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Watch Films by Kate McCabe

The writer, photographer and filmmaker imaginitively combines live action and animation.

We just opened a cinema featuring four short films by Kate McCabe, founder of the art collective Kidnap Yourself. Often combining live action photography and animation, with time manipulation techniques both in-camera and with optical printing, much of her work, distributed by Canyon Cinema, explores a realm between daydreams and reality.

She describes Tack (1995; image above) as "a collage of outtakes, forgotten still camera negatives, and super 8 film all chopped and rearranged on 35mm leader." Portraits (2001) is comprised of 37 ten-second animated light paintings of artists and friends. The Chicago Underground Film Festival has called Das Neue Monster (2001) a "Frankenstein for identity politics." And of her 17-minute film from 2004, she says: "Moving to Los Angeles seemed to me like traveling to a remote planet and we were astronauts hovering within its borders isolated in a strange sanctuary. Milk and Honey allows you to drift into that twilight world and dream of home."

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