June 23, 2006

Animation Around the World

Filed under: Film,Listings,Press Releases — offoffbway @ 9:15 pm

Some high-class cartoon fun at BAM.

BAMcinématek Presents Animation Around the World, July 17-31

Highlights from several prestigious animation festivals include the best of Animateka, Ottawa 2005, and the Clermont-Ferrand festival.

Brooklyn, June 23, 2006-BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, presents Animation Around the World, July 17-31. For the first time we are presenting highlights from animation festivals the world over, including hand-drawn, stop-motion, CG works from an international set of filmmakers.

BAM Rose Cinemas “offers one of the most civilized movie-going experiences in the city,” according to The New York Times. General admission tickets to BAM Rose Cinemas are $10. Tickets are $7 for students 25 and under (with valid I.D. Monday-Thursday, except holidays) seniors, children under twelve, and BAM Cinema Club members. Tickets are available at the BAM Rose Cinemas box office, by phone at 718.777.FILM (order by “name of movie” option), or online at www.bam.org. For more information, call the BAMcinématek hotline at 718.636.4100 or visit www.bam.org.

Animation Around the World schedule
For a complete list of films visit BAM.org at http://www.bam.org/film/series.aspx?id=87

Monday, July 17 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm
Paul Driessen Program, 70min
Directed by Paul Driessen
Driessen’s lyrical, hand-drawn, and dialogue-free films challenge traditional notions about animation (he was one of the animators on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine). These films show his genius for socially conscious fantasies.
Films include his works from 1973 to 2003: AIR!, 2min; LE BLEU PERDU, 7min; AU BOUT DU FIL, 10min; AN OLD BOX, 9min; THE END OF THE WORLD, 13 min; THE BOY WHO SAW THE ICEBERG, 8min; and 2D OR NOT 2D, 17min.
For more information on Paul Driessen and his films please go to: http://www.nfb.ca/portraits/fiche.php?id=223&lg=en&v=h

Tuesday, July 18 at 6:50, 9:15pm
Best of Ottawa 2005, 79min
This program features highlights and award-winners from North America’s most prestigious animation festival. The shorts are drawn from an international group, with standouts including Robert Seidel’s impressionistic _grau, the stunningly insouciant mood in the computer-animated City Paradise, and the vivid hand-drawn Morir de Amor.
Films include: SIGNAL FILM, USA, 50sec; THE CURSE OF THE VOODOO CHILD, Canada, 3min; ICHTHYS, Poland, 16min; PHOENIX FOUNDATION ‘HITCHCOCK’, United Kingdom, 3min; _GRAU, Germany, 10min CHESTNUTS ICELOLLY, USA, 7min; CITY PARADISE, United Kingdom, 5min; OVERTIME, France, 4min; FISH HEADS FUGUE AND OTHER TALES FOR TWILIGHT, USA, 6min; DIE TOTEN HOSEN ‘WALKAMPF’, Germany, 3min; MORIR DE AMOR, Germany, 12min; and AT THE QUINTE HOTEL, Canada, 3min.
For more information on the films please open this pdf file:  http://ottawa.awn.com/OIAF05/pdf/Bestof2005_details.pdf

Monday, July 24 at 6:50*, 9:15pm
Animation Block Party, 80min
Brooklyn’s finest short animation festival, Animation Block Party screens 80 minutes of professional, student, and independent shorts from all over the world. This evening focuses on the best narrative pieces from 2006. The popular festival receives over 600 submissions per year, and these are the best of the best.
*An introduction with curator Casey Safron will precede the 6:50pm screening.
Films to be announced on their web site July 3: http://www.animationblock.com/

Tuesday, July 25 at 6:50, 9:15pm
Best of Animateka, 89min
Held annually in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Animateka festival presents some of the best new films from Eastern and Central Europe. These films, like the black-and-white After Apples or the computer-assisted Fallen Art, continue the European tradition of intelligent work with a political consciousness.
Films include the best of 2005: MAESTRO, Hungary; METAMORPH, Serbia and Montenegro; AQUATORIA, Bulgaria; PICCOLA MARE, Italy; ZASUKANEC (MATE TO MEASURE), Slovenia/Germany; DER PARK (THE PARC), Austria; PRAYING MANTIS, Serbia and  Montenegro; LAUD (THE TABLE), Estonia; PO JABLKACH (AFTER APPLES), Poland; FALLEN ART, Poland; and LA PICCOLA RUSSIA (LITTLE RUSSIA), Italy/France.
For more information on the films please go to: http://www.animatekafestival.org/

Monday, July 31 at 4:30, 6:50, 9:15pm
Best of Clermont-Ferrand, 85min
From a bike ride for the blind in Africa to a Sunday morning stroll in Germany; from the hyperactive, shape-shifting child locked in the basement to the saga of the Zogs-an alien race whose heads are where their genitals should be and vice-versa-this program explores the latest in animated shorts selected from this year’s edition of Clermont-Ferrand Festival du Count-Metrage. For 28 years, the festival-among Europe’s oldest and best established short film festivals-has showcased innovations in the genre. The festival regularly draws more than 100,000 viewers to its film screenings.
Films include: MAN WITHOUT A SHADOW, Switzerland/Canada, 9min; RUBBER JOHNNY, UK, 6min; NEVER LIKE THE FIRST TIME, Sweden, 15min; WITH EYES CLOSED, France, 8min; SUNDAY I, Germany, 6min; INTOLERANCE II, UK, 15min;
SNOW WILL COVER THE ROADS, Ukraine, 7min; NOT THERE YET, Ireland, 5min; and THE FALL, Czech Republic, 14min.
For more information on the festival: http://www.clermont-filmfest.com/

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