May 25, 2011

Experiments In Cinema

jbrown @ 10:03 am

Greetings from the Outlands!

Last month, I had the pleasure of composing promotional artwork for  a wonderful avant garde and experimental film, video and new media festival called “Experiments In Cinema.”   The brainchild of New Mexico moving image artist and professor Bryan Konefsky, E.I.C. is a celebration of the freak flag flying fringe of the filmmaking community. Supported by the UNM Department of Cinematic Arts and the filmmaking collective Basement Films, E.I.C. has descended upon the city of Albuquerque, NM each spring for the last six years growing from a ramshackle local shindig into a truly international event.

Though I’d attended E.I.C. before, the 2011 iteration entitled, “Experiments In Cinema Version 6.3” was my first as a contributor, which proved to be a blast.  Each year the festival chooses a different, irreverent or tongue-in-cheek visual motif for its programs, posters and other printed paraphernalia.  This year was no different and when Bryan asked if I would collaborate with its resident graphic designer Benjamin Brown, all he said (and I’m paraphrasing here) was “I’m thinking something like a graphic novel, something black & white and something connecting the word “experiments” to the laboratory of a mad scientist. Good Luck!”

What we came up with was a set of very fun Comic Book Mad Scientist compositions inspired by 1920’s-30’s era German Expressionist flavored films as well as the great EC Comics titles of the 1950’s such as “Weird Science” and “Creepy.”  I created the images here in Los Angeles and, once approved,  sent them  off to New Mexico where I had been told they would be used in advertisements, banners and the festival program all of which was very flattering.

While I was not able to attend this year’s festival, Bryan promised he’d send at few copies of the program for me to keep.  But when I opened the eventual package he sent, I was greeted with some surprises.  Not only was my Mad Scientist character on the festival program and posters but they had also used his visage to grace a batch of E.I.C. T-Shirts, E.I.C. Buttons and even the Souvenir festival compilation DVD given to all participating filmmakers.  It was a real thrill!  The button especially has a cool punk aesthetic to it that I’m very tickled by.

I am already on board for next year’s festival, which I plan on attending and we’ve begun talking about the new visual motif (shhh… it’s a secret).  If you have an interest in experimental film and/or are looking for a good excuse to visit the American Southwest next April, I highly recommend checking out the E.I.C. website…


…and staying tuned for details and announcements for next year’s festival currently titled, “Experiments In Cinema Version 7.9.”  In the meantime, here’s a look at my work on this year’s festival swag! You can also check out more of my E.I.C. artwork here at the Galloping Tintypes PROMOTIONAL ART gallery.



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