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Animation Block 1

October 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Cacophony” (12:00pm), AiHsuan Shih, USA, 2 minutes – CacophoNY by Melody Shih is a 2D animation and motion graphics video that combines illustrations, abstract textures and color to create patterns that visualize unseen daily sounds. Through the eyes and ears of a young girl, the viewer can escape the harsh sounds of the urban environment and find solace in a serene inner world.

“Quiet Expectancy” (12:03pm), Lindley Taylor, USA, 3 minutes – An animated MFA Thesis film exploring the Quaker Testimony of Simplicity by demonstrating simplicity through aesthetics to storytelling.

“Birth-Weaving life” (12:07pm), WAKAMI Arisa, Japan, 19 minutes – There are as many births and child delivery stories as there are people. Despite all the progress of medicine and science, it still happens that lives get lost during childbirth. On such a daily and common matter, we want to interview mothers on their intimate experience of giving birth, and adapt that material into animation to have it seen by audiences of all generations. This is a documentary animation on the very beginning and the mystery of life, told from the point of view of

“Memory Sync” (12:27pm), William Travis Johnson, USA, 8 minutes – Alone in a dark facility, a broken robot is reanimated. He remembers he was once the toy and friend of a young girl, and he decides to embark on a journey to find not only his long lost home, but also to discover how he and the girl were separated. The world has changed after so many years, and what was once a utopian paradise has become polluted and decayed. Luckily, the robot’s memories come to life before his eyes to show him the way home.

“Calvin’s Shoe” (12:36pm), Joseph Fraizer, USA, 7 minutes – There is something unusual about Calvin’s Shoe. It seems to be a world unto itself. Calvin and Enzo find themselves in a deep, blue-walled canyon. They explore this maze-like place, discover strange sights, and encounter unexpected creatures. Come along with them on this adventure.

“Sisters” (12:42pm), David Chontos, USA, 4 minutes – Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the song to which it’s set, the film represents a sincere vision of inspiration derived from the music of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray). It is the confluence of a variety of abstract concepts, from the fragility of modern technology, to the cruelty of the passage of time. The movement of the characters references legendary
contemporary choreographer, Martha Graham; transposing an exercise in human restraint and lamentation onto mechanical beings.

“The Valley Below” (12:47pm), Joel Hofmann, Switzerland, 9 minutes – What is disguised in the haze will only be revealed from up close. On top of a mountain a soldier protects his town from threat lurking beneath the fog. One day a mishap forces him to confront his fears. In the process he realizes that not everything unknown hides great danger.

“TRASHONAUTS” (12:57pm), Jack Griffin Corpening, USA, 2 minutes – A tired and grumpy space garbage man happens upon a magnetic alien puppy that changes his life forever.

“Poochini” (1:00pm), Max Colson, USA, 4 minutes – A man has a mental breakdown in the shower when his deepest fear confronts him.

“Cuerdas” (1:05pm), Pedro Solis Garcia, Spain, 11 minutes – Maria’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon they become close friends.

“Agrinoui” (1:17pm), Alexis Chaviaras, Cyprus, 20 minutes – A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

“The Mandarin Garden” (1:38pm), Joe Chang, Canada, 8 minutes – A pig into a girl in her sleep. She experienced a magical journey of a Chinese garden in the atmosphere of the music.

“Abstract Painting” (1:46pm), Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russian Federation, 7 minutes – 1. A film which explores the differences in perception of one and the same painting. The film features a narrator who appears to be reading a story for children. However, his habit of sipping ‘tea’ during his performance, coupled with his absurd asides, allow for different perceptions. 2. Different animals try to describe a painting, but they all see different things! Based on Daniil Harms children’s story, “The Booboohoo Dog”.

“The Old Man and The Pears” (1:54pm), Jing Sun, USA, 5 minutes – A weak and hungry old man begs for a pear from a fruit peddler, but the peddler refuses and rejects him. A little boy bravely steps forward and spends his last coin to buy a pear for the old man. Finally, a magical form of justice emerges from the ground.

Festival Passes are $50 and are good for all receptions, panels, and screenings over four days. General Admission tickets are $8 and will be available at the ticket counter.


October 9, 2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Cumberland Ramada, Cumberland MD
100 S George St
Cumberland, MD 21502 United States