On Tuesday of this week we introduced the Palm Springs International ShortFest. For the rest of this week we will be recommending our favorite sounding “film packages” to check out during the festival.
Today we are recommending, Amazing Animation. Why? Because, well…animation is amazing!!! Duh.
Scroll down and check out the trailers and movie info below. Let us know if you make it out to the screening! @TheCVArtScene on Twitter and/ or Instagram with a #PSSF13 (think: Palm Springs Short Fest 13) hashtag and we’ll holler back!
THURSDAY, JUNE 20th
2300 E. Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA
Eight visually dazzling tales to tantalize your eyes and mind, covering a wide gamut of subject matter, from a fin du siècle painters’ muse to an Indian God to a young girl who collects all manner of trash and trivia. Truly amazing animation.
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THE BANQUET OF THE CONCUBINE
A tipsy concubine gets out of hand in this gorgeously animated tale of amorous goings-on during a special occasion in the Emperors court.
DIRECTOR: Hefang Wei
Producer: Pascal Le Nôtre, Julie Roy, Emmanuel Bernard, René Chénier
Editor: Herve Guichard
Screenwriter: Hefang Wei
For sixteen years, cicadas live underground, emerging for one glorious night in hopes of finding happiness and maybe… love.
DIRECTOR: Mauricio Baiocchi
Editor: Russ Miller
Screenwriter: Mauricio Baiocchi
Cinematographer: Ray Gilberti
THE COLLECTOR’S GIFT
A ravishingly animated tale about a young girl who collects things and the old inventor’s house she stumbles upon.
DIRECTOR: Ryan Kravetz
Producer: Ryan Kravetz
Screenwriter: Ryan Kravetz
FORTY HYMNS OF FAITH
Extraordinarily beautiful and rich animation provides a metaphorical visual meaning to the verses of an ancient spiritual composition that has been sung and chanted across the globe for centuries: The ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ (a devotional Hindu song).
DIRECTOR: Charuvi Agrawal
KIKI OF MONTPARNASSE
Kiki, a famous model, actress and muse during the early decades of the 20th Century, crossed paths with some of the most influential artists and writers of the day. Her story is recounted here in a gorgeous, animated autobiographical overview of her life.
DIRECTOR: Amelie Harrault
Producer: Olivier Catherin
Editor: Rodolphe Ploquin
Screenwriter: Amelie Harrault
Music: Olivier Daviaud
SLEIGHT OF HAND
The animator is trying to sculpt the perfect model. But as he works the figure, his world becomes more and more at odds with his art until, at last, he emerges on the other side only to make a startling discovery.
DIRECTOR: Michael Cusack
Editor: Marty Pepper
Cinematographer: Jonathan Rossiter
What starts out to be a lovely day for a mother and her son takes a darker turn when she sends him out to play while she cooks and cleans the house, and he doesn’t return when expected.
DIRECTOR: Zbigniew Czapla
Screenwriter: Zbigniew Czapla
Cinematographer: Zbigniew Czapla
This stunning claymation tale about a father whose tears restart the town’s waterwheel as he mourns his child’s death won the Best Fiction Short Film award at Espression en Corto, one of the largest and most celebrated short film festivals in the world.
DIRECTOR: Karla Castañeda
Screenwriter: Karla Castañeda
Cinematographer: Alejandro Cantu
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