Dark 'Toons
Short Film Program
$12 online or at the door
Friday May 25, 2012
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Softspot
9:00PMFilm Begins
11:30PM-1:00AMAfter-party at R Bar (218 Bowery @ Rivington) with complimentary drinks
NO REFUNDS. IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, SHOW WILL GO ON INDOORS AT THE SAME LOCATION. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

VENUE
The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street

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Enjoyably evil animation.


Pens and pencils and puppets and more. Between them, this year’s selected animated works use just about every tool in the drawer to conjure their visual magic—from the coal-dusted industrial twilight world of Clockwork, to the rotten fruit and brittle husks of Blanche Fraise’s gloomy forest, to the psychedelic light show in 38-39c. But it’s not just the way these short films look. It’s also the way they move: some are lilting. Some are staccato. Some are controlled chaos. Together, they play like the movements of a symphony. Watch and listen.

- Michael Sauter


THE FILMS

L'INNOMMABLE (Marat Raiymkulov | 5 min.)
A selection of two shorter shorts: The Pianist (1 min.) where a man and his piano make beautiful music together – eventually, and Moi, (4 min.) the portrait of a man who just can’t get his head together.

Clockwork (David Prosser | 5 min.)
Clocks tick, men toil, life drudges on, darkly.

Slow Derek (Dan Ojari | 8 min.)
It’s just another workday for office drone Derek. Then everything changes.

38-39c (Kangmin Kim | 8 min.)
Caution: Prolonged bathing in too-hot water can induce surrealistic flashbacks

Blanche Fraise (Frederick Tremblay | 17 min.)
A grim fairy tale in a dying forest.

(Notes on) Biology (Ornano | 6 min.)
Robo Elephant vs. the world! It’s not even close.

BELLY (Julia Pott | USA | 7 min.)
Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.

Maniman (Andrew Gellner | 2 min.)
A puzzle inside an enigma, inside a lonely old man.

Moxie (Stephen Irwin | 6 min.)
One darkly fateful week in the life of the world’s most disturbed little bear.

Denmark (Daniel Fricke | 6 min.)
A lone crustacean’s watery world is hopelessly polluted. Here’s what he’s doing about it.

Matter Fisher (David Prosser | 8 min.)
A man goes out fishing. He should have taken a bigger boat.

MUSIC

Softspot
"I recently had the tremendous pleasure of catching SoftSpot live, a show that I hope eventually everyone will be lucky enough to catch. Core members Sarah Kinlaw and Bryan Keller have significant roots in Wilmington, though they call Brooklyn home base at this point. The two, along with drummer Andrew Spaulding, create haunting meditative music that is certain to permeate straight to the soul. The live show translates even better as the band plays with a furious energy, almost conveying the idea that without playing these songs each member would slowly shrivel up into nothingness. There is something truly spiritual about SoftSpot's music, and it locks the listener in just as much as the performers." - Get Off the Coast

"Fronted by operatically trained singer Sarah Kinlaw, SoftSpot has an echo of delicateness and ingenuity. Kinlaw and her longtime multi-instrumentalist bandmate Bryan Keller have known each other since kindergarten, but only started making music together in the past few. The longtime friends were recently joined by artist drummer (and ex Deli writer) Andrew Spaulding, who has helped nail down both their look and their sound to make them a burgeoning an art-rock force, as the experimental trio of Bushwick Brooklyn combines pop drones over earnest, pulsating melodies."- The Deli Magazine

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