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Animation Show of Shows Comes to Wellfleet This Weekend

Filed in Events, NEWS HEADLINES by on November 30, 2017 0 Comments • views: 870

Prepare to be delighted and inspired, to laugh, and to think a bit about the way we are all connected. The 19th annual Animation Show of Shows is coming to Wellfleet this weekend, returning to for a third year to Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows – Trailer

I am honored to have assembled an extraordinary selection of shorts that comprise The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows. Below is our trailer and I encourage you to share it, to comment on it and tag friends below so they can discover a great new program of 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from 8 countries. With the work of 9 women directors featuring Niki Lindroth von Bahr's Annecy Grand Prix winning "The Burden," David OReilly's "Everything," and Glen Keane's interpretation of Kobe Bryant's "Dear Basketball" poem, this collection offers an incredible array of beautiful, funny, insightful, inspiring, powerful and thought-provoking shorts. Woven in the show are Pete Docter's 1990 CalArts student film "Next Door," restored by the Academy Film Archive, and Paul Julian and Les Goldman's 1964 "Hangman," restored by The Animation Show of Shows, Inc. with grants from ASIFA Hollywood and The National Film Preservation Foundation.This past year we played in over 70 theaters across North America and are working to more than quadruple our reach to colleges and universities in North America and around the world. Alums, students, faculty, contact us right away so we can arrange screenings on your campuses. We can play it in classrooms, lecture halls, auditoriums and theaters.Last year we had invaluable volunteers like Debra Solomon who handed out postcards at an ASIFA East Awards and rode her bike across Manhattan to hang posters for our first NYC showing; the enthusiastic members of San Jose State's Shrunken Head Man Club handed out postcards around town and on campus; SMC Professor Jim Keeshan's students distributed postcards and mini posters throughout the greater Los Angeles area; and Brown University's Professor Barbara Meier's TA rallied students to stop into all the local coffee houses, bookstores, dorms, and school halls in Providence to make our two week run at the Cable Car Cinema a huge success. This is the year for animation fans to help increase the attendance at showings of the Show of Shows in all cities by encouraging friends to attend in distant cities where we play. Be a part of this success story: help get the word out there and sign up on our mailing list so we can update you on our upcoming showings; complete our survey to tell us that you want to help and we'll all benefit from our fans' participation. Let's get the word out and spread the joy of brilliant animated shorts!

Posted by The Animation Show of Shows on Thursday, October 5, 2017

“The goal is to globally get people aware and excited that there are alternative forms of entertainment that can leave the audience not just entertained but fulfilled,” says  founder and curator Ron Diamond. “There are a lot of different themes that come up in the course of these films. Each film is so completely different from the next.”

Diamond is the owner of LA-based Acme Filmworks, and founded the Show of Shows 19 years ago as a way to expose more people to the art and stories shown in short animated films.

“Ron and his team have really consistently put together a very high quality, unique and diverse festival,” says Wellfleet Preservation Hall Managing Director Vanessa Downing. “The quality of the festival is amazing, it speaks to his involvement in the animation industry for such a long time.” Downing adds that the Animation Show of Shows fits in well with the Hall’s robust film programming, that attracts people from all over to the Hall, especially in the off-season.

19 years ago, the Show was seen in less than a dozen places – but those showings included Disney, Dreamworks, and Industrial Light and Magic. After years of those small, industry-centric showings, Diamond decided it was time to take it to a larger audience. A Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2015 that created the Animation Show of Shows non-profit organization. The 17th Show of Shows was seen in 35 theaters across North America, the 18th in over 70, and now the 19th is expected to be seen in over 100 theaters, including this weekend’s showing at Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world.

“Because animation is such a natural medium for dealing with abstract ideas and existential concerns, the Animation Show of Shows has always included a number of thoughtful and engaging films,” says Diamond. “However, more than in previous years, I believe that this year’s program really offers contemporary animation that expresses deeply felt issues in our own country and around the world.”

Highlights of this year’s show include Pixar director Pete Docter’s student film “Next Door”, created in the late 80s while he was a student at the California Institute of the Arts.

“The Burden” is a Swedish film directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr. “It’s a really beautiful film.” Diamond says. “It’s ironic, it’s funny it’s sad, it’s beautifully produced, and the audiences have really responded favorably.” 

“Dear Basketball” is former LA Laker Kobe Bryant’s poem written about basketball, set to a score by John Williams, and illustrated by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Glen Keane.

The show also includes an animated short from 1964 called the Hangman, originally played in grade schools middle schools and high schools from the mid-1960s through the 1990s. The film has been lovingly restored and remastered from the original camera negative.

The message, 50 years old at this time, remains relevant – The Hangman is about turning away when others need help. Diamond says that during these turbulent times, “we need to recognize the importance of this message so that maybe we are more compassionate and stand in solidarity with people who otherwise might be left alone to suffer. If more people can carry the responsibility of recognizing that they need to actually sand up and do something maybe we could have a more paticpatry society and people might be better citizens, they may be more compassionate and understand what their neighbors are faced with, and they stand up to them.”

If You Go: 

Wellfleet Preservation Hall

335 Main Street, Wellfleet MA

Friday December 1 7:00 PM

Saturday December 2 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 PM

Tickets available online




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