TICKETS / San Francisco East Bay / Shattuck Cinemas
Ruth Lingford’s animation career spans from the early 1990s to the present, and she has taught animation at Harvard for over a decade. She has been honing her digital drawing techniques since long before it was as common and streamlined in independent animation as it is today. One of her early films What She Wants was created by drawing directly into Deluxe Paint on an Amiga and saving it across 20 floppy disks. Her signature white lines etched over black background go beyond the look of a computer stroke, evoking the mood and look of German Expressionist printmaking. Her films are raw in style but also in psychosexual content, where environments pulse with a woman’s libidinal energy. These works are simultaneously seductive and uncomfortable, provoking the viewer with persistent eroticism and interweaving the subjects of desire, war, and death. We are excited to share this retrospective viewing of Lingford’s body of work, followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker.