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The Wonder Hospital 
Shorts
12 minutes
Director: Beomsik Shimbe Shim
Year: 2010
Country: USA
shimbe.com

Thu 6:40 pm , Fri 9:40 pm RUSH , Mon 12:40 pm RUSH , Mon 3:40 pm


Juried Best Animated Short

In an unknown space in an empty city covered by heavy snow, there is nothing but a revolving door that slowly spins in the Wonder Hospital. A girl enters the mysterious place that alters the way of seeing physical beauty. She is given a choice between the two images of her face, "Before" and "After." Her desire for superficial beauty leads her to chase after the luring "After" images on a path of advertisements throughout the hospital. But in the end she finds something unimaginable and irreversible and realizes that beauty is something very different from what she expected. This surreal journey is animated using 3D computer generated images combined with live action puppets.



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A Wink of the Eye 
Shorts
15 minutes
Director: Ambarish Manepalli
Year: 2010
Country: France/USA
rishfilm.com/


Jim Teece Audience Award Best Short Film: Narrative

When Michael, a shy American tourist, meets Geneviève, the Parisian girl of his dreams, at the Louvre museum, he is determined not to let her get away. But when a misplaced cellphone threatens to upend Michael’s chance to see Geneviève again, he must undertake a journey through the streets of Paris, aided by the mysterious Maestro, an old street poet.  A sweet, funny meditation on life and the pace at which it is lived, the film looks at love and how much one’s life can change in a wink of the eye. Featuring Michael Gladis from the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning show, Mad Men.


Bring Yourself 
Shorts
4 minutes
Director: Daniel Vincent Bigelow
Year: 2010
Country: USA
dancandraw.com


"Bring Yourself" NTSC (small) from Daniel Bigelow on Vimeo.

We’ve all had it rough, but there’s always somebody worse off. This is the story of one man’s descent into societal oblivion while remaining subtly optimistic, and features music by the Chicago rock band, Oh My God. Portraying the despair of a person who has lost control of his life, the song counterbalances his failures with implications of hope. In an evocative collaboration, the animation and the music are able to express opposing—yet intertwined—points of view.


Denmark 
Shorts
7 minutes
Director: Daniel Fickle
Year: 2010
Country: USA
twopenguins.com/

Pily, a lovable crustacean of mixed origin, builds a rocket ship to escape the pollution endangering his underwater crops and home. This beautifully animated story takes place above and below the waterline of Oregon’s Willamette River. The song Denmark was composed by Gideon Freudmann and features music by the Portland Cello Project that has performed at both the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show and Britt Music Festival.

Dried Up  
Shorts
6 minutes
Director: Stuart Bury, Jeremy Casper, Isaiah Powers
Year: 2009
Country: USA
driedup.wordpress.com

A quiet old man, surrounded by desolation and apathy, perseveres to remain true to the nature of his own beliefs and character. He toils daily to forge a last ditch effort to bring hope and life to a faithless, drought ridden old town. This stunning stop-motion animation is based on found objects where the filmmakers, like the old man, searched junkyards and junk piles for objects they could use to build sets and create another world. Winner of a 2010 Student Academy Award in the animation category.

Let's Pollute 
Shorts
7 minutes
Director: Geefwee Boedoe
Year: 2009
Country: USA
letspollute.com


In the spirit of 1950’s and 1960’s educational films, this modern social satire playfully demonstrates how pollution is our heritage and keeps our economy growing strong. Starting briefly with the pre-industrial revolution, this animated exposé rapidly comes into our current age and follows an average family through their daily lives. Connecting consumer habits with their corporate allies and the environmental consequences, we are all instructed how to be better polluters for a better blighted tomorrow. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.


Pioneer 
Shorts
16 minutes
Director: David Lowery
Year: 2010
Country: USA
road-dog-productions.com


PIONEER - Trailer from David Lowery on Vimeo.

Juried Best Narrative Short

A young boy awakens from a nightmare on a dark and stormy night. His cries wake his father who comes to his bedside. The father proceeds to regale the boy with a dark and epic bedtime story that is one part history, one part autobiography, two parts make believe and riddled through and through with the honest-to-goodness truth. This haunting, allegorical story leaves us with plenty to interpret. Featuring Will Oldham from Wendy and Lucy (2009 AIFF). [adult content]


Prayers for Peace 
Documentary
8 minutes
Director: Dustin Grella
Year: 2009
Country: USA
dustystudio.org


In this stop-motion animation the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother who was killed by an IED in Iraq. The filmmaker reflects on who his brother was, how he identified with him, and works through issues of guilt for not thinking about him as often as he feels that he should. Drawn using pastels on a slate chalkboard, the entire film is shot in two continuous scenes, with the current image drawn directly on top of the previous, leaving the memory of the previous drawings to continue into the present. Much of the footage was borrowed directly from images found on his brother's laptop that was returned to the family after his death. Also on the laptop was an audio file recorded in the active combat area of Najaf, where the young man expresses his feelings about the experience.

Saving Pelican 895 
Documentary
39 minutes
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Year: 2011
Country: USA
vermilionpictures.com

Audience Award Best Short Film: Documentary

Through the story of a single bird rescued from the oily waters of the Gulf Coast following BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 - we are offered a glimmer of hope in the midst of an unprecedented ecological disaster. Nearly 9,000 birds were picked up in the four months following the spill. One of them was bird number 895, a young Brown Pelican found orphaned in the water, covered in oil. Pelican 895 is delivered by wildlife biologists to an emergency bird rehabilitation center where he is monitored 24 hours a day by a dedicated staff of both ordinary people and wildlife experts, many of whom travel the world responding to oil spills. 895 must be thoroughly and painstakingly cleaned of oil and must learn to feed himself before his release - or there will be little hope for his survival back in the wild.


Tanko Bole Chhe (The Stitches Speak) 
Documentary
13 minutes
Director: Nina Sabnani
Year: 2009
Country: India
der.org/films/stitches-speak.html


This unique animated film celebrates the artisans of the desert region of Kutch in India. Participants in the Kala Raksha Trust and School for Design use their narrative art of appliqué and embroidery to express their feelings and experiences—from events as traumatic as an earthquake to the joy of flying a kite. [subtitles]

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement  
Documentary
26 minutes
Director: Gail Dolgin, Robin Fryday
Year: 2011
Country: USA
barberofbirmingham.com


Barber of Birmingham - Trailer from jacob steingroot on Vimeo.

Juried Best Documentary: Short Subject

Mr. James Armstrong is a rank and file "foot soldier" and the proud proprietor of Armstrong's Barbershop, a cultural and political hub in Birmingham, Alabama, where hair was cut, civil rights marches organized and battle wounds from police truncheons iced. This film follows 85-year-old Mr. Armstrong as he experiences the manifestation of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. This colorful and courageous activist of the Civil Rights era casts his vote, celebrates Barack Obama's victory, and proudly unfurls the American flag he carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 as he is inducted into the Foot Soldiers Hall of Fame. Mr. Armstrong links the magnitude of the present paradigm shift with challenges he faced in the past: from his sons' integration into an all white school to the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights.


The Birds Upstairs 
Shorts
9 minutes
Director: Christopher Jarvis
Year: 2010
Country: USA
jarvisfilms.com

In this intricately and ornately realized stop-motion short, frustrated attempts to bear children overwhelm the lives of an aristocratic, avian couple in the early nineteenth century. Being of considerable age, they are delighted with the miraculous gift of a child. Their lives become unexpectedly complicated when their wish for a baby is fulfilled.
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