Sun, Apr 26 / 9:45 / Kabuki / THOU26K
Mon, May 4 / 1:00 / Kabuki / THOU04K
Wed, May 6 / 2:00 / Kabuki / THOU06K
WATCH CLIPS FROM SELECTED PROGRAM SHORTS
When can a word be worth a thousand pictures? "Lies," "slaves," "war," "Jesus" . . . "AANAATT"? These terms need unpacking. These animated shorts heap image after image in an attempt to edify as well as excite, enlighten and entertain. They investigate their subjects through techniques ranging from CGI and rotoscope to stop-motion and hand-inking.
The inventive Max Hattler returns to SFIFF with this perspectival conundrum. Are we upside down? (Max Hattler, England 2008, 5 min) In GGA competition.
Far Away from Ural
A tour-de-force in stop-motion puppetry, this strange and charming film features a Prussian soldier who is part man, part horse, part suitcase. (Katariina Lillqvist, Finland 2008, 25 min) In GGA competition.
The Heart of Amos Klein
Hand-drawn, live-action and archival footage combine to explore significant moments in the history of Israel from the perspective of an aged senior army officer. (Michal and Uri Kranot, Israel 2008, 15 min) In GGA competition.
Where the mind goes the body will follow. Usually. In this case the head and body are separate (in the literal sense) and desperate. (Evelyn Lee, USA 2008, 8 min) In GGA competition.
Following his wildly successful Never Like the First Time, Jonas Odell again taps a series of true stories, this time centering on the machinations and effects of lying—and there are some doozies. (Jonas Odell, Sweden 2008, 13 min) In GGA competition.
Photograph of Jesus
An archivist at Getty Images details the strategies involved in informing customers that there is no photograph of Jesus available. Likewise, Santa Claus doesn't exist (i.e., no photographs of his actual person available at this time, but we will keep you posted). (Laurie Hill, England 2008, 7 min) In GGA competition.
Two children abducted by government-sponsored militia in Sudan recount their experiences. Heartbreaking and harrowing, their stories are part of a series of nonfiction animated shorts about children in difficult situations. (David Aronowitsch, Hanna Heilborn, Sweden 2008, 15 min) In GGA competition.
Total running time 88 minutes. Presented in association with the International Animated Film Association—San Francisco Chapter.