(Suzan Pitt, 2006, 24 min)
This visual animated poem travels between desperation and dark comedy. El Doctor takes place in a crumbling Mexican hospital at the turn of the century in Mexico. Inhabited by surreal characters including a man shot with one hundred holes, a girl who has sprouted morning glories, and a woman who thinks she is a horse, the doctor in charge prefers to drink. The Saint of Holes and a mysterious gargoyle rearrange the Doctor's fated demise and send him on a journey of altered perspective.
Taking over five years to complete the film is entirely hand painted by a small group of artists in Los Angeles and Mexico. The screenplay for El Doctor was written by Blue Kraning and the voices for the film were recorded by non-professionals in Morelia, Mexico. The Doctor is played by Jose Luis Avalos and the Gargoyle is played by Los Angeles actor, Patrick Bauchau.
Filmmaker in Attendance, 35mm