Hey! Laika isn’t the only place in Portland where animators rearrange reality to suit themselves. Numerous kitchen tables, guest rooms, basements and garages serve as studios for independent artists working in the world’s most expressive medium.
How can you see their work? Animator Svenn Bonnichsen has curated his second festival of Portland animation – just for your viewing pleasure.
Portland Animation Now!short films from 20+ Portland animators
Dates: Jan 27 and 28 @ 7pmRuntime: 90minTickets: $8 general admissionMore info: www.nwanimationfest.com
Discover Portland’s powerhouse animation scene….Portland Animation Now! showcases 20+ short films from local independent animators. Including both masters and remarkable amateurs, this is a line-up of new works and seldom-seen gems you won’t find anywhere else.Highlights include:
Eyeliner by Joanna Priestley (dubbed “the queen of independent animation” by Bill Plympton): A playful exploration of the organic geometry and archetypes of the human face..Ursula 1000 – Rocket by Eric Kilkenny: A love story told as a fever dream involving stolen works of art, dualistic robot terminators, and a giant floating head who seriously needs his moustache trimmed.
Ruby Rocket, Private Detective by Sam Niemann & Stacey Hallal: It had been a long night and Ruby Rocket, Private Detective needed a stiff one—then HE walked in.
Missionary by Mike A. Smith: Geopolitical allegory as cartoon slapstick, featuring eggs and fearsome hand-on-stick technology.
Old-Time Film by Barbara Tetenbaum & Marilyn Zornado: Handset type, printer’s ornaments and antique engraving come to life in the first film created entirely through letterpress printing.
Operation: Fish by Jeff Riley: After a series of goldfish abductions, a secret agent is dispatched to bring the fishnappers to justice, and possibly save the world!
Portland Animation Now! is being presented as part of Fertile Ground, a city-wide festival of over 100 new Portland-generated arts events.