Saturday Morning Cartoons Film Block 1

Showings

Capitol Theater Sat, Jul 13 11:00 AM

Description

1976: Search for Life
Director: Tess Martin
Animation Shorts
11 min.
Netherlands, United Kingdom
A new father visits the hometown of his mother in 1976, accompanied by his wife and baby. At the same time, the NASA Viking lander is sending the first images back to Earth from the surface of another planet. Using the father’s travel journal as a guide, and re-contextualizing archival footage and photographs, this film explores our yearning to bridge the gap: the gap between parents and children, between points in space and between the present and the past.

 

A Crab in the Pool
Directors: Alexandra Myotte, Jean-Sébastien Hamel
Animation Shorts
11 min.
Canada
In a run-down neighborhood, Zoe and her little brother Theo are left to fend for themselves. A young adolescent, Zoe is a ball of anger haunted by an intimate terror. Theo, still a child, flees reality into a fantastical world. During a scorching summer day, the two children will have to burst the abscess of their relationship so as not to lose each other.

 

Bug Diner
Director: Phoebe Jane Hart
Animation Shorts
7 min.
United States
A dissatisfied marriage, a secret crush, and workplace fantasies come to a head in a diner run by a mole with a hot ass.

 

The Chicken Wing Apocalypse
Director: MIKE MACHIAN
Animation Shorts
2 min.
Mike had a dream about the end of the world.
Another Mike thought that would make a great film.
Thirteen years later he got around to making it. 

 

CHOPSTICK
Director: Leah X Rathe
Animation Shorts
3 min.
United States
A chopstick, adopted from one country and raised in one filled with forks, goes on a journey of self discovery and identity.

 

Coot
Director: Marlies van der Wel
Animation Shorts
2 min.
A coot and a ferry skipper peacefully coexist along a city river. Their harmony is disrupted when a new bridge emerges, causing the skipper to lose all his passengers overnight.
Fortunately, the bird, typically engrossed in nest-building, unexpectedly becomes the link that revitalizes the ferry’s purpose.
Marlies encapsulated the essence of community unity within a vibrant two-minute animation.

 

Crumble
Directors: Max Peterse, Eileen Boeijkens
Animation Shorts
2 min.
Netherlands
In a dying world, an anxious stone tries to cling frenetically to the place so familiar to it. As the world crumbles, the other nature spirits decide to leave. The stone watches how they throw themselves off the cliff of their world, into the unknown. The stone declares them fools. No one to get him away from his safe place! Eventually, the stone is the only one left as the world decays around him, lonely and alone. The situation soon becomes dangerous and untenable; the stone has almost nothing left to hold on to! Suddenly the stone hears some faint sounds in the distance. Might the other spirits still be alive? He finally decides to pry himself loose from his fear of the unknown and take the leap. The new world he finds himself in is raw, but offers new possibilities. Together with the forest spirits, the stone begins to build an unknown future, free of fear.

 

Diaphony
Directors: Mirjam Debets, Selle Sellink
Animation Shorts
7 min.
Netherlands
Diaphony is a short animation documentary (6”) in which three characters, who seem to have very few similarities, invite you into their world while listening to music that has been comforting to them during the pandemic.

 

Drawn Out
Director: Iskander Mos
Animation Shorts
2 min.
Yara (13) a shy artist with a special gift for drawing discovers her creations hold remarkable power, inspiring her to stand up against her tyrannical teacher.

 

Hunky Dory
Director: Steven Vander Meer
Music Videos
6 min.
United States
Hunky Dory juxtaposes scenes of animal life with images of human existence, observing the quirky and unexpected ways in which we are similar. The meticulously hand-drawn animation is a visual smorgasbord, moving and morphing in perfect time to the banjo music of Béla Fleck and his bandmates in My Bluegrass Heart.

 

Love on the Edge
Director: Anselm Oettel, Patty Stenger
Animation Shorts
2 min.
When Gina suspects that her lover is seeing someone else, she draws attention with a very risky climb with which she not only puts herself in danger. For a moment, it looks as if this will help her win her lover back. But love will not be forced. 

 

A New Challenger
Director: Vinh Hong Nguyen
Animation Shorts
3 min.
United States
A young boy tries to escape the hostile environment of his home by immersing himself into a video-game.

 

Nobody
Director: Job, Joris & Marieke
Animation Shorts
9 min.
When the obsessive Instagrammer Florian takes too many selfies he becomes transparent and has to struggle to keep his beloved followers.

 

Sfumato #2 - Political Asylum
Director: Jim Middleton
Animation Shorts
4 min.
United States
The 230 year history of the US Capitol is reviewed in 230 animated seconds. 

 

Tennis, Oranges
Director: Sean Pecknold
Animation Shorts
11 min.
United States
A robotic vacuum suffering from burnout quits its job at a hospital and sets out to find community and a greater purpose on a quiet street where two lonely rabbits are stuck in perpetual loops.

 

Truth Detector
Director: William Reliford
Animation Shorts
6 min.
United States
A high school science teacher finds a device that changes his life forever.