Local Sightings 2020 - Karl Krogstad Showcase (Shorts Program)
Live Online Screenings:
Sep. 20 & 27 at 4pm PDT
Festival - Local Sightings Film Festival 2020: Short Film Programs
** Hosted by Seattle experimental filmmaker Janice Findley! Janice will introduce the film program, and the screening will feature a live text chat-along with Janice for anyone who would like to ask questions or share memories of Karl Krogstad. The chat will take place on facebook.com/nwfilmforum/videos at showtime and will last the full length of the program **
In a collaborative effort, Northwest Film Forum, Interbay Cinema Society, Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound and Scarecrow Video present a showcase of work by the late Seattle filmmaker Karl Krogstad for Local Sightings Film Festival 2020. Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.
This materially psychedelic time-warp launches viewers through a chaotic recounting of how the West was won, warts and all. Overwhelmingly inventive, Eggnogs rapidfire recombination of claymation, live action, dolls, action figures, and miniature sets is nauseatingly effective at conveying the existential and physical carnage of American history.
According to Krogstad Studios, the film is famous for hosting one of the most bloody animation sequences of violence ever recorded. Consider that (and the side note that this notorious sequence clearly has input from fellow local claymation sensation and dabbler in dark psychedelia Bruce Bickford) a disclaimer.
Temple on a Stick/Fork on a Filling (1994)
Typical of his working mode, Krogstad had neither Temple on a Stick nor Fork on a Filling ready until shortly before they premiered at Seattle Art Museum. The former tells the story of a filmmaker making a film, while the latter is the film that she makes. While the filmmaker depicted is female, Krogstad still describes this diptych as autobiographical. In his words, Its a story about good and evil and about God sort of laughing.
Palm Sunday (1981)
As a group of scientists, blown off course, crash land their plane, world leaders begin to spontaneously combust. Coincidence? You be the judge. This film is cited by Krogstads Geocities site as his most surreal, but considering his filmography, there is no way that nomination could be easily made.
Around 1989, the City of Seattle was prosecuting Karl for postering on telephone poles and deserted buildings. Facing a decade of prison time, he countered that the sentence was unconstitutional, violating his first amendment rights, and won. Janice Findley has provided clips from local TV news outlets that covered the story.
** Visit bit.ly/locosightkrogstad for full details and to learn more about the presenting organizations! **
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