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Saturday, August 30 • 11:00am - 12:45pm
Shorts Block 8: Animation

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SHORTS BLOCK 8: Animation

04 min -- “Portlandia Rats Book by Rob Shaw: In the third season of IFC's Portlandia, the team of Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel dreamed up a skit featuring the lovable Portlandia Rats. In “Rat's Book” the rodents become revenge-seeking DIY publishers after discovering a hateful publication on human/rat relations. The skit was directed by Rob Shaw and produced in Portland, Oregon at Bent Image Lab. (Animation)

04 min -- “Husk by Paul Howell: While collecting paper scraps for her den, Husk, a life-size tree spirit, has a shock encounter with some feral fairies in the street-art urban environment of Melbourne, Australia. Nothing is as it seems as this hypnotic story unfolds. (Animation)

04 min -- “Ain't No Fish by Tom Gasek and Miki Cash: An animated film set to the music and lyrics of Sigman and Russell and performed by Hoagy Carmichael. Animated seals sing the show tune and it's slowly revealed why there Ain't No Fish. Despite the upbeat attitude of the seals the garbage and oil industry that pervades the sea provides the answer. (Animation)

03 min -- “Super Secret by Jim Johnson: The story of a super villain father and his daughter. On her 13th birthday, he discovers her deep, dark, secret. (Animation)

04 min -- “PROXIMITY by Joshua Cox: “Proximity” is a suspenseful romantic crime drama with an unusual setting...an elderly woman's living room. Her collection of ceramic statues have a life of their own. Two figures explore the depths of love and betrayal. Proximity illustrates how spatial relativity shapes our interactions with the world and people around us. Closeness can create the illusion of an unspoken bond, but when challenged by desire it can be turned on its head and shatter reality. (Animation)

08 min -- “Blue by Katelyn Bianchini, Rena Cheng, Asia Lancaster: A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend. (Animation)

03 min -- “The Uncluded, ‘Organs’ by Rob Shaw: The painful process of grief and the grace of organ donation punctuate the latest music video 'Organs' by rock duo The Uncluded. Produced at Bent Image Lab and directed by Rob Shaw, the video weaves together a dark tale of loss and love as performed by whimsical stop motion insects. (Music video, Animation)

02 min -- “Sushi Mischiefby Jim Johnson: A stranger shows up at a sushi shop, irking the local punk. Show down! (Animation)

18 min -- “The Dam Keeper by Roberto Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi: In a desolate future, one small town has survived because of a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. The dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning and protect the town, despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change. (Animation)

13 min -- “Le Nocturne De Lumiere by David Boarini: Technology has the power to bring those that are far away very near to us. Sometimes though, it can distance us from those we are closest to, the very ones who love us the most. In a world where billions of immaterial communications happen across the globe every second, a mother desperately tries to connect with her daughter. (Animation)

05 min -- “Level 1457 Last by Xabier Urrutia Perez: A worker of Persephone solar energy maintenance is fixing the solar cylinders when he discovers a hole that may lead to the frozen surface. No human has been up there for centuries, and leaving the safety of his subterranean world could cost him his life. Will he make this ultimate sacrifice to see the sky just once in his life? (Animation, Spain)

15 min -- Lessons Learned by Toby Froud is a short film about a young boy receiving an intriguing birthday gift from his grandfather.  This gift will stay with him for the rest of his life as he stumbles from his grandfather’s cottage to a layered world of trials and danger.  “Lessons Learned” was executive produced by Heather Henson for her Handmade Puppet Dreams (HMPD) film series. 

06 min -- “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)

03 min -- “Lime” by Sean Carrow: Two very unlucky fishermen, Willie and Burt, are on their ship adrift at sea starving from hunger and thirst until a lone lime is discovered on board the ship offering them a glimpse of hope. The two friends turn on each other, letting their greed for the lime tack control destroying all they have. (Animated)



Ariel Nasser

Director, “How to Avoid Annoying People”
Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer living in New York submitting his first short film, "How to Avoid Annoying People" which was created as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the MFA Computer Art department.

David Boarini

David Boarini has a passion for creating art in various mediums. Throughout school he ventured into all avenues of fine arts, eventually discovering the digital realm as a tool and outlet for creativity. Graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts and Animation, David was awarded... Read More →

Jim Johnson

Director, "Super Secret" and "Sushi Mischief"

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox is an award-winning director, graphic designer, animator, filmmaker, and producer with a passion for developing stylistic themes into compelling stories. Joshua utilizes his background in painting and design to craft tangible, believable realities which he injects with... Read More →

Miki Cash

Michael Cash started off as a model maker before moving into stop frame animation. He has spent the majority of his twenty years in the industry freelancing at Aardman Animations, animating on projects including Creature Comforts, Chicken Run, TV commercials and short films. He co-founded... Read More →

Paul Howell

Director, “Husk”
Paul Howell is the writer/director of the film "Husk". Paul is the co-founder of Stop Motion Pro, who have been making animation software for stop motion film makers since 1999. Leading clients of Paul's have been Oscar winning Aardman Animation Studios and Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet... Read More →

Rob Shaw

Director, “Portlandia Rats Book” and “The Uncluded, ‘Organs’”
Rob Shaw is a director originally from Philadelphia PA who now lives and works in Portland OR. After graduating from the University of the Arts with his award winning animated short “Dirty Summer Fridays” Shaw moved to the west coast to animate on various television shows, video... Read More →

Roberto Kondo

Director, “The Dam Keeper”
Robert Kondo, art director at Pixar Animation Studios, lends his unique design sensibilities and passion for storytelling as co-director of The Dam Keeper. Originally from Southern California, Robert graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique... Read More →

Sean Carrow

Sean attend the Delaware College of Art & Design, and then the University of the Arts in Philadelphia earning his BFA in animation. He spent three years working as a freelance animator and artist. To further his creative knowledge He attended the Savannah College of Art & Design for... Read More →

Toby Froud

Toby Froud is a sculptor, fabricator, puppeteer and filmmaker based in Hillsboro, Oregon. The son of renowned artists/designers Brian and Wendy Froud (Dark Crystal and Labyrinth), Toby has a natural tendency toward puppets and works of fantasy.  Together with Heather Henson, Jim... Read More →

Tom Gasek

Tom Gasek has over 30 years of award winning professional stop motion animation experience as an animator and director. He worked with directors Will Vinton, Art Clokey and Henry Selick. At Aardman Animations he contributed animation to Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit short, “The... Read More →

Xabier Urrutia Perez

Director, “Level 1457 Last”
Xabier completed this solo film as part of his junior level CG course at the DigiPen Institute of Technology.  He is now completing his senior year, and finishing his senior thesis project.  He hopes to work in feature films.

Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:45pm PDT
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

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