Woodstock Film Festival - CHILDREN'S PROGRAM



Host Steve Charney combines his magic, comedy and ventriloquism with a selection of short movies for children, including: Low Down Underground, Swaroop in Bovine Bliss, The Box, Waldemar, Shivelry, What’s in Heidi’s Head and Patrick Swayze: Cartoon Sound Wizard.

Low Down Underground
Directed by Elanna Nicole Allen


Quentin, a rambunctious nine-year old skateboarder, bursts onto a New York City subway car for his morning commute to school and nearly collides with an elderly woman riding home from the supermarket. Reconciled, they ride to the next station. There, an uncoordinated gutter punk boards and accosts the two travelers, hustling for spare change. Good natured Quentin contributes and urges Granny, the elderly woman, to share some food. At the following stop, a lanky blues musician woos the three with melodious sounds from his saxophone. Moved, they make donations, only for Quentin to realize he has given away his lunch money. Through his tears, he tells his fellow commuters that he is an orphan. Taking pity, the two panhandlers give him back some coins while Granny reaches into her grocery bag to prepare the boy lunch, using all of her remaining groceries. Instead of taking advantage of Granny's generosity, they create a magnificent banquet out of Granny's groceries and share a meal together. Through their compassion for each other the four strangers unintentionally have formed a surrogate family. They redecorate the subway car and call it "Home."

Elanna Nicole Allen wrote, directed and produced Low Down Underground during her senior year at Brown University with the help of Nickelodeon, as her honors thesis. She studied illustration and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and in 1999 graduated with honors with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brown University. During her college years, she studied stop motion animation in Prague under Bretislav Pojar and held an internship at Jiri Trnka's studio Bratri V Tricku. Also, while at school, Elanna worked as a clean up and layout artist for the Nickelodeon animated series, "Hey Arnold!." She is presently a character animator on MTV's stop motion series, "Celebrity Deathmatch."

Low Down Underground begins its Film Festival circuit by competing in the New York International Children's Film Festival in February 2001.

The story of Low Down Underground, which has a TRT of 6:30, is told through rap and features the voices of Treach, formerly part of the funky rap trio, Naughty by Nature and Pepa formerly of the hit duo Salt-n-Pepa. The music was composed and produced by talented hip hop artist, producer and remixer, Prince Paul. Albie Hecht, President of Nickelodeon Film & Television Entertainment serves as Executive Producer.

Producer: Albie Hecht
Co-producer: Elanna Allen
Screenwriter: Elanna Allen
Cinematographer: Joey Kolbe
Editor: Eric Livengood, Mark Rickles
Composer: Prince Paul
Sound: Anthony Rends, Chris Bertellotti
Cast: Treach the Emcee, Pepa, The Last Emperor

The Box
Directed by: Stefan Gronsky

A blob finds a mysterious box that fell from the sky in this computer-animated short film.


Stefan Gronsky's computer graphics and filmmaking obsession began at age 6 with an Apple Macintosh 512KE and a Sony 8mm video camera. A self-taught artist/filmmaker, Stefan is studying computer science at UC Berkeley. He has worked at Tippett Studio and interned at Pixar.



Patrick Swayze: Cartoon Sound Wizard
Directed by Jordan Brady
Patrick Swayze, sound professional, teaches sound effect amateurs how to properly create sounds. They are shocked at his methods.
Producer: Jordan Brady
Co-producer: Brian Tolson
Screenwriter: Jordan Brady
Cinematographer: Brian Newman
Editor: Jordan Brady
Sound: John Hallaby
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Richie Keen, Daniel Weeks

Swaroop in Bovine Bliss
Directed by: Mike Milo

Swaroop rescues a "sacred" cow from his beef-eating neighbor who won the animal in a poker game. Hiding at home with Swaroop’s family, the cow becomes a sacred nuisance taking advantage of their hospitality.

Producer: Mike Milo, Atul Rao
Screenwriter: Mike Milo, Atul Rao
Editor: Joe Gall, Bradford Keats
Composer: Paul Livingstone
Sound: Rob Jargraves
Cast: Atul Rao, Nick Jaine, Aashna, Brian George, Quinton Flynn

Directed by Michael Blank
In the dry, empty desert landscape roams a powerful wizard, Waldemar. He is invincible (that it what we are to think). Yet on his long path through the desert we learn that even Wizards have limitations to their power.
Producer: Michael Blank
Screenwriter: Michael Blank
Editor: Michael Blank
Composer: Alexander Blank
Sound: Alexander Gerasimoch (Doubler II Studio)

Directed Michelle McGinnis
An act of generosity warms a lonely snowman’s heart.
Producer: Michelle McGinnis
Screenwriter: Michelle McGinnis
Cinematographer: Michelle McGinnis
Editor: Michelle McGinnis
Composer: David Alan Earnest
Sound: David Alan Earnest

What’s in Heidi’s Head?
Directed by: Greg Harrison
1999/color/2min ("bugs")
1999/color/3min ("feet")



What’s in Heidi’s Head? Is an entertaining and educational short subject series which takes us on a trip through Heidi’s amazing mixed media world.

Greg Harrison began as a commercial production designer in New York City where he was part of the Original design team for Pee Wee’s Playhouse. He went on to design numerous commercials and music videos.

In 1997, Greg launched Carolina Pictures in Los Angeles and has since produced and directed live action and animated short subjects for MTV, Nickelodeon, The Fox Family Channel, Comedy Central and the Cartoon Network.

Executive Producer: Nancye Ferguson, Mark Mothersbaugh,
Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo
Producer: Greg Harrison
Animation Director: Jon Schnepp
Supervising producer: John Andrews
Screenwriter: Emily Kapnek
Cinematographer: James Belkin
Editor: Jon Schnepp
Sound: Mark Mothersbaugh
Cast: Nancye Ferguson, Mark Mothersbaugh