Explorer of cinema's uncharted territories, adventurer of visual and soundscapes, Norman McLaren offers us a rich, surprising, stimulating, inventive and inspirational body of work.
2014 marks the centenary of the birth of Norman McLaren, this affable explorer of cinema's uncharted territories, this adventurer of the most astonishing visual and soundscapes. Originally from Stirling, Scotland, McLaren started his career at the General Post Office Film Unit in London, before moving to the United States then on to Canada and its National Film Board (NFB), where he found an environment conducive to making such masterpieces as Begone Dull Care, Neighbours, Blinkity Blank, Le Merle and Pas de deux.
Surprising, stimulating, inventive, rich in processes, techniques and experimentation, McLaren's body of work has left a lasting impact on the history of cinema and inspired many filmmakers all over the world.
The NFB and the Annecy Festival are joining forces to celebrate the legacy and creative spirit of the filmmaker for this centenary celebration. McLaren Now is three programmes of films, the first of which can be seen exclusively online, while the other two will be sneak peaks at Annecy. These three programmes are made up of films taking into account, sometimes literally, sometimes indirectly, the important influence of McLaren's filmmaking. McLaren Now also confirms a McLaren family, a sort of Genealogy Tree nourished by the generous sap of the work of this incomparable artist.
From Canada to Japan, the USA to Austria, France to the Netherlands and a stopover in Great Britain, McLaren's heirs are numerous, namely: Mirai Mizue, Steven Woloshen, Paul Bush, Oerd van Cuijlenborg, Jean-Louis Bompoint, Marie-Josée St-Pierre, Richard Reeves and Michael Langan...
Make way for them!