The 2018 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation

The 2018 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation

“An annual mind-melding cinematic spectacle not to be missed.” —Anthology Film Archives

"Eyeworks fuses the finest boundary-obliterating animations from past masters and contemporary virtuosos. An annual mind-melding cinematic spectacle not to be missed.”
John Klacsmann, Anthology Film Archives

"The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is an indispensable survey of the genre. Every year Alexander Stewart and Lilli Carré amaze with programming that brings together new talent, less-known work by established masters, and forgotten gems that deserve to be seen in a new light."
Josh Mabe,

The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, called “essential viewing every year” by, returns to REDCAT for the third year. Founded in 2010, Eyeworks is a curated annual festival that showcases abstract animation and unconventional character animation. The Eyeworks Festival at REDCAT features two programs of short films, and a solo retrospective screening of work from the 2018 festival guest, Japanese filmmaker Naoyuki Tsuji. The two curated lineups of short films will include classic and recently restored films, works from rising names in the field, and premieres of new works. Filmmakers in the 2018 festival include Maureen Selwood, Oliver Laric, Takeshi Murata, Larry Cuba, and Jon Rafman.

In person: Naoyuki Tsuji

Working with a distinctive drawn-and-erase technique, Naoyuki Tsuji’s dreamlike films are a moody blend of myth, fantasy, and horror. Evoking Deren, Kentridge, and Miyazaki, his work moves with a stream-of-consciousness fluidity, depicting scenarios that are simultaneously mesmerizing and disturbing. A schoolboy inhales a drawing, and is transformed into a cloud that consumes his classmates. A woman in a car crash is awakened by licks from the moon. Reflections a pond turn wicked and take on a life of their own. Tsuji’s films are filled with transformations of bodies, dreamy violence, dark eroticism, and an elegant drifting logic all their own. His work has been presented at the Image Forum Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Media City Film Festival, Images Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Ottowa International Animation Festival.


Program 1, 3:00 PM, 64 mins

Mary Beams, Paul Revere is Here, 1976

Mengxi Yang, Ai Can, 2018

Larry Cuba, Calculated Movements, 1985

Takeshi Murata, Donuts, 2018

Jon Rafman, Dream Journal #2, 2018

Cheng-Hsu Chung, Adorable, 2018

Lucy Raven, The Deccan Trap, 2015

Lisze Bechtold, Moon Breath Beat, 1980

Dane Picard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are George, 1992

James J.A. Mercer, Landfill, 2014


Program 2, 5:30 PM, 58 mins

Oliver Laric, Betweenness, 2018

Maureen Selwood, This is Just To Say: A Poem and A Reply, 1987

Theo Chin, Pinakothek, 2018

Barry Doupé, Bubble Boing, 2017

Faith Hubley, Tall Time Tales, 1992

Monique Renault, A La Votre, 1973

Matthew Thurber, Ecto Petrol Patrol, 2018

Maria Lassnig, The Ballad of Maria Lassnig, 1992

Sebastian Buerkner, Tosse Not My Soule, 2015


Program 3, 8:30 PM

Films by Naoyuki Tsuji, with the filmmaker in person.

70 mins, all work shown on 16mm 

A Feather Stare at the Dark, 2003

Looking at a Cloud, 2005

Children of Shadows, 2006

The Place Where We Were, 2008

Zephyr, 2009

Fragments, 2016

Mountain, 2017

Curated by Lilli Carré, Alexander Stewart, Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.

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G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff