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Glas Animation is hosting a lineup of animated shorts in a program called Autonomous La on Thursday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8:30 p.m., followed by a performance by John Daker, the animated bandmate of Sophie Koko Gate, Rachel Sale, and Skillbard (Vincent Oliver and Tom Carrell), which begins at 10 p.m.
Autonomous La features films by Sally Cruikshank, Kirsten Lepore (one of Variety‘s 10 Animators to Watch this year), David OReilly, Vincent Tsui, Allison Schulnik, David Lewandowski, Kangmin Kim, Joe Bennett, Conner Griffith, and Song E. Kim.
“This screening highlights films made by a younger generation, creating work in the epicenter for commercial entertainment, Los Angeles,” Glas Animation organizers said in announcing the program.
A panel discussion on the importance, difficulties, and successes of creating independent animation will follow the screening.
John Daker is a computer-animated character that dances along with his live-action bandmates.
The event will be held at Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Doors open »
- Terry Flores
Glas Animation, the team behind the popular Glas Animation Festival in Berkeley, Calif., is hosting a retrospective of Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel’s work on June 22 at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles.
“He is truly an unparalleled voice in animation history and his films bring the use of the frame and the cycle to an entirely new conceptual level,” explains Jeanette Bonds, the director of the Glas Animation Festival.
Schwizgebel was a special guest at the first Glas festival in 2016.
The retrospective is the first of a number of events Glas Animation is planning in Los Angeles to further its efforts to celebrate independent animation from around the world. A second event is planned for July 27 called “Sensual Animation,” featuring works by women across generations that examines the psychology of desire and sensuality.
“It’s all films made by women and it’s exploring different aspects of sexuality,” says Bonds.
The Glas Animation Festival, which debuted just two years ago, has already receive accolades from around the world. Its goal is to introduce new voices and ideas from independent animators worldwide and has featured such industry luminaries as Brad Bird, Henry Selick and Kirsten Lapore as special guests. The 2018 edition will be held March 22-25 and is already accepting submissions.
Doors will open for the Schwizgebel retrospective at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at https://squareup.com/store/glasanimation/
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- Terry Flores
French and Japanese animation left little room for anyone else, outside of Vincent Van Gogh, on the roll call of award-winning features at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival. Par for the course, the top honors at the festival highlighted strong films and filmmakers, though at least one of the fest’s most talked-about features left empty-handed.
Taking home Annecy’s top Cristal award for a feature was Japanese 2D movie “Lu Over the Wall.” Masaaki Yuasa’s was something of a surprise given the film’s relative low profile in Annecy compared to some other competition contenders. Animated feature turns on a middle-school student who meets a mermaid. It marks the first animated film based on an original story from Yuasa (“Ping Pong”).
- Jamie Lang
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