The programme from the Plymouth Independent Film Festival

Screening during Sunday Shorts, Sunday 19th November 2006
College of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, UK.

SHORTS: ANIMATION
(In order of appearance)

GUARD DOG

GUARD DOGAward-winning independent animator Bill Plympton directed this Oscar-nominated short. Why do dogs bark at such innocent creatures as pigeons and squirrels? What are they afraid of? This film answers that eternal question. Music by Maureen McElheron and Hank Bones.

5min; short animation; USA; 2004.
Directed by Bill Plympton


THE FAN AND THE FLOWER
Paul Giamatti (Sideways) narrates this new animated short from leading independent animator Bill Plympton. The bittersweet storyline follows an ill-fated, unconsummated romance that takes place in an elderly woman’s house where an electric ceiling fan falls in love with a flower in a spare room. The events span years, leading to a magical fairytale ending. This short was previously shown in New York at the “Animators Attack” screening of independents and in June at the Annecy Animation Festival (Annecy, France), where Plympton is a two-time Grand Prix winner for his features I Married a Strange Person! (1998) and Mutant Aliens (2001). The Fan and the Flower screenplay is by Dan O’Shannon, a writer-producer for several TV series (Frasier, Suddenly Susan, Cheers). Since 1977, Bill Plympton has made more than 30 live-action and animated shorts and features, and he was twice nominated for the Best Animated Short Academy Award.

7:10min; short animation; USA 2005.
Directed by Bill Plympton


HANDSHAKE
In this animated film, an innocent greeting between two people is quickly transformed into a sticky, tangled struggle for survival. Animator Patrick Smith commented, “Handshake was a fun film to draw. I consider myself an expert on relationships, and it was great to illustrate the emotions and experiences I’ve had. The film can be abstract at times, just like real relationships can be. I was fortunate enough to have the film scored and orchestrated live, which I think hammers in the romantic/abstract nature of the story.” The film won awards at the Northhampton Film Festival, the Golden Film Festival (Golden, Colorado) and four other film festivals.

4:40min; animated short; USA.
Directed by Patrick Smith


HOME MOVIES - EPISODE 408: “CHO”
Budding filmmaker and pint-sized third grader Brendon Small (voice of Brendon Small) enlists neighborhood friends to create short films of not-quite-epic proportions. Through his work Brendon sorts out the issues that plague his troubled, eight-year-old mind. This animated TV series had a short run on UPN in 1999 and was picked up by the Cartoon Network in 2001. The first two seasons of Home Movies are available on DVD.

22:40min; short animation; USA; 2004.
Directed by Loren Bouchard


SHIFT
In the tradition of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi
(1983) and Ron Fricke’s Baraka (1992), this animation is expressed through the use of environment and atmosphere with the camera discovering different cycles through time.

4:46min; short animation; student film; USA; 2005; world premiere.
Directed by Joshua Marvel


DISPOSITION
DISPOSITIONAnimated images are combined with live-action in this short work by 13-year-old filmmaker Peter Bertoli, a freshman at Oyster Bay (NY) High School. Bertoli’s work is on exhibit this summer at the Saratoga Springs Arts Center.

3:30min; short animation; student film; USA; 2005; world premiere.
Directed by Peter Bertoli



SPIRAL
W.P. Murton explores the subtleties and deconstruction of abstract forms and avant-garde electronic music. Produced by animator Bill Plympton.

6min; short animation; USA; 2005.
Directed by W.P. Murton


DARFUR
This animated short was made in response to the lack of media coverage of what is happening in the Darfur region of Sudan. Hand drawn and painted using charcoal, water color, pastel and acrylic paint, this film cries out to the injustices and reminds us of the phrase “Never
again.”

1:55min; animated short; student film; USA; 2005; world premiere.
Directed by Joey Frechette


THE MEANING OF LIFE
THE MEANING OF LIFEDon Hertzfeldt (Rejected) made this animated short which has been compared to Disney’s Fantasia (1940). A vast and beautiful study of time, life, death and Tchaikovsky, the film explores evolution on Earth over the course of a billion years. Jeremy Mathews (Film Threat) reviewed this as “a more varied and textured work than any of his previous line drawing material… a sci-fi odyssey with painted and backlit material done entirely in-camera.” Premiering at Sundance 2005, it won the Malibu Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Animated Short.

12min; animated short; USA; 2005.
Directed by Don Hertzfeldt


SHORTS I
(in order of appearance)


THE OFFERING
THE OFFERINGInspired by “The Young Man and His Death,” a ballet choreography written by Jean Cocteau, this 35mm Canadian short is an elegiac meditation about the passing of life, told through the story of love and friendship between a Japanese monk and the novice who entered his life. Nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, it won awards from the National Educational Media Network and three film festivals (Ajijic, Cinemanila, New Haven).

10min; short; Canada; 1999.
Directed by Paul Lee


EMMA AND THE BARISTA
In her late twenties, Emma (Anya Beyersdorf) does the corporate thing each morning in Melbourne where she endures the monotony of train commuting, hurried walking and dead-eyed waits. She finds refuge (and a romantic connection) in the urban laneway where she gets her first coffee of the day. The film won an award for best short drama at the Texas Worldfest International Film Festival.

12min; short fiction; Australia; 2004.
Directed by Greg Gozdz


STRIKINGLY SINGLE
Convinced that true love is eluding her, Shea Thomas (Fay Gerbes) ditches her boyfriend in hopes of finding someone better but learns the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere. Applying the rules of baseball to her blind dates, they have three chances to stay in the game. As the umpire of her own love life, it’s up to Shea to make the right call, if and when the right guy steps up to the plate. Special Recognition at the 2004 Boston Film Festival.

8.5min; short fiction; USA; 2005.
Directed by Lisa G. Hagerty


PLAYDATE
Watching a young girl dressing up in her mother”s clothing is always a sight to see, but when a young boy dressed in his father”s suit arrives to take the girl on a play date, the young girl”s father is skeptical. Premiere at the 2005 Brooklyn International Film Festival Kidfest.

1:25M; short; USA; 2005.
Directed by Jennie Jarvis Ostroff


JIMMY”S HOUSE OF HUGS
Welcome to Jimmy’s House of Hugs where women come for comfort and hugs. Meet founder and owner Jimmy, his employees and clients. Made as a school project at Los Angeles City College, this mockumentary won the Audience Award at the Faux Film Festival (Portland, Oregon).

5:40min; student short; USA; 2004.
Directed by Julia Radochia


1918: A SHORT FILM
Eighty-six years of heartbreak. Two Boston boys finally have a shot to go to the World Series with the Sox. But a series of mishaps takes them on a wrong turn. Based on a true story.

14:40min; short; USA; 2004.

Directed by: Jay Burke


LES LARMES
The story of a despairing girl whose loneliness in an otherwise spiritually bound world draws her to an unexpected turning point.

5:50min; student short; USA; 2004.
Directed by Thomas Miller


ISOLATION
Three manifestations of loneliness that living in the city can bring: alienation, reclusiveness and the inability to find companions.

6:52min; short; student film; USA; 2005.
Directed by Andrew Lewis, Jeffrey Luker and Kevin McGrath


CATDID
CATDIDA delusional insomniac’s last friend is a hallucinated chicken. What is Casey doing with his life?

5:05min; short; student film; USA; 2005.
Directed by Michelle Nash





THE DANGERS OF SMOKING CIGARETTES

Emily Elizabeth plays by the river one gloomy day, kicking snow in the water. Her mother warns her not to play so close to the edge as she turns her head to light her cigarette. Suddenly, Emily Elizabeth falls into the river” and into a whole new world.

6:13min; short, USA; 2005; work in progress.
Directed by Stephanie Stender


MAN’S BEST FRIEND

A lonely man’s search for fulfillment leads to a dog…someone else’s dog.

13:00 min; student short; USA; 2005.
Directed by: Ben Pugh


SHORTS II
(in order of appearance)

CYCLES OF REPETITION: AN HOMAGE IN OBSERVATIONS
CYCLES OF REPETITION: AN HOMAGE IN OBSERVATIONSA series of vignettes document the textile industry in India, showing the repetitive nature of fiber-based hand work (fabric dyeing, weaving, woodblock printing).

2:50min; short, USA; 2004.
Directed by Deborah Wing-Sproul


DOCTA KNOW

DOCTA KNOWDakar is the capital of hip hop in West Africa. Docta, a prominent graffiti artist and rapper, reflects on the intersection of politics, Islam and hip hop”s role in Senegal.

10min; short; USA; 2004.
Directed by Owen Kohl



THE WEEKENDS ARE FOR US

A day in the life of two homeless persons struggling to survive. Along the way we find out that they are not who they appeared to be but instead lead double lives.

26min; short; USA; 2004.
Directed by Frank Turner


CHAPOQUOIT ISLAND: A PERFECT LITTLE PIECE OF CAPE COD
CHAPOQUOIT ISLAND: A PERFECT LITTLE PIECE OF CAPE COD Ever stayed on the beach past sunset, when the golden orange vista turns to midnight blue, and then stayed longer until the world becomes inky black and the ocean’s roar is deafening? Journey to one of the most magical places on Cape Cod — Chapoquoit Island in West Falmouth. World premiere.

10:32; USA; 2005, World Premiere.
Directed by Brendan McQuaid and Jessica Grogins


THE BOWLERS

This short documentary captures the subtle rhythms and sounds of the bocce court as Johnny, Peggy, Bobby, Angelo and other North End Boston regulars play morning, noon and night. World premiere.

8min; short; USA; 2005.
Directed by Kevin McCarthy