The Mecca at Modella is a film series that explores cinematic work and the moving image made in an artisanal or experimental mode of production that is motivated by artistic, cultural and intellectual concerns first, with monetary reward and popularity being secondary or negligible issues. These artist’s experiments with the moving-image range from abstract animation that is hand-made and drawn or painted directly on the filmstrip, photographically produced material that is edited in-camera without post-production, found-footage work that recontextualizes familiar and spectacular imagery and lyrical abstraction that combines novel photographic techniques with painted, hand-processed and expressive layers of imagery.
Described variously as avant-garde, experimental, underground or independent, these films were not commodities for mass consumption as they were self-financed and produced with the small-gauge, amateur film formats of 8mm, Super-8 and 16mm film. Each event will be programmed and presented by Jared Ashburn a doctoral student in the Screen Studies Department at OSU.
Many thanks to our sponsors Daddy O’s Music Co, Stillwater, OK and to the Stillwater Arts and Humanities Council.