Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host a screening of animated shorts by Seattle-based artist Bruce Bickford on Saturday, May 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This event, hosted by Bickford's associate Jim Woodring, gives the public a rare opportunity to view new and recent works by the highly acclaimed, yet reclusive, filmmaker. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale St. at Airport Way S. in Seattle's Georgetown arts community. The screening is free to the public of all ages.

Bruce Bickford's obsessive clay and line animations are at once seductive and grotesque. The son of a Boeing engineer, Bickford began working in film as an adolescent, drawing on childhood insecurities and dreams to create a stunning body of work of singular vision. His work gained international prominence when featured in Frank Zappa's 1979 concert documentary "Baby Snakes." Bickford's contribution served as a dynamic visualization of Zappa's approach to composition-as-metamorphosis. Bickford is the subject of the award-winning feature length 2005 documentary "Monster Road," which will be available on DVD at the event. He continues to create subversive films in seclusion in his south Seattle studio.

The program on May 12 will feature four short films, including the public debut of a recently completed untitled line animation, in addition to other recent works. Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring will serve as host. Woodring's art, currently on view at Fantagraphics Bookstore, shares Bickford's meticulous and visionary approach to the creative process. The screening will be followed by comments from Bickford and a question and answer period with the audience. For additional information, please contact Larry Reid at the numbers above.

Listing Information

The Idiosyncratic Cinema of Bruce Bickford
Saturday, May 12, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) Seattle
Admission Free. All Ages.
Hours: Daily 11:30 -8:00 PM (Sundays until 5:00 PM)