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Siting at my desk, trolling YouTube, I seldom expect Her channel consists of short clips and tiny films to find things that will really make my mind bleed. For every truly enriching viewing experience, there's a cat video, someone talking about their political views, another damned documentary about ghosts that fails to do even basic research. So, when I come across a filmmaker whose works blow me away so thoroughly that I must sit down again, put fingers to keyboard, review and praise and gush onto the screen, it's a good day.
That filmmaker is Eileen O'Meara, and today is that glorious morning.
Her animations are tiny, some are just clips of longer pieces, but they all show her style without doubt. She works in a surrealistic mode, bringing to mind not only legends like Bill Plympton and Don Herzfeld, but also avant garde filmmakers from Russia in the 1960s. It's an instantly attracting style, and while it is deceptively simple at points, it is never dull or feels cut-n-paste. Each film is fully realised in its own universe, and though they are tiny snippets of her vision, they are effective in what they do.
The one that took me down the hardest was Ruins. As I prepare for an interview with legendary Avant Garde filmmaker Larry Jordan, I couldn't help but connect with the combination of photo realistic images and animation that gives off the impression of those films of the 60s and 70s, even invoking Terry Gilliam to a degree.
These films are well worth your time and I can't wait to see more full-=length pieces!
Klaus at Gunpoint
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