Jodie Mack: Let Your Light Shine

  • Fri Oct 24
Jodie Mack: Let Your Light Shine

with a live cine-performance by Jodie Mack

$10 general / $8 students and seniors
advance tickets

Jodie Mack

The highlight of this program is Mack singing live with Dusty Stacks of Mom (2013, 41 mins), an animated rock opera paying affectionate tribute to her mother’s ailing poster business. “Through exquisite layering and Mack’s trademark cut ’n’ paste stroboscopic animation techniques, it’s impossible not to be reminded of our collective adolescent bedrooms or student kitchens. The film is eulogy to now near-defunct forms of cultural production and exchange, including analogue filmmaking, which have been all but extinguished by digital technology. “ (BFI London Film Festival) Shown as part of last year’s Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival.

All the films in this collection investigate the formal principles of abstract cinema while maturing an interest in found materials, evolving modes of production, forms of labor, and the role of decoration in daily life. Prodding at hierarchies of aesthetic value and the tension between high and low, these works question the role of abstract animation in a post-psychedelic climate.

  • New Fancy Foils (12.5 m, 16mm, color, silent)
    Paper sample books discarded and dumpstered by long-gone businesses undergo a series of sequential experiments in pattern, rhythm, color, and text(ure). A call and response of flickering and lingering, this catalog of catalogs remembers a tactile economy.
  • Undertone Overture (10.5m, 16mm, color, sound)
    A study of tie dye swims out to the cosmos and back again.
  • Dusty Stacks of Mom: the Poster Project (41m, 16mm, color, sound- LIVE PERFORMANCE)
    Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.
  • Glistening Thrills (8m, 16mm, color, sound)
    A shiny otherworld of holographic reverie pairs dollar store gift bags and haunting resound, unfolding an effervescent melancholy in three parts. Featuring compositions for bowed vibraphone by Elliot Cole.
  • Let Your Light Shine (3m, 16mm, color and b/w, sound- REQUIRES GLASSES)
    The ultimate photo-kinetic stroboscopic spectacle for spectacles. (Requires prismatic glasses.)

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 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. 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. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects.

Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Views From the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival. She has presented solo programs of her work at venues such as the Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, and the BFI London Film Festival. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth's EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and The Nightingale. She was a featured artist at the 2011 Flaherty Seminar, and the 2013 recipient of the Marion McMahan Award at the Images Festival.

Cosponsored with Science & Technology Studies. This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA's Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (


16mm color
1 hour 15 minutes
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