Lewis Klahr’s masterpiece collage film Sixty Six that he was making for 13 years.
A film by Lewis Klahr
USA | 2015 | 90 min
Twelve cutout animations form a set of stories in which figures from Greek mythology and pulp novels of the 1960s meet in old advertising photos. Lewis Klahr worked for years on his collage world full of comic strip heroes, Roy Lichtenstein-like prints, film-noir themes and a clever soundscape.
Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic films, which use found images and sound to explore the intersection of memory and history. Klahr's films have screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia – in venues such as New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the LA County Museum of Art and Redcat. In May of 2010 The Wexner Center for the Arts presented a 5 program retropsective of Klahr’s films. His film Wednesday Morning Two A.M. was awarded a Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 International Film Festival at Rotterdam. His epic cutout animation The Pharaoh’s Belt received a special citation for experimental work from the National Society of Film Critics in 1994. Klahr's feature length film "The Pettifogger" was selected as one of the best films of 2012 by Artforum Magazine. He has also received commissions from European arts organizations such as the Gronnegard Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark (Lulu) and the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Two Minutes to Zero). His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Klahr was The Wexner Center for the Arts 2010 Media Arts Residency Award Winner,the 2013 Brakhage Vision Award winner, a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY State Council of the Arts, Creative Capital and The Jerome Foundation. Lewis Klahr lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Theater School of the California Institute of the Arts.