Courtesy Clifton Childree
|Courtesy Clifton Childree|
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, "during low tide in the gene pool" and raised in Broward County, Clifton Childree is one of Miami's most innovative artists. He uses film to create visual installations that range from stop-motion animation to slapstick comedy to gore, but most of all the man has a sense of humor. That can be explained by the fact that as a kid, he spent summers on the Funny Farm--his family's summer home in Mobile Bay, Alabama. During these summers Childree learned how to "smoke driftwood and play the washtub bass," as well as priceless lessons from his grandparents, Grandma Doris and Grandpa Jeff. Doris, a former vaudeville child star, would help the kids organize an "end of the summer" variety show and Grandpa Jeff, a former juvenile delinquent, taught Childree "dirty jokes, amazing stories, and...how to shuck oysters."
Childree grew up "surrounded by antiques and crab traps, horror films, and cast nets." Now he incorporates all those childhood memories into his work, producing art films that hail back to the days of silent films. "My films are an arena for uninhibited eccentricity. They seesaw between the sublime and the profane while shamelessly employing melodrama, blunt humor, and sight gags. They are doused liberally with scatalogical slapstick such as bare asses, flying poop and over-sized dicks, and their quaint toilet humor unleashes repressed urges and drives."
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