Part of SFFILM Festival
The Grand Bizarre
A tantalizing, textile overload, experimental animator Jodie Mack’s feature debut vibrates with color, sound, and place. Shot on 16mm and guided by a playful and pulsating soundtrack, The Grand Bizarre is a visual delight of texture and fabric. While playfully placing objects near and far in the frame and animating them among contrasting landscapes in different parts of the world, Mack examines the global connection between these patterns and the spaces they occupy, making for a kaleidoscopic viewing experience that necessitates big-screen appreciation.
Screens with Accidence (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada 2018, 10 min)
“From these materials, it’s not difficult to imagine how Mack could have constructed a more or less straightforward treatment of her subject matter, guiding us along as these textiles are created then shipped out and sold, connecting them to their points of origin and showing how these various cultures both accord with each other and differ. Instead, Mack creates a radical disjuncture between these objects and their context, shooting them in flat, straight-ahead compositions that privilege pattern over provenance. The proceedings move to a wholly unnatural and at times ingenious rhythm of the filmmaker’s own devising, set to a soundtrack of bespoke pop tracks created by the director herself.” – Daniel Witkin, IndieWire
London-born Jodie Mack received her MFA in Video and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among her short works are Persian Pickles (2012), winner of the Chicago Underground Film Festival Short & Sweet Award, and Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (2013), the Jury Award (NoBudget) winner at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. The Grand Bizarre is her feature debut.