Dark Toons
Short Film Program
$10 Online or at the door
Wednesday May 25, 2011
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Silver Swans
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:00PMAfter Party Outdoors Courtesy of Radberger Pilsner
In the event of rain the show will be rescheduled for a later date. No refunds. Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but no alcohol is permitted.

Solar One
on the pier along the water
Kips Bay
24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East at 23rd Street and the East River, New York, NY 10010
R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Solar One
New York Magazine

Enjoyably evil animation.

From Road Runner to The Simpsons, animated films have always been good at finding fun in the dark and twisted. It’s easier to embrace life’s awful absurdities when we don’t have to watch them happening to real, live people (or dogs). Of course, sometimes the attraction is the spectacle an inspired animator can create: the sheer, over-the-top train-wreck momentum of things going horribly wrong – an over-protective pooch’s gauntlet of challenges in Guard Dog Global Jam or the snowballing rush to Armageddon in Enrique Wrecks the World. Lots of things go brilliantly wrong in this program of shorts – some thrilling, some unsettling, all utterly unique.

- Michael Sauter


The Giant: Army (Benedi Yann | UK | 1 min.)
It sucks to be big and different, as one whatsit discovers when it tries to befriend a child - and ends up getting treated like Godzilla.

The Ongoing Life of Peter Peel: Can, Can, Can't (Felix Massie | UK | 2 min.)
The drudgery of the stock clerk’s day is perfectly encapsulated, in this cheerfully wan vignette.

Guard Dog Global Jam (Bill Plympton | New York, NY | 5 min.)
75 different artists combined their talents (and styles) for this crazy-quilt remake of an Oscar-nominated short. plymptoons.com

House Bunny (Gina Kamentsky | Somerville, MA | 2 min.)
A bouncing bundle of direct animation joy. ginakamentsky.com

Triumph of the Wild (Martha Colburn | New York | 11 min.)
An exploration of the impulses that prompt hunting and the resiliency of people and animals in times of battle during 300 years of American history. [Sundance]

Enrique Wrecks the World (David Chai | San Jose, California | 4 min.)
One surly kid with a sling shot accidentally unleashes a cataclysmic chain reaction in this mordant imagining of a whoops apocalypse. houseofchai.net

Single Tear (Amy Lockhart | Canada | 2 min.)
A magical environmental fairy tale.

The Holy Chicken of Life and Music (Nomint | Greece | 3 min.)
A giant, two-headed chicken is the ultimate false god, in this jaw-droppingly surreal fantasy.

Sensology (Michael Gagne | Canada | 6 min.)
An intricately choreographed and playfully intuitive visualization of a landmark improvisational jazz performance. gagneint.com

The Replicants: User (Edouardo Salier and Frédéric Pruchon | France | 4 min.)
Old-school flipbook filmmaking - with an angst-rock soundtrack. Courtesy of Autour De Minuit.

LGFUAD (Kelsey Stark | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
Sex. Violence. Death. The interior life of the average, alienated suburban teen.

Moskito Bravo (Emeline Chankamshu, Alexandre Cuegniet, Paul Serrell, Sarah Sutter, Henning Wagenbreth | France | 7 min.)
One dog-eat-dog world is just a speck on the surface of another – which in turn exists inside another. And so on, in a riot of color and ordered chaos.

Cosmic Jungle (Marie Ayne, Martin Brunet, Alexander Casals, Sebastien DeOliveira Bispo, Fabrice Fiteni, Mathieu Garcia | France | 5 min.)
Two rambunctious mutts upset the order of a robot-run metropolis in this ultra-kinetic future fantasy.

The Gloaming (Niko Nobrain | France | 14 min.)
The last man in his world creates new life that quickly spins out of his control – despite his efforts to play God. An allegory for the ages. nobrain.fr

Nuvole, Mani (Simone Massi | France | 8 min.)
It’s just a man and his dog, walking through woods and farmland – but starkly beautiful images make this a visual event.

The Wonder Hospital (Beomsik Shimbe Shim | Los Angeles, CA | 12 min.)
If David Lynch and David Cronenberg took LSD, then collaborated, it might look something like this.


Silver Swans
"With graceful electronic-pop artists like Portishead and Ladytron showing off as influences, Silver Swans produce sounds detailing a perfect fusion of both members. Waters’ experience as a producer and DJ is prominent on Silver Swans’ impressive Secrets EP, as are Yu’s melodic charms. They are the same charms that earned her openings alongside acts like The Radio Dept., Mates of State, and Jose Gonzales throughout her various projects." - Obscure Sound

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