THE FRAMELINES FESTIVAL
Friday, June 23, 2017 7:00 p.m.
3117 16TH ST.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
THE FRAMELINES FESTIVAL WILL PRESENT THE LOCAL PREMIERE OF “TORREY PINES”, A NEW ANIMATED FEATURE AND 5 ANIMATED SHORTS:
Torrey Pines, directed by Clyde Petersen, is set in Southern California,in 1993. It follows a Star Trek-obsessed 12-year-old girl who is navigating life with both the inherent queasiness of adolescence and the instability of her schizophrenic single mother. All the while, she harbors a fierce longing to escape the ramifications of puberty, to grow into a strapping, bearded man.
Out of nowhere, her mother takes her on a spontaneous road trip that ranges from the glittery ocean waves of San Diego to the eerie gravestones of Arlington National Cemetery, ending in kidnapping charges. If it sounds like a whirlwind of a journey, it most certainly is.
Though nearly wordless, Torrey Pines uses its sonic palette judiciously,
with unexpected details like tigers flying from the mouths of people arguing. Three years in the making, director Clyde Petersen’s mashup features stop-motion animation, ’90s pop culture references, and an original soundtrack produced by Chris Walla. The film is at once intimate and expansive, capturing Petersen’s real life coming-of-age story (as extolled in the title song he cowrote with musician Kimya Dawson) with humor and humanity.
Program note by Mordecai Stanyon.
Trailer: Torrey Pines
On the same program with Torrey Pines are five
- Open Recess, directed by Amy Xu in 2016, USA, 3 minutes, is said to be an “adorable nostalgic animated documentary is about a childhood romance
between two girls”.
- #Pride by director Louisa Bertman, 2016, USA, 4 minutes is a “gorgeous animated music video addresses growing up surrounded by homophobia”.
- Chromosome Sweetheart by director Honami Yano, 2017, Japan, 5 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles, is short is a brilliant, poetic, and original
meditation on the complexity of love and relationships between women.
- Venus – Filly the Lesbian Litle Fairy by director Sávio Leite, 2017, Brazil, 6 minutes, in Portuguese with English subtitles. “From the foam of the sea, fertilized
by the blood of the sky, was born Venus, an enchanting goddess. In the animated fairytale Filly, a lesbian fairy with nimble fingers, seduces women by day, dressed as boy. But at night something strange happens, and soon half the population of Whitsitt Village is eagerly queuing
up. This fairytale was based on a poem from a book of feminist erotic poetry.
- Tits by director Louisa Bertman, 2015, USA, 5 minutes. Quite simply, this is a powerful animated short about tits.