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Animation Screening: Surreal Soirées

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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Join us for Surreal Soirées, a specially curated screening of early and rare animated cartoons featuring ridiculously fantastical sights and scenarios. All films date from the 1910s through the 1940s, and will be shown on real 16mm film, with a real projector. This is a unique opportunity to see some generally unavailable and some previously ‘lost’ films.

Curated and presented by early animation historian, archivist, and preservationist, Tommy José Stathes.

Sampling of animation directors and characters that will be shown:

  • Bob Clampett & Friz Freleng/Porky Pig
  • Dan Gordon/Farmer Alfalfa
  • Dave Fleischer/Koko the Clown and Betty Boop
  • Otto Messmer/Felix the Cat
  • Vernon Stallings & John Foster/Tom & Jerry

About The Stathes Archive

The Stathes archives of early animated films has been nearly two decades in the making. Beginning as a casual effort to find and see early cartoons that were unavailable on home video, the collection has grown to become perhaps one of the largest of its kind. It includes many titles and ‘orphan films’ that are difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, amassed in rare archival 16mm and 35mm prints.


August 5
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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