November 2 (Thursday) 7 pm
During a career that has spanned six decades and a wide range of endeavorsincluding major studio animation, the production of Air Force training films, a number of excellent art documentaries, and his own celebrated paintings and graphic artJules Engel has become one of our greatest living film artists. Among his earliest accomplishments are the direction of the Russian and Chinese dance sequences from Disneys Fantasia and the supervision of color continuity for Bambi. One of the key figures in abstract animation, he has created a singular body of work that playfully explores the limits of visual representation and the rhythmic potentials of color. Engels contributions include not only his own remarkable films (Accident, Train Landscape, Rumble), now classics, but training provided to at least two generations of American animators through the production program he founded at the California Institute of the Arts in the late 1960s.
November 11 (Saturday) 7 pm
Beirut-born, Paris-based artist Christian Boustani has gained international recognition both for his video installations and for his innovative work in computer animation. For the past decade Boustani has been engaged in a series of highly cinematic reworkings of paintingwork that has culminated in a trilogy of animated films entitled Cités Antérieures (Cities of the Past). In the first installment of the series he mixes details of cityscapes from historical paintings with contemporary imagery to create a dreamlike portrait of the Italian city of Siena. In his striking Cités AntérieuresBrugge (on the ancient Belgian town of Bruges), Boustani uses fiction for the first time and vividly creates a potent evocation of the lived experience of the Renaissance. He is currently working on Cités AntérieuresToledo, the final work in the series.