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69 Minute Running Time
Program: Spotlight on Animation
DIRECTOR: Don Hertzfeldt
SDFF 31 is proud to present a selection of brilliantly idiosyncratic animator Don Hertzfeldt’s classic shorts in conjunction with the exclusive regional premiere of his brand-new release, I am so proud of you. His longest piece to date, I am so proud of you is the much-anticipated sequel to Everything will be ok, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Award in Short Filmmaking and was hailed by many critics as one of the best shorts of 2007.
Per his modus operandi, Hertzfeldt animated and photographed each frame of I am so proud of you by hand, without the use of computers—but with the use of an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last of its kind to be found in the United States. All special effects were meticulously created directly on the film stock—from traditional double exposures to in-camera mattes to experimental devices of Hertzfeldt’s own. The twenty-two-minute film was nearly two years in the making.
Hertzfeldt has achieved cult status around the world with shorts like Billy’s Balloon, which was nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1998, and Rejected, nominated for an Oscar in 2001; since 1995, he has racked up over 130 awards. He was also one of the creators of The Animation Show, a touring festival of international animated works, which he programmed with Mike Judge (of Beavis and Butt-head infamy) for its first three seasons.
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