Free screening of woodcut animated film, “The Jackleg Testament Part I”

bolotin-web-blog-event-460pxJay Bolotin won Best Animation at the 2007 Santa Fe Film Festival for “The Jackleg Testament Part I: The Story of Jack & Eve,” a beguiling and quirky 60-minute animated film made from 40 handmade woodcut prints and set to an original score.

The elaborately created film started with Bolotin creating intricate colored woodcut prints that he then digitally photographed, scanned and animated them with motion graphics software. He spent five years working on “Jackleg.”

A reinterpretation of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, “Jackleg Testament” fuses a Southern Gothic sensibility with some American folk art style and with a little traditional Renaissance imagery.

Bolotin composed the score, an operatic soundtrack with a folk music twang.

Now, the film comes to Austin for a free screening Jan. 15, presented by Landmarks, the University of Texas public art program as part of Print Austin, the month-long festival of fine art printing.

Bolotin will be on hand for a question-and-answer session after the screening.

5:30 p.m. Thursday. Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St.


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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