2020 Festival

Archived: Animated & Experimental Shorts Block

*Despite animation, these films are not suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: The theater at this venue is on the 2nd level (up one flight of stairs) and there is no elevator available.

Old Town Temple / 502 E Grand River, Lansing MI 48906 /    Alcohol offered

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Animation, Music Video, Short Film

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Madama Butterfly

MADAMA BUTTERFLY is a string puppet movie about a fiery opera performance with tragic consequences.

Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar / 2015 / 5 minutes / German / Germany

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POP is psychedelic story of an old man’s ghost, who completely ignores others discomfort in order to escape from the physical realm. Through possessing both his old folks home nurse and a telekinetic spirit bounty hunter, Gramps’ ghost searches for a device which will transport him into a new dimension.

Henry Bullen / 2015 / 5 minutes / English / Australia

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Sry bsy – no time for nothing. Not even for spelling in full the words “sorry” and “busy”…  This digital 2D animation is about obsessions, compulsions and the pressure of keeping up with the challenges of modern working life. By combining a dark sense of humor with absurd elements, sry bsy is amusing and disturbing at the same time.

Verena Westphal / 2015 / 3 minutes / no dialogue / Germany

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Eye For An Eye

Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed.  Hand-drawn animated Documentary about a murderer’s time on death row and the conflicts about his guilt and destiny.

Steve Bache, Mahyar Goudarzi, Louise Peter / 2016 / 4 minutes / English / Germany

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Scent of Geranium

Immigration is a new chapter in one’s life, a chapter with unexpected events that can take one’s life down paths different from the one imagined. This film is an autobiographical account of the director’s experience with immigration.

Naghmeh Farzaneh / 2016 / 5 minutes / English

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Millions of sand grains leap into motion by the magical tone at 2,750 Hz. Patterns arise. Shapes appear. Humans emerge – creating their own unique patterns of attraction and repulsion.  Do they follow some divine frequency of attraction? Shortfilm 2.57K strips down life to its basics and allows us to see and hear the extraordinary. Stunning imagery and an ethereal soundscape add to the rich viewing experience.

Eva Colmers / 2015 / 13 minutes / English / Canada

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The Cabinet Decision

Israel and Palestine, two entities competing over their one beating heart. Will they both survive?

Mayan Engelman / 2014 / 4 minutes / English / Israel

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Baggage Man

Memories are chasing us throughout our whole life. They shape us and thus make us what we are today. Baggage Man takes you on a journey through this state of mind in the form of fragmentary snapshots of a rough youth.

Matthias Gerding, Dennis Colquhoun / 2016 / 4 minutes / English / Germany

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Anima Radix

This film is a journey of metamorphosis to emerge from a dark world.  It’s the first animated piece by Fernando Silva De La Cruz. Made in collaboration with musician Miguel Palma.  Sand animation was the main technique for this production.  Images, movement and sound create the narrative of this sequence that’s open to be discovered by the audiences.  Lose yourself in its mystery.  Be moved by its imagery.  Allow yourself to die and be born again.

Silva De La Cruz / 2015 / 3 minutes / English / Australia

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The true story of „B.“: Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart?

Kai Stänicke / 2015 / 17 minutes / English / Germany

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The Beach Boy

A story of two star-crossed lovers in ancient Vietnam. Based on a traditional folk tale and adapted for animation in a style inspired by local Asian art styles.

Hannes Rall / 2015 / 8 minutes / English / Germany, Singapore

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Natural Attraction

NATURAL ATTRACTION shows a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape into a fruitful place bearing new life. The interplay between sky and earth reminds of a sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements.

Marc Zimmermann / 2015 / 5 minutes / English / Germany

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(latin) shade, shadow, dark area, eclipse of the moon
Umbra is intended as an artistic film. Its core motif of the search for oneself, answers the questions: Who am I?
Why am I? How am I?

Urszula Nawrot / 2015 / 30 minutes / Polish / Poland