Eric Leiser is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, animator, puppeteer, writer, holographer working in New York and California. A graduate from CalArt’s Experimental Animation program, he creates animated and live action feature films and shorts as well as works integrating animation, puppetry, painting, holography, live performance and installation. Leiser is interested in how animation transforms perception when it is combined with live action space, creating a fantastical, spiritual and surrealistic quality. His animated/live action films have been shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Istanbul Modern Museum of Art, MoMA, New Museum, The MIT Museum, The Ruben H. Fleet Space Museum, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Museum, Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas Museum de Buenos Aires, MASS MoCA,(BFI) British Film Institute, Four-Dimensions Space Art Museum, Beijing, CAFA Beijing, Aster Arts Plaza Hiroshima, Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, the San Francisco Film Society, Goldsmiths College London, California Institute of the Arts and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago among others. His films have screened at film festivals worldwide such as the Annecy International Film Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival, The Istanbul International Animated Film Festival, The San Francisco International Animated Film Festival, EXIS Experimental Film Festival, Seoul, Korea, Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, among many others.
He has made 35 short films, eight of which appear in the DVD release Eclectic Shorts by Eric Leiser, and three features: Faustbook, released April 25, 2006 by Vanguard Cinema International, and "Imagination", released theatrically in the US and Internationally in summer 2007 and February 2008 on DVD by Vanguard Cinema International. "Imagination" was featured in the May 2008 issue of Animation Magazine. "Glitch in the Grid" Eric's third live action/animated feature film was released theatrically in the US and Internationally on October 2011 and February 2012 on DVD/VOD through Vanguard Cinema International. The film premiered at the Annecy International Animation Festival in Annecy, France and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan, the two most prestigious and respected animation festivals in the world. The film premiered nationally as the opening night film at the San Francisco International Animation Festival and went to win awards at various smaller international and national film festivals. The film has a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was reviewed by Variety, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle among many others and featured on Apple Trailers and Itunes. He is a founding member of Albino Fawn Productions along with his brother and collaborator musician Jeffrey Leiser. Eric is an alumni of CalArt's Experimental Animation program. For updates www.albinofawn.com
ERIC LEISER: FILMOGRAPHY
Dreamer (2000) Waking a Dream (2000) Autumn (2001) Prelude (2001) Terra Incognita (2002) Psalms (2004) Iceland (2004) Young Faustus (2004) Faustbook (feature) (2005) Lot in Sodom (2005) Ephemera (2005) Beyond the Forest (2006) Imagination (feature) (2007) Forest (2007) Dream One (2007) Earthquake (2008) Town on Skull Rock (2008) Irrational Numbers (2008) Tir Na Nog (2008) Regeneration (2009) Maelstrom (2010) Hastings Conqueror (2010) Glitch in the Grid (feature) (2011) LAND (2011) Norsk Folksang (2011) Into the Forest (2011) The Boy who went after the North Wind (2011) Broken Dream (2012) Living Waters (2012) If i was (2013) Little Band of Sailors (2013) automata (2013) *additional works made for galleries not listed