Sat, Apr 26 / 9:30 / Kabuki / HUMA26K
Wed, Apr 30 / 4:00 / Kabuki / HUMA30K
WATCH CLIPS FROM SELECTED PROGRAM SHORTS
This collection of animated shorts gives new meaning to the statement, “I am not an animal!” True, the films merely scratch the surface of the condition Homo sapiens. Still, the figuration of our trials and tribulations—you know, our problems—will give anyone pause who thinks we’re better than the other creatures that share our world.
Shaun the Sheep: Still Life
In today’s corporate speak, we’d call the Farmer an “aspirational maker.” He feeds his creative fix through painting. But, Shaun the Sheep will show him who is the man and who is the … sheep? (Richard Goleszowski, England 2007, 9 min) In GGA competition.
The chronicles of ex–rock legend Bobby Bird continue. In this episode, Bobby recounts the consequences of adopting a monkey from a South American zoo—consequences like “baby bugle farts” and, dare we say it, love. (Carson Mell, USA 2007, 14 min)
Filmmaker Max Hattler (Collision SFIFF 2007) returns to SFIFF, turning his all-encompassing eye to the skin’s surface to find a poetic landscape. (Max Hattler, England 2007, 4 min)
He Hates to Be Second
This short gets beneath the culture and mentality of the alpha male. We survey Robert Kennedy, advertisements and popular imagery circa 1963. I’m feeling strong and American. You? (Kelly Sears, USA 2008, 3 min) World Premiere
The Pearce Sisters
Truly twisted, this elegant cel animation details a hellacious stretch of barren beach, where the sisters redefine tea party. (Luis Cook, England 2007, 9 min) In GGA competition.
This ingenious cut-up collage of magazines and movie clips produces an entirely original, yet strangely familiar, noirish narrative. (Osbert Parker, England 2007, 8 min) In GGA competition.
Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker
It’s like that child’s game telephone—except that it includes psychedelic freakouts and the police. (Stefan Mueller, Germany 2007, 8 min) In GGA competition.
This Academy Award–nominated short features the Kafkaesque plight of Madame Tutli-Putli. She faces herself amidst an environment riddled with blunted menace as she journeys toward a metamorphosis of sorts. (Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski, Canada, 17 min) In GGA competition.
Total running time 72 min. Sponsored by Stella Artois and Esurance.