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Song Of The Spindle
 
Shorts
5 minutes
2011
Director(s): Drew Christie
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

In this humorous minimalist animation, a surreal conversation between a man and a sperm whale takes place. Each one is trying to convince the other that he is smarter. They go through the upsides and downsides of each other's thought patterns until the two finally come to an understanding.

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Shorts
8 minutes
2011
Director(s): Kangmin Kim
USA
 
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

Displayed in colorful stop-motion animation, a man enters a public bathhouse where a dream is induced by the intense heat and steam. He relives a memory of his father. Surrealistic objects and patterns reappear, provoking a desire to rid his father of a birthmark they share. Their past relationship ignites.

 
Shorts
7 minutes
2011
Director(s): Grant Orchard
United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we’re left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.  Based on a real event from Paul Auster’s book True Tales of American Life, this animated film tells the story as it plays out over 100 years.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

 
Documentary
10 minutes
2011
Director(s): Afarin Eghbal
United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

This documentary employs a mix of animation techniques to tell the story of “the disappeared.” In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, a grandmother (abuela) is surrounded by reminders of the tragedy that befell her family during Argentina’s military dictatorship. Using real-life testimonials from the Grandmothers of May Square, this is a testament to the tenacity of the women who continue to fight for the truth about their missing relatives.

 
Shorts
7 minutes
2011
Director(s): Kataneh Vahdani
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

A journey through the many characters and cultures randomly encountered in a day in the city. We change points of views from one character to the other and experience their day through their eyes. Illustrated in ink and watercolor, the film was animated frame-by-frame by hand.

 
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Mon 09:30am Varsity 1
Mon 12:00pm Varsity 1
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Mon 6:00pm Varsity 1
Mon 9:00pm Varsity 1
Synopsis
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Shorts
8 minutes
2011
Director(s): Julia Pott
United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

In a strange, mythical world, Oscar is coming of age against his better judgment. He must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.  Both haunting and humorous, this animation was created entirely on paper combined with live action video elements.

 
Shorts
18 minutes
2011
Director(s): Levi Abrino
USA
 
Thu 6:30pm Varsity 5
Fri 9:30pm Varsity 5
Sat 9:30pm Varsity 5
Sun 9:30pm Varsity 5
Mon 12:30pm Varsity 5
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

A bittersweet comedy about a small-town postal worker who tries to win back his family. His efforts, centered on an unusual gift to his eight year-old son, highlight the tension in his relationships with his ex-wife and her new boyfriend.

 
Shorts
6 minutes
2011
Director(s): Juan Pablo Zaramella
Argentina
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

In a magical world controlled and timed by the light, a common man works in a factory making electric bulbs – but he has something else in mind that could change the order of things. A stop-motion animation that also incorporates the pixilation technique, combining real actors interacting with animated objects and time-lapse sequences.

 
Documentary
3 minutes
2012
Director(s): David Lowery
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

Ever wonder about the everyday life of a filmmaker? The creator of this witty animation faithfully, truthfully and hilariously illustrates his day-to-day activities – as a slideshow.

 
Documentary
39 minutes
2011
Director(s): Leslie Iwerks
USA
Thu 6:20pm Varsity 2
Fri 9:20pm Varsity 2
Sat 3:20pm Varsity 2
Sun 3:20pm Varsity 2
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

Across the heartland of America, farmers and landowners are fighting to protect their land, their water, and their livelihood in what has become the most controversial environmental battle in the U.S. today: the Keystone XL Pipeline. Routed from Hardisty, Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, this tar sands pipeline is set to cross the country's largest freshwater resource, the Ogallala Aquifer, and the fragile Sandhills of Nebraska, posing devastating consequences to human health, livestock, and agriculture. 

Farmers whose families have worked the land for generations realize the potential personal and environmental disaster they face from the pipeline. They devote their lives, individually and collectively to stopping the project from proceeding. Kitchens become planning rooms for an effort to bring their story to their Nebraska neighbors and the world.  



 

 
Shorts
6 minutes
2011
Director(s): Christopher Kezelos
Australia ,USA, United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

A vividly created fantastical world unfolds as a strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.  Giving testament to the fleetingness of existence and the power of music, the story is set to the classical music of Paul Halley.

 
Documentary
29 minutes
2011
Director(s): Sam Green
USA
Fri 10:00am Varsity 5
Sat 12:30pm Varsity 5
Sun 3:30pm Varsity 5
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Mon 6:30pm Varsity 5
Synopsis

Esperanto, an artificial language created in the late 1800s, was created out of the belief that if everyone in the world spoke a common tongue, we could overcome racism and war. This is a portrait of the language and of those who speak it –humorous, poignant, stirring, and ultimately hopeful. [subtitles]

 
Shorts
5 minutes
2010
Director(s): Joaquin Baldwin
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

The charming story of a farmer’s struggle to save his crop of windmills from the cyclical forces of nature—told against a watercolor landscape.

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