|11:30PM-1:00AM||After-party at Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave. @ Driggs)|
On The Lawn
50 Bedford Ave. at North 13th St., Brooklyn, NY 11222
L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.
Some call it punk rock, some call it grass roots, but labels aside, NYC-based Animation Block Party is the premier animation festival of the East Coast.
Since the first official ABP film festival on September 9th, 2004, thousands of filmmakers have submitted their animated shorts and screened them at the yearly festival. ABP is dedicated to exhibiting all genres of the world's best independent, professional and student animation.
Flavorpill said of ABP, “One of our favorite festivals of the year, Animation Block Party is like Saturday morning cartoons for adults, but so much better.”
Gawker selected the 2011 ABP trailer as one of their “best videos of the week.”
And as Melana Ryzik pointed out in the New York Times review of ABP: “Several pieces screened in the past years . . . have been turned into television and web series for MTV and the Sundance Channel,” so come on out and maybe you’ll get a sneak preview next year’s indie TV hits.
Why Do We Put Up With Them (David Chai | USA | 2 min.)
An animated poem about a little stinker I love.
Turning A Corner (David Levy | Brooklyn, NY | 5 min.)
A poor kid from Brooklyn fights the fates for a chance to change his life.
Leonard (Michelle Brost | USA | 3 min.)
Burly lumberjack has visit from an unexpected friend
Das Haus (The House) (David Buob | Denmark | 6 min.)
Dreaming to care for her grandmother, a little girl is restricted by her aunt and mother
Nightingales In December (Theodore Ushev | Canada | 3 min.)
Take a trip into the memories, and the fields of current realities
Rousseau and the Salmon Man (Rob Munday | UK | 6 min.)
Henri Rousseau looks down on earth and the mysterious figure of the Salmon Man
Robots of Brixton (Kibwe Tavares | UK | 5 min.)
London’s new robot workforce inhabits Brixton.
The Natural Order of Things (Sarah Beeby | UK | 6 min.)
Philip meets strange and dangerous creatures in the desert.
The People Who Never Stop (Florian Piento | Tokyo | 4 min.)
Visual fantasy about moving crowds.
Alphabet Aerobics (Katy Warner | Oakland, CA | 2 min.)
A reinterpretation of Blackalicious' 'Alphabet Aerobics' in rebus form.
Threadbare (Brett Underhill | USA | 5 min.)
In a cold, bleak field there lays a lonely scarecrow. But he won't be alone for long.
Re-collection (Nicholas Kallincos | Australia | 3 min.)
The tale of a celebrated Entomologist who is being haunted by his insect collecting past.
The Deep Dark (Laura Helt | USA | 7 min.)
A turn into the psyche of projected shadows, fleeting lights and ethereal vocal incantations.
Silenziosa Mente (Alessia Travaglini | Milano, Italy | 5 min.)
'Metaphor of vision' that shows the shapes of the world beyond realism.
Old Man (Leah Shore | Brooklyn, NY | 5 min.)
Charles Manson has refused to communicate to the outside world, until now.
In Dreams (Samuel Blain | London | 4 min.)
An experimental documentary focusing on the most vivid dreams of normal individuals.
Well, well, well (Michael Ribeiro | USA | 2 min.)
A meditation on domesticity and addiction.
Places Other People Have Lived (Laura Emel Yilmaz | USA | 7 min.)
Mixed media exploration of the relationship between memory and place.
Burt Talks to the Bees (Isabella Rossellini | USA | 2 min.)
Meet the bees—the queen, the workers and the drones—in this wonderfully fantastic and wildly educational series of short films created by Isabella Rossellini, actress, director and uncanny Burt impersonator. Once you meet them, you’ll want to save them too. Visit www.wildforbees.com to see how.
"The songs are built on repeating melodies and phrases, looped guitars and beatbox, atmospherics and soaring falsettos. The repetitive, hypnotic nature of these songs is like a soothing balm to the psyche, calming and fresh. This is instantly catchy and infectious music, enough to make you yearn even harder for summer days and tall glasses of lemonade." - Quiet Color