An Evening With Don Hertzfeldt 2011
USA, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
One Night Only! Two Shows! Saturday, December 10th at 7pm and 9:30pm
Animator Don Hertzfeldt In-Person for a post film interview and discussion!
35mm presentation - Cult animator and Academy Award nominee Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, Billy's Balloon, the Meaning of Life) is hitting the road for a rare series of one-night-only events! A selection of Don's classic animated shorts will return to the big screen, culminating in the exclusive regional premiere of his newest film, It's such a beautiful day: the third and final chapter in a trilogy about a mysterious man named Bill.
Chapter One, Everything will be OK, won the Sundance Film Festival's Jury Award in Short Filmmaking and was named by many critics as one of the "best films of 2007".
Chapter Two, I am so proud of you, received twenty-seven awards and was described by the San Francisco International Film Festival as "[his] best yet... even the Hertzfeldt faithful may be too stunned to laugh."
Nearly two years in the making, the 23-minute It's such a beautiful day is Don's longest, and most ambitious, piece to date: blending traditional animation, experimental optical effects, trick photography, and new digital hyrbids printed out one frame at a time, the movie was captured entirely on an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last remaining cameras of its kind left in America.
The entire animated trilogy will be screened together for the first time via new 35mm prints, immediately followed by a live on-stage interview and audience chat with Don Hertzfeldt.
Don Hertzfeldt's animated films have been featured in over a thousand film festivals and venues around the world and have collectively received over 150 international awards.
Some notable honors include a Short Film Palm D'or nomination at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival (Billy's Balloon), a 2001 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short (Rejected), the Sundance Film Festival's Jury Award in Short Filmmaking (Everything will be OK), and Best Picture and Best Screenplay from the Fargo Film Festival (I am so proud of you).
In 2010, Don received the San Francisco International Film Festival's "Persistence of Vision" Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 33.
Watch an excerpt of The Bill Trilogy, pt. 1: “Everything Will Be Okay”
Watch an excerpt of The Bill Trilogy, pt. 2: “I Am So Proud Of You”
DIRECTOR: Don Hertzfeldt
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