Helen Hill: The House of Sweet Magic

Helen Hill (1970-2007) was a filmmaker and activist raised in Columbia, South Carolina and settled in New Orleans, Louisiana. She studied Experimental Animation at Harvard and California Institute of the Arts. She taught film workshops wherever she went, and compiled “Recipes For Disaster: A Film Cookbooklet.” Helen Championed low-budget and do-it-yourself approaches to filmmaking, including super 8, hand-processing, and drawing on film, and insisted that “you don’t need to keep up with the latest technology to make a good film, you just need a good idea.”

Helen’s murder in January 2007 in New Orleans cut short the life of an incredibly talented and original artist. Here are ten of Helen’s films. They include cel animation, cut-out and 3-D puppet animation, hand-processing, and live action filmmaking. Be prepared to enjoy tea parties, a cotton candyland, romance activism, a potbelly pig family tree, chicken angels, and much more.

DVD runs 56 minutes, titles include: Tunnel of Love (1996), Madame Winger Makes a Film (2001), Scratch and Crow (1995), Your New Pig is Down the Road (1999), The World’s Smallest Fair (1995), Vessel (1992), Film for Rosie (2001), Mouseholes (1999), Bohemian Town (2004)