“Fun” to make and to watch, as well as satisfying to respond to, ABRACADABRA’s realization is a miracle of sorts. Contemporary and very digital, it also celebrates some of the thrills and spirit of early cinema, especially the excitement and bewilderment that once hovered over the possibilities of film; its acceptance of accidents and reflections on the medium; breath-taking and space-breaking phantom rides; the contradictory mirror-held-up-to-nature character of “actualities”; and of course, the magic of hand-tinted photographic moving images. —Ernie Gehr
Ernie Gehr (born 1943) is an American experimental filmmaker closely associated with the Structural film movement of the 1970s. A self-taught artist, Gehr was inspired to begin making films in the 1960s after chancing upon a screening of a Stan Brakhage film. Gehr’s film Serene Velocity (1970) has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Gehr served as faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute. His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. —Wikipedia
Ernie Gehr: fully developed, partially exposed. Gehr’s digital lacings.