SHORTS: DRAWN TOGETHER
Life, animated. Santa Is a Psychedelic Mushroom (USA, 6 min., Matthew Salton) embraces the shamanistic side of Christmas. Music & Clowns (UK, 7 min., Alex Widdowson) are Jamie’s greatest passions. Hiroshima survivor Akiko Takakura receives the spirits of her parents and is haunted by memories during Obon (Germany, 15 min., Andre Hoermann, Anna Samo). A woman recounts her experiences of being Tightly Wound (USA, Chile, 10 min., Shelby Hadden), grappling with chronic pain and its attendant shame. For A Better Life (USA, 10 min, Yasmin Mistry) tells the story of Fekri, sold for $100 at the age of five, and suffering years of abuse before his plight is discovered. Carlotta’s Face (Germany, 5 min., Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld) is unrecognizable to Carlotta herself due to a rare, untreatable condition, but art offers her a way to finally recognize herself. Lon (Belgium, 7 min., Nina Landau) Landau is a promising Jewish stage designer whose life takes a turn during World War II. Using her own words, Lotte That Silhouette Girl (USA, 10 min., Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo) tells the tale of Lotte Reiniger, a trailblazing animator. The legacy of the matriarch of the Bagley clan is depicted using stop-motion animation in The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley (USA, 14 min., Taylor Stanton).