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Shorts 3: Animation

Sunday, April 09, 2017
8:30 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Sunday, April 16, 2017
3:15 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Director Stacey Steers (April 16), art director Nick Cross (Summer Camp Island), Jose Luis Gonzalez (April 9), and producer Greg Rice (Everything) expected.


Total running time 72 min

Pajamas that can talk. Bears that summersault. Hot dogs that take the place of fingers. Only in animation can the unreal become delightfully fathomable and often the most lifelike. These inventive and touching animated works imagine worlds that could never exist, draw from memories that do, and capture joy and sadness while each using a different and sophisticated technique. 

Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck
Political imprisonment, forced labor, and isolation are recalled in this animated documentary that recounts several stories from prisoners of the women’s facility, Hoheneck, in East Germany.
(Alexander Lahl, Volker Schlecht, Germany 2016, 7 min)

Edge of Alchemy
A gothic re-imagining of the Frankenstein story using exquisite cutout animation and archival film as two silent film actresses are mystically transformed.
(Stacey Steers, USA 2017, 19 min)

From summersaulting bears, lions, and dancing giraffes to the microorganisms up to space, we are all connected, everything goes together, and everything you see is everything you can be.
(David OReilly, USA 2017, 11 min)

History of Magic: Ensueño
With her bike and a mixtape, Esther escapes her West Texas town by transforming her everyday into the extraordinary.
(José Luis González, USA 2016, 6 min)

Hot Dog Hands
Cursed with hot dogs for fingers, a young woman is shunned from her hometown only to find that in the most surprising place, her burden is actually a gift.
(Matt Reynolds, USA 2017, 7 min)

Summer Camp Island
At this summer camp, pajamas can talk, marshmallows can sing, and there are no parents, but all Oscar wants is to spend a normal night with Hedgehog, his friend and summertime crush.
(Julia Pott, USA 2016, 9 min)

Second to None
With a trophy awarded to the oldest man, being the second oldest is unacceptable in this black comedy where the only way to win is to outlive your opponent.
(Vincent Gallagher, Ireland 2016, 7 min)

Victor + Isolina
He said, she said. Different sides of the same story—of why Victor and Isolina separated after 50 years together—are argued between the divided screen.
(Willian D. Caballero, USA 2016, 6 min)

—Amanda Salazar
Film Details
  • Running time: 72

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