The moving pictures

By GREG COOK  |  April 7, 2009

"You can see when a computer animates something. Everyone can tell. When there's less of an intermediary between the animator and the animation, the idiosyncrasies that are created are fascinating to me," Dery says. "Movement is the language of animation. How something moves tells you how to feel about it . . . How they move says who they are."

The April 17 program begins at 7 pm with a selection of the best of the 2008 Ottawa Animation Festival, plus films by William Kentridge of South Africa, Japanese animator Koji Yamamura, RISD grad Takeshi Murata, Lilli Carre of Chicago, British artist David Shrigley, and Leif Goldberg of Providence. On April 18 at 7 pm, New England animators — Nancy Andrews of Seal Harbor, Maine, and Jo Dery, Lorelei Pepi and Sousa, all of Providence — will screen and discuss their work.

"I think every film we chose really deals with narrative in an interesting way," Dery says. "The films are not cartoons. They're not a string of sight gags. They have more weight to them. It's personal, not commercial work. It leans away from cartoons and more toward art."

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