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TREASURES FROM THE KLIK AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL

Wednesday, May 28, 7PM, Doors will open at 6:45PM

At The Exploratorium, in the Kanbar Forum, On Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green St., free, public invited. The Forum is just to the right of the main doors

IN PERSON: Dutch animation director Joost Lieuwma and Tunde Vollenbroek, KLIK’s program director

KLIK is a major European animation festival that has organized a West Coast tour to introduce itself to the animation communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland.   Come and enjoy discovering the work of talented animators from Holland.  The tentative program will include Fata Morgana, Canal, Through you, Little Freak, Snapshot, Leaving Home, Junkyard, End Trip, Blik, Things You Better Not Mix Up, According to Birds, My My, and Rabbit and Dear plus some fun footage that captures the delightful spirit of this annual event.

You will also experience the comforts and incredible sound and 2K digital projection systems of the Exploratorium’s state of the art Kanbar Forum.  There will also be a reception for you to meet our guests.

The tour is supported by The Netherland Film Fund and Eye International.

For program details

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PFA = Perfectly Fine Animation

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Coming to the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Tuesday July 22: Emily Hubley in person with a program of Faith and John Hubley’s films
(new 35mm prints)

maxresdefaultTuesday July 29: Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis in person

sc02Thursday August 7: Sally Cruikshank in person (new prints)

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ANIMATED SHORTS FOR ADULTS AT BY THE SFFILM FEST

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DON’T MISS AN EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAM OF ANIMATED SHORTS FOR ADULTS PRESENTED BY THE SF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
by Karl Cohen 

Their not-to-be-missed show goes under a boring name “Shorts 3 – Animation,” but boring it isn’t!  This is an excellent selection of cutting edge works and each is outstanding in a different way.  But be warned, this is not a nice gentle family show for kids, but a program of fascinating, intelligent, prize winning works of art for adults.

The program will open with “Cosmic Flower Unfolding,” an exquisite visionary film by Ben Ridgway, a Bay Area computer animator.  There is a lot to ooh and ah over in these two breathtaking minutes.  Ben teaches at SF State.

Then it is on to Bill Plympton’s “Drunker Than a Skunk” that combines a bold, raw soundtrack with his outrageous cartoony drawings.  The art illustrate a most unusual work of poetry recited by the author Walt Curtis.  Bill told me Curtis arrived at the recording session with a half empty jug of wine that he had just purchased.  It is a very realistic soundtrack.

 From the National Film Board of Canada comes “Subconscious Password” by Chris Landreth.  He won an Oscar for “Ryan,” and his newest film takes us on a bizarre ride though the subject’s subconscious mind as he tries to remember somebody’s name at a social engagement.  Along the way he meets a host of celebrities from Yoko Ono to H. P. Lovecraft and Salvador Dali.  You will be amazed by this strange comedy.

An even bolder film from the Canadian Film Board is “Gloria Victoria by Theodore Ushev.  This is a powerful dense experimental work of art set to Dmitri Shostakovich‘s “Leningrad Symphony.” The symphonic score builds to a rousing climax just as Ravel’s “Bolero” does, but here the abstract music and visuals suggest the growth and struggle of a new nation in times of war and peace.

In stark contrast to the powerful Russian experience comes “Little Vulvah and Her Clitoral Awareness” by Sara Koppel from Denmark.  It is beautifully drawn with an exquisite use of line and a refined artistic sensibility.  At times it is reminiscent of the erotic illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley.  It includes unexpected surprises.

In “Oh Willy by Emma de Swaef and Marc James from Belgium, the story begins with Willie going to a nudist colony to see his mother.  This stop-motion puppet film has won several audience awards and grand prizes at European festivals. 

Guilherme Marcondes’ “The Master’s Voice: Caveirao” is a surreal adventure in a mysterious town where spirits of the night come out for a carnival-like boogie until… The cast includes highly imaginative looking ghosts and ghouls plus an inquisitive mosquito and a not quite human policeman. 

The Missing Scarf by Eoin Duffy from Ireland and narrated by George Takei, has won over a dozen top awards at festivals in the US and Europe.  It was also one of ten finalists for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short this year (so were “Gloria Victoria” and “Subconscious Password”).  It begins as a cute film for kids, but the innocent squirrel ends up in a black comedy that explores some of life’s major fears.  This is certainly not a kid friendly film.

A most unexpected subject for a contemporary film is Lyndon B. Johnson, the former president of the USA.  In “The Rancher by Kelly Sears, she imagines his dreams, nightmares of his world coming apart.  Kelly is the grand lady of American experimental film.

Finally this 21st Century animated program for adults includes two tiny films by Max Hattler from England.  “Stop the Show” (aka “WAR”) was made for Amnesty International.  It has a big message while “Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time” is a one minute trip to infinity and beyond.

Shorts 3: Animation” will be shown Saturday, April 26, 9:45 PM and Monday, May 5, 9:00 PM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 76 minutes, $13 members / $15 general. 

The festival is also presenting a family oriented program of animated shorts.  “Shorts 6: Family Films” includes several works that are bound to please including two new films from Moonbot Studios.  They are best known for their Academy Award wining short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”  One is “Silent, A Short Film” that stars the delightful Buster Keaton-like man who was also the star of the “The Fantastic Flying Books.”  The short premiered at The Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony held in LA in February.  The second Moonbot film is “The Numberlys,” a William Joyce story that takes place in a world full of numbers, but without any letters.

The other films in the program that I’ve seen are also crowd pleasers.  “Soup of the Day” is a fun music video by Lynn Smith (NFB of Canada) and “My Mom Is an Airplane” by Yulia Aronova fromRussia is a charming kids fantasy.  Ron Diamond (Acme Filmworks and AWN.com) saw Yulia’s work at a festival in Europe and is now distributing her charming work with a new English soundtrack.

The two films in the program that I haven’t seen are “The Dam Keeper” and “I Want my Hat Back.”  The latter is based on Jon Klassen’s classic children’s book.  “Shorts 6: Family Films” will be shown Saturday, April 26, 10:15 AM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, $13 members / $15 general, ages 6 and up.

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NW Animation Festival

A major USA animation festival is happening next month in Oregon:

PORTLAND: May 12-18
EUGENE: May 23-25

More info at their website

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Persistence of Vision

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Striving to make the best animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (three-time Oscar-winning animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on his masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler — only to have it torn from his hands.

Using incredible animation from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with various artists and animators who worked on the ill-fated magnum opus, young filmmaker Kevin Schreck brings this legendary, forgotten chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time.

Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE), a “suspenseful portrait [and] superb documentary” (The Seattle Times), and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), PERSISTENCE OF VISION is the “gripping” (The Globe and Mail), untold story of the greatest animated film never made.

SCREENINGS & TICKETS: 

The Roxie Theatre
3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Friday, December 13th, 6:30 PM – Followed by a Skype Q&A with director Kevin Schreck
Friday, December 13th, 8:30 PM
Sunday, December 15th, 2:30 PM
•Sunday, December 15th, 3:45 PM 

*****
TRAILER:  https://vimeo.com/38413085
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/PersistenceOfVisionOfficialDocumentaryPage
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/PoVDoc

 

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Best Indie Animation

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 7:15 pm
Dolby Labs, 100 Potrero Ave. SF, free

“THE BEST OF THE TOURNEE OF ANIMATION”

For almost 30 years The Tournee of Animation gave American audiences a chance to see outstanding animation from around the world. In 1994 Expanded Entertainment, the final distributor of this important series, assembled a 35mm program of some of the very best films in their library. It includes 5 Oscar winners and prize winners from Annecy, Zagreb, etc. Tonight’s show is probably the first time this outstanding program has been seen by an audience since Expanded closed.

THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES, Frederic Back, Canada, 1987, Oscar winner
SUNBEAM, Paul Vester, UK, 1980
THE FLY, Ferenc Refusz, Hungary, 1980, Oscar winner
THE HUNTER, 1991, Mikhail Aldashin
HAPPY HOUR, 1983, Brett Koth
KILLING OF AN EGG, Paul Driessen, 1977, Netherlands
THE BEDROOM, Maarten Koopman, 1990, Netherlands
BALANCE, Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, 1989, W. Germany, Oscar winner
CREATURE COMFORTS, Nick Park. 1990, UK, Oscar winner
DEADTIME STORIES FOR BIG FOLK (DOOR), David Anderson, 1990, UK
FACE LIKE A FROG, Sally Cruickshank, 1988, USA
THE CAT CAME BACK, Cordell Barker, 1988. Oscar nomination
FINGER WAVE
ODE TO G.I. JOE, Gregory Grant, 1990, USA
TIN TOY, John Lasseter and Bill Reeves, 1988, USA, Oscar winner
CHARADE, Michael Mills, 1984, Canada, Oscar winner
REN & STIMPY IN BIG HOUSE BLUES, John Kricfaluci,1992, USA

And for your added enjoyment we have added the amazing PINK KOMKOMMER a wild sexual romp by Marv Newland, Paul Driessen, Sara Petty, Chris Hinton, Alison Snowden, Craig Bartlett, David Fine, Janet Perlman, Stoian Doukov and others who contributed to this delightful “jam” from 1991.

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Persistence of Vision — the untold story of visionary animator Richard Williams

Persistence of Vision — the untold story of visionary animator Richard Williams and the greatest animated film never made — will be having its highly-anticipated Northern California premiere at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael on Thursday, November 21st, 7:00 PM, for one screening only!: http://bit.ly/PoVsrfc

PERSISTENCE OF VISION 

Striving to make the best animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (three-time Oscar-winning animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on his masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler — only to have it torn from his hands.  

Using incredible animation from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage, and exclusive interviews with various artists and animators who worked on the ill-fated magnum opus, young filmmaker Kevin Schreck brings this legendary, forgotten chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time.

Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE), a “suspenseful portrait [and] superb documentary” (The Seattle Times), and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), PERSISTENCE OF VISION is the “gripping” (The Globe and Mail), untold story of the greatest animated film never made.

SCREENINGS & TICKETS: 

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street (Between A & B)
San Rafael, CA 94901

Tickets: http://bit.ly/PoVsrfc

Thursday, November 21st, 7:00 PM

ONE SCREENING ONLY!

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Bruno Bozzetto at Walt Disney Family Museum

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Italian director and animator Bruno Bozzetto converses with curator Fedrico Fiecconi, film historian John Canemaker, and animation directors John Musker and David Silverman about Bozzetto‘s fascination with early Disney films and contributions to the art of animation. Sat, Nov 23, 3pm; tickets are $18 for members |$20 non-members | $15 youth (ages 17 and under) –

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That’s four animation luminaries for the price of one lecture:

Canemaker – Oscar winning animator, and renowned animation author

Musker – co director of Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Princess and the Frog.

Silverman  – director on The Simpsons since day 1, and co-director of Monsters, Inc.

Bozzetto – creator of Allegro Non Troppo

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NW Animation Fest

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NW Animation Fest announces FREE entry until Dec 1
The Northwest Animation Festival is now accepting film entries for 2014.
Entry is FREE if you get your film in by Dec 1. Send films via online transfer using wetransfer.com, vimeo, or the service of your choice. The simple 20-question entry form can be sent via email.
NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. The 2014 festival will take place on May 15-18 in Portland, Oregon. The entire program of films repeats on May 23-25 in Eugene, Oregon. Selected audience favorites will receive one-day-only “Best of the Fest” screenings during September in both cities. Portland’s schedule will include many additional special events, including after-parties, animated installation art in the theatre’s lobby, and a presentation by LAIKA about the upcoming stop-motion feature film BoxTrolls.
Organizers expect to screen over 150 films, making this the largest animation show in the USA. You may submit films made at any time during your life. You are free to simultaneously show your work online or at other festivals. After Dec 1 there is a low entry fee ($10-$20) which can be paid online. The final deadline is December 31, 2013.
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Our own Karl Cohen will be presenting a talk and screening of WWII Propaganda

THURS OCT. 10, NOON – 1:50 PM, WORLD WAR TWO PROPAGNDA: HOW ANIMATED SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES MADE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE WAR TAUGHT US WHAT TO THINK

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A presentation by Karl Cohen, SF State, Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building, room 101, free

The presentation goes from the isolationist non-intervention era to Roosevelt making the war a popular cause and finally films that influenced the aftermath.  A fascinating look at how Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Daffy and other animated stars persuaded us to recycle, pay our taxes (to buy guns, guns and more guns!), to laugh at Hitler and whom to hate. The docs include Women in Defense written by Eleanor Roosevelt to encourage housewives to get involved.  There is also the Oscar winner Seeds of Destiny, a plea by the UN to rebuild Europe after the war.  Two of the ten persuasive films to be shown won Oscars (2 others got nominations).  Caution: some films are now seen as offensive.

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