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March 11, 2021

Grace Ebert

Spiraling as a result of ancient, painted faces, cartoon figures, and the now ubiquitous N95, the quick movie “Outside of Noh” by Patrick Smith sequences 3,745 masks in an entrancing rhythm. The individual visuals span numerous cultures and time intervals and shift from 1 to the following with the conquer of a hand drum.

A decades-prolonged mask enthusiast, Smith photographed a few-fourths of the works from museum archives, galleries, and his very own assortment, with the remaining segment submitted by folks all-around the planet. “To me, masks are an interesting way to perspective humanity. It looks to me that each society in the historical past of the world has participated in some variety of mask producing, whether or not it is for overall performance, ritual, protest, or utility,” the director tells Colossal, noting that he concluded the movie just a single thirty day period prior to the first outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States.

This thirty day period, “Beyond Noh” is screening at the Ann Arbor Movie Competition, Stuttgart Animation Pageant, Florida Film Pageant, and Mecal Barcelona Animation Festival. Check out an excerpt edited completely for Colossal earlier mentioned, and stream the complete film on Smith’s YouTube channel with a paid membership. (Thnx, Marcin!)


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