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Art on the Move

Don't call them cartoonists. The creative minds whose work will be presented today at Independent Exposure's Animation Program prefer the term "moving image artists," according to associate curator Stephanie Martz.

"These people are visual artists, and animation is just a second focus to many of them," says Martz. Still, some of the films screening in this traveling festival give us the giggles we expect from cartoons -- oops, we said it. Australian Siobhan Bowers's An Instructional Guide to Dating, for example, lampoons grade-school educational videos using the rotoscoping technique of animating over live footage (as seen recently in A Scanner Darkly) to create campy, brightly colored images.

Italian Federico Solmi's Rocco Never Dies, on the other hand, is a more existential affair, portraying the bizarre afterlife of legendary Italian porn actor Rocco Siffredi with crude, hand-drawn animation.

All of the three- to 15-minute films are meant to showcase the artistic range of animation -- or moving image art -- outside what you see on the Cartoon Network. Things get moving at 8 p.m.
Fri., July 28, 8 p.m.


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