A 3:00 excerpt from the 19 minute film. In this handmade film, constructed from over 6,000 collages and shot on 35mm, the actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early silent features and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and a contemporary undercurrent of hive collapse. Edge of Alchemy is the third film in a trilogy examining women’s inner worlds. Music by Lech Jankowski (Brothers Quay).
“I think Edge of Alchemy is the epitome of Stacey Steers' unique vision of "collaged re-examination animations", an uncanny way to carry on in the great tradition of surrealist cinema, to wit: "Max Ernst would refer to Lautréamont’s sewing machine and umbrella to define the structure of the surrealist painting as “a linking of two realities that by all appearances have nothing to link them, in a setting that by all appearances does not fit them.” and I would add, "and making it all feel so seamlessly inevitable and inexplicably "right"...the "feeling of form," as Suzanne K. Langer might have it…” (Phil Solomon)