ANIMOVIES! 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 7PM
Lantern Church – Lower Hall (1401 – 10 Ave SE, side door entrance)
Tickets: $15 General / $10 Members
*Special pre-show screening of Skeleton Girl: www.skeleton-girl.com

[Click here to see the program brochure.]

Mundane office supplies spring to life, while plastic toys dance and experience existential angst.

These dazzling animated shorts provide an excellent opportunity to see a diverse range of superb work from around the world. Curated by Lyle Pisio, EMMEDIA is pleased to support Animovies! 2013 and the Calgary International Festival of Animated Objects, through the EMMEDIA Homegrown Curatorial Program.

About the curator, Lyle Pisio:

Lyle Pisio is a Calgary based artist, musician and animator. A founding member of the free-improvisational bands ‘Street of Crocodiles’ and ‘tokyosexwhale’, Lyle has been making films and animation since 2000. They include The Unholy (2004), Another Lost Soul (2006), Visages (2008), The Empress (2009), and, Wrecking Ball (2010).
His films have been screened worldwide in over 100 festivals and have received awards for animation, music, and artistic design.

For more information about the Calgary International Festival of Animated Objects, please visit: animatedobjects.ca or click the logo for the full festival program:

Screening Program:

Sleight of Hand by Michael Cusack (Australia)
Stop-motion, 10:00 min.

A set of techniques used by someone to manipulate objects secretly to deceive. This is a stop-motion film about illusions. A Man yearns to know his place in the world and how he fits in, when sometimes it’s better not to know.

About Michael Cusack:

Michael Cusack was born in Manchester, UK and moved to Adelaide, South Australia when he was 11 years old. His directing career started in theatre, where he also acted in many productions. This has given him an understanding of performance and movement, which has contributed to his renowned ability to give incredible life and warmth to his animation characters. His first major award was an AFI award in 1985 for the short film Waltzing Matilda. In 2006, he again was awarded an AFI for Best Short Animation for his film Gargoyle. He has received numerous other awards and nominations over his career, including Cannes, The London Internationals, The New York Festival, Anima Mundi, Cinanima, The IF Awards, The Asian Advertising Awards and pencils from AWARD in Australia.

Jamón by Iria Lopez (Spain)
Hand-drawn, 6:40 min.

José is a teenage pig living in a Spanish town, and he is the only pig in his family. One day a new neighbour moves in next door, and José starts to come to terms with who he really is.

About Iria Lopez:

Born in Spain, Iria moved to London to pursue her career in the film industry. She graduated from Vigo University in 2004 with Honors in Fine Arts. In London she did an internship in the video and art department at Alan McGee’s music production company Poptones Ltd, and then graduated from Central Saint Martin’s with a Masters in Communication and Design, specializing in Digital Media. Iria developed her personal artistic style and fell in love with the world of animation. In 2008, she joined Watergun TV Studio, where she worked as a director. In 2010, Iria won the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza scholarship. Her passion for animation led her to embark upon a second masters, MA in Animation Direction, at the National Film and Television school. She graduated in 2012 with a traditional animated film with screen-printed backgrounds called Jamón. Iria is currently represented as director by Picasso Pictures in London.

Under Cold Bright Stars by Jeremy Rourke (USA)
Cut-outs/drawing on photos, 3:10 min.

Under Cold Bright Stars is an animated video made for a song of the same title. The musician is also the animator. The film uses archival imagery, paint, light, photographs and time to create a world for the song. The lyrical words materialize and evaporate, the sun rises, the moon sets, we go into the woods, go deeper into them, come out of them, go into a stone house and see the faces of folks eighty years in the past. Birds, violins, backyards, rain, redwoods, alleys, and strangers all come together for a few minutes. The imagery is suggested by the lyrics, but is free to move on its own two feet. The artist recorded the song in 2009 and now, three years later, the moving imagery has been placed by its side.

About Jeremy Rourke:

Jeremy Rourke is an animator and musician living in San Francisco. He uses archival images, paint, light, glass, leaves, paper, photographs, pencils and pens to make his animations. These animated videos are set to his own music; the lyrics of which inform the imagery.

Distraction of a Stationary Nature by Shyra De Souza (Calgary)
Stop-motion, 9:37 min.

The protagonist in this short animated film is caught in a constructed environment built on spectacle and convenience. A colourful world of simulation emerges, and promises to pass the time, but things take a dark turn. Simple tasks become impossible.

This project was completed with support from EMMEDIA’s Finishing Funds.

About Shyra De Souza:

Shyra De Souza is an interdisciplinary artist based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She attended the Alberta College of Art & Design where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with distinction in 2006. She was awarded the 2009/2010 Quickdraw Animation Society Production Scholarship (Calgary), received several art production grants, and has exhibited her work in Canada and the United States. As well as maintaining a broad artistic practice that includes sculpture, installation, and animated film, she has held various board positions with the Untitled Art Society in Calgary, and is a founding member of the Media and Visual Arts Housing Association of Calgary.

El Delerio Del Pez León by Quique Rivera (Puerto Rico)
Stop-motion, 3:54 min.

Inspired by the Lionfish invasion, this underwater neo-noir tells a story about greed and hierarchy in the Caribbean reefs.

About Quique Rivera:

Quique Rivera is a Puerto Rican artist and award winning animator. His interest in diverse forms of fine arts, led him to start experimenting and teaching himself stop-motion animation, a discipline where sculpture, photography and storytelling would come together into what has become his art medium of choice. Rivera is currently studying for a master’s degree in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts.

Me, My Wife and Our Cow by Azadeh Moezzi (Iran)
Hand-drawn, 7:10 min.

A patient old woman, an old man in love, and their cow, this is the story of how far a lover will go to heal his beloved.

About Azadeh Moezzi:

Azadeh Moezzi is an animation director and illustrator from Iran, born in 1979. She graduated in graphic design (B.A) from Soureh Art University (Tehran, Iran). She worked for five years as a 2D animator at Hoor Animation Studio. Me, The King & My Daddy was her first film as director. This animated short has been accepted in several important festivals such as Be there! and Giffoni Children Film Festival.

Hinterland by Linda McCarthy (UK)
Stop-motion, 2:00 min.

The pile of plastic bottles is building up at Small Birds Singing and there are so many of them lying around it’s starting to interfere with the croquet.

About Linda McCarthy:

Linda McCarthy is a filmmaker specializing in stop-motion animation. She has made and exhibited ceramics, written and performed marionette shows, and in November 2007, received a Degree in Animation from Glyndŵr University in North Wales. After graduating, Linda set up the animation company, Tiny Elephants. Since 2007, Linda has collaborated with Steven Appleby to make four films adapted from Steven’s cartoon strip, Small Birds Singing. Linda and Steven also collaborated to create Reality Controller, the Animated Ident for Bradford Animation Festival in 2011.

Neighbors by Frederic Chagnard (France)
Stop-motion, 7:08 min.

Between 2008 and 2011, Frederic Chagnard and Agnès Hardy worked on a series of twelve homemade short animations called Boxes. Hardy made the puppets and gave her own voice to some of them, while Chagnard animated, filmed and edited them, and they created their soundtracks together. Each one of these boxes contains one or two characters locked in a wooden box, inspired by the theatre of the absurd. Neighbors gathered nine of these twelve boxes, like a fresh section of a building, where each occupant, sometimes senselessly hysterical, or sometimes quiet or busy, lives his own loneliness.

About Frederic Chagnard:

After studying journalism in Paris and photography in the USA, Frederic Chagnard has worked as an independent filmmaker since the late 80’s. During a few years, he directed corporate films, then specialized in TV documentary in the mid 90’s. Most of the documentaries he worked on since 2000, have been co-written and co-directed with Agnès Hardy. Their films question social issues, explore landscapes, or relate to ordinary people’s daily life. He started a few years ago experimenting with stop motion techniques, combined with drawing, painting and clay modeling during his spare time, as another way to express his point of view on human condition. He lives and works in Rhône-Alpes, a French region close to Italy and Switzerland.

Choreography For Plastic Army Men by David Fain (USA)
Stop-motion, 4:47 min.

A stop-motion animated piece starring a variety of plastic army men strutting their stuff to the instrumental track Ohayoo Ohio by the band Pink Martini.

About David Fain:

David Fain currently works as an Animatic Editor at Hasbro Studios on the animated television series Transformers Prime, and continues to freelance as an Animator (Flash and stop-Motion as a specialty), Director, and Writer. He received his B.F.A. in Film/Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Masters Degree in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. He has taught College Level Animation courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, the University of the Arts, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of Southern California.

David Fain’s professional credits include: Staff Writer on SpongeBob Squarepants; Animation Supervisor for Warner Bros. Online division creating new Flash cartoons for the internet; animating, writing, and directing the Action League Now! segments of the Nickelodeon series KaBlam!; Animation Supervisor on the Cartoon Network series Out of Jimmy’s Head; Animatic Editor on the HBO series The Ricky Gervais Show, and The Hub’s G.I. Joe: Renegades. His personal films include Oral Hygiene, Panopticon, and Choreography for Plastic Army Men.

Double Fikret by Haiyang Wang (China)
Hand-drawn, 3:27 min.

The director achieved this animation by drawing with pastel and eraser more than 1200 times on two pieces of sandpaper, each only 110 cm long and 110 cm wide.

About Haiyang Wang:

Haiyang Wang was born in Shandong, China in 1984, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. His film Double Fikret won the Silver Dove at the 55th DOK Leipzig Film festival, Montreal’s 11th Sommets du cinéma d’animation. It has been selected at many other festivals, including the 40th World
Festival of Animated Film-Animafest Zagreb, Fantoche, Drama, 30th FESTIVAL TOUS COURTS, and the 38th International Filmet Festival of Spain.

Elvis: The Lonely Hunter Of Circle Beach by Matt Hulse (USA)
Live-action puppets, 4:50 min.

Circle Beach: a God-forsaken corner off the coast of the once-great city of New York. Only the toughest can survive an environment this unforgiving.

About Matt Hulse:

Matt Hulse trained as a visual artist and has been making films for almost 25 years. He started with stop-frame Super 8 and has continued working with celluloid and animation techniques ever since. His second feature film, Dummy Jim, explores the true story of a profoundly deaf man who cycled from Scotland to the Arctic Circle in 1951. There’s a brill website to pedal around in, at www.dummyjim.com. Matt likes train travel, good coffee, and sound.

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