An Evening with Animator BILL PLYMPTON

Two Washington, D.C. Premieres*

Animator, cartoonist and illustrator Bill Plympton is known as “the king of indie animation.” His award-winning short films have highlighted many film festivals and he is the only person to hand-draw an entire animated feature film. He has received Oscar nominations for an early animation, Your Face, in 1988 and for Guard Dog in 2005, while his short film, Push Comes to Shove, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1991. In this special evening, Plympton presents two new animations, Summer Bummer and a restoration of the 1921 The Flying House, as well as a sneak peek at an upcoming project. He also screens a selection of his classic shorts and discusses his oblique, off-beat style.

Discussion with Bill Plympton follows screenings. All attendees receive a complimentary Plympton sketch.

SUMMER BUMMER* (USA, 2011, 2 min.) A man about to go swimming imagines what horrors could be lurking deep in the waters of his backyard pool.

THE FLYING HOUSE* (USA, 2011, 15 min) This “re-imagining” of Winsor McCay’s 1921 short, Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House has been re-mastered in full color, featuring the voice talents of Patricia Clarkson and Matthew Modine.

TMZ (Weird Al Music Video) (USA, 2011, 4 min.) The private life of a celebrity is anything but private in this scandalous music video. Set to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” TMZ uncovers the gossip, the dirt, the juicy stuff that we really don’t need to know about our favorite celebs, exposing the plight of one starlet as an embarrassing photo spreads like wildfire.

WAITING FOR HER SAILOR (USA, 2011, 1 min.) Waiting for her sailor to return home, a woman on a cliff watches closely as a ship approaches.

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER (USA, 2010, 6 min.) This children’s fable is about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately the test of a mother’s love. It’s the story of a young cow, mesmerized by the marketing power of a hamburger billboard, and his ultimate goal of becoming the best hamburger he can be. Nominee, Best Short Film, Annecy Film Festival.

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