PRESENTING VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS FIRST ANIMATION MINI-FILM FEST


Visual Communications' first Animation Mini-Film Fest, POW! WHIZ! BAM! is a crackpot bubbling with the colorful characters and fantastical universes only the world of animation could create. Each screening has been hand picked to present a gourmet set-menu: an intimate showcase with local animators; a sci-fi post-apocalyptic lesbian Romeo and Juliet, ICE; and a special screening of the classic Japanese shoot-em-up caper, TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE.

 

This Mini-Film Fest is small and cozy.

No cosplay, no singing robot concerts, just the toons.

 

We pick.

You come.

You love.

  

  

  



2:00 PM  | SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

THE ART OF MOVEMENT: Local Animators Showcase 

 

Tateuchi Democracy Forum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles Little Tokyo

  

   


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
 Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region has long been the spawning ground of gifted and visionary animation artists and graphic arts filmmakers. Working in a broad range of techniques and styles, our community of filmmakers have made their mark both in the independent arena as well as the mainstream.

In this showcase, a program of exciting short works will be accompanied by an interactive artists’ talk, including storyboards and rough drafts; and will provide for the audience a glimpse into the world of artwork for animation and the movies.

PROGRAM (Artists Confirmed as of July 12):


OUT ON A LIMB
(USA, 2010)
Dir.: Daisy Lin  |  5 min., color, multi-media animation 
A young bird is isolated from other birds that do not share its interest in searching for dandelions.


FATHER AND SISTER (United States/South Korea, 2010)
Dir.: Soyeon Kim  |  5 min., color, cut-out & 2D computer animation 
A chance occurrence between a father and a sister leads to a unique case of workplace temptation.


THE CAP (Topi) (United States, 2009)
Dir.: Arjun Rihan |  7 min., color, computer-generated animation, in Punjabi w/ES
Inspired by a true historical event in Pakistan, a violent communal riot at the train station separates a young boy, Bir, from his mother. Bir must find his mother before it's too late.


FROG IN THE WELL (Ino Nakano Kuwazu) (Japan/United States, 2010)
Dir.: Ken Ochiai  |  15 min., color, kinestatic (stop-motion) animation, in Japanese w/ES
Following his mother's wishes, Jo, a reclusive young tailor from Tokyo, journeys across Japan, discovering a country full of beauty and culture. Transforming like a frog climbing from a well Jo, opens himself up to a new world of possibility.


WHERE THERE HERE (United States, 2009)
Dir.: Soyeon Kim |  90 secs., black/white & color, sand animation
This kid-friendly workout is a playful visualization of “Hide and Seek” using African pictorial design and tribal music.


STOOPID MOVIE (JUST ADDED!) (United States, 2005)
Dir.: David Chai |  5 min., color, traditional cel animation
Created through San Jose State University’s animation program, STOOPID MOVIE is a string of humorous and at times whacked-out vignettes that ups the “sick” and “twisted” quotient to the nth degree. Part of the Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted Animation Film Festival.


CHAINSAW MAID (JUST ADDED!) (Japan, 2007)
Dir.: Takena Nagao |  7 min., color, claymation, silent w/English/Japanese intertitles
Can a sexy maid save her dysfunctional family from a horrible death at the hand of zombies? Part of the Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted Animation Film Festival, CHAINSAW MAID is reputed to be the most brutal clay-mation animation ever seen!


WELCOME TO MY LIFE (JUST ADDED) (United States, 2004)
Dir.: Elizabeth Ito |  5 min., black/white, pencil animation
Voiced by members of the director’s own family, WELCOME TO MY LIFE documents a family of monsters trying to lead a normal American life.


AMAZONIA (Japan/United States, 2010)
Dir.: Sam Chen  |  5 min., color, computer-generated animation
In the eat-or-be-eaten world of the Amazon Rainforest, a little treefrog named Bounce is befriended by a blue-bellied treetoad named Biggy. With Biggy’s help, Bounce must learn to survive the perils of the jungle.


Complete screening program and additional selections will be announced shortly; an artists’ reception will follow.




5:00 PM | SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
ICE (Japan, 2007) Dir.: Makoto Kobayashi 103 min.

Tateuchi Democracy Forum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles Little Tokyo




PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The end of the world is upon us.  Do you accept your doom and indulge in earthly pleasures?  Or turn to science for your salvation?  Characters face these questions in ICE, a sci-fi, apocalyptic, lesbian take on Romeo and Juliet.  The film may be modern in considering themes such as existentialism, patriarchy, war and the environment, but at its heart, ICE continues with the long-standing tradition of animation that takes its story and characters to the extreme borders of weird.

 In this apocalyptic future, an environmental crisis causes every male on earth to die out by 2012.

Most of the remaining women perish fighting in a world war over their territories. The 20,000 survivors huddle together in the Shinjuku area of Japan, which has become an ocean of trees. There, humankind divides into two groups: the hedonistic fatalists and those who believe science can save them. It's the beginning of an intense battle over the top-secret weapon, 'ICE,' which is said to be the last hope for mankind. 




8:00 PM  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE (Japan, 2011)

Dir.: Satoshi Nishimura 90 min.   

Tateuchi Democracy Forum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles Little Tokyo




PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Tumbleweeds and Hovercrafts. This space western is the perfect summer romp with epic shooting sequences (there’s even a gun duel!) and lighthearted gags galore. The film is based on the fandom-inspiring ‘90s TV show, TRIGUN, which follows Vash the Stampede, a professional killer with a mysterious past and a $60 billion bounty on his head that he can’t seem to shake. One fateful day this peace-loving goofball saves the life of the infamous robber named Gasback, setting off a chain of results with disastrous consequences. Flash forward 20 years. Vash has to deal with the repercussion as Gasback, hell-bent on revenge, unleashes his rage on his backstabbing cronies, endangering an entire town of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. Can Vash save the day? (Of course we know the answer, but we wanna see it happen anyway!)






TICKET INFORMATION

FESTIVAL PASS

 $25 all three programs; $20 Students, Seniors, Visual Communications members, Japanese American National Museum members, Pacific Asia Museum members, & Japanese American Cultural & Community Center members (w/I.D.)


INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS

$10 General Admission
$8 Students, Seniors, Visual Communications members, Japanese American National Museum members, Pacific Asia Museum members, & Japanese American Cultural & Community Center members (w/I.D.)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


VENUE AND PARKING INFORMATION

PARKING: Available at City Lot 7 (entrance adjacent to the building; enter at Judge John Aiso St.)

VENUE: Tateuchi Democracy Forum, National Center for the Preservation of Democracy 111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles Little Tokyo





Visit Spike & Mike at YOUTUBE.COM/MONDOMEDIA or YOUTUBE.COM/SPIKEANDMIKES, or SPIKEANDMIKE.COM. Animators! Spike & Mike are looking for your films. To submit your films to Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation please email Spike!


All programs are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice. For updated program and event information, please check our website at www.vconline.org.


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