CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: Laura Heit will present several animations as well as the critically acclaimed Matchbox Shows in which which she performs tiny puppet vignettes inside matchboxes.
Using numerous animation techniques, puppetry and live- action video, Laura Heit’s exquisitely crafted, subversively witty work makes visible hidden corners of the human psyche, where monsters, wolves and imaginary creatures tread.
Laura Heit is an artist who works in animated art and performance. She employs stop-motion, live-action puppetry, hand drawing, and computer animation in her short films. Her work has screened extensively at museums and film festivals around the world including; Walker Arts center, Moma, Guggenheim, Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop, Annecy, Rotterdam, Taiwan, Ann Arbor, and London International Film Festivals, Black Maria, PBS, and others. She also works in puppetry, experimental theater, and live performance. Her acclaimed puppet-show-in miniature, The Matchbox Shows, in which Heit plays ringmaster to a tiny cabaret, has been touring for over ten years, including Dordrecht, Netherlands summer 2010, REDCAT and Walt Disney Concert Hall Spring 2008. She has been the recipient of awards and grants from; Mac Dowell Colony (2007, and 2009), Channel Four Television London, British Film Council, Durfee Foundation, ARC grant, Jim Henson Foundation, Thames and Hudson, Puppeteers of America, and MTV. She has a BFA in Film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Royal College of Art, London. Laura was co-director of the Experimental Animation Program at CalArts in Valencia California from 2007-2011. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.