ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Special Effect (Peter Burr in person!) + Time Farmers (Lori Damiano in person!)

Animation Breakdown is über-proud to present this very special double-stuffed evening — featuring the L.A. premieres of two brand-new, totally stunning programs, and including a totally absorptive, live multimedia experience. Sharing the same bleeding-edge spirit, these unique shows are collaborations with some of the freshest, most original talents in contemporary animation.

Video/performance artist Peter Burr hosts Special Effect, a live imaginary TV show inspired by “The Zone”, the mysterious destination within Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker. Combining 18 shorts that utilize a wide swath of cutting-edge techniques, original music from Lucky Dragons and Seabat, and a live performance by Burr involving laser beams, greenscreens and a webcam, Special Effect transports us to a warped impression of Tarkovsky’s cryptic, off-limits realm of hope, possibility and desire. Commissioned by video label Cartune Xprez, the 30-second works onscreen throughout the show were crafted by underground animators from across the globe.
Approx 70 mins., live and digital presentation.

Contributors include: James Duesing, Amy Lockhart, Yoshi Sodeoka, Billy Grant, Michael Bell-Smith, Ola Vasiljeva, Jacob Ciocci, Andrew Benson, Jeff Kriksciun, Chad VanGaalen, Philippe Blanchard, E*Rock, Luke Painter, Brandon Blommaert, Stu Hughes, Devin Flynn, Michael Robinson, Sabrina Ratté, and Brenna Murphy. Show written by Peter Burr, Maya Lubinsky, and PFFR. Costumes by Diana Joy. Computer programming by Mike Heavers.

TIME FARMERS — approx. 9:00pm
Having just finished her 2-D, hand-drawn film Lord I: The Records Keeper, acclaimed illustrator/animator Lori Damiano has gathered new shorts from some friends to accompany her newly-completed creation on a motorcycle-bound U.S. road trip — and it just so happens that her friends are some of North America’s leading independent contemporary animators. The result is Time Farmers, a diverse showcase of unconventional animated art — and we’re proud she’s made Animation Breakdown her L.A. pitstop!
Approx 60 mins., digital presentation.

Chapter Three by Jo Dery
Rebellious Bird by Jennifer Levonian
Wee Wee Attractors by Leif Goldberg and Ursa Goldenrose
Like A Lantern by Lilli Carre
Move Mountain by Kirsten Lepore
Blanket Statement No. 1: Home Is Where The Heart Is by Jodie Mack
Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber
Inside The Weeping Volcano by Trixy Sweetvittles
Sleeping Beauty by Amy Lockhart
Night Moves by Takeshi Murata & Billy Grant
Lord I: The Records Keeper by Lori Damiano

Watch the trailer for Animation Breakdown: “Special Effect” & “Time Farmers”!