastel and crayon. Contains one instance of nudity and violence not suitable for a young audience.
3. Aaron Wendel, Dwellings, 3:53 (2010)
Over time, two houses slowly destroy each other. Hand drawn on paper.
4. Tess Martin, Plain Face, 10:42 (2011)
In a fantastical land, a stranger arrives and is the subject of prejudice, violence and love. We follow her journey through memory as she decides whether to give up her heart. Paper and plastic cut-outs animated on a light-box. Contains one scary moment that may not be suitable for a young audience.
5. Amanda Moore, Bridging Wounds, 5:00 (2009)
A whimsical exploration of the lives of strangers told through silhouette puppet animation.
6. Davis Limbach, Loopforms, 5:03 (2010)
Loopforms is a dance of energy or spirit expressed in ‘maximized loops’. A traditional narrative is omitted in favor of a sensual, emotionally affecting experience. Ink and pencil on paper.
7. Sarah Jane Lapp, Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist, 6:30 (from 26min film, 2009)
A eulogist in training interviews his mentor on the eve of war. India ink, wax and gouache on paper.
8. Clyde Petersen, The Dirty Street, 4:44, (2010)
A found footage film, recut, projected and rephotographed using the “Hipstamatic” app for IPhone one frame at a time. Music by Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death. Footage: “Jealousy” – a Prelinger Archives film from the Series, Marriage for Moderns. (1954)
9. Webster Crowell, Parasol, 8:30 (2008)
Parasol is a short, quick revenge film about bicycles, dancing and speed; animated with pastels across the surface of a few thousand paper parasols.
10. Stefan Gruber, Both Worlds, 10:17 (2011)
In an Eden like garden, cartoon deities sit upon mountaintops ready to trade gardening tips about their mountainside utopias. Hand-animated in Flash. For this screening Stefan Gruber will be performing live narration and music.
11. Salise Hughes, Somewhere, 4:00 (2010)
Somewhere between a 1950s sock hop and the Wild West, a Technicolor and Black and White pair of lovers meet to belt out a tune from “West Side Story.” Found footage manipulated frame by frame.
12. Bruce Bickford, The Comic That Frenches Your Mind, 5:28 (2008)
Bruce Bickford’s latest complete pencil animation is a trip – this is your mind on eggs. Contains nudity and drug use.

Total running time: 74 mins

Contact: tessmartin [at]

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