The Grand Bizarre

A hysterical rag rug!

The Grand Bizarre is a hysterical rag rug of various techniques and narrative styles shot on 16 mm film.

Director Jodie Mack is known for her experimental animations. Her first feature is like a rag rug in which different yarns, patches, threads and tufts form repeating themes and patterns. The personal journey to the world of ornaments, symbols and character systems has been shot on 16 mm film, combining stop motion animation and time lapse photography.

Fabrics play the main role. They appear in airports and other means of transport, ascending down stairs, swimming in the ocean and swapping places on balconies and clothes lines.

At times, the film changes into a psychedelic patch animation in which notation papers, knitting instructions and alphabetical systems mix. Besides the character systems, this leads to thoughts of cultural loans, recycling and appropriation.

The changing patterns of carpets, cloths and other rags sometimes make the viewer’s eyes spin. But if you think your head will soon start to ache, you can close your eyes for a moment and find yourself somewhere totally different. Consisting of electronic music and documentary sounds recorded in cities, workspaces and nature, the soundscape is just as interesting as the visual side of the documentary.

Katri Tenhola (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

The film has no dialogue.

  • Director: Jodie Mack
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 60 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Jodie Mack
  • Editing: Jodie Mack
  • Music: Jodie Mack
  • Production: Jodie Mack


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