Thursday, May 30, 2002

Animated Landscapes

Films of James Otis

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Colorado filmmaker James Otis is one of the country’s most accomplished yet little-known personal/experimental filmmakers. Otis was an early pioneer of computer-generated animation, and his several films in that genre remain classics of the form. His pseudo-hyper-stereoscopic landscape studies bring the Western land to uniquely cinematic life. Of late, Otis has been applying his precise passions to lenslessly teasing emulsion into phrasings of big questions. And all this with a sense of humor. Since Otis brings films to the Bay area only every 20 years or so, a wide-ranging selection is planned, including Family Dinners, Gridrose, Englewood Cottonwood, Upper Blue Lake and several others.

“One of the best film artists I know.” – Stan Brakhage