The History of Magic: Ensueno
5m, U S A, dir. by Jose Luis Gonzalez
When the high school bell rings, Ester Bolaños escapes her small, border-town high school. But when she rides her beloved bike all the way home, Ester escapes reality. To feel alive, she imagines every fantastical way she could die. She'll take her chances against sharks, tanks, or flame-throwing Nazis anyday if it means avoiding the boring fates of her fellow students and family.
Animation Attack! Shorts Block #1
Screens Friday, Aug. 18 at 3:00pm
at Synchronicity Theatre
76 min. TRT
4m, U S A, dir. by Allison Jones
Anxiety is a short animated film exploring the very personal thoughts and emotions behind anxiety and panic attacks.
4m, Netherlands, by Tess Martin
This music video for the Australian band The Animators was created with painted plastic cut-outs and tissue paper and animated one frame at a time on a multi-plane animation stand.
Old Rag Mountain
3m, USA, by Nathan King
Within the forests of Old Rag Mountain, a boy, a bird, and a stone all converge in a fragile incident of childhood curiosity.
3m, USA, by Kathy Jo Ryan
When Tica the Taco eats some sour cream before bedtime, her dreams take her where no taco wants to go.
2m, Turkey, by Murat Sayginer
A short animated film about the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius.
Where R U From
2m, USA by Junghyun Park
Curiosity about childbirth and chromosomal sex determination inspired the project’s narrative. Considering a man has two distinct chromosomes: X and Y, while a woman has 2 chromosomes that are the same: X and X. Imagine a race then between the X and Y chromosomes. Whoever gets to the egg first decides the child’s sex!
Lights in the Attic
3m, USA, by Cynthia Osaseri
Thrown in the attic, a place for the things old and forgotten, these little toys decide to break the rules, and throw a dance party unbeknownst to the posh attendees just below the floorboards. But their reckless actions may end up ruining the night for everyone, if not for the illuminating presence of one broken chandelier.
4m, Netherlands, by Tess Martin
Dawn is breaking and the owls are stirring. A young woman has been murdered, but is this truly the end? This short film is based on an unfinished poem by Percy Shelley published in 1824.
5m, USA, by Meng-Chwen (Joy ) Tien, Allison Botkin, Mike Bourbeau
Treasure Nest is a 3D animated short following the adventures of Blue a cat-like creature in search of hidden riches. Along his way Blue discovers a bird-like creature named Peanut who he reluctantly brings along in hopes that she will be the key to unlocking the treasure.
Back Into The Dark
4m, USA, by Bea Landers
In the seconds after a late night accident we embark on a surreal & horrific journey into a haunting but beautiful world of darkness somewhere between life & death in this stop-motion animated music video. "Back Into The Dark" is the second video from award-winning composer David Rosen's 3rd album, Head Like Fire. It was created by Visual Artist Bea Landers.
The Seashell Necklace
2m, USA, by Leah Wilson
A mischievous octopus steals a necklace from a mermaid who will go to any lengths to get it back, including taking on an evil fisherman.
3m, USA, by Yu-Nien Chien , Soobum Park
"Revolutionary Rabbit" is an 3D Animation pieces that introduce the idea of a young rabbit try to bring back the nature to the concrete city.
4m, USA, by Chadwick Whitehead
An avocado inadvertently invents tortilla chips that want to eat him. His tomato friend helps him destroy the menace and he learns to appreciate nature. But wait...
6m, U S A, dir. by Carly Lieberman
Two Interviewees from polar ends of the political spectrum discuss their ideal United States and their fears for the future of the country in the wake of the 2017 election.
2m, USA, by Xuecheng Xu
Minimally styled illustrations tell the story of a beautiful woman who achieves satisfaction by having a psychedelic, metaphoric, sensual journey during dinner in 1930s Shanghai.
4m, USA by David Chontos
Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more.
4m, U S A, dir. by Mike Diliberto
The four presidents of Mount Rushmore (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abe Lincoln) have decided to open a bar together. In this episode John Wilkes Booth shows up for a drink, and Abe does not trust him.
4m, USA, by Steven Lapcevic
A king and his followers
4m, USA, by Shabnam Shams
On a pirate ship, a lonely captain wanders the ship deck late at night while mourning the loss of his fallen crew. The night takes an unexpected turn when the pirate finds himself face to face with mischievous ghosts.
When Leaving Becomes Arriving
4m, USA, by Rebecca Ruige Xu
A short digital film generated through analyzing music 'inter-sax-tive' using Processing programming. It attempts to elicit the immensely upsetting yet anticipative feel at the ending of a chapter before moving on to our next journey towards the greater possibilities into the unknown.