Animation Breakdown: Heaven and Earth Magic

Independent movie theater Cinefamily and Animation Breakdown collaborate to present two screenings of Harry Smith’s Heaven and Earth Magic with live scoring by experimental duo Flying Lotus.

Both a heady milestone in low-budget folk animation and a glimpse into the clip-art mindscape of one of America’s most legendary culture hounds, Harry Smith’s Heaven and Earth Magic is an unforgettable animated experience of watermelons, dentistry, and heavenly ascension. Smith’s black-and-white opus of a collage film elevates 19th-century graphic imagery with both a loony dream-logic disregard for laws of physics (Terry Gilliam fans, take note) and a poetic sense of metaphor.


BFI Southbank, London, UK