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An evening of Findley films Friday at Art Center

In "I Am the Night," one of the newest short films by Seattle producer/director Janice Findley, a man-sized, reptilian "Chef Detective" helps a nameless blonde make sense of her recurring dream.

And believe it or not, that's one of the more straightforwardly serious works in Findley's 20-year moviemaking career.Findley's films and videos have been described as being "unconventional and strangely appealing." Her works have been screened at various international festivals and she was the subject of a one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1993.

The Utah Film & Video Center presents an evening of films by Findley, including "I Am the Night," on Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.

Other Findley works to be screening during the special one-night-only program will be the 1978 live-action pixel animation short "Tripletime"; "A Nermish Gothic," an indescribable 1980 short; the 1986 color short "Beyond Kabuki," loosely themed around psychic warfare; and "Faux Paw," a 1994 short about a cat, set to the tune of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo."

The program will also feature two films by the late Russian film animator Ladislas Starevitch, the 1912 silent short "The Mascot" and the 1934 short "The Cameraman's Revenge." Both films are in black and white.

Starevitch, who began his career in 1912 and who was still working up until his death in 1965, produced a body of work of incredible complexity. As an animator, Starevitch used everything from paper cutouts to kitchen utensils to puppets for subjects. Among his admirers are surrealist animators Jan Svenkmajer and the Brothers Quay.

This program is not rated but may contain material in the PG or PG-13 rating range.

Admission for the screening, which will be held at the Salt Lake Art Center, 20 S. West Temple, is $5. For more information on it or other film center programs, call 1-801-534-1158.