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Jodie Mack: Patterns, Posthaste!

Jodie Mack:  Patterns, Posthaste!

Posthaste Perennial Pattern, by Jodie Mack

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

Jodie Mack:  Patterns, Posthaste!

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 7:30 pm

At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

Jodie Mack in person!

Filmforum welcomes back the wonderful animator Jodie Mack with a couple of her most recent films, followed by her epic feature The Grand Bizarre.  “Hoarders Without Boarders”, in its LA premiere, features a dazzling display of minerals at the Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum while making evident the archival work surrounding each one.  We’ll revisit “Posthaste Perennial Pattern”, an earlier work, in which she was already placing her visual fantasias of textile patterns against sounds that expand or play with the interpretation of the images.  “Wasteland No. 1” colorfully combines or contrasts computer waste with natural lands.  All lead to The Grand Bizarre, which takes her animation around the world as Mack tracks the pathways of textiles through global commerce.  Screening the short films in 16mm and The Grand Bizarre in 35mm!

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.

Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, The New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. She is an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College.

Note the change in ticketing for our events at the Egyptian Theatre.  Advance paid tickets will be reserved through the American Cinematheque site; Filmforum members will reserve through Brown Paper Tickets.  At the theatre on the night of the show, tickets will be available through the Egyptian Theatre ticket window.

Tickets: $12 general; $8 students (with ID)/seniors; $8 for American Cinematheque members; free for Filmforum Members. Paid tickets available in advance through the American Cinematheque from Fandango at   or at the door.

Filmforum member tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets at or at the door. 

Fandango Sales:  Please note that student/senior tickets are not available online. Please bring your student ID and/or California ID or license to the box office to receive the discount.

Filmforum members will reserve in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. All Filmforum member reservations will be administered to by Filmforum.

At the theatre on the night of the show, tickets will be available for purchase from the Egyptian Theatre box office. Filmforum members will pick up their tickets from the box office as well. The list will close four hours prior to show time. Available Filmforum member tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the event.

The box office opens 90 minutes prior to showtime. More information about American Cinematheque ticketing can be found here:

For more information: or 323-377-7238.

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Posthaste Perennial Pattern

(2010, 16mm, color, sound, 3:38)

Rapid-fire florals and morning bird songs bridge interior and exterior, design and nature.

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Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, Verdant

Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, Verdant

(2017, 16mm, color, silent, 4:30 )

A eulogy for wasted potential sends the out of date to the out of body: trash to treasure. An appetite for destruction charts the product life cycle, interrupting the horizon through an intersection of perspectives.

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Hoarders Without Borders

Hoarders Without Borders

(2018, 16mm, color, silent, 4:45)

LA Premiere!

Featuring crystallized magic markers and the kidney stone of a horse, the generously-curated mineral collection of Mary Johnson comes to life in a manual labor of love for the process of archival procedure.

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The Grand Bizarre

The Grand Bizarre

(2018, 35mm, color, sound, 61 min)

“A film of boundless energy and ingenuity, the first feature by American animator Jodie Mack is a color-coordinated, rhythmically tuned fantasia for the senses.” – Film at Lincoln Center

A postcard from an imploded society. Bringing mundane objects to life to interpret place through materials, The Grand Bizarre transcribes an experience of pattern, labor, and alien[-]nation[s]. A pattern parade in pop music pairs figure and landscape to trip through the topologies of codification. Following components, systems, and samples in a collage of textiles, tourism, language, and music, the film investigates recurring motifs and how their metamorphoses function within a global economy.