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Paulina Hollers reflects Brent Green’s abiding interest in the strange characters and local tales of his childhood in Appalachia. The film tells the story of a woman whose son is hit by a bus and killed. She in turn kills herself to rescue his soul, and is taken on a harrowing journey through an idiosyncratic underworld. This stop-motion film combines hand-drawn animations, rickety handmade sets, and distinctive narrations. Scrawled inter-titles and atmospheric soundtracks recall the techniques of early film.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1978, Brent Green is a self-taught filmmaker. The artist transforms autobiographical narratives into haunting animations that he narrates himself. Each story takes shape with an elaborate handmade set and puppets built by Green in his home. The animations often bear evidence of the process by which they were created with scotch tape marks, dust, and scratches visible throughout the films. Solo shows of Green’s work have been mounted at SITE Santa Fe and the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His work has also been shown at the Hammer Museum; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; and the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Green lives and works in Cressona, Pennsylvania.