The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows

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The Animation Show of Shows returned to the RISD Auditorium Sunday night for a night of independent award-winning animated shorts. Now in its 17th year, the show is curated by producer Ron Diamond each year and screened at colleges and studios each year to showcase the work of independent animators from around the world. For the first time this year, it will also be screened in theaters across the U.S., thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The theatrical program features “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” (16th) and “Ascension” (15th), films screened in past Shows of Shows. The non-theatrical program features three films instead, “Edmond,” “Yul and the Snake,” and “Sanjay’s Super Team” (though “Sanjay’s Super Team” wasn’t screened at RISD). The screening also included artist bios of the creators behind “Snowfall,” “Stripy,” and “Love in the Time of March Madness.”

Hosted by the RISD FAV (Film/Animation/Video) Department, members of the RISD, Brown, and the Providence community gathered in the RISD Auditorium for a screening of this year’s show. Keep reading for recaps of what we saw — and click the titles for trailers!

The Story of Percival Pilts
Created by Janette Goodley & John Lewis (Australia)

Created in a beautiful pastel miniature stop-motion world, this story follows Percival Pilts, the narrator’s brother, who starts walking as a kid on short tin-can and wooden stilts. Percival’s stilts grow and grow as he gets older until he’s too tall for their family’s house. He takes off to a new town, facing ridicule from the townspeople until they realize the stilt life is the way to go.

Tant de Forets
Created by Geoffrey Godet & Burcu Sankur (France)

This short showed a forest being torn down for paper manufacturing, industry, and urbanization. With sort of a PSA feel, it did not have much of a definitive ending besides just ‘sad,’ though the papercut illustration style and shifts between 2D and 3D perspectives were interesting.

Snowfall
Directed by Conor Whelan (Ireland)

The first part of this short is a pretty generic party scene accompanied by electronic music with a thumping bass, all animated illustration of course. But there are quirks — the people move by morphing in and out of formless shapes across the room. Clips moved quickly through interactions amongst various characters, like from two men talking to a man and woman suspended in air. The subsequent segment profiling the director revealed that he wanted to explore the emotions involved in the rejection of a queer individual by a straight individual in a social setting.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: IFF screening of ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’

Do you like relevant documentaries? Do you like Entourage? Do you like learning about the drug trade? Do you like Woody Harrelson? If you answered yes to any of the above, be sure to check out Ivy Film Festival’s screening of How To Make Money Selling Drugs on Wednesday at 7:30 in List 120.

How to Make Money Selling Drugs is a powerful documentary that traces the drug trade in the United States from street-level dealers to high-profile politicians and DEA agents. If you thought Breaking Bad taught you everything you needed to know about modern drug politics, think again. The film was produced by Adrian Greniere of Entourage fame, and features interviews with Susan Sarandon, Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, and Eminem. Obviously, if that many celebrities are involved, it must be important.

The screening will be followed by a panel featuring several Brown professors and alumni with extensive knowledge of the modern American drug culture and firsthand experience in the field. Check out the Facebook event for more information.


A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Animation Show of Shows

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As the weekend approaches, and parties entitled “2 Chainz, No Midterms” and “Top Gun: Drink Like You Love Freedom” near, you are bound to need some serious R&R by Saturday evening. RISD’s Film/Animation/Video department has you covered: the Annual Animation Show of Shows will be screened on Saturday, October 26th at 7 p.m. in the RISD Auditorium. No, not this animation show. The Animation Show of Shows features 12 award-winning animated shorts from around the world. The festival is curated by Ron Diamond, the founder of Acme Filmworks, who compiles DVDs of short animated works that are otherwise pricey and difficult to find. You can even purchase DVDs from past shows before and after the screening: each DVD includes three films and goes for $5. Free admission! Open to the public! (Although seating is limited to the capacity of the auditorium.) RISD students who attended last year’s show gave it rave reviews, deeming it “weird, but amazing!” Continue Reading


Alums to host screening of Plame movie tonight

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The Creative Arts Council is holding a wildly unpublicized advance screening tonight of a new Sean Penn movie, entitled Fair Game.

The film is based on the true story of Valerie Plame, a former CIA agent who made headlines in 2003 when she was outed as a covert agent. Naomi Watts portays Plame, and Penn plays her husband Joseph Wilson.

Presenting the film are director Doug Liman ’88 (who helmed The Bourne Identity, among other blockbusters) and producer Dave Bartis ’88. These two filmmakers and frequent collaborators helped start Brown Television back in the day, and also produced FOX’s “The O.C.”

Professor of International Studies James Der Derian will also be on hand for the panel discussion and Q&A which follow the film.

The event will take place at Salomon 101 at 7 PM, and the film’s trailer can be viewed here.