Legerdemain, 2010 - 7 min

 

Muse of Cinema, 2006 - 20 min

 

Like a modern day alchemist Kerry Laitala exposes celluloid to wonderful manipulations of surface; light is exposed through smashed glass, feathers and thrift-store vases onto scavenged raw and archive film stock.

 

Her short films, such as those in The Muse of Cinema series, embody and celebrate the phenomenon of motion pictures that shift the viewer back to the awe felt in early cinema-going experiences.

 

In Chromatic Cocktail, her sumptuous 3D video experiments exploit a retinal quirk, the ChromaDepth Effect, along with a delirious dose of Kodachrome colour fields. In Legerdemain Laitala further references the links between magic and early cinema.

 

Biography


Kerry Laitala was born lives and works in San Francisco. She is an experimental filmmaker who specializes in working with found objects and manipulating film stock by hand, re-shaping found materials into 16mm and 35mm handcrafted short films that embody and celebrate the phenomenon of motion pictures that made the early

cinema-going experience awe-inspiring. Her 3D video experiments exploit a retinal quirk, the ChromaDepth Effect, along with a delirious dose of Kodachrome colour fields. Laitala's work has been screened internationally. She received the Princess Grace Award in 1996; Special Projects Grant from PGF in 2004 and 2007; and awards from the Black Maria, Big Muddy and San

Francisco International film festivals. was also chosen as a recipient of a GOLDIE - (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award) - in 2007 from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She also teaches film classes at the San Francisco Art Institute.

 

www.kerrylaitala.net