Celestial Navigations & CUFF benefit 1/31

A Benefit For the 2013 Chicago Underground Film Festival

Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow

Thu, January 31, 2013, 9:00 pm

The Hideout, Chicago, IL

Suggested Donation of $10 | All proceeds go to CUFF 2013

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We will be featuring The Numero Group’s amazing collection of short films by Al Jarnow. The screening will consist of 60 minutes of shorts from his independent work and films featured on public television, followed by a 30 minute documentary that deconstructs his creative process.

Tens of millions of people have seen these films. Nobody knows who made them.

Curled up on our couches in the wee hours of the morning, in reruns, and nostalgic You Tube forwards, filmmaker Al Jarnow has touched our lives and changed the way we look at the world without us ever knowing. Beginning with his work for a certain public television show that featured a big yellow bird, Al Jarnow captured life’s scientific minutia and boiled it down for easy consumption between cookie eating monsters and counting vampires. Coupling time-lapse, stop motion, and cel animation with simple objects found in every day life, Jarnow deconstructed the world for an entire generation.

From the third floor of his Long Island gingerbread home, his mind wandered beyond the confines of educational programming. Delving into New York’s avant-garde film scene alongside Harry Smith, Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage, Jarnow created a body of awe-inspiring films that remain in the collections of MOMA and Pompideau Center.