Still from Eidolon  with Bill Daniel


Visiting Artist Eric Saks - Media artist aka filmmaker, director, videomaker, viralist, prankster, memester, producer

Screening Friday, Nov. 18, 2016  7:30 pm
in the theater $7.00 suggested donation


[ Premiere]


2016, Digital video 30 Mins

A tone poem that reflects on strange encounters the filmmaker has had in the California deserts. The landscape is seen through custom built camera lens, drone video, and features filmmaker and photographer Bill Daniel at work. There are also various UFOs encounters and desert specters.

Dirt aka Black Book

2004, NTSC video, 25’ mins.

A video essay and narrative created out of a collection of telephone answering machine tapes the artist had amassed from thrift-stores over the course of fifteen years. These telephone messages form an arcane cultural anthropology, a slice of life of our collective unconscious as they are assembled into a meta-narrative of interpersonal relationships.


1997, NTSC video, 25 mins. Funded by 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Media Grant

An experimental narrative inspired by the disappearance of a boy scout during a hike in the California mountains. The image style is inspired by retablo votive painting and photo-novellas to conjecture what would have happened if the young scout had not perished on the trail.


"Eric Saks' haunting Creosote, takes the narrative trappings of countless banal Indies [abused boy finds substitute weirdo father, goes to L.A., becomes a teen hustler, then a tabloid celebrity, dies bearing stigmata, etc.] and casts them in flickering black-and-white images that look like X-rays bounced from outer space. (Creosote is the mystical sci-fi picture that Contact wants to be and isn't.) ..."

Videodrome by Amy Taubin The Village Voice July 22, 1997



Los Angeles based artist Eric Saks will be in residence for four days. Eric will hold a video workshop open to all interested. (see below)

 Eric is drawn to the function/disfunction of technology in our lives. Eric is a keen and deep thinker about American life. He finds,creates and presents orphan stories.  He can be cryptic or solemn and incredibly

funny. Bereft subjects or "characters" are coupled with concise observation. Cardboard, paper, tape, found footage, string, cartoon

characters, pixilvision, tv ads, answering machine tapes, even motes of dust are in his reportoire. He has an eye and ear for neglected beauty.

 His work has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the Annenberg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


10:30 am - 3:30 pm
25.00 donation -  students free

The Exquisite Corpse is a filmmaking method by which a collection of video shots are

collectively assembled into a narrative short film based on a set of creative rules that each

participant adheres to. Each collaborator adds to the short video sequence using a “continuity

object” (such as a key or an envelope) in their shots and by being allowed to see only the end of

what the previous person contributed to the story.

In this one-day workshop the group will make a short film by creating shots and collectively

editing the final video piece. The group will also create some music and sound design to score

the video.

Because the creative process is game like it is a lot of fun. Media-maker Eric Saks has created

this one day workshop with participants of all ages in the past. It is a great way to learn about

what makes narrativity in filmmaking and utilize shooting techniques that create continuity of a

scene and creatively mess with filmmaking conventions. Each participant will be actively making

a key component to the group film and will also work on the edit and post production. Several

video examples will be shown to illustrate the idea before the group begins.

From Wikipedia: The Exquisite Corpse concept is also known as exquisite cadaver (from the

original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, The creative process was invented by

surrealist artists in Paris and is similar to an old parlor game called Consequences in which

players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to

the next player for a further contribution. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that

it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching.

Watch the video created in the workshop

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