This screening continues the collaboration between WFF and 92YTribeca, which presented the films Against the Current and The Farm: 10 Down earlier in 2009.
Curated by Oscar® Nominated Animator Bill Plympton and co-wff programmer Animator Signe Baumane, the 2009 WFF Animation program was a huge success, highlighting some of the best animation in recent years. Due to popular demand WFF and 92Y Tribeca are bringing the entire program back to life for an encore presentation. This international program, with films from Slovakia, France and the USA, is sure to delight and provoke with a broad spectrum of some of the years most exciting short animation.
"It is our continued honor to work so closely with Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane who are among the best of the best in animation today," said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. "Each year they curate a unique program at the festival that features some of the best animation works world-wide. We are thrilled to bring their latest creation to NYC this winter".
The screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with Plympton and Baumane, along with additional filmmakers from the program.
BACKWARDS (Aaron Hughes): In the 21st Century, relationships just aren't what they used to be.
BIRTH (Signe Baumane): Giving Birth is scary.
COSMIC HONEYMOON (Ondrej Rudavsky): Ever wonder how Aliens consummate their marriage?
DAHLIA (Michael Langan): A moving portrait of the bustle and permanence of a city.
DIVERS (Paris Marvroidis): Inspired by Busby Berkeley, mass gymnastics and experimental cinema from the 20's.
HUNGER LIKE THE WOLF (Eun-Ha Paek): A film about werewolves and heartbreak.
INCIDENT AT TOWER 37 (Chris Perry): The battle between man and creature continues...
MACHINE (Rob Shaw): Just when you think you have it all, greed gets the best of you.
THE MAN IN THE BLUE GORDINI (Jean-Christophe Lie): A radical clothing revolution to overthrow monocromic orange totalitarianism is launched.
MOTHER'S DAY (David Lobser): Some lessons need to be learned the hard way.
SANTA: THE FASCIST YEARS (Bill Plympton): This short film uncovers Santa's flirtation with politics and greed.
THE TERRIBLE THING OF ALPHA-9! (Jake Armstrong) *winner of 2009's WFF Best Animation Award: Nothing is as it seems, especially in space.
UNNATURAL HISTORY OF WALLSTREET (Gary Leib): New York High finance vs. human nature in a minute of saxophone frenzy
Wacky animator Bill Plympton was nominated in 1997for an Oscar for his short Your Face. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to features. Since 1991 Bill has made eight feature films-six of them animated; The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High and Idiots and Angels. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar nomination, this time for Guard Dog, which is part of the highly successful Plympton dog series that includes Hot Dog, Guide Dog and his most recent Horn Dog.
Animator Signe Baumane's interest in promoting her own and other independent animators' unique work extends into collaboration with festival programmers. She is a programming adviser for New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, Florida Film Festival, Red Bank International Film Festival, and Woodstock Film Festival. She has initiated and curated numbers of independent animation programs and is in the organizing core of Square Footage Films, a New York group of independent animators that self-publishes and self-distributes DVDs of their work. Baumane's recent works include Birth, Veterinarian, the Teat Beat of Sex series and Five Informercials for Dentists. She is also the recent recipient of a tribute at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
92YTribeca is the 92nd Street Y's exciting new arts and entertainment venue located at 200 Hudson Street at the corner of Canal and Hudson Streets in New York City.
As part of the 92nd Street Y, our mission downtown is to bring together and inspire a diverse community of young people from New York City and beyond, including musicians, artists, filmmakers, performers, writers, educators, humorists, directors, speakers, sports enthusiasts and many others.
ABOUT THE WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL:
The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 29-October 3, 2009. The “fiercely independent” festival includes more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale. For more information visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com
Celebrating, in it's second decade, the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.
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