We are proud to present Chris Sullivan, in person, with the long-awaited animated feature, Consuming Spirits. Made over the course of nearly fifteen years and shot frame by frame on 16mm film, it is a strange, hypnotic journey into the small-town lives of Earl Gray, Gentian Violet, and Victor Blue -- "ugly characters [who] make up the most beautiful spectacle you’ve ever seen." (Huffington Post)
"The pacing of Consuming Spirits unfolds in a slow, deliberate fashion, akin to the work of such independent filmmakers as Dennis Potter, Terence Davies, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. Like these live-action filmmakers, every frame of Sullivan’s animation film is crafted with attention to intricate detail. The accumulation of these images builds to a great atmospheric effect, achieved through an adroit combination of inventive set design, ever-shifting visual perspectives, fluid camera movements, a vivid color palette, and a haunting music track. Sullivan succeeds in creating, with great artistry, a hermetic, self-contained world emanating from his own unique and vivid imagination." (Jon Gartenberg)
This visit would not have been possible without the help of Ruth Lingford at Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Rebecca Meyers. We would also like to thank Jane Gillooly at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Consuming Spirits, Chris Sullivan, 2012, video, 129m