Apr 5, 2017

PDX Experimental Animation: Laura Heit, Kurtis Hough, and Ben Popp

Laura Heit employs stop-motion, live-action puppetry, hand drawing, and computer animation to craft moody and mysterious animated films. Her work has screened at the Walker Arts center, MOMA, the Guggenheim, Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop, Annecy, Rotterdam, Taiwan, Ann Arbor, and London International Film Festivals, Black Maria, PBS, and others.   Kurtis Hough blends techniques of animation, documentary and surrealism to craft hauntingly mesmerizing moving pictures that emphasize the rhythms and abstract patterns found in the natural world. He won Best Experimental Film at the 2016 International Animation Festival.  Ben Popp combines antiquated filmmaking techniques such as stop-motion animation and hand-processing to fashion playful and timeless short films.  Working primarily with 16mm and Super8 film, his work has screened at the Ann Arbor and Northwest Film Festivals.

Featured work on the video wall is Vertical Coil by Auden Lincoln-Vogel and Eli Coplan.

Kurtis Hough, Laura Heit, and Ben Popp after their ‘PDX Experimental Animation’ screening.
Laura Heit, Ben Popp, and Rose Bond discuss business after the ‘PDX Experimental Animation’ screening.
Eli Copeland next to his piece ‘Vertical Coil’ on the video wall.

Thank you Laura Heit for the awesome hand-made BHMC postcard!