On A Phantom Limb: New Films by Nancy Andrews

Directed by: Nancy Andrews

Nancy Andrews works in hybrid forms. Her characters combine humans with animal or insect qualities in order to explore the depths of the physical world, and her films likewise mingle styles and genres to create a distinctive blend of their own. Her two latest films expand on themes found in her other work, where man’s study of the unknown and mortality are filtered through ethnographic and horror conventions. On A Phantom Limb (2009, 35 minutes, video) uses animation, found footage, and personal biography to recount a harrowing surgical procedure as told by a being that is part woman, part bird. Behind the Eyes Are the Ears (2010, 25 min.) follows the research of Dr. Sheri Myes whose attempts to graft insect features to her own body leads to disastrous consequences.

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