Nancy Andrews

The Birdwoman and Her Dreams: Animated Works by Nancy Andrews


“Like its main character, Behind the Eyes are the Ears embraces the full scope of the unknown—from the sinister to the rhapsodic.” —Colin Capers

Los Angeles premieres
Jack H. Skirball Series


With characters and stories synthesized from sources including history and autobiography, Nancy Andrews works in a hybrid form that combines research with storytelling, documentary, puppetry, and vaudeville. The program presents a selection of shorts along with two of her latest animated works. Inspired by classic "mad scientist" horror films and research into the physiology of insects, Behind the Eyes are the Ears (2010, 26 min.) features a soundtrack by Andrews and Zach Soares and mixes animation, live action and found footage to follow the revolutionary attempts of Dr. Sheri Myes to expand human perception and consciousness. On a Phantom Limb (2009, 35 min.), with music by John Cooper, invokes the realm of the invisible and takes as its starting point the filmmaker’s near-death experience during a harrowing surgical procedure. Andrews is the recipient of awards and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.

In person: Nancy Andrews

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Advanced Curators' Notes

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

Associated Images: 

TUES 3/8
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff