Jan 202015

So happy that the good folks at Roodkapje asked me to be involved in R>>EJECT RADICALS this year. This film festival originally showed work rejected by the International Film Festival Rotterdam, which happens in late January every year. But the festival has grown to be a showcase in its own right, “celebrating the shocking, the different and the rebellious.” This year R>>EJECT RADICALS takes place from January 22nd to February 1st, and I was asked to curate a special evening of animation on Monday, January 26th. It will be a Seattle/Bruce Bickford night!


I will get the chance to screen the Strange Creatures program of animated shorts from Seattle, which hasn’t been seen in Rotterdam yet! I curated this program of shorts in 2013 and it has screened in Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam, and most recently Ljubljana at the Animateka Festival. This program includes two shorts by myself as well as a recent pencil animation by Seattle legend Bruce Bickford.

I will also have the pleasure to present a number of additional films by or about Bruce Bickford:

In addition to the short film of his in the Strange Creatures program, called Excerpt from Dream of a Beatnik Poet, I will present another of his shorts called The Comic that Frenches Your Mind (incidentally included in the previous program of animated shorts I curated back in 2011). This brilliant pencil animation will be followed by Monster Road (2005), a documentary about Bruce made by Brett Ingram. And the evening will close out with Bruce’s 30 minute claymation masterpiece (but not for the faint of heart), Prometheus’ Garden, which he completed in 1988. I will be presenting and answering questions the whole night.

Bruce Bickford working

Bruce Bickford at work

Still from Prometheus' Garden

Still from Prometheus’ Garden









So here’s the line up:

17:00-18:00: Strange Creatures: Contemporary Independent Animation from Seattle
18:00-19:30: Monster Road documentary (dir. Brett Ingram), preceded by The Comic that Frenches Your Mind (dir. Bruce Bickford)
19:30-20:00: Prometheus’ Garden (dir. Bruce Bickford)

The entrance fee for the whole evening is €5! Or €10 if you also want to have dinner, a three course vegetarian meal – good deal! The event takes place at Homebase (Hofplein 20) right at the Weena roundabout and you buy your tickets at the door. I also suggest you stick around for O!PLA, a selection of Polish animation curated by Piotr Kardas, a passionate animation enthusiast I met in Poland at a festival in 2013.
Here is the FB event for the whole festival.

And if you pick up one of the festival programs, you’ll see this interview with myself and Piotr! See you Monday!

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