12:00 - 22:00 | FRIDAY 7. 12. 2012 | Congregation Hall
The selection of animation for the sub-section What Is Animation was compiled by the American Don Hertzfeldt whose absurd films deal with fate and the pain of being human. The serious topics of his (so far) top films contrast with simple drawings and cynical humour. The block of selected films might partially reveal how Hertzfeldt came to this combination of elements.
Animation must be defined simply as a mechanical technique: creating a moving picture in stop frames. As we all know, the beauty of the medium is in how it frees us from the tethers of live-action, to put literally anything we can imagine up on the screen. In theory, it's the purest way for someone to make a motion picture because he or she is artificially creating every single frame. Animated films can be short stories, kinetic poems, moving paintings, strange experiments, anything at all in this universe or the next. So attempting to define animation any further than its basic mechanics only weakens the medium, erecting dangerous boundaries and walls, burdening it with dumb expectations of genre, target audience, and form. In the united states, animation has been crippled for decades as being valued primarily as a children's medium. These are mental limitations that still haunt it today. The most popular modern american animation has meanwhile been whittled down to just a single format: 3D CGI that mostly all looks alike, usually populated by sarcastic talking animals. Throughout film history, the most interesting, wildest, most brilliant things being done in animation has always been born out of independent shorts... from Walt Disney working in his garage, to a young artist today creating something amazing in his parent's basement. Independent shorts are our strongest testing ground, and most often the strongest demonstration of the medium: where the freedom of a low budget and an independent mind can actually approach the freedom of this format.
- Don Hertzfeldt for PAF
7 Dec| 12:00 pm–10:00 pm | CH
1. Don Hertzfeldt – What is Animation?
screening, loop | Aport Animation
dir. Run Wrake | GB | 2005 | 9'
The Man with the Beautiful Eyes
dir. Jonathan Hodgson | GB | 2000 | 6'
Primiti Too Taa
dir. Ed Ackerman, Colin Morton | CAN | 1986 | 3'
dir. Peter Cornwell | AUS | 2003 | 14'30"
dir. Julian Grey | USA | 2007 | 1'50"
9 Dec | 5:30 pm | FA
It's Such a Beautiful Day | Don Hertzfeldt
2012 | 62' | screening | Aport Animation