psychedelic animation

Spook Sport (1940)- Mary Ellen Bute

In the spirit of Halloween, this week’s post features spooks, ghosts and bats in Mary Ellen Bute’s experimental animated film from 1940. Mary Ellen Bute was a groundbreaking filmmaker in her own right, but her gender makes her contributions to early experimental cinema all the more powerful. Unfortunately, the you tube upload incorrectly labels Norman MacLaren as the director (the fabulous Mac Laren was indeed an animator on the film, but direction was all Ms. Bute’s). Just look at how awesome she was!



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