PDX: the hubley studio: films by john + faith hubley at the hollywood theatre june 10.

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The Hubley Studio: Animated films by John and Faith Hubley

Friday, June 10 at the Hollywood Theatre, 7pm, $10

John and Faith Hubley were Oscar-winning animated filmmakers whose work has been given a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The couple, whose children include animated filmmaker Emily Hubley and Yo La Tengoʼs Georgia Hubley, vowed to make one film a year with each other. John Canemaker wrote: “The husband and wife team made iconoclastic, socially relevant, painterly films that were meant to, as John Hubley said, ʻIncrease awareness, to warn, to humanize, to elevate vision, to suggest goals, to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our relationship with each other.ʼ Tonightʼs program will include:

Adventures of an * (1957, 10 mins) A baby, represented by the “*” symbol, delights in the visual excitement of the world. As he matures, his ability to see diminishes. Eventually, his own child freshens his vision. Produced and written by John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this film features music by Benny Carter. Soloist: Lionel Hampton.

The Hole (1963, 15 mins) An improvised dialogue between two demolition workers in the streets of New York leads to an argument about the laws of chance, which, in turn, develops into a discussion of the dangers of nuclear warfare. Produced and written by John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this film won an Academy Award in 1963 for Best Animated Short. Voices by Dizzy Gillespie and George Matthews.

Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966, 6 mins) A satiric visualization of two musical pieces by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass: “Tijuana Taxi” and “Spanish Flea.” Produced by John and Faith Hubley and directed by John Hubley, this won an Academy Award in 1966. Music by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Windy Day (1967, 8 mins) An improvised dialogue of two little girls (voices by Georgia and Emily Hubley) is the background for the expressive visualization of their view of marriage and babies, love and death. Produced and directed by John and Faith Hubley.

My Universe Inside Out (1996, 25 mins) Faith Hubleyʼs animated self-portrait is intercut with a parallel story of the universe. Ms. Hubley recalls infancy, childhood, turbulent adolescence, adventurous youth, family life, sudden death, crisis and joy.
Includes clips from classic Hubley Studio films. Music by Don Christensen (Raybeats, Contortions, Philip Glass).

Tall Time Tales (1992, 9 mins) Produced and directed by Faith Hubley, this is about the many faces of time. The viewer experiences the flow of time from the future to the past, through cyclic, biological, curved and paradoxical time. Is it linear? Cyclic? With voices by Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and Max Rosenthal. Music by Don Christensen.

Tender Game (1958, 6 mins) A jazz version of the song “Tenderly” provides the soundtrack for a delicate tale of love. Produced and written by John Hubley. Music Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Oscar Peterson Trio: Ray Brown, bass and Herb Ellis, guitar.

Date with Dizzy (1956, 10 mins) An advertising director tries to work with Dizzy Gillespie on a score for a “Rope Ladder” commercial. Directed by John Hubley, this live-action short, with a story by Faith Hubley, showcases three of Hubleyʼs animated commercials in their entirety, as well as performances by the Dizzy Gillespie Quartet.

John and Faithʼs daughter Emily Hubley will be here tonight to answer questions.

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (503) 493-1128
Presented by chickfactor + the Hollywood Theatre

image above from Date with Dizzy.

PDX: emily hubley screening june 11 @ hollywood theatre.

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The Toe Tactic + shorts by Emily Hubley

Saturday, June 11 at the Hollywood Theatre, 7pm, $8
Emily Hubley has been making animated shorts for 30 years. Her hand-drawn films explore personal memory and the turbulence of emotional life. In addition to her first feature, The Toe Tactic, she has created animated segments for narrative and documentary films, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Blue Vinyl and Willliam Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe. A daughter of pioneer animators Faith and John Hubley, she worked on Faithʼs films at the Hubley Studio, Inc. from 1977 to 2001. Tonightʼs program features:
Pigeon Within (2000, 4.5 mins) A young womanʼs encounter with her guardian angel prompts her to reconsider death, memory and her beliefs. Directed by Emily Hubley, this award-winning short was shown at MoMA and many festivals. Music by Yo La Tengo.
Set Set Spike (2002, 6 mins) A single motherʼs personal ritual combines her history, poetry and a volleyball-inspired workout. Directed by Emily Hubley, this was also a festival favorite. Music by Yo La Tengo. Cast: Miram Shor and Max Rosenthal.
The Toe Tactic (2008, 84 mins) This animated/live-action feature film follows Mona (2011 Tony-nominee Lily Rabe), who is jarred by a delayed grief for her late father when she finds out her childhood home has been sold. Her plight becomes the subject of an esoteric card game played in another dimension by four animated dogs. Over one problematic but magical weekend, the dogsʼ mischief helps her to reconcile her loss and reconnect with the world. Written, directed and animated by Emily Hubley, this festival favorite features music from Yo La Tengo (Emilyʼs sister Georgia is in the band) and a cast including Daniel London, Kevin Corrigan, Jane Lynch, Mary Kay Place and Xander Berkeley. Voices include David Cross, Andrea Martin and Eli Wallach. Voices include David Cross and Eli Wallach. Trailer is here

Emily Hubley will appear in person after the film to answer questions.
Interview with Emily Hubley here.

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (503) 493-1128
Presented by chickfactor + the Hollywood Theatre

image above from Pigeon Within

PDX: slow century screening at hollywood theatre may 20.

Sound & Vision will present Slow Century on May 20, 7pm, $7
Filmed by Lance Bangs, Slow Century is the definitive documentary film about the indie rock band Pavement.

“Lance Bangs’ 2002 doc chronicles the rise and (amicable) demise of indie rock’s critics’ darlings. Highlights include commentary by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and footage of a disastrous set at the final Lollapalooza tour.”
From the article “Top Five: Films About Lesser-Known Bands” (Houston Press, 2010)

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (503) 493-1128

Presented by chickfactor + the Hollywood Theatre

Image of Lance Bangs filming Pavement’s “Carrot Rope” video.

DVD ready to go.

We are about to release the documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields on DVD

Release date: May 23, 2011. The film (82 mins, DVD: NTSC, region neutral, $24.95) will be released through the filmʼs official website. The DVD will include a commentary track by Stephin and Claudia as well as two of the bandʼs Claudia Gonson–directed Super-8 music videos “Strange Powers” and “Born on a Train.” Five deleted scenes have been included as DVD extras. Among them: a lighthearted moment with Stephin in front of a Texas BBQ joint; Claudia taking pictures of Stephin and Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler for a Gothic Archies recording; and a sweet riposte to the song “Reno Dakota” by the real Reno Dakota. Link to purchase

the marquee.

Photo by Rebecca Gates. Here is the marquee from our Townes event the other night, which went really well. I had seen the film at the London Film Festival back in 2005, but I had forgotten how great it is. Sure, it is sad and intense, and amazing to see all this footage of Townes playing music in his crazy patchwork trousers, or guzzling bourbon whilst holding a shotgun. My favorite moments are basically whenever Guy Clark is onscreen — holy Jesus, what a piece of work. In some scenes he is brazenly sucking on a joint. I love seeing Steve Earle, Steve Shelley and Tim Foljahn in the film as well. We were lucky to have producer Sam Brumbaugh come out from the East to introduce the film, and give a little insight into how it got made. Here’s what they played…

Julie Vitells (What Hearts) “Pancho and Lefty”
The Glorious First of June (Richard Shirk from Soft Tags) “Highway Kind”
Flash Flood & the Dikes “Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel”
Darren Hanlon with Shelly Short “I’ll Be Here in the Morning”
Rebecca Gates “No Place To Fall” / “St John the Gambler”

Next time I will have to have more glittering disco music to keep the party vibe alive between film + music, but generally I think people were psyched to be there, and it was good fun after to go to the silly Sam’s bar and shoot the shit with the gang. Anyway, the whole curating thing is forcing me to learn a lot more about the Portland music scene.

Next up: Slow Century (Pavement movie by Lance Bangs) May 20
The Hubley Studio June 11
Emily Hubley Films June 10

Joe Meek.


This will tide you over till the Meek doc comes out.