WFF BLOGS: August 31, 2013 • Hudson Valley Catskills
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The 14th Annual WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL Provides Sneak Peek at 2013 Lineup,
starting with its SHORT FILMS selections as it leads up to 125+ events beginning October 2-6 festival.

Leading up to the official reveal of the full festival lineup, WFF is bringing you a bi-weekly sneak peek at the nine unique short film programs that have made the cut for 2013. Check out these special previews to gear up for the full reveal later this season. Past reveals include the programs Conversations, Dystopia, Family, She Won, She Too, Short Docs I, Short Docs II, and Whoops.

Separately, coming announcements will provide special highlights of some of the premieres of the full-length documentaries and narratives from across the country and the globe, as well as special honorary awards, expected appearances and exciting events. The full lineup of over 125 films, panels, concerts and events will be announced at the beginning of September. If you are interested in a full festival pass, they are very limited and online at FULL PASS.

Featuring A Tangled Tale, Christmas Day, Drunk As A Skunk, The Duke, Dumb Day, Ed, Feral, Grand Central Diary, Lake, Pepe & Lucas, Rocks In My Pockets: Linda, Sidewalk, Subconscious Password and Woman Who Hates Plants.

"Animation," the ninth of our featured shorts programs, features an array of animated films with a variety of styles, subjects and targeted age groups. The program is annually curated by Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane.


In this unusual romance, hand-tinted sand, becomes a metaphor for two souls as they join and separate.

A lonely fish, hooked by an angler's line, encounters another in the same dire situation. As the two struggle, they develop an inevitable, entangling attraction. Is it love or merely a will to survive?

With a radical new approach to sand-animation, Corrie Francis Parks tells this fluid tale of love and entanglement.


There are no singing elves, flying fauna or gifts magically appearing through cozy hearths. Instead, melting snowmen, empty boxes, and -in the too common worst scenario -messy and muddled emotions.

This film is a holiday gift to everyone who has experienced the conflicting sadness of the season. Director Richard O'Connor developed his skills as producer and director before moving on to Asterisk Animation where he was responsible for nearly 100 productions including animation for several Hollywood films, documentaries, television productions and commercials.


Bill Plympton adapts a poem by Walt Curtis about a cowboy town that torments the local drunk. The results are gloriously Plympton-esque!

Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for a short film Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove another short film, won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d'Or.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991 he's made 9 feature films, 6 of them animated.


The Duke is about a sandwich -- a chicken parmesan hero to be precise.

Director Jonathan Campo is an award-winning illustrator, art director and filmmaker. His short The Duke won the silver medal in the Society of Illustrators 55th Annual and was an official selection at the Florida Film Festival. He is currently working on a pilot for an animated sketch comedy show.


DUMB DAY - East Coast Premiere
Flower sniffing, carpet calisthenics, and other restless leisure-time activities. Domestic life can be tough. Finally, the day breaks.

Kevin Eskew is an animator based in Chicago, IL.


Meet Ed and his extraordinary life. Fifty years of an unforgettable journey. Many loves, adventures and remarkable stories. What nobody knows is why Ed wants to end it.

Gabriel Garcia graduated in Architecture and Urbanism University (UFRGS) in 2006, as a student he founded the company. In 2010 the company began to specialize in animation graphics, producing corporate videos and starting the career at branding market. He wrote with his brother, Leo Garcia, the script for his first animated short,
Ed, which was one of 20 selected in a bidding of Brazil's Ministry of Culture in 2010 (from over 900 qualified applicants).


A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

Director Daniel Sousa was born in Cape Verde and grew up in Portugal. A graduate of RISD, he has worked as a director and animator with Cartoon Network, Olive Jar, Global Mechanic, and Duck. Sousa has taught at Harvard University,The Museum School, and The Art Institute of Boston. Since 2001 he has been teaching at RISD. He is a 2008 Creative Capital grantee.


Urban Anthropologists, Andy and Carolyn London, interview some of New York's most distinguished citizens for the centennial anniversary of Grand Central Terminal. Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design for the exhibition "On Time /Grand Central at 100."

Carolyn and Andy London are writers, directors, animators and co-founders of London Squared Productions. Since 1999, they've been creating films, music videos and animated content.


A burial on a frozen lake.

Director Steven Subotnick is an animator and artist living in Providence, RI. His films have received international awards, and his work has been included in competitive and curated shows at festivals, museums, and galleries around the world.


PEPE & LUCAS- North American Premiere
A hi-tech street fight is waged between an angry clown and an innocent street mime in this short film directed by Wim Bien and Mo Davoudian.

Mr. Davoudian is a 20 year veteran of the entertainment industry spanning film and television to the internet and gaming industries, working with such leading companies as Walt Disney, Jim Henson Co., Sony Pictures, Paramount, Columbia Tri-Star Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., FX Network, Fox Kids, WB, Buena Vista Pictures, Vivendi/Universal, Electronic Arts, Activision, Lucas Arts, Microsoft, Mattel and Marvel.

Wim Bien has worked in the animation industry for nearly to 20 years. Having earned two Master degrees in Belgium (Linguistics and Animation) he started out as a stop motion character animator and worked his way up throughout the years. After co-directing and co-producing an animated feature film in Europe, he is now the animation director at Brain Zoo Studios.


A funny film about depression that wonders why very smart people go crazy.

Signe Baumane was born in Latvia, educated in Moscow and lives in Brooklyn, NY. After 14 shorts
Rocks In My Pockets is her first feature film.


A woman walks through life, but the real journey is deeper within as she confronts her changing body and learns to love herself.

Celia Bullwinkle is an animator who lives and works in New York City. She has worked on feature films (
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chicago 10, Hair High), TV shows (Little Bill, MTV's Friday, Ugly Americans, Wonder Pets), and far too many commercial projects.


The absurd misadventures of Charles, a friendly kind of guy who meets up with someone whose name completely escapes him.

Director Chris Landreth is an expert in Facial Animation and has developed a course called Making Faces, which he has taught at Dreamworks Animation, Seneca College, the University of Toronto and the Ecole George Melies in Paris.


But she likes cigarettes.

Morgan Miller is an animator based in Brooklyn, NY.

The Woodstock Film Festival's ANIMATED SHORTS programming is annually curated by Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane since 2004. The program provides a forum for independent animators, both established and up and coming to showcase their work, and is consistently one of the most popular programs.

WFF has featured the work of Pes, currently nominated for an Academy Award, screened the 2011 Oscar winner The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore as well as the work of other top animators. Previous award winners of the Animation Award include Hisko Hulsing's Junkyard (2012) Juan Pablo Zaramella's Luminaris (2011) and Anthony Sheppard's Music Scene (2010).

Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane with Blue Sky Animation's Chris Wedge

About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates 14th year, October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.