The Artificial Nature Show

Artificial Depictions of Nature in Motion Pictures

Curated by ACME Video (Carl Simmons and Ralph Goudreau)

“The Artificial Nature Show,” designed and printed by Mickey Zacchilli

“The Artificial Nature Show,” designed and printed by Mickey Zacchilli

Does a squirrel know what a movie is? We at Acme Video wish they did so they would come in and rent something sometime. It is an absolute thrill for us to be guest curating a Magic Lantern for which we have dug deep into our catacombs to bring to light some real cinematic oddities. The idea of “artificial depictions of nature in the moving pictures” seems to epitomize a conflict between the world that we actually live in & the world we choose to create when given the chance. Not to mention that it is a rather malleable postulate that provides us with a great excuse to show some pretty weird, often humorous & sometimes disturbing films you may not have seen before.

The line-up will include an early Goldilocks adaptation, a long-forgotten fantasy depicting the lunar adventures of a young boy (and his dog), a scientific documentary of a tree-dwelling octopus, a surrealistic slapstick film featuring a tree that grows cats, experimental animations of insects and centaurs, a hilarious live-action musical performed entirely by dogs (!!!!), a glimpse of retro-fab special effects from a low-budget 1960s Hollywood pic, and other unnatural representations of elephants and camping trips. Join us!


FEATURING: Edwin S. Porter, “The Teddy Bears” (1907); Joseph Cornell, “Jack’s Dream” (c. 1938); Jean Painlevé, “La Pieuvre” (1927), Charley Bowers, “Now You Tell One” (1926); Winsor McCay, “Bug Vaudeville” (1921) and “The Centaurs” (1918-21); Zion Meyers and Jules White, “The Dogway Melody” (1930); George Pal, “Atlantis: The Lost Continent” (1960) (excerpt); + more TBA.