A Tea Party For Helen Hill (1970-2007)

$5 Donation to benefit the Francis Pop Education Fund

Magic Lantern presents a memorial screening of the work of animator Helen Hill, who was killed on January 4, in New Orleans. This tragic incident has prompted the creation of numerous tributes and celebrations of Helen’s life and work. A website created after her death states: She was a marvelous and gifted artist, filmmaker, mother, wife, friend, and neighbor. Helen is survived by her husband Paul and their 2 year-old son, Francis Pop. Her death was suffered when an intruder entered their home – the sixth murder in a horrific 24-hour period of violence that swept over the city of New Orleans. Helen Hill’s animated films vary in technique from puppet to cut-out to drawn animation, from pixilated to hand-processed images of live action. Her subject matter deals with the spectrum of art, life, love, and death -through visions of chicken angels and joyous cotton-candy-eating friends. Her film “Madame Winger Makes a Film” exemplifies the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic that Helen embraced in her life and work. In the film, Madame Winger encourages the audience that they too can make a film, and shows all the various means and methods of doing so. Helen Hill was a vegan, who with her husband organized free food donations through Food Not Bombs. She was also a zine maker, who self published the influential collection of writings by independent artists and filmmakers called Recipes For Disaster, about how to work with film in non-traditional and experimental ways. Many of Helen’s animations feature images of teacups and teapots. For this special screening, the Cable Car Cinema will donate a free cup of tea when audience members bring their own teacup. The proceeds of the screening will go to benefit the Francis Pop Education Fund, established to benefit Helen and Paul’s son. Audience members will also be able sign postcards that urge the mayor of New Orleans to continue the investigation into Helen’s murder. For more information about Helen Hill, visit www.helenhill.org

FEATURING: Madame Winger Makes a Film, Mouseholes, Tunnel Of Love, Scratch and Crow, StreetCents, The World’s Smallest Fair, Five Spells, Vessel, Your New Pig, Rain Dance, Upperground, I Love Nola, Bohemian Town

(ALL FILMS ON VIDEO: A video copy of Helen’s work was provided by Richard Reeves (of the Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary) for this screening. Many of the original 16mm prints of Helen’s work are in the process of being archived and are difficult to get at this time.)

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