A medley of animated films from the R.O. Blechman Collection,
including Suzan Pitt's El Doctor, James McMullen's 1914 and
George Griffin's It pains me. Also to be screened, Fred Mogubub's
The Great Society, a pioneering quick cuts film from the 60s.
Capping the evening are Ralph Barton's home movies of Charlie
Chaplin, which includes footage of Chaplin directing City Lights.
For the Friday screening, R. O. Blechman will introduce the films; question-and-answer will follow.
O. Blechman's singular drawings have graced 19 New Yorker
covers. In his long career as an artist, illustrator and animator, he
books, films, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, television ads and
other work that is wry, beautiful and instantly recognizable.
best-known works include the book The Juggler of Our Lady;
commercials for Alka Seltzer and Perrier and other products;
and the Emmy Award-winning animated PBS Special Great
Performances: The Soldier's Tale. Blechman is also a collector of
vintage films and animations.
On August 27th and 28th, The Ancram Opera House will screen
eleven short films (the longest 20 minutes), little known contemporary and vintage masterworks from the R. O. Blechman Collection.