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The Harry Smith Free For All

Sunday, May 19

The Cleaners

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hosted by Leo Daedalus this free event is one of a series of May events in Portland put on by the Oregon Cartoon Institute and friends, celebrating Harry Smith in what would have been his 90th year.

Oregon-born wild genius Harry Smith was an experimental filmmaker, artist, archivist, ethnomusicologist, student of anthropology, record collector, bohemian and mystic. The Harry Smith Free For All is a series of short, accessible, interactive presentations about his life and work.

In addition to hosting the Free For All, Leo also takes on Harry Smith’s complicated relationship with truth at 2:30 PM.

The Lineup

11:00 AM Kaveh Askari screens his new 7-minute experimental documentary about Harry Smith’s Bellingham years.

11:30 AM Doug Stewart demonstrates the recording technology Harry Smith used as a teenager when he recorded Lummi Indian rituals.

12:00 PM String Figures: an interactive presentation in honor of Harry Smith’s collection of string figures.

12:30 PM Anne Richardson places Harry Smith within a timeline of Oregon film history.

1:00 PM Joe McMurrian discusses Harry Smith’s curation of his 1952 Anthology Of American Folk Music.

1:30 PM Dennis Nyback: Demonstration of Harry Smith’s performance art approach to projection of his 16mm films.

2:00 PM Andrew Ritchey discusses sound as an element in avant garde film.

2:30 – 3:30 PM The Late Now: Leo Daedalus takes on Harry Smith’s complicated relationship to truth, joined by cohost Alex Reagan and Chuck Barnes making a special musical appearance. Then it's the Harry Smith Paper Airplane Invitational, an Indoor Air Show in honor of Harry Smith’s world class paper airplane collection.

3:30 PM Sacred Harp Singers perform traditional shaped note singing, one of Harry Smith’s obsessions, and invite the audience to sing along.

Above, Seattle artist Drew Christie provides a concise introduction. This reminiscence by fellow musicologist John Cohen dates to 1960 or 1961, judging from the prominence of The Twist.

> Get a Harry Smith Crash Course.



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