This selection of 12 outstanding films from the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2009, most of which are Los Angeles premieres, reflects the vitality of experimental animation today and includes work from Canada, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, and the United States. Each filmmaker demonstrates a passion for telling stories, whether abstract or figurative, and the works showcase the rich possibilities of animation as personal art. Films include Eric Dyer’s mesmerizing The Bellow’s March, Diego Maclean’s haunting The Art of Drowning, and David OReilly’s sci-fi drama Please Say Something, as well as works by Jake Armstrong, Bastien Dubois, Julian Grey, Rao Heidmets, Stephen Irwin, Gary Leib, Ian Miller, Marv Newland, and Michal Socha. Two new films by American animators who continue to delight, disturb, and enlighten—Myth Labs by Martha Colburn and Presentation Theme by Jim Trainor—will also be screened.
In person: Suzan Pitt, Ottawa International Animation Festival jury member
Curated by Suzan Pitt and Steve Anker.