Animation Breakdown

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Technicolor Toons (presented by Jerry Beck!)

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5/29/2014 - 7:30PM

With the total marginalization of film just on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to celebrate the greatest film stock of all: Technicolor, the cream-of-the-crop chemical film process requiring three separate negatives to create its vivid images. And, unlike other film stocks, Tech’s colors never faded. We’ve dug up a whole program of diverse classic cartoons with only one thing in common — each is a vintage film print struck in the original three-strip Tech process. Join animation historian (and longtime Cinefamily friend) Jerry Beck for an entire buffet of 35mm Technicolor cartoons from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. Sadly, Technicolor’s dye-transfer process, used during the golden age of Hollywood, stopped due to costs in 1974. Luckily, prints still exist — but they’re getting scarce. This is going to be one helluva show, with Color Rhapsodies, Terrytoons and Noveltoons galore.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Technicolor Toons”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN - The Best of KLIK!: Contemporary Shorts from Around the World

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5/22/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by GLAS Animation and the Netherlands Film Fund.

Following the shorts program, Dutchies Joost Lieuwma (director of Leaving Home), Mathijs Stegink (animator and KLIK! programmer), Tünde Vollenbroek (animation producer and KLIK!s programming director) will join us for a Q&A.

Every November, we get awful jealous of animation fans in Europe — for that’s when they gleefully converge at KLIK!: the annual animation fest centered in Amsterdam. Lucky for us, KLIK! has just brought Stateside a best-of-the-best rundown from the many short films in their ever-growing arsenal. Come enjoy winners like Spin (Germany, KLIK! Political Animation Award 2010) and Rabbit and Deer (Hungary, KLIK! Amsterdam Audience Award 2013), alongside eye-catching shorts like My…My… (China) and Luke and Lotta (Poland).

FILMS TO BE SCREENED:
- The Little Boy and the Beast (Germany, dirs. Uwe Heidschoetter & Johannes Weiland)
- According To Birds (Netherlands, dir. Linde Faas)
- The Employment (Argentina, dir. Santiago Grasso)
- My…My… (China, dir. Ray Lei)
- Rabbit and Deer (Hungary, dir. Péter Vácz)
- Spin (Germany, dir. Max Hattler)
- Luke and Lotta (Poland, dir. Renata Gąsiorowska)
- Metamorphosis (USA, dir. Studio Buck)
- Luminaris (Argentina, dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella)
- Leaving Home (Netherlands, dir. Joost Lieuwma)

Watch the trailer for “The Best Of KLIK!”

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Autarky! Frontier Animation from CalArts 2014

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5/6/2014 - 9:45PM

Celebrating five years of screening current work primarily from students in their second or third year in CalArts’ Character and Experimental Animation Departments, Autarky! is a show centered around bringing work from the students’ hands to the screen. Tonight’s pieces will include stop-motion animation, drawing, painting, video, flicker films, text-based films, and much more!

Featuring:
Charlie Hodgkins – “The Pitch”
Qianyu Zhou – “Dear Mom”
Sasha Schotzko-Harris – “Amelia”
Yon Hui Lee – “Derailed”
Kyu Ri Park – “End Trip”
Stevie Borbolla – “Space Jerks”
Isabelle Aspin – “Land Mine on the Bunny Slope”
Ryann Shannon – ” Rain Check”
Jacob Winkler – “Tension”
AND MORE…

Watch the trailer for “Autarky! 2014″

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup! (encore, 4/10)

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4/10/2014 - 10PM

It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup! (encore, 4/8)

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4/8/2014 - 10PM

It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup! (encore show)

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3/28/2014 - 9:45PM

It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: "Women In Animation" Showcase & panel!

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3/9/2014 - 7PM

Presented by WOMEN IN ANIMATION. Co-sponsored by SIX POINT HARNESS and MONDO MEDIA.

Panel/screening followed by backyard patio mixer! For this very special evening celebrating the work of female animation directors, ABD’s partnered with our friends at Women In Animation: the non-profit dedicated to uniting “a global community of professionals to empower and support women in the art, science and business of animation.” First up, an amazing WIA-assembled panel with esteemed directors, and then it’s time for an ABD-curated selection of shorts past and present. Prestigious panelists include Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls, Wander Over Yonder), Emily Hubley (The Toe Tactic, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Pigeon Within), Yvette Kaplan (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Zack & Quack), Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe, Adventure Time) and Lauren MacMullan (the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse!, The Simpsons). Moderated by director/actor Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens), the discussion covers animation direction across mediums: TV, features, shorts, traditional and digital, inside and out of the studio system!

Films to be screened:
- Pencil Booklings (1978): Kathy Rose’s seminal scribbles brought to life
- Lord I: The Records Keeper (2013): the 10-years-in-the-making short by Lori D.
- Set, Set, Spike! (2002): Emily Hubley’s collage of memory, poetry and volleyball
- Like A Lantern (2013): Lilli Carre’s haunting, wistful cut-outs
- Two Ghosts (2014): new World Premiere by Amy Lee Ketchum
- Northern Ice, Golden Sun (2002): Faith Hubley’s Inuit inspired final film,
- and more!

Watch an excerpt from Emily Hubley’s “Set, Set, Spike”!

Watch excerpts from the work of Kathy Rose, including “Pencil Bookings”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Animation Breakdown Roundup!

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3/8/2014 - 9:30PM

Backyard patio reception 9:30pm, showtime approx. 10:00pm! It’s here to elate your eyes and tickle your nerves — here to unite creators, lovers and dreamers, drifting hand in hand in an ecstatic sea of color, form and sound — it’s ANIMATION BREAKDOWN ROUNDUP!, Animation Breakdown’s first-ever originally-commissioned shorts festival. Once an adored staple of arthouse theaters and college campuses worldwide, the animated anthology (Spike & Mike, The International Tournee, The Animation Show) has all but disappeared — but it’s time to change that. Today’s bounty of delectable frame-by-frame fruits must be shared with the masses on the big screen, so Roundup! creators Kevin Sukho Lee (Yo Gabba Gabba’s animation producer) and ABD’s Alex McDonald have picked up that mantle with a finely curated n’ commissioned 90+ minutes of mindblowing shorts from the finest of international talents.

Casting a wide net over their favorite filmmakers, they’ve hauled both world premieres and rarely screened works from veteran legends (like Vince Collins, Emily Hubley), current stars (such as Kirsten Lepore, Takeshi Murata, Devin Flynn, Allison Schulnik, Galen Pehrson, Amy Lockhart, Matt & Paul Layzell, Garrett Davis, Charles Huettner, Caleb Wood, Alex Schubert) and next-wavers (like Peter Millard, Sean Buckelew, Quique Rivera Rivera.) The resulting omnibus: a headfirst plunge into a world where boogiein’ ducks, intrepid space explorers, pot-smoking green punks, dancing humanoid flowers, Lynchian descents into madness and psyched-out headtrips all rub shoulders. Over a year in the making and not to be missed. So tune in, turn on, ROUNDUP!

Films include:
- Blobby Boys, dir. Alex Schubert (Premiere!)
- Eager, dir. Allison Schulnik
- Jessica, dir. Amy Lockhart (Premiere!)
- Teetersee Tottersaw, dirs. Caleb Wood & Derek Wycherley (Premiere!)
- Hallucinator, dir. Charles Huettner
- Coin, dir. Chris Burns
- Tedious Limbs, dir. Devin Flynn
- Write Back, dir. Emily Hubley (Premiere!)
- Elephant’s Garden, dir. Felix Colgrave
- Mondo Taurobolium, dir. Galen Pehrson
- Genie, dir. Garret Davis
- Eclipse, dirs. Hugo Moreno, Théo Guignard & Noé Lecombre
- Anonymous Mortician, dir. Joseph Bennett
- Move Mountain, dir. Kirsten Lepore
- Chicks with Cheeks, dir. Matt and Paul Layzell
- Welcome Committee, dir. Matt Taylor (Premiere!)
- Stuffed Animals, dir. Mike Hollingsworth
- Maze Wheel, Part 1, dir. Mike Nordstrom
- Weird Healing, dir. Overture (Premiere!)
- Boogodobiegodongo, dir. Peter Millard
- El Delirio del Pez Léon, dir. Quique Rivera Rivera
- Boxhead, dir. Randall Kaplan (Premiere!)
- Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, dir. Sean Buckelew (Premiere!)
- If You’re Pushed Hard Enough, dir. Sean Solomon
- It’s My Beak, dir. Seth Cooper
- Om Rider, dir. Takeshi Murata
- Lizard of Oz, dir. Vince Collins

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Animation Breakdown Roundup”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Floating World Comics' "DMTV3"

Experimental, psychedelic animation fest!
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2/16/2014 - 10:30PM

In celebration of L.A. Zinefest, we welcome the fine folks from Portland’s Floating World Comics into our home to present the third eye-opening installment of DMTV, their roving experimental/psychedelic/abstract animation festival. Since 2006, the renowned publisher/shop (often referred to as “the Powell’s of comic books”) has produced bleeding-edge animation fests, curating moving art with the same care and finely attuned sensibilities that they select printed matter — works that eschew the commercial, striving instead for pure vision, singular aesthetic and personal expression. As the Floating World festivaleers themselves say: “Some of the films push visual noise and glitch to the limit while others reach a peak of ambient degaussed bliss. Local and lo-fi, international and extrasensory, hand drawn, stop motion, CGI and puppetry, electricity and torches.” As mind-expanding as its mantle promises, this DMTV program spans glitching ghosts, an homage to ‘70s Aussie biker exploitation starring an animated Neil Young, avant-garde luminary Suzan Pitt’s cult classic Asparagus (which accompanied Eraserhead upon its original theatrical release), plus new shorts from David Oppenheimer, Lale Westvind, Pink Twins, Johnny Woods, Spectral Net, Yoshihide Sodeoka and more. Buy a ticket, take the ride!

Featuring:
- Universal Codec Error Aborting Video, dir. James Connolly
- Asparagus, dir. Suzan Pitt
- Flesh Gun, dir. Lale Westvind
- Spectral Sequences SN-04-001, dir. Spectral Net
- Morris, dir. James Mercer
- Outer Osmo Ghost Mode, dir. Johnny Woods, Alan Palomo
- Numb Com, dir. David Oppenheim
- Miracle, dir. Pink Twins
- Devils Reign, dir. Yoshihide Sodeoka
- Stone Young, dir. Throne Boogie

Watch the trailer for “DMTV3″!
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MEMBERS-ONLY: The Lego Movie (sneak preview, filmmakers in person!)

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2/6/2014 - 8PM

PRESENTED BY ANIMATION BREAKDOWN

Longtime Cinefamily friends Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been working tirelessly on writing/directing The Lego Movie for some years now. Finally, it’s set for wide release on February 7th — come catch this very special Members-Only sneak peak at the film a day early, with Phil and Chris in person!
Dirs. Phil Lord & Chris Miller, 2014, DCP, 100 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Lego Movie”!
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NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

If this is the kind of event you want more of in your life, sign up for a CINEFAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Nutcracker Fantasy

An awesomely bizarro sugarplum dream!
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12/23/2013 - 10:45PM

CO-PRESENTED BY SCREEN NOVELTIES

In the late-’70s, Sanrio (yes, the Hello Kitty people) unleashed this wonderously unusual stop-motion confection that has sadly laid unsavored for ages. Ex-Rankin/Bass animator Takeo Nakamura was the lucky fellow called upon to employ the signature “Animagic” technique of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to this vaguely festive, awesomely bizarro sugarplum dream — one in which and the signifiers of Christmas fare are all there, except Christmas is never once mentioned. The titular fantasy seems adapted from a German-to-Japanese-to-English translation of the original yarn, rather than the beloved ballet (though its melodies are employed on the Moog-drenched soundtrack to supergroovy effect.) Adding to the beautiful confusion are elaborate musical numbers, plus the voice talents of showbiz stalwarts like Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Patten and Jo Anne Worley as the “Nut of Darkness”-wielding, two-headed rat queen. Not screened since its initial release, never on DVD and presented here on film! As a special holiday gift, our pals from Screen Novelties (L.A.’s premiere stop-motion masters of misfit toys) will present a curated mix of their favorite yuletide bits and baubles.
Dir. Takeo Nakamura, 1979, 16mm, 82 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Nutcracker Fantasy”!

Watch Screen Novelties’ 2013 “Krampus Christmas” eCard!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space + Meow Mix (feat. "Cat Soup")

Felis silvestris catus to the maximus!
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11/21/2013 - 7:30PM

Animation Breakdown’s “Meow Mix” – 7:30pm
From the walls of the Egyptian tombs to Eliot’s Mr. Mistoffelees, Felis silvestris catus has inspired artists across every possible medium for thousands of years. So it’s no surprise that animators have likewise been giving motion to meows since the earliest zoetropes, and that many of our most beloved characters, from Felix to Fritz, have been cats — no matter how many theme parks that mouse may lord over. Tonight, we fondly gather feline creations from all around the world, both classic and contemporary. Among the evening’s coterie: a daydreaming Polish puss who yearns to fly with the birds, a particularly insistent Canadian kitty, a blue-eyed Czech “kocoura” crafted out of yarn and string, and a selection of animation historian Jerry Beck’s favorite cat’toons. Closing the mix is the mindblowing cult favorite Cat Soup. Inspired by the totally singular, cat-centric work of manga artist Nekojiru, this wordless mini-opus tells the hallucinogenic tale of an anthropomorphic kitten’s surreal voyage, on a quest to retrieve his sister’s soul. Unlike any anime before or since, and long out of print on DVD — not to be missed!

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat In Space – approx. 9:00pm
Imagine a film that’s equal parts Astro Boy, Hello Kitty and David Lynch — add a healthy dose of punk ‘tude, intergalactic futurism and out-for-blood cultural satire — stir in a plot inspired in part by Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49″, and top it off with a sexy, foul-mouthed feline heroine — and whatever you’ve got in your head isn’t 1/4th as crazy as Tamala 2010. Cigarette smokin’, kickass kitty Tamala is fed up with the day-to-day humdrum, and extends the proverbial feline finger to her corporation-commanded hometown. Despite the wishes of her human foster mother (who perpetually plays video games in the nude with a giant snake wrapped around her), Tamala takes off in a personal spaceship bound for her birthplanet, only to unravel ties between herself, an ancient cult, and the postal service mega-conglomerate Catty & Co. — except, it’s a whole lot weirder than that. Crafted by a mysterious duo known as t.o.L. (“trees of Life”), and unleashed in 2002 — the same year in which Pixar released Finding Nemo, mind you — Tamala still stands today as a beacon of how far the digital medium’s boundaries for feature animation can be pushed (and a reminder of how little they really have been.)
Dir. trees of Life, 2002, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN Halloween (feat. "Midori"!)

The ultimate antidote to mainstream anime!
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10/28/2013 - 10PM

Step right up and feast your eyeballs, if you dare, upon one of the most grotesquely beautiful pieces of underground animation, and the ultimate antidote to mainstream anime. It’s the simple, twisted tale of an orphaned flower girl who’s taken in by circus freaks and horribly mistreated, until she meets a dwarf with a knack for escaping glass bottles and making people explode. Singlehandedly drawn and animated over five years by the impossibly dedicated artist Hiroshi Harada, this perverse masterwork was originally screened at secretive performance art happenings complete with pyrotechnics, live performances and raining cherry blossoms. Even without the live flourishes, it stands as a monumental work of transgressive independent animation, and a faithful adaptation of Suehiro Maruo’s infamous manga. Overflowing with gloriously lurid imagery and saturated with breaktaking detail, Midori is one of Japanese animation’s great white whales, for it remains banned in its home country, with its only film print having been confiscated and destroyed by customs in 1999. Made by and for social misfits, Midori begs to be discovered. Graphic, unsettling, gorgeous — and not on DVD either in the U.S. or Japan! Plus, preceeding animated short film TBA!
Dir. Hiroshi Harada, 1992, digital presentation, 56 min.

Watch our original trailer for “Midori”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN:
John K presents "When Cartoonists Ran the Show"

The Sultan of Spümcø Picks Top-Notch Toons!
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9/26/2013 - 7:30PM

From the very first frame of the first episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show, it was as if an impassioned, collective inquiring shout could be heard ‘round the world: “WHAT IS THIS?! WHO MADE THIS?! WHERE DID IT COME FROM?!” The answer: one Mr. John Kricfalusi, better known as John K., the sultan of Spümcø. Whether in his earliest work on Ralph Bakshi’s Mighty Mouse mutation, with hero Bob Clampett on Beany & Cecil, his own series The Ripping Friends or music videos for the likes of Tenacious D, John’s feverishly audacious style and brilliantly skewed wit are unmistakable and wholly his own. Perhaps that’s because he took notes from the greats, legends of the cartoon era who fired off their own manically marvelous singular visions with each flick of their pencils. Tonight, John will be at the Cinefamily in person to take us through his favorite classic cartoons from the masters of the golden age: Clampett, Tex Avery, Walter Lanz, Max Fleischer and more — discussing them along the way, examining the disparity in philosophy and approach between these classic films and modern cartoons, and sharing how they shaped him as as a young, budding soon-to-be animation legend, shedding some light on that amazed, still-echoing bellow of “WHERE DID IT COME FROM?!”. In addition to sharing a selection of classic cartoons from his personal collection, John will be sharing a handful of very scarcely seen films of his own, including the uncut version of “Mighty’s Benefit Plan” (starring Elwy and the Tree Weasels) for all you Spümcø-heads out there!

Watch John K.’s classic music video for Björk’s “Miss You”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Late Night Work Club Showcase (feat. world premiere of "Ghost Stories"!)

World premiere by new animation collective!
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8/29/2013 - 10PM

As we stoke the summer’s fading embers, we excitedly gather ‘round the campfire for the world premiere of Ghost Stories, Late Night Work Club’s anthology of entirely new animated shorts wrought by the devil himself, and several of the finest animator/designers making their own stuff today. A scrupulously hand-picked animation collective, LNWC was conceived from the nocturnal Twittersphere communions of several indie auteurs — some established cult faves, some up-and-comers — as an effort to bridge a gap in their own output and the animation community at large. After many global video chats (most of the collective’s members have never met, some don’t even know what each other look like) and tireless labor, they proudly present their first project: a macabre mélange of cryptic tales which promises to make you laugh, cry, and scream while marveling at the work of this incredible group. Who knows what lurks in the witching hour? It turns out Late Night Work Club does, and soon you will too. Plus, Late Night Work Club members Jake Armstrong and Sean Buckelew will be here in person, all the way from NYC, to present other brand-new LNWC animated fun!

Films include:
Dave Prosser – “I Will Miss You”
Charles Huettner – “The Jump”
Sean Buckelew – “The American Dream”
Ciaran Duffy – “Ombilda”
Conor Finnegan – “Asshole”
Scott Benson – “Last Lives”
Jake Armstrong and Erin Kilkenny – “Mountain Ash”
Louise Bagnall – “Loose Ends”
Eamonn O’Neill – “Post Personal”
Alex Grigg – “Phantom Limb”
– and more!

Watch the trailer for “Ghost Stories”!

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

Two brand-new, totally stunning programs!
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7/25/2013 - 7:30PM

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.

SPECIAL EFFECT – 7:30pm
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.

FILMS TO BE SCREENED:
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”!

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Persistence of Vision

A fascinating slice of animation history!
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6/27/2013 - 10PM

“An amazing film about an amazing artist. Rush out and see ‘Persistence of Vision’.” – Bill Plympton

Striving to make the crowning visionary masterpiece of his career, acclaimed animator Richard Williams spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on The Thief And The Cobbler (a radical new project started in the Sixties, but finally slated for completion only after Williams’ Oscar for 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit), only to have it torn from his hands at the very last minute. Re-cut, re-voiced and re-drawn, the final product is a shadow of what “could have been” — and Thief’s tumultuous offscreen saga is the stuff of legend amongst historians, animation fans and film lovers. Using incredible footage from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage and interviews with Thief crew members, director Kevin Schreck brings this legendary chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time. Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE) and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), this is the gripping story of the greatest animated film never made. Stick around for special bonus material to be screened at the midnight hour!
Dir. Kevin Schreck, 2012, digital presentation, 83 min.

Watch the trailer for “Persistence of Vision!”

ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Sky Song

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5/23/2013 - 9:45PM

Hailing from Estonia (a nation whose chief exports seem to be mineral products and mind-blowing animation), the much-revered Mati Kütt renders a haunting surrealist stop-motion allegory through lovingly hand-crafted puppet work — and the lushly dreamlike results are manna for fans of Svankmajer, Barta, The Quays and Jeunet + Caro. Ejected from his womb room by the overlord Sigmund Freud, a postman departs from the confines of a crumbling, claustrophobic steampunk lab, venturing out into a chimerical landscape to deliver an all-important, cryptic message from mankind to the denizens of the moon. While Freud may rule the lab, Kütt’s definitely jiving with Jung, as he plums our rich collective unconscious with nods to Magritte, Dali, Van Gogh and Buñuel. A wordless, abstract love letter to the spirit of creativity, wherein the very act of taking in this cinematic id workout — with its stunning imagery and wide-open fantastic narrative — feels as much a paean to the power of dream and imagination as the film itself. Plus, as part of Animation Breakdown’s monthly residency, curated selection of contemporary and vintage animated shorts TBA.
Dir. Mati Kütt, 2010, digital presentation.

Watch the trailer for “Sky Song”!
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ANIMATION BREAKDOWN: Autarky! Frontier Animation from CalArts

CalArts' Experimental Animation Program!
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5/16/2013 - MIDNITE

Celebrating four years of screening current work primarily from students in their second or third year in CalArts’ Experimental Animation Program, Autarky! is a show centered around bringing work from the students’ hands to the screen. Tonight’s pieces will include stop-motion animation, drawing, painting, video, flicker films, text-based films, and much more!
Watch the trailer for Autarky!

Program Order:
01: “Amalgam” by Jack Turpin
02: “Dear Sky” by Jerrold Chong
03: “Romance” by Sunny Liang
04: “Loud Boy” by Amy Lee
05: “ESCAPE” by Skyler Brown
06: “Crickets” by Crystal Skye Jordan
07: “Hey There, Second Conscious” by Tyler Russo
08: “Procrastination” by Eben Zboch
09: “Vanishing Jazz Band” by Jacob Sluka
10: “Umma” by Sieun Lim
11: “Leap of Faith” by Sydney Frank
12: “Wood Colored Foxes” by Madeline Mathis
13: “Bad Day” by Nicole Stafford
14: “Dwarf Planets” by Leo Lillrank
15: “Fruit Stand Off” by Tomas Christian
16: “Dragons Are Assholes” by Hae-Joon Lee
17: “S’more and Peace” by Harley Scroggins
18: “Onion” by Erin Kim
19: “Shadowbox” by Shawna Koski
20: “The Light Collector” by Eric Loelius
21: “Remnant” by Abby Magno
22: “i met a robot at a ballet once.” by Isabela Dos Santos
23: “UNTITLED” by Jesse Johnson
24: “EYES BIG LOVE” by Sophia Diao
25: “To a Lost Memory” by Skyler Brown
26: “The Best Daughter” by Ambar Navarro

Animation Breakdown's "Masters Of Cut-Out Animation"

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4/18/2013 - 10:15PM

Combining hand-drawn and stop-motion techniques, along with collage and a ton of imagination, creations born from the art of the cut-out animation rip from the page with distinctive texture: a living decoupage that gives birth to geometric ballets, kaleidoscopic head trips, satirical scrapbook follies and beyond. One of the oldest techniques in the medium, it’s been used to create everything from the delicate shadowplay of the very first animated feature (The Adventures of Prince Achmed), to the crushing foot of the Almighty that introduced a certain Flying Circus. Tonight we celebrate the art of the snip n’ slide with a selection of shorts that cover a broad expanse of styles and aesthetics, including the riotous paper perversions of Victor Faccinto, the surreal Victorian voyages of Lawrence Jordan, the cut-and-paste pop culture collisions of Stan Vanderbeek, Frank Mouris and Lewis Klahr, the dadaist goof-offs of Terry Gilliam, the moving photos of Jim Blashfield (whose co-opted style seemed to define a generation — remember those Bubble Tape commercials?) and much more. Join Animation Breakdown for what’s cut out to be an incredible evening!

FILM LINEUP:
- Frank Film Dir. Frank Mouris, 1973, 16mm, 9 min.
- E Dirs. Francine Desbiens & Břetislav Pojar, 1981, 16mm, 6 min.
- Le Merle Dir. Norman McLaren, 1959, 16mm, 4 min.
- Achoo Mr. Keroochev Dir. Stan Vanderbeek, 1960, 16mm, 2 min.
- Filet Of Soul Dir. Victor Faccinto, 1972, 16mm, 16 min.
- Altair Dir. Lewis Klahr, 1994, 16mm, 8 min.
- Carabosse Dir. Lawrence Jordan, 1980, 16mm, 5 min.
- Notes On A Triangle Dir. René Jodoin, 1966, 16mm, 5 min.
…AND MANY MORE!

Watch Jim Blashfield’s iconic cut-out music video for Talking Heads’ “And She Was”!
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