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Phantom Canyon2006

  • 4.2
Stacy Steers' beautiful, surreal animated film is the autobiographical story of a woman trapped in an unhappy relationship and her eventual escape through the Grand Canyon. Steers meticulously crafted the film, using close to four thousand handmade collages, illustrations and drawings, each of which evokes a memory or emotion tied to her experience. This dream­-like tender fairytale in stop-motion employs eight unique images for every second of animation, incorporating figures from Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering work in photographic studies of motion “Human and Animal Locomotion,” first published in 1887. Composer and sound artist Bruce Odlandan provides a haunting and modern score bathed in atmospheric sound design. PHANTOM CANYON was an official selection at Sundance in 2007 and won prizes at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. - Stela Jelincic

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I really enjoy the imagery in Stacey Steers' work. I also appreciate the dream-like quality that seems pervasive in her style. The tale of a difficult relationship is something I think most people can relate to and the topic lends itself well to stylistic interpretation.

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I really enjoy the imagery in Stacey Steers' work. I also appreciate the dream-like quality that seems pervasive in her style. The tale of a difficult relationship is something I think most people can relate to and the topic lends itself well to stylistic interpretation.

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Stacy Steers creates exquisite nightmares. There is a fragile beauty in the antiquated images Steers brings to life through the craft of animation. These images seem to strike deep in our collective psyche, spawning unsettling emotions of squirming discomfort. There is a horror that creeps beneath skin of these beautiful little images. “Phantom Canyon” is yet another great work from a truly gifted, visionary artist.

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A dream, within a dream, within a stream (of consciousness).

Loved it

haunting and memorable

A work of art, or rather, many works of art. Visual poetry. A delightful ten minutes.

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Never commented before today, if you grew up in the Sixties (i believe) you can appreciative this film.