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May 8, 2011 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The new film "The Beaver" stars Mel Gibson as a mentally ill man who begins to speak through a battered hand puppet that he retrieves from a dumpster in a moment of despair. Although the controversial star made a point to puppeteer the beaver himself, on the set, puppet wrangler Anney McKilligan Ozar was tasked with grooming the creature's fur and even brushing its prominent teeth. "I had to keep his teeth nice and shiny because things wear down," she said. On an average day on the job, McKilligan Ozar said she needs "everything from 18 different sizes of needles to 18 different sizes of drill bits.
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October 17, 2011
MOVIES Janie Geiser: 'Nervous Films,' Secret Stories The celebrated experimental filmmaker, who has screened work at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and many film festivals, has a new series of shorts — "Ghost Algebra" (2009), "Kindless Villain," (2010), "The Floor of the World" (2010) and "Ricky" (2011). Geiser's work weaves textures of overlaid visual and aural elements haunted by lonely, frightened or sinister figures. Geiser will be there to discuss her work. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. (213)
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April 6, 1989 | DOUGLAS SADOWNICK
Vi's in hot water. She's not sleeping with her husband anymore. Her kids think she's a shadow of her former self and the endless news of war on her Sony sends her into a suburban tizzy. Vi's a 13-inch rod puppet--as are most of the forlorn beings in her world. Pulling the strings: New York visual artist, Janie Geiser, who uses puppets to engage audiences about choices between involvement in social issues or passive alienation.
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May 8, 2011 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The new film "The Beaver" stars Mel Gibson as a mentally ill man who begins to speak through a battered hand puppet that he retrieves from a dumpster in a moment of despair. Although the controversial star made a point to puppeteer the beaver himself, on the set, puppet wrangler Anney McKilligan Ozar was tasked with grooming the creature's fur and even brushing its prominent teeth. "I had to keep his teeth nice and shiny because things wear down," she said. On an average day on the job, McKilligan Ozar said she needs "everything from 18 different sizes of needles to 18 different sizes of drill bits.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2011
MOVIES Janie Geiser: 'Nervous Films,' Secret Stories The celebrated experimental filmmaker, who has screened work at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and many film festivals, has a new series of shorts — "Ghost Algebra" (2009), "Kindless Villain," (2010), "The Floor of the World" (2010) and "Ricky" (2011). Geiser's work weaves textures of overlaid visual and aural elements haunted by lonely, frightened or sinister figures. Geiser will be there to discuss her work. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. (213)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2010
Every year since 1989, the Library of Congress-sponsored National Film Registry has selected significant American films as worthy of preservation. Many of these films are well-known features such as "Casablanca," but the registry also selects excellent but little-known shorts. Now Filmforum has come up with the smart idea of showcasing eight of these films, ranging in time from Winsor McCay's 1911 "Little Nemo" to Chuck Workman's 1986 "Precious Images." Workman will attend, as will Janie Geiser, director of "The Red Book."
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June 30, 2005 | Brenda Rees, Special to The Times
The backdrop is tiny, but the themes are large. A man unravels emotionally and spiritually. Life and death are confronted. And it's all done with puppets, in a space the size of a bookshelf. "Frankenstein: Mortal Toys" will be presented via a 19th century form of miniature -- also called toy -- theater at the new location of the Velaslavasay Panorama in the West Adams district.
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April 30, 2005 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
The term "doppelganger" is the impetus for "Invisible Glass," which ends its REDCAT run on Sunday. This multimedia look at Edgar Allan Poe's short story "William Wilson" runs the German word for each human's shadow self to avant-garde extremes. "Invisible Glass" is the handiwork of director-puppet designer Janie Geiser, playwright Erik Ehn and the Center for New Theater actors.
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June 12, 2013 | By David Ng
The second edition of RADAR L.A.-- the Los Angeles festival dedicated to contemporary theater from around the world -- is scheduled to begin Sept. 24 and will feature a number of presitigious companies, including the critically acclaimed British group Complicite.  RADAR 2013 will be presented by REDCAT at Disney Hall and the California Institute of the Arts in partnership with Center Theatre Group. As was the case with the festival's inaugural 2011 version, this year's lineup will be split evenly between local and international productions, according to a spokeswoman.
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April 6, 1989 | DOUGLAS SADOWNICK
Vi's in hot water. She's not sleeping with her husband anymore. Her kids think she's a shadow of her former self and the endless news of war on her Sony sends her into a suburban tizzy. Vi's a 13-inch rod puppet--as are most of the forlorn beings in her world. Pulling the strings: New York visual artist, Janie Geiser, who uses puppets to engage audiences about choices between involvement in social issues or passive alienation.
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May 22, 2006 | Hugh Hart, Special to The Times
What happens when you pay artists $10,000 each and invite them to spend it however they please? Ten years ago, local officials found out when the city of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs began handing out so-called COLA grants to individual creative types. The only strings attached: In exchange for the money, each recipient would have to produce work the city could present in a public venue. The latest fruits of this annual experiment in nonbureaucratic arts funding are on view in "C.
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March 25, 1999 | ROBERT KOEHLER
With her new work-in-progress at the CalArts Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts, center director Janie Geiser has attempted in "Ether Telegrams" to make the raw physicality and handicraft of puppet theater express the ineffable nature of dreams and the afterlife.
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