Animation Events

Tuesday, March 27

8:15pm
Opening Night Screening

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

A selection of short films, featuring innovative new works in animation, documentary, experimental and independent cinema.

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Thursday, March 29

9:30pm
Films in Competition 3

Animation, Experimental, Films in Competition, Historic Film, Short Film

New experimental, animated, and abstract works by Charlotte Pryce, Lawrence Jordan, Rei Hayama, Norbert Sheih, and Telcosystems. Program begins with a newly preserved 16mm print of Chakra (1972, 6 min)

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Friday, March 30

7:15pm
Films in Competition 4

Animation, Experimental, Films in Competition, Historic Film, Narrative, Short Film

New films from Martin Arnold, Janie Geiser, Rob Todd, Laida Lertxundi, Kerry Laitalia, Jodie Mack, Albert Sackl and Tina Frank. Program includes Gus Van Sant’s 1978 short film The Discipline

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

9:30pm
Animated Films in Competition

Animation, Films in Competition, Short Film

A dozen new animated films from Spain, Germany, Japan and the U.S., including the latest from the Quay Brothers.

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Saturday, March 31

7:15pm
Films in Competition 8

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

New experimental, animated and documentary films from Peru, Finland, Japan and the U.S. including Suzan Pitt’s latest film, Visitation. Please arrive early - Pat Oleszko gives a special live performance

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

9:30pm
Films in Competition 9

Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Films in Competition, Historic Film, Short Film

New abstract, experimental documentary and animated films from the U.S., England, and Germany including recent works by Jennifer Reeves, Fern Silva, Stephen Irwin, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Rob Todd, Evan Meaney, Martin

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

Animation Films

SiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSi

(Juan Camilo González, 2011)

The never-ceasing repetition of polite gestures. A micro-universe is created in 4 sets of 11 pieces of paper with hand drawn animated cycles....

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Visitation

(Suzan Pitt, 2011)

The animated film VISITATION unwinds through a dark landscape of unending life and death; steeped in the alchemical and inner dream life the film explores a black and white landscape...

Showing Saturday, March 31 7:15pm

663114

(Isamu Hirabayashi, 2011)

Once in 66 years, there is a chrysalis emerges above ground and becomes a cicada. In order to shed his chrysalis, he is intently ascending with his eye on reaching...

Showing Saturday, March 31 11:00am

Secret Bee

(Gina Kamentsky, 2010)

Secret Bee ventures toward the sweet honey- spot where representation and surface push and pull each other like a two-headed lama. Film footage was produced frame by frame, painting and...

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

The Renter

(Jason Carpenter, 2011)

A young boy is dropped off at an elderly woman's home for the day. A lone man, who rents a room, adds to the unsettling atmosphere. The savage slaughter of...

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Soil

(Meejin Hong, 2011)

He flayed his skin to feed the people who donned it for twenty days straight. A rite of passage emerged from the rot as new life sprung from the old....

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Walt Disney’s “Taxi Driver”

(Bryan Boyce, 2011)

Walt Disney's re-imagineering of Martin Scorsese's classic film "Taxi Driver" follows Mickey Mouse-obsessed Travis Bickle as he looks for love in a rapidly transforming New York City....

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Ceibas: Epilogue - The Well of Representation

(Evan Meaney, 2011)

In part a remake of Hollis Frampton’s Gloria! (1979), in part a repurposing of hacked, 16-bit video game technology; Ceibas: Epilogue - The Well of Representation asks us to reconsider...

Showing Saturday, March 31 9:30pm

It’s such a beautiful day

(Don Hertzfeldt, 2011)

Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems, in this final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt's "Everything will be OK" trilogy....

Showing Tuesday, March 27 8:15pm

Maska

(Quay Brothers, 2010)

"Maska" is the latest animated film of Quay brothers, directors and puppet animators, with the music composed by Krzysztof Penderecki. The screenplay is the adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s novel of...

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Lack of Evidence (Manque de Preuves)

(Hayoun KWON, 2011)

In Nigeria, twins can be a blessing or a curse. One day, the father of Oscar and his brother tried to kill his two sons during a ritual ceremony. By...

Showing Saturday, March 31 3:30pm

Moxie

(Stephen Irwin, 2011)

A pyromaniac bear misses his mother....

Showing Saturday, March 31 9:30pm

Adam Roberts

(Isaac Sherman, 2011)

Music video for “Adam Roberts,” a song by the band CAVE from Chicago. Features a swirling girl, flashy lights, repetition, and hard hits...

Showing Wednesday, March 28 3:00pm

Rekord

(Sean Thompson, 2011)

We go on a journey with a German speed trial race-car driver in the golden age of European motor racing. When he sets out on a record breaking run, he...

Showing Wednesday, March 28 5:00pm

Solar Sight

(Lawrence Jordan, 2011)

A question I had in mind was: what's the place of the human being in the cosmos? More and more we think about what is 'beyond.' Less and less is...

Showing Thursday, March 29 9:30pm

Vergence

(Tina Frank, 2010)

Vergence, a term from the field of optics, refers to the convergence or divergence of light rays. It also designates slow involuntary movements made by the eyes to center an...

Showing Friday, March 30 7:15pm

The House (Das Haus)

(David Buob, 2011)

The dream of the little girl is to care for her grandmother, but aunt and mother do not let her do so. There is only one way out....

Showing Saturday, March 31 11:00am

UFOs

(Lillian SchwartzKen Knowlton, 1971)

This film is not in competition. Music by Emmanuel Ghent. “UFO’S proves that computer animation—once a rickety and gimmicky device—is now progressing to the state of an art. The complexity...

Showing Saturday, March 31 11:00am

The Arousing of Thought

(Luciano Zubillaga, 2012)

An act of faith sets the pace for a structure, a protocol of work and a wordless semantic form of writing. Then a 1991 music theme remix develops into an...

Showing Saturday, March 31 11:00am

TATAMP

(Mirai Mizue, 2011)

One living thing.  One sound.  Becomes chaos.  Becomes melody. - MM...

Showing Saturday, March 31 11:00am

Lázslo Lassu

(Ben Popp, 2011)

Using cut out animation and shot on Hi-Con 16mm film, hand processed and transferred to HD, this music film for the band A Hawk and A Hacksaw tells the story...

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

A Different Bunny

(Danijel Zezelj, 2010)

A small bunny in a big city looks for love in the wrong place....

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Perpetual Motion

(Karen Aqua, 1992)

This film is not in competition. A shrine to ritualized time. This film celebrates the cyclical nature of time, and the symbols and rites which have been created to mark...

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Shadow Cuts

(Martin Arnold, 2010)

The first in a four-film series, Martin Arnold directs his deconstructive impulses to the heritage of Walt Disney. The result is a neurotic re-animation that comes to life in the...

Showing Tuesday, March 27 8:15pm

Soft Palate

(Martin Arnold, 2011)

The second film in Martin Arnold's series of Disney deconstructions; Soft Palate rhythmically builds Mickey’s sleeping body out of the darkness of his bedroom one body part at a time,...

Showing Friday, March 30 7:15pm

Self Control

(Martin Arnold, 2011)

The third film in Martin Arnold's recent series. "Arnold uses subtle loops and rhythmical effects to unearth what Hollywood productions and Disney features repress, releasing suppressed gestures and suggesting associations...

Showing Friday, March 30 9:30pm

Haunted House

(Martin Arnold, 2011)

The frames of a 40’s cartoon film are dispersed into their original graphic elements by means of digital de- and reanimation, the character in the foreground as well as the...

Showing Saturday, March 31 9:30pm