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May 102014
 

Many members of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team have work in SIFF this year – either as directors or contributing animators. Check them out:

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Tess Martin
(director/animator): Mario

Mario is Tess’ latest short film and first that uses paint on glass combined with marker on glass techniques. It is based on an Italian folk song that she grew up singing in her elementary school in Tuscany. Dating back to World War I, the song tells the dark tale of a soldier who returns home to find his girlfriend has left him.
Mario is screening on May 24 at 9:30PM as part of the Animation4Adults program.

 

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Clyde Petersen (animator): My Last Year With the Nuns
Seattle writer-director Bret Fetzer’s debut feature is the story of local monologist Matt Smith as a young teenager, exploring the nooks and crannies of the heavily Catholic Capitol Hill neighborhood in an era of racial tensions.
My Last Year With the Nuns is playing on May 21 at 6:30PM and May 26 at 11AM.

 

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Sihanouk Mariona & Chris Rodgers
(co-directors/animators): Super Dads
Super Dads is one of four animated films in Seattle University’s new Film & Family Homelessness Project, funded by a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Sihanouk worked closely with his Wonderful Lizard animation partner, Chris Rodgers, to create this film. He uses a kaleidoscope of real stories to create an overarching storyline. With the help of Seattle University partners at Mary’s Place and YWCA, Sihanouk found three dads willing to share their stories. Sihanouk and Chris are using stop motion animation with clay, which is both time and labor intensive. They are excited to be working alongside sound design professionals, explaining that it’s a luxury for a lot of independent animation artists.

“I believe that a gripping story joined with engaging visuals can go a great long way to help us relate to each other, understand that no one is immune from circumstance and inspire action.”

Super Dads is screening in the American Refugees program on Mon, May 19, 7PM, Harvard Exit Theater. However, this screening is already sold out. Join them virtually at 7 p.m., May 19, for the online premiere at www.americanrefugees.org. Still want to see it live? SIFF will release unclaimed tickets shortly before the show to those standing in line. Facebook event.

 

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Neely Goniodsky (director/animator): The Smiths
Goniodsky’s story, The Smiths, showcases the cycle of a family falling into homelessness and how they can move out of it if a compassionate, supportive community and resources are in place. Goniodsky’s animation style is a mixture of hand drawn animation, digital cut outs and painting. She does all of it herself. “Compassion and understanding through empathy and members of a supportive community can reinforce feelings of dignity and self-worth in families who have lost everything,” she said.

The Smiths is also screening in the American Refugees program on Mon, May 19, 7PM, Harvard Exit Theater. However, this screening is already sold out. Join them virtually at 7 p.m., May 19, for the online premiere at www.americanrefugees.org. Still want to see it live? SIFF will release unclaimed tickets shortly before the show to those standing in line. Facebook event.

 

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Drew Christie
(Co-director/animator): The Beast Inside

Co-directed with Amy Enser, this story illustrates the viewpoint of a teenager in a homeless family, highlighting the difficulties of both being a teen and being homeless. Christie used hand-drawn animation to illustrate the story, using a muted warm color palette.
“I see animation as a tool to communicate complex ideas in a non-threatening way. I believe family homelessness is a tragic issue that must be dealt with in a sensitive way,” Christie said.

The Beast Inside is also screening in the American Refugees program on Mon, May 19, 7PM, Harvard Exit Theater. However, this screening is already sold out. Join them virtually at 7 p.m., May 19, for the online premiere at www.americanrefugees.org. Still want to see it live? SIFF will release unclaimed tickets shortly before the show to those standing in line. Facebook event.

 

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Drew Christie (animator): Song of the New Earth
Directed by Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game) follows Tom Kenyon’s quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound. The scientist and shaman has a four-octave vocal range, and a dazzlingly unique view of the world.
Song of the New Earth screens on May 16 at 7PM and May 17 at 3:30PM.

 

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Drew Christie (animator):  Oil & Water
Two teenagers, David and Hugo, meet by chance on a canoe ride in the Amazon. This documentary follows their lives as David begins a fair-trade certification system for oil production companies to help with the oil-waste problem in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while Hugo gets an American education that will allow him to return to his homelands as a leader.
Oil & Water screens on June 3 at 7PM and June 4 at 4:15PM.

Mar 072014
 

Come down to Gallery 4Culture to experience SEAT & SPIN, the latest in group work from the Seattle Experimental Animation Team. Three giant zoetropes built by Webster Crowell fill the room with mystery and shadows. Inside, you will find 12 short films by local animators.

The show is up through March 2014. Pack a lunch, bring your kids. It’s all-ages and you can touch all the art. Enjoy!

Gallery 4Culture
101 Prefontaine Pl S   
Seattle, WA 98104
M – F  8:30-5:00

Feb 092014
 

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team will be opening a show at the Gallery4Culture on Thursday, March 6, 2014, and it will then be open the rest of the month. SEAT & Spin will feature Zoetropes, early cameraless animation toys, with loops designed by SEAT animators.
The opening will coincide with Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk, so come on by and check it out!
And here is the awesome flier designed by animator Stefan Gruber.

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Jan 202014
 

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Tess Martin will be visiting Seattle in February (having relocated to The Netherlands last August for studies) and she will present a new work in progress alongside SEAT founder Stefan Gruber, who will be presenting some scenes from Both Worlds II. They will be asking for feedback from the audience.

Come on by! It’s free! NW Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Tues, Feb 11th, 6PM.
Here is the Facebook event.

Dec 242013
 

The Strange Creatures program, which features 10 animated short films from members of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team, was listed on the Seattle Weekly’s Best of 2013:

“Loosely concerning the interaction between humans and animals, Strange Creatures offered a charming collection of local independent animation from S.E.A.T. (the Seattle Experimental Animation Team) at Northwest Film Forum in August. Watching hilarious shorts about beer-guzzling and weed-smoking (drawn frame by frame by Clyde Petersen), Tess Martin’s marker-on-glass animation about cats, and Drew Christie’s tradigitally animated philosophical dialogues between humans and whales made me swell with pride about the state of Seattle animation.”

Thanks Kelton Sears! What a nice holiday gift!

Dec 092013
 

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Catch six films by SEAT animators at this year’s Children’s Film Festival at the NW Film Forum, Jan 23-Feb 2, 2014.

The Whale Story by Tess Martin

The Whale Story by Tess Martin

The ‘Paint Me A Story‘ program on Jan 25, 31 and Feb 1 will feature Stefan Gruber‘s excellent Edible Rocks and Tess Martin‘s The Whale Story (as well as the mind blowing Noodle Fish by Kim Jin Man from South Korea. All three of these I know can definitely be enjoyed by adults as well as children, more reason to attend!)

The ‘Earthwise‘ program on Jan 25 and Feb 2 will feature Drew Christie‘s excellent Song of the Spindle as well as Tess Martin‘s A Walk in the Woods.

Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber

Edible Rocks by Stefan Gruber

The ‘Take Wing‘ program on Jan 26 and Feb 2 will feature Tess Martin‘s Snowball, previously seen in Seattle at the Short Run Small Press Fest.

The ‘Talk to the Animals‘ program on Jan 31 and Feb 1 will feature Tess Martin‘s sand animation Hula Hoop (alongside the excellent Hungarian short Rabbit and Deer by Peter Vacz which comes highly recommended).

 

Song of the Spindle by Drew Christie

Song of the Spindle by Drew Christie

Also make sure to catch the special Lotte Reiniger animated silhouette films playing with a live score on opening night!

Sep 212013
 

 

Audrey 2: The Little Shop of Horrors Install at NWFF for Local Sightings

Audrey 2: The Little Shop of Horrors Install at NWFF for Local Sightings

 

SPECIAL OPENING NIGHT INSTALLATION AT LOCAL SIGHTINGS
THE NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT 10PM

The Seattle Experimental Animation Team presents Bloodbath & Beyond: The Little Shop of Animated Horrors. This SEAT collective film, based on the 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors retells the classic tale of a plant that came from outer space and got a taste for blood.

For this collective film, SEAT split the original film into sections and approached the project in the classic style of the game “exquisite corpse.” Each animator took a 9 minute segment of the film and condensed it into 1 or 2 minutes of animation.

This film will be screening in an installation, in the lobby of the Film Forum, during opening night of Local Sightings. Do you dare to stick your head inside the Audrey 2 and enjoy the sights!?

Find out more about Local Sightings!