Experimental Cinema Group was ushered in by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley and was later carried forward by Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage. It is now called First Person Cinema and the curator is Don Yannacito. This program was started in 1955 with the intention of bringing an awareness of the personal cinema to Boulder, and has become a highly respected international showcase for the makers of personal film. It is the longest existing program in the world that has been continually screening avant-garde film and video work.

The Stan Brakhage Film Series will continue to show films by Brakhage on the first Sunday of every month at 7:30pm in ATLAS 100. All shows are free and open to the public.


Student Award Showcase

Student Award Showcase

Monday, September 8, 2014
7:00 PM

Winners of The Grillo Awards

Made possible with funds from the Arts and Cultural Enrichment Fee. Free admission. The Grillo awards are designed to encourage excellence in filmmaking and help defray some of the expenses required to pursue a degree in film production. A total of up to $17,000 of Grillo funds is distributed each year to four tiers of production students. Final recipients and individual award amounts will be determined each semester by in-class student votes and a panel of judges made up of CU Film Studies faculty and outside professionals. A selection of award winning films will be shown one night only. The Grillo Awards are drawn from a University of Colorado Foundation fund set up in the early ‘90s by the founder and former Director of the CU Film Studies Program, Virgil Grillo (1938-1994), whose dedication and vision helped shepherd Film Studies from its modest beginnings in the 1970s to an undergraduate degree program with some 600 majors.

Jodie Mack

Jodie Mack

Monday, September 22, 2014
7:00 PM

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects. Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Views From the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival. She has presented solo programs of her work at venues such as the Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, and the BFI London Film Festival. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth’s EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and The Nightingale. She was a featured artist at the 2011 Flaherty Seminar, and she’s the 2013 recipient of the Marion McMahan Award at the Images Festival

New Fancy Foils

12.5 min, 16mm, color, silent

Undertone Overture

10.5 min, 16mm, color, sound

Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project

41 min, 16mm, Color, Sound, Live Performance

Glistening Thrills

8 min, 16mm, color, sound

Let Your Light Shine

3 min, 16mm, Color and B/W, Sound, Requires Glasses

Karen Yasinsky

Karen Yasinsky

Monday, October 6, 2014
7:00 PM

Karen Yasinsky is an artist and filmmaker working with animation and drawing. Her video installations and drawings have been shown in many venues internationally including the Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, NY; UCLA Hammer Museum, LA;the Wexner Center, Columbus and Kunst Werke, Berlin. Her films and videos have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including Museum of Modern Art, NY, the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant Garde, the San Francisco International, Images Festival, Toronto, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Ann Arbor Film Festival where she won the Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design in 2013. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Film and Media Studies. Recent films by Karen Yasinsky work with the fragment, both in sound and image, using puppetry, animation, cinematic quotation and suggestions of narrative to trigger emotive positions of discomfort and empathy (Steve Polta). In THE LONELY LIFE OF DEBBY ADAMS (2013), a portrait of a young woman waiting is visited by sounds and suggestive film fragments which conjure the slips of memory and thought, seen and being seen. AFTER HOURS (2013) originated with thoughts on senseless violence and the remove and distance of the foreign observer, both involving a heightened state of agitation or excitement. Both LIFE IS AN OPINION FIRE A FACT (2012) and AUDITION (2012) work with hand-drawn animation to re-present a remembered image in a new structure, addressing the act of creating emotive meaning. Other works used remembered images from Bresson’s AU HASARD BALTHAZAR and Vigo’s L’ATALANTE to isolate and intensify a personal reading of those films.

Kelly Sears

Kelly Sears

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 PM

Kelly Sears creates experimental animations that bridge documentary and fictional storytelling, merging the official with the uncanny. She reworks images of Post WW2 America to investigate political narratives of power that include expansionist doctrines, occupation, and surveillance. Her films harness the past as a means to examine earlier histories and address how these legacies merge with our present. Her work has screened at museums, galleries and film festivals such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, REDCAT, Machine Project, Light Industry, Sundance, South by Southwest, Ann Arbor and Los Angeles Film Festivals. She is an Assistant Professor in the Film Studies department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Sears will be showing a selection of shorts made from archival film and ephemeral media.

The Drift


He Hates To Be Second


The Body Besieged


Voice On The Line


Jupiter Elicius


Once It Started It Could Not End Ootherwise




Cover Me Alpha


Tropical Depression


The Rancher


Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Monday, November 17, 2014
7:00 PM

Known principally as a maverick spirit in the world of avant-garde American cinema, Lawrence Jordan played an important role in the late 1950s and early 1960s San Francisco art scene. Jordan has made over fifty experimental films, including a number of fanciful, filmic animations made from collaged cut outs of Victorian engravings. The animations extend dreamlike imagery of collaged landscape into a cinematic realm of transformation and free form symbolism. Jordan seeks to delve into the deep structures and Jungian connotations of the mythological images his films reference. His alchemical approach to imagery creates what he has called the “theater of the mind, which you construct. That is the Underworld… the realm of the imagination. You have to have a place to work with images.”

Driving Demons



Color, 16mm, Sound, 3 minutes, Cut-Out Animation, 2013

Beyond Enchantment

Color/Black&White, 16mm, Sound, 9.25 minutes, 2010


Color, 16mm, Sound, 9 minutes, 1983

Man is in Pain

Pink Swine

Blue Skies Beyond The Looking Glass

Color, 16mm, Sound, 6 minutes, 2005

Solar Sight II

Color, 16mm, Sound, 10 minutes, 2012

Our Lady of the Sphere

35mm, Color Tint, Sound, 10 minutes, 1969

Vincent Grenier

Vincent Grenier

Monday, December 1, 2014
7:00 PM

Vincent Grenier is a native of Quebec City, Canada but has been living in the US since the early seventies. Grenier’s experimental films and videos have earned numerous awards and have shown in North America, Europe and China at major museums, showcases and festivals. Over the years his work was the object of retrospectives at various festivals and show cases. One of his videos, TABULA RASA, was screened in the “Best Avant Garde Films & Videos of the Decade” program at the Lincoln Center and his last videos Watercolor earned grand prizes in experimental works at Black Maria and Athens, Ohio, Film Festivals. He received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2010. He lives in Ithaca NY and teaches at nearby Binghamton University.

Les Chaises

HDQT, 9 min

Interieur Interiors

16 mm, 15 min

Tabula Rasa Mini

DV, 7.5 min

Color Study Mini

DV, 4.5 min

While Revolved 1976

16mm, 8 min

Armoire Prologue & Coda

7 min

Surface Tension

16mm, 4 min


HD 12.5 min